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Monday, June 24, 2019

Five Frames, Pair of 35mm SLR Cameras, Loaded, Primed, All Set To Go

Loaded, Primed, All Set To Go
Analog Diary, film photography favorites, loaded and ready to go, an AF Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm F3.5~4.2, a Canon EOS 700 QD, 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 Zoom-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 700 QD, released in 1990 by Canon, was an upgrade of the EOS750/EOS850. Canon's initial development of the EOS series started with the introduction of the EOS 650 in 1987. The EOS 700QD is a frame-and-shoot 35mm film SLR 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 Zoom-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, and 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, a top shutter speed of 1/2000 of a second, and a new 'Matrix' evaluative multi-zone metering program.

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



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Monday, June 17, 2019

Five Frames, Pentax MZ-7 + SMC Pentax-M 100mm 1:2.8, Down By The Lake

Pentax MZ-7 + SMC Pentax-M 100mm 1:2.8, Down By The Lake 01
Pentax MZ-7 + SMC Pentax-M 100mm 1:2.8, Down By The Lake 02
Pentax MZ-7 + SMC Pentax-M 100mm 1:2.8, Down By The Lake 03
Pentax MZ-7 + SMC Pentax-M 100mm 1:2.8, Down By The Lake 04
Pentax MZ-7 + SMC Pentax-M 100mm 1:2.8, Down By The Lake 05
Analog Diary, film photography favorites, image making with an SMC Pentax-M 100mm 1:2.8, catching the fishing tourney with the Pentax MZ-7.
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I might have not done true justice to the SMC Pentax-M 100mm 1:2.8 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.

The SMC Pentax M 100mm 1:2.8, however, is a delight to use. It is compact, light, sharp, and solidly built, and enjoys an average user rating of 9.6 on PentaxForms.com. The lens has always stayed at the top of the enthusiast's choice.

Pentax MZ-7, SMC Pentax-M 100mm 1:2.8
Pentax MZ-7, SMC Pentax-M 100mm 1:2.8

The all-manual lens is of 5 elements in 5-group 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 1:2.8 is a great lens for outdoor portraits, and landscapes, and should be equally suited for traveling by its small and compact size. It has also been reported that, when used in the field, the lens has the potential for purple fringing issues in high-contrast situations.

Pentax MZ-7, SMC Pentax-M 100mm 1:2.8
Pentax MZ-7, SMC Pentax-M 100mm 1:2.8

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 were post-processed on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3).



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Monday, June 10, 2019

Five Frames, Olympus E-P5 + Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph., on Microsoft Photos

Olympus E-P5 + Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph., on Microsoft Photos 01
Olympus E-P5 + Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph., on Microsoft Photos 02
Olympus E-P5 + Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph., on Microsoft Photos 03
Olympus E-P5 + Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph., on Microsoft Photos 04
Olympus E-P5 + Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph., on Microsoft Photos 05
Digital Moments, image making with a Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph., edited and post-processed on Microsoft Photos.
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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.

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 edits with apps from a standalone version of Google NIK Collection and even Microsoft Photos in the process workflow.

Olympus E-P5, Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph.
Olympus E-P5, Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph.

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.

Post-enhancing images on Microsoft Photos

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

Five Frames, Olympus IZM 220 AF Panorama Zoom, Aged in Sepia

Olympus IZM 220 AF Panorama Zoom, Aged in Sepia 01
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Olympus IZM 220 AF Panorama Zoom, Aged in Sepia 03
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Olympus IZM 220 AF Panorama Zoom, Aged in Sepia 05
Analog Diary, film photography favorites, image making with an Olympus IZM 220 AF Panorama Zoom, with images post-processed in sepia.
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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 aback by the sharpness and clarity of the images it produces.

A feature-rich camera, the IZM 220 has an on-the-fly panorama feature supported by a zoom viewfinder with an autofocus frame, close-up correction marks, autofocus indicator, flash indicator, and diopter correction. Complementing the setup is a two-button motorized zoom, two-zone autoexposure metering, DX decoding, and a built-in variable power auto-flash.

Olympus IZM 220 AF Panorama Zoom
Olympus IZM 220 AF Panorama Zoom

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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