Olive branch- a healthy peace symbol


Olive fruit and oil both healthy. I took this olive tree photograph when the olives were almost getting black on the tree.

Seagull



Seagull thinking about the economical crisis and resession in the world. He may not find any fish next year.....

Venice and gondolas


This photograph was also taken with a Nikon L35 Ad2 in 1992 and scanned from a printed photo with a desktop printer. I hope I will scan all the negatives with a film scanner one day. :))

Galata Bridge


Fishermen on the bridge. There are also some nice restaurants under the fishermen. You can have a beer and watch the fishes

:))

Food fight of seagulls


Seagulls are trying to catch a piece of bread in a cloudy and windy autumn day.

Cheapest fast food ( I guess)


Simit is a type of sesame covered specially cooked bread.
It is delicious with cheese and a cup of tea.
:))
A fast food you can find anywhere when you are walking. May the fastest fast food. :))

Rose- orange




OK. Again a rose. But as it is in front of my office it is easy to take pictures of that flower.

:))


A turtle on the countryside road


Even if you are slow, be patient , you will reach the target
:)

In the tales turtles are faster than rabbits
:)

will be a rose


This small flower will be a rose when it grows up.

Several stages of being a rose

This photo was taken with canon powershot a590is.

Cat staring at me


A cat in the garden was staring at me. I wanted to take its photograph. I took a snapshot with my point and shoot canon powershot a590is

Rose


An orange colour rose in front of my office. Actually a little bit out of focus but OK.

:)

Venice, Italy 1992

Another picture from Venice taken in 1992. Again scanned by a desktop scanner from the printed photo not from a film.

Sailing, optimist


sea and sailing (optimist).

Small harbour.

It is always refreshing to look at the sea.



Italy, Photos of Venice 1992

Here are 2 photos taken by my old Nikon analog point and shoot Nikon L35 Ad2.
As Nikon Fa is too heavy for short trips I had my L35 with me.
This camera has a databack. I should have shut it down.

A labrador in living room


This photo is taken by a simple Kodak point and shoot of my son. As all the photos in this blog downsized.


Vintage camera-Agfa and Voigtlander flash


In the picture the flash unit Voigtlander with sylvania AG 3b Universal bulb on AGFA Silette Rapid I camera are seen.

Agfa Rapid camera with speedlight


I was using very special flash units with my Agfa Silette Rapid I camera. It was one time used blue bulbs. The flash unit was Voigtlander bulb flash unit (west Germany).

The bulbs were SYLVANIA Blue Dot Blitzlampen AG3B Universal type.

It was sold in 10 pieces small boxes.

I do not know if somebody remembers these.

Olives


Olives almost ready to be collected for your breakfast tables or olive oil factories.

A view from Istanbul- The Bosphorus


This photo was taken from Bosphorus University Kennedy Lodge. A view of Bosphorus and the bridge (right). It is downsized and cropped for the blog. The original is more than 3 mb. Taken by a Canon powershot a590is. It was taken about sunset time.

Black swan


Here is a photograph of black swans in a small pond. As it was not a rainy season the pond or lake was like a mud pond.

This picture was taken with a simple point and shoot Kodak Cx7300.

Simple point and shoot cameras

If you are not a professional or if photography is not your hobby why do you pay a lot of money to buy expensive cameras.

Most of the time people print the photographs on small photograph papers such as 10 x 15 cm.

Even many people do not print, just keep the pictures in their computers. So why you pay more for more megapixels.

For small prints a 3 mp camera is enough. But if you want to crop some parts of the photos may be you need 5 mp. Actually you cannot find less than 6mp nowadays.

My opinion is if you are taking photos just for fun buy a simple cheap camera. But the lens and sensor type is important to have good quality images. So buy the simplest models of well known camera brands. To my opinion Kodak has very good price performance ratio. But also the brands like Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, and many other well known camera producers have cheap point and shoot models.

The picture shows an old Kodak digital simple camera CX 7300 which I bought to my 9 years old son for school trips , 5 years ago. Now ofcourse the simplest camera has much properties than this one. But even this simple camera is enough for memory photographs. I will post some pictures taken with this camera. Here is one of the pictures. Ofcourse when the pictures is viewed 100% size you can see the noise, it is natural it is not a DSLR or SLR. But on your computer or on small cards photos are beautiful and enough for just memory.

