In my limited world of photography I have an exciting event to mark, my first new lens in a year and a half. Looking back through my archives the last lens I bought was back in January of 2010 (35mm f/2.8, which was preceded by the 24/2.8 and sigma 14/3.5 in rapid precession). In addition to the lens I also bought 5 rolls of Kodak Ektar 100, 5 rolls of Fuji Superia 400 and 2 rolls of Ilford Xp2 super. The first and last for the Grand Canyon and the middle because I am pretty much out of any color film faster than 160. I also bought a red 25 filter for B&W Grand Canyon photography and a 40.5 to 49mm filter adapter to mount my existing series of filters on my wife’s 14-42mm 4/3rds lens.
Impressions of the 100mm f/2.8 so far are that it is visually the twin of the 85/2. Its identical in length and barrel diameter to the 85/2 and the front element is effectively the same size. Its an ounce or so lighter and of course longer focal length. I don’t have any results from shooting with film with it yet, but I did a few test shots with my wife’s E-PL1. Conclusion, very sharp wide open and it doesn’t improve much upon stopping down (not much to improve on). Of course near the edge of the projected image it might be softer, the E-PL1 is only imaging from the center half of the projected image. Still impressive to me that a lens made for 35mm film does so well when it is effectively magnified by x2.
I am heading out on a backpacking trip this weekend, possibly a solo trip as participants have been dropping like flies lately. Also still not entirely sure where I am going. Originally I was going to go up Old Rag in Shenandoah NP, but I looking at a different trip in SNP or possibly else where. My backpacking kit is pretty up in the air, but my photography kit is set in stone. I am taking my Nova mini bag, 24/2.8, 50/1.8 and 100/2.8 as well as 3 rolls of 160s and what I have left in my camera of the current roll (about 10exp left).