Five Way 50mm PK Showdown

Some weeks back I experimented with four M42 50mm lenses to see how they compared shooting the same scene at a range of apertures. The results were, at least in part, quite unexpected, and the all round victor was the wonderful Asahi Super-Takumar 55/1.8. With that in mind, and with my 50mm lenses in Pentax K… Continue reading Five Way 50mm PK Showdown

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Lens Love #3 – Ricoh Rikenon 50mm f/2 PK

Lens Love is an ongoing series of posts about the vintage lenses I’ve used and loved most. The dry technical data and 100% corner crops of brick walls can be found elsewhere. What I’m more interested in is what specifically about a lens makes me love using it, and why I believe you should try… Continue reading Lens Love #3 – Ricoh Rikenon 50mm f/2 PK

Halfway To Heaven – Why I Sold All My Minolta Cameras And Lenses

When I first held my first Minolta - an SR-1s with MC Rokkor-PF 55mm f/1.7 lens - it was as beautiful as any camera I've held before or since.  In use too, both lens and camera felt well built, smooth and oozing class. Its simplicity was as alluring as its handsomeness - no meter, just… Continue reading Halfway To Heaven – Why I Sold All My Minolta Cameras And Lenses

Binge, Purge, Repeat – Learning How To Escape The Camera Consumption Spiral

Recently, I had one of those revelations that the way you're doing something is in fact entirely at odds with your reasons for doing it in the first place. To elaborate, despite one of the main reasons I love photography being the ability to escape from the day to day and become lost in the… Continue reading Binge, Purge, Repeat – Learning How To Escape The Camera Consumption Spiral

Speed Myths – Why You Probably Don’t Need That Expensive f/1.4 Lens

Any serious photographer needs at least one 50/1.4 or even 50/1.2 lens in their arsenal. Otherwise, there's no way you'll ever be able to create your best pictures, right? In this post I look into this assumption further, explore some of the pros and cons of fast lenses, and whether we really need them as much… Continue reading Speed Myths – Why You Probably Don’t Need That Expensive f/1.4 Lens

Lens Love #2 – Auto Chinon 50mm f/1.7 PK

Lens Love is an ongoing series of posts about the vintage lenses I’ve used and loved most. The dry technical data and 100% corner crops of brick walls can be found elsewhere. What I’m more interested in is what specifically about a lens makes me love using it, and why I believe you should try… Continue reading Lens Love #2 – Auto Chinon 50mm f/1.7 PK

50mm Four Way Fisticuffs

My recent confessions as a 50s philanderer - using well over 50 (maybe over 100) 50mm prime lenses in the last four years or so - led me to conclude that they are all much the same. Even underdogs that I expect very little from, impressed me greatly. However, my curiosity at how my remaining… Continue reading 50mm Four Way Fisticuffs

The £5 Cheap Lens Challenge – Part 1

In my vintage lens adventures, I've rarely come across any that were truly awful. Indeed many have initially been underdogs on paper, but have then surprised me in use. So I decided to set myself a challenge that encompassed the two aspects of my 35hunter approach - finding a lens that met certain criteria, then… Continue reading The £5 Cheap Lens Challenge – Part 1