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Your meal for my pager! | by Roy Prasad
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Your meal for my pager!

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Many casual restaurants in California now use pagers to alert customers when their order is ready. The customer walks in, goes to a counter, places his order, and receives a pager. The customer then finds a table to sit at and wait, perhaps enjoying a drink.


When the meal is ready, the pager goes off (blinks light, makes a sound and vibrates, so there is almost no chance that the customer will miss it. The customer then takes the pager to another counter where his meal is waiting.


The first time I saw one of these some years ago, I thought the idea was rather silly. But it seems to work, and it is quite widely used.


At f/0.95, only one person can be in focus. Even from a distance of about 12 feet (~4m), the DoF is only about 15" (38 cm), so unless people are standing in one plane, it is impossible to get everyone in focus. Here, I focused on the customer ready to pick up his meal, as the restaurant employee reaches for his pager.


Leica Notctilux-M 0.95/50 + Sony NEX-5N. I don't think I could have done any better here with a Leica M9 camera. The NEX-5N worked beautifully.



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Taken on February 3, 2012