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09/24/2012 11:13:10 AM · #1
Anyone interested in pulling out your oldest gear and playing?

As for rules? None other than equipment limitations, as long as it's crap, you're welcome to play.

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To kick it off here's an image out of my new old Canon S10 - for a 2.1 MP camera (liars, it's 1.92MP), it does pretty good, although it is quirky, low contrast, takes about 30 shots per charge, and gets insanely hot taking those 30 pictures.

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Message edited by author 2012-09-30 14:56:39.
09/24/2012 11:38:52 AM · #2
I may not have anything that low res any longer. I'll have to look at what I have in my junk drawer.
09/24/2012 12:47:48 PM · #3
Originally posted by Cory:

To kick it off here's an image out of my new old Canon S10 ...

I guess you found a decent-sized CF card for it ... ;-)

FWIW my upcoming entry for Metal on Metal was taken with my Olympus D490Z, 1.92MP, I've had it for ten years ... I may or may not chip in -- I don't seem to do so well when I actually sign up for these ...
09/24/2012 02:04:31 PM · #4
Originally posted by GeneralE:

Originally posted by Cory:

To kick it off here's an image out of my new old Canon S10 ...

I guess you found a decent-sized CF card for it ... ;-)

FWIW my upcoming entry for Metal on Metal was taken with my Olympus D490Z, 1.92MP, I've had it for ten years ... I may or may not chip in -- I don't seem to do so well when I actually sign up for these ...


LOL, we can have a lo-res sub challenge in Metal on Metal then. Since I'm in with a S10 shot myself.
09/24/2012 03:44:26 PM · #5
Originally posted by GeneralE:

Originally posted by Cory:

To kick it off here's an image out of my new old Canon S10 ...

I guess you found a decent-sized CF card for it ... ;-)

FWIW my upcoming entry for Metal on Metal was taken with my Olympus D490Z, 1.92MP, I've had it for ten years ... I may or may not chip in -- I don't seem to do so well when I actually sign up for these ...


You've got me thinking now....

Why don't we go ahead and do this as a sub-challenge, rather than the standard side challenge?

Metal on Metal - subchallenge: Retro Equipment

Obviously the reason this would be fun is that we can then leverage the voters to make this a little more competitive than your average side challenge.

Do you think that sounds like more fun too? If so, should we just use the score as posted, or score-(Megapixel / 10) subtracting a 10th point for every megapixel the equipment is capable of?
09/24/2012 03:45:44 PM · #6
Can I use my lads new Lego camera? It's shockingly bad but be fun
09/24/2012 03:50:27 PM · #7
It can be both types of challenge -- anyone who wants to enter Metal with an old camera can post their score in the photo thread when the voting's over for bragging rights (or sympathy, AND submit unrelated images throughout the month for comments. I don't expect my Metal entry to score well here anyway ...
09/24/2012 03:52:17 PM · #8
Originally posted by Giles_uk:

Can I use my lads new Lego camera? It's shockingly bad but be fun

Maybe that would be better-suited to the "funny filters" SC ...
09/24/2012 03:58:05 PM · #9
Originally posted by Giles_uk:

Can I use my lads new Lego camera? It's shockingly bad but be fun


If it's bad enough for Chase Jarvis, then I think it'll do nicely here. ;)

Besides, that chip's design HAS to be at least 10 years old and it fits with the theme IMO. :)

09/24/2012 08:03:50 PM · #10
Well, my oldest camera is 0 MP, and over 100 years old. Does that count?

It does have a chip though. On one corner, on the back. I think somebody probably dropped it.

Message edited by author 2012-09-24 20:05:11.
09/24/2012 08:30:33 PM · #11
Originally posted by ambaker:

Well, my oldest camera is 0 MP, and over 100 years old. Does that count?

It does have a chip though. On one corner, on the back. I think somebody probably dropped it.


Nope, that technology is WAAY too good - there's simply no way we could compete. :)
09/24/2012 08:37:53 PM · #12
Shame you can't make this open to newer cameras, but taken with old Manual Focus glass, that is even older skool than low MP cameras. :D

Matt
09/25/2012 01:15:05 AM · #13
Originally posted by MattO:

Shame you can't make this open to newer cameras, but taken with old Manual Focus glass, that is even older skool than low MP cameras. :D

Matt


I don't see the harm in that honestly. Bring what you've got! :)

Although, I'm expecting some seriously old quirky glass. :)

Message edited by author 2012-09-25 01:15:29.
09/25/2012 10:25:05 AM · #14
Does it have to have glass? I'm pretty sure that Ben (21_N.gif bspurgeon) has a pinhole lens.
09/25/2012 11:06:09 AM · #15
Originally posted by ambaker:

Does it have to have glass? I'm pretty sure that Ben (21_N.gif bspurgeon) has a pinhole lens.


That's possible, of course, the real intent here is to use really bad equipment to get a good image.

I don't really know that super old glass, or a pinhole counts...

Now, if that old glass is funky and hard to work with while constantly producing oof or low-contrast images, then that's something that fits.. If the pinhole lens is on a 6mp DSLR, then that works fine too.

