Spring 2012

Spring 2012
by ani

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I'd stop worrying too much about the technical details, go to a shop or find friends with modern cameras and just try them out. There are excellent cameras at a variety of price and feature points, which can all take good pictures. Don't go for a simple 'point and shoot' only type of camera if you want to explore more. And don't go for one that has every ...


It really all depends upon exactly which part of the AE-1 experience you most wish to replicate. How the controls with which you set the camera look and feel? What you see when you look through the viewfinder? Size and weight? Image quality? A sensor size that preserves what you have learned regarding focal length, field of view, aperture and depth of field? ...


I would like to purchase my first DSLR camera with similar features and experience to my AE1 Canon film camera. It's going to be a very apples and oranges kind of comparison. When Canon introduced the AE-1 Program in 1976, it was very advanced and made it a lot easier to take correctly exposed photos. But today's cameras have more and different features. ...


DoF scales on lenses is pretty much of thing of the past (see: Why did manufactures stop including DOF scales on lenses?), mostly due to the fact that zoom lenses and autofocus are ubiquitous and commonly used. A DoF scale changes with focal length, and autofocus has made the focus "throw" of a lens much much smaller than in manual focus days, so using a ...


Similar experience will be a problem. AE1 is a fairly small camera for todays DSLR standards. If you want something that has similar size, you will have to get a camera with smaller sensor and this is again changing the experience, because the lenses do not behave the same way as on 24x36mm frame. With regards to the DOF scale, this is a feature of the ...


Using long focal length Using very wide aperture Keeping large distance between object in focus and the background Using large(r) format sensor Using Brenzier technique To a lesser extent: Using lenses that were designed to have rapid falloff of sharpness (e.g. Zeiss 35mm lenses currently in production) Using lenses designed to have smooth background ...


Yes, it's possible With the focus stack you could estimate a depth map of the scene. Then this map is used to selectively blur the image to emulate the effect of shallower depth of field. See for example: https://graphics.stanford.edu/papers/focalstack/ You could of course use other methods to generate the depth map, such as moving the camera (as the ...


If opening the aperture all the way (possibly using a very low ISO and/or an ND filter) still doesn't get you low enough depth of field, the chances are you need a faster lens (one with a wider aperture). Pushing or pulling the focus and stacking is unlikely to help more than a tiny bit as the sharpness falls off fastest close to the focus. Fake bokeh ...


Yes, although it is actually a bit different than what you described; it is most typically referred to as the Brenizer Method. See this question for much more info: What is "bokeh panorama" (also called the "Brenizer method")?

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