First, I was UTTERLY fed up with my old logo. Shattered, rough, jagged, ugly etc. So, I made a new one - still simple, but more... elegant
. It also alludes to Emilie Autumn a bit. I hope you'll like it.
Second, I've sold my old Fujifilm Finepix S5500. It was a rather good camera, but the manual controls on it were so uncomfortable that I didn't use them as often as I planned to. Now that I've got a Canon, I forgot about AF, AE and automatic white balance - I do everything manually. It'so use keeping a compact while I've got an SLR and could use cash for some lenses, a new tripod etc. And as for lenses, I'll get a Pentacon 1.8/50 soon. It costed 100PLN, whereas a Canon EF 1.8/50 costs at least 250PLN. According to ~Szczur88
, that Pentacon it's a great choice, it parallels Carl Zeiss Pancolar. And since I mostly do urban exploration work, I won't need AF, so I could buy a manual lens. I'll try some primes - and perhaps will buy an analog body. Hell, if I'm crazy, I could learn to develop pictures myself, because I've got an access to a darkroom [no, I don't mean one in an LGBT club
The Pentacon 1.8/50 arrived today, in excellent condition, very sensual because the rings offer a bit of resistance. Hell, I've had a funny situation here: a postman delivered a wrong parcel. When I opened it, I was *just a little bit* astonished because I saw a pair of suede pumps instead of a lens. Despite me having a shoe fetish, they were definitely not what I wanted. I hurried downstairs [I live on a 10th floor in a block of flats, and an elevator was "somewhere down there", so I went on foot] and fortunately managed to catch the postman before he drove away, and claimed the right package. Whew! BTW. I've bought another lens, too: a Pentacon 2.8/29, which should be just fine for architecture / urban exploration work.
And now something I conceived today. It should arouse the interest of photography DIYers who use M42 lenses with automatic aperture on any camera body which needs an M42 adapter [Canon EOS, for example]. If your adapter has two concentric holes: one with M42 thread, and the second one smaller, you can screw the lens in, mark the position of an aperture prong, remove the lens and file a notch in a place marked before. Then, set your lens to manual [the aperture prong should be hidden], and screw it in. If you set the lens to auto, the prong will be pushed out, and the aperture will open and wait for the prong to be pushed in. What's all this mess for? It should make your life easier because you could set your aperture to a desired value, use the "auto" setting to open it completely and compose a shot, and then go back to "manual" setting to close the aperture down to the preset value without having to take your camera off to look at the aperture ring and set the correct value. It's especially useful when you use small apertures [e.g. f/22] in macrophotography or landscapes.
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