Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Coretta Scott King

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The passing today of Coretta Scott King, for me, seems to be the end of an era for civil rights. Now that the pioneers of the civil rights movement are aging and dying, who will take over?
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NPR news link
above images from:
Academy of Achievement
The King Center

As I update and edit this there is a soundbyte of MLK's Drum Major Instinct speech playing, from the King Center website, while Soma.fm plays LTJ Bukem's Moodswings. At first I thought it was part of the song, but then I remembered seeing the speech written on the top of the King Center page. It was wonderful.

New Camera

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Not being able to get good batteries for my aging Nikon Coolpix 3500, I bought a new camera, yesterday. Having seen video clips and stills shot by Chris Webb from his trip to France, I got the same camera Chris has: the Panasonic DMC-LX1.

It's a really sweet little camera, nice features, big LCD screen, Leitz glass and a metal body that has some weight to it. I still have to get a few other things for it, an SD card that can write faster and possibly an image tank to store photos. A bit more expensive than another card, but I think it's functionality will be worth it.

I went to dpreview.com to check out other cameras, but the
DMC-LX1 seemed to have most of the features that I wanted. It's also one of the few cameras that has an optional 16x9 aspect ratio. As Chris pointed out, it can make a nice director's viewfinder and storyboard tool. It has a 28mm equivalent wide end and 112mm equivalent tele end. There are lots of image controls,including being able to shoot raw and tiff images. Two of the best features that make me very happy are manual exposure and manual focus controls.

I wanted to get a Kodak Camera, having gone to school at RIT, but there wasn't a camera they made that fit the bill.

Monday, January 30, 2006

F-ing Zeiss

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That sweet Zeiss glass is now available in the Nikon F mount. I'm a little behind in writing this, but I'm still quite excited. I think the 85mm f/1.4 would be great, that's my favorite portrait lens.

Right now there is a 50 and the 85, but there isn't any info on the other lenses. I see a Makro-Planar, behind the 50 and a Distagon. I'm going hazard that the
Distagon is a 35 f/1.4 and that the Makro-Planar is the 60mm f/2.8, though it looks to be a bit short to be the 60.

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