Through The Viewfinder and What Alice Found There
This bank holiday I bought myself a new film camera to add to my collection - an Agfa Optima Sensor Flash. I found it in Oxfam for only £3.99 and although I'd never heard of the camera model before, I have heard of the Agfa brand (I already own an Agfa camera and use Agfa film) so I thought I might as well try it out!
The camera itself is really small and light making it perfect for carrying in my pocket for quick and easy snapshots. It has a fixed lens with a dial to change the ISO to match that of the film you insert, and 3 options for depth of field - close up, portrait and infinity. There is a pop up flash unit on the top which is really handy when photographing indoors, or even just on a cloudy day outside! The shutter is a lever which you have to pull fully outwards, and then press the large red button to release the shutter and take the photo. It all seems pretty easy at the moment and I got the hang of it fairly quickly, considering I'd never heard of this camera model before. It didn't come with a manual so I did have to Google a few things, such as how to rewind the film! However, seeing as I haven't yet used a whole film with it, I don't know how easy that will be!
So far, I'm really pleased with this camera! Charity shops are a great place to pick up some amazing bargains, especially on older camera models and lenses. 3 of my cameras have now come from Oxfam - although they need cleaning up a bit and are quite likely to have a few marks and scratches on them, you are very likely to get a camera that still works great for a fraction of the normal retail price! I can't complain about either of the cameras I already own from Oxfam, they work perfectly! Once I have used up the film in this new Agfa, I will write another post to let you all know how it works and what the photos turn out like! I'm really excited to see the results!
Landscape & travel photographer from Cumbria, UK.