Monday, December 19, 2016

Random Fuzzy

Luisa shares photos from Hello Russia (Thanks!) and Pride&Joy (Thanks!) shares an additional photo, a link to other photos in the set, and this info: along with the photos there is video "Angelina Jolie takes her daughter Shiloh Jolie Pitt ... December 18th 2016. In the video (also available upon request), Angelina is heard talking about a black and white camera "


Samy's Camera store, taken yesterday.

Yesterday was Brad's birthday.

Brad is a photo buff. 

The store is not too far from their Los Feliz compound.

The photos don't clearly show what she's holding but it doesn't look like a regular DSLR.  In some shots, it could be the Pentax 645Z Medium Format Digital SLR Camera Body.   She may have also checked out more than one camera but I don't see other cameras arrayed in front of her.  It appears she had this specific camera in mind when she went to the store.  

Assuming it's the Pentax or similar, this type of camera is not for a casual photo enthusiast.  This is for professionals as you can read in the write-up below. And as we saw in the W spread he took of Angelina, Brad has professional-level knowledge and skill.  All those photos were black and white.

A "Jolie insider" said in the latest Us, "Angie's not big on Christmas.  The kids have gifts, but she's teaching them not to be materialistic."  She is not going to get this type of camera for any of her kids.  The Pentax camera body alone costs $7K, the starter kit with lens costs $15K.  Setting aside the cost, this type of camera would be way beyond the skill level of a juvenile.  It's targeted at pros for a reason. 

The person who would want this type of camera would have a collection of other cameras and would use this for a specific purpose.  We don't have conclusive proof that it is for Brad or even what camera it is but if it is the Pentax or similar, there is a narrow set of people it could be for.  Brad was particular about the type of film he wanted to use for the W photos and this Pentax has been praised for approaching the warmth of film more than other digital cameras. 

Despite the Us report referred to by Vanity Fair below, it definitely does not look like a vintage camera to me.  If it was for Shiloh,  she should have been excited to check out the camera and would have eagerly taken the camera out of her mother's hands.  But in fact, Shiloh looks disinterested.  Angelina does not even bother holding the camera out to her to inspect.  From all appearances, Shiloh has no interest in cameras or photography.  It's Angelina who looks very interested, but she isn't much of a camera buff either because she makes no attempt to fiddle with it or test it.  But she holds it like its precious to her and doesn't set it down even though its a fairly large camera. 

We can dismiss the Us story because based on the photos, it is not for Shiloh.  But her rep may have been the one who fed the story to Us which is why the quotes are identified as coming from an "insider" rather than an "observer ."  Vanity Fair is hinting strongly that it suspects as much. Their post is laced with hints that they doubt it's for Shiloh and think the purchase is in fact for Brad -- "sophisticated new hobby",  "an interest shared by Pitt",  "suspicious detail", and then quoting extensively from when she told W about how she had gifted him a camera and her support and admiration for his passion. 

Her rep made a quick preemptive move to forestall further speculation -- and that is a strong hint on how important this camera purchase is to her.  Her rep tailored her story to explain the info they are aware is available via the photos and video.  They don't want people guessing that it might be for Brad because aside from the fact that it may spoil a surprise, as noted previously, they're not ready to publicly acknowledge their "reunification goals" just yet.  But behind the scenes, many already know the true story and are cooperating with them.  Vanity Fair would be one and it will almost certainly have in-depth interviews with one or both of them probably timed with the release of First They Killed My Father.

Based on the above, while she may have bought the camera on his birthday, I suspect it may be a Christmas present just like the Littman she got for him several Christmases ago. 


I am aware that some of you go to the Court website to check for filings.  At this point, what would be interesting are new Petitions, Requests, Stipulations or Notices.  A Proof of Service is simply a declaration that the other party was sent a copy of the relevant fling as required by law. Service has often been done by regular mail.  Proof of Service is attached at the end of filings and has no particular importance.


Brad must deeply regret proceeding with his foolhardy decision to file.  His demeanor afterwards must reflect the humble and agreeable public tone of his rep and friends.

He is extremely grateful to Angelina for the success of their family therapy sessions that have enabled him to spend Christmas with the family. As noted in a previous post, she can now make the call on whether Brad could join them outside of therapy from her observations of his interactions with the children during the family therapy sessions.  She no longer needs to rely solely on the therapists.

The "Jolie friend" refers only to Angelina as making the decision about Brad and his parents/family spending the Holidays with her and the kids --  she is open to it, she is willing to consider it.  It is the first time that they've said she is making the call and not that she is merely following the advice of the therapists.  I am sure she took the therapists' recommendations into consideration but the final decision was hers.   I don't think it should be any surprise that she would make a determined effort to take care of Brad in this vital area given the care and interest she showed in picking a gift for him.  

It likely means Brad was able to spend his birthday with all of them and and his path should be clear for all future family celebrations.

Brad should be very happy and after Spiegel withdraws their request to seal, it should be quiet on all fronts until they are ready to file a Petition to modify or set aside the S&O.


I expect that the Holidays will provide Brad with a huge boost in healing his relationship with their children.  There are at least three people around to help them - Angelina and his parents. There could be more if his siblings and their families join them as well.  A festive, even raucous celebration with fun and games will bring back the children's memories of past happy times with their father.

