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2014 December 31  /   2015 January 1
The Seventh and Eighth Days of Christmas
New Year's Eve / New Year's Day
Wednesday & Thursday

Wednesday night:   only a few hours left in the year 2014!



Have a safe and happy celebration! 

One last review for 2014:  Lomography Fisheye 2.   Since I've mentioned this camera so often lately, I figured it should have its own page on here.



This would be a great camera to bring to a New Year's Eve party.  Add a cheap set of color gels to hold over the flash, and it's party city.



2014 December 29
The Fifth Day of Christmas
Monday

"This camera / lens takes great pictures". . .  I guess we all say that sometimes, as I did the other day.  Almost anyone reading this will know it's not the camera, though. 

Here's all the camera and lens really do: they set the upper limit of technical quality.  The rest is up to you.

Some lenses set the image-quality ceiling very high, at least for the money.

That Canon EF 28-135mm IS is still selling at a substantial discount.  Right now it's not much more than a used copy would cost.
If you have an EOS film camera (620, Elan, Rebel XS, etc.), this is the best walkaround lens you can get for under $500.   It's a Canon, it's a workhorse, and it should last you for many years.



28mm is wide enough for most uses;  only after using the Fisheye 2 and La Sardina (22mm) does 28mm begin to feel a little cramped.  (OK, and a 17mm lens on an inexpensive film SLR once in a while.   But the photographic sardine-can is getting a lot of use lately.)

Actually, though, I do a lot of photography with 35 to 40mm, which still offers a very noticeable difference from the standard 50mm focal length. 

I was on a 50mm kick for a long time.  When I began using a 35mm lens again, it seemed almost too wide.  I guess it's all relative. 



2014 December 24 & 25
Wednesday & Thursday
Christmas Eve & Christmas


Lomography Fisheye 2
400 film, Bulb mode, handheld @ 2 sec. (I think)
Home scanned

Have a blessed Christmas!



2014 December 22
Monday


Three days until Christmas! 

I almost can't believe it.  The year went by so fast.

It's not too late to buy that last-minute Christmas present... Amazon gift cards, in the amount you select.  You can even upload one of your own photos to put on the gift card.   Then, receive the card instantly by email.   No waiting!


New [Classic?] Review...



Lomography La Sardina.  It's been out for a few years now.  Does this camera qualify for a "Classic Review"?  Read the article and find out!

(At the time I write this, the Fishers Fritze edition of La Sardina is on sale again here.   Includes Fritz the Blitz flash.)


Canon 24-105 non-L Zoom Lens

The Canon EF 25-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM is scheduled for release today.  I'm going to try to get hold of a copy to review.   Looking for an all-around zoom lens for Canon EOS film cameras.   Instead of comparing it to the 24-105 f/4 L, I'm more interested in comparing it to the old 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS, one of Canon's best non-L zooms with image stabilization. 

I wouldn't even bother wanting to replace the 28-135, because there's no need... except that right now I'm sort of on a wide-angle lens kick, and 24mm is wider than 28.

Speaking of which, the 28-135 is on sale at a pretty substantial discount (prices subject to change without notice).  If you have a Canon EOS full-frame (film or digital), this is probably the most essential low-cost zoom lens in the whole line.  Mine's been on a lot of treks, still working.  My well-used copy won't even zoom all the way to 135 now, but it takes great pictures. 




2014 December 20
Saturday

New article:



Building a Computer for Image Editing, Part III

All three articles now have links to the others.  It should be easier to navigate.  They have a new graphic, too (I hope you like it.)

2014 December 18

Thursday


December 16, 2014 @ near dusk
Fuji Superia 400
"Bulb" mode, handheld at about 1/8 of a second
Home-scanned.  I left the blue cast in this picture because I liked the effect.

Ultra-wide and fisheye lenses tend to be expensive.    There are super-cheap circular fisheye attachments for digital cameras, and you can use them on a film lens if you're willing to deal with very small frame coverage.  (Waste of film, though.)

I have a better idea... here's my favorite solution.   Self-contained fisheye camera, it shoots film, and it's awesome.   Sure, it's been around for a while, but every time I pick up this camera it's more fun than a barrel of DSLR's.  (And you get barrel distortion, too!)

I'm tellin' ya, these cameras are so much fun.   Get one or two, give one as a gift.  Don't forget some film.   On average overcast days, use this stuff.   On sunny days, consider using this film.  Actually, the shutter speed / aperture is about right for "the best" on a sunny day.



2014 December 13
Saturday

I just noticed the lowest price I've ever seen on a brand-new Sony A3000.  Mirrorless DSLR-style camera, 20 megapixel APS-C sensor, HD video recording.  Includes 18-55mm kit lens.  

This takes Sony E-mount lenses (same as the NEX series).  They do make a 1:1 macro lens for it, so you can even do this with it.

At the current deal price, that's hard to turn down.

(Prices subject to change without notice!)


New article:



Fun With Cheap Lenses



2014 December 11
Thursday

New article:   "Building a System for Image Editing - Part 2".  This installment concentrates on the processor (CPU), motherboard, and RAM. 



2014 December 6
Saturday Evening

Couple of deals...

Holga 120N Casablanco - at the moment, lowest price I've seen on a brand-new Holga.  For all-around use, I'd get some of this or this for it.  For bright sunny days, this film works well.  The Holga is still one of my favorite cameras.

Holga external flash - as Holga flashes go, this is one of the better models.  Guide Number = 22 meters / 72 feet.  Looks like it's selling at a substantial discount at the moment. 

This Holga flash has bounce / swivel.   That's pretty sophisticated for a Holga accessory.

For all-around use on other film cameras, an even better choice is one of these. If you're thinking of using this on a DSLR, make sure you use one of these for it.


Asus Chromebook with 4 GB of RAM.   For the price, I would grab one of these, put Linux on it, and use it as a backup for processing film scans.   The Celeron 585 is not a bad processor;  2.16 GHz, 1 GB of L2 cache, and a 667 MHz frontside bus.  In the area of single-core performance, Intel processors are tough to beat. 

For storage on one of these, your best bet is an external hard drive;  avoid the ones with proprietary software (like the Western Digital external drives with "virtual CD").  I would get something like this drive and install it in one of these enclosures.  Then, just plug it as a USB drive.

Today it seems to be trendy to clutter external drives with dopey software that's hidden on special partitions or firmware, so you can't remove it easily.  I'm glad there are still manufacturers with the sense not to do this.    This drive or maybe this one should work with Linux, no special workarounds needed.



2014 December 5
Friday

It's ready!



The first edition is now available for the Kindle e-reader.  If you go to the page, it also has info on how to read the book without a Kindle.

If this book is well-received, maybe I'll do a print edition.  Or, maybe I'll write a Volume II...

There's a lot of film out there to scan, and that's not even counting the many rolls of film we'll use in the future.  Long live film!





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