Black & White

Welcome to Black rain gallery 2.0

Black & White

Why Black & white ? ….To me it’s all about mood, texture, shape’s & form’s …it give’s photo’s a classic timeless look that’s hard to get with colour…don’t get me wrong I love colour photo’s ( esp. HDR and hand colour ) But try grain with colour , try showing mood or texture …colour has it’s place but so dose mono and both shine in there right setting

Carlaw Avenue

Thaw at Mono Cliff's ... Ken Hill

Creating a black and white photograph means seeing things in a different way, taking time to notice  forms, textures, shapes and tones and not just colour 


Asahi S-M-C Takumar 55mm/1.8

S-M-C Takumar 55mm f1.8 M42 

 Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 55mm/1.8 lens M42 screwmount

The Super-Multi-Coated Takumar lenses from Asahi was manufactured from 1971-1976, during the development of multicoating. This is a M.42-lens with manual focus and aperture. You can use it on a DSLR but you’ll need a M42-adapter. Like many of the Asahi lenses from the time it has a button for Auto / Manual-mode and you can use this to open and close the aperture while focusing.
It’s a slim lens like many other manual, primes of the 70’s, build quality is excellent you can see & feel the quality.  Takumars  go for under $ 50 on ebay.

This lens strength is at it’s shallow depth of field, and yet it still produces vary sharp result’s though out it’s focus range.  On DSLR’s the cropfactor is 1.6 making this lens a 88mm lens 

  1. Max aperture   F/1.8
  2. Min. aperture   F/16
  3. Min.  Focus     45cm
  4. filter size         49mm
  5. Focus type       full manual focus
  6. Optical Construction     6  elements in  5  groups 

 Overall the Asahi s-m-c Takumar is compact, light , well engineered lens with excellent build quality, who’s optics produce nice soft bokah and yet excellent sharpness



About blackraingallery

Photographer/Visual artist in Toronto Canada View all posts by blackraingallery

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: