Nikon Pronea-S APS film camera

This past weekend, I dragged myself out of bed early to go to a camera swap meet with Peter. Didn’t expect to find anything (we did bump into Reilly) but ended up finding this camera in near mint condition, complete with box, manual and even the warranty card for $15:

Nikon Pronea-S

Why is this a good thing? This camera came out in the late 90’s and was generally considered to be junk. The cool thing (to me) is that it’s a fun little film camera that fully supports all the Nikon lenses I already have. This means I can play with my fisheye lens on a film camera for only $15. I found out that APS film (slightly smaller than 35mm film) is still quite plentiful around town and that everyone that sells it seems to process it. While not the best scans ever, I can quickly get a roll developed and scanned to CD for the grand total of $2.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart.

It even had a roll of partially exposed film inside! Aside from a few blurry photos taken inside the swap meet, nothing interesting was on the film roll so Peter and I took advantage and used up the rest of the roll for some goofy photos outside the swap meet with the fisheye lens:
Testing out the Pronea-S
Testing out the Pronea-S

Testing out the Pronea-S

Film is still fun!

Update: 2nd roll is back from the lab. Check out my Pronea-S flickr set for more photos.
2nd Roll in the Pronea-S

2nd Roll in the Pronea-S

2nd Roll in the Pronea-S

2nd Roll in the Pronea-S

2 Comments

  1. greg hirsch says:

    great pictures john – what fisheye did you use? My tip: try to find a (probably slightly more expensive) Pronea 600i; it has manual mode and should work with ancient MF Nikkors! Sounds like fun to me…. greetings, Greg

  2. John says:

    Thanks Greg.

    I’m using my Nikkor 10.5mm fisheye with the Pronea. I think it would be hard to beat the deal I got on this one but I’ll keep my eye out for a 600i!

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