KEH Blog Post Preview: TECHART PRO II LM-EA7 plus a Helios 44-2

Next blog post for KEH will be about the TECHART PRO II LM-EA7. More details to come there, but the surprise AF performer has been the old school M42 mount Helios 44-2 58mm f/2 fresh off it’s usual Zenit E home. Very light so it balances well, and focuses in quite a bit so a decent macro look can be had. And with AF this lens really shines. Some samples below. Continue reading “KEH Blog Post Preview: TECHART PRO II LM-EA7 plus a Helios 44-2”

Frugal Dad Files: Dadmobile Edition Part 2, Hemi Charger

Working subtitle: How I bought a Hemi with a functioning car attached.

Here we are with my Part 2 return to vehicular ramblings.

As mentioned in my Part 1 post my Dad hooked me on cars early starting with my love for his Plymouth Road Runner. Dad is mostly a GM man, but this one time early Mopar foray of his may have planted the Mopar seed.

Cousin Johnsie and I in front of my Dad's Road Runner.

Cousin Johnsie and I in front of my Dad’s Road Runner.

OK, there was my Mom’s decidedly non-V8 slant 6 Dodge Dart later on, but we are not counting that secondhand burnt orange/brownish “everyone slide up on the count of 3” manual bench front seat, stall on hard left take offs wonder of utilitarian vehicularity. One of my first car designs as a kid was an all-wheel-drive matte black modified 70s Hemi Charger.

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Frugal Dad Files: Dadmobile Edition Part 1, The Crown Vic

More wordy version, the Crown Victoria Interceptor Street Appearance Package.

While the main focus of this blog feed has been photography for a while I tend to dabble in other areas of interest. In the past, I have dabbled in tech, in cataloging Dadisms and Random Neural Firings that resulted in two books being published, and general commentary. For the last few years, everything has gone so bat dung crazy that satire is nearly impossible and stating the blatantly obvious stands as enlightened commentary so cameras it has been. Also dabbled in automotive musings as a result of my being a car nut.

My Dad hooked me on cars early starting with my love for his Plymouth Road Runner.

Cousin Johnsie and I in front of my Dad's Road Runner.

Cousin Johnsie and I in front of my Dad’s Road Runner.

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When not awful is a high compliment: Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS

Update: Everything said below is true… but I sold it. Went for another brand SLR and a Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 instead.

What are you looking to get out of your next lens?

Me? I wanted a superzoom. Why? After a few times carrying around two camera bodies with two zooms to cover near anything that came my way that got old really quickly.

What to do? Superzoom! One huge problem. From everything I have read superzooms are usually awful or mediocre at best optically… and big and heavy… …and typically expensive. That is not a good combination. But I really wanted some of that one lens does all action. Continue reading “When not awful is a high compliment: Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS”

Minolta Maxxum/Sony A Mount 20mm f/2.8

While “native” native lenses are preferable most of the time I have had very good luck with AF adapted film lenses. In addition to the Techart TA-GA3 I wrote about for KEH I have also enjoyed using the Sony LA-EA4 A mount adapter. One lens I first had a hard time parting with the money for was the Minolta Maxxum 20mm f/2.8. But then I realized that it was good enough that Sony basically rebranded it as is today new. Then I looked at other similarly spec’d lenses for Sony and other brands… And then I went back and bought it hastily from yon local camera shoppe.

 

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A Legend Purchased From A Legend: Hasselblad Distagon 50mm f/4

Done buying digital lenses. Well at a minimum I have everything I need covered. Never done. Thought I was done buying Hasselblad lenses. Those I did not have that I wanted were out of my budget range. Had a normal and a tele. Wide Hasselblad lenses are usually eye-watering-ly expensive. Made my peace with this. Minding my own business. Then Professor Lonnie Graham (check out his book here), who I interviewed for my first KEH blog post, sends me this:

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And yes. Yes, I was. So the lens found me. I am powerless to fend off such an offer so the deal was made. Continue reading “A Legend Purchased From A Legend: Hasselblad Distagon 50mm f/4”