Two A Mount zooms. Similar on paper. 2 different purposes.

I restate:

If photography needs to make sense you are probably not doing it right.

Had one then another wide to mild tele lens for Sony E Mount. Should have been over and done with.

But with the addition of a recently acquired A Mount to E Mount AF adapterIMG_20180116_125732_329 two more lenses pulled at me. Continue reading Two A Mount zooms. Similar on paper. 2 different purposes.

First Rolls: Fuji Provia 100F (Slide film newbie)

Always hesitated to try slide film. Why?

1. Heard you had to get the exposure just right since it was unforgiving.

Who needs that? I do evidently. After securing some cameras that nail auto exposure (Contax T2 in this case) …allowing me to sidestep exposure responsibility concerns I decided to give it a shot. After turning in the roll I found a second downside.

2. Not processed locally so unlike color film or XP2 (1 day turnaround usually) or traditional black and white (1-2 weeks depending on timing) it took weeks to get this film back. Continue reading First Rolls: Fuji Provia 100F (Slide film newbie)

First Rolls: Ilford Delta 3200

As stated in a recent post I wrote for KEH.com I like trying different types of film. Will now start listing new films I try under first rolls. Not much to say here so I will get the one potential negative out of the way first.

Kind of grainy. I say potential negative because you may like grain. Some folks seem to think grain is at the heart of the reason to shoot film. Others prefer blisteringly sharp tiny grain films like I find Fuji Acros 100 to be.

But this bit of grain is a small price to pay to get away with taking shots like this inside. handheld at night with only available light like this… Continue reading First Rolls: Ilford Delta 3200

The Franken-portrait-lens aka the LA-EA4 adapted AF Minolta Maxxum 135mm f/2.8.

A little background. I like…

  1. A bargain. Family battle cry “Never pay retail!”
  2. Combining disparate pieces to create franken lens combos (exhibit A).
  3. 135mm f/2.8 film lenses (exhibit A and exhibit B).27273345581_5556579593_o

Continue reading The Franken-portrait-lens aka the LA-EA4 adapted AF Minolta Maxxum 135mm f/2.8.

Maxxum 7 and Maxxum 7D: Analog and Digital Vintage Wonderfulness Twins

If photography needs to make sense you are probably not doing it right.

I started uttering this half-jokingly some time ago in response to being drawn to a piece of gear or a photo idea that steps outside the realm of the reasoned. Usually having to do with film somehow. (Brace yourself. This is a long one.)

No difference here. The usual starting place…

So there I was surfing the interwebs researching some random notion that washed over my psyche with no warning and I realized that there existed an Alpha 7 before the Alpha 7. More specifically the Minolta Alpha 7. And it was gorgeous. Was a good camera also I heard.

Never knew this camera existed, but now that I did I must have one.

Continue reading Maxxum 7 and Maxxum 7D: Analog and Digital Vintage Wonderfulness Twins

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