Nikon Zoom Touch 500

Nikon Zoom Touch 500The 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″

Minolta IX-Date VE TIS2000

Minolta IX-Date VE TIS2000The 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

Mary's Christmas Tree 1989

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!

 

Winter Morning

Winter Morning

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

Halloween

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

Red Barn

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.

Minolta XG-9 Camera

Minolta XG-9 CameraThe 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)

Minolta SRT-102 Camera

Minolta SRT-102 CameraThe Minolta SRT-102 Camera is a single lens reflex film camera with a through-the-lens CLC meter coupled to shutter and film speed.  It’s also known as the ‘SR-T Super” in Asia and the Pacific, or the ’SR-T 303’ in Europe.  Minolta’s innovation on the SR-T series was to add through-the-lens (TTL) metering.  Minolta then added Contrast Light Compensation, CLC, to give correct exposure in high contrast light.  CLC uses two CdS photocells in series to expose for the darker of two segments.  The SRT-102 has a ground glass microprism and split rangefinder focusing.

The shutter speed ranges from 1s to 1/1000s, including ‘Bulb’ mode with a cable release.  It also synchronizes a electronic flash with the shutter speed from 1s to 1/60s.  ISO can be set for films from 6 to 6400, so it’s compatible with any 35mm film.  The light meter functions with a needle seen through the viewfinder.  The shutter speed and aperture, also seen through the viewfinder, adjust by matching the meter needles to get the perfect exposure.   As an addition feature, this camera can also achieve multiple exposures with a simple trick.  By pressing the release button for rewinding the film, the advance lever can be advanced re-activating the shutter without actually advancing the film; allowing many exposures in a single frame. 

The Minolta SR-T 102 was in production between March 1973 to 1975.  List price for a new Minolta SRT-102 Camera in 1975 was approximately $290 (app. $1,285 USD in 2016 dollars).  Today, used price for a camera in very good condition runs around $100 USD including several lenses. 

 

Minolta SRT-102 Specifications

  • Type: 35mm SLR w/TTL exposure metering
  • Focusing Range:  approximately 50cm (1.75 feet) to infinity
  • Focusing Method: Direct helicoid focusing with infrared index
  • Viewfinder: Real-image through fixed pentaprism with focus & exposure information
  • Focusing: Matte Fresnel microprism focusing screen with split-image spot & manual
  • Shutter: Horizontal cloth focal plane, mechanically timed
  • Speeds: B, 1 – 1/1000 sec; with electronic flash: 1-1/60 sec
  • Meter: TTL metering system, CLC with two CdS cells on the pentaprism 
  • Meter sensitivity EV 3 to EV 17 at ASA 100
  • Battery:  1.35v mercury battery, Mallory PX-625 or equivalent
  • Flash:  PC Terminal, Hot Shoe, 1/60 X-sync, FP sync
  • Film: 35mm  Film-speed Range: ASA 6-6400, DIN 9-39
  • Lens Mount: Minolta Bayonet Mount (MC/MD)
  • Mirror: Oversize quick-return mirror with mirror lock up
  • Self Timer: Time adjustable up to 10 sec maximum
  • Dimensions: 5.75″ x 1.87″ x 3.75″      Weight:  25 oz
  • Construction: Single stroke lever film advance, drum-type loading, and exposure counter
  • Depth of field preview button, automatic reset film counter, tripod threads

 

Minolta Rokkor-X 50mm f1.7
  • Focal Length: 50mm
  • Lens: 6 elements in 5 groups with achromatic coating   Filter Thread: 49mm
  • Aperture: f1.7 – f16   Angle of View:  47°
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 0.45 meters / 1.5 feet
  • Dimensions: 64x36mm   Weight: 165g / 5.8oz