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the camera must be checked before travelling, and digital should be used where the results are very important.
The camera had been used (& results processed) very recently before the trip. She keeps it in a protective camera bag... I looked over it, seemed fine... I hate to put it down to "bad luck" or nonsense like that, but in this situation it seems almost unavoidable. She has a Sony A33 with kit lens... but that's quite a big commitment in terms of size, weight. The Minilux is tiny in comparison and in my opinion produces better photos from a good 35mm film and the 40/2.4. So you see why she brought that... and why this is her go to camera if shes out and about.
jj birder wrote:
Make sure you check the negs. Prints are done by scan these days and I have had OOF prints back that were fine when I scanned them myself to check.
I do have that in the back of my mind as one thing to look at, but I'm not optimistic at all. They're an excellent lab, I can't see them making such an error (5 rolls I believe).
As for manual focus, I am not sure. I've tried her with my hi-matic in the past and she's got it in focus (just tried on a couple of shots) BUT not terribly comfortable with it. It's not a preference of hers, but then if the other choice is 'hoping' the AF system will work, perhaps her opinion might differ. That, again, is a step up in size. As well, such a camera would need to have a program mode as although she grasps the idea of shutter and aperture, she wouldn't know how to adjust in any given situation... which is part of the fun, of course, great quality, tiny camera that does all the thinking and produces stunning colours and just a really "admirable" look to them.