Will it Blend, Take 2 – 28mm

I don’t normally consider myself a “wide” guy…but I’ve long felt I’ve been missing out on 28mm.

Previous (brief) attempts at 21 and 25mm have yielded mixed results, and I just haven’t bonded with the lenses in question.

When the 7Artisans 28mm was announced, I tried long and hard to resist (😂) arguing that it really wasn’t that much different than 35mm; but you know me…I eventually gave in.

I have to say–so far I am certainly glad I did!  This lens (the now-discontinued “flare” version) was purchased from Hamish Gill over at 35mmc.com–I highly recommend him for his shipping and contact.

These were shot on Kodak BW400CN at ISO 400, and developed in C-41 chemistry.  They are all taken between f/1.4 and f/2.

Compendium 25 – Will it Blend?

Remember the video series where that blender company would intentionally grind up expensive, brand-new, and hard-to-find electronics, just to prove that their blenders were up to the task?

…Well, this is kind of like that, except that I periodically often test new gear to determine whether it works.  For me.

Ahem.

Anyhoo…somehow I always thought that if I ever bought a 35mm lens for the Nikon system, it would absolutely be the Sigma Art;

But this ain’t it.

However, this one is smaller, lighter, cheaper, and probably just as sharp.  And the background blur isn’t all that bad either.

And I’m not telling what it is.

🙂

Ok fine…it’s the Nikon 35mm f/1.8G ED FX (whew!) and it works on everything to date…including the all-important film bodies.

Yay.

This is Fuji Industrial 400 shot at ISO 320.

Because.

Essence

These were shot on the Mamiya 1000S using the 80/1.9 lens, with the #1 Extension ring.  The DOF is about 1/10 of a millimeter wide open–Most of these were shot at f/2.8 as a result.

This is Rollei 400S developed in D76.

Compendium 24 – Zooming In

Most of these were taken on my top-secret new-old lens (Summicron 90mm Pre-Asph E55) which I had once but wrongly sold, bought again but then returned (mis-calibrated) and finally managed to find again in good condition at a reasonable deal…just CLA’d by Leica and “Optimized for Digital” nonetheless! (whatever that means…)

So I shot it on film.  😂

HP5+ pushed to ISO 800 and developed in D76.

Compendium 22 – A Galaxy Far Away

Found a half-shot roll from the summer sitting in the F100, and finished it today.

The first 8 are on Kodak Gold, shot on the MP.  The next 17 are on Agfa Vista 200 from the F100 (as an aside, the 50/1.4G is hugely underrated on film) and Agfa Vista 200 just might be my “forever desert island outside film”–too bad it too has been discontinued.

Anyway, if you hadn’t already done the math, the title refers to the galaxies apart that the summer and the winter now seem…

Compendium 20 – Who Doesn’t Like Superia??

This is Superia 800, which, to my knowledge, I have never shot with.  (Though I admit, I could certainly be wrong…) That being said, I definitely be orderin’ me some more of THAT.

This is also that crappy ‘ole Canon LTM lens, with a right-proper Kindai/Rayqual adapter…which was not cheap, but certainly lives up to the price.  I am definitely liking the lens a lot more than I should, considering the age and price…

I mean it only has, like, FULL STOPS! (…like what is that??)

Anyway, a lot of randomness here, but I hope you enjoy.