Monday, June 25, 2018

Mobile Photography, A Blast From The Past

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Nokia Asha 300

Mobile Photography:

A Blast From The Past

'Four frames with the Nokia Asha 300, looking back at images worth preserving'

It has been a while since I last used the candy-bar feature phone Nokia Asha 300. The phone comes with a fixed focus 5MP rear-facing camera, with no flash support. Images are at a resolution of up to 2592×1944 pixels.

Nokia Asha 300

I had a good time with both the phone and the camera, but alas, as time dictates, technology upgrades took the better of me.

On looking back, I can't really say no to the built-in camera as it has provided me with opportunities to grab these few shots, with hopefully more to come.


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Monday, June 18, 2018

Colors #I, Lumix DMC-FZ18

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18

Digital Moments:

Colors #I, Lumix DMC-FZ18

'Five frames with the Nokia Asha 300, looking back at images worth preserving'

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18 is available in both silver or black. While the black version may look more professional and business-like, mine was, however, in the elegant silver, acquired from the auction market where color was not the choice.

Lumix DMC-FZ18

The front plane of the camera is dominated by the aspherical Leica Vario Elmarit lens that has a killer 18x zoom range (504mm eq.) and a maximum opening of f/2.8. The lens has a 55mm thread on the outer casing for wide-angle or telephoto conversion attachments and a 46mm thread on the inner barrel for filters or polarizers.

A large rubberized handgrip complements the front of the camera. This makes it possible to use the camera single-handedly if you so wish, but in the case of sports or action photography or when using a longer zoom range, that might be the way to prevent camera shake. Powering up the camera takes about 1.7 seconds, which might be especially quick in certain circumstances.

Lumix DMC-FZ18

The DMC-FZ18 is light enough to carry anywhere and it rests naturally in the palm of your hand. Autofocus is fast and precise, and a bit slower at the longer focal length. Exposure is spot on most of the time with a slight tendency to underexposure if bright areas dominate the scene. The zoom lever, with its 41 intermediate steps, works very smoothly and it only takes 3 seconds to go from wide-angle to telephoto.

The Series:


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Monday, June 11, 2018

Digital Moments, Minolta MD Rokkor-X 50mm F1.7

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 Olympus E-P5, Minolta MD Rokkor-X 50mm F1.7

Digital Moments:

Minolta MD Rokkor-X 50mm F1.7

'Five frames with the Minolta MD Rokkor-X 50mm F1.7, straight, slanted, or crocked, its all the way up'

Views of the high-rise block from across the street, taken with the Minolta MD Rokkor-X 50mm F1.7 fitted to an E-P5, post-processed on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) with final print sharpening done on Google NIK Sharpener Pro 3.

Olympus Pen E-P5, Minolta MD Rokkor-X 50mm F1.7

I normally do a quick shoot session with the lenses I am testing and most of the time did not bother much about the setting on the camera, except that they are mostly taken with the lens aperture set wide open.

Olympus Pen E-P5, Minolta MD Rokkor-X 50mm F1.7

Historically, 'Rokkor-X' lenses are normally designated for the North American market, while the rest of the world gets the 'Rokkor' only version. Apart from these minor cosmetic differences, there is actually no difference between the Rokkor and Rokkor-X version of the same lens.


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Monday, June 4, 2018

Mobile Photography, Sun In Your Eyes #II

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Nokia Lumia 720

Mobile Photography:

Sun In Your Eyes #II

'Five frames with the Nokia Lumia 720, re-hatching images from color to black-and-white'

Did this session earlier, in color, which turned out to be quite spectacular. Now trying to see how well it goes in with post-processed black-and-white. I am looking at it as a learning process to gain a better understanding of the selection criteria of either doing images in color or black-and-white.


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