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Spyros Papaspyropoulos

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Spyros Papaspyropoulos is passionate about Photography, especially Street Photography. Because of that passion he considers himself a Street Photographer. If you would like to see his work you can also visit his Street Hunters Profile. He is co-founder of Street Hunters.

Inside Edwin Waddel's Camera Bag

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Inside Edwin j. Waddel’s Camera bag! (Bag No152)

Hello All,

My name is Edwin (Eddy) i am B+W street profiler/shooter, I shoot in B+W, you might think what is a profiler, I see and look for things simply missed by others like shoes, socks, finger contours of the human body, I also shoot regular street and documentary. I am from Toronto Canada, but now living in the UK with my wife. I am 60 yrs old and have been shooting film, digital, and also developing. My main cameras are the Ricoh GR II, and the Fuji X100F.

This is what i take with me everyday if and when i shoot all day.

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K&F Concept CY to FX Lens adapter review

Introduction

If you are like me you probably like making things a little bit more interesting every once in a while by escaping your comfort zone in street photography. You can escape your comfort zone with 2 ways. You can either change technique, for example switch from shooting narrow to shooting wide, or you can change gear. One of the most fun experiences for me when I feel I want to try out “new” gear is to shoot street with legacy glass. I have 2 C/Y (Contax/Yashica) lenses that are amazing! They produce lovely images and they are as good as new. If you log on to eBay you can find so many high quality lenses in great condition that you can purchase for very reasonable prices. Of course you need an adapter to use them with your modern mirrorless cameras.

There are many adapters to choose from, from really cheap ones to really expensive ones. Today we are going to review the K&F Concept lens adapter that is in the mid to low cost range. We will be looking at the K&F C/Y to FX lens adapter also know as the Contax Yashica Lenses to Fuji X Camera Mount Adapter.

Before I start the review, I would like you to keep in mind that because this is a lens adapter for a specific setup, it doesn’t mean that a similar adapter from the same company is any different in quality. I doubt for example that the K&F M42 Lenses to Fuji X Camera Mount Adapter or K&F Pentax K Lenses to Sony NEX E Mount Camera Adapter are any worse or any better. So, I will try and review the adapter from a more general point of view if possible.

K&F Concept CY to FX Lens adapter review

The K&F C/Y to FX lens adapter for street photography

Before I start I would like to repeat what we always say, which is that this review is from a completely personal point of view. Neither myself nor any of the other Streethunters.net Editors are a camera expert. We are not pro camera gurus or have any affiliation with any particular camera or camera accessory brand. All gear that we have reviewed we have used extensively in the streets. In this post you will be reading my personal opinion about the K&F C/Y to FX lens adapter, so if you are interested read on.

I would like to mention that if you feel that there is something I have missed during this post, something that you would have liked me to include, please feel free to make your suggestions in the comments at the bottom of the page. During this review I will discuss the lens adapter’s build quality, handling, features, and value.

Build Quality

K&F Concept CY to FX Lens adapter review

When holding this lens adapter in my hands I feel like I am holding a very good quality product. This brass and aluminum construction is solid, feels durable, the release button works like a charm and it has a nice finish and good quality print on it. When sliding into place on the camera it makes a nice smooth click and doesn’t feel like it is damaging the bayonet x-mount like other cheaper adapters do. The same goes for the lens bayonet. It fits like a glove. The only reason I am giving it a nine and not a ten is because I have handled better quality lens adapters that belong to a much higher price range. So for its value, this adapter has amazing build quality.

Rating: 9

Handling

K&F Concept CY to FX Lens adapter review

As I mentioned in the previous paragraph, this lens adapter works like a charm. It slides on the camera with a smooth and soft click, locks into place firmly and doesn’t move at the slightest. K&F Concept recommends that “For heavy medium format lenses, we suggest to use with a telephoto bracket and a tripod to balance its weight when shoot”. I don’t own a telephoto lens, but with both the Yashica ML 35mm 2.8 and the Yashica ML 50mm 1.7 it felt as solid as using a native lens on my Fujifilm X-Pro1. Releasing the lens adapter from my camera body was equally satisfying. I really can’t find anything wrong with how this product handles.

