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Monday, March 4, 2024

Five Frames, Nikon D200 + AF Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4 D, Early Morning Crops

Nikon D200 + AF Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4 D, Early Morning Crops 01
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Nikon D200 + AF Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4 D, Early Morning Crops 03
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Nikon D200 + AF Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4 D, Early Morning Crops 05
The CCD Sensor, early morning crops from the garden with the 10MP CCD Nikon D200 and an AF Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4 D.
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It was such a nice day that I had to take these two out for a quick spin in the garden. The D200, a weather-sealed workhorse from Nikon, built around a magnesium alloy chassis, was introduced in 2006. The camera was the last in the series of semi-professional bodies from Nikon with a CCD sensor and was highly praised as a very competent and capable camera. The 10MP CCD D200 was replaced in 2007 by the D300 which has a 12.2MP CMOS sensor. The AF Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4, just as well, is Nikon's fastest and least expensive super-speed lens and is highly regarded as a super select for low-light photography.

CCDs, as we know them, were the standard for camera sensors from the early 80s till the late 2000s, and as we see the resurgence of film for film photography petering away due to the ever-increasing cost of film, CCDs are now the go-to option for enthusiast for low-noise and high-quality film-like renderings the sensors are acknowledged for. Though cameras with CCD sensors are now delegated to the vintage genre, with the sensors replaced with the CMOS variety, CCDs are still used in areas of specialized photography including Optical Microscopy, Space Photography, and Near-Infrared Imaging

Nikon D200, AF Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4 D
Nikon D200, AF Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4 D

Cameras with CCD sensors, with a whole range of makes and models to pick and choose from, are readily available both from online auction sites and brick-and-mortar stores. At prices for the asking, these cameras will cost you only a fraction of what you will pay when compared to the technically more advanced and up-to-date models that are on the market today. Enjoying a new lease of photography with these lightweight vintages will not break the bank or your back.



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Monday, February 26, 2024

Five Frames, Pentax K-m + SMC Pentax A 35-70mm 1:4, Walking The Zoom

Pentax K-m + SMC Pentax A 35-70mm 1:4, Walking The Zoom 01
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Pentax K-m + SMC Pentax A 35-70mm 1:4, Walking The Zoom 03
Pentax K-m + SMC Pentax A 35-70mm 1:4, Walking The Zoom 04
Pentax K-m + SMC Pentax A 35-70mm 1:4, Walking The Zoom 05
The CCD Sensor, image making with an SMC Pentax-A Zoom 35-70mm 1:4 on a 10MP CCD Pentax K-m, walking the zoom.
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The SMC Pentax-A Zoom 35-70mm 1:4 is the only zoom lens within Pentax's inventory of K-mount lenses that has a fixed aperture. The twin-ring zoom was produced from 1984 to 1985 for the Pentax Series-A and Series-P 35mm SLR film cameras. The A-series lenses, which saw the introduction of 'automatic' aperture settings on K-mount lenses have both an aperture ring that lets the lens aperture be set manually, and also an 'A' setting which allows the aperture to be controlled by the camera automatically.

The solid and well-built lens, with 7 elements in 7 groups and 6 aperture blades, was produced from 1984 to 1985, and came with a minimum focusing distance of 0.25 meters, measures 80mm long with a diameter of 65mm, takes 58mm filter sizes, and weighs 330 grams, The lens weighs 330 grams. Divided between accolades and brickbats, the lens enjoys a Sharpness rating of 8.3, Aberrations at 7.9, Bokeh at 8.1, Handling at 8.5, and Value at 8.9, on PentaxForums.

Pentax K-m, SMC Pentax A 3-70mm 1:4
Pentax K-m, SMC Pentax A 3-70mm 1:4

I took the opportunity of mounting the lens on the 10MP CCD Pentax K-m (Pentax K2000 in the US) recently and took the camera to the community field across from the road to grab these walking-the-zoom shots against the backdrop of the rising sun. The snug-fit lens felt comfortable in the hand, easy to work with, and was flawless with the lens set to the 'A' aperture setting and the camera working in Program mode. On the equally vintage Pentax K-m, the lens is equivalent to a 50-105mm short tele on a 35mm full-frame camera, a good range for snapshots, portraiture, a walk-around lens, and street photography.



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