Using Vintage Lenses On Digital Bodies – A Compromise Too Far?

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?

Which Helios 44 Lens To Buy (And Why You Need One)

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)

One Month, One Camera – April 2019 (III) – Last Dance Of The Lumix?

This month in my One Month, One Camera (OMOC) project, I chose the Panasonic Lumix GF1, a Micro Four Thirds (M43) body. I had at my disposal one native lens, a Lumix 12-32mm (24-64mm in 35mm terms) and my last four vintage manual focus M42 lenses, using an adapter. Unfortunately I dropped the Lumix lens… Continue reading One Month, One Camera – April 2019 (III) – Last Dance Of The Lumix?

One Month, One Camera – April 2019 (II) – Lumix GF1 + Helios 44-2

My chosen camera for April is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 I've had around 18 months and want to get to know better. Initially I bought just the body plus an M42 adapter, so I could use my favourite vintage lenses.  One of these is a battered old Helios 44-2 58mm f/2, an early bargain of… Continue reading One Month, One Camera – April 2019 (II) – Lumix GF1 + Helios 44-2

One Month, One Camera – April 2019 (I) – A Month Of M43

In my One Month, One Camera (OMOC) project, March ended 10 days early for the Panasonic Lumix LX2. This was not because I didn't like or rate the camera - I did - but because the original overall purpose seems to have reached a natural conclusion. My aim was to see if I could spend… Continue reading One Month, One Camera – April 2019 (I) – A Month Of M43