Andrew Higgins

Lives in United Kingdom Nth Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Works as a press photographer
Joined on Apr 1, 2002
About me:

I'm a photographer on a group of weekly and daily papers in the UK.
Work cameras are Nikon D3 and D200. My own collection is a D90, Ricoh's R4, R8, GRd, GX100, and CX1, Fuji's F31fd, f40fd, and F200exr. And a Lumix TZ7 and GF1. phew!


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Love the camera and its design, but gulp, then laugh at the price.
Even if I won the lottery, I'm not sure I'd want $15k hanging over my shoulder...

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2018 at 19:45 UTC as 2nd comment

Pentax is one of the iconic brands in photography, but sadly their light has dimmed in recent decades.
I started out with Pentax MX kit (still have it, wonderful), and find it very heartening to read the enthusiastic Pentax owners comments below, as I'd love to see the brand rise again.
Just as the Spotmatic and K1000 were The photo students cameras of their time, maybe Pentax should offer today's students a discount, or even a college loan scheme, to get the camera back into the hands of young photographers?

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2018 at 19:41 UTC as 8th comment | 1 reply

Instagram/Facebook are advertising media under the guise (disguise..) of social media. A mere chronological feed wouldn't give them the immense amount of data Insta/FB gathers on users for advertisers. Insta/FB are not about you and your wants, it's about them and earnings per user.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2018 at 19:19 UTC as 1st comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9: What you need to know (215 comments in total)

Great camera, truly the GX7 mkIII, as it is named in Japan.
And so should have been elsewhere too, or the GX90/95, as the model naming (as a GX8 successor) really detracts from it's good spec'. Unless Panasonic have a GX10 up their sleeve....??

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2018 at 23:44 UTC as 3rd comment

Loving the revival in film, and darkroom, 'silver' photography. Still the real deal photography, for this 'old timer' (shooting digital since 2000!).

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2018 at 10:16 UTC as 4th comment

Looks like an excellent lens. With effortless, high quality high iso images from all dslrs, the need for an f2.8 zoom (once essential for shooting on film) is redundant, except for depth of field requirements. Add in VR, reasonable weather resistance, and light weight, this is a convincing candidate to replace my fine, but venerable Nikkor 80-200 f2.8 AF-S.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2018 at 10:10 UTC as 2nd comment

I for one, always wish Pentax a bright, prosperous future, as I remember what a big name/big selling brand they used to be.
A pro' camera back in the 60's, bigger than Olympus in the 70's, losing their way a bit in the late 80's into the 90's.
Now slightly forgotten, but producing very good spec', very well priced cameras that really deserve more customers and attention.
And that includes me, who looks to Nikon or the m43 range for new equipment, not Pentax. Yet this K-1 mk2 is every bit a match for competing cameras...

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2018 at 10:01 UTC as 3rd comment

Ahh, I get it now. The correct naming of the other Lumix is actually the GX v8.5 and now we surely have it's successor, the GX9. Because thats all it is, isn't it?
If the GX85/80/GX7mkII is quietly discontinued, and we hear rumours of a proper pro' level 'rangefinder styled' GX camera, it will all make sense.
But right now, I'm puzzled.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2018 at 19:46 UTC as 90th comment

Fine photos. Proves two well known points, 1- its the photographer not the camera, 2- who really needs mega megapixels? The Lx5 was/is a great compact, I miss mine. and The Ricoh GX100 had very 'Tri-X' like noise/grain, very nice.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2017 at 19:31 UTC as 69th comment | 2 replies

Well done Mr Hilos. Take note manufacturer 'Pro Services'.... Gear can be repaired, not simply 'parts not available'

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2017 at 10:35 UTC as 5th comment

Nice, I like the design, good spec, Zeiss too, and the Nokia brand is appealing to a oldie like me too. But too pricey. I just don't get high end mobiles. I blame early happiness with just a £20 Nokia 3310...

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2017 at 10:27 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply
On article Flip to flop: the pocket camcorder flash in the pan (48 comments in total)

I've still got a couple of Kodak and Samsung 'flip' cameras, they lived in my camera bag in the early days of newspapers wanting video for their early websites. This article reminds me of their moment in the light, never really taking off before mobiles and then smartphones got better at video. Maybe their time will come again as a kind of arty, alt' film-making device? Might be fun...

