Opinion
#585. How many cameras do you own?

#585. How many cameras do you own?

By “own”, I actually mean “use”. So, how many cameras do you own and use, on a regular basis? And why?     On the top shelf of my home office lies a lovely Fujica 645 film-era camera, with bellows and with a superb 75mm lens. It’s there because the

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#584. The Sony A9 is here. Is it time for me to start painting ? Or curating Google Earth photographs ?

#584. The Sony A9 is here. Is it time for me to start painting ? Or curating Google Earth photographs ?

So, there we are, Sony has just dealt a potentially huge blow to Canon and what remains of Nikon. First, a range of native and non-native lenses that has probably seen no equal in photographic history. Now the mother of all bodies, if stats are to be believed. So many

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#572. You’re not listening to us

#572. You’re not listening to us

But perhaps you should.   The ongoing behind-the-DS-scenes conversation regarding post processing applications has woven our week together, allowing new inductee (and soon to appear on our hallowed Web pages) Adam Bonn, to find his feet in this august gathering of sometimes-like-minds.   The pros and cons of Lightroom, Photos,

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#570. A beautiful rear can also endear

#570. A beautiful rear can also endear

Dear fellow photographer, if you read this blog, chances are you’re assigned as your family staff photographer. Whenever the pack moves, it’s your job to document the happening. That is a highly responsible task, no doubt. But we all also know, no one waits for the guy with the camera,

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#569. Putting a Pin in (my) Medium Format Ambitions

#569. Putting a Pin in (my) Medium Format Ambitions

Let’s keep this one short. Today, I feel the Medium Format offering is just not worth its price of admission.     Following my usual Modus Operandi, I recently sold lots of stuff (telescopes, lenses, HiFi gear) to finance the acquisition of one of the 2 recent contenders for the

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#565. On Digital Sharecropping and Cloud Photo Prisons

#565. On Digital Sharecropping and Cloud Photo Prisons

Sharecropping: the rental of a piece of land by its owner to a farmer, in exchange for a share of the crop. It can’t be considered slavery because (in theory) the farmer is always at liberty to buzz off and find new pastures to work on. Yet history has shown

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#561. The Adobe tithe

#561. The Adobe tithe

If memory serves, Adobe’s products have been sold in the UK and Europe at pretty much the same number as in the US, but with the currency symbol simply changed as appropriate. So, $49.99 became £49.99 and so on.   Those on the receiving end of this handy profit generator

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#552. Is simplicity dead ?

#552. Is simplicity dead ?

Simplicity is underrated. Or, maybe because it’s so hard to do well, it’s brushed under the carpet and replaced by a more marketable appearance of technicality.     Henry Ford largely contributed to the emergence of a middle class by simplifying the way cars were designed and built. His fortune

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#550. More on Smartphones as cameras – and the OnePlus 3

#550. More on Smartphones as cameras – and the OnePlus 3

4 ! Google “OnePlus 3” and the first answer you get is 4. Beyond the hilarious search engine quirk, I’d like to share a few photographs made using this Chinese phone to illustrate the continuing progress made by the Smartphone industry in the photo arena. These were made by Theo

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#542. The Monday Post – They are breaking the Internet, Man!

#542. The Monday Post – They are breaking the Internet, Man!

So, the Internet as we knew and loved it is dead. Or dying fast. It’s in-no-one-powerful’s interest to keep it alive. Have you asked Google a question recently? Wonder what the best inkjet printer is? Here’s the answer. If you don’t buy one from that list, you’re an idiot. It

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