ShittyCameraChallenge, #InstantRegret: the Kodak Handle lives!

Following my recent failed attempt to get a working image from the Handle I had a breakthrough. A neighbour has a number of original Kodak instant prints and was kind enough to lend me one.

Comparing the Kodak film with a piece of Instax Square film showed that modern Instax is about half the thickness of the Kodak film. At the bottom of the film is a long ‘pod’ which is used to space out the films in the cassette and provides support for the camera to push each film towards rollers for development.

Using a piece of plastic from a folder that was roughly the same thickness as the Kodak film I made an Instax mount. Along the bottom of the mount I added a further sliver of plastic and wrapped this with a piece of masking tape for extra support. 

After testing the mount with an exposed piece of Instax and the dark slide a couple of times, it seemed to work so I loaded a piece of unexposed film and took a photograph. 

Imagine my surprise as an image started to appear! After a couple of image was a reasonably exposed frame, and just to make sure this wasn’t a fluke I made three more exposures.

The first exposed the trees beautifully, but the cloudy sky with a bit of blue sky was burned out.

Something went wrong with the second frame and the mount started to be ejected with the dark slide. In retrospect I think the dark slide has to be securely fitted before inserting the cassette into the camera. Nevertheless, I continued taking a photograph and the result certainly fulfills the competition rules for #shittycamerachallenge #instantregret. 

The last photograph was a nicely exposed frame of the street, and the mount worked perfectly.

Since taking these photographs, I have made two more mounts and now I have enough for three films in the cassette at the same time. I have to perform one final check but I think I’m nearly ready to try some different film.


Published by Keith Devereux

'Let me close my eyes and sense the beauty around me. And take that breath under the dark sky full of stars.' Mira Furlan

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