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2017 at 10:22 UTC as 8th comment

With the iconic S rangefinder in their 100 year past, wouldn't that make a great design to base a Nikon mirrorless camera on? Fingers crossed they stay with the existing F mount, with either DX or FX sensor so Nikkor lenses can be used, with an adaptor if needed.
This mirrorless camera could seriously reboot Nikon at a crucial time in the company's fortunes.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 13:38 UTC as 38th comment | 1 reply

The LX was a super series of cameras, and those earlier models seemed much more affordable than today's LX100, or especially the premium Sony RX100.
I took many great photos with my LX5, then changed over to the Fuji X10, another lovely camera but not as quick to use as the LX. The Fuji went (stupidly!) to be replaced by an RX100 mk1, with beautiful image quality, but I never enjoyed using it, so the LX made a brief return as my compact of choice.
I then got a Lumix GM1, but couldn't part with the trusty LX5. I did sell it late last year (another sad parting) as it was just feeling a little dated by comparison to the GM1. Undoubtedly a modern classic for sure.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2017 at 15:52 UTC as 7th comment
On article Looking back: Canon's eye-controlled focus (225 comments in total)

A timely article for me as I was just thinking back to this AF technology as I use my Lumix GH3, utilising the touch screen AF as I look through the viewfinder. So much quicker than using the selector ring on my Nikon DSLR, which feels a very slow and quite prehistoric method of choosing AF area.
So I too think the time is ripe to revisit eye controlled AF now tech' annd processor speed is so much more advanced than back then.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2017 at 15:43 UTC as 18th comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Review (483 comments in total)
In reply to:

scott_mcleod: Maybe I'm imagining things, but the intro (and most of the review) seems very cagily worded - almost damning with faint praise - and includes some rather odd statements, such as, "a camera where you don't have to think about whether it has a mirror or not" (really? This is "a thing" now?) and "16MP isn't exactly cutting-edge at this point" (are there any m4/3 cams with more, at any price?). As for using "try" three times on the first page... how does it "try not to be mirrorless" any more than the E-M10? Or am I missing some critical difference in the form factor? (the hand-grip makes it "less mirrorless", perhaps?)

Seems like a very good camera to me. I almost get the feeling that the reviewer would like it better if it had a Samsung-style smartphone-like interface (kill me now, please) and is maybe selling potential buyers short in this respect.

BTW, it's "eke", not "eek"...

The 16mp point is a fair one, even in comparison to APS-C sensors. Respected photo writer David Kilpatrick noted in his F2 magazine, that if m43 sensors had the same pixel density as Sony's 1inch 'RX100' sensor, then an m43 sensor could be 40mp. Possibly m43 sensors have been 'capped' at 16mp for video? But time for some improvement, maybe to 24mp??

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2015 at 11:31 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 (305 comments in total)

I'm curious why Panasonic's m43rds range, and the m43 system, has not caught the imagination of photographers like Fuji's X series. Even Olympus seem to have promoted their m43rds cameras a bit better, overall excellent though the m43rds system is, Fuji seem to be winning the format 'war'.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2014 at 21:10 UTC as 26th comment | 4 replies

What a superb upgrade to the already marvellous X10. I want one!

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2013 at 21:48 UTC as 14th comment
On article Just Posted: Pentax MX-1 hands-on preview (173 comments in total)
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Andrew Higgins: I'm liking this new MX, especially as it recalls my much loved 35mm MX slr. But not to use the excellent Ricoh menu/interface is madness.

The Pentax menu isn't bad, but looks a bit clunky to my eyes. I've always liked the Ricoh menu, less colourful, but quick and logical to use. We all get used to the menu on whatever camera we use most at the end of the day...

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2013 at 20:40 UTC
On article Just Posted: Pentax MX-1 hands-on preview (173 comments in total)

I'm liking this new MX, especially as it recalls my much loved 35mm MX slr. But not to use the excellent Ricoh menu/interface is madness.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2013 at 20:18 UTC as 25th comment | 3 replies
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