Category Archives: 52 Cameras Project

52 different cameras for 52 weeks.

52 Cameras: Apple QuickTake 200 Viewfinder Parallax

A YouTube viewer asked about the parallax error when using the clip-on optical viewfinder. I did a quick & dirty experiment to find out. Original Quicktake 200 post is here.

The 3 focus ranges are 9-13cm for close-up, 45-90cm for portrait, & 90cm-infinity for landscape. The manual says, “IMPORTANT Do not use the close-up focus when you use the viewfinder. It is not accurate.” I didn’t bother with the close up setting but the next worst parallax would be the nearest focus of the portrait setting. The manual also says, “Estimate the focal distance from the front surface of the LCD screen to the object being photographed.” The LCD is on the back so I guess they mean its surface.

I put this on the wall in the kitchen.

Sometimes, science is ugly.

Sometimes, science is ugly.


I put the camera on a small tripod, and measured the distance to the wall so the LCD was 45cm away. I looked as straight through the viewfinder as I could and held still while M slid her finger along the ruler toward the center until I could see it. We repeated that for left, right, top, and bottom. The measurements are just relative to each other, not meaningful in themselves.

Left: 29cm, Right: 67cm, Top: 10cm, Bottom: 37cm

Next, I snapped a picture with the camera in the same place. Ignore the date & time – I didn’t set the camera’s clock.

I used composite out to the old TV instead of digging out the old laptop and Smartmedia floppy adapter.

I used composite out to the old TV instead of digging out the old laptop and Smartmedia floppy adapter.


The image captured these measurements.

Left: 28cm, Right: 60cm, Top: 13cm, Bottom: 38cm

I was a little off reading the ruler. This diagram shows the relationship of the viewfinder view and the sensor image.

Pretty wide angle and not too bad for a cheap plastic clip-on viewfinder.

Pretty wide angle and not too bad for a cheap plastic clip-on viewfinder.

52 Cameras: #197 – Canon Sure Shot Ace


The “Phound Photos” post for this camera: http://exit272.com/?p=4897



This is what I meant in the video. Down low = "Hey, whatcha got?"

This is what I meant in the video. Down low = “Hey, whatcha got?”


Ristra at the Santa Fe Convention Center.

Ristra at the Santa Fe Convention Center.


Sculpture at the Santa Fe Convention Center.

Sculpture at the Santa Fe Convention Center.


Poor Jem with his eyes blown out by the flash.

Poor Jem with his eyes blown out by the flash.

52 Cameras: #195 – Olympus Trip MD


The site with the lens construction info:
http://www.optiksammlung.de/Olympus/TripMD.html

The manual is under Manuals & Ephemera.



I’ll do a separate post about the failed 1st roll. I ended up having some fun with it.

Jem - gray and orange always go together.

Jem – gray and orange always go together.


A new (to us) stray in the neighborhood. King Tux. Those are some honkin' toe beans.

A new (to us) stray in the neighborhood. King Tux. Those are some honkin’ toe beans.


Central Ave. in Albuquerque.

Central Ave. in Albuquerque.


Old firetrucks and wreckers.

Old firetrucks and wreckers.


I couldn't decide so here's a cropped version too.

I couldn’t decide so here’s a cropped version too.


In the above two images, I like the barbed wire and fence receding into the distance in the first one. I also like the focus on the vehicles in the second one.

I got up too late to get pristine snow but it's still pretty.

I got up too late to get pristine snow but it’s still pretty.


Red picnic table at the Camel Rock Valero.

Red picnic table at the Camel Rock Valero.


The background colors were “meh” and there were some weird red flares on the wall so I desaturated everything but the table.

52 Cameras: #194 – Nikon Coolpix L310


Nikon still has the manual here.



A photo that was on the SD card when I got the camera.
 The previous owner had a lot of bird images.

The previous owner had a lot of bird images.


I’ll do a separate “Phound Photos” post. The card had images from 14 Dec 2012 to 11 Jul 2013.

McPigeons in Bernalillo, NM.

McPigeons in Bernalillo, NM.


Goober.

Goober.


Storm over the Jemez Mountains.

Storm over the Jemez Mountains.


Not a scene mode but it has settings for B&W, sepia, cyanotype, & vivid.

Not a scene mode but it has settings for B&W, sepia, cyanotype, & vivid.


Doorbell & shadow.

Doorbell & shadow.

Polaroid ProPack Revisited (with old non-instant film)

With the broken rollers and pinholes in the bellows, I felt like this camera didn’t get a fair shake. This will probably make more sense if you see the original post first.

I had some unopened film in the freezer…

Here’s the film:

VERSAPAN GAFSTAR - not kidding about the heavy base. This stuff is thick.

VERSAPAN GAFSTAR – not kidding about the heavy base. This stuff is thick.


Type 2831.

Type 2831.


It's only 46 years expired. Piece of cake.

It’s only 46 years expired. Piece of cake.


100 pack film is 3.25×4.25 inches so this is a little too tall to fit in a film pack. I trimmed it in the dark bag. My cutter won’t fit in the bag so I used scissors. It came out as an irregular quadrilateral rather than a rectangle but it fit.

I haven’t repaired the bellows so I wrapped it, similar to the job on the Kodak Six-20.

The paper that was around the film roll and black console tape.

The paper that was around the film roll and black console tape.


And finally…
An image!

An image!


The setting for original pack film on the camera is ISO 80 but Fujifilm FP100-C works without adjustment. From what I can find (not much) the GAF Versapan was ISO 125 when new. I’ve had it frozen but I don’t know its history so I figured it lost some speed. I got it backwards in my head and adjusted the Polaroid’s exposure dial to darken about 1/2 click. It is a bit dark but I didn’t have to do much post-processing, just cropping and dust cleanup, so I think this film is still ISO 100-ish. Developed for 5 minutes in HC-110 dilution B (1+31). I’ll have to do more testing. Now that I know it works and have a rough idea of speed, I can make 116 film and use some more ancient cameras!

One final note. It’s pan film, as in panchromatic, but the color sensitivities are interesting. And… never mind the cats knocked the balloons off the chair so I can’t map the colors. Any way, the colors are interesting. More testing to come.