Monday, March 26, 2018

Digital Moments, Quiet On The Beach

Digital Moments, Quiet On The Beach 01
Digital Moments, Quiet On The Beach 02
Digital Moments, Quiet On The Beach 03
Digital Moments, Quiet On The Beach 04
Digital Moments, Quiet On The Beach 05
Olympus E-P5, M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3.5~5.6 EZ

Digital Moments:

Quiet On The Beach

'Five frames with the M.Zuiko 14-42mm F3.5~5.6 EZ, on the beach in the heat of the day'

While I currently use the E-P5 more often for capturing digital moments with legacy manual focus lenses which I buy off auction sites with the idea of putting them up for sale on my camera gear shopping page, there were also occasions when I had the E-P5 mounted with the M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm f/3.5~5.6 EZ, for outings of sorts. The EZ is a slimline kit lens, it is only 23mm thick and weighs just about 91grams, a perfect fit for the camera.

Olympus E-P5,, M.Zuiko  Digital 14-42mm f/3.6~5.6 EZ

This session is way back in 2015 when I was on an outstation trip. I took the opportunity to stop for a breather by this beach. It was high noon, the sun was directly overhead, the sky cloudless, there was little or no wind if any, and the heat was getting rather uncomfortable. Images were shot in monochrome, post-processed on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3), and print sharpening was done on Google NIK Sharpener Pro 3.


Shop Now:

Film Camera Sale, Malaysia

Follow ImagingPixel on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter

Monday, March 19, 2018

Wide-Angle Vignettes, Sony DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom

Wide-Angle Vignettes, Sony DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom 01
Wide-Angle Vignettes, Sony DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom 02
Wide-Angle Vignettes, Sony DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom 03
Wide-Angle Vignettes, Sony DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom 04
Wide-Angle Vignettes, Sony DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom 05
Minolta Maxxum 7, Sony DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom

Analog Diary:

Wide-Angle Vignettes, Sony DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom

'Five frames with the APS-C Sony DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.6, looking at the short end of the zoom'

This was way back in 2009 when I experimented with mounting an ASP-C designed lens, the Sony DT 18-70mm (3.9x) f/3.5-5.6 Zoom, on a full-frame A-mount Minolta Maxxum AF body. The lens was from a Sony A-200 DSLR kit, and the film camera a Maxxum 7000. I still have the lens, but not the body, so the image shown here, with the Sony DT mounted on a later Minolta Maxxum 70 was just for illustration.
Minolta Maxxum 70, Sony DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6

Retro-fitting DSLR lenses on AF SLR film camera bodies, if the mount matches, is a low-cost way to get into film photography, and you are in for a lot of fun here. Lenses, like the Sony DT as shown here, due to their design that comes with smaller diameter lens components, will give you the vignette or port-hole effect at its widest or short end. The vignette effect will dissipate as you zoom in towards the telephoto end of the lens.


Film Camera Sale, Malaysia:

Minolta 35mm AF SLR Cameras and Lenses

Follow ImagingPixel on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter

Monday, March 12, 2018

Street Squares, SMC Pentax-M 40mm F2.8

Street Squares, SMC Pentax-M 40mm F2.8 01
Street Squares, SMC Pentax-M 40mm F2.8 02
Street Squares, SMC Pentax-M 40mm F2.8 03
Street Squares, SMC Pentax-M 40mm F2.8 04
Street Squares, SMC Pentax-M 40mm F2.8 05
Pentax MX, SMC Pentax-M 40mm F2.8

Analog Diary:

Street Squares, SMC Pentax-M 40mm F2.8

'Five frames with the SMC Pentax-M 40mm F2.8, square-cropped images shot with the Pentax MX'

Had the Pentax MX mounted with an SMC Pentax-M 40mm F2.8, spent about an hour scouting this downtown area, with a limit set to half a roll of a 36-shot film canister. I already had my mindset on using the other half roll of film on another camera.

Pentax MX, SMC Pentax-M 40mm f/2.8

The SMC Pentax-M 40mm F2.8 is a marvel of a lens actually, a full-frame lens that comes in an incredibly compact form factor with a depth of only 18mm.

At 110 grams body weight, the lens is much lighter than other primes of that era. It is well made, metal and glass throughout, with a well-damped focus throw, snappy aperture stops, with a very smooth focus ring.

With a 40mm focal length, the lens is a wider than a standard 50mm prime, and a little bit narrower than the wide-angle 35mm, and to me, is just about right for general-purpose photography and is equally suited for street photography where spaces are sometimes slightly tight and where your surrounding is rather confined.

Pentax MX, SMC Pentax-M 40mm f/2.8

Reportedly, the lens is not as sharp wide open, with the tendency to show light fall-off and color-fringing towards the corners of the image. For my shoot, however, I was not bothered by the effects as I was on an aperture range between f/5.6 to f/11 on a beautiful bright and sunny day. Converting the images to black-and-white, and the crop to 1:1 image aspect ratio adds to the finesse of the images.


Film Camera Sale, Malaysia:

Pentax 35mm AF / MF SLR Cameras and Lenses

Follow ImagingPixel on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter

Monday, March 5, 2018

Scary Cat, Minolta MD 28mm F2.8

Scary Cat, Minolta MD 28mm F2.8 01
Scary Cat, Minolta MD 28mm F2.8 02
Scary Cat, Minolta MD 28mm F2.8 03
Scary Cat, Minolta MD 28mm F2.8 04
Scary Cat, Minolta MD 28mm F2.8 05
Olympus E-P5, Minolta MD 28mm f/2.8

Digital Moments:

Scary Cat, Minolta MD 28mm F2.8

'Five frames with the Minolta MD 28mm F2.8, an ominous evening and a scary cat on the roof of the porch'

I was out and about on the front porch looking for the opportunity of grabbing a few test shots of the glorious sunset with the Minolta MD 28mm F2.8 attached to the E-P5 when I glanced back over my shoulder and caught the sight of one of our neighbor's cat perched on the edge of the mansard.

Minolta MD 28mm f/2.8, View

Looking rather stiff and scared, almost immobile, with ears pointed, the cat was actually fixated on the unfolding scene of the sunset which is happening on the rooftop of the houses across the street. I took the opportunity of grabbing these few shots as well, with images that may be at the expense of the excellence of the lens in terms of its sharpness, but not in contrast.

An MD 28mm F2.8, the Rokkor version, is generally said to be one of the best from Minolta, close to the excellence of the MC W.Rokkor-SI 28mm F2.5 and the MD Rokkor 28mm F2.

Olympus E-P5, Minolta MD 28mm f/2.8

Built of plastic and glass, with a metal mount, and weighing in at about 190gram, the MD 28mm F2.8 is a lightweight and compact beauty. It fits well with the ergonomics of the E-P5, does not make the camera any much heavier, and handling is effortless.

The focal length equivalent of the MD 28mm on the E-P5 is 56mm, almost equivalent to a standard nifty-fifty on a full-frame SLR.


Film Camera Sale, Malaysia:

Minolta 35mm MF SLR Camera Lenses

Follow ImagingPixel on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter

Popular on ImagingPixel