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Old vs new
very often in reviews of lenses, the observation that a lens may be constructed of plastic can give an impression of cheap manufacture.

But, on being given a vintage? Carl Zeiss Jena 2.8-200 MC Macro all metal lens, I can't believe the sheer weight.......I certainly wouldn't like to carry it far, or with others of the same...Tank- Like construction.

I say, thank goodness for modern plastics.....they must make the life of a pro photographer much happier for being much lighter?

Your thoughts on the above, and on the lens I have been gifted please.



7 01/03/2015 - 3:47 PM
By thewilliam
Yellow car photobombs National trust properties.......

Couldnt that old boy get a ...COTSWOLD STONE....model??? Grin Wink


18 01/02/2015 - 11:52 AM
By nickthompson
Yellow car photobombs National trust properties.......
I know that fow of cottages extremely well......I used to run a craft stall,at the Watermill in Biburury.......after a void night's sleep in my old VW camper, I would take early morning and evening walks around that very beautiful village.

P.S. The tripod holes are half a meter deep all around the said cottages....a photographic cliche surely?

If you go there, try the trout from the Fish Farm.


18 01/02/2015 - 11:52 AM
By nickthompson
Back to Normal

A sterling effort.


10 26/01/2015 - 10:34 PM
By ddolfelin
Lack of performance?
The Gallery is very slow on my iPad this morning....


12 26/01/2015 - 9:26 AM
By davidburleson
I just love this guy.........Please watch, listen and learn....
( I hope that posting this link is allowed?)

Here is one of my favourite B&H lecturers, at his very best, his delivery is perfect, passing on photographic knowledge from years of experience interspersed with humour and wit.

I have learned so much of my photography via YouTube presentations.......B&H in New York produce the best......well worth regular watching.

Here is the link..


7 15/01/2015 - 6:50 PM
By redsnappa
First shoot with Lumix GX7
I took delivery of a SIGMA 30-2.8 ART Lens today.......if you have a GX7 or similar it is a beautiful lens for the price.....Proof!

Look at the reviews on YouTube and elsewhere .

Well worth the money


15 13/02/2015 - 3:54 PM
By aviaandy
First shoot with Lumix GX7

LUMIX 14-45


In Pentax Cameras | Page: 1, 2
15 13/02/2015 - 3:54 PM
By aviaandy
First shoot with Lumix GX7
Hi, Aviaandy,

You asked about which lenses I use on my GX7.....

My workhorse everyday lens is the LUMIX 45-45 kit lens that came with my second hand GF1. A great all rounder and a good portrait lens, most of my recent portfolio features this lens.

The LUMIX 45-200 gives me extra reach when required, and can be a decent portrait lens when out and about.

Next, came the LUMIX 1.7-20 ideal for Street Photography and landscapes, plus the odd portrait.

My only odd M/4/3rds lens is the clunky but amazingly sharp SIGMA 2.8-60 ART Lens, fantastic for portraits......clunky, because the elements go into free fall when not connected to a live camera.

As a very real bonus to the enthusiast.....I can use my growing collection of old M42 thread film lenses by using an EBay adaptor.....all manual then of course, but wonderful results.

Another bonus, are my fully automatic focus, extension rings by MEIKE a great eBay buy, they work faultlessly.

Other accessories include, a MEIKE flash unit, a POLAROID 16 LED Ringlight, a dedicated waterproof cover, and a couple of very powerful LED Torches for light painting.
I rarely use a tripod, but I have two plus a monopod.

Probably the best thing about the GX7 is the tiltable VIEWFINDER.

I Might consider getting a 300 mm lens eventually.


In Pentax Cameras | Page: 1, 2
15 13/02/2015 - 3:54 PM
By aviaandy
First shoot with Lumix GX7
Hi, I've been using my GX7 for around a year now......take a look at my portfolio for results.......to say that I am more than delighted is an understatement.


In Pentax Cameras | Page: 1, 2
15 13/02/2015 - 3:54 PM
By aviaandy
Day 10 January 2015: Faces

In Photo Month Forum | Page: 1, 2
147 27/01/2015 - 4:58 PM
By sosunny
now i wonder if anybody on here likes betty boop
Love the old Betty Boop cartoons onYouTube......very surreal some of them.


