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Stellaria - "Where Light meets the Ordinary"

About this blog

So, this is the place on the web where I will give an account of my daily life. Will it be interesting? I don't know. But at least I know I will post the things which interest me.

S-M-C Takumar 55mm/F1.8

photography Posted on Oct 25, 2009 22:50:24

It’s one of those old cheapies you can find everywhere on the internet, the Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 55mm/F1.8. It once was the standard lens on the legendary Pentax Spotmatic, the first 35mm camera with TTL metering. Revolutionary!

These lenses go for about 25 euro’s (about 35-40 USD), but the performance of this little baby goes far beyond that price! They can be mounted on a modern Pentax dSLR through an adapter, and the same holds for at least Canon cameras. This combo gives you a very cheap classic short tele-solution perfectly well suited for portraits. But the lens can do much more! With some fellow Pentax enthusiasts, we decided to shoot one week with the different variants of this lens, and share the photos in a Dutch Pentax forum.

Rather than posting a technical pixel-peepers test of the performance of the S-M-C Tak 55/1.8, I will post some real-life examples of what this beauty can do. For more examples of better quality you’d better visit the mentioned thread at!

Fall colours

work Posted on Oct 25, 2009 12:52:22

At the northern hemisphere it’s autumn. After a summer of production, nature is preparing for a resting period, at least in the temperate zone. This is accompanied by magnificent colours, in which red and yellow are the most important tones. But did you ever wonder why European trees colour yellow in autumn, and the predominant colour in Northern America is red? Well, I did. But I never got an answer. Until last week, when I asked this same question on a forum of Pentax-users. And there I was redirected to the site of Science Daily. It has to do with the long gone era of the ice ages. Want to know more? Go here.