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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)

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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!)

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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!!

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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

 

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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

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Ok, just a few thoughts after having my new Epl-1 for a few days. First of all, the body feels ok, its plastic but its nice enough. The lens however feels like a toy, literally like some kind of cheap lego lens. The pictures I have taken so far seem alright though. I am picking up some test prints on Monday to see what the quality looks like in 5×7. As far as controls go I think the main issue I will have is in using the A, S and M modes. To change the shutter, for example, it seems I have to do a lot of button pressing. Its a pain. Also it is true that it hunts for focus in low light.

Ok, enough of the negatives! The main positive for me is the size and the results I have seen so far. The pictures seem pretty good and the size is fantastic. I see a great future for me in the small micro four thirds format. I love being able to have it in my bag and just pull it out when I want to. I want to slowly build up some lenses and then at some point upgrade the camera to one that has easier controls. So far I plan on getting the 20mm pancake and also the 100 to 300 mm lens, but not any time soon. One other fun thing, I got a cheap adapter so I can play with my Sigma Nikon mount AIS manual lenses!

Here are some shots, mostly testing out the fun art filters!

 

Grainy Black and White

Pin Hole

 

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Amazon Fail!

You know how Amazon has prime membership? Supposedly if you pay for prime then you can get overnight shipping for $3.99 or 2 day shipping for free. Last year I paid for prime membership and always got the stuff I ordered on time. This year I decided to try their student prime membership, which they offered for free. Well last Friday I decided to get the Epl-1,I ordered it a little after 7pm. They said I could pay $3.99 for one day shipping to get it by Monday. Great! I go to teach today and then come home to wait!

Well, I am sure you can see were this is going. By 6pm I knew it was not going to arrive. By 7pm I was sure. It just makes me wonder if they don’t rush as much when you have a trial prime membership versus one that you pay for. I know in reality they would probably say it’s because I ordered late on Friday and it’s the weekend. The end result is that my new toy may arrive sometime tomorrow evening (according to UPS). Sigh…

I just wish that Amazon had been truthful and said one day delivery by Monday is not possible at this time. To their credit they did refund the $3.99.

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