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Buying is the fun part.

We’re In the Golden Age of Digital Photography

Image quality in cameras hasn’t meaningfully improve since ~2008. DSLRs are and will always be fun to use.

Good quality 4k30p video has been widely available since 2015, thanks to mirrorless cameras.

The shift in tech has resulted in a selloff of Canon EOS EF and Nikon F cameras and lenses. It is possible to get absolutely obscene price to performance value on used gear. Lens adapters make it possible to use these lenses on mirrorless cameras.

My two recommendations for camera shopping are:

  • Smaller and lighter is better.
  • Lenses matter more than cameras. Don’t buy an expensive body only to use a kit lens.

All lenses aren’t equal, especially when it comes to vintage 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.

Recent Posts

What is Flange Focal Distance? Lengths for Lens Mounts

The Flange Focal Distance is the space between a camera lens mount and the film plane or image sensor. The short distance on mirrorless cameras is why it is easy to adapt film lenses to those mounts. Space taken up by the mirror is replaced with a lens adapter. Flange distance is also referred to as: flange focal depth flange back distance flange focal length back focus flange-to-film distance register Film Plane Indicator / Focal Plane Mark Film Plane Indicator on a Canon AE-1 Each manufacturer uses a different mark to show the film or sensor plane location.

Overview of Pentax Spotmatic Versions: Asahi vs Honeywell

Launched in 1964 by Asahi Optical Co. Ltd., the Pentax Spotmatic series sold well thanks to its innovative spot metering technology. The “spot” in Spotmatic was a reference to the built-in light meter. There were 10 major versions of the Pentax Spotmatic. If you are not overly familiar with vintage cameras, TTL metering was a huge quality of life improvement. It reduced the price and complexity of photography. Prior to the Spotmatic, an extenal light meter light, like the Pentax Spotmeter V would have been needed.

5 of the Best Used DSLRs Under 200

The best camera under $200 is going to be a used camera. There is simply too much value to be had by choosing a used camera. Don’t worry though, you can find cameras in excellent condition, that look like they were never used. eBay prices are going to be used as a reference point for a model to qualify as one of the best cameras under $200. You can also look at what is available on Amazon or other used camera stores.

5 of the Best Used DSLR Cameras Under $100

The best camera under $100 is going to be the newest camera you can find that fits the budget. Taking that into account, you’re going to need to check around and potentially need to be patient to get the best value for your money. There is no guarantee any of the models listed will be available for sale or will be under $100. There also are not any mirrorless cameras currently available under $100.

The Ultimate Guide to Nikon D780 Lenses

The Nikon D780 is a versatile DSLR camera designed for both professional photographers and videographers. It boasts a 24.5MP FX-Format BSI CMOS Sensor, a robust 51 AF system, and next-generation EXPEED 6 image processing. The D780 supports up to 7 fps continuous shooting with the optical viewfinder or 12 fps in silent live view mode, and UHD 4K video recording up to 30 fps. However, to truly unlock the potential of this camera, one must pair it with the right lens.

Olympus OM-1 Battery - Mercury Battery Replacement Options

The Olympus OM-1 used a 1.35V MR-9 mercury battery, which is no longer available. Since the camera’s release in 1972, the batteries have been banned. They are are no longer being manufactured due to mercury damaging the environment. There are replacement batteries available for the OM-1. WeinCELL MRB625 and alkaline 625A are the most popular mercury battery replacement types. Modifications with a shotkey diode can also be done. This will alter the voltage from the battery and allow the camera to meter light correctly.