Identify the Keepers & Stinkers
Old 01-07-2011   #1
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Identify the Keepers & Stinkers

Just bought this lot of 35 cameras on ebay for $60 (including shipping) I could easily identify a few cameras of reasonably good repute, so I found it an irresistible buy.

So, let's play "Keepers & Stinkers." You tell me which of these have good reps and which should go right to the donation pile (assuming someone will take them).



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Old 01-07-2011   #2
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Keep everything labelled Olympus, sell the rest...
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I've got a Minolta Freedom Explorer sitting in a drawer somewhere. Never liked it.
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That Nikon with the fixed 35mm lens may be decent.
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Keep everything labelled Olympus, sell the rest...
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$1.71 for a camera,
how can you beat that !
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Old 01-07-2011   #7
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Oly XA2, Pentax PC35AF, Minolta Riva Zoom (or Freedom Explorer), Ricoh FF-90, Ricoh TF-500 (or 900?) are keepers. Can't say for others as know nothing.
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Keep the Kodak Disc camera and donate the rest...
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Keep the Oly XAs and the Oly Stylus Epic. Donate the rest.
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Keep the Kodak Disc camera and donate the rest...
My thoughts exactly!
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Agree about the Olympus - all worth a second look.
Would pull out the Nikons - do a Google search on each model - and see what is said. The rest - goodness knows.

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What I see as good.

2 Oly XA-2s 10 & 12
Oly Stylus Epic 27
Pentax C35AF (Just bought 1 of these last week!) 15
Ricoh FF90 26
Nikon One Touch 23

I'm curious about:
The 2 Nikon 28mm AF cameras 35 & 32
Any of the zooms that might be stand out. Never figured any ps zooms were worthwhile, but would love to be proven wrong.
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The Canon z90W (?) is a pleasant camera that it's hard to fool. I'll agree about the mentioned Olympuses and wish you'd put up a list of them...

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PS What's your ID on ebay so we can watch for them and bid $2 to give you a profit?
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The Canon z90W (?) is a pleasant camera that it's hard to fool. I'll agree about the mentioned Olympuses and wish you'd put up a list of them...

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PS What's your ID on ebay so we can watch for them and bid $2 to give you a profit?
I'll check out that canon.
Haven't received them yet, but will take better pics and make a list when I get them.
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Old 01-07-2011   #15
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Definitely the Nikon One Touch, never used one, but I worked at a minilab and an old lady used to come by with one (she couldn't load or unload the camera herself) and the shots printed were generally tack sharp. It also looks kind of cool, in an 80's fetishist sort of way.
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keep the ones with 28-40mm prime lenses. Especially if they're fast. Ditch the zoom models.
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I love collecting P&S cameras. I check the thrift shops all the time and most of mine have cost about $1.00. I agree you should keep most of the Olympus except maybe the SuperZoom3000. The Nikon (#23) is a keeper and I've had good results with Fuji P&S. I also have the Pentax EZY but mine is the EZYS. I don't care for it. Very soft. I don't think you should discard any of the cameras until you get them( except for the disc camera). Sometimes just the way a camera feels in your hand will tell you if it's worth checking into further. But that's just my opinion.

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The Kodak KB10 is a plastic-fantastic. I bought one for a holiday about 12 years ago for 9.99 including a roll of Kodak Gold film and the batteries, which gives you an idea of the quality. Snaps were unpleasantly soft, and eventually it started scratchign the film. I now have much better carp cameras!

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Ricoh dual-focus camera there should be good.
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Ricoh dual-focus camera there should be good.
I was interested in that as an alternative to the zooms. I'll put a roll through it.
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I'll check out that canon.
Haven't received them yet, but will take better pics and make a list when I get them.
You'll find a lot of info here:

http://www.canon.com/camera-museum/t...12/200012.html

It's got an ASPH lens btw... The battery cover is fixed to the body (owners of small Canons will understand that comment) and it was one of their last P&S compacts to be made. The Z70W (an export only one) was probably the last to be designed by Canon (beaten by some of Nikon's in 2002) but I've not checked it.

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You'll find a lot of info here:

http://www.canon.com/camera-museum/t...12/200012.html

It's got an ASPH lens btw... The battery cover is fixed to the body (owners of small Canons will understand that comment) and it was one of their last P&S compacts to be made. The Z70W (an export only one) was probably the last to be designed by Canon (beaten by some of Nikon's in 2002) but I've not checked it.

Regards, David
It does look like an interesting camera. I'll give it a go.
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What I see as good.

