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    What are the specs of disposable cameras?

    I've been wondering about disposable cameras recently. Does anyone know the configuration of the popular Quicksnap and Kodak one-time-use cameras?

    I would like to know the lens focal length, f/stop and shutter speed. I guessing they are around 35mm, f/8, and 1/100th of a second or so. So that means that in the sun, they will be overexposing about 4-5 stops. Does this sound about right?

    Does anyone have any preferences? I think that disposable cameras might be good for backpacking. They are extremely light and don't need batteries. Is there such a thing as a 'premium' disposable? Does anyone reuse them?
    f/22 and be there.

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    I always send disposable cameras with my daughter when she goes to summer camp. I normally get a three pack, she shoots loads of things in the week she's gone. My other daughter likes the waterfroof ones for swimming. I think they make dandy take-alongs for back packing.
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    About all I know is that they have 800 speed film in them, even the flash cameras.

    If your going hiking you might want to look at a pocket point and shoot 35mm, you can get 4 or 5 rolls of film in the same space a disposable camera takes up. You can get one with zoom, flash, and some other wiz bang features for less than the price of two disposables.
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    There are some good tips on reloading disposable cameras on the internet, but honestly, I'd see about a good holga or something that's ment to be reloaded. As for film, as of right now, I'd really suggest packing in Portra 400, I've done some of my own test shots and you can easily underexpose/overexpose it and still get usable results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlbertZeroK View Post
    There are some good tips on reloading disposable cameras on the internet, but honestly, I'd see about a good holga or something that's ment to be reloaded. As for film, as of right now, I'd really suggest packing in Portra 400, I've done some of my own test shots and you can easily underexpose/overexpose it and still get usable results.
    Good Holga?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bblhed View Post
    Good Holga?
    Yeah, you know, one that closes and stays latched without tape!

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    I had one of those disposable camers, threw it away and the pictures never came back.

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    This is what they sell in the Japanese market. I've never used the camera itself, but I sometimes pick the film inside and use it; it's much cheaper than buying a 800 speed film.

    Kodak Snapkids Flash 800
    Film: Kodak Ultramax 800
    Lens: f=30mm F10 / 2 elements 2 groups (aspherical)
    shutter speed: 1/100s

    http://wwwjp.kodak.com/JP/ja/corp/ne...7/220807.shtml

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    Quote Originally Posted by fstop View Post
    I had one of those disposable camers, threw it away and the pictures never came back.
    Really? Our refuse collectors are quite good. They process the film, make prints and deliver them when returning the empty bin.


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    When I worked at Kodak I found out that usually all the brands costs about the same amount of money but the Kodak disposable cameras had better lenses and hence better optics. I tried several disposables from two or three company taking the same photograph from each and all developed at one place at once. The Kodak disposable cameras did have noticably sharper prints.

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    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

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