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Friday, 25 September 2020 Dereel Images for 25 September 2020
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Examining the Nikon FM2
Topic: photography, opinion Link here

Plenty of things to do today, so of course first thing was to take a closer look at my “new” Nikon FM2:


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It really looks almost unused. Even the JCII sticker on the pentaprism housing looks pristine. Well, almost. It was stuck a little offset, and one edge has lifted:


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Interestingly, it has a small text “81” on the right. Is that the year of manufacture? It would certainly match my calculations. Only two of the lenses have JCII stickers on them, and they look very different:


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The first is on the 28/2.8, and the second on the 105/2.5. Despite being the cheapest lens, the 28/2.8 came in a separate carrying case, and my guess is that the label wore off by scuffing against the inside. The 105/2.5 looks plausibly used, and suggests that the lenses weren't all bought together. It's not clear what the text “61” at the top means; clearly it's not a year, and it could suggest that the “81” on the camera is also not a year.

As I had suspected, I am mainly impressed by the 85/1.4, with 60.7 mm almost the widest aperture lens I have (the Leica DG Vario-Elmar 100-400 mm f/4.0-6.3 narrowly beats it beyond 380 mm focal length, but that's a different kettle of fish). It certainly looks impressive:


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Even in the shelf, it sticks out:


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Using the viewfinder is interesting. My eyes are not what they were 50 years ago, when I was delighted by the viewfinder of the Spotmatic, and since then I've been spoilt by the use of electronic viewfinders. Like most cameras of the day, this one doesn't have any “dioptre” adjustment for the viewfinder, so I need to look at it through my glasses. I compared it with the Spotmatic, and I think the Spotmatic (just) wins. The FM2 has both split image and microprism screen, while the Spotmatic only has microprism, but I think that's the better choice.

The question that I keep asking myself: why so many lenses? Compared to my Spotmatic 15 years earlier, the apertures are larger, but the focal length range is much smaller. They're all almost covered by my M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100 mm f/4.0 IS PRO, both with real focal lengths and relative focal lengths (14-52.5 mm). In fact, I have three lenses that cover that range.

When I bought my Pentax cameras, the first lenses were the 55 mm f/1.8, the 135 mm f/3.5 and 28 mm f/3.5. The apertures are clearly not as good, but the focal length range was already larger, and the next lens I bought was 400 mm. After that it was 18 mm. Somehow it doesn't seem to be worth the trouble to change lenses for such a small focal length range as these new lenses offer.

But once again I'm left with this feeling: what a pity there's nothing I can do with this camera. About the best thing about it is that the 85 mm lens might be useful on my Olympus cameras. Who has ever had a “full frame” 170 mm f/1.4?

On the other hand, compare the sizes:


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On the right is the Olympus E-PM1 with a M.Zuiko Digital 45 mm f/1.8 lens, comparable to 90 mm “full frame”. Yes, it's half a stop slower, and the 45 mm f/1.2 is much larger, but it does give a feeling for the difference in size.


Winter in spring
Topic: general, opinion Link here

Last week the weather finally showed signs of spring, with a top temperature of 26.2°. But that was last week. Today the weather was very different. As the Ballarat Courier overstated, “heavy snow fell in Ballarat in late September”. Of course, maybe it was more in Ballarat, but to find out I would have to subscribe. Still, I had to go out and take some photos:


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Petra Gietz was there, and had to dig her car out:


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Even the sheep across the road seemed to enjoy it:


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Tied up with invisible actions
Topic: general, opinion Link here

Since I started keeping a diary, I have had the problem: what do I report, what not? In general I don't report writing the diary articles. But what do I do if, like today, it takes all day? I can't say “didn't do anything today”, because I was flat out. But it's more an excuse than a report.


US military breakin attempt
Topic: general, technology, opinion Link here

I regularly get a number of link failure reports from http://www.lemis.com/. Some are genuine problems on my part: I refer to a non-existent page from a valid page, something that's worth reporting. Then there are failures that seem to be self-perpetuating, like:

Referrer:       http://www.lemis.com/grog/diary-feb2016.php
Referenced URL: http://www.lemis.com/Histoire_Foie_Gras.php

There are two issues here: firstly, the referring page doesn't refer to that URL. I do have a page with that name, but it's http://www.lemis.com/grog/recipes/Histoire_Foie_Gras.html. Somewhere a request has been built that has attributed it to an unrelated referring page.

And then, of course, there are the malicious ones, like this one:

Referrer:       http://www.lemis.com/notify-SubZero?aHR0cDovL3d3dy5sZW1pcy5jb20vZ3JvZy9Eb2N1bWVudGF0aW9uL0xpb25zLw==;cGPM5qAnLsbMaV7KZOmgdpyLReLuEGTO7yFyD9dPYd0=
Referenced URL: http://www.lemis.com/accepted-SubZero?aHR0cDovL3d3dy5sZW1pcy5jb20vZ3JvZy9Eb2N1bWVudGF0aW9uL0xpb25zLw==;cGPM5qAnLsbMaV7KZOmgdpyLReLuEGTO7yFyD9dPYd0=
Remote host:    124fw-902.afnoc.af.mil
Remote IP:      131.60.47.198

It's not clear what this URL intends to do, though possibly it's input to some web software, and then presumably designed to compromise it. But look at the remote host name. That's a genuine lookup. Somebody (presumably unauthorized) in the United States Air Force is trying to do something bad. Should I report it? I suppose so.


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