I’ve gotten a lot of questions about the tiny film camera I posted on FB and Instagram over the weekend. I couldn’t really answer them because I didn’t have any answers! I randomly found this little guy in an antique store in Downtown New Orleans. I saw it in the window and was really curious; this was a vintage camera I had yet to see in the wild. Now that I’m home I’ve had time to investigate it. I probably paid too much for it, $50, but hey, when you’re on vacation a thousand miles away from home and really want something no price is too much, right?
The Hit is a subminiature camera taking 14×14mm exposures on 17.5mm film, based by the Tougodo company based in Toyohashi. It met a large success, and its name became widely used to designate a whole category of cameras, the Hit-type cameras.
So cute! I couldn’t find very many examples of what the images look like, aside from this HTML page here. I think once I get a chance to modify some film I will take it out for a spin myself and see what I can get. I’m pretty sure it still works. Stay tuned to see if I can get anything salvageable from it. If not it’ll still look pretty cool sitting on my desk. 🙂
Do YOU have any experience with this camera? If so, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org