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Time for an update: I still use film, though. Not vast quantities, but I have a darkroom, and I'm not afraid to use it.

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Yes but no but yes. But no, seriously!

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I suggested the idea of Mobile Monday 18 months ago, in an article here on EPZ – I’ll add the link later. A few other people have picked it up, and I occasionally remember to post a mobile image on a Monday. Once or twice, it’s been a hasty ‘behind the scenes’ shot from a model session, and that’s an interesting talking point to begin with.

I know one no-nonsense lady who is utterly unfazed by a bloke turning up with a ‘phone instead of a camera: so long as he pays her fee and gives her a reference, it’s cool. Others want advance notice, and would be happier with the idea as part of a project: but a few view it as rather odd and even aberrant behaviour.

Since lockdown I, one or two models have been using mobiles for remote shoots – but most use cameras that give a decent result under varied conditions. In that world, there’s an abbreviation ‘GWC’ that stands for ‘guy with camera’ and it means a chap who isn’t interested in photography, but sees camera ownership as a way to see girls with no clothes on.

On the other hand, mobile ‘phones keep getting better, and they are superlative for some purposes. The first time I saw someone using a mobile instead of a camera was in 2006, when a couple we met on holiday were travelling very light indeed and carried no more tech than their iPhones. And for standard tourist photography, it really works: a wideangle view, and everything sharp.

Tim Clinch writes a monthly column in Black and White Photography about using a mobile (though he spoils it a bit by having an iPhone and a Huawei), and clearly enjoys using them for professional assignments instead of his current mirrorless kit or the heavy DSLR that he used to pack. And yes, they can be that good, though you need to understand that Tim Clinch really is that good, as well. As Dora commented on yesterday’s blog, you need to see the photo before you click the camera.

For me, there are two things that lead me directly away from my mobile and back to my camera bag. I love differential focus, and a 3.5mm lens ain’t that great for it: plus the ergonomics of a flat thing with no physical shutter release at arm’s length are pretty iffy. But if these aren’t drawbacks for you, that’s cool. I’m just as retro with writing, and use a ballpoint when I have no choice: for writing almost anything else, I carry a fountain pen!

I suppose that means that I have to allow for something that could be called the Great British Eccentric in equipment decisions: and also all other brands of eccentricity. I tried writing a blog with my pen, but the computer screen needed up a bit messy.

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22 Dec 2020 6:30AM
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22 Dec 2020 7:10AM
I had a play with one of these Galaxy K phone/camera hybrid thingys a few years ago.
Decent glass on the phone, cracking images/video but a bit heavy for a phone which I guess is the reason it didn't take off itself or as a concept.

Galaxy K

I tried one trip to Lanzarote (our 7th or 8th visit) and only took my phone - I'd taken all the images I'd ever need. What a mistake to make.

Personally I'd rather a cheapish phone and a good compact.
My Samsung phone and Lumix LX15 together are half the price of an iPhone.

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22 Dec 2020 7:48AM
Dave, I'm totally with you.

The cost of the spiffy mobiles with three lenses and all that stuff is more than a decent camera plus a decent 'phone, and, as you say, they are just too big.I've still got a mobile (bought in a hurry, and not too costly) that I stopped using because it didn't fit in any of my pockets! Cameras at least have lugs to fit straps to.

But for those with big (and deep) pockets, and a love of tech, maybe they work...
Tosh4photos Avatar
22 Dec 2020 8:39PM
I know what you mean I bought my daughter a Nikon DS 300 a couple of years ago she has done a few shoots for people and I edit them in Photoshop (sometimes for her) she likes Lightroom (me I can't seem to do much with it maybe I'm too old?) but the point is I kinda' lost track age again? she always uses her smartphone one of those Howels Chinese ones (mind aren't they all?) when she goes out with kiddos on bike rides waks etc.

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