Photo Geek Weekly Episode 72 – The Great Transition

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On this episode of Photo Geek Weekly, Don is joined by fellow podcaster and photo geek Jeff Harmon to chat about the choices made in the current mirrorless transition, new film available from Fujifilm and size options from Kodak, photo contest disqualifications and wouldn’t we all like a photo tour to the International Space Station? All this and more! Thanks for listening. 🙂

Story 1: Canon Was Blinded by Sony and the ‘Mirrorless Revolution’ (via PetaPixel)

Story 2: Fujifilm plans to bring back NEOPAN 100 Acros black and white film by the end of the year (via DPReview)
Related: Kodak Ektachrome E100 120 Medium Format Film Tests to Start in July 2019 (via PetaPixel)

Story 3: Wildlife Photo Contest Winner Disqualified Over Elephant’s Ears (via PetaPixel)

Story 4: NASA Will Let You Shoot Photos on the ISS, But You’ll Need $50 Million (via PetaPixel)
Related: Space Tourist Richard Garriott (via Time)

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Don Komarechka is the host of Photo Geek Weekly and Inside the Lens. From auroras to pollen, insects to infrared, much of Don’s photographic adventures reveal a deeper understanding of how the universe works. Exploring the world that we cannot see with our own eyes has been a common thread in Don’s career as a professional photographer.

4 Comments

  1. Hi Don
    Probably been pointed out a hundred time but there is a “t” missing from KickStarter on your home page
    Love your show by the way

    • Hah, thanks John! You’re actually the only person to point it out, so thanks for that! Glad you’re enjoying the podcast, it’s a passion project for me and always the highlight of my week. 🙂

  2. Don and Jeff – I’m not sure I would put any credence in the ruminations of the various commentators on the state of affairs at Canon or for that matter Nikon. The tepid reviews of the RP based on the specs were pretty negative. There was a similar negativism with the release of the 5d Mk IV. I still have to believe they know exactly what they are doing. There are some actual user reviews that are pretty positive. Including your friend Martin Bailey. The new R mount supposedly gives them freedom to design some otherwise impossible lenses. Don’t know if that is marketing hyperbole or the true. I know that lens design has progressed (changed?) considerably in the past few decades. Last episode Photo Joseph commented on the bokeh from the Mamiya 80mm f1.9. I dug out my 645 manual – that lens has 6 elements compared to the 20ish in modern designs.

    So in that vane – I loaded the 645 with film. Then I saw a review ( I think on F stoppers) of the original Pen F half frame and decided I HAD to have one – you can see where this is leading. Then on the “analog insights” you tube channel I watched a review of the Leica IIIg. Couldn’t quite afford that camera but did find a Canon IV range finder with a Leica Summar lens. The camera is about the same size as my Pen F (digital and film).

    In closing shooting with film can teach a person a lot. But, with a caveat. If you are using a newer camera that is highly automated, let’s say a Canon EOS 3, it is not much different than a digital camera with a small memory card. If you have a more elemental camera that you have to focus and set a shutter speed and f stop you now are starting to learn things. (Speaking of the EOS 3 and it’s analog siblings I wonder why Canon didn’t continue with the eye auto focus.)

    Ted Forbes had an interesting commentary on this over at his youtube channel on gear an limitations that is worth watching.

    I have rattled on enough – Keep up the good work.

    Rich Bahl

    • Thanks for all the commentary, Rich!

      You know, one of my favourite lenses is a Meyer Optik Trioplan 100 – using an optical formula that dates back to 1916. Wide open it has a sought-after soap bubble bokeh effect, stopped down to F/11 it’s just a fun sharp mechanical lens that I’ve used for a number of my macro images (with copious amount of extension tubes). There are so many facets to the discussion, and photographers will always be able to make great images. The real question is when you have the latest-and-greatest tech marketed towards an audience that includes people of all skill level, skill and creativity are not what people start comparing. 🙂

      I have a good number of film cameras, from a Pentax 110 system to a Century Studio 11×14 that I’m hopeful to fully restore at some point. Film is a different experience, and one that photographers should embrace on occasion. At the very least I use those old film lenses on digital cameras – those Pentax 110 lenses fit nicely on MFT bodies with an inexpensive adapter!

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