West Wales - Day 5 - Smartphone only day

West Wales - Day 5 - Smartphone only day
'As ever I appreciate the point and shoot simplicity and the focus using these cameras with restricted options gives me. There's nothing innovative here, nothing 'artistic' and no decisive  moments. Just a set of useful stock photographs. 
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West Wales - Day 3 - Smartphone Panoramas and the Leica Q

West Wales - Day 3 - Smartphone Panoramas and the Leica Q
'However talking about proper cameras, I have to say how much I enjoy using the Leica Q (Typ 116) It has wonderful image quality and such sharp files that if this is the sensor Leica are using in their new interchangeable lens camera, then get ready for some spectacular images.
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Ten cameras for five days shooting - How did each perform?

Ten cameras for five days shooting - How did each perform?
'I took ten cameras with me for a 5 day shoot in Somerset last week. Deliberately. I still have too many cameras, so I decided I'd give each of them a tryout in a real world situation on a stock photography trip and decide what to get rid of. Here's how they turned out. '
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Samsung Galaxy K zoom SM-C115 - Smartphone with zoom lens

Samsung Galaxy K zoom SM-C115 - Smartphone with zoom lens
'There are three smartphone that can be said to be aimed directly at photographers looking to do some serious work with a camera phone. The Nokia Lumia 1020 with it's 41MP sensor, the Panasonic CM1 with a 20MP 1' sensor and this, the Samsung K zoom with a 10x zoom. (Approximates to 24-240mm in 35mm terms) So a smartphone with a small, but serious zoom covering a wide range of focal lengths. Is it any good?'
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Why I prefer creating photographs with my smartphones - Gearhead versus Photographer

Why I prefer creating photographs with my smartphones - Gearhead versus Photographer
'For the last year I've had these dilemmas. I have a lot of cameras and lenses sitting on my shelf. Many of them the latest models including DSLR's, mirrorless and fixed lens compacts. And despite the attractions of my Nikons, Sony's, m4/3's et al, I still want to leave them all at home and go out and shoot with my smartphones / camera phones / communication cameras (love that last one, it's what Panasonic call the CM1) and I haven't really known exactly why.'
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Format and sensor wars - So what's new! - 'Invisible' cameras.

Format and sensor wars - So what's new! - 'Invisible' cameras.
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It's been going on ever since photography started. Any kind of downsizing is met with disdain, disapproval and lies, damn lies and graphs, lots of graphs.

  • Plate cameras > Medium-Format 
  • Medium-Format > 35mm
  • Film > Digital
  • DSLR > Mirrorless
  • 'Full-frame' > APS-C
  • APS-C > m4/3
  • 'Proper cameras' > Smartphones'
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The Cream of the Mirrorless crop - Leica T, Fuji X-T1, Sony A7 II, Olympus OM-D E-M5 II.

The Cream of the Mirrorless crop - Leica T, Fuji X-T1, Sony A7 II, Olympus OM-D E-M5 II.
'Currently sitting on my shelf are four cameras which are the latest mirrorless interchangeable lens models from four leading camera manufacturers. For me they demonstrate just how far these alternatives to DSLR's have come from that original Panasonic G1. When I first bought and used that camera, I could hardly have imagined that cameras such as these would be my go-to picture taking taking devices for the majority of my work.'
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Mirrorless Cameras - Past, Present, Future?? The evolution of serious Mirrorless Photography.

Mirrorless Cameras - Past, Present, Future?? The evolution of serious Mirrorless Photography.
'The future we can contemplate with mirrorless cameras is as uncertain and exciting as it's always been. I'm fascinated that my small enclave of mirrorless enthusiasts has expanded to occupy a huge section of the photographic internet and in some cases dominate it. Mirrorless is clearly a section of the marketplace that engages and interests people. Sometimes this goes a little further than it should and seems to be at the expense of creating photographs, but there is no doubt that we all chatter about mirrorless interchangeable camera systems much more than we do about anything else. And the fact that the majority of the manufacturers have now heavily invested in them is testament to the fact that they aren't going away and are going to continue to be the most discussed cameras and lenses out there'
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Sony A7s - 16-35mm zoom - An 'alternative' telephoto option

Sony A7s - 16-35mm zoom - An 'alternative' telephoto option
'For my Sony A7 cameras A7r / A7s, I'm pretty much sorted at the wide end, particularly with the 16-35mm zoom, which is a great lens. However, for telephoto shots I've nothing longer than the 100mm Nikon Series E, which is manual focus anyway. So I've come up with a radical solution. I take out out my ultra-small (size and sensor) Samsung Galaxy 2 compact camera, with it's 23-483mm (35mm equivalent) zoom lens.'
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Getting off the mirrorless merry-go-round for a while

Getting off the mirrorless merry-go-round for a while
'as indicated in the title, I'm going to take a rest from the brand bickering of mirrorless interchangeable for a while and use my DSLR (Nikon Df) Phone and Smart Cameras (Nokia Lumia 1020 and Samsung 2 Galaxy camera) plus my Sigma DP2 Quattro for a while, while I come to some decisions as to what I want to keep and where I want to go with that in the coming year. '
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What do you want reviewed? Changes to the Blog.

What do you want reviewed? Changes to the Blog.
'It's become clear that most of my gear is somewhat transient anyway. Plus there is no particular camera / lens combination that I have to own to do my job, shooting stock photography. I shoot with different gear all the time anyway and with my processing, stitching and / or upsizing workflow anything from 12MP is fine for producing image files that I can offer for sale. I do sell a lot of pictures taken with my phones after all. So my thought was, why not make this 'official?' Why not make it the case that I use whatever I'm reviewing? This has the benefit that my desire to produce real world and genuinely work related reviews that reflect how I would use the gear, becomes a reality. '
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Convenience versus Quality - Autumn with a Samsung Galaxy 2 Camera

Convenience versus Quality - Autumn with a Samsung Galaxy 2 Camera
'One day in the future we might get cameras this size that produce images that rival those of much bigger sensors, but that's still some way off. In the meantime a camera that cost me £250 is one that gives me pleasure to use and produces pictures I find aesthetically pleasing. And ultimately that's a pretty good reason to own and use it. '
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