Coronavirus in NYC

I had a couple more posts in the pipeline from February that I had originally planned to publish this month, but with the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in NYC about to surpass 4,500 as of this writing—and confirmed coronavirus-related deaths up to 35—it seemed prudent to take a moment to address what’s been happening … More Coronavirus in NYC

Jupiter-8

A fair amount has been written covering the history of the Jupiter lenses, so I won’t go too deeply into it here. Suffice it to say, as the Soviets invaded Germany at the end of WWII, a factory producing the Zeiss Sonnar 50mm f/2.0 was ransacked, and the equipment and lens designs were sent back … More Jupiter-8

Vintage Subway

Each year during the holidays, the MTA takes a break from its usual soul-crushing inefficiency to treat New Yorkers to a bit of subway nostalgia by operating a handful of vintage train cars around the city. I’ve seen them in passing over the years, but never took the opportunity to have a closer look, but this year was a … More Vintage Subway

Fujifilm X-T1

Back in September Fujifilm released the X-T2, the latest in their professional tier of X Series mirrorless cameras. Coming in at $700 cheaper (thanks to a generous sale in light of this new release) now seemed like a great time to pick up the T2’s predecessor, the X-T1. Given this relatively hefty discount, it seemed like a reasonable choice … More Fujifilm X-T1