Thursday, June 30, 2011

WOCA the Holga

Wondering what is WOCA? Here it is!



Hmmm... Looks a bit too much too familiar with our famous Holga 120GN eh? Yes bingo! This is the grandpa of our Holga 120GN ((: The Woca cameras are basically the old name for the glass lensed Holgas. So the Woca 120G is a Holga 120GN and the Woca 120GF is a Holga 120GFN.

If people ever ask you about the history of Holga, you can proudly give them a history lesson =))

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

New Cameras are available now!!!

Hello all!!

Thanks for all of your support all along ((:
We have new camerasssss now!! please check them out here yea? ((:

All our cameras are sold at a very reasonable price and the ColorSplash is the set box that comes with a leather casing! Please check them out, if you have any queries about the cameras, you can refer to our previous introduction posts of each camera or email us at the.film.age@gmail.com.

It is our calling to spread the love of Lomo, so cheers everyone!!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Recesky Twin Lens Reflex - COLOURED!

Hey guys remember our best seller -  Recesky Twin Lens Reflex? Now it comes in different colours!!! wahahaha!
Cool ehh!!!! and something even cooler is happening now.. We are having a price slash for our original Recesky TLR to SGD33 (U.P. $38)!!! This promotion only stay while stock last ((:

So faster grab your own now!! The whole town is using Recesky TLR already!!!!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Necono Cat Shaped Digital Camera

Superheadz is well known for designing unique cameras, today The Film Age is going to introduce everyone Superheadz digital camera - the Necono!!

This camera brought creativity to another level. When I saw this camera, I was looking for the lens/pinhole and it's pretty obvious that they are on those big eyes that are staring back at you like you just ate it's fish!

Gladys bought one in Japan and I am slightly jealous, haha, personally I'm not exactly a cat lover..
Isn't it adorable?! OMG this Necono is going to be on the wishlist of all cat lovers now, it is a digital camera with 3MP, able to record video and uses Micro SD Card.

Anyone out there is craving for one now? raise your hands now and we will help you out!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Fisheye No. 2

I received my Fisheye No.2 from my brother on my 22nd birthday. I was soooooo happy and shocked, as I know it is not very cheap and he was only working part time at Kinokuniya while waiting to be enlisted.
(He admitted that he bought it, so that he can use also. He secretly wants it for a long time! haha!)

Fisheye No.2 has a view finder, but Fisheye No.1 doesn't have. The viewfinder is what makes Fisheye No.2 so "fishy", I think. *laughs*
I spent hours reading the manual which comes with the package, and trying on different styles of capturing special shots using Fisheye No.2. Fisheye No.2 has really cool features! For example, if you select "B" mode, the hotshoe flash will fire when you first depress the button (first curtain), and when you release the button, the internal flash will fire (second curtain). With the hotshoe flash firing first and the internal flash firing second, I can capture the movement and moodswings between these two points in time! An example of photo using this feature of Fisheye No.2:
Cool right! haha!

Who says by getting a Fisheye lens for Holga or your SLR or DSLR is the same as getting a Fisheye?! I beg to differ. Fisheye camera has its unique features and hance able to attain certain photo effects. If you mount a Fisheye lens on Holga, but Holga doesn't have an internal flash, you won't be able to achieve such photo effects.

So, be fishy! Get a Fisheye now! =)) *bloop bloop*

Specifications
  • Approximate focal length: 10m
  • Fixed aperture: f/8
  • Shutter speeds: 1/100, "B"
  • Flashes: Standard hotshoe & built-in flash (powered by AA battery)
  • Multiple exposures allowed
  • Film type: 35mm
  • Size: 10.5cm x 6cm x 6cm
  • Weight: 0.23kg
What is in the package?
  • Fisheye No. 2 x 1
  • Lens cap and strap x 1
  • Poster x 1
  • "Fisheye View" mini photo book x 1
  • Manual x 1
Sorry guys, TFA is not bringing in Fisheye (yet). But drop us an email if you want to be "fishy"! We will see what we can do! =))

Friday, June 24, 2011

Developing films

Hi all!

