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Lenses / Re: Viking Burial Fun (eral) topic!
« on: May 01, 2013, 06:33:52 PM »
A friend of mine had a lens, not sure which one, smashed an element or two. The remaining elements worked quite well as a Loupe.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Scanners
« on: April 30, 2013, 08:21:58 PM »
why shoot film if you want to convert it to digital?

Why not?
Art is art and reproduction is reproduction, both have their place but they're rarely the same.
I shoot film because it's more fun, I get better IQ from scanning a 645 or 6x6 than from my 7D (and a decent MF film body and lens is half the price of a 7D body no lens).

but do you need better iq... sure some people do, but its not many that actually need it

Of course I don't. Doesn't mean I can't want it though...
(although, to that end i've just bought an Epson R3000 13" wide printer, one of these days I'll print a few 13x19s shot on MF and see if i can flog them off)

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Software & Accessories / Re: What makes a Polarizer worth it's price?
« on: April 30, 2013, 07:38:33 PM »
If you're using a cheapo rebel and kit lens, get the cheapo CPL. But if you spend $3k on a body, $1-2k on a lens, why would you ruin it by skimping $100 on a cheaper filter?
I've used a cheapo CPL before, I could actually see the IQ difference in a side-by-side comparison to no filter. And that was only on a 7D and 15-85, they're a good combo but nowhere near the world's sharpest...

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Software & Accessories / Re: Scanners
« on: April 30, 2013, 07:36:02 PM »
why shoot film if you want to convert it to digital?

Why not?
Art is art and reproduction is reproduction, both have their place but they're rarely the same.
I shoot film because it's more fun, I get better IQ from scanning a 645 or 6x6 than from my 7D (and a decent MF film body and lens is half the price of a 7D body no lens).

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Software & Accessories / Re: Scanners
« on: April 29, 2013, 07:34:27 PM »
For scanning, I just went the v750, you can't beat it, I paid €550 shipped from EU to AU.
135 (35mm) is OK in the supplied film holders, but their height isn't very well adjustable, a good roll of Velvia 50 or Delta 100 Pro can get you scan about 10MP equivalent quality. And forget it for 120, I had the weird phenomenon where the centre of the frame was softer than the edges, because the centre of the film was sagging. Get a Betterscanning holder with the wet/dry glass and dry-mount, the resolution increase from the height-adjustable mount is enormous, probably up to 15-18MP in 35mm.
Then i decided even that isn't good enough, so i'm going for a Wet Mounting kit, should get about 20-25MP from a good 35mm negative, >50MP for a good 645. Try Aztek only if you're in the US, no overseas shipping. Or they buy it from Kami if you're in the EU. If you're neither, you're stuffed. I ended up with Lumina fluid from canada. It's not explosively flammable like Kami, so they can ship it overseas.

For processing, I've also just started getting into that (ordered and waiting for the tank to get delivered atm). I've joined the forums at www.apug.org to get advice on what chemicals and such. It really really depends on what you shoot with what film. I'm going to try starting with Diafine for my pushed-2-stops high-iso high-contrast spotlights-on-a-dark-stage shots, because that's pretty much what diafine was built for. For my low-iso tiny-grain efke-25, PanF50, Delta100Pro, I haven't decided yet. Was leaning towards xtol but maybe microphen (or even rodinol, although probably not because I likes my shadow detail).
For a tank i got the Paterson 3 Reel tank, specifically because when I get my new Travelwide 4x5 cameras, I can then get a MOD54 to process my own 4x5s.

nb: It's easy to get carried away with all of this. I've just talked about nearly $2000 worth of gear right there, if you include $250 for the two travelwides shipped and €400 for a super angulon 90/8 and 65/8 shipped. Once I start scanning 4x5s I'm going to need a few new HDDs if I ever scan them to 1-200MP+. And that's before chemicals and films. And to think I originally bought back into film just after the 5D3 was announced, because I figured it would take a lot of rolls of film plus a $200 EOS 3 to make up to $3500 worth of digital camera... (still, the enjoyment of experimenting and the fun of using film is worth a lot more than boring (to me) sitting processing 100 raw files.)

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Anyway the 2nd, if Pentax isn't going to release a FF DSLR or/and mirrorless, what is the point of this lens?
http://www.pentaxwebstore.com/product/9377
43 mm, FA mount, f/1.9 for $750 USD. Seems Pentax considers it a pretty special product with those specs at that price point.


