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I have begun posting images from my latest acquisition, a second-hand Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZX1 / ZR1 point'n'shoot pocket camera. I am using 16:9 format, so resolution is reduced to 9MP. I cost $14.99 at a local thrift store. I limit ISO to Auto800 max. It's specs are in equipment listings on ePhotozine:
Older photos (of Europe) were taken with my ($7 Cdn) Fujifilm Finepix F100fd point'n'shoot.
My Avatar shows me holding a used Kodak Pony 135 camera found in a thrift store recently: that model was my 1st 35mm camera in the late 1950s. (All manual: 4 shutter speeds (25-50-100-200th plus Bulb), film wind knob, guess-timating focus, external exposure meter and flash required Wink
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A quick view of MentorRon's recent activity.

  • Memories of Kitty

    We have received our old cat's ashes from the animal hospital, which we have had placed in a cedar box with his name engraved on the cover.
    Will place the above photo in a small brass picture frame above it as we did for our old dog Muggins who was a miniature Yorkie.
    On the 15th we will bring our next "furball" home from a nearby shelter after seeing MANY cats at 2 shelters.
    He was given the name Wilbur by the shelter: they pick unique names for every animal. They are guessing he is about 2 years old.
    He is a grey and black tabbie.
    • 7 Jan 2020 5:45PM
  • The wooden footbridge

    Quote:Lovely shot !! Lovely location...
    Isabel GrinGrin

    Yes, thanks Isabel, it's one of the few paths available in wooded areas in our area of the suburbs.
    In good weather I try to walk it, although my legs are slowly getting less capable.
    (have Peripheral Neuropathy, and just getting over a bout of Polymyalgia Rheumatica.)

    • 23 Dec 2019 4:49PM
  • Winsters' First Day Of Winter

    Hi Ian,

    I love ALL the shots you upload, but noticed something within some of them that I have experienced with my lenses: always zooms.

    That is, a noticeable loss of sharpness in one corner or another. Can even vary from shot to shot, maybe dependent on the distance at which the lens focussed and/or which focal length was chosen. I had one lens where it varied from top right to bottom left, and sometimes was just fine. My Sony SLT-a58 has this (very slightly) on all lenses, so I assume it is a tiny misalignment of the sensor or mount, not the lenses themselves (that wouldn't make sense). Not bad enough to trade in the camera. It is just in the bottom right, like your shot here.

    I see it here on the lower wall and tall grasses by the fence.

    Could it be a slightly decentered lens element, since you have a fixed zoom ?

    I assume it doesn't bother you too much, but my brain just keeps diverting my eyes to this kind of thing (sadly).

    Looking forward to your future uploads !

    All the best,

    • 9 Dec 2019 5:26PM
  • A white fanfare

    They were along my walking path beside a rural woods where the township is only allowed to remove certain invasive species, and I guess these are not one of them..
    • 11 Nov 2019 4:03PM
  • More ornamental Kale

    Quote:Lovely image and content. Nice plant and nice colours...
    Isabel GrinGrin

    Thanks Isabel...
    I can't quite put it into words, but there is something about the way this little Lumix reproduces a scene that is very appealing to me.
    I have already had feedback on perceived limitations of this model. This was expected for two reasons: I mostly buy used Thrift Store cameras costing less than $15 (except for my Sony SLT-a58 and Nikon P7800) and I don't find any top of the line models there.
    I now prefer VERY small pocketable cameras for day-to-day use and keep the Sony for special events "when I'm in the mood to carry that much weight" Wink The Nikon was a gift to my wife, but likewise, she prefers her dual lens cellphone or one of the small Fujis. I expect she will soon switch from her J110W to the F100fd (which took most of my portfolio here) due to it's image stabilization feature.
    I have used several brands of digital cameras to date (over 16 years) and I will hopefully determine what exactly the Lumix does differently. I expect it's mainly in it's CCD's colour palette variations.
    (Digital Cameras used to date: one Sony; four Fujifilms; at least six Canons; five Kodaks; one Minolta; one Nikon; one Casio; one GE.)
    • 19 Oct 2019 4:55PM
  • Ignoring the Harpy ?

    Pablo, I am assuming they aren't listening to the Harpy because they have no ears Grin
    • 10 Oct 2019 1:34AM
  • Holiday snap

    Quote:Nice holiday shot but for it to truly be an alibi it should be time and date stamped!

    It's in the EXIF:
    Taken:9 Dec 2010 4:56pm
    • 27 Sep 2019 6:52PM
  • Hi 3oldmen...

    I am 77 going on 78, living in Canada. Not sure of your ages, but we all know that doesn't count in photography Wink
    Although I have used several SLRs in the past, both 35mm and Digital, I am now concentrating on my latest acquisition, a very used Point'n'Shoot Fuji F100fd, so don't let the fact that one of you has a F70EXR make you feel any the less one of us. We're all in the same "class". We are either developing our artistic capabilities or exploring the capabilities of a specific piece of hardware (or both simultaneously).
    Enjoy the art. I started with a Kodak Baby Brownie camera at 11 years old (gift from my brother). Won't bother counting the cameras I've been through over the years. Not sure my artistry is any better than when I was 11, but I'm enjoying the hobby anyway !!!!
    Welcome aboard.
    • Posted on 3oldmen's profile
    • 19 Apr 2019 5:53PM

  • I like your profile's panorama of English Harbour, shot from Nelson's Dockyard heights. My shot was taken in February 2018 with my previous Fujifilm P'n'S, a J110W, which my wife now uses when she doesn't want to carry her Canon bridge camera. It was much more lush when you were there !!!
    • Posted on Techno's profile
    • 5 Mar 2019 9:05PM