Over the last eight years or so I’ve had one or two different lenses and cameras.
Those that remain I’m very happy with.
But sometimes I think about others I had and enjoyed, but then donated or sold on, regretting that decision later on.
In fact sometimes the regret was so great I sought out the same lens or camera again.
So what of those that got away and I didn’t replace, which would I like to own again now?
There are actually very few.
Perhaps the Minolta MC Rokkor-PF 58mm f/1.4, which is probably the physically most beautiful lens I’ve ever held, and wasn’t too shabby making pictures either.
These days though I don’t have any Minolta cameras to use it with, and in fact it saw far more action mounted on my Sony NEX than any film camera.
Minolta to Micro Four Thirds adapters are available relatively cheaply, if I wanted to shoot one digitally again. But I’m not tempted.
Plus to replace that 58/1.4 now I’d probably be looking at more than the £70 odd I sold mine for a few years back, and M42 lenses give me all I need when I want to shoot a vintage lens on my MFT camera.
Maybe the Minolta AF 50mm f/2.8 Macro?
Possibly the most impressive lens I have ever used in terms of the final image, I had great fun with this on my Sony DSLRs, which evolved from the ashes of Minolta, and shared the same AF mount.
But again, I don’t have anything to mount it on now, and whilst the Sony Alpha DSLRs I had were compact and capable, they didn’t feel anything like as good to use as my favourite Pentax ones.
Or would the Asahi Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 50/1.4 be welcomed with open arms back into my stable?
Again it was enjoyable to use, and as smooth as any well kept Takumar – in other words about as luxurious as lenses can feel – but in practice it was no better than the 55/1.8 or even 55/2 variants. Or indeed other 50mm lenses, like the Pentax-M or -A 50/1.7.
Plus I have a thing about 55mm lenses that would (and did!) make me choose the 55/1.8 over the 50/1.4 anyway, and especially as the 55s are usually about a third of the price.
So overall, whilst there may still be (and will always be) other cameras and lenses I’m curious about, I don’t have any longing for any of those I’ve already had.
But how about you? Do you look back and rue any lenses or cameras that got away?
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