Virtually Grey: Apologies for having to split my post into three (now four !) - below but I wanted to say what I wanted to say!
Yes, we're it not for the 1000 character limit per post. I wrote my post off-line only to find when I pasted it in it was too large. As I'm typing this I see that I have 830 characters left, now it's 801, now it's 787 ...
Virtually Grey: It's a Supermarine Spitfire, not a Seafire. Or is it known by another name outside of the UK where they were made?
Ahaaaaa! We (I) live and learn. Where would we be without google? Thank you.
It's a Supermarine Spitfire, not a Seafire. Or is it known by another name outside of the UK where they were made?
Apologies for having to split my post into three (now four !) - below but I wanted to say what I wanted to say!
So, what am I saying? ... I want a full frame, highly portable, high image quality camera to capture my visions. I can add (via readily available amazing software) the other stuff like panorama stitching, focus stacking, exposure bracketing, and the rest, all of which return to my arsenal the stuff available in large format film photography - without the weight, the darkroom, the chemistry, the hit and miss, etc. There's just one thing more I want (for now!); bracketing does address it but more dynamic range would be valued. It seems that there's a general desire to accommodate more highlight detail, but my need is for more shadow detail ... please.It's a sort of macho thing that more and bigger gear is good. No longer, I'm delighted to say. I'm eagerly awaiting what Sony have to offer later this year in the FF mirrorless arena. We're getting into a new photographic era where technology has risen to the challenge, and is not found wanting.
My 7D was a revelation in terms of quality, usability, and the sheer encouragement to carry my camera more often. After a 204 mile photo-hiking project (http://www.virtuallygrey.co.uk/the-cotswold-way) carrying my large format gear 4 years ago I was ready for something lighter. The 7D filled the need and another photo-hiking project was far more enjoyable due in large part to having to carry less gear. Linked here to my blog - http://virtuallygrey.blogspot.co.uk/2012_08_01_archive.htmlI still want to produce large images in print so a large sensor (MP) is important to me. But I'm now appreciating the portability of my S95 even, more. Continued ...
Interesting ... for the last 20 years I've been a 5x4 large format film camera devotee. For 28 years before that I was a 35 mm photographer with a Voigtlander Vito B, a Rolleicord, then an OM1 and an OM4. Three years ago I slipped into the digital world alongside my large format world with a Canon 7D and a Canon S95. Whilst large format has all sorts of pluses it's undeniable that digital has come of age and now, in 'educated' hands it is capable of stunning results. Casual users also occasional capture stunning images but there's no substitute for experience and a sense of vision and purpose. For every day photo needs it's all that's needed. Indeed, my ageing iPhone 3GS is a miracle for every day stuff. Continued ...
Several of the preceding suggestion, but above all ...
A circular sensor (7072 px radius) would allow a square image of 5000 x 5000 pixels. The aspect ratio would be selectable to any that fits the circular sensor. So, no rotating the camera for portrait format shots - instead select aspect ratio via (yet) another controller.
A circular sensor allows the maximum pixel dimensions for any given aspect ratio. Presently I lose 1/3 of the pixels from my 7D sensor if and when I crop to a square.
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