Mobile photography

My photos from cell phone or what can you get with a little bit knowledge of photography process and some skill in modern image processing software.



My LowRes photography




Just want to inform you, that i started new project related to lofi photography. 
You can find all inforamtion right here: http://lowres224.blogspot.com/

Some updates to blog interface


Cleaned-up interface mess, updated some graphics, improved screen readability. And I would like to remind you, that all minor quantity photo samples shown here  are in reduced resolution. So, you see only web-quality content.

Additional places to reach me: 
http://spacedrone808.blogspot.com/
(articles in Russian in most cases)

Pentax 645D

Pentax 645D with 35mm F3.5 and GPS-module attached

I have 3 years of experience using this photographic tool. In short: this is great medium format camera with awesome price.

PROS

huge sensor size, comparing to 35mm cameras (but still a crop-camera in terms of 645 film)
killer resolution 40 Mpix (resolution is a little bit better than in newest Nikon D800E)
very affordable camera for medium format segment (under 8000$). Pentax 645D retire Leica S2 at least in terms of price (more than double price over Pentax). Considering the fact that these cameras share almost the same sensor. No comments.
rock-solid body with weather-sealing
superb ergonomics. I can assure you as a former Nikon-fanatic. And Nikon always produces top-notch cameras in terms of convenience
not so big weight, if we compare it with Nikon D3x, for instance
awesome viewfinder
great park of optics from film-age.As for me, i use Pentax 645 A 35mm F3.5 with manual focus for landscapes, Pentax 645 FA 150mm F2.8 with autofocus for portraits, Pentax 645 FA 45-85mm F4.5 for general photographic. For special purposes i am using Zodiak-8 30mm F3.5 Russian fisheye lens

CONS

There is no substantial flaws in camera design. But here is some notes:
no live view option (but great viewfinder, as i said higher)
dynamic range is a little bit worse comparing to Nikon D800 (but this is not a problem, we can take 2-3 shots with different EVs and than combine them in Photoshop)

CONCLUSION

Range of tasks that can handle this camera is quite awesome: commercial, studio, portrait, landscape and a little bit street photography. Contraindications - sports, low light photography.

For those who are interested, quite crazy and alogical comparison of Pentax 645D & Canon 5D Mk II (in Russian language).

Samsung Galaxy S III


Photo capabilities of modern smartphones almost reached level, that will be sufficient for photo web-publishing. Samsung Galaxy SIII is doing pretty decent captures in daylight. Of course, it can't be compared with Nokia 808 (current king of mobile photography).

PROS

+ compact camera in mobile phone
+ fast sharing photos directly to the web
+ decent image quality in daylight

CONS

- awful low-light photos
- сan be used only for draft or web photography

Sigma DP1x


Sigma Dp1x is a fine-tuned version of Dp1s model. A little speed up in auto-focus and in general responsiveness. Battery life extends a little too. Some cosmetic changes in ergonomics. Color render under synthetic illumination is improved, but in some cases problem still persist. 

In general, this is a second (all-around) camera of landscape photographer, like me. I even like it more that 4/3 cameras for unique color of Foveon sensorI think that, if Sigma can release camera with big sensor using Foveon technology, in near future, Bayer technology will fade away in no time.

Sigma DP1s


Sigma cameras always stand aside from generic devices of Nikon and Canon. This one is not an a exclusion.

PROS

+
innovative Foveon X3 sensor technology (3 color sensors: red, green, blue)
+ huge sensor for such compact body
+ superb color rendering (similar to photographic film)
+ even with 4 Mpix resolution  this baby compete with  12-16 Mpix mirrorless cameras, thanks to Foveon technology, that is more effective in this case than standard Bayer sensor
+ clean captures at ISO 50 and ISO 100 (entry dslr level)
+ great ergonomics
+ awesome fixed lens

CONS

- slow auto-focus (no sport, no children, no action)
- slow writes to SD card (but you can minimize this effect by using fast Sandisk Extreme SD card)
- occasional problems with color when taking pictures under artificial light 
obsolete video mode
- reflecting screen
- relatively cheap build

Sony NEX5


I`m using this camera mostly for video recording of landscapes. Very-very acceptable quality. But camera`s photo capabilities is no fully used, because of the lack of quality lenses for NEX-mount.

PROS

+ large APS-C sensor
+ rock solid build quality
+ relatively small in size

CONS

- not so great ergonomics (typical for Sony)
- poor battery life
- most of the Sony lenses for NEX camera is very mediocre in terms of resolution. Carl Zeiss 24mm F1.8 lens is an exception. I think that this situation is not accidental, they don't want to spoil sale of full sized APS and FF lenses.