Monday, September 16, 2019

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

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

'Analog Diary - Rounding up a couple of very rewarding sessions with the EF-mount Sigma Zoom AF 21-35mm F3.5-4.2'


Sigma Zoom AF 21-35mm F3.5-4.2
An endnote to a couple of very rewarding sessions with an EF version of the Sigma Zoom AF 21-35mm F3.5-4.2, mounted on the Canon EOS 700QD, with posts on a zoom range shots in the park, scenic landscape shots, a city street-walk before this backdrop session of architectural and urbanscape elements.

To round up the sessions, in the shortest few words, the Sigma Zoom AF 21-35mm F3.5-4.2 (1985) is a very impressive and capable lens. It is reasonably sharp wide open and very sharp once you stopped down. Set to Landscape Mode (F8 or smaller) in Intelligent Program AE on the EOS 700QD, there is not much more you can fault the lens with.

This AF version is a carryover from the famous and revolutionary MF version first introduced in 1979. Still mainly of metal and glass, and rubber grips, the lens comes with a bigger 72mm front element, as compared to 62mm on the prior. With its size and weight, the Sigma Zoom AF 21-35mm F3.5-4.2 is never the fastest kid on the block though.


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

Despite the bulk and weight of the camera and lens combined, which adds up to almost 1.4 kg in weight, the sculptured body of the EOS 700QD helps to keep the camera snug and comfortable in your hand. The fun and ease of carrying or lugging the camera around and using it to shoot at eye-level, at arm's length, or hipster style dispels the notion of weight as a burden.

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Street Scenes, Yashica Minitec AF

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'Analog Diary - A first roll outing with the Yashica Minitec AF, an easy and fun to use 35mm autofocus compact'

Yashica Minitec AF, Top view
The Yashica Minitec AF, a very affordable 35mm autofocus compact, was fun and easy to use. The camera is fitted with a Tessar-type 32mm F3.5 fixed-focus lens, has auto loading, auto film forward and rewind with mid-roll rewind and a built-n auto flash.

Produced by Kyocera in 1992, the Minitec AF is also shipped as the Yashica Micro Elite AF, and Kyocera P. mini AF.

One of the most endearing aspects about this auto everything 35mm compact is that it just needs a pair of AA batteries to operate, the most plentiful and easiest type of power unit that you can buy of any supermarket shelf. The camera, however, does not come with a battery strength indicator, so changing the battery after a couple of rolls of film or so, is about the best advice to heed.

Part of the fun of using the camera is a very decent sized viewfinder, easy and bright enough to see through for image composition. Operation wise, selection buttons for infinity focus, flash modes, and self-timer settings are arrayed on the top plane of the camera and these settings are displayed on a small LCD panel located centrally on the top plane.

Yashica Minitec AF, Off front

With most of the operational aspects of the Yashica Minitec AF are done automatically, you might want to remember to keep the infinity focus button pressed for landscape shots. This two-handed operation will turn off the auto-on flash which is quite sensitive to low light ambiances.


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Monday, September 2, 2019

Mobile Photography, I Am My Own

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'A collection of past images, captured on the Nokia Asha 300, post-processed and converted to black-and-white' 

The Nokia Asha 300, a candy-bar feature phone, the year 2011 product, was quite the favorite when I dug it out of storage and used it as a supplementary on my photo walks in late 2018.

The phone was small and petite, fun to use, the slimmest and lightest that I have used so far. It weighs only 85 grams and as far as carrying it around, the phone slides in comfortably into even the smallest of space.

To each his own, of course. The JPEG images captured by the 5MP rear camera are always a constant surprise. They are sharp and clear, with good delineation and correct mid-tones. Even images in a low-light situation, taken with the camera's fixed focus lens, at its slowest shutter speed, which I think is no longer than 1/8 second, are equally appealing, exciting, and open to interpretation.

With all the images originally shot in color, the creative here was to see how well these images convert to black and white. I am not fussy at all about special film effects and how to get them done or things as such. I am still a novice in black and white photography and all that I want here was just a set of high contrast prints.

The conversion was done with the Monochrome & Sepia editor on my post-processing app, with a click on the Monochrome selection box, with a filter added and an up slide on the contrast slider. Done!


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