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[pct-l] Film/Cameras/Date Stamp

Brick wrote:
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 1998 09:03:38 -0700
From: Brick Robbins <brick@ix.netcom.com>
Subject: [pct-l] re: Brick/film

FWIW, I used an Olymos Stylus Zoom. This camera had 2 features that I found

1) date imprint. Going through 1000 prints without it would have been
almost impossible

2) Infared remote. I traveled alone (I went form Kennedy Meadows to Red's
meadow and only saw people twice!) so with this do-dad about the size of a
silver dollar I was able to do a lot of self portraits that I could not
have taken otherwise
Ed wrote:
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 1998 14:11:33 -0400
From: "Acheson, Edwin R." <EAcheson@FROJAC.com>
Subject: RE: [pct-l] Film/time imprint

I hiked the PCT in '81.  I took about 500 slides from Mexico to Tahoe
and haven't looked at my slides in years (I know, one of the often cited
reasons for not doing slides).  But, I can tell you which day of my hike
and approximately where I took each picture.  Of course in 50 years, I
probably won't remember, nor can anyone else tell when they were taken.

My point is that based on my own experience, I don't expect hikers will
have a hard time identifying their pictures.  You can even make a list
after you return.  But I've seen a lot of potential enlargements ruined
by the date stamp.


I'm writing:
IMHO, I have to agree with Brick. I have one of the Stylus Epic QD cameras
with the date feature.  The nice thing about it is you can turn off the date
imprint.  So, if you would like to know where you were on a particular day,
turn the feature on, take a picture of the sign you are standing next to,
and you instantly know where you were at a given time.  For scenic shots, or
shots you think you may eventually want to have enlarged (don't know too
many people who enlarge pictures of signs) simply turn off the feature, or
take two shots, one with and one without the date imprint.

Further, Michael wrote:
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 1998 10:00:01 -0700
From: Michael Henderson <mikeh@royalrobbins.com>
Subject: [pct-l] re: XA-2

i don't think Olympus makes this anymore.  it is one of the finest early
point-and-shoots, with lots of manual control for that type of camera.
basically, it evolved into the stylus generation.

ke kaahawe   AT92 TYT94 PCTsoon

This was a great little camera - recommended by Colin Fletcher in the
Complete Walker III (I think), but you are right, it is no longer made.  I
think you are right in that it was the precursor to the Stylus line of
cameras. The one thing I like about the Stylus cameras is that they have a
built in flash (separate flash required for the XA) which is great for
fill-flashing in shadows, low light, etc.  It is not terribly powerful
though, so it has limited use, but is nice in a pinch.  On the Stylus Epic
(and QD) you can turn the flash on or off depending on your needs (or have
the camera judge whether it is needed automatically).  Other nice features
about the Stylus Epic (&QD): 2.8/35mm lens, approx. 6 ozs. in weight (don't
have the specs with me), water resistant (whatever that means) and the
ability to use a remote (as described by Brick).  The remote is much nicer
than a self-timer in that you don't have to rush to position yourself in the
picture, getting the occasional awkward photo of yourself not quite as you
had planned.

Other small/lightweight cameras that were good for backpacking include the
Minox line of 35mm cameras (the GT had a great lens), and the Rollei line of
miniature 35mm cameras (don't remember the model designations).  You can
still buy these cameras used on rec.photo.marketplace, through the back of
Pop Photography magazine or at camera swap meets.

As a side, I shoot slides (prefer Kodachrome 64 or Fuji 100 slide film) for
all my hikes and use print film for everything else.

Good luck to the class of '98 - will be fun to hear the adventures of those
that attempted/completed a thru-hike in this El Nino year.  I (like Ed) am
an old timer of the PCT, having hiked it in 1981.  By the way Ed, did you
ever finish all those raisins you bought?

Eric H. Weinmann
PCTA Board Member
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