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Why I Like the Yashica digiFilm Concept

Although the Yashica Y35 digiFilm project reached its Kickstarter goal very quickly, it's been dismissed by many as silly and pointless.

As someone who backed the campaign, I thought I'd stick my head above the parapet and talk through what I like about the concept.

Some of what I think may turn out to be wrong once the cameras ship, but that doesn't matter. This is merely an honest view from where I am right now.

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Konica Hexanon AR 50mm f1.7 Lens Review

The Konica Hexanon AR 50mm f1.7 has always had a reputation for sharpness; ever since it was first produced back in 1973. But how does it stack up today when used on a digital body?

The short answer is 'pretty well, actually'. The longer answer can be found in this comprehensive review. It includes a brief history of the lens, a report on its build and image quality, my opinion on using it for street photography, and of course some real world test shots.

Come read and learn more about this popular and inexpensive vintage lens here.

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Where to Buy Vintage Lenses (and other camera gear) in Shanghai

If you're looking to buy vintage lenses or pretty much any camera gear in Shanghai and don't want to order online, there's really only one place you'll need to go.

That place is Xing Guang Photographic Equipment.

A 6-storey department store full of cameras, lenses, studio equipment, and all the accessories you'll ever need, it's my go-to place for my vintage lenses. Come see why, and learn all about how to go there to fulfil your photography gear needs too.

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Where to Buy and Develop 35mm Film in Shanghai

If you're a travelling film photographer, finding a place to buy and develop your rolls on the road can be tricky - especially in a place as big and confusing as Shanghai.

So to make your life easier, I'll tell you where I go. A place called Weima Professional Photo. This post includes directions, maps, and my thoughts on what you can expect there.

Come read, learn, and not waste any more time researching where to buy or develop 35mm film in Shanghai.

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Yashica Yashinon-DX 45mm f1.7 Lens Review

Look at this lens, sitting there all shiny and chrome and making even the old Sony NEX-5N look sexy.

There's no doubt the Yashica Yashinon-DX 45mm f1.7 is a handsome bastard, but how does actually it perform on your digital camera? What's the build and image quality like? Is it easy and enjoyable to use? And why doesn't it need an adapter like most other vintage lenses?

The answers to these questions - and more - can be found in this review. Come learn!

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12 Things You Can Do With Your Old Cameras and Lenses

Got any old cameras and lenses you never use but don't know what to do with? Having them take up space in your home in some sort of forced retirement seems a waste, doesn't it?

So what should you do with them? What can you do with them?

I believe the best thing to do, for your gear and for the photography community as a whole, is to get them into the hands of people who will use them. You could even help out a charity while doing so. There are plenty of options. Want to know what they are? Then come on in and read.

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My First Film Cameras

Despite shooting with vintage lenses 99% of the time, I'd never really thought about trying my hand at film photography. That changed when I picked up these two cameras and a couple of rolls of Kodak ColorPlus.

So how did that happen? What made me want to give it a go? And how did the pictures turn out?

Come find out in this post. Come on. Humour me.

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Super-Takumar 28mm f3.5 Lens Review

The Super-Takumar 28mm f3.5 is the third vintage lens I bought, and it helped me take a big step forward as a street photographer. Shooting wide open with f1.8 lenses is fun, but foregoing the shallow depth of field and looking for other ways to make interesting pictures adds a whole new level of fun.

In the beginning though, I wasn't sure how much I would enjoy using this lens. After being so used to other focal lengths, I was struggling to take any pictures I really liked. With practice, that changed. I now love this little block of metal and glass.

It's a vintage lens I think you'll love too if you pick one up. Come see why in this comprehensive review of the Super-Takumar 28mm f3.5 - with sample shots included.

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Super-Takumar 55mm f1.8 Lens Review

The Super-Takumar 55mm f1.8 is a classic and slightly radioactive manual focus lens. Mine was the second manual focus lens I ever bought, and I quickly fell in love with it.

This in-depth review talks about the history of the lens, it's radioactivity, how it is to use, why I bought it, and some notes on the image quality. Spoiler: it's good.

With a selection of example shots taken with the lens to let you see for yourself, come and find out why I love the Super-Takumar 55mm f1.8 so much.

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F.Zuiko 38mm f1.8 Lens Review

The F.Zuiko 38mm f1.8 was the first manual focus lens I ever bought, and it is something of a classic. Versatile, not too expensive and with good image quality, it's an investment I'm glad I made.

This review talks about the history of the lens and its native camera, the Olympus Pen F; it describes how it is to use in the real world, and features a gallery of example shots.

I love using mine, and thought it was a very good lens to start shooting manual focus with due to it being wider than the common 50mm lenses. If you've been wondering whether to take the step into manual focus lens shooting or have had your eye on an F.Zuiko 38mm f1.8 yourself, come and see why I think so highly of mine.

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Why Use Vintage Lenses?

Why Use Vintage Lenses?

I love shooting with vintage lenses so much I made this whole website about the pictures I take with them as I travel around. But what is it about them that makes them so special?

For me, it's a combination of a few things, as I explain in this post. I didn't ever really plan to get into vintage lens shooting. It was a matter of circumstance, but I'm truly glad it happened the way it did.

Should you try vintage lens shooting yourself? I really think so. Come read and find out why.

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