Monday, February 25, 2019

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

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It was a bright and sunny mid-morning and the outing with the Konica Z-up 28W took off from the Masjid Jamek LRT station, along the bank of the Klang River down to the Masjid Jamek Lookout Point, across the bridge on Leboh Pasar Besar, up again along the opposite bank of the River of Life, a veer towards Dataran Merdeka up Jalan Raja to the junction of Jalan Tun Perak, and back again to the LRT station.

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The outing was organized to be short, enough to finish the roll of expired Fujifilm Superia 200 I had loaded the camera with. Images, though showing a slight fade due to the age of the film, was sharp and the colors concentrated, which may be the choice for some film photographers. I had a portion of the images posted on the camera review page, while those posted here are converted to black-and-white.

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By itself, the autofocus Konica Z-up 28W, though not truly a real compact, is nevertheless a fun camera to use. It is oversized for your pants pocket, will fit in your camera bag, of course, comes with 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.

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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

Regretfully, information on the Z-up 28W is a rarity on the Net, and its instruction manual is nowhere to be seen. A sad thought on a very exciting and fun to use 35mm film camera that may remain obscure and elusive to photography enthusiasts.

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


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