This camera is one of the three I bought in a charity shop in Chester. I have one left to try after already reviewing this Yashica. Since the discovery of these three, I have found other charity shops with point and shoot cameras. I haven’t bought any as I have these three to play with, but it is nice to see them. I speculate that these cameras were not worth putting on eBay, but might be worth putting in the shops to tempt and draw people in. It certainly worked with me.
Anyway, here is my Nikon point and shoot from 2003 and it just happens to be the last compact film camera they ever produced.
When I first loaded a CR123A battery it didn’t power up. As you can see from the photos, the compartment was very clean. So I figured there was a more serious issue with the electronics. I put it on my shelf and left it for a couple of weeks. But it was staring at me, maybe there was something I could do, maybe the battery I tried was just dead, I should try again. So in goes another battery after checking it, but nada, nothing. Ok, I have nothing to lose, maybe I should clean the contacts just for fun. They are very clean, but vinegar is practically free and I have the time. Lo and behold, if the thing didn’t just power up and work perfectly. What was on those contacts? Something invisible to the eye that’s for sure.
So now it was working I could check out the camera’s great zoom. The 28mm to 100mm zoom is a great choice for carrying around. The wide 28mm is quite impressive as a few of the others from this range start at 38mm. The aperture range of f5.8 – 10.5 isn’t great but I think the speeds available for a compact make up for that. The shutter ranges from 2 seconds to 1/500th. It accepts dx coded film from 50-3,200 and sets not dx coded film to 100asa. You can read more information here.
I loaded mine with a roll of Kentmere 400 and kept it in my bag for a week or two. I ended up taking it on a family visit, into Leeds and to Liverpool. Here are some of the results.
I love this camera. I was right, the range of the zoom was perfect especially the 28mm wide angle. All the shots are perfectly exposed no matter the situations, even the shot straight into the sun of the mural in shadow. I especially like the sliding cover that acts like and on/off switch. It even has a flash off setting, which is great as you don’t see that too often on point and shoots.
I got mine for about £10, but I see them going for much more online. It just goes to show bargains can be had…or online prices are inflated. I will let you decided that one.
On the other hand, it isn’t the sharpest camera I have tried, but it is perfect for all occasions and it can be thrown in a bag without worrying about scratching the lens. The range of film speeds it recognises is also a bonus as many point and shoots only accept a minimum range. Oh if it only had a bigger viewfinder and a slightly wider aperture, it would be perfect.