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How to Build the Smallest World Class Camera System

I spent $1800 on my first high quality camera. I was on the brink of Life Nomadic, and I justified the purchase with two ideas. The first was that I would be seeing a lot of things for the first, and possibly the only, time. Second, the particular camera I bought, an Epson R-D1s, seemed to hold its value well.

It came as a shock to a lot of people how primitive my camera was in many ways. It had no autofocus, no flash, no video recording capabilities, no self timer, and the only thing it could do automatically was light metering. It did that poorly. After each shot it was necessary to thumb a switch, which mechanically reset the spring for the shutter.

I bought a single lens for it, a Nokton 40mm/1.4. It had no zoom, and the aperture was set mechanically by rotating a ring on the lens. The lens was gorgeous. For those who don't know, a 1.4 F-Stop means that the lens is very fast: it lets in a lot of light. The average camera lens is probably around an f/3.5, which lets in only an eighth as much light as mine did. That's how I got amazing low-light pictures like this one.

The Week In Pictures!!!!

On Where Pianos Roam

This post begins a new weekly segment here on Where Pianos Roam.  It should mostly happen on Fridays, but may occasionally come out on Saturdays depending on my schedule.  Along with "Early On a Sunday Morning" and "The Video of the Week", this marks the third regular instalment that you can expect to find here on WPR. So now, on with the inaugural post of  .  .  .

I spent a day in Huntsville, Alabama earlier this week for a much needed break from Nashville.   I brought Oreo and Buttercup along for plenty of "contemplating along the water's edge"-type-of-stuff. Here are some photos .  .  . Overlooking some Alabama mountains .  .  . Also this week, I've been hard at work on my website-revamp.  I just added the new video page .   Here's a screenshot .  .  . I've also been reading a new book in my rare spare time.  It's called "The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield, and it's quite good so far.  Here's a hazy photo from my screwy little camera .  .  . I also recently dusted off my Roland JD-800 Synthesizer/keyboard and been playing on it a good bit.  It's going to make an appearance in some upcoming shows.   Her name is Olive by the way.  Finished a new song with her earlier this week as well .  .  . Well, that's it for now.  There'll be more photos next week!!! More, infinitely so, to come .  .  . -gordo

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