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4fabian: I wish that they would go the full frame route instead as features like hand-held macro in camera focus stacking just aren't available elsewhere. I wish they were. If they bring out a 40+ MB full frame with the best olympus features, it would be on my shopping list. Right now I use the dated but loveable Olympus Pen-f which I love as a fun camera with a Panasonic Leica 8-15mm lens. For serious work related photography I use full frame as I shoot mostly in low light.

There is plenty of software to eliminate noise or rez up. Enjoy the small lenses of 4/3. More than enough mp.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2021 at 20:49 UTC
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sirhawkeye64: I think some people are missing the point of this article. It's about the process he went through in his decision making... What he bought may not work for you, or me. But it works for him, and that's what's important. Doesn't really even matter what the brand is either. But this article is more about the process, not the gear itself.

If you have the proper skills and know the proper techniques to get great photographs, the actual brand or type of camera you use is, for the most part, irrelevant.

Agreed! I did the same trip one month before Covid. My gear? 2 Olympus bodies + the 3 Pro zooms ( 7mm to 150mm f/2.8s ) Perfect gear regretted nothing.
Here are my photos.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2021 at 12:04 UTC
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runbei99: When I shot Tri-X I had great results exposing at ISO 200 and developing for 6 min in Rodinal 1:50 with 5 sec agitation per minute at 68F, and printing on #4 paper. It gave me a flat, low-grain negative that printed beautifully on the high-contrast paper. I learned that grain comes from over-developing the film, not printing on contrasty paper. Of course, the point is to find out what you like and do it. For studio portraits I loved Agfapan 25 dev'd in Rodinal 5 min with 5 sec agitation per min and printed on whatever grade paper worked best for the subject.

Loved Rodinal but found it too "grainy" for TriX. Very sharp acutance but tended to exagerate grain. I used it usually on PlusX and PanatomicX.

Link | Posted on Mar 26, 2021 at 14:32 UTC
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jxh: I am not a commercial photographer . But I see the writing on the wall, that more and more competition for the marketplace does not bode will for many types of photography (portrait, wedding, news will still survive, but even with news there will be no more Weegees coming up--most spontaneous news stories are captured by phone)

A while back in a shopping mall I made a comment on one of the photos advertising a school in a kiosk, and my wife said 'we used that same one'. She does some web work for a university, and other than photos of campus or personnel, most of what they use is stock. That's the problem: there is much less need to hire a photographer these days of mass marketing photographs.

I'm glad I'm just in it for the fun.

I'm still around jxh!

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2021 at 12:31 UTC
On article Olympus 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x sample gallery updated (181 comments in total)

Common guys! Give the poor photographer a break. He gets the lens and needs to put up some images really quickly. No exotic trip to the Galapagos ( no time and Covit-19 ). Just local stuff in a dreary area. The kind of photos most of you would take testing out a new lens. Be happy and give your wife a hint for Christmas!

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2020 at 13:23 UTC as 8th comment | 3 replies
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Rob890: Just not wide enough not learned from owning one poor firmware support

I agree with you. In 2020 the 35mm focal length is no longer a wide angle. A 28mm f/1.8 would "now" be a better choice for street and all around photography.

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2020 at 13:27 UTC

The best sounding shutter ever was from the Zeiss Contarex Bullseye. At 1 sec. and 1/2 sec. it opens the gates of heaven. My Hasselblad 2000FC opened the gates to hell!

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2020 at 12:39 UTC as 7th comment
On photo DSCF4373-HDR in the Urban explorer challenge (25 comments in total)

Beautiful image. A masterpiece. Rembrandt would have been proud of doing a painting like that. Chapeau!

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2020 at 12:56 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
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Adrian Joseph Roy: This question comes from a place of 100% ignorance on my behalf. But I genuinely want to understand, why is this a big deal. Doesn't this just make photos look like they were shot with an Instagram-like filter? I thought the whole point of white balance was to get things looking as natural as possible. Again, I am ignorant. Please help me understand this.

Once in a while you may want to change the mood of a scene. You can add cool tones for an early morning or after sunset scene. Warm tones for late afternoon or sone portrait work. At least that's what I do now.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2020 at 12:35 UTC

Nice story and pictures. As an old film person I recognize the cross processing. Green clouds and magenta stones. If you try to remove green you get more magenta and vice versa. C-22 or C-41?

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2020 at 21:09 UTC as 36th comment | 1 reply
On photo Sunset ride in the Camels, as in dromedary (one-humped) challenge (4 comments in total)

Being in the right place at the right time! Great shot. One more would have been interesting if you had totally shielded the sun with the camel's hump. Yes, I know, they were moving and you had no time.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2020 at 20:58 UTC as 1st comment

Donald Trump already has one on order! He has taken over from Goldfinger.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2020 at 11:53 UTC as 10th comment

The sharpness is fine! On my 32 inch NEC monitor. For you sharpness freaks, a little bit of un- sharpening in Photoshop will make the images jump off the page!

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2020 at 13:00 UTC as 16th comment
On article Are mechanical film cameras better than electronic? (376 comments in total)

The problem with early electronic cameras was that the electrical part would go on the fritz with heavy use or no use. No parts to fix them.
Same with my brothers 2003 Mercedes Benz V-12. All the electronics are going and the cost of replacement is atrocious.
From where I stand, the best cameras were the Nikon F2 and Leica M4. After those, you take your chances!

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2020 at 16:27 UTC as 116th comment | 1 reply

Everything perfect!

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2020 at 12:17 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
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Maoby: I never got rid of any cameras, after more than 50 years of photography
But I know that one day , I will have to do it.
And I already regret it! :(

Hey Maoby, there is a guy in West Africa who make caskets in the shape of your favorite camera! How about a nice F2 casket?

Link | Posted on May 26, 2020 at 13:06 UTC
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entoman: I've regretted selling almost *every* camera I've ever owned, and in 60 years of photography that includes models from Canon, Chinon, Contax, Fujica, Halina, Kodak, Littlejohn, Minolta, Miranda, Nikon, Praktica, Rolleiflex, Sinar, Sony, Toyocaflex, Weltaflex, Yashica and Zorki!

Almost all of them had some unique appeal, and although some of them seem almost prehistoric, they all gave me pleasure. The only exception was the Sony a5000, which was about as much fun as an old nappy.

That Littlejohn was something special !

Link | Posted on May 26, 2020 at 12:58 UTC
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St Benedicts Preview: Many cameras have passed through my hands, as well. It is my old, trustworthy Nikon D700 that I regret selling. Most of my best photos came from that camera and like an old married couple, we seemed to instinctively know what the other needed. I suppose I could buy another, used, but it wouldn't be quite the same.

Used my yesterday with my 180mmf/2.8 lens. Still a dream to use. However, I compared the view through the viewfinder to the view through my Olympus OMD-E-M1, and the D700 looked like tunnel vision in comparaison.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2020 at 12:55 UTC
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JefffromMaRS: NIkkor 20mm f4 AI. Sharp and tiny. A beautiful lens. Sigh...

Got rid of mine.....too big compared to the 20mm f/2.8 and also less sharp.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2020 at 12:48 UTC
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tpf1952: Nikon FTn, “Apollo edition,” black finish: the very last version before the transition to the F2. I bought it new in 1977. Sold it to fund some other Nikon gear about three years later. Pristine condition. Bonehead.

Bought 2 Nikon F2 Titaniums. Sadly, they were stolen when my studio was robbed. Never bought one again because the prices had gone up too high!

Link | Posted on May 26, 2020 at 12:46 UTC
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