Last week, this new addition arrived just in time before my quick trip out to LA. It is unpleasantly loud (lol in a cute way), but I really wanted to see what’s so different about having an Auto Focus Point & Shoot 35mm film camera.
I researched what the best Point & Shoot 35mm film cameras were & this was one of them. Some other great Point & Shoots are the Nikon L35AF, Olympus MJU II, Olympus Trip 35, Contax T2, & a few others.
to see a full list, click here & here.
I actually got a good deal on this one. I’ve been on the lookout for this online, flea markets, & thrift stores. If it’s in good or decent condition, this will usually go for $30-$40+, but I found a dude that was selling it for $18, so I couldn’t pass it up.
On that note, this morning I found another user selling the Point & Shoot Nikon L35AF for $10 ($6 shipping), but I was hesitant because I just got this one last week. I should’ve taken the opportunity because the Nikon L35AF actually goes for waaaaaay more than $16. On Ebay, it’s about $40+. I could’ve bought it & then sold it for profit. lol. I think my old co-worker has that Nikon one, but I’m not sure if it’s the same model.
But anyway, back to this new addition. I brought it with me on my quick trip out to LA last week. A few decent photos came out of it. Jer actually took the photos. What’s cool about it being a Point & Shoot is that it’s an Auto Focus so it’s really easy & simple to use. Jer struggles with trying to use some of my manual cameras, so I let him use this one to lug around hoping it would be easier for him to work with.
I would’ve gotten more photos out of it, but I messed up the roll. It’s okay because it was a test roll anyway to see if the camera even worked. I accidentally pushed on the “rewind film” button on the top because my thumbs are so accustomed to turning on a camera from the top. To turn this one on, the button is on the front. I didn’t research for its manual so I assumed I had rewound the film. I decided to just get the roll developed to avoid double exposure over the photos that were taken. I stupidly ended up opening the back door & seeing that the film didn’t rewind at all! I think I ended up exposing some of the photos as you can see some of the light leaks (I’m assuming that’s where it’s from). There is a certain way & sound to tell if the film is completely rewound. At least we managed to save a few photos from it. The place where I get my film developed from didn’t charge full price after Jer told him what I did (,: The owner of Foto Express in downtown SJ is seriously so understanding & nice!!!!!!
If you plan on getting a Point & Shoot, have one/don’t know how to use it, or plan on getting into film in general,
- research for its original manual online! don’t take the risk of messing up a roll, especially if you took photos of precious moments that you want to keep!
- if you want to test to see if a camera works, buy cheap film first. You don’t want to spend the extra money on Portra or Ektar if the camera you bought ends up not being in working condition.
- if you want your photos to be developed with love & care, research for your local photo shop or send your stuff in at thedarkroom.com I don’t recommend CVS, Walgreens, or Rite Aid unless you don’t care about the quality.