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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Crimes Before Mine Very Eyes

This is vandalism most atrocious. I am shocked. Shocked!

(And I might point out that the fellow is wearing no eye protection. How ironic would it be if he were to blind himself in the process of smiting that noble Takumar?)

Here is much better cure for yellow elements:

Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON, with thanks to Nick (and, indirectly, to Brian)

12 Comments:

Blogger MJFerron said...

Yes always wear goggles when doing something stupid like this. If he was a real man he would of hammered something like a 70-200 VR or the like instead of that dated old prime. ;0

2:09 PM  
Blogger John Sarsgard said...

Looks like it had a very convenient, about #8, filter, which should perk up the clouds just a bit if the user photographed with the film God intended.

2:16 PM  
Blogger Player said...

I agree Mike!

A dedicated B&W lens with a built-in yellow filter.

Perfect!

2:53 PM  
Blogger Mike Hess Photography said...

The Takumars, specifically the SMCs are amongst the best glass I have ever used, including a lot of Canon Glass. My 85mm f1.8 was only lost to change because of a need to go digital without a decent Pentax body at the time. I miss this lens every time I shoot portraits.

3:21 PM  
Blogger Richard Sintchak said...

Shame. I have a crappy 58/1.9 Meyer-Optik Gorlitz he could have used. On your recommendation Mike I picked up the 50/1.4 Super-Takumar for a Praktica FX I found at a flea market for $20 (yes, it came with the Meyer-Optik Gorlitz I just mentioned). Lovely lens. And I'm proud to say I just nailed the 35/2 and 105/2.8 Super-Takumars as well and they are on the way from the seller.

7:06 PM  
Blogger Michel said...

Ahem, how do you spell "old news" in English? My second language is a bit rusty today. :P

Has anybody noticed that there is something fishy with the claim "All photos on this page are by Brian Ayling and Myles Harris-Ayling, using a Pentax Spotmatic II and SMC Takumar 1:2/55mm, exposed on Kodak Gold 100 colour print film."

How can you crank advance film fast enough to take photos 2 and 3 ??

7:58 PM  
Blogger Bryce said...

Smashing old boy,
simply smashing!

8:34 PM  
Blogger Shrinked Immaculate said...

That was painful and he should be punished.

1:04 AM  
Blogger hugo solo said...

my last Tri-X
http://www.flickr.com/photos/hugosolo/367414209/

1:58 AM  
Blogger expiring_frog said...

> How can you crank advance film fast
> enough to take photos 2 and 3 ??

Use a motor drive. Else, swing the hammer thrice, hitting the lens (and praying the shutter fires at the right instant) only the last time.

Else, have a large supply of lenses and destroy one (or more if something goes wrong) for each frame :P.

7:15 AM  
Blogger Olaf Ulrich said...

"michel" wrote:
> How can you crank advance film fast
> enough to take photos 2 and 3?

Simple: Do several strokes and take one frame each stroke. Then select the images so they will look like a sequence taken of one single stroke. By the way, to me the burst of smashed glass in frame #3 looks photoshopped ... but hey, who cares?

At least Brian's method will really yield the result proposed at the bottom of his page, no more and no less. But there's a better cure for yellowed glass. Simply expose it to sunlight for a few weeks! Often (not always) the yellow hue gets reduced significantly or even goes away completely. I have no idea if it will come back after a year or two but if it does, simply repeat the cure.

I was able to completely remove the yellowing from an otherwise mint Minolta MC W.Rokkor-SI 28 mm 1:2.5 lens made in the early '70s. The yellow cast wouldn't go away after weeks of exposing the front element to the sun but went away within days after I turned the lens' rear element at the sun.

-- Olaf

7:39 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

This is especially bad considering that there was a better way to fix the problem.

I have an Takumar 50mm that turned yellow. Setting the lens on a windowsill for a couple weeks really reduced the yellowing. Now it's still in service, and one of my favorite "oldies but goodies."

http://www.pbase.com/copcarss/image/43588922.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/copcarss/image/70605479.jpg

(OK, the second one is a B&W, but I only converted it because the colors detracted from the shot).

First shot with a Canon D60, second with a Pentax K100D.

And a little info on the cure:

http://www.pentax-manuals.com/repairs/yellow.htm

8:57 AM  

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