|Someone has called you “Mr Pentacon-Six”. You are an acknowledged
expert on the Pentacon-Six. Why did you choose this camera?
I have pretty much told the story already on the website, see here.
Essentially, in the Pentacon Six I found the combination of high quality
Why did you set up the website?
After I did some lens tests and shared them with a photographic contact
in Canada, he suggested that I should put the results on a website.
So the site started with the lenses and expanded out from there to the
cameras themselves, the accessories, etc.
Why don’t you go digital?
Sometimes people send me digital images via e-mail. This is a
great way of sharing pictures fast and I love it. I recently made
a birthday card for someone, and wanted to use one of the pictures that
they had e-mailed me. I soon discovered that the resolution just
was not there. The picture could not be blown up to A5 size.
At anything bigger than about 3 inches (7½ cm) square, the quality
was awful. So I see a place for digital images and they bring a lot
of people a lot of fun. But for even modest-sized prints, the quality
is still not yet there, unless one is prepared to invest a minimum of a
couple of thousand pounds (€3,000, US$4,000), in my opinion.
– See this page on my website.
What do you sell?
I don’t sell anything, although I am considering beginning to thin
out my camera and lens collection a little, so at some future point I may
offer some items for sale.
Who pays for this website?
I do. It really is a “labour of love”!
How do you manage to get so many visitors to your website?
I don’t advertise the website anywhere, but it is clear that each week
hundreds of people consult it for information, and sometimes I see people
recommend it. A few other websites give links to mine.
What is the most frequently-asked question?
Now that I have a “Frequently Asked Questions” section, there are less
questions on how the metering prism works or what battery it uses.
But I do still get asked for
|advice on what to buy, whether a camera is faulty, and where to get
it repaired, – although information on this is on the website – see here.
Where are you from?
I was born in England, but have lived and worked in many different
countries in the course of my life, among them Peru, Germany, France and
What do you do for a living?
I have mostly worked as a teacher but also spent many years advising
and inspecting for a Local Education Authority in England. When my
last employer got into financial difficulties, I volunteered to take early
Is the Pentacon-Six the most important thing in your life?
No. Definitely not, although it has given me a lot of satisfaction
and continues to do so – both as a well-engineered piece of equipment in
itself, and because with it I am able to record important family events
and beautiful images. It’s difficult to produce a list, but the Pentacon-Six
is perhaps the third most important thing in my life – although if I think
about it long enough, I’m bound to come up with more than two other things
that are more important than it!
The second most important thing in my life – and the most important
people in the world for me – are my wife and family (and my wife understands
when I say this!)
The absolutely most important thing in my life is having a relationship
with God through Jesus Christ. I say this within the context of the
most profound respect for people of all faiths and of none. I am
a practising Christian, and this is what has moulded me more than any other
influence in my life since my teenage years to be what I am today.
It affects the sort of person I am, within myself, in relation to the world
and the environment, in relation to others, and – most importantly – in
relation to God.
Do you have plans for further development of the website?
I always have plans; I just lack the time! However, some projects
are definitely under way – for instance, further lenses that have already
been tested but not yet reported on.
“In action” in September 2010 with my favourite camera – a Pentacon Six
TL that Tom Page re-covered in red leather for me earlier in the year.
Here I was in an old English churchyard, taking pictures of the wedding
of two friends at which my wife and I were guests. A photo backpack
with other lenses, flash, etc, is beside me.