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Bulk DIsposable Cameras

Has anyone bought disposable cameras for their guests' use during the reception or knows of someone who did this? If so where did you buy your cameras and how did it work out?

If you didn't do you know of anywhere that ships to Canada or is in Canada where I can get a decent price (hopefully not more than $3 ea.) I am not picky about colours or looks as long as it can be used both indoors and outdoors.

Thanks so much everyone!!!


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Feb. 7th, 2008 06:06 pm (UTC)
i'd recommend that you buy in bulk (cause cheaper) but don't buy the ones in "wedding" labels. they're generally recycled, which is great for the world, but there's a risk of light leaks, because they tape the enclosure back together.

Oct. 21st, 2009 08:46 pm (UTC)
This may help you guys
Check out this blog, it has helpful hints on how to use disposable cameras correctly.


Feb. 7th, 2008 06:08 pm (UTC)
Suggest pre-addressed blank cd/dvds for people to download their digital photos to and mail the disc back to you would garner a better/cheaper result than bulk disposables.
Feb. 7th, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
Feb. 7th, 2008 06:13 pm (UTC)
Everything I've read on here said it was a waste. Sure you might get a few nice pictures.. but the majority of the pictures weren't worth it. However if you get them cheap, it might be worth it. I agree about not buying the wedding themed ones. You can just buy the normal ones and not pay extra for the "pretty ones".

This place has some on sale for $1.85. Its a generic brand, but honestly I've used disposable cameras before and I haven't really noticed the difference except maybe the name brand ones have a better flash or something.

Easy Shot - Item #H73261
New (Not Recycled) 27 exposure, 200 speed, 35mm color film, built-in one-touch power flash, single use camera. Camera expiration date is 1/2010. Reg. $3.25 each. Sale ends 2/15/08.

Price $1.85

Feb. 7th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! I'll check it out.
Feb. 7th, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
These are on sale for $1.85 each, sale offer expires 2/15/08

These guys range in price from 1.99-5.99

Feb. 7th, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
The second website doesn't ship to Canada.
The first one does let me calculate shipping using a postal code instead of a zip code but no where does it say that is ships internationally. Do you think that it means that it will ship?
Feb. 7th, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
NVM I answered my own question.
Feb. 7th, 2008 06:29 pm (UTC)
I used to work in a photolab and became annoyed when the 'wedding cameras' came in. They always tend to be shit-disposable cameras, and the pictures were horrible. Sometimes you will only get 5 shots out of it...and you will still have to pay the full developing fee

If you really want a disposable, be sure to go with 'top of the line' ones, ie. Kodak, Fuji. Cheap does not work in this situation (unless it is an outdoor wedding).

I really like the above idea of providing blank CD's/postage for guest's digital pics. But there is always emailing/facebook/photo group options as well.

But again, in all honesty, the whole disposable camera thing just doesn't really warrant the cost
Feb. 7th, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
I completely agree with this comment. I work part time in a drug store with a photo lab and I get so many complaints from customers who come in with gobs of disposable cameras that they use for special events who get angry because the photos didn't come out or if they did they were really poor quality. Plus, on average, a 24 exposure disposable to get developed is going to run you at least $5.00 a pop give or take. So you have to consider that cost too in dealing with the disposables. Just my two cents!
Feb. 7th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the your input!
Feb. 7th, 2008 07:18 pm (UTC)
Let me ask this. I was considering doing the disposable cameras, just to get some other photos other than my professional ones. My idea was not to get them developed into actual pictures, but to just get them developed to CD images. I think that the people at the Wal-mart photo lab told my fiancé we could do that...do you ever have people do that? If I do that, then I could see if there were actually any good pictures and have them printed if I really wanted to.
Feb. 7th, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC)
Disposable Cameras
Oh definitely but remember you still have to pay for the film to be processed so the charge still applies. Hopefully you might get some shots that are worth it and of course once you have the CD you can make copies of just the photos you like as opposed to the crappy ones.

Also, don't forget to check the expiration date on the cameras. That will help too!
Feb. 7th, 2008 10:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Disposable Cameras
So you'd still have to pay the $6.98 or whatever it is to get it developed, even if you didn't have any prints made? Plus the CD charge?
Feb. 8th, 2008 02:29 am (UTC)
Re: Disposable Cameras
Yes...the film still has to be developed to get it on the CD so you have to pay the developing fee.
Feb. 8th, 2008 02:47 am (UTC)
Re: Disposable Cameras
Well, that stinks!! I didn't understand it that way. Maybe I'll skip that idea, then...
Feb. 7th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
The more people answer, the more I think that it is a waste of time! Thanks for your input.
Feb. 7th, 2008 10:50 pm (UTC)
I am actually glad you posted this. I was considering them, but I had suspicions that there would be crappy pictures. The responses from everyone in here has cemented that. I think I might just set up a picasa account for my guest to use to upload their pictures.
Feb. 7th, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
Well.... Everyone (ok most people) have digital cameras these days, so do you think most people will use them? That's what I thought about when deciding for/against disposable cameras.
Feb. 7th, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
I've heard that that type of thing is overrated, and a waste of time/money. The pictures (generally) don't turn out well and sometimes they aren't used at all (bc of digital cameras, etc)
Feb. 7th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
Disposables take the shoddiest pictures: the cases are reused many times, and each time they are used, they are less light-tight than before. What this means for you: crappy, grainy, badly-exposed pictures.

Save the cash and ask your guests to bring their digitals and share the images on flickr.
Feb. 7th, 2008 07:56 pm (UTC)
I don't recommend the disposables either. They take HORRIBLE photos, and then after that, YOU have to pay for all the developing and printing. Hire a good wedding photographer, and you'll have no need for disposables. (They are especially bad around children and drunk people!)
Feb. 7th, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC)
i used them, and i would love to say that i was pleased with the results but i wasn't
the cameras were fuji, from afterhours-so they should have been good quality, but- out of 12 cameras with 24 pictures a piece i think we ended up being able to use 15 pictures for our album
the pictures that we got were definitely fun, but i dont know that it was worth the time and money ::shrug::
Feb. 8th, 2008 03:49 am (UTC)
I considered disposables but instead I decided to go with creating a Photobucket account specifically for people to upload their digital wedding photos to so that we can have them. I'm going to send out this card with the invitations, as well as tying it to the favors or programs, still undecided about that.
Feb. 8th, 2008 04:34 am (UTC)
The only one to ever prove good for me was the Kodak Gold expensive disposables...
Well, I have heard bad things about the disposable cameras (and as a bit of a shutterbug myself, I must say even the "regular" disposables have a habit of sucking muchly), which you have now heard yourself, of course :). something I heard of that might work instead though is a place that lets you rent digital cameras...not sure of costs or anything though...it was just something that I saw advertised in one of my multitude of wedding magazines...I shall try to find it if I can =^_^=
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