When I was sixteen my father bought me my first SLR, it was a Zenith, probably an EM. All I remember was that it had a screw on lens and it had a very rough, hard to press shutter release.
A few months ago I came across a YouTube video by Christopher Frost, here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5pjD_akRR8. This man is amazing, over the past few years he has reviewed well over a hundred Canon lenses and I must have watched them all. Anyway after watching this video, I was intrigued because this was the lens that was on the Zenith. So, I decided to find one of these lenses, after all they can be picked up for under £30, and sure enough I found one on eBay. Wow! was I in for a surprise, I turned out to be a pretty sharp lens and the swirley Bokeh is to die for, although a bit tricky to achieve in the first place. I had to get an M42 to EF adaptor for this lens, about £10-15 on Amazon. This is a lens I get out when I've got some time on my hands because it does take some getting used to, a bit heavy, awkward and stiff, watch the video and you will see what I mean. Never-the-less this is one lens I now carry in my bag wherever I go. Thank you Christopher for taking me back to my youth.
My name is Mel Sebastian. I am a graphic designer and photographer living in beautiful Berkshire. I have been interested in photography from as far back as I can remember. At my age, that probably means about 3 days. Anyway, my dad was a very keen amateur photographer and what I learned from him has been invaluable to me through the years, and photography has been a source of so much enjoyment for me.