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Sunday, 06 February 2011


Yeps, it like stocks on Wallstraat (or Beursplein 5 for that matter), value and wearth are not connected anymore these days. On should learn from the Tulip Crisis when the price of Tulpenbollen (essentially flowering unions) fell in a few days and a lot of Dutch traders went bankrupt since their "investments" went soure in a few hours time. Collectors of art, I love 'm since they produce beauty by sponsonring the artists. Collectors of goods, I hate them, since the buy stuf and store it, which other people could still use. My newest camera is 17 years old and a rarety nowone seems to want. Bought it for a bottom dollar and it's gonna revolutionize my photography or even my art (not to be pretentious). I hope the person who bought the lenshood and owns the lens will have the decency to attach the lens to a camera, put a FP4 in it and shoot the crap out of it. And if he puts it in showcase then after he has made at least one roll of nice pictures with I wouldn't care, but camera's, cars, plains and classic yachts are meant to be used, abused, cherished and admired, not to be put in a locker or a safe.

Greetings, Ed (romantic du jour)

Some people have more checks in their checkbooks than I do.

Cool, an if you do go for a re-do on the site, I'd like it more iPad friendly. As it is the bog entries show up way below a narrow strip of ads. A Top App would be even cooler. Good name too.

Congratulations! Hope that the glossy screen doesn't start to bother you in the somewhat longer run. And as to the brightness: the screen of my four year old iMac may be matte, but neverheless the brightness slider is way down to the left. You still got one third to go! Better colors (yes, I calibrate as well, but still), and the luminance looks the same as on my Epson R2400 prints. Moreover, not unimportantly, my eyes don't start to feel funny after half an hour or so of computering.
Bye the bye: glad to hear your pain is over. Apart from all else, it is so very tiring, draining one's energy as it does.

Ack, my comment above was supposed to be about the new computer and such... Oh well.

Well I have to disagree with Ed in his post where he hates collectors. Most serious collectors are the best preservers of historical knowledge, not the industry that manufacturers the goods nor the common people who use the goods up. I have such an archive of goods and related catalogs and other research materials. Of the goods manufactured, a few will survive over the years and serve as an example of its design and function. I read one article that noted of the total goods created in a year, only about 1% were left at the end of the year. Most of the human effort goes into the growing of food. That preserved knowledge and goods allows future generations to see these items and maybe even use them. I just shipped my late father's 1952 Rolleiflex K4A out for an overhaul. Am I glad the knowledge of this manufacturer's goods are still around? Hell yes. For that knowledge base allows for repairs and upkeep for me to start shooting with it in like-new condition. Where would the photographic world be if it had fogotten it roots, the processes, and skills knowledge? Something akin to the emergence from the dark ages.

While that rare hood may function like a trophy wife in that collection, at least the owner has saved it currently from oblivion. Good for him.


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