I am Len, born on the 10th of November 1957 in the Netherlands, married with Caro who was born in Cambrai (France) in March 1960. We have 2 sons one of 34 and one of 40 years of age , and only 1 cat (Putty) left that shares our household, and 1 part-time cat called Tutty, who lives 2 houses further.
Started with the photography hobby at the age of 9, including developping the film, and enlarging as required and developping the photo's.
Started with a Zeiss Ikonta 6 x 6cm spool film, Voightlander 6 x 9cm 120 spool film and a Durst enlarger, later in adult live switched to Leica IIIf , Leica M3 and Leica SL 35mm Camera's from Wetzlar.
About 13 years ago started with digital photography, started with a Lumix LX2, Olympus E600 ,Canon 60D and now Fuji XE3 and still preferring using the legacy Manual Focus lenses from a forgotten Era (50's till 80's).
Like : Ernst Leitz Wetzlar/ Leica, Carl Zeiss, Hugo Meyer Gorlitz, Voightlander, Asahi Takumars, Vivitar series 1, Helios, Jupiter, Industar , Tair, Mir, Volna among others.
Alltime preference is given to the use of these legacy prime lenses, due to their sharpness versus classic visual feel and rendering overall of the subject, which cannot be achieved with zoomlenses, due to their optical complexity and made compromises in design.
For convenience have 2 x Fuji XF Aspherical autofocus lenses, for when i am lazy.
Last 3 years trying out some very good upcoming and affordable Chinese manual focus lenses, brands like 7artisans, TTartisan, Mitakon & Pergear among others, that use proved older lens designs that still have that classic visual feel and rendering i am looking for, at prices that are even as low as about a 1/10 of the price of the big brands.
7Artisans lens site: https://www.7artisans.com/en/
TTArtisan lens site: http://en.ttartisan.com/
Pergear lens site: https://www.pergear.com/collections/pergear-lens
Mitakon Lens site: https://zyoptics.net/
So more of a collector of lenses than an amateur photographer, even more a user of my collection with a by-product called photo's.
"The outcome of the Photograph depends largely, on the chosen subject and how it was taken, the camera body itself is just a medium to register your idea's about the subject, the used lens by design makes it like the type of brush/pencil that draws with its own caracter, the reflected light from chosen subject through the lens onto the film or sensor"