My first experience with my Minolta Autopak 450Ex was fun, but the pictures were, as expected, just so-so. I enjoyed the novelty of shooting with a 110 camera, but I doubt the results will ever be anything special, except for the vintage feel.
Because of its limitations, I haven’t been out with it much and only recently finished a second roll despite having it since Holly gave it to me for Christmas last year.
I again shot a roll of Lomography Tiger Color 200. As before, I sent it off to Richard Photo Lab since they are able to develop 110 film. They charge a lot for scanning so I scanned it myself and then cropped each shot in Adobe Lightroom.
I decided to keep some of the extraneous film elements on a couple of the pictures for no particular reason other than it looks neat.
I took these photos during one of our walks around our neighborhood and along the Schuylkill Banks.
Despite the image quality, I have enjoyed using the Minolta Autopak 450Ex and would like to go out shooting with it from time-to-time, but I need to take some things into consideration.
One is that I need to find out if my local photo lab develops 110 film. It had been closed for a while due to the pandemic, and I got into the habit of mailing my film off. My local place has been back open for a while, and I only recently started dropping my film off there again.
Scanning the photos myself isn’t all that difficult, but it is a bit time consuming. Unlike with scanning 35mm film where I can scan 4 photos at a time, I have to scan each 110 picture individually and then crop and straighten them all. I need to decide if I want to continue to invest the time for just OK pictures.
The other thing to consider is the lack of film options. As far as I know, only Lomography is producing 110 film. I’ve used the Tiger Color twice, and I have a roll of their Redscale. They have a few other types, but it would be nice to try film from other producers.