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..

Ricoh CX3 – online manual

December 2013: A small windfall brought the opportunity to enlarge my photographic scope with the Panasonic Lumix G6. 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 – owner’s 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

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

Spectra – Polaroid Originals

Postscript: In 2019 Polaroid Originals announced they are no longer going to make film for the Polaroid Spectra so my last 2 remaining cassettes are like gold dust waiting for some special moment.