Search ImagingPixel for Images by Camera or Lens

Monday, October 28, 2019

Zuiko OM 21mm 1:3.5, Street Wide, From the Hip

Zuiko OM 21mm 1:3.5, Street Wide, From the Hip 01
Zuiko OM 21mm 1:3.5, Street Wide, From the Hip 02
Zuiko OM 21mm 1:3.5, Street Wide, From the Hip 03
Zuiko OM 21mm 1:3.5, Street Wide, From the Hip 04
Zuiko OM 21mm 1:3.5, Street Wide, From the Hip 05
Film photography favorites, analog diary, image making with an Olympus Zuiko OM 21mm 1:3.5, on a hipster-style street shoot.
<< Click on image for enlarged Lightbox display >>

Street photography, the most accessible photography genre, is something you can do pretty much anywhere, anytime, and with whatever camera equipment you have. Though etiquettes may apply, there are no rules either, you are free to shoot whatever you visualize as a collective of events, emotions, or the reality of the space you are in.

The main part of the visual is, of course, the context of the image, where the background becomes the backdrop to the event, of the activity of the figures you are incorporating into the image. Removing either of the two from the context or the content of the image will just nullify the notion and render the genre ineffective.

Olympus OM-2 SP, Olympus OM Zuiko 21mm 1:3.5
Olympus OM-2 SP, Olympus Zuiko OM 21mm 1:3.5

One approach I challenged myself to recently is to shoot from the hip while doing the streetwalk, with the camera mounted with an ultra-wide-angle lens on a hyperfocal zone setting. Framing of the images was purely guesstimates. The lens I had on was the Olympus Zuiko OM 21mm 1:3.5, mounted on an Olympus OM-2S.

As horizontal alignments of hipster-style images taken with the camera away from your eyes are just guesstimates, there is the notion that you might have to lose a bit of the image with tilt adjustment crops during post-processing. I looked at that as an advantage.

Olympus OM-2 SP, Olympus OM Zuiko 21mm 1:3.5
Olympus OM-2 SP, Olympus Zuiko OM 21mm 1:3.5

Physically the all-metal and glass Zuiko 21mm 1:3.5 is a lightweight and extremely compact lens, acknowledged for its optical quality and ability to capture sharp images with excellent contrast even at full aperture. The lens is a 7-element in 7-group construction, it is only 31mm in length and weighs 180/185 grams. A bit of a classic, a rarity, and worth the keep, the lens comes with its own band of dedicated followers.



Vintage Camera Marketplace by ImagingPixel

Malaysia's Online Marketplace for Vintage Film and Digital Cameras, Lenses,
and Camera Accessories.
Follow ImagingPixel on Facebook, Pinterest, and X.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Olympus Trip 35, A Look Back

Olympus Trip 35, A Look Back 01
Olympus Trip 35, A Look Back 02
Olympus Trip 35, A Look Back 03
Olympus Trip 35, A Look Back 04
Olympus Trip 35, A Look Back 05
Film photography favorites, analog diary, image making with an Olympus Trip 35, a look back at people and places.
<< Click on image for enlarged Lightbox display >>

The Olympus Trip 35, a 35mm compact camera manufactured by Olympus, was introduced in 1967 and stayed in production until 1984. Targeted at people who wanted a compact, functional camera for holidays or family snapshots, the camera was the subject of an advertising campaign featuring a popular British photographer David Bailey.

The Olympus Trip 35 is fitted with a D.Zuiko 40mm F2.8 lens and it does not need a battery to operate. The camera is powered by a selenium light meter, comes with two shutter speeds, 1/40 and 1/200 second, and two exposure settings, 'A' for Program automatic, and a manual aperture opening selection for shots at the lower 1/40 second, the setting for flash photography.

Olympus Trip 35
Olympus Trip 35

In Program automatic mode, the camera will choose either a shutter speed of 1/40 or 1/200 second, matched to an aperture range from F2.8 to F16. The film ISO setting is from 25 to 400 for later models which come with a black shutter release button, and 25 to 200 for earlier models that have a chrome silver shutter release button.

Focusing is by a zone system with four distance icons set for portrait, shoulder shot, group, and landscape. The distance icon is visible through the viewfinder via a small sub-window located just below the image frame. Flash is used in manual mode with a preset aperture opening.

Olympus Trip 35
Olympus Trip 35

The mainstay of the camera is undoubtedly its four-element three-group Tessar lens which is acknowledged as very impressive. The lens is capable of giving you sharp high-quality images with good mid-tone contrast and natural colors. Just as endearing is the use of the selenium photocell, which is even capable of getting a correct exposure under bright fluorescent light, without a flash.

Over its production run, more than 10 million units of the camera were produced and sold.



