Initial test shot from my Vivitar 35-105 f3.5 (constant) macro zoom on Nex5n.

Digital, Lenses, Photography Discussion

While doing my initial tests of the Quataray 70-200 f2.8 I thought I would also try a couple more lenses which I had still been meaning too. One of these lenses is my Vivitar 35-105 f3.5 constant aperture macro zoom. Unfortunately this lens arrived with a problem, it arrived with the lens stuck in macro mode. So I was only able to quickly test it in macro mode, but it does seem to render quite nicely and holds great potential. I have since fixed the lens problem being stuck in macro mode, so I will need to return to testing this more thoroughly in the future but for now here is an initial test shot on Nex5n. The lens could also use a clean from the inside as there is also some haze on the rear element. This lens has a serial number beginning with 37, thus it is a Tokina made zoom.
(please click on images to view larger and sharper)

Iso100, f3.5, 1/500, converted to b&w using DXO film pack 3

Thank you for viewing this initial test, please do check back for a more thorough test with this lens now fixed in the future. 🙂

A new acquisition: Zeiss Pancolar 50 1.8 Initial test

Digital, Gear, Lenses, Photo walk abouts, Photography Discussion

Just last Friday afternoon this nifty little Carl Zeiss Jena 50mm f1.8 in m42 mount arrived on my doorstep.

I had scored it for a fair price on the old eBay and was keen to give it a quick test run. Being Friday afternoon and that Lisa and I were off work as we were off to a friends wedding the next morning it seemed like the perfect time to take it out for a quick shoot, so we decided to go down to the pub for a quick beer while at it. haha

The Carenar 45mm f2.8 manual focus lens on Nex5n…and the old Atlantis ruins…

Digital, Lenses, Photography Discussion

Ok, ok, I know it has been a loooooong time since I have written a decent post or review or anything on here, and I do appologise. I got very distacted by losing a bass player in my band and recruiting a replacent and training him up, plus I also did a short stint fronting a local band too. It has been winter here too, so the light has not been great, but I have still kept getting out to shoot as often as possible. I actually have much material to share with you all. I have had both my brothers and a mate from work all buy good cameras recently and take up photography. So it has been a very inspiring time.

My lens collecting addiction has certainly not gone away and neither has my passion for manual lens photography. I was also lucky enough to acquire two new digitals besides my Nex5 and KX for my birthday, a Nex5n and K30, but more on all this in a later article…

…For now, having taken time to reshuffle my priorities a little, I have had more time to get back to shooting more as of late and thus able to participate in more discussions about manual lenses. Recently while on one of my favorite forums, Manual Focus Lenses, I came across a post about a Petri 45mm f2.8. As I like to read about lenses, and having owned a 45mm f2.8 I clicked on the post and gave it a read. The lens pictured by the poster looked very similar to my Carenar 45mm f2.8, so I informed him of such and took a pic for comparison. They indeed do look identical, bar the brandings on the lens. We both now believe that this lens was produced by a third party. I already knew this about my Carenar as I had done research about it myself, however I was surprised to find an identical lens rebranded as  Petri. I have only been able to find a little about the Carenar brand but have no idea as of yet who the manufacturer of this lens was, however I have been informed that this is in-fact a copy of the Carl Zeiss 45mm f2.8 Tessar, here is the little I know about the brand:

This is as much as I have been able to find about the Carenar brand to date:

