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KrisAK: I grew up shooting color slides, getting to the point of buying a bulk loader and doing E-6 processing in my parent's laundry room sink. If it didn't happen in-camera, it didn't happen, period.

So at the risk of being ex-communicated, I've got to say I never 'got' the appeal of Adams, and all that hushed talk of tonality. I had a wet darkroom in my basement, and did a massive amount of B&W for my high-school yearbook and newspaper, but the dodging and burning was strictly utilitarian; I never enjoyed that part of the process. Creativity comes in all forms, I guess, so to each his (or her) own.

KrisAK. You're entitled. I feel the same way about some other famous photographers. A lot of Emperor's Clothes in the art world.

What Adams is respected for and admired for are his overall body of work and contributions to art, especially as an educator and mentor.

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2016 at 15:40 UTC
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Jim Salvas: A little too much is made of knowing the correct exposure for the moon. EVERY photographer should know the Luny 11 rule for the moon: the shutter speed is the reciprocal of the ISO at F/11.

The biggest value of this video is to stress the importance of creating the image in your mind, rather than just a faithful reproduction of "reality." Reality is for journalism. The interpretation of a personal vision is the rest of the art.

It is ironic, however, that Adams was one of the founders of the f64 group, which called for a return to realism, after the excesses of the "pictorial" photographers. Oh, well. It is a constant tussle between photography as science and photography as art.

Yes, but even the f/64 school of photography are abstractions.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 18:29 UTC
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contadorfan: I was in Tucson last February & stopped by the Center for Creative Photography at Univ. Of Arizona to see a "Treasures of the CCP" exhibit where a large print of Hernandez Moonrise was on display. Near by was a metal print cabinet where one could open a large tray to see the original negative, an original working print, Adams's printing notes, & other pertaining papers. I was shocked at the dullness of the negative and by how flat and bland the straight print is. If it had been my negative & print, I probably would have tossed them, thinking I'd failed to get the exposure. I was also impressed by the detail and meticulousness of Adams's printing notes (seen in the video). It's a reminder that even the giants had to work hard to pull an excellent image out of the ordinary.

Funny that one so meticulous, exacting, & experienced as Adams couldn't find his light meter at the time!

In the new Arbus biography it says she didn't use a meter & rarely did printing manipulation. Interesting...

In a way we didn't need that light meter in old B&W film days.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 18:25 UTC
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KrisAK: I grew up shooting color slides, getting to the point of buying a bulk loader and doing E-6 processing in my parent's laundry room sink. If it didn't happen in-camera, it didn't happen, period.

So at the risk of being ex-communicated, I've got to say I never 'got' the appeal of Adams, and all that hushed talk of tonality. I had a wet darkroom in my basement, and did a massive amount of B&W for my high-school yearbook and newspaper, but the dodging and burning was strictly utilitarian; I never enjoyed that part of the process. Creativity comes in all forms, I guess, so to each his (or her) own.

Black and white photography as practiced by Ansel Adams, Minor White, Wynn Bullock, even W. Eugene Smith, et al, is not a depiction of "reality." It is a translation of reality into abstract, even artificial, tones. That is its appeal.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 18:23 UTC
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GodSpeaks: I am just glad you allowed us the option of black or white. Choice is always best.
Now if we could just have some more options for how the site appears on OUR computer. Options such as text and background color. Font and font size would also be nice.

You should be able to do that through your browser preferences.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 02:55 UTC

Give an option of 35 percent gray; 70 percent gray. Neither choice is good.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 21:24 UTC as 135th comment
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EasyClick: euh... What are their designers smoking? Can't they design something made for humans? Not to mention how ugly this thing is. I've let it slide on the Quattros since it was their attempt at something different but another one??? Can that thing stand on its own without a lens? Make it a proper box and put that viewfinder far away from the handgrip.

These cameras are more like the digital version (without the modularity) of film era cameras like the Mamiya Press or Koni-Omega Rapid.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 14:49 UTC
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nwcs: I'm a bit surprised they are pricing it there for a niche product. But I'm glad they did. I have used Foveon before and it's a cool tool. It isn't for every situation but it can do a few things that are more challenging for other systems.

