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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.

Stay Sharp & Keep Shooting!

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Nicholas Gooden Interview for Street Hunters by Timothy Lunn

NOTE: This is a Guest Blog post written by Timothy Lunn exclusively for www.streethunters.net.


Introduction

You’ve just taken a fantastic photograph.

Great composition. Dramatic lighting. Bold tones.

But how do you share it?

We’ve all made mistakes with social media. Whether it was chasing a trend, posting ‘like for like’ or plastering a photo with more hashtags than an Instagram sunset, it’s not easy to draw the line between self-promotion and self-importance!

So how do we share a photograph responsibly?

To help answer this question, StreetHunters talked to a leading London Street Photographer and Director of Marketing, Nicholas Goodden.

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Khalik Allah Souls Against Concrete Review Cover

If you have followed Street Hunters for the past few years, you know that we are serious admirers of Khalik Allah’s work. Spyros first shared his work in one of our Street Photos Of The Week back in March of 2014. In July of that year we were fortunate enough to have Khalik participate in one of our Hangouts, which was undoubtedly our most powerful episode in the series. That August I wrote a piece on his personal impact in The Under the Influence Series, and that September we shared the announcement of his incredibly moving film, Field Niggas. There’s a reason Khalik has made numerous appearances on Street Hunters, and that’s because his work is some of the most riveting we’ve seen. However, we’ve only seen his work on the internet, not in the physical form of a book or zine. Selfishly, I yearned for just that. If anyone’s body of photographs begged for a printed collection, Allah’s was it. In fact, Khalik Allah’s style and strength as a photographer demanded it.

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2017 Streethunters.net FB Group Photos Collage

Introduction

Hopefully you’re already aware that as well as this street photography news and blog website, Streethunters.net also has a very active presence across loads of different social media channels. Some, like our Facebook page, Twitter account, Instagram, and G+ pages, we use to to share our latest news and announcements of our new blog posts. Others, like our popular YouTube channel, are the home of our pioneering Street Hunt series, as well as our informative Street Talk episodes, interviews, and slideshows of the work by the winning street photographers from our monthly theme contests. But two of our social media channels are dedicated to showcasing the work of immensely talented street photographers, and in particular, you, our loyal readers! Both our Flickr Group and Facebook Group are places where we and the rest of the world get to enjoy your very best street photos. Both are thriving communities, which we moderate carefully to ensure that users on both platforms get to enjoy both social media sites to their maximum potential, and savour some great street photos in the process. Each week the Flickr group is moderated with new photos added to one of the best contemporary street photography galleries on the web, while the Streethunters.net Facebook Group is moderated almost daily to showcase superb street photos of all different styles from all over the world created by a host of photographers shooting with all sorts of mediums and equipment. To celebrate the wonderful photos in our Facebook Group, we carefully pore over the new submissions made each week and select our very favourite photo from the week to choose as the Group Cover Photo for one whole week. We did this throughout 2016, and we did it through the whole of 2017 too. The result is the 52 best street photos we’ve seen in the Streethunters.net Facebook Group in 2017!

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Jasmin Gendron Street Hunters Interview Cover

Introduction

2017 has been an incredibly bountiful year for the Street Hunters Monthly Theme Contests!  Roy Rozanski, Kristof Vande Velde, Christoph Wuzella, Sreejith Kaviyil, Zlatko Vickovic, Svilen Nachev and Constantinos Arvanitis have guided us through the first seven months, capturing the crown in challenging themes with their superb images. Each month provides us with a new challenge, too! As I’ve said before, each batch of submissions becomes harder to judge because of the bar constantly being raised by the previous winners and the ever-increasing quality of the work being submitted.

August brought the fourth episode of our five-month run on colors in the Monthly Theme Contests. The color blue theme in July gave us many cool photos to pore over, but in August the theme warmed up again with the color yellow. The competition heated up as well, with a slew of scrumptious submissions!

Yellow proved to be anything but mellow when it came to choosing a winner, and as always, competition was definitely stiff. When the dust finally settled, one shot stood above the rest? And the photographer responsible? That would be Jasmin Gendron!

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xmas 2017

Introduction

Dear Streethunters.net Readers!

The holidays are upon us! We can feel the celebratory mood in the air around us. It is a time for us lucky ones to reconnect with our families and the people we love. I say “us lucky ones” because I know that some of you who are reading this will probably be working, or don’t have the means to be with their loved ones during the holiday season. To all of you I send my warmest and most positive thoughts. I have been there myself and I know the feeling. It is temporary. Next year things will get better. To everybody else that will be celebrating these days with their friends and family I wish all the best. Enjoy your time with them, cherish it and make memories with your cameras!

