Q. On a recent trip I met a fellow tourist who had a Minolta camera made for 110 film. But she said Minolta no longer makes that camera. I don't need a 35 mm camera for the casual pictures I take, but I do want something beyond my Kodak 110 pocket camera. Is there a camera made today that's a step beyond the 110 camera with closeup lens?
A. The camera you spoke of no longer is made. But not to worry. Think in terms of a 35 mm camera; there's nothing to fear about using one. These days a myriad of automatic 35 mm cameras on the market do almost everything for you.
There are features such as automatic loading, autofocus, automatic exposure and even automatic rewind. All you have to do is compose the shot.
The 35 mm negative is bigger and better than 110. You get better color and better contrast and these cameras start at about $89. Try one! PHOTO MAGS
Q. What camera magazine do you read?
A. There are many good magazines out there. You should try to look at some of them yourself, at least once. Then make your own decision.
I subscribe to Popular Photography, The American Photographer and Peterson's PhotoGraphic. I also try to look at The Rangefinder and Modern Photography.
I like Popular's extensive coverage -- it seems to do the most for both amateur and pro. And I like the approach of The American Photographer, which often features stories that are only loosely related to photography but make strong points.
Peterson's seems slightly more slanted toward the professional photographer, and some of its advertisements keep me in touch with what's being sold to the pros. AS TIME GOES BY
Q. I've looked at photo books and magazines, but have been unable to find any ads for outdoor, weatherproof, battery-powered machines for making time-lapse pictures.
A. Almost every photographer, amateur or professional, tries some time-lapse shots some time or another. It's not easy, but the results can be very rewarding.
To make time-lapse shots, you can use an intervalometer. Nikon makes one, but it's an expensive piece of equipment, limited in its use.
Instead, look to some of the new "wonder" cameras: The new Canon T-70 has a program-back option. It will expose at one frame per second, one frame per hour and almost anything in between. They call it the "Command Back 70," and it sells for about $100.
Minolta is also offering a similar program-back with its new Maxxum X-7000 system, which is supposed to do all of this and also bracket exposure at each timed lapse.