Monday, May 20, 2019

Mobile Photography, Extended Exposure Images

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Mobile Photography, Extended Exposure Images

'Taking the cue with the camera phone held steady as can be for extended exposure image captures'

I do a variety of photography genres for this blog using an assortment of digital and film cameras and lenses that I have in my collection. The range of paraphernalia includes, interestingly, a circa 2011 candy-bar Nokia Asha 300 feature phone which came with a fixed-focus 5MP rear-facing camera which is a kind of favorite of mine right now.

Nokia Asha 300
What I like most about the 5MP camera on the Nokia 300 are images that are tone-perfect bright daylight images that are sharp, crisp and clear which never fails to impress.

Half of the anticipation of using the camera comes from the fact that the best way to use the camera is to shoot on a guesstimate arms-away image framing stance.

The Nokia 300 has a 2.4-inch screen which you can see hardly see from in bright outside light, which this reduces the ability to frame the image on the screen to almost zero. There is nothing you can do to adjust any settings on the camera either. The best you can do is to hold the camera straight ahead, above your head, or any other way you want to hold it and press the shutter away.

As I carry the camera around almost everywhere I go, the urge to capture images that are constant, lingering, and sometimes repetitive especially for low-light or night shot. For these shots, I try to hold the camera steady for a while longer so that the extended exposure time the camera is capable off is fully utilized.

No, I won't even term these images as long-exposure shots, even if they really are. To me, these are just images from an extended exposure photography outing with a handheld candy-bar feature phone camera, the Nokia Asha 300. Images were post-processed on Olympus Workspace and print sharpened on Google NIK Sharpener Pro3.


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Monday, May 13, 2019

Analog Diary, Fuji Cardia Travel Mini Dual-P

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Analog Diary, Fuji Cardia Travel Mini Dual-P

'When it comes to images and features, the Fuji Cardia Travel Mini Dual-P is not as petite as it seems to be'

The Fuji Cardia Travel Mini Dual-P, taking the claim that it was the smallest and lightest full or panorama frame 35mm AF camera when it was first launched, is not actually that petite as it seems. It is big when it comes to features and functionalities.

First launched in 1990, the Cardia Travel Mini Dual-P is part of the very successful Cardia series of cameras manufactured by Fujifilm.

The same model was marketed as Discovery Mini Dual Date in the USA and it was not fitted with the panorama feature.

The Cardia Travel Mini Dual P is a dual lens camera. It comes fitted with a 28/45mm F3.5/6.6 Fujinon lens system. The 28mm wide-angle end will bring you right into places and city streets, among the crowd and tall buildings, and the crisscrosses of light and shadows.

The 45mm standard is equally sharp and will take care of people and portraits, group portraits, and photo features. The changeover from one focal length to the other is by a switch on the top plane of the camera, and this is reflected in the viewfinder as well.


Film loading is drop-in, where the back is hinged to open just wide enough for the film canister and film tab to be slid into the opening. Film transport is pre-wind, and the exposed frames are wound back into the film canister as the shots are taken.

A couple of idiosyncrasies you have to adapt to is the panorama switch is located within the film box area of the camera, meaning that panorama is pre-set for the whole roll of film. The camera needs two batteries to run, a CR123A in the battery chamber and a CR2025 3-volt button cell located under the metal film leader inside of the film back.

The Fuji Cardia Travel Mini Dual-P also has an auto power-off switch which turns the camera off after 3 minutes of inactivity.


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Monday, May 6, 2019

Analog Diary, Sigma Zoom Gamma 21-35mm F3.5~4

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Analog Diary, Sigma Zoom Gamma 21-35mm F3.5~4

'Five frames with the super wide-angle Sigma Zoom Gamma 21-35mm F3.5~4 lens.'

The Sigma Zoom Gamma 21-35mm F3.5~4 is quite a remarkable lens, with good image quality, and a zoom range that is hard to replicate or replace. The lens was launched by Sigma in 1979, as the world's first wide-angle zoom lens.

Sigma Zoom Gamma 21-35mm F3.5~4
The lens is a solid all-metal and glass construction, with 12 elements in 12 groups, 105mm in length, weighs 450 grams, comes with a non-rotating front element, takes 67mm filters, and has a built-in floral pattern hood.

The compact form factor is easy and comfortable in the hands, and on the Olympus OM-2S (the unit I was using came with an Olympus OM-mount), the camera and lens combo was a perfect fit in terms of weight and balance.

Focus, zoom, and aperture rings are conveniently located for fast handling. Focus throw is a short 90 degrees. Talk about built quality, the rings on my unit are still super smooth as if it was still new.

I also did an earlier post with the lens mounted on the digital Pen E-P5, which includes images shot at various focal range equivalents, but felt that the equation is not complete without a similar post with the lens mounted on what it was originally designed and produced for, an SLR film camera.

Olympus OM-2S, Sigma Zoom Gamma 21-35mm F3.5~4

This session here was down at the park, on a hazy day, with shots mainly of the landscape. The images, as you can see, turned out to be sharp, clear, and was better than expected. They were shot on a roll of expired Fujifilm Superia 200, post-processed on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) and print sharpened on Google NIK Sharpener Pro3.

EndNote: For those who are interested in a bit of technicality and an approach towards rectifying the 'fix' of the infinity focus problem of the Sigma Gamma, please visit the site here.


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Monday, April 29, 2019

Mobile Photography, Two Crops

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Mobile Photography, Two Crops

'Images with the Nokia Asha 300'

A couple of crops shot on the 5M rear camera of the Nokia Asha 300, posted here at full resolution.

Nokia Asha 300The top image was cropped to 16:9 from its original 4:3 aspect landscape format, and the second at 1:3 from the original 3:4 portrait format. Both images are posted at their full resolution.

