Nikkor-P 1200mm on a Canon EOS 5D: Are you kidding me?

Nikkor-P 1200mm mounted on tripod
Nikkor-P 1200mm mounted on tripod
On my latest trip to Colorado, my father sent me home with his old Nikkor-P 1200mm f/11-f/64 lens, as well as a monster tripod to support the beast. Here are the specs on the lens from the original manual:

  • Picture Angle: 2°
  • Construction: 5 elements in 5 groups
  • Aperture Diaphragm: Manual
  • Minimum Aperture: f/64
  • Distance Scale: Graduated down to 143ft (43m)
  • Filter: 122mm screw-in
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 732mm, 922mm long with focusing unit
  • Weight: 3.1kg, 4.3kg with focusing unit

Additionally, it has built-in telescoping lens hood, and came with a 135mm slip-on feather front cap, a slip-on leather rear cap, the focusing unit, and a wooden case. According to Malaysian Internet Resources, “this used to be the longest regular-type Nikkor super telephoto lens for 35mm photography. Magnification is an amazing 24 times that of the 50mm normal lens. The lens was used to be highly useful in photojournalism, sports, wildlife and other types of photography during those days.” Continue reading “Nikkor-P 1200mm on a Canon EOS 5D: Are you kidding me?”


Colorado, June 2009

This vacation trip has been some time in the making for me. Having had lower back surgery in 1997, this would be the first trip in a dozen years on which I would plan on driving for more than a couple of hours at a time. Lola and I had been to Colorado was in May, 2005, but we had flown in to Denver on that trip – the primary purpose being to visit my father in Idaho Springs. That trip had left little time for travel to the surrounding areas and I looked forward on this year’s trip to being able to take in more of the beautiful scenery around the state and to make it more of a photographic expedition.
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It’s all about the eyes…

There’s just something about eyes. It doesn’t matter whose eyes: Young or old, woman or man. The eyes tell a story. Or, at least, they hint at one.

What makes a portrait special?

For me, it’s all about the eyes…

I’ve had an interest in photography since I was a kid.  In fact, it’s hard for me to remember a time when I didn’t have a camera of some sort, though some of my earliest were no more than pinhole cameras made out of Kodak™ film boxes.

But it wasn’t until I hit high school that I really began to develop a passion for photographing people.  I began to understand that photographing people was about capturing moments in time, that the photographs that I took were a record of that specific moment – an instant that would and could never happen again. Continue reading “It’s all about the eyes…”