Disposable graveyard

Disposable? not any more.

When looking for lens options for the TYCH I found an old disposable film camera and this set a few wheels in motion. Whilst the high street labs send their disposable cameras off for recycling, the smaller labs are left with a challenge of what to do with loads of plastic and electronic waste. I got in touch with the wonderful people at Analogue Wonderland and in no time at all a large box of sad looking cameras was landing in my workshop.

There’s clearly some differences between cameras but most have a fairly standard meniscus polycarbonate lens. Thankfully the most common disposable has a reasonably high quality version with a nice helping of “character”.

The plan is to re-cycle the lenses in the 1st instance, but I do have plans for other parts of the cameras, just need to get the TYCH off the ground 1st.

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5 comments

  • Jonas August 5, 2022   Reply →

    Yes! My lab seems to be one of those that just throw em out so I asked for a few and got a dozen or so. I’ve been looking into making lenses by combining two lenses from these into one. Seems to give a wider field of view.

  • Mindy August 6, 2022   Reply →

    Wow! You have really made a product that I am excited to try out! Would love ,love, love to be a beta tester!

  • Erik August 6, 2022   Reply →

    I love the entire idea of this camera! I have a drawer full of 35mm just waiting to take a ride!

  • AnnMarie Tornabene August 11, 2022   Reply →

    I LOVE that you are using throw-away camera lenses! I wonder how you could get the word out to photo labs everywhere to send theirs to you…

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