The two books below are actually the same book. The one on the left is the American version and the one on the right is the British version. I really find this book helpful when it comes to quickly finding out specs for toy cameras. I could see this book also being helpful for people wanting to purchase their first couple of toy cameras and researching which would best suit their shooting needs. For each camera it lists what kind of film is used, ISO range, what kind of lens, what the focusing capabilities are, if it has a flash or not, aperture sizes, shutter speeds, similar cameras, as well as variant models. All of these things are nicely listed for each camera so you can quickly find the information. There are also nice examples of photographs taken by each camera so you know what the outcome might look like! And for about $17 retail, it is perfect for all levels of photographers! Below are the two book versions, an image of all of the toy cameras discussed in the book , and also a video flip-through provided below!

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This book is great to show you the WHOLE process of using a toy camera. By whole process I mean it starts out with the history of plastic/toy cameras and how they became so popular. It talks about loading the camera, shooting conditions, flashes, different films, camera modifications, and filters, specifically Diana’s, Holgas, Lensbaby, and Blackbird cameras. It delves into processing your film, handling, and storing your film. And finally talks about printing and showing off your images. This book actually teaches you how to make the best images possible with your toy camera from start to finish!

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This book is a true reference guide to collecting cameras. The book below is the most recent version, 12th edition, and is from 2005-2006. I personally have the 9th version from 1995-1996 (about 600 pages) and it works perfectly fine for my needs. This book lists almost every camera made, what company made it, each cameras official name, the dates it was produced, its size, what size film each camera used, as well as a price guide for what the camera is worth. Depending on the camera, a brief history or little factoid may be provided. There are hundreds of illustrations to help you identify the camera you have found!


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