I'm not sure of exact release dates, but the Pentax Limited Edition primes are fairly old, 2000s is, maybe give or take 5 years. They're from film days and were designed as such, at least. I've never used one, but word has it that they're damn nice lenses, $750 seems like a decent price for them, actually. (although the Shorty McFortington at $200 is a lot better value, but not as fast...)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Why not higher resolution video?
« on: April 26, 2013, 01:22:58 AM »
Filpside: Why higher resolution video?

Am I the only one still using a CRT TV bought new (by my parents) in 1986? I watch it so seldomly, and with only half-attention when I do, that any expense on buying a new one is pointless. Money better spent on lenses, film, and travelling to photogenic spots.
Maybe if there were something worth watching on TV nowadays, I'd be inclined to watch it more. Even if they're already broadcasting in 1080p, it might be technically 'better' than an analogue TV, but the stories sure as hell aren't. And even if the stories were worth watching, how much do more pixels add to the plot?

[/oldmanrant]

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Canon General / Re: Think I need a 12 step program
« on: April 23, 2013, 07:14:01 PM »
...and notice I said it is a great "compliment" to a FF system...

Is m4/3 a 'compliment' to a FF system, or a 'complement' to a FF system?
Or maybe it's both?
It works well alongside FF, plus the lower IQ of m4/3 reminds you how good the FF system is :)


[/grammar fun]

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 18-35 F/1.8 just announced?!
« on: April 18, 2013, 04:03:37 AM »
So it's 18-35 f/1.8 for APS-C, making at a FF-equivalent of 29-56 f/2.9
Comparing, say, a 7D + this Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 to an FF, say 5D3 + 24-70 f/2.8, you get a lot more at the long end, and a bit more at the wide end.
Not sure which one would combo will deliver better IQ (especially seeing how good the new 24-70 II is, it'll be hard to beat), but I can tell you which combo is going to be a lot lighter on the wallet...

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Set From Death Valley National Park
« on: April 14, 2013, 09:32:57 PM »

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Black & White / Re: black and white alpine landscapes
« on: April 12, 2013, 08:18:25 PM »
I was just thinking that they looked rather familiar, then I read the text at the top again. I worked on those mountains in a restaurant one winter, the best thing was waking up on the mountain and getting to the good light before everyone else. Great Shots!

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Street & City / Re: Worlds Largest Pano
« on: April 10, 2013, 06:20:00 PM »
Largest, or most pixels?
Until they print that one of London, this is still the largest 'photograph' ever.

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Street & City / Re: Bratislava
« on: April 10, 2013, 06:16:32 PM »
Noone's got any photos of the East Side of the river? :)

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OK, so it's not exactly a rumour, it's a definite thing if they get more supporters, so I'm doing my bit by sharing.
As you all might know, i've gone a bit film nutty lately. I've been shooting 135 and 120 film a lot, and I've been spending some time over at the APUG forums. Two things there recently caught my eye.

Firstly, is that Velvia (the best landscape film available, the one that killed Kodachrome) went out of production in large sheet sizes, followed quickly by being back in production. I was so happy about that, that Fuji are still making a concerted effort to support their film division, that I was almost contemplating buying a LF camera in celebration.

Secondly, and by strange coincidence very soon after, I see this:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wanderlust/travelwide-45-camera
It's a kickstarter project for a travel-sized LF camera, smaller than your average DSLR.
Two versions, 90mm f/6.8 with focussing helicoid (which translates to FF 25mm f/1.8 if you crop the LF to a 3:2 ratio, 21mm if you crop FF to a 4:5 ratio), and a 65mm f/8 version, pre-set at hyperfocal (18mm or 16mm depending on how you crop to compare).
Scan it to a mere 2400dpi (i've scanned velvia to 3200dpi and can't see grain) and you get a 120MP image. Even at 1200dpi you get a modest 30MP image. Take that, D800.
And the best part is, it's only $99 plus a lens (lens is probably about $200). Film's not even expensive either, $2 a shot or so (As in, you could get about 1500 frames in for the same price as a 5D3+lens).

I'm in for the 65mm version, although I may swap to a 90mm (or get both) depending on how easy it is to get a lens. They're already $57k out of $75k, if they get to $85k then everyone gets a free pinhole (which will save me needing a lens for a while).

So, who else would like to support this? Even if not, share it around your friends, you never know who'd be interested...

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I've heard a lot about how good the Canon USA repair centre is, and how crap Nikon USA are. But then that's only there, different centres in different countries are all going to be different.

Nice to know Canon AU are one of the good ones, if I ever need them...

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