Back in the spring, I bought a decent sized lot of camera gear from an eBay seller that included A Mamiya MSX 1000, a Minolta SRT 101 with 58/1.4 and 35/2.8 lenses, and some other odds and ends from various brands and manufacturers (some of which led to additional camera purchases, funny how that happens). Contrary to my normal practice of buying a camera and letting it sit around for a few months before using it. I ran a roll through the Mamiya in record time, for me anyway (you can see that post here, if you're interested) and started a roll in the Minolta... and got halfway through and set it on the shelf for a few months. Anyway, the SRT was working perfectly from the word go. The lenses were a different story. Both had oily aperture blades. After a bit of research, I decided to open them up and clean the blades myself. Unfortunately though, I tried to take the easy way out by just cleaning the blades without removing the entire diaphragm from the lens. I'm sad to report that, as of this writing, both lenses have returned to their sluggish ways. Oh well. Live and learn, as they say. I'll get around to cleaning them again one of these days and I'll do it right this time. I managed to get half a roll in with the lenses working correctly. In the intervening downtime I picked up a Komine-made Vivitar 80-200 f4.5 lens. I also recently picked up a Vivitar 28/2.5 (Kiron) for no other reason that KEH was selling it for $2.49. I finally got around to finishing the roll yesterday, so that I could process it with the roll from my last post on the Petri. Most of the shots on the roll were, admittedly, not very good. It was more of a get-to-know-you session than any attempt at serious photography. There were a few OK shots that I felt like sharing. This first one is from yesterday with the Vivitar 28. First impressions with this lens are good. Seems to be both sharp and contrasty. The shot itself is nothing special, other than our neighbor two doors down has a sculpture of a giant hand in their front yard. I'm not sure what that hand signal is that it's making. Stupid Giant Hand Sculpture I didn't get much use out of the 35/2.8, but initial impressions are good on that one as well. Zinnias I was really impressed with the 58/1.4, though. Most comments regarding this lens seem to say that it's not Minolta's sharpest. Hard to tell by my copy. It also focuses pretty closely, down to just under 2 feet. Old and New Weed by the River The Vivitar 80-200 also seems to be a pretty decent performer. It's not one of the close focusing varieties that Vivitar seems to favor. Minimum focusing distance on this version is right at 2 meters. Two Trumpets Evening Light River Traffic Film was again Kentmere 100, developed in T-max for 7 mins @ 69F. Thanks for looking.