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Tim Parkin

Tim Parkin

Amateur Photographer who plays with big cameras and film when in between digital photographs.

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We get a few people saying that Great British Landscapes is a little 'Film biased' and so to try to balance things up a bit, we're holding a competition to ask people to suggest their favourite digital photographers. Everyone who provides a suggestion and accompanies it with a reason why, will be entered into a draw to win ... a film camera!!

We've been playing with some cheap cameras from e-bay to find out just what the results could be like. The Portra 400 review in the last issue showed just how good they can be (12+ megapixels at 400 iso with 19 stops of dynamic range!).

The camera is an Olympus OM1 and although it isn't automatic, it has a simple light meter and to use it with the Portra 400 we tested, you only need to be within a couple of stops and things will be good. It comes with a 28mm and 50mm lens, both of which are really sharp - in fact, take a look below for a comparison between the canon 50 f/1.8 and the Olympus 50 f/1.8.

And also, here's a comparison between the Olympus 28 f/3.5 and the Canon 24-105 f/4 (both shown at approx 200%)

Centre of image at f/5.6

Corner of Image at f/5.6

So - you suggest a photographer and if you win a prize we've got a proposal. We'll supply two rolls of film and offer to develop and drum scan the best 10 shots as long as you write an article about how you got on!

And obviously we'll get in touch with some of those wonderful digital photographers to feature on the website in future issues!

To repeat .. what you'll receive is an Olympus OM1n full frame camera with a Zuiko 28mm f/2.8 and 50mm f/1.8 lens plus a camera strap plus a roll of Portra 400 and a roll of Fuji Velvia 50 plus developing at a commercial lab and finally a drum scan of 10 of the best photos and a feature story on Great British Landscapes!! Total commercial value nearly <cough> £1,000!! **

So - send us your suggestions to info@landscapegb.com and don't forget to give us a short reason why and a link to their website!

** Well - OK, the Olympus stuff would have cost about £500 when bought new but you can get them now for £100 for camera and 50mm lens and £50 for the 28mm lens although I've been watching for a while and got a functional copy of camera and two lenses for £40. The film is £8, the developing £8 and the drum scanning would be another £500 if you went to professional lab however I do drum scanning of 35mm frames for £8 each.

Then again a feature on GBL is priceless!! ;-)



  • In the interests of fairness can film photographers suggest their favourite film photographer and win a Canon EOS5d Mk ii (having said that, don’t bother sending the 24-105 lens, I’ve got enough doorstops already) ?

    • ermm… no. :-) In thinking of something of equivalent value for money and age though, the closest I could get was an 4Mb compact flash card I have? Could you actually get one photo on that?

  • I return to Diane Varner’s website time and tie again: http://www.dianevarner.com

    If you want a landscape photographer, try Julian Calverley: http://www.juliancalverley.com

  • Richard

    Great promotion of the OM1 too, more importantly do you offer a drum scanning service?

  • You got me laughing and interested at the same time Tim, nice one (o:

  • Comparing a 28mm prime with a zoom is hardly a like for like test though is it.
    Better if we saw it put up against a Canon 28 FD, which was from a similar era and would be a more reasonable comparison.
    As for Portra giving you 12+ megapixels, that, of course, depends on which scanner you use. Rather than the film itself.
    Reading nonsense like this makes me wonder whether any of the other tests you do are even reasonably accurate.

    • The £800 24-105 is the only competitor lens I have and it’s an L lens – a fair comparison for a lens that cost me £20? I don’t know if you spotted that this wasn’t a test, just a comparison. It is the film’s capability that is important, not the film/scanner combination. No one says “Oh well the 5Dmk2 only has 21Mp if you shoot with top notch lenses…” after all.

      In case anybody thinks the Zuiko lens are poor – check out this link. The zuiko is beating canon, nikon and even leica lenses, losing out consistently only to Carl Zeiss.

      And the 50 1.8 included is supposedly better than the 50 1.4 in the test above…

  • Personally, I’m quite happy for GBL to be a little film-biased. There are more than enough digital-biased magazines available on the high street if this is your thing. And to be fair to Tim & co, much of the emphasis is on photographic technique & composition, it just happens to show LF examples.

