Photography

Zeiss 85mm 1.4 ZF2

Zeiss Planar T* 1,4/85 ZF2 Lens Review

Carl Ziess has a long history of making beautiful, high quality lenses, and the Carl Zeiss Planar T* 1.4/85 ZF2 is no exception.  This 85mm F1.4 portrait lens is heavy, solid brass, and filled with pure leaded glass (no plastic lens elements).  The lens is from their Classic Lens lineup...

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Nikon AF Nikkor 80-200mm 1:2.8 D

Nikon AF Nikkor 80-200mm 2.8D ED Lens Review

I purchased my Nikon AF Nikkor 80-200mm 2.8D ED lens back in 2008.  It was recommended to me by one of the KEH Camera employees, and it ended up being one of the best purchases I’ve ever made.  It’s on my value list, and that says a lot.  The...

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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm 1:1.8G

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm 1.8 G Lens Review

I made the point once before in my 200mm macro lens post that prime lenses (lenses that don’t zoom) are superior to zoom lenses in picture sharpness and clarity.  For many years, 35mm film cameras came standard with a 50mm prime lens.  This is considered by many to be...

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The Keystone K26 Camera

Keystone made a number of different 8mm movie cameras including a couple of variations of the rotating lens design such as the K26.  As shown below, there are three different lenses that are changed by rotating.  The top right lens position lines up with the front opening in the...

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The Kodak Brownie Six-16 Camera

This week we have an Art Deco style Kodak Brownie Six-16 camera.  This moderately sized box camera was made for eight short years from 1933-1941. Production began during some of the worst years of the Great Depression and ended just before America’s entry into World War II. The film...

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Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 200mm 1:4 D

Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 200mm 1:4 D Lens Review

I’m back on modern photography this week and want to jaw about a macro lens with incredible optics.  I’ll preface “incredible optics” with “it comes with some drawbacks”.  More on that in a minute. Nikon’s 200mm macro lens (Nikon calls it “Micro”) is quite simply the best macro lens...

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Kodak Vest Pocket Model B Camera

Today’s antique of the week is a Kodak Vest Pocket Model B which was made between the world wars.  The camera originally cost $7.50 US (that’s $105.28 US in 2018 dollars!). Below is a tour around the Model B. Like many other folding cameras, the Model B includes a...

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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm 1:5.6E ED VR Lens Review

This week I’m going to tackle one of Nikon’s newest telephoto lenses.  The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm 1:5.6E ED (VR) lens is the large telephoto for the masses.  At $1,400.00 US, it gives aspiring photographers access to the 400-500mm range that was previously reserved for professional photographers.  (A quick...

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The Yashica Mat 124G Camera

The Japanese Yashica company has made a range of cameras since 1949.  While not currently known for high quality cameras, they did produce a number of high quality, competitive camera designs in years past.  One example, the Yashica Mat 124G, is a variation on the better known Rolleiflex medium...

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Documenting Progress

I’ve been restoring antiques since 1992.  In that time we’ve seen tremendous change in our world:  the rise of the internet, cell phones, email, text, social media, GPS navigation, and digital photography just to name a few.  Music transitioned from tape to CD to digital download.  Stealth became American military philosophy...

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