Some relatively late models with decent reliability and parts seem to be
the Konica 808 and the Noritsu 1501. They typically sell for $12-20,000 with
a film processor.
Best way to buy used is to find a mini-lab or super market or drug store
phasing out a machine and inspect it while it's still running. Gretag
has sold some nice small units that are all-in-one models. All-in-one units
can be limiting, however. If you decide you want to upgrade your
printer/processor you now need to find a new C-41 machine.
With all the new digital labs coming out, there are some bargains in older
models. However, the shops that can afford to upgrade to a $200,000 lab
probably had a pretty good "old lab" to get rid of.
Wolf Camera should be closing some underforming locations soon. Keep an eye
Chris Lydle, editor
Good question. One pair triggers the shutter release and another makes the camera focus, if memory serves me. By using a jump wire you should be able to determine which is which. While I don't think doing this would damage your camera, I don't know for sure that it won't.
Minolta makes or made an adapter cord for their infrared remote control system. It's a short cord with a camera plug at one end and a 2.5mm minijack at the other.
You could call Minolta at 201 825-4000 and ask Phil Braden.
A- I had seen this problem working the other way. When Minolta introduced the second generation of Maxxums, the "i" series, they changed the control circuitry. Some lens manufacturers such as Sigma had chips in the lenses that would not work with the newer model cameras.
Don't have an answer for this one, however. Readers?
FUJI PRINTER 1040B/140 E-PROM WE ARE LOOKING FOR E-PROM FOR ABOVE PRINTER TO CONVERT ITS LANGUAGE FROM
JAPANESE TO ENGLISH FOLLOWING SOME DETAILS ABOUT OUR PRINTER. THANKS email@example.com (DR.
PP 1040B V1.5 -OJ RAC[22E]
I would contact Fuji's minilab parts department for this:
PhotoFinishing Products Nationwide Technical Hotline (Minilab Service):
Press 21 for Service Hotline
Press 22 for Parts Department
If they don't have it, then you might contact BEF in Allentown, PA. Their phone number is 800 441-0997 www.bef.com
Chris Lydle, editor
I am in the process of initiating a one-hour photo processing center in my
small town. I would greatly appreciate any input I could receive from
experienced owners. I am looking for advice as to which processors to
consider...and those that should not be considered. I also would appreciate
knowing company contacts for obtaining bulk film and other items. I thank you
in advance for your kind assistance.
Ms. Johnson 7/12/00
Melissa - I'll be posting your request for info on the Photo Image News
Most lab operators experience about the same degree of satisfaction and
frustration with the big 5 - Agfa, Fuji, Gretag, Konica and Noritsu. When they
work they're great and when they don't you tear your hair out.
Attending a regional conference of the Photo Marketing Association gives you a
chance to talk to lab operators. Most are very happy to share their
experiences with anyone who isn't opening up within a few blocks!
Although this column is intended for dealers, we get a lot of questions from consumers
such as this one:
My son has an old SLR Sears KSX with a lock up problem. Film cannot be advanced;
the shutter blind is up, thus preventing seeing through the view window. Can you
help? Thanks. :-)
The KSX was a Ricoh-manufactured SLR, one of many Sears has sold. It sounds as though
it locked up in the middle of a cycle. It's a mechanically-timed shutter, so that changing
the barrery (always our first step) won't do anything. Try it anyway.
Second step involves removing the baseplate and gently pushing aside the pawl which
keeps the winding shaft from turning. This would allow you to recock the shutter and start
the next cycle. Sometimes this works. Failing that it's time for a trip to the
repair shop, which will probably cost at least $75. firstname.lastname@example.org
My son tried it as you suggested and it worked like a charm. Many thanks for your
kind instructions. Sincerely, Joe Sr.
Do you have a recommendation of where/how I can get a file conversion program to
read my .PCD files? I have Windows '98 but purchased my computer in 1996. My computer at
work includes Microsoft Photo Editor so I can view my pictures there.
We get a lot of questions about using the files from Kodak Photo CDs (.pcd format). In
general, the best software for this is Adobe PhotoShop with the appropriate plug-in. Kodak
has posted a series of answers to FAQ's about
converting .pcd files Read the entire page and you'll find where you can download free
i thank you very much in advance for your time answering these question. I am planning to
buy (and distribute?) APS cameras but i have heard negative rumours regarding their
luminosity performance and, especially, that a new generation of cameras are about to be
launched this year.
Is that all true? has APS today a promising future? I am thinking of CANON IXUS
series, are they best value for money? what is your recommendation for APS pocket-size
cameras? and finally, is it true you can only get one size for enlarged reprints? sorry
for the load of questions,
email@example.com (Juan Curto)
Dear Juan -
APS cameras are here to stay. Each year they make up a higher percentage of camera
In the United States markets, many sizes of enlargements are available. That varies
depending on the laboratory services where you may be.
Yes, there were many new APS cameras announced at PMA this year. That's also true of
other film sizes, new models come out. The Canon IXUS series (called ELPH) in the United
States are well made cameras with perhaps the widest acceptance of any APS camera at any
price. The original ELPH (2-1 zoom, stainless steel body) is the most popular model, and
the results are excellent. From a marketing standpoint, it would be hard to choose a
better lineup - although much depends on the strength of your local distributor. (the
e-mail address suggests you are from Spain.)
