A few updates:
1. Carl Weese's great Kickstarter-fueled perambulation of the nation's western drive-in theaters is at mile 1,915 as of this morning. He's now in Houston, Missouri, having photographed 18 drive-ins. He's been pushing the pace, with, he says, "no time for anything but driving, shooting theaters, and finding a place to stay."
2. Tomorrow I get to photograph in the ruins of the old Pabst Brewery, during the last open tour before its reconstruction begins, compliments of a friend who used to be a beer salesman. Ruins are not my thing, but I will try to get at least a record shot to share with you.
3. The OM-D is still not here. Is anyone else getting cranky about the new trends in enthusiast camera marketing and purchasing? Roughly: announcement well before release; pre-order available before ship date; limited release, whether intentionally or due to initial demand. All of which means you have to wait and wait, and there's pressure on you to get your pre-order in early before you've even seen the damn things lest you be forced to wait even longer. So there's increased pressure to buy before you even know you want to. Bah. Not an ideal situation, but as impossible to reform as political ads, I suppose.
4. I spoke to Chuck Westfall an hour or two ago, and Canon will be doing its best to send me a Pixma Pro-1 printer just after July 4th. With luck and a little more discipline than usual, I'll be blogging about basic fine printing for a while, intermittently, thereafter.
This will probably annoy the expert printers in the audience, but I'm not really planning to write a conventional review. (I don't feel I have a broad enough experience of different printer models.) Rather, I thought I'd use the printer to actually make some prints, and write about that, covering my experiences setting up and using the printer as I go along.
I've been shooting digitally for nine years now, and may have as many as thirty or even forty pictures worthy of printing. We'll see.
Should be fun.
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Featured Comment by Miserere: "I received my E-M5 review unit from B&H last Friday. Just thought I'd rub it in ;-) It's really, really, REALLY small. It might even be too small. Nice EVF and incredibly fast AF. And by 'fast' I mean 'quasi-instantaneous.' If it were any faster, it might violate Einstein's Theory of Relativity."
Featured Comment by Liv: "This must be the first time in history that Australia gets something before America! I've had my OM-D for about three weeks now. Definitely worth it. And I don't think it is too small—although I'm a twentysomething female, for a big bloke it may be."
Featured Comment by garyi: "As regards waiting for your OM-D: I've had mine for close to a month now. I pre-ordered it through B&H the instant I saw the opportunity mentioned. That act of reflexively pre-ordering felt very spontaneous, even impulsive, to me, and somehow overshadowed my knowledge that it would of course be a 'limited' release, and that there were many, many people before me on the list. I felt like I should have been rewarded for my action, in a way that left me feeling frustrated almost immediately—things got 'psychological.' The moment I jumped and pre-ordered, this invisible clock in my head started clicking and the time passed with what I would call an unreasonably exaggerated sense of 'entitlement,' fueled not only by reports of others getting theirs but even by the weekly updates from B&H saying 'not yet'...it didn't matter that they don't charge your credit card until they ship; it felt like I had spent the money as soon as I pre-ordered, so where the hell was it? Wait, is that UPS? No; dammit, where's my camera?... In my opinion 'pre-ordering' is the factor that challenges our patience the most...psychologically we confuse pre-ordering with ordering.
"As an aside, last sunday I met a friend for breakfast. He brought his X-Pro1 with the 35mm, and I had along a to-hell-and-back Oly E-P2 with an old Russian 20mm C-mount lens attached...it was the first time I'd gotten to handle the Fuji, and after more than an hour I would say the two things I liked about it best were its size (and yes, the OM-D is a bit small for my tastes) and its looks. I think it's a very beautiful object, a real 'trophy'...obviously not in the same ballpark as a Summilux snug on an MP, which it sorta seems that it's going for, but it did look very very nice to me....
"For the record I was glad to leave with my E-P2...."