The problem with The Center Column is that it's mainly a review site with little information on tripod usage in the field.
Also, being a review site means that good, older models available secondhand are not represented.
That used to be a Manfrotto problem but as Gitzo and Manfrotto are now owned by the same parent company I suspect that the Gitzo quality has dropped.
My newest Gitzo is over 20 years old and I no longer have contacts in the trade to get the low down on quality issues. I tend to agree that a...
My silvernose 50mm from 1976.
In 1982 it was bounced along the gutter of Charing Cross Road in central London while running to catch the last tube train and had a motorcycle dropped on it at passport control on the way to the Le Mans 24 hour motorcycle endurance race.
In 1985 it was submerged...
I have the f/1.7 Meike and the f/1.2 7artisans 35mm lenses. I got the Meike because the 7artisans is small and fiddly with gloves on in the winter. But despite that I still grab the 7artisans most of the time. Both are sharp enough when stopped down that I am happy submitting images made with...
The obvious solution is to buy a brand with IBIS and the option to momentarily stop the Earth's rotation.
Or buy one of the soon to be released gyro stabilised tripods that counteract the Earth's rotation for exposures longer than 4.33 minutes.
I seem to think that the Panasonic version was discontinued some time ago.
As the HG and SHG glass is the only reason I'm using m4/3 I will be continuing my transition to Sony. Rather amusingly, my dozen or so OM primes adapt well to the Sony bodies so Olympus didn't screw me over as badly...
I'm going to have to stop looking at this thread. I had a 44 (a -2 I think) on a Zenit E in the mid 1970s. I lent it to a friend sometime in the late 1970s and haven't seen it since. The was a couple of East German CZ Jena lenses with it.
So you just guess what aperture you're using?
As most of my work has been with a selection of manual focus primes for the last six months I have grown to hate clickless aperture rings, especially at dusk and dawn. With a clicked aperture ring I can simply count the clicks.
My collection of 35mm lenses includes f/1.2, f/1.6, f/1.7 x2, f/1.9 and f/2.8. The f/1.6 and f/1.9 seem a little odd because they don't seem to be used as commonly as the others. I'm a little surprised there's no f/1.8 in the collection.
Interesting, the Neonon was probably the second worst enlarger lens I ever used. I ended up using a decades older 2" Wray in preference to the Neonon. I seem to remember a rumour that the Neonon was made by either Rodenstock or Schneider, both makers of very good enlarger lenses at the time. If...
If you were shooting for publication editors wanted slow transparency film. When Kodachrome fell out of favour with editors who started preferring the Velvia colour palette my high speed film was Provia 100.
My theory is that the EC-14 is acting as a baffle stopping the excess light getting through to the sensor "box" but I can't say that I ever noticed any difference between the 1.4x-A and the EC-14.
But I have to admit that I have never pixel peeped. My method of lens testing in the film era was...
I ended up with two samples of the OM 1.4x-A plus the EC14 (the 4/3 1.4 T.C.). I haven't bothered testing to see which is best but don't have any issues using any of them behind the 350mm. I just use whichever is the most convenient/quicker depending on the adapters/camera body in use.
I purchased my copy new in 1985 so it's now 35 years old. It had a hard life for the first decade or so including me taking a hacksaw to the tripod mount to make room for a blimp. It was my lightweight, handholdable telephoto for BIF.
A few years ago I discovered it was full of fungus which I...
It could pay to keep checking Amazon after Christmas. IIRC three of my Samyang/Rokinon lenses were picked up on sale in the new year. Some of the discounts were huge, 70% off one of the lenses I seem to recall.
I've had the RokiSamy for years adapting it to whatever I'm shooting at the time so would vote for it every time.
But there are other options with a lot of legacy glass that could be adapted. Most camera makers had an 80mm or 85mm portrait lens available for their 35mm SLRs. Plus the various 90...
If you want small and portable one of the manual focus primes with a native m4/3 mount will be smaller than an adapted lens due to the adapter needed.
There's a small Meike 28mm f/2.8 that is almost a pancake lens.
I was wondering that. I have the f/2.8 version lying around somewhere. I actually prefer it to the OM 24mm f/2.8 on m4/3 but that may be because the 24mm suffered decades of hard use and has internal water marks from being submerged in Georgian Bay and dried out in an oven. My 28mm is mint as it...
Early OM Zuiko 35mm lenses were single coated but later versions were multi coated.
My collection of 35mm lenses include:
Vivitar 35mm f/1.9 from the mid 1970s
OM 35mm f/2.8 from the mid 1980s
7artisans 35mm f/1.2
Meike 35mm f/1.7
Fujian 35mm f/1.7 CCTV lens
The Vivitar is a favourite but has...
I use a similar set up with a Sony a6000 on the end. The Sony has the same aspect ratio so no cropping or wasted frame you get with m4/3.
I have a Canon film scanner but haven't used it since trying copying film with a digital camera.
I seem to think that I saw photos of the prototype 800mm and 1200 somewhere. I did have some very early OM literature in the 1970s and early 1980s. I threw a lot of it away in one of my many moves. Who knew there would be so much interest so many years later.
Until getting a Domke F-5XB this summer I haven't owned a bag with a zipper closed main compartment since a brief fling with a LowePro bag in the 1980s. Give me a simple flap every time, the F-5XB made way for a F-10 because it has a flap and no zipper.
I have a black ballistic nylon Domke F-6 reserved for weddings and formal occasions. At the time it was cheaper than the regular canvas F-6 versions. I always buy which ever colour/model is cheapest.
Given the way Tiffen seem to be discontinuing various Domke bags I may have to start watching...
As someone who used to know Ken Brett, one of the people behind Benbo and later Uni-Loc I should point out that while very similar they are different and were made by different companies.
I say were as I don't know if the Uni-Loc models are still being made. I contacted the company some time...