The vaguely written information from the "Jolie friend" is that Brad and "Brad's family" will be "spending time with" Angelina and the children and doesn't hint at where the get-together will take place.  It would stand to reason that their Los Feliz compound would have more space for a family reunion. That may be why Angelina was shopping nearby.  The friend notably does not qualify that Brad would be excluded on any dates.  He can join them as long and as often as his parents. 

It may feel a bit odd for the children that they are living in a nearby house while their cousins, if they do come, are living in their compound.  But it may be too soon for them to stay in the same house as Brad.  He hasn't spent more than an hour at a time with them in his visits. Even with Angelina and their grandparents around, the therapists may feel they should proceed cautiously. 

-- Fussy


Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s Daughter Has a Sophisticated New Hobby

It is an interest shared by Pitt.

This past summer, months before Angelina Jolie stunned the world by splitting from Brad Pitt, the Oscar-winning actress offered a rare update about the couple’s six children. Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne, and Knox have spent their young lives in a rarified, creative cocoon—jetting around the world; passing time on many a film set; making movie cameos; and learning from teachers of different backgrounds and religions. So it did not surprise anyone that the children’s extracurriculars were as impressive as their C.V.’s.
“None of my kids want to be actors,” Jolie told an interviewer this June. “They are actually very interested in being musicians. I think they like the process of film from the outside. Mad is interested in editing. Pax loves music and deejaying.”

And now Shiloh seems to be honing another film-adjacent hobby these days: photography.

“Shiloh is very interested in photography,” an “insider” tells Us Weekly, before describing in suspicious detail how Jolie and her daughter stopped by an L.A. photography store on Sunday to inspect its merchandise.

“Angelina asked to look at some of the vintage camera,” the source continues. “Angelina inspected the cameras from many different angles and was asking questions. Shiloh was listening intently and paying close attention.”

The detailed report goes on: “Angelina told Shiloh she would love to get her the camera and asked her, ‘Are you satisfied?’ She told Shiloh it even had black and white, which was a nice added feature. Shiloh nodded her head but didn’t talk much. She really listened to Angelina and deferred to her on everything.”

Shiloh is not the first Pitt-Jolie member to develop a fondness for photography. In 2008, Jolie told W magazine about supporting Brad Pitt’s habit, telling the magazine that she bought him a Littman 45 Single camera for Christmas. The magazine published personal photos Pitt took of his family.

Jolie later said, “I love his photography. . .Some people have a hobby, and they find the quickest way to it and are very pleased with the outcome right away. But he’s someone who will really study the camera—he’ll get the most complicated one and really understand the science behind it. And he’s very critical of his own work. I’ll see a photograph and think it’s amazing, but he’ll see all the different reasons why it can be better, and he’ll work very, very hard to improve it.”

The Pitt-Jolie children have hobbies far beyond the camera though. This past summer, Jolie detailed her children’s additional interests, explaining, “All the kids are learning different languages. . .I asked them what languages they wanted to learn and Shi is learning Khmai, which is a Cambodian language, Pax is focusing on Vietnamese, Mad has taken to German and Russian, Z is speaking French, Vivienne really wanted to learn Arabic, and Knox is learning sign language.”

“I suppose that just means you don’t know who your children are until they show you who they are and they are just becoming whoever they want to be,” Jolie said.

Last summer, Jolie confirmed that she and her eldest son, Maddox, are making a movie for Netflix together.

Pentax 645Z Medium Format Digital SLR Camera Body
MFR Part #: 16599
Samy's Part #: S-031828

Rarely does a camera come along that piques the interest of such a broad variety of photographers. Often, cameras are targeted solely at the professional reportage shooter, or the street photographer, the hobbyist, or even the collector. Cameras have a way of generating an identity based on, of course, their specifications, as well as numerous other qualities including legacy, design, and intended use. These factors alone can isolate cameras, or even genres of cameras, and generate a stigma surrounding a certain type of camera. Medium format is often one of these prestigious classes; coveted for image quality, loathed for expense, inflexibility, and hassle. This is where the Pentax 645Z breaks the mold, and attempts to generate a significantly broader range of appeal through its streamlined design, incorporation of more modern, wide-ranging features, and its availability to the general photographer.

As excited as many about this camera, we jumped at the opportunity to spend some time working with camera over a longer period of time than many of our B&H reviews, and took advantage by getting the 645Z in the hands of five photographers. Each photographer was given the chance to substitute this camera for his normal workhorse, and invited to share feedback on what is was like to work with the Pentax 645Z as they would in their normal, day-to-day routine.

A Quick Intro to the 645Z, and How We Got Here
For those unfamiliar with the 645Z, it is Pentax's most recent iteration of the venerable 645 series of medium format cameras, and was announced in 2014. As a system, the Pentax 645 debuted in the mid 1980s as a medium format, 6 x 4.5cm film camera. Compared to other cameras of the time, the 645 was unique in that it lacked the modularity of other systems and had a fixed film back to cut down on weight and size. The original 645 was then succeeded by the much improved 645N, which added autofocus, more advanced exposure metering, and some other interface updates. The film era ended in the early 2000s with the release of the 645NII, which saw some cosmetic enhancements, as well as more refined exposure settings and a mirror lock-up function.

