Monday, January 17, 2011

The Beginning...

Happy 2011!

First, thanks to everybody who stopped by the Bargain Camera Show in Pasadena!  I think everybody had a great time testing out lenses, talking about Magic Lantern, winning prizes and extra discounts, and etc.  I know I had an awesome time getting to know some wonderful customers :)  Thanks again to Anton for getting us a great table!

Before I forget, sign up for the Classical Glass HD Email Newsletter!  That's important right now, since I've sold almost all my inventory.  So sign up for the newsletter to be notified when more good stuff comes in and to receive the newsletter discount. has had a great beginning...
So far this year we've sold:

  • Pentax-M SMC 28/2.8
  • Pentax-M SMC 50/1.4
  • Zuiko 50/1.4
  • Zuiko 50/1.8 
  • Zuiko 50/1.8
  • Helios 44-2 58/2
  • Various adaptors
  • Misc. camera bodies and bargain lenses
The email sign-up sheet and wish list were big success at the show.  Everybody seems interested in wide angle lenses.  A lot of you have 7Ds (I think almost everybody who tested out lenses at the show used a 7D!)  As you probably know, because of the 1.6 crop factor, a 28mm is equivalent to about 45mm on a 7D, 60D, T2i etc.  So it breaks down like this:

Lens:        Crop:
24mm  =  38mm
21mm  =  34mm
20mm  =  32mm
18mm  =  29mm

So to get what would normally be considered a "wide" angle, you need to go to a 24 or less.  The problem is <24mm lenses are a lot more expensive.  Unfortunately, I haven't come across any <24 lenses  for a decent enough price that would allow me to pass the savings on to you.  But I am keeping my eyes open for such elusive creatures.

Until then, there are some solutions to this problem.  One solution (although a lot of people don't want to hear it) is to use the kit lens.  It may sound heretical, but check The Last Photographer blog.  Mr. Choi shows what kind of great results you can get if you treat that lens as a variable prime, and use it at 18mm f/3.5.  Mr. Choi used an 18-135 IS, but you can also do the same thing with an 18-55 IS kit lens.  The Image Stabilization also gives you more flexibility for still shots and helps steady shots for video.

Another option is KEH.  I'm not affiliated with them in any way, but they seem to be well respected and have a huge selection and somewhat decent prices -- not as decent as me ;)  But here is an S-M-C Takumar 24/3.5.   Or a Zuiko 24/2.8.  Or a Zuiko 21/3.5 for a bit more $.  Or, finally, for a lot more $$:  an Olympus 21/2.0.  So the lesson from all this, is that if you want inexpensive, wide-angle, and fast -- it is very hard to get all three.

Soon I'll be updating the website with new inventory and everybody on the Email Newsletter list will be notified first and receive the newsletter discount.  Hopefully we'll have some wides (hopefully - see above,) fast primes, adaptors, and even a few el-cheapo lenses if you just want to get your feet wet.

Thanks for a great beginning, and here's to a great 2011!

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