Originally Posted by the shah @LonerMatt
I was fortunate to have access to a Nikon Super CoolScan 5000 and an Epson (either Expression 10000XL or Perfection V700, I forgot which it was) so scanning was super easy at the time and resolution was beyond absurd. MF positives have soooo much detail.
I get what you're saying about color, I'm naturally drawn to it too. bUt I love trying to play with light and that becomes the main tool in BW for me, so a new challenge that forces a different mentality.
Not that it's particularly good but this is one example, was walking with a friend at night and I saw a spotlight in front of a garage and thought it would cast interesting shadows . I'm also [re]learning to grab my camera every time I head out the door because opportunities present themselves whenever they do (I'm not as much into staged setups)
Glad to hear that the scanning is easy - that's one of the biggest draws for me with MF: being able to scan it at a higher resolution AND with some appropriate changes. Cost of film is obviously higher, but perhaps that's not such a bad thing. On the other hand 35mm is so cheap and so light and easy.
I haven't actually seen this - I don't have any thoughts about poverty tourism, but I know Salgado has a long history of wanting to use the camera to arrest people's attention and change the world. So he's a pretty driven guy, and with a long history of photographing poverty that's something that I think plays into how his work is viewed.
Matt Black does a lot of work with poverty in the USA, and his work is really, really good.
That Flickr is quite nice as well.
I've been enjoying:
Originally Posted by MaiLam
Currently messing with an old Ashahi Pentax Spotmatic, with some great lenses, before buying a Lumix GM1 in the next couple of weeks. However, one thing I'm getting a lot of simple pleasure from at the moment is the manual focusing. And there any compact system cameras with lenses that allow for this?
I think that most CSC have manual lenses, but most aren't as easy to use as film cameras - smaller VF, lots of electronics, I often find digital cameras harder to focus. The other alternative is to use an old MF lens on a newer body.