Archive for April, 2007


“Anything worth doing, is worth overdoing.”

As I continue to explore my new coffee machine, I dropped by God how I love the internet. There is a page for everyone, and these guys are serious about their coffee. Anyway, I started to read an article by Karl Brown, and soon found the best life motto I have seen so far:

Anything worth doing, is worth overdoing.

That is something I can relate to. It is only the necessity to be accepted as a normal person by my surroundings that keeps me from living it to the full. Espessially true when you live together with someone.

Oh, the coffee is improving. I’m still on a fairly high daily dose, but I think I’m out of danger of overdosing now.


A rainy day

A rainy day. Fantastic light



Too much coffee man

My trusty old cheap plastic espresso machine gave in the other day. It was a plastic toy from deLonghi which served me surprisingly well for 5 years. But three days ago it was no more, so I went out to get a new one. Since I’m older now, and drink more coffee, I went one step up the ladder and bought a Gaggia Coffee. Really nice machine, well built and produces fine espresso. There was some breaking in of course. Not of the machine, but the operator (me). The only problem with a new machine is that my espresso consumption has tripled or so. I guess it will go back to normal once the first thrill is worn out. In the mean time, I just read a couple of “Too Much Coffee Man” while I wait for my hands to stop shaking.


Another go at the last picture

Did some more processing at the last picture. I think it is better now, but I have to print it and look at it for a couple of days to be sure.


And what’s this nonsense about need for upgrade

If you own a digital camera today, and think the image quality is superb, it will still be superb in 5 years. Of course there will be equipment available that can produce even better images, but that doesn’t make your camera any worse. As far as I know, film cameras don’t change over time either. Yes, the film can be improved, but let’s face it, that won’t happen anymore. And if you talk to B&W photographers, half of them seems to be stuck at Tri-X. Even a “modern” B&W film like the T-Max has been around for at least 20 years. And the Velvia is also still going strong. How many years?? Must be around 20 for that one too.

So, a film camera will produce the same picture quality 5 years from now, and so will my dSLR. Only difference is the price which is much higher for film cameras (see the previous post).


Is digital really more expensive than film

This morning, I gave the cost involved in photography a bit of a thought. Quite recently, there was a brief discussion over at Photo Musing about the cost of digital photo equipment vs the old film cameras. Actually, the discussion was about something else, but Mike O’Donoghue made some assumptions that I really disagreed with. Just to amuse myself (or make me cry if the results were bad), I made a small comparison of the shooting cost for each. I took care to not use my own equipment in case the results would be disturbing, in fact, I used a different brand than I own. I made it all i Norwegian kroner, but you can divide by approx 6.5 to get USD.

So, here’s the deal:

Say you want a decent equipment, but not top of the line. You want a Nikon D200. As good as a pro camera, but the price is not that bad. Then you want some high quality zoom lenses that covers wide angle to tele, but not necessarily the extremes. Of course a couple of flash cards and a bag.

Nikon D200: 12500kr
17-55 f:2.8: 12000kr (pretty expensive, but you want the best)
70-200 f:2.8: 16000kr

Bag: 1500kr
CF cards: 1000kr

misc: 1000kr

Oh, of course, you don’t really own a computer, and you need some software, so you’ll by an iMac and Lightroom

iMac: 12000kr
Lightroom: 1500kr

All this adds up to … Oh, lets say 60000kr. There is always something more you want.

So, lets have a look at the film variant.
It’s difficult to find a decent film camera these days, but on the used marked, you find a bargain at say 3000kr. Top notch, bought just before the digital era kicked in. Still need some lenses

Camera (used): 3000.-
24-85 f:2.8-4: 7000.-
70-200 f:2.8: 16000.-
Bag: 1500.-
misc: 1000.-

Don’t need a computer or software now, so this should be around … Lets say 30000kr.
Oooo, half the price, what did I think of buying all that digital equipment.

But wait, I need film.
A high quality positive film cost about 90kr, and high quality development about 60kr. Then you need the frames and somewhere to store them.Of course, you wouldn’t keep all your shots, but still more than just the top 10%. Say you keep around half of them, and each kept frame cost about 3kr to frame and store. So each shot would then cost you about 5.70kr.

How much do you really shoot each year. You’re a serious amateure, and if you use digital equipment you make around 6000 exposures each year. Film photographers aren’t usually that trigger happy, but maybe 4000 on film. The digital adds very little extra cost. Hard disk is cheap. These 6000 exposures will maybe add up to 100-200kr in storage. while the film (brace yourself), 22800.-

So, in just one year, the film camera is equal to the digital, and the digital camera will probably last for 3-5, maybe longer. And remember, you keep the lenses, so the next time you need to upgrade, it’s just the camera.

So the conclusion must be that the old fashioned film equipment is only cheaper if you don’t take pictures. Once you start to use it, the cost will escalate.


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