Monday, February 17, 2020

Digital Moments, Zuiko OM 50mm F1.8

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Olympus Pen E-P5, Zuiko OM 50mm F1.8

Digital Moments:

Zuiko OM 50mm F1.8

'Five frames with the Zuiko OM 50mm F1.8, trying it on for close-ups in the garden'

I could have very well used the Zuiko OM 50mm F3.5 Macro for these close-ups, but on this occasion, I opted instead for the 'nifty-fifty' Zuiko OM 50mm F1.8. While both lenses have similar 50mm focal lengths, the 50mm F1.8 is more of a general use lens with a minimum focus distance of 0.45 meters instead of 0.25 meters of the 3.5 Macro and comes with a wider minimum aperture opening.

Olympus Pen E-P5, Zuiko OM 50mm F1.8

As the norm, Olympus lenses are known for their good build quality and performance. The same could also be said of the 50mm F1.8, with the accolade that the F1.8 is even sharper than the 50mm F1.4 itself. Over its production run from 1972 till 2002, six (6) different iterations of the lens were produced.

Production started with the 6-element in 5-group Olympus M-System F.Zuiko Auto-S 1.8/50 which is available in three (3) different versions, including an intermediate version with a silver nose. Later versions included the Olympus OM-System Zuiko MC Auto-S 1.8/50, Olympus OM-System Zuiko Auto-S 50mm 1:1.8, and the much sought after Olympus OM-System Zuiko Auto-S 50mm 1:1.8 which is also embossed with the 'Made in Japan' lettering on the front lens rim.


On a micro four-thirds camera, as in this case the 2x crop-factor Olympus Pen E-P5, the lens is equivalent to a 100mm prime. Shot wide open, images tends to have a shallow depth of field, which could be used effectively for some shots while others may fare better with smaller aperture openings.


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Monday, February 10, 2020

Analog Diary, AF Zoom-Nikkor 35-105mm F3.5~4.5 D

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Nikon F601, AF Nikkor 35-105mm F3.5~4.5 D

Analog Diary:

AF Zoom-Nikkor 35-105mm F3.5~4.5 D

'Five frames with the AF Zoom-Nikkor 35-105mm F3.5~4.5 D, a walk in the park with the lrns mounted on a Nikon F601 SLR film camera'

I have used the AF Zoom-Nikkor 35-105mm F3.5~4.5 D, mounted on the Nikon N75 for a short stint recently. Well, here I am with the lens again, this time mounted on the Nikon F601, on an early morning walk in the park. Images were captured on a roll of Kodak ColorPlus 200, lab-processed, and scanned on the CanoScan 9000F MkII.

Nikon F601, AF Nikkor 35-135mm F3.5~4.5 D

The AF Nikkor 35-105mm F3.5~4.5 D, or in its full designation, 'Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 35-105mm f/3.5~4.5D IF' is a 16-elements in 12-groups NIC (Nikon Integrated Coating) multicoated push-pull zoom lens, introduced in 1995. The lens was the last of three versions after the original Nikon's AF Zoom Nikkor 35-105mm f/3.5~4.5, produced from 1986 to 1991, and the replacement Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 35-105mm f/3.5~4.5N MK II which was in production from 1991 to 1995.

The AF Nikkor 35-105mm F3.5~4.5 D version, incidentally, is the only version that is fully compatible with all 35mm SLR Nikon film cameras as well as Nikon FX digital cameras manufactured from 1977 onward.

Nikon F601, AF Nikkor 35-135mm F3.5~4.5 D

As for the camera, the Nikon F601 is a 1990 vintage, the first Nikon to use a 6V Lithium battery pack, and the second to be fitted with the improved autofocus and spot metering system which is the mainstay of the high-end F-801s.

The F601 is fitted with a built-in pop-up electronic flash, a top shutter speed of 1/2000 of a second, and a new "Matrix" evaluative multi-zone metering program, and is compatible with a wide range of Nikon F-mount lenses, including both autofocus and manual focus types. During its production, the F-601 sat between the Nikon F-401 and Nikon F-801s in the company's consumer SLR range.


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Monday, February 3, 2020

Mobile Photography, Up, Down, and About

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Nokia Asha 300

Mobile Photography:

Up, Down, and About

'Five frames with the Nokia Asha 300, looking up, down, and about on a short street walk'

It was at a location recently and was standing almost on one spot, after a short street walk, when I took these snapshots of the bright blue sky, the sunlight breaking through the almost menacing rain clouds, the structural facades of the building under construction, and an almost accidental shot of the numbered parking lots I was standing on.

Nokia Asha 300

Shooting from a single location is a way to work the scene thoroughly. The more you spend the time the more you will notice new interesting details that you would have missed when you are just walking or passing through. You might be amazed how differently the site looked when viewed from different angles, or when the sun is hidden, things are seen with a tinge of the dark.


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Monday, January 27, 2020

At The Beginning, Olympus Pen EE.S

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Analog Diary:

At The Beginning, Olympus Pen EE.S

'Five frames with the Olympus Pen EE-S, looking back at the beginning where it started'

I was rummaging through the image archive and came across a batch of images, taken with the Olympus Pen EE that has been overlooked as part of my earlier blog posts. The images were at the beginning of my return to analog photography and my renewed interest in vintage cameras.

Olympus Pen EE-S

The Olympus Pen EE.S (1962), was the second iteration of the Olympus Pen EE (1959) series which was to become the world's first 35mm half-frame camera produced for the mass market. The two cameras were later updated to the Pen EE (EL) and Pen EE.S (EL), which came with take-up spools that have been redesigned for easier film loading.

