Sunday, May 19, 2019

Ten best enthusiast cameras of 2018 (including 2½ Leicas)

At last, a ten-best list that includes a Leica — not to mention some other cameras that are on Mike's radar. Read on....

David Lewis-Baker: Street photography in Bath and London

Make the mistake of carrying around a Leica and Mike will come up and talk with you. He is brazen about it. But look who he met on a casual saunter through the Georgian splendours of Bath.

Viewfinder Design: The good, the bad and the ugly

Why has Leica abandoned the art of good viewfinder design. In the past an accessory viewfinder used to be an enhancement. The latest Visoflex is not an attractive piece of work. Could it be that Canon is showing the way?

Custom Cameras: The Imperial Canon

Bernard on his customised "Imperial Canon":These old Canon Rangefinders are like tanks –pun accordingly I guess. The Canon rangefinders of this era...

What’s in a name: P for Pro or P for Pop?

Canon resurrects its P-for-popular designation. Where does this leave the P-for-professional market?

10 Best Camera Lists (click bait)

Generally speaking, I have a love-hate relationship with these lists — you know the sort, the ten-best corkscrews ever invented, the 20 best nail clippers to let loose on your toes. But sometimes I do click to see what’s up……

Camera Gear: Out with the old, in with the new

One man's Odyssey through a collection of pinholes and a bunch of cameras leads to an unexpected cup of T. Stephen explains...

Nikon Coolpix A camera in best Christmas deal

Steve Huff says: The fabulous Nikon Coolpix A, the pocket APS-C IQ monster that sold for $1100 since launch has now sunken...

Canon EOS M: A surprising addition to the stable

I bought the Canon EOS M because it was cheap. £199 for an APS-C compact with an 28-88mm (equivalent) zoom has got to be worth considering. As I explained a couple of days ago, this camera started off as a much more expensive beast but seems to have been unloved. Perhaps there are better competitors out there at the original £700-plus price. But at £199 it takes some beating.

Canon EOS M3: More physical controls, electronic viewfinder option, business as usual

There is no denying the Canon EOS was not a major success. I wrote about it last June and even bought a bargain-basement version just out of interest. I tried it with Leica lenses with some success. I liked the touch screen controls and I enjoyed using it with a a 35mm optical viewfinder matched to the rather good 22mm prime lens. But it didn't last. There were no compelling reasons to pick up this camera in preference to, say, a Fuji X-E2.