Film & digital - both these photo systems are well-placed to support the photographer. Film with it's long history and rigour needed to get that perfect shot, digital with the ease of use and experimentation encouraging a fast learning experience.

Super Baldina 35mm rangefinder camera from 1955

The first camera I remember using was broken - a German-made Balda "Super Baldina" 35mm rangefinder camera bought in the late 50's. Playing with it allowed me to see how the basic camera functions worked - focus, the different apertures what the different shutter speeds did, as well as to appreciate German build quality.

Kodak Instamatic model 233 Then came the Kodak Instamatic model 233 which was the family camera for years and, with it's cheap and cheerful build, did sterling service. Of course all the photos are turning red now, but with it's ease of use and go-anywhere capability it resulted in a faithful documentation of the trials-and-tribulations of growing up in the 1960's & 70's.

Canon Sure Shot Ace Finally, a camera of my own - the Canon Sure Shot Ace with infrared remote control! Auto-everything meant I wasn't learning about the technical side but it worked so well I enjoyed taking it with me everywhere. With it I gained confidence in being able to capture the beauty I could see around me.

Casio QV10A digital cameraThe mighty Casio QV10A digital camera was next to catch my eye. With it's LCD screen (the first such camera) giving instant feedback and swivelling lens you could look at yourself while you took your photo - people loved it! A resolution of 320x240 didn't make for very clear pictures though, but in strong light the photos are great for the web.

By now my appetite was thoroughly wetted for digital photography, instant review of photos meant less wasted shots and more possibility to capture the moment as I wanted to. Plus I'm a geek so it was a match made in heaven when Casio hit the market with the world's first consumer camera with over 3 megapixels of resolution, the amazing QV-3000EX/Ir. It still takes great photos the colours are perfect and with a few hacks there's nothing it can't do. This meant real photos and with a website of my own, I began to collect information about it. It sort of grew from there.

Lately I've made the move back to film in a way I was never able to before. I've been given two old manual focus SLRs, a Canon AE-1 and a Minolta XG-9 which have great lenses and still take great photos. I continue to learn in a way that benefits both film & digital and that both benefit from.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 Santa brought me a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 (black), with a lovely long (36mm-432mm equiv) Leica zoom and optical image stabilization, fantastic stuff! Only thing lacking is raw format, but the rest is so good ('cept low light focusing) that I can forget that. Small & light enough to be everywhere with me, fast times between photos.

What's New
What's new on the site
Casio QV-3000EX/Ir image
Howto's for Casio cameras (mainly the QV3000EX but also others)
I've put together pages on how to do some things, so that it's all in once place
  • REC INFO Mode - running the camera in REC INFO mode allows for extra feedback including focus distance
  • Test Mode menus - the hidden menus used by Casio technicians to test the camera functions
  • Handling raw format files from various Casio cameras - creating & converting raw format files created using the hidden test mode menu
  • How to upgrade the camera firmware - user experiences upgrading firmware
  • Remote control software for the QV-3000EX - also hardware
  • Using the QV-3000EX with Linux x86 - lergely superceded by kernel updates
  • Inside the firmware - meanderings through the camera's firmware updates
  • Reading & writing Exif tags - including putting images back onto the camera
  • Hidden features & keystrokes - not everything was created seen!
  • Homemade Filter Adapter - how to make one, saved from oblivion
  • Opening up the Casio QV-3000EX for repair - others have done this not me
  • Casio Exilim Z3 Test Mode menus - this camera too has test mode menus
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