The pink bike: photographic tragedy #12
Tandem Couple: in focus
I used to love to use a 400mm Spiratone telephoto lens that I'm sure would alert security personnel within a half-mile to profile me these days, but dang that thing was (or is) awesome. I had a 2x converter that made that bad boy into an f12.6, 800mm optical cannon. I bought it myself in New York City, then walked around shooting seagull and ferry pictures from a mile away. The lens had a manually closed diaphragm--you set the f-stop, focused, then turned a ring to stop-down the diaphragm to the setting you chose. And the point is, with practice, I could take a grab shot with the Spiratone 400mm lens, shutter speed set to 1/500 second, in bright daylight, with no blur, faster than I can successfully grab an action shot from bike with the digital camera. I'll figure it out with practice it, or I'll just get a better camera (DSLR anyone?). Know your equipment, I guess.
400mm Spiratone Optical Cannon (NOT FOR SALE)
I don't advocate using the 400mm while riding a bicycle, although its Deluxe Tubular Carry-case w. filter compartment would look rad zip-tied to the seat stay.
And imagine the reaction of neighbors as I point the thing up and down the street, preset the f-stop, focus, and try to shoot. Heh. All my shots would be blurred, flat colored, tele-compressed perspectives of people running away, lit by police lights. Maybe. Although you never know. The lens uses a T-mount, which I think can be easily adapted to some DSLR bodies. And thanks to George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, et. al., I can at least contemplate the possibility of trying it. Free to try out freakishly long telephotos lenses on modern digital cameras to explore the possibilities. What a country. Get up. Go ride.