DPReview TV: A look back at APS film

This stuff is so forgotten even the hipsters don’t know about it. APS film we’re looking at it today. Welcome back DPReviewTV viewers, Chris Nichols here from DPReview pardon the noise you can probably see the giant machinery diggin up there in the background but today we have a very interesting history lesson for you because we’re looking at APS film. Now what the hell is APS? Well it’s the Advanced Photo System and you’d be forgiven for not knowing what it is because it honestly came and went so quickly. It’s got an interesting history and I want you to join me today as we go through it. I swore I would never do unboxing videos and here I am about to unbox these cameras but I think it makes sense for the context of this video. These are our weapons of choice today now first off in this lovely oak humidor I’ve got a Canon ELPH limited edition gold-plated little IXUS camera here. Check that out We were thinking like okay a point shoots great but I really want something more capability an SLR so we went out and we actually bought this Nikon Pronea 600i and I’ve got a triple pack of Fuji Advanced two hundred film here APS expired two thousand four, Free Big Mac I am definitely cashing that in. So let’s unbox this camera and get out here and shoot worth the price of admission right there look at that sexy blue strap so these batteries expired nine years ago here’s hoping let’s see what we get. Look at this: dual dials quite nice and what’s under this tiny plastic easily lost thing? [BEEP] Threaded cable release! [Jordan] How’s the focus there, Chris? Actually pretty damned quick. Now not that 35 millimeter film was hard to load but this whole APS format was really you know marketed as a foolproof way of loading, everything automatic, no way to screw it up does that look cool or what Jordan? [Jordan] Or what! All right so this is the situation today I’m hitting with my Pronea 600i that’s my ‘professional’ option I’ve got my Canon IXUS pocket camera here as well and I think I can handle any situation as long as I don’t need telephoto, ultra wide fast apertures or anything over ISO 200 so yeah really gonna be quite limited today but it should be fun. You know it’s interesting I mean if you think about it how many of you have heard about the Nikon Pronea SLR system or the Minolta Vectis or the Canon IX but I bet a lot of you out there are familiar with this shape and this name the Canon ELPH or in Europe the Canon IXUS I mean these were super popular and even after film disappeared Canon continued to use this name and shape and design of camera in their digital formats you know the compact manufacturers are really the ones responsible for keeping APS alive as long as they did and Canon was by far the biggest player in that, and you can see that heritage transferring over into the digital world Hey everyone it’s Jordan jumping in here quickly to let you know we’re about to start looking at some images here and I got to tell you we got back the images from the ELPH expired in 2004 turned out pretty nice little low contrast on it but not bad at all however all the stuff Chris shot on the Pronea as you can see here it says “Too expired, color went off” and that is certainly the case. [Chris] Okay so this photo I’m gonna call ‘a study of greens’. [Jordan] we debated converting these to black and white but you know what we’re just going to show you the yellow and magenta versions of them just so you know what’s about to happen enjoy. [Music] We had a loyal fan who… you know they weren’t going to use it, they’re like: ‘Hey why don’t you guys have fun with this?” so we really appreciate that. But this camera, well, we went out and we paid our hard-earned money on this. We went to a local camera store which is renowned for having a lot of brand new gear still sitting in boxes and lo and behold they have this is one of five Pronea six hundreds they have so if you want to get your own we can tell you where to go buy one. And the sticker on the box is $599 for the kit but you know we got it for a tenth of that price. I think because you know by this point what are you gonna do with these things Hey so I just took a shot of these signs knocked over and it really it’s interesting shooting now in this HD format a 16 by 9 aspect ratio and that’s actually the native format for APS film but one of the unique features was that you could set three different ratios you could do APS-H which is your high def 16 by 9 ratio you could do APS-C which is a classic 2:3 ratio and you could also do APS-P which was a panorama now the C and P modes do crop the sides or top and bottom now one thing I’m also noticing on this SLR what it basically gives you is just grid lines with red arrows to try to remind you ‘hey stay within these grids’ but it’s easy to forget that now in the Canon IXUS when I change the format it actually crops the viewfinder and that keeps you from messing up a lot of shots now here’s something that you might kind of think about ok APS that stands for Advanced Photo System is the film we’re talking about but don’t they also use that in sensors I mean APS-C sensors for example APS-H sensors for example, and they absolutely do and in fact they pretty much just borrowed the name they kept the Advanced Photo System moniker APS film’s classic format is about twenty five and a half by sixteen point seven now you go to somebody like Nikon or Sony their sensors are 24 millimeters by 16 millimeters then you go to can and then it’s like 22 and a half by 15 millimeters I mean they’re just all over the