Monday, September 26, 2022

Five Frames, Nikon Ai-S Nikkor 35mm 1:2, A New Look

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Olympus E-P5, Nikon Ai-S Nikkor 35mm 1:2

#VintageLensTest - Five frames with a Nikon Ai-S Nikkor 35mm 1:2, image updates with an Ai-S version.

Acquired another copy of the Nikon Nikkor 35mm F2 recently, an Ai-S version this time, and took these sample shots just to ensure me that the lens is, as expected, an excellent performer equal to that of the Ai version which I had earlier.

Olympus E-P5, Nikon Ai-S Nikkor 35mm 1:2

The Nikkor 35mm F2, with its 8 elements in 6-group optics, has been in production since it was first launched in 1965. While the optics formula of the lens has remained the same, the lens body and mechanicals have undergone continuous improvements and revisions. The glass also went from a single coat in amber, then blue (-C), and was multicoated for the last three decades. The AI-s version was in production from 1981 to 2005.


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Monday, September 19, 2022

Mobile Photography, A Sultry Morning

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HMD Nokia 3.1

#MobilePhotography - Five frames with a HMD Nokia 3.1, it's been a while since I was out and about...


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Monday, September 12, 2022

Five Frames, Helios Auto Wide 35mm 1:2.8, First Impression

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Olympus E-P5, Helios Auto Wide 35mm 1:2.8

#VintageLensTest - Five frames with a Helios Auto Wide 35mm 1:2.8, a very impressive first take.

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Monday, September 5, 2022

Five Frames, Nikon Micro-Nikkor Ai 55mm 1:3.5, Close-Ups

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Olympus PEN E-P5, Nikon Micro-Nikkor Ai 55mm 1:3.5

#VintageLensTest - Five frames with a Nikon Micro-Nikkor Ai 55mm 1:3.5, close-ups in the garden.



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Monday, August 29, 2022

Five Frames, Lumax Gold Star 200mm F4, In Green and Red

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Olympus PEN E-P5, Lumax Gold Star 200mm F4

#VintageLensTest - Five frames with a Lumax Gold Star 200mm F4, green and reds from the garden.

Olympus PEN E-P5, Lumax Gold Star 200mm F4


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Monday, August 22, 2022

Mobile Photography, Dawn

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Nokia Asha 300

#MobilePhotography - Five frames with a vintage candy-bar Nokia Asha 300, catching the break of dawn.

Nokia Asha 300

Another dawn session with the Mobile Photography, a candy-bar 2011 production model, discontinued, which I am still using, albeit only occasionally now. The camera has served me well, and as far as I can remember, has always delivered sharp and scintillating 5MP JPEG images worthy of display on these pages.

Specifications of the candy bar include a 2.4-inch touch screen, 5 MP camera, Radio FM, MP3 support, a microSD memory card slot, and a 24-day standby time. The Nokia Asha was then one of the leading phones on the market for battery life.


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Monday, August 15, 2022

Five Frames, Cimko Compact 28mm F2.8, The Trumpet Pitcher

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

#VintageLensTest - Five frames with a Cimko Compact 28mm F2.8, the Trumpet Pitcher (Sarracenia).

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

The Sarraceniaceae, unlike any other plants in the Western Hemisphere, derive their common name from their hollow tubular leaves, which can take the form of a trumpet, a pitcher, or an urn. These leaves passively capture prey lured to the leaf’s mouth by its glistening surfaces or unusual coloration and transparent patches.

Once an insect or other organism falls into the pitcher, stiff downward-pointing hairs and slippery walls prevent it from crawling back out, eventually drowning in the liquid at the bottom of the pitcher. Protein-digesting enzymes and bacteria break down the insect’s body, allowing nitrates and other valuable nutrients to be absorbed by the plant to supplement the poor soil conditions of its environment.

The Cimko Compact 28mm f/2.8 (also seen as Paragon PMC, Beroflex, Ensinor, Clubman..), is a 25cm close focusing all metal construction made by Cima Kogaku.


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Monday, August 8, 2022

Five Frames, Nikon Micro-Nikkor Ai 55mm 1:3.5, First Impression

Nikon Micro-Nikkor Ai 55mm 1:3.5, First Impression 01
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Olympus E-P5, Nikon Micro-Nikkor Ai 55mm 1:3.5

#VintageLensTest - Five frames with a Nikon Micro-Nikkor Ai 55mm 1:3.5, impressive first images.

Olympus E-P5, Nikon Ai 55mm f/3.5 Micro-Nikkor

The Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/3.5 AI, considered one of the sharpest Nikon lenses, is an all-metal and glass 5-elements in 4-groups construction. Like most of Nikon's manual focus Micro-Nikkor lenses, this one only goes up to 1:2 macro, you will a PK-13 or a bellows to reach 1:1 macro.


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Monday, August 1, 2022

Five Frames, Lumax Gold Star 200mm F4, Vibrant

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Olympus E-P5, Lumax Gold Star 200mm F4

#VintageLensTest - Five frames with a Lumax Gold Star 200mm F4, colors of the morning.

Olympus E-P5, Lumax Gold Star 200mm F4

My second image test with the Lumax Gold Star 200mm F4, post-processed in color, very vibrant colors if I may say.


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