Rise Of The Anti-Zoom – Why I Never Zoom With A Zoom Lens

Zoom lenses were made so you could stand in one place, point in any direction, zoom and capture the perfect composition. Right?  Well, maybe. But not for me. Instead I see a zoom lens as a small, highly portable set of prime lenses. Here's why, and how I use them. For the first four years or… Continue reading Rise Of The Anti-Zoom – Why I Never Zoom With A Zoom Lens

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)

Triple Underdog – 3 Humble 50mm Lenses That Far Exceeded Expectations

Many vintage lenses have impressive reputations online. But in my direct experience over the last four years or so, disappointingly often I've found them to be expensive and over-hyped. In contrast, I've found a few with very modest (or virtually non-existent) reputations, but still capable of very impressive results. Here are three of these dark horse… Continue reading Triple Underdog – 3 Humble 50mm Lenses That Far Exceeded Expectations

How To Start Film Photography For £27

One of the major reasons people are afraid to explore film photography is the perceived expense. They're concerned that to even get set up you need to spend hundreds of pounds on a capable camera and lens, and that's before you even think about buying and processing film. This is largely a myth, and this post… Continue reading How To Start Film Photography For £27

With Eyes Reborn

Whilst my first SLR was 35mm (a Praktica BMS Electronic), I reached a point around three years ago where I discovered that certain 35mm film SLR lenses could be used on certain digital cameras, some directly, others via cheap adapters. This was a game changer for me, and, perhaps perversely, actually fused and intensified further… Continue reading With Eyes Reborn