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For some it is about capturing the moment, all natural and as if it were happening right then and then. (Ok, I envy that).

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But, for me it is about something else. What? I don’t quite know. I know it when I see it (and others may not).

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I don’t give a s**t if the highlights are blown or the shadows  block fine detail. I don’t really worry if there is chroma noise or the WB isn’t optimal and the colour a little wonky. (Sometimes I like that).

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Quite simply I like what I like. I like it if others like it too, but as I’m not a professional and don’t make money out of photography I don’t need to focus on anyone else’s wishes and can be as wacky or as dull as I please.

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Obviously, along the way constructive criticism is welcome. it is nice to see where other people find fault, which can be addressed or not. As much as it is important to cultivate one’s own style, it is also important to take advice and keep on learning.

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My photography is defined by my limitations.

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That’s my cuppa tea. I’m stickin’ with it.




Young Susan


Taken with the humble Sony NEX 3N, which despite losing a lot of the functionality of higher NEX models, retains the excellent image quality.


It’s The Little Things

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So, another brand, another camera, another round of lens choices. Sigh. Yes, it’s getting wearisome. But, as the title suggests it is the little things that can make or break a choice in this regard.

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Pentax deliver excellent cameras, sensors and lenses. The bugbear? lens prices and slightly odd focal lengths and apertures. That was the undoing for me, I don’t want to pay double (triple) for a 43mm F1.9 than I would for a 50mm F1.8 just because it’s Pentax. Leica it ain’t.

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Anyway, with Pentax I was very fond of the Sigma 70mm F2.8 Macro as seen here:



I decided to road test the Sigma 105mm F2.8 macro in Nikon fit and, as with the 70mm, it is stellar.

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Of course it is a dedicated macro lens, but it is reasonably versatile and can be used indoors for portrait (with flash mostly) or outdoors as a walkabout lens, though I would advocate using the focus limiter to prevent it racking through the whole focal range every time an eyelash quivers.

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I find I get more keepers than with the 70mm. The images are sharp as, the contrast and colour are great too. Did I leave something out??

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All in all I think it’s fantastic, I knew I would. It isn’t the lens I question at this point. It is whether Nikon is the system for me.

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Why would it not be? There are great bodies available, great lenses at good prices and an excellent flash system to compliment.

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The problem? It still isn’t a Sony.

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A Slow News Day


But hey, not every day can be filled with fun and exciting acquisitions.


Sometimes we just have to enjoy what’s already been acquired.


Well, at least for a day or two.


So, Maybe I Lied….

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…Maybe I’m not a Pentaxian after all. I was all gung-ho about it, I have used a Pentax k30 and Pentax K01 previously and loved them both (still not Sony though) , but, and there is a but, there is an elephant in the room.

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I got to thinking about, and after searching for the sort of lenses I would ordinarily have my eye on – 35mm 1.8, 50mm 1.8, 85mm 1.8 etc I found that they either didn’t exist and/or that the nearest equivalents (ie 43mm 1.9) are priced at double and sometimes more than the Canikon and Sony looky likeys.

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Considering that I had chosen Pentax as the package which seemed to offer great value to performance ratio, all of a sudden it didn’t seem to be stacking up in my favour.

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Enter the interloper – Nikon D7100 – I have previously tried and failed to love the legendary ‘budget’ full frame D600, so I certainly had no great expectations that I would find this lower class body as good, if not better.

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Wrong – once up and running I did a few test runs between the Pentax K30 and D7100, both with 50mm f1.4 lenses and as I had noticed prior, the K30 images seemed muddy. In comparison the D7100 was singing.

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I double checked my results with my friend Claire www.itsnotthecamera.wordpress.com and she concurred (I won’t repeat her exact words) that the Pentax had to go. And go it will.

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(At least I hope it will!)

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So (for now) I am a Nikonian. I’ve joined the masses, bowed to the hype and now go in search of the perfect budget zoom lens. I know they aren’t popular but on a trip round the Zoo with three kids under five I’m not stoppin’ to change lenses every five minutes, and no, I am not remortgaging for the 70-400g f2.8 or somesuch.

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