Photo Of The Day: โ€œOne Fine Dayโ€ Rollei AFM 35 Fuji Reala

Here’s a never before posted shot from 2009. It was just an ordinary day and thereโ€™s nothing extraordinary about the shot except the baby but Iโ€™m partial ๐Ÿ˜€No weird angles, nothing rare, etc

But thatโ€™s the beauty of it, It was just one of those many days in life that we take for granted but those are the days to cherish! The only thing I found extraordinary is that I rarely ever saw a more vibrant film print!

It has the vibrancy of digital but the purity of film.

I shot it with a #rolleiafm35 which you may or may not know is actually another awesome film camera made by Fuji, aka the Fuji Klasse when they used to make great film cameras ๐Ÿ˜ข

The film was Fuji Reala and the combination of this camera and this film were amazing. It was a perfect match. The kind you don’t see too often. Anyway perhaps we should keep this one in mind for a future post or video right?

Why no new videos? I’m keeping my word. Don’t want to waste your precious space with useless videos unless I have something interesting to post ๐Ÿ˜€

Happy Friday good peeps and have a great weekend! ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ“ท๐Ÿ˜˜โœŒ๐Ÿป

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Photo Of The Day: “Seeds”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

“Seeds” 2014. Olympus E-10 Digital Camera.

Ah, there is no doubt spring is in the air! In the past few days I have seen these “things” everywhere! What are these “things” anyway? Well, it apparently starts out as yellow dandelions and they eventually turn into this white/grayish thing which are the seeds!

This was shot with an Olympus E-10 digital camera which was introduced in the year 2000. It was a bridge camera which looks like a large DSLR but is in reality a point and shoot with a fixed lens. In some ways Olympus was ahead of their time with cameras like this! In appearance, it looks very much like a digital equivalent of their IS-3 or other “IS” series of film bridge cameras.

One big difference though is the E-10 had a much smaller 2/3″ sensor versus 35mm film. This was well before the full frame era or even APS-C sensor point and shoots. That was the norm back in 2000. Actually, to have a camera that looked like the E-10 in 2000 is quite mind blogging when you think about it now!

How does it compare in today’s world? Well I haven’t done any scientific testing, but the images have that old school digital look which means colors are not always accurate. There is softness from the low 4mp resolution. When I say “soft” I don’t mean not sharp. In this case I mean lacking a lot of details that we’re used to seeing from higher resolution cameras.

But guess what? Taken on the whole, I like the images! Old digital cameras have a “vintage” look all their own. I won’t even call it “film like” though I know people like that term. It’s digital and it has got its own charm.

Perhaps it’s just a fondness for nostalgia but I find that things that weren’t so pretty back in the day, people tend to love today. Ok, maybe it’s just me ๐Ÿ™‚

Ah don’t lie, I know there are many of you out there who feel the same way! Anyway, the digital cameras from back in the early days of digital can be a lot of fun to play with. An Olympus E-10 today on the used market can set you back anywhere from $10-60 dollars. Many are either not working or the rubber surfaces become sticky. Find a working one for a low price and they can be a lot of fun! Happy shooting folks!

FBF: โ€œV-Techโ€ Contax Aria & 45mm f/2.8 Zeiss Tessar

From nine years in time 2010, we start ’em young in this family ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜˜

Shot with a Contax Aria & 45mm f/2.8 Zeiss Tessar On T-Max 400 and developed in HC-110.

If you like the “Contax look” you don’t need an expensive T2. If you want the Contax or shall I say Contax/Yashica look, get a small SLR like the Aria or 139 and a lens like the 45mm f/2.8 Tessar pancake. A high sharpness high contrast film like T-Max 400 helps a lot too.

The Contax look to me is a combination of high sharpness and contrast. But it’s really more in the high contrast which will always accentuate the appearance of sharpness.

If you want the Contax look without using Contax gear there are plenty of options and I’ll put a few choice picks for you guys once I have time to compile a list. Happy shooting good peeps! ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ“ท๐Ÿ˜˜โœŒ๐Ÿป

RIP Ken Hansen

RIP Ken Hansen

Good morning everyone. A sad #fbf for you. Some of you may know that Ken Hansen passed away a few days ago on April 27, 2019. Ken was a true Camera Legend who specialized in selling Leica. I want to thank my friend here, the great Bob Matter, a great photographer out of Chicago for dropping me the word on Ken’s passing.

