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Win my Leica!

Win my Leica

Win my Leica! – I’ve decided to give away my Leica iiic as a prize in a 35mm point and shoot compact camera photo competition!

If you would like to be in with a chance of winning my Leica iiic, all you have to do is email me a photo you have taken on a 35mm compact point & shoot camera. To make it a little more interesting, the camera and film must cost no more than a total of £10. (15usd, 13.5eur, 1025rub, 1815jpy etc…)

Some of my favourite cameras cost this sort of money – Think Olympus AF-10 SuperRiva Pano, Canon Prima 120, Ricoh ff90 etc. If it is auto focus, made in the 80’s or 90’s predominantly plastic and regarded by most as a bit crap, you are on the right lines!

edit – A lot of people have been asking about and entering photos taken with non-AF cameras, Oly xa2’s, some old compact rangefinders, a few things like argus c3s etc. These sorts of cameras are fine. Don’t worry too much about the camera, as long as it is cheap, takes 35mm film, is a compact by definition, and was largely designed for the consumer and not the pro it will be fine.

The idea is about harnessing something a bit on the basic side to take a photo that belies the cameras basic nature. if this was someone else’s competition and I was entering, I would enter this photo:

Olympus AF-10 Super

It was taken on my Olympus AF-10 Super, yet had I taken it on my Leica and 35mm cron I wouldn’t have been any happier with it! I would have done nothing different to the framing or focus even if I would have had the power over the camera to make more choices. Hope that makes sense?

Along side the photo I would like to see a photo of the camera it was taken on and a little bit of info about where is was bought, how much for etc. I’d also like to know a bit about the film, and how it was developed.

The prize will also include the Industar-61 lens pictured above and a roll of film.

I’ll run the competition until the end of Feb, at which point I will select my ten favourite images and put them up on the website to be voted on. The person’s photos with the most votes after a week or so will win the camera.

After the competition I would also like the winner to write me a blog post containing a selection of the photos shot on the first roll of film… But we can talk about that when the time comes…

Competition Rules

  • One entry per person.
  • The camera AND film must cost no more than £10 in total.
  • The camera must be a 35mm compact point & shoot
  • The photo must be between 1000px and 2000px on the long edge.
  • The photo must be accompanied with info about the camera and film in was taken on.
  • Think market value – Just because you got lucky and found that Contax T3 in a bin of crap in a charity shop for £1, that doesn’t count! The spirit of the competition is to post a photo taken with a camera thats worth less than £10!
  • Don’t cheat and send me a picture taken on something fancy, I’m not stupid, but even if I do fall for it others might not. And if you do win, karma will come and get you … you have been warned! 😉

I might add more rules, so keep an eye out… but thats about the meat of it!

The back story

Not so long ago I was on the hunt for a 50mm Leitz Elmar. I spotted this camera on ebay sporting one and took a punt bid for the two for a price I didn’t expect to win. I did win! So, I got my Elmar but ended up with Leica iiic to go with it. I already have a iiia that I spent some money having CLA’d so I don’t want to replace that. Initially decided I would put the iiic back on ebay. But, then I remembered that just after christmas a very kind man got in touch with me to give me a Rollei 35se and b35.

One good turn deserves another, so I decided I would give away this Leica iiic. But who to give it to? … And thats where the idea of a competition came from…

Good Luck!

Hamish

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105 Comments

  • Reply
    mike
    February 7, 2015 at 12:38 am

    Nice contest, I’ll have to break out my $2 Nikon OneTouch!

  • Reply
    Colin
    February 7, 2015 at 2:17 am

    How about homemad/made/modified cameras..i.e 120 box camera converted into a pinhole camera

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      February 7, 2015 at 11:08 am

      no, it needs to be a 35mm compact camera I think

  • Reply
    Rob
    February 7, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Oh…I’m in! Off to eBay…

  • Reply
    Alan Adajar
    February 7, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    will my Pentax Espio Mini qualify for this contest

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      February 7, 2015 at 2:02 pm

      how much did you pay for it? It’s a bit hit and miss since they usually go or around £30, so even if you did get it for less than a tenner, it could be said to not be fair.

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    Exo Des
    February 7, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Does Pentax Espio 135m qualify for this? The range of it price on ebay is around 15 USD. But I inherit mine from my father.

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      February 7, 2015 at 3:38 pm

      Yes, that would be fine

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    Blinx
    February 7, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Do recent photos count or do they have to be taken specifically for the competition? I shot some stuff over Christmas on an Olympus Mju 38-80 zoom with Poundshop film.

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      February 7, 2015 at 4:13 pm

      It doesn’t have to be taken for the comp specifically. As long as it fits within the rules, it doesn’t matter when its from.

  • Reply
    Ralph Hightower
    February 7, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    Does a disposable film camera count?

