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.
I'll always say the F.Zuiko 38mm f1.8 is a great vintage lens for your street photography.
It's small, which keeps it discreet. It's inexpensive, which means you can pick one up without feeling guilty. And the image quality is really good, which is really the most important thing.
I shot with mine in Ciqikou, in Chongqing, China. Come see how it went here.
A short trip to Wuxi seemed like the perfect chance to get some more shooting in with the Yashica Yashinon 45mm f1.7.
Still getting back used to the focal length, I needed the practice as much as I wanted photographs I thought good enough to post here.
I got both, and with a lens that I loved shooting with. Come see, come read, come find out more. :)
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!
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.
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.
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.
Zhongshan Park is one of Shanghai's best, and I was lucky enough to live nearby. Visiting Chinese parks means encountering a few things, without fail. Old people being the main one. Whatever pastime they are whiling away the day with, they'll be there.
Zhongshan Park is big enough to be able get away from the crowds if you know where to go. There are some interesting paths and routes through the trees and bushes; it isn't all open space.
These monochrome photographs, taken with the Super-Takumar 55mm f1.8, are from a day I spent shooting, and feature some scenic shots and a group of rollerskating children in amongst the elder generation of park-goers.
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.
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.