Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Polaroid 660 and Impossible Film

A friend recently gave me a Polaroid 660 instant film camera. The camera is in very good shape. I purchased some Impossible Project film to try it out. I bought the Instant Color Film for Polaroid™ 600-Type Cameras - Triple Pack. It ends up being about $3 a photo. Wow. This should cause one (me) to slow down and think about the photo before pressing the shutter.

Well, I was anxious to try the camera and film. The first shot I took was a handheld selfie. I had read where the film needs to be immediately placed in the dark when it pops out of the camera. In this instance I put it face down on a dark closet shelf for 45 mins. The photo turned out ok for me.

Although the film is expensive, it gives another method of making unique images. 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Best book for Wildflower Identification in South Carolina

I have many wildflower identification books. My all time favorite and most useful is: Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and The Southern Appalachians by Dennis Horn and others. I have identified more flowers though this book than any other. So if you need to identify wildflowers in SC or the surrounding area I highly recommend that you get a copy of this book.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Olympus OM-D EM1 with 4/3rds 50-200 mm telephoto and FOTGA extension tubes

I am enjoying the FOTGA extension tube combo with my 4/3rd 50-200mm telephoto lens on the OMD-EM1. Below is a dragonfly I spotted sunning himself.

The FOTGA extension tubes add an additional 26mm extension (+16mm for the 4/3rds to micro 4/3rds adapter).

Sunday, June 22, 2014

FOTGA Extension Tube DG for micro 4/3rd camera Review

I purchased the FOTGA 10 and 16 mm set of extension tubes from Amazon recently. I have used these with my 4/3rd 50-200 mm F2.8-F3.5 Telephoto and 4/3rds 50 mm F2.0 lenses. I use these on an Olympus OMD-EM1. These lenses must be used with the 4/3rds to micro 4/3rds adapter which already adds about 26mm of extension to the lenses. For the 50mm F2.0 lens, here is some rough focusing distance values:

50mm F2.0 with 26 mm 4/3rds/micro 4/3rds adapter: Closest focusing distance: 5"
with FOTGA 10 mm extension tube: Closest focusing distance: 4"
with FOTGA 16 mm extension tube: Closest focusing distance: 3.5"
with FOTGA 10 and 16 mm extension tubes: Closest focusing distance: 3"

Again these are rough measurements.

I like the results of the images with the adapters and will post some images at a later date. These are fairly cheap extension tubes but appear to be fairly well made. Having auto focus when using the extension tubes is a plus.