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I tend to write down everything I read about photography (well mostly) and post it on my web - it keeps my old brain ticking over. This blog pertains to cameras, lenses and photography articles I am interested in and includes some video reviews with no adverts.

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29th February 2024

The Unobtainable Fujifilm X100VI Compact Camera!

Judging by the positive reviews on the Fujifilm X100VI Compact Camera and the massive pre-orders in China, never mind the rest of the world, your pre-order could take at least 3 years to fulfill. This is due to the probable inability of Fujifilm to manufacture enough cameras per year to match the pre-orders.

It is obvious that the X100VI compact with its top end image quality is designed to carry around all day and of course, for street photography. I use the Fujifilm X100S compact camera and although tempted by the Fujifilm X100VI, my next street photography camera is likely to be a 35mm full frame system.

The Studio in this video provides an in-depth analysis  of the Fujifilm X100VI Camera -



30th December 2023

'Classic' Light Lens Lab Lens for Leica!

I have always liked the classic rendering of images from old lenses and I own a few from the 1960s. Of course, I would like to own a Leica M Series camera like the M11-P but the cost of the camera and a classic style Leica M Lens is horrendous and hard to justify - especially as my skill in street photography has its limitations.

However, those compact classic lenses are out there and Light Lens Lab have manufactured a replica from 1966 which is for the Leica M Series Camera but can be adapted for other cameras.

Ted Forbes reviews the new Light Lens Lab 50mm f1.2 ASPH 1966 Prime Lens  -



2nd October 2023

The Nikon Zf 35mm 'Full Frame' Digital Camera!

I own a Nikon FM3a 35mm 'full frame' film camera which is rolled out from time to time when I seek a change from using my digital cameras. There is a post on this camera, the Nikon FM3a, further down the page.

I have always wanted a digital version of the Nikon FM3a and at last a Nikon Zf has appeared. The icing on the cake - using the Nikon's FTZ II F lens to Z body mount adaptor, the Nikon Zf body accepts my Nikon F 28/50/135mm AIs manual focus prime lenses. This new Nikon adaptor allows full access to the additional function buttons on the Nikon Zf body.

I am also very tempted to purchase a 'brand new' retro style 1960s/1980s Nikon Z lens from Artra Lab rather than use the Nikon FTZ II adaptor. There is also the Nikkor 28mm f2.8 FX Z Lens which is very cost effective.

Ted Forbes reviews the new Nikon Zf system camera -



5th September 2023

Sony A7C II and A7CR Cameras!

Ted Forbes reviews the new Sony compact system cameras -



26th May 2023

The Leica Q3 Camera!

I currently use a digital Fujifilm X100S Compact for my Street Photography and I have never sought to replace it. It just does a great job and the handling of it with its f2 23mm (35mm field of view) fixed lens is superb.

However, a compact 35mm 'full frame' digital camera with a f1.7 28mm fixed lens would make for a nice upgrade. Step forward the digital Leica Q3 Camera and at a cool 5,300.00, it is not cheap but it offers excellent technology for the money.

Some videos from the Internets top reviewers -




10th March 2022

Sony Xperia 5 III Smartphone

I finally replaced my very old mobile phone and purchased a Sony Xperia 5 III Smartphone. I have started an article on the phone - Sony Xperia 5 III Smartphone Review.

I like the wide perspective of the 16mm 'field of view' lens and it has been an interesting experience using it for street photography. This is an image that I captured in DNG file format and converted it to monochrome in Adobe Lightroom. The original colour version can be seen in the review.


Sony Xperia 5 III Smartphone Official Video -



14th January 2022

The New Leica M11 Announced

I am sure that this new Leica M11 camera will prove ideal for street photography. Coming in at 7,000.00 vat inclusive in the UK for the black or the chrome variants, I guess I might have to sell my car to own one and that is only for the body, I still would have the lens to choose.





