Did anyone buy one??

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Did anyone buy one??

Unread postby bfitzgerald » Wed Dec 17, 2008 10:17 am

I have seen a few on ebay, but I cannot get my head around APS film. I knew the moment it came out, that it was a disaster waiting to happen, with 35mm so dominant at the time.

I stayed well away..

But, just out of mild curiosity, who dipped into the vectis system??

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Unread postby Dr. Harout » Wed Dec 17, 2008 11:41 am

Not me. :lol:
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Unread postby harveyzone » Wed Dec 17, 2008 12:03 pm

Dr. Harout wrote:Not me. :lol:

Nor me. :)
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Unread postby David Kilpatrick » Wed Dec 17, 2008 12:08 pm

I did, and even bought the RD3000 digital system with 17mm lens as well. It was not a bad digital camera, years ahead of its time really. I still sell one or two Vectis S-1 battery pack bases every month on eBay, there are enough owners out there for these to continue being in demand.

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Unread postby peterottaway » Thu Dec 18, 2008 7:21 am

Never liked the Vectis but will admit to owning a Nikon Pronea 600i with the 24 - 70 mm lens. The camera uses the same basics as the F70 and is definitely capable of producing decent A4 prints with even the basic Nikon 35mm lenses. Well, maybe not with the 24 - 120mm and I have no desire to spend that sort of money to find out.

In my defense I did find it useful with it's 16.9 ratio for shooting junior sport where almost all the players from both teams end up merging at the same spot. It is also light weight and if shooting at a community fair or farmers market then it could be carried easily for long periods. Now I use the KM A200 instead.

Not worth much these days but I do carry it in the car and if it gets stolen then it's no great loss.

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Re: Did anyone buy one??

Unread postby KevinBarrett » Thu Dec 18, 2008 8:33 am

I never even understood the concept/geometry of an APS film camera...anyone mind explaining?
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Unread postby Dr. Harout » Thu Dec 18, 2008 6:18 pm

KevinBarrett wrote:I never even understood the concept/geometry of an APS film camera...anyone mind explaining?

APS stands for "Advanced Photo System". The size of the picture is the same as now and underneath the film part was a thin layer of recording tape which at the time of exposure recorded some basic details, such as aperture, speed, ISO, exposure itself, light condition or light metering and so forth.
Briefly: an analog picture with EXIF data recorded as tape.
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Unread postby bakubo » Thu Dec 18, 2008 7:14 pm

I never bought an APS camera. I also never bought a 110 camera. The 110 cameras and format came out in 1972 when I was just getting into photography. I was saving for my first SLR though and didn't get sidetracked. :)

Kodak Pocket Instamatic 60 (rangefinder):

http://www.camerapedia.org/wiki/Kodak_Pocket_Instamatic_60

Pentax 110 SLR:

http://www.cameraquest.com/pentx110.htm

APS and 110 were both attempts to sell much less film for the same or higher price as 35mm.
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Unread postby KevinBarrett » Fri Dec 19, 2008 6:44 am

Oh, I was remembering seeing some P&S film cameras that offered multiple picture formats and I must have gotten confused. It was well before I ever had a real interest in photography.
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Unread postby [SiC] » Fri Dec 19, 2008 11:00 pm

KevinBarrett wrote:Oh, I was remembering seeing some P&S film cameras that offered multiple picture formats and I must have gotten confused. It was well before I ever had a real interest in photography.


Yeah, that's APS alright: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Photo_System
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Re: Did anyone buy one??

Unread postby Birma » Sun Dec 21, 2008 7:11 pm

I'm not sure if my experience counts as it was not Konica-Minolta, but I had a P&S APS film camera many years ago. It was produced by Fujifilm, but I can't remember the model. The choice was based on the ease of loading films (after bad experinces threading 35mm film into previous cameras), and the handy storage of the negatives. The Fujifilm was very pocketable, and therefore easy to carry around. I captured many happy memories with it, but the images were not very good if I'm honest. The panorama shaped shots were fun, but just crops rather than really panoramic. My mother still uses the camera as it is very simple to use; easy to load and unload film, and she does not want to enter the digital revolution :-).

As a committed gadget freek I replaced the APS with a Sony when they brought out their early P&S digital, P100 I think it was (I'm also a committed Sony fan-boy, but please don't pass this rumour on :oops: ).
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Unread postby Dr. Harout » Sun Dec 21, 2008 7:19 pm

Birma wrote:I'm also a committed Sony fan-boy, but please don't pass this rumour on :oops: .

It's good to confess. :lol: :lol:
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Re: Did anyone buy one??

Unread postby Cogito » Sun Jun 10, 2012 1:19 am

Well, I've got one . Still. With a full complement of lenses. The last time I used it was 5 years ago so the batteries are probably flat by now.... Given that it cannot possibily compete with even the most basic of todays cameras, if you're careful it can still perform well!
Question. What do you do with your current camera's images? Do you print at a size > 11 x 8? If not, the images from a Vectis RD3000 are certainly adequate for the web...
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