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Monday, October 29, 2018

Nokia Asha 300, Mobile Photography, The Classic

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Image making with a vintage candy-bar Nokia Asha 300, looking up the archive for images worth presenting.
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I wasn't too happy at all with the images from an early outing with the Nokia 3.1, which came with a camera, as they say, is just another run-of-the-mill product with not much more to add to it. Though the camera's HDR function may help to boost the dynamic range and contrast, and give you slightly better images, let alone be I rather leave it aside for the moment.

Nokia Asha 300
Nokia Asha 300

Luck was with me as I came across a selection of images that were previously recorded on the Nokia Asha 300, a candy-bar cellular phone model introduced way back in 2011, which I was using then.

Small and diminutive when compared to today's smartphones, the cell is really compact and it sits comfortably in your hands. This may prove, however, to be a bit of a trifle when used as a camera with your fingers fumbling all over the camera control interface. On image capture, the Nokia Asha 300 came with a 5MP fixed-focus rear camera, capturing images with a maximum resolution of 2592 x 1944.

These initial groups of images, which I referred to as 'classic', not for any reason at all, were from around the office where I was previously working. While the first image is a good example of the capability of the camera, the others are a bit muddled up as they have been edited and re-edited again away from their original pixel size.

I did, however, find more images in the archive, including a small batch of images that are quite beyond what I had expected. Surprisingly, these include a batch of pretty sharp and clear images, with a good color rendition, which I will polish up and post in the next post of the Mobile Photography series.


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Monday, October 22, 2018

Olympus XA4 Macro, The Ladies Are All Smiles

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Analog Diary, film photography favorites, image making with an Olympus XA4 Macro, at the Ramadan Bazaar, the lull before the crowd.
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I am still following up on the images of Squaring the 28mm which was posted way back over a year ago, and the more recent All Set and Ready. The scene was at the Ramadan Bazaar and the camera was, of course, the Olympus XA4 Macro. The images sort of grew me as I went through them repeatedly, and it all seems fitting with the square 1:1 image aspect ratio that I am posting them in.

The Olympus XA4 Macro, as you know it, came fitted with a Zuiko 28mm F3.5 lens, which is about the best, and is a highly recommended focal length for street photography. Considered a wide-angle lens, using a 28mm lens means that you have to get in close to the subject, or go for the scenery, which is not always the best solution.

Olympus XA4 Macro
Olympus XA4 Macro

Cropping the images back to the square, while removing the superfluous, ones helps to simplify the composition. You can also do away with the 'rule-of-thirds,' and with extraneous elements removed, and adjusting the frame to capture only the strongest elements of the image, you might end up with an image worth presenting.

Elements that are prominent in the square format are shapes and lines. Shapes, unlike in the one-third rule, can be placed centrally in the composition, while triangulated lines make the composition stronger as they pull the viewer’s eye through the frame. With the 28mm lens, getting good bokeh shots is naturally out of the question, and you may also get stumped when going for a balanced composition.



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Monday, October 15, 2018

Canon nFD 28mm 1:2.8, Lens Test, In the Garden

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Legacy Lens Test: Image making with a Canon FD 28mm 1:1.8, in the garden.
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One of the options of having the equivalent of a 'nifty-fifty on a 2x crop sensor Micro 4/3 digital camera, is to mount the camera with a manual focus lens with a focal length of 28mm. This setup will give you a lens with the equivalent focal length of 56mm, which is slightly longer than what a true 50mm prime will give you. You might, on the other hand, try the option with an ultra-wide 24mm lens, which makes it the equivalent of a 48mm lens, but like you, these ultra-wides could cost you much more to acquire.

One good example of a 28mm 1:1.8 manual focus lens, appreciated and acknowledged because of its exceptional quality performance, is the Canon (new) FD 28mm 1:1.8. the last and most popular among Canon's FD 28mm lenses.

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Olympus E-P5, Canon nFD 28mm 1:1.8

The lens is very compact, with plenty of plastic parts, measures 40mm overall, a lightweight at 170 grams, and is the second lightest among the FD lenses. The lens takes 52mm filters, and unique with these 7 elements in 7-groups is that the lens has two convex front elements incorporated into the design as elements to reduce spherical aberration.

,p>If you are like me, as some of you might have noticed, I shoot both analog and digital. Having a lens that can be used both on a digital (Olympus E-P5 with adapter) and analog (Canon 35mm SLRs) is always a cost-saving, with the added advantage that I also have a lens with 2 effective focal lengths. On the E-P5, the lens is almost a perfect 'nifty-fifty, and on Canon's A-series 35mm SLRs, it is the perfect wide-angle lens.

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Monday, October 8, 2018

HMD Nokia 3.1, Mobile Photography, Starting Afresh

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Image making with an HMD Nokia 3.1, starting afresh and hoping for the best.
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I ended up downgrading from my old and beaten-up Nokia Lumia 720 to the consumer-grade Nokia 3.1. As the reviewers put it, there's nothing great about this run-of-the-mill model. Rather slow and sluggish, it falls short of what the competition has to offer, camera and all. The default 13MP resolution of the F2 AF camera setup is only for taking photos in the 4:3 aspect ratio. Change the setup to a 16:9 or 18:9 image aspect ratio and the effective megapixel count goes down to 8MP.

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HMD Nokia 3.1

The camera itself is a straight and simple affair, with an interface with the shutter release at the bottom of the viewing screen, a switch to video mode next to it, and a shortcut to the gallery on the other side. On the top is a tiny mode selector that gives you the option to choose Regular photo, Panorama, or (very basic) Manual mode, and toggles for Beauty, Self-Time, HDR, Flash, and Selfie switch modes.

In retrospect, the image capture ratio does not matter much really, as I am now doing a lot more images in the square 1:1 format. This means that I will be doing image cropping in-camera and with the available editing functions, I may be able to reduce the time spent on the desktop.

These early images are what I came up with leading to this post. They are not at their best, with lots of room for improvement.


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Monday, October 1, 2018

Olympus XA4 Macro, Analog Diary, All Set and Ready

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Film photography favorites, image making with an Olympus XA4 Macro, waiting for the crowd, all set and ready at the Ramadan Bazaar.
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A long time coming, this belated post should have been posted much earlier and not too long after the initial Analog Diary: Squaring the 28mm, Olympus XA4 post. Images were from the same bazaar environment, with this post focussing on the pairs or individuals who were setting their stalls up ready for the crowd that was due. While these images show that the crews are only of the male gender, they are not necessarily so.

Different from the original Olympus XA, the only true rangefinder camera of the series, the Olympus XA4 Macro is fitted with a wide-angle 28mm F3.5 lens with close focus capability, thus the Macro designation, which is at 0.3 meters (12 inches).

Olympus XA4 Macro
Olympus XA4 Macro

Standard with the camera is a lanyard cord that can be used to measure this distance. Flash units are optional between the A11 of the A16 which use 2xAA batteries instead of one as found on the A11.

Keep the notion of the macro mode aside and you will find that the XA4 is a great street shooter as well. Though the lens, at F3.5, may be rather slow, the 28mm focal length lens is perfect for street photography.



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