Focussing Screens

This is for the photographers looking at this, but it doesn’t have a photograph! I don’t normally push products, but this one is brilliant and not really heard of in the UK.

When all lenses were manual focus, camera manufacturers introduced different aids for focussing, the most popular being split image. Once auto-focus arrived, these disappeared and plain screens with AF points are now normal.

I had misgivings over the accuracy of some of these in subjective terms – where did you focus to put something on the edge of a particular depth of field, in landscapes hyperfocal distance was a problem as AF chose infinity!

With my Nikon D600, I tried hard with my older AIS manual lenses to focus but it wasn’t easy and they are so sharp with a lovely colour rendition.

Then I read about a company Focussing Screen (in Taiwan) who adapt the bright K3 screen for the manual FM3a to fit a Nikon D600.

So, I bought one and it has just arrived. 10 minutes to fit it and, fantastic, I can use all my manual lenses accurately, control depth of field and hyperfocal distance all using a clean bright viewfinder with a SPLIT IMAGE centre.

So, photography friends, you will understand how useful this is, anyone else would have given up reading this earlier on!

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Meanwhile in Brixton

Brixton Ritzy

Monday 11th January – a street party in Brixton to celebrate the life of David Bowie.

Hastily organised via Facebook…… dancing, singing and drinking…….












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Delhi Bites


Season Greetings from Streatham Hill

Finally, the crowd control barriers used in previous years have gone and the elegant simplicity of the Streatham Hill festive tree offset by the picket fence (from Poundland) can now be seen, it brings warmth to my heart. Another picture of it? Yes, why not, and with the fairy lights on.

Only in Streatham Hill can you get a curry with your Christmas tree. Seasons Greetings to everyone.


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Thirsty Batman

A world so full of superheros, that sometimes you just pass on by.

Took my nerdling to London Comic Con, my only regret was just taking a compact camera, but I will know next time.



I suppose I don’t quite understand the need to stagger round with an enormous cardboard gun on the Docklands Light Railway, but I can’t knock the enthusiasm. Poor Batman, no Robin it seems.


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This is my students end of year show, do come if you can, lots of blood, sweat and tears got them here.

If you can’t make it, you can still see some of the work in the on-line catalogue.

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It’s not the Greeks……

Visited friends in Germany earlier in the year, not everything in Germany is like Schloss Elmau.




1,400 km of inner border, debt collecting and shopping malls, all in a couple of afternoons.

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Boldly Going…..

Thought I would start the year by dipping into my back catalogue a bit. Back in 2001, I was a freelance attached to Bill Johnston Photography and went to Abbey Road Studios to shoot film music composer Jerry Goldsmith recording with the London Symphony Orchestra on the, back then, experimental SACD format.

The pictures all went to Bill Johnston, so I never saw them, but they seem to have surfaced on the net.

More than taking the shots was having to sit in the middle of the LSO in Abbey Road being silent during takes, how good is that!





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