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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Monday, July 20, 2020

A Case for JPEG Images, M.Zuiko 17mm F2.8

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Olympus E-P5, M.Zuiko 17mm F2.8

Digital Moments:

A Case for JPEG Images, M.Zuiko 17mm F2.8

'Five frames with the M.Zuiko 17mm F2.8, on a change from shooting RAW to JPEG'

The easement of the pandemic confinement saw me going for a short walkabout in the park recently, and for the session, I had the Pen E-P5 mounted with an M.Zuiko Digital 17mm F2.8. Images were, however, taken in JPEG format, rather than the *.ORF Raw format I am used to.

The case for JPEG images, as we all know, has always been a long drawn discussion as many tend to associate it with poor image quality. While some may agree with the notion, others may not. JPEG is actually a very capable format with images that you cannot differentiate from other formats, and it comes with the main advantage of its superior compression capability.

Olympus E-P5, M.Zuiko 17mm F2.8

For a start, JPEG images are compressed from 1/10 to 1/20 its original size with no loss of visual quality and the freedom from the time-consuming conversion process needed to transfer raw files into a more practical format for printing, uploading, and storing. As for the images I took, it all turned out rather well (except maybe for the first image above), and, no worries, I will gladly do it all over again if I need to.


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Monday, July 13, 2020

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

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

Digital Moments:

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

'Five frames with the Hexanon AR 50mm F1.7, a lens acknowledged as one of the sharpest manual focus legacy lenses ever built'

Testing out the Konica Hexanon 50mm F1.7 which came in through the post recently. Bad luck though, as the lens was faulty, it has oily blades which were almost stuck, a bent filter ring that refuses to be removed, and a front trim which was loosened due to the pressure of trying to unscrew the filter.  These images ended up being shot at the lens's widest aperture.

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

The bent filter ring was solved by knocking out the glass element with a hammer and using a pair of pliers to twist the metal part off from the front trim. The oily blades, however, will have to wait for the trip to 'Uncle Wong', the part-time camera repair and service pro, who I hope can have it cleaned.


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Monday, July 6, 2020

Running on Expired, At The Stop

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Olympus XA1, Fujicolor Superia X-TRA 400

Analog Diary:

Running on Expired, At The Stop

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

I was on the Olympus XA1 and a roll of expired Fujifilm Superia X-tra 400 here, with a batch of shots at the end of the roll preempting the series. Interesting captures at the Central Market public bus transport terminal in downtown KL.

Olympus XA1, Fujicolor Superia X-TRA 400

The Olympus XA1, though not the favor among Olympus XA-series camera enthusiasts, is actually one of my favorites.


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