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Lenses / Re: 35mm lenses and people shots
« on: March 03, 2013, 06:34:19 PM »
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Wow. Lot of years since I was on a commercial aircraft. Lots of memories -- mostly awful. Had to travel so much for "business" and hated it.

Should have told me you were coming to Philadelphia! The flower show is currently going on (all this week), and it's perhaps the best in the world. A little too pricey for me at $30. though.

I agree about the 35mm. Back in the early days of SLR, that was considered the "normal" lens. It's on all my rangefinders.

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Thanks. That's a lot of great info. While I shot a lot of Kodachrome, I never knew the basis for it. I did experience what you suggest of Kodachrome vs Ektachrome. When I started scanning old slides a few years ago, the Kodachrome, even 20 or 30 years old, was perfect. The Ektachrome was faded, greenish/bluish/pinkish and had to be worked in post to get even close to correct colors.




Young forum members may not realize why Kodachrome is different than other color films.  It is actually a black and white film with no color dies built in - the color is added during the processing stage.  That is also why it is more stable than all the earlier generation color film.  I work at a pro lab and we often scan people's old slides - the kodachromes look great while the ektachromes are all red (or some other color).  BTW the newer films no longer have this problem - especially Fujichrome slide film.

That is also why no one with remaining Kodachrome will ever be able to process it.  The machinery is huge, you need a certified chemist on site, and the chemicals are so toxic they are illegal in many areas.  My lab had to ship ours out to Los Angeles because it was illegal in our county in southern Arizona.  After they stopped doing it and Dwayne's in Kansas was the last place, we just gave people Dwayne's contact info.  Now they are done too.

Back to the original topic, I would shoot one shot at each of America's 36 top national parks.  A shot of the Grand Canyon, as shot of Yosemite Valley, a shot of a redwood at Sequoia, etc.

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To answer the OP:

I'd load the roll into Steve McCurry's camera, take one picture of him, then turn it over to him for the last 35 shots! The last roll of THAT film deserves a lot better than me!

As for last roll:

Yes, it was the last roll produced by Kodak. If he had screwed it up and put another roll in, that wouldn't have been the last roll. It was also the last roll processed by the last remaining U.S. Kodak processor -- the place in Kansas they document in the film (long time since I first watched that so I don't recall the name).

As for current processing:

I've done research and can find no one on earth processing Kodachrome -- the necessary chemicals just don't exist apparently. I'm sure there are folks with freezers full of Kodachrome film, but it will all probably end up in land fills someday in the future.

Finally, as for doing justice to the last roll:

The greatest justice you could do would be to take perfectly exposed and composed and lighted pictures. I would do whatever it took to make that happen.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: The Next Zeiss Lenses? [CR2]
« on: March 03, 2013, 09:12:58 AM »
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I'll take one of each....

After I win that MegaBillions Lottery!!


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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Art Tool or Art Object?
« on: March 02, 2013, 01:47:45 PM »
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Thanks for the Latour tip, Quas. Looks interesting.

I'm stuck in the past with Jacques Ellul and "The Technological System" kind of thing.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Art Tool or Art Object?
« on: March 02, 2013, 11:51:25 AM »
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A while back we briefly discussed a Wired article by Pete Brook:

Do We Love Cameras for Their Brains or Their Bodies?

http://www.wired.com/rawfile/2013/01/daniel-arsham-reach-ruin/

It was about an art exhibit in Philadelphia using camera sculptures. The exhibit seems to ask the question is a camera a tool to make art or a piece of art in itself. After some discussion with another person on this forum, I said I'd go see the exhibit and file a report. So, for what it's worth, here's my report:

http://deadreckoning1.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/reach-ruin-or-not/




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EOS Bodies / Re: Will the 70d have a new sensor?
« on: February 28, 2013, 09:49:15 PM »
No one can prove that the March DSLR isn't the 7d2

Hell, we can't even prove we exist!

One step at a time, sparky!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Will the 70d have a new sensor?
« on: February 28, 2013, 07:28:48 PM »
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Yep.

Next generation of crop sensor starts now. Kiss the venerable 18mp goodbye.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Hi =) -- Need New Camera -- Need Advice
« on: February 28, 2013, 04:36:58 PM »
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Interesting video. I haven't noticed this with a 5D3 with any lens I use. What I'd like to see are the actual recorded images. They may not show a shift.

And for anyone playing out the fantasy of chasing down the perp in this instance, I caution never to do that, especially in a place where you don't know where you are. This is sometimes a ploy to lure you into greater danger and even more potential loss of property/life. Take all available precautions to prevent it from happening to start with, but if the precautions fail, let it go. Be grateful that's all you've lost.

As for the OP question, the 5D3 and 6D are both fine. Base a choice on photographic needs.

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Lenses / Re: Will Canon step up to Zeiss with a 55mm 1.4L?
« on: February 26, 2013, 06:09:51 PM »
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That's a lens you rent when the circumstances both allow and demand it.

I look forward to renting it one day. Interested to see what the LensRental price will be.

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Lenses / Re: Brand spanking new
« on: February 26, 2013, 05:40:53 PM »
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I've never used the 85 so I can offer no comparison. But I will welcome you to the 135. You will never regret having this lens, especially since you say you do a lot of portraits.

It's my favorite and best lens. For me, nothing else comes close.

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Black & White / Re: Portraits of Poverty...
« on: February 26, 2013, 05:25:41 PM »
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Love your images -- very Walker Evans reminiscent.

Somehow I am troubled by your use of people as a characterization of "poverty." What I see in all these people is the dignity I always see in people who are poor and coping successfully with their circumstances. Living in community, as they are, is a great help, and I rarely see poverty of spirit or character with people supporting one another in community.

Poverty is not a bad thing. Like all challenges, it takes us to the core of our humanity -- do we survive, perhaps even thrive, or do we allow it to turn our hearts to stone? Poverty should not be feared. Any one of us could be financially destitute tomorrow. It's just a new day and somewhat more of a challenge.

Guess I would call them portraits of dignity or portraits of courage or something focused on the human achievement aspect.

Anyway, keep the good images coming. I love them.

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Where am I ?
« on: February 26, 2013, 02:09:58 PM »
Time for a little geography lesson.
I'll start with a traditional American landmark-classic view, first poster to correctly identify wins a nickel....

I have to assume they are doing renovations/maintenance. Otherwise, I'll be rather alarmed that they're letting it run down.

And I hope you'll do it justice by going back in the spring and getting a picture with all the flowers in bloom.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon Center Pinch Lens Caps Now Shipping
« on: February 25, 2013, 04:52:09 PM »
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Wow.

$15 each PLUS shipping!! B & H usually ships small stuff like this free.

I've endured the inconvenience this long.... For that kind of money, I'll keep enduring.

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Canon General / Re: How well do you see color?
« on: February 25, 2013, 01:25:44 PM »
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Hell, even being retired I don't have time for that.

People are actually sitting there dragging those chips around?

I'm going out and get some pictures!

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