The £5 Cheap Lens Challenge – Part 2

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

Cheap Seats At The Widescreen – The Halina Panorama

My fellow photographer and cheapskate Alan Duncan, who writes at Canny Cameras, challenged me to shoot a roll with a mystery film camera he'd send in the post. I agreed, always interested in trying a new toys, and eagerly awaited the postman's arrival with A Leica M series, Contax III or maybe at least a… Continue reading Cheap Seats At The Widescreen – The Halina Panorama

Film Photography On A Shoestring

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

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)