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 […]

The Sears KS-500, A Fine Budget Camera

The Sears KS-00. This is a not so interesting camera, that may have a place in a lot of photographers’ collection.

The Best 50mm Lens to Adapt to a Fujifilm X Camera

Most of us got into photography because it was fun. I take pictures everyday and when I choose a camera and lens, you gotta believe I’m having fun.

My Nonscientific Review of the 7artisans 25mm f1.8

Last week I bought the 7artisans 25mm f1.8 manual focus lens I saw this lens on Amazon and it immediately caught my attention. I tried to research the lens on the internet, but alas I couldn’t find anything meaningful on its performance. It took me a couple of months to buy this lens. Without knowing […]

The Vivitar 90-230mm f4.5 Review

The lens that you didn’t know you didn’t need. This is almost a review of a lens. I don’t do technical reviews, this is just a usability review. Without going too far into Vivitar’s history, Vivitar is an American photo-equipment company that didn’t actually make their own equipment. In regards to their lenses, they would […]

Forty Five Minute Close-up – Sears 28-200mm

My love for funky lenses of a certain vintage is no secret. Today, weather played a factor in the amount of time I had with a Sears 28-200mm f4-5.6 macro lens. I only had a small window of time to walk around the neighborhood with this lens. Macro vs. Close-up There is a difference between […]

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