Archive | June, 2014

Photographer of the week, 14/06/2014

14 Jun

My photographer of this week is cand1d who shoots a Pentax K-5.


Highest quality photo competition ever?

4 Jun

Could you pick a winner in the Pentax K-3 photo contest? Organised by PentaxForums and sponsored by B&H Photo. Apparently, a lot of great photographers are hankering for a Pentax K-3!

#DitchTheDSLR – destroying valuable inventory

4 Jun

For those that haven’t yet been snared by the news coverage (guilty me!) there’s an event staged by Samsung in New York that encourages people to allow their DSLR camera to be destroyed. As consolation, you get a Samsung NX30 mirrorless camera and kit lens. Now, mind you, I’ll be the first to sing the Samsung NX30’s praises on technical grounds. Colour reproduction in JPEG is very good as usual, although JPEG quality overall is a little lacking (sharpness/detail) as has been commented elsewhere.

And I do get trade-ins… trade in your old car, get a discount. Trade in your old car battery, get a discount. Sometimes that can be sensible. Cars, for instance, at some point get too expensive to repair over and over again, for increasingly short times before the next repair is necessary. When that happens, or shortly before, you should go for a trade-in. (Cars incidentally also damage the climate if driven when more fuel-economic models are available – minus carbon emissions in the new vehicles production, obviously!)

How does any of this translates to cameras? Not very well, in my opinion. A DSLR camera will typically take 50 to 100 thousand pictures before starting to cough. Energy consumption doesn’t play a huge role, as the number of batteries a photographer takes “into the field” and the amount of charge they carry haven’t changed much. So for each trip, while older cameras may take fewer pictures, a similar amount of energy is typically spent.

Samsung felt they could demonstrate their superiority by allowing you to trade, in Imaging-Resource’s words, a “DSLR kit including camera body, lens, battery and power supply, […] all parts […] unmarked, undamaged beyond normal wear and tear, and in proper working order. Examples of things that might disqualify your camera include missing parts, cracked or non-working displays, cracked or open camera bodies, cracked or seized lenses, and so on.”

This is what people traded in:

Tweeted by Anthony Zirfas ‏@everpianoman

Now, some will be quick to note that Canon has been the main victim of this event (and I know what I would say about it if I wanted to say anything about it).

More interesting, to me, is that all that stuff is now going to get destroyed. Lenses sharp enough for many current-day cameras bodies. And fully functioning, ten to 18 megapixel cameras that take great pictures of people, cats, weddings, you name it. Out of fashion, off to the heap, for some Indonesian kids to pick spare parts out of (when they should be doing their homework, not to mention going to school in the first place). Today, I’m officially disgusted. Samsung have staged a superb piece of performance art playing on themes of consumer culture and materialism. I wish I could say they’d done it deliberately, but I think it was just for excrement and giggles.