Monday, July 15, 2019

AF Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm F3.5~4.2, Part I

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AF Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm F3.5~4.2, Part I

'Analog Diary - Taking the AF Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm F3.5~4.2 for a walk in the park' 

I already had a copy of the Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm F3.5~4, a 1979 vintage from Sigma in my collection, had a couple of good outing with it, but went on and decided to add AF version of the lens, the AF Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm F3.5~4.2, to the jumble.

Canon EOS 700QD, AF Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm F3.5~4.2
The lens, an AF version of the same, very highly rated by reviewers on the Dyxum forum, was released in 1985. It came with a 77mm. diameter front element, bigger when compared to the 67mm of the prior, and weighs in at 480 grams.

My copy comes with an EOS EF-mount, and the camera I had to test it on was the Canon EOS 700QD (1990).

Aside from the weight of the camera and lens which totals an almost 1.4 kg (with a heavy duty wide shoulder strap attached), which might not take too long for you to feel the weight when it is hanging down your neck, both camera and lens seem to be functioning well. This is despite their age which are about 35 and 29 years old respectively.

As the case with all cameras that I tested, the first instance was always down to the park, an early morning visit this time, with the main emphasis of the test being the zoom range of the lens. Images were shot on Kodak ColorPlus 200, post-processed on Olympus Viewer 3, and print sharpened on Windows Photo.

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

Your observation is probably as good as mine to the rich color rendition of the landscape. I will have to work harder, however, on getting sharper images with different subject and lighting condition while going through the various pre-set shooting modes or with the shutter-priority option.


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Monday, July 8, 2019

First Roll, Pentax Espio AF Zoom

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First Roll, Pentax Espio AF Zoom

'Analog Diary - Making a decision to convert your colored images to black and white may prove worthwhile in certain circumstances'


I was not at all pleased with the images that came out of the first roll of film on the newly acquired Pentax Espio AF Zoom. The images were kind of hazy, blurry and were completely unexpected from a camera that has the acknowledgment as being a very capable model.

Not wanting to admit defeat, I went for the option of converting the images to black and white and came away with these cool images, reminiscent of what I use to get with when I was starting out with photography when I was just a kid.

The Pentax Espio AF, introduced in 1992, comes with a programmed electronic shutter with a speed range from 1/5 to 1/400 second and B, +1.5EV backlight compensation, a built-in zoom flash with red-eye reduction mode, and a host of interesting functionalities.

The camera is fitted with a 35-70mm F4.3~8 zoom lens of 8 elements in 7 groups construction, capable of a minimum focus of 0.6 meters. Film loading and rewind is automatic at the end of the roll.


With the right mode selection, you can set the camera up for flash off or auto flash on photography, daylight synchro, backlight compensation, dual-frame or auto tele-wide self-timer modes, continuous or timed interval shooting, multiple exposures, and infinity landscape focusing.

Images here were originally shot on Kodak ColorPlus 200, lab processed, scanned, and post-processed on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3).


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Monday, July 1, 2019

Twin Towers, Sigma Zoom Gamma 21-35mm F3.5~4

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Twin Towers, Sigma Zoom Gamma 21-35mm F3.5~4

'Analog Diary - Images of the Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur with the Sigma Zoom Gamma 21-35mm F3.5~4'

I was at the location of the Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur recently with another camera but found that the 28mm wide-angle zoom I had on the camera wasn't wide enough to capture both of the twin-tower elements in a single frame as I would like it to be.

Olympus OM-2SP, Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm F3.5~4
The decision to visit the location again, with another camera, was the better choice. For the second visit, I took the ultra-wide angle Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm F3.5~4 mounted on the Olympus OM-2SP, and I was able to capture the set of amateurish images I was looking for.

Launched in 1979, the one-touch Zoom Gamma 21-35mm lens was the world’s first wide-angle zoom, an area which Sigma continues to excel in today. The lens was solid metal and glass construction with 7 elements in 7 groups, comes complete with a built-in floral hood and a rotating front element with a diameter of 67mm.

While I have used the lens only occasionally, initially for image sample with the lens adapted to the digital Pen E-P5, and then only of late, I do have high regard for the lens - for its built quality, the zoom range it offers, images it renders, and its worth as a keeper.

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

While the lens came to me almost complementary with online purchase of an Olympus OM body, the lens is almost a rarity with listing on auction sites that are far and few in between. You may, instead, find more instances of the followup Sigma Zoom-Gamma II 21-35mm F3.5~4.2 being offered in the listings or something that will cost you an arm and a leg in the form of the Leica Vario-Elmar-R 21-35mm F3.5~4 Asph.

These images were shot on a roll on a recently expired Kodak ColorPlus 200, post-processed on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3), and print sharpened on Google NIK Sharpener Pro3.


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