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    35mm Toy Camera

    Reading about this new 35mm TTL toy camera, I thought, is there another one that is designed for 35mm film but smaller, like a toy RF? I am not talking about modified Holgas and such, but an actual small 35mm toy camera to put in my pocket and snap around. 120 cameras are too big.
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    Your local dollar store should have something suitable.

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    If you like wide-angle photography, I would recommend the Vivitar Ultra Wide & Slim. Otherwise, I use my Smena 8M, which, by the way, was my first camera at the age of 7. You can buy either camera for the the price of a roll of film.

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    Your local dollar store should have something suitable.
    From what I know, local stores don't trade in dollars around here. And anyway, no, they don't carry cameras. Which cameras were you thinking about anyway?

    Quote Originally Posted by aparat View Post
    If you like wide-angle photography, I would recommend the Vivitar Ultra Wide & Slim. Otherwise, I use my Smena 8M, which, by the way, was my first camera at the age of 7. You can buy either camera for the the price of a roll of film.
    I found the Smena 8M on ebay and will try to get a good price for it. I see it goes from 10 to 50 US dollars.
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    I have been thinking about getting a LOMO fisheye camera...

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    I have the Fisheye 2. The rewind lever broke off after 3 rolls
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    I find the Smena (Smegma?) 8 has a rather too good a triplet lens for 'toy camera' pictures. The one trait I found it has in common with the Diana is that is disintegrates in your hands: the plastic's strength is as if the camera had been carved from soap. The Smena Symbol is supposed to be better built.

    A cheap disposable camera would be the common 'toy' 35mm. Buy the crapiest you can, some of the Kodaks have actual 2-element achromats for lenses, so watch out for lurking quality.

    They also make cheap 35mm reloadable cameras in the US: "Barbie Cam", "French Fry Cams", etc., http://www.merrillphoto.com/JunkStoreCameras.htm for more info.

    I would go to a toy store to look for them. Here they also show up at thrift stores run by charitable organizations, I don't know if these stores exist in Greece.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicholas Lindan View Post
    I find the Smena (Smegma?) 8 has a rather too good a triplet lens for 'toy camera' pictures. The one trait I found it has in common with the Diana is that is disintegrates in your hands: the plastic's strength is as if the camera had been carved from soap. The Smena Symbol is supposed to be better built.

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    i have an ansco film camera, cost about 10 bucks on ebay. small, plastic and takes fairly good images if i point it in the right direction.
    http://www.aclancyphotography.com

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    I have been looking a the Smenas in EBay and they come in a variety of prices.
    Considering it is probably worth just some pocket change, what would be a good price for it?
    The cheapest I find is something ten bucks for the camera and twenty for the shipping...
    Or maybe I should move up and get a Rollei 35...
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