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Posted by Jeffrey (Scottsdale, United States) on 13 August 2017 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

Location: Phoenix, AZ

My good friend Jeffrey somehow managed to assemble a collection of a dozen lenses for his Pentax K-1 DSLR body, including five Zeiss Distagon models. Better still, because he's not presently using this outfit, he agreed to let me borrow them for a few weeks so I can see how well they perform on my various "FrankenKameras." *

This photo was taken with a Pentax FA Limited 31mm/f1.8 lens, which is quite small and light as compared to the behemoths that I own and use. Nevertheless, it still does a credible job, as the photo above shows, but all the same, it's no Zeiss lens. I think I've been spoiled by them since I acquired my first one back in the mid '70s when I was using a Contax camera (which I replaced with a much less costly Minolta in the mid '80s, because I wasn't using it enough after I was out of college and lost access to a darkroom, plus as a then-young adult, I needed to use the money I raised from selling it for other things.) 8^(

A larger, higher-resolution version of this photo can be seen here: http://www.canyonero.com/files/1502496778.jpg

* These are traditional technical or view cameras that I have modified or otherwise adapted to work with different bodies and lenses than intended by their original manufacturers, hence their name. The reason I did this is so I can use camera movements -- i.e., intentionally reorienting the camera's plane of focus to maximize depth of field or minimize perspective distortions (and very often both!) -- when I am composing my essentially architectural photos, which is perhaps the most common use today for these very specialized cameras.