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My Time at Bonnaroo, 2002

Way back in 2002, long before I considered being a music photographer, I went to a music festival with my camera. This was the time before digital photography.  In those days, I was the friend that always had a camera, and my friends were comfortable with me snapping pictures. There was no digital photography, and social […]

Photographing The Domestics at The Hi-Fi

On 15 August 2018, the Supergroup, The Domestics played at the Hi-Fi Music Hall in Eugene. I’ve known these guys for years, and while the band was short Michael because he was out on tour with another band. Leo held it down very well. It was a more raucous set than normal, and it was a […]

Vivitar 28mm f2.8 vs. Pentax SMC 28mm f3.5

The 28mm lens seems to have lost a lot of its thunder to the 24mm. This is a handy wide-angle lens though. The 28mm may not be as wide a 24mm, but I argue the 28mm is more useful for general applications. Aside from usefulness, they are generally half the price of the 24mm. I […]

15 Minutes With A Koni-Omega

I noticed recently that one my favorite cameras hasn’t been used in over eighteen months. I figured it was time to pull it out of the cabinet and load it with film. The Koni-Omega Rapid is large 6×7 medium format rangefinder camera. The Koni-Omega line of cameras has gone through several variations with different features […]

My Day with a Mamiya 35mm Camera

Mamiya/Sekor 500 DTL: This is a tank of a camera. I acquired this camera from a thrift store last week. It came in a weird black box, with a beat up Vivitar 80-210 zoom lens and a near mint Vivitar 28mm f2.8 TX mount. It also came with a full barrage of filters and a […]

I Love 135mm Lenses

I don’t know many photographers these days that shoot with the 135mm prime lens. Zoom lenses nowadays rule the telephoto market. However, I’m here to talk about shooting vintage lenses on modern mirrorless cameras. I don’t usually recommend vintage zooms because early zooms weren’t very good. I am a huge fan of prime lenses though. […]

An Afternoon With a Chinon 35mm Lens

AUTO CHINON 1:2.8 f=35mm This is a fun little lens that I acquired with an old Chinon CS 35mm camera. This lens is an M42 mount and I’ve had it for a couple of years, but I’ve only used it a few times. I love this focal length for street photography. It sits nicely between […]

A Tale of Two Twenty Eights.

I think the 28mm is often an unappreciated focal length. The 24mm is the darling among many photographers. For good reason I suppose. The 28mm lens was a very popular introductory wide-angle lens for a lot of beginner photographers. Today I am going to discuss two particular third-party vintage 28mm lenses. Both are branded Vivitar, […]

The Mighty Rexatar

A review of the Rexatar 36-100mm f3.5 Lens Just to save time, this is a terrible lens. Let’s start at the begining I found this lens at a local thrift store. I saw it in the glass case and I did a quick Googling and I only this only showed up on eBay. The few […]

Six Months with the 7artisans 25mm

I figure six months is a good amount of time to get to know a lens. The 7artisans 25mm is not a great lens, it’s barely a good lens for that matter. However, I won’t even leave the house without it. As I’ve stated in a previous post, this lens has some shortcomings that I […]

“Who’s the Ross?” It Was a Good Run…

“Who’s The Ross” is a late night, live comedy show hosted by actor and comedian Aaron Ross. Along with co-writer and Comedian Jordan Paladino, Tuesday nights were a great time to be at Dante’s. The show was a lot like a television late night program, except live and not broadcast of course. There’s a large […]

Who’s The Ross? Dante’s Grand Finale

The last show was bittersweet, but sometimes you have to move on to the next project. Last Friday we had a great night some old friends joined with new friends for a grand goodbye. There was a pole dancing dinosaur, live music, interview and jam session with Dave Dahl of Dave’s Killer Bread, local hip-hop […]

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