When you go to a shop they will tell you a lot of properties of the camera which you will probably will not use most of them.

Nikon Speedlight SB-18

The Nikon Speedlight SB-18 is a compact, direct-mounting electronic flash unit which provides automatic through-the-lens (TTL) control of the flash exposure when used with the Nikon FG, FE2, or FA, or the Nikonos-V via the V-Type Sync Cord. Because light is measured through the actual picture-taking lens, you are assured of just the right exposure with a variety of lenses and accessory attachments at any aperture from f/2 to f/16.
Through the use of a silicon-controlled rectifier and series circuitry, the S8·18 is able to conserve energy when shooting subjects at close range; thus recycling times are shorter and the number of flashes per battery set is greater.
The S8-18 is also compatible with most Nikon cameras for manual operation. In addition, the SB-18 couples with the flash ready-light inside the viewfinders of current Nikon cameras. As soon as the flash is ready to fire, the LED comes on.
In my opinion it is a practical flash unit to old Nikon SLR cameras.

I do not know if it can be used with the new digital cameras.

A view from Maasricht


This view is from Maasricht. Centre of the city. A historical and natural view. Ducks in the lake :)
Business trips are good for visiting new places as tourist :))

Mechelerhof, Mechelen

These pictures were taken in De Mechelerhof in Mechelen (Limburg) where during a company meeting we have stayed in 1997. Very nice countryside and very good place for short (even long) holidays. It was a nice trip.
I hope still keeps the beautiful nature.
Pictures were taken with my Nikon Fa but printed in 1997 and now scanned by a desktop printer (HP PSC 1410) from the photographs.

Antalya Harbour-Türkiye


In one of the trips I had taken this picture in Antalya. It is the old harbour Kaleici. There is a beautiful area around. This picture was taken by Nikon Fa in 1997 .
Antalya is a nice town and there are a lot of beautiful Hotels and places to visit, both historical and natural. Located in the south of the Turkey, mediterrenean cost, hot sea, beautiful nature.

Nikkor 35-70 zoom from Nikon to my FA

Zoom Nikkor 35-70mm f/3.3-4.5
The lens came with the kit of Nikon FA was a very practical easy to use, light lens. Easy to carry and fits the camera bag.One of the lightest and most compact zoom lenses in the most used focal lengths for maximum versatility in everyday picture taking. Zoom-Nikkor 35-70mm 1/35-4.5 is versatile, easy-to-operate, compact and high performance. It gives you a choice of focal lengths from a wideangle 35mm to a moderate telephoto 70mm. And you can move right up to smaller subjects with the built-in macro focusing at any focal length. Use it lor regular snapshots, souvenir photos, portraits and close-up photography.
Zooming and focusing are accomplished through two independent rings so once you have focused on your subject you can frame it with the zoom without losing sharpness, The minimum focusing distance is normally 0.5m (2 ft), buf you can get continuous focusing all the way down to 0,35 m (1 ft) through the equipped macro function. The maximum reproduction ratio is 1 :4,4. For even greater magnification, just add an optional Nikon close up lens. For special effects, the front attachment size of 52mm makes the maximum number of optional filters available to you .Constructed of the highest quality Nikon glass, this zoom lens produces sharp images with high contrast from the shortest to the longest local length with all abberations well corrected. In addition, Nikon Integrated Coating (NIC) is applied to all air-to-glass surfaces of the lens elements to minimize ghost images and flare and produce photographs with natural color rendition.With suitably equipped Nikon cameras, (like my Nikon FA) this lens offers "Automatic Maximum Aperture Indexing" (AI). The meter coupling ridge and automatic diaphragm function together to permit full aperture exposure measuremen. For non-AI type Nikon cameras, this lens is also fitted with a meter coupling shoe to permit the same operation.

Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 Nikon lens for my FA


One of the two lenses I had bought use with my Nikon Fa is Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 (1:1.2)
The advantages of the f/1.2 maximum aperture of this lens are twofold. The first, of course, is that the lens can be used in low-light level shooting either indoors or outside under very dull conditions. particularly when working with slow color film. The second is ease of focusing. An f/1.2 50mm lens has, at maximum aperture, very little depth of field and this can be used to advantage to secure pinpoint focusing under virtually all shaming conditions. The shallow depth of field can also be used by the creative photographer for interesting selective focusing effects. The Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 lens couples fully to both the full-aperture metering systems and automatic diaphragm mechanisms of all Nikon and Nikkormat cameras. In the case of non-AI type cameras, manual indexing of the lens' maximum aperture is required. The Micro Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 is recommended for close-up photography when high resolving power is required.

Nikon FA - SLR analog Camera

I bought my Nikon FA in 1986. There was a promotion of a kit with a nice bag, lens (zoom-nikkor 35-70mm f/3.3-4.5) with Nikkor 50mm f/1.4, and flash unit (speedlight SB-18) . Nikon FA offers three automatic exposure modes, in addition to full manual override.To put you in total control, the Nikon FA offers three automatic exposure modes, in addition to full manual override. For fastbreaking events, the programmed mode automatically sets both shutter speed and aperture for correct exposure in any light. Or when action must be stopped or blurred, such as in sports photography, shutter·priority lets you choose the shutter speed manually, then the FA automatically sets the aperture to match. If depth of field is important, aperture priority allows you to select the precise aperture with the matching shutter speed set automatically.But possibly even more important are the FA's two separate metering methods. In Nikon's revolutionary automatic multipattern metering system, the brightness from 5 areas of the focusing screen is analyzed by the camera's microcomputer; this automatically ensures the correct exposure-even in tricky lighting situations-without any exposure compensation whatsoever. Traditional centerweighted metering is reserved for the manual mode, but is usable in any of the three automatic modes with the metering control button. Other features of the FA include 1/4000sec. top shutter speed, 1/250sec. flash sync, interchangeable focusing screens, and a comprehensive line of Nikon accessories.I still keep the original user manual (instruction manual). Some of above information is taken from the foreword of the manual.To my opinion it was one of the better film slr cameras.Actually I still use it. Bu not so often.

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Nikon L35 AD2- A film point and shoot camera

Nikon L35AD2 is a very easy to use compact point and shoot camera. Especially after my Agfa which I used for years, this one was very easy.
I bought this camera in 1986 and have taken a lot of beautiful pictures. It was difficult to carry my SLR camera Nikon FA.
I have had other cameras but with Nikon L35 AD2 I have been extremely pleased.
In my opinion the picture quality is , outstanding. It still works well.
Power source: 1.5V AA type batteries for main functions and one lithium battery for the data imprint.
Film speed setting is automatic, you can use DX coded 35 mm films from ISO 50 to ISo1600.
Film winding is also automatic.
Just look into the viewfinder and centre the autofocus frame marks on the subject, and shoot. The autofocus is very good.
The built in flash pops up automatically when light is insufficient. Flash shooting range is 0.7 meters to 4.00 meters depending on film ISO.
Also it has a very good focus lock system.
You can also use selftimer lever and the shutter is released after approximately 10 seconds.
You can also adjust the databack depending on what you want to be printed on the picture. Hour/minute or year/month/day
It is a perfect compact camera but not digital.
It comes with a nice strap and a very nice camera bag, not like todays cameras

My first camera - Agfa Silette Rapid I

When I was about 10 years old in 1969 I got a birthday present. It was my first camera, an AGFA Silette Rapid I.
The thing that I do not like is it uses 12 shots film as it is rapid :)
Agfa cameras were very popular in those days.
I learned how to take pictures and how a camera works.
The camera has a 1:2.8/ 45 color Agnar lens.
It has three shutter speeds 30, 60 125 and ofcourse B.
Aperture is almost as usual from 2.8 to 22.
It has an hot shoe flash. The lever winder is on the base plate.
There are also pictures on it to adjust the distances easily :)
It is still in good condition but not possible to find the film. Also it is not very reasonable to take pictures with it.
And yes, we had a dinosaur as a pet in those years

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