Journey of my Camera Gears

So this is Christmas …. Happy Christmas everyone!!!.

Like it or not, the last post on this page was on May 2015. And so many come between those time. No, I won’t wrote that on this post, just take a look at my Instagram (@aanainupu) to see the journey haha…

This Christmas I am on my parent’s house at Lawang, East Java. Because we are planning to go nowhere today (since there must be a very bad traffic jam out there) so I just stayed at the house, and looking at the drawer where my old family photos taken by my father are kept and found this idea … 

Let take a look on several cameras that has been around my life all these years…

Start from the first one .. the device that I recognized as a ‘camera’ since I was still 6 years old … The Eastar S2 … That’s the one with some Chinese letter on it. It is a Chinese made 35mm film rangefinder camera produced from 1965 to 1990 by the Tianjin Camera Factory. It uses a coated Eastar f=50mm 1:2.8 lens and a viewfinder with coupled rangefinder and parallax-corrected bright frame (Camera-Wiki). Some said it’s a chinese copy of popular rangefinder that time, but who cares? It is my father’s beloved camera and it took snapshot of everything since my baby days until late 1997s. It is now retired from duty (but last year I throwed a B/W film into it and now it is having a ‘comeback’ performance haha).

The second one, the first camera of my own … the point and shoot Canon A590. I bought it at around late of 2008. That time I actually want to buy SLR/DSLR. But at that time you can imagine the price was so high haha … and I just started the hobby so I think a point and shoot camera was OK. I choose this camera because it has the Manual mode (alongside the PASM mode). This is the camera that taught me the basic of photography, how to use ISO, aperture and shutter speed, and many more… This camera has gone with me to several trips and took great pictures. It also have gone to Aussie with my sister when she done her short-course there. After that, this camera is retired.

Before we go to the third one, I think I have to mentioned the gear that had gone with me to lot of journey I had around 2008 to 2015. They were Nikon D60 (a friend’s gear but the one that made me fall in love in photography after took it to shoot at one event), Canon 1000D, Nikon D7000, and Canon 70D. I have to thank them for the lesson I had with them. So many pictures I took and it’s nostalgic to take a look at their results. One of it were used to took my self-taken pre-wedding shot, other were used to took several relatives’ wedding and also photos of my babies (up to the 2nd one). I learn to shot almost everything, from street, model, portrait, wedding, macro, and many more. Unfortunately I had to sold them. I have to thank them for all of the journey. I hope they are still active and in good hands now.

Third one, the Fuji X-M1 .. the little gem. I actually got this camera because I need some cash that time (so I sold the 70D) but still wants some camera to go along with me. I think it is around 2016. Since then until now it has became my regular camera. The camera have the first generation of Fuji X-Trans sensors combined with very compact body and cheap price make it best value for money. But since it might ‘cannibalize’ the X-A series, that might be the reason Fuji discontinued it. Currently this camera is still active and mostly paired with Meike 35mm f1.7 lens.

 

Fourth one, a honorable mention, is the Sony A5000… It’s my sister’s camera which she bought when she was in Manchester for her master degree. She spent some 30 minutes on Jessops deciding which camera to buy (she even called me from there to help her decide haha), and she did made a good choice. Small, lightweight, and pretty good sensor/lens. She brought this camera around Europe and took some good photos. It’s still active until now.

Fifth one, the last one but the oldest one, Nikomat (or Nikkormat) EL. I got this camera last week from a good friend. It came along with Nikkor 50mm f1.4 pre-AI lens. Condition is still very good and I already spent 29 frames. This camera was an all-metal, electromechanically (some solid-state electronics, but mostly springs, gears and levers) controlled, manual-focus SLR with manual exposure control or aperture-priority autoexposure, manufactured in Japan from 1972 to 1976 (Wikipedia). This will be my entrance to the analog world, and I think I will took it for several trips in the future. 

What about smartphone camera? Well, several smartphones come and go (two of them are getting drowned and stolen haha), but several that can be mentioned are Sony Ericsson w810i (yes, this is not ‘smart’ phone but it has a good camera at that time), Samsung Galaxy S Duos, Asus Zenfone 5, Redmi 2s, Redmi Note 3 Pro, Samsung Galaxy A7 2016, and the last one is Zenfone 3 Max.

Yup, that’s all for now … as a starter for re-opening this blog ^^ … happy shooting!

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The One Night Battle

One NIght Battle

For Laron (flying white-ants), this one night battle is a life and death battle. Their options is simple: ended up as delicious meal for human or gecko, or found their couple, mating and creating a new colony somewhere in the house (of course, if they managed to escape from their predator, human and gecko) …

Interesting huh …

Mommy’s Whisper

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Twinkle twinkle little star

How I wonder what you are

Remember that I used to sing that song

Every time you afraid of sleeping alone

I still sing that song until now

Even though you can’t listen my voice

I always be here for you

I love you …

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A Day With Takumar 35mm f2.0

70D Takumar 35mm f2

Okay, from the first time I had a camera, I always relied on the magic motor inside the lens or inside the body to do the focusing part. I never have a manual lenses, I only stand 2 days with my father old camera, and I always thought that using manual lenses is slow, not-reliable, and just-not-for-me …

Until yesterday, my brother-in-law lend me his Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1:2/35 and SMC TAKUMAR 1:1.4/50 lens.

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Trying Cinematic Look Post Processing

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Today I saw an article on Fstoppers about how to create a Cinematic look on your images. To be simple, an image will be called cinematic-ish if we look the image as if it was taken from a snapshot of a movie (like when you were watching Captain America and .. hey, I like this scene with Scarlett Johansson … then you pause the movie and press the Print Screen button … well that kind of cinematic-ish haha). Common post processing would involve tools like split toning, contrast, grain, and 16:9 crop on the image. 

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