Hereโ€™s a shot of me & Ken from 2010. I was just another customer of his but like all his customers he treated you special. He made you feel special. And I can tell you, as someone whoโ€™s well aware of camera and lens values, he gave me great deals for which I was very appreciative!

He was one of a kind and there wonโ€™t be another one like him Iโ€™m sure about that. I’ll have more of my interactions with Ken in future postings.

So today when you take a shot, do one in honor of Ken! It doesnโ€™t have to be a Leica but Iโ€™m sure he wouldnโ€™t mind if it was! ๐Ÿ˜Ž Godspeed Ken Hansen you were the best!! ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Camera Legend Camera Style :-)

On Instagram, “Camera Style” postings are seemingly very popular. In case you’re unfamiliar with what that is, it’s just shots of people with their cameras around town in cities and countries around the world. I’m not sure who started this trend, but I think it started with Tokyo Camera Style.

It’s a great idea actually, a win-win especially for views I guess. It’s basically “Camera Porn” and “Lens Porn” or  “Eye Candy” for a more softcore word! And what camera gear lover wouldn’t want to look at more cameras and lenses? ๐Ÿ™‚

So in the spirit of Tokyo Camera Style and all the other “Camera Style” accounts out there, here’s mine…

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Today I spotted in the light NYC rain, a woman in Central Park, NYC, shooting with the original Canon EOS-1Ds, 11mp monster from 2001! A true digital Camera Legend. And on top of that, she had the delicious Super PHAT 85mm f/1.2L ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

I said that’s awesome kid! Youโ€™re right down my alley with that gear! ๐Ÿ˜ I know a lot of you guys and gals shoot with the older stuff like I do, but Iโ€™ve not met too many in the real world whoโ€™s shooting with a digital camera this old. Everyone wants the latest and greatest. I said ROCK ON girl!

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Hereโ€™s what I shot with yesterday. Film was Fuji C200 color print film. The camera is the Olympus OM-3 that you may have seen before but what you have NOT seen until now is my favorite manual focus zoom lens and itโ€™s the Zuiko 35-80mm f/2.8 ๐Ÿ˜

I got the lens like ten years ago. These lenses go for over $1000 but mine was under $300 ๐Ÿ˜Š

Why? It was the most optically โ€œuglyโ€ lens Iโ€™d ever seen! Inside looks like fungus, coatings deterioration, flakes inside the lens ๐Ÿ˜ข

I was so bummed out when I got it. But even with all those flaws, this is the sharpest manual focus zoom Iโ€™ve ever used!! Praise the Zuiko gods! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

Why did I shoot it this weekend? Hopefully to do a review for you guys! ๐Ÿ˜€

Hope you guys enjoyed this little bit of “Camera Style.” Maybe there will be more to come. Happy Tuesday folks! ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ“ท๐Ÿ˜˜โœŒ๐Ÿป

 

Flashback Friday: โ€œGrandmaโ€™s Rollersโ€ ๐Ÿ˜€

Good morning everyone! For your #flashbackfriday hereโ€™s a real flashback from almost 12 years in time! It’s 2007. Grandma sits with her granddaughter. She’s someone who has always kept up appearances, I was happy I finally caught Grandma with her rollers ๐Ÿ˜€

I donโ€™t think Grandma ever saw this photo, and if she did she probably wouldnโ€™t like it but I love the shot because itโ€™s a candid shot of a loving moment which Iโ€™m always trying to do with people portraits ๐Ÿ˜

For this shot I used a Minolta Maxxum 7D which used the amazing Sony 6.1mp sensor. As you may or may not know, this sensor or variations of it were used in other famous models most notably the Nikon D70 and the Epson R-D1. Perhaps even the Pentax 100D among others.

But just as amazing is the Minolta 85mm f/1.4 G lens which to me was as good or better than any 85mm out there! I’m not talking technical quality, but on an aesthetic level it was made for portraits!

To me, Minolta came closest of any of the Japanese companies to getting that third spot with Canon and Nikon. They fought hard and gave us some great cameras and lenses.

Unfortunately Minolta as we know it, folded camera production in 2006 with the camera division sold to Sony. But guess what? With Sony hugely popular in the camera game, and by some accounts number three behind Canon and Nikon, “Minolta” lives on after all as Sony! ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Get some shooting this weekend guys, time moves fast! ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ“ท๐Ÿ˜˜โœŒ๐Ÿป