Excellent Vintage lenses to adapt to DSLR or Mirrorless

In yesteryears many excellent lenses were made for camera’s of all shapes and sizes. And in those years many of those camera brands used even more lens mounts. No with adapters you can fit almost every lens to almst every camera so these lenses can be of use again other than collecting… These are some […]

The differences between the Non-AI, AI, Af-D, AF-s/G and AIS Nikon mounts

These two photos show the differences between the Non-AI, AI and AIS Nikon mounts. In this photo, note: 1. The “nostrils” in the fork on the AI and AIS lenses; it’s solid on the Non-AI. 2. On the AI and Non-AI, the aperture number 16 (the smallest on the lens) is painted blue. On AIS […]

SLR Lens Mount Identification Guide by Richard Oleson

lens Mount type's

So you’ve found a lens and you don’t know what camera it fits? Scroll down this set of photos until you find the one that it looks like. I don’t have everything here, but I have most of the more common ones for manual-focus, focal plane shutter 35mm SLRs. Quick notes on lensmount compatibility: This […]

An easy battery substitute for the PX625 mercury cell in your OM1

PX625 replacement

Back in the Good Old Days, a number of cameras were designed to use the PX13 or PX625 mercury battery. Because the mercury battery’s voltage output was so reliable and constant, SOME (not all) of these cameras were built without any form of voltage reguation in the meter circuits. Now that mercury batteries are no […]

How do you spot a fake Leica by Richard Oleson


Let’s face it … there are a WHOLE lot of fake screwmount Leicas out there. Often they come with a garish polished brass finish, sometimes even with wood veneer in place of the leatherette, and gold-inlaid Nazi eagles that would have made Goering blush, and they’re easy to spot. But somehow people still occasionally get […]

A guide to EOS film cameras

Canon EOS 1-N

Are you the sort of person who thinks that digital photography is as unexciting as shaving? Then read on… Chances are if you’re younger than 30 you never got to use a serious film SLR camera before you started learning about digital photography, and that might mean you find choosing or using a traditional film SLR […]


Black and white filters let you control how colours are converted to shades of grey. Use them to get the right contrast and mood in your photos. A common problem in black and white photography is that certain colours look very similar when converted into greyscale. For example, some shades of red, green, and blue […]