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It's been one of those years in which things had to be replaced. Do you know how that works? One thing after another will die on you, be lost forever, or become so outdated that you'll have to replace it.
The car went to my ex, my satnav gave up the ghost, my Olympus pocket digicam fell and broke, the scales didn't give any sign of life anymore, the steam iron was making my clothes dirtier instead of neater, my 50mm lens was found to be stuck and unusable - in terms of equipment, it was a bit of a disaster this year.
Well, the car has been replaced (with a really nice one that was an absolute bargain, it was even cheaper than the value of the previous one, unbelievable - have a look at the photo below and you'll see why I'm so happy with this replacement).
The scales and the iron have also been replaced. An acquaintance of mine who is handy with lenses is looking at my 50mm to see if it can be rescued. But the satnav and the digicam haven't been replaced. And there's a reason for that.
In January the contract on my Nokia E71 mobile phone runs out. And I came up with the idea of solving three things at once and buying an iPhone 4s 16 GB. I'll get a nice satnav app, some photography apps, and I'll even save money by putting dictionaries on it and canceling the subscription to the internet dongle I've been using with the dictionary applications on my laptop. Savings all around!
And I expect that with the arrival of the iPhone will add a whole new dimension to my photography in terms of being able to make use of more unexpected photo opportunities, and a more casual approach to photography in everyday life.
So if anyone has any suggestions for must-have photo apps, they're more than welcome!
(Other app suggestions as well, by the way. And don't leave out any typically British ones, I'm in the UK several times a year, they might come in handy.)