Tuesday, October 26, 2010

And the Award for Creepiest Album Cover Goes To...

...Nicki Minaj for her album Pink Friday.

The concept: an abused Barbie doll. With no arms and grotesquely stretched legs.

According to the photographer, GL Wood:

"Nicki wanted to rip her arms off to really do the whole Barbie theme, like when little girls trash their dolls. She wanted to look like one of those broken Barbies."
Wood also says that few female artists are pushing the envelope these days like Ms. Minaj.

I don't know. I have two young girls and probably two dozen Barbie dolls in the house. Not one of them is missing its arms and has its legs stretched out like the album cover. The worst that happens to the dolls in my house is they end up laying around with no clothes on–but all their limbs are intact.

The Pink Friday cover is just creepy.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Affordable Medium Format Digital

It looks like medium format digital is finally beginning to come down to a price point that many can afford. The magical $10,000 mark is finally a reality.

First, we have Hasselblad, which announced the the H4F-31, an H4D-31 camera, 80mm lens and back bundle that will retail for less than $10,000. And for those with a closet full of CF lenses, the bundle is available with a Hasselblad CF lens adapter instead of the 80mm HC lens at the same price.

Next up we have Pentax announcing that its long-awaited 645D medium format system will finally be available in the US. The camera body is expected to ship in December for $9,995.95, along with an SMC Pentax-D FA 645 55mm ƒ/2.8 lens for n additional $1,199.95.

There will be a limited number of 645Ds available in the US, so if you want one, you'd better get in on a pre-order. B&H, Adorama and Samy's Camera are among those expected to take pre-orders soon. The camera also is supposed to be available on Pentax's web store, but it's listed as "out of stock."