Monday, March 12, 2018

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

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

'Analog Diary - A street session with the Pentax MX and SMC Pentax-M 40mm F2.8, with square cropped images'

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 mind set on using the other half roll of film on another camera.

Pentax MX, SMC Pentax-M 40mm f/2.8Interestingly, I was very pleased with the images captures and it turns out that I will have enough images for up to three posts on this blog, with each post having a set of 5 frames. The images were originally captured on Kodak ColorPlus 200, and I had them converted to black and white on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3). For this session, the images were cropped to a 1:1 image aspect ratio.

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.

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