The 40-page manual is a necessity, if you want to know about all of the features and modes that this camera has available. Fortunately, the camera came in the original box with manual and looks like it had never been used. It requites a 3V CR-2 battery (buy them in bulk online!) and the well-marked off/on switch opens the lens cover and the lens extends slightly from the body when you turn on the camera. There is an adjustable diopter in the viewfinder, which ia quite nice to have. Four small buttons across the top deck below the LCD control the flash, exposures modes, remote and self-timer, and AF focus. You can actually set it to infinity for faster street shooting. There is a button to turn on the date/time imprinting.
Auto DX-coding from 25-3200 ISO, and if you load a film cartridge without DX coding, the ISO is automatically set to 25.
Focus is 2.15 feet to infinity, with phase-matching passive 5-point AF system. Spot AF is also an option.
The shutter can be set to B mode, and will stay open as long as you depress the shutter. You can also have the flash go off in B mode for interesting effects. There are other shutter speed modes, such as Slow shutter speed with flash off, and Slow-speed Flash Sync. Red-eye reduction can be turned on.
With any of these compact P&S zooms, the electronic zoom is fairly slow to extend to 120mm and retract to 38mm. If this camera had only a 35mm 2.8 lens, it would be a work of art. The max aperture is f/4.8 at 35mm and f/12.5 at 120mm. So, yes, fast film is a must if you are going to be zooming out. An added bonus is the bottom switch that can turn on the Panorama mask, which is actually fun to use. Make sure you deselect that mode if you want to short the entire frame.
Likes: compact size and finish, controls, and image quality.
Dislikes: Battery life, slow optics.
When new, these cameras were about $200. This looks very much like a digicam from the front and top. It fits easily into a pocket, and
I shot a roll of Kodak Tri-X, and I think the results were quite good. Most of the shots were taken at 38mm.
|Bruno and Christy at CameraMall (with flash)|
|construction on campus|