Monday, February 24, 2020

Nokia Asha 300, Matured

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Nokia Asha 300, Matured 04
Nokia Asha 300, Matured 05
Mobile Photography: Image making with a vintage candy-bar Nokia Asha 300, the matured environment of an institutional campus.
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Nokia Asha 300
Nokia Asha 300

The 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

Olympus Zuiko OM 50mm 1:1.8, Garden Close-Ups

Zuiko OM 50mm 1:1.8, Vintage Lens Test, Garden Close-Ups 01
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Zuiko OM 50mm 1:1.8, Vintage Lens Test, Garden Close-Ups 03
Zuiko OM 50mm 1:1.8, Vintage Lens Test, Garden Close-Ups 04
Zuiko OM 50mm 1:1.8, Vintage Lens Test, Garden Close-Ups 05
Vintage Lens Test: Image making with an Olympus Zuiko OM 50mm 1:1.8, testing the lens for close-up shots.
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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 1:1.8. While both lenses have similar 50mm focal lengths, the 50mm 1:1.8 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.

As the norm, Olympus lenses are known for their good build quality and performance. The same could also be said of the 50mm 1:1.8, with the accolade that the 1:1.8 is even sharper than the 50mm F1.4 itself. Over its production run from 1972 to 2002, six (6) different iterations of the lens were produced.

Olympus Pen E-P5, Zuiko OM 50mm 1:1.8
Olympus Pen E-P5, Zuiko OM 50mm 1:1.8

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.



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Monday, February 10, 2020

AF Nikkor 35-105mm 1:3.5~4.5 D, In the Park

AF Zoom-Nikkor 35-105mm 1:3.5~4.5 D, Analog Diary, In the Park 01
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AF Zoom-Nikkor 35-105mm 1:3.5~4.5 D, Analog Diary, In the Park 05
Film photography favorites,  analog diary, image making with an AF Nikkor 35-105mm 1:3.5~4.5 D, time out in the park.
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I was using the lens for a short stint recently, with the lens mounted on a Nikon N75, and here I am back again, this time with the lens mounted on a Nikon F-601, out 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.

The AF Nikkor 35-105mm 1:3.5~4.5 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.

Nikon F601, AF Zoom-Nikkor 35-105mm 1:3.5~4.5 D
Nikon F601, AF Zoom-Nikkor 35-105mm 1:3.5~4.5 D

The AF Nikkor 35-105mm 1:3.5~4.5 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 1:3.5~4.5 D
Nikon F601, AF Zoom-Nikkor 35-105mm 1:3.5~4.5 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

Nokia Asha 300, Up, Down, and About

Nokia Asha 300,  Up, Down, and About 01
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Nokia Asha 300,  Up, Down, and About 05
Mobile Photography: Image making with a vintage candy-bar Nokia Asha 300, looking up, down, and about on a short street walk.
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I was at a location recently and was standing almost on one spot, 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
Nokia Asha 300

Shooting from a single location is a way to work the scene thoroughly. The more you spend 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 at 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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