Monday, May 27, 2019

Twin Towers, AF Nikkor 28-70mm F3.5~4.5 D

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Twin Towers, AF Nikkor 28-70mm F3.5~4.5 D

'Analog Diary - In the waterscape gardens of Suria KLCC with the AF Nikkor 28-70mm F3.5~4.5 D'

I was in the waterscape forecourt of the Petronas Twin Towers, KLCC, with the AF Nikkor 28-70mm F3.5~4.5 D but realizes that the lens was not wide enough for me to pull in both of the twins into a single frame. While planning for another session with another lens that might be able to capture what I wanted, I did spend some time at the location and manage to come up with the other images.

AF Nikkor 28-70mm F3.5~4.5 D
The AF Nikkor 28-70mm F3.5~4.5 D was a new addition to my collection, and it worked rather well mounted on the Nikon F801s. Images were sharp and clear, with good contrast, and looks to be a good performer if you are looking for a standard zoom that has a wider front end.

The lens was formally introduced paired as a kit lens to the Nikon F100 when the camera was first introduced. It is comparatively small and compact, a lightweight, and was accoladed as being the fastest and best super-compact midrange zoom ever made by Nikon.

The lens is quite a handler as well, with both focus and zoom control rings being reasonably smooth. This is aside from the front element that rotates during focusing, which makes the use of a polarizing filter rather awkward. Autofocusing is operated by a slotted drive screw operated by the camera.

The AF Nikkor 28-70mm F3.5~4.5 was also Nikon's first hybrid aspherical lens, has a 9-blade diaphragm, and is compact enough to be used with a camera's built-in flash even at 28mm. The lens feels solid with its good quality polycarbonate and metal mount construction.

Nikon F801s, AF Nikkor 28-70mm F3.5~4.5 D

Images were captured on an expired roll of Fujifilm Superia 200, post-processed on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3), and print sharpened on Google NIK Sharpener Pro3.


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Monday, May 20, 2019

Extended Exposure Images, Nokia Asha 300

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Extended Exposure Images, Nokia Asha 300

'Mobile Photography - Taking the cue with the camera phone held steady as can be for extended exposure image captures'

I do a variety of photography genres for this blog using an assortment of digital and film cameras and lenses that I have in my collection. The range of paraphernalia includes, interestingly, a circa 2011 candy-bar Nokia Asha 300 feature phone which came with a fixed-focus 5MP rear-facing camera which is a kind of favorite of mine right now.

Nokia Asha 300
What I like most about the 5MP camera on the Nokia 300 are images that are tone-perfect bright daylight images that are sharp, crisp and clear which never fails to impress.

Half of the anticipation of using the camera comes from the fact that the best way to use the camera is to shoot on a guesstimate arms-away image framing stance.

The Nokia 300 has a 2.4-inch screen which you can see hardly see from in bright outside light, which this reduces the ability to frame the image on the screen to almost zero. There is nothing you can do to adjust any settings on the camera either. The best you can do is to hold the camera straight ahead, above your head, or any other way you want to hold it and press the shutter away.

As I carry the camera around almost everywhere I go, the urge to capture images that are constant, lingering, and sometimes repetitive especially for low-light or night shot. For these shots, I try to hold the camera steady for a while longer so that the extended exposure time the camera is capable off is fully utilized.

No, I won't even term these images as long-exposure shots, even if they really are. To me, these are just images from an extended exposure photography outing with a handheld candy-bar feature phone camera, the Nokia Asha 300. Images were post-processed on Olympus Workspace and print sharpened on Google NIK Sharpener Pro3.


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Monday, May 13, 2019

City Walk, Fuji Cardia Travel Mini Dual-P

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City Walk, Fuji Cardia Travel Mini Dual-P

'Analog Diary - A short walk in the city with the Fuji Cardia Travel Mini Dual-P'

The Fuji Cardia Travel Mini Dual-P, taking the claim that it was the smallest and lightest full or panorama frame 35mm AF camera when it was first launched, is not actually that petite as it seems. It is big when it comes to features and functionalities.

First launched in 1990, the Cardia Travel Mini Dual-P is part of the very successful Cardia series of cameras manufactured by Fujifilm.

The same model was marketed as Discovery Mini Dual Date in the USA and it was not fitted with the panorama feature.

The Cardia Travel Mini Dual P is a dual lens camera. It comes fitted with a 28/45mm F3.5/6.6 Fujinon lens system. The 28mm wide-angle end will bring you right into places and city streets, among the crowd and tall buildings, and the crisscrosses of light and shadows.

The 45mm standard is equally sharp and will take care of people and portraits, group portraits, and photo features. The changeover from one focal length to the other is by a switch on the top plane of the camera, and this is reflected in the viewfinder as well.


Film loading is drop-in, where the back is hinged to open just wide enough for the film canister and film tab to be slid into the opening. Film transport is pre-wind, and the exposed frames are wound back into the film canister as the shots are taken.

A couple of idiosyncrasies you have to adapt to is the panorama switch is located within the film box area of the camera, meaning that panorama is pre-set for the whole roll of film. The camera needs two batteries to run, a CR123A in the battery chamber and a CR2025 3-volt button cell located under the metal film leader inside of the film back.

The Fuji Cardia Travel Mini Dual-P also has an auto power-off switch which turns the camera off after 3 minutes of inactivity.


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Monday, May 6, 2019

In The Park, Sigma Zoom Gamma 21-35mm F3.5~4

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'Analog Diary - In the park with the super wide-angle Sigma Zoom Gamma 21-35mm F3.5~4 lens'


The Sigma Zoom Gamma 21-35mm F3.5~4 is quite a remarkable lens, with good image quality, and a zoom range that is hard to replicate or replace. The lens was launched by Sigma in 1979, as the world's first wide-angle zoom lens.

Sigma Zoom Gamma 21-35mm F3.5~4
The lens is a solid all-metal and glass construction, with 12 elements in 12 groups, 105mm in length, weighs 450 grams, comes with a non-rotating front element, takes 67mm filters, and has a built-in floral pattern hood.

The compact form factor is easy and comfortable in the hands, and on the Olympus OM-2S (the unit I was using came with an Olympus OM-mount), the camera and lens combo was a perfect fit in terms of weight and balance.

Focus, zoom, and aperture rings are conveniently located for fast handling. Focus throw is a short 90 degrees. Talk about built quality, the rings on my unit are still super smooth as if it was still new.

I also did an earlier post with the lens mounted on the digital Pen E-P5, which includes images shot at various focal range equivalents, but felt that the equation is not complete without a similar post with the lens mounted on what it was originally designed and produced for, an SLR film camera.

Olympus OM-2S, Sigma Zoom Gamma 21-35mm F3.5~4

This session here was down at the park, on a hazy day, with shots mainly of the landscape. The images, as you can see, turned out to be sharp, clear, and was better than expected. They were shot on a roll of expired Fujifilm Superia 200, post-processed on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) and print sharpened on Google NIK Sharpener Pro3.

EndNote: For those who are interested in a bit of technicality and an approach towards rectifying the 'fix' of the infinity focus problem of the Sigma Gamma, please visit the site here.


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