If I ask you to keep ONLY 1 lens! which one will be your choice?

I am going to tell you my selection: OM ZUIKO 55mm f1.2 !

Most of the time, I use it with my OM-2SP (OM-2S Program).

OM G.ZUIKO 55mm f1.2

OM G.ZUIKO 55mm f1.2

It is a very beautiful lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.2. The first one was produced around 1974. It is one of the fastest ZUIKO lenses, can be used in low light environment. It is also very famous because of it can be used to create an image with beautiful bokeh looks like fish scales!!

Specification:
Focal length: 55mm
Aperture ratio: 1:1.2
Lens construction: 6 groups, 7 elements
Angle of view: Diagonal: 43°
Distance Scale: 0.45m to infinity
Focusing: Straight Helicoid
Minimum and Maximum aperture: f/16 ~ f/1.2
Minimum photographic range: 28mm x 16mm
Diaphragm: Automatic
Filter attachment size. 55mm
Length x max. diameter: 47mm x 65mm
Weight: 310g

Some shots by this ZUIKO 55mm f1.2:

Location: Oslo; Film: Kodak Ektar 100; Camera: Pen F with OM-Pen adapter

Location: Oslo; Film: Kodak Ektar 100; Camera: Pen F with OM-Pen adapter

Location: Hong Kong; Film: Kodak Ektar 100; Camera: OM2SP

Location: Osaka; Film: Kodak Ektar 100; Camera: OM2SP

Do you like this lens? 🙂

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Last time we talked about the last Olympus medium format camera Olympus Six RIIB (or Olympus Chrome Six RIIB) – Product of 1955.

https://wallphotography.wordpress.com/2011/10/01/olympus-chrome-six-riib-product-of-1955/

We now move forward to 1984 to see how was the impact of Olympus OM system to the whole photography and camera world!

The first OM system camera was called “M-1” in 1973, but this was changed to “OM-1” as Leica owned the “M-1” trademark for her M system cameras.

From M-1/OM-1 to OM-4 Ti, Olympus OM was a superb system of efficiency and miniaturization. Here I used OM-2SP (a very balanced model) to illustrate the OM system.

Product of 1984. The Last model of OM-2 series, the only OM-single digit system camera with A, M and P mode.

1984年出產

OM-2系列的終極版

OM 單字系統所有相機中,唯一一台據P (Program)、A (Auto光圈先決)、Manual、Spot (點測光) 的經典名機!

OM-2SP = OM-2 Spot / Program

SPOT metering function. 據有SPOT點測光功能

Program function. OM-單字System 系中唯一一台有Program功能

ISO Dial. OM-2S PROGRAM 的 ISO 轉盤

ZUIKO 50mm f/1.8 Standard Lens

Light seal is perfect! 底片倉 – 雖然已二十多年,但倉內接近完美,Light Seal海綿亦良好

Olympus OM-system ZUIKO lenses are very famous with unbeatable quality and complete range (from an 8 mm f2.8 fisheye to a 1200mm f14 tele). It is also one of the reasons made OM system successful!

Did you start to collect your lovely vintage / antique cameras?

There are many ways to acquire old and classic camera, most of the people nowadays are buying their collections on web (e.g. eBay…).

However, for me the best way is to touch it, try it, and test it – before you buy it! In Europe, there are many different camera markets (fotomarkt) in different scale. On coming 11-Mar-2012, there will be a big scale camera market in Bern, Switzerland.

If you are interested, you can go to the following link (in German) for further information:

http://www.fotoboersebern.ch/info.html

Many people want their Polaroid SX-70 camera (Introduction of SX-70) can use Polaroid 600 film or the PX680 / PZ600 film from the IMPOSSIBLE project store. However, as the iso/ASA of the 600 film is different (600 vs 100) from the SX-70 time zero film (or the IMPOSSIBLE project PX-70 PUSH!). If we use the 600 film directly on the Polaroid SX-70 camera, the pictures will be over-exposed. Therefore, we have to do modification to convert the SX-70 camera to uptake 600 film

There are many ways to convert the Polaroid SX-70 camera, but all methods are based on the same principle – to reduce the light intensity reaching the film. Some people would change the photocell of the light meter, some people may apply filters on the integral film. However, the simplest (and the reversible) way is to attach a ND (neutral density) filter on the lens. In future, if you would like to use back the original SX-70 (or PX-70) films, you just need to remove the filter. Very easy

This kind of ND filter is very common, you can easily find it on web (e.g. eBay) or camera shops

Usually, it is an 1-stop ND filter with a sticker, what you have to do is just stick the ND filter to the front part of the lens

Unfolding the SX-70. If you are using SX-70 SONAR OneStep with auto-focus function, please change to manual focus mode

Dial the focusing dial to make the lens move forward to the front end

Simply attach the ND filter to your SX-70. However, as SX-70 is a SLR, so the light reaching the viewfinder will be reduced as well. It is the drawback of this method

If you are interested in Polaroid Cameras, please visit the following blog articles

How to revive your Polaroid 450

Polaroid SX-70 SONAR OneStep. Product of 1978

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The reason of calling the Polaroid instant camera “Land Camera” is because of the inventor Edwin Land. He manufactured different series of instant self-developing film cameras between 1947 and 1983.

The older version of Land Cameras (e.g. Series 100 to 400 pack film camera) produce a lot of wastes – the peeled negative side, the number tabs, the pulling tabs etc…, making the cameras not so convenient to use.

SX-70 solved this problem by using another type of instant film. It is a folding single lens reflex (SLR) camera takes integral instant film from 1972. The version we introduced here is the FIRST auto-focus SLR in the world, by using the ultrasonic system called SONAR. So, it has a long name called Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera SONAR OneStep.

