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Vintage Lenses and Beyond

YOU SAVE SO MUCH MONEY BUYING USED!!! It is possible to get absolutely obscene price to performance value on used gear. Image quality for photography maxed out around 2012 and video quality in 2018. Any camera made after those dates only has marginal improvements.

If you’re looking for your first dedicated camera, it rarely makes sense to buy new. Spening thousands of dollars on new gear doesn’t mean you’ll actually like using it. My two recommendations for camera shopping are:

  • Don’t discount the importance of size and weight. Smaller and lighter is better.
  • Think about the lenses you’ll want. Don’t spend your entire budget on a camera body to get stuck with a kit lens.

Just like all new tech, camera gear quickly depreciates. Last year’s best in class camera is often this year’s 50% off used deal. That doesn’t even mean it is worth buying because until you have experience, you don’t know what camera features are actually important to you.

The difficulty in finding deals is that there are hundreds of different camera models. Dozens of them might fit your needs. To make your life easier, I’ve been going through series of models to create used buying guides.

  1. Canon AE-1
  2. Pentax K1000
  3. Nikon FM2
  4. Asahi Pentax Spotmatic

All lenses aren’t equal, especially when it comes to vintange and early digital camera lenses. Modern lenses will give you images that are razor sharp corner to corner. Vintage lenses can set themselves apart by how they render, the color you can get with them, interesting bokeh, or other characteristics not valued by current photographers.

On the other hand, many vintage lenses are not good. Their performance may not be good enough to set them apart from other lenses. Worse, as time has gone on some lenses have defects such as haze, fungus, balsam separation, or degraded grease, that will render them worthless because of the difficulty in repair.

I’m somewhat indiscriminate in my purchasing of gear, so I get a mix of good, bad, and average. The lens reviews will help you find a lens worth owning. These are popular film cameras that recieve frequent lens questions.

  1. Canon AE-1 Lenses
  2. Pentax K1000 Lenses
  3. Pentax Spotmatic Lenses
  4. Nikon FM2 Lenses
  5. Nikon FE2 Lenses
  6. Canon A-1 Lenses
  7. Olympus OM-1 Lenses
  8. Minolta SR-T 101 Lenses
  9. Minolta X-700 Lenses

Have you ever been paranoid about the capacity of a battery? Especially if it was from a third party? I was.

I have figured out how ANYONE can inexpensively capacity test camera batteries. I have written a guide on how to capacity test camera batteries. It is a simple DIY project that only requires a screwdriver and pair of wire strippers.

Cameras are the fastest depreciating pieces of photography gear. That’s bad if you buy a new camera. If you buy used, you can get a high-end camera from 10+ years ago for pennies on the dollar.

Being able to use flagship cameras of years gone by is an interesting experience. Medium format in both film and digital become obtainable for non-professional uses. Or owning many cameras is remarkably affordable.

The camera reviews section showcases all of the cameras I have reviewed. You can also find information on camera manufacturers that are no longer in business.

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Nikon Memory Card Compatibility

SDXC Nikon AW110 Nikon W150 Nikon-1 AW1 Nikon-1 J2 Nikon-1 J3 Nikon-1 S1 Nikon-1 V1 Nikon-1 V2 SanDisk Ultra 64GB SD Card Check prices on: Amazon UHS-I, U1, and Class 10 Speed Rating. Can sustain 10MB/s write speeds. Excellent choice for photos. Capable of recording Full HD (1920x1080) Video. Inexpensive with more than good enough performance. Larger capacities are available for a reasonable price. Best SD CardsSanDisk Extreme Pro, Lexar Professional, and PNY Elite Performance cards have all worked well for me.

Best 35mm Film

Color Film Consumer Kodak UltraMax 400 35mm Film Kodak UltraMax 400 - This film handles a multitude of lighting conditions well and is a good pick for a 35mm color film. Expect images to look a little warm with pleasant skin tones. Fujifilm Superia X-Tra 400 Fujifilm Superia X-TRA ISO 400 - Another option that could have better availability depending on where you are in the world. Fujifilm photos tend to have cooler colors with notable blues and greens, compared to Kodak.

Pentax Memory Card Compatibility

SDHC Pentax *ist DS Pentax *ist DS2 Pentax *ist DL Pentax *ist DL2 SDXC Pentax K-S1 Pentax K-S2 SanDisk Ultra 64GB SD Card Check prices on: Amazon UHS-I, U1, and Class 10 Speed Rating. Can sustain 10MB/s write speeds. Excellent choice for photos. Capable of recording Full HD (1920x1080) Video. Inexpensive with more than good enough performance. Larger capacities are available for a reasonable price. Best SD CardsThe best memory cards I own have been the SanDisk Extreme Pro, Lexar Professional, and PNY Elite Performance models.

Panasonic Memory Card Compatibility

SDHC Panasonic G1 Panasonic G2 Panasonic G3 Panasonic G10 Panasonic GF2 Panasonic GX1 SDXC Panasonic G4 Panasonic G5 Panasonic G6 Panasonic G7 Panasonic GF3 Panasonic GF5 Panasonic GF6 Panasonic GF7 Panasonic GF8 Panasonic GF9 (GX-850, GX-800) Panasonic GX8 Panasonic GX9 Panasonic GX85

The Pentax K-Mount: A Comprehensive Overview

The Pentax K-mount, also referred to as the “PK-mount”, stands as a testament to the evolution of camera technology. Introduced by Pentax in 1975, this bayonet lens mount was designed for 35 mm single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras. Over the years, it has been incorporated into all Pentax 35 mm and digital SLRs, including the MILC Pentax K-01. Use of the K-mount isn’t limited to Pentax alone. Several other manufacturers have produced Pentax K-mount lenses and cameras.

The Minolta SR-Mount: An Overview of Cameras and Lenses

The Minolta SR-mount, a bayonet mounting system, was used in 35mm SLR cameras produced by Minolta from 1958 to 1998. Over the years, several iterations of this mount were introduced, leading to occasional references to the mount by the names of the corresponding lens generations, such as “MC”, “MD”, and “X-600”. It is also common to see the camera mount referred to as the Minolta MD-mount. This is because the MD lenses were the last widely available lenses before the mount was effectively discontinued.