Not sure what cameras have this

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  1. readysetgo

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    Ok, my first question...this is actually for my brother (he is autistic and wants me to ask for him) , he is after a particular style of camera but isn't sure what brands and models use this style...
    I'll try to explain the best i can....its to do with loading the film....there is a hole where you drop the film then close the cover without needing to do any fancy loading technique.
    If anyone knows, please help so he can search for places to buy.
    Thanks from Casey.
     
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    That is kind to help him out, welcome to Apug!

    Could he be thinking of an APS film canister and compatible camera?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Photo_System#_

    If so unfortunately for him, I don't believe that format is made anymore (I could be wrong).

    However I believe there are many models that will automatically load a standard 35mm canister if that kind of functionality is what he is after.

    Is he looking for a camera that takes film that he doesn't need to manually load and advance the film?
     
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    Not quite 'drop in' but the Canon cameras with quick load are fairly simple:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVTprc6x8MQ

    This includes some of their olders SLRs and rangefinders like the Canonet QL line.

    Some digital SLRs are about as simple.
     
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    hey, Thanks, i checked it out and yes i think that is it, i will ask him as soon as i can to make sure, maybe he could find one on ebay....to answer your question, i don't know i will have to ask him...he probably did tell me but he is so full of information it is hard to take it all in. Thanks again, for looking it up :smile:
     
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    Casey just watch out with APS-C. Although I'm sure you could find a camera on e-bay, you will struggle to find film for it, and there are not many labs that will process it. As far as I know, traditional B&W film was never available in APS-C, so even home processing would be difficult (although certainly possible using C-41 chemicals). If you do find a lab that can process it, it will probably be quite expensive as it's not a standard format any more. On top of which, the image quality is not great because the image size on the film is onlay about half the image size on 35mm film.

    So if at all possible, an autoloading 35mm camera would be better. You typically just open the back, insert the film cannister, pull out the leader over the sprocket and then close the back again.
     
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    Thanks, you've saved money and time :smile:
    I will pass this info onto him, that sounds simple enough i'm sure this will be fine...thanks again...from Casey.
     
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    Hmm. I didn't find loading film in those digital SLRs simple at all...:wink:
     
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    On my Nikon N60 that's pretty much it for loading. I expect it's true also for the most recent point and shoots from just about any manufacturer.
     
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    Shooting instant cameras are easy with regards to loading and unloading of film (it spits it out for ya!).
     
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    I have a Canon rebel K2 that loads similarly except it prewinds. You just load it like the video above except there is no rewind knob and you just put the film in and close the door... it prewinds the film electronically and is probably the easiest SLR I've ever used. I think they can be had for pretty cheap used on ebay, and I'm thinking that most of the rebel cameras have a similar loading system. (I'm not sure of this, though... most of my experience is with the AE1)

    Ed
     
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    If his fine motor skills are OK, Nikon AF bodies like the N8008s/801s or N90s/F90x are easy to load--and very affordable now. It's a matter of pulling out a couple inches of leader once the film can is in place, then closing the cover and hitting the shutter release to wind on.There's also an LCD icon showing successful loading.

    Problem with film p&s models that loaded film the way you described is that most are dead now. They were starting to get scarce 10 years ago.
     
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    The Canon Rebel 2000 works like this as well - and can be had for very little cost.

    Now if 126 was still available ....
     
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    Yes, very easy and reliable loading. And the cameras are very capable. The AF on my F801s is way behind the times, but it still does a good job of finding proper focus. I find it fairly easy to manually focus with, too.
    And as said, inexpensive.