mahonj

Lives in Ireland Dublin, Ireland
Works as a Machine Vision Engineer
Joined on Apr 14, 2009

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KCook: Minolta SR-7 was solid, and dead simple. But it lacked any Auto mode. I still have mine.

https://cdn-ak.f.st-hatena.com/images/fotolife/a/aremo-koremo/20190529/20190529032359.jpg

phew!

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2020 at 14:38 UTC
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KCook: Minolta SR-7 was solid, and dead simple. But it lacked any Auto mode. I still have mine.

https://cdn-ak.f.st-hatena.com/images/fotolife/a/aremo-koremo/20190529/20190529032359.jpg

you really kept it clean!
Wow.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2020 at 22:41 UTC

Pentax K1000 surely.
or OM1 if you have the cash.
You have to focus and expose with both, but they are works or art.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2020 at 18:26 UTC as 110th comment | 1 reply
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Demmos: So from a total camera geek standpoint, wonder why they decided to use an image of a camera from a (now semi-defunct) camera manufacture as the cover photo... looks to be an Olympus OM film camera to me. Wonder if anyone here knows exactly which model? Anyways I believe Pete used Canon throughout his career! Gotta have some fun with this folks! ;-)

Because the OM series was a work of industrial art.
or an industrial work of art.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2020 at 22:01 UTC

The content is great, but they should take it easy and not move around so much, the panning and circling is a bit frantic.
Nice and short too, for today's addled minds (like mine).

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2020 at 13:04 UTC as 8th comment
On article Film Fridays: Defining the 'perfect' lens (95 comments in total)

What about cheaper lenses, like the Canon and Nikon 50mm F1.8's and their Zukio and Takumar (And Rokkor and Fuji) equivalents.
Not everyone can fork out for Leica and Zeiss lenses, even if they are exquisite.
There is not much wrong with an Olympus 50mm F1.4

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2020 at 18:41 UTC as 9th comment
On article Film Fridays: Defining the 'perfect' lens (95 comments in total)
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goodytwoshoes: get any lens designed by Walter Mandler - it will be perfect.

Hi Goody,
Nice to see a lens designer being remembered.
Mostly it's photographers.
Good wikipedia article on him.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2020 at 18:29 UTC
On article Are mechanical film cameras better than electronic? (365 comments in total)

On a slight aside, there is nothing like the Pentax Spotmatic wind on action.
A work of art, if not recognised as such.

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2020 at 22:08 UTC as 85th comment | 2 replies
On article Are mechanical film cameras better than electronic? (365 comments in total)
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Tobyslave: When the aliens arrive and investigate the remains of our civilations they will find two artifacts intact. The first is a package of Twinkies and the second artifact is a still functional Nikon F2. About evry two Decades, you replace the foam seals and just "fwap clank thunk" away.

and maybe a Volkswagen.

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2020 at 22:03 UTC
On article Are mechanical film cameras better than electronic? (365 comments in total)

Lets hear it for the Olympus OM1 and OM2 etc.
Made at a time when the Japanese consistently overachieved with their cameras and lenses in terms of beauty, precision and ergonomics.
The OM1 and OM3 could work without a battery, if my mind serves me correctly, but you would really want the auto exposure / meter working.

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2020 at 18:15 UTC as 99th comment | 7 replies
On article DPReview TV: Sony ZV-1 review (180 comments in total)

It strikes me that this is a way of reducing the price of the RX100 series of cameras which had got a bit crazy.
They have done this by bringing out a parallel "vlogging" optimised camera, which is basically an RX100 VA - lite.
The reviews are good - a few gripes, most of which they can fix the the ZV-1a without much of a fuss.
Looks like a plan to me.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2020 at 12:36 UTC as 20th comment
On article 12 Things Not To Do When Buying Your First Film Camera (237 comments in total)
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mahonj: + figure out where you will get your films developed.
Doing B&W is pretty easy (especially if you plan to scan them rather than print them).
Colour is more difficult (and expensive).
I was a big Olympus fan (OM-1 and Xa), but once I went digital (Canon G2) I just never went back...
But I did scan in most of my negatives (over an extended period) (Epson 4490, perfectly good).

