When I arrived in Toronto I met up with a friend and Toronto legend, Pete, and he handed me his Fuji Natura Classica, together with a roll of Fuji Superia 1600 film and asked me to finish the roll while I’m in Toronto.
If you haven’t heard of the Natura Classica (sold in Japan only unfortunately), it’s a neat little film camera that tries its best to get a good light combination into the picture, even with dark shadows and bright sunlight in the picture at the same time. And I gotta say, it does a pretty good job.
Supposably you can even through in the flash as a fill-in, and use it indoors to get as much natural light into a picture as possible while not making everything look blown out, but I haven’t gotten around to trying that, because the weather in Toronto was outstandingly awesome while I was there.
Unfortunately the Natura Classica is a bit expensive, Lomography sells it for $ 299, which is not too bad compared to the prices you get on eBay for direct imports from Asia. I’d definitely get one if I had that money to spare. It’s beautifully light and takes very nice pictures. It’s no Contax T2, but a great camera to carry around all the time.
I spent most of my first day walking around Toronto, taking pictures here and there, and sitting on the harbour front, video-chatting with Mari and J. It was a pretty good day. Obviously I visited some coffee shops, but more on that later. More pictures below.