SHOOTING WITH THE AKIRA 2000N 35mm CAMERA

Posted in 35MM CAMERAS, TOY CAMERAS by Nicole Gelinas on April 16, 2012

I received this camera from my mom who found it at a yard sale for something like $1. I tried to find some information about the Akira, but I was having a hard time even finding examples of photos that people had taken using the camera. Clearly the Akira 2000N camera is not too popular?!

The whole camera is made from plastic, body, lens and all and uses 35mm film! It is very lightweight and feels like you are holding nothing in yours hands, although it is quite a large camera for what it does! It does have a place to attach a flash, a tripod, and/or a cable release, which seems a little crazy to me! There are 4 apertures for this camera: F6.3, F8, F11, and F16. Each of these are also clearly marked with a little weather symbol so it helps you guess the exposure if you are just learning. For example the F6.3 has a little cloud icon which is what you would set it to for complete cloud cover situations, while the F16 has a sun icon and is for full sunlight. The shutter speed on this camera is preset and there is no way to change it. Since the Akira 2000N 50mm lens is plastic, the photos come out pretty soft looking, but give you that nice lomography look. The Akira 2000N would be a great alternative to a Diana or Holga camera!

This camera is definitally not an SLR camera! While I knew this going in, usually you only have to worry about parallax error, not necessarily the viewfinder completely lying to you! Hah! I shot a full roll of film and got it developed on the same day. When the images came back I was really surprised to see that the way I had composed my shots in the viewfinder is not how they turned out on the actual photo! Everything looked zoomed out, so the camera captured more of the surroundings than the viewfinder led me to believe! Here is an example below: the top image is what I saw through the viewfinder window and the bottom is what the camera actually captured. Pretty big difference right!

So just keep in mind when shooting with the Akira 2000N, that when looking through the viewfinder everything looks larger and is more zoomed in that what will actually appear on the photo. You will definitely be capturing a lot more of your surrounds than you are bargaining for! Other than that, the camera is pretty straightforward to use and is comparable to shooting with most toy cameras on the market for a much better price! I will be posting more shots from the Akira very soon, so stay tuned!

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DONATIONS AT CAMERA CRYPT

Posted in UNCATEGORIZED by Nicole Gelinas on April 5, 2012

I wanted to make a short post about a few items that were recently donated to Camera Crypt just to give a special thanks to both of the people who donated! You can also find a list of donations and links to donors websites on the dedicated THANKS page on the right of the screen. The list is permanent and will always be available for perusing. If you have anything that you would like to donate, head to the DONATE page for more details! Thanks again for all your support!

The first donation was from Keryn Means of Walkingon Travels who donated all the film you see above!! There was some 35mm Kodak Portra 400VC, 35mm Kodak 400Tmax, 400T-Max 120, and Portra 400VC 120. I have never shot with any of these films before, so I am really excited to see what photos come from them!

The second donation come from Nameisis Film Paradise who donated two sets of close-up filters (a 49mm set and a 55mm set), a Massa 55mm neutral density filter (ND8), and a 49mm polarizing filter!

I want to thank both of my donors for their generosity and sharing the joy of photography with me!! I will keep you all posted on when this gear and film is used, so stay tuned!

UPDATE ON CAMERA CRYPT

Posted in UNCATEGORIZED by Nicole Gelinas on February 21, 2012

I have not posted anything in a few days because I have been busy taking photos of the cameras that I will be using for this blog! I have finally finished, at least for the moment, and I divided them into sections and added buttons on the bottom right of the sidebar that are always visible. I wanted to give you a chance to see what will be in store for the future! Now as I am adding new posts to the blog you can see exactly what camera I used and what it looks like! Here are the sections:

Eventually, I would like to add a very small history for each of the cameras as well as their technical specifications. I started doing this in the toy camera section if you want to take a peak. As I use more cameras, and post about them, I will link each camera picture to the corresponding posts about that specific camera.

Please let me know if you have any feedback. I would love to here what you are thinking about the blog so far!