Hey dear readers! I produced a video for my YouTube about the black & white ISO 100 films I'm shooting now (2020 & 2021) ... as we analog photographers all know, there's not a huge choice of "standard" films anymore. (I'm not covering all the re-branded old and/or "creative" or Lomo-style film stock out there.)... Continue Reading →
A bit over a year in my digital photography has passed with just the Sony A7R II at hand. In the meantime – apart from being busy taking photos both for my private pleasure as well as for paying customers – I have just started my own tomscameras YouTube channel, and I've ventured somewhat deeply... Continue Reading →
Hey girls and guys! Another video ... this time about a lens that, in my opinion, features one of the all-time great designs: The KMZ Jupiter-9 85mm f/2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7pxqUMN0DU Many thanks again to Takahiro Oda for filming me. Always a great pleasure!
Hey girls and guys! I just joined youtube vloggers – here's my first video and it's a small review about my current favourite lens: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_kxXqoCXm8 Many thanks to Takahiro Oda for filming me. Was a great pleasure!
Nameless sculpture by Zeljko Rusic, in Cologne. (Jupiter-9 at f/2.8) 1987. Gorbatchev published a manifesto for change – perestroika – and transparency – glasnost – a huge step that led to the end of the Cold War and the transformation of Eastern Europe, Russia, Ukrainia and many other states. 1987. Madonna sings "Open Your Heart",... Continue Reading →
A gem of classic lenses! Zeiss developed some über-lenses for its Contarex SLR system, and the Distagon 35mm f/2 most certainly was one of them. It went on sale in 1965 – a full 54 years ago as I write down these lines, even some years before the Apollo 11 moon landing. I posted about... Continue Reading →
There's this urge for exotic far-away places that some of us often are striving to visit. Cause they're, well, exotic and far away, which adds to their attraction. And then we forget that there are equally exotic places just around the next corner, literally. Like I pass the Cologne Cathedral every morning on my way... Continue Reading →
The PEN Zuiko 100/3.5 is the smallest and presumably also the least expensive telephoto lens of its system. It's even a bit more compact than Olympus' later OM Zuiko 135/3.5 – even more so on a modern mirrorless camera, taking the diminutive size of the PEN Zuiko adapter into account. Especially the diameter of the... Continue Reading →
The 38/1.8 is the classic standard lens of the Olympus PEN system of the 1960s, the golden link between wide-angle and telephoto lenses, with a fast f/1.8 aperture and nice characterful yet still high-quality optics, all packed in a very small and lightweight package. This is part 2 of a series of 3 blog posts... Continue Reading →
The Olympus PEN system always was something of an underdog, an exquisite outsider to the world of SLR cameras. Hyper elegantly styled, and also very elegantly engineered, this system was launched in 1964, and already discontinued in 1971 – to make way for the more famous OM system. This is part 1 of a series... Continue Reading →
... to you, the readers of my photo blog, and your families, friends and beloved ones! 2017 was a great year for me, photography-wise. Even though I spend far too little effort on it, I was able to sell some few really big prints of my photos. I am very thankful as I feel that... Continue Reading →
So I am spending a lot of time in this city recently ... maybe for two years already. But overall found frustratingly little time to go out with my camera in all that time. Well, "frustratingly" in the sense that there always has been something else to do when I'm over in Tilburg instead of... Continue Reading →
Just a quick post to show you three of my latest shots ... taken last week when I took a day off due to some bad news regarding a good friend (from heart, all the best to you Mike!) and thus I needed some fresh air ... and took my camera with me. So, first... Continue Reading →
Recent followers of my blog might have already noticed that in the last few weeks, I have developed a certain addiction to the Contax G 90/2.8 lens on my Sony A7 II. Now I own the lens for around two years already, but only recently got the A7 II – and in contrast to my... Continue Reading →
Hey! Let's talk unusual lenses today! After getting some unexpected nice pictorial results with the Tamron 500mm f/8 55BB mirror lens, I decided to take some more shots – this time, during daylight – to find out more about the characteristics of this lens. I focused more on the technical aspects. The pictorial aspect of... Continue Reading →