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      February 7, 2015 at 5:00 pm

      Yes, thats fine

  • Reply
    Harman H.W.
    February 7, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Emailed mine, an Olympus Mju 1. Interesting challenge this one Hamish, kudos!

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      February 7, 2015 at 4:59 pm

      Thanks, received and replied! 😉

  • Reply
    Patrick
    February 7, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Hum, does it have to be Market Value or what I picked it up for? I sourced myself an XA2 that served me well for about $15 CAD (8pounds). Would that be allowed?

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      February 7, 2015 at 5:00 pm

      I’m happy with that!

  • Reply
    John
    February 7, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    I got a Ricoh FF3 for $6. Now I’ll have to take it off the mantle and get out and shoot!

  • Reply
    Karl
    February 7, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    How about Smena Symbol?
    I know – it is not automatic or autofocus, but plastic, Soviet and cheap as hell 😉

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      February 8, 2015 at 9:55 am

      yesh thats fine

  • Reply
    Jeremy
    February 7, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Thanks for doing this! Emailed mine.

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    guillaume
    February 7, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    hi! i have two candidates but iI don’t know if they fit the rules, I don’t know how to determine their real “market value”: a Minolta Hi-matic G (this one: http://www.collection-appareils.fr/x/html/appareil-1402-Minolta_Hi-Matic%20G.html) and a Nikon L35AF in a quite bad shape…Would they be allowed? I payed 5€ for each I have an agfa 335, too…

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      February 8, 2015 at 9:55 am

      both fine, the nikon more so 🙂

  • Reply
    Chris
    February 8, 2015 at 4:28 am

    Does Olympus pen EE3 qualify for this?

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      February 8, 2015 at 9:54 am

      yes, just about

  • Reply
    Luis Calderon
    February 8, 2015 at 7:04 am

    I’m a beginner photographer and I recently developed a roll and I took it on a Minolta x-700. Does that qualify?

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      February 8, 2015 at 9:54 am

      it doesn’t unfortunately

      • Reply
        Luis Calderon
        February 8, 2015 at 5:34 pm

        what about a konica c35 or kodak duaflex iv that i modded to use 35mm

  • Reply
    Ehpem
    February 8, 2015 at 7:49 am

    Well this sounds like fun. But now I have to make a choice. Sadly my XA2 was 20$ Canadian, which is just over 10 pounds and that is without film. My XA was 10$, but the market value is much more than that, and it is not quite point and shoot since you have to focus it, and choose an aperture. Ditto my Pen half-frame which I have taken some of my best photos with – $3 but worth much more than that.
    Maybe the AF-10 Super would be good – I think I paid $3 for it. The Mamiya-U film take up doesn’t take up or it would be a good candidate. As I run down the possibilities is seems like maybe I should try another that is waiting in the wings – like the Yashica AF Motor. I have not put a roll of film through it yet, so it could serve two purposes, and it was $5. Don’t know how well it works, but I notice the focus lock, which does lock the focus, prevents the shutter from firing, so that will limit the kind of shot it can handle.

    As to film, something cheap obviously. I have lots of expired CN film that I have paid very little for – 25 to 50 cents a roll and processing is $5.05 (do I have to include processing in the cost?).

    This is going to be interesting.

  • Reply
    Jai
    February 8, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Does the Oly Mju-II qualify?

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      February 8, 2015 at 10:51 am

      I think a mju-ii is a step too far. Though I would allow the first mju

      Same as I’d be happy with an xa2, but a xa is too highly regarded …

  • Reply
    blinkx
    February 8, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    The Mju is a weird one. I have a MjuII which I bought new in the 1990s and still fetches good money on ebay. On the other hand the zoom mju’s are mostly available for around a fiver and frequently sell for 99p reserve. I’ve owned a Mju80 zoom for a few years and never got round to putting a film through it till this Christmas. The results were better than expected and the camera is I hope, in the letter and spirit of the competition.

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      February 8, 2015 at 8:33 pm

      It certainly is! That sort of camera is my ideal!

  • Reply
    Sean Connell
    February 8, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    Is the weird talking Minolta AF-S 35mm fair game?

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      February 8, 2015 at 8:34 pm

      Yeah, why not?! 🙂

  • Reply
    Ryan
    February 8, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    I bought a Konica C35 for $10 at the thrift store, would this count?

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      February 8, 2015 at 8:33 pm

      Yep

  • Reply
    Alexandra
    February 8, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    Does a disposable Kodak camera count? I used to take photos with them and send them off to a lab to be developed. I don´t have the camera anymore and cannot take a photo of it. The I have taken with that camera have now been scanned… do I qualify?