place. Whoo! But does it end there? not remotely because then you’ve got companies like Canon and making their APS-H sensor that they stuck in their Canon 1D cameras well that had a 1.3 crop factor way bigger than any of the film stuff we’re talking about here it gets so confusing so let’s just do it this way: after APS film died the manufacturers did whatever the hell they wanted using the aps name so APS is basically maybe I don’t know anything smaller than full-frame but bigger than Micro Four Thirds now let’s go with that we’ll keep shooting. Now it’s funny but Jordan and I both worked in photo developing labs but I was based in London the UK in Europe and Jordan was based here in Canada and North America and it’s funny because APS as a system actually kind of took off in Europe it was well-received known in London, it was interesting because I would say we got about 50 percent 35 mil and 15 percent APS it was really quite popular, I think because the cameras could be so compact and small but he also represented some convenience for the customer they could actually stop on a lot of cameras mid-roll and then resume at the right frame when they wanted to keep shooting and after you got the film developed it would just come out of the cartridge go through the machines it would actually go back into the APS cartridge after that, so you had something to keep your negatives nice and safe, overall it was a very interesting development it just never took off, especially in North America. When I look at the back of camera like I expect to see something there you know it’s funny I’m actually really enjoying shooting this sixteen by nine format for photography it’s refreshing actually and it’s almost in a way kind of regretable that 16 by 9 never really took off as a picture format I think it was a conspiracy from all the frame makers who are saying “yeah TVs are going 16:9 but we’ve got all these 4×6 frames in the warehouse what are we gonna do about those?” Conspiracy! No Digital rotating screen makes old men grumpy now. Ouch! I’m doing a puddle photo because people are complaining about Chris’s lack of puddle photos I don’t like this photo Let’s finish the roll. So I’ve just finished my first roll here and it’s got this handy little numbering system I want to tell you about so number one indicator means it’s a brand new roll film number two means it’s partially exposed and you can resume later number three, the little X shows that it’s fully exposed but not processed yet and then number four will actually show when the film’s totally processed and now you’ve got developed negatives inside oh and see this little tab here you could poke this in so that your camera doesn’t accidentally try to shoot an already processed roll of film very much like a VHS tape. Do I have to explain VHS tapes now to everybody or… we’re good? So as you can see the rains really starting to come down now but I do have a couple rolls ready to go so we’re gonna head into our local place here downtown luckily the lab manager remembers APS film so you know how to develop it but even he commented that some of his staff have no idea what’s going on I’ve never seen it before let’s get in there. [Music] APS was designed to be a very modern system and a system that all the manufactures got behind to build what happened to why did it decline so quickly well really the answer is digital. Canon’s EOS D30 came out relatively shortly after that sort of the first mainstream widely used APS-C sensor digital SLR ever and you know cameras like that and the subsequent compact digital that came out really just destroy APS but I hope what you got from this whole thing today was that APS never really went away and we got to think about a lot of the innovations that were developed for this system that that carried on to make digital possible we’ve already talked about how these small compact cameras paved the way for the new digital compacts that we enjoyed and you know it wasn’t just about design and naming it wasn’t just about putting a tiny digital sensor into these cameras it was also the fact that most compact cameras up to this point were made for 35 millimeter film and when this format came out the manufacturers got a lot of practice in developing smaller high quality lens assemblies that would then lend themselves very nicely to smaller digital sensors and even the APS SLR is which were so unsuccessful and for that very reason this might even be the first time you’ve ever seen or heard of one in our video they still had their place because it’s all that research and development that went into it and we consider things like the Canon IX SLR the Nikon Pronea SLR they both use Canon and Nikon full-frame SLR lineup both manufacturers even started making lenses specifically for the smaller APS format which would then be morph into our current DX and EF-S lenses all of that research and development is what we take for granted now in our digital SLRs today and so maybe after this you know a little history lesson you’ve gotten to see that APS, as forgotten a film format as it was, really was instrumental in opening up our markets to the digital photography era and so hopefully enjoyed this let us know in the comments below let us know if you ever had one of these yourself maybe rocked one of these in your earlier days don’t forget to check us on an Instagram, Tweet to us let us know your comments below and please subscribe we’re so close to 100,000 we just need that final push. Please help us out we’d really appreciate it until very soon I’ll see ya. [Music]

