A new lens !

When I tell you how far and long this lens had to travel to sit snugly on my A-37, you’ll be left scratching your head.

Don’t worry, I won’t.

I just bought a 50mm f/1.4 lens. And the experience, however short, has been breathtaking.

I’ll leave you with a few pictures.

PS: A good friend of mine told me that I’m in my “noise is so cool” phase. I’m advised that it will pass soon. Hopefully (?)


Incredible sharpness. That plane of focus must be 2 cm wide. Less than an inch !

Incredible sharpness. That plane of focus must be 2 cm wide. Less than an inch !

A click by my brother outside the car. The low light performance is stunning. Just look at the hues.

A click by my brother outside the car. The low light performance is stunning. Just look at the hues.

My niece.

My niece.

Testing out the DoF.

Testing out the DoF.

A weak attempt at a bokeh, inside a moving car.

A weak attempt at a bokeh, inside a moving car.

Because I’m spending too much time apart from my camera, I have only so many to preview. More to come later on.


A trip to Dehradun.


I was at my aunt’s place in DehraDun, hence the brief silence. But I got busy with my camera there.

She just loves him.

Having fun. That’s me on the right there.

I’m not a macro person at all, but the way this turned out I was surprised.

Orange pickle in the making, I guess.

There’s just too much drama in this part of their balcony.

Still wondering what this was for.

The green texture on the book. This was an address book.

Their driveway.

On our way to Dhanaulti, a little higher than Dehradun. It had just snowed a day ago.

Slight use of a polariser. The sky turned out great.

Sunlight peaks out of the forest in Dhanaulti.

A frozen leaf.

I’m waiting for my 50mm/1.4. It was due in early Dec, but got delayed by a month. So now hoping to get it before the spring semester starts.

Of lenses and old viewfinders…

I’ve been planning on doing this for a while now, but only just got time.

It was my dad and my aunts who told me that my grandfather was into photography. That’s how my dad got interested in it. Watching him got me interested.

Back in those days, i.e. early 1950s, it was quite hard to get a simple point and shoot. Instead you had your Pentax, Zeiss-IKON, Kodak, AGFA, Rolleiflex among the prominent camera makers. My grandfather had both a Pentax and an IKON-Zeiss with an AFGA lens.

My dad tells me that my grandfather had his own dark room, complete equipped with appropriate chemicals (hypo solutions, silver nitrate solutions), a photo enlarger, and would meticulously prepare his photographs. Another time, I guess. My dad too initially developed his own photographs. Lucky him.

The first time I remember being aware of any camera was my dad’s Minolta. Then sometime later, I remember him clicking with a Ricoh point and shoot. He handed it to me when I was, I think, 12 years old. And then, on and off, I’ve handled his Minolta, his later digital point and shoots from Sony, Panasonic, Olympus and Sony HandyCam. Now I have taken the Sony A-37 almost entirely for myself.

Recently back from Chennai, with a good bunch of photographs with me, I took to cleaning my Sony. You know, the casual brushing and all. While taking out the brushes my dad had, I came across two huge packs, stowed away carefully.

And then, the gold burst forth.

My grandfather’s Zeiss-IKON.

F/3.5 – 16. AGFA lens

My dad’s initials on them.

I wish I could’ve put up some test shots.

The lens hood, the yellow filter with its cleaning cloth.

The yellow filter was essential to Black/White photography, like to separate the clouds from the blue sky, essentially used to separate contrasting colors.

It was through these hooks that the filter was held.

And this is an IKOPHOT photometer. I’ve used it a couple of times, a few years ago.

The needle you see in the image is still very sensitive.

Still works. Amazingly well at that.

F/4 – 32. Tokina lens.

This is my dad’s Pentax.

My grandfather also had one. One that he had bought after meticulous research and calculation. All that and then it got stolen on a train journey. That incident really hit him. After that he was never the same way about cameras.

The ME Super.

Ricoh XF 30. Point and shoot.

My grandfather asked a friend to get a flash for him. This, sadly, stopped working a while back.

And the Minolta: 50 mm F/1.4. Alongside its telephoto lens: 70 – 210 mm.

The 400si.

70-210 mm. AF

Our first digital camera. Sony Cybershot, 3.2 mp. Point and shoot.

With a 3x optical zoom, when we first bought it it was quite expensive.

The Olympus FE 20. 8 megapixels.

Those dents along the lens you see are actually from the time my nephew threw it on the ground, jamming the lens at an awkward angle. We got it fixed though.

The Panasonic Lumix DC Vario. 14 meagapixels. Touchscreen interface. And an amazing camera.

Boy has this camera been around ! It’s gone to Auli, Nainital, Ranikhet, travelled abroad with my dad, to a couple concerts with me, been passed around my circle of friends… It takes good quality pictures with an awesome zoom. Very good value for money. Still my point and shoot travel companion. Never disappoints.

That’s it then. I have assembled all of the above in one photo below, the Lumix being an exception. Quite a collection I’ve got their, huh ?

The entire collection with all the tools and equipment.

I have deliberately not included my A-37 in this post. I think I feel that it’s still a part of the present; these guys, well they have had their time in the limelight.

Quite a trove, eh ?

My only regret is that I haven’t seen my grandfather’s Pentax. It was an F/1.2 or so my dad says. No hope there.

Oh, and also that I haven’t shot with a Leica F/1 as of yet. There’s still hope on that front, though. Slim, but still.