The Fabulous 55s

The first SLR I owned, back in 2013, was a late '70s Praktica BMS Electronic, with a Prakticar Pentacon 50mm f/1.8 lens. It turns out that whilst this wasn't the most refined SLR ever made, it was pretty reliable, and the Pentacon 50/1.8 is very decent indeed.  I later went on to enjoy perhaps half… Continue reading The Fabulous 55s

Photographs Of Cameras And Lenses – Why Are They So Popular?

Before I reset my Flickr photostream a couple of years back, I had something approaching 5000 photos there. To my eternal chagrin, the one with most views by far was a picture of a handful of 80s compact film cameras. A sequel picture to that one is my second most viewed, and some 17 of… Continue reading Photographs Of Cameras And Lenses – Why Are They So Popular?

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

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