December 2010


Look at the time. 2010 is almost over, and it’s been a good year for me, not just in my personal and professional life but also in this photography hobby of mine. I was able to travel to the United States and stay there for a month, shooting as we went crisscrossing the country. I was able to shoot the Great Wall of China and Beijing’s Forbidden City.  For Christmas, I gave out framed prints, which were very well-received by my immediate family. And, I was able to acquire some very choice pieces of vintage gear.

The first one I mentioned last post: an Olympus PEN D2. I’ve been shooting with it for some time now and I can say that it is one really sweet shooter. It took a while to get used to focusing with the lever but after a few days, I could guesstimate focus fast like the best of them. Still haven’t taken it to my technician so I don’t know if the meter can still be revived, but that’s a minor niggle – I’m seldom without a handheld meter anyway.

This morning I was able to take some digital shots of the camera, just to give readers a closeup look at this cool piece of kit. Here they are, with more after the jump.

The CdS meter may be dead but at least I can go ahead and shoot manually.

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Open Door @Lemery, Batangas

I’m sorry, but I couldn’t help myself. Last week I purchased an Olympus PEN D2 from a member of the Rangerfinder Filipinas Forum.  This camera was released back in 1962, making it just two years shy of the half century mark. One of the more advanced among the Oly PENs, the D2 had a battery-powered (but uncoupled) CdS meter, maximum shutter speed of 1/500th of a second, and a very fast 32mm f/1.9 6-element lens (denoted by the “F” in “F. Zuiko”) .

I’d been looking for one of these for quite a while and it took me about a month to scrounge up the spare cash to buy it. The camera is in good shape, with the shutter recently serviced by a technician. The meter, however, seems dead. Will see if my tech can still revive it.

My first test roll back from the lab today and so far I am pleased with the results. Here are some of the shots, with no touch ups save for WordPress’ resize function. Film stock used was nothing fancy, just store-bought Kodak Gold 100.

Empty Cages @Lemery, Batangas

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