Joined on Apr 1, 2011


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On article Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path (1624 comments in total)

FX is definitely worth the effort because of the incredible high ISO advantage it has over DX, or an iPhone for that matter. As an older film photographer I settled on Nikons. I now use a D700 which brings back all that film era joy. It can pinpoint focus a 50 f1.2, but really shines with my 70-300 VR. The ability to get good quality with Auto ISO at 6400 and a minimum shutter speed of 1/250 makes nighttime and indoor shoots a pleasure. All those AF-D lenses I hoarded now work as they were intended. So far the 12.3 mp is fine for 11X14's but RAW files still tax my computers ability. Not sure if I would be happy with a 36MP camera uploading some of those files. My camera bag is now back over ten pounds weight with only a few lenses - HMMM.

The real threat to all camera manufacturers today is the smartphone. An iPhone or Samsung can provide a very satisfactory 8X10 print and it can always be in your pocket. When someone puts a tripod socket onto these things - look out.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2015 at 04:23 UTC as 116th comment
On article 1939: England in Color (part 1) (222 comments in total)

Thank you Barney!
Thanks for sharing, these are fabulous - kind of like Christopher Timothy in "All Creatures." Amazing to see the harbors with some old sailing ships that might have been sent to Dunkirk!

What was the film used? Looks like Agfa Chrome to me. Very nice. My first thought was Kodachrome - but those generally hold up much better, with bright reds. I have a few K-10 slides taken during 1939 and they still look fresh. Kodachrome is immediately recognizable by the reflection of the separate layers on the emulsion side. It required a complex support network to process and that may not have been possible during the war years.

lf I am right about the Agfa film, this batch may have been the last available till after the war. It was reputed not to fade, which was a real problem with most of the color films.
I hope that today's digital images will hold up as well.

Link | Posted on May 9, 2014 at 00:18 UTC as 26th comment
On article Nikon 1 System First Impressions (248 comments in total)

Pity that Nikon Lenses - with the F mount - will probably not be worthwhile on this body with such a small sensor. The Sony Nex is closer to the mark with an APS sensor. I passed on the 4/3rd system since it was a bit smaller than the APS sensors that Sony and my Nikon digital SLR's use. What I am hoping for is a full frame mirrorless body that lets me use the dozens of great lenses in my collection. In the meantime the Nex-5 is the best game in town for a collector who enjoys using his old glass.

Link | Posted on Sep 27, 2011 at 05:24 UTC as 14th comment
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