A move to Fuji mirror-less

A few months ago I decided that I was going to replace my rather old Sony Nex 6 model with a new mirror-less camera and started saving so I could buy it. The obvious choices to replace it would be the new Sony A6300 or the Sony A7 full frame camera, but in the end I went for what may seem an odd choice, another APS-C sensor camera – the Fuji X-T1. These pictures can also be viewed in full […]

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Olympus OM-2 sample pictures

Yesterday I loaded up my Olympus OM-2 with a reel of Kodak colourplus 200 colour film and headed off to the sailing lake in Stevenage at Fairlands Valley Park to give the camera a test run. Since the OM-2 is a camera which I’ve wanted to own since I was a teenager, I was interested to see how it actually performed when I could finally take it out for a film test. The pictures below show the Olympus OM-2 sample […]

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Experiments in early morning photography

There is something magical about photographs taken in low light which makes even mundane and boring scenes look interesting. Well, living as I do in a fairly mundane and boring part of Hertfordshire I decided I’d try and liven up some pictures by taking them in the very early morning dawn light. Full size images here – navigate with arrow keys Taking Pictures at Dawn I set out at about 7:15 am when it was still quite dark, and took […]

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Ensign Selfix 1620 sample pictures

I’ve developed some black & white pictures from my test run with a selfix 1620 folding camera today, and this post is to publish the resultant scans. As I said in my previous post, I used Illford ID-11 instead of caffinol for the development, and the negatives looked quite good when I first saw them as they came out of the tank. Well, I’m pleased to say that I’m still happy with them now I’ve scanned them and had a […]

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Ricoh GXR A12 50mm black & white pictures

I read an article a few days ago about setting up the Ricoh GXR A12 50mm as a Leica M Monochrom camera replacement and, because it was a dull, gloomy day today when I went for a walk I decided to try out the settings and shoot in black & white. In reality, setting the camera up to act like a Leica Monochrom was as simple as selecting high contrast black & white jpeg and switching to manual exposure mode but […]

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Black and white pictures around Stevenage

A few months ago I started working from home rather than going into an office every day, so I’ve started having a walk early in the morning to make sure I get some exercise. This morning I took along my Pentax K5 in order to take a few pictures as I walked around. I wasn’t very impressed when I got back and reviewed the pictures. I’ve walked the route so many times that nothing seems new or different so any […]

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Phone camera photos

I added a new category to my blog today to cover situation where I want to post photos I have taken using my phone and these are the first photos I’m adding in that new category. Obviously, these pictures are not brilliant technically because they are taken with a small sensor phone camera – in this case a Samsung Galaxy Note 2, but they are pictures I either like or are placeholders for pictures I intend to take with a […]

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Pentax MZ-50 sample pictures

A couple of weeks ago I got a Pentax MZ-50 35mm slr as a new addition to my vintage camera collection and I was so impressed with it that I thought I would try a film in it to see how it performed. So I loaded a roll of Agfa color 200 film which I found in my drawer (which was actually slightly out of date), and took the camera to work one day so I could take some pictures […]

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Sony Nex 6 high ISO noise performance

I while ago I wrote a post about the low noise performance of the Pentax K-5 when used an high ISO and I thought it would be interesting to also look at the performance of my Sony Nex 6 when used in high ISO. It’s particularly interesting at the moment since this is the time of year when most days are murky and it’s quite common to be taking pictures using the high ISO setting on the camera. All the […]

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Autumnal St Nicholas Church

I went over to St Nicholas church in Stevenage today to take some pictures with one of my Miranda 35mm film cameras, the Miranda Fv, and I also took along my Sony Nex to take some control pictures. Because the film I used in the Miranda was black & white, I’ve converted a number of these pictures to black & white as well to get a better comparison of the pictures which I develop from the film. All these pictures […]

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Pentacon electric 50mm f/1.8 review on Sony Nex 6

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about stripping and cleaning a Pentacon Electric 50mm f/1.8 manual lens and I included a few sample pictures with that post but I thought it would be interesting to do a more in-depth review of this readily available lens. I actually have two copies of this lens. The first, which was the subject of the post I mentioned above, and another one which came with a very good condition Praktica PLC3 35mm […]

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Macro photographs with my Nex 6

This morning I took my customary walk around the field near our house to see what insects I could find before the Sun warmed them to the point where I wouldn’t be able to catch them. I found quite a variety of insects as I walked around – butterflies, ladybirds and flies, and I also managed to get some pictures of the red mayflies which were darting about the pond in the corner of a children’s playground in Knebworth. I’ve […]

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Star-D/Image lens review on Sony Nex 6

This is a short review of two lenses I picked up from eBay a couple of weeks ago when I bought a Minolta X300 SLR camera and they were bundled with it. I’ve named the lenses “Star-D/Image Lens” in the title of this post because, although both lenses are labelled as “Image MC Automatic”, I believe they are made by the same company that makes/distributes the Star-D lenses. In physical appearance they certainly seem to be the same, are made in […]

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