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the latest addition.

28 Aug 2010

Nearly two years ago, I bought a Yashica Mat 124 on Ebay.  It’s a lovely medium format, twin lens reflex camera that takes the 6×6, square format photos I’ve posted elsewhere on this site.  When it finally got delivered to me, I took a look at it and promptly decided that I would call it Pony.  Never mind that I had given that name to a Fender Mustang reissue guitar I bought about a decade earlier — Pony it would be.  I realized, though, that I’d never given a name to my Nikon FE, my old standby.  It soon became NoName. as in: “Oh yeah, I’m going out today — should I take Pony or NoName?”  The (no)name stuck, and it clearly hasn’t at all diminished my love or use of the Nikon.

I just got a new camera — a Pentax Spotmatic SP, from the mid-60s (NoName dates from around the late 70s), with a Super Takumar 50mm f/1.4 lens.  This shouldn’t mean anything to anyone reading this blog casually, but for me, a 1.4 aperture opening means the possibility of even greater shallow depth of field shots, and even closer food photo insanity.  I’m still playing around with it, but it occurs to me that I haven’t yet stumbled upon a name for this fellow, either.  Spotty?  Takky?  In any case, I’m looking forward to the fall, and to using the new really-no-named camera.  I’ve even got some Kodachrome loaded up into the thing — we’ll see how that goes.

I’d like to have a fun punchline/endline/whathaveyou at this point, but I’m just so happy with how these first shots from the Spotmatic turned out that I’ll leave things here.  Any name suggestions?  Let me know.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. danielburr permalink
    1 Sep 2010 3:55 am

    Seeing how well those purple hand grenades turned out, how about The Dragon?

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