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In spring 1987 I was taking a undergrad marketing class as part of my degree, and our teacher had previously worked for Kodak. She said, basically that before the Polaroid lawsuit, Kodak deemed themselves in the "silver haloid photography business" and afterwards changed that to "we're in the picture taking business" which seemed like a better fit. They used to give a large annual bonus based on profits. Employees would plan vacations and major home appliance purchases based on the bonus and after they lost the lawsuit with Polaroid, there was no bonus that year. And speaking of Photo CD, it wasn't really an open format. Yeah, Photoshop and some other graphics programs supported it, but the discs had to come from Kodak at a cost of $10 each and there was no way a person could make them themselves. I treasure my PhotoCDs and wish there was a way to get PhotoCD quality (at a minimum) easily of my slide and negative collection. The last time I ordered a Photo CD it was spring 2002 and I paid a premium, somewhere around $50 for one roll of slide film. It was a special case and I had to do it.
Toggle Commented Jan 11, 2010 on So, What About Kodak? at The Online Photographer
My experience is, if I see a print that I really like, and would consider owning, its usually expensive. The more I like it, the more it usually costs. Most prints that are affordable I either don't like that much, or I'll look at it and figure I could produce that image myself. The only prints I bought were from a young photographer who had a stall at a street festival, I think they were 2 8x10's with matting for $20 or $25. They were nice enough to appeal to my sense of aesthetics, and were equal to or better than would I could produce myself. I also have a Galen Rowell print that came free when I bought his book in the early 90's. I wonder if its worth anything now?
Everyone is obsessed with sharpness, and it is important, but there's more to a lens than how sharp it is. I have both the Canon 35mm f2 and the Canon 17-40mm f4L lenses, and when using both outdoors, the 17-40 blows the other out of the water with regard to color rendition. Foliage and grass is so much greener and a blue sky looks almost like I'm using a polarizer. I suspect its a result of the glass and/or coatings? The 35mm f2 does fine for indoor work under flash or artificial lighting and it is sharp enough, but I want a good, fast 35mm (and 50mm) fast prime lens that is sharp and has good color rendition too. I'm wondering if the Zeiss lenses can give it to me.
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Nov 18, 2009