Monday, September 30, 2019

Kwai Chai Hong, Olympus AF-1


Kwai Chai Hong, Olympus AF-1

'Street Photography - Five frames with the Olympus AF-1 (Infinity), on the quest for an equivalent or alternative to the Olympus Mju II'

The Olympus AF-1 (Infinity in the US), 1985, the first of Olympus AF series cameras, was also the world’s first weatherproof fully automatic autofocus 35mm compact camera, a product of extensive research and development by the Japanese giant.

Due to its ability to be used in all weather conditions, the camera was nicknamed 'Nurepika' (wet flash) in Japan. Boxy, durable and all with a slightly offbeat option of an auto-on flash, the camera requires a quite hard to get CR-P2 Lithium to power its operation.

The AF-1 is fitted with a Zuiko 35mm F2.8 4-elements in 4-group lens with a minimum focusing distance of 0.75 meters, auto-exposure with an exposure range of 1/30 second at F2.8 to 1/750 second at F13.5, auto-flash with no flash override control, film autoload and rewind, and self-timer.

The autofocus system is supported by a 'focus lock' button which is a bit jiffy to use - press and hold the lock button with the left thumb, aim at the target with central box and press the shutter release button down, recompose the view, then release the lock button to release the shutter.


For the outing, which I took the AF-1 for a street walk down Kwai Chai Hong, and the newly opened Pandan Republic, I had the flash unit blocked with a piece of duct tape (see image above) as a test on how well the camera captures images in low shutter speed situation.


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Monday, September 23, 2019

Black and Whites #II, Lumix DMC-FZ18

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18

Black and Whites #II, Lumix DMC-FZ18

'Digital Moments - Throwback 2009, five frames with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18, Part IV'
The Series:

Lumix DMC-FZ18
The Panasonic DMC-FZ18, besides the DMC-FX33 and DMC-FX55, was one of the first three Panasonic digital cameras to be introduced with the Face Detection feature.

This feature detects up to 15 faces in a scene and then use this information to set focus and exposure appropriately, enabled automatically in portrait or baby scene modes, and can cope with moving subjects.

The second feature introduced was the 'Intelligent Auto' mode. This feature enables the camera to analyze the scene and selects the scene mode (Portrait, Scenery, Macro, Night Scenery or Night Portrait) automatically, and activates the Panasonic FZ18's optical image stabilization, intelligent ISO, face detection and continuous autofocus functions as necessary.

Other features of the Panasonic Lumix FZ18 include a 188,000 pixels electronic viewfinder, a 2.5-inch LCD display with 207,000 pixel resolution,  ISO sensitivity to 1,600 (or 6,400 max. in high sensitivity mode), a range of creativity-friendly options including both aperture- and shutter-priority plus a full manual mode, and up to fourteen scene modes to keep things going.

Lumix DMC-FZ18

Images are stored in 27MB of built-in memory or on SD / MMC / SDHC cards in either JPEG or raw file formats (with a raw+JPEG option available). Power comes from a proprietary lithium-ion battery that provides enough power for 400 shots (CIPA standard). Connectivity options are NTSC / PAL video and USB, and bundled software includes Lumix Simple Viewer, PhotofunStudio viewer, SILKYPIX Developer Studio 2.1SE, ArcSoft MediaImpression, and ArcSoft PanoramaMaker.


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Monday, September 16, 2019

Endnote, Sigma Zoom AF 21-35mm F3.5-4.2

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Endnote, Sigma Zoom AF 21-35mm F3.5-4.2

'Analog Diary - Five frames with the EF-mount Sigma Zoom AF 21-35mm F3.5-4.2, Part IV'


Sigma Zoom AF 21-35mm F3.5-4.2
An endnote to a couple of very rewarding sessions with an EF version of the Sigma Zoom AF 21-35mm F3.5-4.2, mounted on the Canon EOS 700QD, with posts on a zoom range shots in the park, scenic landscape shots, a city street-walk before this backdrop session of architectural and urbanscape elements.

