Last week I got a new toy from China: a lens mount adapter to put my old Canon lenses on to my Sony NEX5 camera. Just to experiment a bit.
I have some lenses with my old Canon T50, among them a Macro Converter. So I had to try shooting diecast as well...
Well, let’s just say I’m not a fan of making macro shots with the adapter/converter. Why?
A. It’s one big blob mounted on a small body so it gets a bit top-heavy.
B. The distance to the cast itself needs to be twice as big, usually the camera is almost in the light box!
I was amazed though how easily one can adjust stuff like aperture with just a ring on a lens though, for other purposes I’ll definitely get the adapter and other lenses out more!
Another 911 today, one of my favorites. The 964 Speedster from 1994. The second 911 Speedster Porsche made as the G-modell had the honor of getting the first one. Five years before this 964 Speedster Porsche had made 2102 Speedsters of the 3.2 based on the Cabriolet with a lower windshield, no rear seats .
And the thing that always surprised me was the fact that of the initial G-modell Speedster, only 171 narrow bodies were made, usually they came with the wider 930 Turbo body. These got the uprated brakes (amongst other things) from the 930 as well.
But the 964 Speedster proves how quick a trend can pass, as only 5 years later it was the other way around, totally. From the 930 (!) units made, only 15 were converted to Turbos by Porsche Exclusive-Abteilung. It’s just the ‘80's that were totally over I suppose.
All 911 Speedsters featured a roof cover with the double-bubble. And I’d have a hard time choosing between these: the 964 was a giant step in drivability but the clean looks of the turbo-less G-Speedster probably would be it for me. In red. And usually I don’t like red on a 911 but this one can handle it.
Both models are 1/43 by Spark. The yellow I got for free. Not at first but it was sold as being new/”mint in box” but it barely was. The sticker on the acrylic box said “RUF GTR”. The sticker on the box had
Porsche 356 on it. The screws it was attached with to the base were shot. The Speedster logo on it’s back is loosened on the right side. And one thing was missing.
Still don’t see it?
It’s steering wheel!!! Well, it was in the box but broken off. Luckily the seller fixed it by promptly refunding my payment. So I had some cash to find a proper one. Which the white actually is. Has the better wheels and I don’t have to tell you I’m a sucker for white Porsches 911.
Und das war es wieder. I hope my HW Car Culture 964 TrackDay arrives this week. And I hope to see some more German flat sixes today. Actually, any German cast will do. Or Flat-Six.