Monday, December 31, 2018

Noise, Speed and All

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Nokia Asha 300

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Noise, Speed and All

'Five frames with the Nokia Asha 300, taking the camera phone for a night shoot, will the images appeal to you?'

My previous post, the Evening Groove, got me excited at the possibility of using the Nokia Asha 300 again as the camera for my Mobile Photography posts. Images from the point-and-shoot 5MP rear-facing camera of the candy-bar feature phone are very much more than what I was getting on my current mobile. A totally unexpected exposure for me, with challenges and opportunities to look forward to.

Nokia Asha 300
The Nokia Asha 300, a 2011 vintage feature phone, comes with a 240x360 pixel 2.4-inch non-adjustable resistive touchscreen, just big enough to be used as a framing screen rather than for viewing composition details.

In bright external lighting conditions, images on the screen are all but impossible to see.

Image resolution from the fixed focus F2.4 lens is 2592 x 1944 pixels, the phone has 140MB of internal storage which can store up to a maximum of 112 JPEG images, and the camera does not come with a flash.

Reviews of the phone and camera are, of course, a mixed lot. Most, however, concur that the camera is capable of taking decent pictures in bright daylight but is rather noisy in low-light situations. Grain, as they say, is to the film photographer while noise is not, to the digital photographer.

Admittedly, the night shoot session turned out rather well for me. With the noise, limited ISO and shutter speed capabilities of the camera, I was quite happy to see how images turned out. And again, with the aid of a few edits in post-processing, I couldn't ask for more.


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Monday, December 24, 2018

The Ride #II, Konica Big Mini Jr. BM-20

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The Ride #II, Konica Big Mini Jr. BM-20

'Analog Diary - Five frames ride down the LRT (Light Rail Transport) with a Konica Big Mini Jr. BM-20 and a roll of expired Kodakcolor 200'

Another roll of expired film, and another ride on the Light Rail Transport (LRT) from the downtown central station to my stop. This was the day I went down to do the street shoot of the Divali (Deepavali) Street Bazaar, which I posted about recently. The camera that I took along for the outing was the Konica Big Mini Jr. BM-20.

Konica Big Mini Jr. BM-20
By itself, the BM-20 is a stylish black (or red) box with rounded corners and has a rectangular patch for a lens housing that extends out of the body slightly when it is powered on.

It is small and light enough to fit in the palm of your hand or in your pants pocket, with a wide-angle 34mm F3.5 lens that should take in the vistas and perspectives probably better than most mobile camera lenses.

A 35mm focal length lens, if yours is a prime mounted on your SLR, will lend itself quite nicely to the hyperfocal distance and zone focusing technique for street photography, as the wider the lens the broader the depth of field it offers at any given aperture. Its no difference on the automatic AF BM-20 either, rolling landscapes and urbanscape vistas are poster perfect scenes.

Konica Big Mini Jr. BM-20

A small quirk for the BM-20 and a whole range of other make cameras that were produced during the time period is the auto flash that is persistent at even the slightest indication of underexposure. Against the very bright external ambiance as seen from the front carriage of these shots, however, the flash on the camera was rather well behaved.


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Monday, December 17, 2018

Digital Moments, Yashica ML 35mm F2.8

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Digital Moments, Yashica ML 35mm F2.8

'Five frames with the manual focus Yashica ML 35mm F2.8 legacy lens mounted on the Olympus E-P5'

The Yashica ML 35mm F2.8, which can be a rare find among the selection of Yashica ML lenses, a series of multicoated pro-line lenses developed and produced by Yashica (Kyocera). This series was designed to fill the gap between Yashica's own consumer-grade DSB lens line and the state-of-the-art Contax/Yashica Zeiss T*, all of which were built at their manufacturing facility in Japan.

Olympus E-P5, Yashica ML 35mm F2.8

The series is also acknowledged as excellent performers, even at wide-open aperture when adapted to crop-sensor digital bodies. Looks like the ML 35mm F2.8 as well, as can be seen from these images posted here, is no exception.

