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  • Halloween photo 2 by altitude50

    The little white spot in the centre right hand side is Jupiter.
    • 31 Oct 2021 10:58AM
  • Yucca by altitude50

    John. It is a challenge.The good news is that the lens is a very good 55mm lens with the swirl effect dialled out.

    That Yucca grows about 100metres from home. If the flower gets too tall I might not be able to get a good angle on it.
    • 9 Sep 2021 8:49AM
  • Washing Machine by altitude50

    The pills wore off about 48 hours later, I had fun creeping through other people's keyholes!!!GrinGrinGrin
    • 2 Sep 2021 9:06AM
  • Spy by altitude50

    I buy old cameras for different reasons. Rarity, & condition mainly. The Minox was bought a week ago because I always wanted one and because of the affordable price.
    Same for the beautiful Leica 111f body that I own, still looking for an affordable & genuine lens for it.
    The only film camera that I use now is the Nikon FM2.
    • 31 Aug 2021 9:36AM
  • My Miranda cameras by altitude50

    John, yes the early Miranda range all had interchangeable viewfinders, about 4 different types, of which I have a couple, plus there were some prisms with cds exposure meters built in, I havent found one of these that I liked yet.
    They were a good solid camera on a level with Nikon.
    • 9 Jan 2021 2:29PM
  • The Tomato by Dixxipix

    Love it, so simple & good!
    • 9 Jan 2021 10:28AM
  • Orange flower by altitude50

    Tony, thank you for your kind remarks. We have never known it's name.
    • 8 Sep 2020 1:03PM
  • Posted on: The Cost Of Kit Is The Biggest Barrier To Getting Into Photography

    To get into top-end photography can be expensive agreed.

    But a new 60 compact camera can produce results that are more than acceptable for portraits, landscapes & gentle action up to A4 size print. (My wife has one and it always impresses see photo.)
    As usual, the quality of the result is due to the imagination and experience of the operator......
    • 11 Nov 2021 11:58AM
  • Posted on: 8 Top Images Given A Fisheye Twist

    I have a Meike 6.5mm fisheye for Sony. I use it occasionally and I find that the challenge is keeping parts of the body out of the way.
    Interiors are spoilt with shoes or knees getting into the frame. A number of 'arty' airshow shots of parked aircraft have been spoiled with fingers creeping in.
    I tried getting a circular image of the walls of Framlinngham castle, leave the camera in the courtyard facing the sky set the self timer and run away! Not a great success.
    But it has its uses, I quite like the picture of the washing machine drum that I made. (In my portfolio.)
    • 30 Oct 2021 10:18AM
  • Posted on: ePHOTOzine Daily Competition Challenge Winners Week 2 September 2021

    I have just arrived home from a short break to find that I have won a prize. First time ever on Epz.. Very pleased. Thank you to everyone involved.Grin
    • 24 Sep 2021 10:05AM
  • Posted on: Samsung Introduces Fast and Durable PRO Plus and Enhanced EVO Plus microSD Cards for Day-to-Day Users and Professionals

    I am ready & willing to test a few of these (frequent user) !
    • 10 Sep 2021 10:45AM
  • Posted on: Tamron 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3 Di III RXD Review

    Just to confirm, after a couple of months of use on the coast and on a couple of walks in the country, still very pleased with this lens.
    • 16 Aug 2021 3:22PM
  • Posted on: ZEISS ZX-1 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera Review

    The lack of a zoom lens or even better, interchangeable lenses will count against it but in ten years time perhaps all cameras will be like this with built -in large capacity SSD !
    • 6 Aug 2021 1:48PM
  • Posted on: Tamron 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3 Di III RXD Review

    I have just taken delivery of one of these for my Sony a7. Feels a lot lighter than it looks.
    The result of a quick casual test hand held at 70mm & then 300mm appears to show a very sharp detailed contrasty (in a good way) result.
    Very pleased.
    • 14 Jun 2021 12:51PM
  • Posted on: Sony Alpha A7C Review

    Sony seem to have got it wrong with this one. Cameras need to be nice to handle especially if you are going to make use of the better full frame lenses. Price point is far too high.
    • 5 Dec 2020 10:32AM
  • Posted on: 5 Cold Weather Photography Tips

    I was in Northern Norway in December 1981 and went to North Cape in a Volvo BV202 courtesy of the Norwegian Navy. I had a Canon AE-1 not winterised and an Olympus Trip 35. I kept the Canon under my jacket most of the time, but most of the interesting photos were taken on the Olympus, both cameras performed faultlessly even down to minus 26 degrees C. Kodak Ektachrome & Kodachrome films used. Obviously no daylight at that time of year.

