Jacob the Photographer

Jacob the Photographer

Lives in Australia Northern NSW, Australia
Works as a Photographer
Has a website at http://www.bataviaphotos.com
Joined on Jun 10, 2012
About me:

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Why Not ?
Life should be all about having fun - it's to short for anything else.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2020 at 23:09 UTC as 51st comment | 4 replies

Another bunch of bored lawyers never been able to score a decent job taking on real workers.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2020 at 09:25 UTC as 26th comment

Fingers crossed this investment company does the right thing !
But if reminded me about a similar event in - if I remember well - in the 1980's in the Netherlands. The then famous and historic airplane industry 'Fokker' sold off its entire production to a German company. A few years later that German company had cleaned out 'Fokker' from its most valuable patents etc. and closed down the production facilities.....
Let's hope Olympus does not go the same way. And with it perhaps other big brands.
Welcome to the future ?!

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2020 at 23:52 UTC as 286th comment
On article Are mechanical film cameras better than electronic? (365 comments in total)
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Jacob the Photographer: Back in 1977 I scored my first full time photography job: School photographer. I was handed over an old Leica M2 and Rolleicord. The Leica was replaced by the M3 soon after. Twice a year those cameras went for a full service. The Leicas especially needed that service to be reliable. (On average 300000 (Yes 300K) shots a year.

Later when self employed I had the Nikon F3 - electronic shutter control and still - even compared to my digital cameras the most accurate exposure of all. I had the Nikon F3 system for 20+ years.....

It was "robot' like work - I did the sit down portraits and my mate the classes as a whole. In genral we could 'work' one big school in one day. We used the American Kodacolor II
#OiChe , the film were sent of to a specialized lab in Germany - we received the prints back in 4 days and the parents had them within 2 weeks and bought 90% .
#TillmanB The schools did not pay a dime - they got a small bonus from us to allow us do the job.
School classes of 40 kids where the norm in those days - mostly 2 classes for each grade. Worked hard - Big money !

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2020 at 22:50 UTC
On article Are mechanical film cameras better than electronic? (365 comments in total)

Back in 1977 I scored my first full time photography job: School photographer. I was handed over an old Leica M2 and Rolleicord. The Leica was replaced by the M3 soon after. Twice a year those cameras went for a full service. The Leicas especially needed that service to be reliable. (On average 300000 (Yes 300K) shots a year.

Later when self employed I had the Nikon F3 - electronic shutter control and still - even compared to my digital cameras the most accurate exposure of all. I had the Nikon F3 system for 20+ years.....

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2020 at 22:47 UTC as 81st comment | 4 replies

LOVE IT !!!!

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2020 at 01:02 UTC as 24th comment

I bought the X-H1 specifically for its great build quality , its slightly larger body as the X-T2 I had , its fabulous viewfinder and the famous Fuji old timer dials. I never used it for video , would not even know how to interpret all this video lingo. All I do is landscape photography and in that for me the X-H1 shines.
Please stop making us believe it is Fuji's prime take on Video .
But having said that - I often wonder why not have the option in the menu to make the menu (of any digital camera) 100% stills or 100% video. That should not be to hard:
Menu option 1 : Video & Stills menu
Menu option 2 : Stills menu only
Menu option 3 : Video menu only.
That way the never used clutter for either discipline is out of sight and opens ways to add more specialized functions... ?

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2020 at 23:12 UTC as 39th comment | 1 reply
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Jacob the Photographer: After a 40 ++ years of professional photography I wanted something as close as possible to a film camera experience. Started years ago 'to test the waters' with a used X-Pro1 . Loved it and still use it. Then added a X-T2 , nice but a bit of a strange creativity block. To small ? To many options ? I don't know for sure as I sold it 6 months after buying new. Then came the X-H1 . For my style of now more artful photography - landscapes - just perfect. The top LCD allows me to see all needed settings. The incredible viewfinder allows me to compose as accurately as with an old 6x6 . No creative blockade by useless technology standing in the way. A rugged body that may outlast me.
Let's face it: no matter how many features a camera has - it boils down to a good composition , accurate focus and correct exposure in a reliable camera. All can be done with simply using your brain.
And that is where the X-H1 shines out in the (Landscape) fields : Simplicity , durable , reliable.

I may have spent more hours in darkrooms and behind film processing machines as most if not any of the DPreview readers. On average I 'burned' some 10 - 30 rolls of film per day. I have used 10's of thousands of liters of chemicals which were collected by chemical processing companies for the silver, companies of rather questionable ecological correctness (But it was all we had in those days).
To me film / chemical based photography does no longer fit in today's better understood ecological environment.
It for that reason as well I chose to continue with the Fuji X-Pro1 and the Fuji X-H1 both seem to me very durable cameras and I see no need to upgrade in the coming 10 - 20 years unless they break down beyond repair. Also an environmental choice.
In our time we replace cameras almost as fast as we did change a film in the old days.
It's like buying a new car when you run out of petrol or ave to change the oil.
Think about it .....

