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Film is not dead!!!

So in case you didn’t know I am a huge Leica Fanatic! And Leica Is celebrating 100 years this year. For a camera company that is pretty ridiculous to think that they have been about making cameras and what not for a 100 years.

Seriously The first photograph was taken only 187 years ago but the first really comercial process of daguerreotypes weren’t really even a thing for another 10 years, and film like we know it today wasn’t until 1889ish. I mean other than Kodak I am not sure of any other longer lasting camera company then Leica.

To celebrate Leica has released a new 100% mechanical Leica M Rangefinder 35mm film camera!

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This camera has nothing that it doesn’t need. Seriously not a battery, no light meter, not anything that isn’t essential. Which I totally take as film is not dead! Seriously Have you shot a roll of film this week/month/year/ever? Have you ever used a camera that didn’t meter? Do you even know about the Sunny 16? You only have two controls (technically three because you are still choosing the speed of your film but that isn’t really a dial or anything) Shutter from Bulb to 1/1000th and your aperture ring on whatever lens you have on.

They also announced a bunch of new lenses and made some old ones silver :)

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To buy any of this will still set you back roughly the same price as a moderate hatchback car but FILM anew!

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In fact this does a heck of lot less than the older Leica M7 in terms of features ETC.

BUT FILM IS NOT DEAD! Is the take away that I am taking :)

Multiple Exposures – Picking on strangers

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Multiple Exposures + Picking On Complete Strangers = Awesome

 

Just some colour photos from a Nikon DF walk about
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Picking On Complete Strangers

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Picking on Complete Strangers

So even though the lens is battered and bruised from the drug dealer kicking it seems to be working just fine! It is kind of randomly slow on focusing especially on close up things I think, but it is random so I is hard to tell. For things that are in focus it seems just as sharp or sharper than before the foot incident.

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The Douche Bag vs Nikon DF

I have been doing this whole photo thing for a really long ass time and I thought I may have seen it all, but today I was introduced to somewhat of a new experience. I was walking north up Abbott Street  in Gastown from being stood up for my Multiple Exposure with people project. (side note I am looking for people that would like to ‘model’ for me in a controlled multiple exposure project! If you’re interested get in touch) I had a coffee in one hand and the camera in the other. Set for Multiple exposures I was looking for textures for the first of the two shots. I crossed Cordova street and raised the camera to take a photo of a tree when a guy at the mouth of the alley yelled ‘fuckoff’ and dashed back into the alley. I payed it little mind because G-town is filled with ‘characters’ but as I got closer to the alley this guy
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pops out from the alley and yells at me
“Stop pointing that fucking camera at me” to which I replied
“Uh yeah this has nothing to do with you” He repeated as though I had said absolutely nothing.

“Stop pointing that fucking camera at me” to which I again replied
“I am not pointing anything at you. Relax this (I motioned to the camera) has nothing to do with you.” It was becoming obvious that he was really just picking a fight for fight sake. A few folks that were having a smoke outside the barber shop stood up and took notice as he was getting more and more belligerent and like a bad bar joke he yelled the same thing for a third time.
“STOP POINTING THAT CAMERA AT ME”

Now I would like to point out that they camera has been in my hand and at my side throughout this entire interaction save the moments that I pointed it at the sky half a block away to maybe take a photo of a tree. It had in fact not been pointed at him in any way.

I would also like to point out that I as a general rule don’t take photos of the people involved within the issues that are in my hood. EG: Drug dealers/hobo’s/pan handlers/folks sleeping on the street. Living in the DTES I think that a lot of people here are in the situations that they are, because someone at some point took advantage of them. I don’t want to continue that trend by taking photos of them without permission. These people are people and they are not here purely as a backdrop to my photo antics.

That is not to say that I don’t take photos of hobos/pan handlers/folks sleeping on the street and other people just not in their home. Your hood is your home and where you should feel at home regardless of your situation and some jerk IE: Me sticking his camera in your face is counter intuitive to all of that.

