backayonder: So there I was this morning sitting in the Dental Surgery waiting room reading a copy of a December1979 National Georgraphic as you do.
A full page ad on page three for the Nikon FM2 with the headline
"Classics are timeless"
dental office lol. Reminds me of the Seinfeld episode when Jerry asked the dentist "what's the difference between a Dentist and a Sadist?"....."the Sadist has better magazines..."
Wow! I'm selling all my EOS and FD gear and jumping ship for Nikon immediately!
HetFotoAtelier: available to download in January 2014?????Now I know nothing to ask for christmast :-(
The email I received this AM reads "expected availability Jan 2014"... Which means last night at a restaurant somewhere in Tokyo two engineers started talking about it... Jan 2014: don't count on it.
To me it's kind of like an advanced "bait and switch carrot"...we are coming up on the (USA anyway) big shopping season Black Friday Cyber Monday etc....I think Canon dvrs NFL football games and is seeing all the black Nikon lenses in the end zone and getting worried...trying to keep the Canon-Nikon-Canon-Nikon ship jumpers from jumping.
stevens37y: Original but not very environment friendly.
"environment friendly" you're joking, right?
I'm guessing she's from back east, NY, Vermont maybe...no self-respecting Montana native would have time to produce this self-absored drivel.
white shadow: Its about time someone points out the futility of acquiring new cameras and lenses in the believe that having the latest gear will improve their photography. It won't.
One must acquire the skill of a photographer first. For a novice, that will require both theory and practice for at least 6 months of training. Most important is acquiring the "art of seeing". It is not something that is easily thought or learned. Some just don't have it. Its like teaching a person to draw or paint.
In the days of film cameras, one usually use the same camera for years with an occasional purchase of a new lens. Further, one has to always think before they shoot as film (and processing) is not cheap. Thus, novice has to learn how to see and get right as far as possible.
Materialism is definitely not a good way to train a craftman.
This magic bullet syndrome has been written about for years( here's one from 2001: http://www.largeformatphotography.info/forum/archive/index.php/t-5277.html). The author is not discovering something new. At least he got people to click through to his blog and see some grainy pics of poor people in Florida and a guy with his finger in his nose. Really?
If GAS didn't exist then neither would this website.
Been to any Canon forum here lately?
"Germany has no plans to invade France at any point in the future..." Adolf Hitler
I call Shenanigans! How could a lens case be priced at $699!!! ;=)
Scott Eaton: I'm sure we'll get the typical goose stepping approval by the Leica crowd, but I have to agree with most of the comments in that the images are under-whelming. Anybody owning the latest Nikon / Canon and knowing how to use something like SilverEFX will simply mop the floor with this thing - per pixel sharpness aside. However, one thing that might be worth experimenting with is Tri-Color exposures with still lifes. Net results should surpass an SD-1 with ease.
dpr should outsource sample images to pros.
Until I win Powerball, I'll keep on shooting my stock of Agfapan 100.
Just what I was hoping for, more integration with Google. :(
FYI you can read the ENTIRE BOOK online RIGHT NOW at the big search site. Rhymes with Poogle. Lol. Then you can decide whether or not you want to set your alarm for 3am to download. :)
Personally, I'd rather see DPR's multi-page in-depth camera reviews turned into pdfs for download.
Joshlovesphotos: I was lucky enough to get the download.
Hey guys, don't waste your time complaining about what I would honestly consider a $1.99 ebook.
I too got the download the day it was offered, and agree with you.
Out of curiosity, I checked just now, and you can read the entire contents online right now at google books. That and a gazillion other books.
MPA1: My biggest wonder about macro is this:
How on earth do you get something such as an insect to stay where you want it to be whilst you set up the shot?!
Formaldehyde. That's the chemical we had in a small bottle with a dropper for insects in my biology days. It's also in photography chemical process and woodworking glues etc.
wkay: What's the point of this whole article? Seems to be some sort of vague engineering discussion. If my subject fills the frame, focuses, and gives me a pleasant compostion, what the h do I care what the magnification is? Am I supposed to be taking critical measurements off the image for scientific purposes? I'm sure there are better tools for that. And who on earth needs to Tweet or Facebook this? My life is going fast enough, I dont need to waste any more of it on frivolties that I already am. Sorry to carry on, but these DP 'tutorials' are just proving a general waste of time as they are just superficial overviews that dont provide sufficient info to really improve my skills.
I've used a Canon autobellows going on 30 years now, and continue to use it with my now EOS system. I use macro lenses on it, non-macro, and even a bellows-only lens. I know the potential magnification with some of these is well beyond 1:1, but I've never bothered to look at the scale or calculate the magnification. So you can be into macro without the scientific/technical end. Oh by the way I'm an engineer, but as you say, all I care about is the composition. Be gentle though because a growing segment of the population gets off on metadata and technical details, as evidenced byt the large segment that is Tweeting and posting on FB meaningless krap.
Freezing insects work, as does the chemical whose name escapes my brain, used to use in biology, which kills the insect. This is well known.