Fuji Panorama Cardia – a plastic fantastic from 1991

One of the first dedicated 35 mm panorama compact cameras from Fuji Photo Film Company. It was available only in Japan and was released in December 1991. Actually a sophisticated camera a notch or two above being just a point and shoot – debateable.

There’s so little information about this wonderful camera on the web, I hope this post helps a bit for those interested in this format and camera.

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It’s not as basic as it seems. This camera was released for the Japanese domestic market in December 1991 and listed for 15,800 JPY (about $123 USD).

It’s a dedicated panorama format 35 mm film camera (13 x 36 mm actual image size). The panorama setting is not adjustable.

1. Opens and closes the lens cover and when closed locks the shutter button.

2. Flash on/off switch.

3. Fujinon 28 mm f8 glass lens – 3 elements in 3 groups. The fixed focus lens focuses from 1.5 m to infinity switchable to landscape mode.

4. CdS light receiver.

5. Two position ISO selector switch.

6. Landscape Mode Switch “Far-view Mode Lever”.

7. Albada bright frame finder.

8. Shutter release button.

9. Manual strobe/flash.

The aperture is “automatically” adjusted for lower light levels and the camera will give a low-light warning in the viewfinder. It’s been reported by a Japanese blogger that the aperture was capable of f4 to f16 but that is not backed up by data from Fujifilm that I can find.

The shutter is fixed to fire at 1/100th of a second.

I’ve scanned a few pages from the instruction pamphlet (below).

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Take notice of the clearly marked “CdS light receiver” vice exposure meter. It could be just a difference in the machine translation from what was meant in the original Japanese text.

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Specifications from Fuji confirms that the lens is a Fujinon f8 28 mm wide angle with glass optics – 3 elements in 3 groups (you’ll find that info in line 4).

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Unboxing a classic.

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This camera set is available in my Etsy studio shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Zoom Cardia 900 – SLR Slayer from Fuji

It’s available through my Etsy camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com or buy it direct here. Thanks – Chris

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Released in Japan in February 1990, this powerful (and not so little) point and shoot 35mm film camera was designed to bring all of the best auto features into one small package. It listed for ¥ 43,800 ($300 at that time) and compared to other P&S compacts of that period that wasn’t a bad price.

It’s a good looking camera in my opinion and its got some heft to it with all of the micromotors built-in and that big Fujinon zoom lens (400 grams with the CR-P2 battery installed).

DSCF9592 Excellent coverage from this sophisticated Fujinon zoom lens – wide-angle to a perfect portrait and short telephoto focal length.

The Cardia Zoom models are considered to be one of the best of the best in the compact 35mm film camera segment – certainly worthy of being called a Modern Classic!

Some of its impressive specs:

  • Fujinon Z 38-85mm f/3.8 (2.2x zoom)…

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Not what I expected…

Sometimes cameras that I purchase from online auction sites simply blow me away with the overall quality of the item. Sellers that tend to understate the condition of their gear and then deliver something unexpected (“looks good” is really “like new”). Occasionally cameras arrive and my reaction is just the opposite. But I have a wide range of acceptance because I look closely at the pictures of the item in the listing and ask questions when I’m not sure of something. No one likes bad surprises.

One area that I’m completely inflexible on is previous owner’s initials etched, carved, or engraved into the camera body or lens. If I’m told about it and shown a picture of it that’s fine – I can decide if I still want that piece of gear before I bid on it. Often an etching will be on a part of the camera that’s replaceable like the baseplate or even the film door.

Here’s an example of undisclosed damage from an engraving. I received this camera yesterday and it was described as looking like it was unused in the listing. I guess in fairness to the seller a camera can have an engraving and still technically be “unused”. Not in this instance, however.

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This engraving is on the camera’s right side near where the strap would go. That side was not shown in the listing photos. Go figure. If you look closely you’ll also see a hairline crack in the plastic just to the left of the “J”. The camera it turns out was very well used (or very well abused).

No worries, the camera is on its way back to the seller and they’ve promised a full refund. If the seller simply didn’t catch that there was an etched name or social security number, or driver’s license number (I’ve received all three on one camera before!) then I understand. But when it’s this obvious and you don’t mention it why bother going through the motions of sending it? Oh well.

Thanks for stopping by! Oh by the way, if you’re looking for accurately described and well taken care of cameras and photo gear, then a visit to my camera shop just might be the place to start. You can find my shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (Etsy Pattern site). Everything I sell is from either my personal collection of gear or locally sourced cameras. Carol and I are always on the lookout for interesting gear so if you’ve got something you’re interested in selling please drop us a line and tell us what you have. We may be looking for that exact item to add to our collection.

