Berlin and Moscow – Optics and Cameras – Part III

In the first two chapters we learned the theory, now let’s bring it into practice. History and choices made by the brands have left a stamp on what’s possible today. If you want to make use of vintage lenses on a DSLR, the best choice is Pentax. Pentax is the…

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Berlin and Moscow – Optics and Cameras

I like working with film, but probably the thing that attracts me the most in analog photography, is working with beautiful made, late war ( WW II ) and cold war cameras and lenses. Don’t get me wrong, pre-war cameras and lenses are also beautiful to look at, but for…

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Berlin optics and Soviet camera equipment

The reason why i published two repair guides for vintage M42 lenses, is because i am going to write a series of articles about vintage DDR and Soviet lenses, cameras and other accessories. Repairing is something you will eventually will encounter, using vintage photographic equipment, and because there’s a lot…

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Viewfinders for system cameras, like Samsung, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic …

I get many questions about where I got my Kodak Sportsfinder I use on my Samsung NX 3000, Well, I bought mine on an auction website www.catawiki.com, but there are also other places to look for like on eBay, and not only the Kodak Sportsfinder, but also optical types from…

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Manual 35mm Prime Lenses and Mirrorless Cameras

Before I go further with writing about RawTherapee, command line and writing your own scripts, I would like to write something about vintage prime manual lenses, on mirrorless cameras. There are a lot of other articles written about this subject, that cover the pros and cons about using manual lenses.…

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Old lenses on new cameras

While i am a specialized Pentax user, I also use other brand lenses with other kind of mounts. Especially M42 and PK* lenses. To do this, you need an adapter to convert M42 to K* mount ( * also referred as PK mount ) PK* lenses can be mounted without…

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The Classic Camera Project – How to buy a good classic camera

Who still buys old analog cameras ? Photography students, Lomographers, a few die hard real film lovers, and not to forget : camera collectors. These last one are a completely different buyers group, as for a collector other factors are important, like its state. A real user needs a camera…

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Classic Camera Project – Minolta AL-F

  A few weeks ago I bought a good looking Minolta AL-F at a flea market. At first sight, everything was still working, the shutter is of the type Seikosha, so no problems with translucent or malfunctioning curtains . Back home I established the batteries had leaked. Cleaning the battery…

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