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The wheel comes full circle-getting to know the Nikon D800

The wheel comes full circle-getting to know the Nikon D800

Over the years, of all the cameras I have ever owned (and there have been quite a few), only a very few stand out as being superbly well engineered and the type of camera you know you were going to feel sad farewelling. My Sinar F2 view camera was one such, along with my Minolta […]

To laptop or not to laptop…that is the question

To laptop or not to laptop…that is the question

  The Acer 772G notebook- a review. Whether we like it not, being a digital photographer means using a computer and software. The days of handing over a roll of film to the lab and waiting for them to process it have long gone. This means capital investment and upgrading from time to time. And […]

The Phase One IQ 160- the devil is in the detail

The Phase One IQ 160- the devil is in the detail

  Bemusement. [n.] – confusion resulting from failure to understand bafflement, befuddlement, bewilderment, mystification, obfuscation, puzzlement, confusedness, disarray, mental confusion, muddiness, confusion – a mental state characterized by a lack of clear and orderly thought and behaviour; “a confusion of impressions” Background Some years ago I went with a friend, who is a professional painter, […]

The Fujinon 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS zoom lens- a first look

The Fujinon 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS zoom lens- a first look

I have a favourite place, about 25 minutes’ drive from my home, where I like to go and make photographs. It is a great place to visit and as I am coming to understand its particular rhythms, I am learning to predict its moods and sense the best times to be there. Dawn is an […]

PRODUCT REVIEW:  The Fujifilm X100s and WCL-X100 Wide Conversion Lens

PRODUCT REVIEW: The Fujifilm X100s and WCL-X100 Wide Conversion Lens

  The duckling becomes a swan   About two years ago, being something of an early adopter, I was excited when I heard that Fujifilm were about to release the X100, so not long after it was released, I went into my favourite camera shop and purchased one. I kept it for about a month […]

She’s a hard road finding the perfect tripod- a tale of two sales

She’s a hard road finding the perfect tripod- a tale of two sales

  Kia ora tatou: Anyone who tells me that gear doesn’t matter is missing the point. It does. Often, when we take up photography, we are gear–obsessed (for some of us that never changes- and that is OK). Then we may pass through a phase where it is all about the image, dammit, and a […]

The Sony RX-1: A first look

The Sony RX-1: A first look

Kia ora tatou:  As many of you know, I write for f11 magazine. Through an agreement with the Honourable Ed., I hold back my articles for him, to give them time to propagate out there. Now it is time to put them up here… Enjoy. The mirrorless bandwagon appears to have been powering its way […]

First look review-the Fujifilm X-E1

First look review-the Fujifilm X-E1

  Those of you who are regular readers of F 11 magazine will have seen this article. Some of you, however, don’t necessarily read it, and so, as part of a gentleman’s agreement with Tim Steele, the editor, i agreed to hold off publishing it on my blog until the magazine had been out for […]

The muscle car of cameras- a photowalk with the Nikon D800

The muscle car of cameras- a photowalk with the Nikon D800

Life is 440 horsepower in a 2-cylinder engine ~ Henry Miller There is something about a muscle car that is infinitely satisfying and makes no sense whatever. A long time ago, I had a brief flirt with terror and my mortality when I had the chance to drive a Smokey-and-the-Bandit Pontiac Transam, in black (of course) […]

The Sony A99- a first test-drive

The Sony A99- a first test-drive

    I grew up with six brothers. That’s how I learned to dance – waiting for the bathroom. -Bob Hope The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. -Bertrand Russell I am excited. No. I am overjoyed. There you are. Now you know what I think. Canon […]

A long time between drinks- a great camera gets better

A long time between drinks- a great camera gets better

  For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I […]

The Fujifilm  XPro-1 some months on: my settings.

The Fujifilm XPro-1 some months on: my settings.

having owned the X pro for a couple of months now, I have had plenty of time to get to know it, and for it to get to know me. I suspect we have reached the point where we have an ami accommodation, and as a result it has become my daily. aving had time to get to know its little foibles, I have come to a sense of how it works for me, and the way I like it to sit be set up. When I wrote my formal review, one or two of the people who came and visited the blog asked me what my settings were. I did not share these at the time, since I was still working them out for myself. But now I have had time to consolidate the way that I work, I would like to share my Fujifilm X-Pro1 settings with you.

The Fujifilm XPro-1. The unexpurgated user review.

The Fujifilm XPro-1. The unexpurgated user review.

I tried to keep both arts alive, but the camera won. I found that while the camera does not express the soul, perhaps a photograph can! -Ansel Adams The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people’s reality, and eventually in one’s own. -Susan Sontag   Kia ora tatou: As promised, here is my final […]

The Retrospective 7.  A bag review.

The Retrospective 7. A bag review.

Kia ora tatou: Sometimes I think camera bags are like the three bears. Some are too small, and some are too big. Very few are just right. Perhaps that is why I have so many… I was pondering which of my…numerous… bags to take to China. Some were like Papa Bear-too big. Actually most were […]

Notes from the Road- the Fujifilm Xpro-1 (Vol. 3)

Notes from the Road- the Fujifilm Xpro-1 (Vol. 3)

  If I knew how to take a good photograph, I’d do it every time. – Robert Doisneau The whole thrust in my life right now is spinning my assignments around and making them work in a more personal way (…) I wanted to go back and do the original thing: one camera, one lens, one […]

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