Nikon Action Touch Test
Old 01-29-2017   #1
farlymac
PF McFarland
 
farlymac's Avatar
 
farlymac is offline
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Roanoke, VA
Posts: 6,155
Nikon Action Touch Test

With a sealed body, and 1:2.8 35mm lens, this underwater Point and Shoot by Nikon looks to be a versatile camera. It is auto focus above water and manual focus underwater. Test was done with Kodak BW400CN.


Nikon Action Touch Underwater Camera by P F McFarland, on Flickr



Dawn on a stormy winter day.

First Light by P F McFarland, on Flickr



I was so happy to capture the first rainbow of the year until I remembered there was B&W film in the camera.

Monochrome Rainbow by P F McFarland, on Flickr



This was a nice place for a quiet afternoon snack, or to buy a gift. But now they are moving the business to an in town location. Former Cloyd House, circa 1783.

White Oak Tea Tavern by P F McFarland, on Flickr



Cows and calves munching on feed spread out by the farmer.

Chow Line by P F McFarland, on Flickr



Still standing after all these years.

Weathered by P F McFarland, on Flickr

See more photos with narrative at https://flic.kr/s/aHskTjM6WU

PF
__________________
Waiting for the light
  Reply With Quote

Old 01-29-2017   #2
Prest_400
Multiformat
 
Prest_400's Avatar
 
Prest_400 is online now
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Sweden/Spain
Posts: 893
Fantastic "New Age Nikonos", Summer is still a long way but I really enjoy having an Underwater 35mm to shoot around the beach. The Action Touch/AW AF seems a very nice camera for that use, except they are rare in my part of Europe and not cheap. May I envy those Goodwill stores with heaps of cameras....

Really like the last shot of the house, with the tonality gradients of the grass.
  Reply With Quote

Old 01-29-2017   #3
FrankS
Registered User
 
FrankS's Avatar
 
FrankS is offline
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Canada, eh.
Age: 62
Posts: 19,391
I think that I remember reading somewhere that the lens of the this camera is the same design as the Nikon 35 RF lens. Anyone know about this?
__________________
my little website: http://frankfoto.jimdo.com/

photography makes me happy
  Reply With Quote

Old 01-29-2017   #4
gb hill
Registered User
 
gb hill's Avatar
 
gb hill is offline
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: North Carolina
Age: 59
Posts: 5,872
The Nikon One Touch has been my carry along as of late on my road trips. Shooting color at the moment but a roll of b&w 400 will go in next. Your shots look well exposed against the dark clouds & hidden sunlight.

Frank I'd say this is the same lens. My One Touch is the 2nd version I think. Doesn't have selective ISO setting & a built in lens cover. Does have the same lens as the 1st version.

One trick I learn about these camera's on YouTube is if you want to take a stealth photo, keep the button down while you walk away & release the button. The camera will then wind on to the next frame. It can be a bit noisy. Is yours noisy Phil?
__________________
Greg
flickr
Bessa R & L
  Reply With Quote

Old 01-29-2017   #5
farlymac
PF McFarland
 
farlymac's Avatar
 
farlymac is offline
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Roanoke, VA
Posts: 6,155
Quote:
Originally Posted by FrankS View Post
I think that I remember reading somewhere that the lens of the this camera is the same design as the Nikon 35 RF lens. Anyone know about this?
I'm pretty sure it's the same as the lens in the original L35AF, and that's a lovely piece of glass.

PF
__________________
Waiting for the light
  Reply With Quote

Old 01-29-2017   #6
farlymac
PF McFarland
 
farlymac's Avatar
 
farlymac is offline
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Roanoke, VA
Posts: 6,155
Quote:
Originally Posted by gb hill View Post
The Nikon One Touch has been my carry along as of late on my road trips. Shooting color at the moment but a roll of b&w 400 will go in next. Your shots look well exposed against the dark clouds & hidden sunlight.

Frank I'd say this is the same lens. My One Touch is the 2nd version I think. Doesn't have selective ISO setting & a built in lens cover. Does have the same lens as the 1st version.

One trick I learn about these camera's on YouTube is if you want to take a stealth photo, keep the button down while you walk away & release the button. The camera will then wind on to the next frame. It can be a bit noisy. Is yours noisy Phil?
It's quite a bit quieter, due to the heavy duty construction able to withstand water pressure down to 3 meters/10 feet.

PF
__________________
Waiting for the light
  Reply With Quote

Old 11-15-2018   #7
Pete B
Registered User
 
Pete B's Avatar
 
Pete B is offline
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 1,170
I have the data back version of this camera (as well as 2 non-databack versions) but the data back doesn't appear to be functioning. Is there something I'm missing or do I just accept that, if there's no LCD function, it's not going to work?
Pete
  Reply With Quote

Old 11-15-2018   #8
Phil_F_NM
Camera hacker
 
Phil_F_NM's Avatar
 
Phil_F_NM is offline
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Age: 42
Posts: 3,906
Have you checked the battery contacts in the data back? Just a little humidity and a decade will corrode that thing.

