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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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

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

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

How Shooting Film Positively Transformed My Digital Photography

Before I discovered film, my main photography experience was with camera phones, then a Nikon Coolpix, which I shot 1000 photographs a month with for seven months. Shooting film over the next five years - aside from its own unique pleasures - has gradually, yet radically, transformed how I approached and enjoyed digital photography too. Here… Continue reading How Shooting Film Positively Transformed My Digital Photography

How I Shoot Manual Vintage Lenses With A DSLR

My experience with film and digital cameras over the last five years or so culminated recently in the revelation that it doesn't matter so much whether I'm hunting for beauty with film or pixels. What's far more valuable to me is the hunting itself, plus the vintage lenses I love to use. This post is… Continue reading How I Shoot Manual Vintage Lenses With A DSLR