Chris

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Zoom Cardia 900 – SLR Slayer from Fuji

Released in Japan in February 1990, this powerful (and not so little) point and shoot 35mm film camera was designed to bring all of the best auto features into one small package. It listed for ¥ 43,800 ($300 at that time) and compared to other P&S compacts of that period that wasn’t a bad price.

It’s a good looking camera in my opinion and its got some heft to it with all of the micromotors built-in and that big Fujinon zoom lens (400 grams with the CR-P2 battery installed).

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Excellent coverage from this sophisticated Fujinon zoom lens – wide-angle to a perfect portrait and short telephoto focal length.

The Cardia Zoom models are considered to be one of the best of the best in the compact 35mm film camera segment – certainly worthy of being called a Modern Classic!

Some of its impressive specs:

  • Fujinon Z 38-85mm f/3.8 (2.2x zoom) glass lens with 7 elements in 7 groups
  • 1/8 to 1/250th Shutter
  • (1) CR-P2 6V Lithium Battery (powers both the camera and date/time function)
  • Built-in Auto Zoom Flash
  • Drop-in Film Loading with Pre-Winding
  • Uses DX Coded Film ISO 100, 200, 400, 1600
  • Date and Time Encoding
  • Back Light Compensation (BLC)
  • Multi Auto Focus with AF Lock
  • Fill-in Flash Mode
  • Auto Exposure Mode
  • Mid-roll Rewinding
  • Self-timer

LCD Window displays zoom lens focal length, frame counter, modes and a host of other data.

In actual use, the camera performs exceptionally well delivering better than expected consistently accurate exposures in a wide variety of situations. I would use ISO 400 as my daily film to be able to handle less than ideal lighting conditions. Of course, with the accurate fill-in auto flash, it would be hard not to take a great image.

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You’ll get this complete set as pictured – the film is expired (07/2010) but we typically get great results with it. Please buy a fresh roll of film before you take those “once in a lifetime” pictures.

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Simple to use date and time databack.

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Matching serial numbers. That’s the original purchase date (November 28, 1991)

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The zoom flash adjusts with the focal length of the lens.

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Yep, it’s an in the box original – just like we enjoy collecting them.

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This set includes the original unused custom case from Fuji but like all of these vinyl cases from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s they tend to get “sticky” and shouldn’t be used.

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Two batteries will come with this set – the original unopened (probably dead) lithium battery and a fresh new one. It will be ready to use right out of the box!

If you’re interested in adding this awesome like-new camera to your collection I’ll be putting it in my camera shop shortly at http://www.ccstudio2380.com or you can purchase it here by clicking on the payment (PayPal) button below. I’ll ship it anywhere in the USA for free using USPS Priority Mail with tracking and full insurance.

Fuji Zoom Cardia 900 Compact 35mm Film Camera Set

You’ll get everything as pictured and described in this post BEFORE it hits my shop. I’ll ship it in the USA for free! Please request a shipping quote for international sales. Thanks, Chris

$169.00

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Fuji Discovery 90 Date – classic P&S from Fuji Photo Film Co.

Today’s addition in my shop is this beautiful, still new in the box, Fuji Discovery 90 Date point and shoot 35mm camera. You can purchase it at http://www.ccstudio2380.com or right here… see details below.

Fuji Discovery 90 Date Compact 35mm Film Camera – still new in the box!

These modern classics are getting harder to find still new in their boxes (as one would expect). They make perfect additions to your 35mm film camera collections or make the perfect point and shoot street cameras for your walkabouts. This set is ready to shoot with right out of the box! I’ve tested its functions with a fresh battery and everything is working just right. Check out the details in my online store and while there check out the additional pics of this still new camera. I'll ship it via USPS Priority Mail anywhere in the US for $10.95 fully insured. Worldwide shipping also available... please ask for a quote. Thanks, Chris

$65.00

Fuji Discovery 900 Zoom Plus

Another listing from my online shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com, or it can be purchased “straight away” here in this post. I’m offering at a special discount here for my readers and followers. Pop on over to the shop for the details and then come back and buy it here. Thanks, Chris

Just SOLD! Thank you!

Still lots of neat stuff at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

NEW Fuji Discovery 900 Zoom Plus Compact 35mm Camera

New in its original box and straight from our collection of these "modern classics" is this wonderful (and quite sophisticated) compact point and shoot 35mm film camera from those talented folks at Fuji Photo. This one is a special presentation camera from 1993. I've completely tested it just short of running a roll of film through it, and because its still "new in the box" everything tested out just fine. These fun cameras are getting really hard to find still new so here's your chance to pretend it's the 1990s again. I'll ship almost anywhere in the world that has tracking to your door. Just ask me for a shipping quote before you hit the "BUY" button. Shipping in the US is a flat $10.95 for USPS Priority Mail. Thanks, Chris

$69.00

Canon Autoboy S II (Super) – SLR Slayer!

