I just finished reading Ken Bello’s quite humorous post, Stupid Ideas Pt. II. Now, somehow after reading that post, a long forgotten memory bubbled to surface of my brain.
When I first started into photography, I wanted to be completely immersed in it. I wanted all facets of my life to revolve around it. I wanted to work at a camera store, but couldn’t find a position so I, instead, settled to work in Jewel Mart, a local store similar to a Best Buy. I, of course, worked in the camera department. Soon, I became the most knowledgeable guy there. I knew every camera and how to operate it backwards and forwards, including the most coveted, but far out of price range, Nikon F3.
I soon left that job in favor of working at One Hour Photo. There, I learned to print photos on a Noritsu mini lab printer. Talk about happy days! I could whip through those negatives, control keyboard in front of me, deciding which negatives needed color compensation, a little more or little less exposure, etc, all at a glance. I could balance the machine using the spectrometer and densitometer, change paper quickly, and hardly ever get behind. I was in my element. I’m not sure which came first, the job there or the darkroom, but I’m pretty sure it was the darkroom, but to be sure, they fed each other.
I remember we used to print 35 mm, 110, and Disc film. Disc you say? Yeah, that was the bad idea. You see Disc film was the smallest film made. It was 11 x 8 mm and the images that came out of the minilab, or anywhere else for that matter, were, in a word … crapola! They were the worst. If you tried to enlarge them beyond 3 1/2 x 5 inches, they were utterly worthless. We had so many complaints from people about the photo quality. We even had people come in requesting 5 x 7 and 8 x 10 photos from Disc film. After a while, we decided we wouldn’t do it anymore. Too many complaints and you just couldn’t get a good photo from such a small negative.
In reading about those discs, we should have been using a 6-element lens instead of the standard 3-element lens that were on most all processing labs. No one wanted to change lenses just to print disc film. Well, that era died out, I understand, in 1999, but there are still some labs that can process the stuff.
I guess that someone thought that it was a good idea at the time … but it wasn’t! Ken. I’m glad you didn’t think of that idea!
Anyone ever own, use, or have seen a Kodak Disc camera?