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Camera: Pentax EI-200 ISO: 140 Shutter Speed: 1/8s Aperture: F3.5 
Posted By: BigMackCam, 08-19-2017, 07:43 AM

Still playing with my very basic, rather old but new-to-me 2 megapickle Pentax EI-200 - and having a ball with it

This photo is of a late-Soviet-era Russian Vostok Komandirskie wristwatch I bought some years ago.

For those interested in watches, this one is marked "ЗАКАЗ МО СССР" and was, therefore, intended for military rather than civilian supply. It uses a 2414A 17-jewel manual-winding mechanical movement and keeps great time for a budget watch

Processed in Lightroom 6 and Analog Efex Pro. The unedited photo actually came out very well, but I decided to play around with some vintage film-type processing, as it seemed appropriate

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That's a really cool effect! I'd be curious to see the original, too. Isn't that one of the first compacts that Pentax put out?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
That's a really cool effect! I'd be curious to see the original, too. Isn't that one of the first compacts that Pentax put out?
Thanks, Adam

Yes, the EI-200 was the second or third digital camera released by Pentax. The EI-L90 was first in 1996, followed by the EI-200 and EI-2000 in 2000 (also sold by HP as the C618 and C912 respectively).

Considering the age, it's not a bad little camera and the image quality can be quite acceptable. You can save images as JPEG or TIFF, and the TIFF files provide quite a lot of flexibility for editing (plus, of course, no compression artefacts).

Below, the original un-cropped shot with no processing, followed by a partial 100% crop...
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Really not bad! I shot with a 3MP digital for a while and I remember it was pretty good. The only thing it struggled with noticeably was distant objects such as trees and mountains, which just needed more resolution.


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Yep, it really does show its limitations on distance detail. It even struggles with foliage at the other end of the garden, especially when viewed at 1:1. Dynamic range isn't good either, and colour reproduction is... well, a little odd in places (blue skies are kind of turquoise and over-saturated). But it's a fun novelty to play with, and it can produce half-decent images. Better than I expected, frankly
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One more edit of the original image, this time in Lightroom only. I think I actually prefer this one... less is more
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