So whad'ya get?
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Dave: "I completed my Graflex Crown Graphic kit with 3-cell Graflite [a.k.a. 3-cell Graflex flashgun —Ed.] and Instant film back (the Fuji PA 45). It is the 'anti-Instagram.'"
Daniel Clements: "A Pinwide 'lens' for my Micro 4/3 camera."
kirk tuck: "Son Ben got me a Yellow Brick Road Holga (from the Holgawood Collection). I guess he thinks I take the existing medium format stuff too seriously...I got myself two more Fotodiox Pro LED 312AS panels (current Gold Box deal at Amazon...) you can never have too many good LED lights around the studio...."
Dave: "I got a Mark 3!!! I had been shooting with a 5D classic since 2007 and thought I would never get a new camera—or at least not until tax returns. My wife completely surprised me Christmas morning. So far, I'm really happy with the Mark 3. ISO 800 looks cleaner than ISO 100 on my 5D classic. We have a baby due in less than a week. That high ISO performance is gonna come in handy in the delivery room."
Mike replies: Congratulations on the new baby! And on the new baby!
Dave in NM: "Nothing even remotely related to photography; just the pleasure of sharing a good meal with my little family, and the joy of seeing my daughter's face as she opened her gifts. What more could you ask for?"
Mike replies: That, plus a new camera to take a picture of her face with? Just thinking out loud. Sorry, am I being too much of an enabler?
David Bostedo: "I got Polar Obsession by Paul Nicklen :-) "
Mark Roberts: "A hiking trip in the Italian Alps :-) "
[Mike is speechless]
MarkR: "500 Cameras! Wonderful book my wife picked up for me at the George Eastman house.
"It does beg the question, however: Frank Brownell got to name the camera he designed after him, and the world got the Brownie. Arthur Crapsey designed a camera, and it got named the Signet. Unfair?"
Mike replies: I just saw a new DAC from a company called Schiit. No...er, well, foolin'.
Ann: "The Ray K. Metzker book...lovely! Plus new swimming goggles and some girlie things. Merry Xmas!"
Marc Rochkind: "After obsessing over viewfinders, selling my Olympus E-P1 for a Panasonic G3 because of its EVF, but still wishing I could see like I can with my Nikon D700...I got a camera with no viewfinder at all! It's a GoPro. I just picked up a head strap for it, and tonight I'll be playing tennis with the camera strapped to my forehead. We don't need no stinkin' viewfinders!"
Patrick: "I got my usual Christmas 'gift,' a lot of needless family drama. On the plus side, I bought my mother (who is also an avid photographer) the fish-eye lens she's wanted for a number of years. Never underestimate the power of a fun lens."
Robert L.: "I got nothing but photo opportunities. However my son (almost 6) got his first camera, a Panasonic LX-3, with a an old Petri Viewfinder to mimic my X100 (his is silver as well). Pretty sure the appropriate phrase is 'over the moon' :-) "
Friedrich: "I sold my camera, lenses, flash etc. for christmas. I realized it was making me unhappy that I didn't use it nearly as much as I thought I would. I don't like having things that don't improve my life, so I finally, after a year of deliberation, admitted to myself that I am not a photographer (even though I know everything about technology and at least something about technique), and put it up for sale. Merry Christmas and a happy (and hopefully relatively unburdened by the past) new year everybody."
Christine Bogan: "I got the 15mm cap lens for my olympus pens. It's a real toy. The other present is a metz flashlight to learn more about picturetaking with flashlight. Not my prefered way of photographing up to now. There is always something to learn in photography. That's a good thing for a hobby. The best present like every year is our christmas tree."
Mike replies: Christine, have a talk with Friedrich about what a good hobby this is, would you?
JohnMFlores: "I usually discourage photographic gifts because I don't think that I can deduct them. Alas, my wife did buy me a copy of The Photograph as Contemporary Art because she was clever enough to look at my Amazon wishlist. Looking forward to reading, as I'm looking to push my photography further in 2013.
"I did set up a POV camera at the homestead on Christmas eve and made a timelapse of the children opening up their gifts."