Fujifilm Nexia 3100ixZ Special Edition Set

It kinda looks like an early flip phone but it’s a calculator/world “time traveler” thingy. The camera is the Nexia 3100ixZ APS film camera that was released in November 1999 and listed for a shocking ¥45,000 or about $380 in the US. The vintage JAL flight bag was not part of the set and is being used as a prop. Of note about the bag, most of these types of vintage JAL bags had white side panels or were blue with white panels. This is the first one that I’ve seen that’s all red.

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The date time function and calendar go all the way to 2099!

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The Nexia 3100ixZ features a Super EBC Fujinon 23-70mm zoom lens. It takes one CR2 battery (still very available). The calculator takes two standard hearing aid batteries. APS film is no longer produced but it’s available as expired film on eBay and Etsy for a fair price.

APS cameras are a fun way to collect still new in the box film cameras for not a lot of money.

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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A Fun Sized Camera from Fuji Photo

Modern APS (Advanced Photo System) film cameras get no love in today’s world. The film is no longer made (but it’s still readily available) and the cameras seem quaint by 35mm camera standards.

But these late 1990s and early 2000s cameras were and are quite sophisticated. Here’s a rather nice one (it’s actually brand new and never used) from Fuji Photo – the Fujifilm Nexia 250ixZ which was released in July 2001. From what I can tell there were about 16 different Nexia models from Fujifilm that featured a zoom lens and another 8 models with a fixed focal length lens. That’s a bunch of APS cameras produced within a few years of one another.

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At ¥23,000 it listed for just under $200 here in the US. It has a nice bright centered viewfinder.

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The 250ixZ uses one CR123 battery which is still available at a fair price. The APS film cartridge is as easy as it gets – open the compartment and drop it in – no messing with the film itself. The camera has a switch which can adjust the image from a normal shot, wide-angle and a kinda panorama view (C,H,P).

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APS cameras with “MRC” feature the ability for mid-roll film changes which is quite handy. This model includes date/time imprinting.

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It featured a Fujinon Z 23-57.5 mm zoom lens with a somewhat slow f6.7-11 aperture. 5 elements in 5 groups. When the built-in lens cover is slid open the flash pops up and the zoom is activated. It’s small (like all APS cameras) and weighs in at 175 grams.

These APS cameras are available for pennies on the dollar and sometimes still “new in the box” sets become available on Etsy and eBay. If you’re looking for something a bit different in film shooting I highly recommend giving an APS camera a try. Remember that the film is no longer made so anything you buy is expired. How expired and the storage conditions will determine the final look to your pictures.

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The 250ixZ far left, the 3200ixZ in the center and the 4200ixZ on the right. A camera for every budget!

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Fuji Discovery 900 Zoom Plus – 1991

Another visit is in order for this super cool camera from Fuji Photo.

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From the Fuji Photo Film Company, Limited, Tokyo.

Actually quite a sophisticated 35mm compact auto focus 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 holding it steady when taking a picture.

DSCF5150It was packaged in a descriptive and colorful box that included a roll of Fujicolor film, a lithium battery (which was still working…

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Wishing for my Florida sun, warm water, and waves.

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Have a beautiful day! – Chris

Camera Fujifilm FinePix XP70

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Nikon’s Little Gem – the EM

It doesn’t get any simpler than this – Nikon’s little gem, the Nikon EM. This one is mated with a sweet Series E 28mm f2.8 wide angle lens. If you like compact easy to use 35mm SLRs then you’ll love this guy!

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This lovely set is available directly from our online store at http://www.ccstudio2380.com for a very reasonable price. It’s a one owner camera that’s been gently used over the years. I’ve inspected it, tested it (fresh batteries included), and lightly cleaned it. Oh, and the old sticky foam light seals have been removed. You get to install new ones – easy to do and readily available.

***SOLD! One hour after listing it! Thank you!

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Per the Nikon EM owner’s booklet, here’s a list of the Nikon and Nikkor lenses that will work with the EM. Chances are you already own one or more of these lenses. I’ve included the Series E 28mm f2.8 with this camera (notice that it’s not on the list) as it came out shortly after the EM was released.

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Of course, opinions are all over the map concerning this camera from not worth it to love it. Die-hard Nikonites hated it when it came out (1979-1982) but some people loved it because they finally had an affordable platform for their Nikkor lenses. The EM is an aperture priority camera – you pick the f-stop and the camera picks the shutter speed. I know, some people hate that but if you use 400 films in daylight seldom will you run into problems.

Streetfighter! Do you like street photography? Throw in some Neopan Acros, set the wide angle lens on infinity and select f8 or f11 and snap away! It’s small, lightweight, black, and quiet – perfect for the streets!

Well, there you have it – a neat little Nikon that won’t break the bank. You’ll get everything pictured so there’s lots of little bonus goodies included. Pop on over to http://www.ccstudio2380.com and give it a spin. You may see something else to your liking.

Thank you!

Chris

Daily ‘Fuji-Fix’ – the Fujipet gets some film

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The Fujipet gets some much needed Neopan 100 Acros

The 1959 Pet is still going strong. It’s one of the smallest and lightest medium format cameras around – just slightly larger than the 120 roll film that it uses!

Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to visit our online store at http://www.ccstudio2380.com – we’re running a big sale on all of our cameras from now through the end of the month.

Chris