Monday, January 15, 2018

Images On Expired Film: Black and White on the Pen EF

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Olympus Pen EF

Images On Expired Film

Olympus Pen EF
'Images on expired film, black and white images on expired film with the Olympus Pen EF'

These photos are from an occasion where our small work-group ended up on a small training project located on a campus site which has been vacated sometimes prior to our arrival. Spaces and buildings were left idle in a state of disrepair, unkempt, and open to the elements.

I had the Olympus Pen EF loaded with a roll of expired black-and-white film with me then, went around to do a once over of the facilities and document these images.

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Olympus Pen EF
It took me a while further to have the film processed after the shoot. The images were then scanned and post-processed on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3).

Post-processing of the grossly underexposed expired film images includes Tone Curve adjustment, Brightness & Contrast setting, Sharpness & Blur, Unsharp Mask, and Noise Reduction. I also did some Crop and Tilt Adjustment where necessary.

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Olympus Pen EF
These are simple and straightforward shoots, where a point-and-shoot camera like the Olympus Pen EF might be all that you need. Compact and handy, fun, the EF is a very easy camera to work with.

All you need to do is to load the film, set the appropriate film ASA speed, and off you go. Any potentially underexposed image will be blocked by the red pop-up flag system.

The Olympus Pen EF is one of my favorite point-and-shoot cameras (the other one being the Olympus XA 1). I have also done a few posts with the camera prior to this, as well as doing a short write-up on it, and I am sure it will stay as part of my camera collection for quite a while yet. Grab one if you have the chance to own it!

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Olympus Pen EF, A Half-Frame Camera
Olympus PEN EF

Monday, January 8, 2018

Digital Moments: Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 Ai-S

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Olympus E-P5, Nikkor Ai-S 50mm 1:1.4

Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 Ai-S

Nikkor Ai-S 50mm 1:1.4, View
'Overview of the Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 Ai-S lens with image samples photographed using the digital Olympus E-P5'

It is of no doubt that the versatility of a 'normal' 50mm f/1.4 lens is the flavor of many a photographer, both as a standard prime they will want to go with, or as a stand-by in every professional's bag of lenses.

The 50mm f/1.4 is the superhero for lowlight photography, a must for indoor sports, an essential for street photography, a norm for travel and adventure, an extreme closeups lens with a reverse adapter, and a superb portrait lens on crop-sensor digital cameras.

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A 50mm was also the standard lens that came with most film camera bodies sold until the 1980`s when they were replaced by the new growth of zoom lenses. They were also labelled as 'normal' lens, one that comes closest to the human eye`s perception of distance and depth.

The legacy Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 Ai-S by Nikon is no different, affordable by comparism (to current standards), and is one of the few manual focus lenses left in Nikon's lens line-up. Performance is said to be almost at the top of the line. Though reportedly to be pretty weak at f/1.4, the lens improves considerably when stopped down to f/2.

Peak performance is reached at f/5.6, where the lens has an excellent balance of performance across the image frame. Distortion is moderate, vignetting can be at f/1.4, and the sweet spot of the lens is between f/2.8 - f/8.

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On a DX sized or a 1.5 crop-sensor DSLR the lens becomes a 75mm equivalent, which is more of a portrait lens then a all round lens like the 50mm. On the 2x crop-sensor Olympus E-P5, the lens is an equivalent of a 100mm short telephoto lens. The lens is built of all metal and glass the lens is the ultimate of build quality.

Olympus E-P5, Nikkor Ai-S 50mm 1:1.4

Quite hefty in size when compared to Olympus's M4/3 lenses, the lens is about 70mm long when fitted with an adapter to the camera, it weighs in at 250 grams which do add to the weight of the setup. The lens, however, is a pleasure to use, the focus ring is buttery smooth and can be moved with one finger, aperture stops are sharp and sure.

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My thoughts on the Nikon 50mm f/1.4 Ai-s
Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 Ai-s

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