If photography needs to make sense you are probably not doing it right.
I started uttering this half-jokingly some time ago in response to being drawn to a piece of gear or a photo idea that steps outside the realm of the reasoned. Usually having to do with film somehow. (Brace yourself. This is a long one.)
No difference here. The usual starting place…
So there I was surfing the interwebs researching some random notion that washed over my psyche with no warning and I realized that there existed an Alpha 7 before the Alpha 7. More specifically the Minolta Alpha 7. And it was gorgeous. Was a good camera also I heard.
Never knew this camera existed, but now that I did I must have one.
If you don’t see good news be the good news.
At least that was my thinking.
2017. A lot of folks have been talking about how bad it was. A lot of the same was said regarding 2016. But any space in time is ultimately what you make of it. Or in this case what society has made of it. And society, by action and inaction, has not done that well admittedly.
While there was a lot of unpleasantness this is all necessary. For too long many have been able to afford the luxury of ignorance while many have not had that same luxury. Willful ignorance of the simmering, active hate that has now exploded all over the sociopolitical landscape. Few in possession of a functioning prefrontal cortex and intact moral compass can legitimately feign ignorance now. Any who still cling to such delusions are beyond help. External influence anyway. Not interested in them. They have chosen their version of truth no matter how mistaken. Leave them. So for those that are now awake now what? Anger is normal. Sadness also. Hopelessness I guess. But then what? Those are all emotional waystations not intended to be destinations.
Racism, misogyny, xenophobia, homophobia, Islamaphobia, and all other phobias and intolerances at large. What is to be done with all this newfound “wokeness”?
A while back I wrote an apology
letter review to a lens. That was admittedly odd. This is another one of those.
Differences? The prior had a G badge while this one earned a Zeiss badge. The prior a telephoto zoom and this is a wide to short tele zoom.
- Costs $149 new as I write this.
- Small and light.
- Flexible focal length.
- Not the fastest focuser…
- but neither has any other macro I have used been. Acceptably quick. Unlike any other macro I have used autofocus is actually useful.
- 2.5x. (Woot!)
I wanted the Olympus PEN-F since the moment it came out. Why?
- I started my digital interchangeable lens journey with MFT and some of my favorite images ever were produced with that system. (Co-Op City, The Bronx)
- Have, adore, and wrote a blog post about the original half frame film PEN-FT for KEH.com. I LOVE this film camera and cannot possibly be unbiased about any camera named after and shaped somewhat like it (sample photos taken with it here and one below).
Combine the two bullets above, along with my appreciation for the film Olympus OM10 (on the left below),
…and time, and the camera used, etc. Had this lens before, but kvetched about the focal length a bit before moving on to the Olympus 25mm. Did not appreciate it as I should have. Did not expect to buy it again. What happened? Glad you asked. Simple. I used it with a new perspective. Recently it was the lens I used to test drive a second hand PEN-F that Southeastern Camera had in store. I do not know what I was thinking before, but I now love this lens. Why? Here is a list.
- Let’s get the non-technical bits out of the way first. All metal premium construction. Has nothing to do with the optics, but it matters. Feels like my favorite old film lenses and looks the business on the PEN-F. Even stacks up well aesthetically next to one of my all-time film favorites that also happens to be an Olympus.