"Point of personal privilege!" as they say in the House of Commons (well, they SHOULD say it, even if they don’t…) I have been going on and on about the veritable renaissance going on in my equipment cabinet with the new Sony cameras (#a7Riii in this case)… (Editor’s note: we will NOT be doing a billboard with this selfie… but we easily could if need be…) 40 megapixel files that are gorgeous, and I’m going through my old, yes, vintage, glass to see what will and won’t cut it in the 3rd generation of digital cameras. (I think its the 3rd, but I might have missed something.) This was shot with the fabulous 50mm/1.2L redline Canon (manual focus) lens at arms length, the same lens I used on a T-90 while lurking in Mikhail Gorbachev's office, pretending to put my cameras back in the bag after a TIME Magazine interview. I shuffled gear in and out of the Domke bag, and waited for him to sit at his desk. They were the first pictures of him in his private office, at work… Once he sat down and started going through some papers, I blasted ten frames of KODA 200 with this lens wide open. Then I smiled and put the cameras in the bag for real. That “Redline” always did the job. It reminded you that you could spend your life with only a 50mm lens, and do perfectly well. You could have a portrait studio with only this lens. You could search for ‘decisive moments’ in the street with this lens. So awesome that the a7Riii has given it a whole new life, and reason to be. So far my only issue with the camera is that I’m using super slow SD cards, and they take forever to write these 120 meg files. I guess I better upgrade.