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

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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

Adapting Vintage Lenses to Modern Cameras part 1/3

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SMC Pentax 28mm 2.8 on Olympus M4/3

SMC Pentax 28mm 2.8 on Olympus M4/3

This is trendy and very cool nowadays due to the popularity of mirrorless cameras among enthusiasts and prosumers. I for one didn’t see the point in adapting vintage lenses to my modern cameras, I mean why would you go through all that trouble to lose autofocus and image quality, lose metadata info on aperture number and buy adapters, what there to gain?

Here’s some things you should know before and/or after you decide to adapt a vintage lens to your modern camera. Continue reading

The World Doesn’t Need More Professional Photographers

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So it seems nowadays it has become very fashionable to become a professional photographer. It’s easy enough isn’t it? You just get a good camera, set it on Auto, travel the world for free, point and shoot and get paid a lot money for easy work. Continue reading

Free Google Nik Collection Video Courses

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If you’re not up to speed yet, Google made the Nik Collection software free, which we covered here.

If you downloaded the free Nik Collection Suite or were thinking about it, here more great news, this time from  Tim Grey who announced that he will now give away all his video courses related to the Nik Collection for free as well! Continue reading

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10 Step Guide to Stunning Reflection Photography

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click to enlarge; Timisoara 2014

Yep I don’t know why but I’m fascinated with reflections in general. By reflections I mean a mirrored duplication of an object that appears almost identical, but is reversed in the direction perpendicular to the reflective surface, or at least that’s what the dictionary says.

1) Best places to take reflections photos

Look for water. A river or a lake are your safest bets. You should be able to find one or the other near or around where you live. Do a quick Google search to see what the nearest lake or river is to you. If you’re lucky you might have a lake or river or even both situated within the city limits.

Good, you’ve found it, now the real fun begins. Continue reading