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These two images were taken yesterday with my first ever DSLR, an Olympus E-1 ,50-200mm f2.8 swd and EX-25 extension tube. This has the original Kodak sensor and a massive 5

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lemmy 13 2.8k United Kingdom
1 Jun 2020 6:59PM
Illustrating a point I make time and time again. This pic is about 1400px wide. Shot on a modern camera it would be around 6000px wide, so you'd need to throw away about 75% of the pixels recorded to show it at this size

One thing that modern cameras do do much better is the sharpening. This pic looks unnatural and harsh, presumably due to the aggressiveness of the in camera routine. I have pix taken on an old Canon Ixus 5Mp which I occasionally post next to stuff on an S1 FF or one of my MFTs. At this kind of size, no-one can tell the difference.

Thanks Lemmy,
The E-1 sensor itself is quite soft, no editing in camera whatsoever so the sharpening is down to me and lack of attention BlushBlush

The sharpest sensor I have owned so far was in a Minolta Dimage 7 bridge camera and I still have some of the close-up/ macro shots from that on display.
lemmy 13 2.8k United Kingdom
1 Jun 2020 8:26PM
I find great pleasure in using older cameras. I really wish I'd kept my first one, a Nikon Coolpix 2Mp. It could produce excellent A4 prints had a 3x optical zoom and a swivelling lens unit which meant that for carrying it was like a narrow box and would slip into any pocket.

That 50-200 lens sounds nice.

Memories...back in the late 80s Canon came round to my newspaper with a digital camera they wanted us to test for them under professional conditions. It was about 360x240px and recorded, slowly, to a mini-disk recorder built into the camera body. For newspaper purposes it would produce an image that could be used up to 3" across max. It was totally impractical but ahead of its time.

I wonder if that E-1 of yours will become an antique at some point and valuable. I know that a few of the cameras I got rid of because something better came along have become classics, such is my eye for business Smile
My problem is the opposite, I have cases and cupboards full of past " Treasures ", i can never seem to get rid of any of my old gear. I even found my old E-300 in its box , and the shutter in that died at 58,000 actuations, which was a surprise as they were only rated at 25,000.
I still have my original OM-1 and a Zuiko 55mm f1.2 lens to fit, a real old Asahi Yashica screw fit and various 6 x 6 bodies and lenses.
Each camera has its memories.
lemmy 13 2.8k United Kingdom
2 Jun 2020 10:15AM
You are making me nostalgic! My photo history starts with my 3 year apprenticeship on The Kent and Sussex Courier, using a VN 9x12 plate camera, before the M Leicas were introduced and the Nikon F was but a pipe dream. I bought a Yashicamat because the paper wouldn't give me a new fangled Rolleiflex and then I had a Mamiyaflex and then..on and on through Canon underlevers, Leicas, Pentaxes, all flavours of Nikon and Hasselblad, through to modern day Nikon DSLRs.

If I'd have had the sense to keep them like you, I'd have had my own photo museum by now. Unfortunately, like my magazine covers and posters and newspaper centre spreads and album covers, they were seen by me as ephemeral, just part of my job and sold or junked.

I have very little left now. I marvel at photographers who have collections of thousdands of their pictures worth keeping. Out of a lifetime working day in and out I don't think I have more than 20 pictures I really consider worth keeping. I still have a sneaky feeling that and old 1930s Leica would have been valuable if I'd have kept it.....but no use looking backwards.

My love started in 1962 as a twelve year old. I was off on an exchange school trip to the Isle of Wight for the Summer holiday, and as I boarded the coach, Dad handed me a package " for your holiday ". Inside was an Ilford Sporti and one roll of 12 exposure B/W film. Surprising for someone who only ever owned a Brownie box and took maybe 6 rolls of film in his lifetime Grin
To this day I still remember my first ever shot. The Queen Mary in Southampton docks, the print unfortunately disappeared when Mother passed. The camera got stolen about 6 months later.Sad

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