Gryphon Studios

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Why Us?

Over 40 years experience
We listen to you
We work with your ideas
We go the extra mile
We work with you and for you

Who We Are

My equipment.

My first SLR was a Pentax KM - the first Pentax bayonet cameras. This I bought with a 50mm f1.4, perfect lens! I added a K2 a year later and got a 135mm f3.5 telephoto lens. Shortly after I got myself a 28mm f3.5 shift lens - a rare piece of equipment I still own.

Not long after I sold the KM and bought myself an MX, one of the smallest and lightest SLRs ever, with a 50mm f1.7 lens. I added a 500mm f8 mirror lens the same year. A 28-80mm f3.5-4.5 zoom lens soon followed.

The years took their toll on the cameras. The K2 got stolen in Spain and the MX bounced down the Spanish Steps in Rome. This prompted a shopping spree which resulted in an MZ-5n with a 28-80mm f3.5-5.6 zoom. I still have it somewhere. I also bought a 70-200mm f4-5.6 autozoom.

The next few years I toyed with digital photography. I travelled with my SLR and a compact digital. After two or so years I realised I was sold on digitals so I bought a K100D with an 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 and kept it for over a year. I sold it to a friend and bought myself a K20D with an 18-250mm f3.5-6.3 zoom quickly followed by a 10-17mm f3.5-4.5 zoom and an AF-360FGZ flash, an AF-540GZ flash followed months after. I was set for life… or so I thought! A friend sold me his unused Tamron 28-300mm f3.5-6.3, a great sports lens, something I tend to do a bit of! Still not happy I sent off for a FA 50mm f1.4 – beautiful bokeh - and something I had never owned, a macro lens, the DFA 100mm f2.8 WR macro.

Fast forward to September 2012 when I decided to buy a K5 body with battery grip. This was closely followed by a 'Weather Resistant' Pentax DA 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 lens. This should have kept me happy for a while... till June 2016 when the K5 was sold, replaced by a new K3 with battery grip, happy days!

However, life is never easy, the K3 with the 18-135 lens had an unfortunate accident and were promptly succeeded by the K3 II, DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR lens and the DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR lens. 

I thought I was set, but then into my life walked a fellow photographer and we got speaking and the upshot was I ended up buying a mirror-less, Pentax Q-S1 with the 02 Standard Zoom 5-15mm F2.8-4.5 (equivalent to 27.5 to 83mm in 35mm) and the 06 Telephoto Zoom 15-45mm F2.8 (equivalent to 83mm to 249mm in the 35mm format) a nice kit I take with me almost everywhere! Finally in June I bought  a DA 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 ED SDM Lens, just for when I want to travel with an all-rounder lens. Seems to be good so far... however the saga continues!