Photos from a Smartphone?

A farmer moves through icy fields and clouds of mist while making his way to a line of irrigation wheels located at the foothills of the Blue Mountains.

A farmer moves through icy fields and clouds of mist while making his way to a line of irrigation wheels located at the foothills of the Blue Mountains. Photo by Jeff Horner.

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Photos taken with a smartphone?

O.K, all but one.

One was shot with the legendarily sharp Olympus Zuiko 250mm f/2 lens specially adapted and mounted on a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV camera body while the rest came from a Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone provided by the good folks at Inland Cellular.

Hard to tell a difference?

Cameras in phones have come a long way from being simple, small megapixel devices with painfully slow shutter lag to fast(er), competent cameras with exceptional optics.

Will they replace the rugged equipment I use daily? Maybe someday, but for now they’re different tools for different jobs.

And the differences keep getting smaller.

Answer: Photos 2,3 and 4 were taken with a Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone.

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