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    Pluggable USB microscope review

    This is a look at a novel little device I bought a few days ago – a Pluggable USB microscope which allows you to view close up pictures on you laptop. I bought this device for about £35 from amazon, and the main driver for purchasing it was to see if it would provide a good image to use in my continuing 8mm telecine project. That is something I will investigate in the next few days and weeks, but in...
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    Bosch EasyControl room stat and smart rad controllers

    This post describes my experience of using the Bosch EasyControl smart room thermostat with smart radiator controllers. Although it will probably be of no interest to anyone who visits my site for it’s photographic content, I hope it will prove useful to people thinking about specifically purchasing the Bosch EasyControl unit or another smart room stat. Bosch EasyControl System The Bosch EasyControl system is a modern replacement for the standard central heating timer and combines the job of room thermostat...
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    A quick look at Alien Skin Exposure X4

    Earlier in the year I wrote a post about a software photo package called ON1 Raw because I was planning to cancel my subscription to Lightroom. Well, a couple of days ago went ahead with the cancellation, but instead of ON1 Raw I actually started trialling Alien Skin Exposure X4 as my photo editor. Although I had planned to cancel Lightroom in November, in the end I cancelled it on October 30th and in quite a hurry. I was looking...
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    Evaluation of ON1 Photo Raw as a Lightroom user

    Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been evaluating a copy of ON1 Photo Raw with the thought of switching to it from Lightroom and I’ve written this post so I could share my thoughts. First some background. I didn’t actually decide to look around for a Lightroom replacement because I’m dissatisfied with Lightroom. I received a promotional email from ON1 about a discount being applied at the moment because a new version has just been released, and I thought...
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    The “Boy’s book of Photography” review.

    I’ve written many posts about vintage cameras on this site, but this is something a little bit different – it’s a review of a book – the Boy’s book of Photography. This was a book I owned many years ago and was, in fact, the first book I owned on Photography when I was – well, a boy. Actually, I guess ‘review’ is the wrong word – it’s more an appreciation of a book which got me interested in photography,...
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    Winait film scanner problems

    A few weeks ago I wrote a post about the Winait 8mm scanner which I purchased with the aim of adding videos to the Found Film site and I followed it up with a post about the problems I’ve had with it. Well, this follow up post about my Winait film scanner problems is a warning to anyone who is considering buying one – before you do, understand the conditions under which you buy it. The video above shows the...
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    Some problems with the Winait 8mm film scanner

    A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about a new 8mm film scanner I’d bought as a birthday present from Amazon. The unit was made by a company called Winait in China and at first everything was good with it, but unfortunately, things have not gone well after the initial use. Problems with the Winait 8mm film scanner Update: Please read the update about the problems I’ve had with this unit here. In my initial post, I’d used...
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    Winait 8mm film scanner first impressions

    This is a short post which describes my initial impressions of the Winait 8mm film scanner which is used to convert 8mm home movie films into digital mp4 files. Update: I have had considerable problems with this unit which I’ve documented in this post. I would certainly not recommend anyone purchase one or any of the same machines made by Winait under different names. Why did I buy a Winait scanner? When I started thinking about the Found Film site about...
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    Fuji X-T1 and Yongnuo 560 III flash experiments

    Although I have a very basic understanding of the use of an electronic flash, I’ve never really spent a lot of time or effort trying to improve my understanding. I think this is mainly because most cameras will take care of the basics and produce a nicely exposed flash picture if you just leave everything on auto and let the camera take the decisions. The problems with that approach however come when you want to do something beyond the basics....
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    UniPal plus universal battery charger review

    This is a post about a useful device which is tangentially connected with my main interest, photography. It is a universal battery charger and is called a UniPal plus. UniPal Plus Images Background I’ve recently started increasing my collection of early digital cameras because they are at the point in their life when they are on the bottom of their value curve. You know what I mean I assume? A product starts off valuable and as it gets older its...
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    Fuji X-T1 with the Fantastic Fujinon XF 27mm f/2.8 pancake lens

    When I bought my Fuji X-T1 a couple of weeks ago there was a double cashback offer available which meant I could pick up an additional lens and get a really good deal. There are several lenses I intend to buy at some point, but the first one I decided to get was the Fujinon xf 27mm f/2.8 pancake lens which I picked up at the same time as I bought the camera. Today I had to go on a...
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    Fuji X-T1 first impressions

    Having owned my Fuji X-T1 for a couple of days I thought I’d write a brief post on the features I find most outstanding in my limited experience. First, for those unfamiliar with the Fuji X-T1, it’s an APS-C sensor mirror-less camera with interchangeable lens, electronic viewfinder, a good level of configurability, full weather sealing and excellent controls reminiscent of a 1970s film camera. It’s also true to say that it is made by one of the original camera manufacturers who...
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    Epson v550 photo scanner first impressions.

    This post is going to give my first impressions of the Epson V550 Photo scanner I’ve recently acquired. Background Over the last few months I’ve really got back into photography using film and thought it was time I got myself a scanner so I could experiment with digitising some of the pictures I’ve taken. Although we have an HP photosmart C8180 combined scanner, printer & copier it isn’t possible to control any aspect of the scanning – you just place...
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    Sony NEX 6 – First impressions

    I posted a few weeks ago about moving to a mirrorless camera system and guess what? Yes – I did it. Last week I sent for a Sony NEX 6 camera with 16 – 50mm kit lens and an e-mount to m39 adaptor. I’ve only had a few days to try the camera out in pretty poor weather but here are my first impressions. The EVF was something I really wondered if I was going to get one with because...
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    Pentax K-5 low noise performance

    In this post I am discussing the Pentax K-5 low noise performance and include some sample pictures I’ve taken in very low light conditions to demonstrate just how good the camera is. Introduction When I first became interested in photography, which was about 40 years ago, there were two big names in camera manufacture – Nikon and Pentax. At the time I owned a Zenit B with a 58 mm screw thread lens, but I really wanted to own one of...
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    Why I bought a Pentax K200D

    I bought my first DSLR about a year ago and my choice was a Pentax K200D. I’ve always been interested in photography, probably because my Dad was a keen photographer and also a keen antiques collector. Not expensive, valuable antiques, but lots of items bought from the local sales rooms including plenty of box cameras and bellows cameras. I quite often saved my pocket money to buy a roll of 120 film to put through whichever of these he would...
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    Panasonic HDC-HS9 EB HD Camcorder user review.

    This post describes my impressions of the Panasonic HDC-HS9 digital camcorder, which we bought after we lost a valuable recording on our old DV Tape camcorder. We use a camcorder in the same way that most families use a camcorder – basically for making movies of the children, family events and holidays. We first bought a digital camcorder when our first child James was born in 2002 and haven’t had any need to change it until I had a disaster...

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