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To me, this lovely picture is the perfect illustration of waht I always like to say:
The quality of a photograph does not depend on sharpness, DR, beautiful colours etc., but first and foremost on the story it has to tell.
This picture is a bit unsharp, is not very contrasty, the colours (yes, with 'ou'!) are rather dull, but it has an exciting and surprising story to tell. That is what makes this picture exceptionally good. Congratulations Sir!
Kind regards,

PowerShot / Re: Convert the PowerShot N into a Rolleiflex Style Camera
« on: January 18, 2015, 06:04:53 AM »
Exactas were manufactured in GDR until the 1970s.
Your are right on this. I did not make it clear that the Exakta has been manufacturing in Dresden all the time, from 1933 until 1970. From 1939 to 1969, all Exakta has the film cutting knife. The last model (VX1000) does not have the film cutting knife.

O yes, it had! I had an Exakta VX1000 and it did have the film cutting knife.
Kind regards, Rob.

PowerShot / Re: Convert the PowerShot N into a Rolleiflex Style Camera
« on: January 14, 2015, 11:18:24 PM »
Canon F-1 had an interchangeable prism as well. You could remove it and look directly at the ground glass from above.

Yes, it did. Though I do not remember ever using it. Oh well, once or twice. The Exakta however, had a buit in film cutter*, something I miss badly on the 5D3, which does not even have film transport knobs. A pity. But surprisingly, it does have a film rewind button on the left side which has been reassigned as a mode selection button: M, Av, Tv etc. Which is a clear example of the idea that new things are often lookalikes of their predecessors (e.g. the first cars looked much like a horse drawn coach). b.t.w. the fact that one does not have to buy film for present day digital cameras has certainly saved me (and you!) a lot of money! The very expensive 5D3 already nearly payed its price back to me in film costs (film+developing). Something to remember when thinking about buying a digital camera.
Kind regards, Rob.

*) If, after say four or five exposures you were in a hurry to see the results, you could cut the film, and in a dark place remove the short strip from the camera in order to develop it. The unexposed remainder you could still use. Remember that the Exakta at the time was being produced in East-Germany, which was a rather poor country.

PowerShot / Re: Convert the PowerShot N into a Rolleiflex Style Camera
« on: January 14, 2015, 07:25:27 AM »
Maybe I am just clueless but what is the point of doing this?  Other than to say that you can?  Is there some advantage to holding a camera like this?  People complain about not having a viewfinder and how unimaginablely difficult it is to frame a shot but with this you have to look down and not even close to where your subject is.  Please let me know if I am missing something.  Honestly I am curious what the draw to this is

For instance: child photography. Better to have the camera on a low level than photographing them far from above. Stability is another advantage. Pull the camera straps taut.
The Exakta Varex had an interchangeable waist level finder, very practical and useful. (Grandpa speaking.)
Kind regards,

PowerShot / Re: Convert the PowerShot N into a Rolleiflex Style Camera
« on: January 13, 2015, 06:04:15 AM »
Hmmm, I mean: pooh! No one I know associates Rollei with a single lens camera. As far as I know single lens Rolleis never made it. Yes, some were sold, and they were good cameras indeed but nowhere as famous as the TLR. The twin lens Rollei is a classic, and some of the best photographers used it (or the Rolleicord if they could not afford a Rolleiflex). Or am I too old?
My own Rollei dates from 13-3-1934 (date written with pencil on the back of the mirror!).

PowerShot / Re: Convert the PowerShot N into a Rolleiflex Style Camera
« on: January 12, 2015, 07:15:24 PM »
Rolleiflex? The Rolleiflex is a two-eye reflex. You mean Hasselblad, which is a single lens reflex.

Kind regards,

Street & City / Re: Street Candid Portraiture
« on: August 04, 2014, 03:30:55 AM »
Hmmmm... a wee bit boring perhaps? Because of lacking context I suppose. Take a good look at the pictures of Ed van der Elsken and let yourself be inspired by him. I believe a selection of his photographs is available in a book called Amsterdam!, still in print. Success!

Theater, Concert and Event / Re: Let's dance!
« on: April 12, 2014, 04:03:44 AM »
Hi Surapon!
Thanks for your input and nice to meet you! Some fine pictures!
Would you kindly give some details like who is the dancer (if you know), which dance and where taken?
I am still in Solo and looking forward to photograph then Solo Menari festival. BTW, Saturday April 26th is the date of the monthly Nemlikuran performance in the SMKI, the Performing Arts College here in Solo. Usually several groups will be performing, from the Courts, from ISI (Academy of Fine Arts) and sometimes from outside Solo. Starts at 19:00 hours. Any taxi driver will know SMKI. Admission: free.

