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Monday, December 18, 2023

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2, Film Emulation Modes

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2, Film Emulation Modes, Cinema
[Lumix GH2, Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph., Cinema Film Mode]
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2, Film Emulation Modes, Standard
[Lumix GH2, Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph., Standard Film Mode]
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2, Film Emulation Modes, Dynamic
[Lumix GH2, Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph., Dynamic Film Mode]
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2, Film Emulation Modes, Smooth
[Lumix GH2, Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph., Smooth Film Mode]
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2, Film Emulation Modes, Nature
[Lumix GH2, Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph., Nature Film Mode]
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2, Film Emulation Modes, Nostalgic
[Lumix GH2, Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph., Nostalgic Film Mode]
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2, Film Emulation Modes, Vibrant
[Lumix GH2, Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph., Vibrant Film Mode]
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2, Film Emulation Modes, Standard B&W
[Lumix GH2, Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph., Standard B&W Film Mode]
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2, Film Emulation Modes, Dynamic B&W
[Lumix GH2, Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph., Dynamic B&W Film Mode]
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2, Film Emulation Modes, Smooth B&W
[Lumix GH2, Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph., Smooth B&W Film Mode]
Digital Moments: A retro and a refresher on the film modes of the 2010 video-orientated 16MP multi-aspect Live MOS Panasonic Lumix GH2.
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The vintage Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2, an advanced video-orientated Micro 4/3 digital introduced in 2010, comes fitted with a 16MP multi-aspect Live MOS sensor with Full 1080p HD video capability. Aside from the highly advanced movie mode, the camera also allows still photographers ample control over their images. The 7-page custom menu, for example, contains more than 30 options, and the setup option another 23, including Panasonic's iDynamic and iResolution modes, functions to maximize the dynamic range and detail resolutions of images captured.

The Film Mode feature, which allows for the adjustment of the color, contrast, saturation, and noise-reduction, comes with selections for Cinema, Standard, Dynamic, Smooth, Nature, Nostalgic, Vibrant, Standard B&W, Dynamic B&W, Smooth B&W, and a trio of My Film Mode presets. Capturing these test images with these modes, as posted here, is my first try at comprehending and understanding what the GH2 is capable of. Using the vintage as an alternative to more advanced and higher-priced models is the opportunity I am looking at. 

Lumix GH2, Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph.
Lumix GH2, Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph.

Released as a successor to the DMC-GH1, which was introduced in 2009, the Panasonic Lumix GH2 comes with improvements such as a new sensor capable of 1080p video at 60 or 50 fps, faster sensor read-out, touch-sensitive LCD screen, an ISO range from 160 to 12800, larger EVF coverage, and cosmetic changes to make the camera more efficient to the user. The multi-aspect ratio sensor, which is 18.3MP in size, offers the same diagonal angle of view, and almost a a 100% view of the scene to be captured, regardless of the aspect ratio selected.



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Monday, December 11, 2023

Fujifilm FinePix BigJob HD-3W, In Black And White

Fujifilm FinePix BigJob HD-3W, In Black And White 01
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Fujifilm FinePix BigJob HD-3W, In Black And White 05
The CCD Sensor: Looking at black-and-white images captured with the 6MP CCD Fujifilm FinePix BigJob HD-3W.
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Happy New Year 2024 Everybody!
Happy New Year 2024 Everybody, All The Best!.

A very pleasant New Year everybody, and all the best for the upcoming year. As is, I am still enjoying my time with the Fujifilm FinePix BigJob HD-3W here, with another quick dash out of the door, and another pre-scheduled post, with images post-processed in black-and-white,  for the holidays. Looks like the BigJob HD-3W, a very likable ruggedized 6MP CCD digital, is growing on me, and will probably end up being the go-to camera as and when or at any time I need to be outside.

This water, dust, and shockproof camera can withstand a fall height of 0.7 meters. comes with a simple autoexposure shooting menu, easy access buttons for users wearing gloves, a scratch-resistant lens cover, a huge 3-inch LCD screen, and a powerful 10-meter flash. Manufactured for use within the harsh environments of the construction, engineering, health and safety, and manufacturing industries, the camera is equally adaptable to the rough and tough enthusiasts outdoors.