One of Canon’s best compact 35mm film cameras of the mid ’90s. Also known as the Sure Shot Z135 in the US and the Prima Super 135 in Europe. This beauty features high-quality Canon optics with a powerful 38-135mm 3.6x zoom lens (f3.6 to f8.9). When released in March of 1996, it listed for ¥62,000 or about $540 USD! We’ve used the Autoboy in the past and we can vouch for the quality of the images it produces. 7 shooting modes, date/time and caption imprinting, auto flash modes and what Canon calls “AiAF”! Whoa!

 

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Gorgeous surfaces – well finished and appointed.

These “Modern Classics” deserve another look in this digital age. They’re the perfect way to get into film photography without busting the bank!

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Includes the crazy hard to find original Canon sales brochure for the Autoboy! 

The sales brochure was shot in and around Miami’s South Beach – some pretty awesome images inside from the post “Miami Vice” era!autoboy logo 3

The Autoboy has some heft to it (375g) – yes there’s plastic but of a much higher quality. The switches, levers, and whatnots are solid and the motor drive for the film transport and power zoom are quick and reasonably quiet.autoboy back logo

It features a super bright viewfinder and clear zoom indicator reference lines, 7 shooting modes and can imprint date/time and up to 7 captions in multiple languages! It’s easy to use and has a quick, accurate autofocus.

We think this Canon gives the much-touted Yashica-Kyocera T* cameras a good run for the money (I think it outperforms them albeit with a bit slower lens but with a crazy wide focal range!autoboy box collage

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Of course, we’ve added this beauty to our online camera store at https://www.ccstudio2380.com

Thanks for stopping by and if you have any questions please feel free to contact us at chriscarol@ccstudio2380.com

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Fuji Discovery 900 Zoom Plus – 1991

From the Fuji Photo Film Company, Limited, Tokyo.

Actually quite a sophisticated 35mm compact autofocus camera from the early 1990s – during the compact camera war period where each manufacturer was trying to cram as many features into as small a package as they could. In the case of this Fuji, it came pretty close to having everything except the compact part.

Which in the case of this camera, is a very good thing in our opinion. It has a wonderful feel to it – it has some heft (362 g without battery and film) and fits nicely into your grip. It’s plastic but with a host of motors and what not the weight goes up which helps to hold it steady when taking a picture.

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It was packaged in a descriptive and colorful box that included a roll of Fujicolor film, a lithium battery (which was still working after 24 years!), a padded strap and a series of 3 HG Creative Exposure cards for exposure compensation. The film expired in May 1994.

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We think it’s one of the better designed compact 35s of that era – beautiful lines and a quality fit and finishes. It was made in Japan – and it appears that it was also assembled there as well. The June issue of Popular Photography has it listed as $299.95 as the manufacturer’s suggested retail price! I believe that gives some clue as to the design that Fuji put into this nice update to their Discovery 900.

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The Discovery comes with a Fujinon 38-85mm power zoom lens (f/3.8 – 8.2) and uses a 3 zone multi-beam autofocus system. Focuses close-up to 29.5 inches and the AF focuses from .75 meter to infinity.

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The Fujinon lens consists of 7 components, 7 elements. The programmed electronic shutter operates from 1/8 to 1/250 second.

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The top view is simple and uncluttered. The HG card slot is in the center (where a hot shoe would be). It has a sequential self-timer and the power zoom buttons are on the far right. It also features drop-in film loading and uses DX coding with ISO 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, and 1600 DX-coded films.

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This camera was a presentation camera to the employees (?) of the plant – or maybe the plant only got one. It is in mint never used condition so I’m guessing it never took pictures of their cement pipes at the plant. Our first thought was to remove the plaque, but it is well designed and affixed properly so it’s best to leave it be. Besides, it helps to date the camera and that’s okay with us.

The little Pac Man looking symbol and slide lever opens and closes the lens cover and activates the camera. The landscape button on the left helps the AF system to fix a distant focus at infinity or at least takes an average focus from the scene. We love the centered viewfinder – it provides a nice bright view of the composition.

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The Fuji Discovery 900 Zoom Plus 35mm camera.

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The Fuji Discovery 90 Date – a smaller and less feature-packed cousin to the 900.

We think Fuji did well with this sophisticated camera and can’t wait for a field test! Soon!

Thanks for your visit.

Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S9900W

Chris

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