WT21: To be really superficial, I think the name "Cornell Capra" is pretty cool :)
Marcin 3M, I do not understand why you are trying to rewrite history. It is true that the Soviets collaborated with the German Weimar Republic. But this collaboration ended in 1933 when Hitler came to power, years before the start of the Spanish civil war.
At the time of the Spanish civil war, Germany and the Soviet Union were certainly not allies. They were opposed to each other, each supporting opposite sides in that war. It was on August 23, 1939 that the world was surprised to hear that the Soviets and Germans had signed a pact to take no military against each other for 10 years. Stalin signed this pact to give the Soviets time to build up their army. Hitler signed it to allow him to invade Poland without Soviet opposition.They also secretly agreed upon how they would carve up eastern Europe. Hitler broke the treaty by invading the Soviet Union in June 1941. But World War 2 is considered to have started the year before when Germany annexed Austria and invaded Czechoslovakia. The formal declarations of war, of course, came after Germany invaded Poland.
The comments to this article appear to say that the war vas started as a battle between communists and the forces of democracy. On the contrary, it was a war between a democratically elected government and the forces of fascism. Nazi Germany and fascist Italy supported those who rebelled against the left leaning Spanish Government. The rebels were also supported by the Catholic Church which at that time supported the anti-democratic and antisemitic statements espoused by the Nazis and called the forces of the elected government 'the Reds." . Only the Soviet Union and Mexico supported the democratically elected government. It is true attrocities were committed by both sides, but mostly by the rebels. Had the democracies of the world intervened on the side of the elected Spanish government, World War 2 might have been prevented.
I think that there is a possibility the X10 lens is suffering from overcorrected spherical aberration. Spherical aberration will cause hard edged disks to form which could be enlarged as the result of blooming. Perhaps the reason that the disks are more controlled at high ISO's is that it results in stopping down the lens which would tend to reduce spherical aberration