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Izumi's Diary Page 38      Thursday 24 November 2011  
         
         
My Own Private Serendip
         
     
 

Hello!

Here is Izumi to show you more of the place I call Serendip.

Come with me!

 
     
     
         
         
 
 
 
The Paint Factory 559
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 12mm, 1/25 sec, f/3.5, 200 ISO, 24mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
The Paint Factory 509
   
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/30 sec, f/2.8, 200 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
   
   
The Paint Factory 505
   
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/50 sec, f/2.8, 200 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
   
The Paint Factory 494
   
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/13 sec, f/2.8, 200 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
   
   
The Paint Factory 495
   
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/6 sec, f/2.8, 200 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
         
         
     
 

Now I must tell you a bit of history so you can understand my excitement for this place.

Back in the days when digital meant the wiggly things on the end of your hands (1978), Pentax introduced the smallest single-lens-reflex camera in the whole world, the Auto 110.

Here is one of them, from those days:

 
     
     
 
 
     
  and with his family of lenses:  
     
 
 
     
     
 

One thing that impressed photographers of that time was the quality of the lenses and it was a pity that the small 110 film did not really have a large enough frame to allow them to do their best work.

There ended up being a family of lenses:

18mm, equivalent to 36mm on a 35mm camera,
24mm, equivalent to 48mm on a 35mm camera,
50mm, equivalent to 100mm on a 35mm camera,
70mm, equivalent to 140mm on a 35mm camera,
20-40mm zoom, equivalent to 40-80mm on a 35mm camera.

And what was also interesting was that they were all at a maximum aperture of f/2.8.

Then somebody realised that the 110 film frame is almost the same size as a Four Thirds sensor and made adapters to fit those lenses onto a camera such as my PEN.

When I found out about this I became a little excited because I like using manual lenses and David's friend Peter had given him a Pentax 110 kit with three lenses several years ago, which was lying fallow because there was no more 110 film, so I knew I could borrow them.

So I set out on eBay to find the missing lenses and the ancestors must have been smiling on me because in a short time I had the complete set with several spares.

I wish there was a lens wider than 18mm in the set, but there is not.

Then when I first went to the Serendip location I had the Pentax lenses with me and I decided to have a bit of a challenge with myself and only shoot it with those lenses. I did not have Man Friday with me the first time and in some places it was too dark to be hand-holding my PEN so when I went back the second time I made sure he was with us too.

So now here it is revealed - the photographs that you are looking at here and on the previous Diary pages 35 and 37 were almost all shot with these lenses on my PEN. So that you can easily tell which happy photographs are the results of my PEN camera and the Pentax lenses I have put an A in front of the lens type in the details under the photograph.

I say 'almost' because there were some photographs that I wanted a really wide lens for and the widest I have is an adapter for the 14-42mm zoom which makes him 12mm, so I had to use that.

But I have found and sent away for an adapter which will fit on the Pentax 110 zoom which will turn him from 20-40mm into 9-18mm. If that doesn't satisfy this little lens otaku then nothing will!

 
     
     
  Here you can see how small the 24mm ('normal' or 'Cartier-Bresson') lens is:  
     
 
 
     
  Here is my family of lenses...  
     
 
 
     
  and here are my two 'Cartier-Bresson' lenses, the Panasonic 20mm and the Pentax 24mm, so you can see their sizes.  
     
   
     
 

Yes, the Panasonic one on the camera is auto exposure and auto focus but when I use the Pentax 24mm I just put the PEN on A(perture priority) and he works out the shutter speed by himself. If I agree with him I just have to focus by using my fingers. So he is really a digital lens after all.

If I want a bit of flexibility for framing, I can put the zoom lens on my PEN...

 
     
 
 
     
  … and you can see he is pleased that we are about to go out walking.  
     
     
 

As I said, I also used my Olympus 14-42mm zoom with the wide angle adapter to make it 12mm when the 18mm was not wide enough. There are a few of those photographs on this page, but apart from the extra wideness it is impossible to tell a difference in the lenses.

Please look some more.