The Film Age believe in the value of developing the photos and keep it in a physical photo album =) that would retain the purpose of photography: keeping the memory and values of every shoots. The moment our photos are digitized, it will become just part of our infinite data storage and we will hardly ever look at it again because we will keep shooting more and more photos. But what are the values if there are too many of them and you hardly appreciate the value of your shoots? Photography is both a form of art and memory, so developing the photos is important in Lomography and important to The Film Age too.

Therefore, The Film Age will begin its service on helping everyone out there to source for the cheapest and best quality alternative to process their films and develop the photos. If you have any films to process and develop, just pass it to us and we promise to pass the films back to you within 1 week time =) prices will vary according to the types of films that you are going to develop, and we promise to go all out to make it as affordable as possible for everyone out there =)

Let's travel back in time, keep a physical album for yourself and with films, everything is possible =)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Camp OutReach '11 - TuYen Lam, Dalat, Vietnam

Hello everyone!!

Rommel is back from the wonderful trip to Dalat with our beloved HI friends, the climate was perfect and I managed to take some cool photos with my Golden Half and Digi Lomo. I had the most portable cameras in the whole group and I am proud to bring two extremely small cameras with great features =))

Stay tune guys! will upload the photos real soon!!


Here's this amazing raw/unedited photo taken with my Digi Lomo.


Do you guys see the lone tree on top of the mountain? It looked as if there is an aura surrounding the tree and only the tree is clear in the clouds. I had no preview for the photos I took and I'm really glad that it all turned out well =))





Oh and if you enjoy portability, vintage/lomo photo effects, shooting photos without much complicated consideration, not trying too hard to be artistic and let your feelings lead your clicks, then join us, TFA will show you the light to real casual photography that carries memorable values. 

Monday, June 20, 2011

Golden Half

MUST TAKE A PHOTO OF GOLDEN HALF!


I was first attracted by its small appearance and the variety of designs. Then, I was very attracted by its unique feature - take 72 half frame shots with a roll of 36 exposures film. I thought to myself: "Wah, so worth it. haha." (Ok, i know im super aunty.)

Then, the more I read about Goldne Half, the more I am interested in getting one for myself. Although it cannot do multi-exposures (which is my favourite), but I don't mind getting a point-and-shoot toy camera for a change. I read up on reviews of Golden Half, and comparison reviews of Golden Half and Diana Mini. In the end, I decided to go ahead for a Golden Half! Not because Diana Mini is not good... but I read reviews that it is difficult to turn the exposure settings which is in front of the lens. Given the fat fingers of mine, I know for sure I have difficulties in trying to turn the settings knob. And I am right! I borrowed Diana Mini from Weiling, and I had so much difficulties in turning the settings knob. It was stuck whenever I tried to turn.

Also, I was secretly attracted to the Green Trees version of Golden Half.

There was once, I brought Golden Half to a pasar malam (night market) to shoot, with the BIG flash unit which I mounted on top, it was attracting a lot of stares. There was this uncle who walked past me, and commented, "So cute, it is a camera? Can take photo meh?" Haha. I nodded my head, and felt very proud of my Golden Half. *nose in the air* haha!

One problem I have with Golden Half is, I ALWAYS FORGET TO REMOVE THE LENS CAP! and I ended up with black shots. -.-

I love Golden Half! It's so small and cute and portable and easy to use. Come on guys, why hesitate? Get yourself a half frame camera today!

