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  1. Vintage gear seems to be getting a bit of attention at the moment and I've been having a play with some old stuff from the back of my cupboard too. I picked up a roll of film and loaded up my old Nikon F70. I bought it around 1997 and it was my main camera for nearly a decade before going digital with a Nikon D50. I've had a few different lenses with it, some I still have, others were traded for some Fuji gear. One of the interesting things about the F70 is that it was one of the early menu driven cameras. It didn't have any functions that weren't available on other cameras of that era, the only difference was accessing those functions. The other cameras relied on a lot of different buttons to drive all the features - you'd press a button for say "mode" and then spin the command dial. On the F70, you controlled most things with one of two buttons and the command dial. The menu on the F70 wasn't the long lines of text that we have in the digital era, it was more graphical and built into the top LCD. There were 8 main subject areas, which were selected by pressing the 'Function' button on the top left of the camera and spinning the command dial. Once the subject, such as mode or focus area had been selected, pressing the 'select' button and spinning the command dial allowed selection of the particular value. For Mode, that is would be the P,S,A,M that we are used to today. There were a few extra buttons. For some reason focus area setting got it's own button next to the power switch. Next to the focus area button was the 'Ps' button that allowed selection of various scene pre-sets within the P mode. It also had the ability to save some settings in quick recall mode, accessed using the 'In' and 'out' buttons next to the 'Function' button. This control system was certainly polarising at the time, but compared to current menus, it was quite simple and straightforward. I'm sure that most people nowadays would get the hang of it quite quickly. In my current shooting, I haven't felt the need to play with the settings too deeply - I do just occasionally double check that I haven't inadvertently set something that is going to make me waste a roll of film. Shooting with it, it is pretty much what you would expect from a SLR/DSLR experience. It is perhaps a bit lighter than a digital equivalent, but that will be due to the smaller batteries and circuit boards, etc. Compared to the Fuji X-E3 that is my current main camera, there are only two things that are catching me out - the lens mounts in the opposite direction and the half press on the shutter release of the F70 is rather sensitive - there have been a few premature shots. There are still a couple of frames left on the film, so the results of my experiments will have to wait a week or two. Oh, and the lens on there - it's an 18-55 zoom. This lens is about 10 years younger than the camera. The full description is AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 G. The F70 can handle both the AF-S focusing (it has the old screw driver focus drive too) and the G, although the absence of an aperture ring means problems with the A and M modes. The other thing is that it is a DX lens. I like it and am using it because it is small and light compared to the other Nikon lenses I still have lying around. Obviously at 18mm, the lens barrel is visible in the corners. By about 24mm, the barrel isn't visible in the viewfinder and I'll have to wait until I finish the film and get the negatives back to see if there is any darkening in the corners - my guess is that it is probably only good from about 28mm. Well, the sun is out. I should head out and finish the film!
  2. Today I shot this series of images during a visit to a vintage shop. The models were very patient and even didn't mind me using a small amount amount of on-board fill flash which is one of the reasons I like the E-M10 series a lot. Olympus E-M10II + Olympus 25mm 1.8 (imo the best of the 17/25/45mm f1.8 trio) 1. 2. 3. 4.
  3. A few weeks ago "AirVenture 2018" better known as Oshkosh took place in where else, Oshkosh, Wisconsin. 2018 marks my 11th consecutive year in a row to visit and photograph this monumental event. The scale and scope of this event is hard to imagine unless you have visited it in person. For the over week-long event, over 600,000 visitors, 5,000 volunteers, 10,000 aircraft arrivals, almost 20,000 aircraft operations, almost 3,000 show planes and over 40,000 campers in 12,000 sites on the airport. For me, it is one of the few airshows I attend and photograph, so it always takes a few days to re-learn my airshow photography techniques. I tend to want shots a bit different than some of the other airshow photographers seek out, and I also like to push the envelope in my post-processing for some different looks. I am pleased to present a sample of the 5500 photos I took during my week in Oshkosh. My eleventh trip to the event also marked my very first air-to-air photography experience. Please take a look and see what you think, constructive comments are always welcome. I will continue to add photos as I continue to process photos. Saturday morning marked a monumental event in my modest photography life. I was able to take a flight in a 1940s Vultee BT-13 trainer along with another Vultee BT-13. I occupied the rear seat (including strapping on a parachute) in the BT-13 named "Lucky 13" piloted by Hunter Reiley. All I asked was "please do not humble me" as I just want to take photos and not lose my camera (and a very light breakfast!). Hunter was very smooth and gentle with me, and I think we captured some great photos of his friend Kelly's BT-13. E-M1 mkII and Olympus 12-100 Pro
  4. Played in the uniforms and by the rules of 1860's baseball, the Ohio Village Muffins play 40 games a year in Ohio and all over the USA. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
  5. Olympus PEN-F Olympus 75-300/4.8-6.7 II
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