#770. Printing saga update n°1: the poetry of a b200

#770. Printing saga update n°1: the poetry of a b200

GAS update : 10 minutes into my noble printing quest, and I’m out 300 bucks. Snafu. And my next update might be in a while. It all started with the best of intentions: testing. Since Canon printers are known for: being tolerant of longish periods of sleep being easy to

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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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#768. Should you print your photographs at home?

#768. Should you print your photographs at home?

According to Wikipedia, DIY culture, with its grassroots societal overtones, spans a range of activities that includes Kit Cars (science fiction in a country overrun by administration such as France), naked cycling events, guerilla gardening, anarcho-punk and cult of the dead cow. But not home printing. I wonder why. It

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#767. Recent new camera announcements from Nikon, Canon, and even Zeiss have me asking “why?”

#767. Recent new camera announcements from Nikon, Canon, and even Zeiss have me asking “why?”

Who, I wonder to myself, is buying these new cameras and lenses and, again, why? Are they more capable? Depends on your definition. Large of sensor while incrementally smaller and lighter than their predecessors? Appear to be. But, towards what end? What are enough of us doing with these state-of-the-art

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#766. Monday Post (10 Sep 2018) – How do we make better use of our gear ?

#766. Monday Post (10 Sep 2018) – How do we make better use of our gear ?

Convergence. And multiple hat tips. The ingredients for this story follow : Two days ago some travel albums I had printed of my recent trip to Scotland turned up on my doorstep. These contain a majority of photographs made with my Smartphone (Samsung Galaxy S9) and some 30% of photographs

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#765. The photographic value of scarcity

#765. The photographic value of scarcity

There are two approaches to photography that strongly conflict with one another. I don’t believe one is inherently better than the other, though my feet are firmly in one camp. But it seems to me that one can lead to the other, while the other way around is impossible.  

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#764. Monday Post (3 Sept 2018) – Photographic gear, from Arles to the rumour mills

#764. Monday Post (3 Sept 2018) – Photographic gear, from Arles to the rumour mills

We’ve been getting very excited about the new gear announcement recently, and covered those with the joy of anticipation that only today’s rumour-based marketing can allow. It used to be that a new product was announced and that was it. The press releases informed the mags and websites which, in

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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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#761. Monday Post (27 Aug 2018) – What an e-Z week we’ve had !

#761. Monday Post (27 Aug 2018) – What an e-Z week we’ve had !

What a week for gear, right? Nikon’s announcement of 2 new mirrorless cameras caused quite a stir among DS email list members. After months of slumber, you could hear us typing frantically, exchanging thoughts around the globe. And let’s not forget the other seismic shift of the week. One of

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#758. The Standard British Handful; Fuji’s 16-55 zoom

#758. The Standard British Handful; Fuji’s 16-55 zoom

  I thought I’d done with zoom lenses some years ago, when the Sony NEX showed me just how many quality images I could shoot with manual prime lenses and a little more personal application. I’m convinced that this simple symbiosis had a radical impact on my photography and so,

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