2-3 years ago I gave my kids my old Leica M8 with Jupiter 12 lens on it. And later I even gave it to my elder daughter to own. Nowadays, they shoot only on smartphone. It's just a way easier and kids got used to technologies. I think people become lazier in terms of learning generally. So much tech around that makes thing simple, why worry? :)
Is it just me, or your test pictures are getting better? I enjoyed some of them as photographs.And I think the lens are not bad at all.
Abe Adew: funny how the "real" photographers with their "real" cameras giving a bad rap about this article. The reality is, we have a single App that brings a community closer together through the love of photography. Great people, great idea, honorable mission.
you see, "real" photographers.. no amount of your medium format portfolios can have impact as big as these people with their camphone.
BJBigler: Of the photo sharing sites I've seen, Flickr offers the best overall experience for my purposes. I actually like that they haven't done much to change the format, as it means I don't have to keep "retraining" my parents and other relatives on how to view photos of their grandkids. Uploading through Lightroom is a breeze, and being able to reupload after changing a photo gives me huge flexibility. I can upload a draft for quick sharing, then fix elements later (especially handy for scanning negatives with dust or scratches). If the photo's EXIF info is done correctly, Flickr will display the three main data points that I want to see -- when, who, and where -- without having to dig into pop-ups or other pages. It also makes assigning photos to multiple albums ("sets," in the lingo) terrifically easy. I could go on...
I'm sure Flickr isn't "cool" anymore, but for me it's pretty close to perfect.
never knew them. and did not get happier to find out. looks like from, what... from 80th?..
JacquesBalthazar: Am I the only one to think apps such as these are making so called "creative photography" increasingly easy, trivial, gimmicky, lazy, boring, repetitive and ultimately irrelevant?
At least PS and the like require some training and knowledge, and benefit from an understanding of the mechanics of photography. But the new generation of apps are too brilliant for our own good.
Basically, within 6 months from now, nobody will raise an eyebrow for any similar output, and, unless you live on a desert island with no Internet, the only reaction facing a "creative" image will be to yawn and deride the Snapspeed filter that was used. Even if the picture is in fact truly a 19th century wet plate print or a 40s Kodachrome slide retrieved from a sunken ship or the outcome of a complex experiment at sophisticated cross processing.
I might be overly elitist, but the only way forward for meaningful photography might be in going back to the basics.
You can say the same about any modern "abilities" we have now for granted. Just change "photography" etc. to "planes", "computers", "cell phones", "cars"... "medicine"... and even "photo camera" again.
there are 2 ways - one either goes with the development or falls behind. Like it or not - this never gonna change.
I have just removed my IG account. Do not want to take part in that "fun".
this is funny how many people are concern about pixels, high ISO etc., making a war between canon, nikon, sony.. name it. as if it is a substitute of actual photography. as if the one and only available light is a candlelight and they "desperately must" print huge billboards from every shot they take.supposed to be that way?boring.
I installed it just for fun once on my MAC. Now I want to redevelop some of my old photos in LR4. It's bad! :)It really pushes dynamic range wide. And it takes much less actions processing out details in blacks and whites, where in LR3 you could only use multiple filters and brushes and much more time processing.The only annoying thing is its speed - really ssssssssslow. So take your time.
Lu Heng: Maybe thinking of possibilities the technology could give would be a better way instead of thinking of limitations and uselessness of it in one's small life?
It's really boring reading through all these pessimistic/haters comments.
Personally I love the this technology and I wish I could have more time to imagine products using it.
Personally, I believe, that a more constructive way of pointing could be all cons making future pros. One need a bigger sensor - you've got it already. In some time. So then what?And keep on...A 18mp full size sensor of "point and shoot" with no need in focusing. And with the ability to make deep or shallow DOF with few clicks in LR (or else).
Maybe thinking of possibilities the technology could give would be a better way instead of thinking of limitations and uselessness of it in one's small life?
We just came from 8 days safari in Kenya. I took M9 with 28/35/50/90. Before the trip I was kind of regretting I had sold all my canons years ago. But during safaris I even had to use only one lens - one never knows what will be next and I decided not to make fuss about changing lenses. Thus I had to think more and picture the image inside my head first and only then take it with the camera.As a result, I took some nice (to my taste) photographs of wild life views with animals and scenery as a good memory of our adventure.Anyway to me it is more about memorizing good moments of life than about equipment.With my respect to all other opinions.