If you are strictly a stills photographer you can look at the Fujinon MK 18-55mm T 2.9 and laugh. If you are a video worker you can slap the still photographer and then look on the Fujinon lens with great covetous desire. The first people will see the inordinate length of the thing and compare it to the Fujinon 18-55mm f:2.8-4 lens that they might have gotten when they bought  their X-E2 or X-T10 camera. The same " kit " lens that everyone says is the best all-round working lens of the Fujifilm X mount series. They'll look at the manual focusing ring...

Well, once you start me going, it's difficult to pull me up. Best just stand aside, let me run myself into the ditch and then turn over. In this case it is searching the Camera Electronic shelves for lenses that bird photographers can make use of. I've been reading further into the schedule of the BirdLife Bird Photography Conference in Fremantle on the 21st and 22nd of September and it's actually pretty exciting. I count ten Australian presenters and one chap from Canada - the keynote speaker, I daresay. They are all award winners, published authors, or recognised experts in the field and they are all there for you to listen to and ask questions. And the wonderful thing about the digital era is that they can bring their images and results with them so readily - and show them with such brilliance. I remember that a travelling show by the CR Kennedy company back in the 1980's on the Hasselblad film camera system used the best slide projectors of the time - they were a licensed product that Hasselblad made -...

The upcoming Birdlife Photography conference in Fremantle - 21 and 22 September  - set a bell ringing in my budgie cage. I remembered a lens I had seen on the Panasonic shelf at our Murray Street Store and it seems as if it was made in Heaven - or Yamagata - for the dedicated bird photographer. Before we get onto that, go to the BirdLife site and look at the fun to come: https://www.birdlifephotoconference.org Remember that you get cheaper prices on your tickets if you book early. So, the lens. The Panasonic 200mm f:2.8 Lumix G lens...

a. Look up your diary or calendar. b. Look up a pencil or pen. c. Look up the website for Birdlife Australia's Birdlife Photography Conference. Here's the address: https://www.birdlifephotoconference.org It's going to be held here in Perth on the 21st and 22nd of September 2019. Thats a Saturday and Sunday, and the venue for the main events will be the Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle - an excellent large-group venue. There are speakers, demonstrations, seminars, an external expedition ( limited numbers ) a dinner, and awards, We'll be sponsoring part of it and there will be a great deal of contribution from Australia's photo wholesale trade as well. You can see the schedule in good detail on the website so just repeating it here would delay you - pop over and look at the goodies. I was particularly impressed with the number of Australia experts who will be taking part, and the fact that they have secured a famous overseas expert on Hummingbird photography as a special guest. I'm going to find out more about the event - suffice it to say that if you are at all...

If you have a tendency to get confused by the very latest developments in digital electronics and have to sit down until the sparkly lights stop, you have my sympathy. Older users often run the gauntlet of newer applications, programs, equipment, sales personnel, and promotional material. We do not always have our children and grandchildren handy to get things going or reset them and in any case it is rather a fraught business - what with all the eye-rolling and muttering. It is often a pleasure to be able to do it yourself...

Today was to have been a treat for you - Stan Davies wrote several travel photography articles that have been waiting here for publication - I thought to give you one today. It was a corker about photographing in Northern Canada with a superzoom camera. While the Wordpress Dashboard here said that the article was published, there seems to be no sight of it on our regular website. I jumped at this and tried another of his works - on photography in Melbourne - this evening. Again it has mysteriously vanished into the aether. No sign of it. I'll be dead chuffed if they come back, but I've no idea where they have gone to. I'm not willing to risk making any more of Stan's good writing disappear by pressing random buttons. I just hope he has copies at home on his computer. Sorry about that, folks. The machinery is easy enough to operate, but when it does random things with no-one to regulate it, it can be stressful. Back to the regular program tomorrow....