Your worst camera ever

Discussion in 'Casual Photo Conversations' started by ruslan, Oct 25, 2018.

  1. I definitely share your appreciation for the XD.
    I had considered buying the X-700 a few years ago, but after i borrowed a friends X-570, found i liked that better.
    I owned three Canon A-1 bodies, and i shot them A LOT, but had i known more about Minolta in the late 70's and early 80's, i never would have bothered with any of the Canon A-Series cameras.......;)
  2. My first SLR was a Nikon N4004s. It didn't win my award for "worst" because of functionality, but usability. When shooting in Program, Shutter or Aperture modes there was no exposure information. The only way to know the exposure info was to use Manual mode, in which case you'd use "+ o -".

    Eric Sande
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  3. I remember it, and I bet, being amateur camera that Nikon of 1987 was better than my Yashica!
    One of our photographer used it in combo with AF 50/1.8, - it survived after many photoshoots, many years of use!
  4. I would add Fujifilm Discovery 80 - what a nasty camera with a plastic bad lens, absolutely horrible! :mad:
  5. A Nikonos II with an erratic film winding mechanism. The spacing between frames was uneven so that when I got a roll with prints returned, individual prints would have part of one frame on a print and part of another, so I would bring the negatives back to the store and have them reprinted. The winding mechanism finally quit on the second day of a three week kayaking trip through the Grand Canyon when I lent the Nikonos to a friend to take my photo going through a rapid. The photo turned out great but that was the last shot the camera made before being repaired after the trip. Fortunately, I had my trusty (but not waterproof) Canon F1 along on the trip.

    Among my least favorites, I must include my Canon T90 with the dreaded intermittent sticky magnet problem. It was a great camera when it worked properly, but was not to trusted for any critical photography, so I gave up on it and went back to my trusty F1. I still have the T90, because I would feel guilty selling it to anyone. After about twenty years of flawlessly reliable use, my trusty F1 got stolen.
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  6. What did you not like about them?
  7. Two years ago I 'repaired' a T-90 by banging the bottom on a table while pressing the shutter button. After a few tries the shutter worked again, and continues to this day. I ran it for a while just to be sure.
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  8. I can get my T90 to work with no film loaded by taking activating the shutter, first at 1/500s, then 1/250s, and so on down to 1/30s or so. Then, if I load a roll of film and use it immediately, it works for a while. But, if I let the camera sit for more than a few weeks, it's back to EEE... (the reading indicating it's stuck). Banging on the camera might help, but I don't use the camera any more with film in it, I just exercise the shutter every few weeks.
  9. The T90 was on my list of great cameras I never got around to owning.
  10. Good, but a sad story, 6-7 years ago I read a story about Luigi Colani (a designer) and the interview about how he creared the T90.
    BTW, I have never held T90 In my hands - does it have any weather/water resistance? Rear door material is.....? Exchangable screens.....?
  11. The T90 does have interchageable focusing screens with, according to the manual, eight different screens available. I have never used this feature. Although I do not have the camera handy for inspection, I would not trust the camera to be very weather resistant compared to a more mechanical camera, such as an FTb or F1. Perhaps someone else can chime in on this point.
  12. I never had a T90, but I do have a T80. I have noticed that the autofocus tends to decide to refocus, first going all the way to one end, right before you take the picture, resulting in blurred pictures. Other than that, it seems to work fine.

    My first camera ever was an Imperial Delta, which uses 127 film. Remembering that, I got one on eBay ($1 plus $4 shipping) to remember how bad it is. It is hard to get the film to go in the right place, the film guides have sharp edges, likely scratching the film, and the back is held on with spring clips that could easily let go.

    Then when I tried to develop the film, I couldn't get it into the reel. My hands were getting sweaty in the changing bag, and the film was getting stuck on the plastic reel.
    (Yes that isn't the camera's fault.). I now have a stainless 127 reel for future 127 use.
  13. Never had one, liked all of them. My first one was Smena 2, bought for 50 cents, with missing back plate inside, so focus plane( film) wasn't flat, and yet, when I developed my first roll ever and later printed b/w pictures myself, using rental enlarger, it was like miracle, I was hooked forever. Every camera can take good shots, one just have to know how to use it.
  14. I was a heavy T90 user for a while.

    Mine came from KEH, and I actually ended up returning the first one. It had the somewhat rare "flashing arrow" problem, which I understand is related to the EEE problem but I think has to do with the mirror mechanism and not the shutter magnets. The last time I used mine was about a year ago, and it worked fine. Even though I'm now 99% Nikon for 35mm(and 100% for digital) I still enjoy using the T90 and New F-1 occasionally.

    The back door on the T90 is nice, thick, solid feeling plastic. There's no "grippy" material on it other than the padding on the bottom and some hardish molded rubber on the palm swell. Even so, I always found it quite a comfortable camera to use. All the controls always seemed very natural to me, and I can still pick mine up and use it without having to think too much about it.

    Focusing screens are interchangeable, although to do it "right" you really should use the special Canon tweezers. My second one from KEH came with the sort of hard to find C screen, which is a plain matte screen. I bought a complete E screen kit(with the changing tool) on Ebay-that's the standard split/microprism screen-I used that for a couple of weeks and then put the C screen back in. I found the matte screen really easy to focus on and to "pop" nicely when in focus-you can definitely tell that it was designed to be a manual focus camera.

    Canon, of course, didn't come out with their version of a "Matrix" or multi-pattern meter until the EOS years, and the T90 had an interesting work-around that I really liked in the form of the "multi spot" meter. Nikon users might be confused by Canon's metering terminology, as what Nikon calls a "spot" meter is a "partial" meter in Canon land. A "spot" meter is a tiny dot in the center of the focusing screen-on the T90(and New F-1) it's the diameter of the split image. The T90 would let you meter up to 9 separate spots and it would average them-with a bar graph on the right of the finder displaying the distribution of the spots. You could even meter one particular area multiple times if you wanted to "weight" that area more. With a bit of practice, it's fast to use and is something of a manual version of the multi-segment/matrix meter.
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  15. One of the great things about the 7 (I bought one when my 600si developed a front dial fault) was that you got the same basic layout with a camera that was pretty much the fastest AF on the market for a long time. The 600si - while I loved the camera - was pretty slow. I had a bunch of little lock/recompose angle tricksI used to use depending on the scene to force the sensors to grab onto something at the same distance.
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  16. A Nikon EM turned out not to be a good fit for me. And a Casio EX-Z750 highly recommended by a certain KR has turned me away from small-sensor cameras for good.
  17. Why? I thought it had good reputation.
  18. Auto only with limited exposure compensation (unless one changed the ASA). Totally unreliable as it failed intermittently to release the shutter at all.
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  19. I used a giant clunky beast of a SLR in the yearbook work that belonged to the school. It was a Mamiya Sekor 1000DTL. I should have hated that camera, since it was the antithesis of what I tend to like -- elegance. But maybe it was nostalgia but I just couldn't dislike it. Nostalgia interferes with our rational decision making when it comes to cameras.
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