Scribbles For A New Year

So Long Nikon FM3A – My final Nikon film camera has gone now. The FM3A which I’d owned for several years and which served me faithfully was sold to fund the purchase of a Nikon 24-70 2.8 AF-S for the D3. It went out in all weathers and accompanied me on a trip to Monaco for the 2006 F1 Grand Prix. It was a difficult decision; sentimentality is quite powerful.

I still have the Leica, which I intend to keep for the film photography. It’s primary role at the moment is pics of the kids, taken on Kodak Ektachrome E100G. In years to come slides will be easier to view than the digital files – no computers needed, just a light source and a magnifying viewer. They also have a proven record for archiving.

Me & the '3A in Snowdonia. Photo by Ian Humphrey

Camera Reviews – I have been given the the opportunity to test camera’s for the the online site ‘PhotoRadar’.

If you like the idea of a stylish, touch-screen, easy to use compact camera you can read my review of the Nikon Coolpix S80 at:

http://www.photoradar.com/reviews/product/nikon-coolpix-s80-review

Coolpix S80 @ Cloisters Continental Café in Petersfield

or if you’re after something with more scope for user input and a long zoom then you’ll find the review of the Fuji Finepix F300EXR I carried out at:

http://www.photoradar.com/reviews/product/fuji-finepix-f300exr-review

Further reviews by Stephen Fell

Fujifilm FinePix Z90 – A well built, affordable digital compact camera aimed at the younger market

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/cameras-and-camcorders/cameras/compact-cameras/fujifilm-finepix-z90-939794/review?artc_pg=1

Panasonic Lumix FS18 – An ultra-compact digital camera for those looking to an easy approach in to digital photography; ideal for young teenagers or older relatives.

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/cameras-and-camcorders/cameras/compact-cameras/panasonic-lumix-dmc-fs18-942913/review

Darkroom – Well the Darkroom is still an ‘on going’ project. Construction appears to be taking a little longer than expected but I am far from giving up on producing Fibre -based Silver Gelatin hand-prints.

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