Foul weather today. Clumps of wet snow are falling from an ashen gray sky. It’s too wet and too dark for head out with a camera, which is not such a bad thing, as I’m swamped with writing. Today’s picture is the result of a quickie photoshoot on my desktop. I used some transluscent packing material from a recently purchased monitor as a background upon which I set a 1967 Nikkormat FTN camera that I bought at an estate sale for $10. The camera included a nice 50mm f/2 lens with the fastest smoothest focus ring I’ve ever encountered. I lit the scene with a couple of desk lamps that use compact fluorescent bulbs.
I photographed the camera with a Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 AI-s lens (another thrift store find) mounted on a Canon Digital Rebel XTi. The focus ring on 28mm is at the opposite extreme and requires some effort to turn, but it is a stellar lens, tack sharp and with a close focus range of 7 inches. The shot was taken @ ISO 1600 f/8 1/80th sec.