An Impulsive Instructive Interlude – Sony W570

In recent weeks I've been immersed in the delights of Ricoh's digital compacts, most specifically the utterly joyful 28mm GR Digital III - probably the most intelligently designed camera I've ever used - and its very similar zoom (24-72mm, but for me, 24 or 28mm) sibling, the GX100. But sometimes, still, a distraction comes along,… Continue reading An Impulsive Instructive Interlude – Sony W570

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Broken Camera, Rise Victorious!

Following the magnificent twin revelations of the Ricoh GDR III and GX100, I inevitably looked further into Ricoh's back catalogue, and found the GX100's successor, the GX200. On paper it's not a radical overhaul, just a fractionally larger and higher spec'd sensor (12MP vs 10MP), bigger and greater resolution screen and an additional custom "MY"… Continue reading Broken Camera, Rise Victorious!

All Hail The Dragon Slaying Ricoh Brothers

Before we begin to this courageous tale of dragon vanquish, for context we require a brief update of my photographic hunting of the last decade - Played with camera phones for a few years, got a "proper" phone, a Nikon CoolPix, loved it and shot thousands of images over seven months. Then discovered film via… Continue reading All Hail The Dragon Slaying Ricoh Brothers

Dances With Digital Dilettantes – Pt 1

Shooting with film for the last five years or so has given me huge pleasure, taught me a great deal about the basics of composing and taking photographs, and created a small body of work I'm very happy with. But there came a point some months back where I deconstructed what film photography gave me,… Continue reading Dances With Digital Dilettantes – Pt 1

The Cinderella Dilemma – Finding A Camera That Fits

When you know, you know. The moment your fingers first close around the body and it feels like they were meant to be here from birth. The instant your eyes meet the viewfinder and the view seems even more big and bright and colourful than if the glass wasn't even there. And then, when you… Continue reading The Cinderella Dilemma – Finding A Camera That Fits

Joy In A Leather Jacket

Of the compact 35mm film cameras I've tried in the last few years, many have given decent results, but only one has combined quality images with genuine pocketability, and close enough (for me) focus. That camera is the Olympus Mju 1 (or µ[mju:]-1), aka the Stylus in some territories.  Well, I say only one camera. In… Continue reading Joy In A Leather Jacket

The Lomo Itch (And How I Scratch It)

Lomo photography is an itch I periodically get and have to scratch. Here's how I came to it, the allure it has, and how I scratch that itch these days... Though I was using camera phones to intentionally make photographs from the mid 2000s, my first film camera, in 2012, was about as Lomo as… Continue reading The Lomo Itch (And How I Scratch It)

Why An iPhone Can’t (Yet) Be My One And Only Camera

Ever wanting to minimise my camera kit, it's crossed my mind more than once than a camera phone could be the only one I need. Which would be ironic, as this is how I began photographing with intention over a decade ago, years before I discovered film, or knew what any of those intimidating and… Continue reading Why An iPhone Can’t (Yet) Be My One And Only Camera

Cheap Seats At The Widescreen – The Halina Panorama

My fellow photographer and cheapskate Alan Duncan, who writes at Canny Cameras, challenged me to shoot a roll with a mystery film camera he'd send in the post. I agreed, always interested in trying a new toys, and eagerly awaited the postman's arrival with A Leica M series, Contax III or maybe at least a… Continue reading Cheap Seats At The Widescreen – The Halina Panorama

Film Photography On A Shoestring

There are still many myths around how much it costs to get set up with film photography. I want to shoot a few more down. A while back I wrote about how to start start film photography for £27. Based on at least two of the three rolls of film I've just got back from the… Continue reading Film Photography On A Shoestring