quest for pictures

From: Fred Cisin <>
Date: Thu Jan 10 18:46:12 2002

On Thu, 10 Jan 2002, Tony Duell wrote:
> > At the bare minimum, I want real lens interchangeability. I'd prefer a
> > Leica screw mount (just so I can use what I have), but realistically, a C
> > mount (or even D) would be more practical. But ANY MOUNT!
> I wonder how many people on this list actually know what C and D mounts
> are, and what they were first associated with.

C mount was most commonly used for 16mm movie cameras, and later for TV
cameras. Later on, when "zoom" lenses became popular, lens
interchangeability faded away, with the assumption that nobody would ever
want anything other than what came with the camera. Kinda like the early

D mount was used for 8mm movie camera. Like C mount, it was replaced with
non-removable "zoom" lenses.

> > What I REALLY want to see, is a 24 x 36mm imagining sensor mounted in a
> > 35mm wide x ~1mm thick assembly, connected by a flexible 35mm wide to a
> > cylindrical housing for batteries, circuitry, etc. Then it could be a
> > drop-in retrofit for use with REAL cameras.
> I think I've seen something like that in the UK. The resolution was
> nothing great, though. And it assumed a certain spacing from 'cassette'
> to fram, which meant it wouldn't fit all cameras. I've not seen one on
> sale for a bit, though.
Oh, well.

> > I've seen a few medium format (4 x 5) film pack conversions, but they are
> I'd call that 'large format'. Medium format is 2+1/4" square frames (and
> similar sizes) on roll film.

Most people would. I reserve the word "large" for 5 x 7, 8 x 10, and

> > WAY too expensive, and don't have enough resolution to warrant their
> > size. (anything less than 10 megapixel would be better suited for 35mm)
> A good 35mm SLR with good film should be able to manage about 12Mpixels
> equivalent I think (4000 * 3000 or so). And I'm not 'upgrading' to a
> digital camera if the resolution goes down... I put quality well above
> convenience in use, even if few others do.

There are uses for both. There are some situations appropriate for each.
For example: low res, TEMPORARY pictures, for web or email can be done
more conveniently with a digital. But I'm NOT about to get rid of my old
35mm cameras and lenses, nor medium, nor large format cameras.
Received on Thu Jan 10 2002 - 18:46:12 GMT

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