To top off the accolades, this unit is sometimes referred to as the 'poor man's Zeiss', and in passing, is compared equally or even better than the Distagons.

From what is available on the Net, while there is not too much of it, the ML 35mm F2.8 was produced in two versions, an earlier version with 7-elements in 6-groups, identified by the diamond knobs on its rubber grip, and a later with 6-elements in 5-groups which comes with square knobs.

An anomaly I found is with the copy of the lens that I have. The lens has a fairly large pin protruding out of the backplate of the lens mount assembly.

This configuration will not let me mount the lens to either the Yashica FX-3 Super 2000 or a Contax RTS II, both of which I have in my collection. The lens, however, can be mounted to the M4/3 FX/CY adapter without any problem.

Does this mean that this is another or an earlier version of the lens, and was it meant to be mounted on another camera model? Any help here is welcome folks. Thank you.


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Monday, December 10, 2018

Evening Groove

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Nokia Asha 300

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'Five frames on a beautiful evening with the Nokia Asha 300, catching the golden hour'

Continuing where I left off with the On A Bright Sunny Day post, which was with images recorded way back with the Nokia Asha 300. The phone, out of the storage bin, powers up nice and steady with its camera working just as fine.

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Using the camera on the phone is a delight, straight and simple. Being a pure point-and-shoot, all you have to do is to frame the image and press the shutter, there was nothing to set or adjust.

And for the acid test, it was just out on the front porch, on a most beautiful and lovely evening.

While the sun was already down, the ambiance of its red-golden glow still lights up the sky, and coupled with the effect of domestic lighting and the street lights which was already turned on, the moments were truly a photographer's delight.

The images, sharp and clear and with the cool contrast rendering, were quite beyond the expectation, and I was not disappointed.

Basic post-processing was done on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) with non-destructive cursory edits in Auto Tone Correction, Tone Curve, Brightness & Contrast edit, and Unsharp Mask. Final print sharpening was on Google NIK Sharpener Pro 3.


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Monday, December 3, 2018

Sea of Yellow and Red, Konica Big Mini Jr. BM-20

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'Street Photography - Five frames with the Konica Big Mini Jr. BM-20 and  a roll of expired Kodakcolor 200 film'


I came across a roll of expired Kodakcolor 200 negative film in one of my camera shipments recently and wondered how the images will look like once the film has been exposed and developed. Just as well, I also have a Konica Big Mini Jr. BM-20, a fully automatic AF film camera, in my collection, and decided to match the two for a street walk.

Konica Big Mini Jr. BM-20
The Konica Big Mini Jr. BM-20 is one of the models of the Konica Big Mini series, an iconic low-priced series of point-and-shoot fully automatic autofocus (AF) 35mm film cameras produced by Konica in the early 1990s.

The Big Mini models set itself apart from other makes of the same genre with a fantastic range of F3.5 Konica lenses that is renowned to be very sharp with excellent contrast rendering. The BM-20 has a 34mm F3.5 lens.

A 34mm lens (almost the 35mm that many street photographers talk about) is also the focal length for street photography. It is a nice compromise between a nifty-fifty which street photographers may find a bit tight, and the wideness of the 28mm which sometimes calls for a fair amount of cropping. Just as well, the lens is just about perfect for both a cramped narrow street shot or the landscaped vista.

Going by specs I found for other models, the BM-20 may include an automatic shutter speed range of 1/80 to 1/250 second, and lens aperture opening of F3.5 to F16 (not verified). My unit, however, came with a dead LCD panel which was located on the left of the top plate. I can only assume that the panel is for the film counter and whatever else it is supposed to have.

Konica Big Mini Jr. BM-20

The location of the shoot, as I mentioned in the sub-head, is the Divali (Deepavali) Street Bazaar down in Little India, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur. It was early in the day when I was there, most of the stalls were just starting to operate and shoppers are still far and few in between, except for this flowers and carnation alley, which was already decked with seas of yellow and red garlands, and a string of shoppers crowding through.


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