Captured: Head


Off-brand zoom lenses sometimes come with the old SLRs I buy, and I generally don’t shoot with them because I assume they’re not going to be very good. But on what was probably the last warm and sunny Sunday afternoon of 2013, I went shooting just for fun and decided to snap a Sears f/4 80-200mm zoom-macro lens onto a banged-up Pentax ME body I’d just bought for parts to repair my first ME, which has developed a minor mechanical ailment. I never got around to making the repair so I just shot with this body instead. I loaded some Fujicolor 200 and headed out.

I went to the 555-acre Crown Hill Cemetery, which is near my home. This statue of a small boy sits near the grave of Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley, which is at the highest elevation in Indianapolis. I used macro mode for this photo. My low expectations for that Sears lens were dramatically exceeded. Just look at the detail in the top of the boy’s head. While I waited for these photos to come back from the processor, I snagged an SMC Pentax f/4.5 80-200mm lens on eBay – and now I think I didn’t need to buy it.


10 thoughts on “Captured: Head

  1. Nice work with that zoom. The textures and colors are really great. The main problem I’ve found with cheap zooms is that they sometimes don’t hold the focus well when zoomed. Aside from that, the zooms and long lenses offer some possibilities in regard to selective focus that your example inspires me to explore.

    • Mike, thank you. This is my favorite shot from the roll because of the detail and color.

      I scanned the Internet for information about this lens, and learned that it is almost universally praised, especially when in macro mode, as my lens was for this shot. Many others have been just as surprised by its performance as I am.

    • Thanks! This is part of a grave marker. The head is attached to a bronze boy sitting on a concrete bench that reads “Home Sweet Home” across its side.

  2. I have had good experiences with all the Sears photo stuff that I have bought. I don’t have an authoritative source, however I have heard from more than one old-timer that Sears used its purchasing power to demand good quality from its suppliers.

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