Monday, February 24, 2020

Mobile Photography, Matured

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Nokia Asha 300

Mobile Photography:

Matured

'Five frames with the Nokia Asha 300, sight and scenes of a matured and dated architectural environment'

Sights and scenes at a local university campus. While the matured landscape and manicured lawns add to the ambiance of the environment, the architectural and environmental elements within the area do tend to show a degree of neglect and apathy towards its care and maintenance.


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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

In the Park, AF Zoom-Nikkor 35-105mm F3.5~4.5 D

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

Analog Diary:

In the Park, AF Zoom-Nikkor 35-105mm F3.5~4.5 D

'Five frames, a leisure time out in the park with the Nikon F601 and the AF Zoom-Nikkor 35-105mm F3.5~4.5 D'

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 Zoom-Nikkor 35-105mm 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.

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.

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

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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