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Marcy's Vista II Camera Review:

In a world full of little electronic autowind cameras (not that there's anything wrong with that) there exists the Vista II. Only one small step away from a disposable, this plastic rebel does not even attempt to imitate features it doesn't have, unlike many other crappy 35's we know and love to hate. It's so utterly simple, it makes me wonder how this Vista II differs from the Vista I...if there even was one ["If that is your real name!"]. Anyway, it's got "standard" and "panorama" settings. The instruction booklet states that "Everything about your Vista II Panoramic 35mm camera is designed to make shooting photographs as effortless as can be." I agree. Move the switch up to "panorama" and a mask slides in front of the viewfinder. The film area is also cropped with movable black plastic squares.

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There's a hot shoe on the top, so I could light up the night with my handy Sunpak. There's an internal lens cover, and you can't take a picture with it shut. Another safety feature is the anti-double exposure lock on the shutter.    

Okay. Let's cut to the quick. How does the flash work? I mean,   I took the thing apart to try to figure it out. There are wires...connected to plastic. 

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Took the Vista II shopping.

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Photographed a sculpture in the studio, the Vista II is very versatile (let me entertain you).

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A kitchen still life.


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At left is a nifty cyanotype I made from the carousel photograph. I scanned the negative, turned it into black and white, enlarged it 800 %, and printed it on transparency film which I ran through my Epson printer twice, to try to increase the density. The fabric was sensitized and exposed for about fifteen minutes in sunlight.

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