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Monday, February 27, 2023

Five Frames, Olympus E-P5 + Jupiter-37A 135mm 1:3.5, Square Cuts

Olympus E-P5 + Jupiter-37A 135mm 1:3.5, Square Cuts 01
Olympus E-P5 + Jupiter-37A 135mm 1:3.5, Square Cuts 02
Olympus E-P5 + Jupiter-37A 135mm 1:3.5, Square Cuts 03
Olympus E-P5 + Jupiter-37A 135mm 1:3.5, Square Cuts 04
Olympus E-P5 + Jupiter-37A 135mm 1:3.5, Square Cuts 05
Vintage Lens Test, in the garden with a Jupiter-37A 135mm 1:3.5, with images processed in the square format.
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Acquired another copy of the Jupiter-37A 135MM 1:3.5 lens recently, after the earlier copy went to a buyer, did my normal quick edit of the garden, and had the images edited on my desktop. As expected, images with the sturdy as-a-tank 37-A are very sharp, even when shot wide-open, with good micro-contrast, natural color rendition, and smooth bokeh.

Had the images cropped to the square format, or the 1:1 aspect ratio as well, which in itself is an interesting way to present images. Unlike images in either the portrait or landscape format, where the eye is either drawn from top to bottom or from left to right, the square photo format draws vision to the center of the composition and then lets the eye explore the entire frame without providing any implicit direction because of the frame.

Olympus E-P5, Jupiter-37A 135mm 1:3.5
Olympus E-P5, Jupiter-37A 135mm 1:3.5

Square format images are, of course, not new, as they were first introduced by Rollei in 1929, later by Holga and Hasselblad, and came back to focus with mobile photo apps like Instagram and Hipstamstic.



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Monday, February 20, 2023

Five Frames, Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5, Starting Out

Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5, Starting Out 01
Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5, Starting Out 02
Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5, Starting Out 03
Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5, Starting Out 04
Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5, Starting Out 05
The CCD Sensor, testing out a vintage ultra-compact 16MP CCD Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5, first look.
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My latest acquisition is in the search of an alternative to the ever-rising cost of photography, where film prices and their associated services are ever spiraling rising in film photography, and where digital cameras are getting very sophisticated and may be too complex to be enjoyable for simple point-and-shoot image capture.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5 is a 16MP CCD sensor ultra-compact digital camera, not much bigger than my other favorite vintage, the Nokis Asha 300, and comes with a 4x Zoom Leica DC Vario, 6 elements in 5 groups with 3 aspherical elements lens. The specs look great, the cost is about equivalent to only a couple of rolls of film, and the fun looks forthcoming.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5
Panasonic Lumix DMC-S5

The camera was launched in 2012 and weighs 112 grams with a battery.



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Monday, February 13, 2023

Five Frames, Canon EOS 300D + Canon EF 40mm 1:2.8 STM, Ghostly Twilight

Canon EOS 300D + Canon EF 40mm 1:2.8 STM, Ghostly Twilight 01
Canon EOS 300D + Canon EF 40mm 1:2.8 STM, Ghostly Twilight 02
Canon EOS 300D + Canon EF 40mm 1:2.8 STM, Ghostly Twilight 03
Canon EOS 300D + Canon EF 40mm 1:2.8 STM, Ghostly Twilight 04
Canon EOS 300D + Canon EF 40mm 1:2.8 STM, Ghostly Twilight 05
Digital Moments, image making with a Canon EF 40mm 1:2.8 STM on a Canon EOS 300D, an impromptu programmed twilight shoot.
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Perfect shots, true colors, couldn't ask for more. Exposures were taken in Program Mode, recorded at 1/2 and 1 second for the first four images, and 1/25 second for the sky shot. in the community park just across from where I lived.

Not a planned night shot, but rather an impromptu "Program Mode" handheld twilight session. I am still all excited about having the vintage digital Canon EOS 300D, a 6.3-megapixel entry-level DSLR camera. When launched in 2002, the EOS 300D camera was the first DSLR to hit the market with a price tag of below US $1000.

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

My take? Find an alternative to the ever-spiraling cost of continuing the hobby, as I have been doing in the past, in film photography. Am I getting what I am looking for? I am warming up to it, and it looks like it's going to be a big Yes. I will have to forgo my love for film, though, and work on other challenges instead.



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Monday, February 6, 2023

Five Frames, Olympus E-P5 + Tamron Adaptall-2 SP (52BB) 90mm 1:2.5, In The Garden

Olympus E-P5 + Tamron Adaptall-2 SP (52BB) 90mm 1:2.5, In The Garden 01
Olympus E-P5 + Tamron Adaptall-2 SP (52BB) 90mm 1:2.5, In The Garden 02
Olympus E-P5 + Tamron Adaptall-2 SP (52BB) 90mm 1:2.5, In The Garden 03
Olympus E-P5 + Tamron Adaptall-2 SP (52BB) 90mm 1:2.5, In The Garden 04
Olympus E-P5 + Tamron Adaptall-2 SP (52BB) 90mm 1:2.5, In The Garden 05
Vintage Lens Test, image making with a Tamron Adaptall-2 SP (52BB) 90mm 1:2.5, close-ups in the garden.
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Still working with the Tamron SP 90mm 1:2.5 52BB Macro, mounted on the E-P5 this time around. I have also acquired a new Ai - M4/3 lens adapter with a tripod mount, making handholding slightly more stable with the tripod support cupped in my hand. Images are still from the garden, though, closed-up.

The Tamron Adaptall-2 SP 90mm f2.5 Macro (52BB) is optically identical to the earlier 52B model which was released in 1997. The original 52B features a lot more metal in its construction and has a screw-in hood, whilst the 52BB came with a redesigned barrel and a bayonet fitting for a hood, which the lens was sold with. The 52B/52BB was replaced by the 1:1 macro 90mm f2.8 72B.

Olympus E-P5, Tamron Adaptall-2 SP (52BB) 90mm 1:2.5

Note: My first post was with the lens mounted on the Olympus E-PM2.



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