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Bern, Europaplatz

Results from a short photowalk to the Europaplatz in Bern. Here, a tram line, a bus line and two commuting train lines cross. People get off and on public transport vehicles. There’s a supermarket, a pharmacy, some fast food places, and everything is covered by the bridge of a highway. There is also a cultural and religious centre, with jewish, hindu, buddhism centres, and a mosque. A place where people meet.

All but one photos taken with a Fujifilm X-Pro 2.

(Edited on 1st of May 2018. Replaced most images by S/W copies with strong contrast. Much more adequate for those graphic street photography pics.)

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FIND: Film is not dead

A month ago I bought an old Contax G1 camera on eBay. I loaded it with some Kodak Gold 200 film from the lokal supermarket (waiting for a few rolls of Tri-X 400 to arrive) and gave it a test run. The Contax is pretty heavy when carried around with one hand – a lot heavier than my Fuji X100 and my NEX-7. It feels very solid and gives a great feeling when operated. Some people complain about “small and dark” viewfinder, but I found it OK.

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B/W photography with the MS Super Triplet 3.5/35 mm Perar lens, adapted to a Sony NEX-7

I recently purchased a very special lens that is hand made in Japan in very limited quantities. Individual lenses are numbered and the serial number is engraved in the front ring (mine is a Mark II design and version, serial no. #433). It comes with a Leica M mount, which can easily be adapted to the Sony E-mount and fits the Sony NEX series. The lens is tiny – it will hardly get any smaller. The aperture ring has no discrete stops and needs quite some force to be moved, which inevitably will change the focus ring as well. The focus ring, however, moves smoothly with just the right force.
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(The MS Optical Super Triplet adapted to the NEX-7.)

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A night and a day on the streets in Bern with the Fuji X100

A night and a day on the streets in Bern with the Fuji X100

This weekend I had the opportunity to take the Fuxi X100 out on a photo safari in Bern. Some of the phots were taken at night (after 11 pm) in the station, some on a very warm and sunny afternoon in Bern. I was positively surprised that a relatively large fraction of the shots were quite usable, at least from the technical point of view (sharpness, noise,…). Speaking of noise: the Fuxi X100 virtually has no visible noise up to ISO 3200. I was again amazed by its low light performance.
 
[ There’s someone behind you, watching ]
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