Quelle is a german company selling by command from a catalogue but also has shops in bigger german towns. They also had a chain called Foto Quelle for photogear and film but after being big in the 70s (older photographers toldme they were really good shops concurring with specialised photodealers) and declining at the end of the 80s they were closed in the middle of the 90s. The Quelle shops (selling from clothes to household and electronics) were also in trouble in the last years but some of them still exist and even have a little department of photographic gear and film development service.
The catalogue selling business still flourish as far as I know. Interesting side note, after the german postal market was liberalised and the Deutsche Post lost his monopol situation Quelle opened his sending channels used before to deliver the products from the catalogue to everyone, not only customers. They were for long time (and still are) the cheapest method to send things around in Germany. (Oh… the site says Quelle was sold. Seem they couldn’t avoid bankrupcy.)
Quelle (or Foto Quelle) had two lines of inhouse brand cameras: Revue or Revueflex (SLRs) and Carena. The corresponding lenses were labeled Revuenon and Carenar.
Behind this two names they sold anything they could get from GDR (mostly Praktica but I believe also some compacts and some 6×6 or 6×4,5 box cameras), USSR (ZTM and M42 Zenits, LTM rangefinders, TLRs, compacts, etc.), China (mostly Seagull TLRs but folders also), Japan (different producers, not only Cosina and Chinon also “better” names) and even USA (especially Polaroid instant cameras).
I don’t know why the two lines. It seems to me that Carena was introduced later but did not replace the Revue/Revueflex line.

After agreeing that my Carenar lens did infact look identical to his Petri, the poster then asked me if I had any shots with the lens I could share. I said I would get him some. I knew I had some from when I first got the lens but they were average and rather old now, so I decided it was about time I went out for a decent shoot with this lens and give it a bit of a review.

Deciding where to go for a shoot in Perth is always the hardest thing for and Lisa and I. It always seems as if there is not much here, which I guess can be true… this kind of led us too our location for today. There used to be many more big Theme Parks in Perth back some 20 years ago, however over the years most had all gone bankrupt and are now laying in ruin. Quite sad actually, when the whole state is crying out for more entertainment…. but that is another story. We decided to drive up to Yanchep and have a look around the old Atlantis theme park ruins and see if we could get some shots. It turned out to be quite a nostalgic trip for me as I remember visiting the park as a child and having fond memories of the visit.

The lens is of manly plastic construction it feels. It does not feel poor or flimsy however, no, it actually feels rather sturdy. The lens is very light though, and rather short, like most 45mm I find can almost be qualified as a pancake lens. It seems to have a very smooth and short turn to the focus diaphram, thus I am thinking it could be very good for video. My copy is a little scuffed up on the outside, but optically is in great shape. These are actually a little rare to find on E-bay.

I am quite happy with the sharpness of this lens. For something that I took a punt on E-bay for, and for how light and plastic-y it feels, it takes some great pictures. Good colour, and the compactness of the lens with how light it is make it quite a comfortable fit on the Nex5n for a walk around prime. Having the 1.5X crop of the APS-C sensor in the Nex the real lens focal length of 45mm actually becomes about a 67.5mm effective focal length, which is still not too bad for a walk around length. It only focuses down to about 80cm so it is not particularly close focusing, but still adequate for most shooting. I have done some 100% crops for you to peruse. As with all my images, please click on them to view larger and sharper. These were all shot at about f5.6

How’s the Bokeh? Could be a little distracting by some peoples tastes…. but could be characteristic to others.


As you can see, good colour representation as well as sharpness, I did however have to boost the contrast a little to compensate for a little glow, so I believe the coatings may be a little old.


I like that this lens seems to represent some decent 3D pop, as is demonstrated in this pic of this old abandoned trolley.

All in all I think this lens is a decent pick-up if you can grab it for around $50-$80. However I am noticing a trend of increasing prices in the second hand manual lens market as more of us start to realise their true value. I think this lens represent decent band for buck if you can pick up a clean copy for a reasonable price. It is light, and smooth, is pretty sharp, has good colour representation, if a little low on contrast and has some nice 3D pop. All in all I have to say I quite like this lens and will have to pull it out more often. Bellow are some more pictures taken with this lens from the same outing.

Film: a growing addiction… to try lower iso films?

Film, Photography Discussion

After having GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) in my many other hobbies, namely music and fish keeping, my newly found love of acquiring old manual lenses to go in front of my Nex5 quickly led to my newly re-found love of shooting film on my growing collection of film cameras. At first just wanting to get out and shoot and not really too fussed about the results, I just bought general purpose 400iso film. Being the junky for comparisons that I am, I bought 10 rolls each of fuji superia, kodak ultramax& agfa vist. Haha
Wanting to shoot some b&w, I also procured some kentmere 400 b&w.

