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Say what? Oh, no, we're not going to roast that old chestnut again. Climb the barricades, wave the HCB banner, and throw Leica rangefinders at the police. Would throwing Argus C-3's be more appropriate? They've got sharper corners. The age old debate about artificial versus natural light probably started when the first photographer put his cigar out in a pot of magnesium powder. It would have continued unabated through the tungsten and fluorescent tube era on to flashes - trays, sheets, bulbs, tubes etc. Purity, authenticity, sanctity, and artistry would have been invoked by one side to deny the chance for others to see in the dark and equally so by those who wanted to illuminate the world. In the last decade the fight has been taken out of the ring by the development of powerful amplifying circuits and noise-rinsers that let the nominative sensitivity of a sensor rise to fantastic heights. Starting with the Nikon D3 and continuing with their products - and those of other major makers  - the ability to photograph in places too dim to see in has become...

We are constantly harping here on the need to carry every lens that you own with you at all times - in case a zeppelin is being moored near you and someone is smoking a cigar. It pays to be optically ready for anything. Landscape photographers who take sunsets also need to make sure they are ready in case the sun whips over to the east and then back again.These people are well catered for by the bag manufacturers who make the equivalent of upholstered sea containers with straps. They can get several DSLR bodies, tele lenses, macro sliders, video rigs, and panorama gear in there, plus a pint of Voltaren. School children line up to see them go by and then run shrieking when they fall over.Those who do not wish to shoulder the burden of centuries - mirror-less camera users or those who use the tiny video cameras - will welcome the Lowepro Photo Traveller 150 backpacks that we have on special. They are small, brown, and tough...

Just decanted from the Samsung box: NX 500 camera with Samsung 16-50mm f:3.5-5.6 zoom lens and SEF8A tilt-up electronic flash.Possibly the best ergonomics yet for the small Samsung mirror-less as the plate for the shutter release and on/off switch has been tilted forward from flat about 20º. You forefinger falls perfectly onto it and they have wisely machined a conical indent into the smooth surface to tell your finger where to be.The twin-wheel adjustments and the mode selector also fall well within the range of small movements and the thumb actuation buttons on the left hand side of the lens mean that the device is evenly cradled in most normal usage.You can use the Super Amoled screen as a straight viewfinder or angle it down for waist-level use. Also fold it back 180º for selfies. The screen is pouch sensitive so your finger can poke your orders into it rather than dial them up. Unfortunately so can your nose...

Well shame on you. There we went to all the trouble to look up your number and dial it with care and that's the way you treat us? Hah!Today's phone technology is wonderful. And of course it is shared by the wonderful internet technology. And sometimes I am left wondering what new horrors will emerge...

Okay, it's a sacred mountain. A sacred volcanic mountain. That means full of lava,right. That means heat, right? So why is it so cold...

Most of our best chances come quickly - and never more so than on vacation. I am currently trying to pursue a computer will 'o the wisp using a small iPad that will disappear from my grasp tomorrow...

 Modern life is wonderful -and nothing more wonderful about it than the ability to communicate over long distances. Your blogger is currently on holiday, leaving the rest of the staff to do the dishes and find out where the bag of prawn heads has been stashed.It is all fun and games until someone loses an iPad. Until then I will be able to give a daily report of things photographic. Right up until the management panic and pull the plug...