No doubt like many, I’ve taken the enforced opportunity to tidy up photographic equipment and general detritus. There’s an embarrassing number of old film compacts, SLRs and lenses stuffed in plastic boxes under the bed, as well as a jumble of prints and negatives left in old shoe boxes and carrier bags. I don’t do my own developing so I’ve also got a stack of CDs of scanned photos from film processors going back quite a few years too.
Back in March 2016 I posted about a Vivitar Ultra Wide and Slim camera (VUWS for short) that I’d modified, and the photos I used were from a roll of Ilford HP5. The VUWS was a cheap toy camera from the 1990s with fixed focus, fixed aperture and one shutter speed (approx 1/125). It has an unusually wide angle 22mm plastic lens which is known for producing images with a distinctive look, including wacky flare effects. A few weeks after writing that post I shot some colour film with it. At the time I normally bought multi-packs of Fujifilm Superia 400, and I’ve come across the CD with exposures from the VUWS I shot in late March 2016. I’d used a 24 frame film roll. In fact, it’s best not to use a 36 frame film with this camera because the winding tension towards the end of the roll might break the plastic mechanism, it’s that flimsy.
Looking at these shots again, I think the Fujifilm with its punchy colours and contrast is well suited to the camera. I’ve uploaded all the images unedited so these show what you can expect. All shots taken in Hastings and Oxford.