In Light-hearted chat | Page: 1, 2 ...9, 10
2 05/01/2015 - 7:44 PM
By hobbo
Day 02 January 2015: Outdoors Photography

Winter Trees close to my home, in mono.


114 12/01/2015 - 1:33 PM
By smacau1
Can you recommend a good printer?
I gave up on Epson Printers recently, after twenty years....print quality went down as ink prices increased and I got fed up with clogged heads and constant demands for ink consuming cleaning.

After some research and forum exchanges, I went for a CANON PIXMA MG5550 all in one machine....Love it!


In Computers | Page: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
11 06/01/2015 - 10:25 PM
By Jestertheclown
Day 31 December 2014: Your Best Photo From 2014

Pound Shop Portrait


125 04/01/2015 - 5:54 PM
By St1nkyPete
Spraying Camera Bag For Insects
Before you freeze, mothball or chuck out the offending bag........Get yer Macro gear out and photograph the little blighters....Wink


In Accessories | Page: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
18 03/03/2015 - 12:13 PM
By Poolegan
FACEBOOK .........for discussion
I post this as a discussion item, for debate and clarification to those more savvy than me regarding what international companies can and can't do...

I hear on BBC Radio News this morning that Facebook is altering its membership rules, deep within the small print ( that most never read) is the fact that Facebook can have access to and potentially use the photographs and videos of members, for its own use......you sign away your absolute right to what you post there.
A tech savvy lawyer wasn't happy about this, but couldn't see a way round it......if you sign up to Facebook you are giving them permission to access your posts.

This means then, that Facebook can use photographs or videos of you granny, or your kid's party fir whatever they want, even to gain income from advertisers etc?

I am a more than keen practitioner of Street Photography, out and about in public places, shooting happenings obviously involving people, not friend or family, but members of the public doing what people do whether amusing, amazing or just plain daft......the very heart if Genre since photography began.
I get really frustrated when wanting to display some of my best examples of Street photography by requests for model releases for everyone recognisable in shot.......we all know that this is almost impossible, or would kill the spontinaety of the moment.
Examples of mine include a row of ten tourists each lifting an ice cream cone at exactly the same moment, a fantastic serendipity moment in time......another, is of youths jumping skateboards over a stretch of water, great action shots.

Then I raise the question of TV news companies, and feature makers, they feature Joe Public on a daily basis, I never see anyone and everyone in shot being asked to sign model release forms, yet commercial TV gains income from advertisers in between news items featuring recognisable people.
Yes! I am aware of current laws, but still challenge the requesting of model release forms from any one and everyone featuring in my un rehearsed, candid .....in public places......Street Photography.
One rule for Facebook and another for Street Photographers?

Up for discussion, debate and clarification.


16 15/12/2014 - 11:50 PM
By Gerhardt
Keep an eye out for bogus emails purporting to come from the international parcels company TNT..........They babble on about a package for you, with a security number, and that security charges have been paid, then they request your full details....

At this, time if year when you might be expecting genuine packages from TNT, DHL or any other company it would be so easy to fall into the trap.

Bin these emails immediately then warn all your friends.


In Group Chat | Page: 1, 2
14 26/11/2014 - 5:10 PM
By thewilliam
Paintshop Pro X7
I have used the COREL suite since Corel 4 at the very beginning, I still used COREL Draw and COREL Paintshop Pro, for much of my Graphics work.

I usually save my processed pics, then import them into Corel Draw to place and print them on to my selected paper.

Corel Paintshop Pro is excellent photo software.


5 26/11/2014 - 3:35 PM
By ckristoff
EIZO 'One Lesson' Book Competition Winners
So did mine, a great book with lots if interesting chapters.

Many thanks!


7 21/11/2014 - 8:12 PM
By SlowSong
Locations to photograph at in the Stafford/Lichfield.cannock area ?
Shugborough Hall, Shugborough village and the nearby canal, especially at this time if year in early morning and evening sunshine.


4 20/11/2014 - 8:45 AM
By hobbo
EIZO 'One Lesson' Book Competition Winners
Thank you!

What wonderful Monday news.

All the tips given are very relevant, a great idea would be to print them on to a small card for reference?


