Juice box camera

By Aneesah, 5 Aug 11

Or, reasons why my first (sort of, not really, I mean…) experience of using a traditional film camera made me happy. ^_^

Selingan: Of course we’ve used 35mm film cameras before the dawn of the digital age *man I’m so old -_-; *, the generic black kind that uses AA batteries and has a flash, but as you are probably aware, these things are coming back to haunt us as the “new” cool thing. So this camera is one of the purchases I made at Photojojo using a gift voucher given by dear Meream in April. The other item was a fish eye lens, which I’ve already blogged about.

This juice box camera is a “toy” camera that doesn’t use batteries, has a crank to wind the film and no flash, no zoom. And apparently it also looks like a juice box. :P

In the legit packaging.

I've visited both websites. They are in Japanese.

The front.

The back.

Viewfinder. That

It came with an ISO 800 Kodak film, 36 exposures, but I only got 26 shots (many skipped frames, some went wrong/overexposed), and from those about 17 were of acceptable quality (read: not overly grainy — indoor shots are bad!– or had my chubby fingers covering the lens :B ).

I do admit that this is a pricey hobby to have. Apparently new films are like RM14-30++ per roll (depending on brand and type), and developing it costed me RM18 (on a CD. Prints costs RM23 :roll: ).  Do the maths, and even if you get 36 shots on the roll, each photo would burn at least RM0.88. :suspicious: Phewh. Compare that to digital photos, which cost… nothing.

But yes, anyhow, on to my reasons:

Film cameras make outdoor shots look lovely.

And the vignetting! Oooh the vignetting. (Those "shadows" in the corners.) Digital effects ain't the same...

Genuine "leaky" effects too! :D I don't know why imperfection makes things cool, but they do.

The fact that there's a definite time gap between taking photos and finding out how it turns out, means you sometimes forget that you even took the shot.

Case in point: where the heck is this? (Answer: Heathrow airport, with my brother and mum.)

Which makes it even more brilliant and exciting as you wait for the film to develop... (Tell me the last time you got excited waiting for digital photos to transfer to your computer? You already know what they look like anyhow.)

And so the nostalgic feeling is even more significant when the results arrive. Eg. Trafalgar Square with my mum and bro again.

Pretty sure I took this from inside a bus. That's the Odeon where I watched HP DH Part I and II.:)

I guess the fact that there aren't like, six photos of the same shot, makes the scene, the moment, feel more precious too. This was my old room, destroyed by my Interdisciplinary plaster experiments.

And guess what? It works with my mobile fish eye lens too. x)

And the unnecessity of post-processing (ie. editing on the computer) is actually kind of a weight off my shoulders. :nod: I am not the kind that can upload photos straight from the digital camera. At a minimum, Photoscape is a must. =/

Ok end. Bye! Salaams!


  1. Saffa says:

    You used it! :clap: Now, you gotta try slide films + cross processing plak! :D

  2. Hehe, I remember when those are the only kinds of pictures I’d have. I didn’t get a digital camera up until a few years back, haha.

  3. Jacinda says:

    Oh this looks like so much fun! no-body will suspect it’s a camera!

  4. Vera says:

    Awwww… such memories. Last time I used a film-camera was back in *counts* 2004. I was on holiday in Israel, had no camera of my own and my cousin had lent me his.

    I remember having taken a truckload of pictures of hibiscus flowers, something you can’t find in my country. I remember I was so bewildered when my uncle gave me a CD with the developed pictures. I was used to picture developing being done on photographic paper… and you’d have a stack of pictures. Not just one CD :o

    Oh of course I messed up more than half of them… but you’re right it was such a surprise to look at them at the end. I didn’t even remember taking half of them. ^_^

    Love your shots as usual.

    • Aneesah says:

      Heee, the hibiscus is our national flower! :boogie: Not that I’ve seen many around. =/ But yes they are quite unique-looking.

      Yeah, in ye olde days we never used to have them scanned into a CD. Maybe only for passport photos so it’ll be easier to re-print them. But now it seems CDs (the mini-kind! ^_^ ) are the norm.

