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Is the APS film still available?

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Ritzcamera.com still lists FujiFilm APS Nexia on their website. I've seen it at Walgreens as well. Any full service camera store should still have the film in stock.

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Is there supposed to be a memory chip or flip for this camra and if yes where does it go


No. It's a film camera and takes APS film which is no longer made, remaining stocks are getting more awkward to find now, they're all long out of date, and even if you can buy film it's now getting difficult to find companies able to process it.

Sep 23, 2011 | Nikon Nuvis S APS Point and Shoot Camera

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Where and how do you insert film on a minolta vectis 2000 camera


Essentially, you probably don't as APS film is no longer made and is getting difficult to get processed if you do get some old stock.

But like on all APS cameras, there's a lock on one end of the camera and usually you turn it to open a small door on the bottom of the camera. The APS film cassette gets pushed into the compartment and when you close the door and the camera *should* wind the film ready for shooting and lock the door so that you cannot open it until the film is rewound. The cameras are entirely battery dependent and many used CR2 lithium batteries which are disproportionately expensive and hard to find except from online suppliers.

Unfortunately APS was a badly engineered system from the start, so the cameras didn't tend to last long before suffering major faults. You may wish to bear that fact in mind as those faults won't show until you load a film and any film you do find will likely cost more than you can buy another APS camera for. They're widely available for free or for about a £ or two from almost any charity shop (not from the one I work in though as I always put them straight into the recycling bin as they're a liability).

Aug 14, 2011 | Minolta Vectis 2000 APS APS Point and...

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I have an old Nikon Lite Touch Zoom 100 AF camera and I am having trouble loading the film. Can you use Kodak Advantix APS film in this camera or should I be using manual loading film instead?


This camera uses 35mm film, not APS film. 35mm is a larger format, giving MUCH better results, at the expense of having to manually pull the leader across to the take-up spool each time you load a roll.

Dec 29, 2010 | Nikon Lite Touch Zoom 120 ED/QD 35mm Point...

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Where can you get nikon pronea film


Just look out for APS film, the actual brand doesn't matter as whatever the brand they're all made by the same few companies. Kodak Advantix and Fuji nexia are the most common. Get the 400 version for indoors and dull, overcast days, and 200 for shooting outdoors in bright conditions or indoors with flash.

Although it's effectively a dead format now, you'll still find it widely available online and in larger drugstores and supermarkets. Availability outside of major developed nations is very patchy except in areas which attract international tourists, so if that applies to you then you'll have to order online from a stockist such as Amazon.

APS film is more expensive than traditional 35mm film and produces inferior results as the negatives are smaller. Also, try to avoid buying in a large stock of film as the APS system was very badly designed and engineered, regardless of the camera brand. Most APS cameras are now broken and you shouldn't expect your Nikon Pronea to last long. When it does break it's likely to be the film transport mechanism and that will be the end of it as spares are not available.

May 19, 2010 | Nikon Pronea S 35mm SLR Camera

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My Pronea S have a auto focusing problem, may it be repair?


Thanks for the clarification.

Unfortunately there's nothing you can do to fix the fault described. It's definitely either an electronic or mechanical fault (most likely electronic) and like all APS film cameras would be difficult and expensive to repair IF spare parts were available.

There are NO spare parts available for your camera, nor for many other APS models which I'm aware of. The whole APS concept was very poorly engineered and even the high end models such as the Nikon Pronea SLR's were very cheaply built with an intended lifespan of no more than around three to four years. That's why you see hardly any functional APS cameras any more.

Although your camera is unrepairable junk, the good news is that you can usually get far superior (in terms of build and image quality) 35mm autofocus SLR cameras for free or at least very cheaply now. They don't have the "panoramic" mode which your camera has, but as that was achieved solely by masking the top and bottom of a standard APS negative it's easy enough to replicate on a 35mm print by just trimming the top and bottom of the photo off.

If you want to look for free autofocus 35mm SLR cameras and lenses then I suggest that you join your local FreeCycle and Freegle groups. I've had dozens of excellent cameras this way and although I own and use all of the major SLR brands I've only ever paid for a tiny fraction of what I have.

May 03, 2010 | Nikon Pronea S 35mm SLR Camera

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How we change film


The user manual is available here http://ca.konicaminolta.com/support/manuals/film-cameras/asp_cameras/vectis_2000/vectis_2000_e.pdf and that explains on page 17.18 and 19 epxlains how to load the film

Apr 07, 2010 | Minolta Vectis 2000 APS APS Point and...

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Nikon pronea film camera will not accept a nikon dx-afs nikor lens


Unfortunately if it won't play ball there's little you can do. It should accept your lens, but you don't give any details of how it's not accepting it. Is it just not mounting onto the body, or is the camera simply unable to operate with the lens attached?

Proneas were feature packed, but abysmally engineered and constructed so I'm stunned that you still have a functional example. Like all APS models, the camera is no longer supported, any attempt to fix it is likely to make things worse.

If your Pronea works with any other lenses then just enjoy it for what it can achieve, and used wisely it can achieve very impressive results.

If you want to learn more about your camera then click here, the article is about the cut-price successor to yours but the comments mostly apply just the same. There is also a general and rather critical article of the APS system in general but the criticisms are entirely well-founded; after all, 35mm film is still alive and kicking in this digital age but APS is on it's last feeble gasps.

Sorry that there's no realistic prospect of a fix on this occasion, but I hope that you have still found my reply to be informative. If so, please don't forget to rate my answer.

Feb 18, 2010 | Nikon Photography

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Film will not load


Sadly there is really nothing you can do about this. APS cameras have a complicated film transport mechanism and everything was badly engineered and done on the cheap. That's why there are so few APS cameras of any make still in a functional condition.

Nikon no longer support your model and spare parts are as rare as fresh dodo eggs, like most APS cameras yours is effectively near worthless even when fully functional so any investment in it is dead money on a nearly dead film format.

This is not all bad news as you can replace it with a "proper" 35mm film SLR for next to nothing or even for free. I've had plenty of Nikon and Canon 35mm SLR's from my local FreeCycle and Freegle groups over the last couple of years, including a boxed and near unused N-75 with a 28-100mm lens. Despite digital, 35mm film is still alive and kicking, it's cheaper and easier to get than APS and cheaper and easier to get processed.

I'd recommend that you chuck the body away and sell the lens: it fits later DX-format digital Nikons although the poor build quality means it's only likely to attract reasonable bids from another Pronea user and they are exactly commonplace.

Sorry not to offer a fix, but sometimes it's better to take a realistic view and to move on.

Feb 18, 2010 | Nikon Pronea S 35mm SLR Camera

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NIKON PRONEA S


No, the camera uses APS, ( advanced photo system ) type film.

Dec 30, 2007 | Nikon Pronea S 35mm SLR Camera

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