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Monday, January 29, 2024

Nikon Series E 35mm 1:2.5, On A Nikon D80, First Take

Nikon Series E 35mm 1:2.5, Sunny 16 Rule, First Take 01
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Sunny 16 Rule, first take with a Nikon Series E 35mm 1:2.5 on a 10MP CCD Nikon D80, fully manual exposures.
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Here I am, looking for a new drift in trying to catch the wind towards re-kindling the interest of doing still photography in fully manual exposure modes, as we did in the early days of film photography, doing it this time, though, with a digital SLR camera that only permits manual shooting mode when mounted with an old-school focus lens. The Nikon D80, an enthusiast-grade DSLR, launched together with the semi-professional Nikon D200 in 2006, is the model I am referring to, and the lens, an equally vintage Nikon Series E 35mm 1:2.5. 

The D80 comes with a 6MP CCD sensor, and has the screw-mount autofocus drive, but lacks the 'Non-CPU Lens Data' menu item or entering information about non-CPU lenses, and the aperture-indexing finger for full-aperture metering with older 'AI' lenses. When used with these old-school manual focus lenses, the D80 will only work in Manual mode, with the option of setting the ISO, shutter speed, and lens aperture opening, manually.

Nikon D80, Nikon Series E 35mm 1:2.5

To get things going, these are the first batch of shots I did earlier in the morning, and as recommended, the shots were taken in color (1/100 second, ISO 100) and converted to monochrome on the tabletop image editor. On the conversion route, the images were tweaked with the green filter overlay and a 50% increase in contrast. 'Chimping' was also used during the shoot, as I did so to bracket the shots.

The Nikon Series E lenses are also acknowledged for other excellent performance and should not be just left aside when they can still be put to good use. To get you started on the same quest as well, the Sunny 16 Rule is the way to go.



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Monday, January 22, 2024

FinePix BigJob HD-3W, CCD Sensor, Early Morning Shoot

Fujifilm FinePix BigJob HD-3W, The CCD Sensor, An Early Morning Shoot 01
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On an early morning shoot with the 6MP CCD Fujifilm FinePix BigJob HD-3W.
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n early morning session with the Fujifilm FinePix BigJob HD-3W, a heavy-duty ruggedized all-weather 6MP CCD digital camera I am recommending for CCD enthusiasts who are out-and-about, and on the go. The camera is water, dust, and shockproof, can withstand a fall of up to 0.7 meters, and comes with a reinforced glass coating cover wide-angle 3x (28-84mm) optical zoom lens, a big 230,000 pixels 3-inch LCD, ISO sensitivity of up to 1600 for the low noise in low light level shots, and a powerful flash that can be set for up to 10 meters. The camera is powered by a pair of easily available AA batteries.

The camera is reminiscent of the 35mm point-and-shoot autoexposure cameras of the old, easy to use, and comes with ample-sized buttons and a layout that is equally easy to use while wearing gloves, a 5 mode exposure selection button (Auto, Manual, Scene Position, Movie, and CLS), and an equally simplified shooting menu that can be accessed through the LCD interface. The camera has an automatic shutter speed range from 2 to 1/2000 second, has a 27MB internal flash memory, and stores images on xD-Picture Cards. In Manual mode, the camera can be set to a fixed ISO sensitivity level.

Fujifilm FinePix BigJob HD-3W

When the camera was first introduced to the UK and Europe in 2007, it was also promoted as having two world firsts, a 'Detection of Manipulation' system that records whether an image has been edited since it was first shot, and CALS, a mode also takes 1-megapixel pictures for quick and easy distribution by email. The camera was perfect for forensic and insurance investigations then, and could very well be today's go-to camera for the rough-and-tough adventurous outdoors



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Monday, January 15, 2024

SMC Pentax-A Zoom 35-70mm 1:4, First Impression

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Vintage Lens Test, image making with an SMC Pentax-A Zoom 35-70mm 1:4, on 10MP CCD Pentax K-m, first impression.
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A quick take with the small, compact, and beautifully designed SMC Pentax-A Zoom 35-70mm 1:4, the only 35-70mm Pentax lens with fixed aperture. The lens is a 7-element in 7-groups construction, solidly built, and enjoys a Sharpness rating of 8.3, Aberrations at 7.9, Bokeh at 8.1, Handling at 8.5, and Value at 8.9 on PentaxForums. Reviews on its sharpness and image quality, which are good, colorful, and contrasty, seem to be arching towards the accolades. 

I have yet to take the lens anywhere except for the garden, and the few images here, shot in Program mode with the lens aperture setting set to 'A', seem to reflect the thoughts of the forum. On the 10.2MP CCD K-m, the lens is equivalent to (about) a 50-105mm zoom on a 35mm full-frame camera, a good range to have if you are into city walks and street shooting. The lens should be in good company with the 18-55mm autofocus AL, which came as a kit lens with the camera.

Pentax K-m, SMC Pentax-A Zoom 35-70mm 1:4
Pentax K-m, SMC Pentax-A Zoom 35-70mm 1:4

Setting up a manual focus lens on the KAF2 mount of the K-m body is straightforward, all you have to do next is to set the aperture setting on the lens to 'A', and register the focal length of the lens with the camera. The request for this input is displayed on the LCD screen as you switch the camera on after installing the lens. I input 50 as the focal length of the zoom, and it works.

