The best bit about being a landscape photographer is you spend every waking minute in the most glorious countryside and scenery on offer. Still, misty mornings and glowing autumn colours followed by a full cooked breakfast served by a pretty local maiden with sparkling blue eyes and warm smile.
A friend who works in IT likes to warn against the dangers of making assumptions: assume, he points out makes an ass of you and me. Its a poor pun (ass u me) but its an important truism that reared its ugly head in the latest batch of lens tests that Ive been doing.
So there I am with my Spanish friend Nestor, who had just rescued me from a potentially difficult situation more about that later enjoying a beer in the still quite warm evening air, even though its late-November in Barcelona, and talking about digital cameras.
As regular readers of What Digital Camera may have detected (and I make no apology for returning to this topic) I really hate seeing the word macro on lenses that dont have a true macro specification. After all, what is the point of having a word that has a specific meaning if it gets used in a way that the meaning does not allow?
Here is a subject that I have to say only recently caught my attention when a fellow photographer pointed out to me that some of the latest high-end digital SLR cameras allow you to make micro focus calibration adjustments. This is something that had never occurred to me before since I had always assumed both the manual and automatic focusing to be fairly accurate on such cameras. However, as I was about to find out, this isnt necessarily always the case.