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Monday, August 31, 2020

Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph., A Morning in Monotone

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Digital Moments, image making with a Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph., an early morning monotone concept.
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Here I am, back again with a new batch of JPEG images, shot in monochrome with the Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 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 and sepia.

Olympus Pen E-P5, Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph.

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



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Monday, August 24, 2020

Nikkor Ai-S 85mm 1:2, Analog Diary, Going for A Break

Nikon Nikkor Ai-S 85mm 1:2, Analog Diary, Going for A Break 01
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Film photography favorites, image making with a Nikkor AI-S 85mm 1:2, mounted on a Nikon F-301, going for a break.
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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 1:2
Nikon F-301, Nikkor Ai-S 85mm 1:2

Taken in a rush, these parting shots were with the Nikon F301 and Nikkor 85mm 1:2.




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Monday, August 17, 2020

Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph., Sun Is Up, The Moon Is Still Out

Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph., Digital Moments, The Sun Is Up, The Moon Is Still Out 01
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Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph., Digital Moments, The Sun Is Up, The Moon Is Still Out 03
Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph., Digital Moments, The Sun Is Up, The Moon Is Still Out 04
Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph., Digital Moments, The Sun Is Up, The Moon Is Still Out 05
Digital Moments, image making with a Lumix G 14mm F2.5 Asph., an early morning shoot on a chanced outing.
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Grabbed these shots just as I was starting out on a chance outing, an early morning walk with the Pen E-P5. The camera was mounted with a Lumix G 14mm F2.5 Asph./p>

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


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Monday, August 10, 2020

Hexanon AR 50mm 1:1.7, Lens Test, A Quick Take, II

Hexanon AR 50mm 1:1.7, Vintage Lens Test, A Quick Take II 01
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Legacy Lens Test: Image making with a non-functional Hexanon AR 50mm 1:1.7, Take II.
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Continuing where I left off with the first five frames shot on the faulty Hexanon AR 50mm 1:1.7, this time with the aperture manually adjusted to a smaller opening of 2.8. Have to admit that these images speak for themselves in terms of image sharpness and color rendition.

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.

Olympus E-P5, Konica Hexanon AR 50mm 1:1.7
Olympus E-P5, Hexanon AR 50mm 1:1.7

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. The aperture and focus rings are very smooth, and the build quality remains excellent, with clear lettering, and a solid metal body and mount.



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Monday, August 3, 2020

Olympus XA1, Analog Diary, Running on Expired

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Film photography favorites, image making with an Olympus XA1 and an expired Fujifilm Superia X-Tra 400 film roll.
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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.

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.

Olympus XA1
Olympus XA1

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 that locks the shutter when underexposure is detected or the capsule shell is closed.



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