Shooting with modified Mini 70

I like shooting with my modified Instax Mini 70 as it is so light and convenient to carry around. Its outlook is modern yet its pictures looks old, thanks to the Ross London F3.8 lens.



Modified Instax Mini 70 with Ross London F3.8

Refer to “Instax Mini 70 modification” for more details on the camera.

Its light size means it doesn’t raise undue attention when I was shooting. I tried to take pictures in the metro and it is just perfect. The lens glass was old. It has some interesting characteristics under the sunlight. It looks a bit yellowish in some pictures. I’m not entirely sure it is purely due to the lens, or because the films are old.

Note that the left picture has the vintage yellowish colour.

I’m using F4, 1/25s to take this pictures. If it is the original Instax Mini 70, it will shoot with flash light and the colour will look very unnatural. Of course, you will also raise the attention of the passengers.

Shooting in the metro. Still go unnoticed.IMG_1543.edited

It is one of my favorite place in HK. The Star Ferry and the clock tower in Tsim Sha Tsui.




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Lego + expired film II

Shooting with expired films is an indulging experience. The pictures are so unique and there are always surprises. I particularly like shooting expired films with people. It reminds me a proverb in Chinese: With clothes the new are the best, with friends the old are the best.




This is a sequel to “Lego Instant Camera shooting with expired films“.


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Lego Instant Camera shooting with expired films

So old camera should use old film. It makes a lot of sense, right? For my 100 years old Lego Instant Camera, I gonna use some “really old film” – Fuji Instax Mini film expired in Mar 2014. Merely from the package you can see it looks quite old school. It is given by my old friend Clarice in Singapore. I asked around my experienced Instax friends and no one ever used films that expired four years ago. Four years don’t seem like a lot but it is indeed a long time for Instax film. There are chance that the film ink pack may dry out and explode when the roller pressed the pack.


Old film expired on March 2014

So here is the results. I’m surprised that it is still working properly. It is interesting to see the colour of the picture looks very old. My camera lens was produced at 1913 and hence it has no modern day coating. Therefore the colour was quite vintage in normal film to start with. In this expired film the vintage feeling compounded. The colour tone and saturation look very different. It appears like these pictures were taken in the 1970s.




Cosplay with Lego camera

There was also an interesting incidence. I saw a cosplayer and she was doing some shooting in the park. I introduced myself and did a shooting with this sci-fi cosplayer with my surreal Lego Instant Camera. She was impressed by the picture. I think it was probably added a new dimension for cosplay – this is cosplay x old film cameras x Lego.


The following is a comparison of a normal film and an expired film. The feeling is completely different. While the left (normal film) shows the vivid colour of the rose, the right (expired film) seems like peeking into a window that connected to the past.

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Lomography’s article on Lego Instant Camera

Thanks Lomography for the feature of the 100 years old Lego camera. I hope it helps to preserve the great creation by the masters in the past.

Kindly refer to the following link for the article.




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China Club encounter

Recent visit to China Club. Many interesting events recently related to the renaissance man Sir David Tang.

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Picture of the day

Contessa Nettel Lego Instant Camera

The art of shooting with a vintage camera of the vintage cover of a vintage book.

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A night at F22 foto space

I’m honored to participate in the fantastic opening ceremony of F22 foto space last Friday. With an elegant and classy interior, F22 foto space is a gallery focusing on photo art and contemporary design. Everything associated with this gallery has a unique feeling of modern meeting classic. It also has an amazing collection of Leica cameras. I’m really impressed by Douglas’ passion in not only photography but also in life. Without the passion in life, one would never go so far to create these one of a kind museums.

Douglas (the founder) was presented a special edition of Leica camera from Leica!

I also brought some interesting cameras to there – two of my latest Lego cameras. The Contessa Nettel Tessco is the older among the two with a hundred years old.


Douglas, Huang Jing and Amelie

It’s a wonderful night. Met up with F11 Photographic Museum team and many interesting people. What made this event special is that many people were holding Leica cameras. Even the guests on the stage were shooting with their own Leica cameras when other speakers were delivering speech. I also saw some fanatic photographers shooting with three Leica cameras when we were talking. He kept changing cameras and shoot every 30 seconds. Don’t get me wrong. I just thought it looks quite costly to shoot films in this way but I’m tempted to try that too some day !

During the night, I went into lengthy detail to explain how to operate these two Lego cameras and more importantly “what (the hell) is it”. It is fun to demonstrate how to take the pictures with them. It always aroused some amazement and laughter. It looks like we all became kids again and enjoyed Lego + these reborn antique cameras.  I also had the privilege of receiving a SX-70 Polaroid picture from Jack. It really reminds me the old days I took Polaroid in Christmas dinner with my parents. All precious moments.

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Wish everything goes well with F22 foto space and continue to share the art of photography.

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