There seem to be quite a few Photographer based Documentaries in the works at the moment!
Just seen (via Photo Archive News) that there’s one about Don McCullin showing in London at the moment! May go and see. Although there are a few conflict photography films I have on DVD but yet to watch e.g. Bang Bang Club.
I only realised that Don McCullin was still alive a year or so ago. Since then I’ve :
- Been to see his exhibition at the Imperial war museum which was very impressive – including his famous Nikon which stopped a bullet.
- Just got his autobiography this Christmas (but not read yet) : “Unreasonable Behaviour: An Autobiography”.
- And also realised I’ve lived a couple of streets away from where he grew up in Finsbury Park
Anyway – I have lot of respect for the guy – not just because of photography skill – but how he talks with compassion and emotion about how, what and why he photographed and also the effect it had on him.
Here’s a trailer:
Some prices for you. Hope this WordPress app uploads the full images. Edit: It didn’t but they’ve been uploaded. Clicm on picture for the full size.
Rumours are currently rife that the camera I’ve been waiting YEARS for may finally be with us – the update to the D700 i.e. D800.
Why do I want a new camera and why have I been waiting for so long ?
For those that aren’t camera boffins – generally the race for more and more Megapixels in SLRs slowed down considerably over the last couple of years – and instead camera/sensor manufacturers have been consentrating more on low-ligh or High-ISO performance i.e. making the images less grainy/noisy when you crank the ISO up. Recent cameras such as Nikon D3s have had phenomenal High-Iso performance – with next to no noise at ISO 1600+
(If you don’t know – the dots/bits in film was called grain as it was due to the film emulsion, but in digital cameras it’s generally called “noise” as it’s due to electronic interference or noise…. hmm not sure if I explained that V well )
Now I use a Nikon D200 – this camera was announced November 2005! That’s almost 6 years ago – aeons in DSLR terms.
Why didn’t I upgrade ?
Well the options were -
D300 – more of an update than an upgrade. Didn#’t want to spend my money for just a smaller update.
D300s – and update of an update – as above really
D700 – Although much better camera it still only had 12Mpx and I did fancy more, especially for studio work. And then later on as Video comes into the frey – D700 just doesn’t have video. Not that Video was top of my list – I’m not dying to take moving images – but I just didn’t want to loose out.
D3/D3s/D3x – Too big (+pricey). I want a small body D-SLR.
So in effect I’ve been waiting for a D700, with more Mpx, and Video.
So it seems it’s finally here:
But at 36Mpx (!!) it sounds like it’s more likely to be a baby updated D3x i.e. studio camera rather than a baby updated D3s – which is probably what would have suited me better.
My preference would be for a High-teens / low 20′s, small body camera with great High_ISO performance.
BUT I’ve been waiting so long for this – I’m damn right going to get it. So come November when allegedly it’s going to become available – I may be very very poor
Here’s crossing everything hoping that the Nikon announcements on/around the 24th make me happy.