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Tuesday, 03 May 2016


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All I'm going to say is that the estate is a pretty good bargain for $100 million. It's the upkeep costs that would worry me! Why, you need a couple dozen employees to keep the house and grounds in order, and all those bathrooms clean!

Exactly how often do these people use the bathroom anyway? So many more bathrooms than bedrooms...

As for Eamon's conundrum, it's easy: Witchcraft. Mike, I would suggest dunking the Panasonic lens in water for an hour. If it still works after that, it's a witch! If it doesn't, then it wasn't a witch after all. Won't you be glad to find out?

Plate o' shrimp. Love this post.

If you're using micro-4/3 (MFT) cameras, and want the true King of Bokeh for portraits (with a wonderful glow to the highlights), buy a used Soviet Jupiter-3 1.5/50 lens in LTM plus an adaptor to MFT. The Jupiter-3 is a Soviet-manufactured 1940s Zeiss Sonnar (they dismantled the equipment in Germany and shipped it, together with press-ganged technicians, to the USSR), with its characteristic rendering wide open (stop it down, and it becomes very-sharp). On MFT, it becomes 100 mm-e and in terms of theoretical DOF, f/3. That makes it a near-perfect portrait lens, wide open. The focus-shift problem with stopping down classic Sonnars isn't an issue with manual focusing at taking aperture in MFT.

Of course, Zeiss make a modern version of the lens in Leica M-mount (C Sonnar T* 1,5/50 ZM), and with the T* coating will undoubtedly have superior contrast to the Jupiter-3, but the Jupiter-3 is a cheap way to experiment with the Sonnar design. NOTE: don't buy one in Kiev/Contax bayonet mount. Also, Lomography have started producing the Soviet version again, but at a price that will have you running for the genuine, modern, Zeiss item.

To see what the Jupiter-3 can do have a look at:



Plate o'shrimp.
That's why I come here, to learn new things!

Nice photograph of the ladies.

I demand a 100% crop of the estate!

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