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rodriguezPhoto: Dunno. I have their Kodak Ektra phone which was quickly abandoned by Kodak and owners left without any product support. I would be wary of going down that path again.

The Ektra was made by Bullitt Group but the support site was Kodak branded. It seemed to be a one-off for Kodak, so I'm surprised to see them doing this again. Mine still works so I'll just stay with what I have.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2021 at 18:23 UTC

Dunno. I have their Kodak Ektra phone which was quickly abandoned by Kodak and owners left without any product support. I would be wary of going down that path again.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2021 at 01:53 UTC as 7th comment | 3 replies
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Mister Green: I want to see more on the eye focus. Another way the competition falls short.
Canon already has the best AF, for both stills and video, and the R3 should put them further in the lead. Car detect will also make it more useful.
At least for now only Nikon and the Z9 has a shot at catching Canon any time soon.

Like you I'm curious about how well the eye focus works. I've been shooting my Elan 7E lately and I really like that feature. It almost feels like the camera reads your mind. With the processing power in today's cameras I would think that it could be even better.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2021 at 05:38 UTC
On photo Jill at window 2 in the Past Generations challenge (1 comment in total)

Loved this one. It captures such a sweet moment in time.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2021 at 01:41 UTC as 1st comment
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ADW59: Remember the days of ‘slow’ photography? 24 or 36 frames, no instant gratification, it cost money to get a result so you had to really make sure that the composition and the exposure were spot on - these little tools were really important. Glad to say that they really helped me to understand the fundamentals of photography. Think anyone learning the art today should go back to these basics, it will really help them to focus on developing their art

@old cameras
Or 8 and 10 frames if you have all flavors of Graflex roll film backs.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2021 at 17:41 UTC
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Chuck_893: I just watched the entire 5-minute Quick Start Video

I have my ancient L398 meter in a drawer someplace. I doubt I could find it. I don't like to sound curmudgeonly (but I am nearing 80) but, while this anniversary model is sumptuous, I really wonder what is the point. Watch the video if you can't recall what a thundering nuisance these things were to use, plus studio guys even in my day had long since gone entirely to strobes.

I can't seem to find what they will want for this literal jewel, but if I were going to spend, say, $1,000, I have my eye on a lens I would actually use. Analog meters have value if you are shooting film with ambient, but I suspect few of us are. I agree with Richard Murdey who points out that with modern digital cameras, handheld light meters are obsolete. If you have the money and the nostalgia, go for it; I don't have either.


Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2021 at 17:35 UTC
On article Olympus M.Zuiko 8-25mm F4 Pro sample gallery (49 comments in total)

Looks like someone was having fun with the new lens.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2021 at 07:08 UTC as 24th comment

My only complaint about my L-718 is that it is too old to run on 1.2v rechargable AA batteries. I have to use regular 1.5v alkalines with it. Otherwise, great meter. Reliable and accurate.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2021 at 07:45 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply

My Weston Master III is still working so I'm good for now. :)

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2021 at 01:13 UTC as 11th comment
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Copal Fit: Shoe-mount light meters have the main disadvantage that they interfere when using an external viewfinder for either wider lenses without rangefinder frame lines or longer ones where the frame view tends to be too small (135 mm). Therefore I prefer to use a simple handheld meter instead.

Or when the only viewfinder is the one you mount in the flash shoe because the camera has none, as is the case with the Bessa T. Fortunately however it has a built in meter.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2021 at 01:10 UTC
On photo Natchez Turning Angel in the At the cemetery challenge (1 comment in total)

Sorry to hear that it was vandalized. Sadly, things like that are what make photos like this valuable. A frozen moment in time that documents what was. I am often amazed at how so many things I have photographed have changed or even disappeared.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2020 at 23:48 UTC as 1st comment

Kind of wish I still had the 4x5 Speed Graphic. I have the 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 Speed Graphic with a pile of 120 backs.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2020 at 03:31 UTC as 9th comment

The best thing to do is keep it if you have it and use it!

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2020 at 04:16 UTC as 32nd comment
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Kevin Omura: Heh heh heh, back in the 70's and then the 80's to 90's I sold a lot of those compact cameras when I worked in Photo retail. Back then they were some pretty decent compacts. The Olympus Stylus and XA's come to mind. Even Leica had a compact although it wasn't anything spectacular, I still have one.... The reality is my Huawei P30 blows away those film cameras as did my T-90's and F-1's and later my EOS 1's.

But if you are into film and process/roll your own I can see the utility in packing a good compact. Though I might want to avoid one that uses one of those hard to find and fairly expensive lithium batteries.....

I still have and use my Olympus Stylus Infinity regularly. Very compact, pocketable, uses a standard CR123 battery and unlike modern compacts, has a viewfinder. The simple, 3 element 35mm f/3.5 lens is not prone to flare and focuses down to 14". Purchased new in 1993.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2020 at 04:13 UTC
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lightnchade: Is this a little disingenuous?

It seems unlikely that you are not aware of the strong rumour that Canon have a big announcement day next Thursday (July 9th) among which will be announced:

- Canon RF 800/11 DO
- Canon RF 600/11 DO

This video almost feels like a set-up shot for some reaction to these.

But anyways, yes, personally I welcome this type of lens very much, especially at wide and tele where the size, weight and cost savings are the best.

I suspect the F11 in these two lenses will raise an eyebrow or three, but as P. T. Barnum noted:

“I had rather be laughed at than not to be noticed at all…”

Judging by the patents, these will be small and light indeed.

So long as they have nice sharpness and minimal aberrations, they will find a welcome home for many, for whom alternatives are non-existent.

Interesting, but then you have to have a camera that can focus at those apertures. (By the way, looks like the 600 is an f/8.) I'll just keep on admiring the long and expensive Canon glass and use my 300 f/4 with 1.4 extender. When the 6D breaks, then maybe.

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2020 at 19:56 UTC
On photo At the hotel in the Faux Travel Shot challenge (2 comments in total)
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contadorfan: Very clever! Great "travel" shot :)

Thanks! It got me to vacuum the hallway too. ;)

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2020 at 22:11 UTC
On photo flying home in the Faux Travel Shot challenge (1 comment in total)

I love the sense of humor in this one. :)

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2020 at 00:16 UTC as 1st comment
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Old Cameras: I still have an original Stylus I bought new sometime in the 90’s as a pocketable camera. It has a 35mm f3.5 lens. It’s got a shutter release, self timer button, a button to control the flash (on / off / fill) and a recessed button to force rewind - and that’s it! Slide the cover open and the lens quickly motors out a few millimeters, close to turn off. The cover protects the lens so it’s quick to take out, turn on and shoot, close and stuff back in your pocket. I believe these things zone focused with a hundred or so steps and used an infrared beam to judge subject distance. Uses a 3V A123 battery that will last for decades (it already has).

The thing that appealed to me about it is that it could focus as close as 14". I've used that feature a lot. Still have mine as well.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2020 at 21:23 UTC
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tangbunna: I got mju-1 since 1996 and dead after 3 years. great film camera but very plastic toy after all

I bought the Stylus Infinity (mju-1) new in December 1993. It is still my carry everyday camera. Just feed it a new battery every few years and it keeps chugging along. :)

Link | Posted on May 16, 2020 at 21:15 UTC
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Ben Herrmann: The one key thing for me here is that I'm glad to see Olympus not abandoning the smaller models. One of the original selling points for mirrorless in general was the smaller size and weight of these cameras. But as time went on, cameras got bigger and bigger and bigger - with some (well, actually numerous ones) approaching the size of DSLR's.

This E-M5 Mk III shows that at least Olympus (and Panasonic) won't forget the smaller camera concepts and will still continue to release models of this size. I wonder if the E-M5 Mk III will eventually have an extended battery grip as an option? I saw that an electronic grip is available as an option, but it doesn't extend battery life at all.

I still have the original E-M5, along with an E-M10 Mk II and there's no reason for me to sell them anytime soon as their performance and IQ levels still are competitive - but this new E-M5 Mk III makes a good case for itself. And yes, I realize, all is subjective in this game.

@Eric Calabros

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2019 at 15:18 UTC
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