Normally I'd carry a "real" camera, a Leica or a Nikon. But I thought I'd only be taking happy-snaps, so I used my old (very old!) Minox 8111. People are always telling me that "real cameras are too big and heavy to carry around" and besides, most people nowadays can't handle manual focus, and at parties like this, people often borrow and swap cameras. As here.

You can see the results. The big lad on the right (my left) is our new deputé (M.P.), part of the Macron landslide. He's from the next village, where he's a farmer. We've known him for a few years and when he was elected to national office, everyone was delighted. For scale, Frances is five feet tall.

Yes, I had tested it before this was taken: I'd just bought a new battery for it, so I'd shot quite a bit. Then this happened. Did I use the wrong settings? I don't know. Nor do I care. I'll just stick with the cameras I know how to use, and where I can make all the settings manually, rather than trying to use (or learn to use, or re-learn to use) an auto-everything camera, even if it is small and light. Nor, come to think of it, do I see much advantage in spending a fortune on a new small camera such as a top-of-the-line Fuji when it won't give me results that are as good, or as easy to obtain, as I can get from a proper camera.

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