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Business / Philosophy of Photography Taking pics is one thing, but understanding why we take them, what they mean, what they are best used for, how they effect our reality -- all of these and more are important issues of the Philosophy of Photography. One of the best authors on the subject is Susan Sontag in her book "On Photography."

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Old 11-09-2017   #81
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repairing old lenses or just opening them to clean has become a hobby of mine. Once I had scored a rather rare and to me also rather dear Voigtlaender Color Heliar SL f2.5/75mm, relatively cheap because it came in Canon breech mount.
I thought that one inner element might have a slight haze and decided to try cleaning it. It was a simple setting, me "on the road" in Asia sitting on a tiled floor, and there it happenend: An inner element fell out and on the floor and the glass chipped on one side!
Man, was I furious about myself and my stupidity! Since then I only open a lens if it really is necessary, and always use a soft surface to be working on, usually on top of a plastic plate that also would catch any small parts like screws falling out.
Resale value dropped considerably but now I shall keep it anyway. Luckily I can't detect any problems in performance! I guess because the chipped glass element is about in the middle of the lens. I guess it might lead to some reflections under certain circumstances. What do you think? Could it be that the chipped element really does not or hardly compromises performance?
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Old 11-09-2017   #82
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For the digital users among us - I've forgotten to re-set film simulations, contrast settings, and exposure compensation too many times to want to try to remember! Oh, and when I tried to take a picture of my photo-jounalist son, I forgot the flash won't work on my Fuji X-t2 when the shutter's set to electronic.
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Old 11-09-2017   #83
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One complete roll in Mexico. It was actually in the camera but I neglected to slot it. The great thing about that failure is the film window shows you what film you haven't slotted.
Sweet. To complete the catastrophe I hope you then rewound so the unused film was inaccessible in the canister.
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Old 11-09-2017   #84
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Sweet. To complete the catastrophe I hope you then rewound so the unused film was inaccessible in the canister.
Ah, but don't you have a film leader retriever?
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Old 11-10-2017   #85
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I misloaded my M6 last month. I still can't believe I was that clumsy having been a Leica user for 20 years. Normally after I replace the bottom plate I would wind on a bit and see if the rewind lever moves which means the gears are catching. I should have looked if the lever moved every frame.
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Old 11-10-2017   #86
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* on holldiay in Paris, in Jardin du Luxembourg I misloaded my F3 and took some great shots of my kids playing there, people playing petanque etc. I totally forgot to check the winding-a thing that I always do...
*I regret selling my Pentax 67 with 105mm 4 years ago for €300-they are selling for much more now!
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