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Published author, Professional Realtor and Amateur Weather Observer

Upcoming Shows and Nifty 50s!

The next show is February 22nd and the Newark Pavilion. On March 1st there is a show in Tuscon, the 62nd annual Western Historical Photographical Society show, then on April 11th in Kent, WA (Near Seattle) the Puget Sound Photographic Collectors Society puts on the biggest show in the west. The PhotoFair will be having an open air (under a tent most likely) show sometime in the early summer in San Rafael, stay tuned for info on that event. Then it’s the Rose City PhotoFair in Portland, OR now our biggest show! That is on the slate for September 19th followed by our Fall PhotoFair in Newark, CA on the 7th of November.

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Is the 50mm prime past its prime?

There is one of those loaded headlines! That is sure to ruffle some feathers in fact. Well at least until you read a bit more into this post. The title of this article poses a question and the answer in a single word is:


I think the 50mm prime lens is as viable and useful today as it has ever been before. When I got started in SLR photography way back in the Carter Administration the 50mm lens was the lens nearly everyone bought to go with their SLR camera. Back in 1977 I borrowed my friend Andy’s family SLR whilst lending him my custom skateboard. It was a Mamiya 500 DTL with a 50mm F/2 lens. I had a blast with that camera making pictures for quite some time until Andy’s mom wanted the camera back. I took back my skate board and decided it was time to start saving for my own SLR.

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Fast 24’s Surprisingly Cool

Over the years I have shunned the 24mm focal length. Now to be clear, I do like the focal length but back in my hard core film days shooting Canon F-1 and T90 bodies with FD glass, I shot almost exclusively primes. In fact at one point I owned 19 lenses for the Canon FD system and 17 were primes. I did not however own a 24mm lens. Now I did Jones a bit for Canon’s FD 24/1.4 L back in the day but that lens cost more than a block of gold and I was happy with my FD 28/2.0 and my FD 20/2.8. I should have sold those two and got the L, but I never did.

Back in those days my reasoning was that the 24 was just a tad too wide for any kind of people images or a standard wide shot like you get with a 35mm or 28mm. You had to be mindful of tilting the camera to avoid too much of that stretched or leaning back look. Yet it wasn’t wide enough to really exaggerate it like the ultra wide 20mm or even wider lenses could.


Great Show: Thank You All

Saturday we had a fabulous show that featured lots of great deals on a huge variety of cameras, lenses, and accessories from vintage to modern! We had two excellent presenters, Jeff Martz had another captivating presentation from his History of Photography series and Yao Man Chan delivered a fantastic class on digital scanning.

Graham and I would like to thanks all of the guests, presenters, and vendors for another great show. We can’t do it without all of you. We look forward to the next show on February 22nd, 2020!