So would the two early Gen X'ers find that their classic American staple tasted like a finely aged Bourbon or stale beer? Read on to find out!
Camera Models: Minolta Autopak 700 (ca 1966) and GAF Anscomatic 726 (ca 1969)
Similarities: Both are Japanese made 126 format auto-exposure rangefinders of early 1970's vintage with the capability of full manual control.
Differences: The GAF has a higher top speed (1/500) than the Minolta (1/250) and, from limited previous experience, is much more accomodating to use of 35mm film spooled into a 126 cartridge.
Film Shared: Expired Kodak Gold 200-126 expired in January 1992.
It was just last May when I first elected to pick up and use a camera in the favorite format of my mom: none other than 126 cartridge. Though it seemed my initial tries with this film and format encountered more challenges than conquests, I ultimately discovered a new love and respect for this largely forgotten film format, and some of the machines designed to utilize it. With cameras in 126 format available for next to nothing, I snapped up a small sampling of various "Instamatic" type cameras to get a better feel of all that the 126 format once was.