Dog Attack – Kodak Disposable Film Camera. Taken with Sony A200 DSLR and Sony DT 50mm f/1.8 SAM lens.
The Rear, showing Dog Attack. Will it leak light? Taken with Sony as above image.
I’ve had this one-use or disposable film camera laying in the bottom of a box for a while. It came with a few other disposables, very expired, but that Nita used with great success, and with a pristine Kodak Box Brownie (Flash III) that I’ve since used with re-rolled film onto 620 spindles, and with a broken Konica S3 rangefinder. I bought the box at a car boot sale. I sold the Konica for parts or repair, and that alone made a decent profit from the box, so I guess that makes the price of everything left as nil.
At some point, this camera fell within range of the lurcher’s mouth. Not the first time, even my trusty XA2 has dog teeth marks. It got a fair chewing, as you can see from the above photos.
Yesterday was a day off with little to do. Nita proposed a budget film photography outing, with “looking down” as a theme. Why not I thought. I loaded a Poundland film into my 50p Olympus XA2. Nita also has an XA2, but for more challenge, she picked up this old disposable. It’s a Kodak Ultra one-use camera with electronic flash, assembled in Mexico. It only expired around sixteen months ago. A little Internet research suggests that this camera might be only around six years old. The film consisted of an unusual Kodak GT800 – 5, a colour film at ISO 800, unusual for Kodak, it seems to have been produced only for disposable cameras such as this one. I guess that the high speed allows for small aperture, and a longer depth of field to focus on. I did express my concern at the dog chew marks, that it might light leak – but what’s to lose?
Off we went, around a few local villages, and then the town of Wisbech for a “looking down” photo tour. Me with the XA2, Nita with the Kodak Ultra. Then back to the dark room, or rather the bathroom, for developing. I’d already decided that in order to keep our project as tight fisted and cheapskate as possible, that I would cross process the films, using my Ilford b&w chemicals. Both films together in the Paterson System 4 tank.
I’d not developed a disposable/one use camera film before. A quick look on the Internet revealed that they usually reel the 35mm film INTO a 135 style cassette, as you use them. A reverse of a normal 35mm camera, where you advance it out of the cassette, then when it’s fully used, manually rewind it all back into the cassette for removal (with the exception of course of motor driven winders). So, in theory, the film should all be safely in the cassette. Was it?
Kodak Ul;tra One Use Camera. Taken with Sony as above.
Yes. I smashed open the camera with my usual care, and as can seen above, Nita is holding the cassette of used Kodak Ultra film with the sorry remains of the camera in the background (battery of course, safely disposed of).
Now to the developing. Bit of a mismatch gamble. To save time, I processed it WITH the AgfaPhoto Vista Plus 200 film, out of my XA2 – Poundland film. Kodak 800 and AgfaPhoto 200, unlikely to share the same developing times. I was also cross processing as I said above – hand developing using Ilford ID11 and b&w process. I diluted the ID11 stock to almost 1:3 ID11 to water one shot, at 20C. I developed for 22 minutes, with 10 seconds inversions per minute. Followed by stop, generous fix, and extended Ilford style rinse.
Well my prior fears were correct. Light leaked to hell, freakin’ dog! Should keep his bloody teeth to himself. Ah well. Funny thing is, most passable scan from the negative was of his Highness himself! Funny really. See below:
His Highness – Camera Killa. Taken with dog chewed Kodak disposable one use camera. Kodak GT800 -5 (39 exposure) film. Cross processed in Ilford ID-11 b&w chemistry.
Think’s he’s a bloody canine super model.