7 21/11/2014 - 8:12 PM
By SlowSong
Processing Panasonic Lumix in Adobe Photoshop
If you continue to have bother....do what I was forced to when I had similar problems a couple of years ago.

Download the free......FASTONE.....software, it seems to be able to convert any photo file.....it is very efficient too.


6 17/11/2014 - 4:32 PM
By salena1950
No it is not

Our.......BIG OLLIE.......wants to know what all the fuss is about.....

......Hes'e just an ex feral farm moggie.


14 17/11/2014 - 6:22 PM
By themak
Smart sharpen in CC
Since I learned how to, selectively sharpen using just the......High Pass Filter....I don't use sharpen any more.

High Pass may seem a bit cack handed at first, but you soon learn to tame it....use it, by brushing the sharpening exactly how and where you would like it, by using soft brushes on layers.


5 15/11/2014 - 1:45 PM
By Ross_D
Quiet of Late

18 07/11/2014 - 9:47 PM
By SlowSong
Quiet of Late
Life is too short to be contraversial...........be positive. Tongue


18 07/11/2014 - 9:47 PM
By SlowSong
Win 1 of 10 Copies of EIZO Book - One Lesson I Learned in Photography
Don't just take a photograph..........

learn to MAKE a photograph.


In Colour Management | Page: 1, 2
51 07/11/2014 - 12:16 PM
By chrisevans
Hi, folks,

I bet ths question keeps on popping up?

I have a brand new CANON Pixma GM5550 all in one Wireless Printer here, it finds my Router, I have successfully registered...Google Print...Print from Email.....and Cloud Printing....all seemed fine.

But mno matter what I di, I can't get my Windows XP Desktop PC to recognise or to even see it, yet it using the same router:

The printer works just fine when connected via a USB cable.....But I want to print from my iPad, and perhaps a Windows phone app eventually.

Can anyone give me an easy step-by-step way of getting my PC to recognise my printer wirelessly?



In Printing | Page: 1, 2, 3, 4
5 01/11/2014 - 7:42 PM
By Chris_L
Day 31 October 2014: Halloween Photography

Serving in Costa this morning.


36 02/11/2014 - 6:06 PM
By quinceypics
Anyone had a Statin holiday?
I was offered astatins when my cholesterol went just over the prescribed limit......I refused, but agreed to lower my cholesterol in my own way.......How?

By cutting out all cheese, butter, eggs and full cream milk......instead, use Benacol spread, special cheese, and half skimmed milk, I did eat the occasional egg.

Within a year, my cholesterol level had dropped so far below the danger line, I received a letter of praise from my GP.


In Off-topic discussion | Page: 1, 2, 3
48 07/01/2015 - 7:37 PM
By thewilliam
Your Favourite image ( your own)
Thank you Darryl.


In Taking photos | Page: 1, 2, 3, 4
42 01/11/2014 - 7:35 PM
By carol227
Your Favourite image ( your own)

A portrait taken through my SONY 2.8/100 macro lens


In Taking photos | Page: 1, 2, 3
42 01/11/2014 - 7:35 PM
By carol227
GX7 ......GX7 .......GX7 ......every time.....

Best camera I have ever owned.


In Panasonic Cameras | Page: 1, 2, 3
7 28/10/2014 - 4:42 PM
By Stickleman
Printer questions
It seems as if my Epson all in one printer is about to give up the ghost after five years, during the last three years I have used only compatible inks with no bother, Colour prints have been fine but mono left a lot to be desired because of it using only three colours.

It seems that in the interim Epson has lost out to the Canon Pixma range, I am now tempted down this route.

I think that thus is the best place to ask?

My requirements?

A wireless All in One that produces Good colour prints on most photo papers......if it makes a good job of mono photographs that would be a bonus.
I need an all in one for family use and I can't afford any of the Pro models......so which All in One should I go for.......even if not a Canon?

Any advice very welcome.....Cheers!


3 26/10/2014 - 8:55 PM
By brian1208
VS Mode............. Yes, yet again
I hope VS Mode doesnt disapear during an upgrade.......used properly it can help develop an eye for a good photograph, to avoid cliches, it is a great learning tool and a bit of fun.