To round up the sessions, in the shortest few words, the Sigma Zoom AF 21-35mm F3.5-4.2 (1985) is a very impressive and capable lens. It is reasonably sharp wide open and very sharp once you stopped down. Set to Landscape Mode (F8 or smaller) in Intelligent Program AE on the EOS 700QD, there is not much more you can fault the lens with.

This AF version is a carryover from the famous and revolutionary MF version first introduced in 1979. Still mainly of metal and glass, and rubber grips, the lens comes with a bigger 72mm front element, as compared to 62mm on the prior. With its size and weight, the Sigma Zoom AF 21-35mm F3.5-4.2 is never the fastest kid on the block though.


Canon EOS 700 QD, Sigma Zoom AF 21-35mm F3.5-4.2

Despite the bulk and weight of the camera and lens combined, which adds up to almost 1.4 kg in weight, the sculptured body of the EOS 700QD helps to keep the camera snug and comfortable in your hand. The fun and ease of carrying or lugging the camera around and using it to shoot at eye-level, at arm's length, or hipster style dispels the notion of weight as a burden.

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Monday, September 9, 2019

The Street Scene, Yashica Minitec AF

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The Street Scene, Yashica Minitec AF

'Street Photography - Five frames with a fun and easy to use 35mm autofocus compact, the Yashica Minitec AF'

Yashica Minitec AF, Top view
The Yashica Minitec AF, a very affordable 35mm autofocus compact, was fun and easy to use. The camera is fitted with a Tessar-type 32mm F3.5 fixed-focus lens, has auto loading, auto film forward and rewind with mid-roll rewind and a built-n auto flash.

Produced by Kyocera in 1992, the Minitec AF is also shipped as the Yashica Micro Elite AF, and Kyocera P. mini AF.

One of the most endearing aspects about this auto everything 35mm compact is that it just needs a pair of AA batteries to operate, the most plentiful and easiest type of power unit that you can buy of any supermarket shelf. The camera, however, does not come with a battery strength indicator, so changing the battery after a couple of rolls of film or so, is about the best advice to heed.

Part of the fun of using the camera is a very decent sized viewfinder, easy and bright enough to see through for image composition. Operation wise, selection buttons for infinity focus, flash modes, and self-timer settings are arrayed on the top plane of the camera and these settings are displayed on a small LCD panel located centrally on the top plane.

Yashica Minitec AF, Off front

With most of the operational aspects of the Yashica Minitec AF are done automatically, you might want to remember to keep the infinity focus button pressed for landscape shots. This two-handed operation will turn off the auto-on flash which is quite sensitive to low light ambiances.


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Monday, September 2, 2019

Mobile Photography, I Am My Own

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'Five frames with the Nokia Asha 300, a lookback through the archive, post-processed and converted to black-and-white

The Nokia Asha 300, a candy-bar feature phone, the year 2011 product, was quite the favorite when I dug it out of storage and used it as a supplementary on my photo walks in late 2018.

The phone was small and petite, fun to use, the slimmest and lightest that I have used so far. It weighs only 85 grams and as far as carrying it around, the phone slides in comfortably into even the smallest of space.

To each his own, of course. The JPEG images captured by the 5MP rear camera are always a constant surprise. They are sharp and clear, with good delineation and correct mid-tones. Even images in a low-light situation, taken with the camera's fixed focus lens, at its slowest shutter speed, which I think is no longer than 1/8 second, are equally appealing, exciting, and open to interpretation.

With all the images originally shot in color, the creative here was to see how well these images convert to black and white. I am not fussy at all about special film effects and how to get them done or things as such. I am still a novice in black and white photography and all that I want here was just a set of high contrast prints.

The conversion was done with the Monochrome & Sepia editor on my post-processing app, with a click on the Monochrome selection box, with a filter added and an up slide on the contrast slider. Done!


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