Specifications
  • Aperture: f/8,5, f/11
  • Shutter speed: 1/100 sec
  • Lens: 22mm
  • Focal length: 1.5m to Infinity
  • Film type: 35mm

What is in the package?
  • Golden Half caemra x 1
  • Hand strap x 1
  • 35mm film x 1
  • Lens cap x 1
  • Manual x 1
Drop TFA an email if you wish to own this cute pocket size camera!!!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Polaroid Instax Camera

Polaroid Instax cameras, from Fujifilm, is very popular among many people. There are two formats of instax film and camera - the original "wide" format which gives the 60mm x 99mm image, and the "mini" format which gives the 62mm x 46mm image.


In February 2008, Polaroid announced that it stopped production of film. The release of this news caused much upset and disappointment in many people. Fujifilm became the nly supplier of instant films. In October 2009, Polaroid announced that it will bring back its classic instant film cameras.

Why is this sooooo popular among the consumers nowadays? TFA analysed and came out with the following reasons:

1. It's instant.
2. It's unique.
3. It's memorable.
4. It's precious.
5. It's a real photo.

There are different versions and limited editions of Mini Instax cameras. Fujifilm Instax Mini 7s Camera Blue/Pink/Choca/White, Fujifilm Instax Mini 25s White/Hello Kitty Camera, Fujifilm Instax Mini 50s Camera Piano Black, Fujifilm Instax 210 Camera.
Besides the different cameras which you can buy, you can purchase different films as well! There are the classic plain white ones, colourful boarders, Winnie the Pooh and other cartoon characters films!
There are more and more accessories for Polaroid cameras! Such as Holga Fisheye Lens/ Wide Lens/ Tele Lens/ Holga Filter Set for Instax Mini 7s. We have camera bags for mini 7s!

Specifications:
Instax Mini 7sInstax Mini 25Instax 210
FilmFujifilm Instant Colour film "instax mini"Fujifilm Instant Colour film "instax mini"Fujifilm Instant Colour film "instax wide"
Film size54 x 86mm (W x H)54 x 86mm (W x H)108 x 86mm (W x H)
Image area46 x 62mm46 x 62mm99 x 62m (W x H)
LensFujinon lens  f=60mm, 1:12.7, 2 components 2 elementsFujinon lens  f=60mm, 1:12.7, 2 components 2 elementsFujinon lens  f=95mm, F=14, 2 components 2 elements
FinderInverted Galilean finder, magnification 0.4, with target markReal image finder, 0.37x, with target spotReverse Galilean finder
Focusing0.6m to Infinity2 range: 0.5 -2.5m /2.5 to Infinity2 range: 0.9 -3m /3m to Infinity
ShutterElectronic shutter 1/60 sec1/3 - 1/400 sec., 2 shutter release buttons (vertical/horizontal shooting)1/64 - 1/200 sec., Electromagnetic release
Exposure compensationManual on/off (LED indicator in exposure meter)Automatic, Interlocking rane (ISO 800): LV5.0 - LV15.5, Exposure compensation (Lighten-Darken Control): ±2/3EVAutomatic, Coupled meter range (ISO 800): LV10.5 - LV15, Exposure compensation: ±2/3EV
Film feedingAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
FlashAutomatic flash in low light, automatic adjustment, 0.2-6 second recycle time, range of 0.6 - 2.7mAuto mode, Fill-in flash mode (Intelligent Flash for brighter backgrounds). Recycle time: 0.2 - 5 sec.with flashcharging lamp (red), Range: 0.5 - 2.5mFill-in flash by flash on button. Recycle time: 0.2-4sec. With flash ready indication LED in viewfinder, Range: 0.9 - 3m
Batteries4 AA 2 CR24 AA
Weight320g (without batteries and film)275g (without batteries)650g (without batteries)
Body size119.5 x 121.5 x 70.5mm (W x H x D)112 x 121 x 50.5 (W x H x D)178.5 x 94.5 x 117.5 (W x H x D)
SpecialSelf shoot mirror, comes with macro lens, film conformation windowSelf shoot mirror, comes with macro lens, film conformation window
Avail coloursPink,Blue, Chocolate, WhiteWhite, Hello KittyBlack

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Diana Family

I have blogged about Diana and its clones and our nice friend Weiling blogged about Diana Mini before. So i probably will not go through so much details in this blog post. Do re-read those posts if you would like to! =))

So... what should I write about Diana in this post? Hmm...

