new aquisition

A dream came true today!

I always dreamt of a leica and I got a Summitar 5cm/2(closes down to 12.5) No 523982 Ernst Leitz Wetzlar(focus scale in feet)

It has a small nick on the rear lens.I paid 75$ for it.

I will shoot the 5 remaining shots on a color roll with it and if they are sharp I will shoot a BW with it.

Ceasarea






My visit to Rekanati Museum(A private free admision pre columbian art with a decent Dali collection) in Ceasarea a couple of months ago. The museum doesnt allow small children in unless the parents carry them.YES.

Nikon fm2n 28/1.8 sigma aspherical;50/1.4AI fujifilm proplus II 100 iso.
The B&W pics are color scans converted in GIMP.

The antithesis to Led Zepellin-White Dog – SIgma 28/1.8 review

I like the White Dog-it looks sad and dignified(Nikon fm2n 28/1.8 sigma aspherical II with skylight 1A filter;fuji proplus II;)

And now to sigma-
it’s the older version introduced in 1994(the 58mm filter ring).
The lens has pleasant bokeh and moderate distortion,It is tack sharp and focuses as close as 0.2 or 0.3 meters(less than a foot).
It doesnt flare to easy for a fast wide lens(I dont use a hood with it-I dont have it and it’s a bayonet).It has half stops and stops down to 22.

Mechanical build leaves much to be desired – the focus ring is flimsy and the pressure needed to turn it is uneven all the way(tougher in the middle).
Since the lens is AF it’s MF focus travel is short-meaning it’s a hassle to focus in low light – but not impossible.The white painted numbers(dof table,sigma corp name,apperture values)started to wear of so I stuck a peace of transparent tape over them. The outer bayonet ring (needed for the hood which is impossible to find)is made of plastic so I dont know how much mistreatment it would tolerate. It feels a bit heavier and is a bit larger(wider and longer)then the 50/1.4 AI.

My main problem with it is the short focus throw.I am happy I traded the canonet for it,but I would trade it for a nikon 28/2 AI(or any 20 AI) in no time if anyone offered.

I am curious checking it on an AF camera to see how fastaccurate it’s AF is.

new pictures-Nikon fm2n,50/1.4;28/1.8 sigma aspherical II;fuji proplus II

Some pictures from a recent trip.

I am working on the Prague pictures – got about 20-25% done.

I opened a bottle of glanmorangie cellar 13 – its much lighter then the regular glanmorangie 12 years-nice and mellow.

I finished reading Dog Years(Hund Jahre)by Gunter Grass-It is very good,now reading Cat and Mouse by him.

Traded some pop low quality records(Elton John,Whitesnake and some more shit – cleared some room) I inherited from my brother for Jethro Tull,Pink Floyd,King Crimson etc.(good to great condition) I am a happy puppy.
Still have 20-30 classicalopera records I didnt listen too yet.I look forward to that.

Listened to messa choralis by Liszt(some estonian? choir)-I see why the catholics use choral and or organ music – if it’s any good – it’s religious.

war with lebanon

It seems like we are in war with Lebannon.Haifa and the surrounding areas are bombed several times a day and we bombard the shit out of them from the air,ertillery and the sea. Both sides have heavy civilian casualties.CNN,Fox,Sky and the russian news channel blame Israel – which I just cant grasp – we didnt start it – really.I hate it.I really do. I have friends and family in Haifa and I am scared.

yashicamat 124g is back from CLA

my Yashicamat 124g is back from a shutter overhaul at Oleg Khalyavin (http://okvintagecamera.com/) i want to try it – and will soon. I need a hood and orangered filter – it also lacks some basic parts – a fresnel screen;a battery cap -,the back element has a small scratch the front element has cleaning marks – still I love it! i wouldnt mind getting more tlr’s(even dead – I would like to try fixing one myself-I am toying with the idea of learning camera repair) – If enybody has a parts cameraparts – contact me!

Syd Barrett died 7/7/6 of diabetes at age 60.

my pentax strikes again

The next photos were taken with the pentax k-1000 with 50/2A SMC on delta 100 in tetenal 1+20(possibly yellow filter for first two?)during the trip to ceasarea and the surrounding areas and in Beer Sheba(my town).

I call them : “The male agressor”,”middeterenean hobbit”,”two out of three” and “insomniac”.




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