Fujifilm FinePix BigJob HD-3W
Fujifilm FinePix BigJob HD-3W

For its own specialized use, the camera came with two worlds first, a mode to check for image manipulation after the picture was recorded, and image capture at 1MP for easy distribution by e-mail. The camera also comes with three emulation modes - F-Standard, F-Chrome, and F-B&W, with the latter two indicated on the LCD screen as film-roll icons. Access to these modes is via the Shooting Menu.



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Monday, December 4, 2023

Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5, A Refresher

Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5, A Refresher 01
Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5, A Refresher 02
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5, A Refresher 05
The CCD Sensor: Image making with the 16MP CCD Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5, a refreshed set.
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Merry Christmas 2023 Everybody, Happy Holidays!
Merry Christmas 2023 Everybody, Happy Holidays!

A very happy Christmas and Happy Holidays to all, a break for me, and a quick dash out of the door. Am taking this opportunity of this poe-scheduled post for a quick refresher on one of my favorite CCD sensor cameras, the ultra-compact 16MP CCD Panasonic Lumix DMS-S5 that I have been using as a product shoot camera for my sideline hustle. The camera, as you see with these refreshed images, is equally competent as an external use camera, or as the occasional close-up agent.

The choice, though, was not automatic, as I went through a selection of digitals to replace the aging E-520 that I had been using since a few years back. The Panasonic DMC-S5, introduced in 2012, is a follow-up of the DMC-S series which includes the DMC-S1 (2011), DMC-S3 (2011), and DMC-S2. The camera was updated with a new and higher-resolution image sensor, an updated autofocus system, a modest improvement in battery life, a reduction in burst-shooting speed, and an updated software package.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5

The lens, as found on the DMC-S# was the same Lumix DC Vario 4x optical zoom with a aperture opening of F3.1~9.0 at the short end, and F6.5~f/20.0 at the other. The camera also features a true optical image stabilization system, a 2.7-inch 230,000 dot resolution LCD display, and a 23-point multi-area autofocus system which includes a single-point focusing mode, and face detection. ISO sensitivity is rated from 100 to 1,600, expandable to 6,400 in High Sensitivity mode. Shutter speeds are from 8 seconds to 1/1,600 seconds.



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Monday, November 27, 2023

Fujifilm FinePix BigJob HD-3W, Close-Ups

Fujifilm FinePix BigJob HD-3W, Close-Ups 01
Fujifilm FinePix BigJob HD-3W, Close-Ups 02
Fujifilm FinePix BigJob HD-3W, Close-Ups 03
Fujifilm FinePix BigJob HD-3W, Close-Ups 04
Fujifilm FinePix BigJob HD-3W, Close-Ups 05
The CCD Sensor: Image making with the 6MP CCD Fujifilm FinePix BigJob HD-3W, close-ups in the garden.
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I am still quite taken aback that I am spending more time with the 6MP CCD Fujifilm FinePix BigJob HD-3W, a ruggedized all-weather camera manufactured for the construction and engineering industry. Initially available for the Japanese domestic market, the camera was introduced to the UK and Europe in 2007. The camera's easy-to-use setting and control features include a function to set the camera to macro mode, and macro distances of 2.5, and 5 meters.

Just like its 35mm film predecessor, the Fuji Work Record 35mm film camera series, this digital version is also water, shock, and dustproof, able to stand a drop of up to 0.6 meters. The camera should be equally adaptable, not only for garden close-ups like these but for hard and tough outdoor adventures as well. For insurance and forensic purposes, the camera is fitted with a system to detect manipulation of images, and easy e-mail transfers with 1MP sized images.

Fujifilm FinePix BigJob HD-3W

For whatever reason the camera was used and favored when it was first introduced, my current thought was that this great camera, with its fantastic CCD sensor images, is worth a lot more than just a low-cost auction item that I paid for (just slightly over UK £20). The camera is still growing on me, I just couldn't lay any faults on the CCD images, and I am happy to say that this is one camera I can take practically anywhere in whatever weather condition I am willing to face.



