Where it began . . .

Passing an unusual indoor afternoon waiting for UPS (with the sun shining brightly 🤨), I used the time to curate some slides for digitizing. To make sure ordering a backlight would be worthwhile, I tested my Nikon ES-2 set with the CL and 60mm TL using a few undusted slides.

The first one below, a Red-Crested Cardinal, was shot at the top of Diamond Head back in 1988 with a Canon EOS 650 and Canon EF 80-200mm lens. That was the first time I took note of the fact that birds make great subject matter.

The second one was shot from a rocking Circle Line boat on a Sunday afternoon (after numerous drinks) on a day in 1986 when it was too hot to do street shooting. It was most probably taken with a Yashica FX-3 and a slow Sigma 80-200mm zoom.

The Telyt arrived too late to get it outdoors today, but—weather permitting—it’ll get put to the test first thing in the morning. Weighing in at 1827 grams, with the APO extender and a filter added it’ll probably be within ten grams of what the Sigma weighs, slightly shorter than the Sigma extended, and obviously without OIS. Without the extender, it should be a good match for the CL.

High expectations? Me??? Nahhhhhh . . .