  • EmDashMan

    Well, I’m shamelessly going to nominate myself. Is that allowed? I’m not a pro photographer, and have been quietly teaching myself over the last couple of years, soaking up information by osmosis from sites like Tim’s, from other photographers like Doug Chinnery (great courses, fantastic photographer) and trying to sort the wheat from the chaff from the plethora of online training videos at Lynda.com (we all know that you can’t just press the shutter and print the results by now – oh no; you’ve got to learn colour theory, sharpening, Photoshop, Lightroom, soft proofing, printing, etc etc).

    So, to see some shots that are never likely to be critiqued by the likes of Uncle Joe or Tim, head off to:


    There are some ghastly ones, some OK ones, some iPhone ones, and some that I’m actually proud of. Would love to find out what others think! Oh, and win a shiny OM1, of course…

  • Tim,
    Just had a search under my bed and dug out my OM1 & OM4, along with 28mm f2.8, 50mm f1.8 and 135mm f3.5.
    Lens are unmarked but a little dusty.

    Would these lens fit the digital Olympus PEN – E-PL1 or E-PL2 ?

  • OK, I’ll bite. Colin Campbell aka Bruiach is a digital chap, with mega-cool results.

  • steveschnabel

    A digital photographer who constantly inspires and dazzles, Jim Patterson speciailizes in an unusual mix of landscape and underwater work. Well worth checking out at: http://jimpatterson.photoshelter.com/gallery-list
    He also posts regularly to flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimpatterson/

  • steveschnabel

    Sorry Tim .. as soon as I pressed the Post Comment button I realised my mistake – the name Great “British” Landscapes kinds of precludes Jim Patterson, being a California-based photographer. I’ll get my thinking cap on again ….

    • I’m happy to include non-us photographers. I’m trying to keep a bias to GB though. 60:40 in favour of UK wouldn’t be a bad ratio for the moment and kind of reflects my capability of interviewing people. However, we’re playing with online interviews soon (using Skype and a few other technologies) so it could become a lot easier to interview people anywhere!

  • grahamsjz

    Ok, I will suggest Glyn Davis who concentrates on Anglesey (and sometimes into Snowdonia) I really enjoy his work and when there go into his gallery.

    Have a look at http://www.glyndavies.com/



    Ps if you are looking for someone who post comments here and has some stunning digital photos have a look at Douglas Griffins flickr stream. Beautiful one on a beach near Aberdeen caught my attention and I enjoy the updates as they come in.

  • I would recommend Pete Bridgwood – superb work in sumptuous colour and a deep thinker about all things photographic. I also admire the work of Paul Morton and Noel Clegg, both on Flickr. Add to that the creative peter Scammel (also on Flickr) and Peter Hyde as well as Joe Rainbow… I could go on

  • pooker

    Mainly I still shoot with 35mm Minoltas (manual focus) and so I’m happy that you’re a little film-biased, too. I would like to agree with Michela, the same here in Germany, more than enough digital-biased magazines and websites. OK, digital has its values and advantages. Sometimes I work with a Olympus DSLR and a big fat zoom lens. But shooting always gives me a feeling of using a plastic computer with 89 buttons and 62 wheels or so, even with my Minolta lenses via adapter. Fortunately I didn’t own a Sony – otherwise I would probably think of shooting photographs with a television…

    Oh, and I would like to suggest Peter Watson:

  • pooker

    Another recommendation: Bruce Percy

  • I’d like to nominate Mike Green who regularly contributes to the discussions. Mike has taken some wonderful landscape images and deserves a spot in LGB. http://www.mikegreenimages.co.uk

  • although i emailed my suggestion of a digital photographer I thought i would post here – a digital tog who i always look out for new images from is a flickr based tog known as Hogne (http://www.flickr.com/photos/htjems/) I am really taken by his seascape work, esp images like this http://www.flickr.com/photos/htjems/2944979527/in/set-72157624511200363 and http://www.flickr.com/photos/htjems/3049970974/in/set-72157624511200363.


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