I went to my very first camera fair today. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but the opportunity was there so I took it. There seems to be 3 a year and after today I will definitely go again.
There were quite a few stands there with a wide range of film cameras. To be honest the whole thing made me realise that:
- I am a nerd
- I have a nice camera collection
- I know a fair bit about cameras
- I am a nerd
- I can’t resist a cheap old camera
I didn’t go with the intention of buying anything, but there were junk bins!
The junk bins were the only areas that were hard to get a space to peruse. I had to hold my ground a few times. I did notice I was probably the only female there and so I felt I had to be a little more “stand my ground-ish”. One or two Japanese men tried to push me out of the way. In these instances being short and rotund, low center of gravity, really helped. Having stood my ground I felt like I should buy something, it was my god given right!
So I ended up buying 4 cameras for about $30
They all seem to function properly apart from the flash on the Olympus. I will work on that, but the camera doesn’t need it to function in daylight. I will test them all eventually and put them on here.
After the fair I went to a fabric area in Tokyo and bought some leather and stuff to reskin either these or future purchases.
Once I got home the weather was awful so I decided to spend my time changing light seals and reskinning some of the cameras I bought. Here are the results: