An evening of art, philanthropy, and a 7Artisans lens.

My most recent collaboration. News to share.

The Lorien Academy of the Arts is a wonderful after-school art program that holds classes so that young people are introduced to art in varying forms. As put on the website:


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Mirrorless 70-200mm conundrum: Old friend Pentax came to the rescue.

At times our goals contradict each other and this happened with me recently.

  1. Value means a lot to me. May seem odd when discussing photography where many would argue that a mobile phone will do. But even in this realm, I always seek the most frugal option available to meet an end.
  2. Had recently moved to full frame mirrorless, A7III specifically.
  3. Had been a while, but I wanted to get a hold of a 70-200mm f/2.8 or equivalent again.

So why not go with a 70-200mm f/2.8 or equivalent for mirrorless?

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Scanner Files: Yet another roll through the half fame Olympus PEN FT w/ Kodak Ultramax 400

I prefer 24 roll drug store grade film with the Olympus PEN FT (review here) because it makes for 48 exposures. With 36 exposures I tend to start wasting exposures to muscle through the last frames. The PEN FT is a beautiful camera that is great to use. Especially impressive is the 40mm f/1.4 that really squeezes a great amount of detail out of such a small exposure. Also enjoy the default portrait orientation. Here are some sample shots below and here is a link to all of my PEN FT shots.

Happy shooting.


Solving My Sony 50mm Conundrum, aka Cony, aka Frankenmacro Part II

Three things:

  1. I LOVE 50mm lenses.
  2. I LOVE (ok really, really like) Sony mirrorless cameras.
  3. Finding a proper 50mm lens for Sony mirrorless has been a struggle up to this point.

But “What about lens XYZ?” you may be saying. My criteria may be considered odd by some. My expectations for 50mm lenses are informed by my early experiences with 35mm film. Namely:

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Pentax FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited Review

Right off the bat this is a top 5 lens for me. Perhaps top 3.

I had Pentax DSLRs a couple of times before and this lens was on my radar both times. With my recent return to Pentax, I bought a used copy. Immediately became very attached to it, but then to my great disappointment, it broke. Returned it. Hurt to do so. Tried to let it go. Then it went on sale… new… and very silver… for about what I paid for the used one.

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