Review – Fuji Natura Classica: A Camera That Sees the World Like You Do

Fuji Natura Classica — it’s a handy little camera, fairly lightweight and easily stows away in a small bag or a big pocket. It’s really quiet, and stealthy, great for street photography! And its ability to shoot indoors and in lowlight is what attracted me at first.

The Fuji Natura Classica is a handy little point-and-shoot camera. It fits nicely into your hand and it’s really light too.

  • Dimensions: 109.5mm×62.0mm×36.0mm
  • Weight: 155g w/o battery
  • Uses one lithium CR2 battery
  • Super-EBC Fujinon 28-56mm f/2.8-5.4 zoom lens
  • Autofocus ranging from 0.4m to infinity
  • NP (natural photo) mode that measures the brightness range of the subject and
    adjusts exposure according to natural light
  • 5 exposure modes available:
    slow-shutter, red-eye reduction, self-timer, remote control, landscape

It can be easily stowed away in a small bag or a big pocket. Plus, it’s really quiet, and stealthy — great for street photography!

When switched on, the lens will protrude slightly, and the LCD on top will be activated. You will see the “NP” icon when you load fast films (ISO 800 and above). It means the Natural Photo mode is activated. I tried the camera first with a roll of Lomography Color Neg 800 ISO and later with a roll of Fujifilm Natura 1600, which was specially designed for the Fuji Natura Classica Camera.

Not to mention, it packs in a pop-up flash which can be activated via the little button at the side. So, even if you do not want/have fast films, you can use the built-in flash!

However, with it being a fairly automated camera, means that there is little we can do with the settings. And, it reads the DX code off the film, so it would not work with films without the DX code. Of course, you can actually meddle with the DX code to fool the camera into thinking it’s a fast film when it’s not. Furthermore, it does not accept any external flash or accessories.

Despite its shortcomings, I must say it’s a great camera and fairly easy to use (I jumped straight into using it w/o fussing over any instruction manual). Don’t be fooled into thinking that this camera is only made for indoors or low light, though it does work very well in those circumstances, take it out into the great outdoors and see it shine too!

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Animated creativity

Very honored to be invited to the N.E.mation! 6 Bloggers’ Animation Workshop, which took place on Tuesday (25 October). It was great fun working with my hands at the Stop Motion workshop.

After understanding what Stop Motion was about, we got a chance to experience how a simple Stop Motion clip is made using very simple materials like colored papers and some markers!

Here is my partner (@tangenghui) hard at work!

And a glimpse behind the scene after all the drawing and cutting …

The software (AniMaker) was easy to grasp and very user-friendly, we go the hang of it very quickly and here is our short (and very simple) Stop Motion clip on the adverse effects of air pollution. This was all done in under an hour, including everything from the drawing, cutting and putting everything together. And, it’s our very first attempt, so… try not to laugh (too much) ok? :p

Overall, it was an awesome evening. I learned something new and met some cool peeps. 😉

For more info on N.E.mation! 6, visit : http://nemation.sg/ !

Film Review : Kodak Elitechrome EB100 (Expired)

Realized your roll of Kodak Elitechrome EB is expired?? No worries! It still delivers good shots!

The Kodak Elitechrome EB was the first slide film I chanced upon as a new analogue photographer (or Lomographer).

I’ve heard much about the cool colors and saturation of slide film and cross-processing over the ‘normal’ color negatives. But being new to film and Lomography, I was a little hesitant to try.

As fate have it, I found 2 expired rolls of the Kodak Elite Chrome EB on eBay, and I finally mustered enough courage to give it a run in my beloved Diana F+ (with 35mm back). I wasn’t too sure how the photos will turn out, since I’m new at this whole analogue photography thing, and I’ve never tried Slide film, let alone expired ones, before.

I was pleasantly surprised by how my shots turned out.

And, one of the shots even looked like it came out through the time machine!

Interested to see how it does in low-light conditions, bulb-mode and perhaps multi-exposures??

Maybe now it’s time for you to give this a shot? Tell me how it went!