Phil Forrest

Sent from my LG-V530 using Tapatalk
  Reply With Quote

Old 11-15-2018   #9
zuikologist
.........................
 
zuikologist is offline
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: London
Posts: 1,869
On other cameras I have used, the data back runs off a CR2016 battery or similar. May be the same on this one.
__________________
<a href='http://www.rangefinderforum.com/photopost/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=867'>My Gallery</a>
  Reply With Quote

Old 11-15-2018   #10
Pete B
Registered User
 
Pete B's Avatar
 
Pete B is offline
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 1,170
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phil_F_NM View Post
Have you checked the battery contacts in the data back? Just a little humidity and a decade will corrode that thing.

Phil Forrest

Sent from my LG-V530 using Tapatalk
Do you mean it has a separate battery than the main batteries?
Pete
  Reply With Quote

Old 11-15-2018   #11
Phil_F_NM
Camera hacker
 
Phil_F_NM's Avatar
 
Phil_F_NM is offline
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Age: 42
Posts: 3,906
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pete B View Post
Do you mean it has a separate battery than the main batteries?
Pete
Yes.

Phil Forrest
  Reply With Quote

Old 11-15-2018   #12
farlymac
PF McFarland
 
farlymac's Avatar
 
farlymac is offline
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Roanoke, VA
Posts: 6,155
They are usually located behind a panel in the door, close to the hinge end. After looking at mine though (I don't have the Data Back), it would be more logical for the cell to be located in the body of the camera somewhere


PF
__________________
Waiting for the light
  Reply With Quote

Old 11-16-2018   #13
Pete B
Registered User
 
Pete B's Avatar
 
Pete B is offline
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 1,170
Quote:
Originally Posted by farlymac View Post
They are usually located behind a panel in the door, close to the hinge end. After looking at mine though (I don't have the Data Back), it would be more logical for the cell to be located in the body of the camera somewhere

PF
Looking at it, I think it involves a watchmaker's Philips screwdriver to change it, so I don't think I'll bother.
Pete
  Reply With Quote

Old 11-16-2018   #14
farlymac
PF McFarland
 
farlymac's Avatar
 
farlymac is offline
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Roanoke, VA
Posts: 6,155
Data backs are kind of overrated, unless it's the type that prints between the frames. I would use it on the first frame of a camera I was testing if it had one, but would then forget to turn it off after the first exposure. Got tired of having to PS the date out of the photos.

PF
__________________
Waiting for the light
  Reply With Quote

Old 11-17-2018   #15
Pete B
Registered User
 
Pete B's Avatar
 
Pete B is offline
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 1,170
Quote:
Originally Posted by farlymac View Post
Data backs are kind of overrated, unless it's the type that prints between the frames. I would use it on the first frame of a camera I was testing if it had one, but would then forget to turn it off after the first exposure. Got tired of having to PS the date out of the photos.

PF
I agree. I've no interest in them whatsoever, but I'm just thinking that one day I might like to sell it on in which case it would be nice if it were working. Also, if there's a battery in there, I wouldn't want it to leak and corrode the contacts.
I am immensely impressed with the image quality and exposure system of these cameras. I bought the L35AF recently but it feels cheap and fragile in comparison.
Pete
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-06-2019   #16
Huss
Registered User
 
Huss is offline
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Venice, CA
Posts: 7,274
Quote:
Originally Posted by farlymac View Post
With a sealed body, and 1:2.8 35mm lens, this underwater Point and Shoot by Nikon looks to be a versatile camera. It is auto focus above water and manual focus underwater. Test was done with Kodak BW400CN.


Nikon Action Touch Underwater Camera by P F McFarland, on Flickr



Dawn on a stormy winter day.

First Light by P F McFarland, on Flickr



I was so happy to capture the first rainbow of the year until I remembered there was B&W film in the camera.

Monochrome Rainbow by P F McFarland, on Flickr



This was a nice place for a quiet afternoon snack, or to buy a gift. But now they are moving the business to an in town location. Former Cloyd House, circa 1783.

White Oak Tea Tavern by P F McFarland, on Flickr



Cows and calves munching on feed spread out by the farmer.

Chow Line by P F McFarland, on Flickr



Still standing after all these years.

