Nikon One Touch (L35AF2)
The Nikon One Touch, or L35AF2, followed the original L35AF with many similarities, but also a few key differences that were in keeping with the trend of simplification that was going on in the industry at the time. I bought this one on ebay, and cleaned it up a bit. Everything was working well except for the flash which doesn't want to pop up or fire, but I'm not a big fan of using built-in flash on compacts anyway, so no big deal for me there.
LIKES: Nice SHARP lens! With this "sequel" to the original L35AF, Nikon actually downgraded the lens a bit - the original L35AF lens was five elements in four groups, while the newer L35AF2 lens has four elements in three groups - but it's still a very sharp and capable lens to be sure. And while they did dumb down the features a bit (see dislikes below), it still feels well made and is easy and comfortable to shoot with.
DISLIKES: Nikon took away some very nice features when they replaced the L35AF - the One Touch does not allow for screw on filters (unless you can get your hands on the filter adapter they sold), and it doesn't have the backlight compensation slider switch on the side of the lens. They also switched from manual ASA to DX coded film speed. Manual ASA control allowed for exposure compensation, while DX coded ASA does not. The only plus here is that the One Touch will read the DX code up to ASA 1600, while the original L35AF only went to 400 ASA or 1000 ASA on late models. But if you don't find yourself wanting exposure compensation, and you don't often use filters, this camera could be a keeper as it definitely delivers nice sharp, contrasty images.
Above: Pier at Town Landing in Falmouth, ME; Photo taken with a Nikon One Touch (L35AF2) using Fujicolor Superia Xtra 800 color print film.
- Type of Camera
- 35mm compact camera with autofocus, auto exposure, auto pop-up flash, auto flash exposure, auto shutter lock, auto film loading, auto film speed setting, auto film advance, auto film rewind, auto film rewind stop and auto ready lens cover. Okay, Nikon, we get the idea... auto is cool.
- Only DX-coded 35mm film from ISO 50 to ISO 1600, and non-DX-coded ISO 100 film. (All non-DX-coded films are automatically set to ISO 100)
- Picture Format
- 24mm x 36mm
- Nikon lens 35mm f/2.8, four elements in three groups
- Programmed electronic shutter; also serves as diaphragm blades
- Reverse-Galilean Albada-type bright-frame viewfinder; 0.52X magnification; approx. 85% (at infinity) frame coverage; -1 dioptry
- Viewfinder Information
- Picture frame marks, parallax compensation frame marks, autofocus frame marks, focus symbols and focus indicator needle
- Active autofocus system (0.7m to infinity); focus locks when shutter release button is depressed halfway
- Exposure Metering
- Using CdS, programmed automatic exposure control from EV 6 (f/2.8 at 1/8 sec.) to EV 17 (f/17.5 at 1/430 sec.) with ASA/ISO 100 film
- Film Speed Range
- ASA/ISO 50 to 1600 (set automatically as described above)
- Film Loading
- Film automatically advances to first frame when shutter release button is depressed once; film advance indicator pole rotates to show film is properly loading and being advanced
- Film Advance
- Film automatically advances by one frame at 0.8* seconds per frame when shutter is released; stops automatically at end of roll
- Film Rewinding
- Via sliding rewind lock switch and rewind button; approx. 20 sec.* per 24-exposure roll; automatically stops when film is rewound
- Frame Counter
- Additive type; automatically resents to "S" when camera back is opened; counts back while film is rewinding
- Activated by setting lever and depressing shutter release button; 10-second delay with indicator light
- Built-In Flash
- Automatic pop-up type with ready-light; guide number 10 (ASA/ISO 100, m), 16 (ASA/ISO 25, ft.); shutter locks if flash is not charged; recycling time approx. 6 sec.*
- Battery Life
- Approx. 100 rolls* of 24-exposure film (without flash); approx. 10 rolls* of 24-exposure film (with flash for each exposure); shutter release locks when batteries are exhausted
- Power Source
- Two 1.5V alkaline-manganese AA-type batteries (NiCd batteries cannot be used)
- 125.5mm(W) x 73mm(H) x 48.5mm(D)
- Approx. 320g (without batteries)
*with fresh alkaline-manganese batteries at normal tempertures