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A recent lunch in Oakland.

April 15th, 2003

In A Good Direction
This 28 - 70mm lens is a real beast. I hadn't understood how large it was or how heavy. It looks great, but I'll be curious to see how it handles. I often use the F3 for certain kinds of shooting. This lens alone weighs as much as an F3 with a lens mounted and I'm not sure it isn't larger. Add the F5, a brick in its own right, and you've got more than maybe an old guy can handle.

Do you believe that?

Nah, but it sounds good. They make a later model of the 80 - 200mm f 2.8 than the one I own as well. The new one has the internal IF fast focusing of this new 28 - 70 and I'm sure if I used my 80 - 200 more than occasionally, I'd want the new one for the fast focusing too. Faster focusing in a long lens doesn't matter much to me, I don't shoot sports. Or chipmunks. From what little experimentation I've done this evening, though, it really is fast. Better at catching an expression?

The 28 - 70 also uses something called ED glass, which isn't worth describing, some of my other lenses have it, but it's thought to get a sharper image. That would be nice, although my (now) old 35 - 70 seems sharp enough to my eye. I may think differently when I see some pictures. So, am I happy to have popped the money? Oh, yes. No buyer's remorse. The Japanese Cherry Blossom parade is coming this weekend. A good place to test it.

Another long day, another dizzy day, the back and top of the head heavy and tingling, the interior of the mouth, up above the molars, not aching, really, but throbbing in conjunction with the top of my head and - I'm not really sure of this - connected with the dizziness, ears ringing. Is this good or bad? Well, it's not good, but the question is will it continue? Will it get worse? Does it ultimately suggest something awful? Don't know. They (the doctors) suggested I mention any changes. Well, I will, I will.

So maybe you should have put off buying the lens until you're feeling better.

Bullshit. It's pretty much automatic. I just have to point it in a good direction.

The photograph was taken at a recent lunch in Oakland.