Camera Basics

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 3, 1999

TOMMY WILLIAMS / L’Observateur / July 3, 1999

It’s a beautiful, sunny Sunday morning and we’re about to head out to the beach. The weatherman is calling for 15 to 20 mile an hour winds alongthe coast with a 50 percent chance of rain. That means all day long I’ll bebattling flying beach sand, mist from the waves and Gabriel (my 2-year- old son) from destroying our $259 point and shoot Olympus camera. Youjust know at some point during this enjoyable get away, there’s going to be a photo opportunity that shouldn’t go unrecorded.

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’s great for any outdoor event that doesn’t require flash, such as a soccer game. The Kodak MAX outdoor camera is loaded with 800 ASA filmso you can take photos on the cloudiest of days. Retails for $6.84.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 camera can be used both indoor and outdoor events. Retails for $7.96.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. Whyrisk expensive camera 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. Although the other cameras take 27 exposures, the panoramiccamera 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 it’s to risky to use your own expensive camera or when you don’t have a camera at all. For some of you it could be a one dayfishing trip or weekend snow skiing trip, for others it’s a Gabriel that threatens to damage your camera equipment. But none the less, the use ofthrow-away cameras can make any enjoyable moment photographically possible and inexpensive.

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