Camdiox Canon EOS to Sony Nex focal reducer review

In this post I’m going to review my reasons for purchasing a focal reducer and give my assessment of the performance of the Camdiox unit. What is a focal reducer? When I was a teenager (quite a few years ago now I’m sorry to say) I used to own an add-on lens called a tele-convertor which fitted behind any lens on my Zenit B slr and doubled the focal length of the lens. I used it with an inexpensive telephoto […]

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Takumar 28mm f/3.5 wide angle M42 mount lens

This is a post about a classic lens which I bought this week for use on my Pentax and Sony cameras – the Takumar 28mm f/3.5 wide angle M42 mount. Takumar 28mm f/3.5 Images As I hinted in my last post I bought this lens on eBay last Sunday evening for £34 plus £4 postage. I was amazed that I won the auction for only £34 because I’ve seen these lenses on ebay ‘buy it now’ offers for up to £70. […]

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Soligor 28mm C/D on Sony Nex

The lens I’ve had fitted to my Nex 6 today is a Soligor 28mm C/D f/2.8 k mount lens from about 1980 which is another of the lenses my father bought to use on his Pentax P30. To make a change I wandered down to Stevenage old town this lunchtime to try a few shots in less familiar surroundings. Soligor 28mm C/D sample images I don’t think this was a particularly expensive lens when my father bought it, in fact […]

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Samples from an SMC Pentax A f/1.7 50mm prime

This is a short post with a few pictures I snapped over the last few days with an SMC Pentax A f/1.7 50mm prime lens (75mm on aps-c) fitted to my nex 6. SMC Pentax A f/1.7 50mm samples I acquired this lens when my Dad gave me his Pentax P30 a couple of years ago. It is the standard lens which was supplied with that, and when I received it the lens became another candidate for trying on my […]

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Vivitar series 1 70 – 210 mm Macro Zoom

This post is about this classic telephoto zoom lens, a Vivitar Series 1 70 – 210 Macro Zoom, which I bought from eBay UK this week. This lens was made in several different versions over the years, and it’s generally accepted that the first three versions were the best in terms of sharpness and contrast. I picked my copy up from eBay for £50 which seems to be the going rate for a good clean example, and for that I […]

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Jupiter 8 and Jupiter 11 compared to the Sony NEX kit lens

How do 40 year old prime lenses compare to a modern Sony kit lens ? Well read on and using a soviet Jupiter 8 and Jupiter 11 lens, I’ll provide some examples. Jupiter 8, Jupiter 11 and Sony Kit lens samples Yesterday I was out taking some test pictures with a Jupiter 11 telephoto lens along the bank of a small stream which runs close to our house in Stevenage. Whilst I was out I noticed several bunches of snowdrops […]

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Jupiter 11 135mm f/4.0 telephoto lens on Sony NEX 6 – with samples

A review of the Russian Jupiter 11 telephoto lens on the Sony NEX 6

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Sony NEX 6 – First impressions

I posted a few weeks ago about moving to a mirrorless camera system and guess what? Yes – I did it. Last week I sent for a Sony NEX 6 camera with 16 – 50mm kit lens and an e-mount to m39 adaptor. I’ve only had a few days to try the camera out in pretty poor weather but here are my first impressions. The EVF was something I really wondered if I was going to get one with because […]

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Playing the photography game.

How good are my photographs ? I bet most photographers have asked themselves that question and find it as difficult as I do to get an answer. Of course you can ask your family and friends for their opinion (even their truly honest opinion) but they are obviously a bit biased and you know that it’s not the same as an opinion from other photographers. So I suspect that most people do what I do. They upload their pictures to […]

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Petri 7s II rangefinder camera

The Petri 7s II is a 35mm rangefinder camera manufactured sometime in the mid 1970’s. It was a replacement for the Petri 7s which was in turn itself a replacement for the original Petri 7 manufactured from about 1960. Petri 7s II Images I purchased my copy from eBay uk for about £8 a few months ago, and so far I’ve done nothing with it other than make sure that the shutter fires, the aperture at least opens and closes […]

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Minolta 7000 sample pictures

I’ve updated my Minolta 7000 post with the pictures from the camera but for the purposes of being thorough I’ve written this post to publish the Minolta 7000 sample pictures. I have to say that I’m disappointed with the processing of the film; I think the next time I shoot film I will pay a bit more and try a proper processing service rather than the local Tesco! Minolta 7000 sample pictures.

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Minolta 7000 auto focus camera

This is a post about another of my vintage camera collection, the Minolta 7000 (also known as the Maxxum 7000), which I acquired from eBay UK for about £9. Minolta 7000 Images Minolta 7000 Description. The Minolta 7000 was introduced by Minolta in about 1985 and is a 35 mm film SLR. In a similar way to my Minolta Dynax 5, this seems to be a very advanced camera for it’s day. There are several exposure modes, a neat in-built […]

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Pentax SFXn 35mm slr camera

This is my review of the Pentax SFXn camera body fitted with a Sigma 28-80mm F/3.5 zoom. I bought the camera body for £8.30 from eBay UK in March 2013, and paid £5.00 to have it shipped to me. As well as the camera body I received a small camera bag, the camera Handbook and some additional advertising blurb. The camera dates from about 1989 and is an AutoFocus 35mm film camera. Pentax SFXn Images Pentax SFXn Description and Design […]

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Ricoh GXR S10 Lens Unit

I’ve owned my Ricoh GXR Camera for a couple of weeks now and discovered a few days ago that SRS Microsystems are also selling parts of this system off cheap, and as a result I purchased a Ricoh GXR S10 lens unit to go with the P10 I already own. Ricoh GXR S10 sample pictures   I received the unit this morning, just before we were about to go out to another National Trust property, Hatfield Forest. I fitted the […]

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Ricoh GXR + P10 initial shots / thoughts

I’ve had my Ricoh GXR + P10 camera for a few days now and took it to my Son’s cricket practice this morning to see how it performs. Below are the pictures I took – click any for a better sized image. Although I bought this camera with a P10 unit because that was the best cost deal at Clifton Cameras, I could see that if I could ever afford to buy some Leica M-Mount lenses and the 12M APS-C […]

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