First of all, yes I am still alive! I just haven’t been able to find time to update my blog much these days. Anyway, I thought I’d get back into things with this quick, but very useful tip. As I alluded to in my Gakkenflex review, I had some issues with the film counter not really moving when I turned the winder knob. If you have this issue, then this post is for you. Apologies in advance for the grainy photos, my brother took my actual camera for his holiday in America. Continue reading
PS: Thesis is submitted! Hooray! Though, admittedly… it does feel kind of weird not working on it… On the plus side, hopefully that means I get more time to write up tips/tricks, as well as reviews for more cameras and accessories that I’ve gotten my hands on recently.
Okay everyone, as I promised in my Gakkenflex review, here is an english version of the Gakkenflex instruction manual! I’d just like to preface this by saying that these are not direct Japanese-English translations. My amazing, awesome girlfriend did rough translations of the part names (thank you!!!) and I filled in the rest with my own instructions, based on my experiences. I gave some of the parts my own names, because we had no idea how to translate them, but you should still know what I mean
I know that there are some Gakkenflex clones out there, but the one I got was the offical Otona no Kagaku Magazine, volume 25, which I bought when I was in Japan. The images here are scanned from the magazine that came with it. I hope this is useful!
I know this photo in itself is nothing special – it’s really just a simple matter of taking a double exposure. Despite this, though, images like this are actually what initially inspired me to pick up film cameras. Being someone who has predominantly used point-and-click digital cameras, I had no idea about multiple exposures, and these images totally blew my mind.
It made me happy that this shot turned out well , actually. If you try to do something like this, you’ll have to try and keep the camera in the exact same position for the two shots, or else it will turn into a big massive blur. I wasn’t sure if I managed to achieve that, but it seems to look okay.
All in all, it makes it look like we all live in the sky, above a temple… which is on fire!
Otona no Kagaku (大人の科学) is a great little magazine series in Japan, literally translating into “Adult’s Science” or “Science for Adults”, and is released irregularly, roughly every few months. Each volume contains a DIY kit of the product of that issue, as well as a magazine which contains any necessary assembly instructions and, usually, a brief history of the item. Volume 25, released in 2009, was a nice 35mm Twin Lens Reflex camera, known as the Gakkenflex. Since then, the Gakkenflex has gained a cult following (see http://www.flickr.com/groups/gakkenflex/), due to its unique-looking photos. Continue reading
As you can see, the Gakkenflex can get actually get quite close to objects while still taking clear shots. It’s not the same sort of extreme macro you get from something like the Harinezumi 2++, but it’s still nice. The manual focus on this camera means that you have to spend some time fiddling with it to get the right focus. Also, when you take photos really close with the Gakkenflex, you start to see some vignette action going on.