Vintage Camera Marketplace by ImagingPixel

Malaysia's Online Marketplace for Vintage Film and Digital Cameras, Lenses,
and Camera Accessories.
Follow ImagingPixel on Facebook, Pinterest, and X.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Pentax MV1, A Do-It-All Manual Focus 35mm SLR Camera

Analog Diary, Pentax MV1, A Do-It-All SLR Camera 01
Analog Diary, Pentax MV1, A Do-It-All SLR Camera 02
Analog Diary, Pentax MV1, A Do-It-All SLR Camera 03
Analog Diary, Pentax MV1, A Do-It-All SLR Camera 04
Analog Diary, Pentax MV1, A Do-It-All SLR Camera 05ll SLR Kit 05
Camera Shorts: Film photography favorites, image making with a Pentax MV1 and SMC Pentax-M 40mm 1:2.8, on a quest for the do-it-all 35mm SLR kit.
<< Click on image for enlarged Lightbox display >>

A fun and easy-to-use 35mm SLR film camera kit that you want to look at if you starting to look at film photography, is the combination of a Pentax MV1 SLR film camera, and the SMC Pentax-M 40mm 1:2.8 lens. The camera/lens combination is very compact and equally lightweight, with the 18mm thick lens weighing only 110 grams and a camera body that weighs 425 grams without batteries.

In use, the camera kit is not only well suited to hiking or street shooting but is equally suitable as a do-it-all general-use lens for snapshots, family outings, travel photos, urbanscapes, and architectural images.

Pentax MV1, SMC Pentax-M 40mm 1:2.8
Pentax MV1, SMC Pentax-M 40mm 1:2.8

The 5-elements in 4-group SMC Pentax-M 40mm 1:2.8, produced from 1976 to 1984, was the smallest SLR lens that Pentax ever made. A seven-layer SMC coating process that Pentax started using to coat the lens element in 1971 produces images that are sharp and clear and mid-tone contrast that is always pleasing to look at.

The Pentax MV1, an update to the Pentax MV which was launched a year earlier, is an aperture-priority 35mm SLR film camera, that was a product from the 1980s. It has a shutter speed range from 1 to 1/1000 second, which is set automatically by the camera, and an  ISO speed range from 32 to 1600.

Pentax MV1, SMC Pentax-M 40mm 1:2.8
Pentax MV1, SMC Pentax-M 40mm 1:2.8

The camera is as good as any to start you off in film photography. It is a well-constructed camera, a smooth operator with a well-damped mirror flap action that produces little if any, camera body shake. The compact and lightweight body is easily available on the auction market, most at very affordable prices, and has been known to be reliable and worth the keep.

Vintage Camera Marketplace by ImagingPixel

Malaysia's Online Marketplace for Vintage Film and Digital Cameras, Lenses,
and Camera Accessories.
Follow ImagingPixel on Facebook, Pinterest, and X.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Olympus Zuiko OM 21mm 1:3.5, Cropped Close-Ups

Zuiko OM 21mm 1:3.5, Vintage Lens Test, Cropped Close-Ups 01
Zuiko OM 21mm 1:3.5, Vintage Lens Test, Cropped Close-Ups 02
Zuiko OM 21mm 1:3.5, Vintage Lens Test, Cropped Close-Ups 03
Zuiko OM 21mm 1:3.5, Vintage Lens Test, Cropped Close-Ups 04
Zuiko OM 21mm 1:3.5, Vintage Lens Test, Cropped Close-Ups 05
Vintage Lens Test: Image making with an Olympus Zuiko OM 21mm 1:3.5, in the garden, cropped close-ups.
<< Click on image for enlarged Lightbox display >>

Cropping is a technique that you may want to apply, especially for close-ups, if you are faced with circumstances that make you unable to fill up your frame with the subject you are shooting. This may include having to step back from your subject to gain depth of field and sharpness, or to remove distracting background elements.

As in my case here, I was testing the ultra-wide-angle Olympus Zuiko OM 21mm 1:3.5 which I had mounted on the 2x crop-sensor E-P5, which effectively makes the lens a 42mm equivalent on full-frame cameras. Even at the lens's closest focusing distance of 0.2 meters, subjects seen by the almost 'perfectly normal' equivalent focal length lens are only as the eyes see it, with no magnification.

Olympus E-P5, Olympus OM Zuiko 21mm 1:3.5
Olympus E-P5, Olympus Zuiko OM 21mm 1:3.5

Some of these elements are necessary as close-ups may tend to pick up and reflect the colors of their surroundings more than other images. Being a single subject matter, close-ups may tend to be monochromatic as well, and this is where it makes it pertinent to post-process for contrast adjustments.



Vintage Camera Marketplace by ImagingPixel

Malaysia's Online Marketplace for Vintage Film and Digital Cameras, Lenses,
and Camera Accessories.
Follow ImagingPixel on Facebook, Pinterest, and X.

Popular on ImagingPixel