Recently we spoke about the Asahi Takumar 105mm f/2.8 lens in M42 mount, in my Lens Love series. This got me thinking again about some of the other Takumars I've owned and used. Quite simply they're my favourite single lens brand, due to their luxurious feel, high build quality, beautiful performance, and that the M42… Continue reading The Takumars I Have Loved
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)
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?
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