Saturday December 27, 2014

WARREN CONNECTICUT – I’m continuing to shoot with my antique Carl Zeiss 50mm lens, which stopped down is excellent for landscape and wide open has a lovely signature for portraits or just about anything else. Paraphrasing myself from a few years back my research indicates that the optical cell (the optical workings of the lens) was produced at the Carl Zeiss works in Jena, Germany in December 1945. So it actually is a Zeiss Jena 5cm f1.5 Sonnar. The lens cell was subsequently fitted to a Leica screw mount body by an unknown third party, probably in Germany, the UK or US, for sale in the UK or US. The distance scale is denominated in feet and Zeiss itself didn’t make any lenses in Leica mounts as Leica was a competitor (Zeiss and Leica were the equivalent of Nikon and Canon today). I can see why it would have been worth the trouble to convert this lens to a Leica mount: it is actually the equivalent of an modern lens in most respects at f4 and beyond – its performance is simply breathtaking and as noted above it has a lovely signature.

Day 1,899 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.

Falling down
Falling down
Suspician
Suspician
Baby V
Baby V

On this day last year (day 1,534): Cemetery, New Preston CT.

New Preston Cemetery
New Preston Cemetery

Saturday September 21, 2013

NEW YORK NEW YORK – Here it is, Saturday on a gorgeous Fall weekend, and we’re not in Connecticut. What’s going on here? Well Laura and Alexander (our daughter-in-law and son) are having a baby shower today for the daughter they are expecting in five weeks. We started calling her “.2” in Laura’s 10th week of pregnancy and the name seems to have stuck for now. Probably spelled Point-Two. Anyway a lovely event and well worth missing a couple of leaves in rural New England. Take with my Sony RX100 II, which works well at events.

Baby shower
Baby shower
Baby shower
Baby shower
Baby Shower
Baby Shower

On this day one year ago: Dinner companion.

Kimball I
Kimball I