Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Kodak Colorsnap 35


At a carboot sale a few months ago, my boyfriend bought this old camera (£2). I 'borrowed' it for a few days, and ended up just keeping it... oops! There was an old film inside, which we were going to develop to see if there were any interesting historical pictures on it - but because I didn't have a clue how it worked, I ended up exposing the entire film!

The camera is the first model of the Kodak Colorsnap 35, which was made from made from July 1959-January 1964. Unfortunately, it isn't really worth any more than £3 today, meaning the film and developing cost more than the camera.

After the exposure mishap, I realised the need for an instruction manual and luckily found a scan of one on flickr. I had some spare film at the bottom of a drawer, so I loaded the camera up and spent about a month using up the film, in the hope that I'd have some lovely vintagey pictures at the end! Unfortunately, due to my complete lack of expertise with cameras, every single picture was incredibly blurry and dark. I only managed to end up with about 3 'good' ones (see above!).

Sadie xxx


P.S. My blog is on bloglovin'! Click on this link to follow me :).

Follow Sadies Wardrobe

27 comments:

Shen-Shen said...

I LOVE the camera, it's all quaint and stuff! I took a photography class and I had to develop film and MY GOD it's the longest most boring and muscly-tiring process ever lol. Or at least I thought so.

cait harri said...

what a good find!

Polly Farthing said...

Wow that's an amazing find! What a shame about the film - oh well, it'll remain a mystery... I'm sure you'll take some really cool shots with it though - will you post them? Polly x

Em x said...

Fab find x

Parapluie said...

Well, but three ones are wonderful!

Kay said...

wow that's such a good find. honestly it could've been creepy if you'd managed to develop the original film. imagine if there was a photo of a murder or something on there, exactly. ok unlikely but still, i'm sure you'll have lots of fun with it (:

PinkBow said...

oh what a cute camera, i hope you have more luck with it :)

Kitty said...

Practice makes perfect, hopefully you will get some great shots with a bit more know how :)

emily :) said...

I love the camera, i love old fashioned things!! Pity about the photos....

Thanks for the comment :)

xx

vicky said...

I love cameras like this they are really fun. Its interesting to see how the pictures turn out from them.

hannah said...

what a lovely camera! keep at it, you will get better at shooting with it!

Shallow Mallow said...

The camera is probably made according to the sunny f16: Take pictures outdoors when the sun is shining and they should come out pretty good.

To avoid camera shake you're best of resting it on something or having the strap around your neck stretched taut (around your arms maybe?). It might just be your breathing causing the camera shake(or the acutal process of pushing the shutter, depending on the mechanism) because these things are made for rather slow shutter speeds :-)

Check out the http://www.toycamera.com forums
for fun with vintage/toy cameras and ideas on how to make them work their best.

Having said that, three good ones on your first roll sounds a pretty damn good result to me :-) Hope you have lots more fun with your old new camera.

Shen-shen: I used to drift off in my own world or just read and listen to music .. shake it like a Martini ten times, bang twice, clonk clonk! and read on
I really miss it.

Little Bo Peeep said...

Awwh wow that camera looks great, oh well 3 is better than nothing and at least just to hold it is great enough :)

I guess it \'s harder using these kind of cameras in comparison in using digital!

Style Bird said...

cool camera, love the skirt in the post below!

Girl With The Golden Touch said...

Ah, what a shame that the first roll was ruined :(

Came across your blog today and LOVE it :)

xx

Leproust Vintage said...

Amazing Camera! I am certain you will get the hang of it! :)

Lulapop said...

nice camera =)
it's really funny what you did haha poor boyfriend... haha
xxxx

R. said...

I wonder if you set it for the film speed you were using? This page of instructions might help. It looks like a really neat camera, so keep playing with it until you figure out how to make it work for you.

fritha louise said...

Even if it doesn't work it's cute :) It makes a cool decoration

cleo said...

looks gorgeous!!!i love vintage cams!!!
great blog:)
xoxox

NationalMediaMuseum said...

i can upload some more pages from the instruction manual to my flickr set

patricia said...

i am so insanely jealous of that camera.
i dropped mine in the harbour and it's completely trashed. ):

Michael said...

Its really nice to see a young person interested in FILM cameras. I have Colorsnap 35 in my collection and your words encourage me to use it.

Anonymous said...

My husband brought one home that he had been given would be interested in the value of such a camera

obscurityknocks said...

I stumbled across your blog from google - I was trying to find out about the coloursnap 35 I'd bought from a charity shop recently. I've got some film in it now, hopefully it'll work if I stay in well-lighted places!

Bertie, x said...

I have a similar camera, where can you get the film for them?

Anonymous said...

I've still got a colorsnap 35 that my mum and dad were given as a wedding present back in 1963! Believe me, they are capable of taking some really great pictures, especially outdoor shots, but you do have to know how to use it properly! Steady hands are essential! I've tried to use it myself, but I do not have steady hands, and my pics always turned out awful!!

Unfortunetly, the seal has started to leak in light at the back of the camara, so basically not much good anymore!