This film, acquired in another swap, intrigued me. Kodak Gold was the film you picked up at the drug store before the days of digital. It was your very basic, “I just need a few photos of this” kind of film. It was abundantly available in 35mm, and I was sort of shocked to see it in 620.
I guess that’s not too incredibly shocking. 620 cameras aren’t exactly remembered for their sophistication. The Imperial Debonair is no different. With a single aperture (f/8-ish) and but one shutter speed (I measured it at around 1/45sec), you can’t expect much from them. But on the other hand, you’ll be surprised by whatever they crank out.
When shooting these kinds of cameras you either have to not care what your photos look like or understand that lighting is your only variable after loading the film. In a sense, there’s no reason to meter, but you also have to know how the film is going to interact with the permanency f/8 and 1/45sec, not to mention your film speed.
Kodak Gold – even the stuff that expired in the 80s – is forgiving in this department. But it also shows some interesting signs of age.
‘Seeking Hope and Rest’
Camera: Imperial Debonair (c1960)
Film: Kodak Gold 200 (x-10/1988)