Roll 87. Bilora Blitz box camera
I hadn’t given up on the plan of making a pinhole conversion of a camera for the Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day. I won an auction for two very cheap box cameras, hoping to convert one into a pinhole camera. The simple construction would lend itself well to such a project I think. However, the cameras didn’t make it in time, and I got them on the following Tuesday afternoon.
One of them was broken, and I put it aside for the pinhole conversion. The other, a Bilora Blitz (1950’s), seemed to work just fine. It had lost the carrying handle, was very dirty, but the shutter fired reliably.
I took a screwdriver and pried the front plate off so I could access the insides of the mechanism. I cleaned the two viewfinders and the lens and put it back together. Early on Saturday morning Doggie and I went for a walk and I shot one of the remaining rolls of bad Ultrafine Plus film.
Using it was even easier than shooting with the Empire Junior toy camera. A single shutter speed (maybe 1/40), fixed focus, and f11 & f16 apertures, so it was just a matter of pointing the camera in the right direction and pressing the shutter button.
The film came out with very faint spots, dots and numbers, much less than the previous bad rolls, but still there.