Receiving the ILFORD newsletter about the HARMAN REUSABLE CAMERA really threw me off guard. I thought to myself, “Why hasn’t anyone thought of this???”. I’ve run FilmFolk Philippines close to five wonderful years now and there really is a hole in an emerging market such as ours. The interest in film photography amongst the youth (and even kids!) is growing every day and knowing WHERE to start is their #1 concern.
I get it, most of us are used to browsing second-hand forums or eBay for quick access to affordable cameras… but for us, this is a problem. Not only does buying cameras online (from abroad) pose a risk of not receiving your purchase, there’s also the high chance of being slapped with taxes much higher than the total value of your camera. Buying a relatively respectable starter camera requires a bit of investment from a student as well… this is why single-use disposable cameras are gaining popularity in our market. And what’s the number one question asked in my DM regarding disposables? “IS THIS RELOADABLE?”.
So without further adieu, glamor, pomp or fancyshmancyness, here are a few of the shots I’ve taken over the past two days in my attempt to provide samples to excited customers as soon as humanly possible.
I truly had fun with it and all the more, I believe brands should try to build “bridge products” like these. While this shouldn’t take away the love for Disposable Cameras, the HARMAN REUSABLE CAMERA touches on a specific need/demand that no other brand was able to address this past 2 years.
Without any technical specs or further product information available for us as of the moment (seriously), can someone confirm what the shutter speed and aperture on this is? Anyways, for people who are curious about what it ACTUALLY looks like, here it is:
- Lovely simple packaging with TWO Kentmere 400 BW films
- The body is purely plastic with sticker detailing.
- Again, all plastic. Opens with a “switch” on the side. Unlike disposables where you often have to break the seams.
- Loading was straight forward. Film advance is a little firmer than usual but may have been my loading.
Overall, my experience with shooting HARMAN’s plastic camera is quite pleasant! While, of course, you cannot demand or expect much from it, it performed reliably and is sturdier than expected. The only time a struggled a bit was in the rewind – I had to keep the button pressed while rewinding…and if you’re careless and too forceful, you might snap it.
BE AWARE: it’s plastic.
HARMAN REUSABLE CAMERA technical specifications
|Camera name||HARMAN Reusable Camera|
|Camera type||35mm viewfinder camera|
|Manufacturer||HARMAN technology Limited|
|Format||135 format film|
|Lenses||31mm, F/10, single element (no lens cover)
Focus Free, 1m - infinity
|Viewfinder||70% field of view
Flash ready indicator
|Shutter||Mechanical in-lens, 1/120 second|
|Accessories||Wrist strap (included)|
|Flash||Push switch, 15 second recycle time|
|Power||1x AAA (included|
|Weight||100g (without battery)|
114mm x 63mm x 35mm (W x H X D)
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