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Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 11-25-2012
Replies: 20
Views: 1,359
Posted By TaoPhoto
I really like the Leica D-Lux 4. I don't know...

I really like the Leica D-Lux 4. I don't know that much about the later D-Lux models. The access to manual control is a high value in my book - "manual" controls that come through menu systems aren't...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-13-2011
Replies: 28
Views: 3,302
Posted By TaoPhoto
Sharpness is not the be-all and end-all of...

Sharpness is not the be-all and end-all of "quality." No matter how many times the comparison of digital vs. film boils down to sharpness, the less convinced I am. The sharpness argument sounds, to...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-12-2011
Replies: 31
Views: 3,953
Posted By TaoPhoto
Storytellers vs. statisticians? I haven't seen...

Storytellers vs. statisticians? I haven't seen anything in this thread suggestive of a statistician.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-12-2011
Replies: 476
Views: 104,547
Posted By TaoPhoto
My favorite remains Tri-X. I like the old formula...

My favorite remains Tri-X. I like the old formula better than the current one, but it's still the most flexible B&W film out there. On the other hand, I've been shooting a lot of C-41 B&W lately...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-05-2011
Replies: 1,505
Sticky: Camera Work
Views: 166,904
Posted By TaoPhoto
Well, I'm not at the level of some of the great...

Well, I'm not at the level of some of the great photographers posted here, but I have several photostories I published with Patch that qualify as Camera Work. The links below are some of my...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-04-2011
Replies: 71
Views: 5,540
Posted By TaoPhoto
Of course, this was bound to devolve into a...

Of course, this was bound to devolve into a digital vs. film debate (yet again). There is one thing that bothers me about the responses in this vein: the claims that digital has the same "quality" as...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-04-2011
Replies: 71
Views: 5,540
Posted By TaoPhoto
I can see that scanning is no one's favorite...

I can see that scanning is no one's favorite thing. Mine either. As others, I simply let the shop doing the development do the scans. I get pretty decent 1800 pixel (on the long side) scans from our...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-04-2011
Replies: 31
Views: 2,090
Posted By TaoPhoto
I also use two bodies quite often. For gigs, I'll...

I also use two bodies quite often. For gigs, I'll carry two more or less matching bodies, one as my main shooter and one as backup. OM-4t and an OM-2n or OM-1n, for instance. Both loaded with the...
Forum: Photo Software 06-04-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 1,980
Posted By TaoPhoto
Wow, I haven't heard that name in many years. I...

Wow, I haven't heard that name in many years. I didn't even know there was still an ACDSee until I saw this thread. I always liked their product, back in the day, before PS took over the image...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-03-2011
Replies: 123
Views: 5,459
Posted By TaoPhoto
Paris, Morocco, Prague, just a few that seem to...

Paris, Morocco, Prague, just a few that seem to never run out of photo opportunities. There are many other places, these are just the ones I've seen and can't seem to forget.
Forum: RFF Polls 06-02-2011
Replies: 284
Views: 109,316
Posted By TaoPhoto
Nothing happened. There are just so many good...

Nothing happened. There are just so many good choices in the under $50 category. For a compact RF in that range, I still love the XA. For full-sized RF, the Yashica cameras. That's for beginners,...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 06-02-2011
Replies: 69
Views: 8,811
Posted By TaoPhoto
I think, too, that how a wedding is shot, and how...

I think, too, that how a wedding is shot, and how much work you end up doing, depends highly on who's calling the shots. I don't imagine that fine art wedding photographers like Riccis Valladares and...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-01-2011
Replies: 42
Views: 5,659
Posted By TaoPhoto
By the best lens for photojournalism, I think we...

By the best lens for photojournalism, I think we need to define photojournalism a bit more. What I do, which is more documentary photography, is long-form photojournalism, and I find having a 28/2,...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-31-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 1,003
Posted By TaoPhoto
The viewfinder on the Zorki 4 is bright, compared...

The viewfinder on the Zorki 4 is bright, compared to the Fed-2 and many other older rangefinder cameras, but rather dark compared to Leica M cameras or D/SLR's. Your's doesn't sound broken, though...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-30-2011
Replies: 25
Views: 2,487
Posted By TaoPhoto
I have also had many Olympus DSLR's, and for the...

