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Modified, re-loaded "disposable" cameras


I like to play around with disposible cameras. I reload them after use. I also modify panoramic models to take full frame pictures. (Normally, panoramics only expose a 12 mm high strip down the middle of the frame, instead of the full 24 mm height of a standard 35 mm frame. This seems like a silly waste of film to me. In addition, I adapt them to take 24 exposure rolls, rather than the usual 12.

Unfortunately, newer models have non-standard film drive mechanisms, but older ones can be used with standard 35 mm cartridges.

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pillars Great Sail
West Newton, Massachusetts, June 1994. Cambridge, Massachusetts August 1994
Calder sculpture at M.I.T. The Great Sail.
The two images above were made with a modified Konica disposable camera, the no-longer-available model with the 17 mm lens.

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cellar ghost blur boats Tova blur
Newtonville, Massachusetts, 1992.
My cellar. A place for everything, and everything someplace.
Boston, Massachusetts, July 1994.
Officially: the "Longfellow Bridge"; better known to Bostonians as the "Salt & Pepper Bridge".
Newtonville, Massachusetts,1992.

My daughter on the swing.

The four images above were made with a Kodak panoramic disposable, modified for full-frame, and also for "T" shutter function. Kodak Ektar 25 film, (except fireworks, Kodacolor Gold 100) exposures approximately 15 seconds.

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Swan boat Land boat ive barn
Swan Boat, Boston Public Garden The two images above were made during a Charles River Wheelmen ride north of Boston, August 1996
Konica single use flash camera, Kodak Royal Gold 400 film.

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