Old 52

Old US 52
Pentax Spotmatic F, 35mm f/3.5 Super-Multi-Coated Takumar
Kodak Ektar 100

I spend a lot of time on the Lafayette Road, aka Old US 52, as it is my favorite way to get to Margaret’s. It’s been a four-lane road since about the mid 1930s, but hasn’t been a U.S. highway since the 1960s when I-65 opened nearby and US 52 was routed onto it.

And so this old road, which dates to the 1830s, is empty most of the time.


8 responses to “single frame: Old US 52”

  1. Andy Umbo Avatar
    Andy Umbo

    Those Pentax f/3.5 wides could NOT have been better…far superior to anything I owned from Nikon!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I have a Nikon 35/2.8 and it’s a fine performer. I shot it all over Ireland last year. But this Takumar 35/3.5 does appear to have some special qualities. More coming next week when I review my Spotmatic F, as I shot this 35 on it through the entire test roll.

  2. Susie Avatar

    A cool shot! Love those old highways.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Me too! I drive this one a lot and it’s almost always this empty.

  3. Richard Scholl Avatar
    Richard Scholl

    Was, and still may be, the fastest route from Indianapolis to Purdue.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It’s how I always go to Purdue when I visit my son there. And it’s such a pleasant drive, especially compared to I-65.

  4. roykarlsvik Avatar

    That Takumar 35 mill and the Ektar 100 in combo really is something else, Jim! I need to get over to the father and ease off him that old Spotmatic and find a nice lens for it and give it a go.
    And as for the roads over there… well, they’re of a different spieces than here in Norway, for sure :)

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      And this road gets very little use now because an even bigger road was built not too far away that goes to the same places!

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