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I’m trying something different for this year. Well, different in the "practical" sense. Rather than start another 365 project, I’m doing a one-focal length project; this is a variation on a project introduced by TOP where he spent a year with a single camera learning the fundamentals of photography. Essentially, whenever I’m shooting, I’ll only shoot at 35mm for every photo.

Since I like to jump between film, digital and the like, I’m going to restrict myself to 35mm shots only. One: because it is nice and wide. Two: it is the traditional "reportage" focal length. Three: all of the cameras I own can accomplish this length.

Well, minus my phone which is, I think, 20mm.

That last part is key as it means I can take any camera I want.

As an adjunct, I’ll be trying to shoot at minimum, one roll of film a month. This is more for fun and the challenge of shooting manually than anything but, also, my film cameras are so much smaller than my Nikon, which has been hurting my back lately. So, tertiary goal = less back pain.

Side goals for the year include keeping a food and exercise diary. I’m going to build this into abmann.net tonight so I can automate most of the tracking.

The first will likely be project.abmann.net and the second fatty.abmann.net. These will not be cross-posting to LJ unless something eat there applies to my photography/life blog stuffs but you can grab the feeds from the respective sites when they’re up.

Lastly, new Russian camera tomorrow! I bought a Kiev because I swapped the FED cameras for them. I collect the FED/Zorki line which a Leica copies. The Kiev is a Contax copy but, when I bought it, I thought the FED was the Contax and vice-versa. Oops? Guess I have to collect the Contax copies too now.

I need to build a spreadsheet of the cameras I collect to avoid this sort of screw-up in the future.

Hooray for 2011!

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six_dollar_baby From: six_dollar_baby Date: January 2nd, 2011 08:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
so you are a photo person who uses a nikon...i am researching digital slr cameras, and have basically decided i want a nikon d70s (reportedly reliable, easy for a beginner to digital slr photography, and reasonably priced.) just looking for some advice from a camera nerd. what do you use? what do you recommend and why? any warnings about nikons?
abmann From: abmann Date: January 2nd, 2011 08:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
The camera I'd recommend depends more on what you intend to do with it. I'm partial to Nikon, sure, but it may not be best for you. :). So- what kind of photos do you intend on taking? Low light? Landscapes? People? Street? Regular about-town?

I bought the D90 because of it's low-light performance. I HATE using flash so it plus a fast lens means I can shoot club scenes and night light with ease.

I bought Nikon because my mother shot Nikon. I've come to appreciate their optical quality across lenses though. All their lenses are great, especially their current kit lenses.
six_dollar_baby From: six_dollar_baby Date: January 2nd, 2011 08:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
i do covet the d90 (i work for Consumers Digest Magazine, and spent several hours researching the d90 for our recent Best Buy on dslrs) but i'm not quite ready for its price tag. i've also been looking at the d50 because it's backwards compatible with my old film slr nikon lenses.

low-light concert scenes are a big part of what i do, as well as a great deal of landscape shooting, particularly in winter and evening, so low-light capacity is important.
abmann From: abmann Date: January 2nd, 2011 08:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
If that's what you're after, consider a full frame camera which will give much better high iso, low light performance in general. So that's the D700 or maybe the Sony Alpha line which is relatively inexpensive conpared to other full-frame options. I think the quality of the Alpha series is lower than even entry-level Nikons; better than entry-level Canons though.

The D90 is running about $700 right now since it was "replaced" by the D7000. It's cheaper than the 7000 kit but will likely be slightly less quality for low light because of general tech advancements you'll get in the 7000.

Still, hardly a bad choice.

One more thing about Sony: I think the lenses are sub par and would suggest getting Signa lenses instead.
six_dollar_baby From: six_dollar_baby Date: January 2nd, 2011 08:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
thank you!
abmann From: abmann Date: January 2nd, 2011 09:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Let me know what you choose! And post some unboxing photos. :)
ntv From: ntv Date: January 2nd, 2011 08:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
take d90 instead
ntv From: ntv Date: January 2nd, 2011 08:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
eem, so
happy new year
abmann From: abmann Date: January 2nd, 2011 08:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Happy new year!
annan_dum From: annan_dum Date: January 3rd, 2011 05:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Good goals, they sound sure to bolster creativity and health.
My resolutions are to only embrace one new project per quarter (that's at work, where I am notorious for biting off more than I can chew), and to donate blood as often as reasonably possible.
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