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    Who prefers the old manual cameras to the modern dslr? One is a romantic piece of work the other is a practical industrial machine. The slow thinking way or the fast snap? Is using manual lens on a dslr the best of both worlds?
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    i only have manual cameras.
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    To me, it is not just the focussing. It's the smoothness of the film winding, the clicking of the shutter speed dial, the sound of the shutter.
    But for practical purposes, I am using a dSLR.

    But I will not forget my first loves - x700, F3, and now the FM2n.

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    I love oldies, as well as antiques...have a box camera from the 1920s-1930s that still works today which I use every now and then.. really gets you involved in the entire process from the initial exposure right down to the final print in the darkroom..
    if my camera is there at the right moment, click, all I have to do is accept it.
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    Who prefers the old manual cameras to the modern dslr? One is a romantic piece of work the other is a practical industrial machine. The slow thinking way or the fast snap? Is using manual lens on a dslr the best of both worlds?
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    I use a lot of manual cameras.

    I also use the most modern SLRs and DSLRs.

    All my cameras are for practical uses. Some of my manual cameras allow me to take pictures of the equivalent of hundreds (if not thousands) of megapixels.

    Depending on your skills, some of my manual cameras can take pictures faster than the Canon 1Ds MII.

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    Remembering the days of old when I collected all the canisters bearing the different types of film tested on varios skin tones/objects... and the testing of various expired film on experimental stuff. Not to mention the fun of loading slides into the projector magazine.... the licking of the 120 roll, and discovering they started using peppermint on one particular brand (anyone remember which one was it?)... that was funny... freaking out when you could not find the notch on 4x5... the power of bellows... Prisms that weigh more than your average compact camera these days... Polaroids! They were the biggest thing for most people... your magnifier, light boxes... oh my goodness... you are rewinding time... I better stop. I really miss those days...

    Digital has made things a lot more efficient (and cheaper), therefore making photography more accessible to the masses. But there is still a lot of development ahead for better sensors technology for better image capture and image manipulation... Looking forward to the new breakthroughs ahead.

    But one thing stays pretty constant technology-wise, good glass is still very important. And that, is never going to come cheap.

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    is modern glass cheaper n better than the old glass? meaning is there any point in buying old lens or should i stick to the new ones? i m worried about getting sucked in n spending too much money. i try to keep it as an affordable hobby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by honda
    is modern glass cheaper n better than the old glass? meaning is there any point in buying old lens or should i stick to the new ones? i m worried about getting sucked in n spending too much money. i try to keep it as an affordable hobby.
    AFAIK, new technology is always try and find a way to save cost. Maybe by replacing glass element with plastic element. New better coating (I am still waiting anti fungus coating ). Using faster computer and improved software to design a lenses (thus minimizing any distorsions, if not eliminating). Move factory to more economical countries. etc. etc.

    Old glass may not in production line anymore (so you may only find it as 2nd hand lenses), or if you lucky on some stores. As a 2nd hand glass, you don't really know the histories of the glass. Whether the glass is ever been cleaned or open?

    So I think you must do homework to check if you want to buy old glass. Buy only those really good one, check the condition and glass performance. And if the price is right...., the decision is yours.

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    sometimes questions like these makes me wonder if sports stars ever gets so obsessed with their gear? like Michael Jordan checking out the various types of basketball nets, things like that?

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    i finally bite the bullet n got the voigtlander 40mm f2 for my 350d. it looks n feels traditional. i like it. now i have excuses for out of focus n blurry shots.
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    I too share the best of both but not combining manual with auto

    I'm using a Nikon D50 with a Sigma 18-200mm AF
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    a Nikon FE2 with a Vivitar 28-90mm MF

    Love both Cameras though

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    Hmph. I think I like the manual ones more. I still have my dad's yashica... But my wife think I take too long to compose and focus using the MF. Haha. Hence, I use my D70s, and AF to take pictures of her.

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    I m trying to return to the good old days when i use only a manual slr and 50mm lens to take pictures. Nowadays i have so much trouble deciding what lens to use or buy. So the best compromise i think is a dslr with one manual or autofocus prime lens. No need to change lens or zoom also.
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    i've recently, okay maybe not so recent anymore, switched from a digital P&S to a film SLR.

    i found that the film SLR has more "feel" to it. as in you really put more time and effort into composing your shots properly and then after you click the shutter you'll just like "woah. i captured an image". whereas for digital P&S and dSLRs alike, they're kinda like "aiyah just anyhow click, anyway the frames are machiam free like that."

    and film is more tangible, you get to see your negatives and after you finish one roll of film, you wait for it to develop and look at your results. compared to the dSLR, you get instant review and "developing", its good for commercial use and purpose but it feels to me that it somehow lacks the "spirit of photography"? i wouldn't define what the "spirit of photography" is, but i think those who switched from film to digital and vice versa should know.

    for me, a dSLR will always be a tool for commercial use, but an analogue SLR or any camera that uses film will always be the choice for photography as a hobby.

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    It's probably nice to have the best of both worlds. The DSLR is certainly a practical and very fast tool and I use it for fast action/ animal shots. For ultra-WA stuff and things that allow me the time to think and find the composition, I prefer an old manual focus camera. Plus, the latter feels a lot more solid in the hands, and I don't mind getting a little sweat and dirt on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michhy
    sometimes questions like these makes me wonder if sports stars ever gets so obsessed with their gear? like Michael Jordan checking out the various types of basketball nets, things like that?
    Yep, but I bet he spends a lot of time choosing what shoes to wear. Or perhaps he doesn't. He just wears the one made by the company that pays him the most. We, unfortunately do not have that luxury. If any companies would pay me to use their top of the range item, why, I'd probably just use it...save me the time of thinking about what I like and what I should use.

    Sponsorship rules.

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    I own a small range of Kodak Retina series folding camera. They are at least 60yr old. Like the mechanism, simply smooth & flawless. The quality of the lens is great (without any coating), picture is sharp, colour is contrasty & vivid. Body is of soild built (steel material) & small(slim) enough to fit into pocket.
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    I realised that many shots have turned out blur cos of out of focus due to small viewfinder and lack of no focusing aid. I wonder if its worth it going from autofocus to manual. Its worse than using a manual camera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by antitrust
    i've recently, okay maybe not so recent anymore, switched from a digital P&S to a film SLR.

    i found that the film SLR has more "feel" to it. as in you really put more time and effort into composing your shots properly and then after you click the shutter you'll just like "woah. i captured an image". whereas for digital P&S and dSLRs alike, they're kinda like "aiyah just anyhow click, anyway the frames are machiam free like that."

    and film is more tangible, you get to see your negatives and after you finish one roll of film, you wait for it to develop and look at your results. compared to the dSLR, you get instant review and "developing", its good for commercial use and purpose but it feels to me that it somehow lacks the "spirit of photography"? i wouldn't define what the "spirit of photography" is, but i think those who switched from film to digital and vice versa should know.

    for me, a dSLR will always be a tool for commercial use, but an analogue SLR or any camera that uses film will always be the choice for photography as a hobby.
    It's all in your attitude.. You can shoot with DSLR the same way as you would shoot film and you will get the same. When I first switched to DSLR, it became very tempting to look at the preview everytime. After I know how the image sensor behaves, I just shoot like I'm shooting film.

    The most useful feature is that for critical shots, I get to verify the focus.

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    I finally discovered scale focusing. I just focus using distance scale on the lens. No need to turn the focusing ring back and forth so much anymore.

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