22nd December 2021

The Zeiss Milvus 18mm f2.8 Prime ZE Lens

Despite Canon's development in 'mirrorless' cameras and RF lenses, I intend to remain with the Canon EF lens system format. In the near future, I may replace my 2005 Canon 5D DSLR camera with the last Canon DSLR which may or may not be announced in the near future. If there is an announcement in 2022 by Canon that there will be no further DSLR camera development, then there is always the existing Canon 6D MK II or the Canon 5D MK IV DSLRs to consider.

The widest lens that I possess is the Canon 24L f1.4 MK I prime lens but I have always had a hankering to shoot wider. I have been searching for an 18mm lens that is manual focus and has a depth of field scale, so that I can push back or bring forward a preset hyperfocal distance.

The lens that finally popped up was the Zeiss Milvus 18mm f2.8 ZE Lens which is ideal for my Canon 5D DSLR camera.

It is a neat well built prime with large glass that can accept a 77mm filter. At 3.66" without lens caps it is not too large and it weighs in at 721g which is very reasonable; not too heavy.

Using the lens in hyperfocal mode is also excellent for street photography and although 18mm may seem very wide, I am fairly confident that the focal length will offer an excellent and different perspective to my normal street photography, using a 35mm or 50mm lens. The Zeiss Milvus 18mm f2.8 lens is not inexpensive and it comes in at around 1,999.00 vat inclusive in the UK.


27th October 2021

The Canon 5D 'Classic' DSLR Camera

I recently visited an old part of Edinburgh, Scotland known as 'The Dean Village'. I took along my 2005
Canon 5D MK 1 DSLR Camera and a Canon 24mm f1.4 L MK 1 Prime Lens. I thoroughly enjoyed the scenery and finished off by heading through 'The Dean Cemetery' on my way back to my car. I added the village and cemetery Canon images to the end of the existing web I had earlier created with images from my Fujifilm X100s compact camera.

The Canon 5D may be old camera kit at 16 years of age but it still holds it's own despite the sensor delivering only 12MPixels which is a long way short of the pixels in the current Canon 5D MK IV DSLR Camera. You can pick up a good Canon 5D MK 1 DSLR Camera for around
300-600 in the UK.

An image from 'The Dean Village' -



Another processed version -





4th September 2021

The Sony Alpha A57 SLT Camera

I have kept all my cameras and lenses and I still use them. One of my favourite cameras is the Sony Alpha A57 SLT Camera
which I purchased in 2012 along with the Sony DT 18-55mm f3.5/f5.6 SAM Zoom Lens. It was way ahead of its time back then and still holds good today. The image quality from the kits lens is exceptional, especially the jpegs, straight out of the camera.


The camera is compact and lightweight in size and my favourite lens is the Sony DT 35mm f1.8 SAM Prime Lens which delivers a very nice 52mm field of view. Its a relatively cheap lens but gets decent reviews.

From photozone - "It may surprise you but regarding the sum of its optical qualities it is actually a better choice than the "mighty" (albeit outdated) Sony 35mm f/1.4 G - Sony's professional grade full format 35mm lens. The AF performance of the new SAM drive is pretty decent and we didn't really experience any issues with AF accuracy during our field testing"

Sony DT 35mm f1.8 SAM Prime Lens RAW conversion images taken in Edinburgh Castle -




I kept the 2012 review on the Sony Alpha A57 SLT Camera with various lenses on my website (scroll down for the extensive index) and this camera can still be found second hand, some in decent condition for very cheap money.



1st September 2021

The Sony Xperia 1 III Smartphone

I don't have a smartphone and I never planned to get one but then the Sony Xperia 1 III was announced and the camera produces RAW DNG image files which can be edited using Lightroom software on my computer and jpeg image files straight out of the camera.


I have started to research the phone and my ongoing results are in this article.



23rd July 2021

The Crosstour CT9900 Action Digital Camera

Late last year, I
purchased the Crosstour CT9900 for 54.99 along with a Sandisk 128Gb Extreme Pro memory stick for 21.99 from I required to make only a couple of videos so it seemed a reasonable cost effective investment and I was not wrong.

