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 on: Today at 08:17:54 AM 
Started by dreed - Last post by Petrus
A construction laser distance measurer would be much more accurate than a golf/hunting laser range finder.

The problem would be transferring that very accurate measurement into the lens focus distance. Most lenses have quite inaccurate distance markings (except hugely expensive cine lenses), which are also affected by temperature. I would think that enlarged live view would always be more precise and does not cost anything.

(Movie) camera assistant's point of view on these devices:

 on: Today at 08:16:41 AM 
Started by tim wolcott - Last post by Harold Clark
We looked at buying one of those (Jetta wagon) new last month. When I calculated the costs per mile though, the 5 cylinder gasoline engine version was actually much cheaper over our expected life cycle.

But, as always, the assumptions are where the calculations can be misled. I had to use current fuel prices, and nobody knows where those will go in the future. As of today, gasoline is $1.56 per gallon here, and diesel is $2.69. The better gas mileage of the diesel can't offset that disparity for us. Also, I found a lot of evidence that mechanics who are well-trained in VW diesel tech can keep those cars going reliably. But, if you are unfortunate to live where no such expertise exists, you can get into expensive trouble. So I didn't figure in maintenance costs at all.

In the end, we decided to just keep paying for repairs on our 14 year old BMW wagon.

To get back to the topic at hand, I love the look of classic LRs, but never actually got a chance to drive one. My dad has always had one form or another of Jeep since 1970. Right now, he has, I believe, a '47 Willys. Great off road. But, the controls are so heavy, and the brakes so primitive, that I don't really enjoy mixing it up with modern traffic. I had an early Jeep Liberty for a long time. It seemed to strike a good balance between on and off road abilities. The car magazines tended to hate it because it wasn't car-like enough, and the off-road crowd hated it because they though it was too "cute." Worked very well for me though, especially in deep snow. I would not have hesitated to take it way into back country. Yet it was still comfortable to drive in regular road traffic, any time of the year.

Jeep actually built a diesel Liberty, for one year only. If one could find a nice used for a good price...

Fuel prices are a big factor, the price spread in the USA is exceptionally large. In Canada diesel is more in winter, less in summer, so it averages the same as regular unleaded, maybe a touch less.

I had a Jeep Liberty diesel for 3 years. It was a very good vehicle, not too large. I drove it out to NFLD from Ontario twice.

 on: Today at 08:16:32 AM 
Started by Bob Nicholson - Last post by Bob Nicholson
Hi Bart
I feared that was the case.

 on: Today at 08:06:53 AM 
Started by fineartprint-downunder - Last post by rubencarmona
Actually to profile your camera to a reference works well enough for me when reproducing fine art. We also make pictures for an art gallery with a 5D Mark II and use a SpyderCheckr for color reproduction.

 on: Today at 08:05:47 AM 
Started by jhemp - Last post by iluvmycam
I looked at your portfolio. Very nice, clean work. I especially liked the BW toning and rodeo pix. I'd tell you forget worrying about other landscapers that much. You have enough talent on your own. Good luck!

 on: Today at 08:02:05 AM 
Started by fineartprint-downunder - Last post by Kolor-Pikker
Now wait a minute.... 5% it may be when one uses an 80mp back with colour interpolation instead of 645Z... Why not have a look at Torger's post on how an 80mp back compares with any multishot and "only" at 4x? Besides, getting an old Sinarback 54H or Imacon 528c will be considerably cheaper than using a 645Z ...and the difference is no where near 5%!'s far, ...far more distant than that... Why not try one before you judge what is "good enough"?
I've tried lots of systems before buying, and the 645Z is good enough for practical real-world reproduction printing, the prints I do can sell for thousands and that's enough of a standard for me.  Additionally, all other options would result in an application-specific camera that I wouldn't be able to use for anything other than shooting certain subjects in the studio, whereas instead I have camera that's as great in the studio as it is hand-held at ISO12,800, if I had bought two cameras for different subject matter, it would've ended up being more expensive. Maybe someone else may only need a camera that does only one thing well, and in that case perhaps the other options would be better.

And more than that... what is not "particularly demanding nor has particularly wide Gamut"?  Have ever tried some Caravaggio or a Byzantine Icon that uses gold or silver?
...Obviously I meant the canvas you print on, not the medium you photograph, I don't think it's possible to source a printer and inks that can reproduce gold or silver ink on wood, if even accurately. But yes, there are some artworks out there that the best cameras have trouble with.

 on: Today at 07:58:22 AM 
Started by shadowblade - Last post by torger
While at discussing rumors I've found it interesting that the max ISO is at low 6400, and the rumor has it that the CFA filters have been optimized for color accuracy rather than high ISO performance, something medium format cameras is said to have had all the time. If that's true it would be just awesome.

 on: Today at 07:51:37 AM 
Started by armand - Last post by armand
Didn't play much with it but seems interesting:

 on: Today at 07:49:45 AM 
Started by bcooter - Last post by Aphoto
Two more pictures of the same mall I already posted, shortly before Christmas:

1.: AptusII + Ts-e 24mm
2.: 1Ds3 + Ts-E 17mm

 on: Today at 07:45:56 AM 
Started by Mike Guilbault - Last post by hugowolf
Selecting the paper size with only .56 on the bottom didn't work. I'll check the console panel though. Do you know where exactly I'd find that setting Brian?

I can't remember, and I will not be back to my studio till late this afternoon. But if 3 mm margins have been set, it would be displayed on the console screen whenever it is ready to print or waiting for paper.

Brian A

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