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  • Had the Canon. Loved it. Still around somewhere.

  • Yep I had the Pronea 6i. It was a fun camera.

  • I love it when it came out! I was so cool and easy for the average person to use. Even my mother couldnt screw this stuff up! I recently found my Kodak Advantix camera that uses the APS films and it still had a roll in it with two frames left to shoot!

  • Yes, you do need to explain VHS… 8:57

  • new fuji color profile? Expired Aps Film

  • I sure had the pinnacle of APS system cameras; the Minolta Vectis S-1. Why the pinnacle, well for a fact, Minolta took the APS system to heart, they were the driving force convincing the other camera manufacturers to develop cameras and go in for the APS system. The Vectis S-1 and S-100 used specially developed lenses, not the standard Minolta A mount lenses and the fact that the cameras were water or splash proof made it possible to go out in adverse weather.
    But the downside to the story is; if you ask former Minolta management, the Vectis killed Minolta. They had a few costly litigations but what really pushed them over the edge and made them sell the camera business to Sony was the costly development of the APS system and subsystems.
    I also confess to using the same Canon Ixus, but in silver, not the fancy gold special edition as a carry around camera always in the side pocket in my uniform.
    PS: I still have the Vectis S-1 and S-100 and all the lenses; the 17mm, 22-80mm zoom, 25-150mm zoom, 28-56mm zoom, 50mm Macro, 56-170mm zoom, 80-240mm zoom, 400mm reflex and a few other accessories.

  • Yay. I had an APS ixus camera at the time it seamed so futuristic. Please do a similar vid on disk cameras and instamatic films

  • Thanks for the video I don't think I had ever heard of this film before as I only shot standard film. I would the colours from the Kodak were very Instagram filterish and made the images more interesting I think. The problem is always the cost and ability to develop the film if you can even find some but I am sure it would be fun to blow some rolls to try it out.

  • Although the films were expired, the photos look quite good! Love it.

  • APS = Any Phucking Size 🙂

  • After using only compact 35mm cameras for many years my return to SLR was the Pronea S
    mated to a Sigma f/4-5.6 70-300. The native IX 30-60mm
    lens was serviceable too.

    Loved the mid-roll rewind feature and the ratio options.
    Always carried both color and B&W rolls in the plastic 24mm film cans taped to the camera strap.
    Had a strong preference for Fuji films, faster options and was way more vibrant.

    Local Wolf Camera film processor was always amazed at the shots I coaxed out of it, as was I.
    The B&W film was "instant" processing capable (C-41?) but the resulting prints always had a very bluish cast.

  • Great video. Now, … I wonder if I shouldn't buy some APS Contax cameras on speculation that new demand for APS film will warrant limited production.

  • Still my wife favorite… advantix

  • I remember this distinctly since it started out when I was just getting into photography as an elementary student. The idea that you could change Isos mid shoot was mind blowing.

  • Almost all the alternative formats had same problem, they were smaller than 35 mm which meant worse image quality. Well 126 format had 28 mm x 28 mm which is about same and Rapid had 24 mm x 24 mm.

