Juho Leppänen

Passionately determined to save every analog camera in his path, Juho dreams of a future where his children will have the opportunity to shoot film just as he did.

August 5, 2019.

Camera Rescue 3rd Anniversary Competition Results!

For the #camerarescue 3rd anniversary photo competition we reached goal tier #1!

Myself (@camerarescue), Roman (@r0man0ff), and Jordan (@cameraville) have sorted through hundreds of competition entries and compared our top picks. There were so many worthy entries that we have decided to include our top 10 honorable mentions in addition to the winner. All honorable mentions will receive a 20€ gift card to Kamerastore.com.

We would like to thank everyone for their submissions, we read them all and very much appreciate the effort put into the posts and the stories behind them. Full competition goal results and WINNER at the bottom of this post.


Honorable Mentions / 20€ Gift Card Winners


With a one of kind and story and beautiful images, Markkuzone had one of our favorite posts.


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My uncle bought this #Balda Super Baldina with four element Schneider Xenar 5cm f/2.9 lens in 1938. Next year he was killed by a shrapnel in the Finnish #WinterWar, a few days before the war ended. He was an artillery fire observer in the front line. • • In the picture you can see the camera itself, my uncle’s wartime photo album where my grandmother attached the obituary from a magazine page and a package and of #Agfa Isopan ISS 21 DIN film, which was launched around 1937. The film stripe next to it was taken by my uncle. • • This camera has witnessed and documented the Finnish Winter War in the front line until the last days of an ordinary reserve lieutenant. • • In front of the camera you can see a piece of metal. It is the actual shrapnel that killed my uncle. The authorities were kind and sent it to my grandparents! • • As a kid I started my photography with this camera. I took the photo of Ariadne ship in 1968 when I was 12 years old. My mother is in the middle of the image. • • Soon after this photo was taken I got my first SLR camera and Balda ended up at a desk drawer. A few years ago I rescued Balda from the drawer and took the first rolls of film. After 50 years Balda worked perfectly. • • ”Make sense, not war.” They couldn’t make sense before World War 2 and my uncle paid the highest price with tens of millions other victims. In many places of the world they still can’t make sense. This message was photographed with Balda on the wall of an old #Helsinki gas tank. • • Sometimes the world seems like a mad bar. • • #camerarescue #35mm #filmphotography

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Twodollars99 literally converted trash into treasure.


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Here’s my last minute entry for the #camerarescue competition (it’s been a big year for you guys). This is my Fuji GS645Pro, rescued from a council cleanup (what we call it when people throw all their rubbish out on the side of the street over here in Australia, it happens every few months). It was pretty beat up but I was sure I could fix it up with a lot of tender love and care. Where to begin… There were no bellows at all, the top plate was smashed along with the film door and viewfinder… Everything was out of alignment and it was covered in a substantial layer of grime. After a lot of hours of work and a complete doner camera for the new body and viewfinder (a similar model GS645S) she is back to working order. She may not look the prettiest or be an ‘original’ camera but this Fuji GS645 has been around the world with me, has taken some of my most memorable photos and continues to come with me most days as a walk around camera. Hopefully when I’m dead and gone this camera will still be around making memories for someone else. These images are the VERY FIRST roll of film I put through the camera on the days after I rushed all my repairs and hopped on a plane to Italy for a large trip I had planned. Shot on #Fomapan 100 pulled to 80 during early 2019 in Venice, Italy.

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Lensescam had some bad luck and some good luck, and when his city didn’t have a darkroom he made his own.


