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Tamron 60B SP 300mm f/2.8 LD IF — a Bargain Pro Telephoto

Tamron 60B SP 300mm f/2.8 LD IF — a Bargain Pro Telephoto

Well, if you don’t mind shooting with a manual focus lens, that is. And I don’t, cuz that’s how I got started in photography, and I’m still really used to cranking on the ol’ focusing collar. The Tamron 60B compared very well against its Canon and Nikon 300/2.8 contemporaries. If you visit the adaptall-2.org website, [Continue]

Possibly the Best Manual Focus 80-200 Ever?

Possibly the Best Manual Focus 80-200 Ever?

You may or may not be aware of this, but there is a growing trend among photographers, who are using older manual focus lenses on their digital cameras.  It isn’t just some flash in the pan sort of thing, either.  In fact, we have prestigious lens makers such as Zeiss making manual focus lenses expressly [Continue]

CFS at Pappy’s Café: The Quest Continues!

CFS at Pappy’s Café: The Quest Continues!

Okay, first of all, my apologies for the crappy photo above — it’s the best I could do with my cell-phone’s cheezy camera.  And while the photo might not get your mouth to a-watering, still, it gets the idea across. What will most likely be my never ending quest for finding the Perfect Chicken Fried [Continue]

Canon IIIa Rangefinder Outfit Continues to Grow

Canon IIIa Rangefinder Outfit Continues to Grow

Nowadays, lenses and accessories for these old Leica Thread Mount (LTM) Canons are getting pricey.   Unless you’re patient, that is.  Or you fall into good deals.  Both happened to me recently.  I managed to snag a Kyoei Super Acall 135mm f/3.5 off eBay recently — complete with the original box and instructions — for an [Continue]

Chicken Fried Steak — The Quest

Chicken Fried Steak — The Quest

It is not “country-fried steak.”  Those who feel compelled to modify the language to suit their own prejudices just need to get over it.  It’s chicken-fried because it’s fried like chicken. Simple as that. For years I’ve been on something of a quest.  If I visit a restaurant that has chicken fried steak on their [Continue]

Gumbo!

Gumbo!

My friends call me lucky because my wife is a trained chef.  I suppose I am.  But when she makes gumbo, I know I am.  Her gumbo is simply the best I’ve ever tasted, and anybody who has had a bowl agrees with me.  But there is no deep, dark, arkane secret involved in making [Continue]

Fun with a Canon IIIa Rangefinder

Fun with a Canon IIIa Rangefinder

There’s a certain something about the old Canon rangefinders that just appeals to me.  The French have a term for it: je ne sais quoi. Which literally means ‘I don’t know what’.  Thanks, guys.  That was a big help. Must be the accent that does it.  But whatever it is, it’s enough for me to [Continue]

Digitizing Slides to DVD: Which Way to Go?

Digitizing Slides to DVD: Which Way to Go?

If you’re like a lot of folks who used to shoot slides, or perhaps you still do, you probably have a large collection by now. Perhaps you’re worried about emulsion degradation and want to archive them. Perhaps you just want the convenience of having them in digital format so they can be enhanced or transferred [Continue]

Family Get-Togethers are Always Great Reasons to Cook!

Family Get-Togethers are Always Great Reasons to Cook!

Recently, I was combing through some photos of past family events, and ran across several images that I had taken of food we had prepared for the events.  And I thought I’d go ahead and share some of the dishes with whomever might be out there.  Hopefully somebody is . . . hello? When my [Continue]

Do You Like to Cook More Than You Like to Eat?

I do.  If you’re not into cooking, I know that may sound strange.  But I believe a true chef sees the food he or she produces as works of art, such that the act of consuming it becomes secondary to the act of creating it.  So this category will not just be about food, it [Continue]

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