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The 2000Yen Lens: First Shot

I'd had a dentist appointment this afternoon and needed a bit of value-for-money retail therapy so I headed to my local camera shop.

I couldn't have a better guy in my neighbourhood than the camera shop owner. I have known him for the best part of ten or more years now and he always cuts me and my friends a deal.

Today's bargain was an old 1960s Super Takumar 55mm f/1.8 lens, which I am fitting on to my Nikon D700 via an adaptor I bought recently.

The lens has a few spots of mould in it [which I will get rid of soon] and it's a bit yellowed. But in monochrome the shots look wonderful and if I set the white balance in colour to be a little blue, colour is good too,

It's daftly soft wide open and the age is not helping either but that's part of its charm and, after all, it was 2000Yen.....

This shot was of the drops of condensation on the plastic-wrap over a bunch of construction blocks at a nearby builder's yard.

Shot at f/1.8.


Nikon D700

Pentax Super Takumar 55mm f/1.8

Monochrome done in-camera