First Roll With: Konica EYE Half Frame Film Camera by Janie L.
Gear: Konica EYE
Film: Kodak Tmax 400
Dev + Scan: Rewind photo lab, Glebe
Shooting Location:  Newtown, Sydney, Australia
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I was interested to shoot with the Konica EYE largely because I love shooting half-frame cameras. Not only does it double your roll of film, it also allows you to experiment with some cool compositions/collages. Here I stitched together 3 photos in one longer panoramic style photo. 

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Shooting with the Konica EYE was very easy, the only manual adjustments you need to do is the zone focusing (from 1m to infinity), which is controlled by a focusing ring around the lens.

The viewfinder of the EYE is very bright and contains the focusing and shutter speed info, which was really helpful as I tended to forget that I had to manually focus. Loading film in the EYE is easy too, but I'll admit I made the classic rookie mistake of not loading the film properly and didn't realise until 20 shots in. 

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Freddie and I were stunned at how sharp the images turned out! A lot of definition in detail and shooting in black and white brought out those details even more. The aperture range (f1.9-f16), which is selected automatically via the EYE's selenium meter around its lens, gives a nice depth of field to portraits too.

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If I could do one thing differently, it would be to pay more attention to the focusing. At the beginning of my roll, I was quite carefree with my images, well, because the EYE pretty much does most of the job for you. All I needed to do was to press the button (and of course, focus!). At times I would completely forget about focusing, and slowly became more mindful as I got used to the camera more. Also noting that the EYE has a max close up range of 1m. Anything less than 1m will be blurry. Here's me testing the focusing:
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I also tested shooting moving objects, like moving cars and bikes. They turned out great!

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Overall, shooting with the Konica EYE was really fun. The half frame aspect is really quite forgiving and gives you the creative freedom to just snap away. I shot with a 24 exp roll and it gave me more than double at 52 images, that is more than enough for a day's test roll! This camera can be a great and unique addition to anyones current collection, it's a camera that will last (be sure to keep the selenium meter protected with a cap when unused as it will become worn off by the sun) and I definitely recommend picking it up if you ever see one!

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