July 2011: Ricoh CX3 -a present from Martin and my first camera. A handy pocket-sized ‘point and shoot’, suffering a few knock and drops along the way. After being fixed, it tended to leak light in one corner but served well for on-the-go shots, macros, high contrast monos and its text mode sketch effect.
It gave its last in April 2016 when it fell from my rucksack on a walk in the Costa Brava. And then in 2019, the Ricoh was resurrected by some miracle or other – read more..
December 2013: A small windfall brought the opportunity to enlarge my photographic scope with the Panasonic Lumix G6 and 12-60mm F/3.5-5.6 Lens Kit
As a Micro Four Thirds DSLM camera it is still quite portable and nice to handle with lots of bells and whistles to get to grips with.
Lumix G6 manual
Postscript: 2018 an accident with a water bottle that seeped into the vari-angle adjustable LCD touchscreen and burnt out the connectors. I miss this facility and have to rely solely on the electronic eye-piece
July 2017: Purchased the Panasonic 30mm Lumix macro lens (equivalent to a 60mm lens on a 35mm camera) as I like to take detailed flower photos and miminalist captures. The Mega O.I.S. Image stabilisation helps significantly to counter a tremor
December 2017: I wanted the chance to play at instant photography too and chose a reconditioned Polaroid Spectra – slightly more squat than square images for landscape/portrait and has some additional switches for effects such as double exposures. For special occasions as the film is expensive and it seems made for certain scenarios -see Jamming with a Polaroid Spectra
Postscript: In 2019 Polaroid Originals announced they are no longer going to make film for the Polaroid Spectra so sadly this camera is defunct and gathering dust
December 2022: Once the CX3 had started to slow and show its age, I saved all year for this the latest Ricoh GRiii. Purchased as pre-loved one year old, it gives me back the ease of snap photography with its LCD screen and high-quality image capture, in a compact, lightweight body. I have to get used to shooting with 18.3mm (28mm equivalent) f2.8 fixed focal length lens.
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