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Well, the Lomography people have released their newest camera, the Lomo LC-Wide. I have mixed feelings about this! On the one hand I think that it would be a fun camera to have. I mean, it does have quite a few interesting features. It takes 35 mm film but has inserts that let you take a square format picture (24 x 24 mm), or a half frame (17 x 24 mm).

That sounds fun in theory but there are a few problems. I have a holga camera that my uncle gave me as a gift a few years ago. Its a great way to go out just enjoy taking pictures. The results I have gotten from my holga have sometime been not so great and other times been terrific. I tried cross processing just a little while ago and love it! But with a camera like the LC-Wide, since it takes 35 mm film, having a square picture or a half frame would mean that the size of the results you get are much smaller than the pictures I get using 120 film with my holga. A few years ago I used to own an original Olympus PEN half frame camera. It was metal and had a solid construction. You put a role of 36 pictures into a half frame camera and get 72 pictures from it. But the results are of a lower quality that then will have trouble being printed into larger photos.

LC-WIDE

The ability to take really wide landscape type pictures is something that does appeal to me. It is said to have a ” ultra-wide-angle 17 mm Minigon glass lens”.  Thats pretty cool, but…the above concerns I just mentioned about using square and half frame pictures on 35 mm film, when combined with the price, mean that I most likely will not be getting this very soon. Now would I like my family to get a clue and give this to me as a gift? Oh hell yes! Would I pay $389 dollars for it myself? Um..not right now. (Not on a teachers salary!)

You can decide for yourself by looking here: http://www.lomography.com/

A bagillion other web sites have the technical specks but just for the heck of it:

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Exposure area: 36 x 24mm, 24x 24mm (square format), 17 x 24mm (half frame format)

Film Type: Standard 135 roll film

Lens focal length: 17 mm

Maximum aperture: 1:4.5

Angle of view: 103 degrees, 89 degrees (square format) 81 degrees (half frame format)

Focusing range: 0.4m – infinity

Maximum shutter speed: 1/500

Minimum shutter speed: Unlimited

Auto exposure mode: Programmatic

Exposure range: Unlimited ~ EV18

Multiple exposure: Manual shutter cocking with independent MX switch

Film sensitivity supports (ASA/ISO): 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600

Flash: X-type synchronization hot-shoe

Tripod socket thread: Standard 1⁄4″ tripod socket

Cable release: Universal cable release socket

Overall dimensions: 108 x 68 x 44.5mm

Weight: 220g (film and battery not included)

Ok, I am a little behind the times but not my much. I just found out that there is a group out their trying to resurrect old style Polaroid. You will need an old Polaroid camera to do this. I myself am looking on Ebay for a reasonably priced camera. I do have a Polaroid, but the one I have is to old, it truly does require film that is no longer made. But the people at the Impossible Project have set out to reproduce that instant film magic by litterally setting up shop in an old Polaroid factory. Here is a little snip from their website:

Due to the fact that the original Polaroid color dyes are not available any more and that there is no chance to reproduce them, the Impossible Project had to start from the very scratch. The Impossible team had one year to completely reinvent a new photographic instant system. Impossible? Almost. But after thousands of experiments and after a million of small steps and a lot of blood, sweat and tears (not to forget the support of many excellent partners) we managed to develop a new Impossible film system.

I’m exited! Ok the film is a little expensive, but so is anything analog these days. Buying film, developing the film, these things cost money! Something like this is worth it me just to play around with. Why not! Here’s hoping I win a cheap auction on Ebay!

Here is the web site:

http://www.the-impossible-project.com/

(Oh and not making any money from this, I am just exited about the idea!)

I sure hope I can figure out how to add a video here because you have to see this! It will sadly be quite a while until I can afford this but it is at the top of my wish list!!

Could you do this?

I recently came across on you tube the video of a very dedicated large format photographer. I always thought that it would be cool to have a large format camera. In fact I have one that i never use, its a studio camera though and I do not have the space to set it up at the moment. But I have thought, from time to time, that having a field camera or press camera, like a Speed Graphic, would be great. I love landscape photography and large format film seems to be the way to go for that. But in looking at the very interesting videos made by photog Ben Horne, I now see that I do not have this kind of patience.

