al_kaplan1 Posted February 2, 2005 Share Posted February 2, 2005 This morning I received the February issue of The Big Picture in the mail, a trade journal for the digital printing industry that I've been getting for a bunch of years. The cover announced the lead article The Secret World of Black & White Photography and inside were some quotes by a number of photographers about how they used digital for B&W including "fine art prints". A lot of people still appear to be using film and scanning it! In an article on digital cameras it shows and talks about the new Leica with digital back. (This keeps things on topic.) Since it isn't catering to a bunch of amateurs the magazine is quite upfront about the fact that a typical amateur camera might give you only 30,000 to 40,000 exposures before needing repair while a pro camera can be expected to last 100,000 to 150,000 exposures between service stops (page 44). Also mentioned is the fact that buying the most expensive high end camera is only cost effective if you can recoup your investment and expense it it in one year. It says technology is changing too fast to figure on depreciating it over a multi-year amortization schedule. This is a magazine that features ads and new product reviews of things like $30,000 medium format scanners for you Mamiya and Hasselblad folks, printers that take 100 ft. rolls of 60 inch wide paper or vinyl, knocking out prints at rates up to 1,750 square feet an hour. They cater to companies with accountants, and often stock holders, concerned with the bottom line so I'm more likely to believe their articles than what I read in consumer photo magazines. To answer the question in the title: Not Yet, but I do keep up with the technology a lot more than some of you guys could ever imagine. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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