My Favourite Summer Cameras

Over the last few years, I've noticed a definite seasonal pattern in the cameras I use, and the type of photographs they encourage. Broadly speaking, over the late autumn, winter and early spring, I favour digital compacts like my Ricoh GRD III and Lumix LX3, and their high contrast monochrome settings. Come late spring, there's… Continue reading My Favourite Summer Cameras

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

How I Stop My Head Exploding – Narrowing The Photography Obsession

The world is a vast place. It's impossible for any one person to follow any more than a tiny fraction of the subjects, developments and information that's constantly changing. The same reasoning applies even once we choose a single topic. Let's say, photography, for example. The number of styles of photography, equipment available, and even… Continue reading How I Stop My Head Exploding – Narrowing The Photography Obsession

The Best £15 You Can Spend On Your DSLR

My first DSLR was a used 2009 Pentax K-x, in 2014. At this point I'd already been shooting film SLRs a couple of years and had fallen for a number of vintage manual aperture, manual focus lenses, like the peerless Takumars, and the Helios 44 series. In researching DSLRs, I was delighted to discover that… Continue reading The Best £15 You Can Spend On Your DSLR

Vintage Black And Whites With The Jupiter-37A

Recently in my Lens Love series, I wrote about the Jupiter-37A 135/3.5 and why it's been one of my favourite vintage lenses.  There, I featured a few colour images made with the Jupiter and my Pentax K-30. With this camera, I have settled on two outputs, and saved them in the two custom user modes… Continue reading Vintage Black And Whites With The Jupiter-37A