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@Camerarescue @kamerastorecom My #camerarescue story begin a couple of years ago, i always very very interested for digital photography, i’m a biologist and i use the photography like a woork tool, but my passion for the photography grew very fast, i think i fell in love of “capturing that moments” you know’s what I’m talking about! I decide to try with analog film photography because in a way it would be for me a more pure and real type of photography. I started the search of a analog equippment, then i found in a bazaar a very sexy Pentax ME black body camera with a SMC Pentax 50mm F/1.2 and i buy this camera for a $20 dollars, unfortunately, the shutter release button was stuck, and the lens was damaged and unusable because a rear element was broken (my heart was broken too, who dont want a F/1.2 lens on his collection?). Fortunaly i fix the camera of the stuck shutter release button, put new foam seals (i seen a lot of tutorials and internet videos for do this) and in theory, my camera was ready to shoot some film, but i didn’t have a lens to my camera and this my favorite part of the story, a very fortunely day i was trying to fin a PK lens on an internet sales page (like a Mexican ebay, but with unexperimented sellers and buyers) i found a marbelous and very rare SMC Pentax 15mm F/3.5 for only $60 dollars (off course i bought this amazing lens inmediatly trought the sales page and have the proof of this chepeast price) Maybe that was a reward for that unusable F/1.2 lens remember? it still hurts. Now i was ready to take some photos, however another problem arose, here in the place i live nobody offers a decent service of film developing process, so i decide to make my own developing proces and scan my negatives at home, i buy the chemicals for color (C41) and black and white (D76) process, an old epson V300 photo scan, film tank, thermometers, containers with measures, gloves etc, you knows, all the basic but necesary equipment to do my own developoing film process the best i could, i was happy and ready…continue in the coments.

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The grandfather of Rob_shoots_film would be proud that the camera he so clearly cherished during his lifetime would one day be saved when so close to being thrown out.


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This is my grandfather’s Kodak Retinette (type 022). This camera came so close to being accidentally thrown out or given to a charity shop. My mum was moving out of the house I grew up in, and I had to take an unexpected trip back to my home town for some other reason, just 24 hours before the keys were to be handed over to the new owners of the house. I decided I might as well drop in and have a last look around. I expected to find the house completely empty at this point but noticed a few boxes left in the garage. Curious, I had a look inside and found my late Grandfather’s cameras. Naturally, I rescued them. He had been a professional printer and a keen amateur photographer. On the left you see a picture of him as a young man in the RAF, and on the right some of his photography (his own original prints, marked 1958 on the back). He often used a tripod and the self-timer, so that he wouldn’t be left out of family pictures. I now have my own little family and use the Retinette to take some of my own family shots. He owned and used better cameras in his lifetime, but seemingly never felt like selling the little Retinette he’d used to take those early photos with his young family. My mum remembers him bringing the Retinette on family trips around Europe, and having to wait patiently while he fiddled around with a light meter before taking a shot. He was a meticulous kind of guy. I hope you can also see what great condition the camera is in. It functions perfectly. He really looked after his stuff. I’ll look after it now. #camerarescue

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ppomnt likely saved a camera from a lifetime on the shelf, and made images anyone photographer would be proud of.


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@kamerastorecom @camerarescue #camerarescue The Olympus OZ120 I’ve been shooting on digital for almost 5 years. A year ago, I went to Japan and bought a disposable camera and started shooting. When I came back home, I sent it to get developed and scanned. When I got the images, I was amazed at how film photography has its own characteristics which can’t be replicated. I was moving to a new house so I had to clean and pack things. While I was looking at my mom’s stuff, I found this old camera which is the Olympus OZ120. It was still in its original leather case. I took it out and found that the sticker of picture of me and sister when we were young is still on the camera. I asked my mom and I had just known that this is a film camera. I looked around the camera. Luckily, the batteries weren’t left in the compartment so I assumed that the circuits are still intact. I ordered the batteries and 2 rolls of film which are Kodak Gold 200. I loaded the film and started shooting immediately. Personally, I mostly shoot portraiture so most of the images are portraits. The camera has a panorama mode which cropped the image frame to roughly 3×1.5. When I got the images from the developer, I was blown away. My mom’s camera that she bought in 1996 produces amazing photos if not better than digital photos. I have to say that this camera got me into film photography. I won’t sell or remove the sticker even though I rarely use it. It is my mom’s treasure!!!

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What even are the odds of this happening????


