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1. From : Mico (
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Date : 01:49 PM Sunday 13 November, 2005

Phil, sensor dust is something that has to be taken into account while shooting digital, at least for now. Olympus, as Jay have mentioned, is the only brand that has taken care of accumulating dust. Other than that, read Jay`s last chapter or buy another
*IST-DS to reduce the need for frequent lens change (pun). I have the same problem, but there is also the other one: while looking at my LX`s and corresponding Pentax lenses, and having my new Canon system beside I can not stop asking myself "why the heck I had to spend 4.000 US on this?" Besause I am pro and no one is asking me what gear I like or not, as long as the final result is concerned. And I`ve realised that I could not have accomplished many of my photographic task with available Pentax DSLR bodies. So, enjoy your beloved Pentax lenses on Pentax digital body and do not bother your self about dust. M.

2. From : Jay (
Url : http://
Date : 09:36 AM Sunday 13 November, 2005

Sensors, static attraction of dust on such, the notion of interchangeable sensors, etc. The variables on existing and anticipated imaging quality with in-camera digital originations are legion. Although Olympus, for example, makes a brand new 8MP digital SLR with a static wave feature to clean their inboard sensor at the push of a button, the 35mm optical increase factor for this camera is 2X, not 1.5 or even 1.6X. Not good on the short optical end for past Oly 35mm camera lens owners--even with lens interchangeablity. So, new and alike livid details will take time to sort out in the applicable specifications marketplace. What will become commonly acceptable to professional quality DSLRs? Certainly we could make a large list from what is in the marketplace, but, new emerging features--say of next spring's bodies--may become the new standards for advanced users.

No, excepting the 6 X 6, 6 X 4.5, and 4 X 5 film replacement digital backs (very expensive) for existing medium and larger format cameras, there is only planned obsolescence among the current small format digital picks. Small format DSLRs prices are going down, features up, but, what will constitute professional features is still being determined by the R & D optical/electronic emerging alliances at hand. Panasonic with Matashusta (sp), Konica-Minolta with Sony, Pentax with Samsung, etc. It is sort of like examining a patient who presents with a disorder affecting his functioning, which is unclear as to cause, yet symptomatic of his population group: all the probing, sampling, and identifying won't take away the problem until the chartable trends are available over a significant timeframe for that affected population. My own concerns tell me to wait another year before buying a DSLR, even though I can tell you I would currently buy the one Mico bought as a system.

There are dedicated reasonably priced sensor cleaning products emerging: static swipe brushes, little blowers and vacuums, and lock on to lens mount cleaning units. I'd examine these and get one for sure, regarding lens changing necessity. --Jay

3. From : Philip Ashman (
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Date : 05:42 PM Saturday 12 November, 2005

As you know I recently purchased a Pentax *istds body to go with my lenses and allow me entry level to the DSLR world whilst retaining my LX (and other film cameras). I am pleased with the results I have been able to get with the *istds but have already discovered one main problem that I believe will plague photographers who choose DSLR's and was not really an issue with film.
This is the ease with which muck and dust can get onto the sensor when changing lenses outdoors, or indeed in any location with an unclean atmosphere. I live on the west coast of the UK and take a lot of my shots locally in quite often windy conditions near a beach. Despite being very careful I have already had tiny specks on my photos and have had to clean the sensor with a blower (very carefully). However, it is hit and miss if this works and if not you have to send the body off to be professionally cleaned at some nuisance and expense! Of course the only problem with film would have been a speck on the frame in question and even if a whole roll were lost its no real problem and with film you are constantly loading a new sensor (so to speak). It has got me so concerned that on many occasions now whilst out I refrain from changing lenses unless conditions are very favourable so as to avoid any chance of dust/muck getting onto the sensor! Not much use or confidence inspiring. Maybe I am being over careful?

I also wonder if any manufacturer of digital bodies is considering working towards a time when a customer would be able, having purchased an expensive top of the range digital body, to upgrade or change the sensor without having to buy a new complete body. Or will this never be practical and will they continue, as now, to churn out new models with bigger/better sensors at such a rate that no-one can keep up and like me, feel much more comfortable, happy and satisfied when using my film cameras.


4. From : AB (
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Date : 04:53 PM Saturday 12 November, 2005

Yep, I use Portra a lot and have it printed on B&W paper, I like it for potraits but... Just got some Tri-X back (35mm & 6X7) and that's great, a bit more punch. Don't know if it'd work so well with an older woman but it suits this lass in her 20's. I shall be invetigating Tri-X some more.


5. From : Ian (
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Date : 02:46 AM Saturday 12 November, 2005

Thanks for the advise Philip, I'll look that head up over coffee in a minute

I too love the SG-60, but only have the one. My other LX has the lovely SE-60 in it. Although if I had two SG-60's I'd be using both. I've loaded up with Tri-X and have found some nice photos already. I was hoping to cheat and use C-41 B+W, but I'm not very happy with the local Kodak stock. It's nice, but too milky for me, and a little lacking in contrast. The grain is very fine indeed and there is a good sense of sharpness. I guess I'll just have to bite the bullet and order some HC-110 from B+H and prepare the kitchen sink. I did bring my Paterson System 4 tank and a change bag with me. Just as well. Email me if anybody wants to see the machine scans from that Kodak C-41 B+W. My guess is that it would make for excellent portrait film (Anton?). -Ian

PS I've just heard that Lord Lichfield has died.

6. From : Philip Ashman (
Url : http://
Date : 05:52 PM Thursday 10 November, 2005

Hi Ian

Hope you have a great time out there. I'm not very technically minded but I too use a Manfrotto 055 pro tripod and the head I chose and am very pleased with is the 450Mg, which allows me to just about get any angle I want for my shots and of course has a spirit level to assist with straight horizons/lines etc..., although I also use an SG-20 focussing screen on my LX which I wouldn't be without, as I do shoot quite a lot of buildings/structures.


7. From : Ian (
Url :
Date : 10:44 AM Thursday 10 November, 2005

Hi Guys!

I'm in Daphne AL (at last!). Managed to get the Spotmatic serviced before I came out here. It's working well (thanks to Robin at Harrow). I'm using it with it's lovely Super Tak 50mm f/1.4 as my happy snapper with rolls of Kodak C-41 B+W (Walmart!). I've just put the first roll through Walmart only to find out they only do pearl finish prints, which I hate (I'm a glossy person). So I'll be trying the local Ritz store (across the road on 98) for the next roll unless you have any suggestions. I'm hoping to get some good atmospheric post Katrina shots. Although for the serious stuff I think I'll fall-back on my usual stock (Tri-X etc.) and use the kitchen sink.

I'm also looking forward to doing some of my standard night stuff too with the LX's. And as such need some advise on Manfrotto heads. I couldn't find the space to pack my usual mammoth Manfrotto (what with bring both LX's and a full array of glass AND my one of my mountain bikes!) so I thought I'd get an 055CL/Pro (3021?) and a head from B+H Photo. I think the last time I used one (and I liked it) I used a 3047 head, but I'm not sure. Any advise on head choice would be most welcome. - Ian.

8. From : Mico (
Url : http://
Date : 07:57 AM Thursday 10 November, 2005

Pat, I have sent you another e-mail, I hope you will get it. Yes, my e-mail address is useless. M.

9. From : Pat (
Url : http://
Date : 06:31 AM Thursday 10 November, 2005

Mico, my email to you has just bounced back undelivered!

10. From : Pat (
Url : http://
Date : 06:23 AM Thursday 10 November, 2005

Mico, reponse to my post noted. Thanks. I have sent you an email.
Try my email again, the address was typed wrong previously.

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