January 20, 2011
Douglas Coupland I've only corresponded with until this December when we attended the launch of a fashion line for Aritzia which David served as the pattern maker and Yumi Eto, as the creative director.
The image was made with an early Canon point and shoot, the Canon New Sure Shot aka Autoboy II or Canon AF35M II. Not high art, but fun to have.
The best part is the writer took the time to take a picture of David and me. Obviously, I am horsing around in the photo. I don't really suck on the arms of my glasses. They are nearly cemented to my face. Sigh. I wish I was taller.
January 14, 2011
Okay. Today I did buy a camera just because it came with instructions.
January 11, 2011
I found the resource for the list of Tessar equivalents. It comes from Rudolf Kingslake's study of photographic lenses. Here is the list as it appears in his lens history.
I posted the list previously as follows:
"According to this site, makers and their Tessar equivalents:
Berthiot: Flor, Ilor
Hermagis: Hellor, Lynx
Leits: Elmar, Varop
Schneider: Comparon, Xenar
Tayer-Hobson: Apotal, Ental
Voigtlander: Heliostigmat, Skopar
Interesting note, the distinct feature of the Tessar is two elements cemented together into a group at the rear.
But, as Kingslake notes, there is a variation using two elements in a front group.
This class includes the following lenses:
Agfa - Solinar
Isco - Westanar
Meyer - Primotar
Steinheil - Culminar, Neodar, Triplar (which is an odd name for a formula that intends to improve on the Cooke triplet by adding another element)
Voigtlander - Avus, Heliostigmat
Now, if you love the Nikon L35AF as much as I do, you may also know that the camera uses a Sonnar-type lens in its 35mm f2.8 set-up (right).
In Kingslake's book, he also identifies Sonnar equivalents.
Agfa - Prolinear
Angenieux - All Y-type objectives (not sure what that means)
Bell & Howell - Lumax
Enna - Kinaston
Isco - Kiptagon
Kodak - Cine Ektar
Meyer - Optimat, Primagon
Rodenstock - Lumar, Ronar
Taylor-Hobson - Ivotal, Serital, Super Comat
Wray - Unilux
Zeiss - Sonnar
January 7, 2011
January 6, 2011
This is an old pic but it always catches people's attention.
I've re-uploaded this picture taken two years ago after an interview at CBC Vancouver. A few months later, I bumped into him at Leo's Camera Supplies. He was buying Fuji 800 ASA rolls. I presume it was Superia. He seemed apologetic. "Just for family photos," as if to excuse the film choice.
Strange enough, he did mention he favours faster films and faster shutter speeds. He seems very interested in sharpness. That's what I gleaned.
Quite the joker. I asked if I could take another picture (with a Nikon L35AF2 aka One Touch) and he went behind the counter and pretended to sell me a Leica III.
The above photo is actually outside the CBC building in Vancouver where I used to work (I only file a weekly column for them now). It was taken in 2008..
If you don't know who Fred Herzog is, check out the Vancouver gallery that represents him, Equinox.