Canon 50mm f/1.8: the evolution of an icon

Anyone interested in photography will surely have heard of the “nifty fifty” – the 50mm standard SLR lens. Almost every single SLR manufacturer had a 50mm lens with and f/1.7, f/1.8 or f/2.0 aperture that was sold as the “kit lens”, and Canon was no exception. These days, “kit lens” has become a dirty wordContinue reading “Canon 50mm f/1.8: the evolution of an icon”

Behringer B-1 vs B-2

These two large-diaphragm condenser microphones from Behringer are likely to be among the first condenser microphones that audio engineers on a budget lay their hands on. What’s the fuss about? Are these good microphones? And how do they differ? The Behringer B-1 and B-2 are Behringer’s top of the range microphones. As part of theContinue reading “Behringer B-1 vs B-2”

Building a darkroom from scratch

I’ve moved house a few times over the last 10 years and at each place I’ve set up my own darkroom. I started with a rented flat, where I would develop film in the bathroom sink but there was no room for printing. At a later rented house, I made a makeshift darkroom in theContinue reading “Building a darkroom from scratch”

Building a new darkroom

I’ve moved into a new house now and it doesn’t yet have a darkroom. I thought I’d try something a bit different and launch a Kickstarter appeal to fund the construction of a new darkroom so I can continue my photographic work. In return for your backing, there are rewards such as silver-gelatin prints, filmContinue reading “Building a new darkroom”

Restoring a Vest Pocket Kodak

A little while ago I was given a Vest Pocket Kodak¬†(VPK) by a gentleman at church. It had belonged to his grandfather. When he rediscovered it recently, his grandchildren weren’t interested in it, so he kindly offered it to me. It was in poor condition but I promised to fix it if I could.¬†One ofContinue reading “Restoring a Vest Pocket Kodak”

eBay Global Shipping Program

It hasn’t been many days since I last complained about eBay. This time, it’s their Global Shipping Program (GSP) that has annoyed me. For those who aren’t familiar, the GSP is a service provided by eBay where if you sell items to international buyers, you can send the item to eBay’s shipping centre in theContinue reading “eBay Global Shipping Program”

Boundary microphones

Boundary microphones are an often-overlooked type of microphone which can be extremely useful in some situations. They might not be ideal for studio recording but they really come into their own for live sound work. Firstly – what are boundary microphones? They are a specialised type of condenser microphone which is placed against a hardContinue reading “Boundary microphones”