Monday, September 28, 2020

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

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

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

'Vintage lens on mirrorless camera lens test, five frames with the Hexanon AR 50mm F1.7, testing a fully functional second copy of the lens'

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 is definitely better physically than the earlier one and is a full working copy with clean and clear glass, glide smooth focus, and has a fully functioning aperture ring and blades.

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 available in the garden, and 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, gaining 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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Monday, September 21, 2020

Reverse Ring Macro Photography, Going Analog

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Olympus OM-2S, Super Takumar 55mm F1.8

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Reverse Ring Macro Photography, Going Analog

'Film photography favorites, five frames with the Super-Takumar 55mm F1.8, on an analog reverse ring set up'

A belated post. My first try at doing reverse ring macro photography on film, after having done the same with the Super-Takumar 55mm F1.8 reverse mounted on the Olympus Pen E-P5 earlier on. For the session I had the lens reverse mounted on the Olympus OM-2S instead.

Olympus OM-2S, Reverse Ring Adapter, Super Takumar 55mm F1.8

This setup was simpler as all you need is the reverse ring adapter, which now attaches straight to the lens mount of the OM body, and the lens reverse screwed to it. Color characteristics of the images were quite similar with both setups, with magnification half to that of the digital capture.

As can be seen from the images, a fair amount of shoddy work is apparent with the handling of the film negative strip during development and subsequent scanning session, which, of course, could have been better.


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Monday, September 14, 2020

Yashica ML 35mm F2.8, A Monotone Edit

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Olympus Pen E-P5, Yashica ML 35mm F2.8

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Yashica ML 35mm F2.8, A Monotone Edit

'Vintage lens on mirrorless camera lens test, five frames with the Yashica ML 35mm F2.8, enhancing a monotone edit'

Another session with the Yashica ML 35mm F2.8 mounted on the Pen E-P5, with images shot in RAW, post-processed, and print enhanced for web publishing.

Olympus E-P5, Yashica ML 35mm F2.6

Images were edited with Auto Tone Correction, enhanced further with a higher dose of contrast setting in Monochrome & Sepia, Tone Curve, and Unsharp mask.


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Monday, September 7, 2020

Found Slides: Red, Yellow, and Rustic

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Found Slides: Red, Yellow, and Rustic

'Found slides, five frames of vintage images from the '80s, scanned and post-processed for web publishing'

Another batch of Kodachrome slides, from the 80s, recently found and scanned.


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