Why Snapshot?

To my mind there is a vast difference between a photograph and a snapshot.
A photograph is made, the photographer has a vision for the image in mind and sets about creating it. Waiting for the right light or weather conditions and often visiting the scene several times to get it just right.
A snapshot on the other hand is taken as the opportunity arises, often with minimal thought. It is what we do on holiday, when out with family, it aids us in remembering those moments long past.
Having said that, many snapshots are perfect, just like the postcard, whilst some photographs, despite the time and effort, look like a hurried snapshot.
I take mainly snapshots, but occasionally, I get a beautiful photograph.

More of my images can be seen on smugmug and on flickr

Monday, May 30, 2011

Old Glass

When you buy an SLR camera, be it film or digital, you are buying more than just a camera, you are buying into a system. Over time all camera manufactures will produce good and not so good camera bodies so the best manufacturer in a market segment today may not be next year. However lenses live on. Lenses are the major cost in photography but hopefully they will outlast many bodies. To reflect this there is a simple saying, It is all about the glass".
The glass is one of the main reasons I chose Pentax when I decided to by a Digital SLR camera. The latest Pentax cameras accept all lenses made by Pentax, albeit with an adapter for M42 screw mount threads.
The first two images were take with a Pentax-M 28/3.5 whilst the second pair were taken with the Pentax-M 35/2.0. Both of the lenses still produce excellent results and cost me under $50.00 for the two.

Pentax-M 28/3.5

Pentax-M 28/3.5

Pentax-M 35/2.0

Pentax-M 35/2.0

Remember, before buying a camera body check out the range and price of lenses. Can you get the lenses you need and the lenses you want at a price you can afford.



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