Last updated 23 December 1999
The QuickTake 200/DS-7 has a 5.7mm lens that's equivalent to a 38mm lens on a 35mm camera—a bit wide, but that's typical for a point and shoot camera. If you're looking for more variety in focal lengths, there are two accessory lenses available that I know about. Both are made by Raynox. One (Raynox model DSR-650) is labeled a .65x wideangle—that's equivalent to a 25mm lens on a 35mm camera—but from the sample images I've seen on David Dantowitz's site, it's really more of a fisheye—there's significant barrel distortion. However, David also has a spectacular QuickTime VR panorama that shows what can be achieved with this lens—take a look!
Raynox also makes a telephoto adaptor lens (model DSR-1500); it offers 1.5x magnification, which should bring the camera up to the equivalent of a 57mm lens—not exactly a long lens by normal photographic standards, but this should yield a more flattering perspective for portraiture. Philip Vieth found these at a small company called EDMA in Ontario, Canada. They have both lenses in stock for $69 each. But due to the current US/Canadian exchange rate, the cost in US dollars is only about $45! Look for DS-7 accessory lenses DSR-650 and DSR-1500 in their listing. Both lenses were designed for the Fuji camera, by the way, and require minor surgery to fit the Apple version, which has a slightly differently shaped logo. You can alter the lens clip, but a better route is to shave down the Apple logo a tad. That way you can use either lens without modification.Not satisfied with commercially available accessory lenses, Bret Harris went one step further: he made a simple modification to his QuickTake 200 that allows the use of any Series V filter or accessory lens. This opens up a whole range of creative possibilities! Bret describes his modification on his "QuickTime 200 Modifications" web page with a very well illustrated tutorial that shows how to add the filter adapter and exemplifies the kind of results you can get with it. Nice job, Bret!
If you have tips or suggestions about either of these two cameras, or if you've found any accessories I haven't mentioned here, send email to Andy Baird so I can put the information on this page.This website was made with a Macintosh.