  • I've had many opportunities, during the last few years, to buy a Minolta Vectis and a lens or two, but I haven't bought one because… what would I do with it? Can't get APS film anywhere… and I'm not sure if anyone even has the equipment to develop the film around here anymore.

  • This is why you watch youtube. Excellent guys!!

  • I have a Kodak APS camera (at least, I think it’s Kodak). Lower end. The last time I used it, the pictures came back with a note: “Badly over exposed.”

  • Ok so this guys never actualy worked in a physical camera store while they were doing the videos for them??

  • So APS “paved the way” for digital? Well, now that you mention it, it does seem logical that the manufacturers would use the format to practise a little before going digital.
    But my view was a little different at the time: I saw APS as the last effort to squeeze as much as possible out of the film medium before it was laid to rest. After all, we all knew that digital would take over sooner or later. You didn't need to be a prophet to predict that. And I had seen earlier film formats smaller than 35mm come and go, because people at first were attracted to the much smaller cameras, but then were frustrated that the kid took better pictures with his disposable camera. Because, let's face it, film formats below 35mm just never gave acceptable image quality. So I saw APS as just the last venture into this realm of sub par cameras that was perhaps a little better than the previous failures and which was killed by digital before it would have died an inevitable natural death.
    I actually owned a Canon Ixus 1 aps-camera for about a week (I liked the tiny size), and I shot one film before returning the camera – just way too much distortion, too poor image quality, as well as other little issues. One of them being that the panoramas didn't fit my photo album.

  • It's fine to show how faded the old film can get, but never even trying to set the black and white points on those negative scans (which would cancel out a lot of the fading) is a bit like judging a DSLR's sensor quality based on raw files developed with a white balance set way off.

  • I'm from Portugal and I had a Canon Ixus. The last time I used my camera was when I went to vacation to Brazil back in 1999. Loved the APS format. Thanks for the video.

  • I had a little Kodak Advantix F310 or F300 when I was really young. It was one of my first automatic film cameras. Before that I was shooting on a K1000. I loved that camera and film system. It was really cool! But, shortly after that I found Casio and the D40.

  • I had a Pronea S…I might actually still have it in the back of a closet

  • Liking the series! Keep up the good work! Oh and I subscribed!

  • Just bought a Canon EOS 1X complete with Canon EX 22-55mm ultrasonic lens..a bargain @ US $40.00 if only for the lens 🙂

  • I didn't think APS was all that rare, at least in the part of the states I grew up in. I still have some spent APS cartridges from back in the day that I need to get developed yet. 😁

  • I actually like the off colours

  • We just called this system Advantix because all the film in my area was Kodak Advantix and all the cameras at the local drug stores were Kodak branded Advantix too.

  • I both a Canon IX and an IX Lite. Told them both toward the end the active APS-C era including a couple lenses. The IX SLR was a nice solid camera that served me well. I probably still have some film laying around in one of those book like cases that held 16 or 24 cartridges.

  • I hope you don't take care of your cameras the way you take care of your cars! SCRRRRRRRATCH!!!!!

  • Someone is channeling Kai W with these APS cameras.;) The (expired color film) results remind of LOMO! Imagine that, no need for freaky filters, just take pictures as usual and you get "Diana" results. What is this? A photographer complaining about having to assume strange positions to get an image!? Ansel Adams would beat you over the head with his large format cameras and David Douglas Duncan would sneer at your "suffering for an image" gripes. Tilting display screens have spoiled people as much as being able to select black-and-white or various color palettes with a sweep of a finger. APS? I don't remember the format or cameras, since I was on the edge of moving on to a digital camera or staying with Ye Olde Nikon FM2.

  • Thanks for sharing this man, this was quite interesting to know about 😀

  • is this filmed in Seattle? looks like Vancouver

  • I had 2 APC camera and I liked it!

  • My first camera was a Canon APS compact.

  • You can still buy APS film in boots here in the UK. they usually have APS from Fuji maybe some 135 c41 and then some 135 B+W from Illford.

  • I had a minolta vectis APS film and the reason I brought it was because of mid film roll exchange. I go to gigs, motor sports, plus the normal holiday photos and the APS system was the best option for my use.

