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Backup Point and Shoot

foodtech


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foodtech Registered since 29th May 2002
Fri 19-Jul-02 11:32 AM

I'm curious if other members carry a point and shoot camera as a backup to their SLR when on vacation.
I'm tempted to dust off a 1989 vintage Pentax PC-505 point and shoot for just that purpose.
It was my daughter's camera in high school and college, until she switched to a Canon Sure Shot 85 a couple of years ago. It's totally a "push here, dummy" type of camera - auto-focus, auto-exposure, auto-load, auto-wind. You can't even switch off the flash. But it has a nice 35mm 3.8 Pentax lens, it's compact and the flash is nicely off-center from the lens axis so redeye is less likely.
I'd like to have a camera to take to restaurants and ask the server to snap a photo of my wife and myself. This one might do the job.
Of course, I'd like to buy a Leica Minilux as a backup, but that won't happen anytime soon.
I'm planning to load the Pentax with ISO 400 this weekend and take it along to a baseball game with my old college buddies. Just take a few photos of the gang. We'll see how I make out.
Ray

Ray - Nikonian in Almonte ON Canada

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