shared this on twitter already when i got it between chicago rehab and philly relapse. it upset my sister that the tattooist and i agreed to go with dots instead of the original digits. you can’t please everybody when you’re permanently marking your own body
While the quest for the sharpest image motivates many, I’m smitten by lenses with character. Bokeh, according to wikipedia "is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens,“ and is the grail quality for photo hacks like me, who prefer their landscapes and portraits with a dreamier, creamier watercolor-like quality that has become more and more difficult to capture as lens quality has gotten exponentially "better.”
I’m a Leica devotee for 20+years, and while I am committed to the latest M bodies (240M-P and Monochrom) and would never part with my 50mm APO ASPH, I have been shooting vintage cinema and Japanese rangefinder glass exclusively for the last 4 months. Thanks to a group of interpid Japanese and Hong Kong based collectors, the vintage glass market is thriving, and the micro 4/3’s phenomenon, along popularity of the Sony A7 has driven demand higher. One of the experts recently told me that “there are no lenses with any character produced after 1965” and while that may be an exaggeration, there is something truly special about the early Nippon-Kogaku 50mm/f1.4, 35mm/f1.8 and the grail movie lenses of the ‘40’s and '50’s from Angenieux, Cooke and Rank, Taylor, Hobson. Filmmakers have gotten the fever as well, as I recently read that Ron Howard shot Rush with vintage “glass” to get the period look of that magical time in F1 racing.
My Leica’s mean that in the quest for vintage glass I’m limited to lenses that have been modified to couple with Leica rangefinder focusing. That’s only made the hunt that much for fun, and as you can see by the spread on my table, hasn’t been impossible.
Lenses that make landscapes creamy, and whose softened corners and colors make beautiful women very happy, are most definitely GMS.