Best Pictures Are Some of Humanity‚Äôs Worst Moments

•September 30, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Title says it all really. Wired has an interview with conflict photographer Moises Saman. Well worth a read.


Dear Ricoh…

•September 12, 2013 • Leave a Comment

It seems every year brings with it advancements in camera technology that push closer to the ideal (not quite sure what the ideal is, but everyone has an opinion).

Olympus’s OMD EM1 looks to be a very good camera. A robust workhorse that could handle a lot of scenarios. Sony’s forthcoming NEX FF might be everyones’ dream. But it may not have IBIS, it will have lots of tech I don’t need, and, judging on past cameras, it won’t be finessed as it will probably try to do too much.

My ideal setup would be mirrorless, IBIS, great support for M mount lenses, and come in a variety of form factors and sensor sizes. One need is for a robust high performing travel gear, APS-C or m43 sensor to keep size down and performance up for weddings, events, sports, wildlife, macro etc. Another would be for a mirrorless full frame camera for slower more considered natural light shooting, optimised to work with manual lenses. And the third a video-centric body and video-centric sensor, yep use a different sensor to the camera bodies not shoehorn an existing one to save money.

I think the EM1 will cover one side, I’m not sure the NEX FF will quite solve its corner. And for video if Black Magic can sort out the teething and supply problems the Pocket Camera looks great. m43 looks better by the year, though of course not full frame. And it does look like Sony is trying fill all this across the board themselves, including m43 with its 40% stake.

So in Ricoh terms, a mirrorless K5 with a new short flange distance mount, on sensor PDAF, IBIS, and lenses to make optimal use of PDAF and CDAF for both fast and accurate continuous AND single shot focussing. With support for K mount PDAF via an adapter as per Olympus. A tad bigger full frame GXR + M mount + IBIS + in built best there is EVF as a single camera combined would be great. And for the third part it is V-I-D-E-O its been around for a while now. Embrace the cinema standards that are out there, or buy Black Magic.

Oh and cheap… oh and by the end of the year… oh and can I be involved in the testing ūüôā

Given all this though I think there is still an oppotunity for Ricoh to make an impact. They must have stuff in the pipe-line and I hope they pause and take stock of what the competition is doing. What they do next will be the decisive moment for Ricoh.

A Question of Clarity

•August 9, 2013 • Leave a Comment

The intriguing post by photographer Ming Thein entitled “A Question of Clarity” explores our perception of reality and how it impacts on photography.¬† As good as this article is the comments that it has generated are fascinating.¬† One of the comments links an statement by Picasso on the subject which itself is well worth a read.

Eric Kim Articles

•May 2, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Eric Kim is an international street photographer who has a passion for travelling and teaching. As well as being a talented photographer he’s written a great many articles on street photography that are well worth a read. Here’s a couple that caught my eye:

10 Lessons William Klein has taught me about Street Photography

5 Lessons Daido Moriyama has taught me about Street Photography

New Micro Color Splitter from Panasonic

•February 4, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Panasonic have developed a new technology which will lead to significant improvement in digital camera performance, Micro Color Splitters. 
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Organic Compound Sensors

•January 26, 2013 • Leave a Comment

New research by Technische Universit√§t M√ľnchen (TUM) has led to a break through in organic sensors that could be used in cameras in the future. Upto three times more sensitive to light then current CMOS sensors, simpler and cheaper to produce the research into the use of an organic photoactive layer rather than silicon photodiodes may lead to a real step up in performance in cameras and other devices. The process also makes the production of sensors sensitive to other parts of the spectrum, such as infra-red, commercially feasible.

Ricoh GR Digital V to go APS-C?

•January 21, 2013 • Leave a Comment

The rumour mill churns again, the guys at Petapixel have info that the Ricoh’s next GRD will be given an APS-C sized sensor.¬† It’s just the vaguest of rumours, but on the back of recent patents you never know. Fingers crossed, fingers crossed.