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If you've seen / read any of my previous blogs on here, you may have noticed I like old cameras, including old digital cameras, and retro cameras and lenses. The Pentax MX-1 is a new-ish "serious" compact camera, and features brass top and bottom plates, which are designed to age in a plea...

14/08/2014 - 9:49 PM

50mm f/1.4 Olympus Lens

The Olympus OM G.Zuiko lenses are quite compact (like this 50mm f/1.4) and fit pretty well on Olympus OM-D cameras like the E-M5 :) Bokeh is nice, and the lens can be very sharp when stopped down: You can also get some interesting effects when shooting into the light, including loss of...

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17/07/2014 - 6:28 PM

Nikon D810 at The Open

Well, today was spent at the Open Championship with Nikon and the new D810... here are some shots of some of the people I saw today (most of these have been cropped): John Barnes: Sir Nick Faldo, who didn't seem to do very well Tiger Woods: and Southgate, who was quite an ent...


The announcement of the new Sony Cybershot RX10* this week piqued my interest in the Sony Cybershot R1 again... and I went and bought one from that auction site, it arrived promptly and works very well, for a 2005 digital camera. For those that don't know, it has a 10.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sen...

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There's some seriously impressive street art in Sheffield, and I just happened to drive down a street and spot this, so I thought I'd got for a little explore. I had the Fujifilm X10 with me at the time, and I'm impressed by the colours captured in these shots. I set exposure compensation to -0...

02/04/2013 - 1:43 PM

Some more from Scotland

Straight from the camera - the rather awesome Nikon D7100 - I liked the shadows on this one, but it's a little "cooler" in colour than I remember. And these were pretty cool - I've no idea what they are, the look like fungus / mushroom, but were rock hard and looked like they were ...

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27/01/2013 - 10:47 PM


Took the Olympus E-1 out today, with the Industar 50/2 (50mm, f/3.5) lens with me today, I chose that lens because it made the camera fit neatly into a smaller bag. I also took another old m42 lens with me, but didn't use it in the end. The light was pleasing, but harsh, and I was expecting better r...

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I recently picked up an Infrared converted Canon Powershot G5 - it's a bit tempramental - but for 10 I'm not complaining. I've been using some guides on the internet, but there seems to be no "right" way of converting the infrared photos (and about a million different variables, most...

24/09/2012 - 2:35 PM


A quick snap through a taxi window of Cologne cathedral.

19/09/2012 - 7:48 PM

Photokina 2012...

I'm at Photokina 2012, as you may have noticed on the site ;) See: http://www.ephotozine.com/article/ephotozine-at-photokina-world-of-imaging-2012-20057 and in the forums here: http://www.ephotozine.com/forums/topic/photokina-so-far----99286/p-0 There's SO much to see and look at and ...

20/08/2012 - 5:00 PM

Old lens OM-D macro...

Recently I've been trying some of my old Olympus OM and M42 lenses on my Olympus OM-D E-M5 with adapter(s), and a combination of Micro Four Thirds to OM, and OM to M42 adapter has resulted in a slight extension tube effect, giving me some extra macro performance. The old Pentacon 30mm f/3.5 len...

29/11/2011 - 3:42 PM

Vignette Correction

There's probably a quicker way to do this, but in Corel Paint Shop Pro X4, there's a vignette filter that lets you add vignette, either dark or light, so it can be used to correct signs of vignetting in photos. I used it to alter this image: to try and make it more like a cartoon. http://www...

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It took quite a lot of Photoshop to turn it into this. But the subject was quite unique so I felt I had to try something with it.