Round Two.


Another outing with the Fujifilm Instax SQ10

I got out for a stroll around neighborhoods east of Georgetown’s Town Square yesterday.

My original plan was to shoot the monthly Pistons on the Square car show with the newest camera in my collection, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 – and that did happen – but I also brought the Fujifilm Instax SQ10 to fiddle with, as I’ve not yet really put it through its paces.

The SQ10 is a cool little camera, but it poses some challenges… it doesn’t have a viewfinder and the rear-facing LCD is so small that it really makes it hard to frame-up a shot with any kind of accuracy.

I’m not totally fluent with the interface and the shutter button system, so getting used to how the camera operates will take some time.

It’s great to be able to take shots without printing right away. I’m still working on determining the difference between what I see on-screen and in a print of that edited image. I’m finding some of my prints are a lot darker than what I see on the LCD.

I like this camera a bunch. I’m sure it won’t take long to conquer these small annoyances.


Plastic Fantastic.


What’s old is new… again.

I haven’t shot 35mm film in quite a while, probably around 10 years. I still have all my film cameras and a healthy stash of all kinds of expired film. No excuses, I’m just not into it these days. It’s 2017 and I know a lot of folks are seriously into film, and I get it, but it is expensive to process and the good-image-to-bad ratio is kind of a deal killer for me.

At any rate, I did like playing around with ’em. This Vivitar Ultra Wide & Slim is a cool little totally plastic 35mm shooter.


The VUWS needs lots of light, as the aperture is fixed at f11. The focal length is 22mm, a nice, respectable wide angle. The shutter speed is not too bad at 1/125 second, but with all this goin’ on, ISO 400 film is still the way to go.

These are scans of prints, 13 shots taken in San Francisco for World Toy Camera Day way back in mid-October 2008. I used Kodak Elite Chrome 100 slide film and had it processed C-41 instead of E-6. Love the color shifts!


Maybe I’ll load this guy up the next time I get out shooting…