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. […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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

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.

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 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 […]

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 […]

Another day-in-the-life of vintage 35mm film shooter. A couple of days ago Berg swoops me up at my place and head to the Bunk Bar for his band’s show. I get into the car and he hands me this retro looking rangefinder. He found it at a thrift store for $20. It looks so retro […]

Photographers rarely carry just one lens, and the 50mm lens can’t get you out of every jam. Inspired by a conversation I had with a photographer a few days ago, I wanted to write this post. He was curious about my Fujifilm X series mirrorless camera and the Pentax 55mm SMC mounted on it. We […]

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