It's fair to say more and more people are dumping their compact cameras in favour of using the camera on their smart phone. With that in mind we feel it's time to do our very first photographers review of a smart phone; the iPhone 6S. When Apple first released the specs for the new iPhone camera people took to the forums and expressed their disappointment with the same 12MP sensor used in the previous model. It would seem people were expecting a higher 16MP ccd similar to Samsung's and HTC's latest offerings. But in a world of playing top-trumps with statistics people overlook what really matters, the quality of the image. One of Microsoft's Nokia Lumia’s featured a ridiculous 41MP censor which served only to sound impressive, the reality was it failed miserably when compared to the iPhone 5S’ 5MP camera.
Wow, another year gone already! As usual we like to take this time to reflect on what we have accomplished over the past year and give you an insight into what we hope to accomplish in the future. To start, we have prepared a few statistics showing the amount of content published during PhotoArk’s 2nd year; this includes 13 new articles, 2 of these were reviews, another 2 were photo walks and the remaining 9 were blogs. We also published our New York exhibition and are currently working on an exhibition of some of our images taken during a recent trip to Crete. As for the libraries, we have added dozens of new images with even more lined up waiting to be published.
Our summer holiday took us to Crete this year as we were intent on having a walking holiday in and around the more mountainous region of Greece’s largest and most southerly island. Usually I would be armed with an SLR and several lenses for a trip of this nature, but after using just the tiny Leica X1 in New York earlier this year I felt confident that I could repeat the exercise with its successor, my recently acquired Typ 113.
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?
Just over three years ago when I first brought my Pentax K-5 I wanted a lens that would cover me for most situations while I squirrelled money away to expand my system. Naturally I chose one of Pentax’s zoom lenses, the 16-50mm f2.8 which over the years I shared a love/hate relationship with. Optically it was great but it was big and suffered from some strange auto-focus issues. With an upcoming trip to Sicily I could not bear the thought of miss-focused, soft images. You can imagine my delight when the wonderful Pentax announced a Limited 20-40mm zoom lens, I could already see myself stood in front of Mount Etna with this gorgeous piece of kit mounted upon my K-5! I soon returned to reality and realised I needed to devise a way to finance this venture. Goodbye 16-50mm.
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.
This is the second article in a series illustrating our favourite photography walks. Note that these articles are not intended as walking guides, but are merely an indicator as to areas we find photographically interesting. Lumsdale is an area of woodland, waterfalls and ruined mills a mile or so to the east of Matlock. Served by a couple of very narrow roads and a network of footpaths, it remained one of Matlock’s best kept secrets until recent years. However, encroaching housing developments have seen increased footfall as it was slowly discovered by dog walkers and those living nearby who enjoy the romantic atmosphere offered by cascading waterfalls, ivy clad ruins and still ponds.