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Good turnaround time
Feb 27th, 2010 by Ken Hagler

The frame counter reset on my Leica MP recently broke, so I took it to Samy’s Camera, the store I bought it from. I was afraid they’d tell me I had to send it back to Leica for repair (the last time I dealt with Leica it took them six months to repair a damaged lens), but fortunately they told me it could be repaired in the store. To my surprise, it took only four days for them to finish the work!

Quote of the Day
Apr 17th, 2009 by Ken Hagler

From a comment referring to the Gestapo harassing photographers:

That’s right; I don’t want to be too technical, but the focal length of the lens is directly correlated with hatred of America. It goes something like this:

You have a a cell phone camera, point and shoot, or 20mm wide angle lens: you are a red blooded American who wants to celebrate our national heritage by taking pictures of popular tourist locations.

A 50mm lens: you are also, by and large, a good American, but you have a disturbing interest in “understanding” the terrorists and why they attack us.

An 85mm lens: you loath your own country and secretly admire the 9/11 hijackers for giving us our come-up-ins. You are not a terrorist, but your camera should probably be confiscated and your pictures deleted, lest they find their way to al Jazeera message boards. Your middle name may be Hussein.

A 200mm lens: you are an al Qaeda henchman actively scouting for security vulnerabilities.

A 300mm lens: you ARE bin Laden!

And yes, every tripod is suitable for launching RPGs, but you need a ball head to attach heat seeking missiles.

Another Matt

A 75 megapixel camera for under $150
Feb 26th, 2009 by Ken Hagler

Rolleiflex

Rolleiflex

Two people who were interested in one of my older cameras requested that I take this photo. The camera is a mid-1950s Rolleiflex, with attached Rolleiflash. The camera cost $135 on eBay, and the flash was $1.50 at KEH.

When scanned with my Nikon LS-9000, a 6×6 photo produces a file of approximately 75 megapixels, and with a dynamic range greater than the newest and most expensive digital camera can produce.

New medium-format folding camera
Feb 3rd, 2009 by Ken Hagler

Fujifilm’s killer medium format film camera. It has long been only a prototype. We first heard about at last year’s PMA trade show and were able to see a wooden version of it at Photokina in September 2008. But now, it’s official. Fujifilm is weeks away from releasing its GF670 Professional medium format film camera. Here is our full article about it.

Outside of Japan, the camera should be released under the Voigtlander Bessa III 667 name, which Cosina will distribute. [The British Journal of Photography]

The earlier announcement had already raised my interest. From the additional information, it looks like it will be about the same size as a Leica, and smaller when folded. Still no price, but I’ll probably buy one when they’re released.

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