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Monday, 09 April 2012 00:00

Fed 2

Recently I wrote here about how I had started to shoot 35mm film again and that I had bought a Canon EOS 5. Well this seems to have really given me the bug for film as I now have a second 35mm camera to add to my collection. This one though couldn't be more different from EOS 5, it's a Russian built Fed 2 (Type C2) built around 1958 and I have to say that this little camera has blown me away. The Fed 2 is basically a clone of a Leica, or to put it more accurately the Fed 1 was a loose clone of the Leica I and the Fed 2 evolved from that. So similar is the Fed 2 to both the Leica I and Leica II that sadly it is not uncommon for fake Leicas to have been constructed from the body of a Fed 2. Whilst these little cameras do not offer the same quality of a Leica they are packed with charm and can produce some surprisingly good results and whilst a Leica can cost anywhere from £200 to £3000, you can pick up a Fed 2 for around £25.

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Wednesday, 12 March 2008 00:00

A Trip to Marwell Zoo

On the 18th November 2007 Marwell Zoo in Hampshire celebrated a rare birth, that or a female Amur Leopard cub. With less than 35 of these beautiful animals left in the wild this was clearly big news. It was perhaps even bigger news when on 29th February 2008 the zoo announced that the cub would be put into the Leopards area and be visible to visitors for the first time. Seeing this on the news we decided to take a trip to the zoo the next day.

I've been to Marwell several times before but it's always nice to revisit it and to try to get some more photos of the animals. How did I get on?

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Monday, 17 March 2008 00:00

A Day At Whipsnade

Following on from my recent trip to Marwell Zoo I recently visited Whipsnade Zoo which is part of the Zoological Society of London. Whipsnade, in Bedfordshire, is home to a wide range of animals from big cats like Lions & Cheetahs to Elephants, Rhino's, Brown Bears, Lemur's, Penguins and a whole host of other mammals, insects and reptiles. Being that the zoo is spread out over a large area the animal enclosures range from large to very large yet whilst keeping the needs of the animals first it also means that the visitor and the photographer can get excellent and unblocked views of these animals. Here is how I got on.

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Sunday, 31 August 2008 00:00

Shoreham Airshow August 2008

Saturday August 30th saw the start of the Shoreham Airshow 2008. As I had previously attended the 2004 show I was very much looking forward to this one, however the weather in August has been nothing short of awful and so there was a big question mark over weather we would bother to go as the £20 each entrance fee was too much to loose if it were to just rain all day.

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Friday, 21 August 2009 00:00

Standen

Last weekend we visited Standen which is owned by the National Trust which is a lovely house set in beautiful grounds in East Grinstead, West Sussex. Not only is it a nice place to simply look around but it also meant that I could try and get a few photos of the many flowers there as I don't often photograph floral subjects.

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