If You Wouldn't Trust These Mugs...
...Who would you trust?
Chris Sanderson, Michael Reichmann, Charles Cramer, and Bill Atkinson, veteran photo-dogs all (note prevalence of hard-won gray hairs) have all perpetrated another one of Michael's evergreen resolution tests, this time getting the true poop on high-resolution digital backs. Just wish I'd been there; I bet they had fun.
...Although why they bothered, I'm not entirely sure. The answer is plain to see: Chris, Michael and Charlie have more resolution than Bill does. Ba-dump paaah.
(And notice who has all the toys in front of him!)
Seriously, a major test for anyone considering the giant step of investing in a digital back. Also available with nearly 4 GB of the original RAW files on a disk for only $9.95 until June 15th ($14.95 thereafter), or free with a new subscription to The Video Journal ("The Luminous-Landscape on TV," highly recommended if you don't already subscribe), again until the 15th.
Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON
Featured Comment by Ken Tanaka: "Aw, Michael's pandering to gearlusters and natural male fetishism. Shame on him! ;-}
"Actually, although I'm not a landscape photographer, I rather appreciate most of the features on Michael's site and I do subscribe to (and enjoy) his "Video Journal." His material is a nice mix of gear porn (where else can you see "Lin Hof" naked and wide open?) as well as thoughtful editorial topics. (BTW, of course I ordered the DVD...I'm not above a very moderate level of fetishism!)
"I noticed that he took a bit of a poke at some folks on his site's forum who suggested that the camera comparison was biased. Frankly, he ought not bother. He doesn't owe anyone an explanation for his material.
"Side story: A recent visit to a parallel universe served as a cold reference check concerning photo forum chatter. While shopping for a new home theater system I strolled through some forums dealing with that stuff. Oy! Talk about unbridled tribalism, gear fetishism, and plain old idle-minded rants and raves! Some of those forums made forums like DPreview look downright thoughtful and civilized. But it served as a keen example of just how disorienting and unfriendly such specialty forums (as photographic forums) can be to a casual visitor. Ask a "dumb" question and chances are that some young snot will put down his XBox controller long enough to spank you! Photo forums tend to be more congenial...but not always!"