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Monday, August 28, 2023

Five Frames, HMD Nokia 3.1, A Short Street Walk

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Mobile Photography, image making with an HMD Nokia 3.1, and an occasional outing with the mobile as the prime for recording images.
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One for the record, early morning images of a local shopping precinct, on an occasional outing where the mobile is used as the prime for recording images. Although I have had the mobile since it was introduced in 2018, I have always resorted to my normal cameras for street shoots on outings and walkabouts. The cameras, to me, are easier to handle and the mobile has always remained a communication tool.

HMD Nokia 31.

The HMD Nokia 3.1 has a 13-megapixel rear camera with an LED flash, and an 8-megapixel front camera, which can be set to 4:3, 16:9, or 18:9 image aspect ratios, with resolutions at 2, 3, 5, 8, and 13 MP. I have noticed that over the years I have been using the mobile, and the camera's features have also been upgraded to what it is now with the regular updates of the Android One program. It may be time maybe for me to use it (the camera feature) more often.



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Monday, August 21, 2023

Five Frames, Olympus VR-370, Cropped Close-Ups

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The CCD Sensor, image making with a super compact 16MP CCD Olympus VR-370, square cropped close-ups from the garden.
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Another update to my collection of compact travel zooms with CCD sensors is the Olympus VR-370. The camera comes with a 16MP sensor, TruePic III+ Image Processor, 12.5X optical zoom lens with a 35mm equivalent of 24-300mm lens, built-in flash, easy-to-use zoom, easy access menu control, ergonomic grip design, dedicated one-touch video button, 3.0-inch LCD with 460k-dot resolution, and Dual Image Stabilization for sharper images in dim light and when shooting at long telephoto focal lengths.

Compact and handy to carry around, easy to use with its built-in flash, easy zoom, and menu controls, the anodized aluminum body also comes with an ergonomic grip design and a dedicated one-touch video button that will switch you from photo mode to video in an instant. Shooting Modes on the VR-370 include iAuto (Intelligent Auto), Program Auto, Beauty, Scene, Magic, and Panorama.

Olympus VR-370

The VR-370 is powered by a powered by DC 3.7V 925mAh battery, good for up to 300 shots (average use) per charge. The camera weighs 170 grams with battery and card and will accept SD/SDHC/SDXC/Eye-Fi cards for external media storage. Externally, the VR-370 has a microphone opening on the front panel and a speaker on the bottom plate. A propriety USB 2.0 multi-connector port is also located on the bottom plate, which connects for Data Transfer (Storage), MTP (Media Transfer Protocol), Easy and Custom Printing, and Charging.



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Monday, August 14, 2023

Five Frames, Olympus E-P5 + Industar-69 28mm 1:2.8 + Olympus Attach. Lens F=130cm

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Vintage Lens Test, image making with an Industar 69 28mm 1:2.8 lens mounted with an Olympus Attachment Lens F=130cm.
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The Industar-69 28mm 1:2.8, the standard lens for Russian Chaika Half-frame cameras which I acquired earlier and was adjusted to fit the flange distance of an M39 LTM lens, has a new friend now, in the form of an Olympus Attachment Lens F=130m. The lens is a 22.5mm diameter unit that Olympus produced for attachment to the inner ring of the Pen EE half-frame camera lens.

An attachment lens is primarily used to enable macro photography without the need to use a specialized primary lens. They work on the principle of a magnifying glass, allowing a primary lens to be brought to focus closer to the subject, for close-ups or macro-orientated photography. While they do not affect exposure, close-up lenses do change both the maximum and minimum focus distances of a lens.

Olympus E-P5, Industar 69 28mm 1:2.8 with Olympus Attchment Lens F=130cm
Olympus E-P5, Industar 69 28mm 1:2.8 with Olympus Attachment Lens F=130cm

While there are hardly any details or further info on the Olympus Attachment Lens F=130cm on the Net currently, I am happy enough with just using the lens and attachment among my small collection of garden plants, with a flower that is in bloom and a couple of other subjects.



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Monday, August 7, 2023

Five Frames, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35, First Impression

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The CCD Sensor, image making with a 12MP CCD Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35, an update of the DMC-FZ28, first impression.
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Still catching the blooms here, with these first impression shots on a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35, an update to the DMC-FZ28. The Lumix DMC-FZ35, introduced in 2009, has an increased sensor resolution slightly from ten to twelve megapixels while maintaining the Leica DC Vario-Elmarit-branded 18x optical zoom lens with its useful range from a 27mm wide-angle to a 486mm telephoto. The camera also comes with 201,000 pixels in-line Electronic Viewfinder (EV) with dioptre adjustment, and a 2.7-inch 230,000 pixels live view TFT LCD.

The lens's image stabilization system of the FZ35 has also been upgraded to a new POWER O.I.S. system, said to offer double the stabilizing power. In addition, the FZ35 has a multi-area autofocus system with a single-point high-speed focusing mode and face-detection function. Externally, there is now a Record/Playback slider switch to the top-right of the camera back, which, when set to Playback, will flip the display to the LCD screen, regardless if you are shooting with the EV.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

The upgrades are convincing me that the FZ35 is not just another pass towards a later version with maybe better functionalities, but a model worth the while to acquire and use. Outwardly the camera is a strong build with a comfortable molded grip, light enough not to strain your hands or shoulder, with a lens that is powerful to pull in the images. The model is easily available on the auction market, and for CCD sensor enthusiasts, this is worth looking at.



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