Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8: What a difference experience makes…

…and time, and the camera used, etc. Had this lens before, but kvetched about the focal length a bit before moving on to the Olympus 25mm. Did not appreciate it as I should have. Did not expect to buy it again. What happened? Glad you asked. Simple. I used it with a new perspective. Recently it was the lens I used to test drive a second hand PEN-F that Southeastern Camera had in store. I do not know what I was thinking before, but I now love this lens. Why? Here is a list.

  • Let’s get the non-technical bits out of the way first. All metal premium construction. Has nothing to do with the optics, but it matters. Feels like my favorite old film lenses and looks the business on the PEN-F. Even stacks up well aesthetically next to one of my all-time film favorites that also happens to be an Olympus.

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First Rolls: Kodak Color Plus 200 Quick Overview

Not really a review. Some rambling then samples.

I am a friend of cheap affordable film. Will usually find me in possession of some manner of drug store or megalomart grade multi pack film. This film costs about the same, but when you factor in that Color Plus is 36 exposures per roll, rather than the typical bargain grade 24, that makes it even more of a deal. Continue reading “First Rolls: Kodak Color Plus 200 Quick Overview”

This Old Camera: Pentax 645N. A Practical Impractical Camera

I have dabbled with a few medium format film cameras in recent years. Wonderful devices, but practical is not a word that jumps to mind. They kind of make no sense admittedly. If you want to use film 35mm cameras should do the job. Plenty of sharp lenses on 35mm. Plenty of great 35mm cameras. Nikon F-something, Leica M-anything, Contax G or T then number and on and on. But if you are looking for those things many like in pictures without even knowing why, like DOF, focus fall off and detail, it is hard to beat medium format film. Why not digital medium format? Go check out the prices of even years old, used medium format digital cameras at the big sites and come back. Start out with the son of Pentax 645N, the 645D, not even the more recent 645Z. I’ll wait…

You back? I know, right? Ok. As I was saying medium format film cameras.

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2 favorite compacts at 2 different price points: Contax T2 vs. Konica C35 AF2

Two things I appreciate are quality and bang for buck. It is easy to buy into a top notch experience. But it is very satisfying to find a more frugal path to an excellent experience, One example of this is the recent blog post I wrote for KEH.com comparing the Leica M3 to the FED 2. Another would be two fully manual, waist level viewfinder 6×6 cameras I adore. The Hasselbad 501c and Yashica Mat LM.

Much different spend, but both are capable of great things when used carefully. Just realized I have not posted anything on the Yashica Mat LM yet. Must remedy that. But that is not the topic for today.

Today we visit the Contax T2 and the Konica C35 AF2. Continue reading “2 favorite compacts at 2 different price points: Contax T2 vs. Konica C35 AF2”

This Old Camera/Scanner Files: The mighty little Contax T2

Being smitten with the Contax G Boys I wanted more, but less. More of that Contax/Zeiss goodness, but in a smaller package. Decided on the T range. Ruled out the Contax T since it was MF only and the flash was not built in (Personal preference. Don’t come at me T fans.). Went for the Contax T2. Why not the Contax T3? Because I did not see a great gain for the extra cost and I was not as enamored with the aesthetics as the T2 (Again. Personal preference. Don’t come at me T3 fans.). Plus neither has a slidey door thing that I have already lost minutes potentially wearing out. Continue reading “This Old Camera/Scanner Files: The mighty little Contax T2”