Monday, December 25, 2017

Digital Moments, Nikkor 35mm F2 Ai

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Olympus E-P5, Nikkor 35mm F2 Ai

Digital Moments, Nikkor 35mm F2 Ai

'Five frames with the manual focus Nikkor 35mm F2 Ai legacy lens mounted on the Olympus E-P5'

Favored by both Nikon photo enthusiasts and used extensively by photojournalists as a standard prime, the Nikkor 35mm f/2's have been in production since 1965. The lens is a solid all metal and glass construction, with an excellent focus ring, and a long focus throw, excellent for a manually more accurate focus.

Nikkor 35mm f/2 Ai, View
While retaining its 8 elements in 6 groups optical formula, the lens went through various cosmetic, mechanical, and updates through its long production run. The AI version was introduced in 1971, and the Ai-S version was in production from 1981 to 2005.

The Nikon Nikkor Ai-S 35mm f/2 came with strong credentials as well. Ken Rockwell used it as his normal lens on his Nikon cameras until he replaces it with the 35mm F1.4.

His main advocate, however, is that the lens should not be used for night photography with bright points and light sources, as the lens has a tendency to produce strong ghost effects.

Beyond that, other users give the lens their thumbs up as well. Image quality was the strong suit, sharp and contrasty even from f/2, sharpest at f/4, and good through f/11.

Olympus E-P5, Nikkor 35mm f/2 Ai
Nikkor 35mm f/2 Ai, Olympus E-P5, Fotga Nikon M4/3 Manual Adapter
Shot wide open in 1:1 image aspect ratio on the 2x crop sensor E-P5, these images are not up for evaluation of edge or sweet spot sharpness, coma or comatic aberration which can be an advantage to some as much as it disadvantages others. A lot can be done while the image is post-processed aw well.

On the Olympus E-P5, the lens does fell slightly longish (the Pre-Ai 35mm F2.8 is shorter and feels better balanced), but with an equivalent focal length of 70mm, the Nikkor Ai-S 35mm f/2 could very well be considered as a potential for a wide aperture portrait lens.


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Monday, December 18, 2017

Trying To Get It Right #II, Holga 120-Pan

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Holga 120-Pan

Trying To Get It Right #II, Holga 120-Pan

'Analog Diary - Still trying to get it right with the Holga 120-Pan and a roll of expired Fujifilm Pro 160-S'

Well, here I am, back again with the Holga 120-Pan at the park right near to where I live, and as per my previous visit, I had the camera loaded with a roll of expired Fujifilm Pro 160-S.

Holga 120-Pan
The Holga 120-Pan is a medium format 6x12 panoramic camera released around 2010. Its form factor is based on the Holga 120-WPC pinhole camera body, as can be seen, by the same field of view lines are on top of the body.

The 120-Pan comes with a viewfinder attached, two hot shoes, and a level bubble, features that make the Holga almost a complete contraption all set and ready for tilt and yaw adjustments.

The 90mm optical lens has the same four focusing distance position as seen on other Holgas as well - 1M,  2M, 6M, and 10M-Infinity. Same as other Holga cameras are the single (N) 1/100 second shutter with a B(ulb) setting. The film back has a fixed film counter window. The film must be advanced every odd-numbered exposure or overlapping exposure will occur. An optional 35mm film kit is also available which can expose 24 x 108mm images.

Holga 120-Pan

The session was just an OK, still did the mistake with only a single frame film forwarding, and found out later that most of the shot was grossly underexposed. Post-processing on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) includes tweaks with Tone Curve, Brightness & Contrast, Gamma, Color Balance, Hue & Saturation, Sharpness & Blur, Unsharp Mask, and Noise Reduction, with variation in Brightness & Contrast for individual images.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Digital Moments, Nikkor 35mm F2.8 Pre-Ai

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Olympus E-P5, Nikkor 35mm F2.8 Pre-Ai

Digital Moments, Nikkor 35mm F2.8 Pre-Ai

'Five frames with the manual focus Nikkor 35mm F2.8 Pre-Ai legacy lens mounted on the Olympus E-P5'

The Pre-Ai Nikon Nikkor 35mm F2.8, an improved version of the Nikkor S Auto model available for many years from Nikon, was first introduced in 1959.

Nikkor Pre-Ai 35mm f/2.8, View
The version is more compact than its predecessor, extending only 44.5mm out when mounted on the camera body, and comes with NIC (Nikon Integrated Coating) on all air to glass surfaces which contributed to the improved performance, in addition to reduced flare and ghost, and improved color rendition.

From its basic 6 elements in 6 groups construction, the lens evolved through both multiple optical and cosmetic variations and ends with a 5 element optical design. The Ai version was made from 1979 through 1981, while the Ai-S was made available from 1989 through to 2005.

The lens is a nice fit on the Olympus Pen E-P5, giving my smallish hands just the right leverage and finger distance for both aperture and focusing control. Focusing was, of course, soft and smooth, as smooth as a Nikkor should be, while aperture clicks were just right, not that I used much of it. Most of my quick take images were taken at full aperture and almost at the lens shortest focusing distance.

Olympus E-P5, Nikkor Pre-Ai 35mm f/2.8

Sharp as it is, there is no real worry about edge fallout and other things related when the lens is fitted to the 2x crop sensor E-P5. Doing the images in black-and-white also removes the need for me to delve into coma, aberrations or color fringing as well.

My short stint with the lens among the potted plants and the laundry line rewarded me with these images. Shot on the square, post-processed on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) for black-and-white conversion, with final print sharpening done on Google NIK Sharpener Pro 3.


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Monday, December 4, 2017

The Car Wash Revisited, Olympus XA1

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The Car Wash Revisited, Olympus XA1

'Analog Diary - Another visit to the car wash, this time with the point-and-shoot Olympus XA1'

The Olympus XA1, though not really favored by most as one of the fine flavors of the Olympus XA clamshell series, is still one of my favorite film cameras for its point-and-shoot simplicity.

Olympus XA1The camera is fitted with a fixed focus 4 element Zuiko D 35mm f/4 with an aperture range from f/4 to f/22, shutter speed is automated from 1/30 to 1/250 second. Framed images are in focus from 1.5m onward.

The camera, however, does not come with the red membrane touch shutter the others in the clan have, but a standard press-down button in the norm of other Olympus camera from a slightly earlier period.

Exposure control is a selenium cell unit fitted surrounding surrounds the lens as per the hugely popular and successful Olympus Trip 35. The camera, thus, does not need or require a battery to run or to manage its exposure system.

A red pop-up flag system blocks the shutter from being released if the image is underexposed, simplicity itself.

Post-processing on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) includes a slight Crop to adjust for scanning misalignment, Shading Compensation to adjust edge darkening, a slight drag of the Tone Curve to darken the image ever slightly, and Brightness & Contrast to add volume to the image.

Olympus XA1Gamma, Hue & Saturation, Unsharp Mask, and Noise Reduction aids in the rendering of the curated image, which is again print sharpened using Google NIK Sharpener Pro 3 as the finishing step.


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