Archive for February, 2015

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.

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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.

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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……”
 

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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.

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Today is Valentines Day, so I would like to say happy Valentines Day to all the people in love. Also I would like to point that we should remember love everyday of our lives as it is obvious that its one of the tings that matter most but we often forget it.

For the following photos I used an Olympus EPL5 & M42-m43 adapter & Industar 50-2 f3,5 USSR lens.

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Valentines Day

 

Happy Valentines Day,Everyday.

 

Some Info on The Industar 50-2:

The Industar-50 was a screw-mount lens for 35mm rangefinder cameras. The lenses were made since 1959 by KMZ, mainly as M39 39mm screw-mount standard lens for the Zorki camera series. Older variants (ancient Leica lens style) were made by LZOS. An M42 variant Industar-50-2 for SLRs was available. This variant is popular for use as “pan-cake” lens on modern SLR bodies by means of an M42 screw-mount adapter. The Industar-50 was a 50mm f3.5 lens, derived from Zeiss’s Tessar 4-element lens. It was nicknamed the “Eagle’s eye”. Its brand name Industar was used for all similar 4-element/3-group lens constructions of the whole soviet photo-optical industry.

 

Yes, its true it has finally arrived. I have in my hands the Nikon FM10. A new member of my small collection bought from ebay, along with Zoom Nikkor 35–70 mm f/3.5-4.8 zoom lens.

Nikon FM10

The FM10 is not actually manufactured by Nikon itself, and is not a true member of the Nikon compact F-series SLRs, as the name implies. It is manufactured by Cosina in Japan[1] (as are both the lenses), and is derived from the Cosina CT-1 chassis.

Nikon FM10

The FM10 has a shutter speed range of 1 to 1/2000th second plus bulb and flash X-sync of 1/125th second. Its dimensions are 139 x 86 x 53 mm, and it weighs 420g. The camera is finished in black with champagne chrome trim.

Nikon FM10

Nikon FM10 Technical Specifications:

• Type of Camera: Manual focus 35mm SLR (Single Lens Reflex) camera with focal plane shutter. Includes Zoom Nikkor 35-70mm f/3.5-4.8 lens.
• Exposure Modes: Manual
• Picture Format: 24mm x 36mm (standard 35mm film format)
• Lens Mount: All metal Nikon F Mount.
• Usable Lenses: All Nikkor AF-D, AI-P, AF-I, AI-S and AF-S lenses.
• Viewfinder: Fixed eye-level, pentaprism type; Diopter: Standard -1 dp (optional diopter adapter available)
• Focusing Screen: Fixed with split image microprism and matte field
• Shutter Speeds: 1 to 1/2000 second, plus Bulb
• Shutter: Vertical travel, metal focal plane shutter
• Flash Synchronization: X sync only at 1/125 or slower
• Accessory Shoe: Standard ISO-type hot shoe.
• Self Timer: Mechanical self-timer, approx. 10-sec release delay.
• Depth of Field Preview Button: Built-in
• Multiple Exposure: Available
• Power Source: 2-SR44 (1.55V) or 2 A- LR44 (1.5V)
• Weight (without batteries): Approx. 14.7 oz.
• Dimensions (WxHxD): 5.5 × 3.4 × 2.in.
• EV range: EV 2 to 19 at ISO 100
• Exposure control: Manual control, guided by built-in light meter
• Frame counter: Additive type, automatically resets to S when camera back is opened
• Frame coverage: Approx. 92% with 50mm focal length set at infinity
• ISO range: 25 to 3200 (manually selected)
• Magnification: 0.84x with 50mm set at infinity
• Optional Accessories for FM10: DK-5 Eyepiece Cover, Eyepiece Adapter, Eyepiece correction lenses – 0 DPTR., +0.5 DPTR., +1.0 DPTR., +2.0 DPTR., +3.0 DPTR., -2.0 DPTR., -3.0 DPTR., -4.0 DPTR., -5.0 DPTR.
• Tripod socket: Standard 1/4″ × 20 thread
• Viewfinder information: LED exposure display using – – O + display
• Zoom Nikkor 35-70mm f/3.5-4.8: Attachment size: 52mm
• Zoom Nikkor 35-70mm f/3.5-4.8: Dimensions and weight: Approx. 63mm diameter x 64mm extension (2.5″ × 2.5″), Approx. 200 grams (7 ounces)
• Zoom Nikkor 35-70mm f/3.5-4.8: Minimum shooting distance: 0.4 meters

NIKON FM10 Manual Page.

I cant wait to run some film this weekend. Stay tuned and keep shooting…..

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A short review on FM10 from Mighty Chuchaisri in Youtube.

The remains of a man and woman locked in an embrace, which were found at an archaeological site near the Diros Caves in the Peloponnese, constitute a “stunning discovery” dating to around 3,800 BC, the head of the dig has told Kathimerini.

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“It is possibly the oldest grave to have ever been found,” according to Giorgos Papathanassopoulos, who has led excavation work at the Diros site since the 1970s. “It is the most stunning discovery,” he added, noting that the fact the couple were buried together indicated the importance given to the institution of family after death in ancient times.

The remains, which were unearthed last year and in 2013, were analyzed using radiocarbon dating. The results of the analysis, which were made public last week, showed that the bones belonged to a man and a woman, both aged between 20 and 25.

Archaeologists were also studying the remains of another couple whose remains were found in an adjacent grave to the one containing the embracing pair. The second couple are believed to be older and were found buried in a more “conventional” fashion, Papathanassopoulos said.

The fact that an ossuary and several ceramic urns, beads and other offerings were found in the grave points to “an organized society,” he said.

A Fantastic Photography and the story behind the shot.

Equipment and settings: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens, Dörr Ultra LED 126 light (aka CowboyStudio LED CN-126 light), Sirui N-2204X 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod – 1/5th @ f/16 – ISO 160

Mystic Flower by Christian Kneidinger

 

Behind The Shot: “Mystic Flower” by Christian Kneidinger – Linz, Austria.