Feline Zen

February 26, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Feline Zen-02184Feline ZenSissy is a most un-curious cat. Unlike her house-mate sister, Smokey, who is as curious and playful a cat as you would ever want. Is she a Zen master? I'll never know for sure.

Who knows what goes on behind a cat's staring eyes? 

Is Sissy a Zen master? 

I do know that a good lens can always be used. Where there's good "glass" there's usually a way to make it work on newer cameras. 

Here, I am using a lens that was made 50 years ago, around 1965, on a camera that is just over one year old. The lens is a Asahi Super-Takumar 1:1.9/85mm with a screw mount, M42. Pentax might be a more familiar name, and one to which Asahi Optical Co. Ltd would eventually change its name. 

The elderly but marvelous lens is mated via a conversion adapter to my Sony A6000 mirrorless digital camera. The M42 to e-mount adapter allows me to once again use this superb lens. 

I stopped down the lens from f1.9 to f2. Not much of a change, but at 85mm on an APS-C cropped sensor in the Sony, lets just say that the plane of focus is very, very narrow. Here, about the only thing in clear focus is a portion of Sissy's fur and whiskers just above and below her eyes. 

That dreamy out of focus quality of this lens, the Japanese term for it is Boke ( ボケ), which means blur or haze. Most photography folk use the term Bokeh to speak of the quality of out of focus areas of a photograph. This lens has a ton of great bokeh. It's perfect for portraits, with the narrow focus pointing the way for the viewer's attention. 

Sissy is a most un-curious cat. Unlike her house-mate sister, Smokey, who is as curious and playful a cat as you would ever want. Is she a Zen master? I'll never know for sure. 


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