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    WHy don't you put these beauties up for sale in the classified section of this forum? I am sure many would be interested, but of course you have to set a price rather than auction them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brofkand View Post
    I am more or less "anti-Holga."
    An alternative is a Spiratone Portragon, occasionally pops up on ebay. Turns your Nikon into a Diana, sans light leaks etc..

    A cheaper Krappy-Kamera is an Empire Baby, takes 127 film. There are quite a few really bad 127 cameras available, usually too crappy to make it to ebay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brofkand View Post
    John:

    Thanks. Do you know if anyone still makes box cameras?
    hi

    i don't think anyone still makes box cameras, too bad they aren't being
    re-introduced as an alternative to the holga. no-focus, point and shoot,
    sharp or not so sharp image sounds good to me!


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    Quote Originally Posted by jmooney View Post
    I actully just picked up 2 box cameras for eBay. They're LF box cams...I've never heard of them till I stumbled on them the other day. The sellers listed them as 4X5 but I think they're actually plate cameras of some sort. I paid Holga like prices and expect Holga like results so they'll be something fun to mess with.

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    i have the same things!
    they are just like the delmar ...
    and they take a modern film holder
    AND polaroid 545 backs
    if you need to clean the shutter/s
    there are 4 screws on the face plate that can
    be removed, and the whole thing pops off.
    the shutter is a simple guillotine.
    usually after 100 +/- years
    there is a little bit of debris and lint / dustbunnies in the shutter, and
    it can be cleaned ( pick the lint and stuff out ) and lubed
    ( drop of sewingmachine oil on a toothpick ) and put back on the box.

    demar good

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicholas Lindan View Post
    There are quite a few really bad 127 cameras available, usually too crappy to make it to ebay.
    I find this very difficult to believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnanian View Post
    i don't think anyone still makes box cameras
    Sure there are, and as popular as ever, the modern box camera is called a 'disposable' - and it is back to the original concept of the Kodak box camera: you return the whole thing for processing and never have to touch the film.

    They seem to be putting 2-element lenses into the things, though. Bummer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicholas Lindan View Post
    Sure there are, and as popular as ever, the modern box camera is called a 'disposable' - and it is back to the original concept of the Kodak box camera: you return the whole thing for processing and never have to touch the film.

    They seem to be putting 2-element lenses into the things, though. Bummer.
    hi nicholas,

    yes, i agree the 35mm disposable is kind of like the original concept,
    but there is not a 120 format box camera,
    that the user can load and unload the film into.

    127 format too crappy to make it to ebay??
    my first camera was a box that took 127 film, a flashfun, it was great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnanian View Post
    there is not a 120 format box camera,
    that the user can load and unload the film into.
    I don't think 120 is ever going to be a consumer film again. The original Holga [made for the Chinese market and using 120 film because it doesn't require an enlarger to make prints] was probably the last of the breed.

    There are some reusable 35mm crappy cameras, I don't know if they are being made new: "Time Magazine", "Benz Gant" ... The Benz Gant advertisements are a scream - see the 'heard the news' section of junk store cameras, below.

    http://www.merrillphoto.com/JunkStoreCameras.htm has reviews and sample shots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicholas Lindan View Post
    I don't think 120 is ever going to be a consumer film again. The original Holga [made for the Chinese market and using 120 film because it doesn't require an enlarger to make prints] was probably the last of the breed.

    There are some reusable 35mm crappy cameras, I don't know if they are being made new: "Time Magazine", "Benz Gant" ... The Benz Gant advertisements are a scream - see the 'heard the news' section of junk store cameras, below.

    http://www.merrillphoto.com/JunkStoreCameras.htm has reviews and sample shots.
    i think you are right
    that website is great, thanks !

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    There are simply too many choices in the box camera realm. It's impossible to know which one to look for, and how much is too much to pay. I'll probably just keep using the Brownie. It's not too big of a hassle to re-roll 120 film. I just need to get a changing bag so I can do it while watching TV :-)

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