Film Compact camera from the film days.

Richard

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I thought about the XA range but skipped it because the lenses weren't fast enough (as per original post). The XA was f/2.8 and the XA4 was f/3.5.

I have an XA4 hidden away somewhere too :wink:

-R
 
When I started this topic, I was talking about the fully automated compact cameras from the 80s like my cheapo Kodak compact shown in my photo. But we fell hard into the premium $1000 manual-focusing rangefinder category pretty damn fast.

*insert smiley face emoticon here*
 

tonyturley

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Bellamy Hunt feels your pain, and was supposedly trying to something about it. Don't know how his venture turned out.


 
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Bellamy Hunt feels your pain, and was supposedly trying to something about it. Don't know how his venture turned out.


I think it came to nothing, to tell you the truth - but we may yet get surprised ...

M.
 

agentlossing

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The Canon AF35ML was the only AF film compact I've owned since shooting with some zoom or other as a kid. So that's my only recommendation based on any experience, but, like I said, the lens seemed very soft all the time. Maybe it was a one-off and mine had seen batter days. You could probably find one fairly cheap! I got rid of mine because there seemed to be a fault with the flash capacitor, it would make loud, alarmingly electrical sounding clicks when the flash was popped up, and I know old flash capacitors can, you know, zap you. So, along with the bad IQ of the lens I ended up trashing it.
 
I'm the accidental owner of an Olympus 35 RD, which I inherited from my father. It's not especially compact, but the 40mm f/1.7 lens certainly qualifies it for this thread.

I don't have it with me today or I would post a pic - this is an image pinched from the internet. Looks great, doesn't it?
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I should have a proper look at mine one of these days and decide what to do with it. I can't see me shooting with film again, and I think the type of battery it uses may be an issue, but it seems a shame to sell it.

-R

Came close to dropping a couple hundred bucks on this on eBay after I saw your post but I didn't move fast enough before it was snapped up someone else.
 
The Canon AF35ML was the only AF film compact I've owned since shooting with some zoom or other as a kid. So that's my only recommendation based on any experience, but, like I said, the lens seemed very soft all the time.

I kinda feel like I have a main digital camera that will always remain my main camera. So if I have a compact film camera, it would be my ... 'playful' camera for lack of a better word. It'll be something I'd use for a sporadic shot here and there. If the lens isn't as sharp as it should be, I don't reaaaally mind if I can use it as a lomo camera. I'll keep an eye out for this one.






We completely forgot to mention the Olympus XA range (or I might have overlooked that) ... As @TraamisVOS indicated, it's a real rabbit hole to go down.

Nevertheless, the original XA, a pocketable aperture priority rangefinder camera, should be mentioned here; while I always preferred the Minox lenses because they render a more contrasty image, the XA's lens works fantastically well with black and white film because of nice transitions and good micro-contrast. And of course, the rangefinder can safe the day.

Anyhow, I'll shut up now - I've basically added to the list, which is hardly conducive to helping one decide ;)

M.

This one sounds good, I looked it up on eBay and it's not that cheap but it's not in the $1000 range. Hmm....
 

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