Instamatics were cheap plastic affairs, semi-light-tight since they used the 126 film format, a drop-in plastic cartridge that contained the film, rolled with a thick backing paper so you could see the frame numbers through a little window on the back of the camera. Perfect for a kid. And perfect for a big kid, too, who found directions on how to convert an instamatic to 135 film (better know as 35mm.) My conversion was even simpler, just by notching the top of the film spool and then covering the numerous gaps in the camera with black sticky-back craft foam. I ran a roll through this weekend, and am going to get the negatives done at Walgreens over lunch.
Factoring in the amount of hacking I had to do to get this image digitized, the results are not bad.
(photo tinkered with since my yard is not blue-green)
- Crappy camera to start with
- Using film twice as fast as recommended for the camera
- Using film not at all made for the camera
- Hand-held photograph of the negative as pressed against my (tinted) office window
- Hand-inverting the image from the negative