raizans

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Digital Pentax Spotmatic for the next crowdfunded camera. Small like the Nikon Zfc, simple as a Leica M. Brass covers in black paint and silver chrome.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2022 at 17:09 UTC as 6th comment
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Rod McD: I like Voigtlander lenses and own a couple, but why have the f1.2 offerings for Fuji got over-ambitious DOF scales? Having a decent DOF scale is meant to be a benefit of having a helical focusing MF lens. Look at the image of the lens - the DOF scale with the lens focused at infinity is showing that everything is in focus from 0.5m/18" to infinity at f16. No way. Check it against a DOF app like DOF Master, and at the same settings it will tell you that the near limit is about 1.65m. Much more realistic. Cosina need to look at their COC choice.

I think depth of field scales were standardized pre-WWII. It would be great if they updated it!

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2022 at 06:39 UTC

Cosina should make these for Sony E-mount (APS-C)! 🙏

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2022 at 01:32 UTC as 3rd comment

So, it'll be six months until the Voigtländer 18mm f/1.2 is announced? =)

The X-Pro4 better have 28mm equiv. framelines in the OVF!

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2022 at 22:43 UTC as 8th comment
On article Hands-on with the Ricoh GR IIIx (178 comments in total)

I wish it had a rangefinder-style EVF.

I doubt LCDs will ever be nearly as easy to use in sunlight, even after all these years.

Link | Posted on Oct 10, 2021 at 22:33 UTC as 29th comment | 4 replies

In-depth tripod reviews? You have cat-tured my attention.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2021 at 04:32 UTC as 12th comment
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PhotoPro1: If you have a film negative, your film is already archived. Keep it in a cool dark, dry place. :) That being said, silverfast is great software.

"Digitization is not preservation."

If you want to preserve film photos, store them properly and have a disaster preparedness plan. Digital preservation (of your digital assets like born-digital photos and scans of film) is another matter entirely.

Archiving is actually more about organizing and describing your materials for access. If you want to write an article about archiving your film photos, it would be about that!

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2021 at 06:35 UTC

Bravo! I love cheap, plastic fantastic SLRs. Deeply uncool, and probably unrepairable if they die, but very capable and fun!

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2020 at 01:25 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply
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Thomas Caudle: And still no Pentax Spotmatic?

Pentax Spotmatics have a bridge circuit to regulate voltage, so you can use silver oxide batteries in them. I'd take a Spotmatic over the K-1000 any day of the week for the more stylish design and the unmatched build-quality of screwmount Takumars.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2020 at 20:11 UTC

While I prefer 135 SLRs of this kind, they are less common beginner cameras for Gen Z in actual experience. They are more likely to start with an autofocus SLR from the 90s and 00s, the cameras their parents got to take family photos. They’re generally the cheapest cameras out there, and very undervalued for all the collectors.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2020 at 10:33 UTC as 75th comment | 1 reply

Buy backups for P&S cameras! At least two, or three if you can afford it.

This goes for all of them, even the high end models.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2020 at 06:48 UTC as 15th comment
On article Tested: Four travel tripods for every budget (520 comments in total)

The Leofoto 284C should have been in this review! For tripod geeks, it stands out as the best deal in high performance travel tripods.

https://thecentercolumn.com/tripod-reviews/leofoto/leofoto-ls-284c-review/

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2020 at 20:00 UTC as 143rd comment | 5 replies

I want to know where this leaves the R and RP in the lineup. Will they be phased out? Will they be upgraded with IBIS, dual cart slots, and all the other goodies?

