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Manfrotto 732CY Tripod Review

Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on October 6, 2012 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

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This review comes from Appscreencast on YouTube and I rather enjoyed it as it told me everything I needed to know about this camera tripod and persuaded me that this is the one that we want here at Beastie Folly. It's already on our WALL OF WANT!

New Camera Bag For A New Approach

Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on October 3, 2012 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

A Billingham bag has now been acquired to carry the Beastie photo kit when we are out and about. This one is the Billingham Hadley Small, though in truth it is rather big for us as it will easliy carry all our current kit - a Canon 400 D Body, an 18-55mm kit lens a 50mm prime and a Sigma 70-300 zoom. As well as this it will fit an iPad, filters, spare batteries, an iPhone and a back up compact digital camera.

More importantly, it is not too big to be cumbersome and the crossover, messenger style of carrying suits me better than the bag or camera on the shoulder style, as they always slip off my shoulder. The intention moving forward is to go into the Four Thirds style of camera, with a Fuji X-E1 and the retro styling on this traditional looking bag will compliment the old school styling on the Fuji, which is similar in size and looks to the iconic Fuji X100. With a Four Thirds set up this bag will become more of a man bag than ever, with spare room for all the other paraphernalia essential on a day out on the streets.

Anyway we will give the bag a full field test over the weekend, but the real excitement here is that this is step one in a fundamental shift to our approach to photography. :)

Friday Cool - Billingham Bags

Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on September 28, 2012 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Gentleman Cool

Billingham Bags - camera bags that don't look like camera bags, with a finish that oozes quality.

The Four Thirds Itch

Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on September 28, 2012 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

I have been flirting with the Four Thirds route for over two years, ever since a friend of mine Wibbly dabbled with a Panasonic GF1, which I blogged about here. The market has changed immensely since then and a number of manufacturers have waded in with Rangefinder style retro body styles to compliment the new digital technology inside.

Fujitsu blasted into the market with their now iconic X100. This comes with a fixed prime lens shooting at 35mm equivalent and is now available at around the £650 mark. A tempting package indeed.

However, it is a fixed lens, it would always be an "as well as" camera. Still I can't stop wanting one.

Meanwhile Olympus upped the ante with their spiffing OM-D retro styled glorious offering and Fujitsu came along with their X-Pro1. Both with interchangeable lenses and both knocking on the door of the DSLRs for image quality. Both though are the wrong side of £1000 by some margin, when you stick a lens on the front.

Fuji have listened to the comments about the cost of X-Pro1 ownership and have announced the X-E1 which has 95% of the goodness of the X-Pro but at a sub 1k body price. The target market of Fuji for this camera is a perfect match for er...  me!

So there you have it, the next step in my camera journey will be down the Four Thirds route.  To this end a small camera bag is needed - a Billingham Hadley Digital or small will suffice - and a lightweight carbon fibre tripod such as the Manfrotto Carbon Fibre Tripod + 3-way QR Head - 732CY-A3RC1 will establish the new direction nicely. The Fujitsu X-E1 launches in November, so time to get saving!

Fujifilm X-E1 Is Imminent

Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on September 23, 2012 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

A Japanese site called Digicam Info first leaked pics of a previously unknown Fujifilm mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera, the X-E1. The natty looking snapper bears a strong family resemblance to the X-Pro1 model, but looks to be flaunting a pop-up flash, and lacks the optical viewfinder of the flagship model. The sneaked pics show black and silver-topped models, as well as a previously announced lens, the 18-55 f/2.8-4.0 OIS zoom that has also yet to hit the market. No other details, such as price, are available yet, but the model will likely slot behind the X-Pro1 and ahead of the X100 to fill out the retro-look X-family.

PhotoReview have taken a first look at this beauty and it is worth checking out here.

Blog A Pic - Sunshine and An Opel GT

Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on September 14, 2012 at 12:55 PM Comments comments (0)

We have just holidayed in the South of France and while there we stopped off in one of our favourite spots to snap a few shots of our Opel GT.

This car is really at home in the South of France, it's left hand drive for a start, it's a convertible, it's bright red and sexy and it moves a bit too! Yep it is just about perfect for us for a vacation there and as a bonus Peanut has enough room in the boot for a pair of high heels and a bikini. I couldn't ask for more in a car.

This was taken just off the road that crosses the hills between Gassin and Ramatuelle on our drive to L'Escalet where our favourite beaches hide away from the crowds that head to the trendy Pampelonne beaches!

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