Monday, October 15, 2018

Mobile Photography: Starting Out, Nokia 3.1

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Starting Out, Nokia 3.1

'Mobile photography, testing out what the Nokia 3.1 has to offer in image capture and in-camera editing functionalities'

Nokia 3.1 Camera Interface
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 on 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 4:3 aspect ratio. Change the setup to 16:9 or 18:9 image aspect ratio and the effective megapixel count goes down to 8MP.

The camera itself is a straight and simple affair, 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 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 mode.

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 editing functions that are available, I may be able to reduce the time spent on the desktop.

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



Resource Links:

Tips for Mobile Photography for Beginners

Mobile photography basics and tips for anyone with a cell phone. Learn how to take professional pictures with these easy tricks. Taking pictures is a snap!

35 Mobile Photography Tips That'll Help You Take Much Better Smartphone Shots

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Digital Moments: E-P5 | Canon FD 28mm F2.8

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Canon FD 28mm F2.8

'Digital moments, a sampling of images with the Canon FD 28mm F2.8 mounted on the Olympus E-P5'

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 it, these ultra-wides could cost you much more to acquire.

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One good example of a 28mm F2.8 manual focus lens, appreciated and acknowledged because of its exceptional quality performance, is the Canon (new) FD 28mm F2.8. the last and most popular among Canon's FD 28mm lenses.

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 in a that this 7 elements in 7 groups lens have two convex front elements incorporated into the design as elements to reduce spherical aberration.

If you are like me, as some of you might have noticed, I shoot both in 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 an 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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Canon FD 28mm F/2.8 - Lens Review - Casual Photophile

For a lens to be remarkable it doesn't always have to be exceptionally gorgeous, have the highest specification, or cost as much as a small, used car. Sometimes the best lenses are modestly specced and modestly priced. These lenses quietly go about their business, never being lauded with high praise or photographed for Instagram camera-porn.

Canon FD 28mm f/2.8 Lens Review Sample Images

Review of the Canon FD 28mm f/2.8 lens with sample images

Monday, October 1, 2018

Analog Diary: All Set and Ready, Olympus XA4

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All Set and Ready

'Analog diary, down at the bazaar, all set and ready for the crowd rush with squared off images from the XA4'

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 in the midst of setting their stall 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 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).

Standard with the camera is a lanyard cord which can be used to measure this distance. Flash units are optional between the A11 of the A16 which uses 2xAA batteries instead on 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, maybe rather slow, the 28mm focal length lens is perfect for street photography, as you can follow with the resource links listed:


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28mm - The Perfect Lens for Street Photography?
Street Photography with a 28mm Lens

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