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Following on from Part One. What was also of huge interest and blew my mind a second time was what I found in the comments section. Seal, the international pop star and Leica Ambassador weighs in with his opinion and serves to show how subjectivity gets in the way of a good discussion. Seal posts under the alias ’`6‘ by the way.
The discussion is about the Leica X1 vs the X100 and which on a technical level is the better tool. Sadly, the latter part isn’t true, it never goes there because Seal decides to threaten those he is talking against.
While I’ll narrate the comments, in the interests of being fair I’ll repost them in their entirely here so you can make your own mind up as well.
Why am I doing this? This is an appeal for closure, I would love for Seal to respond in a more constructive way, explaining himself. Importantly I also expected a more intelligent response from somebody in Seal’s position.
The comments can be found here at the bottom of the page of David Babsky’s rant.
This review of the X100 blew my mind when I read it the first time, it’s by a guest writer called David Babsky over at stevehuffphoto.com. This review does Steve Huff no favours while it’s on his website, as it’s a terrible piece of writing both in content and form. It’s surprising when David Babsky can’t articulate himself in the manner befitting a teacher. The piece is an insult to Steve Huff’s audience, the quality is just that bad with no journalistic integrity, monkeys must have written and proof read it.
Normally I would just make a comment and move on, but you’ll see later in part two why I didn’t. David’s severe unprofessional negative bias is revealed right away, there’s no attempt at all to be objective or take a constructive critical approach.* It’s clear David just wants to bash a camera he doesn’t want to buy.
I’ve provided a breakdown of the 15 problems in his review with what I think is a fair rebuttal.
I was amazed and curious about the press release Amazon put out last week regarding eBook sales. For the first time in Amazon’s history, digital books have surpassed both hardback and paperback books in total sales. Amazon state for every 100 printed books sold, they now sell 105 eBooks (not including free Kindle book downloads). Amazon have been selling printed books for 12 years, and eBooks for the last four years, so that’s pretty amazing growth.
The bit that interested me was that those quoted figures have no reflection on the number of titles available for sale. Amazon sell 35,332,807 printed titles vs only 712,187 eBooks.*
That’s an insane difference when you consider the 105/100 ratio. It’s obvious that gap will close over time, it’s just a case of when. All I can say is my iPad is crying out for content. Twelve months ago I couldn’t find what I thought were relatively common photographic theory books on the Kindle Store. These would be books written by photography’s heavy hitters like; John Berger, Susan Sontag, Roland Barthes, Walter Benjamin, Tom Wolfe and Michel Foucault.
Now a year has gone by, the Kindle Store lists titles from every one of those theorists except for Tom Wolfe – ‘New Journalism’. That’s okay progress, however there are still plenty of titles I still want to buy, and that doesn’t include those in my more spontaneous moments. I have a long list of books saved in my shopping basket where they are patiently waiting for a digital version to replace them. The progress might be slow because it’s clear fiction and celebrity biographies are the most popular types for content in order to attract people to the Kindle homepage.
But if your interests lie elsewhere, there isn’t much beyond the ‘shop window’. The Kindle Store is obviously above and beyond the iBook Store** in content, but as somebody who is actively learning German and Spanish; the second most widely spoken language on the planet, Typography, Journalism and Design, it’s a shame I’m still better served by purchasing physical books.
It’s not so much Amazon’s fault, it’s the book publishers. The press release I’m sure is there to impress them as it is us. I keep noticing the ‘Tell the Publisher’ links that Amazon’s customers should click if they want an eBook version and in my quest to live a more minimal lifestyle I just wish the book publishers would catch on so I can clear some clutter from my apartment and shopping basket!
*Sourced from the Amazon store at time of publishing. Just for comparison, the iBook Store has just over 200,000 titles.
** The iBook Store is functional, clean with everything clearly labelled like an Oxfam bookshop, with a book collection of seemingly random titles of no particular interest, because all the books were donated.
Found this image via minimal mac. Never seen this image of Steve Jobs before!
To those that do follow and have a genuine interest in my work, I thank you. Thank you for looking at my images and to find this website interesting. I mainly get a lot of traffic for my Leica lens review but, people do stop and stick around for a little longer to look at the kind of photography I’m up to.
I’m not really busy at the moment so I hope to update this site more often (again). I’ve recently graduated from Swansea Metropolitan University with a First Class Honours Degree in Photojournalism and I’m now waiting to start up my course at Westminster later this year. I’m going to enroll in an MA in Photojournalism.
I’ve also started a new project about car culture, it is early days yet but I have set-up another blog to record my progress. It can be found here at www.cgnc.wordpress.com.
On top of that, some of the finer images can be found here: http://jonathanjk.viewbook.com. This is a new website, not another blog but a website which showcases my best work from my projects with a bit more background information about myself. Thank you if you can take a look. This takes my tally of websites to 4 blogs, a Flickr stream and now a viewbook portfolio.
I’ve also bought the domain for this blog so some of you will have noticed the lack of ‘wordpress’, in the URL.
If anybody is also interested following me on Twitter I can be found as the user ‘CrackedButter‘: If you add me I won’t necessarily add you back though, I find Twitter moves too fast for me, and try to keep who I follow under 10 for the time being. Mostly they are photo-agencies, and my favourite music group. :) I can also be found on Flickr under the same username as my Twitter account.
In other news, I’ve an interview on Tuesday for the new Apple store in Cardiff, due to open sometime soon. This is the final stage and I’m looking forward to the 90 minute interview. I love interviews for the fact they push, and prod at the essence of who a person is, I’m a self discovery kind of guy open to new things, which is the theme of this blog post.
In 1999 I owned a desktop computer which was a Pentium 2, 350 MHz, with 128 megs of RAM, a 30GB hard drive and I think the video card had 8MB’s of inboard memory.
Jump forward to today and I’m typing this blog post on my iPhone 3GS. A PHONE with a 600 Mhz processor, 256 megs of RAM, 32 GB Flash drive and i am unaware of the video capabilities of this device. It has to be more than 8MB’s of memory though.
Some people do care about these things. Just like the guy who recently installed windows 95 on his iPhone, to do some comparison tests with the hardware we have now.
I’m new to mobile blogging but a google search will find it if you’re interested. I’m not sure how to insert links yet with this app! :-)
But. I am left wondering, what will I have infront of me in another 10 years time? What else can we do with technology? Will it even be in my hands, it could be an implant. To me that’s very interesting.