Oh Dear. And then there's the Kamlan 50mm f1.1. And a folk cure for acid reflux.

Low light, hand held photograph of my nightstand taken with the Kamlan 50mm f1.0 lens. 

There are too many books and pens and film cannisters and stuff on my nightstand. My favorite things there are the packs of Juicy Fruit chewing gum. It's really cool And it's a Kirk-io-pathic cure for acid reflux. Seems your own saliva (which chewing gum does a good job helping create) is one of the best antacids "on the market." Occasionally I'll have something that makes my esophagus complain and rather than reach for a "Tums" or something more malevolent, like Prilosec..." I'll grab a piece or two of Juicy Fruit chewing gum and chew away my discomfort. I keep it handy for those late night occurrences that seem to follow a plate of french fries washed down with tannin rich red wine.... Try it. And when it works go back to your gastroenterologist and scold them for prescribing deadlier stuff first...

(Disclaimer: I am not paid by the makers or distributors of Juicy Fruit in any fashion. Not even free gum. But I'm ready for them to hire me to create a campaign for their medical use of the product. If you work for the chewing gum company then call me, I'd also like a new car....).

But I digress.

How's that Kamlan 50mm f1.1 lens working out for me? I've shot it more and more often lately and it's a lot of fun. Sharper than I thought it would be (in the middle of the frame) at wider apertures but falling apart pretty quickly as you move to the edges of the frame. Nobody will mistake this for a modern macro lens but it's at least as much fun as anything LensBaby ever came out with and more controllable.

I'm doing some fun portraits in studio next week and I'm determined to mix this lens with a liberal dose of constant, LED lighting to really see what I can squeeze out of it. I guarantee it won't be "sharp in the corners."


  1. Good move with the gum. Here's why: Prilosec (and others like it) sharply reduce acid level. Acid helps protect your gut against some nasty bacteria. Weaker acid presents an opportunity for C. diff bacteria to take hold. Then you really get sick.

  2. "I guarantee it won't be "sharp in the corners.""

    Seems like thats your main comment about the Fuji system. For a portrait photographer though, that may be ideal.

  3. Hmm, I'll have to try the Juicy Fruit cure. I've been on Nexium for as long as I can remember. I don't have any stomach issues now, but my acupuncturist suggests I come off of the drug and use other, more natural remedies.

    With regard to the Kamlan, if you have something not in the middle of the frame, like a face in the corner or one edge of the frame and you focus on that specifically, will it be in focus?

  4. Juicy Fruit - I live in the Atlanta, Georgia area. One of the roads I take when heading to the N. Georgia mountains passes by a Wrigley plant. Depending on the weather, I can sometimes catch a faint hint of what is being produced that day - Juicy Fruit, Spearmint, Double Mint. I will have to try it as a heartburn remedy.

  5. Hi Kirk,

    Before anybody else asks:

    Does your chewing gum lose its flavour
    On the bedpost overnight?
    If your mother says don't chew it
    Do you swallow it in spite
    Can you catch it on your tonsils
    Can you heave it left and right
    Does your chewing gum lose its flavour
    On the bedpost overnight?

    Like many [dozens, at least] I learned this at summer camp with no attribution, so am happy to clear that up by crediting Lonnie Donegan.

    Dreamy lens, nightstand, I think I know what you're getting at here.


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