Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Upgrading my camera gear (tech. gurus welcome)

In September 2003 i jumped into the digital waters of photography. Well, i should better say i moved into another world... but anyhow...
That time, my first D-slr was a 6Mp Nikon. It served my quiet a good job, very reliable although i was missing some features on that.
For instance:
- ISO settings below 200
- Mirror Lock-up
- better behave in low-light ( color noise )
- faster series shooting ( only 3 frames a second )
- better and bigger Viewfinder
- Sandwich exposure ( shoot multiple times on the same picture )
- Faster shutter ( 1/4000 only )
- faster flash synch. ( X-synch 1/180 only )
- more battery power / longer duration
- better white balance ( Need to work it out to get colors right )
- better dynamic range
- no cable connection for Studio Flash
- more buttons for functions instead of scrolling through the menu
- Less vibration from the mirror when releasing the shutter

Wow, now i am wondering myself how did i work all those years with that camera...
Although its not all that bad, but it could be better...

My new 10mp camera is better in many things but still not quiet the right camera that i want. Propably, the only solution to solve my problem will be to get a deep gap in my pants and buy the Nikon D3 ( about 4000,- Euro ).

But finally, i found another "solution"
My new camera in details:
- 18MP resolution
- ISO settings starting from 25
- Mirror lock-up
- Better behave in low light / less color noise
- series shooting up to 5,7 frames per second
- one of the best viewfinders i ever look through
- Sandwich exposure as often as you like
- X-synch 1/250
- fast Shutter of 1/8000
- long battery life
- No probs with white balance,filtersets for every light
- very good dynamic range
- cable connection for studio flash
- All important functions with buttons
- Camera vibration from the Mirror and shutter is minimal

And there is my new Working tool:

It`s the old toy-boy Nikon F4s. This analog film camera, manufactured from 1988 until 1996, was one of the most succesfull and reliable pro-slr ever made. It is a real pleasure to work with it. Get it in your hands and you might understand what i mean.

The mentioned 18mp resolution will be reached, if you scan the film with the filmscanner Nikon coolscan 5000 or 9000. If using high-end scanners like Imacon flextight, you will get results far above 18MP.


Peter Molz said...

I would like to add, if you buy a digital SLR body today investing the same amount of money you had to pay for the F4, you will get excellent quality nowadays!

The price for the body of the F4 was 3.200 - 3.400 DM (1600-1700 Euro) way back in 1988!

Michael Anhaeuser said...

You are Right in that,
but your billing is only half way correct.
1. With 1700,- Euro you can`t even get a D700, you only get a D300

2. back in the `90s , the payments for photographers and photographic work was way better than it is now ;-)
3. A D300 , D700 etc will never give you this kind of a feeling like a F3 / F4 does...

Peter Molz said...

1. well, first of all, today the equivalent price would be about 2500-3000 Euros! And it is not only Nikon who is in the market! ;-)

2. Sad, but true!

3. About (personal) feelings, imho it is like this: some people stick or think back a life long to their first love or their first wife ;-).
Others (need to) move on and allow new experiences/adventures and feelings!

4. Nostalgia today isn't anymore what it used to be in those days!

Michael Anhaeuser said...

1. Even 3000,- Euro is not enough for a D3.
Remind you, the F4s used to be the top model, not the second best of Nikon.

2. No more comment needed

3. Its not about thinking back to the first love. Just look through a Viewfinder of a F4 or F3 and than take a D300 200 700 in your hands and look through.
And by the way, i am not against new technology, unlike 2-3 years ago when i worked only digital, i now use both media again

4. I would not count a F4 to Nostalgia camera like, since it can still give you a good job. For Nostalgia i have some other cameras to show, stay tuned ;-)

Peter Molz said...

The viewfinder argument is valid!
O.k., let's see what we can do?
Besides the F4, try an F6! :-) :-)

Exciting news! Looking forward to your reports on nostalgia cameras and fotos generated with them on Samos island! ;-)

Franz Roth said...

I once bought my F4E for an amount of 2.500,-- DM. For such a price one will never get a digital SLR! My D2H, bought 4 years ago was priced 2.000,-- Euro.

Meine F4E (ein Vorführgerät zwar, aber fabrikneu) habe ich mal für 2.500,-- DM (nicht Euro!) gekauft. Meine D2H (auch ein Vorführgerät) kostete vor 4 Jahren 2.000,-- Euro.

Michael Anhaeuser said...

thats what i meant before. The equipment gets more expensive year by year, Nikon for example raised the prices for lenses this year. But the royalties for our work does not raise. I don`t know for you, but for me its very difficult to raise the prices for my work.