Getting up at 4 am, walking miles and miles to scout locations, setting up a shot the day before and coming back in the wee hours of the morning to take it. Not to mention carrying all the equipment around. I greatly admire those who can do this, but I am not sure that I am one! Have look at these videos and see what you think!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PfqNLXWqkA

I was able to take a few test shots today while waiting for my car to be aligned and have two tires replaced. The bill ended up being $200 dollars! So below you will see a test shot taken with my Olympus Epl-1 and a Sigma 28mm ais lens for nikon. It’s a cheap lens but works ok. I am not sure if its worth the extra trouble since I have to guess at exposure!

 

Taken with the Epl-1 and Sigma 28mm ais lens

 

An article at 43 Rumors is causing quite a bit of debate over the future of Olympus’s imaging (read camera and lenses) future. I tend to see the glass half full and hope that things will work out all right. Why? I love the way Olympus has, over the years, seemed to devote itself to quirky not the norm cameras. Their commitment to 43 in the first place was an odd step. Now they are focusing on M 43. Their art filters are fun, if only in an enthusiast not for professionals kind of way. Most agree that the lenses they do make are great, although the m43 pancake seems to disappoint many.

I guess if I were being realistic I would recognize that their attempts have always been kind of hit and miss. Any when you go into a professional camera shop they are usually not represented well. Here is an example: I went into Richmond Camera (in Virginia) and saw that they had Nikon and Canon products displayed. I asked if they had Olympus items, they said no. Now go to a place like Best Buy and they had the EPL-1 and the Sony NEX 3, and a whole lot of other entry level options. If you want to see an Olympus accessory or lens, forget about it! For that you have to read reviews, hope you have a friend close by that has one, and/or just buy the thing and hope for the best! So for both amateur photogs and also professionals a commitment to Olympus is kind of like being committed in another way (whohoo! lets all go to the loony bin), you have to be prepared to live with an alternative that is not as widely available as the Canikon one.

That having been said I believe in Olympus and do not regret my decision to get the Epl1, but I must admit the price was my main factor when all is said and done. I mean $400 for a great, small, interchangeable lens camera (that has a lot of buttons and is a little annoying to control).

If you want to see the article on Olympus’s future go here:

http://www.43rumors.com/olympus-will-become-less-japanese-bad-financial-results/

If you want to see the bruhaha  it caused at dpreview look here:

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1041&thread=37730892&page=1

Over the years I have tried out a number of websites for photo sharing. I struggle with this because I am actually a very private person. I want the world to see my photos, that at least is one reason to take them after all! I have lately been thinking about all of the sites I have tried to show my photos on. Once I start to try out a site I loose interest in that site and then move on to another. The problem is that I know I am contributing to the clutter that is out there on the web.

So I have started  to try and remember the different places I have photos on the web and delete them. I just deleted some galleries I had on photoshop.com. I little while back I canceled my smugmug account. I just canceled my redbubble account and also deleted everything I have on photobucket.  Honestly I am not sure I even remember all the places I have put photos over the last 10 years. Thank god for gmail! If not for gmail I would have forgotten how to even log into these places. But I can search gmail and find my login info really fast!

Obviously I still love photography, and I enjoy taking photos. I consider myself an advanced enthusiast because, while I have sold a couple of images it was never something I made money on in any real sense. I am removing all these scattered images because I just want to simplify. I want to try having my photos all in one place and not like 50!

There is, however, one website I cannot bring myself to remove. Its an old photo blog site that is a record of my attempt to get back into black and white film photography.

http://northernexposure.my-expressions.com/

The weird thing is that my expressions is no longer taking new people on. The ones like me who had signed up and paid, I think it was $3 a month, now can use the site for free. Maybe I could find a way to copy and paste or record the site offline just for my  own purposes?

As far as the future goes I am not sure what I will do. Should I try out yet another photo sharing site? Should I look into getting my own server space? If I had my own website I could move this blog to wordpress.org and have a photo gallery and this wordpress blog all in one place. Not sure which way I will go! Any thoughts welcome!