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Ilford disposable camera

A few weeks ago I noticed my local lab was stocking the recently released Ilford disposable camera which comes preloaded with either Ilford HP5+ (one of my favourite B&W films) or XP2 film, so thought I would give it a test run.

The good thing with using the XP2 version is that being C41 processing you can bring it into any lab/store that develops colour 35mm film. This not only opens up options for locations to get the film developed, but can also be cheaper to do so.

With its plastic lens, the camera does cause blur and warping around the edges of the photos, but this camera isn't designed for quality. It's fun to use, light weight, and perfect for quick snaps.

Anything that keeps film sales going is fine in my book.

This camera is fun to use, and can still capture some great images, even with the plastic lens.

This camera is fun to use, and can still capture some great images, even with the plastic lens.

My partner in crime The Quiet Hedonist and artist MC Drawn enjoying a beverage in town. Using the inbuilt flash seems to have caused light leaks too!

My partner in crime The Quiet Hedonist and artist MC Drawn enjoying a beverage in town. Using the inbuilt flash seems to have caused light leaks too!

Plastic lens pointed at the sun = this.
Plastic lens pointed at the sun = this.
Inside part of Fed Square. With the right light, this camera can produce surprisingly good results.

Inside part of Fed Square. With the right light, this camera can produce surprisingly good results.

Warping and blurring gives the images different character. Not sure I'd be using it for my portrait work though :)

Warping and blurring gives the images different character. Not sure I'd be using it for my portrait work though :)

The XP2 film is a good choice if your only option is Colour/C41 developing.

The XP2 film is a good choice if your only option is Colour/C41 developing.

This camera picks up a fair amount of detail, especially towards the centre of the lens.

This camera picks up a fair amount of detail, especially towards the centre of the lens.

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