Autumn in the Black Country


It may seem to be a bit of an anti-climax to be in the Black Country after spending a week in Scotland, but there’s a lot to appreciate here too! In mid-November, there are some signs of climate change, in that my magnolias have still got most of their leaves on them (see above), and it really is not yet worth raking up those leaves that have fallen, especially as the council green collection has finished for this year. Also, there has been quite a lot going on around the BCLM (Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day Service etc) and Priory Park. On the camera side, I really do not subscribe to the current obsession with Full Frame cameras. The technology has advanced so much in the last few years that FF corresponds to MORE than what was ‘medium format’ in the days of film ( I did use medium format film cameras sometimes in those days, and the quality was better than 35mm of that time, but part of the reason for using it was that it forced me to work more slowly, and thoughtfully, which is certainly not the case with today’s cameras). How do you use your images? Most of mine end up on the web, or A3+ prints at the maximum, and a reasonably good 16M sensor is more than adequate for this. I’ve just been asked to do an A2 print from an image captured on a micro 4/3 camera, at around 800 ISO, and I really don’t think I needed any other camera for this. Of course a few of my old images were printed at a size of over 6 FEET, from a 6M sensor camera, and were acceptable for the intended use (i.e. at a realistic viewing distance). So personally I regard the APS size sensor as more than adequate for ANYTHING I may need, as are the best micro four thirds ones. Indeed, perhaps the 1 inch sensors may be the way forward – maybe Nikon should be really pushing on Nikon 1, rather than promoting FF, and ignoring pro/prosumer APS.  Lens availability/quality may be more important than sensor size/MP, and micro 4/3 wins easily in this respect compared with other less than FF sensors. Nikon could well steal a march by doing a lot more with the Nikon 1 and lenses, rather than getting cold feet. With the greatest respect to FF camera users, I do think that for some (obviously not all, of course no one who will read this, and there are pros who really need what these cameras offer), a lot of the current FF marketing is just hype, and status-seeking (my camera is bigger than yours).

About Mike Hessey

I'm a BOF (Boring Old Fellow) and MOS (Miserable Old Soul) whose main interests are photography, cycling, walking and computers. Regrettably recent problems with my legs, back and heart have reduced the cycling and walking.
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