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Monday, December 26, 2022

Five Frames, Canon EOS 300D + Canon EF 40mm 1:2.8 STM, First Impression

Canon EOS 300D + Canon EF 40mm 1:2.8 STM, First Impression 01
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Digital Moments, image making with a Canon EF 40mm 1:2.8 STM, mounted on Canon EOS 300D, first impression.
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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 lying 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.

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

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



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Monday, December 19, 2022

Five Frames, Olympus E-P5 + JCPenny Auto Lens 135mm 1:2.8, First Impression

Olympus E-P5 + JCPenny Auto Lens 135mm 1:2.8, First Impression 01
Olympus E-P5 + JCPenny Auto Lens 135mm 1:2.8, First Impression 02
Olympus E-P5 + JCPenny Auto Lens 135mm 1:2.8, First Impression 03
Olympus E-P5 + JCPenny Auto Lens 135mm 1:2.8, First Impression 04
Olympus E-P5 + JCPenny Auto Lens 135mm 1:2.8, First Impression 05
Vintage Lens Test, image making with a JCPenny 135mm F2.8 lens, first impression, totally unexpected images.
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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.

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


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Monday, December 12, 2022

Five Frames, HMD Nokia 3.1, Close-Ups In The Garden

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HMD Nokia 3.1, Close-Ups in  the Garden 02
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Mobile Photography, image making with an HMD Nokia 3.1, close-ups in the garden.
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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 can capture!



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Monday, December 5, 2022

Five Frames, Olympus E-P5 + Helios Auto Wide 35mm 1:2.8, In Portrait Mode

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Olympus E-P5 + Helios Auto Wide 35mm 1:2.8, In Portrait Mode 02
Olympus E-P5 + Helios Auto Wide 35mm 1:2.8, In Portrait Mode 03
Olympus E-P5 + Helios Auto Wide 35mm 1:2.8, In Portrait Mode 04
Olympus E-P5 + Helios Auto Wide 35mm 1:2.8, In Portrait Mode 05
Vintage Lens Test, image making with a Helios Auto Wide 35mm 1:2.8, in portrait format.
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Helios "Made in Japan" lenses were produced for TOE (Technical and Optical Equipment Ltd), a Soviet-owned British Company that sold Zenit cameras and Soviet electronic goods in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. To complement its range of photographic gear, TOE imports and sells generic Japanese lenses and rangefinder accessories as Helios products.

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

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

Five Frames, Olympus E-P5 + Telesar 135mm 1:2.8 T-Mount Preset, Backlighted

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Olympus E-P5 + Telesar 135mm 1:2.8 T-Mount Preset, Backlighted 02
Olympus E-P5 + Telesar 135mm 1:2.8 T-Mount Preset, Backlighted 03
Olympus E-P5 + Telesar 135mm 1:2.8 T-Mount Preset, Backlighted 04
Olympus E-P5 + Telesar 135mm 1:2.8 T-Mount Preset, Backlighted 05
Vintage Lens Test, continuing with the impressive Telesar 135mm 1:2.8 Preset, an early morning shoot.
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Another session with the Telesar 135mm 1:2.8 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.

Olympus E-P5, Telesar 135mm 1:2.8 Preset
Olympus E-P5, Telesar 135mm 1:2.8 Preset

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

Five Frames, Olympus E-P5 + SMC Pentax-A 50mm 1:1.4, Pastel Art I

Olympus E-P5 + SMC Pentax-A 50mm 1:1.4, Pastel Art I 01
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Olympus E-P5 + SMC Pentax-A 50mm 1:1.4, Pastel Art I 04
Olympus E-P5 + SMC Pentax-A 50mm 1:1.4, Pastel Art I 05
Vintage Lens Test, image making with an SMC Pentax-A 50mm 1:1.4, pastel art in the garden.
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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.

SMC Pentax-A 50mm 1:1.4



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Monday, November 14, 2022

Five Frames, Olympus E-P5 + Photax 400mm 1:6.3 T-Mount Preset, Take I

Olympus E-P5 + Photax 400mm 1:6.3 T-Mount Preset, Take I 01
Olympus E-P5 + Photax 400mm 1:6.3 T-Mount Preset, Take I 02
Olympus E-P5 + Photax 400mm 1:6.3 T-Mount Preset, Take I 03
Olympus E-P5 + Photax 400mm 1:6.3 T-Mount Preset, Take I 04
Olympus E-P5 + Photax 400mm 1:6.3 T-Mount Preset, Take I 05
Vintage Lens Test, first impression with a T-Mount Photax 400mm F6.3, images from across the road.
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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
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

Five Frames, HMD Nokia 3.1, A Short Hop

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HMD Nokia 3.1
Mobile Photography, image making with an HMD Nokia 3.1, just a short hop between stations.
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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 were at the station almost by yourself.



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Monday, October 31, 2022

Five Frames, Olympus E-P5 + Canon FL 50mm 1:1.8, First Impression

Olympus E-P5 + Canon FL 50mm 1:1.8, First Impression 01
Olympus E-P5 + Canon FL 50mm 1:1.8, First Impression 02
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Olympus E-P5 + Canon FL 50mm 1:1.8, First Impression 04
Olympus E-P5 + Canon FL 50mm 1:1.8, First Impression 05
Vintage Lens Test, image making with a Canon FL 50mm 1:1.8, first impression.
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Canon FL-series lenses, which replace the earlier Canon R lens mount, were introduced in April 1964 and were the standard mount for Canon FX (1964), FP (1964), Pellix (1965), FT QL (1966), Pellix QL (1966), and Canon TL (1968) cameras. It was replaced in 1971 when the Canon FD mount was launched with the Canon F1.

Olympus E-P5, Canon FL 50mm 1:1.8
Olympus E-P5, Canon FL 50mm 1:1.8

The 50mm 1.8, 6 elements in 4-groups construction, can be found in two iterations, identical externally, but with the optics on the later optimized for improved performance. The iterations are distinguished by weight - Type I weighs in at 228 grams while Type II is at 280 grams. These first impression images were shot on Type I.

Canon FL mount lenses can be used on FD-mount cameras in stop-down metering mode.



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