Monday, October 21, 2019

A Look Back, Olympus Trip 35

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A Look Back, Olympus Trip 35

'Analog Diary - Five frames with the Olympus Trip 35, a look back at the most iconic and endearing 35mm compact camera of all times'

The Olympus Trip 35, a 35mm compact camera manufactured by Olympus, was introduced in 1967 and stayed in production until 1984.

Olympus Trip 35Targeted towards 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.

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

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 setting, 'A' for Program automatic, and a manual aperture opening selection for shots at the lower 1/40 second, the setting for flash photography.

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 preset aperture opening.
Olympus Trip 35

The mainstay of the Trip 35 is, undoubtfully, its four-element in three-groups 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.


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Monday, October 14, 2019

Pentax MV1, SMC Pentax-M 40mm F2.8

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'Analog Diary - Five frames with Pentax MV1 and SMC Pentax-M 40mm F2.8, on a quest for the perfect do-it-all SLR film camera kit'

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 F2.8 lens.

The camera/lens combination is very compact and equally a 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.

The 5-elements in 4-group SMC Pentax-M 40mm F2.8, 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 since 1971 produces images are sharp and clear and mid-tones contrast that are always pleasing to look at.

The lens has a focal length of 40mm, slightly narrower than a 35mm lens, which one seems to be always troubled by extraneous side elements cropping into the image frame. Just as well, the lens is wider than a 50mm, making it just right for that extra squeeze in a tight urban corner.

The Pentax MV1, an update to the Pentax MV which was launched a year earlier, is an aperture-priority 35mm SLR film camera, 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 F2.8

The camera is as good as any to start you off into 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.


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Monday, October 7, 2019

Cropped Close-Ups I, Zuiko OM 21mm F3.5

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Cropped Close-Ups I, Zuiko OM 21mm F3.5

'Digital Moments - Five frames with the Zuiko OM 21mm F3.5, cropped and resized close-ups of garden variety plants'

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.

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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 Zuiko OM 21mm F3.5 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 'perfect normal' equivalent focal length lens is only as the eyes see it, no magnification.

Cropping, on the other hand, helps to fine-tune the composition, eliminate unused space from the image frame, remove distracting background, and help direct the viewer to the area of the image that is most important or interesting.

With cropping, you will also lose a portion of the original image size, and you might need to post-processes the cropped-image for color adjustment, after exposure adjustments, fine-tuning the contrast and image sharpening.

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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.


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