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[OM] Cute Gear? (+ pix) [was Fun read on early lens designs]

Subject: [OM] Cute Gear? (+ pix) [was Fun read on early lens designs]
From: Moose <olymoose@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 6 Mar 2023 19:31:11 -0800
Just in time!

I've never really thought of my photo gear as cute. Cute was Hello Kitty pink 
P&S cameras

But . . . Trolling for interesting vintage lenses, I came across what looked like a short mount Steinheil Munchen Culminar 135/4.5, mounted on a small bellows.

I won it for a pretty reasonable price. Then it arrived; darn if it isn't awfully cute! <http://galleries.moosemystic.net/MooseFoto/index.php?gallery=Tech/Steinheil%20Munchen%20Culminar&image=_B001268croofm.jpg>

Part of it is surely the size. The bellows are about 2", vs the ~3" of the Oly bellows I'm used to. And the lens is tiny, compared to the 135/2.5-2.8 lenses I have.

Perhaps slightly less cute on a body? <http://galleries.moosemystic.net/MooseFoto/index.php?gallery=Tech/Steinheil%20Munchen%20Culminar&image=_B001269rotcroofm.jpg>

Some first casual tests suggest it may be a nice lens for soft bokeh with bubbly qualities. <http://galleries.moosemystic.net/MooseFoto/index.php?gallery=Tech/Steinheil%20Munchen%20Culminar%20135%20f4.5>

Cuddly Moose

What if the Hokey Pokey *IS* what it's all about?
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