Saturday, January 19, 2013
We had a week of very low temps in Albuquerque. Margaret decided we needed to get over to the Tingley Beach ponds to feed the ducks and geese. It is always a bit of a challenge to get by the pair of big geese that dominate the shoreline.
It seems to me that the central third of the image produced by the Panda's simple lens is about as sharp as most of my multi-element lenses. By achieving the proper relationship in the composition between foreground and background it is possible to achieve images which are hard to distinguish from those made by much more sophisticated cameras.
The other key elements to success with the Panda are making sure the lighting conditions match the exposure latitude of the film in the camera, and to keep the camera steady while making the exposure. With some care you can brace the camera adequately by putting the string lanyard around your neck and pushing down on the camera while bracing it against your body. When possible, bracing the camera solidly against some stable support is even better. The shutter action on the Panda is quite a bit smoother than most simple box cameras, and it does seem a bit snappier too, though probably not quite up to a fiftieth of a second.