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Forum: Film vs Digital 4 Hours Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 278
Posted By Roger Hicks
You can use absolutely anything for fashion,...

You can use absolutely anything for fashion, including 8x10 inch. Surely it's a question of the look you want: your personal vision. The Mamiya and X100S are so different that you're going to get...
Forum: 120 RF's 4 Hours Ago
Replies: 76
Views: 1,435
Posted By Roger Hicks
Not really. Remember that these were the standard...

Not really. Remember that these were the standard US press camera in the 1940s or even 1950s. For more recent hand-held 4x5 shots see http://www.rogerandfrances.com/sgallery/g%20sepia%202.html

Not...
Forum: 120 RF's 15 Hours Ago
Replies: 76
Views: 1,435
Posted By Roger Hicks
Forget movements on 4x5 cameras with 90mm or...

Forget movements on 4x5 cameras with 90mm or wider lenses and conventional pleated bellows. They bind (too compressed) and barely allow focusing.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Film vs Digital 15 Hours Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 270
Posted By Roger Hicks
Only at full aperture with uncoated pre-war...

Only at full aperture with uncoated pre-war lenses. Modern coated lenses are well known to be at least twice as good, as are scratched Summars when stopped down to f/9. Though of course modern...
Forum: Film vs Digital 1 Day Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 270
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Paul, But there's a big difference between...

Dear Paul,

But there's a big difference between "most" and "all". After all, camera phones can do everything that most amateurs require: it's a question of what sort of amateur.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Film vs Digital 1 Day Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 270
Posted By Roger Hicks
Of course the gods in Solms and Wetzlar may allow...

Of course the gods in Solms and Wetzlar may allow slightly more...

But as you say, it's not a terribly meaningful question. There are too many variables; and at the edges of those variables, things...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 1 Day Ago
Replies: 59
Views: 1,654
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Tim, Admittedly I'm hypercritical, as I...

Dear Tim,

Admittedly I'm hypercritical, as I used to make the same sort of thing as your relative, again professionally, in the days of slide-tape and "teaching machines" (remember those?). I was...
Forum: 120 RF's 1 Day Ago
Replies: 76
Views: 1,435
Posted By Roger Hicks
Linked rear focusing track, a lot lighter and...

Linked rear focusing track, a lot lighter and cheaper than Linhof, better movements than Graflex... To be honest, having owned all three, I can't remember the precise details, just that I liked the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 1 Day Ago
Replies: 33
Views: 1,008
Posted By Roger Hicks
No, you can't. The difference between Vaseline on...

No, you can't. The difference between Vaseline on the lens, and under-corrected spherical aberration, is very great indeed -- as you would know if you had tried it. Also,a purpose-build soft-focus...
Forum: Fuji X Interchangeable Lens Cameras 2 Days Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 376
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Godfrey, Exactly. There is often a good...

Dear Godfrey,

Exactly. There is often a good reason why some things cost more than others.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 2 Days Ago
Replies: 59
Views: 1,654
Posted By Roger Hicks
Exactly. What I'm complaining about is the amount...

Exactly. What I'm complaining about is the amount of time I have to waste just to watch enough of a video to be sure that it's rubbish. As videos almost invariably are rubbish I now cut out the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 2 Days Ago
Replies: 33
Views: 1,008
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear David, Seconded. I'd go for an 85/2 Jupiter...

Dear David,

Seconded. I'd go for an 85/2 Jupiter over a 90/4 Elmar any day -- and I've had several of both.

Of course the ultimate answer is a Thambar 90/2.2 but alas "cheap" is not part of the...
Forum: 120 RF's 2 Days Ago
Replies: 76
Views: 1,435
Posted By Roger Hicks
(1) Almost certainly not. You'd need a much...

(1) Almost certainly not. You'd need a much longer cone and a lens in a focusing mount.

(2) Dunno but I suspect it's because the lenses are not 100% symmetrical and that you'd therefore need...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 2 Days Ago
Replies: 59
Views: 1,654
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Robin, Quite. One can glance politely at a...

Dear Robin,

Quite. One can glance politely at a still picture and then adroitly change the subject, but with a video, you're trapped by the bloody thing.

The same is true of 99% of instructional...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 2 Days Ago
Replies: 29
Views: 1,078
Posted By Roger Hicks
:angel: Lack of demand = high unit prices. What...

:angel:
Lack of demand = high unit prices.

What on earth does "legitimately needs" mean in this context?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: 120 RF's 2 Days Ago
Replies: 76
Views: 1,435
Posted By Roger Hicks
Difficulty (sharpness, vignetting, aberrations)...

