TWiP #163 – The End of Medium Format?

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On this episode of TWiP, People Magazine angers some photographers, the Adam’s trust litigates, and Canon ups the ante with a 120 mega-pixel sensor.

Hosts: Frederick Van Johnson, Joseph Linaschke, and Liana Lehua


Joseph talks about his cross-country drive across America and the photos he took. You can see his photos at www.confessionsofatraveljunkie.com

People Magazine iPad Launch Stalled by Photographer Disputes
Publishers are clamoring to get their magazine titles onto Apple’s iPad, but many may be facing a new challenge: photographers. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Time Inc. has been forced to delay the release of its People magazine iPad app, in part because of disputes with photo agencies over licensing agreements as they pertain to the iPad. Time Inc. has already released iPad variants of its Time, Fortune and Sports Illustrated titles, and had hoped to launch People earlier this month.

Ansel Adams Trust Sues Over Garage Sale Negatives
A group representing Ansel Adams sued a Fresno man Monday for selling prints and posters under the name of the famed nature photographer, the latest salvo in a dispute over glass negatives bought at a garage sale and purported to be Adams’ lost work. The lawsuit, filed in federal district court in San Francisco by The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust, seeks to stop Rick Norsigian and consulting firm PRS Media Partners from using Adams’ name, likeness and trademark in their efforts to sell prints and posters not authorized or endorsed by the Trust.

Nikon Announces New D3100 Consumer Digital SLR and Four New Pro-Worthy Lenses
With the big international imaging trade show, Germany’s photokina, just over a month away, Nikon made some of the first big announcements of the summer season, unveiling a new entry level digital SLR and four new pro-worthy lenses this morning.

The digital SLR is the 14.2-megapixel Nikon D3100, a budget oriented model that offers full 1080p HD shooting and a host of other features for only $699. It goes on sale in September.

Also announced this morning was new portrait lenses: the AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G ($1,699), and a new super zoom, the AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VRII ($1,049). Nikon also took the wraps off a 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR II ($399), and the AF-S NIKKOR 24-120 f/4 G ED VRII with Nano Crystal Coating ($1,299).

In related news…. Is this the end of the medium format cameras?  Canon has announced a 120 mega-pixel sensor that fits in a 1D body. Will this replace the medium format camera?


Question 1: Lingo a.k.a. Scott from Tokyo asks: On a camera with an APS size sensor, given the same focal length and f-stop, would a APS specific lens be faster than one designed for a full frame sensor?

Joseph: The advantage of buying a full-frame lens is that it’s compatible later if you decide to buy a full frame, full sensor body camera. If you are never going to buy a full frame body it may not matter. However, the better quality lenses are going to be designed for the full frame bodies.

Question 2: Fishtoprecords from Outside of Washington DC wants to know: What, really, does the ASA setting do? How does changing the knob change things?

Joesph: With old film the film grain changes but with digital there is no grain so it comes down to sensitivity. The more sensitive you make the sensor the nosier it is. So what we use to call grain we now call noise — or digital grain.

Question 3: T_Lawrence asks: My question is regarding lines in photos. I know that when shooting with a horizon general composition rules dictate that it be straight. However, when there is no horizon and you have both horizontal and vertical lines, which is more important to keep straight?

Frederick: My quick answer is that it dependents.
Joesph: I would say most times it’s vertical lines because of vanishing points. Keeping the vertical lines straight will look more natural.


o Frederick: iPhone 4G Tripod Camera Adapter
o Joesph: LowePro bags ProRunner x450 and Classified Sling 220 AW
o Liana: Wimberley “The Plamp”


Last week’s photo mission was “ANNOYING”
Since there were only a few entries, we are extending this mission one more week.

Enter the photo mission contest by going to https://thisweekinphoto.com/forum


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Frederick Van Johnson – www.frederickvan.com or www.twitter.com/frederickvan

Joseph Linaschke – http://www.josephlinaschke.com or www.twitter.com/travel_junkie

Liana Lehua – http://fittorrent.net or www.twitter.com/fittorrent


TWiP is sponsored by Audible.com, the leading provider in spoken word entertainment. Audible has over 75,000 titles to choose from to be downloaded and played back anywhere. Visit Audiblepodcast.com/twip for a free audiobook of your choice. This week’s picks from Joseph: “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson, (over 16 hours!) and The Overton Window by Glenn Beck (nearly 9 hours). Listened to both on my cross-country drive. “Dragon Tattoo” is a movie as well, Swedish w/ English subtitled. Both are Audible titles (although I purchased direct from iTunes).

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Show notes by Tom Newman at www.fogviewphotos.com or www.twitter.com/fogview

Producer: Suzanne Llewellyn

Bandwidth provided by Cachefly. Intro Music by Scott Cannizzaro

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