Jazz Jelly camera, revisited

film, journal September 25th, 2008

My fixation with LOMO LC-As and film photography began in 2000. About that time, I started collecting toy film cameras. I like the aesthetic, I like the disconnect from technical frippery that a plastic lensed, single aperture, single shutter speed gives. I like vignetting. I like chromatic aberration. I like soft focus.

One of the cameras I loved was the Jazz Jelly. It looks like a $5 Olympus Stylus, with its dove bar shape, built-in flash and sliding lens cover. The 28mm lens is simply designed – if it has more than 2 elements I would be shocked. It’s light, and it’s disarming. People don’t concern themselves with someone taking their picture with a see-through purple, red, or green camera.

The Jelly has a panorama setting. It crops the top and bottom of the photo, and some film processors can crop that onto a wide print. I think back in the APS days this was more common, but most places will probably print on 4×3 paper and print the borders, like a letterbox DVD.

Since the Lomographic Society has brought the Diana back from the dead and renewed interest in the Holga, I’ve rediscovered toy cameras. 35mm toy cameras are getting hard to find! Cameras like these used to be available at Wal-MART, drug stores, convenience stores and even office supply stores. Cheap film cameras have all but gone from retail, and I’m afraid they were so cheap that they may have all ended up in landfill.

I’ve combed the junk shops hoping to find that Diana in mint condition, but alas, have never been that lucky.

I found a Jelly on Amazon for a reasonable price ($7.99 with a battery and 200 speed film!) and will throw it in my bag, see what I can do with it.

Crank up the contrast in PS and it looks a little LOMO-like!

6 Responses to “Jazz Jelly camera, revisited”

  1. Left Lane | poindexter, who? Says:

    […] still not sold on the Lensbaby – I like it, but I can get the same effect out of a Jazz Jelly camera or any other plastic camera. Or, I could shoot with a digital Stylecam Blink and not have to […]

  2. Leaf a la Jazz | poindexter, WHO? Says:

    […] Chromatic aberration? Pincushin distortion? Vignetting? Must be a Jazz Jelly! […]

  3. Porfirio Says:

    Nice post. http://www.kataan.org rocks.

  4. Four Five Two, Jazz Jelly 207 | poindexter, WHO? Says:

    […] with a Jazz Jelly 207, fairly high-tech as plastic cameras go. Integral lens cover, built-in flash, small enough to fit […]

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    […] city shot taken with my Jazz 207 Jelly camera. It’s rapidly becoming my favorite toy camera. […]

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    […] is probably fixed f-stop and fixed shutter, references on the internet seem to go along with this. Review at kataan.org Photos tagged Jazz 207 on Flickr Jazz Jelly 207 picture on Lomography Photo by Todd Evans on […]

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