Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Compact System Cameras

I have just fallen in love, I saw it on the front of last weeks amatuerphotographer magazine and it was lust at first sight. The new Panasonic DMC GX1 when I manage to get my hands on it I hope it lives up to what my heart is telling me. I know this blog is about retro but this camera looks to be harking back to the times gone by but with a modern heart. Shame I cant afford it .

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Christmas retro gifts

I got my latest copy of  Amatuer Photographer  today and they have an article about buying retro cameras for Christmas. I started this blog with the dream of running some film through a few old cameras, but I think I have become obsessed by old and usable cameras. I spend my days on ebay and reading reviews and visiting sites such as Camerapedia to learn more about models I previously knew nothing about. I have found 100's of cameras I would love to try so if your Husband or partner is of a certain age and can still remember the days before digital and gazes at cameras all day, buy this weeks issue of AP the article starts on page 77 with some stunning pictures of beautifull film cameras.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Kent Classifieds free ads experiment

Any one who knows my other Blog Promote Thanet will know I have a mate who runs a free ads site www.kent.all-in-one-place.co.uk. Yesterday  I mentioned it on my blog and I got that article on the first page if you googled Kent Classifieds. The reason I am writing this is that if you want to get on the first page on google or any search engine add fresh content to your website. Content is key when it comes to your place on the web. So any of you reading this update your website with new exciting content and change your keywords regularly.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Saint Georges Garage ruby tuesday

I went to see Ross up at Saint Georges Garage today to apologise and I thought I would give him and JCB Group cars a plug at the same time. So sorry this seems like blatant advertising (it is ) but on this my first post in ages is of a red Volkswagen. A moving billboard and what better colour then red. If I was designing a poster and wanted to make the maximum impact I would always go for RED.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Contax pre war Rangefinder

I cant buy one but I would in a flash if I had the money. I am looking on ebay for rhe next camera I dont think I want to waste a film in the Agfa Optima it just dont do it for me, I find it clumsy in my hands. I know I am disabled but most cameras feel good but I cant get on with the agfa and since I broke my thumb nail on the lense I dont want to play anymore. I am going against my self imposed rules and dismissing my 1955 date line and looking pre war. I would love an early Leica or Contax II but they are beyond my reach finacially so this post is from a grumpy Don, a Don who has champagne tastes but a beer budget.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

500 Cameras by Todd Gustavson

I just clicked on a link to a blog on Margate35mm's blog and read an article about a book 500 Cameras by Todd Gustavson. Thinking I would like a copy I clicked onto ebay, sure enough up came the book and the price was £200 hmmmmmmmmm must be a typing error as in the ebay listing it stated publishers price £17.99. I scrolled down to the next auction BUY IT NOW £20.77 plus £2.69 postage. which struck me as nearly six quid over RRP. next port of call was Amazon £13.49 so if you are in the market for a copy of 500 Cameras by Todd Gustavson I recomend to search before clicking buy it now.

My camera and my prize

I said my Bert Hardy book has arrived and it is virtually un-put-downable, I was reading it in bed untill 1 AM. Hence I am tired today, but the main reason for this post is the Agfa has arrived and I have a few pictures of it. I have no film yet and have deecided I cant use it untill I have put a film through the Yashica and to do that I need to feel a lot better than I do at the moment. Still the MS is not going to win. Col also included a copy of Photography Monthly so I have plenty of reading even if I am not up to taking pictures, Have a look at his blog MARGATE35MM

Here are a few shots of the Agfa Optima I tried them in black and white because I think that is what I will take with it.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Bert Hardy Book has arrived

Its always the same, the postman arrived and caught my wife still in her nighty. We had a late start today, I have been even more unwell than usual and we tried to catch up on some sleep. Bu the postie was the bearer of free gifts. Col from Margate35mm blog had sent my free gift from his competition and I am all excited, I who never has  any good luck, has won something. Queue marching bands or even an orchestra. I HAVE WON SOMETHING.Yep sure to be feeling better now I have my Bert Hardy book to curl up with.
The reason I said about my wife and the postie was a similar thing happened yesterday. He delivered my latest camera an Agfa Optima 1 which is my latest ebay puchase. I love ebay you can browse all the things you cant afford but would love to own, and then to make yourself feel good make a cheeky bid on something you dont really want but it appeases your feelings of lust after the unobtainable unaffordable cameras you would covet after. Well my Agfa is such a purchase. Do any of you have similar feelings? desires for the unobtainable. I have just read an article by Roger Hicks in this weeks Amateurphotographer about desire and affordability, and I am always desiring what I cant afford, but one day when I win the lottery I will be able to but to win I better start buying a ticket.
Cheers Col I will enjoy the book.

Friday, 4 November 2011

Another camera on its way

Yep I know I havent managed to use the Yashica but I just bought an AGFA Optima 1 rangefinder 35 mm in good condition. Serves me right for spending most of the day browsing camera's on ebay. I will let you know what its like when it arrives

Thursday, 3 November 2011

I won a free gift, a photography book

 this is a copy of a post I made on my other blog PROMOTE THANET

See what I mean about blogging being exciting? First I get invites to premieres and now I win a book! Yep I sure am one lucky little blogger. So if you fancy the chance of winning a gift visit Margate35mm Blog I did and now have a book on the way. I am feeling a little bit brighter so may manage to get out and try my film camera in the next few days, read my film adventures over on my other blog retro film camera adventures

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Only digital today

I managed to get out this afternoon but with no time to speak of I took the TZ8 for a trip out, the first one for days. I have been going stir crazy and managed a few shots of the boats off of Palm Bay and a couple of some Gulls. I am not sure but I think one was a Mediterranean gull as it looked sad in the cold of the afternoon. There were also loads of boats off of the North Foreland. We had a ride around the Island and ended up in a traffic Jam at the Lord of the Manor roundabouts, when we got through I could see no reason for such a long hold up. I am just going to check the images and identify the gull.