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My #camerarescue story: This Olympus XA was rescued from my mum’s cupboard where it had been sitting since 1989, I cleaned up the corroded battery contacts and pulled out the film that was in there. I wanted to use the XA as a small, quick and light camera for the birth of my first daughter, which was due within weeks. We got the film that was in the camera developed, just two days before my daughters birth, we discovered that the film was from my brother being born in 1989!! I was so excited to be able to bring the camera back into service that has now captured the birth of two family members 30 years appart. A true family heirloom to be used for years to come! This photo captured on my #Pentax645n on #portra400

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I think every beginner film photographer dreams of this happening, and it became a reality for vuoak.


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@kamerastorecom @camerarescue Here is my #camerarescue. In the start of this year I got really interested in film-shooting and was wondering if any of my relatives had cameras laying around. Turned out that my grandparents had quite a gem of a kit waiting to be picked in their cellar. Contax IIa!!! It belonged to my great-grandfather and had not been used in ages, so it was time for some basic cleaning and lubrication. Nowadays I develop my own film and own a few film cameras. All in all it has been really pleasant journey into analog film photgraphy. The b&w phots are taken with the contax and shot on ilford FP4 plus with Biogon 1:2.8 35mm. #analog #film #filmphotography #shootfilmnotmegapixels #vintage #contax2a #carlzeiss #biogon35f28 #madeingermany #ilford #fp4plus #35mm

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A great camera history, family history, and images. Check out his other entries for the competition on his profile.


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Story time. Part 3. ° This is the last camera rescue story and i will go back to what started it all for my family. At least i think this is what started it, though i don’t really know for sure. ° In any case, as far as i know, this was my grandfather’s very first camera and mayby the first camera ever owned at least on my fathers side of the family. ° The Komsomolets. The first TLR ever manufactured in the USSR. The forefather of the cult classic Lubitel series and a very close copy of the zone focusing Voigtländer Brilliant. I asked a friend who studies languages about what the Cyrillic script at the front says. They told me it reads Komsomolets “The young communist” named after a communist youth organisation. This camera started the post World war two camera manufacturing in the Soviet union. ° This now old communist has been sitting in my uncles living room ever sens my grandfather passed away. I contacted him and asked if i could borrow it for a while and i shot four rolls trough it. The shutter works with verying enthusiasm and i figured the fastest speed at this point was about 1/30 of a second. So the first roll a specially got quite a few shaky shots. ° After i learned the cameras ways, i got most of the rest sharp though and when i returned it back to my uncle i loaded a roll of film in to it and told him to go out and use it. I know he has shot it sense then and i’m hoping it wont just sit collecting dust any more. My uncle sertainly felt exited about getting back to film and a specially the fact that he’s dads camera still works after all these years. ° #komsomolets #tlr #twinlensreflex #sovietcamera #komsomoletstlr #decafphotog #filmfeed #filmivalokuvaus #kodakektar100 #kodak #ilford #ilforddelta400 #street #streetstyle #streetphotography #europe #northerneurope #traveleurope #discoverfilm #discoverfinland #analogueglub #shootitwithfilm #urbanexploration #pointandshootfilm #kameratori #camerarescue #helsinkifilmphotography @camerarescue @kamerastorecom #oldcamera

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A red rangefinder restoration with an awesome and uncommon Canon M39 25mm lens!


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It’s amazing when I manage to “resurrect” a camera, specially this amazing Canon rangefinder! I got it in a local auction website in really bad shape. It was missing the finder ring and I got on eBay. Than the finder had a bad desilvering, so an Australian repair gentleman donated me one and I replaced it. So was time to replace the damaged and dried skin, and there was no one around to buy, so I cut it myself (it was very tricky, as it’s one single piece for the hole camera), and I gave this lady a nice red dress. So was time to get a full service and new curtains, and Igor from @oficinaanalogica was the responsible to it as I’m still learning such a high skills. He serviced also the lens… and as a last step, I completely opened and cleaned the 25mm finder, it was completely full of dust and bad fungus, now it’s almost new – as the camera itself. A big challenge to share as my #camerarescue . Please participate on their competition too: @camerarescue

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This rescue/repair was well worth it – just look at that swirly bokeh 😀