This is 7 shots taken on my Minolta 700si using the 35-70mm auto zoom lens on
Kodak Ultramax 400iso film, then stitched together. (click image for larger size)

Now, I had the cameras and I had some film all I needed now was somewhere to get my film processed. I did the ring-a-round and found a local place that would develop my c-41 (standard 35mm neg. colour developer) film for me. Unfortunately I realised too late the kentmere was not c-41, so I ordered some ilford xp2.

I have now shot a few rolls of my diff. 400iso colour films, with some great coloured sunsets in the evening low-light, but they were rather washed out in broad daylight. The fuji had the finest grain, but is a little colder in palette. The kodak is warmer with chunkier grain and the agfa is down the middle if not a little burnt looking.

Examples can be found in previous posts:
A day of shooting: Kings Park on film cameras, digital cameras, even our phones!
Minolta X700: Unexpected great old performer.
Canon Ex-1 Auto: First test roll
Film: Roll 2 comes back… Fuji vs Kodak
Film: A return to a long lost love!

So, I ordered some slide film, a couple of rolls of Fuji provia, a couple of Fuji velvia, a few of Kodak elite chrome and a few Agfa precisia, I look forward to their results. However, knowing my local developer only processes c-41, I knew I needed to sort out somewhere that would do slide and b&w as well. So on the weekend I went out and shots some more 400iso colour, which confirmed my suspicions about it washing out in full sun, but I also shot a roll of the kentmere to force myself to find somewhere that could process it, so I could test it. After looking around I found somewhere, they are however a fair distance away and charge $31 for developing and scan to disc, compared to the $12 I pay at my local for c-41 developing and scan to disc. I will still use my kentmere and slide films…just sparingly as the development is over twice what c-41 costs me.

I then remembered I had seen examples of kadak ektar which was very sharp, vibrant and had fine grain. So I started looking into higher grade c-41 films for shooting and getting better results…in the end I ordered 17 rolls of Kodak ektar 100, 10 of Fuji pro160s, 15 of kodak prophotoxl 100 and 10 rolls of Kodak portra and of course some more xp2!!

Now, hopefully I should get much nicer results in daylight…however I am also going to have half a fridge full of film! Haha

Is anyone else as bad as me? If so what is your favourite of these more professional grade c-41 films?

I will keep you all posted on my results.

Here are some of the shots I took on various 400iso colour film down on the river fore shore and in Perth on the w/e:

This is the second stitch I took on this day:
 This is 7 shots taken on my Minolta 700si using the 35-70mm auto zoom lens on
Agfa Vista Plus 400iso film, then stitched together. (click image for larger size)

This is the first roll of Kodak ultramax 400 I shot. The last pic is from at home after loading the film, the rest are from the southern foreshore of the Swan River. This roll was shot on my Minolta 700si with the 35-70mm auto zoom lens.

This is the second roll of Kodak ultramax 400 I shot. The last 6 pics are from at home after loading the film, the rest are from the southern foreshore of the Swan River. This roll was shot on my Minolta 500si with the 35-80mm auto zoom lens.

This is the 3rd roll I shot. It is Agfa Vista Plus 400. This film is impressing me more and more, the longer I review the images. It’s colour is excellent, as is it’s grain profile for 400 speed consumer grade film. This roll was shot on my Minolta 700si with the 35-70mm auto zoom lens.


This is the 3rd roll I shot. It is Fuji Superia Xtra 400. This film is quite impressive too for 400 speed consumer film. However, I find it’s palette to be much cooler. This roll was shot on my Minolta 500si with the 35-80mm auto zoom lens.


I also shot a roll on Kentmere B&W film in my 700si about town, but until I can find a good non c-41 film developer. Those images will have to be shown another day.

I feel from these you can see what I was talking about by the colours being ever so slightly washed out and the highlights are blown in many of these shots taken under our harsh Aussie sun. I am hoping by trying a few of the nice lower iso films I will correct these two issues and create even better images. Though the 400iso did perform well in the lower light scenarios. It makes me beg the question as to whether I should also have a camera loaded with 400iso as well as another loaded with a lower iso, just so I cover all my bases.

