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FujiFilm QuickSnap Review

The FujiFilm QuickSnap Flash, B&H, Amazon, eBay, is a 'single use,' 'throw-away' or 'disposable' camera, whichever term you prefer.  Like nearly all single use cameras, it has a very simple plastic lens, manual film advance, and 27 exposures. This model comes with a flash.

These little cameras are about as easy to use as it gets for film. The film is already loaded, all you do is advance the film via thumb wheel until it won't turn anymore, then simple look through the viewfinder and take a snap. If you want a little fill flash, just push the button up on the front of the camera until the pop-up plastic piece turns red, which means the flash is ready, see pic below.

You'll see a bunch of these at weddings where the guests are encouraged to pick them up and start shooting, especially after the liquor starts to flow, then turn them in to the hosts before going home so the newlywed couple can get them developed and have some laughs later on...

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Ansco Color Clipper Camera Outfit Review

Our next camera up for review is the Ansco Color Clipper; complete with flash unit!  This was an eBay impulse buy, and I think it was about $50. I'm a sucker for weird cameras, especially when they're in good usable condition as this one is.

In the early 1950s when the camera was made, the "Color Clipper' name was probably chosen to try and fool people into thinking it was made specifically for color film, which was pretty new and cool back then; however, any camera will produce nice looking color pictures,  even century old folders.

The Ansco Color Clipper is well build, uses readily available 120 film, and has zone focusing and double exposure prevention, not bad for an inexpensive 'outfit' back in the day.

Some of these old cameras are capable of producing pretty good prints using cheap meniscus type lenses, and my hope was that this one would be good enough for medium sized prints.  To find out if it met my expectations, go to the bottom of the review; but first off, let's take a look at the camera specs...

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Fuji GS645S Wide 60 Review

The Fuji GS645S is a great way to get started in medium format film.  The camera is light weight, relatively small, easy to operate, and the simple exposure meter works fairly well even with slide film; and the best part: you don't need any batteries to get full use from the camera!  I really like it, the images have much more resolution than 35mm, which allows you to crop and fit the picture in a different aspect ratio frame, like an 8x10 or 5x7 etc.  User warning; don't ding the cow bar, otherwise you'll be sorry!  Find out what that means inside...

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ILFORD HP5 single use camera review

Our review camera today is the ILFORD HP5 Plus 400 single use camera  (B&H Photo, Ebay, Amazon) which comes loaded with ILFORD HP5 400 black and white film.  Apparently this is ILFORDs attempt to enter the ever-dwindling single use camera market currently dominated by Kodak and Fuji; if so, Kodak and Fuji have nothing to worry about.  These simple little film cameras are supposed to appeal to customers that want something different, and fun.  Some folks may have fun with a really cheap quality B&W camera, and some folks will be angry that they wasted ten bucks.  Based on the results I received, I'm among the latter.

Shall we do a quick walk-around of our review camera?

Film type; black and white HP5 Plus 400.  This is somewhat of a 'classic' B&W film with

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Fuji GW690III 90mm F/3.5 Camera Review

Check out my latest camera review for film lovers, this one took me two years to complete(!) It's the companion to the wide angle GSW690III.  Also available in the review are super high res samples!!

If you're looking for a little more resolution than what you're getting from your 35mm film cameras look no further!  The Fuji 'G' 6x9 series cameras are great, with enough resolution for really big prints, or future proofing on the coming 8k screens if you like to scan your pictures and look at them on your computer.

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Kodak HD power flash single use Camera review

Check out the latest film camera review, this time it's the swell Kodak HD power flash model.  True artists will appreciate this little marvel far more than any digital delight, as it produces an original image that you can hold in your hand and of course cherish for a lifetime!!

All things considered, it's a fun camera, and takes decent snaps, see the full size samples inside the review.

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Where there’s fun, there’s a snapshot…

So says the box of the iconic Crapsey designed Kodak Brownie Hawkeye.  I reviewed this camera about 8 years ago on the old site, and it still gets quite a few reads after all these years.  The little Hawkeyes are  a lot of fun, and very simple to use; look through the viewfinder, and press the shutter button!!  Go to the review to see how to get the best out of the Kodak Brownie Hawkeye.  I've also covered how to take them apart for cleaning and fixing any problems; this is about as simple as a camera gets. They're pretty inexpensive on ebay; get one for about $5-15 plus shipping.

Although not really a 're-post' to this site, I did freshen it up by formatting the article properly, adding a couple more large images, making some corrections based on additional use, and added some links for the camera, and 620 film, which is making a comeback!

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