  • So surprised you found a place to process that stuff; impressive. 126 – 110 – Disc – APS; they all came and went but 135 remains sort of.

  • Stop banging the NOS collectible on the tree!

  • Man watching this put a smile on my face, the cool faded colours are awesome too. Right! The excitment of seeing your developed photos, not knowing for sure how your photos would really come out – definitely different than instant confirmation on digital cameras today

  • I'm afraid the hipsters do know about it, at least in the UK. It has become a bit of a cult format.

  • APS was only discontinued in 2011, and some films had an expiry date of late 2013, so as a format it is not that ancient. Fuji were the last to make APS film and they discontinued it. APS is unfairly vilified. As the video states, digital cameras came on in leaps and bounds due to APS film camera tech. Several digital camera ranges were named after those brands' aps film ranges. Fuji's nexia film was its most advanced consumer film, with the emulsions and technology reused several years later for their Superia films. There was also fujichrome APS slide film and black and white c41 process APS film.

    I got my first APS camera in 2001. I still have a few scans and prints from it and they are a lot better than I remembered, certainly better than any affordable digital camera from the same era. I now shoot 35mm but I do still shoot APS. A new analogue film store in the UK, Analogue Wonderland sells (obviously expired) APS and they are selling out. I know a few APS shooters who were not even born when APS was first out.

  • APS was good, I used to use it on a point n shoot. carrying a load of film was easy, loading easy unloading easy, it beat 35mm for convenient use all day long. It wasnt really until I got a much better 35 that I stopped using APS.

  • I picked up a Nikon Pronea shortly after they came out… it supplemented my Nikon 8008.

  • I had completely forgotten about APS film until watching this! I remember having an APS camera now but I don't remember anything about it other than the format of the film canisters

  • That expired Kodak film created some funky colors. Kind of a cool effect, although you'll never know what you're going to get with it.

  • I'm old enough to remember this. APS film cameras made sense when it came to compact cameras for non-enthusiasts who weren't too bothered about image quality, akin to today's smartphone photographers. APS film SLRs on the other hand were an epic failure and for good reason. Kodak's marketing implied that the film quality had improved to such a level that you wouldn't notice the difference in image quality from the smaller frame size, but this was nonsense. Canon and Nikon were trying to sell these inferior cameras at inflated prices based on pure marketing BS.

  • It had a few good ideas, but it came at the end of the film era when digital was becoming more interesting. Sure earliest cameras didn't take pictures as nice looking as 135 film but… it was easier 😉

    So APS was pretty much the last hooray to keep the attention alive and then it was done. And now film is all back in vogue, but only the artsy ones, the special black and whites and the odd films. No love for the average Fujifilm 200's

  • I still have my Canon Elph which is working fine but is retired.

  • What about 110 & 126 film? Do a video on that please! 😅

  • This was an awesome look back guys. More like this for sure!

  • APS was the MiniDisc of the photography world.

  • When it was first presented in Berlin, I did a report for a Radiostation about it. We wondered why there was so much new technology in a new system and not in 35mm-SLRs. Know we know!

  • Like with any expired film you get much better results if you over expose the film by 1 stop for every 10 years expired. Example 200 ASA film expired in 1998 shot in 2018 should be shot at 50 ASA. Most cheaper APS cameras will not let you adjust the ISO/ASA making most APS. Camers worthless because all the film is so expired. Personally I love the format but I shoot it with a very customized SLR camera. APS is amazing for landscape photos and not much else. I mostly shoot 35mm and Digital

  • My 1st and 2nd ever cameras were Hanimex and Canon APS film types; felt very nostalgic after watching this video. Thanks for uploading 🙂

  • Well done Chris and Jordon!

  • When Techmoan revealed there were SLR versions of the APS cameras, I had to get one. I ended up with two plus a tiny PAS because it came packaged with film for $5! Should be picking up my first developed roll tomorrow!

