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

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Eye On: Zenitar 16/2.8

One of the first lenses I purchased for my K100D was the Russian made Zenitar 16/2.8 fish eye lense. On a Pentax DSLR camera this equates to approx 24mm in full frame terms. The lense was purchased on ebay from a trusted seller of these lense called Victor.

The lense is well constructed, metal, metal mount and fully manual. My copy has a tendancy to overexpose in bright conditions on a digital camera but nothing that can't be compensated for. However on a film camera it meters and exposes perfectly. The following images are a mixture of film and digital.

This was taken with a Pentax ME film camera.

This was taken with a Pentax ME film camera.
Note the curvature of the roof.

This uncorrected image was taken with a Pentax K100D.

Another uncorrected image with the K100D.
Note the lean of the buildigs on the right.

Same image as above but with about 30 seconds worth of processing.
I think I pulled the buildings a little far to the right.

One Last uncorrected image with the K100D.

Final film image.

This lense, I believe represents excellent value for money. It may require a little bit of effort to get the best out of it but at a third to a quarter of the price of many modern lenses of this focal length it should not be overlooked. Oh, and don't forget it has a real magic if you put it on a film camera also.

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