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PostPosted: Fri Nov 15, 2013 10:24 am 
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Olympus E-M1 plus the 12-40mm f/2.8 "kit" lens. I'll share more over in the Olympus section as I get to know the camera and lens but the initial reaction as an upgrade to my old E-M5 is one of delight!

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A 7.9-inch 326ppi resolution photo/video viewer with a built-in 5MP camera capable of 1080p HD video recording, weight: 340 g, also known as iPad mini (with Retina Display):
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 11:30 am 
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Apple must love you Antony, I think you have pretty much all of their devices, and all with impressive specs as well. :)

I am very interested in getting a retina display Mini myself. I browse and play quite a lot on my phone, and to be able to do that on a screen that's more comfortably sized seems very appealing. Plus it would serve as a nice device to present my photography to friend and family.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 1:02 pm 
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Elliot Erwitt's book `Snaps`(quite a large paperback) as a Christmas present for our Nephew.
He's 20yrs old & fairly recently bought himself a Nikon D7000, so it might give him some inspiration.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 5:51 pm 
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It's a brilliant book Carlos, great choice. Downside of the full version (there's also a hardcover abridged version) is that it's almost too thick to browse through comfortably. Still, it's a great starter on Erwitt, with a lot of inspirational material.

As you may have seen before, I am quite the Erwitt admirer. If your nephew likes Snaps, I highly recommend Personal Best and Sequentially Yours as well, they're both fantastic books. The others in the picture below are too, but I realize not everyone is as addicted to photo books as I am...

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Just got myself a bicycle horn as a decorative piece for my Erwitt corner and as a photographic experiment. Elliott is known for using a horn to make people look in his direction (he also barks at dogs). You can see him use one here: http://youtu.be/9_EjJI3rmYU?t=3m50s
Thought I'd give it a try.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 6:30 pm 
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I've just bought a Lowpro Fastpack 250 AW:

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 9:29 pm 
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Hi Bjorn. Yes I had noticed you were an admirer and had seen your (growing) collection :lol: hence buying the book :wink:

I'm not sure what his `style/genre` is yet tbh, but at least it will give him food for thought & someone to aspire to if he goes down that route. 8)

Haha, that horn is a unique idea, but if I was doing any `Street` photography I wouldn't want to draw attention to myself! :oops:

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 10:41 am 
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Snaps is exclusively black and white photographs, most of which can be classified into one of three categories: street photography, documentary photography, and portraiture. Mostly pictures of people, if he wants to get into landscapes, this might not be ideal. :)

You can actually search his print archive online to get an impression of what the book is like: http://norman.hrc.utexas.edu/erwittdc/

I don't normally like to draw attention to myself when photographing, but I'll give it a try this December and see if it helps. It's often better to have people look in your direction, it creates a connection between the viewer and the subject.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 2:54 pm 
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Bjorn van Sinttruije wrote:
Snaps is exclusively black and white photographs, most of which can be classified into one of three categories: street photography, documentary photography, and portraiture. Mostly pictures of people, if he wants to get into landscapes, this might not be ideal. :)

You can actually search his print archive online to get an impression of what the book is like: http://norman.hrc.utexas.edu/erwittdc/

I don't normally like to draw attention to myself when photographing, but I'll give it a try this December and see if it helps. It's often better to have people look in your direction, it creates a connection between the viewer and the subject.

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Excellent link 8)

That horn should be fine, especially in December! (Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner , and Blitzen ) :wink:

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 3:29 am 
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Bjorn van Sinttruije wrote:
I am very interested in getting a retina display Mini myself. I browse and play quite a lot on my phone, and to be able to do that on a screen that's more comfortably sized seems very appealing. Plus it would serve as a nice device to present my photography to friend and family.

FYI the color gamut on the iPad mini isn't great for "presenting photography". That, in combination with the potential image retention issue, is why I just bought an iPad Air instead.

And the "Air" does live up to its name; much smaller and lighter than my "new" iPad (3) - Mark

P.S. Congrats, Tsyesika, on your Lowepro Fastpack purchase! As I said in the other thread, you researched things very thoroughly, so I'm sure it well serve you well.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 8:27 am 
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Tsyesika wrote:
I've just bought a Lowpro Fastpack 250 AW


Ah how is that working out for you? I have the 350 (non-AW) myself and I like it a lot (but I do wish this model had AW :().

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 2:16 pm 
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FYI the color gamut on the iPad mini isn't great for "presenting photography". That, in combination with the potential image retention issue, is why I just bought an iPad Air instead.


Thanks for those links Mark. I'm not too concerned about color gamut issues as long as it has no significant consequences for the way my black and white images are displayed. I think the image retention might be more of a problem for me, but it wouldn't be a big enough reason to buy the Air instead (I find that's just a little too big for the way I want to use it).


Also, since I haven't bought an iPad yet and I don't want to go off topic too much: I just received a wonderful book by photojournalist and street photographer Peter Turnley about love in Paris. It comes in a slipcase, and the quality of the printing is amazing for a self-published book (then again, it was not cheap). A great addition to the Paris part of my photo book collection. You can find the book here in case you're interested.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 3:09 am 
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D'oh! I completely forgot you tend to shoot B&W. Sorry.

And to keep this on topic, I just bought a Lightning to SD card adapter :) - Mark


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 4:29 pm 
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Bjorn van Sinttruije wrote:
Apple must love you Antony, I think you have pretty much all of their devices, and all with impressive specs as well. :)

Thanks, only 7 iPads in total since I don't buy many camera gears.

Bjorn van Sinttruije wrote:
I am very interested in getting a retina display Mini myself. (…) Plus it would serve as a nice device to present my photography to friend and family.
iPad mini is much more portable than iPad. If your main purpose is to show photos, I would suggest you to get an iPad Air instead. 9.7-inch display (air) is much better than 7.9-inch display (mini).

Speaking about not buying many camera gears, I did buy a new camera today:
Sony A7R (ILCE-7R) (body only) which is my first full frame camera and Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm F/2.8 Zeiss lens.
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Also a SanDisk Extreme Pro 64GB (95 MB/s) and a lens adaptor to be redeemed from Sony.

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And I'm back in the thread... after... how long?

I made one of my rare trips into town today and dropped in on my local camera shop to see what used kit they had in. Fuji X100... had a 5 minute play with it, and it cam home with me :) I keep questioning myself over the cost of what is essentially a fixed prime body, that isn't really that small either. But the viewfinder is as nice as all the reviews say it is... gonna top up the battery and start figuring out how to use it shortly. Will also have to check for firmware updates as I'm sure there was one recently and I've no idea how old the camera is. Shop also gave me 6 months warranty on it :)

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