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Topic Title: Portfolio: Alan Margolis
Topic Summary: Florida Surf Museum
Created On: 08/10/2020 06:22 PM
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 08/10/2020 06:22 PM
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Alan Margolis was one of the best Florida surf photographers of the 70s. He was known for shooting razor sharp photos using a handheld Century 650mm lens when his contemporaries all relied on tripods. His photo collection was lost in a house fire in 1980

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 08/10/2020 10:49 PM
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    The legacy of surfing photography from the film era is amazing. The Florida Surf Museum is tiny but doing professional-grade work in saving our perishable heritage. Back then, in-camera exposure meters were a big deal, and autofocus took a very long time to become reliable. Film was usually slow and unforgiving. Kodachrome lasted surprisingly well. Other film, sometimes not so much. Thanks for the post.
    Today, the technology of image stabilization can make using a 300 mm lens, hand held, relatively easy. There's also been huge improvements in optical glass and lens design that allow for lower weight.
    The photo shows how small a decent camera can be with a 300 mm lens and 2X teleconverter (between the lens and the camera body) making for 600mm. Olympus is popular with people who need to backpack equipment, and use it in wet weather. It achieves compactness by using a small sensor size, about a quarter the size of the classic 35 mm film camera size, which is still the standard "full frame" size for digital sensors.

Edited: 08/10/2020 at 10:52 PM by ww
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