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 on: Today at 03:05:44 PM 
Started by Chris Sanderson - Last post by Rob C
The problem with the new resurgence - or perhaps the first one - depending on your point of view and personal datum line, is that it ended up being a fake, based on credit and hire-purchase. Like insurance schemes, where people still imagined, until a decade or so ago, that insurance companies were mad enough to give you out more than you paid in. Right. The best insurance company for a pension is yourself, or state employment. If not, you get enough to buy food, and depend on dying bank accounts with which to pay for the rest of the overheads. I think back to the 80s and over 15% interest off-shore and almost weep, but them ducts is dried out.

And just today Corbyn announced his brand new plan to raise taxes, take on more debt. You couldn't make it up. Forgetting completely that his red predecessors left a note apologising - sort of - for the moneybox being empty. Now, Corbie wants to sell the box.

It is either insanity or straight hubris, based upon and fed by the wider madness of the supporting crowd. Most of his party gunmen left for the shelter, hoping to prevent their own annihilation. But what did it matter? Rabies spreads from bite to bite. We got Brexit: why should anything surprise or dismay ever again?


 on: Today at 03:05:23 PM 
Started by Theodoros - Last post by vjbelle
There is no camera having a standard "relatively yaw free" Victor... It all depends on the lens one uses and its entrance pupil position with respect to the swing axis... If the error is small with one lens, it doesn't mean that it will be the same with another...

That's why its 'RELATIVELY' yaw free.  All lenses vary slightly with respect to their entrance pupil position and unless there were a camera with a front standard fore and aft adjustments or the lens board was modified somehow there will always be some slight variation with respect to yaw free swings and tilts.  On my Actus its close enough......


 on: Today at 03:03:17 PM 
Started by [email protected] - Last post by CeesdeVries
Hi Kevin,
In your article on bears and the A6300 you mention the optical stabilisation of the 70-400 lens.  I am the happy owner of that lens and I use it with a A6000. the one thing that I miss dearly is the stabilisation! Where can I find the switch?

 on: Today at 03:01:45 PM 
Started by torger - Last post by bcooter
Sorry, more thread drift: 
Out of curiosity, are the roadblocks to a Contax resurrection described somewhere?  Brand/IP tied up by someone unwilling to sell? Tooling destroyed?

It's a shame because Contax is gone and I have 4 of them nearly double of every lens made, except the 350mm.   I love the camera, but they're old and for some work in studio or in controlled lighting and movement ok.

Newer cameras have surpassed them.  The new Phase One and Hasselblad are just better, smoother and easier.   

Honestly if I was in the mood to buy into a new medium format system, I wouldn't care about sticking a $30,000 back on my contax. 


Do you shoot "video", because if you do and you try to stream high bit rate 24 to 48fps out of a 645 sensor in 14 bit it takes a big camera or a big mechanical fan. 

Maybe someday someone will get there but it's not out there yet and RED has pretty deep pockets, Arri's must be deeper and both have incredible knowledge about cinema cameras.

When RED made a smaller camera it had a smaller than super 35mm (aps C) sensor.    The heat build up and processing power is really immense in high quality motion footage.

You can point to Fuji or Sony and say they do it, but in reality they don't.  The codec is highly compressed, the bit rate is 10 not 12 or 14 and the color spread is 1/2 the available colors (422) not all the colors, (444).

When Leica added video to their cmos camera they cropped into it.  Imagine cropping into a 100 mpx camera to get 4 or 6 k.  I'm not going to do the math, but come one, you probably talking a crop factor of 2 or 2.5 which makes a 50mm lens a medium telephoto.

Once again maybe it will happen, but I would bet that 90% of the people Medium format sells to couldn't care less about video from their cameras and if they did, another 6 grand will get them a decent result from a dedicated system.

Trust me on this.   Shooting a good parallel production of stills and motion footage is hard, not just with cameras, but lights, crew, power, time.

I have zero inside information, but I would bet the issues Phase One faces is they make high quality, long lasting professional equipment for a toss it in 12 months world.

I hope that's not true, but I'll bet it is.



 on: Today at 02:37:39 PM 
Started by Rob C - Last post by Rob C

Stern and stiff, yesterday afternoon. The wench, not I!


 on: Today at 02:33:46 PM 
Started by VidJa - Last post by VidJa
I have a bunch of scans with serious dust problems. unfortunately I cannot scan again. Several years ago I had the Polaroid dust removal filter in PS, but given time it does not work on a modern version of PS-CC on Mac. The internal dust removal filter of PS is highly unsufficient.

Does anyone know how to tackle this?

 on: Today at 02:31:46 PM 
Started by Rob C - Last post by Rob C
Sigh. Of course you are right about the voyeurism. And one has to respect one's natural limits: I have a facebook friend in Helsinki, ex model, blond, still quite stunning in her late 40's/early 50's. She seems to have no problem finding subjects who smile when they find her camera pointing at them. I mean Finns, smiling? It's unnatural...

Maybe not if you are female and good-looking behind that lens! I'd probably smile too. Doesn't look like any threat, but honey traps ar always there to worry about, I suppose.



 on: Today at 02:30:22 PM 
Started by shadowblade - Last post by adri
To Hulys:

You should be better informed. The reason for Sigma to go the route of better lenses us out of necessity as well as the desire to up the brand and produce truly quality products.

The notion that only brand X lenses should be used on brand X cameras makes no sense. So many photographers are already using non Sony lenses on Sony cameras via an adapter, which includes canon lenses, sigmas, etc.

Several Art lenses by Sigma outperform camera brand lenses. At lower costs. And nearly as good as Zeiss.

I really do not follow your whining.

 on: Today at 02:13:39 PM 
Started by Theodoros - Last post by marc aurel
Good idea! Maybe Cambo should start making it like that immediately... It will be beneficial for Sony users too as it will add working space when in "portrait" orientation...


 on: Today at 02:11:44 PM 
Started by torger - Last post by Theodoros
Sorry, more thread drift: 
Out of curiosity, are the roadblocks to a Contax resurrection described somewhere?  Brand/IP tied up by someone unwilling to sell? Tooling destroyed?

My information (at the days) coming from a P1 representative, is that P1 agreed with Zeiss, but it was Kyocera that refused... It was the bad relations between Kyocera and Zeiss that blocked the deal...

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