How to Save 100,000 Cameras | A Look inside Camera Rescue Finland

How to Save 100,000 Cameras | A Look inside Camera Rescue Finland

The concept of film cameras having a
value is still out of the grasp of 90% of the population. One. Two. Two and a half. Three. Three hundred. Three hundred and one. Three hundred and four. Five hundred. Eight hundred. Two thousand. Three thousand. Six thousand. Seven thousand. Nine thousand four hundred and fifty two. Ten thousand. Eleven thousand. Fifteen thousand six
hundred and forty-eight. Twenty thousand Twenty thousand five hundred and sixty-nine. Forty thousand three hundred nineteen. One hundred thousand. That’s how many analog
cameras the small team inside this building has vowed to save by the year
2020 This is Juho. I’ve been working with
him remotely for about a year as his US business consultant with a lot of
exciting changes brought on by 2018 I decided to come to Finland chat with Juho and see for myself what he’s been up to. Today he’s invited me along for an
all-day drive up north to a Camera Museum has been closed since 2001. He
wants to buy the cameras – all the cameras, he’s not going to save a hundred
thousand cameras by surfing eBay. When we look at the whole picture
there’s around 30,000 different kinds of cameras, film cameras and I don’t want to
deprive the future generations from like this abundant choice pool that we have
now. The point we have at the rescue center is to move masses of cameras to
get them to new people We’re here today in the showroom of the
camera rescue center in Tampere where you have the goal of rescuing
100,000 analog cameras by 2020. What does that mean to rescue a camera and why
does the camera need to be rescued? Well rescuing a camera for us is a whole
process, taking a camera that is out of the market or circulation out of
anyone’s use and bringing it into use to someone else who is enjoying it who will
enjoy it, who is looking for it. There’s so many choices and keeping them alive
is something I don’t want to deprive the future generations from like this
abundant choice pool that we have now So where you at in your hundred
thousand – how many cameras have you saved so far? I think last week we just went over
41,000 rescued cameras. Most people will not ship a hundred cameras. So you
have to go and pick it up. we’ve done trips to Sweden, Norway, Portugal, Spain,
France, all around Europe this kind of trips to check something out and in most
cases we’ve all also bought it. What are some of the challenges you face trying
to save 100,000 cameras? Well our main challenge at this present time is the
amount of technicians, we have four technicians every single one we could
find in Finland and still all of them have over a half a year of work load
already in their calendar. what’s going to happen when this generation this
somewhat old generation of qualified repair men and women are gone? I cannot
speak for the whole world but we are preparing in Finland. So we took all the
guys we could find that have the experience they’ve been teaching newer
guys we also need that new new guys to to come and learn from them and we’ll
learn from the older retired masters that are willing to teach. What are some
of the other challenges facing analog photography today like outside of just
what you’re doing here in Finland? So there’s… film will be there, labs I
believe will be there, but then there are technical issues which I do not have
answers for. If we want new cameras we need a new shutter a mechanical shutter. The second technical issue is about scanning. most of the scanners that are
around are based on Windows XP and there’s absolutely no support for
Windows XP for – no, there hasn’t been for 5 years. We need a machine that does that. I mean it’s not rocket science it I mean good engineers will do it in a heartbeat but the problem is either money or – the main
problem is money we need three million euros for whoever does it
probably needs three million euros just to make the first batch of the item. If we want new people to come to film, we need to make the first roll very easy
and to make the first roll very easy it has to be cheap. So we need someone to
design an automated film developing machine preferably so that one that you could do
C-41 with, black and white with, and E6 with, not obviously the
same machine but you know versions of the same machine. I took a walk around and got lots of video of the different rooms and things going on here. I’d like to show it to you and if you could tell me kind of what’s
going on here? Well obviously this is the showroom it’s mainly glorified warehouse where you can visit and play with everything that happens to be at any
given time in the camera rescue center. We have a lab it’s for Finland, it
has a darkroom and then we have two mini labs for colored film. This is camera
rescue so it’s basically me on the right and Misa on the left. Now we’ve moved to
a repair department, upstairs every item is checked by an actual mechanical guy
and with a shutter tester and everything. That’s our warehouse room – I
mean spare parts warehouse it’s I mean it’s two rooms full packed from floor to
ceiling and I still say it’s not a lot the spare parts room has a lot of
technical gadgets that do amazing things which I do not all fully understand, but they look very cool and if it says Leica or something on it it looks even cooler.
This is the product photography room where all the items are photographed for
the internet. Depending on a day there’s two to four guys doing listing items
checking the condition again and putting them on And we have
some funny cameras right now and then this PINGO camera is fun. Here we have
the packaging department. Yeah this is Jussi, he’s awesome.
Jussi is also the CEO of Kamerastore he does four hours of
CEO-ing a day and then four hours of packaging and he likes it. There’s also a
Camera Rescue Center in Helsinki or it’s basically a drop-off point and we can
also have community meetings and talk about film. And this is us having the
interview looking a bit bored looking at the computer and I think the interview
was about here thank you for having me. – or having you. -Thank you for having me. Whichever way. Thanks. Yea.

11 thoughts on “How to Save 100,000 Cameras | A Look inside Camera Rescue Finland”

  1. First! Awesome video mate. I hope there will be more people like you and guys like at camerarescue and more film photopgraphers to keep the analog vibes going (film photography, camera and gear collecting etc)

  2. I would absolutely love to work with a place like this. Only problem is it's not exactly an easy trip from the US to Finland

  3. Hi a few months ago I started with analog photography but yesterday I read that film is made of animal products so I do not want to use animal source made things, is there any animal-free film or digital accessory to replace it?

  4. What a great effort and contribution Camera Rescue is making.
    Here is what happens when nobody cares, a warehouse 2nd hand store in Bangkok with probably more than 10,000 cameras & lenses going back to the 1960's. Unfortunately, 80+% non-functional. I went here for the first time today and there was at least one of every camera I have ever heard about; rangefinders, TLRs and every SLR ever made (aside from the Leicaflex)

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