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In reply to an earlier post on 2 Feb 2013 17:30:37 GMT
T.J.Byford says:
Well, PhilD, buy the cheapest compact you can find, it will at least attract your attention until you see its images, and spend the rest on some good red wine. The wine won't improve your photography one iota, but it may just get you to think what a great little camera you bought was!

Posted on 2 Feb 2013 17:17:15 GMT
PhilD says:
Also they can apparently be used as aquarium coolers to keep native British marine species. I have too many interests.......

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Feb 2013 11:54:51 GMT
My nephews would be delighted to flog you a wine cooler (goes down to a similar temperature to a fridge) models from 150mm wide to enormous - and you can stick wine/beer in them too.

Posted on 2 Feb 2013 00:54:30 GMT
Zelazowa says:
I'll let you know when the latest range of HiWatt refrigerators are launched.

Posted on 1 Feb 2013 12:09:35 GMT
PhilD says:
Still thinking about that fridge.......

Posted on 1 Feb 2013 00:18:02 GMT
G. E. Hearn says:
Shows what I know about HiWatt. Oops! But then I've always been a Marshall man. :-)

Posted on 31 Jan 2013 16:50:04 GMT
Zelazowa says:
Mr Townsend received one of the first twenty or so Marshall amplifiers ever produced. He would visit Mr Marshall and tell him what he wanted design wise...led to the stack system. Their friendship and Townsend's amp requirements were a seminal part of rock history. Marshall Super Lead JTM100 plus 2 8*12" cabinets.
He changed to those HiWatts end of 60s beginning of 70s for the obvious reason... he preferred them to Marshalls who he admitted later he wasn't a great fan of.

Transistor amp?!!! The HiWatts were EL34 and 12ax7 valve driven... just like those Marshalls. The EL34 is a classic rock sounding valve and along with the 6L6 [Fender] my personal favourites.
Anyhoo back to the forum.... as they used to say in old Rome!

£350 for 4 days already! Isn't it burning a hole in your pocket by now?
Keep us posted with your decision.

Posted on 30 Jan 2013 16:01:16 GMT
G. E. Hearn says:
Pete Townsend used to be a HiWatt man, didn't he? I haven't seen him play in years. Maybe he's into Marshalls now. You can't live with that disgusting 1970's pub-rock HiWatt transistor sound for ever.

Posted on 29 Jan 2013 23:46:59 GMT
Zelazowa says:
I wonder what valves it uses? I bet Mr Townsend has one or more! already.
I'm off to buy a Leo Fender washing machine.

Posted on 29 Jan 2013 23:38:16 GMT
PhilD says:
A dedicated film fridge..........

I think the wife just might go for it. We don't need the dishwasher.

Posted on 29 Jan 2013 22:18:33 GMT
Last edited by the author on 29 Jan 2013 22:24:51 GMT
G. E. Hearn says:
Save a little more and get the coolest fridge known to man? It even goes up to eleven!

Uh Oh. Hipster alert:

And linked from the same page is a Lomo girl's blog announcing her new project which starts: "Now that I'm 30, I've become painfully aware of my own mortality"
Which neatly reminds me why I don't read those sorts of websites! Wonder what Tim Page would make of that? ;-)

Posted on 29 Jan 2013 21:30:31 GMT
Zelazowa says:
So it's you guys that are pushing the price of film up!
OK you have your AM100 and I note the prices are steadily rising now... thanks a bunch!
So that's about £335 left?
You have a fridge full of film... buy another fridge or a bigger one!
All these excuses for not buying film and aren't you using it?
So that's £200 left after you've bought your fridge?!

Posted on 29 Jan 2013 08:56:31 GMT
PhilD says:
That's quite impressive for a compact. I have an ingrained suspicion of small sensor cameras, which I need to get over!

Posted on 29 Jan 2013 05:19:29 GMT
G. E. Hearn says:
Fuji's EXR extended dynamic range is what I love about it. check this out. Shot wide open at f2:

Posted on 28 Jan 2013 14:03:07 GMT
PhilD says:
My wife keeps informing me that actually a fridge is intended for food & drink. I also keep certain marine aquarium supplies in there & the freezer has a partition dedicated to fish food & mice for my daughter's snake. Still, I have a friend who keeps the parts for his vintage motorcycles in their kitchen so I don't know what my wife is complaining about really.

I share your enthusiasm for the F5, tho I have never handled one. When I had the F4 I also had an FM and an F50 & I just never took the F4 anywhere because of the size & weight. I've just picked up a lovely little plastic Olympus AM-100 35mm compact for a couple of pounds which produces surprisingly good results & slips nicely in my jacket pocket. As I get older & have kids & a dog to take with me everywhere I think manageable size & weight are becoming more important!

