Single In Single in September (SiS) 2023 - discussion

When you're limited to 3 megapickles and the camera you've chosen doesn't go above iso 100 you have to plan ahead to know when the outside shooting conditions will be favourable. So, looking at the weather forecast where I am; Day 1 tomorrow looks terrible, dark, cloudy and rainy all day, but days 2 to 6 look promising with large periods of sun. So for me the most difficult day of the week for the challenge looks like being tomorrow.
 
When you're limited to 3 megapickles and the camera you've chosen doesn't go above iso 100 you have to plan ahead to know when the outside shooting conditions will be favourable. So, looking at the weather forecast where I am; Day 1 tomorrow looks terrible, dark, cloudy and rainy all day, but days 2 to 6 look promising with large periods of sun. So for me the most difficult day of the week for the challenge looks like being tomorrow.
Interesting choice, I had some thoughts about going with the Oly Mju 400 which has a 01.01.2003 date when its been shut off for a while, but decided to save that one for (hopefully) another small sensor challenge somewhere down the line.

Also saving myself some hassle with importing and such from the xd card as I will have some days on the road during the challenge. I have one of those wifi SD cards in the card pile and thought I would try to run that and see if I manage to get some "on the road editing" done by phone or tablet.
 
Interesting choice, I had some thoughts about going with the Oly Mju 400 which has a 01.01.2003 date when its been shut off for a while, but decided to save that one for (hopefully) another small sensor challenge somewhere down the line.

Also saving myself some hassle with importing and such from the xd card as I will have some days on the road during the challenge. I have one of those wifi SD cards in the card pile and thought I would try to run that and see if I manage to get some "on the road editing" done by phone or tablet.
The Oly was on my list as a "CCD Compact" (albeit not at the top; that honor went to Kodak which I fancied trying for old times sake), but what swung it in favour of the Fuji apart from the price of course, was the necessity to use use it with both hands unlike most of the others under that criteria. There was pleasingly a similar 2002 date on mine too.
 
The Oly was on my list as a "CCD Compact" (albeit not at the top; that honor went to Kodak which I fancied trying for old times sake), but what swung it in favour of the Fuji apart from the price of course, was the necessity to use use it with both hands unlike most of the others under that criteria. There was pleasingly a similar 2002 date on mine too.
I was actually contemplating switching to somethings similar, my second digital camera, a Kyocera Finecam S3. But the battery died ages ago, and the replacement hasn't arrived yet.

However, that camera's main virtue was its tiny size - no "two handed handling" possible, really.

I'll have to carry secondary cameras this time around, at least occasionally if the weather turns bad again - I like my M 262 and Elmar too much to risk ruining them. In a pinch, there's always the phone (it has an IP68 rating), and most of the time, indoor shots should be feasible, but at f/3.5, I'll have to choose my opportunities wisely ...

Come to think of it, I might have picked the phone anyway - because nice as my OnePlus 8 Pro is, it's at its EOL, unfortunately; software-wise, mainly, but also because of its battery giving out. That latter might be replaceable, but not without losing the phone's weather resistance ... I've never gelled with phone photography, so I'm glad overall that I didn't pick it, but it's the best camera phone I've used so far.

M.
 
The Oly was on my list as a "CCD Compact" (albeit not at the top; that honor went to Kodak which I fancied trying for old times sake), but what swung it in favour of the Fuji apart from the price of course, was the necessity to use use it with both hands unlike most of the others under that criteria. There was pleasingly a similar 2002 date on mine too.

Speaking of Oly CCD compacts, and though I'm not using my C-7070 for this SiS, I just have to mention it if anyone is looking for a cool and strange old compact Olympus which takes quite good images, once one gets the hang of how it works. Plus, the Olympus design engineers obviously had fun with this series (which includes the earlier C-5060 and the later C-8080).

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I remember now why the 7artisans 25mm has been unused for quite a while...
It's got a click-less f/stop ring and because it's a really small lens, I often inadvertently move that while attempting to manually focus.
I've got to keep taking my eye off the viewfinder to check that I'm still in the selected range of f/stop (goes from 1.8 to 16) - hoping vaguely for f/5.6-f/8-ish in general.
Of course it also never reads back what was actually used in the EXIF, so it's all much of a guessing game in the end

However, on the plus side, it's cheap and cheerful, nice and small and very sharp
 
I remember now why the 7artisans 25mm has been unused for quite a while...
It's got a click-less f/stop ring and because it's a really small lens, I often inadvertently move that while attempting to manually focus.
I've got to keep taking my eye off the viewfinder to check that I'm still in the selected range of f/stop (goes from 1.8 to 16) - hoping vaguely for f/5.6-f/8-ish in general.
I've only seen a photo of that lens, but it looks like the aperture ring is to the rear and the focus ring is out front. What about a little piece of tape, and taping the aperture ring to the rear barrel/mount part, set at f/6.3 or so? Just to hold that in place if that's where you generally use it. Or even a small wide rubber band holding friction on the aperture ring and that rear barrel by the mount? The latter might tighten that up enough so that you don't move it when focusing.
 
