Photo Of The Day: โ€œFreedomโ€ Contax T3

Good morning Brothers & Sisters. Here’s a recent photo I took of the Freedom Tower. Gear used was the Contax T3 and Kodak Gold 200.

I never paid the Freedom Tower much attention probably because I grew up with the legendary and tragic Twin Towers. I used to wonder why they bothered to build this building since many businesses were lost after 9/11 and most of the businesses have probably moved on elsewhere.

But then I realized thatโ€™s not of the point of it. The Freedom Tower represents the resiliency of America and the American people. To rise from the ashes of the Twin Towers and become Americaโ€™s symbol of freedom against all who hate the American way of life. God Bless America! ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Lost Files: โ€œSaturday Cookie Chillโ€ ๐Ÿ˜€ Contax N Digital

Good morning guys! I know I’ve been gone for way too long but I’ll explain it more below. But first I recently found a bunch of lost files so let’s start with this one:

A wonderful Saturday morning to do nothing but chill and eat chocolate chip cookies ๐Ÿช๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜€

This was shot with the Contax N Digital and 50mm f/1.4 N Zeiss Planar. The N Digital as you may remember is the world’s first 35mm full frame digital camera.

If you remember my review you know the sad fate of this camera. But when it worked, it was awesome within its limits especially for a DSLR from 2002! My original 2014 review can be found in the link here:

https://cameralegend.com/tag/contax-n-digital-review/

A LOOK AT GEAR FROM 1996

Recently I was clearing out a lot of junk I’ve been hoarding. A large amount of that “junk” happens to be photography magazines! Hey, that was the only way to get my photography fix pre internet era!

Anyway, with so many magazines to throw away, I appreciate more and more the internet. Even though I’m old school, things weren’t necessarily better back then. These physical magazines take up a lot of space man!

Here’s my latest YouTube video and it was all sparked by going through just one magazine. It’s not a good idea going through them because it just makes it harder for me to throw them away!

Also on the video, I’m letting the people know, as I’m letting you guys reading this know that I’m just burnt out! It’s not even so much the blog but it’s life. And I put myself in a hole because doing videos and the blog at the same time is what’s killing my passion for it. Not my passion for photography or cameras. Just my passion for blogging, YouTubing, etc.

There must be a happy medium. Any suggestions?

I also want to apologize to my fellow bloggers. I don’t want to be seen as one of those guys who just “like” your postings to get “liked” back. When I’m burnt out, I close out completely. If I’m off WordPress, I’m really off. If I’m on, I’m on! That’s just the way I am, sorry about that ๐Ÿ™‚

As always, I thank you for your time and your support!

Tuesday Trends: DSLR vs Mirrorless…Is The DSLR About To Go Extinct?

The “trend” we will be looking at today is the topic of the Digital SLR (DSLR) versus Mirrorless cameras and the prevailing thought that the DSLR may be going into extinction soon.

I read the same articles and watch the same videos as you guys do and I saw that this topic was trending on YouTube for a couple of weeks.

Funny thing, I had thought of doing an article about this some time back as part of my “Tuesday Trends” series but I hesitated to post the video because I thought people might not find it relevant. It’s actually a topic of debate that’s been going back for several years!

I’m guessing what might have reignited this debate was this article on Petapixel in which Ricoh marketing general manager Hikorki Sugahara decided to buck the trend and stated that “mirrorless is a newcomer” and seems to imply that because of this people are flocking to these new systems but he predicts that the same people will return to the Digital SLR in 1-2 years. It’s an interesting article of which you can read in full here:

Ricoh Thinks Mirrorless Shooters Will Switch Back to DSLRs in 1-2 Years

I have my own views on this which I will share with you here, but first let’s look at what each system is.

WHAT IS A DSLR?

As mentioned above, a DSLR is a “Digital Single Lens Reflex” camera. The word “reflex” basically means it has an optical system of mirror, ground glass, prism, and eyepiece to form an image.

WHAT IS A MIRRORLESS CAMERA?

A Mirrorless camera is just that. It does not make use of a mirror between the lens and sensor. There is no mirror to move up and down. Some models may use mirrors elsewhere such as for the viewfinder but the important thing for “mirrorless” cameras is that there is no mirror between the lens and sensor.

The image is transferred electronically to the rear LCD. Higher end mirrorless cameras sometimes also have an EVF or electronic viewfinder.

YOUTUBE VIDEO

Here’s the accompanying video I made for this article. While the written article you are reading contains more information, the video makes up for it with raw grit and candid humor ๐Ÿ™‚

I didn’t want it to go on so long, but I guess I yak too much! Anyway, in this video I introduce some new “videography techniques” if you can call it that lol ๐Ÿ™‚

I will attempt to refine these production techniques in future videos. Remember folks, this is all for your entertainment!