    This photo taken out of the tracked trailer in a blizzard on a mountain on the way to North Cape. (There was no visitor centre nor hotel there then!)
    • 1 Dec 2020 11:35AM
  • Posted on: Photography At Christmas Markets

    I can only find seven Christmas markets possibly open - on the web in the UK, and I think that recent restrictions might have closed them also.
    I had planned to go to Winchester Cathedral Christmas market this year but that has gone.
    Many in Europe are cancelled also.
    • 30 Nov 2020 11:17AM
  • Posted on: Refractique Lensball Review

    This was taken just before the lockdown, I have an intention to go back and repeat to improve it in the Winter when the holiday makers have gone.
    Not something to use every day and I have not had much success with it indoors for patterns etc.
    • 16 Sep 2020 7:41AM
  • Posted on: ePHOTOzine Daily Competition Challenge Winners Week 2 August 2020

    I'm quite shocked and very pleased to have two images chosen!Grin Thanks........
    • 17 Aug 2020 4:22PM
  • Posted on: Long Exposure Photography: 8 Questions Answered

    Another thought. An enemy of long exposure landscapes is the wind. The long exposures that I took at Durdle Door with 10x filters were taken in very windy conditions with a very heavy tripod. The results can, I think be seen in all of the long exposure images as a lack of clarity..
    If possible use the tripod in it's shortest extension, and remove the camera strap or hold it loose to prevent it flapping against the legs of the tripod. This was taken at 63 seconds.............
    • 14 Aug 2020 3:52PM
  • Posted on: Long Exposure Photography: 8 Questions Answered

    If using a ND filter, it is good advice to set up the shot then cover the viewfinder before operating the shutter to prevent light leaking in & ruining the shot.
    • 14 Aug 2020 11:28AM
  • Posted on: Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Review

    I bought one of these new for my Sony A7, very disappointed with it. Very slow to focus even on a bright sunny day. The zoom was very stiff, I went to an air show and struggled with it all day, even on parked and slow moving large aircraft. Sold it on soon afterwards.
    I have used lots of telephoto zooms at air shows and motor racing, this one just has no finesse at all.
    Thinking of buying the new Tamron 70-180 when I can get out to try one.
    • 7 Jul 2020 4:59PM
  • Posted on: Buying And Selling Camera Gear On eBay

    Buying on eBay. I have been buying cameras on eBay for about 6 years. One of the most important things to look at is the seller's feedback, go back through it and see what the seller has sold in the past. If they have a list of only used car parts, garden equipment, jeans etc. they probably have bought the camera from a friend or a car boot sale, this might be OK but beware.

    Also avoid listings with few photos or very fuzzy or library photos and look closely at the image, good clean modern room as a background can be the sign of a careful owner. Avoid titles like 'l@@k' or mint or minty, they mean nothing.
    'Used condition' and 'the photos form part of the description' are other get outs, what you are looking for are detailed descriptions of the working condition, cleanliness of the glass (fungus?), mirror, viewfinder (if any). Included camera manuals cases and cheap bags are useful but not of much value unless the item is rare. Same goes for tripods.
    Look into the exact details of the model, some (many) Canon lenses fit specific ranges of cameras, same for Nikon, Minolta, Olympus, Sony etc. Ask questions if in doubt, a fair seller will always give a detailed and prompt reply. Make sure you know the difference between Micro 4/3 fitting and 4/3.
    Spelling mistakes are, for me, a NO but the strange word lense seems to be coming into common use.
    Japanese sellers seem to be very trustworthy in their descriptions, but beware the import duty.
    And remember that the item can always be returned if it does not fit the sellers description. This is why the words 'used condition' on their own should be avoided. PayPal and eBay offer very good protection for buyers and sellers.
    • 11 Jun 2020 10:03AM
  • Posted on: Macro Lens + Water & Household Items = Epic Close-Ups

    For water drop photos a good idea is to use a plastic bag punctured with a pinhole, this holds more water than a sponge and gives a regular time between drips, until the level drops right down, the photographer can get then into a rhythym with a better chance of getting the timing correct.
    • 7 Jun 2020 9:57AM
  • Posted on: 20 Top Photography Books For Learning A New Skill

    Not one Michael Freeman book?
    • 20 May 2020 9:10AM
  • Posted on: How To Photograph Silhouettes In 5 Simple Steps

    Camera club judges absolutely hate silhouettes. Out of several hundred photos that I have entered in club competitions, two have been very good silhouettes, (not landscapes with shadows) both did very badly. The comment was always 'I want to see detail in the shadows!'.
    Problem is I like shapes and patterns and not swans and lions and elephants.Wink
    • 11 May 2020 11:08AM
  • Posted on: 3 Top Tips On How To Photograph Bluebell Flowers

