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Joined on Mar 2, 2003
About me:

Into m4/3rds, Pentax 645, others - many, many others.


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On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (828 comments in total)
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james s. kennedy: I collect cameras and have over 200 film cameras. Leica M2, 3, 4 and 6, about 10 screwmounts. Every top of the line Nikon except the F6. All three versions of the Canon F-1, 3 Canon T90s, Minoltas, Pentaxes, Voigtlanders, Zeiss galore. My wife doesnt know an f-stop from a doorstop, and tells me that on my demise, she will have a huge garage sale, any camera for $5, since they all look alike to her. I am over 80. I also collect pens, pocket knives, books, handbags, porn movies. I admit to being a nut.

The quality of film vs. digital is beyond my visual powers but digital al is lightyears ahead in convenience, most importantly instant gratification. Also have iPads and an iPhone 7+, and view most photos on an iPad.

My current favorites are the Panasonic ZS100 and ZS50. Also like the Fuji XPro1, and Sonys 6, 7 and a6000. Really love using old lenses with adaptors on the Sonys.

I second the motion to include a film forum.

nice to see you have hobbies. Since I am a few years younger than you, and I respect your effort to do all the heavy lifting in acquiring your collection, I am willing to show up early at this garage sale and for $1000, buy them all. I will put your name on the overhead shelf sign.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2017 at 14:55 UTC
On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (828 comments in total)
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matthew saville: I cannot fathom why you included the (admittedly respectable) Pentax K-1000 and Canon AE-1, and yet SKIP all the old all-metal Nikon SLRs. (And go straight to the "plastic-fantastic era of modern film SLRs?)

If anything, the Nikon FM2 is both a better camera, and a bigger milestone in 35mm SLR history, than the Canon AE-1. That honeycomb titanium shutter is something every classic camera aficionado should see / own / use.

That, plus also the Olympus OM-1, another cult classic.

while the FM2 was a great camera, it was nowhere near the milestone that the AE-1 was. Canon brought the slr into the hands of the people with their pricing and marketing. I will agree with the OM-1 - this caused the downsizing of the 35mm sir in the late 70s. The Nikon FM/FE twins and the Pentax ME/MX pair followed the OM route.

Link | Posted on May 21, 2017 at 19:33 UTC
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sh10453: I'd take the Porsche in a heartbeat, and would never pay even a 100th of this amount for a B&W back. Duh!!!
What were they thinking???
Get the Fuji or Pentax MF and convert the color images to B&W if so desired.

I suggest you look for images shot with the earlier achromat BW backs. If you can't see the difference, I suggest an eye check-up.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2017 at 16:43 UTC
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Bob Tullis: As a long time LR user I found some of the video tips enlightening/enabling. Thumbs up.

And I even enjoyed being "gotcha'd" with the Ansel Adams video. [g]

I am going to be turning all my images into Adams masterpieces ... don't know if I have enough fingers for all those buttons to hold down, however.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2017 at 15:12 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Pentax 645Z vs Hasselblad X1D (348 comments in total)
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princecody: It's not always about size Mr. Butler. User experience is a big factor.

No, it's size. Walk around with an 8x10 view camera. Even every day people show you respect.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2017 at 13:59 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Pentax 645Z vs Hasselblad X1D (348 comments in total)
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pkcpga: Too bad Fuji didn't release leaf shutter lenses with the gfx that's an extremely important spec for myself with medium format. Hopefully Fuji will in the near future.

Fuji did release an adapter which allows you to use Hasselblad H lenses - which have leaf shutters.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2017 at 13:58 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Pentax 645Z vs Hasselblad X1D (348 comments in total)
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lesnapanda: The fact alone that the Pentax 645Z which was launched so long ago is still on par with the newly lauched contenders from Fujifilm and Hasselblad shows what a great piece of equipment it is. The one thing that the Pentax is not is portable. You won't be shooting that on a sunday walk in the park with your dog or at a lunch with friends. Or shoot a MF selfie without a tripod ;)

If you can carry around a FF camera and a lens/set of lenses, you can carry around a Pentax 645 digital. My Pentax walk around is the 645z, 28-45, 45-85, 80-160. The 28-45 has an 82-77 step down ring on it so everything uses the same filters. My back pack is not that big.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2017 at 13:55 UTC
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What we want is for you to stay ahead and at the top of the sensor IQ game.

More dynamic range, more resolution, better all around top of the prosumer line camera. The 'wish lists' have all been published since the release of the D810.

Time to deliver.

