sh10453

sh10453

Lives in United States Michigan, United States
Works as a Electrical & Computer Engineer
Joined on May 2, 2010
About me:

My large collection of Canon FD lenses is back to life. Thanks to mirrorless cameras and adapters. I particularly love the FD 35-105mm w/macro, f/3.5, which is well known for its clarity and sharpness, and the FD 50mm, 1.2, L.

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odpisan: @Canonisti

It is very strange that Ken Rockwell doesn't write about this problem - isn't it?
>;o)

I went to his web site once, and only once, about 10 years ago.
I saw what I saw, and never ever went back.
As far as I'm concerned, I don't give a "..." to what he writes.
Of course I'm entitled to my opinion, just like he is :)

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2016 at 21:55 UTC
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sh10453: I wish that Levi had revealed more information about this treasure, such as more details about the source, legality, copyrights (are they going to be published publicly?), and how or why these films were sent to him in particular, etc.

Judging by the way they were meticulously wrapped and documented, it's clear that these were shot by a professional.
The random film that was processed and printed may not be an indication of what these rolls contain.
As for why they were never processed, it remains a mystery. It may even remain a mystery after the processing.
The $15000 cost is debatable, but I think $12.50 per roll is not terribly excessive because of the special care and extra time needed for handling such a very old batch of film.
If Levi had revealed more details, I would consider donating to the project.
After all, it's curiosity, although I know that curiosity killed the cat ... :)

Hard to tell. He or she could've been ahead of the times (or had access to someone who is knowledgeable in electrical engineering or physics/electromagnetics) for advice. The metallic foil protects against radio and magnetic radiation, as well as forms an extra layer of protection against light leakage.
Early metal detectors (magnetic gates) at airports (or some of them, at least) ruined lots of film before people began to realize it.

I doubt very much that this is the work of an amateur, especially in that day and age, where cameras weren't anything near these days.
Not many could afford such a hobby in those days, let alone 1200 rolls.
We may never know why they were not processed, but there must be a good enough reason.
In any case, we all are guessing and speculating, and Levi has chosen not to reveal much detail.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2016 at 19:56 UTC
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Sergiusbr: Here in Brazil file corruption is worse. O.o

That's because of the PetroBras corruption.
So the firmware will not fix the issue.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2016 at 13:27 UTC
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odpisan: @Canonisti

It is very strange that Ken Rockwell doesn't write about this problem - isn't it?
>;o)

You read Ken Rockwell's stuff? I'm disappointed.
DPR should ban you from this site :)

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2016 at 13:25 UTC

I wish that Levi had revealed more information about this treasure, such as more details about the source, legality, copyrights (are they going to be published publicly?), and how or why these films were sent to him in particular, etc.

Judging by the way they were meticulously wrapped and documented, it's clear that these were shot by a professional.
The random film that was processed and printed may not be an indication of what these rolls contain.
As for why they were never processed, it remains a mystery. It may even remain a mystery after the processing.
The $15000 cost is debatable, but I think $12.50 per roll is not terribly excessive because of the special care and extra time needed for handling such a very old batch of film.
If Levi had revealed more details, I would consider donating to the project.
After all, it's curiosity, although I know that curiosity killed the cat ... :)

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2016 at 12:50 UTC as 23rd comment | 2 replies
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Zee Char: We were there in Jan of 2015. I wanted to see the Bradbury museum at Los Alamos and we learned Hernandez was close.

We could not find it so went for lunch at a local restaurant on the main drag. There was a print of Moonrise on wall and the owner said the spot is just up the road by the abandoned gas station. It was a little overgrown with a lot of trailer homes. I had to get closet to the church so we drove down a narrow road. We got to the church and I started to take pictures and a flatbed ford with hay bails and a couple of dogs on the back pulls up and a guy says "you lookin for Ansel ese". The fellow said his grandfather owned all the land but sold the part from there to the highway where the trailer homes now live. He thought we were from Santa Fe but when I said Canada it blew him away.

It was a unique experience but a shame. One of his most famous images and not a single marker or billboard to let people passing through know.

