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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Salam Aidilfitri 2024, Maaf Zahir Batin



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Monday, April 8, 2024

Olympus VR-370, Panoramas, The Second Link

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Panoramic images of the Jambatan Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah, the 24-kilometer-long second bridge link to Penang Island.
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Driving down the North-South highway from Perlis back to Kuala Lumpur, after our short holiday recently, gives us the opportunity for a quick drive-through tour of Penang Island, ingressing the island via the first cross-channel Penang Bridge from Prai to the USM Interchange, a quick run-around and a 'Nasi Kandar' lunch in the city center, and doubling back past the USM interchange to egress the island via the Sultan Abdul Alim Muazzam Shah Bridge, which crosses over from Batu Maung to Bandar Cassia (Batu Kawan) in Seberang Perai on the mainland.

Locally referred to as the Second Link, the bridge was opened in 2014 and has a distance span of  24 kilometers, making it the longest in Malaysia and the second longest in Southeast Asia, next only to the 30 kilometers Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Bridge, or the Temburung Bridge, in Brunei, which was opened in 2020. The bridge crosses Brunie Bay to connect mainland Brunei to the semi-exclave of Temburong. It was a bright and sunny day, with plenty of cloud cover, and the panoramas across the bridge were fantastic.

Olympus VR-370
Olympus VR-370

These images were shot on the 12.5x Optical Zoom 16MP CCD Olympus VR-370 travel zoom, which are palm-sized digital camera cameras, compact enough to slip into your shirt pocket or a small purse, looking none too obvious. Post-processing and cropped-frame were done on Olympus Workspace.



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Thursday, April 4, 2024

FujiFilm FinePix S2 Pro, Camera Shorts, A New High

Camera Shorts: The 2002 Nikon F-mount FujiFilm FinePix S2 Pro digital SLR camera, a new high for enthusiasts of CCD digital cameras.
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I had a new high recently with the purchase of a 2002 Nikon F-mount Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro digital SLR camera to add to my CCD camera collection. The S2 Pro, an update of the S1 Pro, comes with a unique (just like the S1 Pro that had a 3.1MP sensor) APS-sized 6.2MP SuperCCD sensor designed with its photodiodes oriented diagonally rather than horizontally and vertically as found on other sensor types. The sensor enables the camera to generate huge 12.1MP images after processing.

The camera is a 'Frankenstein' effort between FujiFilm and Nikon, built around the top and front of a Nikon N80 (F80) body (except for the nameplate), with a fixed back that houses FujiFilm's proprietary image sensor and electronics. The earlier S1 Pro was based on the Nikon N60 (F60) body, and the S2 Pro itself was replaced by the S3 Pro, which came with a 12.2 MP SuperCCD SR sensor, in 2006. I mounted an AF-Nikkor 35-70mm 1:3.3~4.5 on the camera for its initial test run.

FujiFilm FinePix S2 Pro, AF-Nikkor 35-70mm 1:3.3~4.5

For what it is worth, the S2 Pro is a great camera, professional-looking, solid, and robustly built with a body size and shape, and contoured grip that feels just right in your hands. The camera is a joy to hold and lug around, none too heavy with a body weight of 760 grams without batteries or other add-ons. The S2 Pro also features a control layout that does ring a bell with the Nikon D100 (as both were based around the F80/N80): Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro, 6.2MP SuperCCD DSLR Camera



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Monday, April 1, 2024

Tamron Adaptall-2 SP 90mm 1:2.5, Nikon D80, Up Close

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Sunny 16 Rule, image making with a Tamron Adaptall-2 SP 90mm 1:2.5 on a 10MP CCD Nikon D80 with fully manual exposures.
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Still learning the 'Sunny 16 Rule' here, with a set of close-up images from the garden shot on the 10MP CCD Nikon D80 mounted with a manual focus Tamron SP 90mm 1:2.5 Adaptall-2 Macro. The 10MP CCD Nikon D80 which does not have the 'Non-CPU Lens Data' menu item or enter information about non-CPU lenses, and the aperture-indexing finger for full-aperture metering with older 'AI' lenses, can only be used in manual mode when mounted with an old-school manual focus lens.

The whole idea here is not to let an excellent vintage enthusiast-grade digital SLR camera, such as the Nikon D80, go to waste by waiting for it to be mounted only with CPU AF lenses, nor letting the cult classic Tamron SP 90mm 1:2.5 Adaptall-2 Macro be equally wasted by wanting it to be mounted only on auto-exposure cameras. Band these two items together, learn to set the exposure manually, and you will probably enjoy photography more than you expected. Exposures were made at 1/200 second, ISO 200, with apertures between 1:2.5~5.6.

Nikon D80, Tamron SP 90mm 1:2.5 Adaptall-2 Macro
Nikon D80, Tamron Adaptall-2 SP 90mm 1:2.5

The 'Sunny 16 Rule', which says that 'On a sunny day set aperture to f/16 and shutter speed to the [reciprocal of the] ISO film speed [or ISO setting] for a subject in direct sunlight,' is an easy way to set your camera’s exposure if you are shooting fully manual or with a fully manual camera. Start with the basic setting of the ISO speed to 100, the lens aperture opening to f/16, and the shutter speed to 1/100 or the nearest available on the camera. When ISO (ASA) 200 film is used, set the aperture at f/16 and the shutter speed to 1/200 or 1/250 second.



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