June 2022

Disposable cameras ready for recycling

Disposable? not any more

When looking for lens options for the TYCH I found an old disposable film camera and this set a few wheels in motion. Whilst the high street labs send their disposable cameras off for recycling, the smaller labs are left with a challenge of what to do with loads of plastic and electronic waste. I got in touch with the wonderful people at Analogue Wonderland and in no time at all a large box of sad looking cameras was landing in my workshop.

There’s clearly some differences between cameras but most have a fairly standard meniscus polycarbonate lens. Thankfully the most common disposable has a reasonably high quality version with a nice helping of “character”.

The plan is to re-cycle the lenses in the 1st instance, but I do have plans for other parts of the cameras, just need to get the TYCH off the ground 1st.

USB Power

One of the down sides of buying old second hand film cameras is some of them have strange battery sizes, it can be frustrating if you can’t track the right replacement down. Even when you do they can run out at the most awkward moments. We wanted to combine the benefits of new battery technology when designing the TYCH, we crammed in as much capacity as we could and combined with the low power requirements of the camera you can shoot reel upon reel of film without needing a re-charge.

When you do need to re-charge all you need is a USB C cable and a suitable charge socket, the TYCH will recharge in just a few hours if switched off. You can even use the TYCH tethered to USB power if you are planning on some crazy long exposures!