Nothing at all to do with photography, but interesting…

It’s a new year just started, so I thought I would post something that we all may find soothing to our troubled minds.

You may recall, and I think I did mention it on the blog at some time or other, that I spent a few years in India, learning ancient yoga and meditation from a wise old guy, or sadhu.

He explained to me about something that we all suffer from now and then….worry.

He said, every single human being on the planet, bar just a few handful of enlightened souls, are troubled by worry….money worries, health worries, sexual worries, status worries, emotional worries, worries about what has happened, worries about what may happen…even worries about worries.

And it is only the human mind that is worried, he said. Animals are not worried. Because animals do not possess such an intelligence. So in general, the higher your intelligence the more you worry.

Animals can be driven mad, not by themselves, but when they come under the control of humans….a dog permanently chained to a wall, a caged bird, a chicken who never sees daylight in it’s whole life…these will all be driven mad. Otherwise, animals do not go mad by themselves, as they do not worry.

And the world’s asylums and mental hospitals are chock full of people who have been driven mad, or become severly ill, the main cause being worry.

Every human has a limit to how much worry he can stand, just as everyone has a limit to how much weight he can lifet, before damaging himself.

When our worries reach such an extent that we breach our limits, society classes us as mad, or requiring mental help.

So what is the answer, I said?

Stop worrying, he said! Because something that will not happen, will not happen…and something that will happen, will happen.

Very cryptic answer, I must admit, but so logical if we think about it!

So the moral for 2016? Let’s not worry!

But how to be free of worry, I asked?

Be still, be quiet, he said.

But how, I asked? Everytime I try, my mind just doesn’t stop whirring.

Stop trying, he said. Just sit. Look at your thoughts as if you are observing them from a distance. Then, during any period ranging from a few seconds to a few hours, there will come a time when you will sense a few spaces, between your thoughts. A pause naturally ocurring within your mind, before another chain of thoughts begins.

That space, that pause is the magical thing that all humankind is searching for…no need to live in a cave or a mountain…it is all there inside you and always has been.

Once you start recognising those spaces, they will magically become longer and longer and longer…until such a time, when your thoughts will naturally decrease in length, whilst the spaces will increase.

Again, rather logical…and something I can profess has changed my life positively.






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Bye bye 2015…welcome 2016…!

It’s been a long time since I posted on here….as if you didn’t notice!

Hopefully, 2016 will be different.

I’m planning to assault your senses with loads more stuff about photography, cameras, and life itself, coupled up with the odd angry rant now and then, too!

So without further ado, I wish you a belated Merry Xmas!

As they say, the past is gone…the future has untold riches as yet not uncovered, so….let us all look forward to 2016…!


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Nothing to do with film cameras…

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Today’s comment from me has nothing to do with cameras or film!

I may have commented on the subject before, but recently I read somewhere that if the happenings in that economic powerhouse that is China, are anything to go by, we may well meet the end of the earth and its living things, not by nuclear explosions, but by the disappearance of bees.

Wholesale usage of pesticides in China has now shown the true cost…all of the bee colonies in the Sichuan area have been destroyed and plants are now pollinated by hand, at a cost of an estimated $3 billion a year, something which was being done for free by Nature.

And at the lowest level, it is all being pushed by greed. Companies such as Monsanto are allegedly the ones who are spear-heading the use of, and bringing out ever-increasing chemicals that reap huge profits for them, but at what cost?

Sure, the dinosaurs managed to exist for 135 million years, so we have a long way to go, but you get where I’m coming from.

So how can we give a helping hand to Nature? Simple. I plant flowers in my garden that encourage bees to browse. Those of you who havent got gardens, flowering plants can be grown in window-sill pots too.

The number of bees coming to visit your plants may be small, but remember, if we all do the same, things will help exponentially.

