Monday, July 29, 2019

Pentax Espio AF Zoom, Truly Vintage

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Film photography favorites, analog diary, image making with a Pentax Espio AF, continuing on from where the first film roll ends.
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Continuing from where I left off with the first part of the series, I took the camera on a trip downtown and shot these images from the platform of one of the LRT (Light Rail Transport) stops. As per the first post, the original color images were still hazy and blurry and were not at all kind to the camera it was captured on.

The Pentax Espio AF Zoom is an interesting camera of sorts really. It features an 8-element 35/70 zoom lens, and exposure is all programmed, but with a lot of manual control. The Flash mode selection, for example, can be set for Auto, Daylight Sync, Slow-Shutter Speed (Flash OFF), Slow-Speed Sync, Backlight Compensation, Bulb, and Bulb Sync.

Pentax Espio AF Zoom
Pentax Espio AF Zoom

Selection buttons are also available for Self-Timer, Dual-Frame Self-Timer, and Auto Tele-Wide Self-Timer modes,  Red-eye Reduction, Infinity focus, 2-frame Double Exposure shots, and something you would not have expected on a compact, an intervalometer that lets you shoot at intervals of 3 or 60 minutes.

Pentax Espio AF Zoom
Pentax Espio AF Zoom

The only drawback of the camera, though reflecting the very compact design of the camera is a viewfinder that is diminutively small for a solidly built, all-plastic body.

Images were originally shot on Kodak ColorPlus 200, post-processed, converted to black-and-white on Olympus Viewer 3 (OV3), and print sharpened on Google NIK Sharpener Pro3.



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Monday, July 22, 2019

Nikon Zoom 310 AF, Compact, Cute, and Capable

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Film photography favorites, analog diary, image making with a Nikon Zoom 310 AF, rounding up on the day trip to the Twin Towers.
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My third and final post on the Twin Towers which I visited on a couple of occasions recently. While the first two posts were images shot with an AF Nikkor 28-70mm F3.5~4.5 and a Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm F3.5~4, these here today were with a Nikon Zoom 310 AF compact.

The cute and petite Zoom, when launched in 1994, was the world's most compact Zoom, it was even smaller than the Pentax Espio AF which I was shooting with a couple of weeks prior. The diminutive shape came with an equally diminutive viewfinder which requires me to adjust my gait as to the way I brought the camera up to my eyes when framing an image.

Nikon Zoom 310 AF
Nikon Zoom 310 AF

With these criticisms aside, and within the limitations of its 35-70mm lens, the Zoom 310 AF is capable, as you can see from the images posted here, of capturing decent images across its zoom range. The camera comes with a programmed electronic shutter and is fitted with 35mm/F3.5 to 70mm/F6.5 four elements in four groups lens.

Nikon Zoom 310 AF
Nikon Zoom 310 AF

As a very handy carry-around, the camera is also one of the more robust and solidly built AF compacts that I have had experience with over the past few sessions. The Zoom 310 AF might, in the end, be a good choice as a take-along for one who is always out and about and only has minimal carry space.

p.s.
Our condolences to the family of Cesar Pelli, the architect of the Petronas Twin Towers, who passed away peacefully on July 19, 2019, at the age of 92.



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Monday, July 15, 2019

Sigma Zoom-Gamma AF 21-35mm 1:3.5~4.2, Take I

Sigma Zoom-Gamma AF 21-35mm 1:3.5~4.2,  Take I 01
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Sigma Zoom-Gamma AF 21-35mm 1:3.5~4.2,  Take I 03
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Sigma Zoom-Gamma AF 21-35mm 1:3.5~4.2,  Take I 05
Film photography favorites, analog diary, image making with a Sigma Zoom-Gamma AF 21-35mm 1:3.5~4.2, the world's first wide-angle zoom lens.
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I already had a copy of the Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm 1:3.5~4.2, a 1979 vintage from Sigma in my collection, and had a couple of good outings with it, but went on and decided to add the AF version of the lens, the Sigma Zoom AF 21-35mm 1:3.5~4.2.2, to the jumble. 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 almost 1.4 kg (with a heavy-duty wide shoulder strap attached), it might not take too long for you to feel the weight when it is hanging down your neck, both cameras and lens seem to be functioning well. This is despite their age which is about 35 and 29 years old respectively.

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

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, Sigma Zoom AF 21-35mm F3.5-4.2

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



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Monday, July 8, 2019

Pentax Espio AF Zoom, First Roll

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Film photography favorites, analog diary, image making with a Pentax Espio AF Zoom, going for a roll of black-and-white.
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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 completely unexpected from a camera that has the acknowledgment of 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 used 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.

Pentax Espio AF Zoom

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

Pentax Espio AF Zoom

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.

The 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

Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm 1:3.5~4, The Twin Towers

Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm 1:3.5~4, The Twin Towers 01
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Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm 1:3.5~4, The Twin Towers 05
Film photography favorites, analog diary, image making with a Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm F3.5~4, framing the Petronas Twin Towers.
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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. 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 that Sigma continues to excel today. The lens was solid metal and glass construction with 7 elements in 7 groups, and comes complete with a built-in floral hood, and a rotating front element with a diameter of 67mm.

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

While I have used the lens only occasionally, initially for image samples 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
Olympus OM-2S, Sigma Zoom-Gamma 21-35mm F3.5~4

While the lens came to me almost complementary with the online purchase of an Olympus OM body, the lens is almost a rarity with listings on auction sites that are far in between. You may, instead, find more instances of the follow-up 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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