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For a while I wanted a really good moon photo with one of the legacy long lenses that I had been purchasing on eBay. I bought a 400mm, and a 200mm Mamiya/Sekor. I also bought a 500mm Tokina reflecting lens that I added a Teleconverter to.

I used these various lenses on the Winter full-moon and I learned a lot about night photography. I wanted the long lens to act like a telescope, but the process is more about my understanding of the light.

So I am looking for some good, fast, wide-angle lens that will be great for astral photography so I can continue this lesson.

This photo of the moon however was not made with any of the long lenses I have mentioned. This was made with my 200mm Olympus lens.

I started my legacy lens obsession to see how my dad may be able to use his legacy lenses with digital photography. I was amazed that a $5 adapter could make a 40 year-old lens come back to life on a digital camera.

I noticed how much my father loved photos, but was not fascinated with the tiny point-and-shoot cameras that he had. He seemed to love the photos and had lost his appreciation on how those photos are made. When I was young, he had a couple of OM Camera bodies and a variety of Olympus lenses.

What I found was that my father does love the photos, and is not that interested in the camera. I was wrong, he doesn’t seem to pine for the sharpness of his legacy Olympus lens. On the other hand, I am more interested in the camera and lenses than the photos.

This is a great example. I did not really spend so much time outside on a cold night to get a unique photo. I spent a lot of time getting to know my camera; I took many photos and this is one that I took with a thirty-five year old lens.

This photo was made with my Sony 7r, with a 200mm Olympus lens f4.

Photo by Tim Wheat.

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