The flashing LED and audible focus confirmation beep of the K-m (also available on other camera make and models) is one of the aids I look for when using the camera with a manual focus lens, which I put at being almost akin to having focus peaking on mirrorless digital SLR cameras. Good thought!



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Monday, January 8, 2024

Lumix DMC-GH2, Digital Moments, Film Emulation Modes

Lumix DMC-GH2, Digital Moments, Film Emulation Mode, Cinema
[Lumix GH2, Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph., Cinema Film Mode]
Lumix DMC-GH2, Digital Moments, Film Emulation Mode, Standard
[Lumix GH2, Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph., Standard Film Mode]
Lumix DMC-GH2, Digital Moments, Film Emulation Mode, Dynamic
[Lumix GH2, Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph., Dynamic Film Mode]
Lumix DMC-GH2, Digital Moments, Film Emulation Mode, Smooth
[Lumix GH2, Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph., Smooth Film Mode]
Lumix DMC-GH2, Digital Moments, Film Emulation Mode, Nature
[Lumix GH2, Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph., Nature Film Mode]
Lumix DMC-GH2, Digital Moments, Film Emulation Mode, Nostalgic
[Lumix GH2, Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph., Nostalgic Film Mode]
Lumix DMC-GH2, Digital Moments, Film Emulation Mode, Vibrant
[Lumix GH2, Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph., Vibrant Film Mode]
Lumix DMC-GH2, Digital Moments, Film Emulation Mode, Standard B&W
[Lumix GH2, Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph., Standard B&W Film Mode]
Lumix DMC-GH2, Digital Moments, Film Emulation Mode, Dynamic B&W
[Lumix GH2, Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph., Dynamic B&W Film Mode]
Lumix DMC-GH2, Digital Moments, Film Emulation Mode, Smooth B&W
[Lumix GH2, Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph., Smooth B&W Film Mode]
A retro and a refresher on the film modes of the 2010 video-orientated 16MP multi-aspect Live MOS Panasonic Lumix GH2.
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The vintage Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2, an advanced video-orientated Micro 4/3 digital introduced in 2010, comes fitted with a 16MP multi-aspect Live MOS sensor with Full 1080p HD video capability. Aside from the highly advanced movie mode, the camera also allows still photographers ample control over their images. The 7-page custom menu, for example, contains more than 30 options, and the setup option another 23, including Panasonic's iDynamic and iResolution modes, functions to maximize the dynamic range and detail resolutions of images captured.

The Film Mode feature, which allows for the adjustment of the color, contrast, saturation, and noise-reduction, comes with selections for Cinema, Standard, Dynamic, Smooth, Nature, Nostalgic, Vibrant, Standard B&W, Dynamic B&W, Smooth B&W, and a trio of My Film Mode presets. Capturing these test images with these modes, as posted here, is my first try at comprehending and understanding what the GH2 is capable of. Using the vintage as an alternative to more advanced and higher-priced models is the opportunity I am looking at. 

Lumix GH2, Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph.
Lumix GH2, Lumix G 14mm 1:2.5 Asph.

Released as a successor to the DMC-GH1, which was introduced in 2009, the Panasonic Lumix GH2 comes with improvements such as a new sensor capable of 1080p video at 60 or 50 fps, faster sensor read-out, touch-sensitive LCD screen, an ISO range from 160 to 12800, larger EVF coverage, and cosmetic changes to make the camera more efficient to the user. The multi-aspect ratio sensor, which is 18.3MP in size, offers the same diagonal angle of view, and almost a a 100% view of the scene to be captured, regardless of the aspect ratio selected.



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Monday, January 1, 2024

FinePix BigJob HD-3W, The CCD Sensor, In Black-and-White

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Looking at black-and-white images captured with the 6MP CCD Fujifilm FinePix BigJob HD-3W.
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Happy New Year 2024 Everybody!
Happy New Year 2024 Everybody, All The Best!.

A very pleasant New Year everybody, and all the best for the upcoming year. As is, I am still enjoying my time with the Fujifilm FinePix BigJob HD-3W here, with another quick dash out of the door, and another pre-scheduled post, with images post-processed in black-and-white,  for the holidays. Looks like the BigJob HD-3W, a very likable ruggedized 6MP CCD digital, is growing on me, and will probably end up being the go-to camera as and when or at any time I need to be outside.

This water, dust, and shockproof camera can withstand a fall height of 0.7 meters. comes with a simple autoexposure shooting menu, easy access buttons for users wearing gloves, a scratch-resistant lens cover, a huge 3-inch LCD screen, and a powerful 10-meter flash. Manufactured for use within the harsh environments of the construction, engineering, health and safety, and manufacturing industries, the camera is equally adaptable to the rough and tough enthusiasts outdoors.

Fujifilm FinePix BigJob HD-3W
Fujifilm FinePix BigJob HD-3W

For its own specialized use, the camera came with two worlds first, a mode to check for image manipulation after the picture was recorded, and image capture at 1MP for easy distribution by e-mail. The camera also comes with three emulation modes - F-Standard, F-Chrome, and F-B&W, with the latter two indicated on the LCD screen as film-roll icons. Access to these modes is via the Shooting Menu.



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