I am having a lot of fun totting the zero-cost candy bar sized feature phone around. Picked the phone out of storage a while back, found it to be working good, and I have used it since.

The camera is a pure point-and-shoot affair, nothing more than that, but with images from the fixed focus lens that are sharp and clear and do not need much to be done n post-processing. Have fun!


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Monday, April 22, 2019

Analog Diary, Fuji K-28

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Analog Diary, Fuji K-28

'An outing with the Fuji K-28, a 35mm film camera developed and marketed for the construction industry'

The Fuji K-28, a waterproof and dust/dirtproof viewfinder 35mm film camera, designed and marketed for the construction industry, may actually be just the right candidate even for the streets aside for it being a constant companion on your off-road adventures.

Fuji K-28
No matter whether it is raining or snowing, or a splash of mud and grime, the K-28 will be able to take it all, with sharp and clear images as can be seen from the images posted.

The Fuji K-28 is a manual camera though, not autofocus like the Konica Genba Kantoku, or Fuji Work Record OP, and comes with a plain viewfinder, manual film advance, zone focusing, built-in electronic flash, and the icing on the cake, a sealed Fujinon 28mm F3.9 lens.

The lens is 5 elements in 5 groups construction, with a minimum focus of 75cm to infinity, The automatic exposure system recognizes film sensitivities from ASA 100 to 400 ASA, and image capture is aperture controlled as the camera runs only on a single shutter speed of 1/100 second and a pair of AA batteries to operate the shutter and power the flash.

Fuji K-28

With knobs and knurls developed and designed for people wearing working gloves, the focusing thumb-wheel, the flashgun on/off lever, the film advance lever, the rewind crank, and shutter release button are all there, complete with a shutter release lock switch to prevent accidental exposures.

The film back is also opened with a press to release button and film loading is the standard sprocket fit. With its purpose-built design, the Fuji K-28 might not be as compact as you want it to be. Its fair size may need to occupy a section of its own when carried in a backpack or camera bag.


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Monday, April 15, 2019

Analog Diary, Sigma 28-105mm F3.8~5.6 UC III Aspherical IF

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Analog Diary, Sigma 28-105mm F3.8~5.6 UC III Aspherical IF

'A trip downtown with the Pentax MZ-7 and Sigma 28-105mm F3.8~5.6 UC III Aspherical IF zoom'

The Sigma 28-105mm F3.8~5.6 UC III Aspherical IF, a followup of its predecessors the UC and UC II, is another zoom that I can use on the Pentax MZ-7 that I have. The lens too, came attached to another camera body that I bought online.

Pentax MZ-7, Sigma 28-105mm F3.8~5.6 UC III Aspherical IF
The lens, an upgrade of the previous versions, is of a new lightweight design. This includes the use of aspherical optics and new mechanical construction.

The internal focusing system and a non-rotating front barrel for convenient filter use of the previous version are, however, retained.

This compact and lightweight lens, with excellent imaging capability and is easy to use, is rated highly by reviewers which I tend to agree with.

A bit on the negative is the focus ring of the lens, though fast when used manually, is rather loose and sloppy.

Pentax MZ-7, Sigma 28-105mm F3.8~5.6 UC III Aspherical IF

Images were shot on a roll of recently expires Fuji Superia 200, scanned at 2400 bits, and was post-processed on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3), with final print sharpening on Google NIK Sharpener Pro 3.


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Monday, April 8, 2019

Mobile Photography, A Cinematic Sunday

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Mobile Photography, A Cinematic Sunday

'A day out with the discontinued Nokia Asha 300, and cinematic crop images'

No, I am not into movie-making here, just the fun of having a few images cropped to the 2.4:1 cinematic image aspect ratio and a visual storyboard of a Sunday outing with the Nokia Asha 300, the camera phone I have been regularly using for the past few months.

The 2.4:1 cinematic image aspect ratio or anamorphic format is a cinematography technique that shoots a widescreen picture on standard 35 mm film or other visual recording media with a non-widescreen native aspect ratio.

When projected, the 'distorted' images are again stretched an anamorphic projection lens to recreate the original aspect ratio on the viewing screen.

While we do have mobile devices that are starting to use the 21:9 format, these images are not. They were shot on the Nokia Asha 300 at it's native 4:3 image aspect ratio, post-processed and cropped to the 2.4:1 image aspect on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3). Final print sharpening was done on Google NIK Sharpener Pro3.


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Monday, April 1, 2019

Analog Diary, SMC Pentax-FA 28-80mm F3.5-5.6

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Analog Diary, SMC Pentax-FA 28-80mm F3.5-5.6

'A street shoot outing with the Pentax ZX-7 and SMC Pentax-FA 28-80mm F3.5-5.6'

The SMC Pentax-FA 28-80mm F3.5-5.6, a zoom lens introduced as a kit lens to the MZ series of Pentax AF SLRs. The lens is available in both silver and black. Though plastic bodied, came with a metal mount that fits the camera nice and snug.

Pentaz ZX-7, SMC Pentax-FA 28-80mm F3.5-5.6
The lens is solid enough for a kit lens, and has a zoom ring that is fairly smooth and not too sticky, rather stiffer around the 28mm and 80mm ranges, and has a front element that wobbles a bit.

Getting the best of the lens means looking for the 'sweet spot', which should be around f/11 at its wide end, and at f/5.6 at the long end.

Low cost and easy to find, and mostly comes included with an MZ/ZX type SLR often listed on the auction sites, the lens should do well as a beginner or backup lens, though it might not end up as a keeper.

Pentaz ZX-7, SMC Pentax-FA 28-80mm F3.5-5.6

Images were shot on a roll of recently expires Fuji Superia 200, scanned at 2400 bits, and was post-processed on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3), with final print sharpening on Google NIK Sharpener Pro 3.


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