Mitrajoon

Lives in United States FL, United States
Joined on Dec 31, 2003

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SunsetMagnet: how to pick? imho there isnt much to select from.

I suggest you do some research before you make your accusations. Spend a bit of time on film forums. Try Nicos Photography Show for one. You might also be surprised to learn that there are over 30 different brands of Large Format cameras being produced today, far more than most folks realize. Several new 135 and MF cameras have also come out in recent years. Film is a tiny niche in photography, but at least for the moment, it is a vibrant niche.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2021 at 13:49 UTC
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SunsetMagnet: how to pick? imho there isnt much to select from.

While some of the most iconic films have gone away, primarily because the chemicals used to make them do not meet current environmental laws, there's more variety of films available today than 10 years ago.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2021 at 13:47 UTC
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Mitrajoon: Looks interesting and worth trying if it get to the USA. Have to say (jokingly) that 5 is a high ISO compared to LF dry plates which are around 1 or 2 ISO.

Yep, and this film also avoids needing those 1 frame per minute cameras as well:)

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2021 at 18:38 UTC

Looks interesting and worth trying if it get to the USA. Have to say (jokingly) that 5 is a high ISO compared to LF dry plates which are around 1 or 2 ISO.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2021 at 15:30 UTC as 19th comment | 2 replies

It is always interesting to me that when ever an article on analogue photography comes up, a number of people find it necessary to crawl out of the wood work and disparage the idea and the people who enjoy this form of photography.

You would never see in a Car Magazine readers demeaning enthusiasts who drive and or restore classic vehicles. In fact, it's my impression that such people are actually venerated for their commitment to saving and keeping these older "formats" alive. I suspect the same respect is given other hobbyists who build/ restore their own furniture, boats, etc.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2021 at 15:04 UTC as 24th comment | 3 replies
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Krummj: Looks handy but more expensive than the $5 a month I pay for online disk backup right now. It would be cool if the AI found the variations on your regular smugmug site and linked them so that you could easily find the raw. Maybe it does do that, not sure.

These are SmugMug ads for SmugMug services. In any case, Don has graciously offered to look into this.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2021 at 13:31 UTC
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Krummj: Looks handy but more expensive than the $5 a month I pay for online disk backup right now. It would be cool if the AI found the variations on your regular smugmug site and linked them so that you could easily find the raw. Maybe it does do that, not sure.

I just signed in, clicked on the first image that came up (https://www.smugmug.com/app/photos?imageKey=rqg5ptx) In this case, I actually got two popups. These are SmugMug branded ads. I'd be happy to send you a screen shot. Just PM me and let me know how to do that.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2021 at 19:39 UTC
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Krummj: Looks handy but more expensive than the $5 a month I pay for online disk backup right now. It would be cool if the AI found the variations on your regular smugmug site and linked them so that you could easily find the raw. Maybe it does do that, not sure.

Just to be clear, these are advertising SmugMug products and services.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2021 at 14:56 UTC
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Krummj: Looks handy but more expensive than the $5 a month I pay for online disk backup right now. It would be cool if the AI found the variations on your regular smugmug site and linked them so that you could easily find the raw. Maybe it does do that, not sure.

Don,

First thank you for being responsive.

The current popup starts out: Watch the current SmugMug Film...

Ironically, I went to copy and paste the rest of that ad and another popup appeared, this one offering a free ebook. It is so irritating!!! You currently cannot get rid of these.

You can clear this but every time I click on an image the same popup shows, sometimes covering something I want to see.

a) I should be able to opt out of such popups or b) at least close them once and have them closed for the entire session.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2021 at 14:11 UTC
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Krummj: Looks handy but more expensive than the $5 a month I pay for online disk backup right now. It would be cool if the AI found the variations on your regular smugmug site and linked them so that you could easily find the raw. Maybe it does do that, not sure.

Why every time I click on an image I get a popup trying to sell me something or some service. You can't opt out of these and worse, can't even close them.

I've been with SmugMug almost from the beginning but have downgraded from Pro to Basic because of forced changes like this. Transitioning after so much investment is painful but I think you are becoming increasingly dictatorial towards members.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2021 at 23:06 UTC
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Mitrajoon: I think you're making one mistake. (Well, two if you count buying new rather than used equipment.)

On a cruise like this you need a longer telephoto. Borrow, rent or buy one of the Olympus long lenses (300 or 40-150) and the 1.4 extender. My choice would be the 40-150.

I should probably have just suggested a good telephoto rather than being so specific. As pointed out, there are other options besides the ones I mentioned. Clearly though, longer is better, 300 is minimum at best.

Too build on what we are all saying: "Once in a life time" needs to be considered. You can always buy a used lens and resell it when you come back for what you paid for it.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2021 at 17:47 UTC

I think you're making one mistake. (Well, two if you count buying new rather than used equipment.)

