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    Crappy Camera Review

    So I finally finished up the roll of film in my Superheadz Pink Slim Dress ultra wide angle 35mm camera.

    First the details: It's made of 100% plastic. Even the lens. Which, by the way, is a 22mm fixed focus lens. The aperture is set at f11 and the shutter speed is fixed at 1/125 second. It's smaller than my Canon G10, and it weighs practically nothing, even with a roll of film inside. The viewfinder, like the rest of the camera, is crappy, and I suspect it's not set straight in the camera. There is no lens cap or cover or anything like that. But those neoprene drink coozies make a perfect case so that it so that it doesn't just bang around in your purse (I am assuming here that if you are going to own a little pink camera, you probably do carry a purse. But I probably shouldn't stereotype...).

    Now for the actual test. I loaded up a roll of Fuji Superia 200 and let 'er rip. Naturally, the first picture had to be of my dog.


    Jasmine001 by MsMambo, on Flickr

    Indeed, the camera is crappy. The lens is not sharp. It vignettes badly. It's prone to strange little rainbow flares.

    But damn, it's FUN!

    It's quite useful if you just want to stick your camera out the car window, press the button and see what happens.


    Brickell-Avenue001 by MsMambo, on Flickr

    It's excellent around water. Mainly because it costs $25.00 so you won't feel too bad if it goes under.


    Miami-Outboard-Club001 by MsMambo, on Flickr


    Government-Cut001 by MsMambo, on Flickr


    Big-Al-Fishing001 by MsMambo, on Flickr


    Mangrove-Out-There001 by MsMambo, on Flickr


    Mangrove-Out-There003 by MsMambo, on Flickr

    ISO 200 film seems to be just about perfect for bright sunny days, which is probably the only time you'd want to use this camera. I suspect that expired ISO 200 film would be even better.

    I'll be trying out a roll of 100 ISO and 400 ISO just to see what happens. I am open to suggestions as to which 100 and 400 films I should try.

    *Disclosure: ISO 200 film sin't grainy enough to really bring out the full-on crappiness. So I added grain in Lightroom.

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    Re: Crappy Camera Review

    lokin good! Just gotta love the title
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    Re: Crappy Camera Review

    Priceless!
    What a wonderful review, you have a future at dpreview!
    I LOVE the way you have presented the images.
    I would suggest that you try a roll of expired verichrome.
    That could be really crappy.
    -bob

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    Oh, and where can I buy one of these beauties will full dealer non-support?

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    Hey! I was expecting a crappy review! Actually it's an excellent review. Of a crappy camera. For those without a purse, it also comes in black or white. Or blue.

    Buy yours here!

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    Super entertaining review, with some pretty wonderful pictures, too!

    Most excellent, Claire!!!

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    Outstanding review!

    How much for a set of the prints?
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    Re: Crappy Camera Review

    Quote Originally Posted by tokengirl View Post
    [...]

    (I am assuming here that if you are going to own a little pink camera, you probably do carry a purse. But I probably shouldn't stereotype...).


    ...

    Great review. And another proof that's it's all about the phtographer. Big Al, and Lone Mangrove are esp impressive -the lil' thing's indeed good around water. Love the PO and the Boulevard on the Flickr stream, too.

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    Re: Crappy Camera Review

    Failed! Your Crappy Camera Review has failed. You seem unable to produce crappy photos with your pink camera thingy. I love them all but why on earth is the horizon on the third one straight?

    I'll warn the guys over at dpixelpeeper that they've got serious competition, and before you can say "Pink Plastic", the men in black from amazon will be at your doorstep, ready to implant proper one zillion megapixel chips into your left and right brain halves

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Flesher View Post


    Outstanding review!

    How much for a set of the prints?
    Prints??? Nah. I'm just getting started with this crappy-cam project, I expect it will turn into one of those little DIY Blurb books.

    I encourage you all to give this a try. Freestyle Photographic sells these cameras in about five different colors (including a shiny gold version ).

    Thank you all for sharing in my cra... er... happiness.

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    Re: Crappy Camera Review

    Very Entertaining and Well done.
    Thanks
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    Two thumbs up on the review and the crappy cam.

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    I tried a b&w conversion using Silver Efex Pro. I like how it came out.


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    Re: Crappy Camera Review

    Quote Originally Posted by tokengirl View Post
    I tried a b&w conversion using Silver Efex Pro. I like how it came out.
    That's the thing about good shots: you can fool around with all sorts of actions and filters... and they still look good.

    Then, crappy shots stay.. er, crappy, whatever effort you put into tweaking'em.

    Yours definitely look good all the way!

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    The pictures are surprisingly good for a crappy camera.

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    This review is giving me crappy heartburn.

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    I dunno. I think the bokeh is better on the ASPH Crappy Camera.
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