Monday, August 28, 2017

Digital Moments: M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro

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

M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm 1:2.8 Macro

M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm 1:2.8 Macro
'A quick take session with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro on the E-P5'

A close-up session with lenses begged or borrowed, fitted, or adapted (if it is a legacy manual focus lens), to my Olympus E-P5. I only have a very short session with the lens and the only possibility then was to zero in on one of the potted plants in the makeshift garden. As with the other quick take sessions, there was nothing technical about these shots, except that they were all taken wide open.

I suppose you can say that this is the beginning of understanding the characteristics of the lens. The images were shot in RAW, post-processed on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) with a touch or two of Google Nik Sharpener Pro 3 for the finishing touch.

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The Olympus M.Zuiko 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.

This is an effort by Olympus to completely eliminate chromatic aberrations that can be found in other lenses. The design of the lens is further accentuated with the use of seven circular diaphragm blades that will surely help to increase the “bokeh” effect formed in the defocused areas of the image.

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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.


Resource Links:
Macro Photography Tutorial
Macro Photography for Beginners - Part 1

Monday, August 21, 2017

Analog Diary: Squaring the 28mm

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Olympus XA 4, Zuiko f/3.5 28mm

Squaring the 28mm

'Analog diary, squaring the wide-angle 28mm images of the Olympus XA4'

Olympus XA4 Macro
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.

Much like the first roll of shots I did with the Olympus Trip 35, the results of this shoot is still far away from showing me being a competent street shooter - images captured are still unfocused, unframed, and chaotic in terms of holding the camera at the level.

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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.

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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.



Resource Links:
28mm - The Perfect Lens for Street Photography?
Why you need to have a 28mm lens for Street Photography | Alex Coghe Editor and Photojournalist

Monday, August 14, 2017

Found Slides: The Idyllic Life

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The Idyllic Life

Found Slides: The Idyllic Life
'Found slides, throwback 60's, where life was easy, idle and free (at least for the kids)'

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 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 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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Time to reminiscent? Click on the first image to start a slideshow and enjoy the view through the lightbox interface!


Resource Links:
Colour postcards show idyllic life in 19th century Japan
Posts about idyllic life on Ace and Demi Travel Stories

Monday, August 7, 2017

Digital Moments: Konica Hexanon AR 52mm f/1.8

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Konica Hexanon AR 52mm f/1.8

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'Overview of the Konica Hexanon AR 52mm f/1.8 lens with image samples photographed using the digital Olympus E-P5'

The final of my three Quick Take sessions with Konica Hexanon AR lenses: Hexanon AR 40mm f/1.8 pancake, Hexanon AR 50mm f/1.8, and this post with images from Hexanon AR 52mm f/1.8.

All images were shot wide open in RAW, post-processed on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) including a few which were given extensive cropping, and final sharpening was done with Sharpener Pro of Google NIK Collection.

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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 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.

Come to think about it, it could be more economical and advantageous really, with the cost of lens-to-body adapters being very low, that these manual focus lenses can be just as easily adapted to more than just one camera make.

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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 f/1.8 was the earliest to be launched, and in my opinion, gives the mildest color rendition. Bokeh was good.

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


Resource Links:
Quick Take: Konica Hexanon AR 40mm f/1.8
Quick Take: Konica Hexanon AR 50mm f/1.8

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