Monday, February 25, 2019

Analog Diary, An Outing With The Konica Z-up 28W

Analog Diary, An Outing With The Konica Z-up 28W
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Analog Diary, An Outing With The Konica Z-up 28W

'The autofocus Konica Z-up 28W, though not truly a real compact, is nevertheless a fun camera to use'

The autofocus Konica Z-up 28W is oversized for your pants pocket but will fit in your camera bag. It has a very useful 28-56mm F3.5~6.6 zoom lens which is protected by a built-in UV filter, a very quiet shutter and is one the fastest autofocus that I have used recently.

Konica Z-up 28W
The zoom functions through a push button on the top panel of the camera, one push of the button and the lens zoom out, and at its end of it, zoom back in.

While exposure is automatic, I do not even have an idea on the shutter speed range or what the aperture range of the lens is.

Camera mode selection, for Auto Flash, Flash On, Flash Off, Self-Timer with Flash On, Infinity Focus with Flash Off, and Macro Mode with Flash On is via a Mode selector button and the setting is displayed on the LCD panel of the shutter release button cluster.

A nice feature of the camera is the Snap mode, which sets the camera to a focal length of 28mm a focal distance at 2.75 meters, and film advance to two frames per second. When the Snap mode is coupled with the Self-Timer with Flash On mode, the Z-up 28W will set the shutter off twice, first after a ten-second delay, and the next three seconds later.

Konica Z-up 28W

Images were post-processed on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3), and final print sharpening was done on Google NIK Sharpener Pro3.


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Monday, February 18, 2019

Digital Moments, E.Zuiko Auto-T 100mm F3.5

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Digital Moments, E.Zuiko Auto-T 100mm F3.5

'A quick outing with the manual focus Olympus F.Zuiko Auto-S 38mm F1.8 legacy lens mounted on the Olympus E-P5'


The E.Zuiko Auto-T 100mm F3.5, another lens from the series produced for the Olympus Pen F/FT Half-frame Camera System of the 1960's, is as an outstanding lens as portrayed on a series of web pages including an image series by kuuan on Flickr, a discussion of MFlenses, a showcase thread on Mu-43.com, and a discussion thread on Fuji-X forum.

Olympus E-P5, E.Zuiko Auto-T 100mm F3.5
My well-used and slightly battered copy of the E.Zuiko Auto-T 100mm F3.5 is, however, far from perfect. It has a thin layer of fungal infection across one of its inner elements, and although the aperture ring is soft and smooth, the focusing ring is rather stiff.

This makes using the lens on my Olympus Pen E-P5 a two-handed operation, making things rather slow and slightly awkward. Images too, unsharp with slightly low contrast, were not at their best.

A good copy of the lens, with clean and clear glass, and smooth rings will probably do you wonders.

At 100mm focal length, the lens will be the equivalent of a 200mm lens on the 2x crop-sensor Olympus E-P5, long enough to put the lens into the medium telephoto category, good for closed sports or action shorts. Bright ambient light should give you the shutter speed you need, recommended at 1/200 second minimum, to shoot with the lens handheld.

Olympus E-P5, E.Zuiko Auto-T 100mm F3.5

An advantage you have with these cute and compact Olympus Pen F/FT lenses is the need of a lens adapter which is very shallow. On the E-P5, the whole extension, including the lens hood is only 115mm long.

Note: Images were post-processed (and enhanced) on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) and print sharpened on Google NIK Sharpener Pro 3.


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Monday, February 11, 2019

Mobile Photography, City Edge Sunrise

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Nokia Asha 300

Mobile Photography, City Edge Sunrise

'Early in the morning, when the air is quiet as a still, and as the sun begins to flow over the city edge, space is all mine'


Following where I left off with A Morning Walk, City Edge Sunrise is just a few steps up the exit path to where the park is located. This is not the normal route I took, but as the quiet morning air and the glorious sunlit morning beckons me to the sights which I would normally shy away from, space is all mine.

Nokia Asha 300
It is all there, the stately stance of the apartment blocks glowing in the morning light, the rumble of a single service transporter on the way to an assignment, the sputter of the exhaust from a lone biker on his way out of the after a fill-up, and the glow of the sun as it floods over the horizon.

Remember it all, take it all in, and capture the images as you see them.

I only had the Nokia Asha 300 in my hands, and the ability to capture these scenes is the delight of the day. Images are sharp and crisp, colors are mid-tone neutral with a slight contrast, with morning color casts which are more bluish than the orange and red of evening colors. Without the aid of white balance adjustments on the camera, the images were glorious just as they are.

There is nothing to fault the camera with really. Learn to live with the idiosyncrasies of a 5MP camera that take ages to save its maximum resolution of 2592x1999 pixels, a 2.4-inch screen which you hardly see in bright outside light, arm forward composition and shooting style, saves up to 112 JPEG images, and you are in for a good and fun time.

On a more serious note, and while things can be done impromptu, photographing sunrises or at sunrise requires a little bit of planning. You might need to wake up earlier than normal, for example, to get to the shoot well before the sun rises. My outing at the park, and subsequently the walk along the city edge, was planned after a couple of days observing that the weather was holding and the mornings were bright and beautiful.


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Monday, February 4, 2019

Analog Diary, Canon Autoboy 3

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Analog Diary, Canon AutoBoy 3

'A trip downtown with the Canon Autoboy 3 (Sure Shot Supreme, Prima Top Shot), an ergonomically designed and fun to use AF compact 35mm film camera'


With it's sculptured shape and well-rounded ergonomic body design, the Canon Autoboy 3 (Sure Shot Supreme, Prima Top Shot), voted the European Camera of the Year 1986, is surely a sight to see and fun to use. The camera is even fitted with a tilting foot on the bottom plate which allows you to place the camera on a flat surface and tilt the camera upward to a maximum of 18 degrees upward.

The camera is an autofocus compact. In use, the Autoboy 3 takes care of focusing and exposure setting without you having to worry about anything, forwards the film frame and rewinds the film back into the canister at the end of the roll automatically.

All you have to do is to press the release button on the side of the lens opening to open the lens blind and powers up the camera, point, and shoot.

Images are fantastic, and what I like most about thm are the mid-tone neutral colors and good color correction. There is also the tinge of pseudo diorama effect with long focus images which have strong lines in the composition.

The Autoboy 3 does have its quirks too, one which I was not able to use was the Flash Off button which has to be pressed simultaneously as you are pressing the shutter release each and every time you want the flash not to fire. The tiny rubber button is recessed into a cutout on the bottom plate of the camera, and pressing it with other than your fingernail may seem futile.


Replacing the C235 Lithium battery pack, which is placed in a chamber with micro-screwed flap cover, located where the finger grip is, could also be a hassle. If you are not confident enough about changing the battery yourself, take the camera with you next time you are out to purchase a new battery and have the shop technician do it for you. As claimed in the instruction manual, the battery pack should last you about 5 years or 50 rolls of 24 exposure film.


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