  5. Meream says:

    Aack, why did I wait until now to comment? :p

    The vignetting! So lush!

  6. Mira says:

    hi! i just had the same camera as yours, yes, the pomme juice box camera which is reaaaaally lovely and so cute too, came with the free film(ISO 800) with 24 shots. I took lots of pictures, indoors, outdoors, daytime, nighttime, but when i went to have the film develop, they said only one picture is okay. :cry: i didn’t asked them to print anyway. :shake: they just gave me back my film (and had to pay Php60.00[$1.42] )and when i looked at it, there were no pictures in almost half end of the film, the only visible things were the lights and the first half were like, squared lights or too dark pictures(i think).. i don’t know now whether they were overexposed or underexposed. -_-; how long do you think should i press the shutter(straw)? i hope you can help me with this since your blog is the only page i can get through in our network.. hehe.. thanks in advance.. :heart::heart::heart: sorry for the long post ^^;

    • Aneesah says:

      Hi Mira! No problem, I like long comments. :P I think it’s likely they were overexposed, I just got back my second roll of film that I used in the camera, and even with ISO 100 a lot of them were overexposed. So don’t press the straw very long at all, just push it in and allow it to spring back immediately. I’m sure your next roll will be better, these things take trial and error. :) Make sure to load it correctly and wind it up nicely at the end, too. So nothing gets spoiled by light.

      • Mira says:

        hi! i just bought a new roll of film (and suddenly realized they’re reeaaaally expensive here especially the one with ISO800) i took shots of the streets i walk by during the day. i hope they turn out good now. thanks a lot for the help! :clap: :heart::heart::heart:

        • Aneesah says:

          Hi Mira! :D I saw some of your ISO 100 photos on Tumblr. They look good! :) Have you tried the ISO 800 film yet? I’m trying one again, it’s in my camera at the moment. I expect them to add more graininess to the photos (which I actually like :D ).

          • mira says:

            Hi! sorry for the late reply.. there are no iso800 film available in my place. only iso400. i had the film for developing already but i haven’t got the pictures yet. i’ll post them again when i got them..

  7. sophia michelle says:

    i’m so glad i found some (non-photojojo) shots that were taken w/ this camera! mine just arrived the other day, but i’m concerned about the viewfinder: it seems a bit blurry when i look through it, + i’m worried that the developed pictures will look blurry, too.

    any tips?

    • Aneesah says:

      Hi Sophia, it is only the viewfinder that is blurry, I guess because everything is plastic and low-tech. But the photos should turn out fine, it’s just like looking through a pair of scratched spectacles or something. :P You’ll get used to it.

      Have fun with the camera!

  8. […] mini-gallery of analogue photos I’ve taken, since the last entry with lomopics was only of my first roll using the juice box camera. I’ve since tried positive (slide) film, of several ISOs and […]

  9. Florian says:

    The photos in the bottom half doesn’t load. :(

  10. Erika says:

    Hey just wondering, how do you transfer film photos to your computer?

    • Aneesah says:

      The store people did it for me. :) Scanned and saved onto a CD. It’s cheaper than getting prints, usually.

  11. Erika says:

    Can you teach me how to operate the cam? How can I take a photo? I’ve been trying to push the straw button but seems like nothing happens

    • Aneesah says:

      Hi Erika, after you’ve installed the film, you need to wind it in place every time you need to take a photo. It’s not like battery-powered cameras where the film is automatically rolled inside to expose a fresh part of it for the photo. There’s a gear thing on the lower left that you crank to the left until it stops. Then when you frame your shot, press the straw and you will hear mechanical sounds.

      When you’re ready to take another photo, crank the gear again until you can’t anymore. And press the shutter. Repeat. :)
      If I’m not mistaken, mine came with an instruction sheet, but I’m not sure where it is now. If I can find a PDF of it, will let you know here. Because there’s a specific way to roll the film back in its canister once you’ve used it all up. Good luck!

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