Monthly Archives: January 2020

52 Cameras: 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: 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.

A minor mod of a SodaStream® Jet

Update 20 Jan 2020:
I emailed SodaStream with two questions. I didn’t save the emails so I can’t quote exactly.

1) Where are the dishwasher safe bottles? If you searched, you got a hit for the bottles at the SodaStream site (they’ve fixed this for the US site, a UK hit still shows up). If you went to their site and browsed for them, there were no dishwasher safe bottles. They answered that they no longer make the bottles. Kudos for fixing the site and for responding honestly and quickly.

2) I asked them to improve the labeling. I don’t know if they will but they wrote that they wanted to keep their customers happy. They asked for my address and sent me two of the correct bottles for free. I didn’t even have to pay shipping.

I have no financial interest in SodaStream. I don’t hesitate to nuke companies when they treat me poorly so it’s only fair that I offer praise when I’m treated well.


Back story: I stopped drinking sweetened sodas a long time ago but I still polish off about a liter a day of plain or flavored/unsweetened fizz water. That adds up money-wise and worse, it’s a lot of plastic. Santa Fe has a decent recycling program but it’s at the mercy of the market and it only takes one lazy moron to contaminate the drop-off dumpster and divert a lot of material to the landfill. M had given me a SodaStream Jet a long time ago. I used it for a while, got lazy, and stopped using it. For the new year, I decided to find more ways to reduce my footprint and dug out the carbonator.



They’ve expanded the product line a lot and there is a bewildering array of options.
Compatibility matrix - I should have taken this to the store with me.

Compatibility matrix – I should have taken this to the store with me.


By mistake, I bought the 1L Slim instead of the 1L Classic bottles. For whatever liability reason, the bottles are not returnable. A 2-pack is $20. Buying (licensing actually) a new gas cartridge was another $30. If I bought another set of the right bottles, I’d be in for $70 and have 2 plastic bottles I don’t want or need.
Not gonna do it. Wouldn't be fiscally prudent.

Not gonna do it. Wouldn’t be fiscally prudent.


In my defense, all the packaging just says "Carbonating Bottles".

In my defense, all the packaging just says “Carbonating Bottles”.


Have to read the fine print. Not that I remembered the model name any way.
Never shop without reading glasses.

Never shop without reading glasses.


The slim bottles are a little bit taller.

The slim bottles are a little bit taller.


Maybe I can slip the bottle in from the bottom? Nope.

Maybe I can slip the bottle in from the bottom? Nope.


The threads are the same on the slim bottles so I just have to be able to get it into the machine. Enlarging the hole to insert the bottle through the bottom would mean removing a lot of plastic and the swing-out mechanism releases the pressure for unscrewing the bottle.
The bottle can fit, it just won't swing in.

The bottle can fit, it just won’t swing in.


Measuring for the cuts.

Measuring for the cuts.


I should have used the Dremel tool but I want my fizz NOW!

I should have used the Dremel tool but I want my fizz NOW!


I used a coping saw for the vertical cuts, a razor knife to score, and pliers to snap off the plastic (it’s pretty soft). A little touch up with some 200 grit sandpaper and it fits.
With the spill catcher, it's not even ugly. Obviously, have to take it off when filling.

With the spill catcher, it’s not even ugly. Obviously, have to take it off when filling.


Mmmm, fizz.

Mmmm, fizz.

Figuring Out F-Stops – Olympus Trip MD

Like the Konica Tomato/Pop-10, the brightest f-stop is the only one given in the manufacturer’s literature. Unlike the Tomato, I couldn’t find information on line so I had to do it myself.

If you don’t care how I arrived at these values and trust a random web page, here’s a table:

ISO Flash F-Stop
100 yes 4
100 no 8
200 yes 5.6
200 no 11
400 yes 8
400 no 16
1000 yes 11
1000 no 22

These values are rounded to the nearest whole stop. YMMV. Not responsible for ruined shots, hives, divorce, or any negative outcome resulting from the use of this information.

The camera is dark gray or black but the LED lights made it look blue.

Trusting that 35mm really is the focal length and f/4 really is the brightest f-stop:
35mm / 4 = 8.75mm diameter with the lens wide open.

You only get F4 at ISO 100 and the flash popped up.

You only get F4 at ISO 100 and the flash popped up.

The area is what’s important for exposure. Focal length/diameter=f-stop only holds for circular apertures. For most, I treated the shapes like diamonds and used (b x h)/2 for the area. To keep things simple, I cropped in to the edge of the lens and then resized to 875 pixels so 100 pixels is one millimeter. Once I had an approximate area, I used the equivalent circle area to get a diameter. SensorsOne has a great calculator so I could just plug in the area instead of using a calculator and working backwards from area=π r² every time.

ISO 200 with the flash came out to about f5 so I rounded it to the nearest full stop at f5.6

ISO 200 with the flash came out to about f5 so I rounded it to the nearest full stop at f5.6


ISO 100 w/o flash & ISO 400 with flash are ~ f8 (7.2 calc'd).

ISO 100 w/o flash & ISO 400 with flash are ~ f8 (7.2 calc’d).


ISO 200 w/o flash & ISO 1000 with flash are ~ f11 (10.3 calc'd).

ISO 200 w/o flash & ISO 1000 with flash are ~ f11 (10.3 calc’d).


The last one was still approximated to a diamond but I had to be more accurate as the apertures got smaller.
At ISO 400 & no flash, the shape got less diamond-like so 2 circles and 2 squares give f14.

At ISO 400 & no flash, the shape got less diamond-like so 2 circles and 2 squares give f14.


ISO 1000 w/o flash is a pill shape so a circle cut in 1/2 and a small rectangle approximate the area for f18.

ISO 1000 w/o flash is a pill shape so a circle cut in 1/2 and a small rectangle approximate the area for f18.