PentaxBronica said: "As for wastage, this annoys me with later bodies. My Super A insists on winding and shooting three times at the start of a roll before it will meter properly or allow you to select a shutter speed..."
This is the primary reason I really dislike the later bodies like the Maxxum or EOS: you are not allowed to deviate from the 'required' loading. Give me an SRT or Spotmatic or even an AE-1 any day. I waste little as far as leaders go.
MattKing: you bring up a valid point with your assessment that all is not bad with this waste. In fact, I would wager that a 35mm frame is probably going to pass a critical lab test as far as flatness in the camera is concerned. (i.e., The percentage of film that 'supports' the flatness outside of the picture area is a large percentage of the whole.) Not so with medium format: In fact, size 120 can begin to 'bow' inward if left in the 'taking' position too long (days, weeks?) before actually snapping the shutter. The size of the negative usually makes up for it but, in fact, (and this is very important here) this 'historical tolerance of waste' is testament to the extreme precision that has been dedicated to this tiny format. Truly, it is compelling to realize just how large careful 35mm work can be made and still look great. Indeed, with Technical Pan, '4 x 5 quality' was often spoken of with careful 35mm work.
zsas: No, waste is not necessarily inherent in nature, but only sometimes, as with the overkill of a Peacock's feathers which serve to attract a mate (but hinder much of its other aspects of living). As a rule, nature is rather efficient, zsas.
And, finally, blockend, yes there is a bit of hypocrisy here with being a vegetarian and using gelatin. I also wear shoes but those I get from thrift stores (and you would be surprised with the quality I am able to obtain, with patience!). I know, fully, that David Lyga would be happier not using this animal by-product but also animals are killed (indirectly) when we grow and harvest vegetables. I try to minimize this onslaught. But your point is fairly stated. (I refuse to refuse pasta, as I am half Sardinian.) - David Lyga
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