2017-10-17 - shorterimage

Chattanooga, TN

With the RE Auto-Topcor 1:1.4 f=5.8cm Tokyo Kogaku

A walkabout in Chattanooga, TN with the Topcor 58mm from the early 1960's. Topcon and Topcor of this period were the chosen cameras and lenses of the U.S.Navy. Chosen over all other major brands including Leica, Nikon, Canon, Pentax, ect.

I love using this lens. Can't say that it excels at a particular thing, but its good at just about everything. Has good contrast, color and user function. I presume it must have a good T rating per given aperture because images are particularly bright in the viewfinder when composing with it. Plus it has a large easy to find focus ring and the aperture ring has nice and decisive clicks into the stops.

Here's some examples of its work.


Most of these images were shot at f8 and ISO 100 with exposures running between 1/320th sec and 1/1000th sec.


The Dome Building







The Times newspaper building


Chattanooga Main Downtown Post Office

This building reminded me a lot of the Post Office in downtown Jackson, MS where I grew up. Going to the 'big Post Office downtown' with my dad to pick up his mail on Saturday morning was always a treat for the kid!


Leave a book ... take a book!

The quick picks for today include ... 

Deutsch Für Alle

A Distant Mirror

The Body In Question

Help Me I'm Stressed

Fishing The Rivers Of The Mid-Atlantic


This is bamboo hanging in an alleyway. I tried all sorts of ways to get a better picture of this but just couldn't due to tight quarters and how tightly they packed the number of bamboo.



Methodist Church

In the style of many public and government buildings of the late 30's and 40's with that very austere military concrete look.


This was right in the middle of down town Chattanooga.



Railroad Time

The precursor to US Time Zones


Chattanooga Choo Choo .. Track 29!


Took a shortcut down a back alley and walked up on this guy training this redhead!


Slicks, on Main St .. where I had a very good burger for lunch!


The kitchen at Slicks is inside an aluminum airstream type trailer (see previous pic) that's inside the main building. This was shot through the steamed up plexi windows.


Tennessee River

This was shot with the Olympus OM-System Zuiko Auto-W 28mm 1:2.8, a lens I need to shoot some more with soon!


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