#597. Monday post, 22 May 2017 – Are we totally lost?

#597. Monday post, 22 May 2017 – Are we totally lost?

Around DearSusan (DS)’s founder, let’s call him Mr PJ (no, no connection to sleepwear), photographers have congregated from around the world. Mr PP (no, not post-processing), Mr BH (no, not Mr B&H, don’t I wish..), Mr SM (no, not S&M..), Mr AB (no, not testing), and yours truly, let’s call

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#590. The AF divide: A conversation of two convictions

#590. The AF divide: A conversation of two convictions

I recently overheard a conversation in a pub between two photographers which went like this:* #1 … It doesn’t matter! Imagine that on the upcoming model of the camera with vastly improved AF! Faster, more focus points, 98% coverage, always on-point … #2 But 6 months ago you said, the

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#588. Zeiss ExoLens. Down the Smartphone Photography rabbit hole?

#588. Zeiss ExoLens. Down the Smartphone Photography rabbit hole?

Smartphone photography is a bit of a polarizing topic, here on DearSusan :  some photographers herald it as the definitive solution for close-up, spontaneous, huge DOF explorations, while the arrière-garde argue that they’re perfectly happy with their large bodies (cameras, that is) and super lenses. I personally fall in both

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#550. More on Smartphones as cameras – and the OnePlus 3

#550. More on Smartphones as cameras – and the OnePlus 3

4 ! Google “OnePlus 3” and the first answer you get is 4. Beyond the hilarious search engine quirk, I’d like to share a few photographs made using this Chinese phone to illustrate the continuing progress made by the Smartphone industry in the photo arena. These were made by Theo

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#524. Why your high-end camera also loves your Smartphone

#524. Why your high-end camera also loves your Smartphone

During my recent vacation in and around London, and in order to stop pestering my friends and readers with enthusiastic updates of my Smartphone photography life, without a solid foundation for them, I conducted this simple experiment: use only my Smartphone for photography, unless the scene intuitively felt like it

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#522. 10 reasons to love your Smartphone camera!

#522. 10 reasons to love your Smartphone camera!

Smartphone cameras deserve a lot more love than they are getting from the amateur photographer community. The typical comment today is either “a handy visual notebook” or “a camera that trades quality for convenience”. And while the latter is partially true, Smartphones still deserve to be treated as valid photographic

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#521. “Moment” pictures Vs. “Performance” pictures

#521. “Moment” pictures Vs. “Performance” pictures

  [Rant: on]   Submission n°1: there are more photographers than ever before, and more pictures being taken than ever before, and viewed by more people than ever before. Yet camera sales are falling off a cliff, because people use cellphones, and the “standard of photography” is falling off the

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#518. Crowdfunding the perfect (Zen) camera

#518. Crowdfunding the perfect (Zen) camera

Having already firmly and definitively established that all sensor sizes provide adequate platforms to create excellent photographs and that the choice between them should be one of user experience and photograph aesthetics, let me expand my gift to the universe by describing the perfect camera. Oh, humility … [insert camera

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#516. Whither Sensor Formats? a.k.a Going Full Circle From Film

#516. Whither Sensor Formats? a.k.a Going Full Circle From Film

Has there ever been a more fun time to be a photographer? All the way back in the film-based middle-ages, it used to be that the medium and large format segments of the market offered tremendous a variety of shooting experiences that were not available in 35mm. These things came

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#510. Of Smartphones and prints. Back to the future ?

#510. Of Smartphones and prints. Back to the future ?

In his recent Article (Coffin Not Quite Shut, But Apple Working on It), Tom Hogan analyses the rumored killing of the DSLR by the iPhone 7 (hats off to Paul P for sending me this link)  and explains : smartphones are winning the camera wars simply because of the workflow

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