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Geren W. Mortensen, Jr.
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This was originally meant to be used in my Facebook cover picture, but apparently not everyone can have an animated cover photo yet. So, here it is as a single-play video...

Hi guys! I've been listening to episode 466: Modularity by Design this afternoon, and it struck me -- modular cameras are really not all that new. Several cameras have been based around a common frame, and you attached the parts that you wanted for the job you wanted to do.

For instance, the Nikon F2 system was based around the F2 body, to which you attached one of several viewfinders, focusing screens, backs, and/or motor drives, and grips. Similar functionality was/is offered by Mamiya and Pentax, and Bronica in the medium format space -- again, different backs, viewfinders, screens, grips, and drives. These cameras even offered choices in file format, with backs available for 120/220, 35mm, Polaroid, and more recently, digital.

In the professional video world, camera systems have been modular for decades. A common camera core would be offered in analog, and then digital SD, HD, or 4K formats, to which one could attached various media recorders - Betacam (SP or Digital) tape, DV-Cam (standard or MiniDV), XD-Cam (solid state or magnetic media), or several different studio backs offering a plethora of connection options. Again, there have always been different viewfinders for field or studio work in color or black and white, standard or high definition. Different audio and power and intercommunication options are also available as modules.

As was mentioned on the show, Red and Arri camera systems have long been modular systems, and motion picture cameras have been modular for decades.

With all this in mind, is the Craft camera really all that revolutionary? Is it evolutionary? Or, is it just another take on the same old same old?

Cheers!

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Continuing our Thanksgiving weekend tradition, we headed south to visit Chincateague and Virginia’s portion of Assateague island.  

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We made our customary post-Thankgiving trip over to Assateague today (tomorrow, we’ll visit Chincoteague). We didn’t see much in the way of wildlife, but it was a great day for landscapes … and surfers.
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