I will share my results with you guys and I welcome any thoughts on films to try.

Tokina 353: Lens testing this old film auto zoom on my Pentax KX

Digital, Lenses, Photography Discussion

I had the opportunity to acquire a Tokina 353 35-300 auto zoom in Pentax mount for $60 a couple of weeks ago. I did a bit of a Google before going to inspect the lens, however I found very little information about this lens online, and test shots were all but non-existent. I did however find a random thread which contained peoples opinions of the lens from their experience with it. The comments ranged from “this lens is excellent, really sharp!” through to “this lens is a coke bottle, worst lens ever made!”. So the lens could be either fantastic or reportedly one of the worst lenses ever made, how could I pass that up? I had to get it and give it a thorough review.

The next afternoon after work, I strapped it on the front of my Pentax Kx, put the dogs on their leashes and walked down the park to have a little test shoot. I first off just started just taking some random snaps around the park just to get a feel for the lens.

Iso 200, App. F8, Sh. Sp. 1/800, Focal length: 300mm

Iso 200, App. F10, Sh. Sp. 1/500, Focal length: 300mm

Iso 200, App. F4.5, Sh. Sp. 1/125, Focal length: 65mm

Iso 200, App. F7.1, Sh. Sp. 1/320, Focal length: 300mm

Iso 400, App. F11, Sh. Sp. 1/100, Focal length: 35mm

Iso 400, App. F7.1, Sh. Sp. 1/320, Focal length: 300mm

It actually performed better than I had anticipated from all the negative comments I had heard about this lens. I know I went into the test not expecting too much. So I know I was very critical about the lens seeming rather soft at first when checking my shots on the KX screen. Looking back they actually do not seem too bad, but I know when first reviewing my results I was neither impressed or un-impressed by this little known old lens.

So I did some crops to check how it was rendering detail. Now these are not comprehensive as I did not have the cam on a tripod so all shots were freehand and may effect the results a little as I may not have had the steadiest hands.

Iso 800, App. F10, Sh. Sp. 1/320, Focal length: 300mm

100% crop

Iso 400, App. F11, Sh.Sp. 1/400, Focal length: 210

100% crop

I was un-happy with these two tests as I feel I had maybe not been as steady as I could have been and I feel I had let the ISO change a little too much which could effect the 100% crop results too. So I set the Pentax to 200 ISO to rule that out and picked a fixed target to shoot a couple of 100% crops at a couple of different focal lengths to see how she performs through her range.

Iso 200, App. F8, Sh. Sp. 1/800, Focal length: 300mm

100% crop

Iso 200, App. F9, Sh. Sp. 1/800, Focal length: 125mm

100% crop

Iso 200, App. F10, Sh. Sp. 1/640, Focal length: 70mm

100% crop

Now I know this is not the full focal range of the lens, but I feel it is enough to give you an idea of how it is performing. I was actually reasonably impressed looking back at the results, as there is quite good detail in that 100% crop from the street lamp at 300mm.
I had a bit more of a shoot around the park before I went home to review the results.

Iso 400, App. F6.7, Sh. Sp. 1/400, Focal length: 300mm

Iso 200, App. F6.7, Sh. Sp. 1/500, Focal length: 300mm

Iso 400, App. F14, Sh. Sp. 1/500, Focal length: 300mm

Iso 400, App. F6.7, Sh. Sp. 1/400, Focal length: 300mm

Iso 200, App. F5, Sh. Sp. 1/200, Focal length: 35mm

Iso 200, App. F9, Sh. Sp. 1/25, Focal length: 125mm

Iso 200, App. F6.7, Sh. Sp. 1/25, Focal length: 300mm

This shot actually highlights something I noticed about this lens, it’s auto focus seems to be ever so slightly off. Not by much, but enough to get it to focus on the wrong thing when two small things are close together. I have a feeling this lens will resolve a lot better if I was to manually focus it myself.  After this I went home and while reviewing the shots I had a thought. This lens supposedly has VR or vibration reduction built into it since it was made for film cameras that did not have IBIS or in body image stabilisation. I remembered reading somewhere that if a lens has stabilisation and the camera body has stabilisation this can effect your photos as they will both be throwing each other out.
So the very the next afternoon I took the Tokina 353 out again, but this time with IBIS turned off in my Pentax KX. Again I started off just by taking some random snaps.

