Yes, I understand this. Really, this is more of a question for me since I never have had any interest in a P&S 35mm camera and was curious as to the offerings out there. It's a market I've never looked into and it looks like there's a lot of variety and options. Just having some fun and looking forward to getting my mum a camera she'll enjoy for years to come. I already got my father looking at a MF system
Originally Posted by Sirius Glass
Thanks guys, that Nikon looks sweet too. I just picked up one off the Bay for 2.99 + 5.00 shipping and am looking at a L35AF as well.
I'm probably going to get my mom a Nikon N55 and a pro pack of Portra 400. They're only about $75 and the film is about $35. After she saw the pictures I took of my sisters college graduation and how much better they turned out than her digital, (even inside U of O's mac court with only the amber lights on) she was floored that i shot them with film and how awesome the color looked.
I'll suggest the Konica EE-100. It is a 1/2 frame 35mm with auto focus and built in flash. With the cost of film going up the way it is, 1/2 frame today is back in an environment it was originally designed for. It is larger than the XA but easier to use as it has auto advance and rewind. Only limitation is if she wants transparencies as holders are not available at most developers any longer. The 100 has a sharp lens and nicely fits into a shirt pocket plus uses AA batteries.
Contax Tvs II; AF with a Vario Sonnar 35-85 !:2,8
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I would say give your mom what she wants no matter what it costs. However I don't think she knows what she wants just yet so let her use your himatic and find out what she likes, dislikes about it.
A Contax TVs, T2 etc.. is worth it for your mom provided that she likes it.
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what whitey said -
Originally Posted by Whiteymorange
My mom used to use a Minolta Maxxum and when it broke the camera store pushed a point and shoot on her, which served but wasn't as good.
Last Saturday while picking up some chemicals and film, I saw a woman buy a Nikon F4 and wide-to-tele zoom.
Now THAT's a camera to get your mom! Or an F5.
The P&S she got was a Minolta Freedom Zoom 140EX Panorama Date.
Earlier this year she came to visit and pulled out the point and shoot and showed it to me, with the sad story that it stopped working and the guy at the camera store wasn't able to fix it. Could I try to fix it?
I went out to the garage, fiddled with it a bit, but no. Couldn't get it to work.
To finish the story...
Last summer at a garage sale I picked up the exact same model camera for $5 working fine.
Gave to my teenager so it was technically 'his' camera.
So I went back to his room and got his permission...
I switched the cameras, handed it to my mom and said. "Here you go, good as new"
If your mother doesn't need a zoom, the definitive choice cannot be anything different than a Yashica T3 , for the following obvious reasons:
- Reasonably weatherproof (protection class JIS 4);
- Carl Zeiss lens with T* treatment, Tessar scheme, 35/2.8 (not the old same 3.5), a Sirius Glass should I say if we except some vignetting.
- 16 autofocus points, not the ordinary 4 or 5, with autofocus confirmation and autofocus lock.
- Minimum focusing distance: 0.5 metres.
- Shutter goes from 1/630 to 1 second.
- Lightmeter goes from EV 3 to EV 17, silicon blue cell.
- The auto-Flash incorporated can also be forced on (fill-light coupled with autofocus) or off (no auto-crap). And its GN in metres is around 8.4 (range: 3 metres with ISO 100).
I've sold pictures taken with this camera. Like the Olympus XA or the Minox, it was meant to provide the quality you expect from an SLR.
Practical aspects for a middle-aged or more-than-middle-aged person:
- Film autoloading;
- Practical lens "shutter" which covers the lens and can be instantly moved aside, this unlocks the camera;
- Two viewfinders, one vertical, very small but very nice for self-timer shots over a table for instance, and for "candids".
- Very small, very light (275 grams).
- DX film code (64 - 1600 ISO).
This would be the perfect single-focal-length compact if it only had some exposure compensation for backlit situations.
When I bought this camera, the competition had an enormous number of similar offers, but they normally lacked the optical quality, or the wheatherproof building, or the 16-point autofocus.
I'm in love with this camera, and I'm partial to it, because it deserves it.
Cameras like the Canon Canonet or your Minolta are very good but probably a camera like the T3 is better for your mother, without giving up on image quality.
PS You probably can find one for less than $20.