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December 30, 2008


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I listen to your show in Scotland, having been a subscriber to the old DPS before it's demise. Great show with a lot of tips.

One thing I think was worth mentioning when you discussed the Canon/Nikon choice was the benefits of other systems and there ability to take older lenses. I originally shot on Canon, but the lenses, although there were a lot of them, were too expensive for the quality they returned. I switched to Sony so I could use old Minolta AF lenses, but that was limited by the availabilty of the old lenses.

I've finally settled for Pentax as it takes all my ld K Bayonet lenses with almost full functionality although they normally only manually focus. I believe there is something like 17million lenses out there with the K bayonet mount!

Some of the best glass ever made was in Pentax K Bayonet and I've collected some real gems, all very affordable. For example, I've got a Pentax 16mm f2.8 which I got for the equivalent of $200, or a 135mm f2.8 for $30.

All we need now is the Pentax full frame sensor!!!!




It seems to me that if you're giving out basic information like why people should get digital card readers, then the argument for a DSLR over a PAS is less compelling

Or should people who can only afford the $200 PAS not bother with trying to improve their photography?

I just ordered a LX3. I considered a DSLR after using an LX1 for 3 years (also have Canon SLR which I haven't used in years).

For my purpose, which is to capture a lot of travel shots on the go, the compactness of a PAS was more preferable, because not only are DSLRs heavier to carry, they require associated gear (lenses, lights, etc.) and they almost require longer time to compose shots.

The other thing is, I have absolutely no desire to do any post-processing. I tried doing minor edits but sorting through hundreds of pictures after a long day of being on the go just doesn't work.

I'm more interested in saving details about the shots while the sights captured are fresh in my mind.

And I experimented with RAW on the LX1 and didn't see enough benefits to justify the larger file sizes and then the requisite conversion to JPEG later for permanent storage. Maybe the LX3 RAW will be more compelling.

Not enough info. is presented in reviews about the out-of-the-box performance of cameras. Everyone assumes, for higher-priced PAS and DSLRs, that everyone will tweak in post-processing.

Camera manufacturers should try to be more like Apple, strive for the best OOTB experience.

Cooper Strange

I am glad you mention GIMP and Picasa. Not that Picasa is anything compared to Lightroom, but I feel like it is the poor man's Lightroom: quick and easy editing and organizing (though I have not figured out if Picasa's tagging system follows a standard method...readable by all).

And as for GIMP, I love it. Honestly, for the vast majority of the people out there who have dropped hundreds on Photoshop, the free GIMP image editing software will do everything they ever actually use in Photoshop! It is so powerful, I can still barely believe it is free. Plus, if you want some free tutorials about how to use GIMP, I have found the "Meet the GIMP" video podcast very useful.


Me Bad!!!! Here it is January 8th and I'm finally getting a chance to listen to this show. Thanks for the shout out!!! It's HOWsden not silly man! Thanks Michael for correcting Scott. You know I"m smiling while writing this... two cents. I actually have the Sigma 1.4 for Nikon and LOVE it. It is actually mentioned in this month Photography Magazine. I use it mostly for portraits - especially situations that I am inside a home and need the space...and light. My favorite lens is the Nikon 50 1.8 - The best $109 bucks I've spent so far on my equipment. Pop Photo's Feb issue has a article devoted to the 50 1.4 (all brands) it's very interesting..but the mention the Sigma 30 1.4 and said "While there's a whole nation of current and discontinued full-frame 50mm f/1.4s out there, lens makers are only just beginning to produce high speed normal primes for DSLRs that have smaller sensors. So far,there are just two: the Sigma 30mm 1.4 and Panosonic Lecia D Summilux 25mm 1.4 AF"

The 50 1.8 and 30 1.4 are the two lenses that I shoot with professional - they are just that sweet...but I'm shooting running children and babys mostly in natural light so I need very fast glass.

The first thing I did when I purchased my first DSLR ( a Nikon D70s) was download the pdf version online (it's scaled at 8.5 x 11) and sent it over to Kinkos to get printed and bound. It's much bigger and easier to read then the little manual that comes with the camera. It can be overwelming to think about reading a manual...but you don't have to read the whole thing at one time...just the basics. And as you get more comfortable with your camera - you will be amazed at how much more you will understand when you reread parts of the manual. When I got the D300 - with all it's custom settings..I thought I would never get it...and I didn't in the beginning...but after using thet camera for almost a year...when I go back to parts of the manual...I have much more of an undertanding of those settings and find that I am actually using them more after reading the manual.

If you are better at learning visually..then check out the video tutorials over at - Laurie Excell offers a D300 movie and Moose Peterson does a D3 movie...Rick Sammon has some awesome movies..he is the best.

and lastly...I saved all the shows from your previous network and go back and listen to those guests...that never go out of style.

Happy Holidays to you both and to all the listeners. I can't wait to help out with the contest. I sent over a little love over at Springs of Hope...and pray for a peaceful solution for all those effected by this terrible war over in Gaza!

Laurel Housden
Queen of the Photo Contest

Cooper Strange

There is a big correction needed about Picasa. Michael was talking about the online photo albums that Google has. Their photo editing and organizing program, Picasa, makes it very easy to upload to that service, but you do not need to use the service. You can just use the software.

It is great for organizing (tagging) photos on the computer and doing quick and simple editing. It is no power tool, but it is fast and takes care of the quick and easy editing needs.


I'll have to make a plug for tripods. Here are three cases/types of shooting where a tripod is essential and make the difference in a bad blurry and something worthy of hanging on a wall:

1. Shooting landscapes with waterfalls or streams. By using a tripod the photographer can stop down the f-stop to get a good depth of field and use a long exposure to get that nice silky look of the moving water.
2. Taking macro shots. While I am not much into macro I do know other people who have gotten into photographer primarily to do macro. They need rock solid stability and the tripod is a great tool.
3. Night photography. I was in DC this past summer and was able to get some nice nighttime shots of the Jefferson Monument because I had packed a tripod...not my heavy Bogen, but one of those flexible bendy leg compact models (like a gorilla pod). I wrapped the legs of the tripod around one of the guard rails and played with exposure times until I was getting attractive results. I don't remember the shutter times but I've had it open as long as 20 seconds for nightime building shots.

I'd like to add a book recommendation for new photographers. It is "Understanding Exposure" by Bryan Peterson. It is inexpensive, easy to follow, and really helps new photos understand exposure.

Great show. Keep up the good work.


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What happened to the show??


Miss you guys. Do you have any idea when you'll be back?

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