#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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#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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#757. It’s not the camera, it’s the lenses, stupid! Or is it?

#757. It’s not the camera, it’s the lenses, stupid! Or is it?

Long a once upon ago, film was the great equalizer. Your colour fidelity – or deliberate lack of -, your grain, your sensitivity to photonic vibes, your monochrome coolness … all of it came from film. It was a simpler time when larger was unequivocally better. Real men did it

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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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#715. Monday Post (23 April 2018) – Finding a useful spot for my Smartphone in my photographic workflow

#715. Monday Post (23 April 2018) – Finding a useful spot for my Smartphone in my photographic workflow

Dullite ! The term, a contraction of Luddite and dullard, was coined by Lee “Captain” Anderton and Rob “Chappers” Chapman, the two men jointly responsible for wasting more of my life online than anyone else before. It’s also how I felt until recently, realising the photographic opportunity offered by Smartphones

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#709. Travel and Street Photography in Phnom Penh: keep your distance

#709. Travel and Street Photography in Phnom Penh: keep your distance

In the second of three articles looking at different aspects of street photography and street portraiture in different cities in South East Asia, I look at the choice of focal length and the effect on the relationship with subjects when taking street portraits in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  If you missed

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#701. Monday Post (5 March 2018) – New camera?

#701. Monday Post (5 March 2018) – New camera?

Can you remember a conversation like this over coffee, a few beers, or a casual lunch with a photo buddy?   “I think I’m going to buy a new camera. It’ll help me get some better images and grow my skills.”   It might, but chances are, it’ll spend as

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#699. Travel and Street Photography in Kuala Lumpur: be polite

#699. Travel and Street Photography in Kuala Lumpur: be polite

Regular readers of Dear Susan may have seen previous articles I’ve written about Singapore and Penang, and finding inspiration in some of Singapore’s modern architecture. I’ve travelled in South East Asia for over a decade, and particularly enjoy visiting Asian cities for their culture clash of western modernity, Asian street

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#675. Review – SilkyPix Studio Developer

#675. Review – SilkyPix Studio Developer

Here at Dear Susan there has been much discussion recently about raw development and editing software. There have been disgruntled mutterings about Apple’s Aperture, Adobe Lightroom and the monthly tax for continued access to your own catalogue, and various of Dear Susan’s contributors have tried some of the lesser known

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