OK, I guess I have never done colour negatives, and fear the unknown!
[ I did Ektachrome E4 once, in about 1974, which was quite a bit of work ... ]

Link | Posted on May 29, 2020 at 14:52 UTC
On article 12 Things Not To Do When Buying Your First Film Camera (237 comments in total)

+ figure out where you will get your films developed.
Doing B&W is pretty easy (especially if you plan to scan them rather than print them).
Colour is more difficult (and expensive).
I was a big Olympus fan (OM-1 and Xa), but once I went digital (Canon G2) I just never went back...
But I did scan in most of my negatives (over an extended period) (Epson 4490, perfectly good).

Link | Posted on May 29, 2020 at 14:25 UTC as 90th comment | 3 replies

I would have to agree. It was a great camera. I had one stolen and replaced it with an LX-5, which was even better.
What made it so good was that it was flat enough to fit in a jacket or coat pocket (and the general image quality) and it looked very good - like a proper camera. (These comments apply to both cameras.)

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2020 at 15:34 UTC as 74th comment
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Deardorff: In decades to come this won't be happening. Digital files - will be corrupted, lost and storage media will no longer be supported or a reader available.

Try opening images on Zip disk now. How about a Bernoulli or floppy disk? Even the CD/DVD player is not in newer computers.

The old treasure of a box of photos in the attic is from years ago while what is photographed now will be lost to the future.

Hi,
It might be worth writing a note about each image, detailing who is in it, where it was and the date of taking (approx). Then, when you go back 50 or a hundred years later you'll know what it is about. (And printing the note out and sticking with the photo.
Better to do less photos and write up each one. (You mightn't have to say very much, just "my dog, Spot, 1987, Atlanta, age 6.")
Right now could be a good time to do it as you'll probably have a lot of time on your hands...

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2020 at 11:17 UTC
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Der Bundeskanzler: Beautiful pictures. I immediately looked up the term "wet scanning" in youtube.
It is always interesting to look at peoples faces. They might be a 100 years away but their thoughts cannot be that different.
A friend investigated and researched on US color slides (private pictures from late 30s to late 90s). For that he visited auctions and flea markets.
I never knew how different people from the US can look like. But all photographers tried to catch the very minute ... and if successful made great pictures.
Again: Great work and an invitation to other people to start rescuing these pictures

I love the smell of D76 in the mornings ....

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2020 at 23:46 UTC
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Deardorff: In decades to come this won't be happening. Digital files - will be corrupted, lost and storage media will no longer be supported or a reader available.

Try opening images on Zip disk now. How about a Bernoulli or floppy disk? Even the CD/DVD player is not in newer computers.

The old treasure of a box of photos in the attic is from years ago while what is photographed now will be lost to the future.

I agree.
Old negs and photos can easily be scanned in, and will probably yeild better images than before. I have even scanned in a set of 35mm contact prints and produced usable images from them (as the negs had been lost).
So the old "analog" world is much easier for amateurs to decode than the newer digital world.
The digital world may become easier as the pace of change slows down - MS Dos disks should be readible, assuming the images are in some known format. But your stuff on myspace is probably gone for ever.

I would summarise it as: anyone with a scanner can read old negs and prints. Not everyone can read zip disks or older storage media.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2020 at 12:30 UTC

great photos, well done and well printed.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2020 at 12:26 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply

It is ironic that she photographed some of the few things that have not changed in 120 years (pets).
If she had photographed her parents, or her sibs or her house, it would have been more interesting.
We had the same ceramic photo dishes and contact print frames at home, but I just used normal paper and developer when using them (in the 1970's as a schoolboy).

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2020 at 19:04 UTC as 17th comment

It only has a 23mm lens, not a telephoto one, or a long zoom.
It hardly needs IBIS with such a short lens (probably 35mm 35mm equiv).

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2020 at 23:39 UTC as 52nd comment | 1 reply
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