Asahi Pentax 200mm f/5.6 M42 Lens – First Thoughts

Being firmly in a DSLR phase currently, I've been using vintage M42 lenses like the Helios 44-2 and Jupiter-37A. But you can't talk about M42 without mentioning the greatest range of lenses ever made in that mount - Asahi Takumars. I've had perhaps 20 Takumars overall, and, foolish as it seems in retrospect, sold on… Continue reading Asahi Pentax 200mm f/5.6 M42 Lens – First Thoughts

Lens Love #5 – Asahi Takumar 105mm f/2.8 M42

Lens Love is an occasional 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 #5 – Asahi Takumar 105mm f/2.8 M42

Camera Collection Reboot – Which Three Would You Choose?

A recent post on JimGrey's blog got me thinking... So many of us have built up a bigger collection of cameras than we intended to - or will ever use - and are struggling to whittle them back down to a manageable size again. But what if we took a different, more radical approach to streamlining the… Continue reading Camera Collection Reboot – Which Three Would You Choose?

First Flames – Asahi Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 120mm f/2.8

My Lens Love series is for those lenses I've used a fair bit, love using and the results they can give, and want to spread the word about them. Quite often though there are lenses I have that I'm less familiar with, but even with a little use have shown plenty of promise.  I wanted… Continue reading First Flames – Asahi Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 120mm f/2.8