Trying out the Fuji FinePix F30
, the 300 buck pocket camera with the
3200 speed chip on its shoulder. The camera appeared inexpensive
enough to justify the digital's inevitably
accelerated depreciation, moreover its
high-speed capability makes the Fuji uniquely attractive for
someone generally averse to xenoluminescent imagery.
I am militantly luddite, and the pack-of-card-sized chrome package
avoids offending my anti-digital sensibilities by making no
pretense at rivalling my beloved Leicas.
The F30 powers up to shooting trim with admirable urgency,
and shutter lag
is usually impressively short.
For what it is, the F30's only real downsides to me are the
less-common xD memory card as opposed to the SD, and that the
camera does not act as a USB MSD device. However, it implements PTP,
so I can use gphoto2
to transfer images to linux.
The following images were downscaled and gently
sharpened (radius 0.1, amount=50%) to
compensate for smoothing left by
cubic interpolation. Two images were slightly rotated to
compensate for poor composition on the part of the photographer.
No other manipulations including
changing colors, levels, contrast, curves were entertained. The
were used for scaling and sharpening.
Hawking phosphorescent tsotchke to the tourists
on 7th Ave and 51st, right behind work, 1/44s f2.8 ISO3200
My old PaineWebber building, renamed the UBS building, my haunts since 1993.
1/12s f2.8 ISO3200
Back Seat Driver 1/25s f2.8 ISO3200
Random Building taken out the window of a cab careening on two wheels.
1/74s f2.8 ISO1600
Random Tour Bus out the cab window.
1/44 f2.8 ISO1600