I have just received a Nikon L 35 AF bought of that online auction site and though it seems to be working I am somewhat perplexed how exactly it functions. It supposedly is autofocus but I get the idea it focusses in zones ? Also, in low light the flash pops up with a orange light at the back left coming on but then the shutter doesn't want to fire.
If anyone out there uses one, I'd love to hear your experiences -- an instruction manual would obviously be of great value.
#1. "RE: Nikon L 35 AF" | In response to Reply # 0alembicbassman Registered since 30th Oct 2004Thu 26-Apr-07 02:47 PM
Yep I have one (the mark 2 version).
The AF zone is indicated by the needle in the viewfinder passing over the little icons. One person (close) two people (middle) mountains (infinity).
It won't fire with flash until it's fully charged the capacitor. You can manually hold the flash down to prevent it popping up.
That 35mm lens is tack sharp and it rewinds leaving the film leader out.
It may be a point and shoot, but there are a few tricks to using it.
If you e-mail me I'll send you a scan of the instruction manual.
#2. "RE: Nikon L 35 AF" | In response to Reply # 0
The Nikon L35 is great for the times when I want to shoot with a simple, inexpensive, compact, easy to operate camera that takes high-quality photos. It is also useful for the times when I need to loan someone a camera. For example, when I shoot weddings, I sometimes give a camera to a female and ask her to go into a restricted area (like the women’s dressing room) and take candid photos of the bride.
Here are my notes for the Nikon L35. I hope they are of some value to you.
Motorized, auto-focus, auto-exposure 35mm film camera introduced in 1983
ISO/ASA 25 to 400 in first model; 50 to 1000 in later model
Film speed manually set
35mm f/2.8 three element lens (one review I read stated that it had a 5-element lens)
Lens displays vignetting (darkening of the image edges)
Auto focus from .8 meters to infinity or 2.6 feet to infinity
No manual focus
Power source: 2 AA alkaline batteries
Motorized film winder
Motorized film re-wind
Motorized film advance strong enough to break film sprockets
Filter size is 46mm (bought a 46-52mm step-up ring so I could use my 52mm filters and lens hood on the L35)
Lens hood helps flare and camera’s appearance
Light meter sensor located on lens so that reading is done through filter
Auto exposure determines shutter speed and f/stop
No manual exposure
Has +2 exposure compensation
Frame counter advances when camera is empty.
Pop-up flash pops up automatically when needed for low-light situations
In order to take long exposures without flash, one must hold the pop-up flash unit to prevent it from popping up
Battery compartment door opens accidentally. Recommend taping door shut.
On/Off switch will move into the off position all by itself
Too easy to forget to turn self-timer off
Great for bright sunlight
Good for flash (with built-in flash)
Poor for external flash (no hot shoe or PC connection)
Poor for cloudy light
Poor for low light
Poor for close-ups
Poor for action shots because of slow auto focus
#3. "RE: Nikon L 35 AF" | In response to Reply # 0
Welcome to the forum and congratulations on your first post. Please take the time to complete your user profile.
Which L35 do you have, the 25 to 400 ASA first model or the 50 to 1000 ASA later model?
#4. "RE: Nikon L 35 AF" | In response to Reply # 0
I love the camera. I keep that one in my car since nobody will want it if they see it lying around. My camera is basically trashed. The battery chamber is held closed by a piece of metal I soldered on it. The viewfinder is obstructed internally by some piece of glass. It works though.
I've taken pictures with it that you'd think could only be done with full size slr.
When the camera came out it was their first consumer point and shoot camera and they wanted to make sure it succeeded so they packed it with features, such as auto film winding and loading. It had a 35mm f/2.8 lens (subsequent versions had slower lenses) that's pretty good, though there weren't many focus points.
The camera takes 46mm (or was it 49mm) filters. Exposures are right on target.
If you want to take available light photos just hold the flash down with your finger and shoot. The lever next to lens is to increase the exposure by 1.5x.
Enjoy the camera.
#6. "RE: Nikon L 35 AF" | In response to Reply # 0
>...It supposedly is autofocus
>but I get the idea it focusses in zones ?
AF and Zone Focusing are not mutually exclusive!
Many AF cameras, including all of this class and vintage of camera, use zone focusing. Zone focusing is fast and simple and is not necessarily an evil thing. The original L35AF and the second version had excellent focusing systems that included well over 20 zones. With this many zones and given the DOF with a 35mm f/2.8 wide open meant that the focusing was effectively continuous as the DOF range for neighboring zones overlapped.
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use: cp8400, cp990, cp950
retired: F,ELW, 21mm, 45 f/2.8 GN
used to own: S2, SP, F2, F3, 20mm f/3.5, 35mm f/1.4, 35mm f/2.8, 43-86 f/3.5, 50mm f/2, 50 f/1.4 (for S2/SP), 55mm f/3.5 Micro, 105mm f/2.5, 105mm f/4 Micro, 300mm f/4.5, 180mm f/4.5 (for 4x5)
#7. "RE: Nikon L 35 AF" | In response to Reply # 0
I just got out ours out after reading this thread. It had been taking a long snooze in a drawer along with some other film cameras of yore. It's the second model -- ISO goes up to 1000. I put in some eneloop nimh batteries and it started up, the flash popped out, and it did it's thing!
My girl friend had it for many years until it just died on her. Her dad had given it to her as a gift after having researched what was the best all around camera for it's time. I think he found the l35af had the best recommendation from consumer reports. Anyway, she loved it and took pictures year after year, filling up albums until it stopped working. She then was given a way inferior Canon Zoom P/S 35 camera (we have that one too!). After we had been together a while, she was telling me about her old Nikon, so I took a look at it and was really amazed at the beauty and elegance of it. With help from some threads I read here, I figured out what was wrong and fixed it. The batteries had corroded the terminals in the battery compartment and needed to be "degunked" and cleaned. Using distilled vinegar and qtips I tried and it worked. Now it's joined our little community of vintage (and one not so vintage d40, the new kid on the block) Nikons. A happy family!!!!
#8. "RE: Nikon L 35 AF" | In response to Reply # 7jimmomary Registered since 14th Jan 2005Wed 02-Jul-08 07:52 PM
The world's best, 'smart' point & shoot. I picked up 4 on the Evilbay & all are fine. I did that for spare parts, in the event ..... I gave one to my little grand daughter ... no brainer to use, plus it confused her as she didn't know where the LCD was . It has 46mm filter threads. The little lever by the lens allows for a two stop backlighting compensation. The lens was a very, very sharp 35mm, not too far from a true SKR lens in its resolving power. See here for a quick rah-rah stories -
As stated, I also keep it in the car. No one would steal it. I also got hold a a few L35AW cameras, those are all weather versions, a tad more hard to find. O-ring sealed, same 35mm lens I think and good to 10 feet of water. It goes to the beach with me or around the pool or fishing, out in the rain and to any event where a camera might take a shower or bath of water or mud. It's shrouded in rubber, easy to grip and even easier to use. My 2 1/2 cents. jim M.