Sheep in Cornwall Park….Auckland, New Zealand

Cornwall Park_Auckland_New ZealandCornwell Park is located in Auckland, New Zealand. We can see the breathtaking panorama of Auckland city and it is also well-known for sheep.

Sheep in Cornwell ParkIt looks like middle of nowhere….but all of them were owned and this is not far from residential area.

Sheep in Cornwell Park 2There are some babies too….,

Sheep in Cornwell Park 3
Auckland weather in winter is changeable.  Clouds moved away and now we have sun.

In Auckland, we say we have 4 seasons during a day… spring has come……..

One_Tree_Hill_AucklandThis is the same day as the other photos. In the evening, we had a short summer here.

The hill is called One Tree Hill. It is in Carnwall Park. There used to be a big pine tree and that was how the name came from.

I was keep posting photos of New York……now I am a bit tired of city landscape….let’s have some rest…..

Leica Digilux 3 Olympus40-150mmF3.5-4.5

History of Canon and Nikon

CAd. of Kwanon camera
Canon’s original camera was cold “Kwanon” which was made by Mr. Goro Yoshida and put ads on magazines…but it did not arrive to market. This ad. means….

Air plane…..Type 92
Camera…..Kwanon        All best of the world !!

Imports which we can’t re-export is waste for our valuable resource .

Canon and Nikon…they are known as 2 major camera company for many years.

But their beginning were quite different.

Nikon was established in 1917 by Mitsubishi conglomerate, which was one of the biggest conglomerate in Japan those days to supply optical equipments to Navy.
They were nearly 100% specialized to military equipments.

I said “almost”….what is the rest?

Believe it or not…Nikon was supplying lens to Canon!! That was the first consumer product for Nikon.

Canon was first started by movie camera repair person “Goro Yoshida” in 1933. He was quite good at repair and what he did was…completely disassemble brand-new Leica or Contax and thought He could make at least Leica camera.

Contax was way too complicated to copy it and Mr.Yoshida decided to make Leica by himself.
As reality, there are lots of Leica copies in this world, but not many Contax copies.

He completely disassemble Leica…then took each parts to watch shop(Seiko), Optimists, craftsman…or etc and told them to make exactly the same stuff.

Then, he started as a company with his brother in low…but there was a problem. He could handle mechanical part…but not the optical part.
As you know there are so many different optical glass in this world and it is impossible to guess which to use.

Mr.Yoshida did stay only 1 year and after that, his brother in low who was the business partner took over the company
and He asked Nikon to make Lens and rangefinder system.

How did Nikon…the huge company accept the small offer from Canon which was small and even did not have product at that time?

Because Nikon was big…but they did not have any consumer products at that time and that was what they really wanted.

While Nikon was developing lens for Canon, they learned how to make camera.

After the WW2, Japan was completely disarmed and this also mean to there was no more business for Nikon. Nikon I
Nikon I…Nikon’s 1st camera. It has Contax style, but shutter was Leica style.

They laid off 96% of the employees and kept only 1500 people to make camera after the war.

Canon hired lots of those engineer to develop their own lens.

Also that was the time they started to conflict each other and ended up Nikon to stop supplying anything to Canon.

Canon was following Leica style…but Nikon was Contax style. That was how Canon and Nikon has been always opposite each other.

One started from a part of huge conglomerate with government support, the other started by a private repair man. One started as Lens company and the other was Camera company….Even now, they are completely opposite each other

SoHo….New York City

SoHo...New York CIty

Old Cast iron style construction, narrow streets with sett…SoHo area is preserving 19th century’s landscape.

People in SoHo
There are lots of artists live in this area and people walking by looks quite fashionable too.

View of SoHo 2

Day in SoHo in autumn is not very long.Narrow streets and buildings…..those convination can create dramatic lighting.

Show window at SoHo

Each shop has their own style and all of them are beautifully done. Contrast of modern and tradition is interesting.

When I first came to NYC in 80s, this area was dark and quiet… least I did not feel like walking around.

View of SoHo 3

Funky signs are everywhere….It is a bit characteristic around this area.

CONTAX Tvs Digital



Contax was originally made by Zeiss Ikon….camera dept. of Carl Zeiss in West Germany.

In 1960s, Japanese SLRs became popular all over the world and took the market from Germans.

Zeiss Ikon withdrew from camera in 1972, but they still had excellent Carl Zeiss lens system and looking for partner to make camera together.

First of all, they approached PENTAX which was most popular back then. They had small telescope business together…but they did not have agreement on cameras. PENTAX had their own lens system and having Carl Zeiss lens could disturb their business….that was how they thought in early 70s.

Then, Carl Zeiss approached to TOPCON. But again they did not have agreement because TOPCON was using  EXAKTA mount which has small diameter did not meet Carl Zeiss’s standard and TOPCON refused to use new lens mount.

Finally, they approached to YASHICA which had only cheap grade SLR and poor lens line up.

To start CONTAX, YASHICA had to use new lens mount. But YASHICA was using M42 screw mount and starting CONTAX was very good timing to change lens mount.

About the same time, PENTAX which had disagreement with Zeiss was planning to start new lens mount and they were approaching many companies to make the new mount “Universal mount”.

Rumor says CONTAX was planning to use new PENTAX K mount……but again, they had disagreement and did used their own mount.

Actually, CONTAX mount looks similar to PENTAX K.

Carl Zeiss approached PENTAX, TOPCON and YASHICA……they were looking for companies which had experience in electronics.

CONTAX RTS was launched in 1975 with Carl Zeiss lens system and Porche body design.

Carl Zeiss lens were different from any other Japanese lens and they were not as expensive as when they were made in Germany.

Porche designed body was different from any other Japanese.

