Humble Yet Heavenly – The Helios-44-2

As I recall, the first M42 lens I owned was a Takumar 55/1.8, a lens that has remained in my core arsenal in some form ever since. The second addition was something I stumbled across in a random junk box at a camera fair. It was battered, with worn paint in many places, and when… Continue reading Humble Yet Heavenly – The Helios-44-2

Lo-Fi In Your Eye – Up Close With The Pentax Q 07 Lens

My Pentax Q has taken a back seat lately, with the Ricoh GX100 and an old Sony camera phone¬†delivering all I need in both the experience and the final image. The Q is too wonderful a camera to stay out of the limelight for too long though. As a regular reader you might recall I… Continue reading Lo-Fi In Your Eye – Up Close With The Pentax Q 07 Lens

Irreversible Photography Gets Quter – Pentax Q 07 Shield Mount Lens

Irreversible photography - making images in camera that then cannot be (or are not) altered in any way afterwards - is hugely appealing to me. With my Pentax Q and the 01 Standard Prime 47mm equivalent f/1.9 lens it came with, this is pretty easy. I've set the camera up (using the Quick Dial on… Continue reading Irreversible Photography Gets Quter – Pentax Q 07 Shield Mount Lens

Champion The Wonder Zoom?

Traditionally I've been a prime lens kind of photographer. I just like the simplicity of having one less variable to consider. Plus the journey of getting to know how the world looks at a fixed focal length and field of view - so you can visualise the part of the scene the camera will capture… Continue reading Champion The Wonder Zoom?