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, […]

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 […]


Sparrows in the hedge by the side of the Grand Western Canal. All snapped with the Sony 55-210 zoom lens. I’d love a lens that could go a bit wider, but the nice thing about this one is that it fits quite neatly into a coat pocket, so I can take it with me when […]


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.

Night Photography

I recently bought a Tamrac Zipshot tripod – a very good deal at only £14, from Wex Photographic. It’s a very light-weight tripod, and not the most stable platform, but it works quite well with my little NEX-6, it’s quick and easy to set up, and easy to carry around. The winter nights get dark […]