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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Dissuade me to get a Rolleiflex
« on: April 16, 2014, 06:22:23 PM »
I won't dissuade you because the Rolleiflex is a brilliant camera.
The Mamiya TLRs are also great and are more flexible.
However the purity of the fixed lens is, to my mind, more in keeping with the pleasure of having a great walking around camera as opposed to the superhuman problem-solving capabilities of a more complex "pro" system.

That's an interesting perspective.  The Rollei is certainly a lot more portable than the Mamiya, & possibly more "inspiring" to use (I can't really comment on either; I've handled TLRs before a little bit but never really done any work with one).  The C330s is certainly pretty heavy.

My perspective is that the most advanced C-series camera can be had in excellent condition from a good shop for $200, which is 10x less than the Rolleiflex the O.P. was looking at.  For something that I would only trot out occasionally at best or use for some special situations, I'd have a hard time spending much more than that on it.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Dissuade me to get a Rolleiflex
« on: April 16, 2014, 05:29:38 AM »
You might also have a good long look at a Mamiya C-series TLR.  They're really quite nice and have the advantage of interchangeable lenses.



Adorama has a C330 Pro-S in excellent condition for $US 200.

I almost bought one several years ago back when I was still shooting film occasionally but decided that it would just sit on the shelf & gather dust next to the EOS 1n most of the time...

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Dissuade me to get a Rolleiflex
« on: April 15, 2014, 06:37:59 AM »
this past winter i refurbed a polaroid 180 so that i can shoot with it for fun. for me, polaroid pack film captures the "magical" experience of film photography without the hassles of roll film.

The Impossible Project has once again pulled off a minor miracle & designed & built a new Polaroid instant camera this year (thanks in part to Kickstarter).

The Impossible Instant Lab converts iPhone images to Polaroids.  There's a shop close to me where I've seen it at work, & it's the real deal.  I sincerely hope that this thing will enable them to scale up to where they can sell their film for less than two bucks a shot.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Dissuade me to get a Rolleiflex
« on: April 15, 2014, 06:24:56 AM »
Perhaps, but I still love steam locomotives !  ;)

Then you'll love this:



Norfolk & Western J 611 is a J-class locomotive built in 1950 in the town where my family has lived for 4 generations.  She is the ultimate development of the steam locomotive, having a cruising speed of 110mph with 15 passenger cars.  She is also breathtakingly beautiful, the streamlining being part of the key to her speed.

She'd been sitting the in the VA transportation museum since 1995, but a group of concerned citizens have pulled together the money to have her restored to operating condition, starting this month.  If all goes according to plan she'll be making the rounds around the eastern USA as part of N&W's 21st century steam program sometime in 2015.

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Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: April 12, 2014, 06:42:04 PM »
I'm glad things are resolved and sometimes it's hard to express tone on the internet because of its inherent negativity and lack of cues that you have in speech and from body language.

This cartoon is 10 years old & still sums it up nicely:



Wow, there's actually a Wiki article on it...

I think this one's fairly accurate as well: 

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Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: April 12, 2014, 05:39:28 AM »
My €0.02:

 - I don't have the 35mm f/2 IS (yet), but I do have an old "made in West Germany" C/Y mount Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon.  I love it to pieces & the IQ is the best of any wide-angle I own, but it's pretty heavy & completely manual so I don't use it that much.  I should probably get a decent AF-confirm adapter for it so that I'll use it more.

 - I own the 40mm f/2.8 pancake (which I got at the same time as my 6D), and it pretty much lives on the camera.  Previous to the 6D/40mm combo I'd carry around my Fuji X10 whenever I needed to just "grab a camera", shove it in a coat pocket or small bag & go, but now it's the 6D.  The IQ, movie mode, & handling are just that much better that I want to have it with me whenever I want a camera.  I had a 17-40L for a long time when I was still on APS-C, and I'll be the first to say that the 40mm focal length on a crop camera is kind of "meh"; a little too long for use the way I use a "standard" lens & not long enough to have telephoto compression or reach worth mentioning. My "standard" APS-C lens for a long time was an adapted 28mm f/2.8 Distagon.  Conclusion: if you're an APS-C person then the 40mm pancake may not float your boat, but considering the pricing ($160 refurb at the moment) it's a must-have on full-frame; if you can afford an FF camera then you can afford a panacke - just get one :-).

 - The 35mm f/2 IS has intrigued me since it came out.  Of the three new "IS" wide primes, the faster aperture sets it apart.  The size & weight are right, but the price isn't.  I might bite if I can find a refurb somewhere slightly north of $400.  It would be a nicer "standard" focal-length lens on an APS-C camera too.

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Indeed.  There is, just so much that happened in WW2, so many air battles, so much innovation...so much mystery...that not enough feature films have been made about it. 

(Sorry to vent and rage about movies here, if you don't care, don't read it.)

That's a very astute rant.  I'd attribute it to the decrease in importance & value of the quality written word (just like the decrease in value of the quality still image...).

