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.

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  • Highway bus services are fast, clean, comfortable and even the toilets are kept clinically clean.  Take your own hand towel because they don't provide in the toilets.
  • Without doubt, my favorite user lens is my Konica Hexanon AR 40mm f1.8.  Not only is the IQ great all the way up to f2 but, mounted on my A3000, it makes for a very nice compact kit for general ...
  • Hi David: I don't often think about it but I agree with your comments on the vintage IQ produced by the Hexanons.  My first Konica experience was with an Auto S2 rangefinder that I found in a Tokyo ...
  • Wonderful shots.  I've had my A3000 about the same time as you and continue to have a blast using it with my old Konica lenses.  Here's a few from a recent camping trip: Old Farm Equipment - Konica ...
  • I lived in Tokyo for 5 years (2001-06) and never felt awkward taking photos, anywhere. The Japanese are avid photographers so everyone is well used to it. Lots of used equipment available but ...
  • Replied in Around Town
    Great to see my favorite lens working so well on FF.
  • Replied in Peter Daves
    Many thanks.  Yes, it is nice countryside around here.........but wait until winter arrives! The 40/1.8 is my favorite walk-around lens but my new 35/2 was a very exciting discovery.  It is a bit ...
  • We had a great long weekend "glamping" at a farm near Dunnsville, Ontario. I took a number of Konica Hexanon AR primes with me so here are a few of the shots that pleased me: Sony A3000 with a ...
  • Found a great deal ($15) on a Konica Hexanon AR 35mm f2 lens at our local thrift store on Saturday. It was very dirty and the aperture ring was quite gummed up.  Now all cleaned up and it is a ...
  • Hey John: It doesn't quite work as you might assume.  Even though it might be a thrift/charity store, all items are typically marked with the sale price, including bar codes. As you know, my recent ...
  • Replied in Konica Lenses?
    Bwhaha!  I wasn't actually thinking about being English/Welsh bilingual.  I was thinking English/American :)  But thank you for that! There was a time that I could claim to be able to speak Welsh ...
  • Replied in Konica Lenses?
    John: I understand.  I was born and raised in Bridgend (between Cardiff and Swansea) so I am actually bi-lingual ;)  I don't get back very often these days but Bridgend is also now well blessed ...
  • Replied in Konica Lenses?
    Many thanks!  It nicely fills in a gap between my 28mm and 40mm lenses and approximates to a standard 50mm on my old Konica AR cameras.  I'm sure it will get quite a lot of use, even though it is ...
  • Replied in Konica Lenses?
    Many thanks. All of my Konica lenses were left over from the days of shooting film......so I am not used to actually spending money on them.  I always wanted a 35/2 because of how it approximates ...
  • Replied in Konica Lenses?
    I can't believe my luck this morning. I stopped off at a local thrift store and they had a Konica Hexanon AR 35mm f2 lens on offer for $15. It was very dirty and the aperture ring took a lot of ...
  • Replied in Konica Lenses?
    Konica Hexanon AR lenses are my main users but on a Sony E mount not a 4/3. Konica has been my favorite system since I lived in Japan (2001-06) and "discovered" Konica when I found an Auto S2 ...
  • Yes, it is a 7-element doubler.  In size, it is more like a normal 50mm lens, not a "pancake" lens. I don't use it much any more but here's one when I used it with one of my Canon film cameras and ...
  • I bought my A3000 about 2 years ago, just to resurrect my old Konica AR and Canon FD lenses.  I haven't had so much fun since shooting film and I especially like what it does with my Konica ...
  • I'm getting it.  It makes me want to be there.  Sad you missed it.
  • You make some very good points about spending a lot on old lenses then taking a risk by going cheap on adapters.  However, my experience was a bit different. To begin with, all my lenses were ...
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