New Lens: Leica Tele-Elmarit 90mm

This was posted a month or so ago, on Patreon, but now I’ve closed that, it can go here… This isn’t my first Leica lens, but it’s the first that looks like a modern Leica. The first black one I’ve had. Previously, I’ve had two Elmars, from the 1960s. This is the Tele-Elmarit 90mm, the […]

Asahi Takumar 50mm f/1.4 Lens

My Sony NEX-6 has a couple of features that make it practical to attach old lenses to it. I bought a few old lenses on eBay, but one of them is really standing out for me – an Asahi Takumar from around 1971. It’s heavy, the lens elements have gone a bit yellow with age, […]

Flares like the 70s

Flares like the 70s

Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana, flares like the 70s.

Old Russian Jupiter-8 lens. When wide open (at f/2) it flares like this whenever the sun is in front of it. We have a choice. We can complain about the poor quality of the optical coatings, or we can have rainbows magically inserted into our photos.

My choice? Rainbows, please!

Reed Mace

Reed maces in the Grand Western Canal, near our home. These were both taken with a Chinon 135mm f/2.8 lens I picked up on eBay months ago, for less than £15 including postage. This is the first time I’ve really tried it out, other than a quick test. The results have been really good, though […]

Dry Leaves (Kit Lens vs Asahi Takumar)

I took the same photo with the kit zoom that came with my Sony NEX-6, then the Asahi Super Takumar 50mm f/1.4. Sony kit lens first: Nice colours, but the background can’t be blurred out much. Next up, the Takumar: The background blurs out really nicely, but the colour is completely different – oddly, the […]


Two pictures of blossom on the same tree, at Bickleigh Mill. That tree seems to be running a bit early.


Blossom Corner

These were taken with my NEX-6, using the 40-year-old Asahi SMC Takumar 50mm f/1.4 lens. The focal length worked well for a few shots that day, but they needed more correction than I’d have liked afterwards for purple and green fringing on high-contrast areas. Maybe the modern 50mm f/1.8 would be a good idea. Not quite as wide an aperture, but probably more usable, especially with auto focus.

Sony NEX with Legacy Lenses

I’ve already mentioned one unexpected side-effect of my recent acquisition of a Sony NEX-6 camera. It has set me off buying old lenses on eBay. Now, it’s time to introduce you to some of the needed parts, and to let you meet some of my new toys. Well – our new toys now, as Sam […]