The Team

This blog was started in 2014 by Phillip, hence the domain name. Today this is a team effort of four guys which are passionate about photography with (mostly) manual lenses.
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Jannik Peters

0709120d-b4c9-4b04-bc6b-48f25a6ebe42Jannik is 25-years-old and he works as an engineer. He lives in northern Gemany.

Jannik is interested in many lens systems but I would say that his focus is on two manufacturers: Zeiss and Canon FD. So far he has published reviews of the Zeiss Loxia 2.8/21, Zeiss Sonnar 3.5/100 and a comparison of 35mm Canon FD lenses.

You can follow Jannik on flickr.


7fdbce72-c1b2-4975-a99d-6ec1c99f01b8Bastian lives in the south of Germany and besides his main job he runs workshops about nature and architecture photography. You can check out his web site if you are interested.

I started using E-mount cameras with the A7 and adapting M-mount and Nikon F-mount lenses. Now the E-mount lineup is a little more interesting to me, especially the Zeiss Loxia and Voigtlander lenses and I added some of those to my kit.

You can follow Bastian on flickr.


DSC01359Phillips passion for manual lenses started in 2011 when he bought a Sony Nex-3 to use Minolta SR-mount lenses. He was instantly hooked and started testing every lens he could get his hands on which was the reason to start this blog. Nowadays he still use cheaper legacy lenses but more often modern manual Voigtlander lenses and also a few Sony FE lenses from time to time.

You can follow Phillip on flickr.


David started using manual lenses when the were the only kind, on film cameras before the advent of autofocus. When Digital SLRs became the dominant technology he often missed the those classic lenses, because they couldn’t easily be focussed with precision. After the advent of full frame mirrorless he was able to enjoy some of those classics as well as modern manual lenses, and modern AF lenses when they are appropriate.

You can see some of David’s work  at


Juriaan is 24 years old and works as a hydro biologist. He lives in the Netherlands.
He started using manual lenses when he bought a Sony a7S in 2014 after some annoying experiences with AF lenses and a DSLR. He likes to discover different characteristics of old lenses, therefore he is often searching in thrift shop to find new lenses he hasn’t used yet.

You can follow Juriaan on flickr

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