One of my favorite lenses and maybe even the cheapest lens I own, is the Fujian 35mm F1.7 c-mount lens. A tiny lens, mostly used for CCTV cameras. These lenses can be bought in China for around 20 dollars, often including the adapter and shipping. I bought mine after seeing a raving review of Nate Burr (Blunty) on Youtube, a couple of years ago. Since then I have shot quite a lot of pictures with it, including some of my favorites, and I (still) like a lot. Hereunder you'll see some of these pictures, including 7 reasons why this is one of my favorite lenses.
I did something that some photography purists (if they exist) might regard as just plain wrong. I used an classic (old) Ricoh 35ZF to shoot with (new) 35mm 100 iso Lomography color film.
The Ricoh 35 ZF is a camera with a fixed lens made in Taiwan by Ricoh in the late 1970's. It has a Rikenon 40mm f2.8 lens and uses zone focusing. It can be operated fully manually or when you use a battery you can use the light meter and the automatic aperture setting. My camera was really good taken care of by its previous owner. It has almost no marks on it. There was only one thing I had to fix. The owner had stored the camera for many years with the battery still in it and the battery had corroded. This seems to happen a lot with old film cameras. Luckily the corrosion could easily be removed by using some vinegar and a cotton bud. When I popped in a new battery, I used a 1.4 volts hearing aid battery, the light meter came to life. Succes! :)
The Ricoh 35 ZF is a very compact beautifully designed camera and has a sturdy, boxy build. It's almost fully made out of metal. All the settings (iso/asa, focus distance, shutter speed and aperture opening) are done on the lens. Which makes forgetting to take the lens cap off an impossibility ;-)
Many years ago, when digital cameras didn't yet exist, I had a pocket film camera with a panoramic mode. I really liked that feature. Even though the camera didn't have a great lens and I wasn't that good a photographer, I liked the photos it produced. I enjoy the immersive "panavision" experience when looking at these panoramic photographs. Almost like being there again.
Almost a year ago I bought the Cosmicar 75mm 1.4 TV lens. This lens is a manual focus c-mount lens, made out of solid metal and lots of glass. It's a relatively big and heavy lens. You can buy old (classic) versions of this lens and new versions of this lens (it's still being produced). This one is the old version. It was probably once used in the 70's or 80's on 16mm film cameras or on a television camera. The specs make it seem like a good alternative for the excellent Olympus 75mm 1.8 portret lens. It has the same focal length, a large(r) aperture, but it's more affordable. I bought mine for around a 100 euros, where the Olympus lens costs about 9 times as much. Let's take a look at this Cosmicar TV lens.
Here under I listed my top 10 favorite photography related Youtube channels, which I enjoyed most in 2015 and from which which I expect more interesting stuff in 2016. It's a mix of relatively small channels and bigger well known channels. To give you some background information about my interests and therefore choices, I can tell you that my interests are mainly with mirrorless cameras, film photography, cool gear and photography history. In the top 10 below the channels are in random order (so no. 1 isn't necessary the no. 1). With each channel I will briefly explain why that particular channel is a favorite of mine.