2011-2016: The Ricoh CX3 was a handy pocket-sized ‘point and shoot’, suffering a few knock and drops along the way. After being fixed, it tended to leak light in one corner but served well for on-the-go shots, macros, high contrast monos and its text mode sketch effect. It gave its last in April 2016 – see Final Rambling with Ricoh
December 2013: A small windfall brought the opportunity to enlarge my photographic scope and skills with the Panasonic Lumix G6. We are still getting to know one another whilst I also learn the basics of photography
July 2014: Joined the smartphone revolution of cameras-in-your-pocket along with all its app photo effects for light hearted approach to capturing the moments
30th July 2017 Moving in to the prime lens field with a Panasonic Lumix G 30mm f2.8.. Not quite a macro as it does not accord with the reproduction 1:1 ratio but does very nice close-ups and keeps the detailing sharp on more distant shots. Has in-built optical stabilisation which makes off the tripod shots more do-able for me.
December 2017: A chance to play at photography in the instant with the Polaroid Spectra – slightly more squat than square images for landscape/portrait and has some additional switches for effects such as double exposures.
Camera egonomics: Setting Up the Lumix G6 Camera, Part 1, Menus