Over years I’ve been experienced with all kinds of brands, cameras, and lenses. I love the balance between craftsmanship, price, building quality and image quality. My gear of choice is always powerhouse camera, out of this world performance lenses, and a bit of better angle of taking photo “NEXT TIME”.. Which, I ironed out the possibility of been “bad photos is always gears’ fault”.
Needless to say, I love small cameras with tiny lenses that works wonders. They might not be a working horse to track down a bullet speed train or “BIGGER THE BETTER” lenses if that is what she says.. Often times, the render of image comes in a price is inevitable, but we can’t always trust name brand = quality as a norm. Hence, over years, I mixed all my love and hate, I picked up the weapon of choices for myself. Not for others, but for moei.
It doesn’t come to surprise that I have more than enough cameras and lenses in my past even I am just a hobbyist. My weapons of choice in APS-C DSLR would no doubt to be Pentax DSLRs. When it comes to travel in lightweight. I forced myself to move into MirrorLess Interchangeable systems. Here I found SONY NEX, and A7(R) to be the suitable solution.
But I didn’t forget about the fundamentals! Good enough camera is one thing, but lenses are equally important as the camera itself! I will not forget, it’s not just the camera that makes the magic, but also the lenses!!! LENSES are the one that really makes everything happens magically! YEAH! my lenses are pooping rainbows like nyan cat or the kidneyless unicorn Charlie.
Every lens I have owned have their special magic around them. They are probably not from the MTF20/50 to be the sharpest lenses in the world. They may not be the one cost 10x more than others because it has a red circle with Leica white print in it. They probably can’t make images that you can view Jessica Alba in 3D. To me, they are awesome lenses!! AWESOME can’t describe how good they are in real daily shooting situations. I’ll leave that thought up to you because you might use google to search reviews already! That’s just not what I am trying to say here.. I love them because they are AWESOME!! Like a father loves his kids, the unconditional love!
Pentax DA 35mm AL F2.4 believed to be the same optical formula from the legendary Pentax FA 35mm F2.0. The only difference is that Pentax made this lens as a DA version (APS-C lens).
While Pentax is trying to attract new users by producing cost down plastic lenses while keep up the performance of this lens, it brings happiness to loyal customers as well. DA35 produce outstanding images! It has very short minimum focus distance. It has wonderful bokeh and unbelievable sharpness at wide open aperture (F2.4). Since it’s made from plastic, it’s very light weight to travel with.
Low light photography is one of my favorite thing to do with my cameras. I’ve tried to see beyond the human eyes in the dark, making compositions that wasn’t very visible at first, but surprised me after the outcomes. Often times, back when cameras using films, you will not expect what you are getting because photos do take time through the developing process. That goes the same to the cross processing.
There is another side of the fun factor. Normally after mounting the camera to the tripod, remote the shutter through a wire. Often times! The exposure might take as long as 8 ~ 30 minutes or even longer for the proper exposure. The fun part is to have a buddy next to you chatting or having a cup of coffee in hand. Enjoy the silence of the night, breathing in some cold air. It’s much more relaxing than carrying all the camera equipment and following around people all day. Don’t you think so?
This shot was taken in one of the nearby park. Actually that lighten up building structure is.. in fact the public restroom. There is also a trash can right in front of it. :0
Pentax MZ-3, Pentax FA 43mm Limited f/1.9, Fujifilm Velvia 50
Meydenbauer Park, Bellevue, WA (3/6/2001)
I walked up to the bridge above the park. This one was taken while my tripod was tilted, unsecured. My camera and lenses were basically hanging out of the bridge. I had to put my foot to giving enough pressure so the camera won’t tip over. Pentax MZ-3, Pentax FA 43mm Limited f/1.9, Fujifilm Velvia 50
Back in Christmas of 2000, I travelled alone to meet up a friend in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. He was kind enough to take me around for photo shooting. I was using a Pentax MZ-3, and two very compact lenses (Pentax FA 77mm Limited and Pentax FA 43mm Limited), while my friend was using two Nikon cameras with 2 primes lenses. I felt the blessing from the compact lens design and a very light weight camera. When I separated camera and lens, I can fit them in a tiny messenger bag without too much weight! This was first time I truly appreciated Pentax pancake lens system.
I was in transition from huge zoom-in lenses to compact prime lenses. When I first thought that Pentax MZ-3 wasn’t sold in United States, I had to import it from Canada (Roberts Camera). Aside from the expensive import tax, there is also a chance of importing rare prime lenses such as Pentax FA 77mm Limited and Pentax FA 43mm Limited. Right at that moment! I knew I have to burn a hole in my wallet. I was shocking how these lenses performed!! These fast Limited lenses not only allowed me to take steady shots in low light conditions, the bokeh they created is some what 3 dimensional!
Examples of Pentax FA 43mm LE, handheld, Fujifilm RVP 50 C-41 cross processed – 12/25/2000