Archive for August, 2009

FUJIFILM FINEPIX F30

Well, after over 67,000 visits to the lx3 imaging site in only a couple of months, from scratch, and somehow deciding to also try to keep my other site, ricohimaging, up-to-date and of continuous interest to followers … I’ve decided to combine them into an all-encompassing new site in the same favoured format, with all of the same intentions. There’s also the opportunity to include coverage on models like the F30 above, that were the forerunners to today’s exciting models.

So, on the new site – http://nickbland.wordpress.com – there’ll be regular updates, latest news, commentary, photography aspects in general, and proven ideas to maximise quality from – and usability of – many of the leading ‘serious’ compact cameras in today’s market – those that a normally DSLR-toting pro would be happy to have with them at all times.

We know that many of these pocket shooters are capable of great results – I’d like to continue to focus (ouch!) on how to get the very best from them, before, during, and after capture. I’ll be sharing some pro tips which I hope will help you to improve your own photography, while at the same time hopefully also expanding my own knowledge by looking at new angles & techniques !

Thanks very much for your support so far … makes it worthwhile knowing that this is useful to you. For much more, please in future visit & bookmark the NEW site :

http://nickbland.wordpress.com

There will of course be many new additions to my zenfolio site, which remains at :

http://nickbland.zenfolio.com

Don’t forget also that the content from the previous sites can all be found in the ARCHIVE section (accessed at the top right of each page) …and enjoy !

Cheers,

Nick

16th August 2009

ULLSWATER, LAKE DISTRICT

ULLSWATER, LAKE DISTRICT

Another image from our recent trip, taken from an Ullswater steamer that took us around the lake for a couple of hours (doesn’t move very quickly !) …the Lake District is well worth another visit soon, hopefully in drier weather, although the ever-changing light in this part of England makes it always a pleasure for landscapes.

Notably on the boat were several with cameras – one guy with a Canon 1D, photographing the punters (probably for a promo leaflet/web photo (!)), a girl taking an odd snap – without much care – with a Sony DSLR, and a few with Panasonic FZs of various vintages. In each case, they had something quite cumbersome to deal with, in less than ideal conditions – so pleased to have had my LX3 with us, with the D3 nowhere to be seen on this trip – way too heavy !

More as usual at http://nickbland.zenfolio.com … enjoy

INGLETON, YORKSHIRE DALES

INGLETON, YORKSHIRE DALES

Took a few compact cameras with us on a recent trip to Yorkshire & the lakes …LX3 (of course), Ricoh CX1, Panasonic TZ-3 and Fuji F100fd.

Needless to say, it was the LX3 that gave the smoothest, sharpest & most detailed images of the lot, although I used it less than I would have liked as I needed a longer focal range for many shots. However, I was really pleased with the ones I did shoot with the LX3, and the quality amazes me every time – even now, after 8 months of continuous use.

This image was taken in Ingleton, on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park … a stunning location for landscape photography. Just don’t expect dry weather too often, even in July !

Many more LX3 images as usual at http://nickbland.zenfolio.com

PANASONIC GF1 ...BUT IS IT REAL ?

PANASONIC GF1 ...BUT IS IT REAL ?

(This image courtesy of  http://www.xitek.com)

Given that there’s been so much new camera activity lately – both in DSLR and compact market areas, as well as the recent launch of the Olympus E-P1, this is apparently some detail on a forthcoming LX3 replacement.

Rumours have been rife for a while – perhaps what we see above will be the reality, and with so many reported LX3 global stock shortages, maybe it’ll be here sooner than we think.

So, for those not quite enamoured of the E-P1 …is the GF1 the Holy Grail ? 

Just maybe.