Topcon UV Topcor 28mm f/4 lens on Sony Nex

A couple of months ago I made myself a Topcon UV adapter for my Sony Nex camera and over the last couple of days I’ve been trying out one of my Topcor UV lenses with it – the Topcon UV Topcor 28mm f/4. The Topcon UV series are difficult to adapt to modern digital cameras because the aperture adjuster was fitted to the camera body rather than the lens – this is why I needed to make my own adapter […]

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Making a Topcor UV to Nex mount adapter

A couple of years ago I purchased a Hanimex Topcon RE Auto camera and a couple of lenses from eBay UK. The camera was sold as ‘For Repair’ and at the time I purchased it I could see by the pictures that it was going to take some work to get it back to working order. These pictures can be viewed full sized here. Well, after I took delivery I found that it was in an even worse state than […]

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Some samples from a Helios 85 – 210 Auto Zoom lens

This short post is to show some sample pictures taken with the Helios 85 – 210 Auto Zoom lens on a digital camera. My particular copy is fitted with an M42 mount, and I used it on a Sony Nex6 mirror-less camera. My Helios 85 – 210 Auto Zoom Lens This lens was included in a job lot purchase of cameras I bought a few weeks ago. It was fitted to a black Spotmatic SPII and since the total price […]

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Some samples from a Helios 44M lens

The Russian Helios 44M lens was supplied on most of the Zenit 35mm slr cameras produced and, since there were literally millions made, is readily available for a relatively low price. Being M42 screw mount means it’s possible to adapt it to a large number of mirror-less and DSLR cameras. I have a couple of examples, both or which are the 44M version which has the aperture actuation pin in the lens mount to allow the lens to be stopped […]

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Film or Digital ?

Over the last 6 to 12 months it’s become more and more frequent that when I go anywhere to take pictures I will take along a film camera as well as my Pentax K5 or Sony Nex 6 digital camera. Because of that I have several instances where I have pictures which have been captured with both a digital sensor and film so I thought  it would be interesting to try to compare the images and see which I find […]

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Soligor 200mm f/3.5 Tele Auto on Sony Nex

The Soligor 200mm f/3.5 lens which is the subject for this post is quite an easy lens to pick up in a variety of different camera mounts at a low price – the example I have cost me £3.20 + £6.00 for post. Images of the Soligor 300mm f/3.5 telephoto lens Soligor 200mm f/3.5 Lens Description At f/3.5 maximum aperture this is quite a fast lens for a 200mm focal length which increases it’s usefulness by allowing you to reduce […]

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Beningborough Hall near York

This post is simply to archive some family pictures I took at Beningborough Hall on our recent holiday in York. They were all taken with a Sony Nex 6 camera and the following manual focus lenses: Soligor C/D 28mm f/2.8 Takumar 28mm f/3.5 (some with Camdiox focal reducer) Takumar 55mm f/1.8 (some with Camdiox focal reducer) Tamron 10 – 24mm f/3.5 To view the pictures in full size use this link and navigate with the keyboard arrow keys or click […]

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Optomax 35mm f/3.5 preset lens on Sony Nex

This post covers using this vintage lens, an Optomax 35mm f/3.5 preset, on a modern digital mirror-less camera. The lens is an M42 mount copy which I picked up from eBay for £5 a few weeks ago. Optomax 35mm f/3.5 Images Optomax 35mm f/3.5 Description It’s a lens of simple construction with a fairly slow max aperture of f/3.5 which is controlled with a pre-set aperture ring, and a very large focus adjustment range. The aperture has 6 blades, and […]

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York Minster pictures

Whilst we were on holiday in York we paid a visit to York Minster where I took a large number of pictures. Although I’ve published some of the pictures of my daughter and some other pictures in and around the Minster,  I haven’t published all my favourite interior shots so I’ve gathered them all here in a single post. Obviously, there are several parts of a church interior which are dark places, so a lot of these pictures were taken […]

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Pictures from the City of York

We recently went for a family holiday to the City of York in the north of England and enjoyed a brilliant week of fine weather and great picture taking opportunities. I’ve already recently published a series of pictures which I took during this week away, and I have some specific posts about individual topics and places which I’ll publish over the course of the next few weeks, but below are some of the pictures I took around the City of […]

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Favourite pictures – Lighting candles

This is a series of pictures I took in York Minster recently when my Daughter wanted to light a candle. They were taken with a 55mm Takumar f/1.8 lens fitted to a Camdiox focal reducer, making an effective aperture of about f/1.4 and used only the available light. I liked these pictures when I first saw them on the review screen of my Nex just after I took them, but I didn’t notice the small flaw with them until I […]

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Favourite pictures – York Minster gate

This is a picture taken outside York Minster of the gates leading into the gardens/grassed area which surround it. This is another picture which I took using my Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5 super wide angle lens. On our trip to York it turned into a bit of a work horse, being fitted to my camera more often than any other lens I took with me and one of the reasons was because of the great definition, colour and contrast it offers. […]

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The reality of mirrorless photography.

I bought my Sony Nex 6 mirrorless camera about a year ago now and it’s given me some great service in that time having been my main camera on trips out and holidays, as well as providing a great platform for testing vintage manual focus lenses. Because it is so adaptable I’ve been able to throw just about any lens on it and get some great results. However, in that time I’ve also discovered a few flaws which I didn’t […]

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Favourite pictures – The hyacinth

This hyacinth plant was growing in the Museum Gardens in York and I found it as I was walking along the river bank when we were visiting recently. Since I had my wide angle Tamron lens fitted to my camera I tried taking a flower shot using the widest setting of 10mm with the aperture open as wide as it would go which is f/3.5. Obviously at that setting the background defocus will not be very great, but I think […]

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Favourite pictures – The Sun in York

As we were walking along the river bank in the City of York recently, I took this picture of the road and people. It was a nice sunny day and I had my Tamron super wide angle lens fitted to my Sony Nex 6 and took this shot low down to emphasise the cobble stones. The aperture was set to f/22 to maximize the depth of field which resulted in a shutter speed of 1/320 sec at ISO 100, whilst […]

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