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7artisans 25mm 1.8 lens on my Pen-f digital

I’m not really one for product reviews other than trying to document my own collection of old cameras but I got this lens recently and I am impressed.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

7artisans appeared on my horizon only very recently and I have to admit I was almost completely ignorant of them, I guess because I don’t really follow the latest equipment publications and reviews.  I don’t know why but I was browsing B&H and saw this lens, thought “oh that’s that manufacture I have seen recently” then I saw the price;   Continue reading “7artisans 25mm 1.8 lens on my Pen-f digital”

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Which would you save?

This post is aimed mostly at the those of you who have collected a number of cameras and switch between them.

Here’s the question;

If you could only keep one camera/lens combination which would it be?

Let’s put a little detail behind that; say that for some reason (for example a cataclysmic event happens)  you have to pack you bags and leave your home taking only one camera with you with no expectation of ever coming back.  What would you choose and why?  I’m assuming you already have loved ones and important things covered and in reality picking a camera might be the last thing on your mind, but anyway…

I have already narrowed down what I think is my favourite; 35mm rangefinder, 35mm SLR, Medium format, TLR and also my favourite digital but if I had to leave almost all my cameras behind I would be left with a difficult choice. Continue reading “Which would you save?”

Koblenz, Germany

We recently visited Germany and spent a Day in Koblenz which is just South West of Frankfurt. It was freezing cold and a little damp being the beginning of February but there was enough to interest us for some exploring.

Looking down on the Rhiene

We started with the fort (Ehrenbreitstein Fortress) which overlooks the city from the top of the hill, just across the river. There is a handy cable-car that takes you straight there avoiding the steep climb (and a cold swim across the Rheine).

Cable-car spanning the river

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Decisions decisions….

I am about to leave on a trip to Europe including a week in Germany and another home with friends and family in the UK.

Of course I want to take photos whilst I am there and of course I want to take a film camera; but which one (or two, or three)?

I was thinking about this yesterday and here is my kit list;

  • My Olympus Pen-F digital  and two lenses
  • Voigtläner Vitomatic II
  • A medium format; either Mamiya C330 or Voigtländer Bessa RF
  • plus the little pocket Sony DSC-QX10

Really?  Four cameras?  Do I really need to take them all?  I can justify each and every one of them to myself and feel I really do. But then I think maybe I am deluding myself. Continue reading “Decisions decisions….”

Macro: Pen and ink

This is a macro shot of one of my fountain pens – well the tip of one.
Now I have to admit and you may have already guessed from a number of previous posts that I am a natural collector.  This is part of a small collection of fountain pens I accumulated many years back and this particular one was my Grandfather’s pen.  I have not used this pen until recently when the urge took me to start writing with real ink again; having put it aside for a number of years. This is a Parker 61 which was a development of probably the best selling fountain pen the Parker 51 (of which I also have an example that was my regular writing instrument for a while). This pen, rather than having some sort of squeezable reservoir, has a capillary-based self-filling system.  I didn’t understand this when I got it and could not work out how to fill it and so kept it in a box.

Continue reading “Macro: Pen and ink”

Cedarburg

On our recent trip to Wisconsin we stopped for a while in Cedarburg which is as quaint little historic city not far from just north of Milwaukee.  Originally a mill town it has a nice river running through it and some interesting stores.  Well worth a visit if you are in the area.

Here are a few pictures I took whilst wandering around.

The river coming down from the mill upstream.

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Launch tube

I took this one evening on a walk around the city of Chicago, feels like something from a ’60s sci-fi series.

Part of the river walk in Chicago

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Where’s Juliet?

This is another picture from the Burbank Post office, I really like this composition and the way the shadows fall from this balcony.

Olympus Pen-F

Shoe repair

I like a little bit of neon every now and again.  This one I shot whilst taking a walk in Burbank.

I am not affiliated with, or being paid by, this business but if you do need shoes (or anything else) repaired in Burbank I can recommend this guy.

Shoe repairers sign

 

Glint

As if there weren’t enough sunset shots on the internet, here’s another…

Submitted as my entry to this weeks Weekly Photo Challenge Temporary

Awesome skies last night

Pen-F with Rokinon 12mm 2.0

6 months of going mirrorless with the Olympus Pen-F

It’s been just over six months since I got rid of my dSLR and went mirrorless with the Olympus Pen-F so I figured it was time to review.

My main reason for changing was the bulk and weight of the Canon (with the Sigma lens) I had which, due in part to how I carried the camera, was actually causing physical pain – even when I wasn’t holding it.  It seemed to me that mirrorless Continue reading “6 months of going mirrorless with the Olympus Pen-F”

Missed opportunity?

I stopped at an estate sale at the weekend and picked up some furniture and just as I was leaving I saw a case on a table with an Olympus Stylus 35mm compact camera inside.  It had a $30 price tag on it and also had 8 films with it.

I asked about it and they said they would take $25.

I was very tempted but Continue reading “Missed opportunity?”

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