Category Archives: Digital Cameras

Articles about digital cameras

Ringing the changes


IT CAME as a shock when these giant bells suddenly launched into a deafening clangour while I was photographing from the tower in St Mark’s Square, Venice, but it immediately struck me that this was a rare opportunity to represent … Continue reading

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Three sunsets in one


You don’t take a photo, you make it – Ansel Adams You don’t take a photo, you fake it – Paul Cowan I THINK my version is probably more apposite today. Everybody likes a good sunset, don’t they? Just as … Continue reading

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Time for a change


ENOUGH about arcane experiments with old cameras! Well, enough for now, anyway. It’s time to get up-to-date and throw in some shameless self-promotion. So, today: Greece. I’ve just come back after 10 days wandering through the delightful Argo-Saronic Gulf, the … Continue reading

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Resurrecting a 5D (or two)


(Or why your Canon DSLR might malfunction) THE DAY Canon’s 5D MkIII camera body was announced my 5D MkII went haywire. prompting me to quip that Canon must have a built-in self-destruct mechanism, to make 5D users part with their … Continue reading

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Now for something different…


I’m planning to put a little effort into building up a catalogue of science shots. Initially I will be shooting microscope slides, using the MP-E 65 1-5x macro lens (i.e., working entirely with photographic gear, not shooting through a microscope). … Continue reading

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Spot the difference…


(Answer now beneath the photos) ONE of these was shot with Canon 5D MkII and 24-70 f2.8L lens, combined price about $4,000. The other was shot with a Zeiss Ikon Nettar 517/16 folding camera from about 1948, e-bay price less … Continue reading

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Bellows extension, exposure correction and diffraction


USING bellows or extension tubes for close-up photography moves the iris of the lens away from the camera reducing the amount of light reaching the film or the sensor. Quite literally, the further away the light at the end of … Continue reading

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Night fishing


THE TINY fishing boat silhouetted against the reflected glare of the moon in the Ionian sea caught my attention. It seemed to symbolise man’s battle to survive against the vastness of the sea and the skies. I shot it at … Continue reading

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Cropped sensors, and why less isn’t more


YOU’VE GOT to hand it to the marketing gurus, it takes chutzpah to tell people that they’re getting more when you give them less. Convincing them that this is an irrefutable scientific truth is even more of an achievement, but … Continue reading

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Diffraction can wreck your photos


SMALLER apertures are often recommended as they increase the depth of focus (DoF) in a photo – and don’t we often want to get as much as possible in focus? Unfortunately, as the iris size gets smaller, the light waves … Continue reading

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