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 – Part II

Starting at the point where I wrote this : “FTF or Register is the distance between/from flange to film, or mount to film, and thus also flange/mount to sensor. This distance ensures that the focus of the lens falls on the right place. Otherwise told, you can assume that a…

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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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Chinon Auto MC 35mm f2.8 vs Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC

A While ago, I wrote an article about vintage manual lenses and using them on modern digital cameras. I myself also use these lenses, mostly on my Samsung NX. Beyond the fact that they are cheap, they mostly are very small comparing them to modern lenses, and that is a…

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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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