Yep, I’m still alive. I just noticed that my last post (other than the Instax Mini 7S review that I just posted), was July, 2011. That was a long, long looooong time ago. Sorry for the long hiatus, but med school really sucked up all my free time. I’m still going with that, by the way, but got an email notification about someone leaving a comment on my Gakken instructions post and I was pleasantly surprised to see people still visit this blog. So many things have happened since 2011 – notably, Superheadz must’ve found a new supplier for tiny screens, because they’ve since released the Harinezumi 3 and the Harinezumi 4. I think by far the most exciting new feature they’ve added is the built-in rechargeable battery – no more dealing with the silly CR2 batteries! Other than that, there’s now a bunch of different live filters you can switch between, I think you can now control the exposure and colour balance again (a feature of the original Harinezumi if I remember correctly) and you can mess with the video frame rate. All in all, it looks like quite the upgrade, but my trusty 2++ is going strong 😀
I also recently got my hands on an Olympus PEN E-P5 (I won it in a competition) and it is incredible. If you look at my my sidebar, you might be able to see some of the photos I’ve taken with it that I’ve uploaded to Flickr. Don’t worry though, even though I’ve dipped my toes in digital, I’ll always have a place for toycams and film cameras because they’re just so much more fun.
Dragonite and Snorlax welcome you! … They also seem to be inspecting and testing out my prized Gakkenflex. Photo taken with Digi Harinezumi 2++, ISO800
I know there’s not much to see right now, but if you stick around, you’ll see this place gradually build up. Over time, I’ll be uploading my favourite photos that I’ve taken with my numerous toy cameras. If you mosey on over to my About page, you’ll see a little of what I aim to achieve here. Like I said there, my philosophy is to never digitally alter any of the photos I post up here – all of it is 100% toycam goodness. Almost all of the photos I post up will be from toy cameras (I say almost because, well… I have to use a normal camera to take a photo of my toy cameras). I’ve seen toycam blogs which admit to digitally altering their photos, and I just think that it completely defeats the purpose of using a toycam at all
On top of sharing my photos, I’ll also report my various experiences and experiments with my toycams and post up guides and reviews, all in order to help you get the most out of yours. And if you don’t own a toycam, maybe I can persuade you to invest in one yourself.
Currently I own a Digital Harinezumi 2++, a Gakkenflex (from the Otona no Kagaku magazine, volume 25), a Superheadz Ultra Wide and Slim, a Superheadz Golden Half and a Smena Symbol (which is a vintage non-toycam film camera)