Monday, August 28, 2017

Garden Macros, M.Zuiko Digital 60mm F2.8 Macro

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Olympus E-P5, Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm F2.8 Macro

Digital Moments:

Garden Macros, M.Zuiko Digital 60mm F2.8 Macro

'Five frames with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro, garden macros, is that a begonia?'

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.

M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm 1:2.8 Macro

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.

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

Squaring the 28mm, Olympus XA4 Macro

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Olympus XA 4

Analog Diary:

Squaring the 28mm, Olympus XA4 Macro

'Five frames with the Olympus XA4 Macro, squaring off the wide-angle images to 1:1 image aspect ratio'

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.

Olympus XA4 Macro

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.

Cropping the images back to the square, as I have done here, overcame a few shortcomings, where I manage 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 while bringing back the human element.


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Monday, August 14, 2017

Found Slides, The Idyllic Life

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Found slides

Analog Diary:

Found Slides, The Idyllic Life

'Five frames, found slides, vintage images from the '80s, scanned and post-processed for web publishing'

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.

Found Slides: The Idyllic Life

Given the chance to have one of your own, what would yours be? Will you be away from the hustle and bustle of the 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 from being just yourself?


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Monday, August 7, 2017

Digital Moments, Konica Hexanon AR 52mm F1.8

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Olympus Pen E-P5, Konica Hexanon 52mm F1.8

Digital Moments:

Konica Hexanon AR 52mm F1.8

'Five frames with the Konica Hexanon AR 52mm F1.8, and images of the garden plants'

The final of my three The Hexanon Series with Konica Hexanon AR lenses - the Hexanon AR 40mm F1.8 pancake, Hexanon AR 50mm F1.8, and this post with images from Hexanon AR 52mm F1.8.

Olympus Pen E-P5, Konica Hexanon 52mm F1.8

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.

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 F1.8 was the earliest to be launched, and in my opinion, gives the mildest color rendition. Bokeh was good.

Olympus Pen E-P5, Konica Hexanon 52mm F1.8

The 40mm f/1.8 pancake colors are sharp and contrasty, with equally good bokeh when compared to the intermediate 50mm F1.8. Each has their own merits, all are very affordable, and one will surely get you excited.


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