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 on: July 02, 2015, 10:49:02 PM 
Started by sgwrx - Last post by amolitor
I have written a whole mini introduction to photography course based on developing and executing a vision.

It is... well, it's not setting the world alight.

 on: July 02, 2015, 10:43:09 PM 
Started by Mike Sellers - Last post by Ken R
Is this the future of MF digital values?
Recently a nice Leica S2 sold for about $4,500.

The Canon 1DS mk3 sold new for about $7,000. They go for about $1000 nowadays.

Leica S2's sell around 7k normally...

Digital Cameras are not good investments if you view them as purely a financial instrument...look elsewhere for that, pretty obvious

 on: July 02, 2015, 10:42:14 PM 
Started by Primus - Last post by stuartr
I had a somewhat similar problem where I was very often getting clogged nozzles and doing a lot of cleaning to get around it. Careful inspection of the cleaning system (with the right side off) showed a small bit of ink around one of the plastic tubes running to the cleaning unit. The tech switched out the cleaning unit (it is a single part) with a spare to see if that would make a difference. It did. The tech was very expensive here, so I wound up just buying the cleaning unit in Germany and replacing it myself. I think it was about 250 euros. Replacing it was not hard...just a lot of plugs and screws. Eric's site and the service manual did the trick. The cleaning unit replacement does not require any reprogramming, so it can be done by the user (though I am sure they certainly don't want you to). It has been two years since then and the printer is working quite well. I am not sure how much better it is getting with age, but I am certainly always learning more tricks towards getting it to perform well.

If you have the courage to follow the instructions and remove the side of the printer, it may be worth your time to have a look back there and see if you see any ink or other signs of degraded tubing. If the tubing is loose, it cannot properly pull a vacuum to clean the head, and air might enter the system.

 on: July 02, 2015, 10:41:45 PM 
Started by Some Guy - Last post by Some Guy
Even though it was humid and a bunch of thin clouds blowing through, I had to try this.  Got a couple off the 300mm f/4 PF lens on the D800E.  Used DxO Elite Prime for post and noise (Takes about 6 minutes per NEF!).

The closeup shows the moons of Jupiter on the right:  Outermost is Europa, Ganymede, Io, and Callisto near the planet's edge.  Learned the moon Ganymede is only slightly smaller than the planet Mars so it is sort of bright.

Might try again tonight with the older D7000 since it crops into DX and see how if fares with the 300mm which will become a ~450mm f/4.


 on: July 02, 2015, 10:41:39 PM 
Started by sgwrx - Last post by sgwrx
it's just surprising how little talk there is of vision and using tools to get there.  i mean, i've seen it here and there, but never realized it was as dramatic as the samples shown in this article or, in the video i mentioned. and, in that video it was literally like a 1/10th of a second flash on the screen of the original captured image. 

i even had a professional review of my images and though it was said my black and white was good, i only walked away with "my color needs work".  nothing like the color examples in this article, or for example in the phase one news letters.

i realize this is an advanced forum so it's probably not discussed a lot.  but at least it's worth having a thread so that some day a beginner might stumble upon this and realize it's all about "cranking" on a photo until you get what you like, what you want to bring out and highlight.  how you want to convey what you saw - which really may not be at all like the image the camera captured.

 on: July 02, 2015, 10:39:12 PM 
Started by Mike Sellers - Last post by JV
I saw that Leica as well...

I believe it is fair to say that the resale value of CDD digital backs not exceeding 40MP has taken a big hit.

Only exceptions to a certain extent are perhaps Contax and Hy6 mounts...

 on: July 02, 2015, 10:36:01 PM 
Started by Jager - Last post by enduser
Is it possible that the rear flap is to allow thick media to load from the front but be kept flat whilst printing. If so,the media can roll through the rear before printing starts?  My old ipf 6100 worked like that.

 on: July 02, 2015, 10:27:59 PM 
Started by Pogo33 - Last post by Schewe
I wonder why Adobe decided to call their subscription service "Creative Cloud" if it's not cloud-based?

Actually, there are indeed certain aspect of CC that are cloud based...

 on: July 02, 2015, 10:22:25 PM 
Started by Kaypee - Last post by donbga
Visit the large format photography forum for more comprehensive responses.


For your task I don't think Sinars are your best choice. Modern light weight wood field cameras aren't expensive and will serve your needs well.

These days 4x5 is more than adequate if aren't contact printing.

 on: July 02, 2015, 10:11:29 PM 
Started by Pogo33 - Last post by aderickson
I wonder why Adobe decided to call their subscription service "Creative Cloud" if it's not cloud-based?

Did they not know the negative connotations of this word with many users? They could have called it Adobe Pay-as-you-go, Adobe Rental, Adobe subscription.

I think software developers live in a parallel universe.

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