So when he yelled at me a third time I went against all my better judgement and I raised the camera, pointed it directly at his face and shot a couple of photos (hence the Double Exposure) yelling back something to the effect of
“Fine if you want me to point it at you I will” snap snap and I continued walking away thinking that this would be the end of it.

It wasnt.

He ran up and soccer kicked my hand/camera really hard and ran away east up the alley. The group of bearded men who I assumed were from the barber shop and I chased after him. I am not really sure what we would have done if we had caught him but three running steps in on my buggered knee I knew that I wasn’t catching anybody :)

That and also I heard something plastic and expensive sounding skittering along the pavement. I looked down at the camera (that was still in my hand because I use a wrist strap) to see that it was missing the lens. How it came off I am not really sure. His foot must of hit the lens release button and when I ran it must of twisted or something But never the less the lens was skittering across the pavement.

I feared the worst. I assumed that they mount on either the camera or the lens was clearly broken off and that it was going to be exactly like this. but after a quick inspection and during the 911 call I determined that it wasn’t all that catastrophically damaged

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These photos show some of the cleaned up damage as I have scraped of all the loose plastic burr’s. The Hood took the largest brunt of it all and looks pretty well worn now :) i will still send it in to nikon to make sure that all is well with the focusing motor etc..

All in all I shouldn’t have engaged with the drug dealing alley troll (he is well known to the police and the local business) I should have known better so with little harm done I guess.

My Lesson DON’T FEED THE TROLLS. :)

 

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The AF-S DX Nikkor 35 f/1.8G lens on a FX (full Frame) camera

Today I am going to talk about the best/cheap lens you can buy for your Nikon FX (full frame) camera The AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G DX Lens! Nikon35mmdxlens But wait you say, ‘this is a DX lens, if you use it on your FX camera wont evil demons erupt from the earth like it is Sunnydale High and the Mayor has just finished eating a shit tonne of really big black spider bug things?

Well it is true this is a DX lens meaning I would have to shoot my FX camera in DX (crop) mode and it is then basically a 50mm lens. Unless of course you turn all that off and just mount it as is. Hit Menu –> go down to shooting menu –> go down to image area –> Turn Auto DX crop OFF.

Nikon35mmdx-shooting-Menu Nikon35mmdx-AutoDX-Crop-offWhat this does is makes all DX lenses shoot the full FX full frame format. Now this works for this particular lens but most other DX lenses this will fail miserably so remember the setting if your regularly use other DX lenses.

I can hear your next rebuttal now. But won’t it vignette on the sides of the lens because it isn’t covering the whole frame? YES!!! it will but that is exactly what makes it so freaking awesome!

Nikon35mmdx01 Don’t Get me wrong if you were to shoot this lens stopped way down you are going to get a defiant circle around the edges of your frame. Nikon35mmdxvin But shoot this lens at f/4.5 and lower and those distinct black circles just become an awesome Holgaesque vignette that can accentuate the subject and ‘finish’ the photo edges.

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I know I hear you but.. but… but… that is a sub $250 lens, how good of a lens could it really be? Believe it or not Because this lens is a prime it is really quite sharp. In fact the DXO ratings have it on par with some other much more expensive lenses. Nikon35mmdxDXOrate

As well as being sharp it has a really nice hard to describe bokeh.

I love the look and feel that this lens gives us for regular run of the mill sub f/5.6 shooting and the price is certainly right :)
nikon 35mm DX on full frame = Awesome

2014 Culture Crawl – Metal Prints

Just an update on this years Culture Crawl Preparations :) I am super excited to show off a new prints series that I have nearly finished prepping! They are so metal that they would make Judas Priest blush!

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seriously you could sharpen these up when the zombie apocalypse comes but keep them as lovely art on your wall until then. Decorating and preparing for the imminent zombie disaster!

WIN WIN!

Again this years Culture Crawl runs from the 20th till the 23rd this November! We can’t wait to see you!
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