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I seem to recall the old Exacta SLRs were left handed. Certainly the shutter button was on the left.
Toggle Commented Mar 16, 2018 on Left-Handed Camera at The Online Photographer
it's a cliche of course, but for me it'd be a Leica M and a couple of primes, something around 29mm, 35mm and maybe a 60-70. I love my fuji xpro2, however, so the upcoming fuji with IBIS would be a more economical alternative
Toggle Commented Jan 20, 2018 on Itch at The Online Photographer
As for the SD card slot on the back of the current iMac, I find it's easy to locate by feel. I use it all the time and never have to look at it.
I'm a Pediatrician in my day job. Recently, a columnist for a Pediatric 'Throw Away' Journal (a publication that is supported by drug company ads and thus provides suspect information) asked "Would you let your son play football?" The whole issue of concussion and immediate as well as long term brain damage is hotly debated in medical circles, and for good reason. How can one do research on brain injuries (care to volunteer to be hit in the head in the interest of science)? I've practiced for 35 years and have observed the inevitable change in most of my patients from Soccer to American Football as they approach puberty, despite the former being safer and far better exercise. If I ask they why in front of their parents, it's because they admire the local pro teams, etc. Out of the parents' earshot it's a different story: "I want to hit people." One of my former patients got a free ride scholarship to a division 3 school. He wasn't going to the NFL and knew it, but a free education in engineering seemed like a good deal... until he had a major concussion in practice in his Freshman year, and had to drop out of school. He could no longer do science and math courses. A couple of my patients' dads who are youth or high school footbal coaches have advocated banning all the protective gear that make the kids feel fearless. They point out that Rugby is violent as well but produces far fewer concussions. I'd add to that random drug testing for steroids in high school. Many players at that level weigh so much that their hits are far more forceful than the lighter players in earlier days. So my answer to the question, would I let my son (or grandson, if I have any say in the matter) play football, the answer would be "no." As an aside, the problem may well solve itself in a typically American manner. I have been told by parents on the boards of local youth football leagues that it's starting to be difficult to get liability insurance. The same may happen to the schools in the future. If so, that could be the end of football as we know it.
A digitial TLR... that's an interesting thought. I learned basic photography with my father's Argus brand Rollei knockoff and used Rolleis extensively in high school along with speed graphics. I have to wonder what digital would bring to TLRs or vice versa. I totally get the idea of digital rangefinders since they offer an special way of looking at the scene and it's surroundings, but I guess I don't get why someone would want a digital TLR. I can understand wanting to use a lovely tool as is the Rollei TLR just for it's own sake, but would a digital TLR be a 'real' Rollei? Perhaps develop one with a hybrid focusing screen (a la Fuji X100) with the ability to switch between grond glass and a lcd? In any event, how could the local importer come up with the major R&D money to do anything so ambitious?
Toggle Commented Mar 19, 2015 on The Last (?) Rolleiflex at The Online Photographer
I'd give a thumb's up for the LX100 as well. The camera just feels 'right.' It'd be nicer if it was smaller, or had more megapixels, or more zoom range, but everything is a compromise and Panasonic has made a really good one.
I've had one for about 6 months and have an EM-5 kept as a backup. I've been using the 12-40f2.8, the 75-300 (which is a surprisingly good lens-- imagine, 600mm equivalent that you can easily handhold), and the 17mmf1.8. This long ago replaced my Canon gear. I had, and loved the 24-70f2.8 L lens. As far as I can see, the 12-40 is every bit it's equal at a fraction of the weight. The weather sealing, IBIS, and just the premium feel of it in hand has sold me. I've dabbled in Fuji X gear but lately I've decided to settle with m43. Something may be better, but the em-1 is good enough, for me at least.
I've long had very negative feelings about Sony and a corporation and have thus refused to by any Sony produ7ct for years. I feel my reluctance slipping...
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