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Monday, November 20, 2023

HMD Nokia 3.1, An Early Morning Break

HMD Nokia 3.1, An Early Morning Break 01
HMD Nokia 3.1, An Early Morning Break 02
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Mobile Photography: Image making with an HMD Nokia 3.1, an early morning stop with an age-old but still a very capable camera.
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I was out on one of my unscheduled early morning errand recently when I stopped by this booth for my morning break. It was still early, the sun was streaming in and pots are on the boil, and the operators of the booth are all ready on the wait, a serene environment best enjoyed within the solitude of oneself.

I am still using my age-old HMD Nokia 3.1, which I have had for a few years now, for these shots. Images captured are still stellar, and very much liked.



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Monday, November 13, 2023

Canon EF 40mm 1:2.8 STM, City Green

Canon EF 40mm 1:2.8 STM, Digital Moments, City Green 01
Canon EF 40mm 1:2.8 STM, Digital Moments, City Green 02
Canon EF 40mm 1:2.8 STM, Digital Moments, City Green 03
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Vintage Lens Test: Image making with a Canon EF 40mm 1:2.8 STM on a Canon EOS 300D, catching the green.
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Had the chance to go down to the city again recently, and took the opportunity to take along the Canon EOS 300D, mounted with the EF 40mm 1:2.8 STM, for the unplanned street shoot. I have had the well-used and slightly beat-up EOS 300D for quite some time now, and have been using it for pot-shots around the house and the adjoining community field. The camera and lens kit was light and compact enough and carrying it around was not really a hassle.

One thing I noticed as I went through with the shots was that the camera was quite heavy on the battery, which was already almost completely exhausted by the time I managed to get the final few shots in. Not too sure what the problem is, could be the age of the camera itself, which is draining a lot more power than it should, or the original battery I was using that is not keeping its charge well. It was an excellent outing anyway, with the shots edited for the frames posted here.

Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF 40mm 1:2.8 STM

The EF 40mm 1:2.8 STM, one of a pair of EFs that I have, is still in its excellent self, a favorite, and has always done well on each and every session that I had it mounted on the 300D. On the ASP-C sensor of the 300D, the 40mm STM is equivalent to a 64mm short tele on a full frame 35mm camera, an excellent focal length that draws in the view into a tighter composition.



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Monday, November 6, 2023

Fujifilm FinePix BigJob HD-3W, Picture Modes

Set I

Fujifilm FinePix BigJob HD-3W, Picture Modes 01
Picture Mode: FinePix Standard
Fujifilm FinePix BigJob HD-3W, Picture Modes 02
Picture Mode: FinePix Chrome
Fujifilm FinePix BigJob HD-3W, Picture Modes 03
Picture Mode: FinePix B&W

Set II

Fujifilm FinePix BigJob HD-3W, Picture Modes 04
Picture Mode: FinePix Standard
Fujifilm FinePix BigJob HD-3W, Picture Modes 05
Picture Mode: FinePix Chrome
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Picture Mode: FinePix B&W
The CCD Sensor: Looking at the three image emulations the 6MP CCD Fujifilm FinePix BigJob HD-3W can be set to.
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An interesting follow-up to the initial Fujifilm FinePix BigJob HD-3W 6MP CCD, Take I shots I posted earlier. These two sets of images were shot with the simple FinePix Color Picture Modes selection available on the camera. The settings available were for FinePix Standard (first image), FinePix Chrome (second image), and FinePix B&W (third image), with the two later modes listed and displayed on the LCD with film roll icons.

The subtle difference in characteristics between the Standard and Chrome Picture Modes does make it a bit harder on which emulation you would want to choose when preparing for the shoot. If you are for the emphasis on the objects in the image, where the colors and environment are rendered more vividly, the FinePix Chrome setting might be the choice for you.

Fujifilm FinePix BigJob HD-3W
Fujifilm FinePix BigJob HD-3W

The selection is available through the Shooting Mode menu. To access, press the center button on the Cursor Joystick circle and move down the menu selection list to the last listing, FinePix Color. Next, press the right cursor button and you will have access to the three options - F Standard, F-Chrome, and F B&W. Both the F-Chrome and F-B&W film roll icons which will also be displayed on the LCD screen when selected.



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