I know! The other time, I borrowed Weiling's Diana Mini, and took some nice photos with it. I shall share them here! =))







The last photo is my FAVOURITE!!!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Superheadz Ultra Wide & Slim (UWS)

Aren't you attracted to the cuteness and elegance of these UWS? They are soooooo prettttttyyyy! When my niece ordered Usagi Flower, and it arrived at my doorsteps, my heart melted! This toy is soooooo cute and pretty! I love the packaging as well.
It is a very easy camera to use, just point and shoot. It can achieve very cool vignetting images too! It is a wide angle lens camera and hence able to take wide shots. My brother used his White Slim Angel to shoot the National Stadium at Kallang. Uhhooooo! It's so nice. He managed to capture the entire stadium with his UWS.
It is very light, and you can carry it to wherever you go!!!


Specifications
  • Aperture: f/11
  • Lens: 22mm wide angle fixed focus
  • Shutter speed: 1/125 sec
  • No hotshoe for flash
  • No in-built flash
  • Cool vignetting effects
  • Film type: 35mm
What is in the package?
  • Ultra Wide & Slim camera x 1
  • Camera strap x 1
  • English manual
Why think? No need to think! Just own one wide angle toy camera now! Load the film and start snapping!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Holga 135BC

What does the BC stand for? Some websites say "Black Corners", some say "Bent Corners". No matter isit "black" or "bent", it means the same thing - 135BC has some vignetting effect which a standard 135 doesn't have.

Holga135BC uses 35mm films which we see in those Kodak shops or photo stores. Also, loading film into 135BC is much easier than that into 120N. Since there are 36 exposures in a roll of 35mm film, Holga135 users can have the luxury of taking more shots than those of Holga120N which only allows 12 exposures. In summary, the advantages in using Holga135BC are:

1. You still get to have the vignetting effects which a standard Holga120N has.
2. 35mm films are everywhere, so it is convenient to buy and develop photos.
3. Loading film into the camera is easy.
4. You get to take 36 exposures. More shots, more fun!

Specifications:
  • Weight: 231g
  • Image Sensor: 6x4.5cm or 6x6cm film format
  • Film format: 35mm film
  • Lens: 60mm plastic meniscus
  • Focus: Manual zone with 4 distance settings
  • Aperture settings: f/8, f/11
  • Shutter speeds: 1/125, "B"
  • Multiple exposures are allowed
Interested in getting a Holga 135BC? Check them out here!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Recesky Pinhole Camera #2

So now we all know the awesomeness of this camera, and we are going to assemble it together and start taking photos! =)

As easy as it seems, the manual is in Mandarin and if there is a need, we will do up a translation for everyone. It is our job, our duty to bring everyone into film camera haha!

Anyway, in the box, you will have:
Assembling guide/manual
Camera parts
3D viewer stand




Solely by following the pictures (without the words), you can assemble the camera frame easily and I assure you, this is much much much easier than the TLR!!! There's only one spring and there isn't any room for you to go wrong. This camera will take you less than half of the time u spent fixing the TLR..

Next up, we will be able to see a nicely assembled frame in like.. less than 20 minutes? it will look something like this..

So far so good, this isn't anything challenging up to this point. The only difficulty i faced while assembling this camera is the size of the lens cap. It is so 'fitting' that it can barely rest over the pinhole, if you are carrying it out for photog outing or even simply putting it in your bag, chances are the lens cap will drop! so you have to really use your brute strength to try to push it in and make sure that it stay and won't drop off! My thumb got slightly swollen after a few attempts =(










but trust me, the satisfaction level of assembling this camera is nothing less than that of a pinhole camera =)) especially when you realize that you can view 3D photo with this simple yet innovative 3D viewer!




