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Got Another Lens!

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My buddy Fred in Orlando sent me a pancake! He shoots with a Sony these days and has no use for it, so I’m giving it a new home.

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Being that my 1963 Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 doesn’t mount to the Nikon 8008S, this is a most welcome addition. And it’s a killer lens, said to be the sharpest manual lens Nikon ever made.

Even though both are Nikon 50mm lenses, it’s a very different beast than the f/1.4. Given the current state of things, social distancing and all, I’m going to do a side-by-side, shot-for-shot comparison of the two in the coming days.

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I did take it out for a test drive the other night, and a little during the day. The night shots were all hand-held at slowish shutter speeds, so maybe there is a little camera shake. And of course, manual focusing at night can be a little touch and go. So these aren’t “perfect,” but I do like them. Plus, perfectly in-focus shots are overrated, right?

First up are two quickie daytime shots I took as soon as it arrived. Just wanted to make sure it worked.

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Love at first click! Look at that bokeh! That is just crazy. And Sugarloaf’s face is so friggin’ sharp, even through a pane of old (and dirty) glass (I gotta clean those windows, yikes!).

I then hit the streets of downtown later that night. This was the first night of bars and nightclubs being closed. Restaurants were limited to half capacity and the ones that were open were closing up early.

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Downtown was virtually a ghost town. There were a few people walking around, or walking dogs. A handful of people were leaving the few restaurants that were closing up. And then there were the homeless. They vastly outnumbered everyone else that was out. I feel for them.

There is no one to give them a dollar. And if they had the money, there really isn’t anywhere to get food. They are incredibly vulnerable right now. I actually asked our mayor about them and what the city is doing to help them right now. I’ve been told there are people doing outreach to make sure they are taken care of.

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Anyway... strange times we live in right now. On to the night pictures.

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Social distancing is taking pictures of reflections of people across the street as they walk away from you.
Social distancing is taking pictures of reflections of people across the street as they walk away from you.
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The bokeh from this lens is insane! The f/1.4 has this crazy hex bokeh. This is all bubbly and dreamy.
The bokeh from this lens is insane! The f/1.4 has this crazy hex bokeh. This is all bubbly and dreamy.
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Somehow there are two cars on the street in this shot. There weren’t a lot of cars driving around. The truck parked on the right is mine. More importantly, look at the bonkers starburst from the headlights, and this was with the lens wide open!
Somehow there are two cars on the street in this shot. There weren’t a lot of cars driving around. The truck parked on the right is mine. More importantly, look at the bonkers starburst from the headlights, and this was with the lens wide open!
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I also shot some frames with it on the 8008S. I’m almost halfway through the roll of Ektar 100 that’s in there. I hope to have it finished this weekend.

And if you made it all the way to the end, here is a bonus pancake pic. Snapped this pic of the dog tonight. She’s a goofball and wouldn’t sit still, so this is what we got. And I like it.

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