Mostly Point and Shoots

Discussion in '35mm Cameras and Accessories' started by AstroZon, Dec 9, 2013.

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    On Tripod: Olympus Infinity SuperZoom 330. Back Row: Nikon One Touch (L35AF2), Canon AF35ML, Canon A35F, Fujica DL-100. Front Row: Olympus OZ 150R, Olympus LT Zoom 105, Minolta Freedom Zoom 160.
    The Canon A35F is a Rangefinder based on the Canonet 28. I bought it on eBay a few years ago for $6 or $8. I bought the Olympus OZ105R new in 1999 for around $90. The rest were bought at thrift stores for $5 or less. In fact, the Minolta was $2 and the red Olympus was $1.50! All work fine.
    The Olympus SuperZoom looks like a camcorder, but it's a 35mm film autofocus camera and takes excellent photos (although slow to set up and easy to shake.) I plan to take the Nikon, Canon ML, and Fujica out for a comparison shoot. They're all non-zoom point-and-shoots from the same era.
     

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    They're cute as can be. Quite the group portrait. I'm forever looking at these things in thrift stores, but the batteries usually cost several times more than the cameras.
     
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    The Fuji DL100 was the first camera to incorporate DX coding. Only 100 and 400 ASA, though. It was also Fuji's first drop-load camera.
     
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    I love the purple one in front. Now you've got my fingers itching again...

    One of these days I'm going to have to break down and assemble my own P&S group portrait, before I re-donate the bulk of them.
     
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    Neat "Little" collection! I have a few, but not nicely displayed like yours.
     
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    Thanks all. I usually take photos of my SLRs and Rangefinders, but I figured that I should shoot the lowly P&Ss this time.

    The little red Olympus LT Zoom 105 is cool. When you flip the on-off lever, the hatch in front opens, the lens comes part way out, and the flash pops. I wear out the batteries just playing with it. It was one of the first long zoom P&S cameras and sold for $329 when new in 1997. A year later, the mechanically identical OZ-105 sold for around $100. My wife loves using the LT Zoom105.

    The odd looking Olympus SuperZoom was the "proof of concept" for a lot of P&S and SLR zoom technology to follow. It was developed jointly by Olympus and Ricoh with Kyocera and Yashica in there too. They all shared patents and technology. Olympus eventually became an OEM for other manufactures' P&S cameras - especially toward the mid 90s and early 2000s. I believe that the little gold Minolta in front right was made by Olympus. Oly also made Nikon's last run of P&S film cameras.

    All the zooms use CR123A batteries, and yea, they cost like $8 for one. However, you can get them online for $1.75 from Battery Station. The 3 non-zoom P&Ss in the back row all use a pair of AA batteries.

    My Fujica DL-100 does not read DX coding. It has an ASA dial around the lens for 50, 100, 200, and 400. The Nikon One Touch does however, 100 & 400 only.
     
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    The canon A35f is my favorite of the bunch, nice little group there! Seems like all the hipsters in my city have gravitated towards the 35mm P&S cameras and don't bother with the rangefinders, which is good for me since I can still pick them up for cheap. Seems hipsters have a way of inflating a market quickly...

    Not calling you a hipster, btw, just making some observations, lol!


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    That's quite the grouping. I have an irrational predjuice against auto only cameras and thus have never owned any of them except an Olympus XA-2, that has now died on me. Despite that many people buy these for coffee money and not only do they work for them but take very good photos. Perhaps i should change my ways?
     
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    I have an Olympus LT-1 (Leather Tech-1) that I bought for $5 from a junk bin at a camera show. I didn't know anything about it, but loved the lens cover flap. It's a neat little camera.
     
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    I had the same predjudice until I found a Pentax IQzoom for $3 with an active CR123 battery in it. I hated to admit it, but the damn thing works pretty well and I now bring it along when I need a camera that can be literally picked up and the button pushed, or a camera that someone used to digithingys can use succesfully.
     
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    I like those Jack-in-the-box flash reflectors. But those Olympus "waver" reflectors are unique.

    That large Olympus would have been as must have at the fleamarket. Never seen it before.
     
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    I never saw young people buying a camera at the fleamarket. Actually hardly anybody...
     
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    But you don't need a seperate battery for each camera. As you won't use several cameras the same time.

    And there are not that many batteries types used. Modern p&s cameras take 6 different batteries at the most. And often there are working batteries still inside.
     
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    I have bought thrift-store cameras just for the batteries in them, because they are more expensive than the cameras.
     
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    You can call me a hipster anytime. At 54, that's a serious complement.

    In fact, I have a Pandora station named Post Modern Hipster. http://www.pandora.com/station/play/1379653738859215215
     
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    I've owned SLRs and Autofocus Point and Shoots concurrently since 1985 or so. My first P&S was an Olympus Quick Shooter AFL-S. I used it often for in-the-house family photos or just when I didn't want to take the SLR along - parties, etc. It gave up the ghost in the mid 90s after being dropped and abused for years.

    I've also added one more since posting this a few days ago: a Ricoh FF-3AF. One just like this: 4276208730_3c8dc6d4c6.jpg It's a heavy little dude.

    And I'm planning to do a comparison shoot of the 4 non-zoom AFs: Nikon L35AF2, Canon AF35ML, Fujica DL-100, and Ricoh FF-3AF. I'll post it after later this month as I'm getting a scanner for Christmas.
     
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    Nice collection! I have a newfound soft spot for the early 80's first generation 35mm point and shoots, especially Canon AF35M's M-II's and ML's.
     
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    Yea, me too. Most of the first generation P&Ss are built like bricks and have decent lenses.
     
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    Im not quite young, but in my 30's so still young to many. I buy quite a few cameras and bits of gear at flea markets actually. Often times, very expensive gear for stupid cheap prices! Managed to snag a Nikkor 50 f/1.8 AF like new in the box for $20, a couple nice Tamrac bags for $7 combined, many cameras all for under $20ea. filters, tripods, speedlights, and other goodies! But im a dedicated bargain hunter, going 40 times a year or so.


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    You got your Leica! So you established yourself as serious collector...
    I like that Ricoh FF90 Super.
     
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    The FF90 Super is a great looking camera. Unfortunately, it will not load film.
     
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    YIKES!

    I have a few of those, a very, very small percentage of that humongous collection. Many of them have gone away, still have 40-50 scattered about here. I can see I'm going to have to start documenting them when we have a dreary wet day and I have little to do. Like today. Or tomorrow. Or the next day...