Some samples with an E. Ludwig Meritar 50mm lens on Fuji X-T1

The E. Ludwig Meritar 50mm f/2.9 lens was one of a number of standard lenses supplied on several different cameras made in East Germany in the post war years. In this article, I’m going to show a few examples of the sort of performance you can expect with this lens when fitted to a modern mirrorless camera, the Fuji X-T1. My copy of the lens is fitted with an Exakta bayonet mount, and I used a simple Exakta to Fuji […]

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Ricoh R1v Sample pictures

A few days ago I posted an article reviewing my Ricoh R1v digital compact camera and today I’m going to add to that post by describing my experiences of shooting with it, and show some sample pictures. In order to try the Ricoh R1v out, I took a walk around the old town area of Stevenage this morning and used the camera in the way it was intended – as a snap shot camera, and the pictures I took are […]

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Vivitar 75 – 205mm f/3.8 zoom with Fuji X-T1

Vivitar were a popular manufacturer of third party, add on lenses in the 1970s and 1980s. They produced some fantastic quality lenses, and some of more dubious quality, but were a popular choice for those of us that couldn’t afford the camera manufacture’s home produced lenses. These pictures can also be viewed full sized here. Because they are now generally cheap to buy, I like to see how these old lenses perform when they are used on a modern camera […]

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Super Paragon PMC 28mm f/2.8 lens on Fuji X-T1 mirrorless camera

The Super Paragon PMC lenses were made in Japan in the early 1970s by a company called Cimko and were sold with a number of different manufacturer’s names on. They were a typical third party lens and could be purchased with a variety of different lens mounts to fit cameras from Pentax, Minolta, Nikon etc. A post on the manual-focus forum suggests that the actual optical design was licensed from Topcon, which would put them in quite good company. These […]

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Mamiya-Sekor 50mm f/2.0 M42 lens on Fuji X-T1

The Mamiya-Sekor 50mm f/2.0 M42 lens was a standard lens supplied on several Mamiya 35mm slr bodies in the 1960s, and is available for not too much money either as a stand alone lens or, more frequently when suppled as a complete camera kit bought second hand. These pictures can be viewed full size here. I acquired my copy when I purchased a Mamiya 500TL recently for a couple of pounds. It turned out that the camera body wasn’t in […]

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Weltaflex TLR shooting experience

This morning I took my Weltaflex TLR with me for a walk round a rather cold and frosty Fairlands Park in Stevenage to try it out. These pictures can also be viewed full sized here. At first I considered loading a roll of Provia 100F into the Weltaflex because I’ve received a 5 pack of this medium format slide film as a birthday present and I’m dying to give it a go, but in the end I decided that it […]

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Olympus E500 sample pictures

Over the last few days I’ve taken my Olympus E500 with me on various walks and on a trip to Cambridge I had to make for work. In this post I’m going to publish the best of the pictures I took and give my impressions of shooting with this camera. These pictures can be viewed full sized here. The first thing which struck me about using the camera wasn’t really a feature of the camera at all but a feature […]

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Ricoh RDC-4200 digital camera

The subject of this post is an early digital camera made by Ricoh in about 1999, the RDC-4200. My Camera I bought this camera from eBay as a non working unit for a few pounds. The camera was complete in it’s original box with the software, cables, smart media card and carry case. Although it was described a non working, when I received it, fitted some fully charged Eneloop AA batteries and gave it a test it seemed to work […]

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Minolta Dynax 800si 35mm autofocus camera

The Minolta Dynax 800si was the¬† top camera in the Minolta si series released in the late 1990s. It added additional very useful features to the Dynax 700si, which I described in an earlier post, such as additional user memory slots, and the ability to store picture metadata without add on memory cards. My¬†Minolta Dynax 800si Camera I decided to look out for a Minolta Dynax 800si after I picked up the model below it, the 700si, a few weeks […]

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Nikon Coolpix 4500 digital camera

The Nikon Coolpix series of cameras included one model with an iconic design that solved the problem of how to compose a picture on an LCD as the camera is held in multiple positions in a novel and interesting way. The camera was split into a monitor section and a lens section, with a swivel joint between the two parts. The series started in the late 1990’s with the Coolpix 900 and there were several improved models in the range. […]

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Fujifilm MX-2900 Zoom digital camera

As a collector of vintage camera equipment I normally look out for traditional film cameras to add to my collection, but over the last few weeks, since I acquired a Fuji S2 Pro DSLR, I’ve been more and more interested in digital cameras. Although they are not as old as the 35mm and medium format cameras I own, I’m really interested in all forms of photographic history, so I decided that I would start to build up the digital side […]

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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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Minolta Dynax 700si sample pictures

Over the last few weeks, since I got my Minolta Dynax 700si, I’ve been carrying it around with me to test it out and get some sample pictures. When we were on holiday in Lincolnshire recently I completed the film and yesterday I developed it. These pictures can also be viewed full sized here. I took the pictures at a variety of locations including a party at my Sister’s house and Gunby Hall in Lincolnshire. The results shown above are […]

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Auto Chinon 200mm f/3.5 telephoto lens on Fuji X-T1

The Chinon 200mm f/3.5 telephoto lens is an M42 mount lens made originally for use on the Chinon CS and CX range of film cameras. An example can be picked up for almost no money on well known on-line auction sites and are easily adapted to use with a modern mirror-less camera like the Fuji X-T1. These pictures can be viewed full size here. The lens, like most of its vintage, is a heavy unit being made of metal and […]

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Sigma Mini-Wide 28mm f/2.8 on Fuji X-T1

This post describes the Sigma Mini-Wide manual focus lens from the 1970’s and its use on a modern APS-C sensor, Fuji X-T1 camera. These pictures can also be viewed full size here. 28mm is a great focal length to use on a crop sensor camera like the X-T1 because with its equivalent focal length of 42mm it’s a cheap way to get a fast ‘std lens’ setup. This focal length lens is also generally readily available because there were lots […]

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