Al, that is pretty much the way I see it, except I can't
quite see going back to a rangefinder with fixed lens. I've been an SLR
fan since the 1950's. The ability to see exactly what is in the frame,
and now being able to zoom a pretty wide range is the creative tool I'm
addicted to. All I can do is get the lightest, quality unit I can. Mine
is the Pentax ZX-5N/MZ-5N, with a 28-105 lens. When there is a 3MP
substitute back for it, I might try to afford it. In the meantime, the
film scanner is the best treatment. I
AM sold on the
At 03:28 PM 06/30/2001, you wrote:
> However, there is no way I could use a D-1x, or an F-5 and a
> set of lenses, etc., without pain and suffering.
> I visited Michael Reichmann's web site yesterday (not sure about
> the spelling) wherein he claims that the Canon D30 produces a
> better image, all around, than a Provia slide, shot on an
> and scanned on an Imacon at 3200 dpi.
I recently decided I needed a smaller "take it with me at all
times" camera as I simply
wasn't using my SLR enough and bought an old Minolta CLE
rangefinger. Nice sharp
lens (with the option of using other Leica or new Voigtlander lenses as
well), small and
light - and great fun to use. I'm sure there is already digital kit
that can get close to
the quality but not without much more bulk - or without making a bigger
dent in the
bank balance (even allowing for the cost of a scanner).
And a lot of classic camera gear holds its value more than consumer grade
Don't get me wrong, I like new toys as much as anyone else and have been
each generation of digicams that come out but nothing yet has the right
compactness, quality and value to mak me bite.