Monday, May 27, 2019

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

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

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

'Five frames with the AF Nikkor 28-70mm F3.5~4.5 D and Nikon F801s, in the waterscape gardens of Suria KLCC'

I was in the waterscape forecourt of the Petronas Twin Towers, KLCC, with the AF Zoom-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 Zoom-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 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.


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

The AF Zoom-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.


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Monday, May 20, 2019

Mobile Photography, Extended Exposure Images

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Nokia Asha 300

Mobile Photography:

Extended Exposure Images

'Five frames with the Nokia Asha 300, steady hands for extended time exposures'

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.

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 shots. For these shots, I try to hold the camera steady for a while longer so that the extended exposure time the camera is capable of 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

A City Walk, Fuji Cardia Travel Mini Dual-P

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A City Walk, Fuji Cardia Travel Mini Dual-P

'Five frames with the Fuji Cardia Travel Mini Dual-P, fun and easy to use, on a short walk in the city'

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.


Launched in 1990, the Cardia Travel Mini Dual P is a dual-lens camera. It comes 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 plate 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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Olympus OM-2S, Sigma Zoom Gamma 21-35mm F3.5~4

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

'The landscape scene at Taman Bandaran Kelana Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia'

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.

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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