2 Oly XA-2s 10 & 12
Oly Stylus Epic 27
Pentax C35AF (Just bought 1 of these last week!) 15
Ricoh FF90 26
Nikon One Touch 23
Good list, exactly the same as the numbers I wrote down! Ha!
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Oly XA for sure and the Styllus Epic too ...
Maybe you could make it a project ? one roll of film every week using a different camera.
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Wow... beat me to that one....
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Wow... beat me to that one....

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Keep everything labelled Olympus, sell the rest...
Just what I was going to post... but only the Oly's that are working.
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Good grief! I didn't know there were that many in the world!!!
Looks like you'll have some fun--and bgb's project suggestion sounds interesting...
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I would hate to think how many cameras just like these are hiding in cupboards and sock draws now. Alone and unloved never to be taken places :-(

If the idea of the solo project is too much maybe you could loan a few out and have a weekend project or even a one day shoot out. Maybe ... "The World Famous Arizona Point and Shoot Sunday".

What is the plan for the good ones? One in the car, one in the man bag and a few in other places just in case

Looks like fun finding the good ones and I'm thinking there will be some very fine results produced despite them being little plastic cameras.
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Keep the 2 Oly XA's and donate the rest.
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Like 10, 12, 15, 23, 26.

My fave is 26, the Ricoh FF-90.

The Ricoh FF-90 has a wicked lens on it. Just run a film through mine and it was only marginally beaten by the Konica Hexar AF I put it up against. The Hexar won 2 out of every 3 shots. That meant the Ricoh had 8 shots I preferred over the Hexar. For a plastic P&S that costs about 10, that is some performance!

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I almost sniped you on this lot.
#27 is not a Stylus Epic, it is a Stylus Zoom 70, still not bad if it works.
The two XA's are keepers, as are the Ricohs, Pentax PC35, and the other Pentax AF Zoom looks decent. Nikon One Touch is an excellent camera, everyone should own one.. Samsung Maxima will be a decent shooter, I like the Samsungs, but not much resale value on them. Fuji Nexia is an APS, but the Discovery Zoom should be OK. HP is a digital. Canon is a keeper, as are the Minoltas. Give the Vivitars to a kid. Yashica zoom is post-Zeiss, but before they got really cheap, actually had decent reviews, might be worth putting a roll through it.
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I have a couple of those camera's in my drawer, If you pay for shipment you may have them for free!

Oh, and with respect to your collection, I don't believe aps film is for sale anymore so you can rule those cameras out....
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I have a couple of those camera's in my drawer, If you pay for shipment you may have them for free!

Oh, and with respect to your collection, I don't believe aps film is for sale anymore so you can rule those cameras out....
Actually, I can get APS at the local drug store.
Not sure if any of these are aps though.
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I almost sniped you on this lot.
#27 is not a Stylus Epic, it is a Stylus Zoom 70, still not bad if it works.
The two XA's are keepers, as are the Ricohs, Pentax PC35, and the other Pentax AF Zoom looks decent. Nikon One Touch is an excellent camera, everyone should own one.. Samsung Maxima will be a decent shooter, I like the Samsungs, but not much resale value on them. Fuji Nexia is an APS, but the Discovery Zoom should be OK. HP is a digital. Canon is a keeper, as are the Minoltas. Give the Vivitars to a kid. Yashica zoom is post-Zeiss, but before they got really cheap, actually had decent reviews, might be worth putting a roll through it.
Ah..the nexia is an aps. Well, always wanted to try a roll of that.
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There's a couple of under-rated Minolta "Freedom" Zooms in the heap I noticed. Both worth trying out and very good but be very carefull opening the battery cover door on the 150 version. Instead of a proper hinge pin it has a "dent and pimple" which usually wears and fails. Again they might have ASPH lenses to them and the 150 has a wide range of modes like EV compensation (+1 from memory) for into the sun and snow shots and an infinity setting: both hidden in the flash modes.

As someone else has mentioned there's a lot of fun to be had looking for old P&S's at very silly prices and, of course, the odd XA or Contax with them.

In your shoes I'd be drawing up a list of standard test shots and then boring myself to tears putting films through them. BTW, a lot of big shops sell Fuji holiday packs (5 cassettes of 24 exp ASA 200) cheaply and some high street labs will do development and a CD cheaply; meaning without prints.

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I was interested in that as an alternative to the zooms. I'll put a roll through it.
That's a good one indeed: my father-in-law used one until he broke it trying to open the backdoor himself to get the film out (instead of letting me do it as usual ... ).
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Fuji APS film is still available. Just for the record.
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keep them all, load cheap films, give them to kids, see what they will get.
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Oly Stylus Epic 27
Pentax C35AF (Just bought 1 of these last week!) 15
Ricoh FF90 26
Nikon One Touch 23
That's what I'd keep also. You've done your homework.
I have all of the above except for the Pentax
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