#620. Can fishermen have GAS too?

#620. Can fishermen have GAS too?

Surrounded by friends of many decades and places past, a week of salmon fishing on the Spey has become a part of our annual calendar. Filled with food, laughter, a more than adequate supply of booze and an occasional fishy catch, there are also quiet times in most days which

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#590. The AF divide: A conversation of two convictions

#590. The AF divide: A conversation of two convictions

I recently overheard a conversation in a pub between two photographers which went like this:* #1 … It doesn’t matter! Imagine that on the upcoming model of the camera with vastly improved AF! Faster, more focus points, 98% coverage, always on-point … #2 But 6 months ago you said, the

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#553. Straight Outta the Darkroom

#553. Straight Outta the Darkroom

This is a very interesting guest post by Brian Patterson on how and why to adapt enlarger lenses to outfit modern day cameras. Refreshing … Be sure to click on the clematis shot, it is full size and shows the lovely image quality of the lens. Brian, thanks a lot

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#540. Your experience may vary

#540. Your experience may vary

  Much of DS’ content this past year has been gear-related; lens comparisons, Zeiss’ Otii, Sony cameras v everything else, different software comparisons and despite our best intentions and efforts, little of it really conclusive. Personal preference remains the real test.         Trawling my usual list of

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#536. The Agonies of Indecision

#536. The Agonies of Indecision

Author Chris Gibbons is a journalist, radio and TV broadcaster and marketing/management consultant, living in Knysna in South Africa.   Morocco was imminent. I’d not been there before but Lonely Planet’s guide book laid out a tempting array of delights for the casual travelling photographer. Apparently I could take my

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#532. The Monday Post (28 November 2017)

#532. The Monday Post (28 November 2017)

The first of a (planned to be) regular Monday post, detailing the recent weekend’s photographic activities of one, or all of us. As it was my idea, I get to go first, so this is a solo effort and briefly discusses a couple of the new photo editors.   We’d

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#528. Kyoto colour

#528. Kyoto colour

Kyoto. A city with links to Japan’s history, stretching back centuries.   We managed a couple of days – a kind of taster visit, to help us decide if we wanted to spend longer next time.   Yes. We do. It’s a great city.   What does it look like?

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#519. Route 66 – on the road 1

#519. Route 66 – on the road 1

  If it’s Wednesday, this must be Tulsa. A down day after around 700 miles (1150km) on Route 66. Not a huge distance for anyone living in South Africa, Australia, or the US and used to driving long distances, but quite a challenge on the single lane, less well maintained

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#514. 28+85=55. Or how to save cash and your back!

#514. 28+85=55. Or how to save cash and your back!

Strange math, isn’t it? One would expect a man with an accounting background to do better. Such as: (25+85)/2=55. Or 25+85= 55×2. Unfortunately for the elegance of the math, I had a 28mm lens and not a 25, and, frankly, I didn’t feel the need for 2 55mm lenses. But,

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#513. Fuji’s GFX – medium format for a ready audience?

#513. Fuji’s GFX – medium format for a ready audience?

  The wet string that connects DearSusan’s international HQ to the world has been steaming again with a flurry of e-mails this week, following Fuji’s announcement of the GFX medium format system last Monday.   Here we sit; four photographers, four locations, four totally different attitudes, wants and ideas, trying

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