Contax G2 & Hillvale Sunny 16 -VS- Olympus Mju ii & Kodak Gold

Here is a quick CRAZY comparison, Jeremy was out shooting and ripped of these two shots from 2 different camera & film set ups.

  • Olympus Mju ii & Kodak Gold (35mm)
  • Contax G2 & Hillvale Sunny 16  (28mm lens)

Olympus Mju ii & Kodak Gold

So the Olumpus Mju ii is one HOT camera. It really is worth every cent. You could pick one up for about $60-$80 about a year ago, now expect to pay $150- $250. Still a hell of a lot cheaper than a Contax T2 or Nikon 28/35 Ti and with a razor sharp 35 f/2.8 lens in a weather sealed plastic clam-shell body, whats not to love (other than you need to switch the flash off every time you go to take a picture...how I love the Nion 28Ti). There is a lot to like about this camera. The image above proves it is a sharp little fella built to please.

Contax G2 & Hillvale Sunny 16

Contax G2 & Hillvale Sunny 16

Now the Contax G2 is like a DEMEGOD as far as I am concerned, lightning fast auto-focus razor sharp lenses which rival any of my Leica glass and one of the sexiest looking cameras evvvvver. I still have nightmares about "why did I sell my 4 lens kit and flash" chills seriously. Jeremy has provided a great example of the 28mm f/2.8's lens deadly sin 'direct sunlight' ..... ooouch.  Jeremy scanned these using our newly acquired Fugi Frontier SP3000 scanner we could not be happier. We are feeling like 'BIG men on Campus' at the moment and are happy to add it to the clubs arsenal obviously.  We love this scanner so expect to get more mindless and not so mindless random posts on scanning stuff over the next few months. 

I realize this was a crazy comparison as one has a 35mm, the other a 28 buuuuut look at the capabilities of that little Olympus & Hillvale's Sunny 16... sweeeetttttttt.

Point and Shoot cameras all the way

COMPARISON // Film Emulation Is A Good Thing

There's something that strikes me every time I view a photograph I take without having applied any sort of preset, and that is just how bland the colour and tonal range is in those photos in comparison to my usual processing.

You get used to seeing through a VSCO coloured lens and forget how different it makes your photographs feel. So I thought I'd show a few photos before and after applying my favourite colour preset based on Fujicolor 800Z film.

It does something absolutely magical to the colours and tonal range in my opinion. It brings skin tones to life, smooths out highlights and shadows while still adding punch to the contrast. It can make a "snapshot" feel like a wonderful moment in time.

There was always something about film and I feel like digital cameras, while very accurate at reproducing what they're seeing, have no life in their default JPEG conversions (or the default settings in raw photo development).

That's why I love using these kinds of film emulation presets.