Fuji Tag

It was with great relief that I heard the announcement today that anxiety was to be made a mental health issue. I have never been able to afford full-blown paranoia on my salary and every time I commence a project in hypochondria someone slips me a couple of paracetamol tablets and I get better, damnit.But now that we have a ...

Whenever you see a collector for the Pink Ribbon Appeal, put a gold coin in the tin. Breast Cancer research and it is a good, good cause.Now - on to cameras. Gotta Leica, Zeiss-Ikon, Ricoh GXR, Fuji XE-1 or X-Pro1, or an Olympus mirrorless camera? Good for you. Notice how it looks sort of unfinished if you leave the lens off the front? We can help here.Look carefully at three gorgeous silver lenses - all Zeiss ZM mounts. 21mm, 35mm, and 50mm. One, or all, of those are the lenses that you always wanted for your rangefinder or mirrorless camera.Fast - we've got f:2 on the 35 and the 50 and f:2.8 on the 21.Precise. All metal mounts, smooth focussing, positive stops. Focus lever integrated on each barrel.Modular. Bayonet hens hood mount. 43ø and 46ø filter sizes - no weird sizing.Fabulous glass - Biogon and Planar formulation - classic designs. T* coating.Stylish. Silver. Also available in black.Cost effective. It would be mean to point this out but it is true. Cheaper than the alternative - you decide if you would...

I have seen the devil.It was right there on the television the other night - an English bully swearing at little people in a kitchen while they tried to prepare a meal. Presumably the performance was for my amusement - I would as lief have watched someone shoot kittens. I was never so grateful for the off-switch and a new novel to read.The performance of the chef reminded me of a number of the correspondents who frequent internet forums and chat rooms - the ones that deal with photography particularly. Woe betide the person who logs in and asks a foolish question, for they will be savaged by pseudonyms from all over the world. Mind you, if they ask a sensible question they will also be savaged by the same pseudonyms - the common thread being they have become momentarily available for a beating.I do not decry the internet for a lot of things - it lets me look at hot rods and pretty girls and comics. It lets me buy overpriced dollhouse accessories on eBay. It tells me what...

Here's the Fuji X-20 that I showed you yesterday - it has officially entered the shop stock so we get to see under the plastic wrappings. I've highlighted the visible changes between it and the X-10 that I am using to take the pictures.Well, there's the name plate - shifted from to top of the housing to the front. Pure cosmetics - like new tail fins on a DeSoto.Then there's the two little windows near the viewfinder - they are light detectors that enable the camera to know when your face approaches it - they switch off the LCD screen so that you can concentrate on the viewfinder image.The RAW button position on the X-10 is replaced by a 'Q' button - this should give quick access to menu settings so that you can alter them instantly - the connection is through the 4-way wheel.The AF button on the X-10 is replaced by a quick access to multiple exposures for bracketing.Of course there has been a sensor change inside as swell, but I'll have to wait a little to do...