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'Adminicle' is a little used word that means: an aid; an auxiliary.
Origin 1550–60; Latin: adminiculum – support.
I've used it here as the heading for a category where I'll post all kinds of brief articles relating to my interests in photography and beyond.

Lion Yard, Cambridge

Inside Lion Yard, cambridge, 1971

In 1971, the late Peter Soar, a Cambridge solicitor and keen amateur photographer, set about recording the last days of the parts of Cambridge city centre destined to be demolished to make way for major redevelopment.

He also photographed the area during construction and after most of it was completed. The resulting photographs are published here for the first time in three sets. The first taken mostly before or at the start of redevelopment; the second during; and the third when it was nearing completion.

Set One | Set Two | Set Three

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Elements of Style

Christopher Alexander, architect, is also the founding father of the Pattern Language movement in computer science, and author of A Pattern Language, the seminal work that was perhaps the first complete book ever written in hypertext fashion. The page on my old website that referenced his 'Elements of Style' got a surprising number of hits, so I've decided to include it here.

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The AF Nikkor 35-70mm f2.8 Macro-Zoom Lens

A colleague's recent excursions into buying older Nikon optics for use on a D700 prompted me to re-examine a lens that I've had in my possession for 20 years. 


The Nikkor 35-70 f2.8 macroThe AF Nikkor 35-70mm f2.8 Macro Zoom lens was introduced in 1987 and classed as a 'professional' lens. My model is one of the last produced before the introduction of the 'D' series, so it's a 1992 model. The 'D' series started shipping in September 1992 and only differed in that it introduced transmission of the focus distance to the camera, to improve TTL flash exposure calculation.
The lens finally went out of production in 2005 and has never been reintroduced, although to a large extent it was superceded by the Nikon AF-S 24-70mm/2.8G ED.

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