Welcome to another ‘have to re write’ ! It was OK in it’s untouched and first posted form, but now it’s a case of quality and not quantity as it was in my first day of dooyoo (I ditched my churning urges pretty smartish ~ I’m a quick learner) and so, in order to try and keep up the standard in which I try to maintain in my ops, a re write is a must. ***WHY HAVE I GOT IT?*** Well, after having spent a considerable amount of time working on the photo department, and having to come into contact with these cameras daily, the urge to have one for my very own was coming stronger. I was fed up with having to use the ole man’s everytime I went away. My last camera I had for my very own was about 15 years ago, it was an old 35mm that had to be set up for each shot, you know, the distance, and light meter. It was a good camera, but me being me I dropped it and it snapped no more. I was never much of a photographer anyway (spent the whole day at Windsor Safari Park once, every time I took a pix, I opened up the back to see if I could see the pix……… as I said, not much of a photographer!!) So, when Dad bought a new one, I was content with using that one. That was until I got the urge for this one. Anyway, it was Christmas 99 when I splurged and melted the plastic a touch more in order for this little snapper. ***WHAT DOES IT DO?*** This neat little number is small and compact, and is APS (advanced photo system). This was a new concept around 4 – 5 years ago. And was aimed for all of the idiots in the world of photography.. It’s a simple, and intuitive concept that does help those less technically minded. No more trying to loads tricky 35mm rolls in, no more double exposures (did this ….. Dads 50th Birthday party and a holiday in Jersey……they had a party at Elizabeth Castle and Seagulls at the bar!!!). Just stick the film in, thereR
17;s only one way, aim and shoot. It really is as easy as all that. This camera is by no means top of the range. It is cheap in the world of cameras. But that is in no way detrimental to the actually features of the camera. It’s better. For such a low price you have an amazing amount of added features. **TRIPLE FORMAT SELECTION** This is just not exclusive to this camera, but to all APS. Instead of having just the regular 6’ x 4’ size prints, you are offered the chance to have a further two formats. You know, when that really fat Auntie, or Uncle, just will not fit into the Classic format (6’ x 4’ ~ 102mm x 152mm) no matter how far you stand back. Never fear, flip the switch to HDTV (102mm x 178mm) and hey presto, you can fit them all in. If the relatives are not so much on the weighty side but stand taller that the size of a door, no problems there again. Time to flip that switch again and use the PANORAMIC (102mm x 254mm) format. These added extra formats are just not for incredibly fat or tall relatives, and they can be used for any manner of optical items that you want to capture for posterity. The PANORAMIC view is especially good for scenes ……… panoramic scenes !!! **DATE/TIME AND TITLE IMPRINTING** The date/time option is not an exclusive to this camera, in deed, some other than APS offer this function. The title imprinting however is an extra that is not commonly found. Basically you can set the camera up to print one of 10 pre set titles on the back of the picture (Birthday/Vacation/Wedding/Graduation/Congratulation/Christmas/Holiday/I Love You/Party and Family) Ok, so they might not be the most interesting of descriptions, they might be a tad Americanised, and they can’t be changed, but hey, this is an added extra you probably didn’t have on your previous camera, it fun!! Now, if you buy this camera and you send the next 25/40 pictures snapping away
merrily and adding titles to each, check out where you send them for development. Not all Labs offer the facility to read the magnetic data strip (info on the negatives that tell the Lab the size of print, time, etc, etc) so make sure that you are using a certified APS lab OK? You can also set the language up for this camera and it comes with a choice of 4 extra (French, Spanish, German, and Japanese) You never know, you might need this? Oh, and the camera has a quartz clock and an automatic calendar through the year 2099. **DOUBLE EXPOSURE PROTECTION (DEP)** Never have to worry about those Seagulls being at 50th Birthday parties again. The camera reads the Film Status Indicator on the film cassette. For those of you that are not familiar with the APS films, they are a smaller cassette than the 35mm. And at no time do you get to see the negatives. The general public can not access the negatives as special tools are required. (unless you use the heel of your boot, or a hammer that is!!). On the end of a cassette there are 4 markings and each one displays separate information. Unexposed, is shown by a circle and means new film. Partially Exposed, is shown by half a circle and means that when you took the film from the camera you didn’t use all the negs up. Fully exposed is shown as a cross and this should be what is shown when you take the film for processing. And finally Processed Negatives is shown by a square, this is how the film will come back when having been developed. These markings are read by the DEP and relays to the camera that the film is either ready for use, or has been exposed. They are relayed to you via the LCD panel on the top of the camera. And in turn, the camera will either let you carry on or not, thus ensuring ……….. no double exposures! And also, no more sleeves of negatives that prove to be awkward, always falling out and stuff. **PICTURE QUALITY INFORMATION EXCHANGE (PQix) This i
s a function that records information about the lighting conditions and exposure on the film cassette to assist the photofinishing lab with colour correction and exposure adjustments, providing you with the best possible results. **AUTO FOCUS** This camera automatically focuses on whatever is within the auto-focus (AF) circle of the viewfinder. Although this is a neat and very handy option, it does not have to be used permanently and the camera can be used with out AF. Infinity focus for maximum sharpness of distant sceneries. **FLASH** There are 4 flash options. 1 ~ auto flash, pretty self-explanatory really, the camera thinks for you. If it thinks that’s it is too dark, Bobs ya uncle, Sue’s ya Auntie and you have flash. 2 ~ fill flash, use this to lighten the shadows from bright light indoors or outdoors coming from behind the subject. 3 ~ flash off, you don’t really need this option explained dooyoo? Ok, for those of you that do, if you don’t want flash, i.e. Museums etc where it is prohibited, or twilight scenes, flick the switch and you won’t be breaking any rules, and you can hopefully see the moon better. And last but by no means least number 4 ~ nighttime view, use this when taking pictures of people at sunset or night. The flip up flash design also helps reduce red eye. And I can vouch for its ‘workability’. I have countless pictures taking with this camera and I can not recollect any red eyes amongst them. Well, not unintentional ones anyway!! I must admit, I don’t really take advantage of all of the flash options. I usually let the camera do the work. Let’s face it, it knows more than I do when it comes to light settings. **SELF-TIMER** For all those times when you actually want to be in the pictures yourself. I’m vain, I want to be. And it galls me to spend the money on the film, on the processing, and I’m not in any of the buggers!! No mo
re, with self timer it’s a case of hitting a couple of buttons and then having 30 seconds to get the rest of the group positioned right, so that you stand out in front. Well, it is your camera!! ***SPECS AND STUFF*** The camera is helpful. And with the aid of a series of flashing lights, you can determine certain events that the camera doesn’t like, helping you with, or warning you about. The camera uses a 3-volt lithium KCR2. And in keeping with its thoughtfulness, the camera will tell you when the battery is getting low. However, Lithium batteries aren’t so helpful and they perform consistently until they suddenly die. Always keep a spare battery with you. It’s better to be safe than sorry yeah? These little batteries aren’t particularly cheap they retail from anything as low as £5.50 (Tesco) to about £8-9.00, but they do last a while. I would say, on average, for me that is, they last around 8 – 9 months. But it all depends on usage. I reckon that I have had to buy a new battery about 3 times since I have had the camera. So what’s that ….1999 …. 2001 ….lets say two years ….. 7 two week holidays ~ two films on each, 1 Christmas, 3 Birthday parties and about 8 ‘around the house’ and ‘new-born nephew’ films…. I’d say the batteries are pretty long lasting wouldn’t you? But as I say, keep one handy. I usually stock up when there are offers on. Boots does a ‘buy 2 get one free offer’ occasionally. And the last time it was on, I needed a new battery so, as I was going to have to spend 6 or 7 quid on one, I might as well have spent another 6 or 7 quid, and got another 2!!! The LCD panel informs you of most things that the camera knows itself as it occurs. The speed of film, the presence of the film, battery power, and amount of pictures left are on the display as soon as the camera is switched on. J
ust flip out the lens cover, which is also the flash, and you are hot to trot! When you use things such as the self-timer, any of the flashes, title printing, or automatic rewind button, it is all shown on the LCD. You can use any film speed from DXIX (ISO) 50 to 1600. Colour or Black and White. Weighing in at 120 g, and still being, despite being at least 2½ years old, it is still a good neat, and relatively small size. 92 x 62 x 34mm. It’s not the smallest of cameras on the market today, but will easily fit well in your top pocket. Depending on what time of year, or what promotion is on at the time of purchasing the camera will come with any number of special extra’. However, you can guarantee there being a new battery, the carry case, a wrist strap and an instruction booklet. This is very helpful and easy to read. Oh, and of course the camera. Christmas and the summer are great times for these special offer deals, ranging from 2 free films and an index/film album (I got this offer) or a Photo Frame. In both cases, coupons for Kodak come with the camera. I should tell you about the carry case, but to be quite truthful with you. I got drunk last year in Spain and lost it. I don’t know how (And I can’t remember. In fact, I remember very little about that evening. The following pain filled day still remains very clear in my mind however). Luckily the camera didn’t go the same way. But I now have a rather swish ‘Samsonite’ cover now, so losing it was really no loss!! ***WHAT DO I THINK ABOUT IT, AND WAS IT A WASTE OF MONEY?*** Firstly, as camera’s go. I love it. Of course, if I needed a new camera, or money was no object, I wouldn’t buy this one again. Not because of the camera itself, or the results that it produces, no, they are fine. I’d pick a Canon, well, they are smaller, and at the moment ….. I’m in a smaller is
better kind of mood!!! No, I’m pleased with this camera. It has been, and still is, totally worth the 80 squids I handed over for this little image-capturing contraption. The prices have only now started to come down. And they can be found for around 65 – 70 squids now. But as they are now getting on in years (when I bought it there was only one other more superior model to this make on the market from Kodak at the time and now this model, the T550AF is somewhere in the middle of the list of Kodak budget camera’s) a price drop can be expected. Have I got any gripes? Nope, I don’t think so. For me the quality of the pictures (depending on the type of film, and the Lab that they are developed in) are satisfactory. We are not talking ‘Lichfield’ or ‘Bailey’ quality of course, but for under a £100 I’m not expecting it. If you want to check out the quality of the photographs, well, to a certain extent, just head for my web site. The majority of the photos are done by this camera, especially the newer stuff. I’m pleased with the result. And after working in an environment in which I have seen all sorts of pictures come from all sorts of cameras, this one is definitely one to be recommended. If it were a little bit smaller (it’s not big at all, it’s just that I’m never satisfied) I would certainly buy this camera again. Well, that’s it then. Re write over. I’ve done my duty as a responsible member of dooyoo. I’ve got rid of one ‘not so c**p but could have been better’ op, and replaced it with what I consider a remarkable improvement. Of course, you have the destiny of this op at your clicking fingers. Rate fairly! Rate wisely! Just rate! idodoyou thanx yoo for taking the time to read this……………..