|Pentax 645N with 75mm f2.8 LS lens and Illford 3200 120 film Colouring added in Lightroom 3|
The real thing that I'm enjoying about it though has little to do with the image itself. I know I'm not going to be selling that image in art galleries next to Ansel Adam's work. It has to do with the organic process of film and the slow process of using my new medium format camera. It's such a wonderful way to spend time with a tripod, a big film camera and a big world waiting there to be captured. And to look at film images, is a bit like listening to music on a record player. Sure it hisses and pops, but its organic. You can create the grain and texture in the digital world but it doesn't feel the same. It's a bit like listening to an MP3 recording of an old record. You might hear the imperfect sound, but you can't feel it like when it comes from the real thing. Go ahead and laugh, those that stick the occasional roll in the camera still know what I mean.
And so what the heck am I talking about anyway? Well, I have no idea really except to say that I've been enjoying the process of using film and a big clunky camera, and I hope you get to enjoy that feeling yourself.
And speaking of gear, I'm sure you've all been reading about the new Nikon D4. While many of you know I love Olympus equipment, I also use Canon, Pentax and Panasonic cameras. My lack of brand loyalty is a bit of a problem for me because I see camera's like this new D4 and my attention span wanders. I'd just love to own this camera. I love that they kept it to only 16 megapixels, and I'm intrigued that they are saying it focuses faster than the old Nikon which is the one thing about Nikon I've always lusted after, it's ability to autofocus so well. Then again, I've never been a fan of my Canon autofocus so maybe I'm jaded. I like the little touches like back illuminated buttons as well. This new D4 is a pretty nice piece of equipment and for almost $1000 less than the Canon 1DX I think Nikon may be getting themselves a long list of fans. All this competition is only good for us consumers that buy the equipment. I just hope Canon decides to put dual card slots in the 5D mk III. I mean, Nikon does it in their D700 line as I'm sure they will in the soon to be announced D800.
Olympus looks like they won't be bringing back Woodford as their CEO and the rumours of Panasonic, Sony or Fuji buying large pieces of the company seem to be intensifying. Frankly I'd love to see Olympus come back stronger and healthier as an independent company, but if I had to choose from any of those companies taking control of them it would have to be Fuji. Fuji is a company I had long disregarded until they came out with the wicked cool X100. Now with the talk of an organic sensor (Olympus really needs a sensor partner that won't hold back on them like Panasonic did with the GH2 sensor) and the X-PRO 1 I think that if we are playing a game of lessor evils, Fuji would be my choice for an Olympus bed partner. Panasonic stopped making cool cameras with the DMC-L1 as far as cosmetics and ultra-cool design go. I still miss that camera, wish I had never sold it.
As a final thought to this entry I wanted to point out the work of Raphael Guarino. I joined 500px in 2011 and I really love the quality of images that people tend to put on that site. I find myself flipping through it for an hour at a time some days just wiping the drool off my chin at some of the amazing talent out there. Raphael (whom I've never met or talked to) is from Germany, and I'm on his page all the time just amazed at the work he is doing. The photos just make my stomach flip flop and my eyes bulge. Amazing.
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