With interchangeable lens cameras, the majority of the time I use a prime lens. My reasons are myriad - The simplicity of one focal length. The generally better and more consistent image quality, and knowing it can be relied upon. The more often than not faster maximum aperture, giving more options for low light and… Continue reading In Praise Of Zoom Lenses (When Primes Let You Down)
For the last five years I've been experimenting with vintage manual lenses on modern digital cameras. This came about originally from using the lenses on the 35mm film cameras they were intended for, and delighting in their beautiful build quality, smoothness in use, and the fantastic photographs they could produce. Then, in the spring of… Continue reading Using Vintage Lenses On Digital Bodies – A Compromise Too Far?
Every used a Helios 44 58mm f/2 lens? If not, I think you've missed out. In this post I'll talk about why, and what to look out for when you're ready to buy one. Before I knew very much about lens mounts, I had at least discovered that before bayonet mounts became the norm, the… Continue reading Which Helios 44 Lens To Buy (And Why You Need One)
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
We each have our own unique perspective on the world, like a lens that brings into focus just a small scattering of light in front of us at any one time. Otherwise, like a camera with the lens removed and the light saturating the film frame or digital sensor, everything becomes an incomprehensible super bright… Continue reading How We Choose A Lens To See The World Through