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film speed for a basic camera

I enjoyed your camera hacker web site, especially the part about reloading disposable cameras. I always wondered how to open those cameras and whether reloading was practical.

Here's a question about a camera I obtained recently. It is an Ansco "Pix Flash", an inexpensive piont and shoot camera with built in flash. There is no motor drive and exposure is fixed, a very inexpensive but compact camera that is small enough to carry in a pocket. It looks comparable to a disposable camera in quality. I bought the camera at a garage sale. There is no manual and no indication on the camera as to what speed film to use. Ansco's web site shows a similar but newer model but still does not give a film speed. On the web site the shutter speed is given as 1/125 sec. F-stop isn't known but by comparing it with other lenses I would guess it is in the f8 to f11 range. Do you have any idea what film speed the manufacturer had in mind for this camera?

Thanks.

Harold Cheyney
Wed, 25 Oct 2000 13:48:24 -0400

Alot of the disposable cameras nowdays come with ISO 800 film. Comes out pretty good in a variety of lighting conditions.

Sebastian
Wed Mar 23 12:23:02 PST 2005

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