Opinion
#671. Opinion – What serious photographer would use a phone camera ?

#671. Opinion – What serious photographer would use a phone camera ?

Sometimes Dear Susan articles are the result of private debate between it’s contributors; sometimes it is something that triggers inspiration and the desire for one of us to talk about something.  Pascal has recently been telling us and Dear Susan’s readers how much he likes using his Korean fancy from

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#665. Swimming upstream

#665. Swimming upstream

Cats years are reckoned to be nine of ours. Dogs, seven.   There’s agreement on that, but not much on camera longevity, especially if it’s a Leica. I’m not sure I don’t think that’s a bit disingenuous.       Got it yet? Yes, I succumbed a year ago. I

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#663. Decisive steps. Looking into my past purchases to plan the future.

#663. Decisive steps. Looking into my past purchases to plan the future.

The cat is out of the bag. After months of waiting, Sony have released the A7RIII. Thus I, and many other A7RII owners, ask myself the question: is it worth upgrading?     The answer to this question is made less obvious than some would like it by the fact

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#661. Sony A7r3, diminishing returns & Maslow hierarchy of needs

#661. Sony A7r3, diminishing returns & Maslow hierarchy of needs

So Sony announced the new iteration of their A7r range. And its promises are numerous and mouth-watering. Better AF, better sensor circuitry, a better battery, a better shutter mechanism, a better EVF, a better IBIS and the star of the show : pixel-shift. All at an unchanged price point. Sweet!

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#660. Is Sony the Un-Leica-ly company?

#660. Is Sony the Un-Leica-ly company?

In the old days – God, I hate posts that start like that – photography was at least a two-tier world. The first tier, with Kodak Brownies and Polaroids, was for home consumption. Document precious moments, go to print or slide and populate albums.     The second-tier was professional,

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#658. Carpe photo … or regret it !

#658. Carpe photo … or regret it !

I blame Netflix. My attention was so focused on the latest developments of one of my favourite character’s life that it was only at the end of the episode that the red blaze of bright ruby sun rays lighting up the hills and cloud underbellies just outside my window became

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#655. At the museum

#655. At the museum

Every once in a while I stumble upon photos that stick to my mind for a very long time. One of these was in Pascal’s “A tale of two OTI” back in 2015. In particular Philippe’s first image of all the skeletons lined up, looking in one direction. I was

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#653. Photographing someone else’s art. Is it stealing ?

#653. Photographing someone else’s art. Is it stealing ?

Do you ever feel bad about photographing someone else’s art ? This has troubled me in the past, particularly with graffiti and street art. Is there any worth to it? Is it merely an act of relaying the creation of others to your tribe, in which case there is zero

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#646. Missed by that much : power to the Schnauzer

#646. Missed by that much : power to the Schnauzer

Sometimes, you take aim, you miss by a small margin and it’s very frustrating. Sometimes, however, the miss is so grotesque, so unfathomably vast, that it becomes hilarious.     I believe the Smartphone industry, camera section, is trying its very bestest to fall into the second, far more comical,

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#644. Losing inspiration. Can it be good for you?

#644. Losing inspiration. Can it be good for you?

That’s me in the corner That’s me in the spot light, I’m Losing inspiration. Trying to keep up with you And I don’t know if I can do it Oh no, I’ve said too much     I haven’t said enough … As Adrian recently put it, personal troubles can

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