When using compact zoom cameras, I rarely shoot them at anything other than their wide end. I’ve found that the zoom either leaves something to be desired in terms of sharpness, and also tends to be severely limited by small minimum aperatures. While shooting the Olympus Superzoom 160 though, I decided to see how it would fare with the final shot on the roll.
It always pays to be careful when using the zoom as, depending on the light available, the camera will fire the flash if you don’t manually disable it using the fiddly little button. Some zoom compacts have a mechanical switch to do this that can be left in the off position unless flash is needed, but most tend to flash automatically with the various flash modes being switched via a small button. It can be easy to forget this and end up with an underexposed shot if you’re not paying attention.
So, being careful to make sure there was enough light, I made the following landscape photo with the camera zoomed in. I can’t remember if it was at the full 160mm setting, but a good way towards it if not. The results are kinda what I expected with a definite softness apparent when compared with photographs made with the camera at it’s wide-angle setting, so I guess my rule of thumb will remain mostly in place.
Don’t zoom in too far Disapointment may arise From your photograph
A while ago I posted of my adventure crossing an overgrown field to photograph St. Peter’s church at Elmton. Well the field at the lower left of this picture, behind the wall, is the one in question. It looks pretty innocent here, doesn’t it…
Innocent it looks Though the truth was not so fine Nettled guardians
This is an old barn in the village of Elmton. I was out shooting the remaining frames of film in an Olympus Sure Shot 160 I got as a freebie along with my XA3 when I made this picture. I wasn’t expecting too much from the camera – it has a pretty slow lens, especially when zoomed, and the last Superzoom model I owned, a 105G, made photos which were a little soft – but it’s surprised me with nice crisp results.
I shall drip-feed further images from the camera over the next few days.
Old barn in a field Providing shelter for trees An odd crop I think
Last year I picked up several rolls of expired Kodak slide film – some Ektachrome EPP, Elite Chrome 100, and Elite Chrome 200. I shot a roll of the Ektachrome back in the autumn and was very happy with the results, some of which can be seen here. A couple of weeks back I shot one of the rolls of Elite Chrome 200 with similarly pleasant results. Whereas with the Ektachrome I had used my OM-2n, for this roll I decided to chance it in a point-and-shoot compact – my Canon Sure Shot Supreme. The camera generally does a good job of metering scenes and I wanted to see what slide film would look like shot through a consumer camera. On the whole, I think it did a great job. The images are a little softer than those from my OM-2n, but notby a large margin, and the film itsel gave pleasing result. I doubt the colours are strictly accurate, and I had the subdue a purple cast, but they are attractive nontheless – I don’t shoot expired film expecting it to give perfect colours anyway, my main wish being that it gives me something I like. I’ve added a couple of frames from the roll today and will upload more over the next week or so.
I acquired a couple of new (to me) cameras today. A lady had advertised an Olympus XA3 and Olympus Superzoom 160 on the local Trash Nothing group – where people can advertise items they are giving away free of charge. I spotted the ad first thing and expressed interest straight away. I received a reply later stating the someone else had got in first but that if that fell through then I could have them. I pretty much expected to have lost out on the deal but thn, this afternoon, received another message saying the other person had pulled out and I could have them. I’m looking forward to trying out the simple, and tiny, XA3 (which also has the flash unit), and if the Superzoom works ok, I might run another Travelling Superzoom project like I did in 2019 – this involved loading the camera with a roll of film and them taking a few shots. The camera would then be posted to another participant who would do the same. This would continue until the film was fully shot and we’d then share everyone’s photos amongst the group. The results from that first project can be seen here.
Two new cameras Are waiting to be tested Snap snap snap snap snap