Monday, January 29, 2018

Five Frames, Olympus XA 1, A Single Point of View

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Olympus XA 1

Film photography favorites, five frames with an Olympus XA1, shots from a single point of view.

One of the interesting aspects of street photography is that you do not have to be constantly on the move, but rather the opposite, stay in one place (for the duration of the shoot) and let the world moves around you instead.

Olympus XA1

Stay in just one spot in one location, and you may start to notice things about aren't so obvious as when you are walking past the scene. The world slows down for you and does sometimes come to a complete standstill. You don't actually have to travel to try this either.

What about the camera? As far as I can say, the camera that you have now is just fine. My preferences are, however, for small compact cameras that I can carry around without drawing much attention to them. Do you shoot in digital or analog? I do both, depending on which camera I grabbed on the way out of the door.
Olympus XA1

The XA1, by the way, is my favorite among the XA'a and is the simplest of the XA clan. Most times available at fantastically low prices on the auction market, the camera has a fantastic fixed focus D.Zuiko 35mm f/4 lens, takes only ISO 100 or 400 film, needs no batteries to function, weighs light as a feather, and is compact enough to fit in your shirt pocket.


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Monday, January 22, 2018

Five Frames, Nikon Ai-S Nikkor 85mm F2, Take I

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Olympus E-P5, Nikon Ai-S Nikkor 85mm F2

#VintageLensTest - Five frames with a Nikon Ai-S Nikkor 85mm F2, an excellent choice as a short/medium tele on your cropped sensor, Take I.

When fitted to a 2x crop-sensor Olympus Pen E-P5, a Nikkor 85mm f/2, as done here, the lens has now an effective focal length of 170mm. This fitting advances the lens to that of a medium telephoto lens, and this calls for a different way of handling the lens altogether.

Olympus E-P5, Nikkor Ai-S 85mm F2

A longer focal length means a narrower depth of field, and it can be difficult to get your focusing spot on, where even a slight change in camera position can cause blurriness. You will need to put your camera on a tripod when to go for that super steady shot.

A genre where you can hand-hold this lens/camera combination, with the lens at its widest aperture, and with a shutter speed fast enough to avoid blurring, is in the motorsports arena, something which is always on my mind to try out. While you are there, add the 'panning' technique to your skills, and bring up your photography to another level.

The Ai-spec of the Nikkor 85mm f/2 telephoto lens was introduced in 1977 and continued till the Ai-S version which was introduced in late 1981. There is little difference in specifications for both of these series. Both versions are solidly built, the quality feel is all over, and using the lens is always a delight.


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Monday, January 15, 2018

Five Frames, Olympus Pen EF, Images on Expired Film

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Olympus Pen EF

Five frames with a half-frame Olympus Pen EF, images on a roll of expired film.

These photos are from an occasion where our small workgroup ended up on a small training project located on a campus site that has been vacated sometimes prior to our arrival. Spaces and buildings were left idle in a state of disrepair, unkempt, and open to the elements.

Olympus Pen EF

These are simple and straightforward head-on shoots, where a point-and-shoot camera like the Olympus Pen EF might be all that you need. Compact and handy, fun, the EF is a very easy camera to work with.

All you need to do is to load the film, set the appropriate film ASA speed, and off you go. Any potentially underexposed image will be blocked by the red pop-up flag system, which you still can overcome with the shutter lock trick.

Olympus Pen EF
The Olympus Pen EF is one of my favorite point-and-shoot cameras (the other one being the Olympus XA 1). I have also done a few posts with the camera prior to this, as well as doing a short write-up on it, and I am sure it will stay as part of my camera collection for quite a while yet. Grab one if you have the chance to own it!


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Monday, January 8, 2018

Five Frames, Nikon Ai-S Nikkor 50mm F1.4, Take I

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Olympus E-P5, Nikon Ai-S Nikkor 50mm F1.4

#VintageLensTest - Five frames with a Nikon Ai-S Nikkor 50mm F1.4, the superhero of lowlight photography.

The 50mm F1.4 is the superhero for lowlight photography, a must for indoor sports, an essential for street photography, a norm for travel and adventure, an extreme closeups lens with a reverse adapter, and a superb portrait lens on crop-sensor digital cameras.

Nikkor Ai-S 50mm 1:1.4, View

The legacy Nikkor 50mm F1.4 Ai-S by Nikon is no different, affordable by comparison (to current standards), and is one of the few manual focus lenses left in Nikon's lens line-up. Performance is said to be almost at the top of the line. Though reportedly to be pretty weak at f/1.4, the lens improves considerably when stopped down to f/2.

On a DX-sized or a 1.5 crop-sensor DSLR, the lens becomes a 75mm equivalent, which is more of a portrait lens than a nifty-fifty prime. On the 2x crop-sensor Olympus E-P5, the lens is equivalent of to a 100mm short telephoto lens. The lens is built of all metal and glass the lens is the ultimate build quality.

Olympus E-P5, Nikkor Ai-S 50mm 1:1.4

Quite hefty in size when compared to Olympus's M4/3 lenses, the lens is about 70mm long when fitted with an adapter to the camera, it weighs in at 250 grams which do add to the weight of the setup. The lens, however, is a pleasure to use, the focus ring is buttery smooth and can be moved with one finger, and aperture stops are sharp and sure.


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Monday, January 1, 2018

Five Frames, Konica C35 Automatic, A Walk In The Park

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Konica C35 Automatic

Film photography favorites, five frames with a Konica C35 Automatic, a walk in the park, and a wish for a prosperous year ahead.


Konica C35 Automatic
Dear All! The New Year is the time of unfolding horizons and the realization of dreams, may you rediscover new strength and garner faith with you, and be able to rejoice in the simple pleasures that life has to offer and put a brave front for all the challenges that may come your way. Wishing you a lovely New Year.


Happy New Year 2018


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