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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
It's not as easy as it seems
By B. King
Sure, it's cheap. Buying and developing your first roll of film will probably cost more than this camera. That doesn't mean it STAYS cheap. You're going to spend a lot of money if you want to learn how to use this camera properly.
I bought it for the .gifs. If you search "Nishika" on tumblr, you'll find a lot of cool animated gifs where the frames flow back and forth, resulting in a shot that looks like the signature moments from "The Matrix", only instead of Keanu dodging bullets, you get to see people in giant sunglasses blowing cigarette smoke. Awesome.
Out of the four rolls I went through before giving up on this camera, I think I pulled off three or four 3D gifs that I thought were acceptable. Coming from a digital photography and videography background (I primarily shoot with a Canon 1D MKIV), I forgot how challenging it is to expose on 35mm film with no light meter and only one choice for exposure settings (bright, or less bright). This is nothing like the 35mm disposable cameras that we've all used that somehow came out evenly exposed most of the time. This camera will result in dark or blown out frames four out of every five times you click the shutter. Since each exposure uses four frames of film, that adds up very fast.
I am not entirely faulting the camera for its technical limitations. My inability to expose for it does fall heavily on me. I'm saying that you as a user will need to take a lot of time and effort to figure out how to make this thing work nicely, and that will be a fairly expensive process. Once you figure THAT out, you'll need to come up with a process to get your film developer to not crop your prints, then figure out workflow to scan and align the resulting images. Be prepared.
The camera's packaging is very retro-sexy and hopefully will never change. The box is now a showpiece in my office that I'm more proud of than the images I've created with it. The camera itself is a hollow, moulded piece of plastic that feels like any other $12 35mm camera from the '90s. It's a very simple device, and does what it says it will do. Push a button and two frames of film will be exposed. Wind to the next two. Repeat.
Searching for media and posts tagged "Nishika" will net you a lot of very cool pictures and moving images, but the purchase of this camera on its own is far from a promise that you'll be able to make the same things. Trying to become a Lenticular 3D photographer will take a lot of time, money, trial and error. Either be prepared for that kind of commitment, or leave it to the hipsters.
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
so far it's been OK,
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful. See all 19 customer reviews...
Broke pretty quickly
When I first got the camera, it made a rattling sound like there was something loose and just rolling around in there, but everything seemed to be working fine. Halfway through the first roll though, the shutter stopped working. I'm going to try to fix it later, but to most people it probably wouldn't seem worth the trouble.
I also have the n8000 and have had no problems with it. If you're looking to buy a Nishika camera I would definitely recommend the n8000 over the n9000.