Piper Cherokee 235 This Piper Cherokee 235 is the plane I flew to Alaska and back some years ago. The 235 with a fixed pitch propeller cruises at around 133 knots while burning about 12 gallons of gas per hour. I have been preparing a series of posts depicting my Alaska flying adventure to be published soon. This image was captured using a film point & shoot camera, scanned using an Epson V600 scanner, and restored in post.
The Nikon Zoom Touch 500 is a stylish, point & shoot 35mm film camera that will provide photos from 35mm wide-angle to the glamorous 80mm portraits. It features fully automatic operation in focus, exposure, load and rewind as well as a variable-power flash providing soft illumination. Its small size, compact body, continuous shooting, and a self-timer make it a nice travel companion.
Nikon Zoom Touch 500 Specifications
- Lens: 35-80mm F/4.5-7.5
- Autofocus: AF
- Focusing Range: 2.6′ to Infinity
- Films: 35mm
- Exposure: Center Weighted Metter
- Shutter: 1/500 To 4 sec.
- ISO Range: 50-3200
- LCD Information: Flash Modes, Film Status , Self Timer, Focal Length, Low Battery
- Flash: ISO 100 (35mm) 2.6 – 14.4′ (70mm) 2.6 – 7.5′
- Flash: ISO 400 (35mm) 2.6 – 28.9′ (70mm) 2.6 – 15.1′
- Power Source: CRP2 6v Lithium Battery
- Self Timer: 10 sec. delay for up to 2 pictures
- Continuous Shooting: Yes w/o flash
- Weight: 14.6 oz (414g)
- Dimensions: 5.5 X 2.9 X 2.4″
The Minolta Vectis 2000 is small compact zoom camera using APS, the advanced photo system, with built-in flash. The camera body was designed as its own case. The little camera has typical features of a compact camera of its time: autofocus, meter-controlled exposure, date imprinting, automatic flash mode with or without red eye reduction, night portrait mode, landscape mode, focus by pressing the shutter-release-button halfway, and a self-timer.
Minolta Vectis 2000 Specifications
- Lens: 1:5.4 -1:6.6 / 22.5-45mm zoom
- Autofocus: infrared
- Films: APS films of 25 ASA up to 3200 ASA
- Exposure: dual-segment metering through meter window, range EV 4-17 (ASA 200)
- Shutter: lens shutter with speeds 8 sec down to 1/500 sec.
- Viewfinder: magnification 0.32x – 0.57x, field of view 85% at 3m
- Flash: 5.1 meters with ISO 400 film and lens at wide angle
- Weight: 5.1 oz. (145g) without the CR-2 battery
- Dimensions: 4″ x 2″ , 2″ x 1.1″ (102 x 55 x 28.5 mm)
Mary’s Christmas Tree Mom loved Christmas. It was by far her best time of year. Trimming the tree was a special event in itself usually accompanied by high expectations, a good bit of work, some frustrations, and finally delight. Also, notice her love for dolls even at Christmas time. I’ve posted several photographs of mom in the past; instead this year, a photo of her favorite Christmas tree. Fond memories of a mom who could not do too much for others!
A Winter Morning, just after sunrise, seemed like a good time to try more film photos. The Kodak Signet 30, a 35mm film camera with a 44mm f2.8 lens and FujiColor Pro 400H film makes a very nice image even after converting the color to black & white in post. This digital image was produced at the time the film was developed. Since this image was delivered as a JPG, it did not need much post processing.
These older cameras like the Kodak Signet 30 really make the photographer think about what he is about to do as he prepares to make a photograph. It does not have a light meter or rangefinder. So, the photographer must use his best guess of the distance while making the depth of field large enough and the shutter speed fast enough to keep the subject sharp. And, the photog must determine aperture and shutter speed for the best exposure.
Halloween seemed like a good subject to try some of my first film photos in a long time. The Petri Color 35, a 35mm film camera with a 44mm f2.8 lens and FujiColor Pro 400H film makes a very nice image with soft skin colors against a vibrant background. This digital image was produced at the time the film was developed. Since this image was delivered as a JPG, it did not need much post processing.
