Monday, February 26, 2018

Found Slides, Shades of Red

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Analog Diary:

Found Slides, Shades of Red

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

This post carries on from the series on found slides, namely Converted to Black-and-White, The Idyllic Life, Minimalism, and Shades of Blue, captured on Kodachrome and Ektachrome Slide film on the Olympus OM-1n, my only SLR camera then.

Lenses used, if I remember correctly, were Zuiko OM 50mm F1.8 and Sigma 24mm F2.8 XQ Filtermatic.

The slides, +30 years old by now, were scanned on the Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II Film & Document Scanner and post-processed for finishing touches on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3)


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Monday, February 19, 2018

Digital Moments, Industar 61 L/Z 50mm F2.8

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Olympus Pen E-P5, Industar 61 L/Z 50mm f/2.8

Digital Moments:

Industar 61 L/Z 50mm F2.8

'Five frames with the Industar 61 L/Z 50mm F2.8, bringing it up to its closest focus distance'

The Industar 61 L/Z 50mm F2.8, commonly found as standard lenses on FED and Zorki rangefinder cameras, is a 4-elements in 3-groups construction and comes with a six-blade iris providing a range of apertures from f/2.8 to f/22. Coming in as a simple, sleek, and sturdy designed, the lens is acknowledged as one of the best normal SLR lenses to come out from the FED factory in Kharkiv, Ukraine.

Industar 61 L/Z 50mm f/2.8, View

The lens elements are multicoated, images are surprisingly sharp and contrasty, and with a focal length of 50mm, it makes it worth the fit as a standard for normal use.

Though not designated as Macro, the 61 L/Z has a close focus of 30cm, and with its front element located deep in the barrel, you can go without the need of a lens shade, which also makes macro shooting a very functional aspect of the lens.

Olympus Pen E-P5, Industar 61 L/Z 50mm f/2.8

On the E-P5, the lens looks slightly longish, extending out 95mm (including the M42/M4/3 lens adapter) from the lens mount face at its closet focal length, it does not add too much to the weight of the camera, though. The effective focal length is now 100mm. Both the focus and aperture rings are easily manipulated with the thumb and index finger of your left hand.


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Monday, February 12, 2018

Getting The Feel, Minolta Maxxum 7

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Minolta Maxxum 7, Maxxum AF 50mm f/1.7

Analog Diary:

Getting The Feel, Minolta Maxxum 7

'Five frames with the Minolta Maxxum 7, getting the fell of the best 35mm SLR film camera of all time'

While the top-of-the-line Minolta model was the Maxxum 9, the Maxxum 7 does have its ways by being smaller, lighter and more compact, comes with features that are more appealing to the enthusiast, and has an LCD panel fitted to the film back.


Highlights of the Maxxum 7 includes a shutter speed range from 30 seconds to 1/8000 second, plus Bulb, flash sync speed at 1/200th of a second, three metering modes, full PASM shooting modes, exposure compensation, AE lock, continuous shooting at up to four frames per second, unlimited multiple exposures, self-timer, both DX and user-selectable ISO control, and more.

These were the initial shots when trying the camera out, or, as the title says it, 'Getting The Feel'. As expected, the nominal functions of the Maxxum 7 were easy enough to operate, with the PASM dial, the shutter release, and the control dial for aperture control just within the grasp of your right hand.

Minolta Maxxum 7, Maxxum AF 50mm f/1.7

The camera was easy to get started with, autofocus is fast and accurate, metering seems equally flawless, and as these images show, it looks like the Maxxum AF 50mm F1.7 RS is also equal to the task. Beyond this scratch on the surface, it looks like I still have a long way to go to really understand the full potential of the camera. Let not wait too long for that.


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Monday, February 5, 2018

Black and Whites #I, Lumix DMC-FZ18

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Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ18

Digital Moments:

Black and Whites #I, Lumix DMC-FZ18

'Five frames with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18, throwback 2009, Part I'

The DMC-FZ18 was part of Panasonic's popular range of compact superzoom Lumix cameras. It was introduced barely half a year after the launch of the DMC-FZ8. Being almost identical to the former, the FZ18 came with a bigger zoom, more pixels and a range of new features.

Lumix DMC-FZ18, Front View

The camera came with a bigger 18x zoom lens (28-504mm equiv.), more pixels with 8.3 MP on its 1/2.5-inch sensor, and features which includes a dedicated AF/AE button, Face Detection, Intelligent Auto mode with integrated Image Stabilization, Intelligent ISO, Face Detection and Scene Detection modes.

The Lumix DMC-FZ18 has a form factor that is rather diminutively small. It does, however, look its part as it came fitted with a flower hood. It feels stable, safe and solid in your hands, and operating of the main controls (zoom and shutter release) is equally easy. The excellent handling, balance and weight, and with the support of image stabilization, make it even comfortable to use the camera with one hand.

Lumix DMC-FZ18, Back

The top of the hill aura of the camera was, of course, the superb Leica DC Vario-Elmarit f/2.8~4.2 lens, where images remained exceptionally sharp and clear even at the extended zoom limits. Exposure modes available on the camera was Programmed AE with shutter speeds at 1-1/2000 second, Aperture Priority AE / Shutter Priority AE at 8-1/2000 second, Manual at 60-1/2000 second, and Starry Sky Mode at 15, 30, and 60 seconds.


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