Bad Bokeh Cafe

Photography by Pierre Lachaîne

Beirette VSN 2

Taken with a Beirette VSN 2 35 mm camera which was once sold in Boots drugstores. It was a great little 35 mm snapshot camera which, although generally considered to be a "toy camera" because of the very cheap plastic build, was equipped with a real focusing lens and traditional aperture and shutter speed controls. That put it a big step above the disposable cameras you could have found next to it on the shelf. Of course, unlike those, you had to use the guess-o-matic method of setting aperture and focus. Unfortunately, I only used it once before I dropped it and the rewinding knob shattered. Luckily, unlike the Canon 5D Mk III and bagful of limited lenses guys, I only paid $5 for it.