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5 frames with a Fuji Discovery 90 – by Gandhi Cabañas

April 3, 2019

I bought this Fuji Discovery 90 in a photography store in Mexico City. It was brand new and really cheap, even for a plastic point and shoot camera from the mid 90s. It came in it’s original box, with it’s manual and a nice green soft case. I wanted a camera for snapshots when there is not much time to think before taking the picture.

The Drop-in loading, auto focus, auto exposure, auto rewind and auto flash make the camera really easy to use. It also has a macro function (23 1/2 inches / 60cm) and it works with two AA batteries. There is only two things that I don’t like about it: Sometimes it takes more than a second to take the picture after pressing the shutter button and the fact that you can’t disable the auto flash.

I’m a Mexican living in Germany since 2014 and recently had the chance to return to my country for a few months. After those years living abroad, it was really nice to travel around my homeland again. Soon I will return to Europe because of my work and this time I have no idea when I will be coming back. Nevertheless I’m taking with me great memories, a lot of pictures, a couple of new cameras and a few extra pounds on my body for eating a lot of delicious mexican food.

Here is a selection of portraits of family, friends and random people that I made in Mexiko over the last months. I used either Kodak Gold 200 or Agfa Vista Plus 200 film.

My father, who was recently operated but couldn’t get away from his phone.

My best friend and my dog listening to music and singing in a Cantina.

Marianito, the son of my girlfriend’s friend with his Corona beer T-shirt.

A random Jehova’s witness on a corner.

A random woman and her daughter taking the sun on the grass.

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  • Reply
    Paul Latheron
    April 3, 2019 at 11:38 am

    I’am enjoying read people’s stories using there old 35mm cameras. I to sometimes use one of my old Olympus 35mm camers when I get tired of digital cameras.

  • Reply
    April 4, 2019 at 11:21 am

    Good work – as ever, it’s not what you’ve got, it’s how you use it! A second of shutter lag sounds pretty unbearable…

    • Reply
      Gandhi Cabanas
      April 4, 2019 at 11:36 am

      Thank you! Yes, maybe I exaggerated and it is less than a second. Anyway you get used to it and it is not that bad.

  • Reply
    April 8, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    Muy buenas fotos Gandhi, es bueno leer a un paisano por estos lares, Saludos!

  • Reply
    March 9, 2020 at 11:23 am

    I really like the feel of the shots, the colors and the flash make them look like they were taken in the 90s.
    One question though, how did you develop the roll?

    • Reply
      Gandhi Cabanas
      March 9, 2020 at 1:53 pm

      Thank you! This roll of film was developed and scanned at my favorite lab in Mexico. They always do a great job.

  • Reply
    May 11, 2020 at 5:08 am

    Hello! Thanks so much for posting your photos with this camera. I recently got one for myself but sadly it came with no instructions. I have loaded new batteries and I am waiting for my film to arrive. Is there a way to check if the camera I have is working?

    • Reply
      Gandhi Cabanas
      May 15, 2020 at 10:43 am

      I think the only way to be completely sure if a camera works properly is to shoot a roll with it and wait for the negatives and pictures. Thanks for your comment!

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