Archive for February, 2015

Last week I received a Sigma AF Zoom Master 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5 Lens from the @bay, for only 11euro.My Plan was  to use it on my D3200 and Nikon F55 & F75.

Sigma AF 35 - 70mm f3.5 - 4.5 Nikon F

Sigma AF 35 – 70mm f3.5 – 4.5 Nikon F

Product Description

The Sigma 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5 offers a very useable range of focal-lengths in a compact, two-touch control package. The 35-70 incorporates multi-coated optics to reduce flare.

  •  Focal Length: 35-70mm
  • Aperture Maximum: f/3.5-4.5
  • Aperture Minimum: f/16-22
  • Camera Mount Type:  Nikon F
  • Format Compatibility: 35mm
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 1.5ft
  • Angle of View: 62-34°
  • Elements/Groups: 8/7
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • Autofocus: Yes
  • Tripod Collar: No
  • Filter Thread: 52mm

The price was right because lens was in good working order and condition apart from the plastic cover on the focus scale window which was cracked with a small piece missing, although this does not affected the lens function.

Sigma AF 35 - 70mm f3.5 - 4.5 Nikon F

Sigma AF 35 – 70mm f3.5 – 4.5 Nikon F

The glass is clear and bright and the aperture works fine. It will not auto-focus on the digital cameras which do not have a drive pin such as the D40. So in my D3200 I can meter and I can have aperture control but no AF. Not bad! So I took it out for a test.

PeramaD3200 and Sigma AF Zoom Master 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5

D3200 and Sigma AF Zoom Master 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5

D3200 and Sigma AF Zoom Master 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5

D3200 and Sigma AF Zoom Master 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5

D3200 and Sigma AF Zoom Master 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5

I think it is OK ,not super sharp AF not yet tested not in film bodies. Overall good solid lens that will be fun to use.

See more results in my Flickr Album.


Austin Rogers  talks about  the benefits  of adding an analog point and shoot camera in your “photo-diet” .“…I’m not one prone to hyperbole. I don’t easily get caught up in gear hype. However, I can whole-heartedly say that my decision to purchase and shoot with a little army of film point and shoot cameras early last year was easily the best decision I made for both my personal work and my own growth as a photographer.”

Read the Article: Get Thee to a Goodwill: How Buying a 35mm Point and Shoot Will Change Your Photography


Sam Byford  writes ““You’re crazy,” a senior manager at a major camera company told me today. We were talking at CP+, Japan’s biggest photo event, and I’d just shown him the camera gear that I was using for the day’s coverage. It all used film — not a digital sensor in sight…….”


Angelina Hue Writes about the Rule of thirds and how it can be broken she says “…When I first got interested in photography some 15 years ago, I borrowed books on photography at the library. I don’t remember much about what I read except that one of the basic principles of good photo composition is the “rule of thirds”

 Read the Article:RULE OF THIRDS…OR NOT.


Perama“Contrast” D3200 & sigma AF Zoom Master 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5 By N.Douralas

When I started taking photos I never had thought of selling any of my photos. As I returned to photography more actively the last 3 years,I believe I made a few steps forwards.Some photos started to get out of the bunch and friends and family or colleagues every now and then picked out one or two and said “Nice photos, I bet you could sell them..”. Still nobody was buying.

Anyway, today I received an email from a jentleman from Vancouver who told me that he wanted to buy a photo that he had seen in my flickr account.He wanted to print it and use it for decorating a new restaurant that he was opening. Just print for wall no advertising involved.The fact that my pctures in flickr are not downlodable and not in full size I thing that might have helped, or not. I made a bill of sale for the image stating the usage and withholding further rights.

Pricing? Headache. How much do you charge for your first sale? No advertising just print. A round number ,100Euro I said. A fair price I think. Paypal fees 4.5% so 95euro in hand and another lens on its way for my D3200.

The photograph comes from my athens walk at Tsisdarakis Mosque,Athena and the photograph is named “The Time Traveler“.

The Time TravelerThe Time Traveler

I am happy for my first “sale”,not for the money but for the fact someone took the time and put the effort to choose my photo out of many others for putting in public display. It wont change my approach over this hobby of mine but surelly has given me a push forward.

I would love to hear your thoughts on my story,or even share your experiences.

Greece’s Ancient Sacred Olive Tree Fighting Rain and shadows.

It does now as it did before, as It Will in the future.

Greece's Ancient Sacred Olive Tree Fighting Rain and shadows.

D3200 | Nikkor MF 35-70mm zoom f:3.5-4.8


Tiffany Mueller talks about  “…The story of Roger Steffens life is undoubtedly spellbinding. The kind of guy that could entertain a crowd for days on end simply talking about all his past adventures. In his memoirs you might encounter the telling of the part of his life he spent working in an army psychological operations unit after being drafted into the Vietnam war, an era that marked the beginning of his love affair with photography. “


Chris Gambat  writes “Though street photographers love to talk about the cameras that they own, they also love geeking out even more about the older cameras that those before them used. While the best camera is the one that you have on you, certain snappers are the ones that discerning street photographers dream of. These cameras are also all film–and it only makes sense. For years, street photographers swore an allegiance to Kodak Tri-X, Ilford Delta 400, and many others that gave them the look that they knew and loved……”


Katherine Brooks writes about “…On October 24, 1946, the world was introduced to the first photograph from space, a shot of our tiny planet taken 65 miles above Earth. The artist behind this iconic image was a V-2 rocket, programmed to capture a frame every 1.5 seconds before delivering a steel cassette of film back to the ground just minutes after it launched. “

 Read the Article: Hundreds Of Unseen NASA Photographs Reveal The Vintage Beauty Of Outer Space

Black Square

Black Square , D3200 & Nikkor MF 35-70mm zoom f:3.5-4.8

When I received my FM10 that was bundled with a Nikkor MF 35-70mm zoom f:3.5-4.8, I had im my mind on trying it with my D3200.

