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Pentax P30T

As you know I have returned to England for a while. When I was sure I was coming back I bought some cameras on eBay to be delivered here before I arrived. I thought these would keep me amused while I am out of work and lazing around. This was the first one I tried. I still have a few draft posts from Japan, I will publish those eventually but I wanted to post one from the UK.

Oh and this was the state of my bed when I arrived.

my bed

I forgot some of the things I ordered and ended up buying a camera I had already tested and gave away.

This camera was in one of the biggest parcels as it came with a bag, a zoom lens and a few filters. I took the 50mm from another Pentax camera to try it.

As you can see it was a little dusty on the outside, but the inside was clean. The zoom lens’ front glass had loads of gunk all over it. Nothing I tried would get it off. So I resorted to very a very gentle toothpaste mixture. That cleaned it, but I would not know if I damaged it until I tried it. Nothing lost for me as I didn’t pay much for it, do not try that at home though.

This camera was on my hit list after I read this blog. I then looked for photos on the net, particularly Instagram. I loved the look and colour of the body. This great blog gives a lot more technical details and instructions on how to use the camera.

I plonked in some Fuji Venus 800 that I got out of the gatcha machine at Suzuki Camera and headed for Harewood House.

The camera was light and very easy to use. The 800ASA film and the f1.7 aperture was perfect for inside the recreation of the gardener’s house which was quite dark. I loved this camera and am torn as to which I like more, this or the ME Super. And that is tricky as I just made the ME top of my current top ten. The ME looks more vintage, but the P30T’s grey finish has its own charm.

Here is my test roll.

I left the body on Auto and for the most part, left the lens on Auto too. Inside the gardener’s house, I changed the lens to aperture priority to make sure I knew there would not be any camera shake. The goat photo was taken using the zoom lens I cleaned as were the berries and the sunflowers with the fence. It is not great, but acceptable considering it was badly damaged.

I was also surprised by the film as I got it in a random machine for $2.50 as you got 2 films for $5. I was expecting it to be expired, but it performed beautifully. I great day out on a cloudy day, but a great film and camera coped with it perfectly.

Get yourself some Venus 800 here.

Keep or Sell: I eventually decided to sell it as I much prefer the Pentax ME Super and realised I would probably never use it again. Plus I don’t like keeping bodies without lenses.

Fuji TW-3

I got this camera as a “for parts” buy on eBay due to it having a dead soldered internal battery. I thought I might try to see if I could change it or fit an alternative…how hard could it be? I am useless at soldering, but you can’t get better unless you try. The weird thing is, it is a half frame. Why would I buy a half frame camera with a non-changeable battery? Because they are rare, I saw the price they are going for on eBay and I was looking for something to do.

When this camera from 1985 arrived it was completely dead. No lights, no movement, nothing…so nothing to lose. Looking it over, it seemed pretty obvious the battery was in the bulky part where the handle was. So I began to look for ways to access it and saw a couple of screws.

Once they were undone there is a cover you can roll back if your fingers are nimble, but mine are not so I took off the cover and removed the whole section.

As you can see I am great at unsoldering, but suck at resoldering. Yeah for electrical tape…and 2 CR123 batteries. Let there be light.

But the light is no guarantee the camera fully works, only film will prove the camera’s true worth. Oh, and the camera has a button for taking photos of the TV. On this camera the button has been very well used, somebody loved their TV.

Here is my test film. On wide the flash pops up and works automatically. On tele, the flash does not work. That’s about all you need to know.

And back to not liking half-frame cameras. It is not even a cute camera.

Keep or sell: Sell. I know it is a rare camera and the value might increase, but it is ugly and not fun to use for me. I have the Olympus Pen FT…that is all the half frame I need.

Oh and you can find another review and manual here.


Fujifilm Epion RVX (APS)

I saw this camera on Instagram and I was smitten. Look at it, LOOK!! Can you see it? It is very well camouflaged. I searched on eBay and low, there was one, just one…and it was in Japan. But it is an APS, dwindling film supplies. Then along came Asographic and there was new hope on the horizon! So I can buy the camera?? YES!

