I’m really not starting a 365 days of cats project. Our two just happen to be my typical subject when I’m testing out a new or reminding myself of the characteristics of a lens.
This is Sissy. Sissy is not the sharpest pencil in the drawer, especially when compared to her companion feline sister, Smokey, who is at the upper end of the intelligence curve. Opposites indeed.
I had just put on one of my oldest lenses. An 85mm f1.9 Super Takumar with an M42 or thread mount. I have a K-mount adapter which allows me to use it in full manual mode on my camera. I keep forgetting to get it out and explore it, but today I had the urge to do something different, so out it came from storage. The lens is a gift from my friend Dean. Instead of letting it sit completely idle, he passed it, along with a box of other like gems to me. I am forever grateful for his generosity. The lens may be from circa 1971, but it’s a sweet piece of glass that gives excellent rendering for portraits.
Sissy may have been curious about the light reflecting off the front of this lens. She kept looking directly at me, the whole time I was focusing on her. It was as if she was posing, but I know better. It’s that slight tilt of her head that has me guessing that she was fascinated by something shiny on my lens.
Whatever the reason, I’m happy with the results.