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5 frames with a the Minolta Dynax 3000i & Minolta AF Zoom 35-80mm f/4-5.6 – by Charles Higham

In the 1980s Minolta must have identified a market for a user-friendly point-and-shoot autofocus SLR. The shiny plastic Dynax 3000i body requires a 2CR5 battery and is compact but feels solid. It has a built in motorised film winder, on/off switch, self-timer button and another button if you want faster shutter speeds. The LCD panel shows frame count, battery charge, standard setting or high speed setting as mentioned above, and self-timer indicator. That’s it. There’s virtually no control. I found out online that shutter speeds go from 4 seconds to 1/1000. However, you won’t know what the camera selects as no exposure information is displayed. The viewfinder is pretty ordinary and LEDs accompanied by a beep indicate autofocus and under/overexposure.

5 Frames with an Olympus E-M10 by Vlado Ondrejovic

One does always wonder about its decision of buying a new camera. Three years ago, I made a lucky step forward and grabbed a new Olympus E-M10, along with Zuiko 17mm f/1.8. I must say, even today, the camera grows with me! After all these years, people still tend to underestimate the m4/3 format – nonsense. The Zuiko lens I bought with the camera gives me 34mm equivalent, which I take as a perfect focal length fot my style of photography.

5 Frames with Bell & Howell Fixed Focus Camera – By Howard Dale

​​​​​​​​​​When I retired in 2012 I was cleaning out my desk and came across a small, plastic camera with the name “Bell and Howell” on the front. I have no idea where it came from, but I suspect it’s the kind of thing that is given away with a magazine subscription. It’s such a famous camera that it doesn’t even seem to have a name – at least I couldn’t find one even after searching on the internet. 

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