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Monday, December 26, 2022

Cimko Compact 28mm F2.8, Take III

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#VintageLensTest - Five frames with a Cimko Compact 28mm F2.8, Take III

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Olympus E-P5, Cimko Compact 28mm F2.8

Seems that the Cimko Compact 28mm f/2.8 (also seen as Paragon PMC, Beroflex, Ensinor, Clubman..), a 25cm close focusing all metal construction, was made by Cima Kogaku who had a patented system that allowed the lenses to be built with common bodies fitted with appropriate lens mounts. The lenses were mostly sold OEM under a variety of different brands. In the UK, for example, they were sold by Photax as Super-Paragon PMC lenses, while Tokyo Kogaku sold them as AM Topcor lenses for their Topcon RM300 camera. Cima Kogaku also sold lenses directly under the Cimko brand.





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Sunday, December 25, 2022

Merry Christmas Everyone!





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Monday, December 19, 2022

Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF 40mm 1:2.8 STM

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#VintageDigital- Five frames with a vintage Canon EOS 300D, and Canon EF 40mm 1:2.8 STM, first impression.

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Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF 40mm 1:2.8 STM
Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF 40mm 1:2.8 STM

My new toy came in last week, through the mail, and thanks to a very conscientious seller, it was a complete body package with a strap, body cap, battery, a new USB charger, a 2GB CF memory card, a card reader, and a USB data transfer cable, all in a super excellent condition.

Got the battery charged, changed the strap to my favorite, mounted an EF 40mm F2.8 STM which I had laying around for quite a while now, turned the camera on, and 'Hey Presto!', it's all go. Popped out of the front door, grabbed these few JPG shots, and had the images post-processed on my old digital image editing and management software.

Everything works great, I couldn't ask for more, really.





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Monday, December 12, 2022

Five Frames, JCPenny 135mm 1:2.8, Post I

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#VintageLensTest - Five frames with a JCPenny 135mm F2.8, totally unexpected.

Olympus E-P5, JCPenny 135mm 1:2.8
Olympus E-P5, JCPenny 135mm 1:2.8

I did not expect this, look at the images, what a pleasant surprise. Bought the lens to complement the listing of Minolta MD-mount lenses that I already have on my shop page, and found it to be in excellent near-mint external condition, with very clean and clear glass, very smooth focusing and all. The image test was done on the Olympus E-P5, shot wide-open, and handheld.





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Monday, December 5, 2022

Mobile Photography, Close-Ups in the Garden

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HMD Nokia 3.1

#MobilePhotography - Five frames with an HMD Nokia 3.1, close-ups in the garden.

Close-up photography is a great way to capture details that the naked eye may not be able to see at a glance, or while bending over or crouching around in the garden. Close-ups are done by making small items or objects appear larger than they are, and are usually captured at a distance of 10cm or less. Rather than going for a costly macro/close-up setup with a mirrorless or DSLR, use your handphone instead, which is normally fitted with an automatic macro mode to get similar results. You might be surprised as to what you are able to capture!





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Helios Auto Wide 35mm F2.8, In Portrait Mode

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#VintageLensTest - Five frames with a Helios Auto Wide 35mm F2.8, looking at images in portrait format.

Olympus E-P5, Helios Auto Wide 35mm F2.8

Helios "Made in Japan" lenses were produced for TOE (Technical and Optical Equipment Ltd), a Soviet-owned British Company which sold Zenit cameras and Soviet electronic goods in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. To complement its range of photographic gear, TOE imports and sell sold generic Japanese lenses and rangefinder accessories as 'Helios' products. These items include 28 and 135-mm lenses, teleconverters, low-priced zooms, flash units, and accessory finders which were not available under the original Helios branding.





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Monday, November 28, 2022

Telesar 135mm F2.8 T-Mount Preset, Backlighted

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Olympus E-P5, Telesar 135mm F2.8 Preset

#VintageLensTest - Five frames with a Telesar 135mm F2.8 Preset, an early morning shoot.

Olympus E-P5, Telesar 135mm F2.8 Preset

Another session with the Telesar 135mm F2.8 T-Mount Preset, a lens that I acquired a while back. Images shot wide open backlighted against the morning sun. The result? You have to be your own judge here, and at the others (with the same lens) that I have posted earlier, as I am still illiterate when it comes to doing the technical bits.

As for the lens itself, details of its origin, or manufacture, remain elusive as not much info on it is available on the Net, where it seems that there are more questions than answers...





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Monday, November 21, 2022

SMC Pentax-A 50mm F1.4, Pastel Art I

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Olympus E-P5, SMC Pentax-A 50mm F1.4

#VintageLensTest - Five frames with a SMC Pentax-A 50mm F1.4, pastel art in the garden.

Like all Pentax A-series lenses, this very fast standard lens supports P and Tv exposure modes in addition to Av and M. A great value for the money, it is small, light, and priced reasonably, Slightly soft at f1.4, good for creative art.





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Monday, November 14, 2022

Photax 400mm F6.3, A Surprise Find

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Olympus E=P5, Photax 400mm F6.3

#VintageLensTest - Five frames with a Photax 400mm F6.3, images from across the road, looking at the trees of the community park.

What a surprise find!.

I was not too sure what I got into when I placed the order for the low-priced offer T-mount 400mm F6.3, believed to be a Tokina RMC, as sold under the Photax name, and also available as an Astranar, Impakt, D&N, Prinz-Galaxy, and many others.

Olympus E=P5, Photax 400mm F6.3

The 4 elements in a 3-groups dual-ring preset 'long-tube' telescope have their fair share of accolades, with most reviewers commenting on its sharpness, and with the fair amount of fungal infection, I found within the elements of the lens, a lower contrast threshold. Had the camera mounted via ita built-in tripod mount for these shots (800mm equivalent on the 2x crop sensor), taken wide-open (@ 6.3 of course), and the images post-processed.





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Monday, November 7, 2022

Mobile Photography, A Short Hop

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HMD Nokia 3.1

#MobilePhotography - Five frames with an HMD Nokia 3.1, a short hop between stations.

Just a short hop, from one station to the other. Compared to my previous outing which was on A Sultry Morning, this one was on a gloriously bright and sunny day. The sun was out bright and sunny, the air was fresh and crisp, and after the morning rush, you are at the station almost by yourself.





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