 
     
     
         
 
 
 
The Paint Factory 496
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/25 sec, f/2.8, 200 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
The Paint Factory 498
   
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/25 sec, f/2.8, 200 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
   
   
The Paint Factory 500
   
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/25 sec, f/2.8, 200 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
   
The Paint Factory 501
   
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/30 sec, f/2.8, 200 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
   
   
The Paint Factory 502
   
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/50 sec, f/2.8, 200 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
 
 
 
The Paint Factory 503
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/30 sec, f/2.8, 200 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
 
 
 
The Paint Factory 504
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/30 sec, f/2.8, 200 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
     
 

As you can see from looking here, the lenses and the camera like each other very much and are true partners in art.

When you combine that with this location I think I have discovered a Double Serendip.

And there are also discoveries to be made inside Serendip, like cars...

 
     
     
         
 
 
 
The Paint Factory 506
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/30 sec, f/2.8, 200 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
 
 
 
The Paint Factory 507
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/10 sec, f/2.8, 200 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
     
 

And wonderful big old machinery...

 
     
     
         
   
   
The Paint Factory 510
   
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/6 sec, f/2.8, 200 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
   
The Paint Factory 511
   
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/2 sec, f/2.8, 200 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
   
   
The Paint Factory 512
   
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/8 sec, f/2.8, 200 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
   
The Paint Factory 513
   
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/6 sec, f/2.8, 200 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
   
   
The Paint Factory 514
   
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/8 sec, f/2.8, 200 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
   
The Paint Factory 516
   
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/8 sec, f/2.8, 200 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
   
   
The Paint Factory 517
   
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/2 sec, f/2.8, 200 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
         
         
     
 

And wonderful little gadgety things...

 
     
     
         
   
The Paint Factory 526
   
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/8 sec, f/2.8, 200 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
   
The Paint Factory 527
   
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/50 sec, f/2.8, 200 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
   
   
The Paint Factory 528
   
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/320 sec, f/2.8, 200 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
   
The Paint Factory 529
   
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/160 sec, f/2.8, 200 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
     
 

Because these lenses are only f/2.8 my PEN had to adjust his shutter speeds to attain the correct exposure and I am very pleased with the ones he chose. He was mounted on Man Friday so he could go as slowly as he liked, as you can see from the informations here.

 
     
     
         
   
The Paint Factory 534
   
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/160 sec, f/2.8, 200 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
 
 
 
The Paint Factory 536
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/30 sec, f/2.8, 200 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
   
The Paint Factory 537
   
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/50 sec, f/2.8, 200 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
 
 
 
The Paint Factory 541
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/40 sec, f/2.8, 200 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
 
 
 
The Paint Factory 543
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/3 sec, f/2.8, 200 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
The Paint Factory 544
   
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/1600 sec, f/2.8, 200 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
 
 
 
The Paint Factory 548
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/40 sec, f/2.8, 200 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
   
The Paint Factory 549
   
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/6 sec, f/2.8, 200 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
         
         
     
 

In my Serendip, there are stairways leading upwards and downwards to other visual treasures...

 
     
     
         
   
The Paint Factory 551
   
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/30 sec, f/2.8, 200 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
 
 
 
The Paint Factory 554
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w 12mm, 1/8 sec, f/3.5, 200 ISO, 24mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
   
The Paint Factory 555
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 12mm, 1/8 sec, f/3.5, 200 ISO, 24mm (eqiv)
   
         
         
         
   
   
The Paint Factory 557
   
Olympus E-PL1 w 12mm, 1/10 sec, f/3.5, 200 ISO, 24mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
   
   
The Paint Factory 570
   
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/20 sec, f/2.8, 200 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
   
   
The Paint Factory 569
   
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/25 sec, f/2.8, 200 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
         
         
         
 
 
 
The Paint Factory 565
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/1600 sec, f/2.8, 200 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
 
 
 
The Paint Factory 567
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1.3 sec, f/2.8, 200 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
         
 
 
 
The Paint Factory 563
 
 
Olympus E-PL1 w A18mm, 1/80 sec, f/2.8, 200 ISO, 36mm (eqiv)
 
         
         
     
 

I feel a bit exhausted as if I have been walking around Serendip with my legs instead of just my fingers and eyes.

I hope you have enjoyed coming with me too, though.

I think it must be tea time.

Goodbye for now.

Your friend,

Izumi.

 
     
     
 
 
 
 
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