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1. From : AB (handmaid@fsmail.net)
Url : http://
Date : 02:00 AM Saturday 01 May, 2004

Post away, Jay. I must admit to having an un-scientific attachment to film. I use mainly colour and B&W negative films which I get processed by Peak Imaging. Now I feel pretty sure that Peak Imaging scan the negatives (albeit at high res) so the look that I like has a digital phase in there. A real analogue lover would insist on prints made from the neg by enlarger and onto trad paper. I like and defend analogue sound but I didn't realise until seven or so years ago that many of the delays used in the signal path to the cutter head for the vinyl disc, are digital - the signal is converted to digital, delayed and then converted back, so two contaminations. The purists insist on analogue delays and valve driven at that! So what I'm I to say? In truth I probably haven't seen a totally analogue print in years. Hey! I'm staying with film just the same... I think AB


2. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 01:15 AM Saturday 01 May, 2004

Thanks Mico, an inquiry was sent. Sometime ago I posted my first copyrighted article on digital imaging: film scans vs. digital originations. It was largely introductory, details to follow. Is there an interest in the remainder of this information here? It clearly shows not only the trend to digital, but the viable reasons why so. It also reveals the uses and limits of film based scans.

Research shows that the normal image file size requirements of publishers, i.e. 48MB, and camera costs up front, are the factors that have both permitted and prevented professionals from adding DSLRs to existing systems. Even so, using the cameras that offer 10MP imaging and above (30 MB and above files resulting) professional work for magazines and publications is being increasingly rendered and included in publication imagery (largely by using pixel upgrade programs to meet the file size requirements, but, in some instances, as with the Kodak, Fuji, and latest Canon DSLRs not much so). I feel it is in our best interests, according to imaging use, to know and plan for these inevitable realities regarding reproduction of images rendered. I have information to continue to share. Pentax is developing both a cheaper DSLR for amateur and lower price point acquisition, and a professional body at this time. How will these fit into LX users future plans? For those who love silver based photo technology, how will this affect you? As to those cheished lenses and other system components? And, why even bother with emerging digital rendering technology when it has not easily achieved the "film look"? What is ahead and appropriate for the traditional small format photographer who loves the look and feel of the existing LX system? These are some questions offering the material researched can answer. Please let me know if there is interest in this material here.

The last posting genrated controversy and competition from some who hold film photography dear to their expereince and hearts. This need not be polarizing information, but useful information, when not too absolutely regarded. What threatens as to the present, past, and future regarding film scans vs. ditial originations? I believe the information gathered can offer us less of an ostrich response if accepted scientifically and realistically. It seems the controversy, to date, has been in the areas of validity and reliability regarding the use and expense of what is available. I see a future where both types of rendering will prove very useful and reliable. Would you like me to post these findings? --Jay


3. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 12:13 PM Tuesday 27 April, 2004

Mico, I just had a nondelivery notice to the private e-mail you last forwarded to me, as an invalid address. Send another, I wrote on some matters of mutual interest. I can send it again.--Jay


4. From : AB (handmaid@fsmail.net)
Url : http://
Date : 11:18 PM Monday 26 April, 2004

Sven, I remember reading somewhere that you can press on this button with a sticky finger and screw it in several turns until it's tight (clockwise). Try this and see... AB


5. From : Sven (svennorberg@swipnet.se)
Url : http://
Date : 02:46 AM Monday 26 April, 2004

Hi, I've read and learned a lot on this great site. I'd appreciate if anyone could help me with a problem on my LX. The multi function lever has become loose and the button protruds a few millimeters and I can se a spring under it. All functions seem to be unaffected but it has given reason to worry. I can't remember hearing about this. Does anybody know what this is, and how serious it is. appreciate any help Sven


6. From : Ian (ian@ity.co.uk)
Url : http://
Date : 12:03 AM Sunday 25 April, 2004

I too am stuck behind a computer every day, and although I take my LX with me almost everywhere, I've not been inspired by anything I've seen en-route to client sites (West Midlands). However, can you guys recommend anything to shoot in the Daphne/Mobile/Gulf Shores area? I'm popping out there soon and will have my mountainbike and occasionally a Ford Taurus for transport. I may have to put my usual atmospheric architectural stuff on hold. A good photograph is where you find it. Time to breakout the colour tranny I guess.

Although PJ's have made huge efforts to get my second LX body back to me CLA'd, it needs a new clutch and as such I probably won't get it back in time for the flight. One body it is then. -Ian.


7. From : Jay (ibcom@onebox.com)
Url : http://
Date : 05:34 AM Friday 23 April, 2004

Pentax will release a cheaper version of the current DSLR soon, for a lower price point. The Professional DSLR is still at least a year away. --Jay


8. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotter@hotmail.com)
Url : http://www.globetrotterworld.co.uk
Date : 12:31 AM Friday 23 April, 2004

...And before I forget to ask...It's gone very quiet these last few days. It must be because everyone is taking a spring vacation...or is it because you're all out there taking photos, and not like me, stuck inside this stuffy place behind a computer?


9. From : GLOBETROTTER (globetrotterworld@hotmail.com)
Url : http://www.globetotterworld.co.uk
Date : 12:23 AM Friday 23 April, 2004

Well, I still think that most of us are still deeply involved with film-based cameras, Ian...including me! In fact, my girlfriend, who already has owned a digital camera for the past few years, and was drooling over a new DSLR to buy for our next trip to USA next month, has actually suddenly changed her mind and just bought a new film-based SLR and selection of lenses...with a little gentle persuasion from me of course! The fact that for the same price of a digital body she could buy a complete SYSTEM of SLR body & lenses plus flash etc, was the main factor in her sudden swing away from digital.

The fact that we can also use money saved in buying a high-quality scanner, is enough to keep us both happy when we need digital images, and we can keep most of the lenses if we ever do go over to digital…which as far as I can see will be a few years yet before we make that plunge. Maybe my old LX and F5 with some favourite lenses will keep me happy forever - Unless that Nikon F6 hybrid film/digital body is actually released at the Olympics (or so a little bird told me…). Mind you, a new hybrid Pentax LX2 might get me reaching for my credit card. Come on Pentax, surprise us this time round with an updated pro body to match all those superb lenses…


10. From : Ian (ian@ity.co.uk)
Url : http://
Date : 07:35 AM Wednesday 14 April, 2004

Hi AB, I think PAW stands for "Picture a week".


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