Category Archives: Mitakon Speedmaster 25/0.95

3817 – The Garden

The manual focus 25/0.95 Mitakon Speedmaster is a lens that feels and looks good on the PEN-F. I think in the meantime they sell it in silver as well, and that would be an even better match. The fate of the early adopter ๐Ÿ™‚

Of course in an image like this, any lens would do. Had I used the Olympus 25/1.8, I’d even be able to tell you the aperture I’ve used. Must have been around f2.8, I guess.

3607 – Always the Same Tree

A rarely use the Mitakon Speedmaster 25/0.95, and when I do (usually only for a week), I rarely use it for what it’s intended. It does not matter though. Sometimes I like it slow.

As we’re speaking of “slow”, well, there is one thing that bugs me. It’s that I have no way to automatically set lens information in the EXIF data. I don’t care for the f-stop. You see that anyway, or at least I see it. I know the tree, I know how big it is and that at that distance it must have been something between f2.8 and f4. And if I’m wrong, I just don’t care.

No, it’s the lens itself. At the moment I have only two manual lenses, the fish and the 25, ok, that’s also easy to spot. This image has not been taken with a fish ๐Ÿ™‚

But still, I may buy other lenses in the future (I used to be in the habit), and then it may be less easy to distinguish them by looks of the images.

What I currently do is tagging images with “Lens Tagger“. That’s a manual step in Lightroom though, a step that I forget at times.

What do I really wish? Well, ideally the camera would ask me to choose a lens from a list of lenses maintained by me. After buying a lens, I would enter its name and data into the list. Maybe this could be supported by an app over WiFi or by a program running on a computer connected by wire, but this is so rare, even entering using a pseudo “keyboard”, the cursor keys and the OK button on the back of the camera would be acceptable. At the moment, entering copyright information on Olympus cameras works that way. It’s slow, painful and rare. The pain goes away though and soon you can’t remember it – until next time ๐Ÿ™‚

OK, so we would maintain a list. The list would have to survive firmware updates, which is currently impossible on Olympus. All your settings are always gone after an update. It could work like this:

Whenever you mount a lens that identifies itself, the camera knows that no manual lens is mounted. After you’ve taken the first image with a newly mounted manual lens, the camera asks you to choose from the list, to enter a new lens or to skip the step. If you choose a lens, data for that lens is automatically recorded in EXIF.

This works perfectly for cases where you have only one manual lens and at least one automatic lens with you. You change back to automatic, the choice gets cleared, next time you are asked again. If the list is short, you don’t change lenses all the time, this works really, really well.

If you change between multiple lenses and the camera can’t detect changes (probably it could detect the lens release button, but that may be fully mechanic), then you have to remember making a choice from the list manually.

And, of course, the whole thing should be manual. What do you think about it?

3460 – We Don’t Go To Ravenholm

Don’t know what exactly reminds me of Ravenholm here. Maybe it’s the color black, the fiery lights, the feeling that you don’t see what’s out there, the feeling of being watched nevertheless.

Oh, you don’t know Ravenholm? That’s an uncanny place in the game “Half Life 2”. It’s the place where you first encounter black headcrabs. It’s a place where you are constantly lured into wasting ammo – until you really, really need it and almost run out of it.

Don’t play games? Well, I do occasionally ๐Ÿ˜€

3458 – A Fence Fades Away

I love creamy bokeh. I always did, but since my departure from the Nikon world, I have mostly used cameras and lenses that were not strong on shallow DOF.

First came the Panasonic LX5, a compact camera with a comparably large multi-aspect sensor, RAW capability, unbeatably light weight and ergonomics that got everything right. It wasn’t even my idea. Juha Haataja, a remarkably good photographer, at that time used its predecessor, the LX3, exclusively. He raved on and on about it and I just wanted to try using such a camera. Who knows, I thought. In the end I stuck with it for nine or ten months. I still have it, I still love it, and from time to time I even use it ๐Ÿ™‚

The LX5 had a very sharp and fast lens, but of course due to its small sensor size, shallow DOF was not its biggest merit.

Interestingly enough it didn’t put me off though, I just developed a new style. Massive depth of field was easy to achieve, and therefore I concentrated on composition and lines. I think that doing so made me a better photographer.

The on-going liaison with Micro Four Thirds was what followed. Larger sensor, long and reasonably fast lenses like the 75/1.8, but still, shallow DOF was not so easily achieved. At least until I bought this lens, the Mitakon Speedmaster 25/0.95. Not only does it open wide, it also focuses close. The result of both these properties is what you see in today’s image.

3451 – A Strange Flag

At least that’s what this image reminds me of. But then, I don’t like flags and I don’t like nations.

Whenever things get tight, people tend to flock together in groups, tend to accentuate the differences and not the common, tend to seek salvation in separation. It’s easy to see why.

Keeping the unknown at bay and sticking to the known is a way of denying change. It’s only that change does not come through refugees. Refugees come through change.

Their world changes, and it is through our actions or our refusal to act. Sure, we can keep them out and just pretend that there is no problem. The problem is only that it does not work.

By refusing to change we must change ourselves. By setting up borders we lose the freedom to cross them. By waging war in other countries we make ourselves the target of revenge. By following our fears we make them reality.

Bombs in Paris, bombs in Brussels, and the only thing we’re capable of is to ramp up surveillance and further limit freedom. It didn’t help the French and it didn’t help the Belgians, did it?

Do you remember Terry Gilliam’s prophetic movie “Brazil“? Well, it positively begins to feel like that.

3450 – Frosty Situation II

It’s already early Spring around here, but image-wise we are just diving into Winter. Rest assured, it won’t last very long.

Actually I had already wondered whether my lust to take images was gone. Then last Saturday I made 20 images on one short walk through Villach. This is not 20 exposures taken, this is 20 images processed and ready to be used on the blog. Not all of them are first rate, but, well, neither is everything I’ve published so far. In any case, I seemingly need just a lazy hour from time to time ๐Ÿ˜€