It arrived in mint condition, not a blemish or a scratch, which is amazing considering it is a heavy duty camera. I love HDCs, they always seem to perform well and have super sharp lenses. Gosh, I think I am setting myself up for disappointment.

It turns out there are quite a few of these for sale online in Japan, but not a lot of information about this camera. Here is some, but you will need Google Translate or equivalent. It states the camera was released in 1997, it also has quite a lot of technical information. Though, from the photos above you can see there is a 25mm lens, quite wide. Plus the minimum focal length is 36cm, pretty good.

I loaded up an expired Truprint film and went for a walk…which a wrote about on another blog here.

I have used expired Truprint APS film before and it always seems to be quite warm. Comparing the digital photos to these, I prefer these. They are sharper, more detailed and I was less worried about damaging the camera..due to the HDC.

I love it. I have already loaded it up with another roll.

Keep or Sell: Though I thought this camera was gorgeous, the dwindling supply of film made me sell it. I decided to keep just one aps camera, and this wasn’t the one I chose.



Fujipet EE

I read about this camera line on a number of blogs including this one and this one. According to the latter site, the EE was produced in 1961 which I think is very early for a toy camera. According to this site, they were made exclusively for the Japanese market. So when I saw one I thought I should try it out, despite my dislike of plastic cameras.

I was very lucky to get a really clean version, I have seen some shockers in junk bins. The light meter arrow moved too, weirdly, jerkily, but it moved.

There is absolutely nothing to do but point and shoot. There is no focusing, no zoning, nothing. A fixed lens and a shutter release. The shutter always fires so multiple exposures are perfectly easy either on purpose or by accident.

I loaded up this one with Fuji Acros 100 and went for a walk. It takes 12 6×6 shots, so a short walk.

I liked the shot of the small bushes, there is a weird lens distortion that has a pleasant effect. I might actually use this again another day with colour film. There also seems to be a light aberration which I don’t like so I would like to try it again to see if that shows up again.

Compared with the current Holga cameras, which I have written about here and here, I think they performed equally. BUT this one looks much cooler and is sturdier. There is no way the back would drop off on this one, and there are some metal parts. If I had to choose I would pick a Fujipet over Holgas.

Update: This one was bought by a rogue eBay customer, who claimed it was not as listed and damaged. When I received it back it had an obvious dint in the bottom and the viewfinder was damaged. I suspect they were not sure what they were buying and was disappointed by the ‘toy’ feel of this camera then intentionally dropped it. Even so it still worked, I said it was studier than it looks. I fixed the viewfinder, but the dint remains. Luckily another buyer didn’t mind the dint and it was resold.

Two Nikon TW Point and Shoots

I looked through my list of cameras tested and realised there are surprisingly few Nikons on there. So, this post goes some way towards addressing that. I was recently hunting through some junk bins and came across two versions of the same series. The total price for both was $3.

Yipee! Of course, I bought both, then I went further and put the same kind of film in each, Fuji Acros 100. AND to go further I took both cameras out on the same kind of day…unfortunately dull, humid and rainy.

So the first film I finished was from the Nikon TW2D.

This camera came into production in 1987 and was Nikon’s first autofocus point and shoot. There is a button on top to switch between 35mm and 70mm. There is a slider on the front which turns on the camera and opens the shutter cover. As you can see there are also buttons to control the flash, continuous shooting and midroll rewind. On the side of the lens barrel is a slider for soft focus too. Unfortunately, the zoom motor for this example was faulty and struggled to control the lens barrel extension or retraction. The camera seemed to work fine in the 35mm position, but struggled to do anything if you tried to set it to 70mm. Anyway, here is my test roll.

Hmm, there are a couple of nice shots, but on the whole, these are seriously underexposed. Bless this little camera, it really tried hard, but it just didn’t work. BUT, if the exposure had worked it would be a great camera. I would recommend it if you can find a good example.