26 14/10/2014 - 11:43 AM
By karl
Ebay hiccough

Quote: A few weeks back and for some unknown reason, my Paypal email address for one of my Fleabay accounts was changed to a contact address that wasn't coupled to the account and so the payment was suspended in cyberspace for a while. I did contact the buyer and explain what had happened but she wouldn't help me out by cancelling the original payment and sending a new one and this was for a tenner. The only solution was to add the other address to the Paypal account.

Not everybody with strange requests is a crook!

Yes! I realise that, being a long time member of the Ebay fraternity......but........would you send someone over a hundred pounds, if they requested your mobile number or an alternative email address.
They may be legitimate, but how am I to know?

Better safe than sorry......had his payment email address been in order the transaction would have been completed within five minutes of me winning the auction.


16 07/10/2014 - 11:54 PM
By Chris_L
Ebay hiccough
I have been a very happy member of Ebay and Paypal since the very beginning (15 yrs?) in all that time of both buying and occassionaly selling I have only ever had one major problem, this was speedily rectified by all parties.

The other day, I bid on, then won a lens I was interested in, I paid via Paypal within a minute of winning......only to be contacted by the seller next day, to explain that the email address for him used by Ebay and Paypal had been entered incorrectly, so could I text him for the correct one.......I chose not too.
Since then, he has tried three times to persuade my to pay in other ways, he claims that he is a seller with top feedback......if he is what he is supposed to be, how come an experienced seller would use the wrong email for something as important as payments?

He wasnt very happy when I pulled the plug on the whole thing, still requesting that I text him, then use bank transfers directly, or send the Paypal payment to another email.....No Way?

I might be old, but I'm not THAT daft.

My payment has been cancelled.......and hopefully the dosh is back in my own account.

The guy may? Be genuine, he may have made an error in putting up a wrong email address, but that isn't my fault.

Be aware out there.......Be very Aware Wink

Fifteen years with only two problems is a great record and credit to the Ebay/Paypal community, but it is all too easy to be complacent if you don't take each step of a transaction very carefully.


16 07/10/2014 - 11:54 PM
By Chris_L
Noise reduction and Speckles!
TOPAZ NOISE is one of the best noise reducers I've ever used.....it comes with a whole set in TOPAZ DETAIL.

Not sure if it's available separately?


In Digital imaging | Page: 1, 2
21 09/10/2014 - 6:19 PM
By SlowSong
Hello Everyone
Hi, agsin Eileen,

Stick your camera on A (Aperture Mode) ......ISO 200...........set aperture to 5.6 ...........for average outdoor shots.......ISO up if cloudy, or you are indoors.

You should do fine, try to use natural or ambient light if you can.....only use the on-camera flash if forced to.

You may get different advice, but this is where my camera is set as default......see my Portfolio for the results I get.

All are shot in RAW, then using Photoshop CS6 ( I too use Corel Paint Pro), usually adjusting tones, saturation etc on layers, then a final sharpen using the High Pass Filter.


In Introduce Yourself | Page: 1, 2
9 06/10/2014 - 1:24 PM
By PrunellaCara
Hello Everyone
Hello Eileen,

Great to learn of another senior citizen taking up photography, I did when I retired over ten years ago........photography forums have helped me develop from being a timid starter like yourself into a confident camera carrying confident photographer.

Much of my learning has been via forum members more expert than me, my college is YouTube.....the photography and processing tutorials available offer tuition that can be repeated.

A camera is almost welded to my chest whenever I go out now, I feel undressed without it, photography has brought me many new friends both locally and online.

My favourite camera for carrying around now is my amazing Panasonic GX7.


9 06/10/2014 - 1:24 PM
By PrunellaCara
iOS8 bug: File Uploading Broken
Ive updated today.....now I cant upload a pic to EPHOTOZINE.......Hope they put this right very soon.


14 26/09/2014 - 11:02 AM
By Chris_L
You're getting Old when....
A very wise son Straycat........as long as he has his finances sorted and something useful, creative, enjoyable to do with all that time?

I try to advise any hard working person to target 50-55 for at least partial retirement, because at 76 I know only too well just how the years fly by as soon as 50 is reached.

