Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Happy Obama Day

Crowd at Lincoln's second inauguration

Well, I guess an awful lot of the world is rather preoccupied today - what with it being my birthday Barack Obama's inauguration. I'm not sure if all those of you who live south of the 49th realise it, but Obama fever seems to be hitting Canadians almost as much as it is USAians. People up here are pretty excited about it all. So, not a lot of blah blah blah today - just have a great time everyone!

Inauguration of Mr. Lincoln

(Oh, just one more thing - I've just been thinking about getting a digital camera. Apart from a little family Canon Elph, I haven't ponied up the dosh for one yet... Been looking at the Canon G10 - and then I just happened to come across this from Mark Tucker Overheard in Ad Agency offices — from film to digital (and back?) - hmmm... So, any thoughts on the G10? Or should I just stick with my Phillips 8x10, couple of 4x5's and the trusty Ikoflex TLR? It's not like I don't use digital cameras for stuff - they're just not my own.)

(Photos: Library of Congress online collection)


mike said...

You've already got the equipment and most likely can operate it proficiently. Why not just use it to make images rather than saddle yourself with more equipment? You can spend the money you save on film, chemistry, and paper — while they last.

eloise in berlin said...

yes, that big question... I use a 1950s twin lens Rolleiflex and love it very much - it's like my 3rd eye and yet lately have been thinking of trying to get a decent digi (i do have a little snap one which is very useful), but when I think about it, the result and the process of my film Rollei would win!! It's tricky in this age. Thanks for posting that little article - it gives me faith to stick with my film too...

Anonymous said...

I'd suggest waiting a bit, to see what develops with the new "micro four-thirds" system that promises to combine the best parts of the two current approaches: the DSLR and compact "consumer" cameras.

Whatever you choose, take the time to become proficient with Photoshop (or similar software) — not doing so is like letting the drugstore do all your printing.

Do enjoy your blog, by the way.

Luis said...

Do get a digital camera, Tim. It's not 'either-or' between digital and film, but 'also-and'. A G10 is a great choice, and you have the ELPH for pocket-use.

I had an ELPH S500. Primitive compared to most P&S's today, but it was an endearing camera, and the image quality did not lack in character (even if it torched highlights).

Don't wait. With Moore's Law being what it is, there will always be something new around the corner.

If you don't like it, you won't have any problem selling it used at a small loss.

Digital, like everything else, can be as simple or complicated as you want it to be. I think there's a good chance you will love it. And the blog will benefit from it, too.

--- Luis

Ps. Just realized you're back! Welcome back, Tim. I missed you and the blog.

mark page said...

Ricoh GRD £400 bloody great little camera and also shoots RAW DNG files which is what you need. Smaller and lighter than the Canon and with more after market kit should you want.

Roy said...

I've been agonising over whether to get a pocket RAW digital and the G10 has been high on the list. Then the Panasonic LX3 reared its head, now the Ricoh...

Thing is, none of them are quite right yet. I can't get my head around not having a viewfinder (LX3/Ricoh) although I've managed with view cameras for years. The Canon caters for that, but the image quality isn't up to the other two and it's a bit heavier.

Let me know what you decide to do - it may help me make a decision!

Good to see you up and running again btw.

mark page said...

You can get an add on view finder for the Ricoh, it attaches to the hotshoe. It also captures Adobe RGB as an option, so files open straight up in Photoshop. Jeez I should work for them, no more plugs unless they pay me............ It is good though.

Anonymous said...

Filled with trepidation, I bought a G10 a couple of months back for those days when I didn't feel like carrying my dSLR. Since I started using it, my poor dSLR has hardly been touched.

I've got zero complaints about image quality, but a) maybe I''m just not picky enough, b) I haven't made any prints larger than 9x12, and, c) maybe it's just that good.

On the off chance you haven't seen Michael Reichman's mini-review of it, you might want to check that out.