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{No Time Like the Present} Sears 35rf, 2019

I mentioned a couple of posts back that I used to have a series called “Forgotten Frames” for when I found a roll of undeveloped film that was old enough for me to have forgotten what was on it. As opposed to the current series of photos from film I just plain didn’t get developed for far too long – the photos should not go under the “forgotten frames” category, but I don’t always remember what was on the film either. The reason I went into that spiel is that I was genuinely a bit perplexed by the photos on this roll. There were a lot of them that I couldn’t remember taking nor did I remember having this camera with me some of the places shown in the pictures. It was only because I knew the last few photos were taken with my Sears 35rf that I was able to identify which camera I’d used for these.

I had the 35rf with me at Low Fi once? I have no memory of this.

I was SERIOUSLY confused by photos of a hotel pool on this roll (I think it was when we went to see Lauren Daigle in concert and stayed in a hotel so we didn’t have to drive back late.)

When did I take this camera to the Memphis Zoo?? Oh, it must have been that day we visited the zoo because our neighborhood had a planned power outage. 

I used this camera at Coffee Central Squared? If you say so!

Using the 35rf at my job to photograph this car does not ring a bell.


The only reason I was able to identify the camera for this roll of film: I remember taking photos of the lights at City and State because I was trying to show my niece how using a rangefinder camera worked.

Speaking of my niece…

Blurry photo of our old family friend Joey doing his job as City & State barista

And more lighting fixture photography: this time at Pyro’s Pizza. The End.

Sears 35rf  • Fujicolor 200

{No Time Like the Present} Minolta Hi-Matic AF2, 2019

This post does fall into the “no time like the present” blog category, but it’s also sort of “hey, I got to try out ANOTHER Minolta Hi-matic AF2!”

I say that these cameras keep coming to me. I had my original Hi-matic AF2 from 2017 when I found so many cameras at thrift shops (I paid $2.50 for it.) Then, early in 2019, I happened upon another one for $1.00 at a local discount store that sells mostly used goods. It was pretty dirty, but I couldn’t leave it there. That one works, but I never got around to using it. Then, a few months later, I found the pièce de résistance: a Minolta Hi-Matic AF2 that came with the lens cover! It isn’t a big deal, but since this was the first time I’d found one with the cover, I had to have it! (Cost: $8.00)

I happened to go to a baseball game a couple of days after finding this camera, so that’s where this roll of film began. Also: I bought this camera because I wanted the lens cap, then nearly lost it forever at this baseball game. It fell off somewhere, and I really didn’t think that I’d be able to find it. It was next to a trash can 🙁

Taken at Redbirds Stadium in downtown Memphis, Tennessee


Minolta Hi-matic AF2 • Fuji Superia 400

Bonus photo of the lens cover that came with this camera. It covers the shutter button as well so it doesn’t get tripped by accident.


{No Time Like the Present} Pentax Spotmatic SPII, 2018

This will be the first in a series of photos that were taken so long ago that I really don’t know how to present them. I went an extended period of time without getting film developed, and as a result, have a lot of new photos to share that aren’t exactly recent. So, I figured there’s no time like the present to share them!

Today’s post is made up of photos taken in 2018 with my Pentax Spotmatic SPII (my $7.99 Salvation Army score from 2017.) I’m glad I got the film developed now. It reminded me of how much I like the Takumar lens that came with the camera.

These photos in particular just feel like every photo I took in 2017 for my daily photo project. Just photos documenting everyday little things.

Mini vegan chocolate cake with cream cheese icing

Some narcissus flowers (I think…)

My niece modeling the Legend of Zelda necklace I bought her

Mini vegan carrot cake with cream cheese icing

At Area 51 ice cream

It’s called fashion, sweetie

My niece modeling the Death Note necklace I got her

Vegan raspberry chocolate chip blondie bars

One of my favorite things: emptying the change out of my bluebird of happiness coin bank

Vegan apple bread

Nature-y stuff around my family’s property

Pineapple painted gold, from a women’s brunch I attended at church


Pentax Spotmatic SPII • SMC Takumar 55mm f/1.8 • Kodak Ultramax 400

{Square in an Instant}

Lemme tell you: I LOVE square photos. I miss Polaroid (okay, so they’re still a thing, but for more money and less awesome results.) I was so excited a few years ago when Instax came out with a square format. I was already shooting the Mini and Wide Instax formats, so the addition of little square photos excited me.

The Fuji Instax SQ6 is a camera I picked up in November 2018, right before going on a little vacation to the Smoky Mountains. As in, it arrived the night before we left, and I took it with me and started using it on our trip without any prior experience with the camera. This is not something I would normally recommend one doing, because you should not risk vacation photos by using a camera you have no experience with. But on a mostly automatic instant film camera, the risk wasn’t that high. The SQ6 operates similarly to the Instax Mini 90 (which I’ll discuss at some point in this post,) so I felt I could be comfortable using it for vacation shots.

I meant to actually review this camera after I’d used it for a bit, but that never happened because I just kept on shooting it, figuring out how to get the best results as I went along. That’s why these photos are from late 2018/early 2019.

A few selection from my previously posted Smoky Mountain blog:

And now for a bunch of photos I’d intended to use for a review!

A few Christmas double exposures. Catch me in one of them?

Macro shots are not easy to frame on this camera, as evidenced by this photo

Another example of tricky macro mode photography

Snapshots from the small town where I live

The bathroom at the dental college where my niece has her orthodontic work done

I’m actually glad I took these photos, because the gas station has since been refurbished and doesn’t have the same paint job or the gas pump on their sign anymore

Macro, in an instance where framing wasn’t too critical

These were hard to photograph without getting glare on the photo – but yay for lit signs at Bass Pro in Memphis

I am a Man mural in downtown Memphis near the National Civil Rights Museum

I told my niece that, if she had social media, this would have been a good profile picture (also taken in downtown Memphis)

This is a double exposure that wasn’t worth the trouble – I stepped on a spike from the honey locust tree and impaled my shoe/toe

(there are a few SQ 6 photos I really like that are in a post from last year and below are a few from that same time period, as a bonus)

I really wanted this Instax SQ6 to be just like a square version of the Instax Mini 90, but it’s not. I’m very happy you can choose to turn the flash off on the SQ6 (which isn’t the case for most Instax cameras,) but some of the extra features that both the SQ6 and Mini 90 share in common are much less functional on the former than on the latter. They both have double exposure, macro, infinity focus, and light/dark exposure compensation, but on the SQ6, you can’t combine any of those features because they’re all selected through the same mode button. More specifically, my complaint is that the light/dark compensation needs to be its own button like on the Mini 90.

Double exposures are hard to do when you can’t change the amount of exposure they’re receiving; you end up with an overexposed picture because you exposed the film twice  without being able to dial in less exposure for each shot on that frame of film. Also, what if you need to focus to infinity but need to dial in more or less exposure? If Fuji would make a square format camera that’s almost exactly like the SQ6, but with the addition of a separate light/dark button, I’d be IN!