The videos turned out okay, although I still have to make the main video regarding my Triumph Speed Triple RS. My last motorbike video was back in 2014 when I strapped a fairly large Sony A57 camera to my chest which I did not intend to repeat.

The camera arrived with a watch style remote control that you fit to your wrist and a whole load of accessories for securing it for action videos. The photos were good and although the camera is very small and fiddly, I managed to get some nice images, including the neighbours dog.

Overall the Crosstour CT9900 is excellent value for the money. You can read my review which includes videos and image samples.



3rd May 2021

The Leica M10-P 35mm 'Full Frame' Digital Camera

It appears that Leica has removed a number of digital 35mm 'Full Frame' cameras from their range and kept their Leica M10-P as the 'go to' camera for street photography. The following video covers the Leica M Cameras, old and new, but for me the interesting part of the video is his analysis of photography -


I must admit that I would love a Leica M3 35mm Film Camera in mint condition, as a present. A
modern digital Leica M10-P Camera is as near to a Leica M3 film camera as you can get. The camera body costs 6,750.00 vat inclusive and a decent Leica Summilux 50mm f1.4 ASPH-M Lens costs 3,500.00 vat inclusive.
If there are any mega rich widows out there, I'm your man.



3rd May 2021

Fujifilm GFX 100S Medium Format vs Canon R5 Camera?

The other day, I was comparing a Fujifilm GFX 100S medium format camera to a Canon R5 35mm 'Full Frame' camera. I decided to add a lens to each camera that offered up a 50mm field of view. It proved an interesting comparison for size but also for cost. It was 219.67 extra for the Fujifilm GFX 100S camera.

Chris Niccolls provided a very nice review of the Fujifilm GFX 100S camera which I must admit led me to consider moving forward with a medium format large digital sensor camera system, rather than the smaller digital sensor of the 35mm 'Full Frame' one. Well, we all must have our dreams, its a bit like looking at a Ferrari and settling for the car you already have.


I have added a few screen shots from Camera Size and WEX Photo Video as a comparison of camera size and what I might add to the base system if I was starting out on medium format. I usually purchase my camera gear from WEX but I receive no remunerations from them for this post -






3rd May 2021

Back to the Darkroom?

I still use my Nikon FM3a 35mm Film SLR Camera with Nikon 28/50/135mm AIs prime lenses - a great diversion from digital. I am off this week with a fellow photographer to Linlithgow in Scotland and I am taking along my Nikon and some rolls of Kodak Ektar Colour Film from the fridge to shoot some scenes of the fishermen at the loch.




I usually get my film developed by a professional lab and tend to use Kodak Express. This coming winter, I might return to home developing my film, and to make is easier, I would shoot Monochrome which is simple to develop and scan to digital. I would have to re-invest in some new darkroom kit as I last used my (long lost) kit back in the 1970s.  

have done my research and I would purchase a Paterson Starter development kit and Ilford Chemicals for Black and White film development from Firstcall Photographic. Firstcall also supply a Nova FP Film Processor which although expensive will ensure that water temperature during development is held constant.


Colour film development at a local lab is a bit expensive, if I also want the negatives scanned, but luckily I managed to get my old Windows XP computer to work so I can use my old Canon Canonscan 4000 FS scanner.

A scanned example -


There is no doubt that a Nikon SLR film camera with a manual focus lens offers a different handling perspective to a digital camera as all the modern technology is stripped away and it is back to basics - nice. You can still purchase second hand 35mm Film SLR cameras and one of the best retailers for Nikon is Grays of Westminster, where I purchased mine back in 2009. Please note that I do not receive any remunerations from any of the retailers mentioned in this post.



1st April 2021

The Canon 'April Fool' ??

