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On the phone

Jon Bentley (Viewpoint, 17 August) bemoans the lack of a modern, high-quality film scanner. The reason, I suspect, is very simple: lack of demand. And the ‘blame' lies fair and square with the smartphone. I still take photos with a pro-quality Olympus and enjoy looking at A4 enlargements printed on my (old) Canon printer, which also allows me to scan old negs and slides.

But, this is a 74-year-old speaking. My middle-aged children and teenage grandchildren are different; their lives revolve round their iPhones. Even though we could easily look at printed photos, ‘email it to me' is the usual request. If it looks good on a 5 or 6in screen, they are happy. Online on the BBC News recently,

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