If the D810 didn't fill your needs, buy a paintbrush. It still has among the best dr, among the best resolution, and is built pretty damn good.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2017 at 17:15 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1381 comments in total)
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Kharan: The King is dead! Long live the King...
There's now nothing except two things keeping DSLRs at the top of the ILC world - lens selection and battery life. And these two pillars will continue to be eroded by mirrorless.
Right at this moment, with the incredible three-way battle between the A6500, the X-T2 and the E-M1 MK. II, Canon and Nikon look as if they had gotten caught in a development loop three years ago. I guess they never considered that these smaller upstarts would truly start delivering peak performance in less than a decade... and now that it's happened, they must be getting worried.
In a collapsing market, every little loss is dangerous.

sorry, I will still be keeping my D500 for shooting wildlife and my hi-res dslrs for landscapes. The Olys are for quick use and travel.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 18:17 UTC
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VA-ArtG: at least 10 days in jail, $10,000.00 fine and 5 years supervised probation sounds fair to me. That 'might' help end the 'it doesn't apply to me attitude'.
Oh, and prohibit them from owning or using any type of camera, any photo equipment including a cell phone with camera ability for the length of their probation.
A violation of the last sentence would result in 30 days jail and $50,000.00 fine....!

problemis, being Canadian, once they went back to Canada, there would be no way to enforce those post-jail restrictions. Deport them, don't ever let them back in, put them on the no-fly list. Stuck in Canada for the rest of their lives.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 14:22 UTC
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Old Cameras: Is rectal electrocution out of the question?
Ban them from entering the US for at least 10 years, ban them from national parks and monuments for life, fine them harshly, give them a permanent felony record and do not allow them to profit from their actions.

considering that the action in Yellowstone was not their only illegal act in US protected areas, jail time, deportation and banishment from the US is good start. And I'm from Canada.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 14:17 UTC
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NottsPhoto: without a touch screen I'll pass.

You can touch the screen as much as you want. Might not accomplish much except to let you touch the same screen that AA did ...

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2016 at 22:27 UTC
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Khun_K: For over 5 years, medium format digital has been on 60 megapixels, to 80 megapixels and then 100 megapixels since late 2015 - so Fuji is entering into the bottom of high-end digital capture with the lowest specification and price offer - so let's not get too exciting that the image quality will be something - it will be something the best Fuji can get out of the same sensor that other people has been working and improving for "years". Of course it will be good, or very good, until it compares to absolutely best which it is not Fuji is targeting at, Fuji is making "affordable" solution, not the "ultimate" solution - but it is a great news that finally a fine system can be reached by many photographers who think their creativity is limited by small sensors.

a few years ago was the introduction of the first mf cmos sensors - 50mp. The older 60 and 80 were ccd. The 100 is cmos and is quite expensive still - Fuji has indicated that these lenses can resolve for that size. They are getting in on the ground floor with a sensor that more people can get onto their new platform.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 14:00 UTC
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ekaton: What a smart move from Fuji. The GFX does not cannibalize their X mount but rather complements it and will provide tough competition to FF offerings (think about a Leica SL).

sorry, I and probably many other FF users, won't be switching - we will be adding a tool to the kit. I can't shoot long telephoto with this camera or ultra wide angle. Or 11fps.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 13:55 UTC
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StephanBG: Interesting how the FF crowd tries to explain the 1.7x larger sensor away as "not much" while at the same time calling the 2x difference to APSC "huge".

Same with lenses, the Fuji lenses are "slow" but when looking at fast 1.2 APSC lenses from Fuji they are only equivalent to 1.8 on FF (instead of calling the 1.8 lenses "slow").

You can't have both.

Interesting how FF gets squeezed from below with APSC and from above now with more and more cheaper MF options.

To the Fuji MF AF is slow myth: The X-T2 has a very fast AF system rivaling most top of the line DSLRs.

when the above comes down to $2500 for a body and 5fps, then FF will be squeezed.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 13:51 UTC
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jsimoespedro: Would you say it is the same size as a FF DSLR?

versatility goes to FF - for quite a long time. Aside from the comparatively long lens line-up, drive speed, accessory collection, flash line-up, lens line-up ... did I mention lens line-up? Fuji will never equal the line ups of CaNikon.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 13:48 UTC
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FuhTeng: I'm excited - not because I'll ever own it, but because it makes renting MF more accessible than ever.

Pentax has supposedly licensed the Sony 100mp sensor.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 00:54 UTC
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mikeodial: Looks very nice. Reminds me of my Pentax 6 X 7 which I loved. Not sure this is really going to be that affordable, but we will see. May end up being a bit of a specialist device depending on the cost of the lenses.

find someone with a bigger couch.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 00:53 UTC
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Tomasz_Wk: By seeing the small seize of this MF camera, is it possible that Fuji is targeting FF users more than existing MF users?

FF dslrs, with their accompanying lens and accessory line-ups are so much more versatile that this camera.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 00:46 UTC
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Pritzl: It it just me or is this year's Photokina one of the more eventful ones in recent memory? The volume and magnitude of new product announcements is quite encouraging.

Nikon has had many relatively quiet Photokinas in the past ... maybe just a single big announcement. They seem to like October/November, January/February and spring. This seems to co-incide with Christmas selling season, the February photo shows and time to get out and shoot so lets buy new gear season.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 00:43 UTC
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