Monday, January 22, 2018

Digital Moments: Nikkor 85mm f/2 Ai-S

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Olympus E-P5, Nikkor 85mm f/2 Ai-S

Nikkor 85mm f/2 Ai-S

Nikkor 85mm f/2 Ai-S, View
'Overview of the Nikkor 85mm f/2 Ai-S lens with image samples photographed using the digital Olympus E-P5'

A fast 85mm prime lens has always been the favorite as an ideal portrait lens.

Categorized under the short telephoto lens nomenclature, the lens is not only well suited for the genre mentioned but can also be effective for others as well. Street photography can be one, where you can be slightly away and not disturb the scene you are capturing.

Concert photographers can also do well with a fast 85mm lens fitted to their camera, say, a Nikkor 85mm f/2. Wedding photography might do well with this lens, so does event and to some extent, sports photography. How about photographers who work in the natural history field, or in close-up photography, and sports photography. I am sure this lens will do well for them as well.

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Nikkor 85mm f/2 Ai-S, Top
When fitted to a 2x crop-sensor Olympus Pen E-P5, a Nikkor 85mm f/2, as done here, the lens has now an effective focal length of 170mm. This fitting advances the lens to that of a medium telephoto lens, and this calls for a different way of handling the lens altogether.

A longer focal length means a narrower depth of field, and it can be difficult to get your focusing spot on, where even a slight change in camera position can cause blurriness. You will need to put your camera on a tripod when to got for that super steady shot.

For the quick take shots here, I do not have the privilege of a lens adapter with an integrated tripod mount, which I think is a better option rather than putting the strain of the tripod load on the camera body. I was banking on the in-body image stabilization of the E-P5 to help me reduce camera shake to its minimum.

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A genre where you can hand-hold this lens/camera combination, with the lens at its widest aperture, and with a shutter speed fast enough to avoid blurring, is in the motorsports arena, something which is always on my mind to try out. While you are there, add the 'panning' technique to your skills, and bring up your photography to another level.

Olympus E-P5, Nikkor 85mm f/2 Ai-S

The Ai-spec of the Nikkor 85mm f/2 telephoto lens was introduced in 1977 and continues till the Ai-S version which was introduced during late 1981. There is little difference in specifications for both of these series. Both versions are solidly built, the quality feel is all over, and using the lens is always a delight.


Resource Links:
Hand-held Shooting with Longer Lenses
Maximizing Sharpness with a Telephoto Lens

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!


Resource Links:
Olympus Pen EF, A Half-Frame Camera
Olympus PEN EF

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