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Battery type issue

I just bought a Quantaray Dakota RZ-2000 film camera. The tech specs show it powered by 2X AA batteries. There is no way that a single AA will fit in the battery compartment. Does anyone know what battery is supposed to fit. Is there a similar Quantaray digital camera that the specs were meant for?
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If you have a manual Dakota RZ-2000 then you will need LR44 watch baterries to operate. You will need two of them. Hope this helps.

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Almost all early Quantaray lenses (and Sigma lenses, Sigma made Quantaray) in the Canon EOS mount will show error messages on Canon digital cameras (but still work fine on older EOS film cameras). usually err99 but err01 also. There is no DIY fix and Sigma ran out of update parts years ago. Current production lenses and Canon made lenses will not have this problem. This lens would only work for someone shooting EOS film cameras with no intention of "upgrading" their system to digital Canon cameras in the future.

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I have a Quantaray D2-RZ and i can't figure out how to get it open to put film in it can someone help me?

Pull up on the rewind knob and the back will pop open. The camera takes standard 35mm film.

I'm not sure, but I believe the D2-RZ is basically a rebranded Topcon RE200. If so, then this manual should help.

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How to use it

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Mar 04, 2011 | Quantaray Dakota RZ-2000 35mm SLR Camera

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What shutter speed should be used when using a flash?

According to the manual it should be 1/125 or lower (1/60, 1/30, etc).

Feb 17, 2011 | Quantaray Dakota RZ-2000 35mm SLR Camera

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Someone gave me a dakota rz-2000 and I have no idea how to even get the film out or how to use it. Im lookin to find a printable manual online...please help!!!

You can download and print your camera manual, at not cost, by following the link below. The original poster has requested a donation of $3, but that's entirely up to you.

Nov 23, 2010 | Quantaray Dakota RZ-2000 35mm SLR Camera

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What type of film would I use for a dakota rz 2000 35mm ? And do you think that its worth 80 dollars?

The camera itself uses standard 35mm film. You choose the "film speed" according to what you intend to use the camera for, but ISO200 is easy to obtain and good for most things.

The Dakota RZ-2000 is simply awful. It's a very cheaply made design and suffers from really poor build quality and has dreadful, image-blurring and very noisy mirror slap. Th lenses it was originally supplied with were also of inferior quality. I personally wouldn't buy it at any price, but it's certainly not worth $80 when better quality, major name (but older) 35mm models are now effectively often worthless and can be obtained for nothing on FreeCycle and Freegle. I get all of my 35mm equipment from there. Recently I've even had perfect, boxed and near-unused Nikon and Canon Autofocus models, but I personally prefer the older manual focus SLR's such as the excellent Olympus OM1n.

Sep 22, 2010 | Quantaray Dakota RZ-2000 35mm SLR Camera

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I don't know if i broke my camera or not. The film advanced lever felt stuck, so I kept pushing it and it finally loosened up, well now it won't advance or do anything. Can some one please tell me how to...

In short, yes. The Quantaray Dakota RZ-2000 is an astoundingly poorly made SLR and most of the winder mechanism is of a poor-quality plastic. You have most likely stripped some internal gears or damaged them in some other way.

Unless your camera is under warranty, there is no other realistic option other than to throw it into the nearest recycling bin as spare parts just aren't available and any repairs will cost more than the camera is worth. If you have the original lens then it's also really not worth keeping unless you fancy using it for deliberate lo-fi shots like those currently in vogue with Lomo and Holga models.

It's not all doom and gloom though: almost any other 35mm SLR is far better made and capable of producing better results and they're easy to obtain for free as most are now virtually worthless. Just ask on your local FreeCycle or Freegle groups. You may have to invest in new batteries and possibly a replacement light seal and mirror buffer kit but they're fairly cheap and far cheaper than another Dakota. Just don't buy the seal kit until you have run a test film through the camera to check everything works correctly. Some late autofocus 35mm SLR's don't even need light seal kits.

Finally, bear in mind that if your camera is outside of its warranty then you have absolutely nothing to lose in trying to strip down and repair this camera yourself. There won't be any repair manuals or schematics in the public domain so you'll be on your own, but the best place to start looking for a fault is under the baseplate so remove that first. The top plate is trickier to remove though and usually needs special tools, so you're likely to break more of your camera if you remove it, but at least you'll gain experience and may still be able to find what went wrong originally. If you find any stripped gears you'll be very lucky if you can find anything to replace them, but you may just find that the fault has been due to a spring or lever becoming dislodged or a spring anchor post breaking off and if so you may be able to fabricate a suitable repair.

Good luck and I hope that you quickly locate a better camera for zilch.

Sep 14, 2010 | Quantaray Dakota RZ-2000 35mm SLR Camera

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What flash could you use with quantaray Dakota RZ-2000 35mm SLR camera?

It's a completely manual SLR so you can use just about any standard flashgun. I think it even comes with a pc flash socket, so you can even use really old flashguns which were used when hotshoes were just plain accessory shoes and lacked any electrical contacts.

There's no point in buying a flash, you can get one for free on your local FreeCycle group. manually controlled flashes make you think a bit more as you have to relate the aperture and film speed to the distance of your subject (read the distance from the focussing ring on your lens), but there's always a calculation table printed onto the flash. Automatic exposure units just need you to set the aperture as directed on the flash and then the flash adjusts it's own output depending upon how much light gets reflected back from the subject, but they frequently make the wrong guess, so I prefer fully manual units.

Note that I haven't mentioned shutter speeds as they have no direct effect on flash exposures; all you need to do is to pick a shutter speed which ensures that both shutter curtains leave the film fully exposed at the moment of exposure. On most SLR's this will be 1/60th or slower, and if the shuuter spped dial has a speed with a letter X next to it, then that's the fastest shutter speed you can use with flash.

You need to choose the flash according to what you want it for. A small compact unit is lightweight and will still outperform any built-in flash but it might not give a wide enough coverage angle if you have a lens wider than, say, 35mm. Some flashes are designed to work at wider angles, sometimes via a clip on adapter, and others may have a zoom head which you adjust to match the focal length of your lens. There are big heavy duty hammerhead flashes and there are also small specialist ring flashes where the flash tube fits on the end of your lens to give very flat, even, shadowless lighting for close-up shots of small objects. They're a specialist item which few photographers ever need.

To help you to choose a flash you can look at it's quoted guide number (GN). This is usually quoted in metres but some are a bit backward and still use feet, normally because it makes the quoted number bigger and therefore makes the flash seem more powerful. The calculator chart on the flash will still normally use feet and metres though.

I hope that I've assisted you, please take a moment to rate my answer or add comments to ask for additional clarification if anything I've said has left you scratching your head.

So called "dedicated" flashes are unnecessary for your camera. They have additional electrical contacts which exchange data with the camera, but yours lacks the facilties to use them.

Mar 01, 2010 | Quantaray Dakota RZ-2000 35mm SLR Camera

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How to load film ?


just pull the rewind knob up.

Jan 28, 2009 | Quantaray Dakota RZ-2000 35mm SLR Camera

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It doesn't work with my digital camara

Some of the early Quantaray lenses, designed for the EOS film cameras, need to be upgraded by Quantaray. Contact your local Ritz Camera, or go to their support page online to find out if an upgrade chip is available for your particular lens, so it can be used with a digital EOS

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