Happy 10th birthday, Fujifilm Finepix X100!
24 Sep 2020
A self-portrait of the photographer as young(er) man
September 2010. I was waiting in Monash Univerisity’s iconic Rotunda for a lecture (‘daring architecture with great presence’—now demolished). As was so often the case, however, something outside of my studies had my complete attention. Rumours had been circulating online that Fujifilm,…
Revisiting the Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm F1.7 ASPH
19 Sep 2020
Panasonic Lumix GX7 with Leica DG Summilux 15mm (silber!)
When Olympus announced the sale of their photographic arm, it wasn’t just one company’s camera division on the chopping block, it was the viability of the whole Micro Four Thirds project.
As I wrote in a prior piece on Olympus’s trials…
I Thinkpad, therefore I am
15 Jul 2020
As we look down the barrel of an uncertain future, it’s natural to do some thinking about the past. Indeed that’s what I’ve been doing a fair bit of recently. As I look at my two kids, I’ve been thinking about the technology I used in my youth and contrast…
28 Jun 2020
‘Exquisite Design’ from the OM-D microsite (Source: Olympus)
Olympus is soon-to-be no more. Although the news out of Tokyo is that a memorandum of understanding has been signed to ‘transfer’ ownership of Olympus’s camera arm to another company, Japan Industrial Partners, this is essentially the end of the line for…
Great X-pectations: Fujifilm X100V
05 Feb 2020
The new Fujifilm X100V — Image: Fujifilm
Fujifilm’s new products and a look back at the X100
Fujifilm have just announced a slew of new products live from their X Summit 2020 at the House of Photography in London (a sort of Fujifilm experience/concept store in Covent Garden).
A New Ortho-doxy: Ilford Ortho Plus 80 35mm Film
04 Feb 2020
My first roll of Ilford Ortho Plus 80
Ilford Ortho Plus 80 in 35mm — Image: Ilford Photo
Any year which brings brand-new photographic films onto the market in the 21st century is a good year. Over the past 12 months, film photographers were lucky enough to see Kodak Ektachrome…
Ektachrome’s Revival Continues
29 Jan 2020
Ektachrome E100 in 120
I came of photographic age at the very end of the analogue era. Sadly, this was during the Great Emulsional Purge that began in the mid-2000s.
When I started shooting film, you could easily pick up a MJU-II for less than a pineapple (that’s $50) or—in…
How Samsung Brought My iMac Back to Life
28 Oct 2019
It’s often hard to like technology, but I have no qualms loving my iMac. By today’s standards, it is venerable. It’s a late-2012 27” model, meaning it was the first to do away with an optical drive and adopt the super-thin design that’s still current today.
In fact, Apple classes…
Third Time (un)Lucky?
26 Oct 2019
Fujifilm X-Pro3 in “Titanium Silver”
Fujifilm has announced their third X-Pro X Series Fuji X camera, completely unaccountably called the X-Pro3. Aside from consecutive numbering, the camera boasts a couple of extra megapixels compared to its numerical predecessor, a numerically superior processor, higher resolution viewfinder and — most notably —…
07 Sep 2019
A couple of years back, I wrote a piece titled ‘Roll 600’. The piece marked the moment I logged my — wait for it — 600th roll of film in my film spreadsheet. In the piece, I mentioned how rewarding it was to rediscover old memories, holidays and events one…