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

Lens Love #5 – Asahi Takumar 105mm f/2.8 M42

Lens Love is an occasional series of posts about the vintage lenses I’ve used and loved most. The dry technical data and 100% corner crops of brick walls can be found elsewhere. What I’m more interested in is what specifically about a lens makes me love using it, and why I believe you should try… Continue reading Lens Love #5 – Asahi Takumar 105mm f/2.8 M42

First Flames – Asahi Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 120mm f/2.8

My Lens Love series is for those lenses I've used a fair bit, love using and the results they can give, and want to spread the word about them. Quite often though there are lenses I have that I'm less familiar with, but even with a little use have shown plenty of promise.  I wanted… Continue reading First Flames – Asahi Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 120mm f/2.8

How I Keep Photography Simple (Digital Edition)

The reasons I photograph are very straightforward, whether I use a film or digital camera, an SLR or a compact. I wrote about this in more depth recently, but the short version is - to roam the English countryside, to feel the immersion of the moment and the whole world being in the viewfinder, to… Continue reading How I Keep Photography Simple (Digital Edition)