Tried these camera?

Jaggermax

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Browsing around tonight and came across some cameras that have date function that I am not familiar with.  Have any of you tried these before.  They are cheap enough to give a shot.  

http://www.half.com/cat/buy/prod.cgi?cpid=...2&meta_id=6

http://www.half.com/cat/buy/prod.cgi?cpid=...2&meta_id=6

http://www.half.com/cat/buy/prod.cgi?cpid=...2&meta_id=6

And a Yashica for only $27!!!!
http://www.half.com/cat/buy/prod.cgi?cpid=...2&meta_id=6

They also have the Canon Owl for $45 with date or without for $36!
http://www.half.com/cat/buy/prod.cgi?cpid=...2&meta_id=6
http://www.half.com/cat/buy/prod.cgi?cpid=...2&meta_id=6

Figured I would ask yall before I buy.  

(Edited by Jaggermax at 11:34 pm on Aug. 30, 2001)


(Edited by Jaggermax at 11:37 pm on Aug. 30, 2001)
 



glen71

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The Canon Owl Date is not a PF and appears to be re-conditioned. It's not that good of a deal at $45 (IMHO). The Minolta is cheap enough, if it can be hacked for use as a trailcam.

(Edited by glen71 at 5:56 pm on Aug. 31, 2001)
 

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Hi Jaggermax,
Never used any of these cams or read any info on them.  Several of them are "factory refurbished".  I seem to recall you were thinking of selling a few of your finished cams.  If so, you probably don't want to use "refurbished" cameras as your customers would probably be upset with that.  You have a *GREAT* system started and you don't want to risk making it seem cheap by using "refurbished" cams.

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Yesterday I went to an estate sale.  I saw a 35mm camera with an autowinder film advance for a $1.00. The tab on the battery cover was broken off.  The previous owner had used a rubber band to keep the batteries in the camera.   I bought it.  The model is Minolta Freedom II.  It has a flash and can use film up to 1000ASA.  I put some batteries and some exposed film in it to test it.  I used some duct tape to hold the battery cover closed.  The camera does not have a date or time stamp.  The flash, subjectively, seems to be as bright as the owl pf date.  A field test at night would be a good test.  It does not seem to have a refresh mode.  I left in on for 11 hours.  It took a picture without any delay.  It might be worthwhile to test some of the newer versions on this camera.  I don't know how the batteries will hold up if you leave it on for a week or more.  A standard solenoid would probably not work well with this camera.  To press the shutter, the shutter button has to travel a long distance much more than the owl pf date.  With the jameco solenoid and the owl pf date, performance is marginal, so it probably wouldn't work with this camera.
 


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