Monday, June 24, 2019

Loaded and Primed, Set To Go

All Loaded and Primed, Set To Go

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Loaded and Primed, Set To Go

'Added to my collection over the past two weeks - a Sigma Zoom AF 21-35mm F3.5-4.2 lens, a Canon EOS 700QD, and an AF Nikkor 35-105mm F3.5~4.5 D'

My collection of vintage lenses and 35mm film SLRs grew over the last two weeks with the addition of an EF-mount Sigma Zoom AF 21-35mm F3.5-4.2 zoom, a Canon EOS 700QD the lens will be mounted on, and an AF Nikkor 35-105mm F3.5~4.5 D, which I wanted to test mounted on the Nikon F601, an earlier acquisition.

Canon EOS 700 QD, Sigma Zoom AF 21-35mm F3.5-4.2
Canon EOS 700 QD, Sigma Zoom AF 21-35mm F3.5-4.2

The Sigma Zoom AF 21-35mm F3.5-4.2, the second in my collection after the initial Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm F3.5-4, the world's first-wide angle zoom lens, was introduced in 1985 to meet the demands of AF SLR cameras which started with the introduction of the Minolta Maxxum series.

Canon EOS 700 QD, Sigma Zoom AF 21-35mm F3.5-4.2
Canon EOS 700 QD, Sigma Zoom AF 21-35mm F3.5-4.2

Just as well, the Canon EOS 700QD, released in 1990 by Canon, was an upgrade of the EOS750/EOS850. Canons initial development of the EOS series started with the introduction of the EOS 650 in 1987. The EOS 700QD is basically frame-and-shoot 35mm film SLR that comes with a range of programmed scene settings and an option of using the camera as a shutter-priority SLR.

Nikon F601, AF Nikkor 35-105mm F3.5~4.5 D
Nikon F601, AF Nikkor 35-105mm F3.5~4.5 D

The AF Nikkor 35-105mm F3.5~4.5 D, developed from an Ai-S version of the same, is a kit zoom lens packaged with Nikon F cameras. The lens is said to be a gem often overlooked by photographers and reviewers during the days of Nikon AF film SLRs. It is a push-pull zoom with a decent zoom range, very well made, a bit bulky by today's standards, but comes with image qualities that are highly respected. The lens was accoladed by Ken Rockwell in his review here.

Nikon F601, AF Nikkor 35-105mm F3.5~4.5 D
Nikon F601, AF Nikkor 35-105mm F3.5~4.5 D

The Nikon F601 (N6006 in the US), an earlier acquisition, is a tough bakelite body from the era of the professional Nikon F4 and semi-professional F90x. Introduced in 1991, a couple of years after the F801, the Nikon mid-range came with an improved second-generation autofocus system, motor drive for automatic film advance, a built-in pop-up electronic flash, top shutter speed of 1/2000 of a second, and a new 'Matrix' evaluative multi-zone metering program.

The camera and lens is a seamless fit, it has one of the brightest viewfinders I have ever come across, and looks all set to be one of my preferred camera-lens combinations.

And as they say it in the movies, the Canon EOS setup is 'primed and loaded' with battery and film and is all set to go while the Nikon AF setup will be in the queue a wee bit longer.


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Monday, June 17, 2019

The Catch (2019), SMC Pentax-M 100mm F2.8

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Pentax MZ-7, SMC Pentax-M 100mm F2.8

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The Catch (2019), SMC Pentax-M 100mm F2.8

'Five frames of the fishing tourney with the SMC Pentax-M 100mm F2.8 mounted on a Pentax MZ-7'

I might have not done true justice to the SMC Pentax-M 100mm F2.8 here. I had it mounted on the Pentax MZ-7, an excellent camera by itself but mismanaged in the manual setting for the lens. This ended up with the camera/lens combo not working at its best and I went through half of the film roll with that.

Pentax MZ-7, SMC Pentax-M 100mm F2.8
The SMC Pentax M 100mm F2.8, however, is a delight to use. It is compact, light, sharp, and is solidly built and enjoys an average user rating of 9.6 on PentaxForms.com. The lens has always stayed on the top of the enthusiast's choice.