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      February 8, 2015 at 8:32 pm

      Yeah, that would be fine

  • Reply
    Carl
    February 9, 2015 at 2:58 am

    Hi Hamish. Just entered, unfortunately had to use my hotmail account so check your spam! Love the site and the reviews, i’ve used an infinity mini ( cheap mju knockoff )

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      February 9, 2015 at 8:19 pm

      got it, replied 🙂

  • Reply
    Kokoro
    February 9, 2015 at 5:52 am

    If an XA2 is in then my Trip35 might qualify. £7 at boot sale, £1 agfa film at poundland.

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      February 9, 2015 at 8:20 pm

      trip 35 is fine!

  • Reply
    Louis Leong
    February 9, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Hi ! does Minox 35GT qualify for this competition?

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      February 9, 2015 at 8:21 pm

      hmmm… its borderline. but ok

  • Reply
    jojonas~
    February 9, 2015 at 11:55 am

    oh, you can take old photos too?

    well, I’m gonna give it my all and load up a camera to try and get something special shot just for this first 🙂
    if I don’t get anything satisfactory or not the roll developed fast enough then I’ll revert to something of old.

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      February 9, 2015 at 8:22 pm

      good plan!

  • Reply
    Rense Haveman
    February 10, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Great contest! I have such camera, will see what photo I have…..

    Rense

  • Reply
    Jakkapat
    February 10, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    How about Vivitar T201 Lx? It’s a bloody cheapo camera; fixed focus, fixed aperture, fixed speed, but weirdly I saw somebody selling it for 9.99 GBP on ebay. So would it qualified?

    And what does exactly ‘The camera AND film must cost no more than £10 in total’ mean? Does it mean I can only use single roll of film, or as many as they’re still under 10 GBP in total, or whatever but when combined the cost of a single roll and the camera, it has to be under 10 GBP?

    Last question, if the combination of the camera and film is qualified, can I use with other fancy expensive stuff, like slaved flash, or I have to keep it as simple as possible?

    Thanks

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      February 11, 2015 at 9:50 am

      1. Definitely … its crap and 35mm, it couldn’t be more appropriate!

      2. It just means that if you are going to use portra, it will need to be in a very crap camera. Im trying to keep the playing field relatively level

      3. Sounds like you are over thinking this … the idea is to take a photo with a crappy camera. Read the post again, especially the bit around my example photo

      • Reply
        Jakkapat
        February 11, 2015 at 7:55 pm

        Oh…I thought it’s like DigitalRev’s Pro Tog Cheap Cam that one has to try to get the most out of the crappy camera. But that’s all right, I’ll try to joint if I have time.

        Anyway, thanks for answering my questions.

  • Reply
    Paul Foreman
    February 11, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Hamish, I’m in with my $5 nikon one touch. gonna load it right now with some HP5.
    oh, yeah, i’m paulfish4570 from RFF …

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      February 11, 2015 at 9:20 pm

      Great stuff!!

  • Reply
    Łukasz
    February 12, 2015 at 11:42 am

    Hi! Where I can submit my photo for this competintion? I don’t see any submit button or e-mail address

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      February 13, 2015 at 10:44 pm

      There is a link to contact me at the top. And under the 35mmc menu item at the top

  • Reply
    Randa
    February 12, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Hi hamish, does the rollei prego-af with fixed 35mm lens count? i got it cheap from local auction.
    Thank you in advance. 😀

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      February 13, 2015 at 10:43 pm

      Yeah, I’m sure that’s fine!

  • Reply
    Armin Rebihic
    February 12, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    The deadline for submissions is on February 28th, correct? Heh, if so, I don’t have much time. I got a sweet deal on amazon for 12$~ that includes a like new Polaroid 3000 AF 35mm camera with the owner giving me a roll of film and the batteries. Problem is that the latest date it would arrive by is the 24th, so I’m hoping it comes much earlier.

  • Reply
    Shawn Brezny
    February 14, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Fujica 605 found in thrift shop for $5?

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      February 14, 2015 at 6:25 pm

      Isn’t that an SLR?
      SLR’s don’t count

      • Reply
        Shawn Brezny
        February 14, 2015 at 6:39 pm

        Sorry, I guess I missed that detail, can’t find anything I have cheap enough.

        • Reply
          Hamish Gill
          February 14, 2015 at 6:50 pm

          There is still time for an ebay buy 😉

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  • Reply
    Westley
    February 18, 2015 at 5:43 am

    What about the ilford disposable with c44?

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      February 18, 2015 at 7:01 pm

      yep

  • Reply
    Paul Foreman
    February 18, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    just developed a roll of hp5 shot with my nikon one touch. negs look good …

  • Reply
    VALME
    February 18, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    Hello. First of all, let me tell you that I love the idea you had.
    And now, let me ask you. I’m not sure if I can use any of these cameras I have:
    – “Certex Königer 9702” (It’s a Spanish camera that my grand-aunt let me. She told me she bought it in installment with a newspaper).
    – “Nikon EF300” (It was a present when I was 10 years old).
    – “Olympus Pen EE-3” (My dad’s camera since I was a kid).
    What do you think? Which one can I use?

