January 20, 2011

Douglas Coupland and David Wilkes

Douglas Coupland and David Wilkes, originally uploaded by *jj*.
I've known David for the last four or five years. He is a fine tailor in the bespoke tradition. Look him up if you need a suit of the highest couture quality.

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

Olympus Trip 35 Instructions and depth of field

Okay. Today I did buy a camera just because it came with instructions.

Here they are:

One thing to note about the Olympus Trip 35's 40mm lens is it has no depth of field markers. Nor do the instructions provide a chart.

For a viewfinder camera, with no way easy way to confirm a subject is in focus (unless using a measuring tape or counting paces is considered easy),  knowing the depth of field at any of the Trip's aperture settings, f2.8 to f22 would be a great feature.

One way to get the information is to refer to the Online Depth of Field Calculator. But one can't walk around with it, can they, unless an iPhone app is created (not a bad idea).

Another solution is to refer to a lens chart with the same focal length. The great Malaysian photo site has an nice post about the  Olympus pancake 40mm for SLR (Zuiko AUTO-S 40mm f/2.0).

More importantly, they posted a DoF chart which can be used by the Olympus Trip 35 user.

I've cleaned it up and posted it below.

Just print it out and stick in on the film door. But you might need a magnifying glass.

January 11, 2011

A Tessar (or a Sonnar) by any other name, would it shoot as sweet?

Update - originally posted on September 16, 2010.

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:

  • Agfa :Solinar
  • Berthiot: Flor, Ilor
  • Boyer: Saphir
  • Busch:Glyptar
  • Dallmeyer:Dalmac, Perfac,
  • Erenmann: Ernon
  • Hermagis: Hellor, Lynx
  • Ilex: Paragon
  • Kodak: Ektar
  • Laak: Dailytar
  • Leits: Elmar, Varop
  • Meyer: Primotar
  • Playbel: Anticomar
  • Rodenstock: Ysar
  • Ross: Xtralux
  • Roussel: Stylor
  • Schneider: Comparon, Xenar
  • Tayer-Hobson: Apotal, Ental
  • Voigtlander: Heliostigmat, Skopar
  • Wollensak: Raptar
  • Wray: Lustrar"

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

Friday Flowers

Friday Flowers, originally uploaded by *jj*.
With the Carl Zeiss Jena 58mm f2 at f4 Biotar on an M42 to Konica AR mounted on a Nikon D40.

January 6, 2011

Fred Herzog - with my Yashica 635

Fred Herzog - with my Yashica 635, originally uploaded by *jj*.

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.