Monday, April 24, 2017

Canon AE-1 Program: A Sampling of Images

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Canon AE-1 Program
A Sampling of Images
Happy thoughts, that's how I felt as I was going through the just uploaded scanned images taken with the Canon AE-1 Program fitted with a Canon FDn 50mm f/1.8. I have had this camera, and an EF, sitting on the shelf for quite some time but has not been moved to give it try until I began to do this weekly blog posting. This roll of images was purely random, my first with the AE-1 Program, taken in and around where I live and was done with no specific assignment in mind.

The AE-1 Program turned to be a joy to use actually. The very compact body came with a huge and bright finder, one of the largest ever made, I had no problem holding the camera up with one hand, and focusing was effortless with the left hand (I was with a bit of luck here as the focusing ring on the 50mm f/1.8 is still silky smooth). Most of these shots here, if I remember correctly was taken in Program mode, and with the lens aperture ring set to the A setting, there was only the framing and focusing to be done. If you are going shutter priority all you had to do is to change the shutter speed setting and the camera will set the aperture automatically for you, which is indicated on a LED scale display on the right of viewfinder screen.

Introduced as a successor to the Canon AE-1 which was first introduced in 1976, the Canon AE-1 Program (1981) is acknowledged as one of the most popular cameras of all time. The 35mm SLR saw the introduction of the Program AE mode, which enables both the shutter speed and aperture automatically by the camera. The metering is slightly biased towards the shutter speed setting. The Canon FDn 50mm f/1.8, performance wise, is no slouch either. It was the lightest, and the cheapest, of all Canon FD interchangeable lenses, and the only lens in the Canon FDn series that came with only the S.C. (Spectra Coating) coating as opposed to the S.S.C. which all the others had. Handling, however, was superb and its solid reputation for stable picture quality and sharp, crisp pictures really shows in the images here. Couldn't really ask for more here, enjoy the show, folks.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Olympus LT Zoom: Colors of R&R Rest Stops

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Olympus LT Zoom 105
Olympus LT Zoom 105 Panorama QD
Colors of R&R Rest Stops
My film photography adventure continues. This session is with the auto-focus Olympus LT Zoom 105 Panoramic QD (Quartz Date), an Olympus Leather Tech product of 90's, 1997 to be exact. It a cute little fella, very compact, comes in a rich burgundy leather-like covering and silver-finished edges and corners. The LT Zoom 105 Panorama QD is the final version of the LT (Leather Tech) series cameras introduced with the launch of the LT-1 (1995), LT-1 QD (1996), and the LT Zoom 105 (1997), and is fitted with a 38-105mm, f/4.5-8.9 zoom lens which focuses from 0.6m (2 feet) to infinity. How I wish that the camera is a digital because then it will come with at least a 2.7 inch LCD instead of the minuscule diopter-corrected viewfinder which is really a squint to use.

The images here were shot at a couple of R&R Rest Stops on the East Coast Highway, which was only recently completed (the R&R's) and opened to the public. With a highway that has very little traffic, the R&R's too are neither populated nor crowded. The two that I stopped at on the way and back from the trip has all the rest and recuperate facilities to cater for the public but neither have all their food and refreshment outlets occupied and operating. Being fairly new means that the facilities and paintwork are still looking fresh and clean. The first location was in ochre and orange with a closely spaced structure reminiscent of the colors of Fushimi-Inari-Taisha, while the second location has colonial architecture influence with cool highland colors.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Found Slides: Shades of Blue

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Found Slides: Shades of Blue
Canon Canoscan 9000F Mark II
Slide scanning on the Canoscan 9000F MakII
Shades of Blue
I was rummaging through my boxes of stored camera and photography paraphernalia and came across a stack album of slides taken 30+ ago when I was very much younger and have been traveling around a bit during my study and early working years. I was also working on the Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II at the same time and decided to start scanning some of the slides and see what I came up with. The 9000F Mark II, though some find it a bit of fuss to work with, is actually a delight to work with. If you are having the same problem as I was, my recommendation is to use only the IJ Scan Utility and the Scan Gear option. In the setting for Scan Gear, make sure you enable the 'Enable large image scan' option if you are going to scan 120 films, then use the Scan Gear Advanced Mode to set up the 'Scan Area' size for the film size option.

I remember using an Olympus OM camera then, upgraded from an OM-1n to an OM-2n during the years while retaining the Zuiko 50mm f/1.4 as the prime, complemented with a Zuiko 135mm f/2.8 and a Sigma-XQ Filtermatic 24mm f/2.8. The Sigma is still usable now, but the 135mm has been replaced with another unit. I really should make an effort to start using these lenses and the other that I have in the collection soon. Locations of these shots too are hazy and fuzzy. The topmost image, if I am not mistaken, is in Bangkok, Thailand. The second is the ferry crossing from Seberang Perai to Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia, while the last three are probably taken when I was in Australia or around the Tasman Island. You can always pop me a message to help me out the locations if you can. Just remember that it was in the 80's then.

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