#772 The rise of the extremes and the decline of the middle glass

#772 The rise of the extremes and the decline of the middle glass

  At some point it is good to look at the past to take stock of the present. Let’s go back to when “serious” digital cameras replaced film. Why did that happen? Practicality was the main reason, not IQ. Always-on LiveView and the ability to chimp, the instant availability of

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#769. Monday Post (17 Sept 2018) Of landscape photographers but landmark cameras. Why the Hasselblad X1D is a landmark camera!

#769. Monday Post (17 Sept 2018) Of landscape photographers but landmark cameras. Why the Hasselblad X1D is a landmark camera!

There are good cameras, there are remarkable cameras, and there are landmark cameras. For example, the Nikon D850 does everything very well indeed, at levels unthinkable just a couple of years ago. It is a remarkable camera, as DS contributor Dallas can attest to. That said, it is not a

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#763. Standing the market on its head

#763. Standing the market on its head

Market wisdom has it that good (photographic) investment is in glass. This is how this works: with film cameras, the camera itself has little influence on the end result. The film and the glass do. So get yourself a camera, keep it forever, and spend money on glass. The resulting

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#760. Nikon Z6 & Z7 : Criticism and praise!

#760. Nikon Z6 & Z7 : Criticism and praise!

The full release includes: the Z6, essentially a mirrorless D750 and A7 III competitor, the Z7, essentially a mirroless D850 and A7RIII competitor.   For comparisons between the two models, check out this link: Nikon Z6 vs Z7 My analysis : In a nutshell, this is a very-low-risk strategy, as

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#759 The Monday Post: Nikon goes mirrorless

#759 The Monday Post: Nikon goes mirrorless

  Never say never. It was as though both Canon and Nikon swore they would never go mirrorless. At least, not for “serious” cameras. They did have mirrorless offerings, but clearly pitched below anything that could cost them any sales of their beloved DSLRs.     Well that is about

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#750. Human factors, not numbers …

#750. Human factors, not numbers …

I need help here. Or, at least, I need company. I am in the process of looking at lenses in the event that I decide to rebuild a new camera system. So I am looking at quite a few possibilities, and researching the pictures made by various lenses, all mounted

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#741. Monday Post (25 June 2018) – Tales from the Pequod… process Vs. results

#741. Monday Post (25 June 2018) – Tales from the Pequod… process Vs. results

Why the Pequod? Have I traded a leg for a peg? Not yet. But I thought it would be the best vehicle for my quest, that of the Great White Wilson. Since my last post Presets vs Resets, Wilson vs Otus, I have shot sets, resets, and presets. And some

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#735. Monday Post (11 June 2018) – Presets Vs. Resets and Wilson Vs. Otus

#735. Monday Post (11 June 2018) – Presets Vs. Resets and Wilson Vs. Otus

In my previous post, “confessions of a repentant slut”, I write that, if I have already done a certain subject a certain way, I now have little interest if any in being stuck repeating that same picture/shoot over and over again. And having to deal with “lesser gear”, and no

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#732. Monday Post (4 June 2018) – Confessions of a repentent slut

#732. Monday Post (4 June 2018) – Confessions of a repentent slut

  First of all I have to confess, I was a slut. A bokeh slut. See post https://www.dearsusan.net/2017/05/20/596-bokeh-slut/ To the question: but why? my first 2 answers were: “because my mum taught me not to use the word w***e”, and “because I can”. A self-professed, unapologetic slut.     How

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#725. Monday Post (21 May 2018) – Lao…who? The sorry tale of a conspiracy

#725. Monday Post (21 May 2018) – Lao…who? The sorry tale of a conspiracy

Not many victims of conspiracies live to tell their stories, but I do. Ever since I announced that I was retiring from my photo hobby, I have been subjected to a combination of attacks and manipulation. In command of this are the 2 Pascals. The one that you know, and

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