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 on: Today at 02:30:39 PM 
Started by BernardLanguillier - Last post by Joe Towner
I'll post up what I personally experienced with the IQ250 (amazing) a little later.  Pentax is going to have a bit of fun in the near future, lots of press and photogs looking to try their product.  I hope LensRentals picks up more of the 645 lenses and the Z, as they are the only Pentax MF rental shop I know of.

Unless there's a stockpile of gear waiting for this initial rush, I fear Pentax will have too much of a good thing.  Manufacturing these items isn't a high volume business model, so expect to wait a while as they get their process up to speed.  Toss in any service issues, and you could have a lot of pissed off people.  Yes, now you can get a body with 3 lenses for $15-$18k, but that service and support that you've experienced with local dealers or with Steve or Doug isn't currently there (spares, experience, loaner gear, etc).  It will take some time, and in that time I expect even more new products.

It is a good, but expensive time to be a photographer.

 on: Today at 02:28:22 PM 
Started by cjogo - Last post by cjogo
Always perfect setting with those Provence Skies ....

 on: Today at 02:24:39 PM 
Started by eyan - Last post by ErikKaffehr

I would agree with Slobodan.

But, I would say that almost any equipment fills the bill. Personally I shoot Sony, because of lens legacy. I also have a Hasselblad with a P45+. On Sony I have full frame and APS-C.

What I have found is that all stuff I have with 12 MP or more makes a decent job up to A2 size (16x23"). The Sony sensors have a great dynamic range, but I have 75000 images and DR have been a challenge in just a handful.

I would say that a Sony Exmor sensor is state of the art, Nikon D800/D800E, Sony Alpha, Pentax K3 and 645Z, Phase One IQ 250, but you can also go with Canon DSLRs. Canon may have some of the best lenses.

Just take any of today's cameras and be happy!

Best regards


Let me add sensor dynamic range to the list and one question: how big do you intend to print? If I were in your shoes today, I'd most likely go for a camera with the best dynamic range and most megapixels. Not that familiar with budget models, but I think there is a Nikon out there that would fit the bill (and this comes from a long-time Canon guy).

 on: Today at 02:23:02 PM 
Started by BernardLanguillier - Last post by T.Dascalos

I guess that anyone can make an MFDB for a dumb camera, like the Hasselblad V-series or technical cameras. Integration with Phase One cameras or Hasselblad H-series may have issues with intellectual property.

Best regards
Sinar (Leica now) makes adapters to make their own backs fully compatible with both  P1 and H cameras... Contax fit backs are of high demand and all MFDB makers make them... I suspect that Rollei owners would find much interest to a new back that would provide a cheap solution for their cameras... I would suggest the use of adapters like Sinar does or Imacon/CF ixpress used to do.

 on: Today at 02:21:45 PM 
Started by churly - Last post by Riaan van Wyk
I'm quite fond of number two.

 on: Today at 02:20:35 PM 
Started by stevebri - Last post by stevebri
I have a little time so I thought I'd ask around here just in case my numbers are way off...

Retired/veteran sports star, female, world champion in her day, big worldwide sport, still a celeb, regularly on TV and at veterans events,  but a low key celeb.
Her agent wants one or two images I did a while back to use as her 'image or brand' for all her appearances/promo's etc... being in sports all her pics online are by sports shooters or paps so not ideal as a brand, mine were done in a studio with a full team etc...

Being a big agent they have been vague on what they want, but lets assume 3 or 5 yrs, unlimited use in arts and media, worldwide.  I know these people and they don't want to be calling me every five minutes to change the usage rights, so 3 or 5 yrs is accurate.

I found images of her of Getty, and ran the numbers and the fee was over $15,000 for pretty unflattering sweaty sports pics.

Just asking if anyone out there  has any similar experiences, or recently done usage rights for a (sports type celebrity) and what the rough numbers are, last thing I want to do is sell my self short or... cave to a lower price as I have no other photographers experiences to call upon.

Any help would be great.


 on: Today at 02:20:09 PM 
Started by Riaan van Wyk - Last post by Riaan van Wyk
Thoughts please?

 on: Today at 02:17:34 PM 
Started by BernardLanguillier - Last post by Gel
1st Generation (cropped) CMOS vs Mature 'full sized' CCDs.

That's my stumbling block. First world problems and all.

 on: Today at 02:12:24 PM 
Started by BernardLanguillier - Last post by T.Dascalos
I was referring to this proposalwhich would involve selling to people using lenses for Contax, Mamiya, Hasselblad bodies instead of using Pentax lenses on a Pentax 645Z body.  The point is that adding the MDDB options would cause some customers to change from "buy 645Z + lenses" to "buy Pentax MFDB and use it with non-Pentax body and lenses".  The balance between increased back sales vs lost lens sales has to be considered.
You really don't read what you quote on... don't you?  Grin I've even proposed that they could make more versions of their 25mm lens for other brands like Contax... but you just "cropped" the sentence, replied on the remaining, although the answer was already on what you thrower away... Amazing!  Tongue

 on: Today at 02:09:27 PM 
Started by brianrybolt - Last post by ErikKaffehr
Thanks a lot for helpful postings!


Many thanks John & Slobodan.  Worked a treat!  (I never ever noticed this since I've been using LR from the beginning)


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