It's no secret I adore my old Pentax CCD DSLRs. Whether with vintage lenses like the Helios 44 series, and any number of Asahi Takumars, or modern marvels like the "Plastic Fantastic" SMC Pentax-DA 35mm f/2.4, they give me an enormous amount of pleasure, both in use, and in the final (unprocessed, crucially) image. But… Continue reading Extremely Small And Rather Wide
One of the best film photography tips I've read is to shoot red, as it nearly always looks good. I wrote more about this a couple of years back, with a sample of some of my own favourite red shots. With digital, just as powerful a tip in my experience is DON'T shoot red. Most… Continue reading Don’t Shoot Red!
Reading about a fellow photographer's approach to digitising his music collection got me thinking again about how complicated digital can make our lives. The majority of the time my friend spent it seems, was not on the uploading of the CDs, but then fiddling about afterwards with the quirks of particular software so it recognised… Continue reading Zero Processing And Other Ways To Avoid Digital’s Hidden Hassles
Back in 2017 I discovered a game changing digital camera, the Pentax K10D. Its colour output, plus general handling and pleasure to use, meant I never looked back at the very capable and adaptable, but ultimately soulless (in body, and in the final image) Sony NEX 3N I had on heavy rotation with manual lenses… Continue reading You Can’t Go Home Again, Can You? The Samsung GX-1S Returns
Most of us have associations with brands from our childhoods, especially those that are no longer around (or as visible). For me, when I hear "Casio" I think of pocket scientific calculators in folding vinyl wallets, maths exams where I couldn't tap my fingers fast enough on my trusty Casio FX to crunch numbers in… Continue reading First To 10 – The Classy Compact Casio Exilim EX-Z1000