Photo Challenges


This is my contribution to the A Photo a Week Challenge: Nostalgic prompt.

It took me a while to come up with a theme for the challenge. Then I thought about my ‘getting back to basics’ project and I had my theme.

A few years ago I put together a kit of manual focus prime lenses to shoot digital the same way I used to shoot film in the 1970s and early 80s. It was a way of getting back to the basics of photography.

Then an accident last year left me with restricted movement in the right shoulder and a weaker right arm and I slimmed the kit down further to three small, manual focus primes and a small mirrorless camera.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Nostalgic
A snow and hoarfrost covered Oak tree photographed in the early 1980s.
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My camera bag containing a handful of manual focus prime lenses when taking the above photo. A couple of years later the bag was too small.
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Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise in winter nearly 40 years later. Taken with my lightweight, back to basics kit.
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My lightweight, back to basics kit on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline at sunrise when taking the above photo.

6 replies on “Nostalgic”

Lovely shots as ever David – just goes to show how good those old lens were. I quite enjoy shooting primes, I don’t have any old MF one but I have the original EF 50 and 35 lenses for my EOS.

Thanks Stuart. My oldest prime dates back to 1976 when I got my Olympus OM1. It’s one of the original OM system 50mm lenses. Back then they were single coated rather than multi coated like modern lenses.

I have a few Pentax screw mount lenses from the mid 1970s. They’re in a friend’s attic in the U.K. otherwise I would have tested them on a mirrorless camera.

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