Iso 200, App. F5.6, Sh. Sp. 1/125, Focal length: 125mm

Iso 200, App. F7.1, Sh. Sp. 1/320, Focal length: 300mm

Iso 200, App. F6.7, Sh.Sp. 1/250, Focal length: 300mm

Iso 200, App. F4.5, Sh. Sp. 1/125, Focal length: 65mm

Iso 200, App.F6.7, Sh. Sp. 1/250, Focal length: 300mm

Iso 200, App. F6.7, Sh. Sp. 1/50, Focal length: 230mm

I of course decided to do some crops. However I shot a less static target today, more out of whim than anything else, though I wanted to test it’s detail in a situation where it’s max focal length would be used.

Iso 200, App. F6.7, Sh. Sp. 1/400, Focal length: 300mm

100% crop

Iso 200, App. F6.7, Sh. Sp. 1/400, Focal length: 300mm

100% crop

Iso 200, App. F6.7, Sh. Sp. 1/400, Focal length: 300mm

100% crop

Iso 200, App. F6.7, Sh. Sp. 1/500, Focal length: 300mm

I then continued having a bit more of a shoot, just wanting to make sure I felt I had enough material to compare with shake reduction on or off.

Iso 200, App. F8, Sh. Sp. 1/320, Focal length: 300mm

Iso 200, App. F7.1, Sh. Sp. 1/320, Focal length: 300mm

Iso 200, App. F6.3, Sh. Sp. 1/640, Focal length: 38mm

Iso 200, App. F5.6, Sh. Sp. 1/200, Focal length: 125mm

Iso 200, App. F7.1, Sh. Sp. 1/320, Focal length: 300mm

Iso 200, App. F6.3, Sh. Sp. 1/100, Focal length: 210mm

Iso 200, App. F6.3, Sh. Sp. 1/160, Focal length: 210mm

Iso 200, App. F5.6, Sh. Sp. 1/60, Focal length: 90mm

All in all after reviewing these test results I’m not entirely convinced that turning the Shake Reduction off gains you anything in this instance. I think the lens may have performed just as well in both tests, but I would very much like your opinions. Do you think you can see any differences I am missing? Please comment and let me know.

Overall though, I have to say this lens is not as bad as some of the reports I had read. It seems to be an average performer, but then again it covers such a large focal range from 35-300mm. I do not think this lens is any kind of stellar performer and would not be in the league for sharpness as a Tamron 70-300mm or the Sigma 50-300mm lenses. However both these lenses do not give you as much versatility in focal range and both will set you back at least $200aus brand new. So if you can pick this lens up for around $50-75 aus I think you will have a pretty neat little versatile lens for those times when versatility is paramount. I also do not think this lens is not without character. Being an older lens the images that come from it have a character about it and you also get that trade mark Tokina bokeh. Being slightly soft may actually lend this lens to being a decent portrait lens, It does seem to have some haloing, this is something I will have to test. The corner sharpness is not great, especially out at 300mm but again what do you expect from an old 90’s lens that is as versatile as this, without being huge. Although back around the wide end this lens is actually quite surprisingly sharp.

I think this lens has a place for those that are willing to make exceptions for what it is or work with it’s limitations/characteristics. I am happy to have this in my kit bag for those occasions when this lens may lend it’s unique character, odd as it may be sometimes, and I do not think it deserves it’s reputation as the worst lens ever made. I definitely think this lens will also shine more for you if you are prepared to take the time to shoot it manually.


