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Old January 14th, 2009, 06:55 PM   #1
Canon 5d Mk II first digital camera used for official presidential portrait
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This is, of course, not very relevant, yet I thought it a fun fact given the upcoming weekend:

The First Official Presidential Portrait Taken With a Digital Camera

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Old January 14th, 2009, 08:03 PM   #2
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(EXIF data reveals that it is the 5D2).

That's a nice bit of trivia.... and on a related note:

1. Name the first U.S. President to appear on television.

2. Name the first U.S. President to appear on motion picture film.

3. Name the first U.S. President to sit for a portrait via photographic process.
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on TV... Franklin Delano Roosevelt

in a motion picture.... William McKinley

and a photographic portrait.... Abraham Lincoln
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Old January 14th, 2009, 11:15 PM   #4
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At CES, Canon showed some large prints from their EOS line, including the 5D MkII. Some were simply gorgeous.

I should really get one of my better photos printed and framed - even if it's not a presidential portrait.

Does anybody know what the sweet spot is for nice largish prints (say, up to 20-inches long) at cheapskate prices?
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Old January 15th, 2009, 07:50 AM   #5
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Canon has a 13x19 printer (the PIXMA Pro9000) for under $400; offer its large prints as part of your business services and let it pay for itself.
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Does anybody know what the sweet spot is for nice largish prints (say, up to 20-inches long) at cheapskate prices?
Shutterfly offers 8x10 prints for $3.99, 11x14 for $7.99, 16x20 for $17.99 and 20x30 for $22.99. Unless you make a lot of prints and get really good deals on photo paper and ink, ordering your prints from such suppliers may be cheaper than trying to do it yourself at home.
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Chris & Kevin,

Thanks for the info. I don't offer business services, and don't need many prints, so the Shutterfly route is attractive. For five extra bucks, I might as well get a 30" print, rather than a 20".
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Mpix also offers those services, and I've heard good things about them from a professional photographer I know:

Mpix.com - Print Pricing
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the shame to me is that this photo looks like a passport photo.... compared to all the fantastic photographs of Barack over the past year.... the cover of Fastcompany mag, Wired, Time, etc.

I don't know... maybe there is a marketing approach to plane jane.... simple.... less is more?
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Well, it's a presidential portrait, not a magazine cover. I think it's perfectly appropriate.
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