First Flames – Asahi Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 120mm f/2.8

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

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How I Keep Photography Simple (Digital Edition)

The reasons I photograph are very straightforward, whether I use a film or digital camera, an SLR or a compact. I wrote about this in more depth recently, but the short version is - to roam the English countryside, to feel the immersion of the moment and the whole world being in the viewfinder, to… Continue reading How I Keep Photography Simple (Digital Edition)

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

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 Fall Of The 50s Philanderer (Or How I Found The Perfect 50mm Lens)

I've shot far more photographs with 50mm lenses than any other focal length. But switching 50s more often than underwear can become an exhausting and hollow experience. Here's why my 50s philandering days are done, and how I've settled on my ideal. It took me a while to realise, but after something like seven or… Continue reading The Fall Of The 50s Philanderer (Or How I Found The Perfect 50mm Lens)