Monday, November 30, 2020

Minimalist, Minolta MD 28-85mm F3.5~4.5

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Olympus Pen E-P5, Minolta MD 28-85mm F3.5~4.5

Digital Moments:

Minimalist, Minolta MD 28-85mm F3.5~4.5

'Three frames with the Minolta MD 28-85mm F3.5~4.5, on what is interpreted as minimalism in photography'

Another batch of shots with the Minolta MD 28-85mm F3.5~4.5, which have turned out to be a real surprise. This highly underrated lens, largely overshadowed by much more applauded MD 35-70mm, is a well-built 13-elements in 10-groups two-touch zoom construction, with an optical design that includes aspherical and floating elements. On its own, this zoom provides for coverage of popular focal length distances. The lens also comes with a macro mode.

Olympus Pen E-P5, Minolta MD 28-85mm F3.5~4.5

Though comparatively bulky when adapted to the smallish Pen E-P5, it is still a nice fit, and comfortable to hold. Images on the 2x crop-sensor are full-frame equivalents of 56, 70, 100, 140, and 165mm. Holding the camera steady at the long end of the zoom could be quite a situation as you will need very steady hands or have the camera well supported.



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Monday, November 23, 2020

Mobile Photography, Night Watch

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Nokia 3.1

Mobile Photography:

Night Watch

'A three-frame feature with the Nokia 3.1, night shots while waiting to pick up a passenger'

Not my normal five-frames feature, but rather a shortened three frames shot while waiting to pick up a passenger at one of our local transport terminals. I am still toying with the idea of using the mobile as a replacement to my defunct Nokia Asha 300 which I really enjoyed using while it was going good.

Improved over time, the camera now comes with an app that is very much improved over when the phone was first introduced. Select functions now include Panorama, Manual, Photo, Video, Slow Motion, and Time Lapse. Images too, were pretty much sharper and more delineated than before, as shown in these night shots.


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Monday, November 16, 2020

Getting Close, Minolta MD 28-85mm F3.5-4.5

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Olympus Pen E-P5, Minolta MD 28-85mm F3.5-4.5

Digital Moments:

Getting Close, Minolta MD 28-85mm F3.5-4.5

'Five frames with the Minolta MD 28-85mm F3.5-4.5, on getting up close with the macro mode'

My test of the Minolta MD 28-85mm F3.5-4.5 continues, both in the park and in my garden, with shots far and near, from the long end of the tele-zoom to the macro mode that the lens is capable of executing. I find all these rather exciting which has brought up the lens from being a rather obscure element in my collection to getting close and very likable.

Olympus Pen E-P5, Minolta MD 28-85mm F3.5-4.5

This well-built 13-elements in 10-groups two-touch varifocal zoom, with an optical design that includes aspherical and floating elements, has a very versatile and popular zoom range that covers from 28mm to 85mm. On the 2x crop-sensor Micro FourThirds this equates to a full-frame equivalent of 56mm to 170mm, a range that will cover the standard normal to medium telephoto. Images were sharp and color rendition fantastic.


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Monday, November 9, 2020

Mobile Photography, Down By The Lake

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Nokia 3.1

Mobile Photography:

Down By The Lake

'Five frames, on finding a reason to continue, and getting a new lease of interest'

The pandemic is still with us, the second wave is hitting hard with up to more than a thousand new cases in the past couple of days, with the highest so far at more than a thousand and seven hundred, and the prediction that this surge will continue with infections at this rate or higher for a couple of more weeks before it will begin to flatten out again.

I also did the inevitable today, went looking up the Net to see how other fellow bloggers are doing, and what I found was not too good a sight. Many have been left unattended, some have been so for more than a couple of months, and one with a prominent announcement that it was 'Taking a break for a while...'

With photo walks down to an absolute zero and the image stock scrapping the bottom of the barrel, it could have been the reason for me to do the same. Resilience pays off, however, as I picked up the last gasp courage to venture out to the nearby park with a lens to test and came back to realize that the least specked mobile that I was using, has an auto-updated camera app, which includes a panorama feature, that seems to be far better than when the camera was first introduced.

As with the first batch of images with the mobile which was posted earlier, and now with this batch of trial images, I might have found a reason to continue, with a new lease of interest.


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Monday, November 2, 2020

Early Morning Shots, Zuiko OM 35mm F2

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Olympus E-P5, Zuiko OM 35mm F2

Digital Moments:

Early Morning Shots, Zuiko OM 35mm F2

'Five frames with the Zuiko OM 35mm F2, on a quest for a 35mm prime worth the keep'

An early morning pastel outlook of my neighborhood right off my front gate, captured with the Zuiko OM 35mm F2 adapted to the 2x crop-sensor ILC body, part of my 'Keeping The Options Open' series, where I am going through a selection of 35mm primes, and a zoom, to pick out the one which I would rather keep.

Olympus Pen E-P5, Zuiko OM 35mm F2

While the first post of the series was shot with the Nikkor 35mm F2, this is was done with the Zuiko OM 35mm F2. I have used both of the lenses before, but not on a comparative basis like I am doing now.