Difficulty (sharpness, vignetting, aberrations) and therefore expense. But my wife Frances uses a 35mm Apo-Grandagon on her Alpa with 6x9 cm and can even get a tiny bit of rise. That's like a 15mm...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 2 Days Ago
Replies: 59
Views: 1,654
Posted By Roger Hicks
As well as taking still pictures, do we "have" to...

As well as taking still pictures, do we "have" to draw with pencil? With charcoal? Paint in oils?

Frame the question like that, and the answer is "of course not".

For me, video is about as relevant...
Forum: 120 RF's 3 Days Ago
Replies: 76
Views: 1,435
Posted By Roger Hicks
I'm sure you're right in all respects, but as you...

I'm sure you're right in all respects, but as you say of the RB/RZ, the WEIGHT!

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 3 Days Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 840
Posted By Roger Hicks
Highlight 1: But sharpness ALWAYS declines with...

Highlight 1: But sharpness ALWAYS declines with increasing exposure. It's just a question of how much loss of sharpness you can put up with -- a strong argument for larger formats than 35mm. From...
Forum: RFF Polls 3 Days Ago
Replies: 129
Views: 4,212
Posted By Roger Hicks
Very true. I hesitate to draw conclusions, at...

Very true. I hesitate to draw conclusions, at least so soon.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: RFF Polls 3 Days Ago
Replies: 129
Views: 4,212
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Randy, At 12 years here in Moncontour, this...

Dear Randy,

At 12 years here in Moncontour, this is the second-longest time I've lived continuously in one place (13 years in Bristol). But wouldn't you have guessed, before this poll, that the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Days Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 1,120
Posted By Roger Hicks
That's my feeling too, but then, I buy and sell...

That's my feeling too, but then, I buy and sell almost nothing nowadays.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: RFF Polls 3 Days Ago
Replies: 129
Views: 4,212
Posted By Roger Hicks
Or, conversely, that there were so few North...

Or, conversely, that there were so few North Americans!

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 3 Days Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 840
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear V, Well, if it's the only think I know...

Dear V,

Well, if it's the only think I know about exposure and ISO speeds, it's quite extraordinary that I've written books about photography in general and exposure in particular and that people...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 3 Days Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 840
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear V, Well, if it's the only thing I know...

Dear V,

Well, if it's the only thing I know about exposure and ISO speeds, it's quite extraordinary that I've written books about photography in general and exposure in particular and that people...
Forum: 120 RF's 4 Days Ago
Replies: 76
Views: 1,435
Posted By Roger Hicks
Yes, but 90mm is hardly a wide-angle on roll-film...

Yes, but 90mm is hardly a wide-angle on roll-film unless you use a 6x12 back (serious money) and as far as I can see this is the only focal length choice. Chopping up a ratty Mamiya and using a...
Forum: 120 RF's 4 Days Ago
Replies: 76
Views: 1,435
Posted By Roger Hicks
Para 1: Ah, I now understand the origin of the...

Para 1: Ah, I now understand the origin of the misunderstanding. Yes, that'll do as an explanation.

Para 2: The only was you will get in sight of $200 US is if you build the camera yourself. The...
Forum: RFF Polls 4 Days Ago
Replies: 129
Views: 4,212
Posted By Roger Hicks
Well, there are the language differences in...

Well, there are the language differences in Europe, which are even greater than in the USA, but broadly, I think, kinda, y'know, like, well... You might be right. Know what I mean?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Days Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 840
Posted By Roger Hicks
Not just Leicas! My old Pentaxes are a whole stop...

Not just Leicas! My old Pentaxes are a whole stop over. Leicas are seldom that bad.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: 120 RF's 4 Days Ago
Replies: 76
Views: 1,435
Posted By Roger Hicks
You are more than welcome! Even when you know...

You are more than welcome! Even when you know better, it is easy to be intimidated by nonsense when it is stated with sufficient confidence.

Cheers,

R
Forum: RFF Polls 4 Days Ago
Replies: 129
Views: 4,212
Posted By Roger Hicks
Spengler's Der Untergang des...

Spengler's Der Untergang des Abendlandes...?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: 120 RF's 4 Days Ago
Replies: 76
Views: 1,435
Posted By Roger Hicks
Alpa MF cameras are however quite expensive,...

Alpa MF cameras are however quite expensive, especially the shift version. And easily the best made of the lot, which is why they're quite expensive...

Cheers,

R.
Forum: 120 RF's 4 Days Ago
Replies: 76
Views: 1,435
Posted By Roger Hicks
You have been misinformed. Grievously. Both focal...

You have been misinformed. Grievously. Both focal length and aperture remain constant. Only coverage changes as a function of format. Thus my 38/4.5 has the equivalent coverage of 21mm on the 44x66mm...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 4 Days Ago
Replies: 66
Views: 1,514
Posted By Roger Hicks
Whew! Masochist! Lovely camera but... Cheers, R.

