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Monday, August 28, 2017

Five Frames, Olympus E-P5 + M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm 1:2.8, In The Garden

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Olympus E-P5 + M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm 1:2.8, In The Garden 01
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Macro Photography, image making with an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro, in the garden, was that a begonia?
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The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 60mm f/2.8 macro lens is fairly lightweight (weighs in at 185g), and has a fixed focal length the equivalent of a 120mm lens on a 35mm film camera. It is of dust-proof and splash-proof construction, and its design incorporates 13 elements in 10 groups and uses ED (Extra-low Dispersion), HR (High Refractive index), and E-HR (Extra-High Refractive index) glass.

The lens is also equipped with a high-speed Imager AF system. Imager AF is acquired by way of contrast detection and generally focuses on the subject nearest the lens. This lens is designed for everyday shooting with an emphasis on macro photography.

M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm 1:2.8 Macro
Olympus E-P5, Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm 1:2.8 Macro

A small dial on the lens allows it to be operated in either traditional or macro mode. All said and done, this 60mm macro is easy and fun to use. Looking forward to another session soon.



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Monday, August 21, 2017

Five Frames, Olympus XA4 Macro, Squaring the 28mm

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Analog Diary, film photography favorites, image making with an Olympus XA4 Macro, with images squared for publishing.
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The Ramadan Bazaar was in full swing when I took the opportunity to do a bit of a hipster-style street shooting with a couple of cameras that I have. Went down to the Bazaar earlier with the Olympus Trip 35 and finished a roll of film in no time at all. This time around it was with the Olympus XA4, with its f/3.5 28mm lens, and a roll of Fujifilm Superia 200.

Although the 28mm is highly recommended as the best focal length for street photography, getting the best out of it needs more than just shooting it on a day out or on just a roll of film. Looks like a 28mm lens is quite a hard beast to handle on the streets and learning to do well with it is still a long way to go for me.

Olympus XA4 Macro
Olympus XA 4

Cropping the images back to the square, as I have done here, overcame a few shortcomings, and I managed to save a few of the shots as you can from the post here. Aside from keeping the image simple within the square, with the focus on the subject, cropping helps remove distracting elements from within the image frame. Doing it in black-and-white adds to the timelessness of the image while keeping away the distraction of colors and bringing back the human element.



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Monday, August 14, 2017

Five Frames, Found Slides, The Idyllic Life

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Found Slides. vintage color film slides from the '80s, found, scanned, and post-processed for web publishing.
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Another batch of found slides, 30+ years old, scanned and post-processed on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3). Shots are the children of friends, neighbors, and part of our own extended family. It was a good life back then, nay a worry in the world, youth was on your side, life was fun and easy, and carefree.

Given the chance to have one of your own, what would yours be? Will you be away from the hustle and bustle of city life? Away from the daily grind of commuting to and from work? Where will you be? What will you be doing? Do you have any other responsibilities besides being just yourself?



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Monday, August 7, 2017

Five Frames, Olympus E-P5 + Konica Hexanon AR 52mm 1:1.8, First Impression

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Vintage Lens Test, first impression test with a Konica Hexanon AR 52mm 1:1.8, promising.
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The final of my three The Hexanon Series with Konica Hexanon AR lenses - the Hexanon AR 40mm 1:1.8 pancake, Hexanon AR 50mm 1:1.8, and this post with images from Hexanon AR 52mm 1:1.8.

The idea of the series was not to be overly critical or technical with image capture or the performance of each lens, but as a thought that manual focus legacy lenses, with an appropriate adapter for different brands of cameras, may still have a place within the proliferation of the new breed of manual focus lenses designed and produced for current digital cameras.

Olympus Pen E-P5, Konica Hexanon 52mm 1:1.8
Olympus Pen E-P5, Konica Hexanon 52mm 1:1.8

The Konica Hexanons were the mainstay of the Auto-Reflex series SLRs first introduced in 1966. Of the three in this Quick Take series, the 52mm 1:1.8 was the earliest to be launched, and in my opinion, gives the mildest color rendition. Bokeh was good. Colors are sharp and contrasty, with equally good bokeh when compared to the intermediate 50mm 1:1.8. Each has its own merits, all are very affordable, and one will surely get you excited.



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