I haven’t given much thought to the idea of Korean film cameras. Electronics, sure. Cars, OK. But cameras? I’m guessing there was some kind of domestic camera industry in South Korea sometime before the 1980s, when South Korean brands became noticeable in the US. But I can’t find much on the English web. Any time I try to search for “vintage Korean film camera” I get links to phone apps, articles about cameras made out of paper or candy, or a Korean cafe built to resemble a Rolleiflex TLR. (Which admittedly sounds pretty cool.)
Samsung Point & Shoot
In 2014 my sister was looking forward to buying a new camera and asked for a suggestion. I don’t remember when or where I first heard about Samsung EX2F. It caught my attention because of the compact body design and fast 5.2mm-17.2mm (24-80mm full frame equivalent) f1.4 lens, Manual mode and RAW capture.
I’ve had a Samsung Vega 140S loaded with Kodak Porta 400 tucked away in the car glove box for a few months and have I’ve taken the occasional photo with. I hadn’t processed a film from the camera, and rather than leave the Portra to gradually deteriorate I decided to get on and shoot whatever frames were left.