DSLR PROS & CONS

The DSLR has been taking a beating recently by the “experts” and mirrorless proponents but still has a lot of things that make it highly desirable.

First off, it is the last link to actual film SLR cameras. Despite the “film vs digital” thing, a Digital SLR is in many ways an extension of the film SLR in the digital realm,

The most obvious link is the optical viewfinder. While DSLR’s may have sensors and other electronic elements, the good old optical viewfinder is built upon the same concept and engineering as your good old fashioned film cameras SLRS.

Before I start drifting off, let me just put the pros and cons into a more easy to follow numerical scheme:

DSLR PROS:

  1. Optical Viewfinder The view from a large, high quality optical viewfinder is still hard to beat, especially if focusing in daylight. “Ain’t nothing like the real thing baby!” as the song once said ๐Ÿ˜Š
  2. If the LCD ever fails, and sometimes it does, a DSLR with an optical viewfinder can still function for picture taking. A mirrorless camera with a broken EVF or LCD will be completely useless.
  3. Usually fast shot to shot times, less lag.
  4. Battery life is better on the newer DSLR cameras because it does not need to continually supply the LCD or EVF with power.
  5. Very fast AF possible.
  6. Focus Peaking may be available, depending on model, via Live View
  7. There are a ton of native lenses available for the DSLR and for potentially lower prices if buying used.
  8. A large DLSR balances better with long and/or heavy lenses
  9. This is subjective, but many people report that the DSLR feels more solid or better built than their mirrorless counterparts.
  10. Superb video options available on today’s DSLRs
  11. Choice of APS-C and Full-Frame options
  12. Superb image quality possible.

Nothing compares to using a true optical viewfinder especially outdoors!

DSLR CONS:

  1. DSLRs are often large, heavy, and bulky
  2. Lenses are often larger than the equivalent mirrorless lenses
  3. Many older DSLR lenses were optimized for film cameras, not digital sensors.
  4. The Optical Viewfinder cannot support focus peaking
  5. Contrary to what I’ve read, I find it harder to focus manual lenses at night or low light through the optical viewfinder.
  6. Focus confirmation chips not as accurate as focus peaking with fast lenses
  7. Limited ability to adapt lenses due to mirror being in the light path between lens and sensor
  8. Not inconspicuous or stealthy
  9. Potential shakiness at low shutter speeds due to mirror slap.
  10. You look old and unhip with a DSLR!

“Roar!” 2019. Canon EOS-1Ds, EF 85mm f/1.2L. DSLR’s can shoot fast and offers tons of options for native lenses at more affordable prices on the used market. For example, Canon’s new 85mm f/1.2 RF for their R Mirrorless cost $2699 new. The 85mm f/1.2L in EOS mount versions I & II can be found on the used market from $1000-1500 respectively.

Ok, next up is mirrorless…

MIRRORLESS CAMERAS PROS & CONS

Mirrorless cameras have a lot of virtues and benefits but they also have their shortcomings. Here are some pros and cons for mirrorless:

MIRRORLESS PROS:

  1. Smaller and lighter than their DSLR equivalent cameras.
  2. The easier it is to carry, the more likely you will take it with you and use it.
  3. Image Stabilization in body more common in mirrorless cameras than DSLRs.
  4. Lenses are also smaller and often lighter, but still of high quality.
  5. Very fast AF possible, but usually with higher end models.
  6. Focus peaking. Very useful with manual focus lenses
  7. Easier to focus at night or in low light due to LCD or EVF “gain” which makes for a brighter image in the viewfinder or on the LCD.
  8. The ability to use many more legacy lenses through the use of adapters. The absence of a reflex mirror in the light path makes this possible.
  9. Potentially less vibration at low shutter speeds due to no mirror slap.
  10. Superb video options available.
  11. Choice of APS-C or Full-Frame or even smaller 1″ sensors.
  12. Superb image quality possible.

Mirrorless cameras such as the Sony A7r above are incredibly popular for use with adapted legacy glass.

“Autumn Leaves” 2014. Sony A7r, Canon 50mm f/0.95 Rangefinder “Dream” lens. Focus peaking and the EVF on the mirrorless A7r made it much easier to achieve sharp focus with fast lenses. In fact, I find it invaluable for this purpose.