Its the 1st of April and traditionally 'April Fools Day' but I think Canon's planned end of their Canon EF Lenses is true and no joke? If true, one can expect the Canon 5D MK IV DSLR to drop like a stone in purchase price or like the demise of the old Land Rover Defender suddenly rocket in price as the demand for the last of the 5D production to be snapped up by users of Canon EF Lenses? A current second hand Defender is now almost twice the retail price at the end of its production; one wonders what the second hand price of the last Canon 5D DSLR MK IV Camera will be?

The other day, I picked up my 2005 Canon 5D 'Classic' DSLR camera and took it out for a spin with my Canon 24-105 L IS MK 1 Zoom Lens. It was nice to return to frame frame, having spent a great deal of my time with my Fujifilm X100s Compact Camera that I use for 'Street Photography'. 

I remain seriously impressed by the simplicity of the Canon 5D DSLR, its handling is very similar to a standard 35mm 'Film' SLR camera but with a 12 Mega Pixel digital sensor instead of film and the rear LCD screen is tiny and provides a preview of the captured image as well as the basic settings and that's it - no video capability, no live view and set in aperture priority mode with the Canon 24-105 L IS MK 1 Zoom Lens, the camera is a pleasure to use. You can pick up a second hand Canon 5D MK 1 in good condition with a low shutter count for around 300-600 in the UK.

I remain somewhat concerned regarding my Canon 5D and Canon EF Lens investment. What to do for the future, because I don't want to replace my EF Lenses or invest in the new Canon R6 and Canon RF Lenses. I am only too aware that Canon DSLR cameras have a shelf life as the internals and re-chargeable batteries will slowly break down over time, although 'touch wood' my 15 year old Canon 5D and Canon L Lenses are still operational. I will be keeping my eye on the market but the latest (2016) Canon 5D MK IV DSLR has already climbed back up to a purchase price of around 2,800 in the UK and one wonders if there will be a Canon 5D MK V DSLR?

For the time being, I will remain with my 15 year old Canon 5D MK 1 DSLR Camera.



17th March 2021

The Canon 90D DSLR Camera

The other day, and at his request, I joined a mate of mine to assist him in
developing his skills on some camera equipment he had inherited from his late brother-in-law. We went for a walk and he produced a Canon 80D DSLR camera and some Canon lenses from his shoulder bag. I set it up in aperture priority mode, tweaked the image settings and controls for him to use. He soon got the hang of it, and some of his first images were excellent. I have to admit, the Canon 80D DSLR camera was seriously impressive, not just in the handling, but the image quality in the camera jpegs was superb. I was even more impressed, because he was using basic Canon lenses rather than the expensive Canon L lenses.

If the 2016 Canon 80D DSLR camera is superb, the late 2019 Canon 90D DSLR, the replacement model, must surely be a decent step up. Both cameras have a 'live view' rear LCD screen, so although the viewfinder is optical, and that is a good thing, a photographer gets the best of both worlds. The Canon 90D DSLR camera body boasts a 32.5MPixel APS-C digital sensor, 45 cross-type autofocus points, 4K video, blue tooth, wi-fi, shoots at 10 frames per second and comes in at around 1,249.00. With a Canon EF-S 18-135mm f3.5/f5.6 IS USM zoom lens fitted (28.8mm - 216mm field of view) it costs around 1,629.00. Not bad when you consider it can be used right across the main spectrum of photography and its probably all you require - the lens even has image stabilisation for slower shutter speeds when the camera is 'hand held'. The cream on the cake - the Canon 90D DSLR boasts a 30sec to 1/8000sec shutter.

I have a sneaky feeling that Canon will release a R 'mirrorless' variant of this camera to marry to their new RF lenses but perhaps at a premium price - time will tell. Of course it will be supplied with an adaptor to marry existing Canon EF and EF-S lenses. However, the Canon 90D DSLR makes for a great camera for those photographers who already own Canon EF and/or Canon EF-S lenses and don't want to invest in a Canon R camera body and use an adaptor.