Lensoholic – Why I Bought 100 Lenses In 50 Months (Then Sold Nearly All Of Them)

Five years into my film photography journey (and probably a decade since I first began photographing with intention, with camera phones), I have less kit than virtually any time since I began. I talked about the importance of narrow focus recently, and a part of this for me includes the cameras and lenses I use.… Continue reading Lensoholic – Why I Bought 100 Lenses In 50 Months (Then Sold Nearly All Of Them)

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The £5 Cheap Lens Challenge – Part 3

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

Lens Addiction – The Allure Of The Infinite Versions

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

Lens Love #4 – Carl Zeiss Jena DDR Sonnar 135mm f/3.5 M42

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 #4 – Carl Zeiss Jena DDR Sonnar 135mm f/3.5 M42

A Stack Of 135 (And How To Choose Between Them)

Over the last few years of shooting SLRs, my predominant favourite focal length has been 50 and 55mm. But after trying a 135mm, I was quickly hooked. The up close and personal field of view, plus the potential for very shallow depth of field and dreamy bokeh made them instant winners for my style of photography.… Continue reading A Stack Of 135 (And How To Choose Between Them)

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

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

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