Sorry, I don't understand your concern about "luminosity." Properly exposed and
processed APS photos look as good as most 35mm pictures, until extremely large prints are
I am looking for a projector bulb supply for the following: 1) KEYSTONE Projector,
Model K108. The current bulb LOOKS like it has a "DGH" on it. It says 750 Watts.
It's a bit faded though. 2) REVERE Projector, Model P-90. The bulb is about 4 1/2 inches
high. It says, "500 watt, Westinghouse Base-down Projection". These projectors
are ones that I am considering buying, but the bulbs are kaput.
ALSO, would you please give me your opinion as to which one is the better projector, all
things being equal?
Thanks very much,
Charles Stansfield firstname.lastname@example.org
Charles - The K108 Keystone "official" replacement bulbs are the DDB (750
watts) or the CZX/DAB (500 watts). The Revere P90 also used DDB or CZX bulbs. Both
machines are very old - probably 40 years plus. Before buying either one, let them run for
a while to see how well they run and smell. Personally I'd look for something a
ltitle more recent.
I have a Sears KSX Super SLR camera. I am curently using it for astrophotography,
but the trouble with the camera is the focusing screen. I need to get a clear focusing
screen to aid in the focusing of the camera, but cannot find one for the type of camera i
have. I have seen them advertised for the Cannon EOS, Nikon FE/FE2/FA/FM2, Nikon F3, Nikon
F/F2, Olympus OM1-4, and the Pentax LX. I was wondering if you could tell me if one of
these focusing screens would work with my camera or where i could get one to work with my
camera. The place that sells those i mentioned didn't seem to know. Please help.
Sincerely, Brian Portman
Your Sears camera was actually made by Ricoh. To best of my knowledge, no clear screen was
ever made for it. If you're serious about astrophotography, I'd look for a good used
Olympus OM-1. Mirror lock up + readily available screens make it a good choice.
Hi! Could you help me to know where can I get generic software for download to use
it to transfer my images on FUJIFILM MX-700 digital camera. Are there generic
software/products which can understand its format ? on Window 95 or Windows NT ? Thanks in
Adv Virendra Vishnu
The MX-700 saves images in the standard JPEG format (*.jpg). Just about any software
such as Adobe Photo Deluxe or Photoshop or MGI Photosuite can handle jpegs easily. You
must have the drivers to let your computer recognize your MX-700 as a TWAIN source. Those
are not generic and should have come with the camera. Another way to get images from your
camera to your computer is using the Flashpath adapter, which allows you to insert
SmartMedia cards in a 3 1/2 floppy drive.
Subj: $ 4,000 digital imaging station
Date: 11/12/98 6:07:51 AM Eastern Standard Time
Interesting article. Name/lab/address/phone no of auther needed. thanks Ash9032@aol.com
Author is Chris Lydle. Chris' Camera Center, 215 Wanaque Avenue, Pompton Lakes, NJ
07442. (973) 835-2213
I'm very much interested in new Advanced photo System technology. The question is which
maximum dpi... I can get when transferring information from APS films? Which picture size
I will print on Epson Stylus photo printer from digital APS data? I am grateful if you
could take a few minutes to answer my questions.
My E-mail: email@example.com
The maximum resolution you can get when transferring images from APS negatives depends
on the scanner you use. The Kodak Advantix Film Drive FD 300, for example, has three
resolutions - up to 2400 DPI. That works out to a resolution of about 1,600 by 2,800
pixels - far more than most "megapixel" digital cameras. You can make any size
image you want to when you print it, if you have photo manipulation software.
The quality of the images when you print them is dependent upon these factors:
1) proper exposure and focus of the original image
2) quality and resolution of the scan
3) The software between scanned image and printer
4) the printer (Epson makes some great ones)
5) the paper - there's a wide range, and the results show the difference.
I know I can't run film from Seattle Film Works and places like that through my C-41
processor, but I don't know why?
Eastman color films (such as Type 5247) are designed for use in professional
motion picture cameras only. Years ago moviemakers like Steve Spielberg would buy
hundreds of thousands of feet of film at one time, so there won't be any color changes.
They may have had thirty thousand feet left at the end of the shooting, so they would sell
it to mail order houses, who would cut it into small strips and sell it in cassettes.
Today some vendors buy fresh movie negative film directly from Kodak and Fuji and spool it
in short rolls for marketing purposes, so that they can offer a differentiated service
(which locks the customer into using their services.)
These films cannot be processed along with regular film -- if it goes thru the standard
C-41 process, both that film and the other customers' film in the processor will be
Kodak states that
"these films do not have the scratch resistance needed for use in 35mm cameras. .
. . these films should be stored at less than 55 degrees until used and processed
immediately after exposure. Kodak will not be responsible for problems or difficulties
resulting from other- than-recommended uses of this film product. The supplier, not Kodak,
should be consulted if the film is obtained in other than the original Kodak
Professional motion picture films have a "rem-jet" coating, a black
anti-halation coating on the base that must be removed in a special bath that's part of a
cinema roll processor - but is not in the C-41 process.
Never put a roll of Eastmancolor film into a minilab processor under any
The rem-jet coating will come off and ruin your chemistry, foul your rollers, and
possibly damage other film running at the same time.
Having said all that, I should note that a lot of the film coming to our lab in Seattle
Film Works canisters is not motion picture film, but C-41 film, apparently made by Agfa.
How can you tell the difference? The motion picture film looks a lot different - the
emulsion side is blackish - and the perforations are more rounded than "regular"
35mm film. We run it through the C-41 processor with no ill effects after a senior lab
operator has looked at it very closely!