Introducing some old friends
Pictured from Left to Right
Asahi – 28MM Super Takumar – 1965
Asahi – 150mm Super Takumar – 1965
Nikon FG – Film Camera – 1982 (the baby here)
Ever wonder why the photos from modern digital cameras have such a different feel? I am not talking about the horrible camera in your cell phone, but a professional DSLR vs an SLR like my Nikon FG pictured in this photograph?
The latest lenses have advancements that, in my opinion, give a more clinical feel to photography. I desire distortion and grittiness at times. I want there to be uncontrollable lens flare when looking towards the sun. Many characteristics that are tamed with advanced optics are brought back to life when using older equipment.
My solution? When I want to take a more retro approach I use my Asahi Super-Takumar 28mm lens which is to the camera right. The first iteration was introduced in 1962. Mine is the latest version which was manufactured in 1965.
Just to provide a bit of perspective the number one song that year was “Wooly Bully”! The Hully Gully dance has gone extinct, but the Asahi’s are alive, well, and being traded in an online auction as you read this.
The other lens to camera right is an Asahi 150MM super takumar when I want a little more reach.
Do you know what I really love about both lenses? They are fully manual in operation. If you like to just put the camera in auto and let it make every decision for you these are not the lenses you want to purchase; you don’t do this… right?
You want to change the aperture setting from the camera? Surely you jest! Oh those numbers will show different values as the lens bellows gregarious laughter! Embarrassed you finally realize you control the aperture from the lens itself…
If you like to take complete control of your photography (manual mode people) and you are not caught up in the “ONLY CANON/NIKON” glass is the best then do yourself a favor and pick up one of these lenses with an adapter.
The focus ring is absolutely smooth and they are built like tanks.
I’ll post later about my love affair with my film Nikon FG featured in the picture.
Lastly – stop worrying about purchasing the latest equipment. Learn how to exploit every last ounce of technology from your SLR both film and digital.
If you are fortunate enough to be selling vast quantities of these lenses and prices have surged as a result of this rant – you are welcome!