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:: Saturday, October 9th, 2004 @ 1:11:00 am

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geoff and violin

I’m so behind with posting photos that I don’t even know where to begin. Actually, I’ve had Chester‘s Nikon D100 for the past week or so, and I must say that I’m glad I’m a Canon shooter. But it was nice to get to know the camera a bit. I didn’t realize how much I lean on my 1D Mk II’s clean high-ISO operation combined with big-aperture lenses. I was nearly unable to shoot low-light stuff without flash!

Too tired to write more. The NCUPS meeting went very well tonight, I thought, except that I might have scared a few people into not going digital with all my tech talk. :)

Very Mediocre Photos: visit to San Diego to hang out with photographers Brian Skerry, Mark Conlin, and Steve Drogin; Joechang‘s visit to SF; Livia at a diner; Wendy and Sarah; Philippe Quint, Livia, and Daphne Wang at Luna Park (one of my favorite restaurants); Livia weeding; Stephen Prutsman in his studio, Geoff Nuttall and new violin. [see some photos]

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  • syndromes

    This is how boring my Friday night is. You just posted like, 5 minutes ago. I keep browsing through the same frigging websites over and over and over again. Wonderfun :)

    I’d like to go shoot with a D70 sometime and see how it feels. I must say I loved shooting with your 1ds (or was it the markII?) when I was up there earlier this year. The AF didn’t hunt for 20 days in low light! Whee!

    But I think my d30 is fine for 95% of what I do. And I still take craptastic photos, so it’s not like the camera is really limiting me in that sense. But come a few years when prices continue to fall and I can get a good performing full frame DSLR for ~$1k, I might upgrade. Or maybe if I started shooting weddings or something :)

    Anyhew, yah, hi. I have no life at the moment :)

  • echeng

    full frame for $1K? That will take years.

    no life? i’m posting to my f’ing journal on a friday night!! :)

  • Chester

    The D100′s pretty ugly about high-ISO noise. Just something I’ve gotten used to. Your 1D Mk II was fun to play with — love the shutter note, but could never lug around such a beast. I’m beginning to take the Epson R-D1 much more seriously now that word from Photokina is that it might come out in the US at $1500. There’s a lot of fun options in the Voigtlander lens line (1.53X crop): 35mm f/1.2 for less than $900, 35mm f/1.7 for less than $400, 28mm f/1.9 for less than $450. I just need to see some high-res samples of extreme low-light conditions. If the sensor is relatively clean at 1600, my heart’s gonna go pitter-patter.

  • echeng

    Chester – I agree with the beastness of the 1D Mk II. It’s wonderful for field work, but tough in the city or with people. I’d likely go for the Epson R-D1 as well, assuming that the low light capabilities are good. Not a big fan of the crop factor, but I guess we’ll take what we can get. :)

  • http://www.andybiggs.com andy

    i wonder if somebody will make an M-mount lens for the crop factor. I would love to see something like a 15mm lens with an f/2 or so max aperture.

  • http://www.tammyloh.com tammy

    go canon!

  • Chester

    A full-frame D-RF would be incredible. I would sign away my first-born for one, but I can’t imagine it’s technically feasible at this point, given that they haven’t even made full-frame D-SLRs in non-”pro”-sized SLR bodies.

    Another exciting tidbit of news is the language used in the press release Zeiss released to publicize their new film rangefinder based on the Voigtlander Bessa body. They specifically say “The lenses have already been developed taking into account the special requirements of a foreseeable digital camera and can be used with all common range-finder cameras – both digital and analog.”

    Which means they might be open to exploring the feasibility to a Zeiss/Contax D-RF. Not the fantasy scenario of a digital G-series, but pretty cool nonetheless.

  • John Chung
  • echeng

    borrowed a D100 and didn’t bother to add the lenses into the database. lens info is wrong, obviously. :)

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