    Thank you!! =)
    Valme

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      February 18, 2015 at 7:01 pm

      Any of those would be fine I think

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  • Reply
    Lee
    February 22, 2015 at 9:54 am

    Would a Minolta AL qualify?

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      February 22, 2015 at 3:57 pm

      yeah, why not…

  • Reply
    Adam
    February 23, 2015 at 12:14 am

    Cheapest I can possibly find is a Vivitar ultra-compact for $15… its really hard to find cheap crappy cameras in Australia, nothing under $15 anyway.

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      February 23, 2015 at 12:19 am

      That’s fine, it is within the spirit of the competition, so that’s fine!

  • Reply
    Lola
    February 23, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    Olympus Mju II (zoom 80)?

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      February 24, 2015 at 5:29 pm

      yep, perfect

  • Reply
    Nestor M. Reyes
    February 24, 2015 at 5:54 am

    What about a Pentax Espio 140 M?is it still qualify in this competition…?

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      February 24, 2015 at 5:29 pm

      yes

  • Reply
    DM
    February 24, 2015 at 10:50 am

    How about an Imperial Satellite 127 with a roll of 35mm film jammed in it? I’ve never used it for anything other than 35mm…

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      February 24, 2015 at 5:30 pm

      Its not that hard to find a 35mm camera is it? 😉

      • Reply
        DM
        February 24, 2015 at 5:49 pm

        No, but I don’t own any cheap 35mm cameras. Just a Pentax Spotmatic and an iffy Nikkormat that sometimes works. Plus I like the sprocket hole effect I can get without buying an overpriced LOMO ‘sprocket-rocket’.

        In any case, forget I even asked. So much for making creative use out of a camera that uses rare film that cost about $15 a roll, which is 3X what I paid for the camera.

        • Reply
          Hamish Gill
          February 24, 2015 at 10:21 pm

          Just feels like a step too far outside of the brief to me

  • Reply
    Miloš
    February 24, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    What about Canonet QL 25?

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      February 24, 2015 at 7:21 pm

      fine

  • Reply
    Paul Foreman
    February 25, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    can’t figure out how to upload my entry …

  • Reply
    George
    February 25, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    To be honest, I would like to win your Leica, but in fact I only need it’s shutter guard….Maybe it will fit to my IIIf whch doesn’t have it…:) 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      February 25, 2015 at 8:13 pm

      So, you aren’t entering then?
      I’m not sure I would give it to anyone who is going to take it apart, I am currently paying for it to be cla’d

  • Reply
    George
    February 25, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    Just forgot to add that I have enough Industars 61 and 61 LD.. .:))

  • Reply
    George
    February 25, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    I will enter tomorrow, as I have a few shots tken with a Wizen (Chinese) p&s camera for which I paid 4,5 Pounds

  • Reply
    Francesco
    February 25, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    Sent my submission! Keeping my finger crossed!

  • Reply
    Roel Olay
    February 27, 2015 at 11:50 am

    I emailed my submission and I’m looking forward to what you and everyone thinks of it!

  • Reply
    Sarah
    February 27, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    I’ve just submitted my entry! Phew! 🙂

  • Reply
    Valentin
    February 27, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    Hi! I just sent you mine, it’s not really a point and shoot, as it’s a Belomo Vilia… but a really cheap camera :). Hope it counts!

  • Reply
    Jasper
    February 28, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Hamish, you rock! Glad I found out about this competition this last day. Now sorting trough my XA2 and AF600 OneTouch scans (both are ok, right?). I was thinking I had to wait another 20 years to own my first Leica but this now sounds within reach 🙂

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      February 28, 2015 at 10:21 am

      Yeah, the af600 especially I think. That camera manages to be crap in almost every way but its output, so really is quite perfect for this!

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    Peggy Shor
    March 5, 2015 at 12:06 am

    Has the contest ended?

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      March 5, 2015 at 6:53 am

      Yes, sorry 🙂

  • Reply
    Andrea
    March 11, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    Who won the competition?

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      March 12, 2015 at 10:10 am

      I haven’t even chosen the final 10 yet

      • Reply
        Jasper
        March 12, 2015 at 10:27 am

        Take your time. I can already give you my post address if that helps? 🙂
        Ontopic: I think this contest is really great! We should do it more often, Leica’s or not.

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  • Reply
    Brady
    October 1, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    Is this contest over? I just stumbled across it while looking up reviews of a Contax T3. I’m guessing it’s over but just wanted to see 🙂 such a cool concept for a contest. Take care.

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      October 1, 2015 at 5:54 pm

      Hi, yes it’s well over. I am thinking of doing another similar with an m Leica at some point though – so keep your eye out if you’re interested 😉

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