Original article published on Lomography, click here to read.

Review: Wanna Slice your Photos up?!

Rule #8 : You don’t have to know beforehand what you captured on film. Yes, that’s right. With the Diana+ Splitzer, you can have more fun doing what you love!

This “little piece of plastic” is a piece of gem. The Diana+ Splitzer fits nicely in front of your Diana F+ ‘s lens and you can adjust the area which you want to “expose”. If you have a Diana and you’re thinking “what else can I do with my favourite camera?” The answer is here! Get a Splitzer and try it!

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My Sexy TLR

Camera : Minolta X-700
Film : Fuji Reala 100

Location : SIM @ Namly, Singapore 2011

That is my lovely TLR (Twin-Lens Reflex) camera, the Lubitel 166B. Although it’s older than me, it’s still remarkable in both cosmetic and functionality. It gives me great images time and again. Much love. 🙂

A Fishy Encounter

The past week had been a blast! Spending time out and about with the La Sardina has been nothing short of an adventure…
A quick shout out to the wonderful folks at Lomography who made this possible for me!!! Thank you!!!

Now, let me take you through my Fishy Encounter!

For my first roll, I decided to try the Lomography Redscale XR, since it has an extended range which makes it easy when shooting with a camera of fixed aperture (and shutter) like the La Sardina

Read on to find out all about my adventure!

It was a wet and gloomy noon as it was drizzling, and since it was slightly dark, the film exhibits a more intense red hues.

So… I thought “Let’s try some double or multiple exposure!”

And so I did! (It made my trigger-happy finger very happy indeed!) With the La Sardina, it is really easy to do MX (code name for Multiple eXposure) as it has a little switch made just for that!

Finally when the rain has decided to spare me the misery, and the sun peeped from behind the clouds, I was getting a little more light and feeling happier…

This color saturation is just right to me, and it gives a sense of mystery with the slight vignetting at the sides.

Even with a brighter light, it didn’t stop me from doing more MX shots! 🙂

And now, this is one special photo, it turned out very different from the rest but it looks great! I love film! I love all the surprise it brings! LOMO ON!

Part 1 of my Fishy Encounter has ended… And I hurried over to the friendly photo lab (Triple D @ Burlington Sq) to drop off my roll…

It also means, Part 2 is just waiting to start!!

This time … the film of choice is Fuji Sensia 400!!!!!! It is a slide film, and I was very excited to x-pro (cross process) it and see what sparks would a combi like the La Sardina and Sensia 400 give!

Though it’s x-pro but the color shift is fairly natural, just with a more vivid and intense contrast which I really like!

Plus, the ultra wide lens of the La Sardina gives it a nice perspective. Specially when it’s up close!

I am still trying to get the hang of the focal distance of the La Sardina but it didn’t stop me from having fun!

And I really love the MX switch, it made it so easy to have extra fun doing multiple exposure!

I am definitely gonna bring it out again and again (before my 3-weeks runs out!)

*Psst… Remember I’ve 10 x 10piggies to give away to you?! (If you forgot, click here to refresh your memory!)

Here’s how…

1. Like this post (Follow this blog too!)

2. Like my Facebook page for this blog!

3. Leave a comment on this post to say WHY you want the piggies / you deserve them!

Also!!!! I’ll have a bundle of assorted films to give away to ONE lucky reader! Stay tuned for that!!! 😀

//edited on 18 June 2013, 2234hrs: To repair the broken links and missing images. 🙂

The 100th Post Giveaway!

Yes! This is the 100th post of my blog!!!!

To celebrate this, I’ve TWO pieces of exciting news!

1) I’ve 10 x 10piggies (1 piggy  = 1 USD or 10 HKD in the Lomography.com Online Store) to give away to some lucky readers/followers!!!!

Stay tuned to find out how I am giving these out!

Also…

2) I am gonna put together some films as a bundle (maybe a few bundles, who knows!?) and give them away to readers of my humble blog.

I will release the details in due time. Stay tuned!

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