Since stumbling across my first Helios - a dusty 1973 44-2 sadly neglected at the bottom of a box of random accessories at a camera fair, that I paid a mere £7 for nine years ago - perhaps 25 more have passed through my hands. My original c1973 Helios 44-2 Over half of these have… Continue reading Heavenly Helios
Over the last eight years or so, I've had in excess of 100 lenses, perhaps nearer 200 now. Whilst I love these old lenses, and there have been very few I've disliked entirely, I've purchased far more than I've needed. These are most likely the biggest two traps I've fallen into. 1. Thinking I needed… Continue reading Buying Vintage Lenses – The Two Biggest Traps I’ve Fallen Into
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?
Five years into my film photography journey (and probably a decade since I first began photographing with intention, with camera phones), I have less kit than virtually any time since I began. I talked about the importance of narrow focus recently, and a part of this for me includes the cameras and lenses I use.… Continue reading Lensoholic – Why I Bought 100 Lenses In 50 Months (Then Sold Nearly All Of Them)
Lens Love is an ongoing 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 #4 – Carl Zeiss Jena DDR Sonnar 135mm f/3.5 M42