Monday, March 11, 2019

Analog Diary, Fuji Work Record OP

Analog Diary, Fuji Work Record OP 01

Well, this one is a bit of a surprise, the Fuji Work Record OP, a ruggedly handsome autofocus camera with a pair of bull bars flanking a wide-angle 28mm F3.5 lens which is further protected by a 4mm thick coated optical glass, an enormous viewfinder that lets you see all, and a ruggedized and water-resistant design that lets you capture images up to the depth of 1 meter.

Fuji Work Record OP
Though not easily discerned, either detailed on auction listings or noted on camera info sheets and reviews, the Fuji Work Record came as a pair of siblings.

The Work Record 28, with its orange button trim, is the construction or site supervision orientated camera, while the Work Record OP, with its blue button trim, is targeted more towards the rough and tough outdoor leisure and recreational activities.

Analog Diary, Fuji Work Record OP 02
Analog Diary, Fuji Work Record OP 03

The Work Record OP, just as well, comes with the addition of panorama and quartz date features, and manual focusing mode which can be pre-set to 1, 1.5, 3 meters, and infinity focus. The panorama switch is located on the top plane to the left of the viewfinder hump and this will let you switch from full-frame to crop-frame panorama captures anytime during the shoot.

Analog Diary, Fuji Work Record OP 04
Analog Diary, Fuji Work Record OP 05

Other than that, the innards and other technical aspects of the two AF cameras are similar, including the Fujinon 28mm F3.5 lens, shutter speed range from 1/5 to 1/250 seconds, DX-coded film ISO range from 50 to 1600, and power from a pair of CR123A Lithium batteries.

Analog Diary, Fuji Work Record OP 06
Analog Diary, Fuji Work Record OP 07

The best thing about the Work Record OP is its simple and straightforward operation - just power it on, set the mode selection to the setting you want to shoot with, point, and shoot. Exposure and film winding are automatic, autofocusing is just as quiet, and the large design shutter release button lets you shoot even with gloves on.

Analog Diary, Fuji Work Record OP 08
Analog Diary, Fuji Work Record OP 09

With its good looks and weatherproof design, I do not see any reason why the Work Record OP should not do as well as a street-shooter, as I did here, or even taken for a stroll in the park.

Fuji Work Record OP

Location of the street walk here is in the vicinity of Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown, Jalan Petaling to be exact, and a walk back to the Central Market along Jalan Tan Cheng Lock.

Images posted are shot on a roll of expired Fuji Superia 200, post-processed on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3), and print sharpened on Google NIK Sharpener Pro 3.


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