I’ve tried my best to make compelling images with the Fujifilm A900 and posted them for the last few days. Today’s is the last in the current series. The A900 is an entry-level point and shoot from 2007, and has a lot of limitations. But, post-processing treatments have minimized their deficiencies. Luckily, at the wider angles, the lens is decently sharp. Not so, I found out, when you start zooming in.
This is from the 360 Bridge and zoomed to a 121mm equivalent. The optical results were rather disastrous. The image quality was so poor that I likened it to looking through a children’s plastic toy telescope, as I mentioned in the Fuji A900 review. However, I really liked the composition. I hit upon the idea to do a painterly effect via Topaz software. As you may recall, I’ve made these Art-ish images from time to time. I think this one came out nice enough to grace the walls of a modest motel. All it needs is a gaudy frame.
Today’s view is from same trip that I shot this picture with the Panasonic GM1. These two cameras are small. The GM1 rode luxuriously in a pouch, and I just stuffed the A900 in my pants pocket.
I’ll probably bust out the Fuji A900 again in the future, though it was merely a throwaway camera. A quick distraction during these times of lockdown when I needed a toy. I already got more than $22 worth of images, plus the knowledge and confidence that I can match wits with a cheap camera and come out unscathed.
On the other hand, A900 may be the perfect retro snapshot device. Perhaps a post-pandemic road trip is in order where I can take snaps of everyday objects and fully appreciating the experience — celebrating the freedom of unencumbered travel.
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