Monday, January 28, 2019

Digital Moments, F.Zuiko Auto-S 38mm F1.8

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 Olympus E-P5, F.Zuiko Auto-S 38mm F1.8

Digital Moments, F.Zuiko Auto-S 38mm F1.8

'Image samples with the manual focus Olympus F.Zuiko Auto-S 38mm F1.8 legacy lens mounted on the Olympus E-P5'


Adapting legacy manual focus lenses, whether primes or zooms, to your interchangeable lens digital camera means that you are not only giving yourself the option to select a lens from thousands of mainly low priced options offered by different manufacturers, or picking one that is not available from your current camera brand range, but also giving yourself the choice of lenses which have been acknowledged to have outstanding optical qualities.

Olympus E-P5, E.Zuiko 100mm F3.5
Using these lenses, however, means that you need to mount the lens to your camera via an adapter, and learning to shoot (if you are a newbie), or shooting in full manual mode. A lens adapter is also specific to the lens and the camera you are using, with exact measurement to provide for the correct focal flange distance for the lens to focus properly.

An example of a very good and compact lens for adaption to mirrorless digital camera bodies is the F.Zuiko Auto-S 50mm F1.8. The lens is from the series produced for Olympus Pen F/FT, the half-frame SLR camera system which was designed with a body thickness and focal flange distance almost resembling current mirrorless digital cameras.

Adapting the lens, for example, to an Olympus Pen E-P5 requires an adapter with only a very short thickness of 10mm, a far cry from adapters which are from 30mm to 50mm thick for lenses from a normal SLR film camera. While Zuiko Pen F/FT lenses are not on the lower-priced end of auctions sites, they may prove their while as these lenses are known to have excellent optical qualities and are of robust construction.

Olympus E-P5, E.Zuiko 100mm F3.5

The 38mm F1.8 is 6 elements in 5 groups construction, comes with a 5 bladed diaphragm, and is a lightweight at 135 grams. The minimum focus distance is a short 0.35 meters and filter threads are standard 43 mm. The lens is said to have a degree of softness which seems to the main trait of Olympus manual focus lenses, characteristic neutral mid-tone colors, and a pastel creaminess to the backgrounds that adds to the classic touch of the images.


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Monday, January 21, 2019

Mobile Photography, A Morning Walk

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Nokia Asha 300

Mobile Photography, A Morning Walk

'Enjoying the fruits of an invigorating morning walk with a point-and-shoot feature phone camera'


A brisk morning walk (in the park) might be just the right tonic to get your body system rejuvenated, gives you the energy for the rest of the day, and helps you to create a positive mindset. Alternatively, a rather leisurely one instead, with a camera in hand, could be a refresher for the creative, a feast for your five senses, and quick decision making moments.

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It is the time of day when sunlight begins to flows over the landscape in a way the colors of nature are intensified and where equally spectacular shadows are created. And as us photographers know, this is one of the two periods within a day when the light is most ideal for capturing breathtaking images.

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Choosing a vantage point that gives you the best impact when shooting either into the sun and away from it may also gives you spectacular results.

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In the early morning, when the sun is low on the horizon, the still of the air may affect the stillness of bodies of water as well, the presence of humidity images may disperse the light rays which may leave a slight blue cast on the images, and areas shaded from the sun may be seen as slightly underexposed.

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Nokia Asha 300
These images here, as you might have guessed, are captured on the 5MP camera on candy-bar Nokia Asha 300 feature phone that I have been using for the past few sessions, and for a few more to come.

Despite its vintage, sensor size and the technology it was built with, I have to admit that the camera, with a little bit of help with post-processing, is still up to the mark with the clarity and sharpness of the images captured.

Initial non-destructive post-processing for these images was done on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) for Auto Tone Correction, Tone Curve, Brightness & Contrast, Hue & Saturation, and Unsharp Mask, while final print processing was done on Google NIK Color Efex Pro 4.


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Monday, January 14, 2019

Starting Out, Konica Genba Kantoku 28WB

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Starting Out, Konica Genba Kantoku 28WB

'Analog Diary - On the LRT with the Konica Genba Kantoku (Site Supervisor) 28WB, a ruggedized autofocus AE 35mm film camera'


Another round trip downtown for a street-shoot, this time with a Konica Genba Kantoku 28WB, a ruggedized 35mm film camera manufactured by Konica.

Konica Genbakantoku 28WB
Konica produced a range of these construction cameras in the '80s, which includes bodies with 28mm and 35mm fixed focal lengths, 40mm-60mm switchable dual lens, and a 28-56mm zoom lens.

The series was designed for building construction supervision, it is waterproof (JIS protection grade 7), dust, sand proof, and anti-shock.

The 28WB is fitted with a sealed autofocusing 28mm F3.5 lens constructed of 8 elements in 7 groups, a sure sign that the camera was destined to be a super sharpshooter. Later ECO models, with orange body panels instead of the utilitarian blue or dark green, comes with a +2 EV compensation selector and low consumption flash units.

Using the camera, an autofocus point-and-shoot is fairly straightforward. One thing you have to remember to do on powering up is whether you want the autoflash on auto (default), on, off, set self-timer or infinity focus on. This is done by rotating the selection via the Mode selection button. The setting will be displayed on the LCD panel.


Film loading, film advance, and rewind at end of the roll are automatic. The Genba Kantoku 28WB is powered by a 2CR5 for its motor drive and electronic camera operations, while a date version, which records up to the year 2019 needs an additional CR2025 battery for the calendar operation.


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Monday, January 7, 2019

Digital Moments, Yashica ML 50mm F1.9

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Olympus E-P5, Yashica ML 50mm F1.9

Digital Moments, Yashica ML 50mm F1.9

'Image samples with the manual focus Yashica ML 50mm F1.9 legacy lens mounted on the Olympus E-P5'


Last, in the series of test images with Yashica ML lenses that I can safely mount to the el-cheapo lens adapter on the Pen E-P5. The Yashica ML 50mm F1.9, after the ML 28mm F2.8, and ML 35mm F2.8, is another scintillating example of what the Yashica ML series is all about.

But first, the disclaimer. As I am not a technical boffin, my test images are often taken on the spur of the moment, and as in the case of these shots, when the sun was low on the horizon.

It was a very pleasant day, the golden yellow glow of the sunset was beginning to flow over the landscape. Away from the direct rays of the sun, the glow begins to paint the high-rise homes across the road in a slight tint of the sheen, turning the building's sharp architectural features into a creamy color composition of form, shapes, and shadows.

Shooting with a wide-open aperture adds to the softness of the focus and the intensity of the colors.

The Yashica ML 50mm F1.9 lens is part of the Yashica ML series, pro-line multicoated lenses developed and produced by Yashica (Kyocera) to bridge the gap between their consumer-grade DSB line and the state-of-the-art Zeiss T* lenses built for the Contax/Yashica system.

Generally, the ML series are well known for their sharp images, contrasty colors, beautiful color rendering and given the right aperture opening, swirly bokeh. The 50mm F1.9, individually, is said to be Tak-sharp at F8.



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