People (especially younger people) often chalk up rants like these to "nostalgia", & they can have their opinions.  Personally I'm nostalgic for a time when people truly appreciated quality, in every aspect of their lives.  "Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" should be required reading for grammar students...

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The Me 262 must have scared the daylights out of allied pilots.  Remember that this was the first jet aircraft produced at any scale, & they had very little intelligence on it early on.  Imagine seeing a plane with no propeller for the first time!

One of the things that jet engines enabled this fighter platform to do was carry a lot more gun weight.  Four 30mm MK 108 cannons firing high-explosive rounds to be precise.  Apparently a single volley of four rounds could take down a B-17.

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Messerschmitt 109 & 262 at "Hahnweide"/Germany

Awesome awesome awesome!

There can't be too many airworthy ME262s left.  The Smithsonian has one in the Udvar-Hazy center at Dulles, but it's definitely not going anywhere any time soon...

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Cool story :-)

The A-10 is irreplaceable until we have another aircraft that can  do what Kim Campbell's did.  It's old, slow, ugly, and completely awesome.

I like your story about the F-15.  Something I always wanted to see is an F-15E go head-to-head with a MiG-31...

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Vacationing in Puerto Rico.  Canon EOS 7N 35mm camera with the plastic fantastic EF 50mm f/1.8 II.  First three images shot on Fujifilm Superia X-Tra 200 and the last one on Kodak Ektar 100.  Crappy scan by Walgreens.

You know why I love Superia?  Because we could saturate the hell out of the colors & people go "wow, that looks awesome". & it does :-)

A similar look replicated in lightroom draws "dude you blew out all the channels" from the crowd...

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A few shots from a visit to the hangars of the Amicale Jean-Baptiste Salis association.  They put on a classic airshow every June.  This is a lot more than a hobby for these guys, it's a lifestyle.  A lot of their wives are wingwalkers.

My brother is really into classic aircraft so I just gave him my 6D (with the 40mm pancake on it as usual) & let him go nuts with it (so the exposure & composition aren't really my "style").  It was pretty dark in there but he still got some cool snaps of rare warbirds.

Ju-52, Luftwaffe tri-motor transport:


Fi 156 "Storch", Luftwaffe STOL.  The guy that gave us the tour had flown this one a couple of times.  The Luftwaffe rescued Mussolini with a Storch in the Gran Sasso raid.  Modern replicas have takeoff rolls as short as 30 meters.


"Zhey don't make zhem like ziss anymore, do zhey". 

The detail on the engine cowling on this thing was amazing:


Detail of the canvas on the "Moustique":


The Pink Lady, the last airworthy B17 that saw active duty during WWII:


Freshly built wings awaiting canvas (biplanes need 4 wings, that's a lot of work!)


Renault inline 4 engine undergoing restoration:

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Animal Kingdom / Re: DragonFly Series
« on: March 29, 2014, 07:10:13 AM »
This was long long ago at the bottom of a ravine in rural Greece up to my armpits in a creek (and also before I had decent post-prod skills!):



EOS 10D and Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm f/2.8 (C/Y mount, Shell adapter). Shot wide-open at minimum focus distance & damn lucky with the razor-thin DoF.

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PowerShot / Re: The manual for the G1 X mark II is published
« on: March 27, 2014, 09:10:33 PM »
If you shoot raw, the colour space in the files is limited purely by the sensor. Any pre-defined colour space standard is only applied as you convert the raw file to a format such as jpeg - so you can choose what you like at that point - sRGB, Adobe RGB, ProPhoto RGB etc... Cameras only offer an option of colour space for the jpegs it creates.

True enough, but if the camera doesn't operate in the color space you want then you can't tell if you've blown a channel out or not.

Anyway, 14-bit RAW puts it into the "good enough for me" category as-is; it should be a more than adequate replacement for the GF's aging 350D that she never uses because it's "too big & heavy".

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PowerShot / Re: Compact cameras - do everything but good fotos
« on: March 27, 2014, 06:56:42 AM »
My attitude on "electronics" in general (phone, tablet, gps, small camera, etc etc etc) is that I really have a hard time spending more than about $300 on something that has a good likelyhood of getting smashed, dunked, lost, or stolen in the not-too-distant future.

I got my mom a refurb S110 for Pagan Winter Gift-Giving Festival this year for about $200:
http://www.canonpricewatch.com/product/04037/Canon-PowerShot-S110-Black-price.html

Great little camera for the money.  Keep it with you all the time, & get a big SD card for it & a couple of extra batteries.  Use it & be happy with the shots you get if they're well-composed & well-exposed; don't worry so much about the noise.

When you kill it, go get another one for $200 and be happy again.  Hopefully it won't get lost or stolen so you can recover the images on the SD card you hadn't backed up yet, but remember that it's likely going to disappear at some point if you're using it as much as you want to be using it & back it up often.

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