A very interesting story.
Thanks for sharing it.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 15:34 UTC
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garyknrd: Watching this made me go pull out some old prints I made years ago. I used to get rolls of Tec pan 2415 and Konica 1600. Pull them off the roll in a changing bag and onto a large spool and Hyper the film. Pulling a vacuum on the container then cooking it. Then back onto the roll and into the camera for a nights shooting. LOL. Then back home to the bathroom for processing. I still have an old Besler 23 C around somewhere. What a mess.
Makes you appreciate Digital.. But a lot of fun back then.
Did any of you old timers do any of this kind of processing?

This reminds me of my days in Photography 101 at the University of Arizona, back in the 1980s.

We had one of the toughest instructors who required shooting 10 rolls of 36 exposure black and white a week (assignments varied), bring contact sheets to class, and bring your best 10 images printed on 8x10s for critique!

By the time we got out of the dark room, our clothes smelled like developer!!!

We spent countless hours dodging and burning.

I had the pleasure of briefly meeting Mr. Adams when he visited the U of A in 1982 on the day the U of A put the cornerstone for the new "Center for Creative Photography" building (5 or 7-story building), where Adam's work, among others', was going to be, and is, preserved (he had donated $100,000 to it). He was a friend of the university president (pres. Schaefer back then).
I used a Kiev-4 (instructor demanded a fully manual camera), and later a Canon A1 in that class.
Best photography classes I ever had.
RIP Mr. Adams.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 15:19 UTC
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sh10453: I was told that president Carter was reluctant to sit down for a drawing (for his official picture to be added to the walls of the White House) while he was still in office.
Then the late Ansel Adams took the official picture of him using one of Polaroid's 20X24 cameras, and that it was the first official president's picture to be a photograph instead of a drawing.

OK thanks TP.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 14:28 UTC

I am quite happy with my Canon manual FD lenses on my A6000, using an adapter, that is metal, no bone in it, for less than $20. :)

My large collection of nearly 60 FD lenses, with a good portion of L lenses, has not been used since 2001, but now it has a brand new life.
I have been experimenting with these lenses for sometime now.
I will add some images to my gallery when I'm ready.

Thanks for the warning RB and RS.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 14:26 UTC as 7th comment

I was told that president Carter was reluctant to sit down for a drawing (for his official picture to be added to the walls of the White House) while he was still in office.
Then the late Ansel Adams took the official picture of him using one of Polaroid's 20X24 cameras, and that it was the first official president's picture to be a photograph instead of a drawing.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 05:03 UTC as 18th comment | 2 replies

Thank you for keeping the option to view in dark mode.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 04:35 UTC as 114th comment
On article Western Digital announces My Passport Wireless Pro (47 comments in total)
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sh10453: For a device like this, to be used in the field, and away from AC power sources, I'm very surprised that WD (at this day & age) did not use an SSD card in this 2nd gen device, especially for data safety against the HD dropping/bumping/ .../ etc. in the field, less heat generated, higher speed, AND the much lower power consumption.

2TB SSD's have been available for quite a while now, and no doubt WD can obtain them from Samsung at an attractive price.
They probably could pack 2 SSD's in this enclosure and double its capacity.
...
Over a year ago, I bought WD's pocket-size 10th Anniversary Edition, Metal, 2TB MyPassport drive (USB 3.0). So far I'm very pleased with it.
Its brushed aluminum enclosure helps to dissipate heat much more efficiently than plastic, and its design looks very nice too.
Its weight feels 2 to 3 times the weight of the plastic enclosure version, though.

Once they pack 2X2TB SSD (4TB total) in a MyPassport package (regardless of WiFi), I'd certainly get one.

Silvex,
I think they will do it.
They had already acquired SanDisk, so they already have the silicone and the expertise, it's just a matter of time.
SSD prices have dropped more than 50% from a year or so ago.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 04:31 UTC
On article Western Digital announces My Passport Wireless Pro (47 comments in total)
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sh10453: For a device like this, to be used in the field, and away from AC power sources, I'm very surprised that WD (at this day & age) did not use an SSD card in this 2nd gen device, especially for data safety against the HD dropping/bumping/ .../ etc. in the field, less heat generated, higher speed, AND the much lower power consumption.

2TB SSD's have been available for quite a while now, and no doubt WD can obtain them from Samsung at an attractive price.
They probably could pack 2 SSD's in this enclosure and double its capacity.
...
Over a year ago, I bought WD's pocket-size 10th Anniversary Edition, Metal, 2TB MyPassport drive (USB 3.0). So far I'm very pleased with it.
Its brushed aluminum enclosure helps to dissipate heat much more efficiently than plastic, and its design looks very nice too.
Its weight feels 2 to 3 times the weight of the plastic enclosure version, though.

