Friday, July 10, 2020

Hasselblad 500C resurrects film addiction but cat hairs unwelcome

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John gets back into film with the Hasselblad 500C. But the Australian climate and Himalayan cat hairs put paid to the experiment.

Casio QV-10: Knight in shining armour at the International Motor Cycle Show

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How one of the world's first commercially available digital cameras, the Casio QV-10, came to the rescue of the press office at the 1995 International Motorcycle Show.

Pinner Fair: From 1336 to the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 7-14 1:2.8 Pro. Phew.

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The Pinner Fair started in 1336 and 680 years later Mike took the Olympus PEN-F and M.Zuiko 7-14mm to meet the descendants. But, as he found out, the fair is more donuts and waltzers than turnips and chickens.

Tessina 35 Spy Camera: From the Berlin Wall to Watergate

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Mike discovers a tiny Cold War spy camera that can be worn on the wrist. The Tessina 35 was the smallest 35mm camera ever made and a fine example has come in from the cold at London's Portobello Road market. Read how to spend £500.

Leica M-D and M-A go out in the noonday sun

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Excitement this Saturday morning in London. It's the first outing for the new Leica M-D and Adam Lee has come along as well to give us some film I input. We are here at Leica Store Mayfair borrowing an M-A to take out for the day. Comparisons later.

Photo Archives: Blast from the past brings in a nice little commission

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It’s surprising how much use I’m being able to make of many of my older shots after sifting through the archives and enhancing some of the material that hasn’t stood the test of time very well. One such is the above shot of the start of the 1986 Australia GP in Adelaide. It appeared on my blog back in February 2014.

Ireland 2016 seen through the cameras of 1916

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After the commemorations of the 1916 Easter Rising throughout Ireland last weekend, it is fascinating to see this project which involves shooting modern-day...

The 1940 Super Baldina for nine guineas and red sails in the sunset

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The Woolwich Leica story by Mike Evans last week reminded me that I, too, have a copy of The Leica Manual; in my case this is a 1937 edition which I keep on my iPad for reference. And to add a bit of spice to the story, I recently acquired a full set of original user manuals for most Leica LTM and M models.

Photo Fairs: A good old rummage does wonders

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In the past couple of years I've become addicted to photo fairs. I will travel miles for a good old rummage...