I've only seen a photo of that lens, but it looks like the aperture ring is to the rear and the focus ring is out front. What about a little piece of tape, and taping the aperture ring to the rear barrel/mount part, set at f/6.3 or so? Just to hold that in place if that's where you generally use it. Or even a small wide rubber band holding friction on the aperture ring and that rear barrel by the mount? The latter might tighten that up enough so that you don't move it when focusing.
You are completely correct in remembering the lens @mpeterson - it is just as you described
Small and quite fiddly (I just took a phone snap now)

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While your recommendations are very good, I do not want to stick it down to only one aperture, because I like to fiddle according to light and bokeh requirements.
I wouldn't know where to find a wide rubber band of that precise size either.

I'll muddle on for the month and see whether I grow accustomed to it along the way
 
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I remember now why the 7artisans 25mm has been unused for quite a while...
It's got a click-less f/stop ring and because it's a really small lens, I often inadvertently move that while attempting to manually focus.
I've got to keep taking my eye off the viewfinder to check that I'm still in the selected range of f/stop (goes from 1.8 to 16) - hoping vaguely for f/5.6-f/8-ish in general.
Of course it also never reads back what was actually used in the EXIF, so it's all much of a guessing game in the end

However, on the plus side, it's cheap and cheerful, nice and small and very sharp
I returned a lens because it was clickless and I found it annoying. However, I got the 7Artisans 12/2.8 which is clickless and I was okay with that one and kept it. I agree about small lenses being fiddly with aperture rings - the 35/1.2 I am using this month is like that too
 
Hey all.
In the announcements thread I mentioned walking around town and low light. The first several days may be around the house, as my wife is recovering from a MOHS surgery on her leg and is having a tough time moving around. I have ideas though.
I wish your wife a good recovery, she is your primary concern right now. You can take photos of jam jars in the kitchen so long
 
As a night shift worker, I usually get up for my "Day" at about 8:30 pm locally. I often take photos (available darkness anyone ;) ?) on my way to work. However, these would have an Exif date of the day prior. Would you accept one I took on my way to work, say today, as a shot for day 2 or should I wait until tomorrow night to retake that shot for this day? This is more of a a curiosity question for going forward than one for right now.
 
As a night shift worker, I usually get up for my "Day" at about 8:30 pm locally. I often take photos (available darkness anyone ;) ?) on my way to work. However, these would have an Exif date of the day prior. Would you accept one I took on my way to work, say today, as a shot for day 2 or should I wait until tomorrow night to retake that shot for this day? This is more of a a curiosity question for going forward than one for right now.
If it's all the same to you, I'd say use the date instead of your own daily rhythm as a point of reference. We don't check dates, but daily dates make up the framework of this challenge. Since we're only talking about this now, do what you have to do and settle into things by tomorrow (or today if feasible). No harm done at all.

I've had to use shots taken slightly after midnight (so, technically of the next day) before - busy days, late night safeties. That's what can happen. But eight or nine hours in (or out) clearly mean a different day ...

M.
 
As a night shift worker, I usually get up for my "Day" at about 8:30 pm locally. I often take photos (available darkness anyone ;) ?) on my way to work. However, these would have an Exif date of the day prior. Would you accept one I took on my way to work, say today, as a shot for day 2 or should I wait until tomorrow night to retake that shot for this day? This is more of a a curiosity question for going forward than one for right now.

I would agree with Matt's recommendation of using the actual date, though your comment made me remember a number of jobs I've had which basically required me to stay up parts or large portions of nights. It can definitely throw one's personal rhythms off - but also, in my own case at least, I discovered that I was 'seeing' some interesting and unexpected things during my 'work days' - which were actually nights - which I'm not sure I would have ever seen, otherwise. All of which makes me both curious about - and looking forwards to - seeing more of your entries this month. The nighttime really is different than daytime (and I'm not just saying that because I was reading a short story by Edgar Allan Poe ;) )
 
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