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Monday, October 26, 2020

Mobile Photography: Weeping Willows

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Mobile Photography:

Weeping Willows

'Five frames with the Nokia 3.1, aspiring for a new start with an improved camera app, that could still be better'

I was saddened, actually, at the demise of my favorite candy bar mobile phone, the Nokia Asha 300. The mobile, which was a 2011 release, had a 2.4-inch touch screen, and a 5 MP camera, served me well with its set of super sharp images which I enjoyed very much. I was using the camera in favor of the current mobile that I am using, the bottom of the line implementation of the new HMD Global Nokia series introduced in 2018.

Improved over time, the camera app that came with the set is now a better performer, with more selective functions, and images that are pretty much sharper and more delineated than when it was first introduced. This is my first re-trial of using the camera after having it lying around redundant for the whole time I was using the phone. Using a mobile for daylight shots, however, just as taking these shots here, is pretty much an art of its own, as nothing much of your framed image can be really seen on the phone's display screen.


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Monday, October 19, 2020

Keeping The Options Open, Nikkor Ai-S 35mm F2

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Olympus Pen E-P5,  Nikkor Ai-S 3mm F2

Digital Moments:

Keeping The Options Open, Nikkor Ai-S 35mm F2

'Up close and cropped, five frames with the Nikon Nikkor AI-S 35mm F2'

I am keeping an option open as to which of the 35mm compact fast wide-angle primes (and a zoom?) I will likely retain as part of my minimalist collection of lenses. First up is the Nikon Nikkor Ai-S 35mm 1:2, which, as my resources mentioned, has been a favorite lens by photojournalists for decades, at least until zoom lenses came into the market, and diminishes manual focus primes to the mantelpiece.

Olympus Pen E-P5,  Nikkor Ai-S 3mm F2

For normal shots, peak performance is said to be from F4 to F11, quite usable below F4 with corners that are not always perfect. Close focus, on the other hand, is outstanding, with great results even from F2, even with the soft corners. For this test, I used the lens mounted on the 2x crop sensor Micro 4/3 ILC, which makes the lens the equivalent of a 70mm prime on a full-frame camera. Images, up close and cropped, are as you see posted here.


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Monday, October 12, 2020

First Take, Minolta MD 28-85mm F3.5-4.5

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Olympus Pen  E-P5, Minolta MD 28-85mm F3.5~4.5

Digital Moments:

First Take, Minolta MD 28-85mm F3.5-4.5

'Five frames with the 2-touch Minolta MD zoom, a delightful experience despite its heavyweight presence'

One lens I have been deferring from doing the normal image test that I do with most of the lenses in my collection. Fitted to the Olympus Pen E-P5 the lens is quite a monster both in size and weight. The lens itself is 65mm in length and weighs 470 grams, heavier than the 460 grams of the E-P5. Mounted on the E-P5 with the third party MD-M4/3 adapter the extension is now a hefty 115mm. 

lympus Pen  E-P5, Minolta MD 28-85mm F3.5~4.5

My first test was to take the lens down to the park and settled on the children's play yard as the subject for the zoom range test. The images were shot at the lense's zoom setting of 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 70mm, and 80mm. On the E-P5, of course, the focal distance is double of these settings. Unless you have very steady hands, hand-holding the camera while shooting at the long end of the zoom is an art you have to learn, while using your fingers to facilitate both the zoom and focus.

The test session went well images turned out to be a real surprise. Images were sharp and clear, and color rendition was fantastic, even when shot at almost full aperture.


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Monday, October 5, 2020

Cropped Skyline, Zuiko OM 21mm F3.5

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Olympus OM-2S, Zuiko OM 21mm F3.5

Analog Diary:

Cropped Skyline, Zuiko OM 21mm F3.5

'Five frames with the Zuiko OM 21mm F3.5 and OM 2-SP, a look back at one of the past edits'

A look back at one of my past edits, on an outing with the Zuiko OM 21mm F3.5 and OM 2-SP, at one of my normal LRT stop before starting on a walkabout or street shoot.

Olympus OM-2S, Zuiko OM 21mm F3.5

I am missing the days though, and within the pandemic constraint, have yet to pick up the courage to be out in the streets again. Yes, I will, soon.


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Monday, September 28, 2020

Worth A Second Look, Hexanon AR 50mm F1.7

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

Digital Moments:

Worth A Second Look, Hexanon AR 50mm F1.7

'Five frames with a Hexanon AR 50mm F1.7, testing a full functioning second copy'

After the debacle of the first Hexanon AR 50mm F1.7 which came with a faulty aperture ring, I had a second copy ordered and it came in through the mail a couple of weeks later. This one definitely better physically than the earlier copy, and is a full working copy with clean and clear glass, glide smooth focus, and a fully functioning aperture setting.

My first chance at testing the lens was, as usual,  out in the mini garden in front of the house, shooting away at the few and only plants that are available in the garden, and of the mango tree just outside the yard. Initial images do show the indication that the lens may be true to its words as one of the sharpest 50mm lenses ever produced during the era.

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


The earlier version of the lens was first introduced in 1973 as a kit lens to the Autoreflex T3, gained a reputation for its optical performance, particularly its sharpness. The lens was later updated as a smaller and lighter version for the Autoreflex TC, as seen here, mounted on the Olympus Pen E-P5 with a hood on the front end.


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