10 Best Photography Channels on YouTube

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Probably the best photography channels on YouTube:

Tony & Chelsea NorthrupHusband and wife, Chelsea and Tony are probably the nicest and most decent photography couple on YouTube. Chelsea covers the more artistic side and Tony does a great job at covering all the technical aspects of everything photography related. This is Must see channel, you’ll love the content and the presenters.

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The SMC Takumar 50mm F1.4 lens is Very Sharp But it Has a Dirty SECRET

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SMC Takumar 50mm F/1.4

SMC Takumar 50mm F/1.4

I recently saw a good deal on the Takumar 50mm F/1.4 and I was thinking whether or not I should get it. So I did some research online and this is what I found.

The orange tint of the front element’s coating, as it can be seen  in the above photo, is an indicator of the lens’ properties and all other lenses sharing this dirty little secret will have it as well. Can you guess what it is? Continue reading

SMC Pentax-M 28mm F/2.8 Review

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SMC Pentax 28mm F/2.8 on Olympus E-PM2

Shot with SMC Pentax 28mm F/2.8 on Olympus E-PM2

What does SMC Pentax even mean?

The SMC stands for Super Multi Coating which is basically a chemical coating which scientists developed to combat the undesirable effects of light refraction effects. This means that you’ll get considerably less ghosting and flaring if you point this lens directly at the sun. Continue reading

Want To Get Rid of G.A.S? Use This TRICK

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Olympus E-PM2, Fotga PK-M4/3 adapter, Pentax 28mm F/2.8

Olympus E-PM2, Fotga PK-M4/3 adapter, Pentax 28mm F/2.8

I have a confession to make, I suffer from G.A.S. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome). I don’t want to spend a lot of money on new lenses so I look towards older, vintage, manual lenses, which are cheap and fun to use but don’t offer the same image quality as modern lenses. Gotta catch’em all!

So I thought to myself today, why not buy a new lens, it’s cheap, so why not? Continue reading

Adapting Vintage Lenses to Modern Cameras part 3/3

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SMC Pentax 28mm 2.8 with Olumpus M4/3

7. Don’t start with a Leica lens.

Sure you’ll be tempted because of the trend on Instagram and other photography websites but not everybody needs a Leica and it’s too expensive anyway. If you’re filthy rich or your parents can’t seem to stop throwing money at you, sure why not 🙂 Continue reading

Adapting Vintage Lenses to Modern Cameras part 2/3

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SMC Pentax 28mm 2.8 on Olympus M4/3

SMC Pentax 28mm 2.8 on Olympus M4/3

4. Do your research before buying a lens.

I’ve written a more detailed article here. Spoiler alert some old lenses may be radioactive so this is something worth considering before deciding to buy a vintage lens.

As with any used gear out there, know your stuff before giving your money away. Continue reading