David Hancock


I write and I photograph and that's pretty much enough. You can check out my photography website (linked below) or buy my novel (it's really good) for your Amazon Kindle.
  • 22:49 Yashica Minister-D Video Manual

    Yashica Minister-D Video Manual

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    Yashica's Minister-D, still one of the handsomest cameras ever made, packed a lot of features and excellent construction into an ergonomic body with a good lens. The light meter, by today's understanding, is complex and requires a slight paradigm shift in

  • 02:50 Ask David: Do I Need a UV Filter?

    Ask David: Do I Need a UV Filter?

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    In this episode of Ask David, I answer the question ' Do I need a UV or protective filter for my lens?' We answer the question and then talk about other options that provide a better level of lens protection without affecting image quality. My Photography

  • 05:08 Ask David: Most Important Thing about a Lens?

    Ask David: Most Important Thing about a Lens?

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    In this episode of Ask David I answer the questions 'what is the most important feature in a lens?' The answer may surprise you as it's not a common key lens characteristic. Ultimately, the most important thing about a lens is how well it can be used to d

  • 18:05 Pentax LX Video Manual 2 of 2

    Pentax LX Video Manual 2 of 2

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    Pentax's LX was, for most people, the gold-standard in professional, system camera for manual focus bodies. With a 21-year production life, the LX remained in production as long or longer than other venerable cameras like the Nikon F3 and Pentax K1000. Th

  • 06:31 Ask David: What's the Best Film?

    Ask David: What's the Best Film?

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    In this episode of Ask David, I answer a question about the best film. There are a lot of best films, and the best film for one setting may not be the best film for a different setting. This answer presents some personal favorite films that are good for l

  • 03:49 Ask David: Street Photography, What Lens?

    Ask David: Street Photography, What Lens?

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    In this episode of Ask David, I answer a question about choosing a street photography lens. Street photography has a lot more to it than lens choice, and entire YouTube channels could be dedicated to the practice. But in general, a good street photography

  • 08:23 Ask David: What Makes a Good, Basic Camera Kit?

    Ask David: What Makes a Good, Basic Camera Kit?

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    In this episode of Ask David, I help a viewer who needs help building a good camera kit. We look at the basic kit, a camera and lens, and then two inexpensive lens options you can pick up to give you a lot of lens usability. A few other items, like a trip

  • 02:45 Ask David: Studio Work, What Lens?

    Ask David: Studio Work, What Lens?

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    In this episode of Ask David, I answer "what lens should I use for a studio assignment?" Studio work benefits from standard lenses to short telephotos, depending on your subject. You'll also want a fast lens. This video explains why and provides some tips

  • 13:06 NATO Anti-Sub Screen Magazine Special Edition

    NATO Anti-Sub Screen Magazine Special Edition

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    A few years ago I found a large reel of 35mm movie film with an audio track. It took a while to get it digitized, but here is the result. The 13-minute clip has 171 splices, so I apologize now for the clicks in the audio track. The footage was part of a N

  • 05:40 Ask David: Macros, What Lens?

    Ask David: Macros, What Lens?

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    In this episode of Ask David, I answer the question 'what lens is best for macros?' This episode looks at lens options for two major types of macros: insects and other subjects you're looking for and flat-field reproduction such as with stamps and coins.

  • 04:54 Ask David: Sports, What Lens?

    Ask David: Sports, What Lens?

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    In this episode of Ask David, I answer the question 'what lens is best for sports?' If this episode has one take-away, it's this: go into a sports shoot with a lens you know well. A longer or faster lens won't save you if you fumble with the zoom or other

  • 04:59 Ask David: Portraits, What Lens?

    Ask David: Portraits, What Lens?

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    In this episode of Ask David, I answer the question 'what lens is best for portraits?' The answer includes a range of focal lengths and touches on the importance that focal length has in flattering conversions of three-dimension subjects to two-dimensiona

  • 05:14 Ask David: Landscapes, What Lens?

    Ask David: Landscapes, What Lens?

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    In this episode of Ask David, I answer the question: What lens should I use for landscapes? We look at some specific focal lengths and I provide some tips for picking the best lens to take landscape photos with. My Photography Website: http://www.5119phot

  • 11:46 Ask David: Metering Modes?

    Ask David: Metering Modes?

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    In this installment of Ask David we look at how metering modes work. We examine the three typical modes: averaging and matrix, center-weighted, and spot. We look at how they work, explain what they do and how to use them, and show a basic example of a sti

  • 03:24 Ask David: Stop-down Metering?

    Ask David: Stop-down Metering?

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    In this episode of Ask David, we look at stop-down metering and discuss how cameras can meter with non-system lenses or macro bellows (the process is the same.) This process works very much like that in the M42 chipped adapter video. Chipped M42 Adapter V

  • 07:11 Ask David: How do I use Chipped M42 Adapters?

    Ask David: How do I use Chipped M42 Adapters?

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    In this installment of Ask David we look at how to use a chipped M42 to modern lens mount adapter, the advantages over a dumb adapter, and some results from my EOS and Alpha chipped adapters. My Photography Website: http://www.5119photography.com/ Follow

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