Canon Dial 35 – Attempting to fix an obscure clockwork marvel

In 1963 Canon introduced a rather unusual “sports action” camera called the Dial 35. The dial in the name doesn’t refer to the large knob on the side, rather the plastic ring surrounding the lens which adjusts the amount of light hitting the light sensor. This apparently resembled the popular rotary dial telephone design of … Read more

Canon 350D for £26. Is it worth it in 2022? A Retrospective Review

Launched in February 2005, the Canon 350D marked another significant step forward in the rapidly evolving digital SLR landscape. Its predecessor, the 300D had changed the market and rate of adoption for “serious amateur” digital photography by offering a body that was capable, produced great results and above all was affordable to most who wanted … Read more

Canon 300D (Digital Rebel) – A budget step too far? Part 2 – A retrospective review

Last time, I’d spent a week and more money than I’d liked to have by bolting two different camera bodies together to make one working one. Ultimately the body I tried to fix ended up being a total loss due to focusing issues and a mouldy sensor. The whole point in these camera purchases is … Read more

Canon 300D (Digital Rebel) – A budget step too far? Part 1 – An ordeal.

The Canon 300D/Digital Rebel (an awful name for a camera) was truly ground breaking when it was released in 2003 for around £800. For the first time a digital SLR with a well regarded sensor and image quality was available for a price that most “enthusiasts” would consider very enticing indeed. Canon simultaneously introduced a … Read more

My “new” Canon 5D Mark I

For anyone who’s not a photography obsessive, the term “full frame” may well be completely meaningless. A 35mm film SLR camera is full frame, this means two things – the image taken covers an area of approximately 36mm wide by 24mm tall on the film and secondly, the viewfinder is large, bright and shows you … Read more

Film 1, Digital 0. The story of dying digital cameras.

My favourite 35mm film camera, the Canon AE-1 Program was released in 1981 and my other go to film body, the EOS 55e was first released in 1995. This means my two main cameras are probably about 40 and 25 years old respectively. In technology terms, this makes them about as modern as a dolly … Read more

Using a Pentium III 450mhz in 2022

For anyone who knows me in the real world, it would not be surprising to hear that I love using old computers. I really believe the “golden” age of computing was between 1995 and 2001, a time when computing was genuinely exciting, massive leaps were being made in hardware, software and user experience and you … Read more

The cheapest DSLR in 2022 – Experiences of the Canon 20D

Spurred on by the great experience of buying a cheap Canon 10D for £29 (see here) on eBay, I decided to see what else I could get that was even cheaper still. I spotted a 20D which was advertised as for parts or not working. I checked to see the seller wasn’t a camera dealer … Read more

A £29 Canon 10D in 2022

Recently I’ve spent far too much time on Ebay trying to find film cameras for budget prices. There’s so much enjoyment to be had from picking up great pieces of old technology for disposable camera money, being able to try out all the different features and quirks each one has just adds to the experience … Read more

Canon Digital Ixus 500 – The beginning of my journey

There’s always a starting point, something which triggers a passion. For me, that’s the Canon Digital Ixus 500. It wasn’t the first camera I’d ever owned, nor was it the first digital camera – that award goes to the plastic fantastic Fujifilm Finepix A201 which I’d picked up for the outrageous sum of £200 in … Read more