I bought this camera in a charity shop…yeap, a charity shop. I bought three cameras as I was so surprised there were any at all. In England I haven’t seen any cameras in charity shops for a while. It is not a covid thing, most well-know charity organizations are selling them on eBay now. I will get to that later, but for now here is the Yashica Clearlook, otherwise known as EZ View AF. This is the first one of the three I tried.
It was produced from 1998 and is part of a plethora of similar cameras released by Yashica/Kyocera.
The focal length is 30mm which is fairly wide for a point and shoot, not the widest, but ok-ish. It accepts DX coded film, but only 100, 200, and 400 asa. It has a fixed aperture of f5.6. As you can see by the photos, the flash is either fully on or automatic…the OFF setting closes the lens cover only. It does not turn off the flash. It has a nice bright viewfinder, hence the name. That is it, a simple point and shoot.
I had half a roll of Kentmere 400 to finish off that I retrieved from a broken camera. So I loaded it in this one and took it to Sheffield on a drizzly day. I was surprised by how much street art there was there. Someone gave me a map, so I will have to go back and search for other examples. For now, here is my test half roll.
They are not bad results considering the dreariness of the day. The camera did what it was supposed to do in these conditions. The flash didn’t fire except for the shot of the black wall and white graffiti. The conditions are not really varied in my shots so I don’t think it is a true test. But at the end of the day it is an OK camera, not amazing, nothing exceptional. If you can get it for around £5 like I did, then it is a bargain.
And now a discussion of sorts about charity purchases. A family member of mine volunteers in a charity shop so on a family picnic I asked her and a few others about something.
One of the other cameras I bought that day didn’t work. I have also bought a few things from eBay that were listed by well known charities, not all have worked.
The thing is, the purchases on eBay are a bit of a risky purchase because most of the time the description says they are not tested. They are described as probably working, clean but untested. They are not posted as for parts and definitely not at the lower prices that come with ‘for parts’ purchases.
Here is the thing, if you buy one and it doesn’t work or it turns out that there are leaky batteries in the compartment…would you complain, would you send it back? Or would you say, “Oh well, I will class it as a donation.” I have made some great purchases but also some purchases where it was absolutely clear the camera would never, ever have worked. At what point would you say, “Hey??!!”
The person who volunteers said, anything electrical should all be checked and you should get your money back. The rest of my family said, from a shop it depended on the price, anything under the price and effort to return it, they would class as a donation. For eBay, anything not tested should be sold as “for parts” as they don’t know if it works. If it turns out it doesn’t work, it shouldn’t matter if they wrote in the description not tested…they listed it in the working section, so you should complain and get your money back.
What do you think?
Oh and did you notice the Spotify button at the top of the post? I thought I would try Anchor as it popped up as an option. Though without seeing the photos or camera I am not sure of its value at the moment…and it certainly isn’t my voice. Listening back to it makes it very clear when you have missed a word or autocorrect has had its wicked way. For the first two I tried, I noticed an “a” missing on each. I am not going to redo the whole thing for an “a”. But I am going to fix the blog post.