Peter Daves

Peter Daves

Lives in Canada Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Works as a Aerospace Engineer
Joined on Jan 14, 2012
About me:

My interest in photography began when using my father's Kodak Retinette 1B during a vacation to the USA in 1976. I then bought my first serious camera, a Canon QL17, when I was on a six month assignment in Hong Kong, as part of my Engineering degree. That camera stayed with me until it was stolen at Heathrow airport in 1996.

After that setback, I failed to get serious again until I was on assignment in Tokyo, 2001-06. It was there that I discovered Konica, starting with a beautiful used Auto S2 rangefinder and then moving on to some fine Autoreflex SLRs and lenses. That became my primary user equipment until moving to Shanghai and switching to digital in 2007. My Fujifilm S100fs then became my primary camera and I still love using it. However, in 2014, I discovered how adaptable the Sony E-mount system was to old MF SLR lenses and my Sony a3000 has now become my favorite user, along with my old Konica Hexanon AR lenses.

Peter Daves' recent activity

  • While most amateur enthusiasts might not have run very large size prints from their negatives, don't forget that many people used slide film like Kodachrome and Ektachrome.  The size of the ...
  • I found this in a local thrift store. Cosmetically, it looked a bit of a mess and the aperture ring was very sticky, so I got it for just $15........ but the optics were clean. After cleaning it ...
  • Replied in Canon FDn 50/1.8
    Before discovering Konica while living/working in Tokyo, I was a pretty committed Canon user. I have a number of FD camera bodies and lenses left from that time and I sometimes use them on my Sony ...
  • Replied in Jupiter 8 50/2.0
    I bought this lens (for $13 on ebay, back in 2002) as an alternative to the Industar 61 lens that came with my FED 3 camera.  I generally prefer using Konica lenses but it certainly has some ...
  • I found this lens at a local thrift store, attached to a Yashica camera and in a very useful small camera bag.  The camera was in rough shape but the lens was close to perfect.  For just $20, I am ...
  • Sony A3000 with Konica Hexanon 50/1.7 lens Sony A3000 with Konica Hexanon AR 50/1.7 lens
  • A lazy, rainy Sunday morning.  This with my Sony A3000 and a Yashica ML 50mm f2 lens at f2.8.  Available indoor light, no editing except a little cropping Sony A3000 with a Yashica ML 50mm f2 lens ...
  • My 40/1.8 is not "really bad wide open".......  Perhaps you had a bad copy.  However, as I said in my post, I don't open up any wider than f2.0 and it never lets me down at that setting or ...
  • Since days of shooting film I have been enthusiastic about Konica Hexanon lenses. I have two that fit your focal length needs: 1. Konica Hexanon AR 40mm f1.8 2. Konica Hexanon AR 35mm f2.0 The ...
  • I have a "slightly" different story to tell about my quest for a "perfect" tripod and ball head. While living and working in Tokyo (2001-06) I had a set of junk shops that I liked to visit. I ...
  • I still have the S100fs that I bought back in 2007 (or thereabouts).  It's no longer my regular user camera but I still use it for travelling when I might not want to be messing with changing ...
  • Replied in Winding me up
    The extend/retract mechanism will have a locking device that will allow you to lock in an intermediate position as you wind it up and down.  Did you release that locking device? I have an old Daiwa ...
  • Love your shots and the video.  Brought back many good memories. We lived in Tokyo for five years (2001-06) and enjoyed taking visitors up to see Fuji-san.  This is a photo taken very early morning ...
  • My 50/1.7 is my sharpest Hexanon lens.  However, if I want a softer portrait image then my 52/1.8 delivers results that I like. Sony A3000 with a Konica Hexanon AR 52mm f1.8 lens
  • Not much response so how about this to encourage some discussion of the difference. This one with a Konica Hexanon AR 50mm f1.7 at f2: Sony A3000 with a Konica Hexanon AR 50mm f1.7 lens at f2
  • Created photo thread Yashica ML 50mm F2.0
    This lens always surprises me.  I found it in a thrift store, attached to a Yashica camera and in a nice little bag that I use a lot.  The whole deal cost me only $20 and the lens is pristine. It ...
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  • If your one-time use was as bad as you are suggesting then I am guessing you probably had a bad copy.  I keep one on my camera as my walk-about user and it never lets me down. Mine came off a ...
  • Take a look at the Konica Hexanon AR 40mm f1.8. Flickr has a Group for this lens so you could check there for what it will do: https://www.flickr.com/groups/2747786@N24/
  • I have a Konica 35/2 that I picked up for a steal ($18) at a local thrift store. It looked in rough shape and the aperture ring was pretty gummed up but the optics are great. After some care and ...
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