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The past nine months have been a hive of activity here at PhotoArk as once again we have been working on a major site update creatively dubbed ‘V4.0’! This unintentionally seems to have become an annual thing for us and I’m sure your asking, why another update?

One of the many comments raised when comparing Leica’s X1/2/XE with their latest X Typ 113 is that of size. For many users the tiny dimensions of the original X camera were what drew them to the model, as it was one of the first digital compact cameras to offer image resolution similar to that of DSLR’s, but in a truly small package. This tiny camera went on to spawn (up until now) two further iterations of what is fundamentally the same model, containing enhancements and improvements over the original, making it an even more compelling proposition.

How many of you use some kind of clear filter to protect the exposed element of your lenses for fear of damaging them? There are a couple of different types that do the job well; UV and Skylight are two that spring immediately to mind and, as their names imply, bring benefits to certain photographic situations.

I have the kind of personality that loves attention to detail and fine engineering. It plays an important factor not only when it comes to deciding what I purchase, but even those that are beyond my reach, or that I am not particularly interested in. I also appreciate the little things that separate an item from the ‘me to’ crowd. 

Back in June last year Apple announced they were retiring the much-loved Aperture in favour of a new program simply called ‘Photos’. At that time all we knew was that we would receive the new program as part of an update to OS X Yosemite but when exactly that would be remained a mystery. Well the day is finally here and after installing 10.10.3 a new colourful icon has appeared on my dock.

March 21st heralded the start of the annual photography show held at the NEC Birmingham. For the uninitiated, the event runs for four days and includes pretty much anything to do with photography. Up until 2013, the show was badged as Focus on Imaging but changes by the organisers resulted in the show being re-launched, albeit in pretty much the same format.

There is a real trend toward manufacturing small but fully capable cameras at the moment, and it’s not hard to see what makes them so successful; one look at the micro four thirds system or Fujifilm’s current crop of devices reveals an alternative to those who are tired of hauling excessive weight around. But small cameras are not something new; my first acquaintance with a fully-fledged SLR of diminutive proportions was the Olympus OM1n. At the time, other manufacturers such as Pentax were also offering similar size models (the MX and ME are two that immediately spring to mind). Of course, smaller bodies need smaller system components to make the idea truly work, giving rise to a plethora of diminutive lenses, winders and flashguns.