iPhone 6 Plus: The two things Apple got wrong with the big phone

by Mike Evans

The iPhone 6 Plus has been a revelation and I am a huge fan. For me, it has become the only device I carry around every day. No longer do I feel the need for an iPad mini to supplement the phone. It is truly a one-stop shop. There is just one major aspect of the design that niggles—the placing of the lock (or on/off) button on the right of the handset, directly opposite the volume controls. Many times I have inadvertently locked the phone just by picking it up or when attempting to alter the volume. The top-placed button on the iPhone 5 was much more sensible in my view. 

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Sony A7 with manual lenses: Learn to focus reliably in five minutes

by Mike Evans

Whenever I write about using manual lenses, usually Leica lenses, on a non-Leica camera the article goes to the top of the charts. There is tremendous interest out there, particularly among users of mirrorless cameras such as the Fuji X and Sony A7 ranges. I am currently reviewing one lens, the fabulous and expensive 50mm Leica Apo-Summicron-M ASPH on three vastly different cameras, the Sony A7II, the Fuji X-T1 and, of course, the Leica M. The lens is the constant, but the method and ease of achieving perfect focus differs on these three cameras. Some are easier and more rewarding than others.

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Britain puts a stamp on eight world-class inventions

by Mike Evans

An impressive set of eight postage stamps to commemorate British inventions has just gone on sale. It's a rather eclectic bunch which covers a number of innovations, such as the computer and the World Wide Web, but ignores older triumphs such as televisionpenicillin, the steam enginerailways and spotted dick. But it makes a pretty set, nonetheless.

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Lensmate Thumb Grip: Ingenious grip solution for Fuji X-T1's viewfinder hump

by Mike Evans

I am a great fan of camera thumb grips and have been a long-time user of Tim Isaac's Thumbs Up for the Leica M. It adds a great deal of security, even without a traditional front-mounted grip fitted, and helps support the weight of the camera when dangling it on a strap from a solitary wrist. Sometimes, also, these grips bring additional utility such as, in the case of the Fuji X100T, in helping keep the ball of the thumb away from sensitive buttons.

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Living and learning with Apple Bluetooth: An obvious solution

by Mike Evans

My new iPad Air 2 has been rather neglected, so much do I cleave to the remarkable iPhone 6 Plus. I have been carrying the iPhone around for the past five months and enjoying treating it as a mini tablet. As a result, I haven't been moved to take up the Air 2. Last week, however, I took Big Brother on train to Wigan Pier with the intention of doing some creative writing.

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Buying a Leica IIIc and Elmar lens in 1952, Woolwich special

by Mike Evans

Old receipts, particularly yellowing bills for camera equipment, are a fascination. This morning I called in to see Len Lyons and his crew at R.G.Lewis, the Leica dealer in London's Holborn. On the counter, among some old books, was a copy of the New Leica Manual, a late edition published in New York in 1953, which I took a shine to.

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Fuji's new extension tubes: To infinity and beyond

by Bill Palmer

Back in November of last year you may remember reading my views on the macro options then available for Fuji X-users.  The MCEX-11 and MCEX-16 had just been announced and I was quite excited at the prospect; indeed I wrote to Santa in the hope of waking up on Christmas morning with something tubular in my stocking.  Sadly either Santa didn't get my note in time or I was on the Naughty List, because I had to wait until mid-January before I found an MCEX-16 in stock somewhere friendly enough to give me a small but perfectly formed discount.

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Fuji announce new 120mm macro and lightweight f/2 35mm primes

by Mike Evans

Joining the Fuji XF lens roadmap is a new lightweight 35mm (50mm equivalent) prime which will complement this existing f/1.4 and will be available in mid-2015. In 2016 an f/2.8 120mm Macro lens, equivalent to 210mm, will be launched. Full details, including information on a new 1.4 teleconverter for some existing lenses can be found here.