Monday, May 28, 2018

Digital Moments: Minolta MD Rokkor-X 45mm f/2

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Minolta MD Rokkor-X 45mm f/2

'Digital moments, testing the Minolta MD Rokkor-X 45mm f/2 as mounted on the Olympus E-P5'

You might not want to consider the Minolta MD 45mm f/2, a real compact and petite prime which seems to fit any X, XD or XG series SLR film cameras just right, as a true pancake lens. At only 60mm long and 125 grams in weight, it might be only just close enough.

On the E-P5 it extrudes out long enough to be almost the perfect fit, with just the right weight, feel and balance in the cradle of your right hand and the fingers of your left hand extended just enough to be really comfortable with the focus and aperture rings.

The lens is from the time when Minolta started making kit lenses that more affordable to the consumer. Though well made by today’s standards, the 6 elements in 5 groups have a 5 bladed diaphragm, is not all metal and glass as it comes with more plastic components.

Image quality, however, is something you will be surprised with.

Resource Links:
Minolta MD Rokkor X 45mm F/2 Lens Review
Review: The Rokkor 45mm f/2 is a Razor-Sharp $30 Manual Lens

Monday, May 21, 2018

Throwback 2009: The Square Revisited

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The Square Revisited

'Analog diary, images on an outing with Sony DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 mounted on a Minolta Maxxum SLR film camera'

A parting post for the Throwback 2009 session, posts on street photography outing with a lens, Sony DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6, designed for the ASP-C sensor Sony Alpha DSLR, mounted instead on a full frame SLR Film camera. The first post shows images captured at the short wide angle end of the lens, while the second was images from the long end, and for the rest, somewhere in between.

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

Have not seen much of this on the Net really, not at all if any. I can only assume that DSLR enthusiasts are not really keen on going back to film. The good fun here is that film cameras that can be retrofitted with your current crop of DSLR lenses, depending on the make of your camera system, are easily available on the auction sites and their cost are normally very affordable.

These images were shot on color negative film, converted to black-and-white and squared to the 1:1 image aspect ratio on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3).

Resource Links:
Black and White Photography Tips: The 5 Cornerstones of All Great Monochrome Photos
Simplicity of Square Format Photography

Monday, May 14, 2018

Digital Moments: Minolta MD 50mm f/2

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Minolta MD 50mm f/2

'Digital moments, testing out the Minolta MD 50mm f/2, a manual focus legacy lens, on the Olympus E-P5'

Minolta MD 50mm f/2
The MD 50mm f/2, perfect as it is, is the slowest non-macro standard prime produced by Minolta. It is less common than the faster MD 50mm f/1.7 which was the mainstay as a kit lens for Minolta SR system cameras.

For its compact and lightweight body form, is f/2 is actually a delight to use. It focuses smoothly and handles well, and focus peaking on the E-P5 is almost perfect at any aperture in good lighting conditions.

The lens is one of the most low-cost SR lenses on many auction sites, but as you might be able to discern from the images, you will probably get a lot more in image quality when compared to the cost of acquiring the lens itself.

Olympus PEN E-P5, Minolta MD 50mm f/2

It was a very nice, sunny and bright day with plenty of cumulus humilis clouds drifting across the otherwise very bright and blue sky when I took the MD 50mm f/2, mounted on the Olympus E-P5, out for a quick take session. It was quite a sight, blue skies, majestic clouds, and it does not take me long to decide what the test shots of the day were to be.

Images were post-processed on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) and final print sharpening was on Google NIK Sharpener Pro 3.

Resource Links:
Minolta MD 50mm 2.0 Review -
Minolta MD 50mm f/2 Lens Review Using the Sony Nex-6 and RainbowImaging Lens Adapter

Monday, May 7, 2018

Analog Diary: The Ride

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The Ride

'Analog diary, the ride out of the city with the Pentax MX and SMC Pentax-M 40mm f/2.8'

Sans the hustle and bustle of the inner city, the grind and whine of electric motors, the surge of acceleration as the train leaves the station, the rattle and skittle as the track rise and fall, the rocking and swaying on the bends, the hushed dead stops less than a minute away, and you are taking the ride, virtually in a world of your own.

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

These images were of the receding cityscape viewed from the windscreen of a driverless LRT coach as I was heading home after the day out with the SMC Pentax-M 40mm f/2.8 and the Pentax MX. Again, sans all the clamor and the incessant assault on your physic and senses, a rail ride is always an experience to reflect upon and to enjoy.

Resource Links:
18 Tips for Shooting from a Train
Stunning Photos of Trains Roaring Through Picturesque Landscapes

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