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10 Moments in History That Changed Cameras (Picture This! Podcast)

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  1. You obviously need to make choices to avoid making this 4 hours long, but you essentially ignored Sony and Minolta from the whole timeline, even selecting the year of mirrorless as when Canon and Nikon joined the race, barely even mentioning Sony. Strange…

  2. Question for tony, with what apple/google know about computational photography, do you think they could offer that as a competitor to the adobe tools? And for that to work would digital cameras need gyroscope/accelerometer to get the same result?

  3. You referenced computational photography equations in this video. Do you see this migrating to the mirrorless world, and if so, how do you think it will advance those systems from today's standards?

  4. Over the next 10 yrs or so the dslr will only be used by pros & serious enthusiasts. Everyone else will be using their cellphones. Computational photography is the future. The future of the dslr better AF, electronic shutters, better noise control, better dynamic range and better ergonomics. Surely we must be getting close to adequate resolution on dslrs. The mechanical shutter will be gone in 10 yrs or less.

  5. I think the Canon 5D MKII was the first DSLR that could keep up with film and beyond that like 2010ish the Sony sensor that went into Nikon and Pentax cameras. That was a huge jump in digital.

  6. "Did we miss anything? Did we get anything wrong?" — Yes. You make out that Apple iPhone are the instigators of phone photography. Wrong. The inconvenient truth is that Apple only follows, and in this case it follows Android and in fact there was HTC and Nexus out before the iPhone. Many would argue that Googles' phone has the best camera in, especially from their Pixel line. Second point, phone cameras will never out do dedicated cameras, don't forget the size of the sensor. Put an iPhone (as your so fond of them) against a full frame mirrorless sensor size test and basically the full frame sensor is at least 50 times bigger. Computational photography could make its way into Mirrorless systems, that might be the next step forwards, however, computational photography in mobile phones is a work-around the fact that they have small sensors and very little in the way of quality glass on them.

  7. Oh and another error, (I think) is that Nikon F4 was their first auto focus camera, and without checking my facts, I think it came out in 1985 or 86, which is before the Canon EOS that you claim is the first auto focus SLR camera.

  8. The 35mm did not become “the standard” until after the Great Kendal train crash. (It also did not become known as, “full-frame” until after the APS-C format became the standard). It was always considered a toy for amateurs until that fateful day in 1957.

    It just so happened that one of the people on that excursion was a newspaper photographer, who like other newspaper photographers, worked with a 645 or a 6×7. However, he was not on this excursion as a job, but leisure, and took his “toy” 35mm. (I believe it was an Asahiflex, with the Pentaprism and instant-return mirror, but I an not certain of that).

    When the accident had happened, he was the only news photographer on the scene, and his photojournalism brain, eventually, kicked in. (It took awhile, as he was indeed grieving the deaths of friends and family, (and strangers), and it was dark to begin with, just before midnight. As fires were lit, and the dawn approached, he knew he had to document, but his 35mm was all he had at the time. He started shooting.

    He remembers that by the time other reporters came with their medium formats, (called, travel cameras, at the time), he had already covered just about everything. He also noticed that they had to change rolls more often than he, and had to be careful of sunlight while reloading, unlike he. He also carried more film, and a lighter load. (He had taken many rolls of film for the excursion, but during the events of the day, had not taken his camera out, choosing instead to enjoy time with family and friends, something he was glad to have done). His 35mm pictures were published across the British empire, and photojournalists moved towards this medium.

    It was that which drove Nikon to produce the Nikon F, and the lenses for it, primarily for the photojournalists, not the average consumer. This is how the 35mm first became a standard among professional photographers. Sure, their was Henri Cartier-Bresson, with his Leica, but he was in a genre by himself, a genre he developed, a genre others, for the most part, were not in, and most pros were still using 120/220 film, or 5×4 sheet film. Even in the 1970s-1980s, most pros, with the exception of news, sports, & wildlife photographers, were still using 120/220 film.

    So, no, NOT the standard for 92 years. It has been around for 92 years, but only the standard for a much more recent history.

  9. I had been using digital SLR cameras to make timelapse movies of wildlife (mostly sea turtles nesting) at night, using time exposures to gather enough light. The Sony A7s changed everything. With a Zhongyi 50mm F0.95 lens, I could shoot full motion video by moonlight. Because it can see in the dark better than my own eyes, I use it as a night vision device as well. I actually used it to navigate into a dark harbor at night when I could not see the channel markers with my own eyes but could see them when looking through the camera. Although I used SLRs and DSLRs extensively, I now use some handycams and some gopro clones. The A7s is the only big camera I still carry because it can see in the dark.

  10. A lot of these.. Like a a Canon autofocus are not a moment in history that changed cameras forever..
    If that were the case the Minolta Dynax 9000 was far more important as was the minolta 7D Digital SLR.

  11. IMHO(FWIW) I see a separation of "Social Media" activity from Photographic Art. The "Social Media" just need to be quick and easy. For photographic art the equipment will need to be the Photographer's Helper. Right now I'm using a 5DSr. I like the optical viewfinder. So far I've not used a digital viewfinder that I feel is "as good": the digital viewfinder seems a little — artificial.