  • I still got my Contax Tix and a box of cold stored APS films in the freezer haha

  • In a moment of great nerdiness, I bought a used Canon EOS IX 7 a couple of years back. I kept it for a couple of years and used it occationally. I actually quite liked the camera. If I remember correctly, there was a switch for the different crop modes, which actually cropped away in the (tiny) viewfinder. The camera came with a silver Sigma zoom lens, with a damaged AF motor, so I only had manual focus. It was fun trying the camera out, but eventually I lost interest, and film and developing was way too expensive. I sold it to a guy making very sure that he had understood that he was buying an APS film camera.

    Some photos I took using the camera: https://www.flickr.com/search/?user_id=64481622%40N00&sort=date-taken-desc&text=aps%20film&view_all=1

  • Loved my little Kodak APS camera from back in 99-2000!

  • Damn! You sound Retarded and as Obsolete as said Camera.

  • I bought my wife a Leica C11 back in 2000 because she did not want to be bothered with 35mm. She loved it. She still owns it but APS film went the way of the Doe Doe bird.

  • That was the reason I got the Elph as well quick to load. Mine was silver still have it

  • I must be old-I used APS film when it was a new thing! (I think it was film's last gasp at being relevant). Say, can you not curse in your videos? Thank you

  • I mistakenly rewind the aps film, I have still 37 shots with it. Now the film shows fully exposed, any way to have it back? Thanks.

  • Never heard of it? I have a roll of it sitting on my desk! My APS camera was the upgrade from my first camera, a 110 cartridge.

  • What is the point of using the expired film… 🙂 Waste of our time…

  • Great video guys! Would be keen for more like these

  • A Minolta Vectis was my first SLR camera. Thanks for this!

  • Hi guys, I live in Scotland and remember taking a month long holiday to Canada in 2000, I arranged to visit all my relatives in Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Victoria, White Rock and Abbotsford. I also visited Banff Natioan Park with my cousin, my camera of choice for the whole trip was the Minolta Vitis S1 with a load of lens and the Canon APS ixus which I still own, I loved the compact size of the whole outfit especially while travelling and brought back lots of fantastic photographs I was sorry to see the system die off.
    As you said Chris the system was the grounding for the digital APS system to grow, great vlog going down memory lane….

  • you know what the youths need a lesson in, is how Kodak failed at the technology they invented, digital cameras…

  • I remember my grandfather's Advantix that could switch to panoramic and we all thought that was awesome.

  • #nofilter…really

  • Quit encouraging hipsters.

  • keep complaining , this is so fun to watch…. Im going to put my balls in a blender

  • I shoot 16:9 all the time on the D-Lux Typ 107. Never been a fan of 4:3, but I use 1:1, 3:2, and 16:9. It was really a feature I never thought I’d use on the camera, but the crop really adds to the composition.

  • There is no point but I want to go buy one of those Nikon’s now.

  • In 1999 I had a Sony Mavica digital camera, one of the first digitals. It was big and bulky (it saved to floppy disks), this meant I didn't use it much. I switched from digital to APS! I got a little Konica APS that was a bit like the Canon in the video here. It was on my belt just the same 🙂 It was freedom. I took that camera everywhere. That was a big deal back in the early 2000s because phones were for SMS text messages, not taking pictures. I took lots of shots and enjoyed switching aspect ratio. When I took the pictures to be developed, they put the photos onto CD-ROM for me. Sometimes that wasn't the best option because the quality of scanning was sometimes suspect, I remember having to do some work on the JPGs. Anyhow, it was a bridge to better things. I think it was 2001 when I got a digital camera again, the Sony Cybershot P1, a little bigger but still small enough that I could have it on a pouch on my belt.

  • Parents had compact APS film camera in the early 2000s. Still have a couple rolls of negatives, actually.

    How about some 110 film next?

  • Had no idea about APS film. So cool.

    Any luck on a review of the F5?
    Really wanting one for shooting in my more modern lenses. But unsure if it would be better then a F100.