I left a stressful but amazing job working with people with learning disabilities, I loved every minute of it, until the system changed, then stress built up, so I retired at 53 to follow my dreams......one of them being Photography.
The last twenty plus years have gone all too quickly......then it always does when you are enjoying yourself Wink

Grow old, disgracefully, do things you always wanted to.....( within your means of course)


31 25/09/2014 - 10:17 PM
By StrayCat
Get Piratey


In Light-hearted chat | Page: 1, 2, 3
6 20/09/2014 - 2:03 PM
By hobbo
I For One Am Glad it's Almost Over
If it is a NO vote, then all those pledges made to Scotland, should have ENGLAND inserted also, then an ENGLISH PARLIAMENT created on an equal footing ......England and its indigenous population are being deliberately ignored.


86 22/09/2014 - 2:31 PM
By mikehit
How can we help Freshen up the Site


As the OP of the magazines thread ( what have I started? Wink........ I too am an oldie who has seen 76 summers, and now enter the winter of life.

But....... Flatly refuse to be bereft of inspiration and motivation when it comes to matters of photography...........Life.......is what YOU make it.

A camera is welded to me whenever I venture outdoors, I challenge myself daily to discover something new or exciting to point the lenses at......to approach a complete stranger to request a portrait.........to see what others can't or won't see.....( see my portfolio for Street Portraits, or, my recent synchronised Ice-Cream shot fir examples)...

It is obvious that newcomers to the hobby will all ask the same questions eventually......it is up to us oldies, to answer them, whilst, at the same time, enabling them to see past the technicalities, the tutorials and the post processing techniques.....to discover then SEE their personal photographic world.

We all know that, any one question regarding photography can produce any number of answers, many contradicting the other........Learn the essential basics, then develop......THE EYE!

Is the only answer..............

......... Isnt't it?


In ePHOTOzine discussion | Page: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
13 15/09/2014 - 5:58 PM
By Carabosse
Photography magazines
I can't afford to buy regular printed copies of the main Photography Magazines available in the UK, recently a good friend has taken to acquiring ex public library copies sold at just 20 pence each when they have been officially Discarded.

I browse them, then feel pleased that I haven't had to fork out the cover price.....why?

Because, when analysed they contain mostly advertising, plus a couple of letter pages, a short editorial, then reviews, tutorials, reader's pics etc.
All very good, but all of this ( and more) is available online and on YouTube nowadays, so are printed magazines outdated media?

One article that did get my attention was one featuring the four year old ....Panasonic LX5 .......pushed as leader of the pack in its class by them back then......only to be dismissed as old hat by them now.

Perhaps, we should all buy brand new/improved equipment every three years or so, or we will be left behind?

Just a rantWink


76 17/09/2014 - 5:07 AM
By StrayCat
Can anyone recommend Bluetooth Speakers?
I have just invested 129 of my pocket money on the amazing.......

........CREATIVE LABS ...ROAR...

Just take a look and a listen on You Tube ..........then go to the Creative Labs UK web site.

It is more than just a speaker, it is a voice and music recorder in its own right via a mini SD card.....

A fantastic, beautifully designed bit of Audio equipment.

P.S. I have nothing whatsoever to do with Creative Labs.......just an extremely happy customer.


In Computers | Page: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
11 15/09/2014 - 2:55 PM
By Dabber
Porthgain/St Davids
We had a VW Camper for years.....the best way to holiday in my opinion Wink

I can highly reccomend two sites, both small but both having excellent views, access to shops but not too commercial.

The first is in St Davids itself just above the car park .....there is a tall house with around observation. Gallery on the roof there......cant think of the name of the site though.

The other I do know very well.......TYCANOL FARM ......at Newtown just a few miles from St Davids......is is a private clifftop site with spectacular views.

A footpath leads down to the small town harbour and Shops....... a place that always reminded me of the Seaside town that Rupert Bear went to in his famous Annuals Wink

It would make a great base for a photographer........it is a small site, so a phone call or email exchange before you go would be advised.

Please let us know if you go to either of these sites.


8 04/09/2014 - 8:57 AM
By ChrisStyles
Things that annoy you photographically!
MilkyWater!...........AAAAAAAARGH! :-(

That single lonely hawthorn tree on the Stone Pavement in Yorkshire......the tripod hoes must be a metre deep by now. Wink


80 08/09/2014 - 7:42 AM
By whatriveristhis