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The Online Photographer: The Remarkable Persistence of 24x36
Cracking piece of... technology history and perspective, I guess, from Mike Johnston: a history of the 35mm film frame size, the things that threatened to unseat it, the ways it bounced back, and the ways other inventions embedded it in history. A really good Total Perspective Vortex of the history of a technology.
cameras  film  photography  history  culture  technology 
10 weeks ago by infovore
Ben Bashford - Notebook of Things
"These are clearly black market frankenproducts - made from a combination of surplus mobile phone components and car alarm key rings. I wonder how much they actually cost to manufacture. I wonder if the bits are stolen." Ben Bashford on the magic of Shanzai. And, of course, when a video camera is eight pounds, it's no longer precious, and you start doing weird things with it: Youtube is full of examples.
shanzai  cameras  china  manufacturing  product 
february 2011 by infovore
The Online Photographer: Quote o' the Day
"The move during the past 10 years or so has been from cameras being precision mechanical devices to molded polycarbonate containers for electronic components. This has meant a lowering of overall physical quality. What one gets in terms of features, functions and image quality is higher than ever before, but the satisfaction of owning and using a high quality mechanical and optical device has for the most part evaporated. Only the top models within any brand produce a tactile satisfaction and please one's esthetic sense." The quotation is from Michael Reichmann; the discussion that follows is as thoughtful as usual from TOP's readers.
quality  manufacturing  photography  cameras  satisfaction  enjoyment 
july 2010 by infovore

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