I haven't talked much about photography on this blog recently, for a variety of reasons. My main interest has been acquiring and using film cameras. It's my primary motivation for going to estate sales. Yesterday we went to one that was amazing as far as cameras go. They had a serious collection, including a large-format camera for use with glass plates. I am interested in those as a concept, but I can't imagine actually using one, and my goal at the moment is to get cameras I will actually use. (Not that I could have afforded it anyway....)
I was torn between two cameras, both pseudo-TLRs. One was a Jem Jr. box camera. It looked pretty cool, kinda art deco-y and a little bit like a face on the front, but it was very square and somewhat bulky, so I had to go with my other choice, which was more carrying-friendly: a Kodak Duaflex II.
As you can see, this one is pretty simple inside but still - I've never been much for disassembling things and trying to figure out how they work. It's totally worth it though. This one is now shiny and looks nearly brand new.
I am excited to put some film into it and to start taking photos. But meanwhile, I realized something else about the choice I made that I hadn't even considered - this is the type of camera that people use for through-the-viewfinder (or TTV) pictures, so I've done a couple of those. If you don't know what that is, it's when you focus another camera on the viewfinder of one of these and take the photo that way. Here are the ones I took today:
Fun! Can't wait to see what it does with film.