Archive for December, 2014

Here are some test shots with my Nikon D3200 using The MD/Nikon Infinity Adapter and my new Vivitar MD 28mm f2.5 Auto-Wide Angle ⌀67mm.

The shots above where shot with having in mind to create bokeh and out of focus light effects

Then I took the setup to the road. In continuation of my visit of street art at Drapetsona I tried to capture some more Graffiti. This area is residential with many industrial relics situated next to the sea.

Also I took some shots of the old factories and the old rotten fishing boats.


Overall I am very happy with the lens,I want to try it in some macro without the use of the adapter with the optical element and also with my film Minolta XG1.

I recently bought from eBay another Minolta mount lens the Vivitar MD 28mm f2.5 Auto-Wide Angle ⌀67mm, for just 10.51$.

Hey, don’t call me cheap, it was a great bargain. (also had a leather Yashica case and most importantly an original Vivitar 67mm METAL lens hood!!!!)

I wanted another wide angle lens and the provocative look of this lens with the massive front element was a too big temptation.

It is in almost mint condition.The Serial number is 22662109 and that with the fact that the front diameter is 67mm means its a Kiron made lens.

Yes,,this was and still is a very sharp and contrasty lens that even by today’s standards is right up there with the best. It was made back when most things were made to last it seems like forever and the lenses made by Kiron rivaled the brand name camera manufacturers as they were as good or better than theirs.

Most lenses were on the heavy side but back then and Vivitar wanted to catch the Prosumer market and they did just that. They used the best optics they could get and just look at the feel and finish of their lenses. Most of the lenses had larger front elements to let more light in than OEM lenses and that cut the cost a bit. It didn’t mean anything more that that it was a less expencive lens that was as good as some Nikkors.

The Vivitar 28mm f: 2.8 lens is not one of the ones that are collectable but don’t be afraid to use it.It can produce high quality images.

You might be getting better pic’s than brand name lenses.Also remember to keep a 67mm filter on it.

Check this Review of the lens used on a 70D DSLR.

Review Vivitar 28mm f2.5 Wide

Stay tuned for the test shots.

Tzistarakis Mosque (Greek: Τζαμί Τζισταράκη) is an Ottoman mosque, built in 1759, in Monastiraki Square, central Athens, Greece. It is now functioning as an annex of the Museum of Greek Folk Art.
The mosque was built in 1759 by the Ottoman governor (voevoda) of Athens, Mustapha Agha Tzistarakis. According to tradition, Tzistarakis used one of the pillars of the Temple of Olympian Zeus to make lime for the building, although it is more likely that he used one of the columns of the nearby Hadrian’s Library. This act led to his dismissal as the Turks considered it a sacrilege which would cause vengeful spirits to be loosened upon the city, a superstition confirmed when there was an outbreak of the plague later in the year. 
The mosque was also known as the “Mosque of the Lower Fountain” (Τζαμί του Κάτω Σιντριβανιού) or “Mosque of the Lower Market” (Τζαμί του Κάτω Παζαριού) from its proximity to the Ancient Agora of Athens.
During the Greek War of Independence, the building was used as an assembly hall for the local town elders. After Greek independence, it was used in various ways: thus it was the site of a ball in honour of King Otto of Greece in March 1834, and was also employed as a barracks, a prison and a storehouse.
In 1915 it was partly rebuilt under the supervision of architect Anastasios Orlandos, and was used to house the Museum of Greek Handwork from 1918 (in 1923 renamed to National Museum of Decorative Arts) until 1973.
 In 1966, it was provisionally refurbished to provide a place of prayer during the stay of the deposed King of Saudi Arabia, Saud, in the city.
In 1973 the main functions of the Museum of Greek Folk Art moved to 17 Kydathinaion Str., with the mosque remaining as an annex to it. The V. Kyriazopoulos pottery collection of ceramics remains in the mosque to this day. 
In 1981 the building was damaged by an earthquake and was re-opened to the public in 1991.
Source Wikipedia

Time Traveller

Posted: December 17, 2014 in b&w, D3200, digital, history, street photography, travel
I saw an old man with a cane,seemed like from another time. But still the surrounding was even older .I took the shoot and their journey to the future,has started…TOGETHER.

Time Traveller

The Wedding Car

Posted: December 17, 2014 in cars, D3200, digital, street photography, travel
A Vintage Mercedes I spotted last Saturday near Syntagma Square. It was a beauty and I had to capture it.
Take Care
Happy Shooting

Here is my first shy attempt to step into the world of Street Photography. Its tough, mostly mentally i have to overcome my personal barriers. 

I would love to have your comments on my attempts. Also any advise or personal experience would be appreciated.
I’m Just looking,I’m not buying.
Rest for the Rest

Going Nuts for Coconuts

The Look

Lazy as a dog

Parallel Worlds


Remember last month I visited Thision Flea Market. A few hundred meters away lies Plateia Avissinias between Monastiraki and Thission.

It a nice little square with many antique shops and Every Saturday its packed with many sellers in an iconic flea market.

When I arrived it was almost 16:30, so most of the traders had left, the square was empty and only the local shop owners where left gathering their items into their shops for the next day.

I took some shots and had a nice talk with one of the shop owners George about some old typewriters and film cameras.

Early 20th Century Firefighting Water Pump

Early 20th Century Firefighting Water Pump

Old Diving Helmet


Time Travel Shopping

1950s Blogger