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Losing your phojo: Is it a terminal condition?

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Keep calm and carry on at the church cafe in Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate. York

I lose my mojo — or, perhaps, we should say phojo in this instance — many times. I get periods, even whole years, when I realise I haven’t taken as many images as I did in the past, and resolve to try harder. It’s a worrying condition, but I don’t think it need be terminal.

The electric revolution: Will the infrastructure be ready by 2032?

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Is this what the Government thinks of the motoring public?

Before I wrote the two articles on my choice of an electric Jaguar I-Pace (see link below), it crossed my mind that readers might not be interested. It is rather off-message, even though I had chronicled my time with the Nissan Leaf back in 2015 and these articles brought forth some interesting comments.

Panasonic confident in the future of the L-Mount Alliance

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Lenses such as this Leica DG 12mm f/1.4 (moounted on a Panasonic G9) are a prime example of the anility of squeeze high-quality optincs into a small and light package. According to Mr Yamane, some light lenses now being made for full-frame cameras involve compromises which contrast with the quality-first principles of compact MFT optics

Panasonic’s Imaging Division boss, Yosuke Yamane has expressed strong confidence in the L-Mount Alliance during an interview with Barney Britton of DPReview.com (see link below).

Vallouise Part II: Cross-country and backcountry skiing in winter

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The village of Vallouise is at the centre of many cross-country ski trails. The winter landscape is very different from summer — see my earlier article. The places where people used to grow crops and hay for cattle in the summertime are now covered with snow. “La plaine” (the plain) is an almost flat beginner track with very mild slopes and beautiful vistas toward the village. One of the local bars is home to an excellent brewery.

Leica launches three special-edition lenses

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Leica has launched three M lenses in limited quantities of between 250 and 500. They include two Safari-themed designs and one silver anodised version of the popular 75mm APO-Summicron.

Mr Jones, Josef Stalin and a “Leica” screw-mount

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This is one film I am looking forward to seeing. The theme is right up my street — 20th-century history, the cold war and a well-crafted denunciation of the evils of communism. There’s also a (tenuous) Leica connection, which is just the icing on the cake.

Leica’s M-mount is 70 years old this month

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The Leica M3, the first camera to feature the new-familiar M-mount, was launched at Photokina in September, 1954. So, you might think, another few years to go until the platinum anniversary. But not so. I was interested to read in Leica Rumors that the M-mount is seventy this month, three days ago on the tenth, as it happens.

Japan: Impressions and a quirky angle on a fascinating country

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Well, I really hadn’t thought about it ‘till Richard Scott mentioned it the other month, in Leica M8 in Japan: A very different culture, a groundbreaking digital camera. But Richard said “..I’m sure we’d all love to hear about and see your experience in Japan with some accompanying pictures,” and I really fell for the bait!

Travel Tip: In-camera battery charging can save your bacon

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The SL2 is the first European Leica to offer in-camera charging and the latest USB-C interface is just what the Herr Doktor ordered....

Often I read negative comments about in-camera charging. The criticism isn’t aimed at the feature itself, rather it is concerned with the suspicion that manufacturers are cutting corners and saving cash on providing a single-battery charger unit.

Fuji X100V: Latest in a range of ground-breaking cameras

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Direct, WYSIWYG controls for aperture, speed, ISO and compensation are a model for others to follow. Even Leica has moved more to digital settings and Fuji's dedication to traditional methods has earned converts.

There’s no denying that Fuji has been on a roll with the X100 series. And, from all accounts, it seems that the latest X100 V is the best yet. I’ve always admired this camera for its design, its single-minded approach to photography and the deserved success it has enjoyed.