NEW YORK NEW YORK – Out again with the old lenses. Today I’m shooting with a Carl Zeiss Jena 3.5 cm f2.8 Biogen from 1937. Pre-war Zeiss lenses quote focal lengths in centimeters, rather than millimeters – this is a 35 mm lens. It was about as wide as things got back then. I have 28mm Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar from 1937, but its maximum aperture (f8.0) and tendency to flare make it a bit of an odd ball. The 3.5cm lens that I’m using today is uncoated so it’s prone to flair but produces lovely transparent shadows. A real winner in the high contrast world of Manhattan. Today I found myself on Lexington Avenue in the 50s with Citicorp Center acting as a gigantic reflector.
Day 2272 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – I spent some time on Sixth Avenue (nee Avenue of the Americas) and Lexington Avenue today, of course with my Leica Monochrom over my shoulder. I’ve been experimenting with using the 90mm Summichron (a lovely lens) as a walk around tool. Since I shoot primarily wide this means that I’m doing large (9 frames or larger) stitches. This seems to be working ok.
Day 2203 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.