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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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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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super takumar 28mm f3.5 sony nex 5n

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 sony nex 5n

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 Camera Lenses?

I love shooting with vintage camera 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 shooting with some vintage camera lenses yourself? I really think so. Come read and find out why.

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