These older cameras like the Petri Color 35 really make the photographer think about what he is about to do as he prepares to make a photograph. It does have a light meter, but no rangefinder. So, the photographer must use his best guess of the distance while making the depth of field large enough and the shutter speed fast enough to keep the subject sharp.
Red Barn This old Red Barn has been well maintained or restored. It’s only a few miles from where I live and seemed like a good subject to try my first film photos in a long time. The Petri Color 35, a 35mm film camera with a 44mm f2.8 lens, makes a very nice image. This digital image was produced at the time the film was developed. Actually, prints were optional from the processor, but I took them just to see if there were are differences between the prints and the JPGs. These older cameras like the Petri Color 35 really make the photographer think about what he is about to do as he prepares to make a photograph. It does have a light meter, but no rangefinder. So, the photographer must use his best guess of the distance while making the depth of field large enough and the shutter speed fast enough to keep the subject sharp. Since the images were delivered as JPGs, they did not need much post processing. Besides, too much processing in post could destroy the “film” look to the image.
The Minolta XG-9 Camera is an electronic 35mm SLR film camera with automatic and manual exposure control. It’s also known as the XG-S in Japan. By providing automatic exposure photography at a reasonable cost, the Minolta XG-9 camera was designed to be used in aperture priority auto-exposure mode. It reflects the advances in electronics and miniaturization resulting in a much smaller body than the SR-T cameras. And, the XG-9 also accepts an auto winder, the Minolta Auto Winder G, that provides motorised frame advance at up to two frames per second.
The XG-9 included many improvements over its predecessors. The new Acute-matte screen results in easier focusing and improved light transmission. When set to auto-exposure mode, it provides a full information viewfinder. It also includes a depth-of-field preview button and is available in both chrome and black.
The Minolta XG-9 was in production between March 1979-1981. List price for a new Minolta XG-9 Camera in 1981 was approximately $250 (app. $657 USD in 2016 dollars). Today, used price for a camera in very good condition runs around $100 USD including several lenses.
Minolta XG-9 Specifications
- Type: Electronic 35mm SLR with automatic and manual exposure control
- Focusing Method: Acute-Matte Fresnel screen with a split-image rangefinder inside a micro-prism collar
- Viewfinder: Fixed eye-level pentaprism displays include manual f-stop, auto shutter speed, +/- exposure
- Focusing: Matte Fresnel microprism focusing screen with split-image spot & manual
- Shutter: Fully electronic, horizontal, cloth, focal plane shutter
- Speeds: Mechanical: none Electronic: 1 – 1,000; B Automatic (stepless): 1 – 1,000 Manual: 1 – 1,000; B
- Meter: TTL , full-aperture, center-weighted meter, coupled to aperture & film speed
- Meter Sensitivity: CdS type from EV 2 to EV 17 at ASA 100
- Exposure Modes: Unmetered manual mode & Aperture preferred mode
- Automatic Exposure Compensation: +/- 2EV dial
- Battery: Two A76 (or equivalent) Built-in battery check
- Flash: Built-in, hot shoe auto sets shutter speed to 1/60 with X-type flash units X and FP PC contacts
- Flash Synch: X: B; 1 – 1/60 FP: B; 1 – 1/15 M: B; 1 – 1/15 MF: B; 1 – 1/15
- Film: 35mm Film-speed Range: ASA 25-1600
- Film Advance: Lever type or optional Autowinder G
- Lens Mount: Minolta Bayonet Mount (MC/MD)
- Mirror: Over-sized, instant return mirror
- Self Timer: Electronic, non-adjustable 10 seconds
- Dimensions: 2″ x 3.5″ x 5.5″ (52 x 88 x 138mm) Weight: 1 lb. 2 oz. (500g)
- Construction: Single stroke lever film advance, drum-type loading, and exposure counter
- Depth of field preview button, automatic reset film counter, tripod threads
- Film safe-load window, cable release connection
Minolta Rokkor-X 50mm f1.7
- Focal Length: 50mm
- Lens: 6 elements in 5 groups with achromatic coating Filter Thread: 55mm
- Aperture: f1.7 – f16 Angle of View: 47°
- Minimum Focus Distance: 0.45 meters / 1.5 feet
- Dimensions: 2.5″ x 1.6″ (64x40mm) Weight: 6.9oz (195g)