My first roll of film on a Hasselblad V Series Camera…


I count my 1st ever roll of film through a Hasselblad camera a success. Thank you interwebs and Southeastern Camera-Carrboro for the tips. First and last frames done in before they had a chance by yours truly and have inspired my new mantra, “Always cock shutter before putting on film back after playing with camera body. Always…”. Not counting those. Of the remaining ten, nine came out so I am thrilled. Here are the surviving 9 shots:

The Frugal Photographer: Vivitar 19mm f/2.8 Nikon Mount aka How I accidentally made a permanent Sony lens.


I was looking at a new Sony FE Mount manual focus wide angle lens that was also a macro lens that was recently announced by a 3rd party vendor when I had a thought. It sold for about $450 and I wondered if I could spend less diving in to the used on line bins. I did not find one lens that could do both wide angle and macro, but I did find a converter that turned my adapter and existing 50mm Minolta MD 50mm f/1.7 lens in to frankenmacro recently. Now all that was left was a wide angle solution. Enter the Vivitar 19mm f/3.8. After an adjustment for the mount being misidentified by the vendor necessitating my need for a Nikon F adapter instead of Minolta I was in business.

Old timey mint condition #Vivitar 19mm f3.8 lens = $79 @bhphoto

Nikon F to #SonyA7 adapter = $14 @amazon

Aggressively permafusing adapter to lens due to ox gene inherited from my father = free

Good thing the Sony A7 is is the only camera I will be using it on. Here are first test shots from my first hour or so with the lens.:

Introducing Frankenmacro (Tale of a $34 A7 macro contraption.)


Minolta MD 50mm f/1.7 (Free as a gift) + Vivitar MD 2x macro converter ($19 from B&H Photo Video) + MD to E Mount Adapter ($14 from Amazon) = $34 Sony A7 Frankenmacro

Frankenmacro, an A7, a flash w/ diffuser and these are the first test shots. I previously owned an MFT Olympus macro lens, a Samsung NX macro lens (both costing a fair coin) and I must say this budget concoction holds it’s own.

Slide Camera Sling by Peak Design: Very nice.

Peak Design Slide

Peak Design Slide

I recently endeavored to research and acquire the best camera strap available. Basically went to the B&H Photo Video website searched for camera straps and chose the one that I had not heard of, but was the best seller. Keep it simple. A few demo videos and it was a lock. Received it yesterday and this is a winner.


  • By far the easiest and best executed adjustable straps I have seen. They work as fluidly as the video below shows and are very secure. This Industrial Engineer likes.
  • Love the modular strap attachment points. Not only can different cameras be used, but I can go from using the battery grip as an attachment point to side attachment without ever having to remove/relocate a strap mount point. Also means I can remove the strap all together with ease. Another impressive bit of engineering.
  • Like that it is supplied with 4 attachment points and a tripod mount. Everything needed.
  • Really like the padding being built right in to the strap as opposed to a separate fixed or sliding padded section. And it is very effective.
  • Just enough grip texture built in to the strap to keep it from sliding off when used on one shoulder.
  • Appreciate that they did not price it as if the padding were lined with gold leaf. Very reasonable price (bought mine here.).
  • 2 anchor point method employed here. I have another popular sling that I have used in the past for my cameras, but one anchor point allowed for a lot of movement, especially rotation when off to the side. I did not feel comfortable using that strap with my latest camera acquisition. Having a relatively inexpensive, small camera/lens swinging around my hip is one thing, but I could not see having a Sony A7 w/ a built like a vault Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 dangling in the same manner. With this two point anchor sling set up the camera stays put with the camera oriented so the lens faces downward against me instead of potentially impacting a door jamb, chair, etc. in a moment of forgetfulness as it swings around.
  • The aesthetic design fits perfectly here. Impressive, modern, but not flashy.

Here is a video from Peak Design that pretty much sealed it for me.