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  • Posted on: Can I Use An ESTA For Photography Work In The USA?

    A few years back, a fellow delegate at a photographic workshop had been denied entry to the USA because she had expensive cameras and cheap clothes. The final nail in the coffin was when Customs found a portfolio album in her luggage.
    • 22 Aug 2022 2:00PM
  • Posted on: 7 Top Reasons Why You Should Use Longer Lenses When Taking Photos

    When we had the portrait studio, we found it better to use a prime lens, especially the 100 Zeiss and 200mm Micro-Nikkors when getting in close. Many people, especially children, were disturbed when an f2.8 80-200mm zoom was pointed at them!
    • 11 Jun 2022 3:41PM
  • Posted on: Why You Should Always 'Try Before You Buy'

    I should have added that I'm very glad that so many punters don't choose sensibly and make friends with their cameras.

    Frequent and needless upgrading puts a lot of excellent and almost unused cameras on the market so that impecunious image-makers can buy them at an affordable price.
    • 28 Feb 2022 10:51AM
  • Posted on: Why You Should Always 'Try Before You Buy'

    Thanks to Dudler for a very sensible article.

    When I chose my long-term brand, something over 50 years ago, there were plenty of camera shops and most had a good selection of different makes that punters could handle. It was then and is now also possible to try out cameras at a Camera Club practical evening, which is cheaper than hiring!

    The great advantage of choosing a camera that we positively like using is that we're far more able to resist the urge to "upgrade" after we've "made friends with our camera" as the late great Albert Ridgely of Leica used to put it.

    It took the most appalling unreliability of the later models of my chosen marque, like 4 meter repairs in quick succession to make me change to what had been my second choice. Changing lens-mount proved very expensive and I've been able to do it just once. Luckily Nikon has kept the same mount and I still have some of those original lenses more than 40 years later..
    • 28 Feb 2022 10:42AM
  • Posted on: Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 G Master Prime Lens Announced

    Zeiss uses the description "Master Prime" to describe a family of lenses. Is the Sony based on a Zeiss design?
    • 22 Apr 2021 2:41PM
  • Posted on: Nikon Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct Review

    Those performance figures look impressive but may I suggest that they give us something to compare it with.

    Back in the 1960s, one American comic included values for the best (Zeiss Planar) and worst (Meyer Domiplan) lenses that they'd ever tested so we knew where it stood.
    • 20 Dec 2019 3:44PM

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