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.


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.


This is Fuji Industrial 400 shot at ISO 320.


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…