    Probably best to not head out today to just photograph bluebells, perhaps next year!
    • 29 Apr 2020 8:59AM
  • Posted on: Sigma 19mm f/2.8 EX DN A Lens Review

    I have just bought one of these and using it on an Olympus Pen E-3P I am very pleased with the sharpness & colour renditon of this lens.
    • 27 Feb 2020 11:42AM
  • Posted on: Olympus PEN E-P3 M43rds Review

    I have just bought a used one in white from the well-known auction site. It was advertised as a non-runner, but it had the 14-42 lens which I could use on my Panasonic GX 7. Having handled the camera and switched it on & off a few times, the camera works perfectly however there is a fault in the lens which occurs at over approx. 30mm zoom. I found on the net that that this is common in used versions. The camera works fine with my Panasonic lenses so I will keep it and try to remember to use it for wide angle only or with a better lens..
    Good as a spare body because my GX 7 is permanently converted to IR. It will go out with me instead of a bigger Sony when appropriate.
    Not bad for 25 with charger.
    • 20 Feb 2020 10:45AM
  • Posted on: Pros And Cons Of Photographing Converging Verticals

    I think that the effect shown is perspective. The same way that straight railway lines seem to meet at the horizon.
    Converging verticals are where the camera is tilted at a tall building and the top appears narrower than the base. (Which is actually still perspective.) As in.......
    • 23 Jan 2020 5:58PM
  • Posted on: ePHOTOzine Christmas Prize Draw 2019 Winners Announced

    Congratulations to all the winners. I missed out yet again.Sad
    • 14 Jan 2020 11:02AM
  • Posted on: A Practical Guide To Buying Cheap Cameras From eBay & Second-Hand Shops

    Not too bad for 10 !
    • 11 Dec 2019 3:44PM
  • Posted on: A Practical Guide To Buying Cheap Cameras From eBay & Second-Hand Shops

    I agree with all the above. I would add, from my own point of view that basic 35mm Voigtlanders are a very sensible buy, they look good, are very well made, most of the Vito B in various forms are very reliable and the Color Skopar lens is excellent.
    Also I never test the self timer on old mechanical cameras. You are not likely to want to use it. (use your digital camera for selfies) if the clockwork sticks (often) then you will not be able to use the shutter without expert dismantling.
    This morning I bought a nice clean looking Mamiya Sekor 500DTL plus lens and erc with a spare f2.8 Tessar lens at my local car boot sale before the rain set in!
    The camera mechanics work well but the exposure meter doesn't.
    • 11 Dec 2019 10:59AM
  • Posted on: The 4 Worst Types Of Photographers You Probably Know

    Last year I had my camera on a tripod set up with a ND filter during a long exposure on the very narrow strip of land above the steps leading down to Durdle Door, facing West.
    A 'snapper' with a large DSLR,long lens, large tripod, large bag, barged in front of me, no excuse me, no patience to wait. Could easily have knocked me over and down the cliff (I was 75 at the time). I did shout a very rude word at him.
    • 2 Nov 2019 11:21AM
  • Posted on: Infrared Photography: A Guide To Getting Started & A Brief History Lesson

    I find that there are good IR images that are nearly right straight out of the camera or needing a little encouragement in raw or just after. I often go into Elements and tweak them with 'Enhance - auto levels'. The secret of IR seems to be finding the right balance of exposure and contrast, without putting in loads of clarity.
    Having had a bit more experience I am now going over some of last years images an treating them in different ways, hopefully improving them.
    This one was taken in July 2018 and was a bit flat and the sky was terrible. I have given it the 'NIK' treatment.

    • 5 Sep 2019 4:20PM
  • Posted on: Infrared Photography: A Guide To Getting Started & A Brief History Lesson

    I have just invested in a Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm f 1.7 for my GX 7 results so far, well worth it. The 12-32 is still in my opinion a very good zoom for my purposes.
    • 3 Sep 2019 11:32AM
  • Posted on: Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 Review

    Been using mine for infrared. Noticeably better for detail & contrast than my old Lumix 14mm as might be expected and no problems with flare or centre hotspot detected even when the sun is nearly in frame (sensibly used.) Very impressed.
    • 2 Sep 2019 9:25AM

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    Thank you for the award. I like your photos. Started the watersplash photos because we are self confining - age & asthma. I agree with your choice of drinks & location but I have never been to Venice.
    Lived in Spain 1991-2002 & spent a holiday in Nerja amongst other destinatons . Smile
    • 4 Jun 2020 9:55PM

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