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One of my #camerarescue stories: The Rolleiflex Old Standard. It came to be looking like it had been through war and then sat in a barn for a few decades. None of the shutter speeds worked and everything was extremely dirty. It was somehow in the original case though. The shutter was removed and flushed out. I found that the screw holding the cable release has come loose and jammed the mechanism. It was stripped, so the cable release socket was removed and the rest of the mechanism was lubricated. Everything works like a dream now I@other than the T and B settings (something got bent from the jammed screw). The mirror was completely shot, so it has been replaced. I found the original built dat in the rear or the factory mirror: 11/3/36 March 3, 1936 (the serial number on the CZJ Tessar seem to indicate a 1935 manufacture). I have decided to not try and fully restore it as it’s now fully functional (other than T and B), and wears a unique patina. The original case has cleaned up as well and looks quite nice. Reposted with added photo from the camera. #photography #photogear #ishootfilm #filmisnotdead #tlrcamera #filmphotography #mediumformat #rolleiflex #carlzeiss #vintagecamera #camerarepair

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The winner of the competition is r.e.f.u.g.i.u.m. This is a great yet simple camera rescue with an original depiction of the story. Not only did she save the camera from a future of non-use but the camera has returned the favor and made her into a new member of the film photography community. Read the caption to understand the photo, and go to her profile to see some supporting posts about how the photo was made.


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• c a m e r a r e s c u e This is a story about a camera and about a rescue. But who was saved, who did the rescue? Judge yourself. Families have a way of hording treasures they eventually forget about. In mine this is an Olympus OM 707. It was a gift from my Mom to my Dad and they chose a system that would last. It has been accompaning us for more than 30 years since – from before my birth. I had come to a dead end. Evolved beyond my small digital, I couldn’t find a system that spoke to me. I would avoid photo meets as I had no tool that allowed more than snapshots. On one of these occassions my Dad told me about his camera and we went searching where it had spent all those years, basically hiding in plain sight, a small cabinet. When powered up for the first time in 11 years we found a surprise: It was loaded and six exposures had already been made. Six time machines to the past yet to be revealed! If I needed any more reason to take it for a stroll, the film, a Fujicolor C200, expired on 02/2010, was enough. I had heard of the effects of expired film. While the camera brought no luck to the company, its quirky half-automatic modes not easy to handle, I still cherish it and won’t ever give it away. It brought me back to analogue for good. I also chose the RF70 so I could learn manual film photography to be able to operate film cameras whithout immediate results better. It is the charme of the unknown, the artistic feel about analogue I love. Picking a film is like picking a brush for a painting. Following are exposures made mid January, the first one of those six unkown, documenting when it was last shot. All exhibit a greenish overlay which derives from the expired film. Some words on the main photo. It felt wrong do it digitally for a competition about film. So I picked my only other film camera and told the story within the image itself. It is a double exposure composed of my Dad holding the camera and a physical photo he made with it in my childhood, which adds the grain to the shot representing “the old” and “fading memory”. Done as he did all of his photos: handheld, with natural light and a good dose of affection. #camerarescue #filmisnotdead

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Congratulations you will receive our prize tier #1 package which is:

Starter SLR Kit
Konica Autoreflex TC (SLR) with 40mm f1.8 lens


If you are one of the winners just email Juho@camerarescue.org

Competition Summary:

As you can see we actually got most goals very close to completion. Thank you for all your participation. We Always enjoy contests so make sure to follow us on Instagram so you don’t miss the next one. Also consider following our sponsor Kamerastore as they not only have a great feed but post information about sales which come several times throughout the year.

  • GOAL: #camerarescue reaches 2000 uses
    • (END COUNT: 1839 hashtags)
  • GOAL: @Camerarescue reaches 40k followers on Instagram
    • (GOAL ACHIEVED with 40.5k followers)
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  • GOAL: We reach 55 555 rescued cameras (counter at camerarescue.org – goes up whenever an item has found a new home through Kamerastore.com)
    • (END COUNT: 55 140 rescued cameras)
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