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Who am I? What’s this site all about?
There I am, my face inside a lens. It’s a bit of a cliché, but I really couldn’t help myself.
Until recently, I worked and lived in the Tokyo area, which is an awesome place to be for all things photo-related. Now I'm in a small city in Canada with a one-hour C-41 developing lab, which is almost all I need to be happy (sadly, no E-6 developing in sight).
I started shooting film in the 90s, at a time when digital photography was just lurking around the corner - an unformed, small, and ugly child of the digital age. But progress is quick and soon enough I was on the DSLR bandwagon and forgot all about film cameras and manual lenses. And then mirrorless systems came out leading eventually to the full-frame E-mount. All of a sudden, a whole new world of manual focus opened up.
The ease of adapting and using vintage lenses created endless options, ranging from a twenty-dollar Helios 44-2, to a thousand-dollar Canon FD 85/1.2. It also turns out that many old lenses, created for a different medium, during the time of the Walkman or the moon landing, could actually do quite well when attached to modern digital cameras.
Which brings us to my website, now one of several dedicated to shooting with and reviewing adapted lenses. The main content, the meat and potatoes of the site, is the lens reviews, which is complemented by video samples. There's also a bit of other photography including some film, which I'm just getting back into.
I hope that some of the content found here will be useful to those interested in vintage lenses.
For a more photography-oriented portfolio of my work, shot mostly with vintage lenses and cameras, but also with the Ricoh GR II, please go here.