MTA New York City Transit and the New York Transit Museum are putting extra magic on the rails with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s annual holiday tradition of rides to the past via its vintage fleet. These subway cars will help customers experience the most magical time of year the way that New York straphangers did long ago.See the entire article on the MTA New York City Transit website.
A special eight-car subway train that is typically displayed in the Transit Museum is put into service for special Sunday rides. This “Shoppers Special” takes customers between Lower Manhattan to Queens on four consecutive Sundays from Thanksgiving weekend to the week before Christmas, all for the swipe of a MetroCard.
|Item||Reg. Price||Sale Price|
|MY 2ND BRAIN BRIEFCASE 15 (MIST GREEN)||$144.75||$85.00|
|MY 2ND BRAIN BRIEFCASE 13 (HARBOR BLUE)||$129.75||$75.00|
|MY 2ND BRAIN BRIEFCASE 13 (MIST GREEN)||$129.75||$75.00|
|RETROSPECTIVE LAPTOP CASE 15L||$159.75||$75.00|
|RETROSPECTIVE LAPTOP CASE 13L||$149.75||$69.00|
|MY 2ND BRAIN 15 (MIST GREEN)||$99.75||$55.00|
|MY 2ND BRAIN 15 (HARBOR BLUE)||$99.75||$55.00|
|MY 2ND BRAIN 13 (MIST GREEN)||$94.75||$50.00|
|MY 2ND BRAIN 13 (HARBOR BLUE)||$94.75||$50.00|
|MY 2ND BRAIN 11 (MIST GREEN)||$84.75||$35.00|
|MY 2ND BRAIN 11 (HARBOR BLUE)||$84.75||$35.00|
|MY 2ND BRAIN TABLET (MIST GREEN)||$74.75||$30.00|
|MY 2ND BRAIN TABLET (HARBOR BLUE)||$74.75||$30.00|
|LOW RIDER STRAP||$31.75||$19.75|
by Roger CicalaSee the entire article on the LensRentals Blog.
We recently tested the Nikon 105mm f/1.4E ED AF-S lens and were mightily impressed. Optically it was better than I’d ever expected. We had idly talked about doing a teardown when stock allowed, but we got an unexpected opportunity yesterday: one of our week-old copies had some significant dust in both the front and rear lens groups. We know (like hopefully you know) that some dust doesn’t affect images, but our customers like their lenses dust-free, so we decided to open this one up and clean the dust out of it and to take a few pictures while we were doing it.
I try to identify where my head is whenever I write about anything, so you’ll understand when I go all fan-boy or all snarky. Like everyone else, my expectations going in have a lot to do with my impressions coming out. In this case, I told Aaron before we started that given how awesome this lens was optically that I expected Nikon’s optomechanics were going to modernize, too. Unlike previous Nikon lenses, I thought this lens would have nice, modular construction, no soldered wires running hither and yon, not so much Kapton tape holding stuff down, and maybe even some curved circuit boards. You know, like a lens from the 21st century, not like one from the 1980’s. Aaron didn’t think so.
Well, I was a little bit right but mostly wrong. There is some real modularity and superb construction to this lens. There were also big chunky square circuit boards and wires soldered hither and yon held down with Kapton tape. None of which has anything to do with making a lens take better pictures or making it last longer, but it does make it a pain to take apart and work on.
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