A really good friend of mine found a funky "3D" film camera, new in the box, and had to get it for me. I'm now the proud owner of a Nishika 3D N8000, a late 80's brick of glossy black plastic, with a celebrity endorsement from Vincent Price to boot! Basically, it's a knockoff of the Nimslo 3D camera, but with plastic lenses, a single, set shutter speed of 1/60th, and 3 aperture setting of f/8, f/11, and f/19. Essentially, it takes 4 exposures simultaneously in a portrait orientation across two frames worth of 35mm film. The film is then (or rather used to be) developed and combined into a lenticular photo with the 3D effect. Nishika apparently had a shady history involving telemarketing fraud, and eventually went belly up. All of this adds up to the Nishika N8000 being my entry into the wonderful world of lomography (but without the mark-up Lomo branded cameras recieve).
I decided to shoot half a roll of film at Upper Bidwell Park, bringing along my Nikon D40 with a 35mm f/1.8 to act as a light meter. The Nishika is designed for ISO 100 film, but I had to settle for ISO 200 as it was the lowest speed film available off the shelf. Fortunately, film is more forgiving of overexposure, so I think I'll be ok. I set the aperture on the Nishika to "Sunny" and my D40 to f/18, ISO 200, and 1/60th. I composed some shots in that cruddy viewfinder, clicked the shutter, and advanced the film. As of my writing this blog post, I have no idea how I did, but I didn't leave empty handed either. The Nikon 35mm AF-S f/1.8 is a nice lens, with it's small size and light weight being perfectly suited for the smaller, entry level Nikon bodies like my D40. Typically, I set the aperture anywhere from f/4 to wide open and f/1.8 for that shallow depth of field, and to compensate for low light conditions, but I stuck with f/11 for most of the shots seen here.