Petri CC Auto 55mm f/1.8 M42 Lens – First Thoughts

Wanting to both streamline and diversify my lenses at once, I discovered this unusual 55/1.8 M42 from Petri. The yardstick for 55/1.8 lenses in M42 mount has to be the Asahi Takumars. I've had half a dozen, and the one that's endured is a very clean Super-Takumar. In the past I've also had a Fujinon… Continue reading Petri CC Auto 55mm f/1.8 M42 Lens – First Thoughts

JOMO Photography (The Opposite Of FOMO)

Social media has much to answer for, and one of the negative feelings it's created and feeds in us is FOMO, the Fear Of Missing Out. FOMO is a kind of anxiety that arises from fearing that other people (sometimes everyone!) are doing things more interesting, fun and rewarding than we are, and we're missing… Continue reading JOMO Photography (The Opposite Of FOMO)

Lenses For The Long Term – Not Just To Love And Leave

Over the last eight years or so I've owned perhaps 100 lenses. Which is a conservative estimate, given when I start to think more I realise I've had at least five Takumar 55mm, five Pentax-M 50s, maybe eight different Pentacon 50/1.8s, and at least a dozen Helios 44s. Too often I've reached a point where… Continue reading Lenses For The Long Term – Not Just To Love And Leave

Camera Design – The Difference That Makes The Difference

Once you've been photographing a while and have settled on a narrower path of obsession, the differences between the few cameras you use become less. But in some ways this makes them even more prominent. I've been shooting mostly with my Pentax K-30 for the couple of months, and now I've settled on colour and… Continue reading Camera Design – The Difference That Makes The Difference

One Month One Camera – July 2020 (I) – Samsung GX-1S

The last three months I've relaxed my One Month One Camera (OMOC) project, which has coincided with my usual annual return to predominantly shooting colour with my favourite summer cameras. This month, July, my plans are similar, but I do want to return to just one camera, rather than flitting between three.  The camera I've… Continue reading One Month One Camera – July 2020 (I) – Samsung GX-1S