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Thursday
Apr142011

Roniflex Plastic Toy 35mm Film Camera Video Review

(Please click here if you can't see the video.)

 The Roniflex X3000 film camera offers a tantalising mix of plastic lensed lomo loveliness with the convenience of 35mm film, and I picked this one up from a charity shop for a couple of pounds.

Technically the Roniflex uses a 50mm fixed focus lens, and 4 aperture positions to control the exposure - Cloudy, Overcast, Light Sun and Bright Sun. These settings equate to f/4, f/5.6, f/8 and f/11, although they must be approximate as the lens says it has a maximum aperture of f/5.6....

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Build quality, as you'd expect, is wonderfully poor. It's tricky getting the rear door open, and the wind-on needs carefully checking. I managed to waste a whole roll of film by not fixing it on properly - so make sure you're looking at the wind-back lever when you wind the film on - it should rotate too!

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The black and white self-developed film you see here doesn't really show the Roniflex off to its full potential. I expect it to take the best looking photographs on colour film, on sunny days, probably with plenty of interesting flare and light leaks.

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Keep your eyes open for these little beauties while you're scouring the thrift stores and garage sales - a plastic toy camera that uses 35mm film rather that the more difficult to handle 120, deserves a place in every camera enthusiasts collection.

Cheers, Rob.

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