iPhone camera request

The iPhone camera is good, and especially so in the latest iPhone4 incarnation.

But, the software shutter button sucks. A lot. It works well enough when you’re staring into the LCD, but many of the shots I take are without looking at the screen. Meaning it’s difficult to hit the shutter button without messing up composition.

2010-10-12 - photo.jpg

In a perfect world, I’d be able to [use one of the hardware buttons](http://www.geek.com/articles/apple/camera-app-gives-the-iphone-the-hardware-shutter-button-it-always-wanted-20100811/) as a shutter release. Failing that, a larger click target would be nice. I regularly accidentally flip into video mode, or switch to the front camera, or open the photo library, when fumbling to hit the button. The handy (and free) [GorillaCam app](http://joby.com/gorillacam/) handles this nicely (and offers some other great features, too), but the native camera app should be a bit more friendly to actually taking pictures in the field.

Fujifilm lust

I shot with a Fujifilm point-and-shoot 15 years ago, and with my trusted E510 just a few years ago. They were both nice little compact cameras. But Fujifilm’s new X100 is fracking gorgeous. It looks like it pulls the best of the old school 35mm camera designs, and mashes them into a full on decent digital camera. Metal case. Rings and controls that work when the camera is off. I love everything about this camera. Or at least the press release…


The case reminds me so much of the old Pentax Spotmatic. It’s a good thing the X100 is priced out of my budget (rumoured to be $1500-1700US, or about $1700 more than my camera budget), or I’d be picking one up ASAP.
If nothing else, I **really** hope this means we might see a shift away from plastic cases and cheapness. The old school of camera design blows away anything made in the last decade or so.

the analog family portrait

the cameras in my analog collection – there are a few miscellaneous other bits (flashes, lenses, etc…) but this is the good stuff. they just don’t make stuff like this anymore.

2010/01/23: We’re all collectors of something. Find an interesting way to display and make a photo of a collection today. #ds69

this is my camera.

there are many like it, but this one is mine.

my Canon XT has seen a lot of miles, and a lot of use and abuse. it’s been covered in sand, dipped in seawater, frozen in snow and ice. packed on my bike for over 10,000km of riding in all kinds of weather. the matte finish is worn off in all the right places.

it’s sporting the great Luma Loop, and the überfun Sigma 10-20mm ultrawide angle lens.

2010/01/20: Make your camera the star of the show today. Use another camera or mirror to put your camera in a photo of its own. #ds66

spotmatic @f/16

2009-12-16 - spotmatic

I finished off my first roll of film in my old Pentax Spotmatic SLR (my Dad picked it up at a rummage sale). It’ll be awhile before I can develop it, and the suspense is killing me. I still don’t have a battery in the camera, so I had to use a hand-held GE exposure meter to estimate exposure and aperture.

This camera makes such an awesome sound when the shutter is released. I’m loving everything about the camera – the craftmanship, build quality, the sick 50mm f/1.4 lens with pentaprism focus assist. Amazing. Especially considering the thing is older than I am.

2009/12/16: We live in a world of noise: squeaks, honks, laughter, etc. Make a photo of a noise maker you hear today. #ds31