Rating: 10

Features

K&F Concept CY to FX Lens adapter review

You might be wondering what kind of features a lens adapter might possibly have, but you would be surprised with what some of these pieces of kit can do. However this K&F adapter doesn’t do very much. It offers basic functionality such as allowance of infinity focus which is a must as far as I am concerned and works precisely. Also worth mentioning is the fact that the adapter has a little tab that forces the lens to always have the aperture stopped down in correspondence to its setting (rather than on SLRs where the lens is always wide open until you click the shutter). Other than that it doesn’t contain any optics to reduce the lens’s focal length, a.k.a. speed boosters, it doesn’t allow electronic lenses to be controlled via the camera so you can change your lens aperture, it doesn’t have image stabilisation tech, etc. However, if you are a lover of the full manual photography experience, you will not miss any of those things and you will just embrace what this lens has to offer and have the time of your life shooting with your old glass!

Rating: 6

Value

K&F Concept CY to FX Lens adapter review

This is the best part! Most K&F Concept lens adapters including the one I am reviewing here today are offered at a great price. No astronomical three digit costs here. The one I got costs €20! What an amazing value for money! With that small amount of money you get a really great quality little adapter that is so much fun to use. How can I not give it a 10 for value?

Rating: 10

Conclusion

K&F Concept CY to FX Lens adapter review

The K&F Concept Contax Yashica Lenses to Fuji X Camera Mount Adapter is a great product for its value.

I totally recommend you give it a try if you have any old legacy glass lying about collecting dust. It is ideal for the street photographer that is just now beginning to dive into shooting manually with legacy glass, because you can try your old lenses out without investing large amounts of money into something that you might find out later isn’t your thing. You don’t have to worry about the adapter damaging your lenses or your camera mount because it is really good quality and if the worst comes to the worst and you realise in the end that shooting with legacy glass isn’t your thing, you will have only have invested the equivalent of 3 pints of beer in this “experiment”.

If you want to know more about the lens adapter, just ask me in the comments. Also, if you feel that I haven’t touched upon something that I should have, please let me know. If you want to check it out on the K&F Concept website just visit the lens adapter page.

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Winner of the February 2018 Street Photography Contest, Jeffrey De Keyser
Winner of the February 2018 Street Photography Contest, Jeffrey De Keyser

Introduction

Dear Streethunters.net Readers,

February 2018 is over. It is time to announce the winner of the February 2018 Street Photography Contest!

The theme of the contest was “Snowy Day” and we had asked you all to send in photos with examples of people in the snow. You responded by sending in loads of photographs! Thank you all for submitting your lovely work!

As per the rules of the contest, the 3 editors of the Streethunters.net website Andrew Sweigart, Digby Fullam and myself, chose one photo each. The next step was to select the very best one of the three and present it here to you.

So, the lucky winner of the February 2018 Street Photoghraphy Contest is Jeffrey De Keyser and this is his photograph.

Inside Marcelo de Coghlan's Camera Bag

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Inside Marcelo de Coghlan’s Camera bag! (Bag No151)

Hi,

I’m Marcelo de Coghlan, from Buenos aires, Argentina. Dentist is my main activity, and amateur photographer. I love the environment portrait and street photography. I have been using the X100 series for a long time, but last time I discovered that I feel more comfortable with the 50mm lens. Separating the subject from the background easily. Another of my passions is motorcycling. I love travel over dusty roads, and with rain and mud the XT1 with the 50mm f2 wr are perfect because of the weather sealing. The Billingham Bag is extremely tought and waterproof. The rain and snow are magic in street photography, and the new configuration bag and camera is perfect to walk without worries.

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Hello Streethunters.net Readers!

A few words about the Monthly Theme Contests

It is time for the Monthly Theme Contest for March 2018! The Monthly Theme Contests are a fun challenge for all! Every month we choose a Theme and we ask you to participate by each sending us one Street Photograph each time at streethunters.net@gmail.com. That photos must be based on the Monthly Theme. So for example if the theme is Silhouettes, then we would like you to each send a photo with a Silhouette moment. Your photo can be taken any time in history, we don’t mind, as long as it has been taken by you and nobody else.

