“The Death of Photography” by Ken Rockwell


Ken Rockwell wrote a very provocative critique against the modern way to think about photography. I found that part really interesting:
It’s obvious looking back at old magazines that the only thing that mattered was getting to the right place at the right time to take a picture of the right thing, and the choice of developer and wash treatments, 90% of what the magazines went off about, was irrelevant.

Today, its the same thing. Magazines go off about how to “fix” your pictures in your computer, but let’s face it: the only way to fix them is, as always, get to the right place at the right time and see the right picture before you press the shutter.

If you waste your time making 3,600 exposures from the same place to stitch in four dimensions, it doesn’t matter how much spatial (gigapan and pan-focus) or luminous (HDR) range or resolution you have, if it’s a picture of something boring.

If it sucks, who cares if it’s GPS geotagged? If it’s great, it’s because of the lighting and timing, which has nothing to do with the location.

Read the article at http://kenrockwell.com/tech/death-of-photography.htm and let me know what you think.


a little bit of everything…


Olympus E-P2 compared vs Panasonic Lumix GF1 and Canon Eos 7D (Mike Kobal)

Canon 55mm 1.2FD on GF1 (dpreview)
Quick Shots Part 2: Leica M9, Olympus E-P2 and Nikon D3s (Steve Huff)
How many DSLR users have completely switched to m4/3 (dpreview)
Today Deals:
Amazon US: Olympus E-P2 with 17mm f/2.8 Lens and Electronic View Finder back in Stock!
Amazon US: Panasonic GF1 with 20mm f/1.7 Lens in Stock for $999.95


UPDATED with two more image -> First Samsung NX-10 versus Panasonic GF1 noise comparison!


We found the first image comparison between the Samsung NX-10 and Panasonic GF1!

UPDATE: New image comparison is available. This time in english and the NX-10 uses the 30mm pancake lens and Pansonic the and the GF1 the 20mm lens: From 100 to 800 Iso comparison and the 1600 to 3200 Iso comparison


At High-Iso the Samsung NX images do look cleaner as the GF1 images. The GF1 has more detail.

source: http://blog.paran.com/payton/35887908


US-MicroFourThirds deals.


Today we have a list of new MicroFourThirds deals:

Price Drops:
Amazon US: Panasonic 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS Micro Four Thirds Lens in Stock via Wall Street Photo ($327.50 + Free Shipping). That’s a -$20 price drop compared to yesterday’s official amazon price.
Amazon US: Olympus E-P1 with 14-42mm Lens (Silver Body/Black Lens). Sold by amazon. Price $657.50 (-$14.5 price drop compared to yesterday)
Amazon US: Panasonic G1 with 14-45 mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH Mega OIS Lens (Black) for $650.

New items:
Adorama: Pansonic GF1 (BODY ONLY) for $799.95

Back in Stock:
Adorama: Pansonic GF1+20mm f/1.7 lens for $999.95

Lowest price ever:
Amazon US: Panasonic 45-200mm f/4.0-5.6 Lumix G Vario MEGA OIS Zoom Micro Four Thirds Lens for $282.00
Amazon US: Panasonic GH1 for $1,249.99

One more thing:
The Olympus E-P2+14-42mm lens is in Stock at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto


Samsung NX roundup (very interesting)!


We have some news about the Samsung NX-10 that is also interesting for MicroFourThirds users.

Amateur Photographer had a small talk with vice president of Samsung Techwin Byung Woo Lee and he said “that Samsung has moved into this new category as it realises that there is no chance of successfully competing against the developed DSLR ranges held by Nikon and Canon. Kim told us ‘We will create a new category that we can dominate’. Interestingly SS Park, BJ Kim’s replacement, told AP today that Samsung does not see the NX series as a competitor to the Micro Four Thirds products of Panasonic and Olympus, but that Samsung’s models will broaden the mirror-less micro camera choice. When asked how the NX range would develop Park said that the company obviously intends to produce more bodies in different forms and of different sensor resolutions, and that some models would appeal to professional users. With this in mind it is obvious that Samsung will have no need of GX DSLRs. Alongside the technology products that Samsung Electric has on show here the idea of an optical viewfinder seems rather old fashioned and inflexible.

In summary. Samsung will stop producing “traditional” DSLR. They want to be number one in the new mirrorless camera segment created first by Panasonic and Olympus.

Finally we know the US price of the NX-10. BHphoto listed the Samsung NX-10 with a price of $699,

Samsung NX wants to convince you that MicroFourThirds sensor are not as good as the Samsung sensor. And to do that they made this “nice” graphic:

You can find it here: http://www.samsung.com/us/consumer/photography/digital-cameras/nx-series/ES-NX10ZZSEB/index.idx?pagetype=prd_detail

Samsung has a plan to release a super zoom lens for NX10 like Panasonic 14-140 zoom lens.
It will be available some time this year.

First websites are showing Samsung NX-10 image samples. here the list:

and finally a hands-on at dc.watch.impress
UPDATE: Fotoactualidad postes some videos with Samsung NX10, 30fps, 3fps + Autofocus


a little bit of everything…


Silly Snow Days: Uk Blizzard January 2010 (recorded with the Panasonic GF1+20mm lens)

Digital cameras “Miniature (diorama) mode” showdown! (Ascii.jp)
How Sharp Is Your Printer? How Sharp Are Your Eyes? (TheOnlinePhotographer)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP8 digital camera review (pocket-lint.com)
Dpreview makes their own wishlist “On Lenses For Small Cameras
The Olympus E-P2 with Panasonic 20 1.7 Mounted (Steve Huff)
Short Olympus E-620 review at maximumcpu

Christmas is behind us and now you can find some nice deals on Pixmania. Pixmania created dedicated pages where you can find new offers every day. Just click on the name of your country and maybe you find something just for you!

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