That's all for now guys, any questions feel free to email us at thefilmage@gmail.com, or log in to facebook and like our page =)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Recesky Pinhole Camera


Do you guys still remember our best seller – Recesky Twin Lens Reflex camera? We had great fun and successes with the camera eh? So here we are today to introduce you it’s brother – the great Recesky Pinhole Camera!!! [insert claps]

What is so unique about this camera? Oh this was a real surprise even to us! This camera can take..
Normal photo (35mm film)
Multiple exposures
Bulb mode
3D photos
Panorama photos

AMAZING EH! How else awesome can it get to take photos with 3D effects on a film camera?! The camera comes with a 3D photo viewer, instead of wearing 3D glasses to view the photo, you actually look at the photos through the photo viewer.




And it can take panorama photos too! Which means it can photos like the one below..




This is totally possible with this camera without any touching up from photoshop, all we need is a tripod and position it and let it run on bulb mode for a while will do =)) I’ll try it out when I am free, probably at marina bay, any other nice suggestion?

That’s all for now, we will show you how the assembly is done in our next post =)) stay tune everyone!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Spinner 360°

"OMG! YOU BOUGHT IT?!" was my first reaction when my brother, a photography and lomography fanatic, brought home this bulky looking camera. It is super expensive (SGD200?). And he bought it!

When I brought to school to "show off" and play around, my friends were fascinated when I said it will turn 360° when I take a shot. So during break time, we went to some field behind our school building, stood in a circle, and waited for me to pull the cord.

"Smile, everyone. Ready?"
"Yupp, ok."
Buzzzz
... ...
"That's it?" (everyone was frozen there with their smiles.)
"Eh, I think so."

And we let out bursts of laughters. haha!!! It's damn funny as it's my first time using it, and we all didn't feel secure, as we felt that our photos are not captured.
In the end, the photos turn out to be GOOD!

Spinner 360° is really expensive. The camera itself is expensive. You can only take 7 or 8 shots out of a roll of 36 exposures. (very lugi hor.) Developing sprocket holes will burn a hole in my pocket as well. -.-

But it's damn COOL! WIth Spinner 360°, we don't have to try to squeeze our heads together in front of the camera lens, and hope our faces will be taken, or hope that we are not blocked. Everyone just needs to stand in a circle, and smile! =) A group photo is taken! Spinner 360° works super well for groups shots! Scenery shots are great too!

Specifications
  • Shutter speed: Relative shutter speed equivalent 1/125s ~ 1/250s , slow speed manually
  • Aperture: f/8, f/16
  • Standard tripod mount
  • Built-in bubble level
  • Lens: 25mm; Fixed focus: 1m~inf.
  • Film Type: 35mm

What is in the package?
  •  Lomography Spinner 360° x 1
  • Camera Manual x 1
  • Contact prints of sample shots, with explanations of how to create them behind x 11
  • Metal lens hood x 1 (preattached to the camera)
  • Lens cap x 1
Sorry guys, but TFA is not bringing in any Spinner 360°. If you guys are interested, please visit Lomography.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Holga 120

I think I might have trouble blogging about 30 toy cameras! So I have decided to split the Holga Family into many posts. haha. I know I have blogged about Holga 135BC and Holga 120N before... But can I please cheat a little for this 30-day challenge?! haha.

When I was thinking of getting a Holga for myself, I was torn between 120N and 135BC. Right now, I am proud to be an owner of Holga120N!

Why did I decide to get a 120N instead of a 135BC? I was attracted by the modifications which I can do with 120N. And I can have sprocket holes by using 35mm film without the 35mm adaptor back. I will get to the details later. Let me first explain how to use a 120mm film and a 35mm film in a Holga120N.

Using 120mm film
Holga120 is created to use 120mm film. It is longer than a 35mm film and only has 12 exposures. There're two film size masks for Holga - 6cm x 6cm square and 6cm x 4.5cm rectangle for you to choose. Film advancement is easy if you are using 120mm film, just need to turn the film advancement knob until you see the number showing at the Holga back.