What Is This Month’s Theme?

This month we would like to ask you to participate with Street Photos of “Rainy Day”. We would like you to send in clever compositions of people on a snowy day. They can be walking or playing, running or anything that involves rain. So, send in clever photos using Rainy Day as the concept. We look forward to see what you will send in!

Please follow the example of the photo we are sharing with you here.

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February 2018 monthly theme contest

Dear Streethunters.net Readers,

The second Monthly Theme Contest photos for 2018 have been submitted and we have made our choices. Please keep in mind that the process of choosing a photo from the February 2018 Street Photography Contest Submissions was not easy!

But let’s take a look at all the photos that were submitted and accepted in this Monthly Theme Contest.

ATTENTION: The photos that didn’t meet the Theme or the Editors criteria were not chosen to be in the shortlist. They have been disqualified or removed. If your pic isn’t in the shortlist, don’t get discouraged. Try again next month!

At this moment I would like to thank each and every participant for submitting their photograph. We have a great collection of photos with “Snowy day” to show you! This time we had 20 valid submissions which can all be seen below.

Inside Brian Bjeldbak's Camera Bag

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Inside Brian Bjeldbak’s Camera bag! (Bag No150)

Hi,

I’m a professional photographer from Viborg, Denmark. I live from taking images that other people want (to pay for).
Street photography has become a liberation to me; here, I can create the exciting images that satisfy me.

I don’t use my professional equipment for street photography – that gear is much to large and heavy.
Instead I grab my tiny Olympus and a spare battery when walking out the door. It’s all I need.

This camera and kit-lens is so small and 100% silent that I can take images anywhere without being noticed. It gives me the creative freedom to position myself in the right place according to the ambient light and my subjects, and compose the images as I want them to be without attracting attention. For me, that is what it’s all about and that’s basically what I write in my e-books about the fantastic challenge: street photography.

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Inside Arnaud Bicand's Camera Bag

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Inside Arnaud Bicand’s Camera bag! (Bag No149)

Hi,

My name is Arnaud Bicand, I am a French amateur photographer based in Lyon. I am 22 and I started photography about 4 years ago. I shoot both digital and film photography, even though I haven’t processed my films yet. Kind of crazy I know.

I started photography with a Nikon D3100, but its size and its weight made me feel uncomfortable shooting with, so I ended up taking 0 pictures. It all started when I got my Ricoh GR II, which is an absolute beast.

Then I started shooting my everyday life including streets, landscapes and people. I wouldn’t leave the house without my Ricoh.

Here’s my camera bag :

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Jasmin Gendron's Slideshow Presentation
Jasmin Gendron's Slideshow Presentation

Introduction

Jasmin Gendron is the winner of the August 2017 Monthly Theme Contest. He is a Canadian street photographer based in Quebec, Canada. A few months ago, Jasmin won the “The Colour Yellow” monthly theme contest. His image was selected from a pool of 30 Colour Yellow street photography themed photographs!

Since January 2017 we have introduced new prizes for the winners of the Streethunters.net monthly theme contests. All prizes aim to give the winners massive exposure on our website and our social profiles. But what are those prizes?

Inside Axel Valery's Camera Bag

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Inside Axel Valery’s Camera bag! (Bag No148)

Hi guys, I’m a French photographer, I’ve been living in Paris for the last 9 years, started photography about 6 years ago with the Iphone 4S, and that’s when I decided to learn photography and make a living of it, wich fortunately happened 4 years ago. Started street photo with the Ricoh GR2 and then bought the Leica Q wich really changed my game !

I never have a bag, but I like to have my Galaxy Note 8 connected to my Leica to shoot discretely while it’s hanging from my neck, or shoot with my old Canon and it’s 50mm 1.4 on film. The notebook is to write ideas or just anything, a soothing therapy between shots…

What is in my bag: