Posts Tagged ‘b/w’

Frankfurt in January

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

It was cold in Janu­ary, but this did not stop us from walk­ing through this beau­ti­ful city with so many nice places and inspir­ing per­spect­ives … depend­ing on where you go and what you (want to) see.

This time I used two digit­al cam­er­as. Num­ber one was a Ricoh GR II with its mar­velous 2.8/28mm lens. Num­ber two was my work­horse, an Olym­pus OM‑D E‑M1, this time with a M.Zuiko 2.8/7–14 mm lens, which gives a nice width and which is part of the holy trin­ity — the m.zuiko 2.8/7–14 mm pro lens, the m.zuiko 2.8/12–40 mm pro lens and the m.zuiko 2.8/40–150 mm pro lens. I still have to improve on these very wide city shots. As often, I made black & white and col­our ver­sions.

The full series can be found here.

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So long … and thanks for all the fish.

The Beauty and the Beast III

Friday, August 10th, 2018

From time to time I take a pic­ture show­ing two cam­er­as side by side where I think it’s worth it. The first and the second image can be found here, show­ing two Can­on bod­ies (a Can­on EOS 3 vis-a-vis a Can­on EOS 5D) and two Con­tax bod­ies (a Con­tax Aria vis-a-vis a Con­tax AX).

This time two Min­olta bod­ies found their way into my focus. They both make a very good job as pho­to­graph­ic tools and both still look like new.

The Min­olta X‑700 was the end­point of the manu­al focus SLR from Min­olta and served many years as my pre­ferred cam­era dur­ing the 80s. Besides a manu­al mode it offered aper­ture pri­or­ity mode and a pro­gram mode. It is equipped here with my goto lens — a MD Rokkor 1.4/50mm.

The Min­olta Dyn­ax 9 was Min­olta’s final film auto­fo­cus SLR. An extreme pro­fes­sion­al body with tons of premi­um fea­tures nev­er matched by any of the  com­pet­it­ors. Some say it was the best film auto­fo­cus SLR ever made. It is equipped here with an AF Macro 2.8/50mm lens.

They are both excel­lent tools from two dif­fer­ent peri­ods in the devel­op­ment of cam­era tech­no­logy — manu­al focus vs auto­fo­cus.

Just to men­tion … the shot was taken with a Sony A7R2 and a Con­tax Carl Zeiss Planar 1.4/50mm lens attached.

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So long … and thanks for all the fish.

Inspiration is the motor for improvement

Saturday, July 14th, 2018

Did I ever tell the story, … why I love a spe­cial kind of city sky­line images?

It was some time ago, when I was look­ing for some­thing wide, some­thing quite wide, some­thing quite large and some­thing … quite old.
I found a Zeiss Ikon Ercona, a 6x9 tech­nic­al won­der from the early fifties — last cen­tury. This gem uses a large format in a small body — it is a fold­ing cam­era using a 105mm Zeiss Tes­sar lens. Soon after, I found a spe­cial image on flickr … from the Swedish pho­to­graph­er Gust­af Emanuels­son. It was an image of the Copen­ha­gen Sky­line. The image is mind-blow­ing. I do not include the image here — simply a link to the flickr loc­a­tion.

Yes, an Olym­pus OM‑D E‑M1 with its M.Zuiko 12–40mm is not 6x9. Nev­er­the­less I tried the image of the Mel­bourne sky­line with that mas­ter­piece in mind. Yes, this res­ult is lightyears away from what I had in mind … but this means there is room for improve­ment and … fur­ther images.

The image was shot using the equip­ment men­tioned above and it was slightly cropped and post-pro­cessed to get a de-sat­ur­ated col­our ver­sion and a b&w ver­sion.

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So long … and thanks for all the fish.

Olympus OM-4Ti and Ricoh GR II

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

After hav­ing back the Olym­pus OM-4Ti from repair, I took it on a short trip to Frank­furt. Equipped with a Zuiko Auto‑T 2.8/100mm and loaded with an Agfa Vista 200, I was keen to see, if the prob­lem has been cured at the OM-Dok­t­or in Ham­burg.

 

… and here the right lens.

 

We had two full days — one in Frank­furt and the oth­er in Mainz — and besides the Olym­pus OM-4Ti, an iPhone 6s and the highly respec­ted Ricoh GR II were on board. Olym­pus OM-4Ti was used in Frank­furt, the Ricoh GR II was used in Mainz.

