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How does a 40-year-old lens measure up on the Fujifilm XT2? Sample photographs from the Jupiter-8 f2 50mm

The small, light and responsive Jupiter-8 was a joy to use.  I found it tremendously tactile with smooth and responsive focus and aperture rings.  It may not be the sharpest lens but the colour reproduction was lovely, most notably when applying the Velvia film simulation. Interestingly, Velvia is rarely my film simulation of choice.

More information on the various Jupter-8 lens can be found at Soviet Cams

If you have any questions about this lens or these images please leave a comment below.

The walls of Dalmarnock water treatment works are adorned with some great graffiti [XT2 / Velvia]

The walls of Dalmarnock water treatment works are adorned with some great graffiti
[XT2 / Velvia]

Graffiti on the old Dalmarnock railway bridge [XT2 / Velvia]

Graffiti on the old Dalmarnock railway bridge
[XT2 / Velvia]

Dalmarnock Bridge [XT2 / Velvia]

Dalmarnock Bridge
[XT2 / Velvia]

New housing being constructed in Dalmarnock [XT2 / Acros]

New housing being constructed in Dalmarnock
[XT2 / Acros]

Photography with vintage lenses: trying out the Soligor 135mm 3.5 on Fujifilm XT2

The Soligor 135mm 3.5 is an unusual focal length for me. I have been keen to try out this focal length to take architecture and abstract shots when in the city.  Here are a few sample shots I took over a couple of days ambling around in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Looking out over Waverley Station toward the Old Town [XT2 / Provia]

Looking out over Waverley Station toward the Old Town
[XT2 / Provia]

Edinburgh rooftops [XT2 / Acros+R]

Edinburgh rooftops
[XT2 / Acros+R]

Riverboat Casino [XT2 / Classic Chrome]

Riverboat Casino
[XT2 / Classic Chrome]

Love locks [XT"2 / Acros+G]

Love locks
[XT"2 / Acros+G]

If you have any questions about this lens or these images please leave a comment below.

You can discover in depth information about the Soligor 135mm 3.5 at PentaxForums.com

Testing vintage camera lenses on the Fujifilm X-T2: sample photographs from the Industar 50mm 50-2 f3.5

The Industar 50mm 2 f3.5 is an unusual looking little lens but with a bit of delectate handling you can create some very interesting shots. There are barrel loads of these for sale on eBay and they can be snapped up very cheaply.

Bridges spanning the river Clyde in central Glasgow [XT2 / Classic Chrome]

Bridges spanning the river Clyde in central Glasgow
[XT2 / Classic Chrome]

Mooring bollard [XT2 / Acros]

Mooring bollard
[XT2 / Acros]

Reflections at Glasgow Transport Museum [XT2 / Classic Chrome]

Reflections at Glasgow Transport Museum
[XT2 / Classic Chrome]

Mooring bollard numer 70 [XT2 / Classic Chrome]

Mooring bollard numer 70
[XT2 / Classic Chrome]

You can discover in depth information about this lens at PentaxForums.com

Architecture photographers will find all the inspiration they ever need in Balthazar Korab: Architect of Photography

Balthazar Korab: Architect of Photography by John Comazzi is a book all architecture photographers should own.  No question.  Within his photographs Korab shows a mastery of his art that any architecture photographer should aspire toward.

Comazzi’s wonderful book includes over 200 of Korab’s photographs which are mostly in black and white although there is peppering of colour work included.

Eero Saarinen’s TWA Terminal at JFK Airport, New York, 1965 - Balthazar Korab

Eero Saarinen’s TWA Terminal at JFK Airport, New York, 1965 - Balthazar Korab

Korab’s photographic style (if it can be called such) is rooted in the mid-century modernist architecture that he so often photographed.  Sharp lines, elongated curves and ultra clean concrete surfaces are all in evidence. His greatest images capture the beauty of architecture as well as the essence of time and place.

I absolutely love this shot. In many ways it is a street photography image. The rear wing in the foreground really ties the image to the 1960s. Korab has managed to create an architecture photograph which beautifully captures time and place.

I absolutely love this shot. In many ways it is a street photography image. The rear wing in the foreground really ties the image to the 1960s. Korab has managed to create an architecture photograph which beautifully captures time and place.

It would be foolish to say Korab had a single style, far from it.  There are nods to minimalism (see his shot of the Jefferson Expansion Memorial), an approach which really emphasises its arch in all its glory.  In contrast there is a definite street aesthetic to some of his work.  This is particularly true of his images taken at Lake Shore Drive Apartments (above) and Northside Middle School (below).  These are fantastic pictures that show a photographer willing to experiment with style.  It is genuinely inspiring to see work from one of the greatest architecture photographers that shows is there is more than one way to shoot architecture.

Another shot with a definite street photography aesthetic. I love that person in the foreground is polishing off their ice cream before going in to school

Another shot with a definite street photography aesthetic. I love that person in the foreground is polishing off their ice cream before going in to school

Balthazar Korab: Architect of Photography really is a must own for any photographer who any interest in architecture and urban photography.  His ability to create awe inspiring photography is obvious but for me it was his willingness to experiment with different styles that was most intriguing.  Something we should all aim for in our own work. 

Dulles International Airport Terminal, Chantilly, Virginia, circa 1963

Dulles International Airport Terminal, Chantilly, Virginia, circa 1963

You see more of Balthazar Korab’s work here

More information about Balthazar Korab: Architect of Photography can be found here

You can also check out my book shelf for book recommendations

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DETAILS:

Title: Balthazar Korab: Architect of Photography. Author: John Comazzi. Format: Paperback. Size: 8 × 10 in (20.3 × 25.4 cm). Pages: 192pp. Illustrations: 20 color, 200 b/w. ISBN: 9781616891961. Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press.