The simple theme is really "Crappy Equipment Side Challenge", I suppose I may have been less than careful in my thread title. I'll put in a ticket to fixit. ;)

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In the end, anyone can play, and I'd love to see what you can do with bad gear - prove that it's the photographer, not the kit. Follow that theme and basically anything can fly - just make sure it's arguably really bad equipment.
09/25/2012 08:28:47 PM · #16
My first digital camera was 1.3 mp but has gone to camera heaven. I have a very crappy little freebie camera from National Geographic (two of them actually) and they produce bad photos, are hard to get to work, have no screen, viewfinder or anything much at all. They aren't 10 years old though, more like 5, maybe.
09/25/2012 08:32:33 PM · #17
Originally posted by Cory:

Originally posted by ambaker:

Does it have to have glass? I'm pretty sure that Ben (21_N.gif bspurgeon) has a pinhole lens.


That's possible, of course, the real intent here is to use really bad equipment to get a good image.

I don't really know that super old glass, or a pinhole counts...

Now, if that old glass is funky and hard to work with while constantly producing oof or low-contrast images, then that's something that fits.. If the pinhole lens is on a 6mp DSLR, then that works fine too.

The simple theme is really "Crappy Equipment Side Challenge", I suppose I may have been less than careful in my thread title. I'll put in a ticket to fixit. ;)

...

In the end, anyone can play, and I'd love to see what you can do with bad gear - prove that it's the photographer, not the kit. Follow that theme and basically anything can fly - just make sure it's arguably really bad equipment.


I assure you my old glass won't count as Crappy, it does fit retro....make up your mind man! My old glass produces amazing images no matter what old camera I throw it on!

Matt
09/25/2012 08:48:53 PM · #18
Originally posted by Cory:

Originally posted by ambaker:

Does it have to have glass? I'm pretty sure that Ben (21_N.gif bspurgeon) has a pinhole lens.


That's possible, of course, the real intent here is to use really bad equipment to get a good image.

I don't really know that super old glass, or a pinhole counts...

Now, if that old glass is funky and hard to work with while constantly producing oof or low-contrast images, then that's something that fits.. If the pinhole lens is on a 6mp DSLR, then that works fine too.

The simple theme is really "Crappy Equipment Side Challenge", I suppose I may have been less than careful in my thread title. I'll put in a ticket to fixit. ;)

...

In the end, anyone can play, and I'd love to see what you can do with bad gear - prove that it's the photographer, not the kit. Follow that theme and basically anything can fly - just make sure it's arguably really bad equipment.


Just say NO to bad glass.
09/25/2012 10:03:11 PM · #19
I can't believe digital is now retro! If you want images from old analog equipment, I can play. I have no old digital equipment other than a Rebel XT.

Seems like this will overlap with the funky filter/gear side challenge. I'll post when I can.

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Message edited by author 2012-09-25 22:05:15.
09/25/2012 10:53:54 PM · #20
I do have a Mavica FD-71 somewhere around here. I do not, however, have a floppy disk drive.
09/25/2012 11:03:10 PM · #21
Originally posted by ambaker:

Originally posted by Cory:

Originally posted by ambaker:

Does it have to have glass? I'm pretty sure that Ben (21_N.gif bspurgeon) has a pinhole lens.


That's possible, of course, the real intent here is to use really bad equipment to get a good image.

I don't really know that super old glass, or a pinhole counts...

Now, if that old glass is funky and hard to work with while constantly producing oof or low-contrast images, then that's something that fits.. If the pinhole lens is on a 6mp DSLR, then that works fine too.

The simple theme is really "Crappy Equipment Side Challenge", I suppose I may have been less than careful in my thread title. I'll put in a ticket to fixit. ;)

...

In the end, anyone can play, and I'd love to see what you can do with bad gear - prove that it's the photographer, not the kit. Follow that theme and basically anything can fly - just make sure it's arguably really bad equipment.


Just say NO to bad glass.


Well, come on, is it the equipment, or the photographer? ;)
09/25/2012 11:04:15 PM · #22
Originally posted by ambaker:

I do have a Mavica FD-71 somewhere around here. I do not, however, have a floppy disk drive.


I remember being in LOVE with that camera.
09/25/2012 11:04:46 PM · #23
Originally posted by jomari:

My first digital camera was 1.3 mp but has gone to camera heaven. I have a very crappy little freebie camera from National Geographic (two of them actually) and they produce bad photos, are hard to get to work, have no screen, viewfinder or anything much at all. They aren't 10 years old though, more like 5, maybe.


More than sufficiently shitty. ;) Join us! :)
09/26/2012 12:14:02 AM · #24
Not bad for a 1.93 MP camera..

Metal on Metal:
Votes: 3
Views: 7
Avg Vote: 6.0000
Comments: 0

ETA: ROFL... I'll own the camera on my first entry if this keeps up.... Gotta crash soon, and hard - come on people, this is an old POS. :)

Votes: 9
Views: 15
Avg Vote: 6.4444
Comments: 0

Message edited by author 2012-09-26 00:31:23.
09/26/2012 12:39:36 AM · #25
Originally posted by bspurgeon:

I can't believe digital is now retro! If you want images from old analog equipment, I can play. I have no old digital equipment other than a Rebel XT.

Seems like this will overlap with the funky filter/gear side challenge. I'll post when I can.

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That is pretty impressive... Yeah, join in, surely that's some crappy (if surprisingly nice) gear. ;)
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