We recently talked about finding our “Forever Camera”, the one we could settle on for the rest of our photography days.
But what about your “Never Ever Camera”, the most awkward, clunky, frustrating and disappointing camera you’ve ever used?
The one you couldn’t wait to see the back of and would never ever touch again even if you were paid?
For me, surprisingly, given the hundreds of cameras I’ve used, there haven’t been many I’ve never wanted to use again.
Here are a fated few though.
Olympus Mju II
I found this for £1 in a charity shop about six years ago, when they were probably around £15 on eBay, not the insane amounts (£350+) they go for now.
Despite my minimal investment, I wasn’t very impressed with the little Olympus.
The handling was very slippery, and even with the wrist strap on I still came close to dropping it three times in my first roll of film.
The viewfinder was very pokey and difficult to use, and it flashed at the drop of a hat even in decent light.
If the images had been stunning I might have tried another roll or two, but they were no better than many other 35mm film compacts.
But the Mju II? I wouldn’t shoot another roll even if I found one for £1 again.
Minolta Dynax 5
A tiny SLR with all kinds of electronic wizardry, and from the same stable as the Dynax 7000i and 700Si, both of which I greatly enjoyed using, on paper this sounded very promising.
Plus it’s compatible with some incredible Minolta AF lenses, like the Macro 50mm f/2.8 and “Baby Beercan” 35-70mm f/4, as I’d found out previously with the aforementioned film bodies, and later with them attached to Sony Alpha DSLRs.
But from the moment I touched the Dynax 5 it felt so cheap and flimsy, with probably the worst VF I’ve seen in a 35mm SLR (especially coming from the company that created the spectacular VF in the X-700), I just didn’t even want to pick it up again.
Minolta did make some cracking AF SLRs. But this is not one of them.
I bought this old Mamiya/Sekor for the lens on it, a super clean 55mm f/1.8 I’d read very good things about.
The lens turned out to be lovely, and well worth the fraction under £20 I paid for the package.
But the camera itself was heavy, clunky, and was never going to compete (either then or now) with other M42 bodies like the best Fujicas, or of course the majestic Asahi Spotmatics.
I think I got the focus spot on with this photo, the only one I have of the 1000 DTL. It wasn’t even worth looking at.
How about you? What stands out in your memory as your “Never Ever Camera”?
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