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Editor Dec 15, 2008 110 comments
Kodak's new Ektar 100 color negative film offers what they claim is the finest grain and best and most accurate color of any color print film ever made. Is Kodak whistling in the wind, or do you think that having the "best film ever" will get you to return to film, or dust off the old film camera to give it a try?
Please comment briefly on whether or not you have exposed a roll of film in the last six months...and whether or not you might plan to in the coming months!
No thanks, I've made the switch and won't look back.
41% (208 votes)
Yes, it might be worth a look.
16% (82 votes)
Yes, I never abandoned film and am glad that Kodak is still developing new products.
42% (212 votes)
Total votes: 502
Editor Nov 13, 2008 138 comments
Kodak recently announced a new 100 speed color negative film, Ektar 100, said to have the finest grain of any film yet. This brings up a question we all would like answered: Do you still shoot film at all? And if not, when was the last time you exposed film?
Briefly comment on your reaction to Kodak's announcement of a new color negative film.
I never stopped shooting film.
47% (291 votes)
I do not work with film anymore.
30% (187 votes)
I shoot film rarely, but still have my film cameras and sometimes shoot a roll or two.
23% (145 votes)
Total votes: 623
Editor Oct 21, 2008 116 comments
With digital SLRs now offering 20+ megapixels for each frame, what do you believe are your realistic needs in terms of file size for your images. Is 20+ MP (resulting in 60MB+ opened files) overkill, or do you feel that the more MP the better?
Please comment briefly on the megapixel horserace as you see it.
I don't see the need for such large file sizes.
65% (251 votes)
The more MP the better.
24% (93 votes)
I am not sure how many MP would be right for the work I want to do.
10% (40 votes)
Total votes: 384
Editor Sep 10, 2008 57 comments
Now that Sony has released the Alpha 900 with a 24 megapixel sensor, image file sizes will be near 70MB when opened. Do you think that your work would benefit from such a large file size?
Please comment briefly on how you think a 70MB file would impact your photography.
Yes, the bigger the better.
67% (224 votes)
Yes, the bigger the better.
4% (13 votes)
It’s not for me now, and I will await further testing and developments.
29% (97 votes)
Total votes: 334
Editor Aug 18, 2008 51 comments
Tamron has recently announced the development of an 18-270mm zoom for digital cameras with APS-C sensors. This is an amazing 15X range. In the past, this type of zoom ratio was considered quite high. As zoom design and construction has improved, have you found yourself using high ratios zooms, or do you still consider 3X the maximum for your work?
Please comment briefly on your experience with high ratio zoom lenses, specifically above 3X.
a) I tend to be conservative and stick with shorter zoom ratios.
79% (308 votes)
b) My experience is that zoom quality is such these days that I am comfortable working with quite high focal length ratios.
9% (37 votes)
c) I like an “all-in-one” lens and believe that having one lens that covers all the focal length ranges I might use is the best
12% (45 votes)
Total votes: 390
Editor Jul 07, 2008 36 comments
Noise reduction can be useful at high ISO settings or with long exposure times. But there is some debate as to whether this should be applied in camera when the exposure is made (in fact some cameras automatically apply NR at ISO 400 and above unless you turn it off) or later using Photoshop or some third-party software. Do you:
Please comment briefly on an NR workflow you have found effective.
Let the camera handle NR at its default setting.
88% (602 votes)
Keep the NR setting OFF, and handle NR later.
8% (55 votes)
Always use NR at HIGH or LOW setting, depending on the subject, scene and lighting conditions.
4% (30 votes)
Total votes: 687
Editor Jun 10, 2008 91 comments
The newest DSLRs coming to market seem to be split into two camps--those with LiveView and those without. Does LiveView functionality make that much of a difference that it might sway you to purchase one DSLR ove another similar model lacking that feature?
Please comment briefly on your experience, if any, with LiveView, or give your opinion on its potential benefit in your work.
Yes, I think LiveView is an important new feature that would help me choose one model over another.
69% (452 votes)
No, LiveView is not something that would sway my decision.
27% (176 votes)
I am not sure, as I have not seen it demonstrated and am not sure how it would aid my work.
4% (25 votes)
Total votes: 653
Editor May 20, 2008 77 comments
Memory card technology has grown considerably in the past two years with new architecture allowing for greater capacity and speed. Yet, some photographers are a bit leery about using, for example, 16GB cards and entrust their entire shoot to one card. Do you have similar qualms, or do you feel the convenience of one card far outweighs any such concerns?
Please comment briefly on your experience with higher capacity cards or any concerns you have about memory cards in general.
Yes, I generally shoot with a number of smaller capacity cards to "spread the risk."
87% (408 votes)
No, I think those concerns are overblown and shoot with the highest capacity card my system can handle.
12% (56 votes)
My camera is a bit older and cannot handle the higher capacity cards, so this does not apply to me.
1% (5 votes)
Total votes: 469
Editor Apr 18, 2008 21 comments
Given that camera phones today offer multimedia connections, and often have 5MP sensors, would you consider using one instead of your small digicam? This does not mean that you might replace your DSLR with the camera phone, but the pocket digicam you might ordinarily throw into your bag when you leave the house.
Please comment briefly on your experiences with camera phones and their connectivity features.
Yes, given that image quality was good for snapshots I might consider it.
88% (456 votes)
No, I'll keep my cell as my phone and still carry a small digicam with me
8% (43 votes)
I only shoot photos with my DSLR, so if the phone offered a lot of conveniences I might use one as a "second" snapshot camera.
4% (22 votes)
Total votes: 521
Editor Mar 18, 2008 42 comments
Now that independent lens makers like Tamron and Sigma have announced “shake-free” lenses it seems that vibration reduction lenses are becoming more common and available for all. Does the addition of image stabilization add value to a lens for your work?
Please briefly comment on the addition of image stabilization.
1) Yes, the ability to have more exposure leeway in low light and with long lenses is certainly worth any extra expense.
96% (583 votes)
2) No, I’d rather work with a faster lens and don’t find noise objectionable if I raise my ISO to a reasonable speed.
2% (14 votes)
3) I don’t need these lenses because my camera body has vibration reduction built in.
2% (11 votes)
Total votes: 608