Telephoto Oulton Broad

I've had an old Pentax-M 135mm f/3.5 for a while now - something I inherited along with a Pentax MX film SLR that sadly no longer works (the mirror is gummed up). I'm really not much of a telephoto shooter - the only other long lens I can use is my wife's Fuji XC 50-230mm, which is... well, about what you'd expect for a modern low cost plastic lens: nothing particularly special, but not terrible either. The Pentax lens isn't plastic. It feels nice and solid, despite being a fairly low-cost, consumer-focused product when it was introduced. It's »

Oulton Broad in winter

It happened again: nice shiny morning, then overcast by the time I get to my destination. It even rained this time, just to rub it in. So, here's some kinda dull pictures taken around Oulton Broad today. Lenses 60, 35/1.4 and 14, as usual. No 18–55 this time. »

Oulton Broad Boats, and lens/camera musing

Since the weather was lovely this evening I went for a walk around Nicholas Everitt Park in Oulton Broad with my X-E1 and 18–55mm lens. This was also to satisfy some curiousity I had about the lens: have I been too dismissive of it in the past? (I've never really enjoyed using it.) The lens gets a lot of praise, being sharper and faster than the average kit lens, and better-built too. Thing is, I just find myself unable to get excited by it, compared to the 60mm macro, 14mm and 35mm f/1.4. I know this isn't »

OCOLOY Week 41

I digressed a little this week, photographically speaking: the first two pictures in this post are not from the usual 35mm lens. The first is from the Fuji 18–55mm f/2.8–4, the mid-range 'kit lens' that most people seem to think is undeserving of the negative connotations such a term suggests. It certainly is a nice lens, especially given its price when bought as part of a kit, but I think I've become too dependent on being able to operate in the aperture ranges above f/4 (at the 35mm mark the lens's maximum aperture is f/ »

OCOLOY Week 30

Thirty! It seems like the end is in sight now, and I'm not sure how I feel about that. It's been an interesting experience being limited to one (ish) lens for so long, and having that restraint lifted... well, I'm looking forward to it if nothing else because it'll be something new. Will I start using my 18–55mm lens more again? Maybe. As much as I started out not feeling all that comfortable with the 35mm, by now it fits much better in my mind, and although I still treat it too much like an inadequate telephoto, I'm at »

OCOLOY Week 24

I'm wavering. Black and white, or colour? I can't settle on one, I like both. I think it's the weather – shiny days make me want to capture in colour, and the weather represented by this week's pictures is certainly sunny (and for walking around Ipswich, sometimes uncomfortably so). Although I did a bit of shooting during the week, none of it resulted in much of interest, so all of these pictures are from Friday evening, at Oulton Broad (I also took the Fuji 14mm on this trip, which is where the last picture is from) and Saturday in Ipswich, where »

Oulton Broad

I recently went to nearby Oulton Broad, a large lake and marshland west of Lowestoft. Luckily the weather was shiny, and although a little chilly, by the time I'd done a fair amount of walking I was plenty warm. Hopefully when the weather warms up a bit more Zoe and I will go out here for a picnic, and have a walk around the local town. The view east from Bridge Road, looking towards the rail bridge. A jetty leading towards the rail bridge. The same jetty, but viewed from the south. I'm not sure if there are still boat »