I'm testing the new Canon S90 (not new as in new, but new as in just bought it). The camera pushes lots of right buttons near my heart. It's small as all cameras should be. It makes astonishing color pictures and although I'm still not truly convinced by the black and white pictures I suspect that's due to the fact that I haven't mastered all the things this canon S90 offers. One thing I turned on is the Intelligent Auto Contrast. It's just a way of compressing the dynamic range of the photo. In situations like this one in the photo, where the scene is highly contrasty it works very well, like in HDR photography. But when shooting BW... hm I still don't kown (I'll post some BW photos in the following days). I had to punch contrast a bit in all of them.
My ideal small camera is the one that takes great, sharp BW Jpgs out of the camera. The amount of contrast has to be just right, not to much, but enough. Until now, this canon S90 is the on that got it better, but as I said... I still need to test it a bit more.
It's spring and I'm back to office after easter in the north. And... I need to refresh the computer that has been working so hard lately that it needs some attention. As cameras need to be properly cared, computers are similar beasts... but less fun.
It's amazing what the Nikkor 85mm f1.8 can do. I must admit that I'm someone that preferes very fast lenses. The faster the better, and I even sacrifice the wides to get the shallow depth of field that I like. On the other hand I also like wides... but the 24mm f1.4 cost so much that probably I won't ever see it in my hands. It such a peaty that these nice toys are so expensive... :(
I'm trying to move away from flickr as it is very limited in terms of the free account. I can't spend all the money I usually spent in photography and if I want to keep some parts of it (like buying old gear) I need to cut on other things. I'm now trying to move some of the pictures published here from flickr to other online free services so it's natural that sometimes things break. I'll try to be quick in choosing a new and reliable service.