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Guide to Flash Street Photography On Camera cover

Introduction to Flash Street Photography

You will probably have guessed by now that we here at Streethunters.net are big fans of flash street photography. We’ve recorded no less than three Street Hunts dedicated to off-camera flash street photography in Rethymno, Crete, Greece, as well as producing a guide to flash street photography during the day as part of our street talk video series. Spyros Papaspyropoulos regularly runs hands-on flash street photography workshops for intermediate and entry level photographers in Athens, with places still available for the December workshop! Flash street photography was the theme for our March 2017 monthly theme contest too (won by Christoph Wuzella), plus we’ve made an awesome list of top flash street photographers for you to follow on social media. In amongst all this we’ve put together two guides on using off-camera flash in street photography and an explainer for how to rock an off-camera flash setup with the Fujifilm X-Pro1. But we realised that despite all our flash street photography love we’ve never actually put together a basic primer on shooting with a flash the way the majority of you will like to shoot – i.e. on the camera itself. So, we’re now going to rectify that with a simple little guide to flash street photography (on camera).

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Street Photography can be more than clever. More than witty and whimsical. More than the perfectly-timed candid. More than layers. More than light versus shadow. More than shock-and-awe flash. More than the beautifully composed street portrait. Yes, all of these parts of the big, beautiful mess that is street photography are equally deserving of a home within the genre and it is the eye-candy that our visual palates crave and styles we desire to capture. However, street photography can be important, and it can be powerful. This can be found where street and documentary photography collide, and the results can be ground-shaking. Devin Allen’s A Beautiful Ghetto is a document of such a cultural/social/political earthquake whose epicenter was Baltimore, Maryland, a far-reaching event whose tremors can still be felt to this day.

"A Beautiful Ghetto" by Devin Allen

In April 2015, the world’s attention was turned to Baltimore. Television and the internet were feeding eyes across the globe with images of a city that was literally on fire with unrest. On the 12th day of the month, Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African-American man was arrested by the city’s police department for carrying what the police said was a switchblade knife. On the police van ride following the arrest, in which the officers failed to properly secure him, Gray suffered injuries to his neck and spinal cord and fell into a coma. On April 19th, Freddie Gray died as a result of those injuries.

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    Photo published by Tasos Biris
    Photo published by Tasos Biris - PhoSAthens Party

    Introduction

    I had the pleasure of participating in the PhoS2017 Street Photography Days – Athens Street Photography Festival last weekend as a lecturer and as a member of one of the parties (Streethunters.net) that organised the event together with iFocus, BULBphotos Collective and the SCP community. Phos is the Greek word for “Light“.

    PhoSAthens (#PhoSAthens), as we like calling it for short, is the first and only free street photography colloquium in Greece, made by street photographers for street photographers. You can find more information about the festival in our official PhoSAthens press release.

    I had high expectations for the festival, and I’m delighted to say they were more than surpassed! I enjoyed myself immensely and from what I heard, everyone that attended and participated really liked the experience.

    Photo published by Tasos Biris
    Photo published by Tasos Biris – Michail Moscholios, Tasos Biris, Dora Lavazou & Timos Lytras

    Here are the reasons why I think PhoSAthens was so much fun:

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    Jeremy Brake Soul Street Photography Cover

    I was talking to my friend about photography and he mentioned how he absolutely loves his new camera. The resolution, sharpness, dynamic range are all amazing. As I walked home I remembered that my own camera is getting up there in age. I thought about the street photograph that I missed last week, and how it was so close to being great but my camera missed the focus.

    GAS & Street Photography

    When I’m home I sit down in my chair and search for reviews on new cameras. First I start with all the new crop sensor cameras, then the lenses that I want for each system, then I realise that if I’m going to invest good money on sharp lenses I may as well put the money into a full frame camera that can really utilize their capabilities. Naturally I search reviews for all of the new full frame cameras out there. Then in the suggestions box I notice a review for a medium format camera and I figure that if I sell all of my current gear and stick with one camera and one lens for a little while, I could afford it. So after doing research on all of the medium format cameras a thought hits me, if I’m going to spend this much money on such an expensive camera, I may as well go all out and get a view camera. Naturally I go onto eBay to see what a view camera will cost me and after a mild heart attack I start to do some research on how to build a view camera and just buy the lens. That’s when I realise it’s one o’clock in the morning and I seriously need to get some sleep.

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