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Cameras we own

Agfamatic 508

In 1979, I, Frans, got an Agfamatic 508 camera for 110 film cartridges from my parents. It is a very simple camera, with fixed lens and fix slutter time. It also came with some one-time flash bulbs.


In 1981, I got this camera from my parents for my highschool graduation. It is a simple camera, but it did have some abilities for adjusting the focus and the slutter time. It also had a build in flash-light, which you have to switch on yourself. But it did have a "use-flash-light" indicator, which also could be used for estimating which slutter time should be selected.

Zenit 122

When Li-Xia's mother visited us for the birth of Annabel, she brought a Zenit 122 camera with her with a set of lenses, which Xiao Zhong had bought for us in Russia. It consisted of: Later on, I bought a UNOMAT B24auto flashlight for it and also a Kenlock MC-tor 28 mm lens with serial number 282861. I also bought an occular for the lenses, which gives a magnification of the focal distanced divided by 10 mm. Mentioning of this camera and lenses:

Minolta Dynax 505si

After having photographed with the Zenit, we decided to buy a modern camera, that would allow both manual and automatic operation. We finally, selected the Minolta Dynax 505si with a AF 28-80 lens, and bought this on February 13, 1999. (The times that I used any of the manual operation modes can be counted on one hand.) Lately, I for some time carried this camera with me in my bag. Mentioning of this camera:

Trust Photocam 1300

Our first digital camera. Takes good pictures, if you avoid bright spots and strange light conditions. The flashlight is rather useless. It often leads to over exposed pictures. It also lacks an on/off switch. Nowadays, I swap one of the batteries in the battery compartment. Also the transfer throught the serial cable is slow. We bought this camera on April 7, 2001. I used to carry this camera with me in my bag until I got the Canon A530. Mentioning of this camera:

Philips ToUCam PCVC 740K

Not a real camera, but still I made some interesting pictures with it. Mentioning of this webcam:


More of a gadget than a serious camera. Li-Xia bought it on Monday, July 7, 2003. For a sample of the pictures we took with it, see my photoblog. I used to carry this camera with me in my pocket. Mentioning of this camera:

How to correct for lens error

The camera has a slight fish-eye effect in the sense that the middle of the camera seems to buldge forward. This is caused by the fact that the lense is very close to the censor. This lense error can be corrected using the Gimp Mathmap function. This can be found through the pop-up menu by following "Filters" -> "Generic" -> "MathMap" -> "MathMap". In the second tab you can fill in a formulea to be used. The formulea which I have used is "origValRA(r^(1.5-t)/R^(0.5-t),a)", which is given as one of the examples, if I remember correctly. On the first tab you can change the value for t. It seems that a value of 5.6 gives a good result.

Canon A530

As a preparation of our trip to China in 2010 we bought a Canon A530. This camera is a replace for the Trust Photocam 1300. I used to carry this camera with me till July 9, 2010, when Annabel took it with her. Mentioning of this camera:

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ8

Our latest digital camera, which we bought on July 10, 2010, just two days before we left to China. I decided to buy a camera because Annabel took the Canon A530 with her on holiday. I usually carry this camera with me.

On February 21, 2016, I noticed some shadow on the right side of the the image just below the middle (see image on the right), which seems to be cause by some contamination close to the sensor, not by dirt on the lens.

By the end of 2016 the contamination seems to have disappeared.

On February 21, 2018, I had to open up the camera, when an SD card got stuck.

On June 9, 2022, I received an USB cable to connect to the camera.

On April 23, 2024, I opened the camera and took out a very small wire-like piece of dirt from the glass window before the sensor of the camera.

Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ82

On September 15, 2022, the Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ82 arrived that we bought online.

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