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Friday, July 16, 2004

hade for it.

Moving Men

The real benefit that I see with the small d-camera is that you are able to approach strangers more easily than if you are using a "traditional" camera.  What happened here was that as I was walking by, they saw me fiddling with the little toy and struck a pose. 

When I went to actually take the picture, they backed off.  I told them that I was just fooling around with this new digital toy and quickly took a bad shot.  Then I approached them and showed them the image on the back of the camera and got into a conversation.  In other words - once they saw themselves - you have an immediate ice-breaker.  I was lucky here because there was this soft light that seemed to be bouncing around inside the truck.  I kept up the pretense of not really knowing what I was doing and fiddling with the camera which put them at ease and they began talking about how bad their digital cameras were...

3:52:40 PM    

On 7/13/04 I put a new b&w cartridge (#59) into the HP 7960 and began counting how many prints before needing to change it.  I'm printing with the "Best" printer driver.  The images are generally between 220 and 300 dpi.  Three of the prints were color, the rest b&w.

Guess what - the light started blinking that I need to replace the cartridge a few minutes ago.  There may be one or two more prints before it actually runs out.  So here's the tally: twelve 8 x 10 prints and seven 6 x 9 prints.  That's it. 

So let's say the cartridge is about $30, so just for ink that means - $30 / 20 prints = $1.50 in ink per print.  I still haven't had to change the other color cartridges.

12:55:22 PM    

hade for it.
Leaves #56

12:32:06 PM    

I have had this weird (to me) feeling that walking around with the light digital camera was similar to using an M6 and I thought I must have had some neurons scrambled.  (I am in now way comparing them in terms of shutter lag type stuff) - and I came across this article.

"During the many years that I shot with film an M Series Leica was my constant companion when I traveled abroad. Whether on a business trip, an assignment or a vacation, the Leica's light weight and small size often made the difference between getting the shot, and not. You can own the world's best camera and sharpest lens, but if it's in a cupboard back home or in the hotel room, you won't get the shot.

Camera's like the Minolta A2 have for me taken the place of a Leica M6. No, I'm not saying that they are built as well, have as good lenses or are as fast to use. But, when it comes to size, weight and convenience a camera like this can do a very similar job in many situations. When a digital M6 equivalent comes out I'll be among the first to make the jump, but for now the A2 is proving to perform the task very well." Michael Reichmann

9:41:01 AM    


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