One Month, One Camera – April 2019 (II) – Lumix GF1 + Helios 44-2

My chosen camera for April is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 I've had around 18 months and want to get to know better. Initially I bought just the body plus an M42 adapter, so I could use my favourite vintage lenses.  One of these is a battered old Helios 44-2 58mm f/2, an early bargain of… Continue reading One Month, One Camera – April 2019 (II) – Lumix GF1 + Helios 44-2

One Month, One Camera – March 2019 (II) – Celebrations And Limitations

So after 21 days of March, I've cut my One Month, One Camera (OMOC) time with the Panasonic Lumix TZ2 short. There's nothing more I can learn about it, and as we talked about recently, I feel I've thoroughly proved to myself that you can enjoy photography for next to nothing. It's time to revisit… Continue reading One Month, One Camera – March 2019 (II) – Celebrations And Limitations

Six Ways To Enjoy A Year Of Photography For £1 A Month (Or Less)

I love cheap photography. As I've written about previously, a very capable, light and compact 35mm SLR (say a late Canon EOS) plus a quite lovely M42 lens (say a Takumar 55/2) might still give you change from £30 or even less. But buying and developing film is likely to cost £5 a roll minimum.… Continue reading Six Ways To Enjoy A Year Of Photography For £1 A Month (Or Less)

How To Find Three Useful Prime Lenses Buried In a Crazy 10x Zoom Lens

For March in my One Month, One Camera project I've chosen the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ2, a camera designed for travel (TZ = Travel Zoom). This means it's pretty small and pocketable, but also that the zoom goes from a fairly wide 28mm up to 10x that, 280mm. For my needs, about 80% of this optical… Continue reading How To Find Three Useful Prime Lenses Buried In a Crazy 10x Zoom Lens

One Month, One Camera – March 2019 (I)

And so I enter the third month of my One Month, One Camera (OMOC) project for this year. To see previous posts in the project, head here. The premise is very simple - use just one camera for a whole month. Perhaps easy for some, but as hundreds of cameras have passed through my hands… Continue reading One Month, One Camera – March 2019 (I)