I've been making high-speed single frame captures of water in a stream here in the Oregon mountains, and a moment from the flow is beautiful--I would love to make a similar slow-motion film to reveal the form of the water!
My first camera was a twin-lens reflex purchased in 1956. Today I use a digital SLR. The functional difference is like going from a Ford Fairlane to a BMW. However, esthetically I would prefer the reflex, it had a gleaming metal finish, bright viewfinder, simple and straightforward design I could understand. Ditto my 4x5 camera later on. Most of what goes on in my SLR is a mystery to me, so the design feels capable, but not friendly. The viewfinder and LCD are hard to use in low light, tiny buttons are fiddly, the menus are crazy complicated--a worthy tool but still needs improvement for practical usability. The all-black color seems intended to impress that the user is a Very Serious Photographer, and to harmonize with very serious black outfits. I appreciate the artist surfacing this discussion!
Khizer: Need some advice. I am planning on buying either the Canon 5D Mark iii r Nikon D800 very soon - not because I am a pro but really because I don't want to upgrade for a few years. Can someone tell me if software choice is dependent on the hardware, or are application like Adobe Photoshop CS6 suitable for workflow of either of these cameras? Thanks
D800 image files will be big so you might want to add memory to your computer to process them, and they will fill up hard drive space more quickly.
CarstenKriegerPhotography: I'd like to follow up on some of the comments. Yes, the Kiboko 30L comes with a raincover and it works very well, quick to put on and off and it does what it's supposed to do.For longer hikes (6 hours or more) I use a belt bag for food and water goes into the side pockets of the Kiboko. Alternatively I only take basic equipment (1 body, 2 lenses) and assign one half of the Kiboko to food, water and other necessities. As for the weight... I like my SLR and as long as I can I am happy to carry the weight. Carsten
Hi, Carsten-- What do you do with your tripod? Tx, Mike
Thanks, Carsten, hope you will keep looking and letting us know what you find. I hike and shoot in the mountains here in Oregon with a day pack carrying camera gear, food, a rain jacket, headlamp, etc. and I still haven't found a lightweight pack that can carry it all, plus a tripod.
Artistico: The samples show what we already could have conjectured: under the right conditions - low ISO, perfect exposure, perfect focus, good-quality lens, no camera shake - you get better detail levels with the D800 than with any other 35mm SLR, but it doesn't take much before the tables are turned in the favour of the lower pixel count sensors with their better high ISO capabilities and lower sensitivities to user error.
I am a little bit torn between this and 5D MkIII for my next camera purchase. I would have liked the ultimate quality of those perfectly made photos with top-notch glass and a tripod, yet it would limit me when I often need the higher ISO capabilities of the MkIII for handheld shooting in low-light conditions. And I do prefer Canon's selection of lenses in the focal lengths I require.
Oh, but that extra bit of texture the D800's higher pixel count gives in perfect conditions...
I will still await more and better comparisons, and bide my time a bit longer before deciding.
Right on, Paul! I'm looking forward to honing my skills to match the capabilities of this camera.
boffin44: Possibly among the costs she should have included events like this....
My heart goes out to that guy, he was doing his job. Hope the weathersealing really worked!
Photomonkey: I can see the "whine list" already developing....It's not FF, It isn't pocketable, it's not waterproof, it's not got GPS,it's not got (your favorite obscure video feature here),it's not got hand warmers, it backfocuses, it's not got five f1.2 primes at intro, it's not got IBIS, it's not got in lens IS,it's not got 28 stops of DR, it's not got ISO 256,000, it has noise at ISO 102,000, it has too much res, it doesn't have enough res, etc.
I am never surprised by the number of self appointed experts at engineering, manufacturing, accounting and marketing that surface here to critique products that have yet to see the light of day.
Maybe DPR should create a forum where they can collaborate to create the ideal camera and show us how it really should be done.
What's all this fuss about "small"? Why, Edward Curtis hauled glass plates and a view camera all over the West in a horse-drawn wagon, fer Pete's sake!
Thanks, Carsten, for your excellent primer; hope you will keep going.
I'm curious if you actually pack all your listed cameras, lenses and tripod when you hike? I've been using a Nikon D700 with 24-70mm lens--that plus a carbon fiber tripod is as much weight as I want to carry.
Sam Carriere: Looks lovely, but you know, at my age, the first spec I went down to wasn't the ISO or focusing system, it was the weight. Add a decent lens to this behemoth and you've got 6 to 8 pounds hanging from your neck. My Olympus EP3 and Sony NEX-5N are looking more attractive every day ...
Amen! Plus tripod! I'm starting to understand why Ansel Adams switched from an 8x10 to medium format in his later years. I love the features and the durability of my D700, but dislike packing the weight.
@Ross-- Are you using Zenfolio as an app for iPad? Or as a site accessed with a web browser? I ask because I didn't know there was an app.
Try watching the video while listening to John Lennon singing 'Imagine'.
If you read the Financial Times interview, it certainly sounds like someone at Olympus is siphoning money out of the company, so no wonder they didn't want Woodford snooping around, but he was just doing his due diligence. It's sad to see Olympus, once a fine camera company, fall so low.
I might restate the premise as conscious v unconscious--see David Eagleman's book 'Incognito'. But the oppositions are similar--conscious is driven by its concept of a correct or proper image, while subconscious seeks emotionally appealing images. The dichotomy has been very helpful to me as a new landscape photographer in learning to see.