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Sunday Morning Wander Downtown Oakville in Early June Part One

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Fomapan 400, Minolta XE-7, MC Rokkor lenses, a nice combination. I was out for a Sunday morning walk in downtown Oakville with my friend John Meadows before the hordes showed up. Minolta doesn't quite have the same cachet as Nikon or Canon but in some ways was ahead of the game in terms of technology. Minolta had primitive matrix metering with the CLC system in SRT bodies, owned their own glass factory to make lens blanks for Rokkor lenses. Later on Minolta sold lens blanks to Leica for their R negatives. The XE-7 was one sleeper camera of the mid 1970s only made for a few short years.  While Nikon had the Nikkormat EL and Canon the EF, and by 1975 Pentax with the K2, Minolta's XE-7 ran with the best of them, so much it became the platform for Leica's R3 SLR with the great collaboration.  Camera: Minolta XE-7, MC Rokkor lenses.  Film: Fomapan 400, HC110 B. 

Out For a Wander with an Olympus OM-1md.

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 The big plus living close to the lake, is well, being close to the lake in the Summer time. I've been going down by the water and it has helped me cope with the pandemic and just plain craziness that has gone down this year. Gairloch Gardens in particular has been my sanctuary, almost an extenstion of my backyard of sorts.  Camera: Olympus OM-1md, Zuiko lenses.  Film: Ilford Delta 100, HC110 B. 

Tamron Zoom Telephoto lens and Olympus OM-1md.

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 There are crap zoom lenses and quality zoom lenses in the third party category. I talked about the Polaris recently, it didn't set the world on fire in terms of optics but what you expect from 51 year old lens technology. Lets fast forward a decade or so. Tamron was doing some interesting things with their Adaptall mount, which if you had a camera collection that covered Nikon, Canon, Minolta and Olympus for sake of argument, you can have one telephoto zoom lens, and multiple lens mounts.  I have the OM Zuiko 60-200 F4 zoom, it's decent glass, but after shooting with the Tamron SP 70-210 F3.5-F4 Zoom, I think this might be a better lens. First off its two touch meaning more precise focusing and zero chance of getting lens creep. The bane of every push-pull zoom lens. The big bonus with the Tamron over say a Kiron buit Vivitar Series One is the more compact dimensions. The end results speak for themselves and I should use this more often and try it for portraits. Now before you

Sunday Walk in the Beaches in Late May Part Two

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 Have I said this before, I love Fomapan 400 as a film stock?  Camera: Minolta XD-11, MD Rokkor X lenses.  Film: Fomapan 400, HC110 B. 

Sunday Walk in the Beaches in Late May

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  This was a two photo walks in one morning, today, we're seeing the first half. I met up with my friend's John and Ori along with my brother Alex and we wandered around the western half of the Beaches. Everyone else was rocking a Hasselblad 500 series camera, I travelled lighter with a Minolta XD-11 kit and ran with Fomapan 400.  The light started sunney but became overcast pretty quick but later becoming partly cloudy. The Minolta XD-11 handled the light well and loved shooting with the MD Rokkor 45 F2 lens. That lens is a sleeper in the MD Rokkor line up, bundled with lesser expensive cameras in the late 1970s line up it punched very far above it's weight. I can make an argument the 45 F2 is a great photo walk lens due to be slightly wider than normal but not being a "wide angle" lens.  Camera: Minolta XD-11, MD Rokkor 45 F2 lens, 24 F2.8 lens.  Film: Fomapan 400, HC110 B.