Unexpected acquisition: Pentax Kx first look


It was quite a nice day on Sunday, so Lisa and I decided to go to ‘Kings Park’ and take some photos. We had not been there in years and I really wanted to shoot some stitches. I will cover this in more detail when my films are developed, hopefully tomorrow afternoon. As I eluded to in the previous sentence, I shot some film as well as digital, so after we were done we went to our local ‘Fuji’ booth to drop the films off for developing. While there I noticed there was a special sign in front of the Pentax Kx’s. I had been thinking about picking one up since I recieved a nice Pentax 30-80mm auto zoom which I had just taken to Max to be serviced. These normally retail for about $700-799, however not this week. Upon closer inspection of the special sign they were on special for this week at $360 with 18-55m zoom lens! How could I pass this up? I had to buy it.

Upon first inspection I am very happy with the build, it feels very sturdy in my hand. I however noticed that the LCD screen was unprotected, so the first thing I did was put one of those sticky Iphone screen protectors over it to protect it from scratching. I turned it on and flicked through the menu, set it to store in Raw plus Jpeg and went about test shooting wanting to see how it performed out the box, before I went and made all my customary settings changes. Right off the bat I was impressed with how quick the auto focus was. Having been shooting both my Minolta 500si and 700si film cameras all day along with my Sony Nex digital, I was craving the viewfinder of my film cameras. That was the first thing I fell in love with about the Pentax Kx, it felt more like shooting a film SLR. The lenses seemed sharp and contrasty and the sensor seemed to render very nicely. The LCD on this however, is nothing in comparison to that of the Nex, no contest. The Nex wins hands down. This is not the point of the screen on the Kx however, it is intended solely as a review screen to see if you captured the shot ok. You can shoot in live-view however this is very slow, again nothing in comparison with the Nex, but again this is not the intended usage of the Kx. Having knocked out just an initial test shoot around the house, I have to say I am pleasantly surprised by the quality of the shots, this is a very good camera.

This is not intended as a full review just now, more just a first look at how it performs out the box. Here are a few of my first test shots:

Shot using the 18-55mm @ 55mm, Sh. Sp. 1/100, Ap. F7.1, ISO 200

Shot using the 18-55mm @ 55mm, Sh. Sp. 1/60, Ap. F7.1, ISO 1600

Shot using the 18-55mm @ 23.1mm, Sh. Sp. 1/60, Ap. F5, ISO 1600

Shot using the 18-55mm @ 47.5mm, Sh. Sp. 1/800, Ap. F7.1, ISO 200

Shot using the 18-55mm @ 55mm, Sh. Sp. 1/1000, Ap. F8, ISO 200

Shot using the 18-55mm @ 55mm, Sh. Sp. 1/2000, Ap. F7.1, ISO 200

Shot using the 18-55mm @ 42.5mm, Sh. Sp. 1/1000, Ap. F7.1, ISO 200

Shot using the 18-55mm @ 55mm, Sh. Sp. 1/80, Ap. F7.1, ISO 1600

Shot using the 35-80mm @ 80mm, Sh. Sp. 1/160, Ap. F8, ISO 800

Shot using the 35-80mm @ 80mm, Sh. Sp. 1/800, Ap. F8, ISO 200

Shot using the 18-55mm @ 55mm, Sh. Sp. 1/30, Ap. F5.6, ISO 1600

Shot using the 18-55mm @ 55mm, Sh. Sp. 1/200, Ap. F6.3, ISO 200

Shot using the 18-55mm @ 40mm, Sh. Sp. 1/125, Ap. F4.5, ISO 200

Shot using the 18-55mm @ 55mm, Sh. Sp. 1/100, Ap. F5.6, ISO 200

Shot using the 18-55mm @ 55mm, Sh. Sp. 1/2500, Ap. F7.1, ISO 200

Shot using the 18-55mm @ 55mm, Sh. Sp. 1/200, Ap. F8, ISO 200

After this initial test shoot I am very happy with this camera and it will always be in my kit from now on. Stay posted for the full review in a few weeks when I have had a thorough test.

