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OMG! The most amazing "must see" photos!

Clive Maxfield
10/17/2012 01:56 PM EDT

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Max The Magnificent
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Max The Magnificent   10/18/2012 2:56:35 PM
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I don't know what it is, but I keep on coming back to look at them again and again and again...

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David Ashton   10/18/2012 7:36:38 PM
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@Vic - yeah I still have all my old Olympus gear, I could get full frame of anything from the moon to a 2mm long water bug. I often wonder why no one has got into making digital backs for the old cameras. Most of the Olympus OM series had removable backs, so it shouldn't be that difficult to make a replacement back with a digital sensor and all the electonics to go with it.

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Paul512   10/18/2012 9:34:13 PM
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Max, the comparison with digital photography is a little unfair - 4x5" film is huge, hence the quality. You don't get images like that with 35mm film. David, there are digital backs for cameras, particularly medium format, but they are extremely expensive.

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Max The Magnificent   10/18/2012 9:39:30 PM
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I hang my head in shame (sad face at being chastised)

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David Ashton   10/18/2012 10:11:10 PM
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@Paul - I don't think it's that unfair a comparison - digital has still not been able to achieve the quality of these pics in my opinion - so where is the progress? I've blown up a sharp 35mm Kodachrome 25 to a 16x20 inch Cibachrome print and it's still pin sharp. Ref digital backs - thanks for that - I am sure they would make them for things like Hasselblads, but do you know if anyone's done one for Olympus OM cameras? Expensive maybe, but compared to the cost of replacing all my lenses it probably would look good. I've thought about getting one of the better digital SLRs - Olympus or maybe Canon - and getting an adapter ring for my Olympus OM lenses - but money's too tight even for that at the moment.... :-(

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seaEE   10/19/2012 4:05:24 AM
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Good old floppies. At my last job I kept one in my desk, and every once in awhile if an engineer stopped by to discuss something and the conversation turned to data, I'd pull the 5-1/4" floppy out while trying to integrate it into the conversation as if it were a thumb usb drive. Always got a laugh. But good point--I've got a laptop and another pc a few feet away at home, and neither could read any kind of floppy. I wonder how much safer our data will be in the "cloud"?

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Max The Magnificent   10/19/2012 12:32:20 PM
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Have you ever read the science fiction story "A Fire Upon the Deep?" It's set way in the future at the edge of the galaxy, but it starts with people data mining old databases and stuff... I can imagine "archaeologists" from 1000 years in the future wrestling with old data bases trying to mine information out of them...

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gsartori   10/20/2012 8:19:05 PM
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Have you ever used a professional DSLR Like the Nikon D800? I guess not or you would see it differently

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Max The Magnificent   10/22/2012 2:43:47 PM
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Sadly not -- maybe one day :-)

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vsouthard   11/1/2012 12:25:13 AM
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Got to agree with you, I have good quality 35mm cameras and glass that work well, and medium format Mamiya body and lenses that are tack sharp high quality glass. Adapting a digital back to a camera body that was made to take different sized formats and backs would not have been difficult, and the digital sensors would take advantage of the quality construction and sharpness of the existing cameras.

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