First of all, why did I use the OM-4Ti only in Frank­furt but not in Mainz … it’s because the lens appeared to have a slightly bent aper­ture pin, which pro­hib­ited the OM-4Ti’s aper­ture sim­u­lat­or to work at the end of the first day. So sad! In the mean­time I have repaired this (thanks to a phone call with the OM-Dok­t­or), but on the second day in Mainz I’d bet­ter switched to my Ricoh GR II.

Second, my impres­sion on the OM-4Ti is two­fold.

On the one side I’m massively impressed.

  • it worked flaw­less after repaired by the OM-Dok­t­or in Ham­burg
  • the  tech­nic­al spe­cific­a­tions of the cam­era are superb
  • the size and weight are pretty stun­ning — one of the smal­lest and most light­weight (pro­fes­sion­al) SLR bod­ies
  • it simply rugged
  • the view­find­er is large, bright and clear
  • and so on …

On the oth­er side, I do not really get warm with this body (tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion also the OM-2sp I used dur­ing my trip to South-Tir­ol, which shares the same body and very sim­il­ar con­trol lay­out). Unfor­tu­nately I can­not name the reas­on for — it’s some­how a feel­ing only. Com­pared to a Con­tax 139 or even more a Con­tax 159, it simply does not feel like it fits in the hand.

Flaws … maybe some.
It has no on/off switch, which always makes it pos­sible to release the shut­ter acci­dent­ally when cocked. A second one, it’s meter can­not be switched off. It shuts off after some seconds auto­mat­ic­ally (15s if I remem­ber right), but when touch­ing the shut­ter but­ton (even by acci­dent), it starts again — which might drain the bat­tery. You have to switch the aper­ture to “B” or the emer­gency manu­al “1/60”, this deac­tiv­ates all elec­tron­ics, just to be sure when pla­cing it in the bag. How­ever this also makes it not a quick star­tup cam­era out of the bag.

I think I will have to use it a little bit longer, as the whole world praises the OM-line and so it must be me.

I have uploaded two albums, one is the Agfa Vista 200 col­our ver­sion and anoth­er is a b/w ver­sion.

The Ricoh GR II is a whole dif­fer­ent story.
I use it more fre­quently as my every­day cam­era and so I get used to it more and more. Besides the fact that I felt imme­di­ately famil­i­ar with it from the first day, it impresses me every time I use it. I’ll I add some pic­tures from the Ricoh GR II in my Frank­furt trip album on Flickr.
Here too, a col­our ver­sion and a b&w ver­sion exist.

This time I also tried some street shots using the snap-focus, where the AF gets  pre­fo­cused on a defined dis­tance. This avoids hav­ing to focus when hit­ting the shut­ter but­ton and you can hold the cam­era with one hand on arm length without look­ing on the mon­it­or. Totally unob­trus­ive. All pic­tures were crappy and … I have still to prac­tice that way of shoot­ing.

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So long … and thanks for all the fish

El norte de España

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

In spring 2016 I trav­elled to North­ern Spain, vis­it­ing the Basque Coun­try, Can­tab­ria, Aragon and Castile and Leon. Fly­ing to Bil­bao and head­ing to our first loc­a­tion in San Sebasti­an, we made a stop­over in Zumaia. The little town is nice … but more fam­ous is its rock form­a­tion — The Fly­sch. The land­scape is stun­ning and so we stayed some hours before going to San Sebasti­an.

The work­horse was — again — the Olym­pus OM‑D E‑M1 with its M.Zuiko 12–40mm PRO lens, com­pleted by an iPhone 5s. So this was again a pure digit­al jour­ney. This time I’ll try stay­ing at B&W only, know­ing that the col­ours here were won­der­ful too.

Over the next weeks I’ll post more of this trip — here on my blog, but also on my flickr page.

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Enjoy

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Firenze …

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Just came about an old album from a vis­it in Italy, when search­ing for some stuff.

In 2006 I spent an amaz­ing week in the beau­ti­ful town of Firen­ze in the Toscana.

With me I had my good old Can­on EOS 10D, which dur­ing all the years delivered really fine pics ;)

On our way down south we all­ways make a stop at an Autogrill hav­ing an Itali­an Cafe (aka Espresso).

Firenze

An over­look from the tower of Santa Maria del Fiore, the impress­ive cathed­ral built between 1296 and 1436.

See more beau­ti­ful b/w pics on my Flickr–page.

Enjoy 😉

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