MIRRORLESS CONS:

  1. May feel too light and flimsy, depending on model.
  2. EVF may still feel like looking at a computer screen vs the DSLR optical viewfinder.
  3. Lag time. I find both my Olympus OM-D EM-5 and Sony A7r to have slow startup times and sometimes a lag after a shot is taken. This might be due to the “refresh” of the screens but it could make a difference between getting the shot and losing the shot.
  4. Potentially shorter battery life as battery is needed for everything.
  5. Native lenses, while growing, is still limited compared to DSLR lenses thus less native options, but plenty of alternative options if you’re willing to use adapters.
  6. Does not balance as well with larger lenses.
  7. Because of the small size, controls can feel cramped and ergonomics can suffer.
  8. You look like a modern day camera geek with a mirrorless camera! ๐Ÿ™‚

CONCLUSION

Wow, that was a mouthful! And more than I ever wanted to write! I even missed on one of the main points I wanted to make and that is…

If we do not see a Canon 1DX Mark III or Nikon D6 for the Olympics or even in a couple of years, then it is very possible that the big badass PRO DSLR bodies will go extinct. But I still think the DSLR will survive in the from of the “little” cameras such as the Canon Rebel series, Nikon D35xx series, and maybe even the mid-tier 7D or D7000 bodies.

Personally I say, have one of each! Now you might say something like “That’s too rich for my blood,” to which I would say come on now, you know photography is an expensive hobby but with the options you have these days, especially on the used market, you could easily have a good quality DSLRย andย mirrorless for under $500. It doesn’t need to be the latest and greatest folks.

DSLR or Mirrorless? Life is short, have both! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’d love to hear your opinion on this topic so if you have one, feel free to leave a comment! Happy shooting folks! ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

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Photo Of The Day: โ€œCity Girlโ€ ๐Ÿ˜ Epson R-D1, CV 35mm f/1.7 Ultron Lens

โ€œCity Girlโ€ ๐Ÿ˜ Epson R-D1, 35mm f/1.7 CV Ultron

Good morning guys! Hereโ€™s a quick lens spotlight for your Sunday morning. I shot this last week in NYC using my trusty Epson R-D1 and Voigtlander 35mm f/1.7 Ultron lens.

The lens is often passed over for the faster 35mm f/1.2 or 35mm f/1.4 CV lenses and also because it doesnโ€™t focus that close but I love the way it renders! ๐Ÿ˜

The bokeh doesnโ€™t obliterate the background. It gives you enough to show your environment but does it with character, I love it! And the kid, sheโ€™s growing up too fast for me man! She wants to walk around the city and shop around. Sooner or later, I have to accept that she’s not a baby anymore. She belongs to the city! Happy Sunday good camera lovin’ peeps! ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ“ท๐Ÿ˜˜โœŒ๐Ÿป

Photo Of The Day: โ€œSunshine Girlโ€ Canon F-1, 35mm f/2 SSC

โ€œSunshine Girlโ€ Canon F-1, 35mm f/2 SSC

Good morning guys! If and when I can get a decent shot the magic of film is never lost upon me! Hereโ€™s a shot taken with the original Canon F-1 and the 35mm f/2 SSC thorium lens with the concave element! ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

If you haven’t heard of this lens, I can attest it is capable of superb images. I initially had focusing problems at first but that was my fault. Once the lens is on, itโ€™s ON! Great sharpness and rendering of the background aka bokeh ๐Ÿ˜€

The Canon F-1 is a true Camera Legend and this lens is one of the gems of the Canon FD system. I alternate this lens between my FD bodies and my A7r mirrorless.

Film was Tri-X developed in D76. Happy shooting folks, youโ€™re almost at the end of the week and that feels good doesn’t it?! ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ“ท๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜˜โœŒ๐Ÿป

Photo Of The Day: โ€œSun Treeโ€ Ricoh GR Digital 8.1mp

Just a real quick posting this morning. Another shot from the trusty old 8.1mp Ricoh GR-D original version. I had the wide angle adapter on for this shot, making it around 21mm. I view it as kinda like my poor man’s digital GR-21 ๐Ÿ˜Š

No cropping. I’ve been enjoying shooting wide, it gives things an entirely different perspective. Will delve deeper into this when I have a little more time. Needless to say that I like it!

Anyway it’s Thursday! Happy shooting folks! ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ“ท๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Photo Of The Day: โ€œBuildingsโ€ Ricoh GR Digital 8.1mp

Good Sunday morning everyone! Just a quick post this morning. The girls were out in the city yesterday “building” their sisterly bond ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜˜

Yes I still shoot my old Ricoh GRD Original. Maybe not every day like before but still almost every week.

One of its weaknesses is losing the highlights such as detail in the sky. It’s quite typical of digital cameras from this era. I got mine in 2006.

But given the very bright sunshine behind the buildings and the shadow detail it preserved, I’ll give the camera a pass and say that it did alright ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Happy Sunday and enjoy yourselves good peeps! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป