A less expensive street camera – Konica Kanpai

Candid street photography can be super satisfying but it can also be stressful if you’re not an outgoing person or you’re in a less than favorable shooting location (busy street, lots of people). I’m basically very shy so approaching strangers is a challenge for me. There’s no one camera that’s best suited for taking candid pics but a few have earned a reputation as good street cams. One that comes to mind is the Yashica T3 (Kyocera T Scope).

The Konica Kanpa! (Kanpai). 35mm “Party Camera” with a voice-activated shutter.
I believe the “scope” on the Konica is a bit bigger.
Konica’s waist-level finder.
Kyocera’s waist-level finder.
Slide the microphone switch upwards to adjust the sensitivity of the built-in mic.
It features a sharp 34mm Konica 3element/3 group glass lens.

Designed to be used in a group setting for automatically tripping the electronic shutter when someone or everyone yells “Kanpai” (Cheers) or whatever you want to yell out – cheese works too. When used in a street setting the camera can conveniently sit in your lap or just hang around your neck and frame your shot with the top-mounted finder. I guess you could just yell “Hi!” at everyone without touching the shutter button and then capture their reaction (I’m not that brave).

As I continue to pass along interesting bits of my camera collection I’ve added this unique camera to my online camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com. It might make the perfect Christmas gift for that hard to buy for person on your holiday shopping list. Thanks for stopping by, Chris

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Under the radar Yashica 35mm P&S compact film camera – Yashica Zoomate 150EF

Yashica Zoomate 150EF set from 2001.
Kyocera Zoom Lens – 10 elements in 8 groups, coated, dual aspherical optics.
Still new in its box!

PRESS RELEASE

February 9, 2001

KYOCERA RELEASES SECOND COMPACT ZOOM

CAMERA WITH THE YASHICA ZOOMATE 150EF

Somerset, NJ—Following in the wake of its successful launch of the Yashica Zoomate

165EF compact zoom camera, Kyocera Optics now unveils the latest offering in its line

of “Super Flash” cameras—the Yashica Zoomate 150EF.

Like its sister camera, the Zoomate 150EF is fully loaded with the features and

performance photographers demand in a compact 35mm camera. Fully automatic, the

camera provides auto focus, auto exposure, and five built-in flash modes. A precise, five-point

passive focusing system locks your subject in focus for exceptionally sharp

photographs with every shot. The 38mm-150mm lens glides to the setting of your choice

with the touch of a button. With its programmed auto exposure, the camera insures the

best color and contrast under a range of lighting conditions. Five flash options—

including fill flash and red-eye reduction—allow the photographer to select the flash

strength desired to properly illuminate his subject: Backlit objects are brightened,

daytime shadows are eliminated and intimate portraits can be created using only natural

light.

Constructed of ten elements in eight groups, the lens system in the Zoomate 150EF

provides astonishing color and clarity. Brilliant colors pop off each photo, whether the

subject is a Cape Cod sunset or a family reunion. The sharpness of the images perfectly

complements the color. Thanks to the camera’s coated dual aspherical lens, crisp,

detailed photos are created shot after shot.

The Zoomate 150EF boasts an array of other key features as well. Standard features

include automatic film load/advance/rewind, mid-roll manual rewind, a top shutter speed

of 1/300 second, Infinity Lock, and a built-in panoramic switch. For users with

eyeglasses, the camera offers a built-in adjustable diopter (+1 – -3). For photographers who demand excellent optics,

outstanding flash functionality and fully automatic features in a compact, lightweight

camera, the Yashica Zoomate 150EF is the perfect combination of power and

performance.

The Zoomate 150EF is manufactured by Kyocera Optics, Inc., a division of Kyocera

International, Inc.

Just in time for Christmas, I’ve added this to my online camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com… Thanks for stopping by, Chris

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Scaling back my mountain of Fuji cameras…

I’ve been collecting all sorts of interesting and fun-to-use cameras from the Fuji Photo Film Company for years. From the humble Fujipet 6×6 camera from the late 1950s to the incredible Fujicaflex TLR (their only TLR), to the amazing Fujica GW690 Professional rangefinder, and all of the little Fujifilm FinePix digital cameras of the 2000s. Not to leave out my brief ownership of a really nice Fujica ST701 35mm SLR and all of the Fujifilm Discovery point & shoot cameras and the other equally unique Fuji “Plastic Fantastics” that I still own.

The time has come to start the big sell-off as our plan is to move to a smaller place within the next three to five years and there just won’t be enough room to display everything. S with that said, here is just one of my “new old stock” Fujis – the Fuji K-28 “Construction Camera”.

A truly heavy-duty waterproof, dirtproof 35mm work site point & shoot camera from 1991.
A 4mm thick piece of fixed glass protects the sharp 28mm Fujinon lens.
Everything is sealed against water, dirt, and dust. How cool is that black and yellow striped sticker?
Because these were made to excel on the job site they weren’t typically purchased for a collection but this one obviously was.
It’s never had a roll of film through it in over thirty years!
Super cool, right?

If you’re interested in adding a unique camera to your collection I have this K-28 in my online camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com which is hosted by Etsy. It ships nearly worldwide and it’s even on sale at 10% off just in time for Christmas. Thanks for stopping by, Chris.

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Fresh from the garden – Konica Tomato!

We love collecting cameras that we perceive as “fun” or unusual and this wonderful camera from Konica is that and more. A couple of other cameras that I’d put in this category are the Fuji Pet and the Konica Kanpai (Kanpa!). How could you not fall in love with this cute little Tomato at first sight?

We love the glossy bright red finish and of course, the cute logo but the Tomato is more than just a pretty face. The store display card is a nice bonus and a reminder of just how much the camera set cost back in 1985 (about $99) and the case another $10.

If you’ve been a follower of our blog you undoubtedly know just how much we enjoy collecting cameras that come with their original boxes and have all of the goodies that came with them when new.

We’ve added the Fujicolor film for, well, color! The box looks like it came from the produce department of your local grocery store. Well done Konica!
It’s all there – a user’s guide, service guide, warranty/registration card, and a neat brochure on how to join the Sakura Film Club.
It comes with this super cool camera case that was an accessory when new.
Some specs. Features a fixed focus 35mm f/4 Konica lens (multicoated, 4 elements/4 groups) which I believe is glass. Selectable ISO settings of 100, 200, and 400, and on the left, a switch for using the flash when the subject is between 1.5 to 2 meters from the camera. The flash can be turned on and off which wasn’t a typical feature with compact point & shoot cameras during the 1980s.

The body of the camera is finished in a smooth glossy red and even though it’s plastic it’s a high grade of plastic that doesn’t feel cheap or flimsy in your hand. Another nice feature is the sliding lens cover that is also quite stout, unlike some other designs that feel like they’ll break after a few uses.

Auto Date – what’s up with that? Shown here with the time display (14:41 = 2:41 PM). The date display is accurate up to December 31, 2019. The date or time will be imprinted on your pictures unless you select “off”. According to the instructions, the date/time module is smart enough to know when it’s a leap year.
There’s a neat sticker inside reminding you to use either Sakura or Konica film. I installed a new CR2025 battery (far right) for the date/time feature. The camera uses a single AA battery that powers the flash and the underexposure warning light (just to the right of the viewfinder).

We consider the Konica Tomato a “Modern Classic” and part of our “Plastic Fantastic” collection. If you’re interested in purchasing this set, it’s available in our online camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com which is hosted by Etsy. Thanks for stopping by! Chris

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sunrise bananas

Camera – Olympus Infinity Stylus Zoom 115 QD on Kodak T-MAX 400 Black & White Negative Film (expired 02/2017)

Art, artsy, or just a bad photograph?

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Olympus Infinity Stylus Zoom 115 – compact auto everything camera from 1997

Another new kid on the block.

At 38mm medium wide angle.

The Olympus Infinity Stylus Zoom 115 is also known as the Olympus mju Zoom 115.

At 115mm short telephoto. Sliders Seaside Grill, Amelia Island, Florida.

The power of the zoom. The zoom lens travels from a medium wide angle of 38mm to an impressive 115mm short telephoto. These images were taken on expired (02/2017) Kodak T-MAX 400 film and processed and scanned by Reformed Film Lab https://reformedfilmlab.com/

I’ll have more about this elegant point & shoot coming up soon. In the meantime, Happy Almost Halloween!

Kodak T-MAX 400 black & white negative film.

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Fuji K-28

Fujifilm Fuji “Construction” camera.

Sealed against moisture and dirt and features a sharp 28mm Fujinon lens.

Part of the heavy-duty series of 35mm cameras from Fujifilm.

Released in 1991.

If you can find one of these unique cameras from Fujifilm by all means get it. It’s a fun little camera to “explore” with its bank vault-like construction. Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome day! – Chris

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Yashica Auto Focus Motor 5 Star – 1981

The Yashica ‘Sailor Boy’ advertising figurine was brought back for the launch of this nifty point and shoot compact. The figurine made its first appearance in 1962 and has cycled through a few retirements since his introduction. He’s holding that camera in this version of the ‘Sailor Boy’.

I’m not sure when Yashica started using the term ‘5 Star’ with this model as the only place I see it mentioned is on the original presentation box.

Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by and while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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New in the Shop – Fuji Discovery 90

New in my camera shop is this beautiful Fuji point & shoot 35mm compact film camera set in new, never used condition. These still new in the box cameras from the 1990s are getting harder to find and this one is from our “vast” collection of these types of cameras.

Some of its impressive specs:

Fujinon 34mm f/8 glass lens with 3 elements in 3 groups
* 1/40 to 1/600th Shutter
* Built-in Auto Flash
* Drop-in Film Loading
* Uses DX Coded Film
* Automatic Film Rewinding
* Self-timer
* Macro Mode
* Auto Focus
* Red-Eye Reduction

It’s available for purchase in my shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by and while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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CC Design Studios

Good day, all! My camera shop http://www.ccstudio2380.com is filled with an eclectic mix of some really cool and rather rare items this month. Here’s a small sample.

There’s a little bit for most everyone in the shop from rare historical pictures to vintage film and of course, classic and vintage cameras and photogear collectibles. I’m about to list a few Fuji and Fujifilm cameras from my personal collection – a new in the box Fuji Discovery 90 35mm camera set and a new in the box Fuji Discovery 3000 Zoom 35mm camera set. I’m always open to offers and if there’s something you’re looking for to add to your collection just contact me at ccphotographyai@gmail.com – I just may have what you’ve been looking for.

Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by and while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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