Camera Basics

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 2, 1999

By TOMMY WILLIAMS / L’Observateur / June 2, 1999

Not that any of you have noticed yet, but it’s getting hot out there. This is a surefire sign that summer vacation time is close at hand. This also means a car fullof screaming children, Coke-spilled car seats, potato chip-covered floor mats and lots of great quality time with the family. All this and so much more,packed into a Toyota, with only 1,000 miles of black-top between you and your destination of Miami, Fla.

And, we haven’t even gotten to the good part yet.

With all the well documented legal-size pages of notes and reminders of every item necessary for this journey, it’s not until 60 miles (one hour) of being on the highway that you remember three or four life sustaining items that were left behind at home, such as your camera, make-up bag or the Tylenol 3. For aphotographer, nothing can be more disturbing than going on a vacation without their loving camera.

One-time user cameras, or what I call a throw-away camera, might be the solution for those types of situations and many others like it. Throw-awaycameras can be a good investment for those who own expensive cameras and for those who don’t. Kodak has several types of such cameras.The Kodak MAX outdoor camera is mainly for, you guessed it, outdoor use. It’sgreat for any outdoor event that doesn’t require flash, such as a soccer game.

The Kodak MAX outdoor camera is loaded with 800 ASA film so you can take photos on the cloudiest of days. One retails for under $7.The Kodak MAX flash camera would be a better choice if an event demands the use of flash for indoor photos, such as a wedding or birthday party. This cameracan be used both indoor and outdoor events. It retails for under $8.The Kodak MAX waterproof camera is great for fishing trips, the beach and snow skiing. It’s waterproof up to 12 feet deep in clear water. Why risk expensivecamera repairs due to water damage when you can purchase a Kodak MAX waterproof camera for only $9.96?Last but not least, the Kodak MAX panoramic camera can produce super 4×10 inch panoramic prints of those beautiful scenic trips to the mountains. Althoughthe other cameras take 27 exposures, the panoramic camera shoots only 15 exposures. It also retails for $9.96.Throw-away cameras are a small price to pay for having the ability to take photos when you have left your own expensive camera behind. For some of you, itcould be a one day fishing trip or weekend snow skiing trip and for others it’s a trip to Miami. But none the less, the use of throw-away cameras can make anyenjoyable moment photographically possible and inexpensive.

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