Don?t write it off


Time for an update: I still use film, though. Not vast quantities, but I have a darkroom, and I'm not afraid to use it.

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Donít write it off

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Mrs. D wanted to visit a garden centre yesterday, and I decided to walk the couple of hundred yards up the road to an overbridge that Spans the M6 toll road. I was wondering what lens to use when I realized that Iíd spent a whole £89 on a 300mm Yashica lens around 20 years ago. I dug it out of its dusty hideaway and attached it to the necessary converter. To be honest, I wasnít expecting anything particularly wonderful from it Ė which meant that I ended up pleasantly surprised.

Yashica lenses were always a little bit in the shade compared with the range of Zeiss lenses available for Contax cameras, and the ones I own are the focal lengths that I used less. But if the 300mm optic is anything to go by theyíre not at all bad: the contrast is quite low, but the resolution is remarkably high.

Of course, a manual focus lens with a maximum aperture of f/5.6 has limited applications and Iím probably not going to be taking it to the next air show I visit. But I can see it getting added to my luggage for holidays, and changing my general approach of not carrying a lens longer than 85mm. I may even dust off (quite literally) my 200mm f/4, as well.


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8 Oct 2021 8:20AM
Tales of little-used older kit that has surprised you will be most welcome - feel free to post examples, too!

I know it's been a while since the last blog - various family stuff, notably the arrival of a granddaughter...
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8 Oct 2021 12:23PM
Glad you found a little treasure and think we all have squirreled away various bits an bobs! Love the roof shot.

Couldn't be spending your time better than with your granddaughter - enjoy every minute!

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9 Oct 2021 12:53AM
Anything I have sold I have always regretted so no I never sell anything I just squirrel it away just in case. Paul.
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9 Oct 2021 7:42AM
That;s my tendency, too...
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Robert51 14 12 147 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2021 7:56AM
I use to move my old cameras on in the family over the years but when it came to my XD7 film camera everything changed. I just couldn't let it go. So since that moments I still have all my old cameras and lenses. Sometimes I just pick them up and remeber the feel which just takes you back. The lenses like in this case can produce so great results with a modern camera.
In this case both images are both reaally good and the roof produces the magic of lines and shapes. Great job John.
I did forget to add the words from the wife everytime "Why do you need another camera, with that lot upstairs." They just don't understand...
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9 Oct 2021 8:02AM
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