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Monday, September 25, 2023

Five Frames, Nikon D200 + AF Zoom-Nikkor 28-80mm 1:3.5~5.6, Early Images

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The CCD Sensor,, image making with an AF Zoom-Nikkor 28-80mm 1:3.5~5.6 zoom on the equally vintage 10.2MP CCD Nikon D200.
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The AF-Nikkor 28-80mm 1:3.5~5.6 D 8 elements in 8 groups lens, launched by Nikon in 1999, is a replacement for the earlier 7-element 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-D version which was made from 1995 through 1999. Compared to the previous version, the lens came with a broader manual focus ring and was sold mainly as a kit lens with their lower-end 35mm SLR film cameras (F55, F65, and F75). On the D200 the lens has an equivalent focal length range of 42-120mm.

The plastic mount lens is lightweight at 250 grams, comes with an aperture ring but no focusing scale, 7 rounded blades diaphragm which stops down to f/22 @ 28mm to f/36 @ 80mm, a minimum focusing distance of 0.4 meters, a screw-drive AF system, and was introduced as a native AF-D spec optic with a built-in microchip that feeds focusing distance information to the camera body. The AF-D will work with all Nikon AF cameras, as well as on 35mm MF Nikon SLR film cameras (FM, FE2, etc.,).

Nikon D200, AF-Nikkor 28-80mm 1:3.5~5.6 D
Nikon D200, AF-Nikkor 28-80mm 1:3.5~5.6 D

While the lens did not enjoy much of review exposures across the Net, even with brickbats on its all-plastic construction, and its tendency to zoom-creep, it does come with a mention or two as an excellent midrange zoom, reasonably sharp, and very low-end prices. Enjoy the images!




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Monday, September 18, 2023

Five Frames, Kodak PixPro AZ251, A Surprising Turnout

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The CCD Sensor, a surprising turnout from a 25x superzoom digital bridge 16MP CCD Kodak PixPro AZ251, low-cost buy.
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The Kodak PixPro AZ251, an easy-to-use entry-level digital bridge camera manufactured under license by JK Imaging, was launched in 2013. The camera has a 16MP CCD sensor, a 25x optical zoom lens which is a 35mm equivalent of 24-600mm, optical image stabilization, a 3-inch 230k rear LCD screen, 720p HD video recording, full auto as well as PSAM modes, panorama, HDR, and several scene modes and digital filters for more creative control. The 'AZ' is abbreviated for 'Astro Zoom.'

The camera does come packed with plenty of features for the beginner photographer, a superzoom lens with a close focusing distance of just 3cm, decent continuous shooting, manual controls, automatic HDR mode, and a menu system that is easy to navigate, albeit a slight difference in as seen from other cameras. Access to shutter speed and aperture settings is via the exposure compensation button, and changing the white balance is via the Set button. The 3.0-inch screen has a 230k dot resolution, typical of a budget camera, and is easy to see in bright light.

Kodak PixPro AZ251
Kodak PixPro AZ251

The camera is powered by a set of easily available 4xAA (Ni-MH or Alkaline) batteries, with the Alkaline rated for up to 280 shots according to CIPA test results. As tested, The CCD images rendered by the camera, as you see from the first impression shots, are sharp and clear well-exposed images with good color reproduction, with noise low at I00 to 200. The AZ251 is also installed with a range of digital filters that can be used both for shooting and video recording.



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Monday, September 11, 2023

Five Frames, Olympus E-PM2 + Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph., Light and Shade

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Digital Moments, light, and shade of the Saloma Link, a pedestrian and bicycle link across the Klang River, Kuala Lumpur.
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Light and shade of the Saloma Link, a 69-meter combined pedestrian and bicycle link across the Klang River in Kuala Lumpur. The bridge links the residential district of Kampung Baru to the commercial center of Kuala Lumpur in the vicinity of the Kuala Lumpur City Centre.

While bicycling access is provided for by gradient ramps from the city side, the links end abruptly on the residential community side with a 3-story free-standing structure. Egress to the ground from this end is only by lift or staircase.

Olympus E-PM2, Lumix G 14mm 1:2,5 Asph.

Images captured with a Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph. mounted on an Olympus E-PM2.



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Monday, September 4, 2023

Five Frames, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35, An Art Form?

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The CCD Sensor, going lounging on a creative art platform with the 12.1MP CCD superzoom Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35.
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One of the better options of having a camera with a superzoom lens, as in this case a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35, is that you can still sit back on the sofa under the porch, set the zoom on the camera at its longest focal length, train the lens on the objects you can still see with your naked eye, and be creative with the potential art form with the images magnified and rendered on the 12.1MP CCD sensor.

The camera is fitted with a 12.1MP CCD sensor and a super 1:2.8~4.4 18X optical zoom 27mm Leica DC Vario-Elmarit wide-angle lens, good enough for me to pick out the images as seen in the post. This could be the beginning of better things to come. The camera, successor to the DMC-FZ28, was among the first to feature AVCHD lite format HD video recording, has a shutter speed range from 60 seconds to 1/2000th second, Power O.I.S image stabilizer, a faster Venus Engine HD processor, and a Quick AF system twice as fast than that of the predecessor.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

ISO sensitivity for the FZ35 ranges from 100 to 1,600, boostable to ISO 6,400 in Hi_auto mode. Shutter speeds are automatic from 60 to 1/2,000 seconds. Metering options include Intelligent Multiple, with Center-Weighted, and Spot. The minimum focusing distance for the Panasonic DMC-FZ35 is 30 cm. but drops to just one centimeter at wide-angle when switched to Macro mode. At the tele end, focusing down to two meters is the norm, but a Tele Macro mode drops this to as close as one meter when the zoom is set from 11 to 18x.



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