Notes: Found this Ampex Vidicon 25mm f/1.4 on another treasure hunt.  The other 25mm I have focuses, but you can’t change the aperture.  This one, you can change the aperture, but the focusing seems to have been set to infinity by the factory.  A workaround is to “focus” by not threading it all the way […]

Team Square / Triangle

A post about using Alternative / Vintage / Orphaned lenses on the Micro 4/3 system via adapters. Featured: Canon TV Lens, Canon FL Mount, and C Mount Lens.


Notes: Another little friend added to the mix…the Digital Harinezumi 2!  I believe the name is Japanese for “Hedgehog,” and its movies really mimic 8mm film.  One of these days I’m going to have a photo shoot and limit myself to just one camera via “Random Select.” 🙂

Old Gear

Notes: So here are the results from the various gear I’ve found on my treasure hunts.  The first ones are from a 55mm f/1.4 Auto Sears (M42 Pentax Screwmount).  It’s a re-badged Japanese lens and it has a nice dreamy quality.  The flaring is different from the vintage Nikons and good in its own way.  […]


Digging, it refers to DJ’s and Turntablists going through crates of records, looking for samples and other inspiration to create their music / artform. I guess that’s why I’ve been on my vintage theme. When people want to get into photography, they always ask me what camera to get.  It’s a bit more complicated than that…  […]

New Toys

Notes: Found these gems while browsing antique stores.  Granted, none of them work, but they sure look cool as props/accessories/camera bling. 🙂

Ring Light

Model: Frannie MUA / Hair: Nhi Lighting Assistance and Props: BRC and PT I draw, I take photos, I write about it.  Thanks to the team for all the help.  Thanks to BRC for letting me take his ABR800 ring light out for a test drive.  It definitely produces some blinding light.  Even shooting through its “portal” has […]


Notes: It snowed in the ATL on Christmas, so of course I had to step outside. Thanks to KT for putting up with the bitter cold just so I could shoot and then write about it. If you guys have been following for the last several posts I’ve pretty much been trying to give a […]

Photos: Canon 10D Test Images

What’s that saying? People know the price of everything but the value of nothing?  These images are from a Canon 10D, given to me by a good friend (Thanks JK!). It’s an older camera that doesn’t go for much on the used market, but I’ll graciously add it to the fleet.  In the off and boring […]

Kodak Black and White Memories

    With the recent demise of filmstock such as Polaroid instant film and now Kodak Kodachrome, I’ve been thinking about shooting more film.  When I think back to random events in my life, I’m always glad that I carried a film camera around with Kodak black and white film, even when it wasn’t practical, […]

Photos: Random 85mm 1.4 Tests

Technical Notes: Random tests of the Nikon 85mm f/1.4, first impressions are:  it’s not as versatile as the 105mm 2.8 VR Micro for portraits, definitely not as sharp wide open, and the minimum focus distance is limiting, but the bokeh is quite “painterly.”  DOF is so shallow at 1.4 that you can definitely “buzz” a person […]