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2020 at 23:06 UTC

After a 40 ++ years of professional photography I wanted something as close as possible to a film camera experience. Started years ago 'to test the waters' with a used X-Pro1 . Loved it and still use it. Then added a X-T2 , nice but a bit of a strange creativity block. To small ? To many options ? I don't know for sure as I sold it 6 months after buying new. Then came the X-H1 . For my style of now more artful photography - landscapes - just perfect. The top LCD allows me to see all needed settings. The incredible viewfinder allows me to compose as accurately as with an old 6x6 . No creative blockade by useless technology standing in the way. A rugged body that may outlast me.
Let's face it: no matter how many features a camera has - it boils down to a good composition , accurate focus and correct exposure in a reliable camera. All can be done with simply using your brain.
And that is where the X-H1 shines out in the (Landscape) fields : Simplicity , durable , reliable.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2020 at 04:35 UTC as 31st comment | 2 replies

Sad example how one idiot spoils it for many good ones.
Thank heavens no accident happened the tragedy could have been beyond believe.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2020 at 00:57 UTC as 44th comment

A few minutes of pure inspiration
Countless miles and days, weeks , months of hard work.
THANKS !

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2020 at 23:00 UTC as 2nd comment

A beautiful life - well spent. Thanks for sharing - very inspirational:
Don't sit idle >> GO and DO !

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2020 at 22:25 UTC as 9th comment

Just one word:
BRILLIANT !!!!!

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2020 at 22:50 UTC as 48th comment | 1 reply

For me it was the Leica M2 .
I was a young amateur photographer , it was 1977. A local school photography business got 'smell' of me and found where I lived and called my mum "Would Jacob be willing to have a talk to work for us we like his work !! " - I was a part-time mechanical engineer at the time ....
I went for the talk , the manager introduced me to the work and said if you work for us you will start working with Leica M2 and if you do well will get an M3 .
I started next day. Got that Leica M2 with 90mm Elmarit and learned the trade. Soon the boss came and said you passed the test - here is your new Leica M3 - with that I photographed about 250000 (yes 250k !) children per year. It was backbreaking work , long days but great fun. It provided me an incredible self confidence in photography.
After a few years I decided to begin as freelancer wedding and press photographer and bought a Leica M4 set. In 1985 opened my own studio and still have contact with that old boss.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2020 at 23:35 UTC as 71st comment

Having started professional photography back in 1977 one can imagine I had my share of film cameras. My big love was the Leica M3 and later surpassed by the Nikon F3 . They had in common not only the '3' but more importantly the ease of use - and compactness combined with solid as a brick build. Now retired I am a happy shooter with the analogue user experience of my Fujifilm cameras which produce higher quality as those mechanical marvels of years bygone.
And when I take all that into account and look at this I'm Back contraption I can not escape the thought that the designers either 'smoke' or should light a 'smoke'. What a crazy idea to build a bulky digital back behind a beautiful streamlined camera only to use it in our digital day and age only because it is vintage.
I'm Gone .

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2020 at 22:10 UTC as 77th comment | 1 reply
On article How HDR display could change your photography forever (220 comments in total)

So we have to believe our future still looks bright ?
That's good news then !

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2020 at 03:29 UTC as 21st comment

Is Zeiss going the same bizarre path as the Sony World Photo awards of 2019 ?
Is it so hard for a company like Zeiss - a company carried by hard earning photographers since its early days - to reward beauty ?
I'm 100% certain a huge amount of very beautiful photographic creations has been discarded by the Zeiss judges to favor those mobile phoney snapshots !!
EVERY DpReview weekly challenge shows more quality as the rubbish in this shortlist.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2020 at 21:47 UTC as 52nd comment | 2 replies
On article Get something out of staying in: Ideas for isolation (74 comments in total)

Thanks for inspiring !
My little idea :
Make macro photos of anything in the house - from sugar on a LED light with color filters to the filament in a light-bulb , from the eye of your partner to the pixels of your phone.
Anything goes ;-)

Link | Posted on Mar 25, 2020 at 01:32 UTC as 21st comment

I have been long time Fujifilm user - and over the years turned my back to it often - but just as often returned to it. My 45 years ago started Pro-photo career still thinks analogue. Fuji just fills that need. But I had lots of issues getting the RAW images perfectly 'developed' . Lightroom can do but not perfect. Affinity Photo a little better but not really there. DXO can not does not want it. In short: I tried all really ALL RAW develop software on the market. Almost sold all my Fuji gear for once and for all.
Just days ago gave the recently upgraded Capture One 20 a test - I'm blown away.
It pulls more out of the Fujifilm APS-C sensor as I have ever seen coming from my long gone Nikon D810 for instance.
So the need for a full frame Fujifilm camera line simply does not exists. The step up to medium format just makes most sense.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2020 at 21:57 UTC as 84th comment

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Sunset
Starry Night
Sunrise
Daylight
All we need
Will always Be

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2020 at 21:45 UTC as 131st comment
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