I'm in a pause from my aggressive equipment sell-off program. Had to take a break, too much other stuff to do.
I'd ordered an Olympus Air A-01 a month ago. Supposed to be here by end July. They're delayed. After due thinking about it, I cancelled the order.
I've read people singing the praises of the Nikkor 25-50/4 AI-S. I'm not normally a zoom guy, but the praise got my curiosity up. I looked the lens up to see what it was about and what they sold for. Interesting design, appealing range. Prices were a bit higher than I would like as an experiment. But I left the search in place. Notification comes in that another is up for sale, with a three day auction. Looks decent, very low price. I laughed and put a minimum bid in, thinking "Someone else will bid it up." I won; it arrived from Japan in three days. Quite the nice lens: good feel, nice controls. My F6 is happy, my F is happy. Bonus: it works well with the TC-16a AF Teleconverter, giving me a useful-if-slow 40-80mm f/5.6 AF zoom lens too. My F6 is particularly happy. Now to see what the photos look like.
Superpan 200 does not work well in the F6 ... it causes frame spacing to jump all over the map. Works much better in the M4-2. The last of my Agfa Rondinax/Rondix collecting spree arrived, a Rondix 35. I processed the Superpan out of the M4-2 in it. Using these tanks is convenient and very amusing, kitchen counter film processing with no dark bag required. Makes it very easy. Next I'll experiment with C41 processing. The film came out very nice if a trifle under processed ... need to figure slightly different time/temp for the Rondix.
My 2T backup/archive drives became filled to capacity on Sunday. After a bit of machination, a new pair of 3T drives are in the same enclosures now, and I've migrated the connection from FW800 to USB3. I would have gone with 4T drives, but they only had one of the 4Ts I wanted in stock ... this will handle my needs well for another 24 months or so. The upgrade to USB3 boosted read/write speed by 30-40% over FW800 at least. Nice: The last time I did a wholesale migration of data from 1T to 2T drive, I was still on FW400 enclosures: 990G took 18 hours to transfer; this time, 1.99T took 7.25 hours to transfer.