Once they pack 2X2TB SSD (4TB total) in a MyPassport package (regardless of WiFi), I'd certainly get one.

Naaaaaah, I'll wait. I can't get the price that WD would get on 2TB SSDs
Besides, I haven't installed a facility and a "Clean Room" for that purpose, yet :)

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 23:04 UTC
On article Western Digital announces My Passport Wireless Pro (47 comments in total)

For a device like this, to be used in the field, and away from AC power sources, I'm very surprised that WD (at this day & age) did not use an SSD card in this 2nd gen device, especially for data safety against the HD dropping/bumping/ .../ etc. in the field, less heat generated, higher speed, AND the much lower power consumption.

2TB SSD's have been available for quite a while now, and no doubt WD can obtain them from Samsung at an attractive price.
They probably could pack 2 SSD's in this enclosure and double its capacity.
...
Over a year ago, I bought WD's pocket-size 10th Anniversary Edition, Metal, 2TB MyPassport drive (USB 3.0). So far I'm very pleased with it.
Its brushed aluminum enclosure helps to dissipate heat much more efficiently than plastic, and its design looks very nice too.
Its weight feels 2 to 3 times the weight of the plastic enclosure version, though.

Once they pack 2X2TB SSD (4TB total) in a MyPassport package (regardless of WiFi), I'd certainly get one.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 12:43 UTC as 6th comment | 6 replies

A very clean layout!!!

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2016 at 11:30 UTC as 4th comment
On article D500 owner formally accuses Nikon of false advertising (474 comments in total)
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The Silver Nemesis: I believe the buyer is not right. It is like configuring an Audi and then issue a complaint because the Park Pilot cannot park your car (that's included in thd Park Pilot Plus, btw...).

@Laslo
"... such unabashed hatred for a camera company"
You must be seeing problems with your D500 that do not exist ... J/K :)

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2016 at 15:22 UTC
On article D500 owner formally accuses Nikon of false advertising (474 comments in total)
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The Silver Nemesis: I believe the buyer is not right. It is like configuring an Audi and then issue a complaint because the Park Pilot cannot park your car (that's included in thd Park Pilot Plus, btw...).

What part don't you understand?
Technically WiFi and Bluetooth are two different things.
Bluetooth is a very slow protocol for file transfer, but good enough to control a camera.
Claiming compatibility with the i-x devices when there is no app available yet for such devices is a false, misleading claim.
You can defend Nikon blindly to heaven, and you have the right for your opinion, but why can't you accept the fact that not many agree with your argument? Even a court disagrees with your argument.
This entry has been exhausted.
Let's just agree to disagree.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2016 at 21:12 UTC
On article Hasselblad to announce 'game changer' next week (455 comments in total)

I won't pre-judge them. I just hope they really mean what they say "Game Changer", and that the clause is not just another empty marketing piece of garbage.
Digital photography had already changed the game of photography, and I'm not sure if Hasselblad can change it any further.
If they plan to expand to the photo-enthusiast market, then it would be a game changer for them, not to photography.
If it is another camera that most people would have to sell their house and one of their kidneys to afford just the down payment on a body only, then what kind of game changer would this be?
Anyway, let's wait and see.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2016 at 14:46 UTC as 99th comment
On article D500 owner formally accuses Nikon of false advertising (474 comments in total)
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Blotty: He is absolutely justified and I wish there more like him. Advertising is generally based on selling sizzle, sometimes steak, with a mix of half-truths which are confusing.
The sad part here is that Nikon kit is up there with the best; in this case the engineers who make the equipment so good have been let down by marketing half-wits who have damaged the brand.

Agreed, and that is very true.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2016 at 16:12 UTC
On article D500 owner formally accuses Nikon of false advertising (474 comments in total)
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The Silver Nemesis: I believe the buyer is not right. It is like configuring an Audi and then issue a complaint because the Park Pilot cannot park your car (that's included in thd Park Pilot Plus, btw...).

I believe he is right.
There is no comparison in your argument because there is no D500 Plus. Nikon claimed the feature is in the D500 and made it a big selling feature in their marketing advertisement.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2016 at 16:11 UTC
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