kodak $10 snapshot camera/film

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by nobody, Sep 15, 2007.

  1. nobody

    nobody Guest

    I picked up one of those $10 cameras with film in it that they sell
    these days. When the processed film and prints (all kodak) came
    back, one outside shot looked normal, but all the shots taken with
    the flash had exploded grain or what looked like exploded grain on
    every print. Looked like the prints were printed on polished
    granite sheets. I guess the flash is only good for about three feet
    or so.

    Will scan some of the negatives to see if they are as bad, but I was
    wondering if this is normal. The film went through the airlines, so
    it might have been xrayed, but the outside shot looked ok.

    Also have what looks like a fuzzy thumbprint in one corner of
    several prints.

    You get what you pay for I guess ;)
    nobody, Sep 15, 2007
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  2. Airline luggage scanners and some mail scanners do expose film. You can
    find sample photos online. The carry-on scanner should be harmless.
    The metal detector definitely won't hurt anything.

    It's also possible that your grain is actually dust or smoke illuminated
    by the flash. The smaller the camera, the worse the effect.
    Kevin McMurtrie, Sep 15, 2007
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    Jeff Guest

    Typical high-speed film used in these cameras has a combination of fast
    large) grains and slow (small) grains to get more dynamic range and allow
    for less than perfect exposures. Your outside shot is OK because there was
    enough light to expose all of the grains. The indoor shots are
    underexposed due to the weak flash so that only the large grains got enough
    light to be developed into dye. The smaller unexposed grains in between
    basically get washed away in the processor, leaving you with the large
    grains you see in the prints.
    The thumbprint in the corner would be from having a finger in front of the
    camera when taking pictures. This is common with built-in flash cameras.
    Even if a finger is not directly in front of the lens, enough light is
    reflected from it to be caught on the film due to lens flare or internal
    Jeff, Sep 15, 2007
  4. nobody

    Ron Baird Guest

    Greetings Nobody?,

    I can appreciate your frustration.

    You are right, the flash on the camera is only good for about 6-8 feet or
    so, depending on the type of Single Use camera you purchased. Once the light
    falls off, you are at the mercy of the ambient light. If much reduced or in
    a low light setting, it will appear grainy as it is grainy (not enough light
    for a good exposure).

    Sorry that happened, but the flash range is not much different for most of
    the point and shoot digital cameras or regular film cameras. Staying inside
    the flash range is the key with such cameras.

    Talk to you soon,

    Ron Baird
    Eastman Kodak Company
    Ron Baird, Sep 17, 2007
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