Here are the specs of the Pentax Kx:

Image Sensor
Sensor Type: CMOS
Sensor Manufacturer:
Total Megapixels: 12.9
Effective Megapixels: 12.4
Sensor Format: APS-C
Sensor Size (dia.): 1.11″
Focal Length Multiplier: 1.5
Color Filter Type: RGBG
Self-Cleaning: Yes
Sensor-shift Stabilized: Yes
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 4288 x 2848 (12.2 MP, 3:2),3936 x 2624 (10.3 MP, 3:2),3072 x 2048 (6.3 MP, 3:2),1728 x 1152 (2.0 MP, 3:2)
Image File Format: JPEG (EXIF 2.21), 12-bit RAW (.PEF, .DNG)
Video Capture
Movie Mode: Yes
Movie Resolution: 1280×720, 640×416
Movie Frame Rate: 24, 24
Movie Audio: Yes
Movie File Format: n/a
Lens Mount: PENTAX KAF2; KAF3/2, KAF, KA
Kit Lens: smc Pentax DA L 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 27 – 84 mm
Zoom Ratio: 3.00x
Aperture Range: f/3.5 – 22 (W), f/5.6 – 38 (T)
Normal Focus Range:
Macro Focus Range:
Optical Image Stablization: No
Digital Zoom: No
Digital Zoom Values: n/a
Filter Thread: 52mm
Auto Focus
Auto Focus: Yes
Auto Focus Type: SAFOX VIII TTL phase-detect 11 point (9 cross) AF: 11 pt auto, 5 pt auto, AF pt select, center/spot
Face Detection: Yes
Auto Focus Assist Light? Yes
Manual Focus: Yes
Optical Viewfinder
Optical Viewfinder: Yes
Optical Viewfinder Type: SLR type; fixed eye-level pentamirror, 96% coverage, 0.85x mag., -2.5 to +1.5 diopter
LCD Viewfinder: Yes
LCD Size (inches): 2.7
LCD Resolution (pixels):
Articulating LCD: No
Max Playback Zoom: 16.0x
ISO Settings: Auto (200-6400), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800
Auto ISO Mode: Yes
White Balance Settings: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent (D, N, W, L), Flash, Custom
Shutter Speed Range: 30 – 1/6000
Bulb Mode: Yes
Exposure Compensation: +/- 2.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes: 16-segment Multi, Center-weighted, Spot
Program AE: Yes
Aperture Priority: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes
Full Manual Exposure: Yes
Creative Exposure Modes: Auto Picture (Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Action, Night Scene Portrait, Picture (Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Action, Night Scene Portrait, Standard Flash Off), Scene (Night Scene, Surf & Snow, Food, Sunset, Kids, Pet, Candlelight, Museum, Stage Lighting [JPG], Night Snap [JPG]), Sensitivity Priority
Self Timer: 2 or 12 seconds
Time Lapse:
Built-in Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: On, off, redeye, slow sync, slow sync w redeye, slow sync w trailing curtain, wireless
Flash Guide Number (ISO 100): 11 m / 37 ft.
Flash Range Description: Depends on lens
Max Flash Sync: 1/180
Flash Exp Compensation: -2 to +1 EV in 0.5EV steps
Ext Flash Connection: Hot Shoe
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: SD / SDHC
Memory Included (MB):
File System: FAT32
DCF Compliant: Yes
Composite Video Out: Yes
NTSC/PAL Switchable: Yes
Video Usable as Viewfinder: No
HD Video Out: No
HD Video Connection:
Built-In Wi-fi: No
Computer/Printer: USB 2.0 High Speed
PictBridge Compliant: No
DPOF Compliant: Yes
Remote Control: Yes
Remote Control Type: Optional IR
Other Connection: AC adapter available
Battery Form Factor: 4 x AA
Usable Battery Types: Lithium, Alkaline disposables; NiMH rechargeables
Batteries Included: 4 x AA Alkaline disposables
Battery Charger Included: No
CIPA Rating: 420
Included Software: CD-ROM
OS Compatibility: Windows XP/Vista/7, MacOS-X 10.3+
Notes & Features: Sensor-shift shake reduction, 720p HD video capture, Live View with face detection. Available in black or white.