Saturday, January 25, 2020

Has the nifty fifty had its day? Or are you a dyed-in-the-wool 50mm traditionalist?

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Is it sacrilege to say that wider-angle lenses offer more all-round versatility than the legendary "nifty fifty"? Do you now pick up a wide-angle lens as a matter of course?

Leica’s remarkably successful Teens

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Leica enters the Twenties with optimism and a record of success. It is a far different company from the one that entered the past decade with just the M9 in its full-frame armoury.

How much RAM do you need to use Lightroom?

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Do you need 1.5TB of RAM to process your holiday snaps. No way. But you might benefit from 16GB or even 32GB of extra computing power.

UK photo retailers to benefit from the rising pound

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A rising British pound in the wake of last week's election will be good news for importers of photographic equipment and will benefit dealers, not just those selling new cameras but also specialists in classic equipment.

Panasonic Lumix G9 and S1R: Deuce Days in Victoria

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Getting useful shots of cars at very crowded shows can be a challenge. Brian took a deuce of Panasonics, G9 and S1R, to test out their capabilities at the Deuce Days vintage meet in Victoria, British Columbia.

Sensor Size: Are we just being dense?

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Is a sensor with more pixels “larger” than its predecessor or “denser”. Should we clearly differentiate between sensor area and pixel density and avoid the sloppy descriptions often bandied around the internet?

Moscow Anecdotes: GUM, glum and dinner with Mikhail Gorbachev

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A reader’s visit to Moscow earlier this month has sparked memories of an earlier trip, under very different circumstances, to the city in 1978 — and a subsequent dinner with Mikhail Gorbachev fifteen years later.

News: Using an aperture ring can take some getting used to

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Did you know that a physical aperture ring on a lens can be useful? Or that it comes as a surprise to photographers brought up with fully automatic controlless lenses?

Lenny rides again with a bottle of champers and a pop-up bar

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Lenny Kravitz, Leica Drifter in hand, has moved on to a Dom Pérignon special edition complete with a case that opens up as a bar. Read on....

Lisbon: A favourite city is now becoming swamped by visitors

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Lisbon is one of John Shingleton's favourite cities. But things have changed. The old Lisbon is disappearing and the city is swamped by tourists.