An instructive photo -- perhaps

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by Jock Elliott, Aug 31, 2013.

  1. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    I got to thinking about the cameras I previously used compared to the ones I use now:

    Have a look:


    At left you have the Canon G12 28-140 mm equivalent, F2.8-4.5, autofocus, autoexposure. Second from left, Pentax SP500 35mm film camera with 50 mm lens, f2, manual focus, match-needle exposure. Third from left, Panasonic FZ150, 24-600mm equivalent, autofocus, autoexposure. Right, Olympus IS-3, 35mm film camera, 35-180mm fixed lens, f 4.5-5.6, autofocus, autoexposure.

    I shot a few "pretend" shots with my Pentax SP500 the other day, and I was astonished at how slow manual focusing and manual exposure (match needle) was.

    I contend, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, that, in terms of equipment, we may well be living in the Golden Age of Photography. The defense calls no further witnesses.

    Cheers, Jock
    PS the photo was hastily taken with flash with my Olympus D550 on the office floor.
  2. pdh

    pdh Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
  3. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    We are indeed. Although it is likely that next year will also be a golden age!
  4. Biro

    Biro Super Moderator

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Frankly, as photographers we've been spoiled. But at least some of us of a certain age realize it. Many (but certainly not all) younger shooters often go on about intolerable amounts of noise in images or lengthy auto-focus times, totally unaware that both would be considered godsends in the age of film. But we can't blame them, really. How could they know? Jock's remarks about the time consumed by manual focus and exposure with the match needle arrangement truly resonate with me.
  5. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    FWIW, I think getting the exposure right with needle match and needing to manual focus made me get better composed shots. I can't blame modern cameras for my poor execution, only observe that it is true.
  6. pdh

    pdh Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    It's certainly a golden age for me. I can now afford many of the cameras I couldn't afford when they were newly released in the 1970s ...
  7. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Paul, maybe it's just that YOU are reaching your golden age :eek:
  8. snkenai

    snkenai All-Pro

    Oct 5, 2010
    kenai, AK
    Stephen Noel

    My current body is last year's model. My lens is probably 30 years old, weighing about the same as the body, and 10 times slower to focus than my old OM-1 with 50mm lens. That puts me at the crossroads of tech and mule wagon, with a confused look on my grizzled face. :confused:
  9. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    I'm actually very thankful that I'm just barely old enough to straddle a gigantic technological fault line... I grew up shooting and developng 35mm, and when there was no such thing as a cell phone. I grew up with the very first Mac in my house, and it was rocket science for most people when they saw it. And yet I will live long enough to see technology bring absolutely incredible imaging power to every lazy schmuck with $500.

    Interesting times.
  10. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY

    I absolutely agree with your tag line.

    Cheers, Jok
  11. ajramirez

    ajramirez Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 9, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    I don't disagree that we may be living in a "golden age" of photography of sorts. However, it's fun to take out the "oldies" every so often and burn some film. The results may even surprise you:

    With a 1977 Hasselblad 500C/M:

    Juan Diego by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

    With a 2002 Leica M6TTL:

    En la Calle Luna by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

    Contemplación by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

    Puerta II by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

    With a 1954 Rolleiflex 3.5 MX-EVS:

    Arbol by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

    With a Contax G2:

    Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

    Calle del Hospital by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

    El grito by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

    Patria by ramirezaponte, on Flickr


  12. Great images!!

    Newer models have so many features that it often takes away the thought process of the shooter.