Posted on 28 Jan 2013 10:42:53 GMT
Last edited by the author on 28 Jan 2013 11:09:53 GMT
G. E. Hearn says:
Yes, the F5 is considerably larger and heavier than even the F4. I blame the eight AA batteries in part. But I'd like to own one just because it represents the pinnacle of Nikon's 35mm technology and build quality. I don't 'need' one. Then again, who does? Even many '90s journalists used to leave the F5 at home and go everywhere with the smaller and lighter yet equally capable F90X. Galen Rowell I believe used the F90X as his 35mm of choice, and using them myself I can see why.

The X10 is a lovely little thing. It's all-metal construction and old-school looks and feel makes me just want to take it out of the case and handle it all the time. It makes a beautiful, quiet rangefinder 'Schnnnick!' when you operate the shutter too. Since buying mine I haven't taken the Nikon D90 anywhere apart from race meetings, where you really need the speed of a DSLR.
It's at its best in bright light of course, but it's surprising just how good it is for a compact. I especially love the film emulation. Provia is standard, or you can select Velvia, B&W, filtered B&W, etc etc. I'm still learning my way around it each time I take it out and discovering new and exciting things about it. The range of adjustments, personalisation options and configurable settings is extremely comprehensive.
Great fun, and a joy to have as a take-anywhere pocket camera.

And yes, I also have a fridge full of film! A stacker box with around 50 rolls in there as of this moment.

Posted on 28 Jan 2013 09:05:28 GMT
PhilD says:
Thanks for the ideas folks. Nikon F5 is tempting; I had an F4 a while back, but it was just too heavy. I guess I would probably feel the same about the F5 after lugging it around for a bit.

I like the sound of the Fuji X10, and the images I've seen from it online look really good.

And unfortunately I already have a fridge full of film, much to my wife's displeasure.

Posted on 28 Jan 2013 00:59:44 GMT
Zelazowa says:
Come on, Phil... you've got your cameras and your lenses, I bet we've all got more than we need!... do your bit for film... if we all keep buying cameras at the expense of film...

Posted on 28 Jan 2013 00:42:20 GMT
Last edited by the author on 28 Jan 2013 01:09:49 GMT
G. E. Hearn says:
Phil: How about the Fujifilm X10 Digital Camera - Black (12MP EXR CMOS, 4x Optical Zoom) 2.8 inch LCD Screen?

It's a beautifully engineered and extremely capable compact with more than a whiff of old Leica about it. It's incredibly versatile too. I was in two minds about buying my one, but I'm very glad I did. It's a take-anywhere camera that produces images better than it has any right to. The video on it is also outstanding. There's a dozen or so of my snaps on here:

Posted on 28 Jan 2013 00:32:46 GMT
G. E. Hearn says:
Well Graham, it only makes sense if you already have some Nikon lenses really. The N90s/F90x with a 50mm F/1.8 is the combo that I use all the time if I want a "fast" 35mm setup that produces excellent results with a minimum of messing about. I can't fault its performance and ease of use in any possible way. My hankering after an F5 is purely just the desire to own such a beautiful piece of engineering. I know that the results would be no different to the already perfect output of the F90x.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jan 2013 00:28:28 GMT
Hi Graham,
I was tempted - but ought to stick with Olympus, Minolta and Bronica really.

Posted on 28 Jan 2013 00:10:05 GMT
Last edited by the author on 28 Jan 2013 01:11:44 GMT
G. E. Hearn says:
What would I buy for myself?
Probably a Nikon F5. The prices of those are only going one way, and that's upwards. I've been toying with having one for a year or two and in that time they've gone up from £200 to around £300 for a good one.

Dr G: The N90S is (as you probably know) the North American market F90X. It's a phenomenally good camera. My N90S cost me around £30 and is absolutely mint. For anyone after a top build quality Nikon film camera to actually use rather than just look at, they're the bargain of the decade.

Posted on 27 Jan 2013 18:14:53 GMT
Zelazowa says:
As many rolls of decent quality 35mm film you can get your hands on... guilt free of nostalgia or sentiment... you know it makes sense! Lovely jubbly and enjoy!

Posted on 27 Jan 2013 14:16:06 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Jan 2013 14:31:40 GMT
MarmiteMan says:
An hour with Nigella Lawson, chatting about photographing her tasty bits, perhaps ...?!!

Otherwise a decent flash gun, one that will work both on your digital and 35mm film cameras. For 't is "better to have and not need than to need and not have," etc. ...

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2013 00:56:04 GMT
Today I saw a Nikon n90s with 28-85 lens go for less than £50
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