After very promising results recently with an SMC Pentax-A 35-105mm, the next step in my explorations of zoom lenses was to try something that would embrace the wider end. It was time try the lens I got this with the 35-105mm, a 24-50mm, also Pentax-A series. Now I've realised (duh!) that I can use a… Continue reading Tick Tick Tick Tick Zoom?
Traditionally I've been a prime lens kind of photographer. I just like the simplicity of having one less variable to consider. Plus the journey of getting to know how the world looks at a fixed focal length and field of view - so you can visualise the part of the scene the camera will capture… Continue reading Champion The Wonder Zoom?
When I predominantly shot 35mm film, my default lens was a 50 or 55mm. The world just looked right when viewed through them, plus they're compact, can usually focus down to around half a metre, and perform very well. Then when I began experimenting more with digital - first with my Sony NEX mirrorless, then… Continue reading Wandering On The Wide Side
Since discovering film cameras and vintage lenses some five summers ago, I've been through a fair bit of glass. Enough to become concerned about being a lensoholic. What I've learned from this experience - and I appreciate compared with some people's lens count this is a tiny drop in the Atlantic - is which lenses… Continue reading How To Find The Lenses Best For You – Choosing Focal Length
My Lens Love series is for those lenses I've used a fair bit, love using and the results they can give, and want to spread the word about them. Quite often though there are lenses I have that I'm less familiar with, but even with a little use have shown plenty of promise. I wanted… Continue reading First Flames – Asahi Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 120mm f/2.8
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 3
Recently we spoke about how to escape the camera consumption spiral, and how narrowing the parameters has helped me hone down this consumption. More recent still, I shared my favourite lenses - Asahi Takumars - and how really I don't need to look at any other mount, or make. I want to delve even deeper… Continue reading Lens Addiction – The Allure Of The Infinite Versions
Some say the only lens you'll ever need is the one you have with you. But I would add an extra caveat, based on my five years of buying, testing and, let's be frank, fumbling around until I get something half decent from, dozens of vintage SLR lenses. That addition is simple - it has… Continue reading The Only Lens You’ll Ever Need
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 2
There are still many myths around how much it costs to get set up with film photography. I want to shoot a few more down. A while back I wrote about how to start start film photography for £27. Based on at least two of the three rolls of film I've just got back from the… Continue reading Film Photography On A Shoestring