Those of you familiar with this blog will no doubt recognize this troubling fondness I have for vintage camera telephoto mirror lenses. I'm always on the prowl for that inexpensive yet high image quality compact mirror lens that will give me that telephoto focal length reach that I can throw into my knapsack for that … Continue reading Checking out the Sigma 500 mm f/4 XQ mirror lens
As an amateur astrophotographer, one of the greatest celestial phenomena to capture is the transit of the International Space Station across the face of either the Moon or the Sun. As it crosses either of these bodies, it can form a very sharp silhouette (since it will be grossly underexposed against a much brighter background) … Continue reading The World’s First Dual Solar & Lunar ISS Transit Capture
It was only a couple of weeks ago that the Viltrox 0.71x smart m43 focal reducer became widely available through eBay for the stunning introductory price of only $159 including shipping from HK to North America (Toronto for me). It follows the optical prescription of the original Metabones Speedbooster with 4 lenses in 4 groups and … Continue reading Viltrox EF-M2 Adaptor Tested!
Lost amongst all the hoopla in the days leading up to the Great American Solar Eclipse this past August was the forgotten American Solar Eclipse of 1878. It's good to revisit the past because it helps us understand the present. Especially a past with all sorts of disturbing parallels. The path of totality in 1878 … Continue reading The Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017.
I'm not a portrait photographer because I consider that the pinnacle of the art. But a couple of recent developments have lead me to reconsider. The release of the new Olympus 45mm f/1.2 Pro reminded me that years ago I had acquired a used Voigtländer 42.5 mm f/0.95 Nokton ($600USD) as a consolation prize for … Continue reading Fun with Fast Primes on the m43 system
I didn't think I would spend quite so much money so soon after getting the E-M1.2 body but I did recently purchase the Zuiko 300mm f/4 PRO lens. Consider it a self retirement present because I've decided to retire early at the ripe old age of fifty. And it seems like a very good prime … Continue reading How does the Zuiko 300mm PRO compare?
This is a telephoto Canon EOS prime lens that Sigma discontinued about a decade ago and they languish on eBay for under $250 USD because they often don't allow proper aperture control when mounted on current Canon bodies. In older bodies, the camera would issue a sync command twice before requesting lens info and since … Continue reading Sigma 400mm f/5.6 APO Tele Macro is my new best friend.