Initial thoughts on Fujifilm Zoom Date 115
It has a silver plastic finish, a 38-115 zoom lens, a zoom control on the back, a flash and a few small buttons that control the flash, the timer and should you wish, the date. I seem to recall back in the day, cameras would expose the date on negatives. I wasn’t much of a fan of this trend back then, and I still hate it now.
It runs on CR123A batteries and as you’ve probably guessed by now, it shoots 35mm film.
The first roll I put through it was one of my last rolls of AGFA Vista 200. When I saw what it had produced, I was quite disappointed. For the most part, the focus was on point. However, I felt that the images lacked any real detail and the colours were a bit grubby.
And I have to say, I think the camera handled the black and white film much better. To be fair, the fact that the XP2 has an ISO of 400, whereas AGFA Vista is only 200, might have something to do with this.
But the black and white film definitely worked wonders with the Zoom Date 115. I also decided to not use the zoom. While it may boast of having a lens that can zoom in at 155mm, it is not very good – quite a bit of camera shake going on. So for the second roll, I shot a majority at 38mm.