The 35mm f/2.8 lens saw initial release in 1959 and consisted of 7 elements in 6 groups, this optical construction would continue into 1974. The AI version of the lens that saw release in 1974 changed the optical construction to 6 elements in 6 groups (a construction shared with the f/2 version). In 1979 a fourth version of the lens saw release that many see as ‘inferior’ with only 5 elements in 5 groups. The lens I’m reviewing today is the fourth version of the 35mm f/2.8, and honestly, I find it just as good as my 35mm f/2D. Not only does it still performRead More →

If there’s one thing that certainly does not lack at Photostock it’s the sheer amount of beautiful things to photograph all through Emmet County where Photostock is based. There is one thing I love to do at any Photostock event is driving the M119 or the Tunnel of Trees. Sadly Saturday dawned with rain, but that didn’t matter as the morning saw the Portfolio Review (Which I should have brought my finished War of 1812 project book for) and the Print exchange. But after a lovely lunch down in Harbor Springs with Heather the rain stopped and the skies started to clear so I grabbedRead More →

Another “No Theme” week as the battery in my Nikon F3, which I put into it when I first got the camera a good four-five years ago now finally gave up the ghost and I’ve been having trouble getting a replacement. So I grabbed the next best camera that I could, my all mechanical Nikon FM2. Oddly enough the FM2 was the original choice for the project and from here on in will the camera of choice for the rest of the project (mostly because it only uses the battery for the meter, unlike the F3 which needs power to even release the shutter). TheRead More →