Monthly Archives: December 2011

Nikkor AF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6G II ED

The 18-55mm zoom range is the digital equivalent of the 28-80mm for film SLRs. Nearly all manufacturers of DSLRs and Mirrorless interchangable lens cameras with 1.5x crop APS-C sensors make their own version of 18-55mm kit lens. Among all the … Continue reading

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Other than Rangefinders: The Leica Freedom Train

Photo was computer edited; original by Flachmaus and has been released into public domain; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Steam_train_on_the_Albb%C3%A4hle_museum_line.jpg The name “Leica” is well known for quality cameras with sophisticated German craftmanship and lenses of legendary performance on a par with Carl Zeiss. So has … Continue reading

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Using Old Nikon Accessories on New Bodies

Not until recently, none of my cameras has eye-cups or another kind of eyepiece accessories on it, including those bodies that have their OEM eyepieces missing or damaged. It is because they are just relatively too expensive, pretty much like … Continue reading

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The Smallest 35mm Full-frame Camera?

Which is the smallest full-frame 35mm camera ever produced? While many of the compact 35mm (like the Ricoh 500G and the Olympus Trip 35 in the previous posts) made during the 1960’s and 1970’s are quite small, they are still larger … Continue reading

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Pentax A 50mm f2

The Pentax A 50mm f2 is the third generation of Pentax’s K mount basic model standard lens and also the last one with a f/2 maximum aperture. The first one is the K 55mm f2 released in 1976 and was … Continue reading

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Pentax FA 28-80mm f3.5-5.6

Today, many people get their first DSLR with a light weight consumer grade mid-range zoom (mostly a 18-55mm) called a “kit lens”. However, the term “kit lens” was rarely heard 30+ years ago. Actually, I believe that the term was not even … Continue reading

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