While the original Pen EE is fitted with a fixed-focus Zuiko 28mm F3.5 lens the later, as mentioned, comes with the wider and brighter Zuiko 30mm F2.8.

Olympus Pen EE-S

While I have since moved on other cameras make and models, including film autofocus compacts and film SLR's with interchangeable lenses, and the often enough to image tests with vintage manual focus lens mounted on the digital MFT (Micro Four Thirds), it is always a refreshing thought to be able to look back and reminisce the nostalgic vintage images that these cameras are capable of.


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Monday, January 20, 2020

Digital Moments, Zuiko OM 50mm F3.5 Macro

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Digital Moments:

Zuiko OM 50mm F3.5 Macro

'Five frames with the Olympus Zuiko OM 50mm F3.5 Macro, on the first run with an MFT digital'

My first run with the Olympus Zuiko OM 50mm F3.5 Macro mounted on the digital MFT (Micro Four Thirds) Olympus Pen E-P5. Images, shot mostly with the aperture wide open, were surprisingly sharp, none too contrasty, and shows a clear affinity to the neutral mid-tone color range.

Olympus E-P5, Zuiko OM 50mm F3.5 Macro

The 50mm F3.5 Macro lens, designated as the 'Olympus OM-System Zuiko Auto-Macro 50mm 1:3.5', is a very compact and lightweight all metal and glass 5-elements in 4-groups construction. It weighs 200 grams, measures 40mm in length, has a 6-blade iris, an aperture range from f/3.5 to f/22, and is fitted with an automatic close-focus correction mechanism for aberration correction.

The focusing range of the 50mm F3.5 Macro is from 0.23 meters to infinity, with a reproduction ratio of 1:2. On the 2x crop-sensor E-P5, or when fitted with a 25mm Auto Extension tube to the OM 35mm SLR, the reproduction ratio is boosted to 1:1. Going beyond that, say, with the 65mm-116mm Telescopic Extension Tube on the SLR, or with the standard extension tube fitted to the OM Adapter OM-2 on the digital MFT, is all yours to try.

Olympus E-P5, Zuiko OM 50mm F3.5 Macro

First introduced in 1973, with silver nose trimming, the Olympus OM-System Zuiko Auto-Macro 50mm 1:3.5 was updated to the Olympus OM-System Zuiko MC Auto-Macro 50mm 1:3.5 (Multi-coated) versions. The latest version, the multi-coated version but without the 'MC' lettering, may be identified by a series of 4-character manufacturing code codes silkscreened to the butt of the lens mount.

One thing you might interesting is that the lens is also equal to the task of a standard lens, if not better and more flexible than the one you may have been using.


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Monday, January 13, 2020

Analog Diary, Bypassed by Time

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Nikon N75, AF Nikkor 35-105mm F3.5~4.5 D

Analog Diary:

Bypassed by Time

'Five frames with the Nikon N75 and AF Zoom-Nikkor 35-105mm F3.5~4.5 D, and a railway station bypassed by time'

Due to a time constraint, I had the chance of taking only half a dozen shots of this railway station I was at recently. While the passenger coaches were modern EMU's (Electrical Multiple Units) and the station front was with updated services elements, the platform area itself was rather blighted, a sight that seems to have been bypassed by time. Remnants of scaffolded tanks for water storage, dilapidated and fenced up godown units, and lethargic looking platform roofs were the order of the day.

Nikon N75, AF Zoom-Nikkor 35-105mm F3.5~4.5 D

I was using the AF Zoom-Nikkor 35-105mm f/3.5~4.5D mounted on N75 for the shoot. The 16-elements in 12-groups NIC (Nikon Integrated Coating) multicoated FX lens, is a great push-pull zoom that works perfectly on all 35mm Nikons as well as Nikon FX digital cameras made since 1977. Acknowledged sharp throughout its range, from a wide 35mm to a short 105mm telephoto, the lens is well suited for family photographs or for your travel vacations.

The N75 35mm SLR film camera the lens was mounted on is no slouch either. The camera (also marketed ad N75, and U2) which was in 2003, is a very advanced SLR camera built with innovations that makes the F5 (1959), and F80 (2000) legends of their own. Exposure programming is a veritable choice of Automatic, Vari-Program Modes, and PASM, while metering is a 25-segment Matrix pattern with five user autofocus sensors.

Nikon N75, AF Zoom-Nikkor 35-105mm F3.5~4.5 D

The AF system of the N75 works with every AF, VR, AF-I and AF-S lens ever made by Nikon, and with manual focus lenses, a confirmation dot electronic rangefinder system. Finally, the N75/F75/U2 is also last of the breed, the final model Nikon produced before the launch of the digital D100 and later the D70.


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Monday, January 6, 2020

Mobile Photography, Scenes At The Stop #II

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Mobile Photography:

Scenes At The Stop #II

'Five frames with the Nokia Asha 300, documenting the aura and ambiance of a train stop'

Another two stops actually. The top image, at the first stop, looks up at the roof structure covering the stop at the overhead LRT line. The rest of the images, at the second stop, looks at the connectivity, design, and engineering of the interchange, which connects the first stop to the ground level railway platform below. Coupled with the time of day, which is much later than the morning rush hour, both had only a very few people around, and the spaces were wide open to the imagination.


The ease and fun of using a mobile device like the Nokia Asha 300 for storylines like this are very apparent here. It does not take more than slipping the camera out of your short or pants pocket, holding it away arm's length for image framing, and documenting, in essence, the aura and ambiance of the place.


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