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RE: [OM] [OT] Pentax DSLR Announced

Subject: RE: [OM] [OT] Pentax DSLR Announced
From: The Bobbs <thebobbs@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2002 22:03:28 -0600
At 02:37 PM 10/22/2002, Richard Man wrote:

At 12:57 PM 10/22/2002 -0700, Winsor Crosby wrote:
...But then again you could use the much less expensive system of
disposable sensors that have no angular color aberration problems. They
come 36 to a roll.
>Winsor Crosby
>Long Beach, California

True, that's why I am hanging on to my OM. I got a roll film adapter for
the Nikon scanner so scanning a whole roll is no longer a pain!

To my mind, the question is not "if" but when the silicon sensor based systems overcome enough of their obstacles (and Winsor points out a several goods above) to become the dominant player from snapshooter to professional.

As for scanning slides/negatives -- sorry, I just hate the experience. I hate getting the stuff arranged, coping with dust, scratches and misbehaving scanner issues. To avoid doing it very often, I am willing to accept a somewhat lower quality solution from a digital camera or pay a premium to get an equivalent result. I bet I'm not alone. (exactly how much lower quality or how much of a premium is the market question that every camera company wants to know with great precision!)

Richard, it sounds like you are big time into scanning. Assuming things are going well, on average, how long does it take you to go from negative/slide to a file on disk that is exactly as you want it to be? (Ignoring any computer manipulation that you might also do with a digital camera RAW file). Do you have a feel for the time for "best case", "average case" and "rare, but not freakishly worst case" with your scanning? My experiences in doing it (limited) were horrid, and I've heard of experienced folks spending 10+ minutes per image. That's just unbearable (to me). (And my own experiences were never as good as 10 minutes an image, either!)

For the next several years, I see my (totally hobby) photography running in parallel courses -- Consumer grade digicam for those situations where all the emphasis is convenience, content (get "a" shot, take several in hopes of getting "the" shot) and moderate prints (8x10, max) and OM film gear for the situations where you want to get the best possible image and aspire to a 20x15 on the wall, or can't cope with current digicam limitations. (Long exposure, wide angles, shallow DOF, etc). And of course, do it w/o breaking the bank.

The current product mix has to be really hard for some professionals. Digital has a siren song of instant gratification and low capture costs versus the screeching sound of high capital investments and image quality limitations. Everybody has a "sounds good enough" point. Each new generation pushes another set of folks over their internal threshold.


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