  12. Can you please enter into your blog about Oscar Barnack using the first 35mm body as a laboratory divice for testing emulsion! Thinking it was for taking big photos from a small camera in landscapes is just too funny! It wasn't even a camera! Where is Fox Talbot's inclusion?

  13. One of ya’lls better episode (imho). I agree with Chelsea’s comment; “what now?”—(the future…)maybe a show of how will the new mounts will affect our media. When will connected mirrorless cameras introduce computational photography , like google phone and Apple…etc.

  14. Tony "when you were a nerd" ? Looks at your glass hanging from you tee shirt collar. Pulling the neck down out of shape. Chelsea you need to do a wardrobe check argue with Tony about what to do with his glasses for twenty minutes. lol But it is so funny when you critique pictures how this or that draws your eye in the wrong direction. I am not fashionable at all, still that kept drawing my eye.

  15. I believe the picture at 16:02 is real, but it is crap quality.
    The picture at 16:07 is 100% bullshit, the same way that they composite on monitors and screens in movies. Not only can the camera not take a picture that good in a single frame, it is faked.

  16. Mirrorless deserves to be on the list, but it should have been mentioned that the Micro Four Thirds were the 1st to the party & without their sucess there would be no R or Z mount cameras now! Nikon & Canon DID NOT want to change the status quo. Another obvious ommission was the Nikon D70. It's price to performance ratio led to the adoption of digital by those who otherwise thought it was too expensive and quality wasn't great. I rememeber having a D70, a D70 infrared converted in my camera bag along side my N90s and F3 (which had an AF version years before the EOS).

  17. My dad served in Occupied Japan in 1946. He signed up to replace our combat soldiers that made the big sacrifice. As a young person, he lived through the horrors of WWII from the sidelines. Sadly, the thought of the Pearl Harbor attack would never allow him to embrace any Japanese products.

  18. Allied occupation of Germany after WW2 also gave us two Carl Zeiss factory. Of course Carl Zeiss AG (Oberkochen) made top class lenses, but Carl Zeiss Jena (DDR) made beutiful lenses too, like iconic Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 75mm f/1.5 and other good lenses.

  19. Mirrorless is a fad at the moment.
    It’s not as fast focusing, battery life is significantly lower and, while I do believe it is the future, the future is not 2019.
    Maybe in a few more years as the tech advances I’ll change up but for now it’s DSLRs for me.

  20. Asahiflex : first japan slr and the world's first instant return mirror system
    asahi pentax :The first time a pentaprism has been used in the viewfinder of a single lens reflex
    first Film rewind crank

    Spotmatic : The world's first through-the-lens (TTL) metering system
    Pentax es : The world's first SLR camera with a TTL automatic-exposure control
    Takumar : The world's first Super Multi-Coated lenses
    The world's first light meter is invented
    pentax me super :The world's first camera to incorporate the concept of push-button shutter speed contro

  21. Two cameras were game changers for me. First was the Rollie B35 which combined a compact camera with great optics and allowed me to carry a camera that could take great photos everywhere I went.. I was a student at the time and my transport was a motorbike. This camera was bike friendly and I learned a lot about photography while using it. I produced better photos with it than my friends did with their SLRs. Second was the Sony Mavica of around 1999 which was the first digital camera that I found could take quite reasonable photos and save them onto a floppy disk and by carrying a supply of disks with the camera the number of photos were not limited by computer memory. I was developing a school website at this time and this was so easy to use along with my early Mac Computer.

  22. Leica invented the AF-camera and introduced the AF-camera in 1976. The real first 35mm AF-camera was indeed produced by Minolta in 1985 and not Canon 2 years later. This made me switch from the great Olympus OM-2n to Minolta. Minolta also invented TTL by the way.

  23. I remember the early 90´s. I wanted a picture gallery included on a home page. So I went out, took the pictures with a film camera, then got the film developed and photos on expensive 10×15 cm format, scanned them on a flatbed scanner, then reduced the 1 MB TIFF into a 200 kB JPG (incredible 256 colors out of 64k colors, yeah!) and a 3 kB preview picture (16 colors) to include it into the homepage. If someone clicked on the photo it took five minutes to load or even longer. Internet users just had 14 k modems in those days and ruined their bank accounts with telephone fees. That was the way it was done. Pictures were not optimized for quality or true colors or high resolution, no, they were optimized for fewer colors and smaller and higher compressed files that still looked somehow good.

  24. You´ve got something wrong: mirrorless cameras started long before 2018. iPhone and phone cameras, point and shoot cameras always were mirrorless and the Canon EOS M came in the year 2012. Other models with viewfinder came shortly after that.

  25. I would argue that the mirrorless revolution happened in 2018, it happened way before back. It's mostly reviewers who care about what Nikon and Canon do at this point. Quite a large portion of the enthusiasts had already switched to mirrorless when CaNikon had come out with their FF mirrorless and for the mass market, they were already using the small EOS M cameras for a very long time.

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