So I spent... well, the time starting around March of the year until very recently not doing much shooting, not doing much editing, etc. Now, some of this was because of silly drama completely unrelated to photography, but I had some conversations, made some daring moves, etc. and took care of that stuff but photography was still not happening.
I fear the writing has been on the wall there for a while. It sucks, however. While Fuji makes the best and most popular slide films for normal use, Kodak's slide films were always my favorite to crossprocess with.
I've been putting off purchasing radio slaves for a long long time. Because I know that the cheap eBay ones kinda suck but I don't want to pay for a proper high-end PocketWizard.
Thankfully, PocketWizard has been competing with the cheap imports the right way. Thus, as time goes on, it becomes more and more likely that I'll just buy a few Plus III's to supplant my existing suite of optical triggers.
Kodak's camera business has been losing money for a long long time. With the decline of P&S cameras and rise in good-enough cellphone cameras, this trend is just going to continue.
One of my friends asked what Kodak will continue to make. I told her that Kodak will still make film, to which she replied that she thought Kodak got out of the film biz. As it turns out, right now Kodak's film business is profitable.
The Olympus OM series was a classic 35mm system that never got as popular as it might have been because Olympus completely missed the boat about autofocus. On the other hand, it offered something different from the rest of the lineup... a tiny body and great ergonomics.
Even though I scoff at the cloyingness of the retro styling, you can't deny that my E-P3 is a really sexy piece of camera hardware and that it draws your eye for that reason and that this E-M5 is going to give you exactly the same reaction.'
I'm probably the only person who really really cares, but I want the "Live Bulb" mode.
I try to avoid strictly duplicating any one particular artist or influence. Because that's just not fun. But it's quite daft to try and insist that you are fully original. Because, honestly, to go on about how original you are and how nobody else is like you is quite pretentious...
I love my EP-3. Very much. And not very long after I got it, it turns out there's a giant pile of fiscal irregularities going on at Olympus and now the company might be in deep trouble, for reasons unrelated to actual photographic stuff selling or not selling.
I'm having a bit of a gut check. If Olympus were gone tomorrow, the EP-3 is still a great camera and Panasonic still makes gear for the mount. So, at least, for the time being, I'm going where I've been going.