Good strategy, since one is locked into Sigma SA mount lenses. But it's nice that the camera is reasonably affordable. Think of the asking price on some 1" sensor cameras.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 14:46 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1178 comments in total)
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fmian: For such a small sensor I would have expected them to debut it with faster glass.
Compared to what has come before it, this is quite disappointing.

These are medium fornat lenses.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 12:43 UTC
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King of Song: Actually without reading any of the routine negative syndical comments, I instantly love this thing.

The only drawback for me is the speed of the lenses. Unless you are doing studio or landscape, most of the benefits of the large sensor will be lost by having to increase ISO by 2 or 3 stops in order compensate for the small aperture, in order to shoot environmental shots in the shade or subdued light.

Exactly. Top film speed was 400-800 and now so many are unhappy with several stops more.

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 03:43 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1178 comments in total)
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left eye: I'm surprised no one has commented on the small front and rear lens elements of the featured 45mm lens.

Does that mean light emerging from the back of the lens will be hitting the edges of the sensor at an oblique rather than perpendicular angle? - which isn't great in terms of light passing straight though a bayer filter matrix and straight down the 'tube' of a photo-cell. Hence lenses 'designed for digital'.

The rear element just seems so small in relation to the so large sensor. I would think designing the rear element to be a similar size to the sensor enables the possibility for light to enter the sensor much more directly/perpendicular.

How do you know that there aren't elements in the lens to do what you suggest?

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 03:41 UTC
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (766 comments in total)

http://www.theverge.com/2016/6/22/12005978/hasselblad-x1d-mirrorless-medium-format-hands-on

https://blog.mingthein.com/2016/06/22/announcing-the-hasselblad-x1d-50c/

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 20:59 UTC as 37th comment
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (766 comments in total)
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Tariag: Body specs look great, but... the lenses? What's that ridiculous aperture??

How many view camera lenses were f/2?
Those are excellent maximum apertures for the format size in my opinion.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 17:47 UTC
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jon404: Looks like a fine, fine camera... simple, well-thought out. Priced reasonably enough, for that market segment. Good to see Hasselblad back in the ballgame!

Oh, but, the lens isn't F1.4, says the "experts." Not every camera has be a 25 frames per second; 76 focus points; etc. camera.

I think the specs and contemporary features are exceptional.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 17:46 UTC
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1178 comments in total)

We need a Hasselblad or Medium Format Digital forum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 03:37 UTC as 33rd comment
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1178 comments in total)
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fmian: For such a small sensor I would have expected them to debut it with faster glass.
Compared to what has come before it, this is quite disappointing.

Tiger1. You get it. This "if it only had X,Y,Z" gets tiring.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 03:33 UTC
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Photoman: FINALLY Victor Hasselblad has stopped turning in his grave and now is resting in peace, knowing common sense has returned.

Yup. The interview with the new CEO on Luminous Landscape pointed the way to the Hasselblad we now see.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 03:31 UTC
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attomole: I think they have done a great Job with packaging on this, the gains for medium format loosing the mirror box are bigger than 35mm, silly that others have not made this enginerring choice before (Pentax).

Like others, I am sceptical that given the ubiquitous DSLR has better, faster technology development, and better light gathering, fast lens options. This will struggle to find its place, but with some specialist focal plane adjustment lenses, a "super wide C" lens option, as a specialist studio and field camera, and it looks like it might even work as a street shooter. It might find its spot in the market none the less.

It does look a nice rig to use, it has an "I want one" appeal.

Same folks who would walk around and hand-hold a Mamiya 7, Mamiya Press, Konica Omega Rapid, Pentax 67, Pentacon 66, Fuju GW690, Plaubel Makina 6x7 in the film era.

I don't need an overwrought, way too many gitzmos camera for everything. If I could design a digital camera, I would simplify it even more. And many studio folks, on the other hand, will like having shutters in lenses.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 03:29 UTC
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (766 comments in total)

Beautiful, neat camera. Why make that viewfinder surround a dust magnet???????????????????????

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 03:13 UTC as 151st comment | 1 reply
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1178 comments in total)

A wonderful product. But please stop with the "iconic design heritage." It ain't there and needn't be.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 18:40 UTC as 111th comment
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