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2020 at 20:26 UTC as 105th comment | 6 replies
On article Are mechanical film cameras better than electronic? (376 comments in total)
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raizans: Isn't the premise of this article a little flawed? Film photographers *have* embraced electronic cameras: Contax cameras (T2, T3, G2, Aria, 645), Canon AE-1, Pentax 67 and 67ii, Mamiya 6 and 7 and RZ67, Lomo LC-A, a lot of middle and high-end point & shoot cameras, Nikon F100, Hasselblad XPan, Polaroid SX-70, and so on. They're some of the hottest, most in-demand, and more expensive cameras out there today. It could be that *most* of the popular cameras are electronic. If the main point is that a lot of electronic 35mm SLRs are still very cheap and worth using, old photo dogs who are the main proponents of MMM (Manual, Metal, Mechanical) cameras already know that: https://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=167900

The key takeaway to stress is that learning film photography is a process of trial-and-error, and don't let dogma keep you from trying something that could be helpful.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2020 at 02:53 UTC
On article Are mechanical film cameras better than electronic? (376 comments in total)
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raizans: Isn't the premise of this article a little flawed? Film photographers *have* embraced electronic cameras: Contax cameras (T2, T3, G2, Aria, 645), Canon AE-1, Pentax 67 and 67ii, Mamiya 6 and 7 and RZ67, Lomo LC-A, a lot of middle and high-end point & shoot cameras, Nikon F100, Hasselblad XPan, Polaroid SX-70, and so on. They're some of the hottest, most in-demand, and more expensive cameras out there today. It could be that *most* of the popular cameras are electronic. If the main point is that a lot of electronic 35mm SLRs are still very cheap and worth using, old photo dogs who are the main proponents of MMM (Manual, Metal, Mechanical) cameras already know that: https://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=167900

Furthermore, I think the article is missing a discussion of what kind of camera is better for learning the basics (if there is such a thing). Generally, people recommend mechanical 35mm SLRs because they have fewer features and give simpler physical controls for shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and focus, and generally simpler meter readouts (e.g., match-needle metering) and a TTL view. A more nuanced perspective will admit the value of automation as well, which students may find more user friendly. Crucially, when it comes to interface, ergonomics, and usability, not all cameras are created equal, and the experience of all of these aspects depends on the user. It gets hard to make helpful blanket recommendations for broad categories of cameras like mechanical vs. electronic because of the variation that exists in camera designs and in individual user experiences.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2020 at 02:53 UTC
On article Are mechanical film cameras better than electronic? (376 comments in total)

Isn't the premise of this article a little flawed? Film photographers *have* embraced electronic cameras: Contax cameras (T2, T3, G2, Aria, 645), Canon AE-1, Pentax 67 and 67ii, Mamiya 6 and 7 and RZ67, Lomo LC-A, a lot of middle and high-end point & shoot cameras, Nikon F100, Hasselblad XPan, Polaroid SX-70, and so on. They're some of the hottest, most in-demand, and more expensive cameras out there today. It could be that *most* of the popular cameras are electronic. If the main point is that a lot of electronic 35mm SLRs are still very cheap and worth using, old photo dogs who are the main proponents of MMM (Manual, Metal, Mechanical) cameras already know that: https://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=167900

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2020 at 02:53 UTC as 78th comment | 2 replies

I cannot wait until Voigtländer starts making manual focus prime lenses for Canon RF mount!

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2020 at 06:21 UTC as 17th comment

Autofocus speed doesn't matter much as long as you have a manual focusing tab like on rangefinder lenses (and the Leica Q). That way you can scale focus by feel (SFxF).

Anybody else in the focusing tab crowd?

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2020 at 04:43 UTC as 83rd comment | 5 replies
On article What the Z50 tells us about Nikon's APS-C strategy (677 comments in total)

It tells me they're going to do the same thing as Sony: make very few lenses for APS-C, almost no primes for APS-C, and not make the cameras especially good at meeting new needs such as better connectivity or vlogging.

Meh.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2019 at 03:00 UTC as 83rd comment

I don't like this decision at all. Why, oh why, did they not decide to make NEW Spectra cameras? That's the problem that needs solving.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2019 at 15:06 UTC as 4th comment | 6 replies
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