  • I managed a 1 hour photo lab back in the mid 90’s and we had a few customers that had 1/2 frame cameras. Basically 35mm SLR but the internal film gate was verticals so it shot more like a movie camera… meaning “Landscape” was across the narrow edge of the film instead of length wide. So you wanted a horizontal photo.. tilt the camera to portrait position.. want a portrait? Turn camera back to landscape. 5×7” looked descent. 8×10” depending upon film/lens combos you could start to see you where looking a smaller section of film. Ever have experience with those when you where in the photo lab business?

  • I have a few APS cameras. Used the Minolta Vectis S1 and Canon Ixus II most. http:/www.submin.com/aps . The Vectis S1 is a very nice camera to handle. Everything feels comfortable and the results so sharp. I also have the full range of lenses. Many owners had hoped that these lens would have seen use with Sony Nex cameras but only Minolta 35mm lens can be used with a converter.

  • I loved my aps camera

  • Wish these films would make a come back or there was an easy way to reload used APS cartridges with fresh film.

  • The main reason APS-C in the "pro line" (SLR) failed is that compared to 35mm it produced worse image quality (grainier) especially in larger prints. At that time having SRL meant you were looking for best picture quality and not innovations irrelevant to quality. Size did matter in films.

    Plus that the gear needed for APS-C would cost more compared to classic 35mm.

  • Is there any company’s still producing aps film?

  • I loved my APS at the time, largely due to the a panorama mode (before the days of auto stitching). However it had about half the resolution of 35mm and most cameras by then had some sort of 35mm autowind on, so the benefits over standard 35mm was not really enough. However one positive that has sort of carried over into digital was its ability to record the time and date of the image which was printed on the image back when developed which was very useful. Maybe if you want to do vintage film, you should look at disc film next although finding a copy of disc film or someone to print it maybe challenging

  • This is the kind of video that makes me love having 40.

  • My mother still have this camera.
    Kodak Advantix t20
    And I'm thinking that I can still use it.

  • Can I get a side of Magicubes with that, please?

  • I loved my Elph. …And my Minolta Vectis. Good times. Good times.

  • My first SLR was a Minolta Vectis S1. Still have it with all 3 lenses… just useless nowadays. Come to think of it, I think I could still have some Kodak 400 B&W APS film flying around. I wonder how that's held up all these years. It was my stepping stone anyway and I'll always think of the Camera fondly

  • APS never took off? Let me tell you, when the Canon Elph came out, the biggest camera store in Los Angeles could not keep up with demand. They hired extra salesmen just to sell the Elph, which they advertised in half-page ads. The sales guy, who actually came over from Britain, told me that he's selling over fifty a day. At $300 each. I want to see a digital camera that "took off" like the APS Elph.

  • Hey Cris ! Where about London and which company you worked as photo printing ? I [email protected] photos inside piccadilly circus tube station 😁😂

  • OMG! The gold IXUS! The Gold One!

    Might not prevent the sticky flash issue. But it's GOLD!

  • I love APS SLRs.

  • What really killed the APS film system in the USA was the reluctance on the part of independent labs to buy the necessary equipment to properly process APS film. The lab equipment was expensive because it had to read the film codes necessary to print either 4×6, or 4×7, or 4×10.7. There was also a back-printing option that was rarely employed, except by the Kodak/Qualex labs. When we sent our APS film for processing to Eastman Kodak's lab in Fairlawn, NJ, the results were excellent….three different sized prints with backprinting would come back in two days. Not so with independent labs, who fought against APS and helped to kill the system. There were many players in the APS ballgame: Kodak (the inventor), Fuji, Nikon, Canon, Konica, Minolta, Agfa, etc. They all jumped ship into digital and nailed the coffin of APS.

  • I got into photography in 1997 and learned a lot from my brother, who had been shooting since ~1983. He mentioned that some pros were concerned that, after spending nearly $3,000 on a Nikon F5 body a new format was being heavily promoted.

    Fuji did produce APS slide film for a short while, by the way. Ken Rockwell did an article about APS a few years ago and I emailed him about the Fuji slide film. I never got a reply but he altered his article a few days later to include mention of it.

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