Monday, December 3, 2018

Analog Diary, Sea of Yellow and Red

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Konica Big Mini Jr. BM-20

Analog Diary, Sea of Yellow and Red

'At the Devali (Deepavali) Street Bazaar 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 shipment 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.


Resource Links:
Konica Big Mini: Experiencing Closeness From A Distance
Lomography - Lomopedia: Konica Big Mini

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