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The Hot Hot Heat and further ruminations on a 1988 Brother Charger 11

Sometimes animals forget that staring directly into the summer sun will turn them into stone.

Sometimes animals forget that staring directly into the summer sun will turn them into stone.

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Ahhh, the pool. We took great advantage of this.

Ahhh, the pool. We took great advantage of this.

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The Devil was consulted over someone's love life. I'm not sure if the Devil picked up the phone on Saturday, I stopped paying attention to the Necromancy and went to get in the water...

The Devil was consulted over someone’s love life. I’m not sure if the Devil picked up the phone on Saturday, I stopped paying attention to the Necromancy and went to get in the water…

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I love the Nikon 75-150mm for intimate framing of subjects at "patio party" distance, but I need more practice manual focusing in low-light situations. The viewfinder in a digital camera lacks the ocular focusing aids usually found in nice 35mm film cameras.

I love the Nikon 75-150mm for intimate framing of subjects at “patio party” distance, but I need more practice manual focusing in low-light situations. The viewfinder in a digital camera lacks the ocular focusing aids usually found in nice 35mm film cameras.

Updated: June 30, 2013 — 2:30 pm

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  1. Wow that is hot. we are miserable here in the high 80’s! I didn’t start writing creatively until I started collecting typewriters, unless you count role-playing games.

  2. Greetings from nice, pleasant London at 71ยบ.

  3. Back in the 35mm day, I eschewed zooms for their lack of brilliance compared to prime optics and the confusion I’d face with minimum hand-held shutter speeds (rule of thumb – one over the focal length) so now, every time I use a kit zoom on autofocus, I count my blessings! But yes, a longer lens is great for that candid picture. Over 80mm (equivalent), the spherical distortion of the lens goes and people’s faces look a thousand times better. Wishing you cooler evenings!

    1. Yep, I have a pair of 50mm primes (80mm equiv.), one and early EF full-auto 1:1.8 and an old Rikenon 1:2 manual. Still getting used to the tiny all-manual Rikenon, but I do really like the clarity I can get from it.

  4. Yuck. Meanwhile, we are having freakishly nice weather in Kansas City due to the same stuck weather pattern. Last summer it stuck differently and we had almost a month straight past 105 degrees with bonus humidity. I feel for you, man.

    I also miss the focusing aids found on film cameras. The Sony NEX-6 has focus peaking where in focus areas shine in the color of your choosing. This adds to the enjoyment factor of manual focus lenses.

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