Today I had the opportunity to try it since the weather was quite good. So of we went with my son for a walk down the harbor.

Here are a few shots of the D3200 with the Nikkor MF 35-70mm zoom f:3.5-4.8 , attached


I must note that this lens will not allow stop metering, which can be a hustle for many. Here are some samples of the photos I took.

Black Square

Chasing Shadows

Overall I am happy with the performance under good light,the inability to stop-metering was not helpful. The colors where nice and contrast was good.

For more photos with this setup check my Flickr Album.



The Fujica STX-1 is one of my small collection of vintage film cameras. It is an entry level SLR made by Fuji in the late 1970s to mid 19STX-1 Advertisement80s. It was introduced to the United States in 1979. The focal plane shutter is mechanical, with a top speed of 1/750th of a second and a flash sync at 1/60th of a second. The lowest speed is 1/2 second and the camera includes a bulb setting along with shutter release cable connection. Selected shutter speed is shown along the left side of the viewfinder through a mechanical linkage. A DOF preview control is present, conveniently placed on the front of the camera next to the lens.
Everything about the STX-1 is manual. No program modes are available. The camera does require a battery, but only to run the meter.Compatible batteries: Two of LR44-type alkaline-manganese batteries; HR44-type mercury batteries; SR44-type silver oxide batteries. The light meter on the STX-1 is an averaging, moving coil analogue type, whose operation is scaled by the camera’s shutter speed and aperture settings. This appears on the right side of the viewfinder. The later STX-1n model has a meter consisting of several small LEDs, but the overall effect of these is rather vague compared to the earlier analogue meter.

The other change in the STX-1n is a redesigned battery hatch. The STX-1 has a Fujica X mount, which is compatible with Fujica X lenses. Although often difficult to find, a decent selection of these lenses are available on online auction sites.index

The STX-1 was also sold by Porst in Germany, as the CR-1.  Camera User Manual Here.


My camera came re-skined and CLA. It had mounted a fast X Fujinon 50mm f1.9, which produces quite good results. It is a small well made SLR, super easy to use with great lenses and the ability to produce nice photos for only a fraction of other more well known adversaries. If you find one give it a try.


DSC_2133Today I was given a copy of Luciano Garibaldi, Century of War. A massive Hardcover ,with dimensions

32×26 cm,448 pages and weight over 3kgs. My first thought was “Damn 20th Century had a lot of wars!!!”. History always fascinated me and the story of the 2 Great Wars captured a large part of my interest. The moment I I opened it I understood It was a book with core center the war photography that captured the pain,agony,blood and tears, shame and honor of the  fighting parties of all these conflicts. It has beautiful photographs and the quality of paper and printing is not bad at all.

The description of the book goes like this: “Two world wars, ethnic genocide, the atomic bomb, Vietnam: these pictures bear witness to 100 years of conflict–and mankind’s dedication to the art of destruction. Taken at the front lines by four generations of photographers and combatants, these are tragic documents of courage and horror. Accompanying the unforgettable images: powerful commentary by an historian and specialist journalist who has covered the fighting in Beirut and the  Gulf War, and saw the aftermath of slaughter in Rwanda and Burundi.

My opinion is that this book is a nice photo journal of the 20th Century Wars and worth owning it. It can for sure be a nice conversation starter when laid in a living room table.












Trojan_Llama talks about  “…35mm film to 120 size converters from Ebay..” made in 3D printer and allows you to use 35mm film in your old 120mm camera.

Read the Article: 35mm film to 120 size converters from Ebay.


Leanne Cole  writes “Up for Discussion: Why We Blog….I started a blog for a couple of reasons, one was because I was photographing cycling and trying to sell the photos……”


Angelina Hue recalls her trip to Nepal in her post  Into Thin Air. she says “…I was reminded of Into Thin Air by a photo that I took in December 1998 at the Annapurna Base Camp in Nepal”

 Read the Article:INTO THIN AIR.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEPL5 & M42-m42 Adapter & Industar 50-2 f3.5

The Industar 50-2 f3.5, is a very small pancake M42 lens, its very small in size and with an M42-m43 adapter on my EPL5 is not bigger than the stock 14-42mm kit lens. It is a bit heavier since the Industar is metal. It is easy to focus through the back screen at least in adequate lighting. The changing of the aperture can be tricky if you haven’t used it again. Because the aperture ring is the threaded ring at the front of the lens and is relatively difficult to use without accidentally changing focus at the same time. It is a clumsy design. If any filters are used then they would effectively be threaded into the aperture ring, making it difficult to use a polarizing filter as the filter would be affected if either the aperture or focus is changed.

The m42-m43 adapter is a metal adapter that can be easily bought from eBay for 5usd.

Here are a few shots that i took yesterday.