Monday, October 26, 2020

Mobile Photography: Weeping Willows

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Nokia 3.1

Mobile Photography:

Weeping Willows

'Five frames with the Nokia 3.1, aspiring for a new start with an improved camera app, that could still be better'

I was saddened, actually, at the demise of my favorite candy bar mobile phone, the Nokia Asha 300. The mobile, which was a 2011 release, had a 2.4-inch touch screen, and a 5 MP camera, served me well with its set of super sharp images which I enjoyed very much. I was using the camera in favor of the current mobile that I am using, the bottom of the line implementation of the new HMD Global Nokia series introduced in 2018.

Improved over time, the camera app that came with the set is now a better performer, with more selective functions, and images that are pretty much sharper and more delineated than when it was first introduced. This is my first re-trial of using the camera after having it lying around redundant for the whole time I was using the phone. Using a mobile for daylight shots, however, just as taking these shots here, is pretty much an art of its own, as nothing much of your framed image can be really seen on the phone's display screen.


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Monday, October 19, 2020

Keeping The Options Open, Nikkor Ai-S 35mm F2

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Olympus Pen E-P5,  Nikkor Ai-S 3mm F2

Digital Moments:

Keeping The Options Open, Nikkor Ai-S 35mm F2

'Up close and cropped, five frames with the Nikon Nikkor AI-S 35mm F2'

I am keeping an option open as to which of the 35mm compact fast wide-angle primes (and a zoom?) I will likely retain as part of my minimalist collection of lenses. First up is the Nikon Nikkor Ai-S 35mm 1:2, which, as my resources mentioned, has been a favorite lens by photojournalists for decades, at least until zoom lenses came into the market, and diminishes manual focus primes to the mantelpiece.

Olympus Pen E-P5,  Nikkor Ai-S 3mm F2

For normal shots, peak performance is said to be from F4 to F11, quite usable below F4 with corners that are not always perfect. Close focus, on the other hand, is outstanding, with great results even from F2, even with the soft corners. For this test, I used the lens mounted on the 2x crop sensor Micro 4/3 ILC, which makes the lens the equivalent of a 70mm prime on a full-frame camera. Images, up close and cropped, are as you see posted here.


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Monday, October 12, 2020

First Take, Minolta MD 28-85mm F3.5-4.5

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Olympus Pen  E-P5, Minolta MD 28-85mm F3.5~4.5

Digital Moments:

First Take, Minolta MD 28-85mm F3.5-4.5

'Five frames with the 2-touch Minolta MD zoom, a delightful experience despite its heavyweight presence'

One lens I have been deferring from doing the normal image test that I do with most of the lenses in my collection. Fitted to the Olympus Pen E-P5 the lens is quite a monster both in size and weight. The lens itself is 65mm in length and weighs 470 grams, heavier than the 460 grams of the E-P5. Mounted on the E-P5 with the third party MD-M4/3 adapter the extension is now a hefty 115mm. 

lympus Pen  E-P5, Minolta MD 28-85mm F3.5~4.5

My first test was to take the lens down to the park and settled on the children's play yard as the subject for the zoom range test. The images were shot at the lense's zoom setting of 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 70mm, and 80mm. On the E-P5, of course, the focal distance is double of these settings. Unless you have very steady hands, hand-holding the camera while shooting at the long end of the zoom is an art you have to learn, while using your fingers to facilitate both the zoom and focus.

The test session went well images turned out to be a real surprise. Images were sharp and clear, and color rendition was fantastic, even when shot at almost full aperture.


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Monday, October 5, 2020

Cropped Skyline, Zuiko OM 21mm F3.5

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Olympus OM-2S, Zuiko OM 21mm F3.5

Analog Diary:

Cropped Skyline, Zuiko OM 21mm F3.5

'Five frames with the Zuiko OM 21mm F3.5 and OM 2-SP, a look back at one of the past edits'

A look back at one of my past edits, on an outing with the Zuiko OM 21mm F3.5 and OM 2-SP, at one of my normal LRT stop before starting on a walkabout or street shoot.

Olympus OM-2S, Zuiko OM 21mm F3.5

I am missing the days though, and within the pandemic constraint, have yet to pick up the courage to be out in the streets again. Yes, I will, soon.


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