Carl Zeiss Jena Pancolar 50mm f/2 on Fuji X-T1

A few weeks ago I bought an Exakta Varex IIa 35mm slr which came with a Carl Zeiss Jena Pancolar 50mm f/2 lens in Exakta mount. While I’m cleaning and servicing the Exakta camera, I decided to try the lens out on my Fuji X-T1 mirrorless to see how it performs. The CZJ Pancolar has a reputation for being an excellent lens and I wondered if this is a well deserved reputation which applies to every example, or if it […]

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Chatsworth House in Derbyshire

Today we paid a visit to Chatsworth House in Derbyshire and I took this picture of the house using my Pentax K5 and Tamron 10-24mm Super Wide Angle lens. We were lucky because it was a beautiful spring day with hardly a cloud in the sky and the spring daffodils were still in bloom. Unfortunately, there are some improvement works taking place at Chatsworth at the moment, so the back part of the house is covered in scaffolding and plastic […]

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Fuji X-T1 and Yongnuo 560 III flash experiments

Although I have a very basic understanding of the use of an electronic flash, I’ve never really spent a lot of time or effort trying to improve my understanding. I think this is mainly because most cameras will take care of the basics and produce a nicely exposed flash picture if you just leave everything on auto and let the camera take the decisions. The problems with that approach however come when you want to do something beyond the basics. […]

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Fuji Finepix S2 Pro digital camera

This is a bit of a departure from my usual posts about vintage film cameras because the subject of this post is a digital camera. However, considering the rapid advancements that have taken place in digital camera design, the Fuji finepix S2 Pro, having been released in 2002, is an interesting look back at one of the first good quality, large sensor digital cameras available. My Fuji Finepix S2 Pro Camera I bought this camera simply because I saw it […]

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Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 on Fuji X-T1 mirror-less

The great thing about mirror-less cameras is that they make it easy to use a variety of classic lenses from the golden era of primary lenses – the days when every camera was supplied with a 50mm fast lens instead of a slow zoom. As a collector of vintage cameras, I have many of these lenses and over the last couple of days I’ve been trying a vintage Olympus lens, the Zuiko 50mm f/1.8, on my new Fuji X-T1 camera. […]

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Fuji X-T1 sample macro pictures

Today I’ve been out with a Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro lens to see how the Fuji X-T1 performs using this Pentax K mount lens. These pictures can also be viewed full sized here. Because the lens was mounted on a Fuji X mount to Pentax K mount adapter I had to use manual focus and I used either aperture priority exposure mode, or manual mode with auto ISO. The metering was set to matrix or pattern metering in all cases. […]

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Fuji X-T1 first impressions

Having owned my Fuji X-T1 for a couple of days I thought I’d write a brief post on the features I find most outstanding in my limited experience. First, for those unfamiliar with the X-T1, it’s an APS-C sensor mirror-less camera with interchangeable lens, electronic viewfinder, a good level of configurability, full weather sealing and excellent controls reminiscent of a 1970s film camera. It’s also true to say that it is made by one of the original camera manufacturers who have […]

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A move to Fuji mirror-less

A few months ago I decided that I was going to replace my rather old Sony Nex 6 model with a new mirror-less camera and started saving so I could buy it. The obvious choices to replace it would be the new Sony A6300 or the Sony A7 full frame camera, but in the end I went for what may seem an odd choice, another APS-C sensor camera – the Fuji X-T1. These pictures can also be viewed in full […]

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Tokina RMC 75 – 260 f/4.5 zoom lens

The Tokina RMC series of lenses was produced in the in the early 1980’s in a variety of different lens mounts as 3rd party alternatives to manufacture’s own lens ranges. The RMC in the name referred to the multi coating used on the lens, Rainbow Multi Coating, and various different focal lengths were made in the RMC series covering a range of prime and zoom options. I found this 75-260mm f/4.5 zoom in the YMCA charity shop in Loughborough with […]

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Some samples from an Auto Takumar 55mm F/2.2 lens with Pentax K5.

A couple of days ago I purchased an M42 to Pentax K-mount adapter so I could use some of my classic M42 mount lenses on my Pentax K5 DSLR. One of the first lenses I wanted to try was my Auto Takumar 55mm f/2.2 which I acquired as part of the Pentax S1 kit I bought. The adapter I purchased wasn’t one of Pentax’s own units and because I’ve read various scare stories about 3rd party K mount to M42 […]

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Ricoh GXR VF-2, the missing piece in the puzzle

I’ve written several posts in the last couple of years about my Ricoh GXR camera and although it’s now quite an old design I still find it one of the best cameras I’ve ever used for configurability and usability. The one  thing that’s made it awkward to use however, and made the difference between taking it with me or leaving it at home has been the rear screen LCD. Great though the LCD is, it suffers from the same problem that […]

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Pictures from Stratford-on-Avon

When we went to Gloucestershire in the summer we visited Stratford-on-Avon where I took some pictures with both my Pentax K5 DSLR and my Minolta 505 si super 35mm SLR. On that day we took a trip on a river boat, had a walk round the town, had a nice meal in a restaurant and took a tourist bus tour around the historic sights. That obviously gave me lots of opportunities to take some pictures and these are the ones […]

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Some samples from a Meyer-Optik Primotar f/2.8 50mm

A few weeks ago I bought a Praktica IV 35mm slr which came fitted with a Mayer-Optik Primotar M42 mount, pre-set lens. As is my usual practice when I discover a new lens, I like to try it on a modern digital camera to see how it performs, so I attached this one to my Ricoh GXR A12 M Mount with a suitable adapter, and took some pictures during one of my morning walks about Stevenage. The Primotar is an […]

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Some pictures from Norwich

These pictures were a few which I took on a trip this weekend to the City of Norwich in Norfolk. Although I intended to take a lot more pictures, it turned out to be quite a wet and dull day and my camera stayed in my bag for the majority of the time. You can view the full sized pictures here. Each of these were taken with my Ricoh GXR fitted with the A12 28mm unit and have been post […]

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Ricoh GXR A12 50mm black & white pictures

I read an article a few days ago about setting up the Ricoh GXR as a Leica M Monochrom camera replacement and, because it was a dull, gloomy day today when I went for a walk I decided to try out the settings and shoot in black & white. In reality, setting the camera up to act like a Leica Monochrom was as simple as selecting high contrast black & white jpeg and switching to manual exposure mode but I […]

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