Remember….No bees, no plants…no plants, no animals…no animals, no more man…

Which plants should we grow? Here’s a small selection of easy-to-grow plants:


Marigolds (bees and butterflies)
Dahlias ( bees and butterflies)
Sweet violet
Wallflower (bees)
Forget me not (bees)
Alliums (bees) 
Bluebells (bees)
Foxglove (bees)
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Long time, no speaky!


Howdy folks! Yes, been a long time since my last post.

Truth is, I just moved house, and as you know if you’ve ever moved…settling down takes a helluva toll on you! I’m still living out of boxes partly, waiting for the day when I will finally decide where my furniture is to go!

My cameras? Just one simple answer….please don’t ask! I know they’re there, safe and sound, but at the moment, thinking about them will only complicate matters!

I hope to start posting regularly soon….touch wood!


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Three very nice film cameras that deserve your attention!

It’s funny, isn’t it, when you hear hi-fi enthusiasts singing the praises of their new valve-operated amplifier and their Garrard 401 turntable with SME 3009 tonearm? I for one am one those guys, too….I believe the sound you get from digital CDs is nowhere near that we used to hear from old valve set-ups. Well, transfer the same enthusiasm to film cameras and it’s the same old story again. That fab almost infinite tonal range, the grainy shots reminding you of greats like Brassai, etc. Just cannot be beat! So with that engaging idea in mind, I’ve chosen 3 film cameras that are my favorites, amongst 100s more! 1415138818525_film photography gq magazine november 2014 02 My first favorite is the unmistakeable Leica M6…aside of the screw lens Leicas, this one is refined and way simpler and cheaper than modern day Leicas. Look to paying around $1500 for a used one. 1415138818529_film photography gq magazine november 2014 03 The next one I like is the Canon AE1…very much cheaper, but just as good at taking superb shots as the Leica above. Very easy to use, solidly constructed. Around $100 including lens should bag you a very good one. 1415138818531_film photography gq magazine november 2014 04 The final favorite of mine is this Contax…the final word in film cameras and worth every cent of around $850, which is the price they are going at presently. Oozes quality and workmanship. Buy your film camera, whichever one you like or can afford, take your shots, and actually begin to love and handle the prints that arrive from the film processer, rather than just scrolling past them on a measly little LCD digital camera screen! 😉

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A beautiful Rolleiflex 3.5 Tessar is on offer!

You may recall me talking about my …umm…rather largish collection of cameras?

Well, the time has come to sell one or two prized specimens off due to lack of space. I have already mentioned my Nikon F is available, and today I’m offering a fabulous Rolleiflex 3.5 Tessar medium format camera as well.

This one, like all of my cameras, is fully tested with film, and comes with  a whole lot of goodies that are normaly sold separately, such as filters, Rolleinar lenses, lens hood etc.

Enough talk…click here to see and read more about it!


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If like me, you are a film camera user, you will have heard all about the workhorse called the Nikon F.
It is said that this is the camera that has been causing Leica to lose money ever since it hit the market 30 or 40 years ago.
Just holding it in your hand speaks solidity, quality and superior workmanship….it has also been said that the Nikon is so solidly built, it can double up as a weapon against would-be muggers, or a door stop even!

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The Nikon F has been used by the world’s journalists and photographers for years, without once letting them down.
It’s reputation made it into something of an icon, with personalities rushing to be seen to be using it….see if you can recognise some of these below!

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katharine ross nik2  linda nik4

Anyway, this particular Nikon is fully tested with film by myself, using both mono and colour films, the shutter is smooth and crisp on all speeds, the apertures are absolutely fine, and the camera has no dings or dents at all on it’s solid body…just a little paint loss on the back plate through normal usage.

The Photomic meter, like many of these cameras, does not seem to work, although the repair is quick and easy, a resistor inside the meter head needing replacement. I always either use my own judgement when taking shots (the Sunny 16 rule!) or a hand-held meter if the shots are valuable, so I have never needed to use the meter inside the camera.

It comes complete with a lens cap, to protect the pristine 50mm lens.

I’m supplying a set of new filters too, a polarizing filter, a Yellow and Red filter too, for producing dramatic effects with your shots.

