Robert M Estall

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About Robert M Estall

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  1. Fujinon XF 200mm F2

    I'm sure it is an optical wonder but in these days of paying peanuts for photography there can't be that many who could consider this lens a viable investment. But thanks for letting us have a peek.
  2. Fujinon XF 200mm F2

    In the days of film, big fast lenses made some sense. 200 ASA was about as fast as you could get in colour reversal stock, push to 400 perhaps but you were getting into serious grain. I find 800 ASA on my crop Pentax no problem and I'm told there are more recent sensors happy to go to 3200 and beyond, so I don't really see the need for lenses any faster than 2.8. For most of us f4 will be just fine. save both the pockets and the shoulders
  3. Budget macro lenses

    Nikon made the best scanners with the exception of Imacon but they got bored with the project and dropped any kind of support. So I will never buy any Nikon product ever again. Truth be I was mostly a Canon guy, but they screwed us over the FD lens mounts so who's left? Pentax I guess? That's why I bought the K-5. Never tried an Olympus or Sony but I can't afford to buy them all.
  4. Budget macro lenses

    A Minolta Rokkor should do the job. There are Bowens Illumitons out there going cheaply but if you cobble together something yourself, make sure you leave a reasonable gap between the diffuser and the slide or you will bring any dust on the diffuser into focus. 10mm 1/4 inch or so.
  5. Budget macro lenses

    An enlarging lens is designed for flat copy, a macro lens is not. The most common lenses for enlargers were 75mm for medium format and 50mm for 35mm negs. For your purposes, 75mm lens will give you a little more space between your .camera and your slide. You will need some sort of adapter to mount it on your camera. At a guess, 50 bucks should be plenty for a descent used lens. Rodenstock and Shneider were the best but there were many much cheaper Nikons which should do the job.
  6. Scanned negs

    You might like to contact Contributor Services and ask if you can have access to the archival route. If these are old negatives, you may struggle to satisfy normal QC. But the archival & reportage sections are not for just old stuff of dubious quality! jpeg level 10 should be enough, jpeg level 12 probably overkill and slow things down When we both started in 2006 we could send in TIFFs on DVDs, but not now.
  7. Approved cameras

    There is no longer an Alamy approved/unapproved list, probably due to the pace of new models but in simple terms; don't go under 1 inch sensors. The Sony RX100s seem very popular and small, but there are other manufacturers making cameras with this size sensor. The many APS-c cameras are fine and of course all the full frame models are OK (but a bit big and expensive)
  8. I don't seem to have anything held down or closed with gaffer tape at the moment but it has certainly saved the days in the past. The worst case probably was the 67 Pentax which required something to prevent the mirror-up function from operating when slipping the beast into a bag. If the mirror flipped up and stayed that way overnight, the battery would be drained and the camera reduced to a doorstop. Replacements were hard to find and expensive. Padding out loose lens caps often helped but mostly they are spring-loaded clip-ons these days. Except some of my little pentax lenses which have screw threads which are a stupid price to replace
  9. London City location naming

    Sure I'm using too big a brush saying anywhere inside the M25 but for many it will do. When I lived in Putney in the 70s we sometimes drove up the hill to Wimbledon where we could knock back a couple more pints as Wimbledon was "Country hours" and we drove back....... Twickenham is hardly London, and Ilford might not feel like London but I might still slip London in as a tag
  10. London City location naming

    like so many expanding centres of population London has become "Greater London" To many, London is anywhere with-in the M25 Ring Road. Manchester uses the Greater term and includes some wild moors as well as urban areas , Toronto uses the term "Metropolitan". There are examples all over the world!. Researchers are as likely to make mistakes or vagaries as photographers, so the only working solution is to load up several alternatives in your keywords. A pedantically correct answer would not help you or our researchers in many cases.
  11. Time to thin the herd?

    Your edit is pretty tight. I have been through several, but not all your pages, but there are just the few occasional images where the light wasn't very good which you might delete, but not likely worth the effort. There are many stunning shots of the Bay Bridge so I guess I wouldn't bother with a dull day shot for instance. We try to be polite here, but there are some collections where there are some real clunkers. Sometimes lots & lots of them! I really don't know why people bother but Alamy tries to hide them at the bottom of the pile as far as possible. Forum members have made suggestions, but that's down to Alamy's business model.
  12. Trafalgar Square Photographer

    I was always surprised this was pursued as a copyright infringement as it was really a shameful example of visual plagiarism. Doubtless lawyers considered their options
  13. How long did it take you to make 1000 sales?

    I joined in June 2005 and uploaded a high proportion of my portfolio in the first few years. Sales fairly quickly rose to about 15 a month but have been in decline considerably over the last few years. It would take some effort to figure out when I crossed the 1000 sales mark, but its just over 1500 to-day.
  14. Selling other people's photos – ?

    In the UK, prior to 1988 the commissioning entity (usually a book or magazine publisher) owned the copyright to photographs regardless of who had physical custody of the slide or negative. This certainly was not the case in the US. I built my archive on the basis of refuting the normal practice in the UK and contracted out of the unfair normal terms. I only ever had one publisher hold their ground and we promptly parted company.. None of this would apply to amateur photography.
  15. Selling other people's photos – ?

    I have a few photographs that fit your situation. Non professional photographers don't often pay any attention to the difference of ownership of the slide or print and the copyright, but it is not quite so simple as pulling a box of slides out from a cupboard and saying "there you go". The simplest solution is to ask if there are any other people who might object to or challenge your ownership. You might also take note that there are a lot of high quality photos of birds from specialists on Alamy. Could be very time consuming for limited return unless you have unique images.