Chinon Infrafocus on a harbor tour

Last week I found a Chinon Infrafocus camera at the thrift store for $2.   I have one already somewhere here, but for $2, how could I not buy it?

This camera model’s claim to fame is that Andy Warhol had one.   Here’s a photo of him with it.  And here.  And here.  There are more on the web.

Some friends and I went on a harbor cruise tour (1 hour) in the Puget Sound in front of Seattle downtown.

Its a totally automatic camera.  Your choices are,   1) off.  2)  auto  3) self timer  4) battery check.   Though you can also pop up the flash if you want, and you do need to tell it what ISO the film is, so you could lie to it to over/under expose for each frame if you wanted.

This guy was my favorite guy on the boat.  Shooting with his ipad, with a huge DSLR around his neck.

This guy was my favorite guy on the boat. Shooting with his ipad, with a huge DSLR around his neck.

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Workin the magic.

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Space Needle selfie.

Space Needle selfie.

Pointing at the Space Needle.

Pointing at the Space Needle.

Everyone was taking pictures.  I thought they were more interesting than the sights.

Everyone was taking pictures. I thought they were more interesting than the sights.

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My friend likes to dress up like a boat captain.

My friend likes to dress up like a boat captain.

Lost a tooth!

Lost a tooth!

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There was a guy on the boat with a Voigtlander R3A and a 50mm f/1.1 lens.   I asked him how much he paid for the camera.  He said about $400 for the body.   I pointed out that for that price, I could have 200 Chinon Infrafocus cameras.  Of course, I’d have 500 of them, for the price of his lens.   But what would I do with 700 of them?

4 thoughts on “Chinon Infrafocus on a harbor tour

  1. Ahhh Tablet photographers. I’m cool with using smart phones, I know I use my iPhone as my P&S daily digital carry camera…but tablets…just blows me away.

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  2. I wish digital point-and-shoots still offered infrared autofocus like the film ones did! Much quicker and more reliable in dark situations such as parties where most digital cameras would hunt back and forth and often give up. And of course add a hyperfocal or infinity focus mode for those times when infrared might fail such as shooting through a window.

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