This was taken with the D3000, but I have turned it monochrome. It was a remarkably gray day. Processing in Darktable.
Darktable is in the process of moving to version 1.1. There is a very good tutorial on how to use this product online… including to use the controls not just play with the histograms.Anyway, the photo is with the Olympus evolt E300, F/6.3, 1/250th second. The main tweaking is getting the light balance correct — it was too cold.
Son two is going to camp next week and is taking his canon powershot A1000. This is a couple of casual shots of a very wet back yard… Autumn has come before February has finished.
Shot through window: there is some chosting and internal reflections from this… but the colours at least are accurate. But this reminds me why I don’t like point and shoots. I like more control…
For this, I am using Adorama.
1. Big sensors are good.
2. Film is as good as a big sensor…
3. Fixed lenses are good.
I’m comparing the two cameras I’m thinking of getting in the next year or so — I don’t NEED them. I need a Nikon battery charger (I lose these things all the time) but I’ve been shooting Black and white film in a Voighlander Bessa R with an old Summicron F3.5 35mm today… so this at present is just an exercise.
Now the best DSLR at the present is probably the Nikon D800. Using manual lenses you get something like this…
Nikon D800 Digital SLR Camera Body, $2,999.95
Nikon 85 F2 Ais Lens *52 USED $299.00
Voigtlander Ultron 40mm f/2 $449.00
If you want a rangefinder with interchangeable lenses you will have to go for film. An M9 body is $6,995 @ Adorama (where I am doing my costings from). A M7 is $4,995, and an M4-P is the same price. A Zeiss Z-I however, is affordable. Again, looking at two lenses — there is no point getting a zoom, but an normal lens and a reasonable wide angle…
ZIess Ikon body 35 mm Rangefinder body $1,618.00
Ziess T-Planar 50mm lens $ 781.00
Ziess Ikon with 50mm f/2.0 planar lens $2,300.99
Voightlander 15 mm F/4.5 Hellar M mount $599.00
Voightlannder 15 mm viewfinder 209.00
Subtotal $ 3108
In short, you can get a moderate rangefinder kit for around the same price as a top line Nikon Kit. If I added the 28-300mm VR zoom (if you need zooms, getting a body with less pixelisation would make more sense) you need to add about a thouosand dollars, but on the other hand, the F/0.9 Nokton is a thousand and the faster and better Leica lenses start around that price and go up. Way up.
Now… I have a functional, cheap, screw lens Rangefinder system. Upgrading the SLR would be useful for scenery, action and potraits: but continuing with a cheap voightlander when travelling and taking street shots makes sense. I’m only carrying a few hundred, not a few thousand, dollars worth of kit.
These photos were taken in the summer of 2008. I was driving with my boys from Auckland to Dunedin, and we stopped at Kaikora, where on the side of the road there is a sea lion colony.
Photos taken with an Olympus e300 and Tokina Zoom. I sampled one of these photos as the image for dark brightness.