Taab Focus Rings: Transform the handling of your non-tab Leica lenses

What do the current Leica 50mm Summicron, 50mm Noctilux and 75/90mm Apo-Summicrons have in common? They all lack a focus tab, something that I find near essential, especially in a smaller-diameter lens such as the 50 Cron.

Photography Travel Kit: Choosing a system to meet your needs

Bill has been overhauling his room full of bags and cases for forthcoming holiday season. But just what is the perfect set up for the travelling mirrorless camera enthusiast? Find out here.

Universal Charger: Last chance saloon when you are on the road

Last week Mike was up Kleiststrasse without a paddle. He had forgotten to pack the battery charger. W.Heath Robinson of Conrad Elektronik came to the rescue....

An Earl Grey Teabag: In Kai Man Wong’s Billingham

I can't resist reading Bellamy Hunt's In Your Bag series on his popular site, Japan Camera Hunter. It's a bit like sneeky-peeping other people's iPhone...

Kindle Gets Bookerly: Finally, a typeface that makes reading a pleasure

John Brownlee, writing in Fastcompany says that Kindle finally gets typography that doesn't suck. I agree. Bookerly totally transforms the Amazon Kindle...

Ideal case for the iPhone

One of the attractions of getting a new toy such as the iPhone is exploring the range of accessories. Cases figure high on this list because, like most users, I want maximum protection with maximum ease of use. 

Some cases are just too bulky and yet offer little protection for the screen. Others, such as the rubberised condom style, need to be removed every time you dock the phone. Then there are the slim leather cases that offer style and feel-good factor but, again, offer little protection for the screen.

My Sena Ultra-slim Pouch is made from soft, high-quality leather and is of the slip-on type. It feels good and is a real quality item. The disadvantage is that you have to remove the phone for use, even to take a call--presenting the ever-present danger of dropping the naked phone. It also offers little real protection for the screen. 

My current case of choice is the Griffin Elan Form case which has a removable lower half to enable docking, plus a substantial clear-plastic screen cover that, surprisingly, doesn't make touch input difficult. The outer shell is covered in what I thought was a plastic leather-look but, according to the sales blurb, is actually a real leather coating. It looks good, whatever it is. 

I am also a fan of the Power Support Anti-Glare film for the screen. This is much better, in my opinion, than he crystal cover from the same manufacturer. The anti-glare has a slightly textured surface which does not attract finger marks but makes navigation and touch input more accurate and satisfying. What's more, this is one screen protector that is easy to apply. Getting rid of the air bubbles is easy on the iPhone because the hard glass screen can take more pressure from a credit card, the accepted implement for smoothing. This is one screen cover that actually improves the appearance while vastly improving the tactile feel and preventing smudges.

The anti-glare screen and the harder plastic screen insert of the Griffin case creates a very well-protected phone while input is only slightly impaired. For serious use, it is easy enough to slide off the bottom half of the case and remove the plastic cover. Incase make a similar two-part slider case but it does not have the hard plastic screen cover, thus leaving the phone more vulnerable.

Bags and Stuff: Just one Ristretto and an absolutely perfect shoulder strap

When is a camera bag not a camera bag? Perhaps when it's a Ristretto, complete with the world's most comfortable shoulder strap. Mike eases his back with something from left field.....

Minox Tabletop Tripod: Form and function combined in a delicious veteran

Bill has renewed his acquaintance with three vintage legs.....

Camera Pouches: TieHerUp’s new Soft Nappa folders for rangefinder and mirrorless cameras

A soft-leather camera pouch is something we all need from time to time. Instead of camera-specific cases, pouches can last years as you swap gear. These new pouches from TieHerUp represent the pinnacle of pouch art....

Senior Moments: When you no longer wish to schlepp the big system

Is your photographic gear weighing you down? Are you in the mood (again, perhaps) to downsize to a lighter system? Read on....