Cost? I always say money is immaterial when talking about such precision instruments…professionals have admitted, by the way, that a camera such as this can never be produced these days, as the technology has all been used to produce cheap, plasticky digital cameras with built-in obsolescence!

Price (UK): £295 plus £12 shipping within UK

Elsewhere: $395 plus $25 shipping

E: harsum888 at yahoo dot com


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Why I never rely on digital or cellphone cameras!

Let’s face it, every Tom, Dick and Harry is now a photographer!

Technology has made a mockery of people who have spent their lives perfecting the art of photography, in whatever niche they find interest, whether it be street shooting, still life, glamour, landscape or what-have-you.

By that I mean everyone who carries a cellphone these days, will most probably have a reasonable camera built into the phone.

So when you dare to bring up the subject in conversation with friends these days about some nice shots you have taken, more than likely your friends will chime in with their own exploits with their cellphone cameras!

So it is that everyone now knows, or purports to know about photography. Funnily enough though, when you move onto talking about things like f stop numbers, perspective, shutter speeds, depth of field etc…then nobody says anything! The conversation comes to a halt! Why?

Because they just do not understand the complexities of those terms, in short! All they know is how to look at their lcd displays on their cellphones, and press the button that gives them a picture.

Anyway, I digress. Going back to the subject of this post, I made a fatal mistake recently of leaving my film camera (a trusted Olympus Trip), in the car, thinking that if a shot did present itself, I had the camera on my cellphone always available.

And, as they say, Sod’s Law dictates that if something can happen, it will happen at the most inopportune moment of all. So when I spotted a nice photo opportunity, out came my cellphone, as I tried to capture the moment.

I pressed the camera selector on the phone, hoping the camera would come into action, but the hell it did! As I depressed the camera selector, the display went blank…and defaulted after a while to the normal cellphone display again!

So, in short, I lost the photo opportunity!

Had I been using my film camera, simple as it is, it would have fired straight away without hesitation.

Moral of the story? Never rely on anything digital. Period.

Happy Easter!

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A member of the public quizzes me over my camera!

Hi folks!

Been a while since I posted on here, so let me tell you about something that happened recently whilst I was out on the street taking shots.

A gentleman walking across the other side of the street saw me and watched me take a few more shots till he decided to cross the road and come over to my side. I had also been vaguely aware of him, and was wondering whether he was one of the politically-correct brigade again, and would he be telling me that I was invading people’s privacy etc etc!

Surprisingly enough, he turned out to be a thoroughly decent guy and just wanted to ask what camera I was using.

It just so happened that I was using an Olympus Trip 35, just one of many in my collection. It was the older version with the silver shutter button. I told him all about it, as much as I knew, and he was immediately sold on the idea of having one himself, too!

And indeed, the Trip is a marvellous piece of yesteryear engineering, so simple to use, but producing pictures as good as, if not better in some cases, than top digital cameras.

The heart of the Trip is it’s simple but very very good lens….professional photographers agree that the lens is the same as the Nikon 45mm f2.8, whihc is well-known for it’s phenominal sharpness.

Easy to use? Sure! The Trip only has 2 shutter speeds, the 1/40th of a second for flash photography, and the 1/200th for AUTO mode.  I normally set my camera to auto, choose an aperture that will suffice for 99% of the shots I take, and that’s it…ready to go!

Without doubt, this camera is very difficult to beat, even now, after some 35 to 40 years later. Want one? Not a problemo….I have several fully refurbished ones available, some in original finish, some with beautiful snakeskin-look coverings. Email me on harsum888 at yahoo dot com for details….or have a look at the ones I have on offer at present here.

Meanwhile, take a look at the top quality results the Olympus Trip 35 gives you!

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Another classic camera offering for you!

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I have talked about the fabulous Olympus 35SP many times before here, so I won’t bore you with superlatives…just Google it and the web will throw up thousands of pages about this classic.

So you will be pleased to read that I am offering another one from my collection again!

Click here to find out more….

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