The Parar lenses made by a Mr Miyazaki of MS optical in Chiba Japan. At least with this one and the earlier offerings are a commendable Japanese attempt to return to the original lenses that photographers had available to them in the early part of the 20th century. It probably comes as a surprise to many of todays photographers that there have actually been very few major developments in lens design in the last sixty years or so and even then they can be counted on one hand. The main ones being Aspherical lenses and ‘nano’ lens coatings. Granted materials and production techniques have improved no end but basic design not much. The super triplet is one that I am quite proud to own and are based on a British design that dates from 1893. It is still made today for cine and large format lenses by the same company. They were Ansel Adams favourite lenses and have been used by likes of Rollei Voigtlander and many others. Its a design that produces incredible clarity and sharpness in the MS optical manifestation and worth every cent if you can lay you hands on one. I used this one mostly on my M9 before it was stolen by a pair of our local abo miscreants. The other ‘ancient’ lens I am extremely fond of is the Zeiss Tessar I have a 2.8 50mm that dates from my school days. At some point I would like to lay my hands on a 28mm and a 35mm. they also made a few telephotos 75mm and I believe a 135mm but I have never seen one of those…
One never knows what one might find inside flowers! This is a humble nasturtium that self seeded and managed to climb almost two metres up a shrub. And very conveniently at the moment, I still can’t kneel down. EM-1with the 60mm Macro Crutch used as monopod! I watched as a bee had its tummy tickled while entering this humble nasturtium…
Olympus EM-5 full spectrum converted.
If anyone tries to convince another that total knee replacements are painless its an absolute lie it hurts like hell I’m doing the exercises and tonight I walked a km. The twenty something physio said the more exercise you do the less pain you will have thats a lie to, besides what the heck would she know! Rant over…
Olympus EM-5 650 nm infrared
Sorry I have not posted much over the last few weeks but hopefully because of the absence I will be more productive in the future.
Between many years of crawling around on the ground for macro photographs, proofing in printing factories, potteries, building studios, houses, furniture etc etc my right knee finally and very painfully collapsed and was totally replaced last week. I now have almost full movement in my R knee and leg which I haven’t had for a long while at least without considerable pain. Apparently all will be even better in six weeks. I’m the eternal optimist, having made a lively hood out of the applied arts one has to be!!!!
Obviously a camera could not accompany me and to be honest I was in no fit condition to treat the experience as an assignment eighty percent of the time. They ain’t to generous with morphine these days (a puritan ethic is creeping in?) and by heck I really needed the stuff at times. The whole exercise was an extremely painful series of events both leading up to and following. The staples came out on thursday which for this hobbler was some relief from incessant itching. Rather than killing pain the medication they currently use works on the pain centres in the brain which sort kills the awareness of pain but also dulls the awareness of everything else as well. Reading is out of the question, one sort of falls to sleep every few sentences.
Before I went into hospital I sent an EM5 off to be converted into full spectrum infrared. Meaning that one has to use IR filters on the lenses to make infrared images. The advantage is that filters from 500nm right up to 900nm can be used on the camera as well as UV filters which for any one interested in flora, insects and even birds holds some exciting possibilities. I have always liked IR for architecture and garden work but shooting and developing IR on film is a pain in the bum.
If one can find the right cut filter the camera can function as it did prior to conversion they are not readily available and often not cheap I have a few alerts set up on eBay if any turn up just to try on out!
But I digress the full spectrum EM-5 arrived a few days ago and while my movement is a bit limited at the moment I have managed a few shots from the verandah. I have only trialed two lenses thus far, the little Lumix G pancake zoom and the 75-300. First impressions were a little mixed a few of the first images were a bit noisey but the ISO’s were perhaps on the high side and I haven’t seen much sun when I needed it! IR can be shot without seeing almost any black shadows in full sun ideal for W.A. under normal circumstances, but heck we still need more rain so I’m not complaining.
Olympus EM-5 converted to a full spectrum camera meaning that the IR cut filter has been removed. By doing this one can have a camera that is sensitive to UV and all frequencies of infrared. This image was made with with a 670nm filter and converted into monochrome by desaturation then the contrast was adjusted in L.A.B
Olympus EM1 OMD ƒ/2.8 Lensbaby
Succulents flower in the coldest part of the winter in Western Australia. Its always a pleasure to go into the garden on a cold winters day and see these strong sculptural succulent forms against the low failing light in the late afternoon…
Olympus EM1 OMD ƒ/8 .5s ISO200 Olympus 60mm Macro Twin macro light
Olympus EM1 OMD ƒ/8 5s 60mmMacro lens with extension rings illuminated with Olympus macro lights.
These tiny perfumed florets are 2.5mm across the width of the petals so this image is about 5x life size on yours truly’s monitor. Setting a custom white balance on the EM1 is about as easy as it gets with any camera and a custom white balance is a must when photographing florets with the Olympus macro lights. These lights are set a half power which gives some idea of the lighting power that they are capable of. Flowers photographed with LED’s seem loose a bit of colour saturation.
About eight or ten years ago I made up some LED macro lights when they first became available specifically for photographing small items of jewellery I had two mini banks in clusters of three fixed behind a couple of Stofen flash diffusers it worked quite well until the transformer burnt out. After it happened a second time I gave up on the idea when a couple of the then expensive LED’s fried. This is fairly common in Western Australia as our power supply tends to be quite dirty. Over the years we have many appliances die prematurely due to power fluctuations…