Monday, February 27, 2017

The Portrait Format, Olympus Pen EF

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Olympus Pen EF

Analog Diary:

The Portrait Format, Olympus Pen EF

'Five frames with the Olympus Pen EF, looking at the 3:4 image aspect ratio or portrait format photography'

I am dedicating this and other posts in this series to the 3:4 image aspect ratio, as photographed on the Olympus Pen EE-S, Pen EF, Pen FT and other half-frame format film cameras that I have or may collect along the way.

Olympus Pen EF

A half-frame camera, also known as a single-frame or split-frame, captures images at half the size (18x24mm) of a standard 35mm negative film (24x36mm). You can shoot twice as many pictures and get 72 exposures on a 36-exposure roll, 48 on a 24-exposure roll. Most half-frame cameras are manufactured with a vertical film framing setup, meaning that they shoot in a vertical (portrait) orientation as opposed to the horizontal (landscape) orientation of standard 35mm cameras.

Operating the camera, not unlike any other point-and-shoot, is equally easy and can be done one-handed. Metering is by the standard Selenium 'electric-eye' system with the red pop-up flag that locks the shutter in low light condition. With the Olympus EF, however, you can override this lock by activating the level to power the flash unit, cute.

The scanned images were post-processed on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3), which includes cropping the doubled-scanned images into single images, and tweaked with edits including Auto Tone Correction, Brightness & Contrast, Gamma, Hue & Saturation, Sharpness & Blur, Unsharp Mask, and Noise Reduction.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Digital Moments, Zuiko OM 300mm F4.5

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Olympus Pen E-P5, Olympus OM Zuiko 300mm F4.5

Digital Moments:

Zuiko OM 300mm F4.5

'Five frames with the Olympus Zuiko OM 300mm F4.5, trial shots with the Olympus Pen E-P5'

Took the Olympus  Olympus Zuiko OM 300mm F4.5 out of the dry-box and mounted it on the Olympus Pen E-P5 with the OM Adapter MF-2, just to see how it feels and handles, and what will it takes to lug it around on a shoot or assignment.

Olympus E-P5, Olympus OM Zuiko 300mm F4.5
Olympus E-P5, Olympus OM Zuiko 300mm F4.5
On the Olympus E-P5, the lens will be equivalent to an f/9 600mm super-telephoto lens. Lined the combo up on the front porch, and grabbed a few test shots, wide-open, of my immediate environment.

The combo looks and feels great, fits the E-P5 rather well, and for a lens that is light on the budget (comparatively), and super sharp even at wide open, the 300mm F4.5 is the one to look at if you are into wildlife or mountain photography. On the E-P5 the lens is still handholdable though it normally comes with its own tripod collar which allows for a free rotation for both horizontal or vertical shots.

With a build quality that is simply outstanding, the lens also features a built-in retractable lens hood and comes with a large filter attachment that accepts threaded 72mm filters. Images as you can see here, are tack sharp all round with little or no diffraction, and good contrast and saturation with the colors. The lens can also be used with the Teleconverter 1.4X-A.


Film Camera Sale, Malaysia:

Olympus OM 35mm SLR Camera Lenses

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Moments, Olympus Pen EE.S

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Olympus Pen EE.S

Analog Diary:

Moments, Olympus Pen EE.S

'Five frames with the Olympus Pen EE-S, nostalgic moments of a place often frequented'

Moments brings me back to my favorite hangout where I frequent when selling used and vintage 35mm film cameras, manual focus lenses, and other film camera accessories.

Olympus Pen EE-S

Those were the days, enjoyed my time there, and with the half-frame Pen EE.S, a fixed focus point-and-shoot camera with a 28mm f/3.5 lens with a shutter speed of 1/60 second, images to reminisce the moments. These images were tweaked on the Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) for Auto Tone Correction, Tone Curve, Brightness & Contrast, Hue & Saturation, Sharpness & Blur, and Noise Reduction.

The Pen EE.S is a bit of a gem, and a true classic, easily recognized by the selenium meter window around the lens. It is well built, feels solid and robust, fits snugly in the palm of your hand, and has a very quiet shutter that is hardly audible beyond a short distance. Shooting and working both the film advance and the shutter release with one hand is as easy as eating a pie.


Film Camera Sale, Malaysia:

35mm AF Compact and All-Weather Cameras

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Shooting Hipster Style, Olympus XA1

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Olympus XA 1

Analog Diary:

Shooting Hipster Style, Olympus XA1

'Five frames with the Olympus XA2, fun and easy point-and-shoot hipster style in the park'

With the XAI, which comes with a fixed focus F4 lens, you do not have to worry about focusing as everything is sharp focus beyond 1.5 meters.

Olympus XA1

Along with the minuscule size of the viewfinder, which I sometimes fret about, I find it better to compose the right mix of form and space, light and shadows with the naked eye, rather than by looking through the viewfinder.

At the same time, hold the camera steady preferably with both hands at your waist level, move it along to follow the scene you are looking visually, and press the shutter release the instant you think you hit the right angle of view. It is all guesstimate, but you will get the hang of it, soon enough.

This is the technique I use. The views you capture are from a lower point of view, tend to look wider with better perspective lines. The style will also save you from having to go down on your knees as well.


Film Camera Sale, Malaysia:

35mm Olympus Compact Film Cameras

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