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 Ricoh R1v sample pictures. First, for the impatient, here are the pictures. Ricoh R1v 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 […]

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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. In this post, I see how one of the Vivitar range, the Vivitar 75 – 205mm f/3.8 zoom performs on my Fuji X-T1 mirrorless camera. Vivitar 75 – 205mm f/3.8 zoom pictures Because they […]

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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. In […]

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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. Mamiya-Sekor 50mm f/2.0 Pictures I acquired my copy of the Mamiya-Sekor 50mm f/2.0 when I purchased a Mamiya 500TL recently for a couple of pounds. It turned out that the camera body wasn’t […]

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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. 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 makes more sense to try the camera out with […]

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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 Olympus E500 sample pictures I took and give my impressions of shooting with this camera. Olympus E500 sample pictures The first thing which struck me about using the camera wasn’t really a feature of the camera at all but a feature of […]

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Ricoh RDC-4200 digital camera

The subject of this post is the Ricoh RDC-4200, an early digital camera made by Ricoh in about 1999. Ricoh RDC-4200 Images and Sample pictures My Ricoh RDC-4200 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 […]

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Nikon Coolpix 4500 digital camera

The Nikon Coolpix series of cameras included versions 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.┬áThe series started in the late 1990’s with the Coolpix 900 and there were several improved models in the range. The unit […]

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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 and recently picked up a Fujifilm MX-2900 digital camera. 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 […]

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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. Fuji Finepix S2 Pro Images My Fuji Finepix S2 Pro Camera I bought this camera […]

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

The Auto 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. Auto Chinon 200mm f/3.5 Sample Pictures Auto Chinon 200mm f/3.5 Description The lens, like most of its vintage, is a heavy unit being […]

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Fuji X-T1 and Fujinon XF 27mm f/2.8 pancake lens

When I bought my Fuji X-T1 a couple of weeks ago there was a double cashback offer available which meant I could pick up an additional lens and get a really good deal. There are several lenses I intend to buy at some point, but the first one I decided to get was the Fujinon xf 27mm f/2.8 pancake lens which I picked up at the same time as I bought the camera. Today I had to go on a […]

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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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Some samples from an Pentax-M SMC 28mm f/2.8 lens

This is a post in a series which I’ve written to show sample pictures obtained with inexpensive vintage lenses fitted to a modern digital camera. In this case the lens is an Pentax-M SMC 28mm lens fitted to a Pentax K5 DSLR. I bought this lens as part of a kit with a Pentax Program A camera a few weeks ago. Since I only paid a few pounds for both the camera and the lens I think it certainly fits […]

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