Tag Archives: 2000

Canon EOS 300 (EOS Rebel 2000, EOS Kiss III)

I was expecting to write a scathing review of this plastic camera from 1999 but I loved it. Another camera I love and a cheap one at that. I can’t even remember where I got this one from so it must have been really cheap. I think I got it in order to use the one EOS lens I have.

You can find technical details here. The first thing I noticed and liked was that it loaded all the film into the body of the camera and then counted down as you used it. I always like that, easy. It was also really quiet, barely a peep out of it. But the main thing I liked was the weight and feel. It is very light and surprisingly pleasant to hold. It won’t hurt your neck on a long walk. Also, you may think it is going to be very plasticky, but the two-tone material on the front of the body actually makes it feel nice in your hand.

In terms of modes, it has all the modes you might ever need. It has iso override, bracketing, presets, manual, aperture priority, speed priority and can take multiple exposures.

As you can see by the photos of the camera, I took it on a walk in the countryside and Bingley Five Rises Locks. I am going to try and take photos of the cameras I use where I use them. I might forget, but that is the plan.

Here are the shots I got using some donated Kodak Ekta 100.

I think I might keep this one, I need something to put on the lens.

Agfamatic 2000 Sensor (110)

This camera is another batch swapped for one, if you understand that weird sentence. I almost didn’t take it as I didn’t really want to bother with 110 film again. But it looked so clean and small, a bit like a spy camera. I could imagine whipping it out of my pocket and copying some illicit documents.

Really, look how small it is and I have tiny girl hands. Before I tried a film, I played around with it. The wind on movement is completed by pushing the camera on the sides like an accordion. This example’s movement felt really smooth. In fact, once I did put in some Lomography film I took a shot and thought the film had not wound on. The movement was so perfect, I thought it could not have worked so I took the same shot again and watched the numbers as I pushed the camera. The number went to 3, so it had worked. The movement is sheer butter.

It was originally released in 1973 and I found it very easy to use. It has just two settings, sunny or cloudy, and a shutter release button. The weather settings change the speed from 1/50th to 1/100th. The aperture is fixed at f9.5. It does not need a battery to work. Simple and cool. In fact so cool that this article refers to it as a design icon. The article is an interview with the actual designer so he might be a little biased.

I tried a few shots at St.Aiden’s RSPB reserve, a place I have written about before. Then I remembered a weird adapter thing I had in my junk box. I fished it out, yeap it said 110 “adaptor”.

It fit the flash cube slots perfectly. I attached a flash and the cable, fired it up. Voila, it seemed to work. I tried a few more shots with the flash.

The adapter fitting was a little loose. Apparently, there is supposed to be a small plastic thingy to make it fit more snuggly. I didn’t have that so I had to hold the unit in place while using it. When I held it correctly, it fired without issue and exposed the shot quite well. The issue of pinhole light leaks from the backing paper is evident on a few shots. I hate those. It is a known fault and should be addressed.

Here are my results, you can see without the flash it is pretty useless inside. It did very well outside, if not pointed into the sun.

I was impressed with this little camera and would recommend it, I still would not recommend the film if there was any other choice, but hey, there is no choice. The camera sound mentioned in the linked article of “Ritsch-Ratsch-Klick” is very appealing and I found myself engaging the camera without a film just to hear it.

For a film, I would recommend for 35mm try Kosmo Foto Mono. Love that stuff.

Olympus izoom 2000

Two APS posts in one day! Wow, must have got a new toy..yeap a lightbox thingy.

The second camera of the day has the title, “Ultra Compact Zoom” on the top of it. Is it? 25-50mm doesn’t seem that impressive, but it is one of the smallest cameras I have tried. It quite easily fits into the pocket of my trousers without too much bulk. In fact, it is barely bigger than the film cassette…just look…

 

It was released in February 2000 and you can find all the details you want from the Olympus website. It originally came with a remote, but of course, the remote for this one is nowhere to be found.

There really isn’t much more than that on the net, it is a simple point and shoot aps camera with a small, 2x zoom. The few reviews I found complained about the camera failing after a short period of time and the grainy photos. So at least this one was still working and working well, focusing was smooth and quick.

I used mine around Tokyo and Kyoto while my family was visiting. Here are my test shots.

 

At the end of their visit, they asked me to show them something they could not see in England…hence the penis shrine 🙂 They were both surprised by that and I filled the brief to perfection 🙂

Anyway back to the camera. I thought it was fine. The shots of the red pagoda are especially impressive in terms of colour and sharpness. Anything slightly dark and the camera struggled. The flash really isn’t that powerful. The snow shots on Mount Fuji are perfectly exposed. Not a bad little camera. Not the best aps, but it does the job.

Keep or sell: As with the last post, I have plenty of similar cameras, so sell….sold

 

 

Tiara ix-z nexia 2000 MRC

I bought this on the way home from a party and I was slightly, just slightly drunk. It was in a great shop which I do recommend. But I do not recommend doing what I did.

The reason being, in the shop the assistant had trouble turning it on or getting the film door open. But I wanted it. It was so pretty.

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When I got it home it turned on, but the damn film door would not open again. I looked online for solutions and saw a few people had posted the same question….but no solutions. I found this site for the previous version that said to remove the sliding cover, but that didn’t seem to be the case for this camera.

In the end, I gave up and smashed it, pulling the sliding door off. It still did not open, but it was so much fun doing it. I finally got the door open by using a screwdriver as a lever.

Would I buy another…only if I see it in a junk bin which seems unlikely as the name “Tiara” is sort after in 35mm terms. In APS terms, it still holds weight, but not much.

Fujinon Zoom Cardia MULTi 2000 OP

This camera has one of the longest names of a camera I have ever seen with the least amount written about it on the internet, maybe people just don’t want to write it all down.

Anyway from what I can see and have read it was released in 1993. It has a 35-80mm zoom, but has no markings as to the aperture range. I couldn’t find a manual online, a real mysterious camera, so I didn’t find out what the use of the mountain/HG button was for. Any ideas?

There is dioptric adjuster and panoramic switch on the back plus a databack. I got this camera for $1, I think because the place where you held it was a sticky mess. I covered that with some funky purple leather, which you can see in the photos. I didn’t do it neatly as I had no intention of keeping it. Loading the camera was a little tricky, I wasn’t sure if you were supposed to use a leader as the back didn’t open up all the way. I tried it that way first and it didn’t load properly. So then I tried it by first unhooking the yellow bar so the back could open wide, I left a longer leader. That worked. This camera loads all the film to the end and with each shot rewinds it back in the cassette.

So did it work. I loaded a roll of Rollei RPX100 and left it in my bag for a week.

This was a camera to leave on a table and see what pictures turned up, (if anyone has an objection to being featured let me know). But you can also see a fault that turned up. On shots where the subject is hectic you can’t see anything wrong. In the shots where there is a clear sky you can see ghost blobs. At first I thought it was a fault with processing or scanning. But they are all in the same place on different shots. I had another look at the lens on the front and it looked clear. On the inside it also looked clear. So I breathed on it.

Then the blobs were visible. I tried cleaning it, but they remained. So this camera will go in the bin. It is not special enough to try further. Though as you can see it was fun trying it out.