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  •  Yeah but... (16+ / 0-)

    In 30 years as a newspaperman, I never went anywhere without a camera.
    But just yesterday I missed a great shot of a flight of geese taking off because by the time my digital camera warmed up and was ready to shoot they had flow off.
    Guess it's time to load up the Nikon F with Tri-X, and get used to lugging around a couple more pounds.

    •  Or get a DSLR... (11+ / 0-)

      I think technically the power-up time on mine is .4 seconds, which I refer to by the less-technical term "instant." An entry-level body is actually fairly cheap, and if you're careful it will work with all your old F mount lenses. (The bottom-line nikons don't have an autofocus motor, so watch for that).

      •  Shutter lag of .4 sec is awful . (2+ / 0-)
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        Leica M3 16ms
        Leica M7 12ms
        .4 = 400ms ?

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        by indycam on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 09:27:56 AM PST

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        •  I think it was power up .4 sec from cold start nt (1+ / 0-)
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          by Mentatmark on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 09:45:56 AM PST

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          •  So your walking along (2+ / 0-)
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            and you want to grab a shot ,
            you need to start up the camera
            unless you always have it "on" ?

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            by indycam on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 10:01:04 AM PST

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            •  Not shutter lag, power on. (2+ / 0-)
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              For me, the .4s is faster than my "draw" time, so by the time I've got it to my eye it's on.  I suppose as a photo journalist you may be quicker on the draw than me :-P

              If you wanted to leave it on all the time you could do that too, the battery drain while it's not actively using the sensor is negligible.

              My reference point is the D7000, a consumer-level camera which costs about 1/6th of the M7. If you need more speed and you're looking to spend Leica money, either go for the leica or get one of the pro-level Nikon bodies...

              The rangefinders will always beat an SLR design in terms of shutter lag, since they don't need to swing a mirror out of the way.  But as between your Nikon F and a DSLR, I'm pretty sure the current crop of DSLRs are on par. (Of course, if you factor in that you've already got the F, it might come out ahead :-D)

              •  My D5100 is the same (3+ / 0-)
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                I use a BlackRapid sling. My trigger finger hits the power on as I bring it up.

                I wish I had spent the extra $400 to get the D7000, but at the time that $400 was the difference between being able to afford to go to NOLA for the second anti-ALEC protest with some camera or having the weather proof better AF and processor camera and no anti-ALEC photos.

                Waiting to see what the replacement(s) for the D7000 and D300 look like. The D5100 will end up a backup body. DX for now, FX maybe later...

                Started with a twin lens reflex in the early seventies, 620 film. Then to 35mm. I have wound my share of spools...

                You have to love larger format, but it is out of my price range in digital.

                Just your average every day Autistic hillbilly/biker/activist/union steward with an engineering degree.

                by Mentatmark on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 12:42:37 PM PST

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              •  For a very long time I was repairing cameras (2+ / 0-)
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                I did it for a living , I have a pretty good handle on whats what .
                You can get near zero shutter lag out of a IIIa , cheap .

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                by indycam on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 07:01:05 PM PST

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    •  Last night I (14+ / 0-)

      dreamed I was trying to buy a roll of Ektachrome in a drugstore, and the clerk had no idea...

      "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

      by happy camper on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 07:18:17 AM PST

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    •  It was a sad day when the camera (1+ / 0-)
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      love of my life died. It was a silly little Canon Powershot film camera that I could whip out of a pocket, put it up to my ear, turn on and take a (good!) picture with before anybody even register that there was a camera. I have yet to find it's digital equal.
      Can you still get film processed? Does it now cost more or less?

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      by Audri on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 09:58:53 AM PST

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      •  Yes, you can still get film processed (1+ / 0-)
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        Although I mostly use photography service providers, not drugstores or big box stores. So far I have not noticed any massive increase in processing prices, but getting prints from these guys has always been pricey. If processing negative film I usually get just an index print anyway. I think most places that process film these days for the general public process the film then run it through a scanner to make digital prints, and maybe even deliver a CD/DVD with or without negatives.

        The biggest effect has been the number of processors has decreased dramatically. Fortunately I live in Colorado which is just chock full of photographers so the market is still decent for photo retailers. In some areas I wouldn't be surprised to hear processing needs to be done by mail.

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