I am fortunate to be a member of the local car and bike club, the Good Ole Boys, based at Edenhope in the West Wimmera. Every month the members can join the morning tea run, organised by a couple of the gang, to visit various locations around the Wimmera and South East SA. This month I was able to go along on a brilliant, bright, late-winter day in my 1980 Chrysler Scorpion, and enjoyed coffee and cake at a local cafe before heading across the street to a vintage motorcycle shop where the owners have divided the space in halves, with one side showcasing the vintage motorcycles and associated tools, magazines, parts and more, while the other side features collectables.
SPIRALWISE FROM TOP LEFT: model 1955 Jawa; looking in from the front window; enticing display of old tools; the proprietor greeted the group with some enthusiastic tune-playing on the old organ; vintage magazines; Miss Polly and her trolley; solid old Singer sewing machine; two old blokes sharing a laugh; grinners are winners; photographing the photographer.
Fujifilm X30 with in-camera B&W(Red) filter; collage compiled in Picasa.
After some investigation online into quirky lens alternatives for micro four thirds cameras, I uploaded the miserly sum of almost $35AUD to an eBay seller in a far away land, in return for which I received in the mail a CCTV lens with an adapter to use it with my Panasonic GX7. I had always wondered about these cheap lenses I had seen whilst browsing for ‘respectable’ lens options, but ultimately disregarded them as being inferior.
To my surprise, the lens weighs much more than its very small size indicates, and is easier to focus with the manual focus ring than expected. As there are no electrical connections between camera and lens adapter, setting the aperture and focus is completely manual, but this isn’t an issue when shooting stationary subjects.
I’m looking forward to trying it out in some different situations soon.
This was shot using the in-camera Dynamic Monochrome filter, with no editing beyond cropping and adding a border with Snapseed app.
With a few free hours, I went with a friend to Edenhope Antiques to try out her new camera, a Canon G3X; that is, she tried it out, while I made do with my humble Fujifilm X30. Not to worry, though, since I love this little camera – it lacks the sharpness and low light capabilities of my Panasonic GX7 with the 20mm f1.7 attached, but that’s to be expected. What it lacks in ultimate image quality, it makes up for with more convenient size and variability in a handsome form.
I only saved a handful of photos from the trash can on my screen, and even knowing how much sharper and cleaner they would have been if taken with the Panasonic, I’m happy with the imperfections.
Fujifilm X30 with in-camera custom black and white (red filter) setting; I applied a mild vignette and border with Snapseed app on my phone.