Monday, September 21, 2020

Reverse Ring Macro Photography, A Look on Film

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Olympus OM-2S, Super Takumar 55mm F1.8

Analog Diary:

Reverse Ring Macro Photography, A Look on Film

'Five frames with the Super-Takumar 55mm F1.8 mounted on a reverse ring adapter to the Olympus OM-2S'

A belated post. My first try at doing reverse ring macro photography on film, after having done the same with the Super-Takumar 55mm F1.8 reverse mounted on the Olympus Pen E-P5 earlier on. For the session I had the lens reverse mounted on the Olympus OM-2S instead.

Olympus OM-2S, Reverse Ring Adapter, Super Takumar 55mm F1.8

Compared, this setup was actually simpler as all you need is the reverse ring adapter which now attaches straight to the lens mount of the OM body, and the lens reverse screwed to it. Color characteristics of the images were quite similar with both setup, with magnification half to that of the digital capture.

As can be seen from the images, a fair amount of shoddy work is apparent with the handling of the film negative strip during development and subsequent scanning session, which, of course, could have been better.


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Monday, September 14, 2020

A Monotone Edit, Yashica ML 35mm F2.8

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Olympus Pen E-P5, Yashica ML 35mm F2.8

Digital Moments:

A Monotone Edit, Yashica ML 35mm F2.8

'Five frames with the Yashica ML F2.8, enhancing a monotone edit'

Another session with the Yashica ML 35mm F2.8 mounted on the Pen E-P5, with images shot in RAW, post-processed, and print enhanced for web publishing.

Olympus E-P5, Yashica ML 35mm F2.6

Images were edited with Auto Tone Correction, enhanced further with a higher dose of contrast setting in Monochrome & Sepia, Tone Curve, and Unsharp mask.


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Monday, September 7, 2020

Found Slides, Red, Yellow, and Rustic

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Camera and lens make

Analog Diary:

Found Slides, Red, Yellow, and Rustic

'Five frames of found slides from the 80s'

Another batch of Kodachrome slides, from the 80s, recently found and scanned.


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Monday, August 31, 2020

A Case for JPEG Images, A Morning in Monotone

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Olympus Pen E-P5, Lumix G 14mm F2.5 Asph.

Digital Moments:

A Case for JPEG Images, A Morning in Monotone

'Five frames with the Lumix G 14mm F2.5 Asph., an early morning monotone concept'

Here I am, back again with a new batch of JPEG images, shot in monochrome with the Lumix G 14mm F2.5 Asph. mounted on the Pen E-P5. Images were post-processed and tweaked with my normal dose of edits which include Tone Curve, Brightness & Contrast, Gamma, Unsharp Mask, and a bit of additional Contrast in Monochrome & Sepia.


While it may not be a practice of professional who will always say that images are always better shot in RAW, there are always some who do the opposite and still claims good results with their images. You be the judge here.


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Monday, August 24, 2020

Analog Diary: Taking A Break

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Nikon F-301, Nikkor Ai-S 85mm F2

Analog Diary:

Taking A Break

'Five frames with the Nikon F301, and Nikkor AI-S 85mm F2'

I am going for a break here, away from film photography, but not for too long though, as the interest is still strong in my heart and in my veins. The reason? The photo-lab nearest to my place is closing its doors, and I am not keen enough, at least currently, to create a new travel route to the next nearest lab.

Nikon F-301, Nikkor Ai-S 85mm F2

These parting shots, taken on a rush, was with the Nikon F301 and Nikkor 85mm F2.


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Monday, August 17, 2020

The Sun Is Out, The Moon Is Still Up

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Olympus Pen E-P5, Lumix G 14mm F2.5 Asph.

Digital Moments:

The Sun Is Out, The Moon Is Still Up

'Five frames with the Lumix G 14mm F2.5 Asph., early morning shots on a chanced outing'


Grabbed these shots just as I was starting out on a chanced outing, an early morning walk with the Pen E-P5. The camera was mounted with a Lumix G 14mm F2.5 Asph.


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Monday, August 10, 2020

A Quick Take #II, Hexanon AR 50mm F1.7

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Olympus E-P5, Hexanon AR 50mm F1.7

Digital Moments:

A Quick Take #II, Hexanon AR 50mm F1.7

'Five frames with a faulty Hexanon AR 50mm F1.7, often acknowledged as one of the sharpest lens ever built'

Continuing where I left off with the first five frames shot on the faulty Hexanon AR 50mm F1.7, this time with the aperture manually adjusted a smaller opening of 2.8. Have to admit that these images speak for themselves in terms of image sharpness and color rendition.

Olympus E-P5, Konica Hexanon AR 50mm F1.7

The lens is the second iteration of the series. The first, introduced in 1973 as a kit lens to the Autoreflex T3, gained a reputation for its optical performance, particularly its sharpness. The T3 was updated to the Autoreflex TC in 1976 and with it an updated version of the Konica Hexanon AR 50mm f1.7 lens.

The later version is smaller and lighter, has a longer closest focal distance (55cm from 45cm), and no aperture half stops. Construction is the same 6-elements in 5-groups and  6-blade aperture, with the optical quality, said to be the same. Aperture and focus rings are very smooth, the build quality remains excellent, with clear lettering, and a solid metal body and mount.


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Monday, August 3, 2020

Running on Expired, A Look Around

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Olympus XA1

Analog Diary:

Running on Expired, A Look Around

'Five frames with the Olympus XA1 loaded with an expired roll of Fujifilm Superia X-Tra 400'

The Olympus XA1 35mm film camera, was never in the limelight which shines over the rest of the Olympus XA capsule camera series. The camera, however, is a favorite of mine. It is an easy and fun point-and-shoot, and in this case, especially effective for a quick look around. With no focusing necessary, all it takes is just a deliberate panning action to grab all the images around you.

Olympus XA1

The XA1, fitted with a D.Zuiko 4-element in 4-groups 35mm F4 lens, has a universal focus range from 1.5 meters to infinity. Fil ISO speeds acceptable are only ISO 100 or 400 film. Exposure is automatic by a built-in selenium meter, and the camera operates on a programmed shutter speed range from F4 at 1/30 second to F22 at 1/250 second.

When carried without the optional proprietary flash units that can be used across the model range, the XA1 is small enough to slip even into your shirt pocket, and ready the instant you pull the slide cover back (provided you have forwarded the film to its next frame). The shutter release is a simple push-rod button, integrated with a red pop-up flag which locks the shutter when underexposure is detected, or with the capsule shell closed.


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Friday, July 31, 2020

Salam Aidil Adha, Maaf Zahir & Batin



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Monday, July 27, 2020

Found Slides, Bells of Chrome

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Olympus OM-2n, Zuiko OM 135mm F2.8

Analog Diary:

Found Slides, Bells of Chrome

'Five frames of found slides, shinning chromed helmets of a vintage fire-brigade squad at a people's festival'

Went back to rummaging through my slide collection recently and updated the database with a few more found slide images from the latest scan. The scan included this set of images of brightly chromed helmets of a vintage fire-brigade squad at a citizen festival. This was way back in the 1980s.

If I remember correctly, I had the Olympus OM-2n mounted with a Zuiko OM 135mm F2.8 lens, and the images were shot on a roll of Kodachrome slide film.


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