Nearly ten years later, Pentax made its entrance into the medium format digital market with the 645D. Again unique in comparison to other manufacturers, the 645D features a fixed back that enables its design to be more compact and weather-sealed. This model featured a 40MP CCD sensor, measuring 44 x 33mm, and it appealed to Pentax 645 legacy users through its support of all 645 mount lenses.
Fast-forward to the present, and the 645Z is the latest in this series that now spans more than 30 years. Like the transition from the original 645 to the 645N, the 645Z improved upon its predecessor in numerous ways. Arguably the most notable change is the switch to a CMOS sensor, along with an upped resolution to 51.4MP. A larger rear LCD was added, 3.2" versus the former's 3.0", and it gained a tilting design for easier use. The 645Z also added a much expanded sensitivity range up to ISO 204800, faster continuous shooting at 3 fps, an improved 27-point AF system, and the ability to record full HD video—a first for medium format DSLRs.

Grant Willing is based in Brooklyn, New York, and is an art and editorial photographer who has shot for The New York Times, Aftonbladet, Kaleidoscope Magazine, and Subbacultcha, among other publications, and has exhibited his work both nationally and abroad. He is primarily a landscape and environmental photographer who draws inspiration from music and his surroundings.
Willing replaced his usual array of medium and large format film cameras with the Pentax 645Z and set out to photograph a series of landscapes much in the manner of his usual work. On beginning to work with the 645Z, Willing states, "I had no issues switching to the 645Z; while I primarily work with my Mamiya 7 II and Linhof Technika 4 x 5", the amount of control on the 645Z felt just right. The size was comfortable to handle, and the weight of the body plus a lens or two wasn't overbearing." Unlike the other photographers in this review, Willing championed the camera's ability to be a versatile tool for walk-around shoots, "I'm used to working with larger, heavier cameras, so the 645Z's weight never really got to me until the end of a day's shoot where I could be walking around for hours at a time. I know many people see this camera as an ideal tool for studio shooting or portraits, but for me this felt like a perfect match for landscape—you get the high resolution that's pretty essential for my needs of making prints and you get a really broad dynamic range that's perfect for working in mixed and changing light." 
When asked if he could see the 645Z replacing his usual setup, Willing stated, "I'm not entirely sure yet, but it was one of the more enjoyable experiences I've had working with a digital camera in a while. I also own a Nikon D800, which I mainly use for editorial work, but it has never been a camera that's inspired me for personal projects; the 645Z, on the other hand, was a tool I seriously enjoyed working with, mainly due to the viewing experience and just the look of the files." Countering his overall positive attitude in working with the camera, Willing also adds, "the look of digital still doesn't match film for me, and it's obviously not a resolution-type thing anymore. The 645Z does offer more 'warmth' to the imagery [compared to other digital cameras], but it still has a sterility that's hard to tame."

After having the chance to shoot for a while, one of Willing's most-liked assets of the post-production workflow associated with the 645Z is "that it shoots in DNG, and the files are really easy to work with. Also, since I tend to work in black-and-white, I actually appreciated the amount of color information in the files, as it gave me more latitude when doing channel mixing in post to create grayscale images with a range of controllable tones."

In closing, Willing stated, "If there was a new digital camera I'd try to spring for, the 645Z would be near the top of my list. I really appreciate everything that's crammed into it. I can't comment too much on pushing this camera to its limits or maxing out its speed since that's not really what I look for in a camera. I can say that the operability and enjoyment of use, along with the image quality, were very high, and that's what matters most to me."

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  1. Fussy here is the third photo, You might have a better idea which camera it is but to me looks like a Nikon one of those old Polaroid cameras?

    Fussy here are the full set of 12 photos of Shiloh and Angelina taken from the on-shop security camera.

  2. Fussy along with the photos there is a in house video that the shop seems to have sold too and they are saying " Exclusive... 52261538 Angelina Jolie takes her daughter Shiloh Jolie Pitt Christmas Shopping at Sammy's in West Los Angeles, CA on December 18th 2016. In the video (also available upon request), Angelina is heard talking about a black and white camera "

  3. Fussy not sure this is old or new news but in Brad and Aneglina's case summary:
    12/13/2016 Proof of Service Filed by Respondent
    Respondent, Brad, attorney filed an unknown something and notice/service to other party of the filing of whatever it was. Or maybe this is probably the proof that Angelina and Wasser had received notice of the RFO Brad filed on Dec 7. There was already a Proof of Service filed that Brad had received notice of Angie response to his RFO being filed. The was one filed on Dec 9 as well.?

  4. Fussy, I just wanted to say a massive thank you Just in case I'm unable to post around Christmas. A big thank you for your great inputs and your own perspective take on how things are with JP's. Yes, we all are speculating, but I for one love your positive take and your calm manner which comes across in your writing.Have a Happy Christmas in advance and please carry on the good work with your site, I appreciate it and I know many others do too.Never let other jelous peoples negativity get you down.