Weathered by P F McFarland, on Flickr

See more photos with narrative at https://flic.kr/s/aHskTjM6WU

PF

I just picked one up that looks just like yours. But mine seems to have a problem. When I load the film, the back, then turn it on and push the shutter button, it does not automatically load the film to exposure 1. Instead it just seems to take a shot, and advances the film as if it was already loaded and had been used. If I take another shot, it again advances the film but this whole time the film counter has not moved.
I opened it - it shows the film was advancing - took the film out. Reloaded, same result.
Guess this one is going back..
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-06-2019   #17
farlymac
PF McFarland
 
farlymac's Avatar
 
farlymac is offline
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Roanoke, VA
Posts: 6,155
Quote:
Originally Posted by Huss View Post
I just picked one up that looks just like yours. But mine seems to have a problem. When I load the film, the back, then turn it on and push the shutter button, it does not automatically load the film to exposure 1. Instead it just seems to take a shot, and advances the film as if it was already loaded and had been used. If I take another shot, it again advances the film but this whole time the film counter has not moved.
I opened it - it shows the film was advancing - took the film out. Reloaded, same result.
Guess this one is going back..
Have you tried it without loading the film? Normally it will auto advance to 1 at the first press of the shutter button after the back has closed. Actually, you can see the action with the back open. Film has to be loaded all the way to the red mark, and locked into the sprocket with the pressure plate. Could be the frame counter has a broken gear or shaft, and so the auto load feature doesn't work, but it sounds like it still advances the film okay. So you would have to do the two frame advance manually, then keep track of exposures.

See if the frame counter is just stuck by pressing on the reset bar (in the back of the camera) several times to maybe free it up.

PF
__________________
Waiting for the light
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-06-2019   #18
Huss
Registered User
 
Huss is offline
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Venice, CA
Posts: 7,274
This thing is now as dead as a doornail.. Farly I tried your advice, didn't help. But after dry firing it twice, it just seized. "wound" but would not fire. And that is how it remains now, no matter what I tried.
Yup this puppy is going back. Shame as I really like the positive focus distance indicator.
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-06-2019   #19
farlymac
PF McFarland
 
farlymac's Avatar
 
farlymac is offline
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Roanoke, VA
Posts: 6,155
Quote:
Originally Posted by Huss View Post
This thing is now as dead as a doornail.. Farly I tried your advice, didn't help. But after dry firing it twice, it just seized. "wound" but would not fire. And that is how it remains now, no matter what I tried.
Yup this puppy is going back. Shame as I really like the positive focus distance indicator.
Yep, sounds like a busted gear in the drive train. But you now have the Pentax Zoom 90WR to keep you happy.

PF
__________________
Waiting for the light
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-06-2019   #20
p.giannakis
Pan Giannakis
 
p.giannakis's Avatar
 
p.giannakis is offline
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Stafford - UK
Posts: 2,218
Quote:
Originally Posted by farlymac View Post
I'm pretty sure it's the same as the lens in the original L35AF, and that's a lovely piece of glass.

PF
No it's not. Manual states 4 elements in 3 groups as opposed to 5 elements on 4 groups on the original L35AF.
The lens of the L35AF was used only on that model.
__________________
Regards,
Pan


The Monochrome Archives
Instagram



  Reply With Quote

Old 02-22-2019   #21
Huss
Registered User
 
Huss is offline
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Venice, CA
Posts: 7,274
Picked up another one



This one seems to be in perfect shape. Loading film into it, it automatically advances to '1' as expected. My other one didn't do that.
The AF seems finicky, at least according to the distance scale in the VF. It seems to vary quite a bit depending on where I place the focus point on the subject. It also does not hit infinity if I try to focus through a window to a mountain in the distance. It may be due to the window (I'm at work and the windows do not open).
I'll find out soon enough how this roll turns out.
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-22-2019   #22
Timmyjoe
Registered User
 
Timmyjoe's Avatar
 
Timmyjoe is offline
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 2,920
Hey Huss, I remember that issue with the camera not focusing to infinity thru a window with early point-n-shoot autofocus cameras. Can't remember the details, but somehow the AF sensor senses the window and won't focus past that.

Best,
-Tim
__________________
http://www.timcarrollphotography.com

New Photo Books
Sturgis Stories
& Scenes From Sturgis
now available
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-22-2019   #23
Phil_F_NM
Camera hacker
 
Phil_F_NM's Avatar
 
Phil_F_NM is offline
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Age: 42
Posts: 3,906
The P&S cameras that use an IR beam (like almost all do) cannot focus through glass. A few exceptions are the ones that allow the user to bypass AF by setting infinity or a specific focus distance, the Nikon Lite Touch AF600 has the infinity setting and Konica Hexar has both. A few other higher end P&S cameras have that function as well.
Phil Forrest
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-22-2019   #24
Huss
Registered User
 
Huss is offline
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Venice, CA
Posts: 7,274
Thanks Tim and Phil, that’s what I thought.
  Reply With Quote

Old 02-26-2019   #25
Huss
Registered User
 
Huss is offline
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Venice, CA
Posts: 7,274
Developed my test roll, love this camera.

Nikon L35 AW AD aka Action Touch, Fuji C200, Z7scan, negativelabpro.com



Now I kinda have too many P&S cameras and will have to unload a few (or at least one). I'm thinking my Minolta Prod 20S is gonna go. It does not come close to matching the image quality of the others, but sure does look purty.
  Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 12:50.


vBulletin skin developed by: eXtremepixels
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

All content on this site is Copyright Protected and owned by its respective owner. You may link to content on this site but you may not reproduce any of it in whole or part without written consent from its owner.