Also, every Wednesday from 10 to 12 there is a gamelan and dance rehearsal at the Mangkunegaran palace. Admission: free. It starts with a instrumental piece (gendhing bonang) and after that the dancers will perform. The number of dancers rather varies, as many of them are either studying and/or teaching and may have other tasks. For instance the number of male dancers varies from 2 to 6, the number of female dancers varies maybe from 4 to 10, something like.
The gamelan is led by Pak Hartono, who is an excellent teacher, and his wife Bu Umi leads the dancers. Wednesday and Sunday evening (from about 19 to 22:30 hrs.) there is another rehearsal at the Prangwedanan in the Eastern part of the Mangkunegaran palace. Here Pak Hartono also teaches many students from abroad: Japanese, British, American, Dutch, French and even Hungarian. Repertoire: many gendhing bonang and even more dances. Great for music lovers.
The subject of the dances is usually taken from the Mahabharata or the Ramayana, but Panji-stories are also very popular. (BTW these Javanese stories about a prince in love have migrated to Thailand and Cambodia!).
About half of the musicians are Javanese professionals, the other half foreign pupils. The dancers are largely the same who dance Wednesday morning, perhaps with two or three foreigners added.
Kind regards, RobPan.

Theater, Concert and Event / Let's dance!
« on: March 14, 2014, 11:04:33 AM »
Let's see some dance pictures from around the world. Please post your own!
I will start with Javanese dancers.
If you like the pictures, please come to Solo and make your own! The 29th of April there will be a big festival in Solo (Central Java) in the framework of World Dance Day: Solo Menari (Solo is dancing). You will be able to see dances in several places: (1) the main street, Jalan Slamet Riyadi; (2) Sriwedari amusement park; (3) ISI (Music and Art Academy); Mangkunegaran Palace and possibly also at SMKI (Art High School).
Pictures: no permission needed, just go ahead!

One can fly to Solo from Jakarta (many flights daily) and from Singapore with Silk Air (thrice weekly).

The pictures:
#1062 400D, 1/60 5.6 ISO200 85mm (EFS17-85) 7-12-2007. Young dancer at a Baptist church event (Easter) where the story of Joseph was told in a dance performance.
#1078   50D, 1/125 2.8 ISO200, 85mm EF85mm 21-3-2009 Two clowns (panakawan): Garèng and Pétruk. Wayang Orang Bharata, (Bharata Dance Theatre) in Jakarta. The clowns are very able dancers!
#1498   5D3, 1/400 6.2  ISO2000 99mm EF24-105 12-1-2013 The shorts, Bharata in Jakarta.
#1531: 5D3 1/125 5.5 ISO2000 105mm EF24-105 22-12-2013 Cakil and Arjuna. Cakil is a demon, who tries to prevent Arjuna from entering the forest. (Wayang Orang Bharata, (Bharata Dance Theatre) in Jakarta)
#5395R: 50D 1/50 5.6 ISO1600 85mm  EFS17-85  29-4-2011 Emi, a dancer from Banyumas, who asked me to join. I politely refused, as I am not a good dancer, but I used the opportunity to make a portrait. (ISI, during Solo Menari Festival).
#5485: 50D 1/50 7.1 ISO1600 85mm  EFS-17-85 Neneng,  teacher and dancer from the Mangkunegaran court sings a tembang, a classical Javanese poem. (ISI, during Solo Menari Festival).

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: A 40mm f/0.85 for Your EOS-M?
« on: December 19, 2013, 02:52:51 AM »
"If you know of any other extremely fast lenses, please share it with us.
Kind regards,


Thank you for this interesting link. The champion is the Zeiss 40mm F0.33, but this one is not useable for photograhpy.
The late Lex Werkheim told us the fastest lens possible would theoretically be a F0.5, but he did not tell us how this was calculated.
Anyway, I think 0.85 is already too fast to be useable in real life photography, except possibly aerial photography (over a flat coutryside) or x-ray photograhy. The only advantage of such speed that I see is that it makes focusing easier in the dark.

Kind regards,


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: A 40mm f/0.85 for Your EOS-M?
« on: December 14, 2013, 08:36:36 AM »
"IBELUX 40mm f0.85 high-speed lens, the fastest lens in the world"

Well, maybe the fastest lens available at present, but not the fastest lens ever. If I remember well (from a photography course by Lex Werkheim in the sixties) the fastest lens at the time was a 0.75 (Zeiss?) lens used for photographing Röntgen (X-ray) screens. As Röntgen screens are flat, depth of field is not so important. Moreover, IQ is rather low anyway.
If you know of any other extremely fast lenses, please share it with us.
Kind regards,

Technical Support / Re: Manual for 50D in Bahasa Indonesia?
« on: August 06, 2013, 02:49:23 PM »
Jappe, I mailed and they replied that they did not have anything in Bahasa Indonesia. They are now contacting the importer (Datascrip) for me (they know the importer has not responded to may email).
Vonbon: I have not contacted bhinneka yet. Might try later, I will let you know.

Matur nuwun, wassalam,


Canon General / Re: You know, sometimes, when one is tired...
« on: August 06, 2013, 02:40:51 PM »
(Many years ago) I was in a Belgian village shooting a carnival procession with a F-1 and a FTb. Took some lovely pictures. Only after an hour or so I discovered that I had been using an empty camera. Fortunately this could not happen with today's digital gear: when the battery is empty or the card is full or missing you will get a warning.

Technical Support / Re: Manual for 50D in Bahasa Indonesia?
« on: July 08, 2013, 01:04:46 PM »
Google translate? Are you kidding?

Kind regards,


Technical Support / Re: Manual for 50D in Bahasa Indonesia?
« on: July 06, 2013, 03:18:24 AM »
Wrote to Datascrip (Canon importer/trader in Indonesia) several weeks ago, but received no reply. I will have to produce a translation myself.
Thanks for your kind advice.


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