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    Kodak has a patent on a special lens made from plastic that gives exceptional sharpness. Their disposable cameras are reputed to give the best photos. In my experience, using a lot of them, they work out quite well. I've also used Fuji and brand X cameras finding them quite good.

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    I used to take the AAs out of the flash cameras when we processed at our lab, and use them in anything that needed AAs. Usually the flashes were hardly used - about 90% of the shots were in daylight, so I saved $$$ on AAs for my F1 and flash unit (let alone all the remotes floating around!!)

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    My camera store takes the AAs out and lets me have them before they ship the camera out. After all, they are mine!

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    I used to collect these from the camera stores. I ended up with a 5L bucket full of AA and AAA batteries, not to mention about 7kJ (enough to kill you a few times over) worth of harvested flash capacitors for a coilgun...

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    They have street-cred. The odd thing is that I can see more disposable cameras in my wanderings about than I do rolls of film! Chemists, post offices, milk bars and even bike shops have them.

    On my trip around Australia leaving 31st May there will be packed amongst the photographic heavy-hitters, 5 disposable Fuji cameras (24 exposures each). These will be used for "postcards" for sending to friends back home, developed and printed in whatever town we are stopping in. Image quality is not really an issue (but it is very good indeed), just the romanticism and proven life of film (remember that?).

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    Depending what film you put in them, it may be cheaper to buy real compact cameras from ebay than use disposables. The market is awash with 80s and 90s film compacts than mostly sell for the starting price of 99p, sometimes a bunch of them. If you want a Holga look smear a little vaseline on the rear element.

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    Honestly I've had more luck with disposable cameras than with cheap point-and-shoots. The point-and-shoots can provide unfocused and/or blurry shots due to too low of a shutter speed, where disposables never do. Also, disposables are ridiculously lightweight.
    f/22 and be there.

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    I think the specs are plastic, cheap and you get what you pay for. They're probably decent but no better or worse than the non-adjustable Instamatics of the 1970s.

    I've seen decent photos from them. I wouldn't expect SLR-quality images, but they'll probably suffice. Better than no camera, and if it gets crushed, lost or dropped into a river, no big deal.

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    I regularly use a Rollei Black and White disposable camera. It came loadad with Neopan 400 (which costs as much as the whole camera did) and has a two-element lens of about 30mm and f/11. I reload it regularly with different 400ASA films and use it at parties, on the beach and other places where I don't want to carry heavy and expensive equipment. The negatives were always good enough for 8x10" prints... not professional quality, but really sharp for a lens made from two tiny pieces of plastic.
    I think, the Rollei cameras are all the same, only loaded with different film... they come with crossbird (slide film labeled for crossprocessing), redbird (redscale), nightbird (some kind of redscale, but much darker) blackbird (high contrast b&w) or standard black and white. It's aimed at lomographers, but the picture quality is actually too good for that.

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    How did these things get to be called disposable? They are not disposable as you do not dispose of them when you are finished with them!


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