Details of the Camera:

Production – Produced on Dec 3 1978 during B shift; has the alpha 1 shutter design with Alpha 『K』 focus wheel

Lens – 4-element 116mm f/8 glass lens; The camera allows manual focus as close as 10.4 inches (26.4cm)

Light metering – An automatic exposure system. Low-light warning in viewfinder

Shutter speed – Range from 1/175s to more than 10 seconds

If you are interested in Polaroid Land Camera, please visit our Revival of Polaroid 450 Blog article. And in our next blog article, we will talk about how to use more common 600 instant film to replace 100 instant film (or using the Impossible Project 600 film).

If you are interested in Polaroid Cameras, please visit the following blog articles

– How to revive your Polaroid 450

The simplest way to use 600 film in Polaroid Sx-70

Summer is so lovely in Switzerland! I love Basel summer time…

^ Barfusserplatz, Basel, Switzerland

^ Basel Town Hall @ Markplatz

^ Barfusserplatz – The lovely moment!

^ Tinguely Fountain, Basel, Switzerland

^ Tinguely Fountain, Basel, Switzerland

^ a wonderful art piece next to Tinguely Fountain

^ Rhine River, Basel, Switzerland

Please visit our Flickr album if you want to download the original pics:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/eddywu/sets/72157627671436195/detail/

All pictures are taken by Zeiss Ikon Super Ikonta C (product of 1938), Film: RVP 100 Slide in 6×45 (645) medium format, edited by Snapseed

 

This is the end of the line for Olympus folding cameras. After some 20 years of production folders are no longer popular as the 35mm compact is set to take over the world.

The Olympus Chrome Six RII has an uncoupled rangefinder, an advance lever and an auto-stop advance device. The top housing is designed in the same style as the Chrome Six V. The uncoupled rangefinder is driven by a knob falling under the right thumb, then the distance reading is manually transferred to the lens focusing ring. The viewfinder eyepiece is offset to the left, the same as on the Chrome Six V, and the round second image window is on the right.

Model B is fitted with the f2.8 lens (Model A is fitted with f3.5 lens). Produced in 1955. Very Rare.

The original box

The original manual

The original manual in Japanese

Certificate with 3 years warranty

The original leather case – close

The original leather case – open

New member in our WaLL Museum!!

Top view

Front view

The Lens: Zuiko F.C. f/2.8

The bellow in excellent condition

The Lens: Zuiko F.C. f/2.8; 7.5cm (75mm)

DoF scale

66 or 645 film window

Uncoupled Rangefinder; and the serial number

Uncoupled film winder

Mask for 645 – You can decide to take 645 or 66 format before film loading

The whole set of Olympus Six RIIB

Olympus Chrome Six RIIB  – the last Olympus medium format camera

相信很多人也很喜歡Polaroid相機,但當她宣佈停產後,很多Polaroid fans都已把他們的Polaroid相機放下。當然仍有不少的人為延續Polaroid努力,例如The Impossible Project,但始終還未完善,例如顏色的表顯(由於當年的原料供應商也倒了,商業機密也沒有留下來)。所以很多很好的Polaroid相機也被迫退役。

幸好Fujifilm仍出產一些可供Polaroid某一些相機用的pack film,例如快將在這裡介紹的FP-100C,可以讓你的Polaroid pack film Land Camera重生!

這裡介紹的是Polaroid Lane Camera 450,生產於1971年。所以要讓它重生,要處理電池跟底片(pack film)兩個問題

下面是一些步驟:
這些就是我所準備的一些工具,包括CR123A電池、一點bubble wrap、及箝子。當然一盒8.5×10.8cm的instant pack film 是不能缺的

Both pack film can be used for Polaroid series 100-400, however, the original Polaroid film are very difficult to find now.

首先要處理電力問題,由於Polaroid 450 是用532電池,停產了很久,所以要以同是3v的電池代替。CR123A是一個好選擇,外形跟532差不多,同是3v,很便宜,所以處理好正負極的問題便可

打開電池匣,你會發現要放兩顆電池,但其實用在快門的只需一顆,另外一顆是用於timer計時,可以不用理會

532的負極是凸出來的,但CR123A是平的,只需放一點金屬片讓負極能踫到便好

CR123A的正極也比532細小,所以要用箝子把正極的cap弄小

可用膠帶/膠紙固定

最後用bubble wrap把空間填滿便可

打開底片倉,試試上片按快門,如果電力不行,快門是不會打開的

現在開始放底片

底片倉開關在相機底部

之前剩下的底片匣可丟掉

先按下底片轉軸旁的紅色開關把轉軸提高

因為每一次放底片前一定要用紙巾清理好轉軸

把Pack Film從包裝拿出來,不要壓底片中間

千萬不要按壓底片的中間部分

把Pack Film放到底片倉內,白色跟黑色的tags應該很清楚的看得見

把底片倉關上,黑色的tag夾在外面

用力的拉動黑色的tag,不耍停頓直至見到第一張白色的tag


第一張白色的tag上面有數目字”1″,這時相機已準備好可用!

由於是第一張試機片,在室內用腳架防手震。用家裡的酒巴區當model…

為相機快門上鏈,手動對焦,按下紅色快門!

把”1″號的tag拉出來,會出現一張黑色的tag
用力把它拉出來,照片會跟著出來

等大概兩分鐘,最好在微溫的陰暗處 (use Cold Clip if you have),便可以把負片部分撕開

大功告成!1971年的Polaroid 450重生成功!

趕快拿到戶外試拍!

 

If you are interested in Polaroid Cameras, please visit the following blog articles

The simplest way to use 600 film in Polaroid SX-70 Camera

– Polaroid SX-70 SONAR OneStep. Product of 1978