Using 35mm film
If you are using a 35mm film on a Holga 120, you will need a 35mm adapter. Also, you will have to advance the film by manually counting the number of clicks/turns. Here is a table of number of clicks provided exclusively by The Film Age.

Load4213182616
12714182715
22515172815
32116172915
42117173015
52018173115
62019163215
72020163315
81921163414
91922163514
101923163614
111824163711
12182516


The little space is for you to write down some notes of the shots you took. Get a pencil, and ticktick after you shoot, so that you can keep track how many clicks to turn next.

Do you realise that the number of clicks get smaller and smaller? Imagine now you load a roll of film.

On the left side, there are more films. But as you advance the roll, more film will get onto the right side. Right? Hence, the diameter of film on the right gets bigger, and it will require lesser turns to advance the rest of the film.
Don't get it? It's ok. It's just for fun! =))

If you are using 35mm film on Holga 120 WITHOUT a 35mm adapter, you will have... SPROCKET HOLES! Yea!


We wrote a post on Holga 120 modifications such as shape masks and sproket holes mod. Check them out again - shape masks, sproket hole.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Tomy ToLNe

These cute squarish toy cameras, Tomy ToLNe is manufactured the famous Takara Tomy Japan since 2007. It stopped selling for a while, and now... TADA they are back!!!

Although available in 4 colours (blue, green, pink and black), I am attracted by the outstanding colours! I personally feel that they are nice shades of blue, green and pink. haha.

Each package comes with 3 very fun filters - fog, sepia and split frame. And... heh heh heh, it has SPROKET HOLES features!



Specifications:
  • Uses standard 35mm film
  • 32mm plastic lens
  • F8 aperture & shutter speed of approx. 1/250s
  • Bulb mode
  • MX feature
  • Built-in flash
  • Includes 3 Filters: Fog/ Triple/ Sepia and 1 film frame
After blogging this post, and the more I look at the cameras, the more tempted I am to get one myself! If i want to buy, I will definitely go for the Green one! My favourite colour! hahaha.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Holga 135TIM

Holga 135TIM - the Sm:)ely camera.

What does TIM stand for?
It stands for Twin Image Maker.

Alot people mistake Holga 135TIM as a half frame camera, just like Diana Mini or Golden Half. But no, it is not a half frame camera. Its functions are much more interesting... or should I say, complicated?

I don't own a Holga 135TIM (yet). However, this is what I have found out online.

Each "eye" operates as a lens. You can open and close the "eyes" to use both together or individually.
You can play around with Holga 135TIM by:
(a) Using two lenses seperately to take completely independent pictures.
(b) Using two lenses together to take two basically identical pictures at the same time; and
(c) Using two lenses together to take 3D pictures of objects at a close distance (less than 3m).

Opening both "eyes", and snap a shot, is very easy. Just press the shutter, and turn the film advance gear.

Using one "eye" individually is tricker. Open the left "eye", close the right "eye", snap the photo. DO NOT TURN THE FILM ADVANCE KNOB. Now, open the right "eye", close the left "eye", snap the photo. OK, NOW TURN THE FILM ADVANCE KNOB. haha.

So, you need to remember opening and closing which eyes, snapping, and turning the knob. Quite challenging, I feel.

No matter what, Holga 135TIM never fails to bring a SM:)E on my face.

Specifications:
  • Film type: 35mm film
  • Lens: f/8, 29mm
  • Aperture: f8, f11, f22
  • Shutter speed: 1/100 s
  • Frame specification: 24 x 18mm X 2
  • View finder: Centre-line-positioned eye level direct view finder
  • Focusing: Fixed focus
  • Dimensions: 208 x 103 x 45mm
  • Weight: 160g
  • Available colours: Black, White, Yellow, Red, Red white, Pink, Blue