The all-manual lens is of 5 elements in 5 groups construction and comes with 5 aperture blades. Images, as you can see from these shots, are not as contrasty and can be boosted or adjusted with image processing.

At 100mm focal length, the SMC Pentax-M 100mm F2.8 is a great lens for outdoor portraits, landscapes, and should be equally suited for traveling by virtue of its small and compact size. It has also been reported that, when used in the field, the lens has a potential for purple fringing issues in high contrast situations.

Pentax MZ-7, SMC Pentax-M 100mm F2.8

This is the first time I am using the lens, and as I mentioned earlier, mounted on the Pentax MZ-7. Images were shot on an almost expired Kodak Colorplus 200 and was post-processed on Olympus Vierer 3 (OV3).


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Monday, June 10, 2019

With A Little Help From Microsoft Photos

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Olympus E-P5, Lumix G 14mm F2.5 Asph.

Digital Moments:

With A Little Help From Microsoft Photos

'Post-enhancing your images with Microsoft Photos is equally a competent way of getting a well-balanced render of your images'

I do a fair amount of LRT (Light Rail Transport) hopping, on the weekends, where I would first take the train, either to the city or in the opposite direction, dropping off at interconnecting stops along the line, to do the loop before coming back to join the main route I was originally on.

Olympus E-P5, Lumix G 14mm F2.5 Asph.
While most of the trips lately were done with film cameras that I was trying out, this is a rare occasion where I took the digital E-P5 out with me.

On this trip, I had the camera mounted with the Lumix G 14mm F2.5 Asph. and this is one of the shots I came back with, a quick five-frame on one of the lines I was on.

Back on the desktop, I am also warming up (rather slowly) to the new image-editing software from Olympus, Olympus Workspace, which replaced the older Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3) a few months back. Between the two, I do add in edits with apps from a standalone version of Google NIK Collection and even Microsoft Photos in the process workflow.

When things get a bit bothersome while working on either of the two, I will go for a shortcut and have the image or images post-enhanced on Microsoft Photos, as with the images posted here.

Post-enhancing images on Microsoft Photos

The enhancements are done on the 'Filters' section of the apps, where you can go for automated enhancement by just clicking on the 'Enhance your photo' image, or go further and have the image rendered with the menu of filter effects.

You can go further with the image development by going for the 'Lighting Adjustment' menu where you have more options with 'light', 'Color', 'Clarity', and 'Vignette'. Getting images that are just right for web publishing is a no-brainer with the app.

The good part about using Microsoft Photos is that the app is installed with the version of Windows you are using, you can access the 'Edit & Create' interface by clicking on any image you have in your image folders, and using it is very easy and intuitive.


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Monday, June 3, 2019

Aged in Sepia, Olympus IZM 220 AF Panorama Zoom

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Olympus IZM 220 AF Panorama Zoom

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Aged in Sepia, Olympus IZM 220 AF Panorama Zoom

'A sad thought on the demise of one of my AF 35mm film cameras'

A sad thought on the demise of one of my AF 35mm film cameras, the Olympus IZM  220 AF Panorama Zoom, which I was very keen to keep using after a promising start with the quick look review.

Olympus IZM 220 AF Panorama Zoom
As I wrote in the 'Post Edit: A Sad Ending on the camera review page:
Well, while I believe that the IZM 220 can be an equivalent to the Olympus Mju II, Olympus XA, or the Trip 35, if not just as good, my unit went for a sad ending by burning itself out when I was to reinstall the batteries again for another outing. The camera just went whiz, whiz, whiz, and clunk. The lens was jammed halfway out, and nothing else worked. The batteries were also heated up that it almost burns my fingers when I tried to take out. Was this what the recall was about?
I was really excited about having the camera, though its form may be that of a wedged brick. The camera comes with a fairly large viewfinder, and the brightest I have experienced so far (on compact 35mm cameras), and I was equally taken back with sharpness and clarity of the images it produces. But, well!

Images were post-processed and converted to sepia on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3), and print sharpened on Google NIK Sharpener Pro3.


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