Samples from a Steinheil Munchen Cassar S prime lens

This post is one of the series of posts I’ve written which just gives a short description and a collection of sample pictures from a vintage  manual lens used on a modern digital camera. Other posts in this series covered the Pentax 50mm f/1.7 prime, the Minolta 50mm f/1.7 prime and the Meyer-Optik Domiplan and this post covers the Steinheil Munchen Cassar S lens. Steinheil Munchen Cassar S lens The lens was acquired by me as part of a purchase of a […]

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Orange tip butterfly

I know the orange tip butterfly is not a rare or endangered species, but I’ve seen them flutter by me for the last 4 or 5 years since I’ve been interested in macro photography and I’ve never been able to get a shot of one. That’s why I was particularly pleased when I finally managed to get a half decent shot this morning of an early specimen which fluttered by me. We had been out for a walk when I […]

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Ickworth House in Suffolk

Today we spent a day at Ickworth House in Suffolk which is a National Trust property and I took a series of pictures with my Takumar prime lenses in preparation for our holiday, when I intend to only use fixed focal length prime lenses. It was quite a cold day, although dry and I set out with the full compliment of lenses. Since we were away all day, I’ve not had time to process all the images but this is one […]

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Camdiox focal reducer real world examples

I have had a few opportunities to take a few more pictures with my camdiox wide angle adapter or focal reducer so as I said I would I have included them in a separate post. They are not specially interesting artistically, but they show the sort of technical image quality possible. I shall add more images to this post as I obtain them. All of the pictures below were taken with a takumar 28mm f/3.5 lens unless otherwise marked, and […]

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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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A blanket of buttercups

I was out again yesterday with my Nex-6 and Pentax smc 50mm f/1.7 prime lens and noticed the buttercups making a carpet of yellow under the trees next to the main route to Hertford, I thought is made a nice contrast to see the flowers slowly growing next to the busy main road so I got down low and took these shots with the cars an out of focus blur.  I had to use the back panel lcd on these […]

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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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