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Long Beach with My Konica Big Mini

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I decided that I want to share some of my film photos from our most recent California vacation while I’m working on my more detailed posts about our trip.

The first part of our visit out west was in Long Beach. While researching about what we might like to do while there, I came across Relics, California’s first Black-owned film camera store and lifestyle brand. This store wasn’t too far from where we were staying (although it was a longer walk than I anticipated) so I made sure to get there.

I had it in my head that I wanted to buy something there since all of my other used camera purchases have been made online. I liked the idea of getting something from an actual brick and mortar store.

Relics is a small shop, but they had an excellent selection of film cameras, all of which are fully restored.

For our California trip last year, I had gotten a Rollei Giro 105, a point and shoot camera. I enjoyed shooting with it and the results were reasonable good. However, the shuttered died while we were away. The Rollei was my first and only point and shoot camera. Since I’m satisfied with my current camera options, I decided that if I were to buy anything, it would be another point and shoot.

After looking at a few options while talking with the helpful salesperson, I settled on a Konica Big Mini 510z. It’s one of the few, if not the only, zoom Big Mini with a 35-70mm f/3.9-7.4 lens.

Needless to say, I was eager to try my new camera. I had brought my Minolta Hi-Matic 11 with me along with 9 rolls of film. I shot 3 rolls in the Big Mini and started a 4th. Of course, it was a little risky to shoot a lot of film with a camera I never used before but since Relics restores their cameras, I felt confident that the camera worked. The first roll I put in the Big Mini was a roll of Kodak Color Plus.

After getting coffee one morning, I took a picture of the building across the street from the coffee shop.

A bit later that day, Holly and I went to Colorado Lagoon where I took a few more pictures.

Our main destination for the day was Jack Dunster Marine Reserve. I took a couple photos on the walk there.

The Marine Reserve was lovely and scenic. I took a few photos with the Big Mini, including a classic “first day with the new camera” photo that features one of my fingers. Luckily, that was the only instance of that mistake.

I took more photos on our way back to our room but didn’t quite finish the roll.

Although I had only 6 frames left, it took me 2 more outings to finish it.

The next morning, I took 3 photos on the way to brunch.

I finished the roll later that day at Marina Pacifica which is a shopping center on the opposite side of Jack Dunster Marine Reserve.

I enjoyed shooting with the Big Mini and glad I picked it up. As much as I love my other cameras, having a point and shoot is convenient at times. Needless to say, I’m glad it works and the vacation photos I took with it came out. And I’m certainly glad it didn’t die at the end of our vacation like the Rollei had.

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