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.

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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.

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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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'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.

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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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