So I took it out for another spin recently, this time with some inexpensive 400-speed color film (Fuji Astia), just to see what I'd get. I also had this idea on how to compensate for the fixed shutter speed. The "instant" shutter on the camera, (about 1/50s) is appropriate for a picture in full daylight. In the evening, or indoors, or when overcast, the shutter speed is too fast. But instead of using the "open" shutter and trying to time myself I'd simply trip the instant shutter multiple times, enough to give me the overall correct exposure. So if my meter tells me it's one stop too dark I just flip the shutter twice. Two stops, and I flip it four times, and so on. As it turned out, it really did work pretty well, with exposures that were reasonably spot on.
The corner of Sakaisuji and Nagahoridōri at dusk. I held the camera still on top of a traffic cone, and as you can see from the white car, I tripped the shutter four times for this picture. That's a quirk of shooting this way, by the way; moving things tend to double up rather than blur.
Shinsaibashi street crossing. Darker, so more shutter activations, and a clear illustration of the multiple-object effect. For a bit of context, you can see the same street crossing from above here (click "All sizes" to see it big).
La Porte on the corner of Shinsaibashi and Nagahori. You do need to keep the camera still, or you end up with multiple edges on stuff. Not necessarily a drawback, of course.
Morning commute. It doesn't get more everyday than this for me. Lots of exposures (20 or so if I remember) and I didn't manage to keep the camera completely still.
I collected the whole set of image in this Flickr set.