Friday, July 10, 2020

10 Best Camera Lists (click bait)

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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……

Viewfinder Design: The good, the bad and the ugly

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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?

Canon at last getting serious about mirrorless

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Why is it that neither Canon nor Nikon has made a serious attempts to take on the mirrorless kings, Fuji and Sony? There are now signs that Canon, at least is coming out to play....

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

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

David Lewis-Baker: Street photography in Bath and London

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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.

Travel: Deciding what photographic gear to pack

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When travelling it is always difficult to decide what photographic gear to pack. The more cameras you own, the worse the...

Why Canon’s EOS M5 really should have been the M6

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Canon omitted the EOS M4 from the succession and went straight to the M5 because four is an unlucky number in Japan. Should they have considered the fate of the Leica M5?

Canon EOS M: A surprising addition to the stable

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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

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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.

Hektor: Fleeting moments, fleeting delusions

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So often in life we see what we want to see. I was aiming my new £199 Canon EOS M across a busy London road when, out of the corner of my eye I glimpsed what looked like a vintage camera, a Leica no less, on a bus advertisement. I punched the rear screen of the Canon right in the middle of poster as the bus passed. My eye registered the words Hector and Happiness at the same time.