That was how, lots of professionals started using them. But CONTAX was famous for its unreliability too.

Although they always struggled with the quality, at least YASHICA succeeded to break into flag-ship camera market. Thanks for Carl Zeiss….!!

I will have to say CONTAX was expensive not because of its quality. The price was including license fee to pay for Carl Zeiss.

The Carl Zeiss lens were not made in Germany. They were made by Tomioka Optics who was making lens for YASHICA.

Although YASHICA was cheap camera, they were well-known for its high quality lens and that was how they could produce the world best Carl Zeiss lens at reasonable price.

Later on, YASHICA was merged by KYOCERA and kept making CONTAX until they widdrew  from camera in 2005.

SoHo – Little Italy….New York City

View of SoHo_New York

SoHo stands for South of Houston Street.

It is located at Lower Manhattan, New York City.
This old part of New York CIty was developed mid 19th century. But as the city grew, the city central shifted to the north and that was how this area declined.

One stage, it was a typical skid road….but due to the cheap rent, artists started living this area in 1960s.

View of SoHo_New York 2

Caractristic Cast Iron Arctecture is everywhere in this area.

cast-iron architecture 3

There is quite big residential population in New York.  It is the biggest different from other American city.

Kids are playing at playground with concrete ground and surrounded with wire netting.

Little Italy_ New York 1

Little Italy is facing next to SoHo.

As the name says, it was known for the large population of Italian people.

Little Italy_ New York 2

There are quite a few Italian restaurants…..but size of the town is shrinking and Chinatown is expanding to this area too.

Night at SoHo_New YorkNight time at SoHo. It is quiet….but it is not dangerous anymore. You can see Chrysler Building far away. It is totally different from the Center of New York City….but it is my favorite town here.

CONTAX Tvs Digital

Nikon F3…professional camera…but hard to use….

NikonF3TPeople say Nikon F3 is a pure professional camera.

But tell the truth, when it first came out, lots of professionals did not like it.

First of all, it was full electronic camera although the previous F2 was full mechanical. Those days, still professionals were not really trusting electronic camera.

Still lots of people were using F2 or even older F in 1980 when F3 first came out.

Most of manufactures made electronic cameras to adapt Automatic Exposure….but F3 was different.
F2 was a good camera…but Nikon wanted to make it more reliable and cheaper because assembling F2 was costing too much to make profit. It was about same idea with watches shifted to quarts.

In that case, removing mechanical movements and replacing to electronics was a good solution. That was the main reason for F3 to be electronics.

But to me…F3 was not easy to use.

First of all, small LCD panel at the top of view finder was really hard to see. The metering in the LCD panel was tiny and could not read level of exposure easily.

Those days, LCD was a new technology for watches, but it was not really proven for professional cameras. They said LCD would not work below -10c or would last only 5 years or so…….

That was another reason I stayed away from F3.

What about AE? It had aperture priority AE……but the spot metering was quite hard to use with AE and always needed AE Lock or exposure compensation…..well….even the AE lock was really awkwardly positioned and exposure compensation dial was also hard to use.

This means It was hard to use as manual camera, and also hard to use AE. So, how did they use it?

In Japan, F3 was mainly used by Press people. Those days, 100% of newspaper photos was Black&White. So, they did not need be to severer about exposure.

Also those days, still lots of professional did not use built-in meter. That was the way, they were using F3 as “Full Manual Camera” although it was electronic.

In that case, it was a good camera,but if you use with reversal firm which was severe to exposure, Canon New F-1 was easier to use those days. Also Canon FD lens were better on color.

That was how I choose Canon at that time.

Canon F-1

Canon F-1
Canon F-1 + New FD 50mm F1.4

english-bay vancouver BC Sample by Canon F-1 in Vancouver, BC

San Francisco by Canon F-1
San Francisco by Canon F-1

Hollywood CA by Canon F-1
Hollywood by Canon F-1

After I used Canon New F-1 for many years, I shifted to older original F-1

This camera was first introduced in 1971 to break into Professional market which was dominated by Nikon F.

In late 50s, Canon rangefinders used to be quite popular with professionals in Japan, but they shifted market to more profitable middle class rather than luxury cameras.

Then, they stopped professional service and that was how all the professional shifted to Nikon rather than Canon.

It came out with brand new FD lens system which was designed for color photography.

Young people won’t believe….but in 60s, almost everybody used Black & White and 1970 was the year more people started using color film.

This means lots of old lens were not really careful about color balance and that was how Canon FD lens became famous. It was the perfect timing.

When I started using this camera, EOS was already in the market, but Canon was still selling FD lens because there was no computability between.

During film era, I was always happy about full manual camera because I really did not feel like trusting automatic things.

Today,  I don’t use manual at all….but it is not because I trust Automatic. It is only because I can check the result straight away with digital.

As I told you before, I lost interest in photography after I got New F-1. I realized the reason when I got original F-1.

It was good feeling on everything.

  • Clear view finder…..Not as bright as New  F-1….but the color was natural.
  • Strong & Smooth black paint….it was good feeling on hand.
  • Gentle shutter noise and low vibration.
  • good weight balance.
  • Accurate & easy to use metering system

There are also some negatives such us metering range is not as wide as New F-1…..but what I noticed was….

  • New F-1 improved negatives of original F-1.
  • At the same time, It lost all the positives of original F-1.

At least original F-1 did not have any problems while I was using, then I was using until the end of 2005. It was the time I shifted to digital.

Personally I am not very interested in latest technology or new products. I like something good and use good stuff for long time.

To me, AE or AF did not mean too much and that was how  I was using F-1. But Digital was different. It changed photography style completely and that was how I shifted to.

But none of camera feels as good as F-1 and that will be the same.