Whew! Masochist! Lovely camera but...

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Days Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 840
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear V. Would you care to expand upon the...

Dear V.

Would you care to expand upon the statement "a view born of reading every other word and looking for a feeble excuse to interject"?

You're right: I don't know you. On the other hand, how...
Forum: RFF Polls 4 Days Ago
Replies: 129
Views: 4,212
Posted By Roger Hicks
Ye'd be of the clan McJozef, then? And more...

Ye'd be of the clan McJozef, then?

And more power to you if you are. The very idea that we're not "Europeans" because we come from/live in one part of Europe instead of another is downright silly....
Forum: RFF Polls 4 Days Ago
Replies: 129
Views: 4,212
Posted By Roger Hicks
Sorry: I meant "you stated it precisely" not...

Sorry: I meant "you stated it precisely" not "please state it more precisely". I was agreeing, not disagreeing!

Though PRC is a big place, the more so if you include occupied countries such as Tibet...
Forum: 120 RF's 4 Days Ago
Replies: 76
Views: 1,435
Posted By Roger Hicks
"Baby" Linhofs (with all movements). Graflex XL....

"Baby" Linhofs (with all movements). Graflex XL. Polaroid 600-series (with adapters). I have all three. A 4x5 camera with a roll-film back is the cheapest option. See also...
Forum: RFF Polls 4 Days Ago
Replies: 129
Views: 4,212
Posted By Roger Hicks
I always thought it was "Continent cut off", but...

I always thought it was "Continent cut off", but yes, I've always like that one too. Even so, I think it's quite hard to argue that the British Isles are in another continent than Europe. The example...
Forum: RFF Polls 4 Days Ago
Replies: 129
Views: 4,212
Posted By Roger Hicks
Precisely. The question wasn't "Where are you"...

Precisely. The question wasn't "Where are you" but "where are you from".

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Days Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 840
Posted By Roger Hicks
Not really. Almost all are rated at a speed...

Not really. Almost all are rated at a speed which, if exposed properly, will give an acceptable negative. But as many meters are designed to give acceptable exposures with transparencies (= keyed to...
Forum: RFF Polls 4 Days Ago
Replies: 129
Views: 4,212
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Paul, Nor do I think anyone minds. It's...

Dear Paul,

Nor do I think anyone minds. It's just your idiosyncratic view of geography that pulls some people up short.

In which continent would you place Britain, if not Europe?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: RFF Polls 5 Days Ago
Replies: 129
Views: 4,212
Posted By Roger Hicks
This is a fantasy distressingly often entertained...

This is a fantasy distressingly often entertained by the English. It's a bit odd when you consider that England is surrounded by countries that mostly do think of themselves as part of Europe:...
Forum: RFF Polls 5 Days Ago
Replies: 129
Views: 4,212
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Paul, I have news for you. "North America",...

Dear Paul,

I have news for you. "North America", "Central and South America", "Asia", etc aren't countries either. They're collections of countries.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: RFF Polls 5 Days Ago
Replies: 129
Views: 4,212
Posted By Roger Hicks
I took this as "Where are you from originally" as...

I took this as "Where are you from originally" as I assumed that many -- perhaps most -- would have moved about a fair bit. Admittedly I was born in Europe; have mostly lived in Europe (Cornwall,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 5 Days Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 490
Posted By Roger Hicks
You might as well say, "If you never go anywhere...

You might as well say, "If you never go anywhere or do anything, but just fondle your lenses at home, you don't need filters." Both statements are equally patronizing and pointless.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Photography General Interest 5 Days Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 490
Posted By Roger Hicks
No it isn't. Frances tripped once on steep steps...

No it isn't. Frances tripped once on steep steps in the Himalayas. Her 35/2.8 PC Nikkor smashed into a pebble in gravel. The L39 filter was shattered. The front glass was (and still is) fine.

A good...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 5 Days Ago
Replies: 66
Views: 1,514
Posted By Roger Hicks
Interesting. Exact opposite for me. Cheers, R.

Interesting. Exact opposite for me.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 5 Days Ago
Replies: 66
Views: 1,514
Posted By Roger Hicks
LF, 13x18 cm/5x7 inch or larger. If you lose the...

LF, 13x18 cm/5x7 inch or larger. If you lose the immediacy of a rangefinder, why piddle around with compromises?

On second thoughts, put an optical VF on top of a digi.

On third thoughts, this is...
Forum: Photography General Interest 5 Days Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 490
Posted By Roger Hicks
Same here. And same for everyone I know who has...

Same here. And same for everyone I know who has actually tested it.

Cheers,

R.
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