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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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