Monday, April 30, 2018

A Garden Ensemble

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Nikon F90X, AF Nikkor 50mm F1.8 D

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A Garden Ensemble

'Five frames with the AF Nikkor 50mm F1.8 D, capturing the pastel essence of the garden'

A combination of two greats, the super-sharp AF Nikkor 50mm F1.8 D, and the Nikon F90X. As a traditional AF lens, the F1.8 D works with all of Nikon's SLR cameras, film or digital, auto or manual focus, but it will not autofocus on Nikon bodies that do not have the mechanical autofocusing screw, such as the D40, D60, and D5000 models. On an APS-C-sized sensor body, the lens provides an effective field of view of 75mm.

Nikon F90X, AF Nikkor 50mm F1.8 D

The Nikon F90X, or N90s in the US, is often mentioned as the best and most expensive amateur 35mm SLR of all time, a spec sheet that nearly matches the F4 in capability. When compared to the F4, for example, the F90X has a faster and better autofocus mechanism, it is lighter in weight, has a more sophisticated matrix metering, and, of course, is a lot cheaper. The F90X was replaced by the F100 in 1999.


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Monday, April 23, 2018

The Catch (2018)

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Olympus PEN E-P5, Minolta MD 50mm f/1.7

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The Catch (2018)

'Five frames with the Minolta MD 50mm F1.7, catching the folks at the fishing tourney'

A quick detour to the local city lake where a fishing tournament was being held. I did not have the chance to spend as much time as I needed and just managed these few shots of part of the substantial crowd well dispersed on the bank of the lake. Participants have already cast their lines and are now waiting for the bites.

Olympus E-P5, Minolta MD 50mm F1.7


The MD 50mm F1.7, as tested, is the last in a long line of standard kit primes produced by Minolta for SR mount bodies. It is a pleasant lightweight, and on the unit I used focus is still smooth, and handling on the E-P5 is just about right, if not excellent. The lens has a 49mm filter thread, easy to come by on the auction sites, and is relatively inexpensive.


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Monday, April 16, 2018

The Long End

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 Minolta Maxxum 7000, Sony DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom

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The Long End

'Five frames with the APS-C Sony DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6, catching the long end of the zoom'

Continuing from where I left off with the Wide-Angle Vignettes, posted previously. These are the images from the long or telephoto end of the lens, which to me, is about as normal as what they are supposed to be. As I mentioned in the previous post, this was a fun session where I had the Sony DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom mounted on a Maxxum 7000.


The whole idea of mounting a DSLR lens, more so one designed for the ASP-C sensor, was actually an experiment with which you can get interesting results. Lenses designed for ASP-C sensors have a smaller imaging circle, and at the wide end of the lens, the image circle is much smaller than the film frame size, thus the vignette effect, which will dissipate as you zoom in past the 24mm focal length mark on the Sony DT.


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Monday, April 9, 2018

On The Streets

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Pentax MX, SMC Pentax-M 40mm F2.8

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On The Streets

'Five frames with the SMC Pentax-M 40mm F2.8, following the flow of the crowd along the streets'

Continuing from where I left off with the earlier post, Street Squares, taken with the Pentax MX, an all manual camera, mounted with the SMC Pentax-M 40mm F2.8. The Pentax MX features a fully mechanical construction, including a horizontal travel cloth type mechanical shutter with a shutter speed range from 1 to 1/1000 second, plus B.


The MX does not have any autofocus or autoexposure modes such as aperture-priority, shutter-speed priority, or any programming functionality. It is strictly manual. Film ISO speed rating is from 32 to 1600, and the light metering system is the only function that is dependent on batteries. Introduced in 1976, the camera was Pentax's flagship professional SLR until the introduction of the Pentax LX.

The camera is solidly built, very compact, and is smaller and lighter than the preceding K Series models, which of course, includes the much beloved and highly acknowledged K1000. It was designed as the mechanical twin sister of the remarkably successful entry-level Pentax ME.


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Monday, April 2, 2018

Low Key Edits

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Olympus E-P5, Minolta MD 28mm F2.8

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Low Key Edits

'Five frames with the Minolta MD 28mm F2.8, post-processed with low key edits'

My trial at creating low-key shots and edits, from images shot with a Minolta MD 28mm F2.8 mounted on the E-P5 in 1:1 image aspect ratio. While I am happy enough with the results from the first three images, the final two are just post-processing heavy edits and they are there solely as space fillers.

Minolta MD 28mm f/2.8

One advantage I have is the Minolta MD 28mm F2.8 lens, which is generally considered to be one of Minolta’s best 28 mm, an excellent lens often measured against the MC W.Rokkor-SI 28 mm F2.5 or the MD 28 mm F2.

The lens I use, even though it is a plain MD, is the 7/7 (7 elements in 7 groups) version which reportedly to be a step up from the later 5/5 version, recognized by the serial number which is 80xxxxx for the 7/7 series whilst the 5/5 version is 70xxxxx.

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

A little bit more detail is the plastic recess between the name ring and the front element of the lens which is designed with eight tiny steps instead of six.


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