[•] Finding a Minolta TC-1 film camera in today’s world.

Minolta TC-1

Look what I found today. On a day out in the corner of my eye I saw a lovely gentleman named Andrew snapping away with his Minolta TC-1. Often the best conversations are started with people holding a camera and today was the day.

Over the years many of us have seen interviews on YouTube with Bellamy Hunt from Japan Camera Hunter talk about camera’s like the infamous Ricoh GR1 but there is also another small camera that’s very very cool. For me its the Minolta TC-1. It’s an ultra rare occasion as I live south of Sydney and we just don’t see people shooting with film especially with this type of camera.

Not only does Andrew have this beautiful camera but as a surprise he pulled out a medium format Hasselblad 903 SWC with a Carl Zeiss 38mm f4.5 SUPER WIDE from his bag. That’s was in excellent condition and you will have to take my word for it. From one photographer to another and talking I found out he was a massive Leica collector right up to owning a Leica M9 that doesn’t get much use as he is an avid film photographer. This really made my day and hope he says hi on one of my pages.

So if your out and about and you see some one with a camera it is always worth it just to say Hi because you never know where the conversation will take you..

On writing this little story I wish I took picture of his Hasselbald to compliment the photo of the Minolta TC-1. On another note what is your favourite camera the Minolta TC-1 or the Ricoh GR1?

Note: Photo taken with Oppo A57 Phone (As the best camera is the one that’s with you)



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[•] Photographing Fiji on Octopus Island Resort.



Located in the spectacular Yasawa region of the Fiji Islands, Octopus Resort lies 27 nautical miles west from Nadi International Airport (NAN). The resort is set on the western side of Waya Island, allowing for breathtaking views of sunsets in the South Sea Islands. Getting to Octopus Island Resort from Nadi is easily done by jumping on a boat, which is about 35 minutes. Along the way are there are many islands and if your lucky might see a pod of dolphins to watch play along the side of the boat.

There are Garden View Bure’s for accommodation but the perfect way to stay is in the Premium Bure as I recommend having the air-conditioning on those very hot days. Adjoining the room is your very own private outdoor shower and courtyard. The view from the front is relaxing and a nice change away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Say good bye to looking at your mobile phone and internet this is the perfect place to detox away from all those gadgets.

Looking Out

[•] Looking Out





In the series of photographs. Can you see it? A face on the side of the mountain. The walk up is not for the faint hearted and I do recommend a level of fitness. With every step and grasping breath it was confirmed the height to the top of the island was 385m in total thanks to a German with a fancy watch. The hike took about 3 hours and is a great way to loose a little weight around the belly. If you do manage to visit this place please take plenty of water on the hike and some snacks.








Every day the local tour guide (depending on the weather) would take tourists up and he really enjoyed seeing how unfit we were often having a good laugh between breaks.. He had such a great sense of humour. The mountain walk is a great add to anyone’s bucket list and has to be one place on earth with the most breathtaking views. Just don’t look down it is by far another sheer drop if your scared of heights.



This is the type of holiday experience that is even better with friends and made as a group holiday.


Note: Camera: Canon EOS 5D a few lenses EF 24-105mmF4, 16-35mm F2.8L II USM


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[•] Canon SLR Verse Leica M Rangefinder

SLR Vs Rangefinder

The fight between the ever popular SLR and the sleek Rangefinder.

SLR camera’s are well known for displaying digital readings in the viewfinder. Many people are too busy with their face hard pressed to the viewfinder watching and altering the shutter speeds and aperture that it distracts the emotional connection to just take a photograph. It is as reminiscent to watching a timer count down from 4000 to 0 and thats a long time spent watching that in shutter speed.

So with all this information flooding our eyes which include; white balance, multiple focusing points selection, custom controls and picture styles people get too lost with the basic’s of taking that photograph. You see it all the time the brain is flooded and half the time you see people just looking at the back of the screen and the emotional connection is lost. (Chimping was invented by the digital SLR)

Photography through a Rangefinder is a different story and that story have been un-altered for about 100 years. Looking at the design its quite simple and clear that a rangefinder connects you to the camera at your finger tips physically therefor it emotionally connects you to taking a photograph.

This is what I have found most enjoyable with photographing with a Leica compared to a SLR or newer digital SLR. The biggest light bulb moments I see with people when they first use a rangefinder they say “I am instantly connected” but when you ask them why? they just say that it “just feels right”…..and like the old saying “Can’t put my finger on it” and making a physical connection thats where it become’s far more emotional and spiritual. So you can see why a Leica photographer would call themselves a purist photographer.

When I picked up the Leica that connection was instantly changed and it was felt as I flipped, rotated and spun the camera in my hands . Looking closely at the design I said to myself those German’s have done it right. There’s a lot of thought that goes into designing a camera and technology doesn’t always have to take over completely and it doesn’t need too. We need to take a step back from the advanced technological side before worrying about the extra features in the next camera and what it has because you loose yourself from the basic purpose of just taking a photograph.

I have always loved photography since I first picked up a camera and admit both styles of camera’s compliment each other in many ways. Its a good feeling just take a photograph with the basic’s and there’s nothing wrong with that even though it might cost an arm a leg and an arm for that new Leica M. But to many that price point is a problem so where do we all find our selves.. Back at the beginning lost in the world of wasting time on the cheaper alternative 😉

Feel free to comment on your thoughts of SLR verse Rangefinder.

Camera’s in the photograph;

Canon F-1New with FD 50mm 1.2L
Canon F-1 with FD 85mm 1.2L
Leica M7 with 35mm Summicron ASPH F2
Leica MP with 50mm Summicron F2

Photo taken with a Canon 5D Mark III with 24-105mm F4 L lens 😉



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[•] Whats in my bag 2017


Here’s my everyday bag. I’ve found over the years one of the hardest decisions in photography has to be the purchase and selection of a camera bag. Many photographers like myself have multiple bag setups depending on the type of situation. At the moment I’m sticking with the basic formula of one main camera bag which has turned out to be the ageless Domke F2.

In the Domke F2 bag with little introduction is the Sony A7II packing an impressive 24.3 Megapixels. Now it’s not the best camera in the world its strong point is using legacy glass.  Out of all the Sony A7 series mirrorless this model won’t break the bank account.

Many of us old photographers have waited a long time to use legacy glass this is what makes it brilliant. Three lenses in the bag are the Summicron amigos 28, 35, 50mm and not to be missed a Leica MP or what I call a stay with me for life camera. The Domke bag has two end pouches perfect for holding film. The front has two pouches for either a passport or moleskin pocket notebook perfect for documenting film shots.

It has a wax type finish to the outer layer of the canvas fabric. Only once have I been caught out in the rain with this bag and the water beaded off with ease and keep all of the gear inside dry. Even the moleskin book was untouched. I’ve learnt to be very careful in the rain as it can interrupt ones day shooting. My advice is be very careful with your camera as they are not 100% weather resistant. Ive found out the hard way 9 times out of 10 they are not. For example the Canon 5D Mark III is not exactly weather resistant they can take very light spray but anything more and you will find the electronics don’t like water. Try stay dry and leave camera’s out of the rain as much as possible or its an expensive disaster waiting to happen.

I’m not sponsored by Domke or any camera brand this is just a review of what I have discovered from using their product over the last year.

It’s really is such an excellent bag.  I now consider myself an emeritus professor of bagology.









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