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Cameras at Everest, a century apart

Morning at the Rongbuk Monastery. Courtyard and breakfast time inside.

Somewhere in the expanse of the northern side of Everest is a lost camera. A camera that could provide the answer to one of mountaineering’s biggest mysteries. It is a Kodak Vest Pocket camera dating back to around 1920. And it’s still out there somewhere.

Film’s not dead, it’s alive and living in Mobberley

They don't make 'em like this in Ilford: Welcome to the Bull's Head at Mobberley, a restful place to be after a day's film making....

Load up your M6 with a cassette of Mobberley FP4. Doesn’t sound quite the full shilling, does it? Perhaps it’s just as well that Ilford stole the commendably short and snappy name of the eponymous Essex town back in 1902 when the filmmaker set up shop there.

Back to happiness: Just one camera, one lens


Auckland-based professional photographer A.B.Watson has had some sort of Damascene conversion. He’s gone right back to basics. Read on…..

Mark Cohen exhibition at Leica Gallery London


Since Leica Gallery London opened in February, the new destination has hosted inspiring exhibitions of iconic Leica photographers. The next exhibition follows suit with renowned American photographer, Mark Cohen’s ‘Just Outside’ running from 17 July to 1 September 2019.

New Sony a7R Mark IV with 61MP backlit sensor


The new Mark IV version of the Sony a7R features the world’s first 35mm full-frame 61MP back-illuminated sensor. The Exmor CMOS sensor is complemented by the latest-generation Bionz X image processor.

Upper Teesdale through the lens of the Leica X (Typ 113)


The River Tees: 85 miles of meandering river that begins beneath Cross Fell in the picturesque North Pennines, in England, and flows into the estuary between Hartlepool and Redcar, not far from Middlesbrough.

Leica M8: Looking back on Leica’s first digital M


Some eleven years ago I was the lucky owner of a M8, a wonderful camera I kept for six years. Of course it had its quirks. Because of the danger of a magenta tint when shooting colour, it was almost obligatory to use the infra-red filters on the lenses. It also suffered from random power problems: One time out of ten the camera would not start and you had to take off the bottom plate, remove and then replace the battery.

Sigma 45mm f/2.8 DG DN lens for L-Mount


One of the most interesting lenses in today’s bumper Sigma announcement is a lightweight 45mm f/2.8 prime, a member of the Japanese manufacturer’s Contemporary lens line. It is tiny, for a full-frame lens, and weighs a remarkable 215g. It is available in the UK from this month and will retail for £550.

Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG DN zoom lens for L-Mount


Sigma has today announced a fast constant f/2.8 14-24mm zoom for L-Mount as a member of the premium “Art” family of lenses. It will be available from next month and will retail in the UK for £1,460 including VAT. Sigma claim that this is “the definitive lens for astrophotography with astonishing resolution”.

Sigma 35mm f/1.2 DG DN lens for L-Mount


Sigma has announced a super-fast f/1.2 L-Mount lens in the premium Art range. It will be available from this month and will retail in the UK for £1,460, including VAT.