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#871 Monday Post (24 June 2019). Battle of the Medium Formats… or?

#871 Monday Post (24 June 2019). Battle of the Medium Formats… or?

Medium format cameras are irrelevant, aren’t they? Their numbers are dwarfed by those of full frame (35mm) cameras. And the progress of said full-frame cameras has made them even more irrelevant, until their inevitable extinction, right? Well maybe, but maybe not. 4 recent entries into that very limited space indicate

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#860. Monday Post (20 May 2019) – A tale of two 100s – May challenge – Pixel madness

#860. Monday Post (20 May 2019) – A tale of two 100s – May challenge – Pixel madness

Over the past few weeks, two new 100mm lenses have been announced and alarmingly stretched my zygomaticus : the super duper Zeiss Otus 100 f/1.4 and the intriguing Laowa 100/2.8 Macro Apo. In many ways the two are similar, in many ways they are polar opposites.     The Otus

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#851. Monday Post (29 April 2019) – Am I missing something?

#851. Monday Post (29 April 2019) – Am I missing something?

  Two days running I’ve received pre-release announcements from software companies making post processing applications for photographers.   The first came yesterday, with On1’s blare about its upcoming 2019.5 release and this morning, I found an e-mail from Skylum, trumpeting its latest Luminar AI-based wonder.   On1’s Photo RAW has

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#848. (Easter) Monday Post (22 April 2019) – Thank you! (we don’t say it often enough) & update on the ChiKi challenge

#848. (Easter) Monday Post (22 April 2019) – Thank you! (we don’t say it often enough) & update on the ChiKi challenge

I started DearSusan 8 years ago, before vlogging and becoming a YouTube star was all the rage because a tiny book (On Photography, by Susan – The Susan – Sontag) had given me the shock necessary to lift my photography out of a tourist rut and into a deeply satisfying

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#844. Monday Post (15 April 2019) – 100Mp mirrorless cameras, at long last …

#844. Monday Post (15 April 2019) – 100Mp mirrorless cameras, at long last …

More pixels don’t mean better pixels. Rant – and counter rant – on.

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#842. Monday Post (08 April 2019) – The Ch’i-Ki challenge

#842. Monday Post (08 April 2019) – The Ch’i-Ki challenge

The results are in, and the Haiku challenge has turned up amazing shots by DS contributors. Previous challenges, the same. Not wanting to let Pascal have all the fun, I thought I should try my hand at this. So here goes: In China, the concept of ch’i matters. It is

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#839. Monday Post (01 April 2019) – Leica and Zeiss to merge!

#839. Monday Post (01 April 2019) – Leica and Zeiss to merge!

In my last post of 2018, I forecasted that, due to the continuing contraction of the market for cameras, and thus for lenses, there would be mergers between competitors and/or companies exiting the market. Frankly, my suppositions were that, for example, Panasonic and Olympus could/would merge their camera divisions as

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#836. Monday Post (25 March 2019) – Love Vs. Hate, or Leica Vs. Zeiss, or Q2 Vs. ZX1

#836. Monday Post (25 March 2019) – Love Vs. Hate, or Leica Vs. Zeiss, or Q2 Vs. ZX1

7 years ago, Sony introduced a UPhO, or Unidentified Photographic Object, the RX1, and the world went: OMG, what have they done? A diminutive camera which, at first glance, could pass off as one of the then so-many compact cameras. Except for for a very, very un-minor detail. It had

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#833. Monday Post (18 Mar 2019) – March Challenge : Visual Haiku

#833. Monday Post (18 Mar 2019) – March Challenge : Visual Haiku

For our third challenge this year, we’d like to continue with the Japanese philosophical trend and dig even deeper, with something difficult : visual haiku.     Why difficult?   First because no easy definition of (poetry) haiku exists beyond the formal description. And that only works for the Japanese

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#830. Monday Post (11 March 2019) – Have you lost interest yet?

#830. Monday Post (11 March 2019) – Have you lost interest yet?

A history of modern cameras leading up to this week-end’s Birmingham NEC … which we shan’t attend.

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