About me

I live on the outskirts of a major US city. Those that know me will recognize me. For the rest of you, I will remain just another pixel in the wall. I consider myself a serious amateur. I devote a lot of time to thinking about and taking pictures. I rarely make any money from photography. Even as an occasional wedding or graduation shooter, I do that for free and only for friends. My images range from nature to street, from buildings to ants, from cars to kids. I consider myself average among the serious amateurs as a photographer, just like most serious amateur photographers are by definition. But as opposed to some of my peer friends, I have tended not to be that interested in the minute details of cameras. As the switch from film to digital occurred, I noticed that the number of people interested in camera technology increased dramatically. This was not, to my surprise, coupled with the same increase in interest in photographic images. Several times more discussions (online in forums, live in photo clubs, etc) are dedicated to equipment than to images. And of those that discuss images, quite a few tend to be pixel-peepers, more interested in theoretical aspects of image rendering than in the actual image conveyed by the photo. As a case in point, at the Photokina exhibitions, the halls full of gear are crowded while the image exhibition halls are almost empty. In all this, I have found that I have a somewhat different view on cameras, and thus, seemingly paradoxically, this blog is about equipment after all. But there is no paradox. I wish everyone acquires their own view on photographic equipment – and not the manufacturers’. Stick to that view and get on with creating great images instead.

Not to confuse what I say with the pictures I take, I will not make any reference to them. They are found elsewhere and will be kept that way.

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One thought on “About me

  1. I was amazed by your statements of the D70. My one was gathering dust on the shelf, but just for the sake of curiosity, you made me compare it with my latest X-Pro1 from Fujifilm. Due to several ‘not so good’ experiences with Nikon, including D300/D90 and thus quite some disappointment, I got off the Nikon track over the years. Not that my present main camera brand, Fujifilm, is less of a challenge, this is after all also a bit of a mission, but I started loving the IQ and workflow. But when I started looking at the D70’s pictures, I was very surprised. Even for the ‘pixel peepers’ the results are still surprisingly good. The NEF’s contain a lot of detail and even contrast, colors, sharpness,… hold out quite well vs. a modern high tech camera of 16MP. There are two things that could explain this. First of all, the D70 has a CCD. I’ve been very opposed to CMOS for a very long time, likely due to my video experience with it as well in those days.We all know to which technology the market has turned but the commercial aspects (CMOS was a lot cheaper in the production process) played likely a bigger role than the technology standpoints. CCD’s can still deliver a very high IQ, see also the M9 or some middle format cam’s and the D70 was truly a champ in those days. The second consideration could be that in the time Nikon conceived the D70, all belief was set to APS/C. This was the future, also for the pro’s. Even more, the D70 was a very strategical product for Nikon, it had to make them survive in the digital era, so no compromises. Today the DSLR market has been reshaped into a clear APS/C and FF camp, the one considered as ‘just consumer’, the other as ‘pro or serious prosumer’ and I’m also afraid this is again a very artificial, market driven story. Another hype and annex discussion created for the sake of commercials. Many APS/C camera’s are being so tweaked and conceived they will never be at the same IQ level as a ‘one notch higher’ FF-product (f.i. by adding more compression in the RAW’s), although there’s no reason why they wouldn’t be able deliver an equal quality. Or even better, because the use the ‘sweet spot’ of the lens. There are some exceptions like f.i. the X-Pro1, its position in the market resembles a bit the D70 situation. It has to give Fujifilm again a more credible position in the pro/prosumer market.

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