Mar 24 2019

Minolta 28-85 on the Maxxum 5

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A recent addition to my autofocus Minolta collection is the 28-85 f3.5 to 4.5 zoom with macro.  Without any real pre conceived notions I wanted to give it a good try.  So I opted to shoot an entire roll of film with just the one lens.  I loaded a roll of Fuji 200 in my Minolta Maxxum 5 and took it with me during an outing.  The first thing to be considered is the focal length which is a very usable range from wide angle to telephoto enough for portraits.  The aperture while not fast is serviceable.  It suffers from colour fringing particularly away from the center but beyond that its actually a good performing lens.  Physically its very compact not much larger than some prime lenses.Maxxum5_zoom_Fuji200_022-detail It also provides close focusing but only at the wide 28mm setting which can be used for interesting wide-angle shots that include a close element as well as a lot of background but less so the isolation of an individual element against an obscured background which is a more familiar use of ‘macro’.

Its probably a good thing that I’m using this lens with film as I don’t think its quite up to the more demanding task of a high resolution digital sensor.   For a film kit though its a keeper.

 

 

 


Mar 16 2019

Two lenses are better than one?

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If one lens is good two must be better right?  That’s what I thought when I came across the Kodak Tele Disc.  The camera has two separate lenses of different focal lengths that it used one at a time. KodakTeleDisc But why not use them both I thought.  Heading the warning not to disassemble the camera I tore it apart instead. KodakTeleDiscDestruction

 

Then it was a matter of how to do it.  I needed some form of shutter that could work for both.  Fortunately I have the “Konicazilla” which is a Konica Autoreflex TC SLR that I removed the mirror box and a few other normally necessary bits from.  As this was a proof of inanity I didn’t worry too much about how secure or parallel the lenses were (that became a problem by the end of the roll).  Using some black foam and some hockey tape I “secured” the lenses in a somewhat focused manner and was off.   The lenses are a 12.5mm f4 and a 22mm f5.6.  I allowed the light  to fall where it might on the 35mm frame which was uneven given my rough cut holes for the lenses.  This silliness is all possible because I was able to place the lenses at the same distance from the film that they would have had in the Tele Disc camera.  And here are some of the results.

And then things got a little more fuzzy, it was either from bumping into things in a camera bag or excessive poking of the foam to see if it was still secure.

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Many of the new cell phones coming out now sport multiple lenses of different focal lengths so I may need to step up my game if I want to stay at the leading edge of antiquated technology.

 


Mar 9 2019

Canon Z90W with Portra 400

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The Canon Z90W is the end of the line for wide-angle film point and shoots from Canon and certainly one of the best they made. I’ve written about it a few times now Canon Z90W 

and your welcome to go down that rabbit hole of links or you could just look at the pictures below.

One thing about one camera:  The calendar in the camera only goes to 2029 which may dovetail nicely with pictures of rising sea levels.  After 2029 I guess all bets are off.


Mar 2 2019

Fuji Q1 and Expired APS film

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The Fuji Q1 is a very different camera with a strap that positions it more like a pendant on the end of a necklace and with its variety of colours its as much a 1990′s fashion accessory as it is a camera.  Here is some marketing copy from Fuji that may explain their intentions.

When you’re ready for some stylish fun on the move, the Nexia Q1 is the perfect choice. Wherever you go, the smooth, compact body makes the Q1 the ideal accessory for go-anywhere, point-and-shoot photo enjoyment. Don’t miss out on the good times, and be sure to capture them on film as they happen. With the high-styling Nexia Q1.

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Looking at the lens its hard to believe that it can cover an entire frame but it does, even the full 16.7mm x 30.2mm APS-H frame.  As for autofocus it has it covering from 2ft to infinity but it may be a limited amount of  zones and at what distance they are I am not sure.  The lens is only 2 elements so there isn’t much correction going on and the aperture is f8 so its not letting much light in either. As for exposure its is actually a fixed value because the shutter speed is 1/100 second.  You have to rely instead on the exposure latitude of the film or the automatic flash to provide some extra lighting.  It may seem quaint now in a world of smart phone cameras but Fuji took the always ready always with you camera as far as anyone ever did with the Q1.