For The Love of the Dubblefilm Camera

After seeing the infamous “35mm” hashtag on Instagram for the past decade, I finally decided it was time to take up another hobby. This led me to Photodom in Brooklyn, where I purchased my first film camera: the Dubblefilm SHOW 35mm reusable camera (which I unabashedly purchased in pink). 

Shoe Repairman, indoors with flash, Kodak Gold 200

I did some research before going in and knew I wanted something that could only be described as the camera equivalent of a “beach read.” Something to do; something to get my feet wet; something that, if I wanted to eventually do more of, knew I could dig deeper. 

Emu in Austin, outdoors no flash, Kodak Gold 400

As a plastic point-and-shoot camera with flash– note: you need an AAA battery– it does exactly what it’s marketed to do. It is incredibly intuitive and a leg up from just a run-of-the-mill disposable. The camera also comes with a handy wrist strap (perfect for ensuring your camera doesn’t fall in the subway tracks), and a neon orange case (perfect for when you’re trying to find it in your bag at 2 am). 

In terms of indoor scenes and night scenes, the closer the better. The Dubblefilm SHOW website says to always take a photo with flash if you’re shooting indoors (unless you’re trying to highlight light passing through windows), and never have your subject more than 1 m (~3 ft) away. Learn from my mistakes: they will not show up!

The aperture– the amount of light that passes through the lens– is set at a fixed f.8, so definitely keep this in mind as you start shooting toward sundown. And remember: the higher the f-number, the less light passes through. 

Here are some more specs to keep in mind: 

Lens: 32mm

Focus: 1m – ∞

Aperture: f.8

Shutter speed: 1/125 s

With the focus at 1m- ∞, you’ll notice that the edges of the frame soften. I notice this mostly when I shoot trees, as the leaves won’t appear as sharp. 

It’s also extremely light weight (~100 grams), which, if you live in an urban city, you know is a plus. I’m able to throw it in my bag and head out the door, which is great because I often do the “Ehh, should I bring my camera?” monologue in my head when I have my DSLR. With the Dubble, it’s not an issue. 

Afternoon Nap, indoors no flash, Kodak Gold 200
Austin Airport, indoors with flash, Kodak Gold 400
Coney Island, outdoors no flash, Kodak Gold 400
On the Block, outdoors no flash, Holga B&W Film 400

Overall, if you’re a real camera connoisseur, this probably won’t do it for you. But if you’re new to the game or want to see what all the hype is about, I think it’s a great starter camera. Just remember that this camera loves the sun. And if that’s what gets me outside more often, I’ll take it.

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  • Anna Russian is a writer, artist, and musician. She graduated from Bard College in 2019 with a B.A. in literature and is currently based in Brooklyn, New York.

Anna Russian
Anna Russian is a writer, artist, and musician. She graduated from Bard College in 2019 with a B.A. in literature and is currently based in Brooklyn, New York.

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