Camera :

1. - Shutter Release Button
2. - Viewfinder
3. - Flash
4. - Flash Switch
5. - Lens Cover
6. - Strap Eyelet
7. - Ready Light
8. - View Finder
9. - Film Type Window
10. - Rewind Crank
11. - Film Counter Window
12. - Rewind Button
13. - Battery Cover
14. - Film Advance Wheel
15. - Back Cover Switch
16. - Back Cover
17. - Film Take-Up Spool
18. - Sprocket Teeth

1. Lens Cover & Hand Strap

Your Pop 9 includes a convenient protective lens cover and nylon hand strap (isn't that nice!). To attach these, first take the shortest end of the hand strap, right after the plastic clip. Thread that through the camera eyelet, and bring the strap through to loop to make a knot. Next, thread the remaining thin loop of the hand strap through the eyelet of the lens cover, and pass that though the loop to form a knot. Boom, it's done!


2. Film Selection & Loading

Any 35mm film (standard, B&W, slide) will work wonderfully with your Pop 9 and produce exciting results. The Pop 9 has never met a 35mm film that it didn't like! Your lighting conditions will dictate what ASA speed is the best:

100 ASA - bright sunlight, without shade (best resolution & colors)
200 ASA - bright sunlight or indoor flash
400 ASA - moderate daylight or indoor flash (best all-purpose)
800 ASA - cloudy days or indoor flash (best for low-light with flash)

Loading your Pop 9 is easy! Press with your fingernail on the back cover switch (15) to open the back cover (16). Pull out the rewind crank (10) and insert your film. Press the rewind crank back down to hold the film in position. Pull out the film leader and hook the end onto the small spikes of the take-up spool (17), then turn the film advance wheel (14) and ensure that the film perforations are engaged with the sprocket teeth (18). Okay so far? Now, close the back cover. Turn the film advance wheel (14) until it stops and press the shutter release (1). If everything works correctly, you should see the rewind crank (10) turn as you advance to the next frame. Take a couple of shots until the film counter (11) is up to "1," and you are ready to go!

Watch this video on how to load film:


3. Flash Battery and Use

Your Pop 9 includes an excellent flash - effective in both daytime shadows and night. Using an Alkaline battery (best performance), open the battery cover (13) and slip the AA battery in, "+" side up.

The flash is activated by sliding the flash switch (4) to the "/" position. You will hear the signature high-pitched scream of the flash as it charges (listen closely!), and the green ready light (7) will illuminate. The flash is not automatic, and will only fire when it is turned on.

Don't forget to turn it off when you're finished - otherwise your battery will wear out quickly!

A new battery will recharge the flash in about 10 seconds after it is fired. When you notice that it is taking much longer - time for a new battery!

Your flash is effective over the following approximate distances:

ASA 100 - 0.8m to 1.2m (2.5 feet to 4 feet)
ASA 200 - 0.8m to 1.7m (2.5 feet to 5.5 feet)
ASA 400 - 0.8m to 2.2m (2.5 feet to 7.25 feet)
ASA 800 - 0.8m to 2.5m (2.5 feet to 8.25 feet)

Use your flash indoors, in low-light, and in darkness. You can also use your flash in daytime for better results when shooting a subject under shading, back lighting, or cloudy skies.

When using your flash, try to get close to your subject for rocking portraits.


4. Taking Pop 9 Photographs

Hey you! Make sure that you have removed the lens cap before taking pictures!

The Pop 9 lenses are focus free and will deliver pleasing, sharp images almost every time. They are designed to provide a clear shooting range of 0.8 meter (2.5 feet) to infinity.

To take a Pop 9 photograph, either compose your photo through the viewfinder (8), or "Shoot From the Hip" and fire away, boldly aiming your Pop 9 with your hands and instincts. Press the shutter release button (1) to take the picture, and turn the film-advance wheel (14) until it stops at the next frame. The counter window (11) will increase by one.

Hey cool breeze, the only rule for taking Pop 9 photos is to have fun! The Pop 9 empowers you to create incredible works of miniature art out of even the most ordinary everyday objects. Always have your Pop 9 by your side, and be prepared for all opportunities for exceptional Pop 9 lomography!


5. Rewinding the Film

A fresh party for one, and you are the guest of honor. You'll know when the film is finished - you can't advance it any further! Using a finger, hold in the rewind button on the bottom (12), indicated by the ">>o" logo. With your other hand, flip out the rewind handle of the rewind crank (10), and turn it clockwise until you feel the tension completely drop off. Your film is fully rewound. Open the back cover, pull out the rewind crank, and unload the film. These dishes are done!

Watch this video on how to rewind film:


6. Development

Your Pop 9 photos can be processed at any lab that handles 35mm film. However, some local cats have never seen anything like the Pop 9, and it can freak out their machines if they don't see it coming. The best policy is to give them fair notice and write on your film envelope -"Special Camera - this will produce 9 images on one print." Armed with that information, any developing place (mini-lab, photo store, supermarket, etc) should be able to correctly process your badass prints.


7. Caring for Your Pop 9

A little attention goes a long way. Your Pop 9 has been constructed with utmost care and attention to detail. Treat it with respect, and you gonna get respected right back!

- If the lenses become dusty or dirty, gently clean them with an air blower or a lint-free soft cloth
- Do not expose the camera to extended strong sunlight, high temperatures, high humidity, or chemical gases. Avoid contact with any organic solvents.

When the camera is not in use for a period of time, remove the battery, close the lens, and store in a dry place.

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