And on to the next, the Nikon TW20 AF.

This one was a bargain, $1 for the camera and case. This one was produced a couple of years after the TW2D from 1989. It also has a button to switch focal lengths, 35mm and 55mm. The former camera had the first autofocus, this one has the first red-eye reduction. For a point and shoot it isn’t the smallest camera I have ever tried, even a little ugly on which I agree with this great blog. But I love sliding lens covers so that redeems it in my book. The lens cover also protects a few other buttons such as the self-timer and flash suppression. But was it a bust like the $2 camera?

This camera is AWESOME! All the more for costing $1. Remember it was a very dull day and I was using 100ASA film. For the most part, the exposure is great, plus the focal length button worked well. I really enjoyed using it and would recommend it if you can get a good example.

Keep or Sell: The TW2D is in the bin, but I kept the TW20 for a while. Eventually, I sold it to reduce my collection.

Fuji HD-M

I bought this camera because it looked different and there was mud on it. The HD-M means heavy duty motor. As you can see, it looks like it will withstand just about anything.

According to this site it came out in 1984 and can be used underwater to 2m. I have a feeling that it will actually go a little deeper than that. As a diver I know that the pressure underwater changes the most in the first 10 meters, if I can get it past that depth it should be ok for any type of recreational dive. So next time I go diving I will test it again, just for fun. The battery and film compartments have doors that are held tight and have an o-ring for good measure.

The focusing on this camera is zoned. I often forgot to change the zoning for some reason. I think because the camera looks like it should be a point and shoot. When I did remember to change the focusing I found the resulting photo was very sharp, but it was quite unforgiving if you forgot. The shutter has a lock, so it never fires when you don’t want it to. The shutter button was a little stiff due to the ability to keep out water, underwater it might be an issue. I did take it out in the rain, it would be perfect for street photography on a rainy day.

From what I can gather,and from the mud,I think this type of camera was used by builders to record their progress. Plus it is kind of the original sports camera.

You change the ISO by a dial on the front of the camera. The previous link I gave has more technical information. But did this work? I have already hinted it did.

The exposure was spot on every time. You can see on a couple of repeat shots when I got the zoning right. The timer worked…though not my attempt to use it. I really liked this camera and as I don’t have an equivalent one, I will be keeping this one. Though I do have a couple of similar ones to test later., so I might be swapping it later. The others have automatic focusing so that is the only reason I will swap it out.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 10

This really isn’t the kind of camera I buy. It only takes ten shots, it is bulky, poor and small photos….and then I remembered the bronica. That is big, bulky and only takes 15 shots..good shots, but still only 15, plus I had to buy a new scanner to use it. So here was this “cheki” little camera for only $7 when new ones cost waaaaay more than that. So I thought what the heck and added it to the pile I was already wombling.

The “cheki” is formed from the Japanese habit of shortening foreign words or phrases, this times it stands for “check it”. This was the first version of the instax line and came out in 1998. Just when other film cameras and polaroids were going the way of the dodo. This one has been going from strength to strength, so much so that a new version was just released in 2015. Luckily, unlike most products, the film available today still fits the older version of the camera. This website tells you all you need to know about instant cameras.

This one is very easy to use, it has two settings for the focus distance. It automatically focuses on less than 3m, if you want to take shots further away you have to make a switch and the lens moves position.

So for that cheap price did it work? Well I almost didn’t have proof that it did. I took it into work and quite honestly it cause a mini riot with some of the Japanese staff, “ooh cheki checki..does it have film? Take a picture!!” and four shots were quickly gone. So I decided to quickly use the rest of the film on ‘stuff’ and a selfie so the photos would remain in my possession.


BUT once I finished the cartridge I also lost the camera. If my Japanese friend could not have the photos then maybe she could have the camera??? It was cheap, you will find another?? I can use it with the kids?! It’s for work!.

So no keep or sell…just a STOLEN! Ok, I did find another and bought it, they really are fun 🙂

And you do not have to shake it like a polaroid picture, though some people still do it.





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.