On a cruise like this you need a longer telephoto. Borrow, rent or buy one of the Olympus long lenses (300 or 40-150) and the 1.4 extender. My choice would be the 40-150.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2021 at 14:54 UTC as 124th comment | 5 replies
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dlb41: I was disappointed to learn that Ansel Adams manipulated his photography. Were they true documents?

My first thought is that your comment is a joke, maybe meant to be sarcastic. But just in case you weren't kidding... Adams spent days, weeks and sometimes months working in the darkroom to perfect his images. In the case of Moonrise he literally worked on it off and on most of his life, changing the contrast, etc. as his taste changed. The difference from his first print he sold to the last one he sold is literally night and day. There are many videos interviewing him where he talks about this journey.

BTW, I strongly recommend Silber's channel He has the most amazing interviews with folks like Weston's Grandson who provide info that at least for me is interesting. The story of how Weston's Pepper #30 image was taken is just one of hundreds.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2021 at 21:08 UTC
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ivanka-xy: only if there is any film develop/printing services around any more
how hard is to develop print film by self ?
what we need to have from chems/gear to process film to negative or picture ??

There are dozens of places that develop film. The issue to me is that you have to pay shipping on top of the development cost. If you send send several rolls in at time that evens out.

Developing your self is easy. Hardest part is getting the film on the reel in the dark. I use a film change bag. Start with what is called a Monobath developer for B&W. Pour the developer in, agitate for 5-6 minutes, depending on which monobath you use, and you're done. Just wash the film under tap water for 5-10 minutes and hang to dry. Couldn't be simpler. Once you've got the hang of it you can try any of several other developers that require a couple more stages. Color film is no harder than B&W except you have to maintain a specific temperature for the first 3.5 minutes. I develop my B&W and send out my color because I don't shoot enough color to use up the chemicals before they expire.

Link | Posted on Apr 18, 2021 at 13:55 UTC
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juntoalmar: So, if I want to get a nice TLR to start shooting with (and beautiful to look in the shelf), in your experience, which one would you recommend?

My advice would be the Rollie 3.5F. I have it and the 2.8. The 3.5 is more compact and image quality is equal. Possibly avoid first edition though as it has a peculiar linkage between shutter and aperture. Not a deal breaker, but annoying. Also, budget for a CLA unless you're sure the camera you are purchasing has a recent one, i.e., you see the receipt.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2021 at 18:03 UTC

The good news is you apparently weren't carrying the camera when you fell! :)

Link | Posted on Jan 29, 2021 at 15:33 UTC as 23rd comment
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Hasa: Not to belittle a great camera, but this is a "crop" sensor against the original 60x60 mm that all the old lenses were made to cover- This 32.9 x 43.8mm sensor works out at 53% of the area of a 45 x 60 mm sensor, hence the compatible, old wide angles will be seriously cropped = sad. So "compatible" should be taken with a spoonful of salt. The area of a 24 x 36mm FF sensor is 60% of this MF crop sensor and is 32% of a 45 x 60mm (film era) "sensor", hence the dramatic difference in quality in the film era is not reproduced with this sensor. Numers are worse for Hasselblad if compared to the original, square format.

All of these, including the Fuji's, should be referred to as Macro Four Thirds.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2020 at 14:49 UTC
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Mitrajoon: Too bad they haven't listened to customers and folks like Thom Hogan who have repeatedly exhorted them to come into the 21st century and improve the usability of their cameras rather than focusing on cramming more pixels into their sensors. Ironically, improving their UI's would probably be a lot cheaper than redesigning and manufacturing new hardware.

I actually have 2 OMDs. You need to read what Hogan says. He (nor I) would consider Olympus usable in the sense that he is talking about. Of course good design and effective performance are important, no one is denying that. But there are an increasingly smaller number of people who see the difference as worth the trouble. BTW, I also shoot a 4x5 and other film cameras. So big is not a problem for me. I will admit to loving the simplicity they offer.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2020 at 15:40 UTC

Too bad they haven't listened to customers and folks like Thom Hogan who have repeatedly exhorted them to come into the 21st century and improve the usability of their cameras rather than focusing on cramming more pixels into their sensors. Ironically, improving their UI's would probably be a lot cheaper than redesigning and manufacturing new hardware.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2020 at 15:14 UTC as 185th comment | 20 replies
On article Welcome to the new DPReview analog forum! (172 comments in total)

Yea!!!

Hope it's well moderated. I'm sure they'll be an endless stream of "digerati" who will be interjecting they're opinions because "they used to use film but...", "it's a hipster thing", "anyone using film is a Luddite", etc. I've always found it interesting that car aficionados respect folks who drive/restore older cars and I've never heard of criticism of people who build their own boats or sail classic vessels by the community of boaters.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2020 at 16:32 UTC as 69th comment | 1 reply
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