I have also had many Olympus DSLR's, and for the same reasons as Kuzano, I've sold all but an E-300 and an E-500. The E-1 is really a very nice camera, but I think I found my point of happiness in...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-29-2011
Replies: 64
Views: 3,422
Posted By TaoPhoto
I also use both, frequently. Unless I'm just out...

I also use both, frequently. Unless I'm just out working on a personal project or taking a photo walk, I'll almost always have an Olympus SLR in hand and one of my RFs in my bag. Each is suited to...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-26-2011
Replies: 49
Views: 2,736
Posted By TaoPhoto
I don't have the Leica 90mm, but I have 90's and...

I don't have the Leica 90mm, but I have 90's and 85's on other platforms. I find them very useful, but for specific projects. Portraits, of course, often lend themselves to this range, but almost...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-24-2011
Replies: 87
Views: 6,218
Posted By TaoPhoto
My story with the M6 is similar. Expensive...

My story with the M6 is similar. Expensive (relatively) camera, pricey summacron lenses. It wasn't the sort of camera I could just toss into my bag everyday to bump through the world with me. I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-22-2011
Replies: 35
Views: 2,898
Posted By TaoPhoto
I've seen several references to Purelight, but...

I've seen several references to Purelight, but quick googling reveals several sites called Purelight, and none of them photographic in nature. Anyone have a link for this one?
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 05-19-2011
Replies: 31
Views: 3,749
Posted By TaoPhoto
I use that same bag! I got mine at a local...

I use that same bag! I got mine at a local military surplus store. $12 I think. Just perfect for a RF or OM SLR, a lens or two, a light meter in one side pocket and extra film in the other. I think...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-19-2011
Replies: 3,487
Views: 547,830
Posted By TaoPhoto
I don't use zooms that often, but I do have a...

I don't use zooms that often, but I do have a Tamrom 35-70/3.5 that I like quite a bit for some kinds of travel and event shots. I also have a Tokina 24-40/2.8 on the way. I'm really looking forward...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-19-2011
Replies: 3,487
Views: 547,830
Posted By TaoPhoto
I have the 50 1.2, 1.4 and 1.8, and I like them...

I have the 50 1.2, 1.4 and 1.8, and I like them all, but for my primary lens I actually prefer the 1.8 (mij version). I like the sharpness and color rendition of that lens much more than either of...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-18-2011
Replies: 3,487
Views: 547,830
Posted By TaoPhoto
Those are my favorite lens lengths too. Except in...

Those are my favorite lens lengths too. Except in my case, it's the 28/2.8, 50/1.8 and 85/2. Much lighter than the faster combo, I can put one on the camera, two in the bag, and I've got a kit that's...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-17-2011
Replies: 3,487
Views: 547,830
Posted By TaoPhoto
Even the Winder 2 is pretty nice by comparison to...

Even the Winder 2 is pretty nice by comparison to some of the very loud winders/motor drives on other cameras. I love the modularity of Olympus cameras. One day, I have my OM-1n in hand with a 50mm. ...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-12-2011
Replies: 23
Views: 2,549
Posted By TaoPhoto
I knew he had something up his sleeve! I thought...

I knew he had something up his sleeve! I thought he used a Canonet 28, though. Either way, from the look of the enlargements in his gallery show, he had some post-process that was way ahead of its...
Forum: Film vs Digital 05-12-2011
Replies: 120
Views: 23,426
Posted By TaoPhoto
I couldn't choose one of the poll choices, as...

I couldn't choose one of the poll choices, as they simply don't offer enough breadth. There is no reason to assume that HCB wouldn't choose SLR's over RF's, another brand over Leica, some kinds of...
Forum: Off Topic 05-10-2011
Replies: 69
Views: 2,673
Posted By TaoPhoto
Interesting combination of statements. Still, a...

Interesting combination of statements. Still, a lot of what I see getting called street photography is little more than people who get their kicks out of being rude in someone's face. Big deal. Grow...
Forum: Off Topic 05-10-2011
Replies: 69
Views: 2,673
Posted By TaoPhoto
I guess that depends on where you are. Some PD's...

I guess that depends on where you are. Some PD's are probably better than others. However in many places, once you formally accuse a person of assault in the presence of a police officer, they have...
Forum: Off Topic 05-10-2011
Replies: 69
Views: 2,673
Posted By TaoPhoto
What is legal and what people will let you get...

What is legal and what people will let you get away with are two different things. People often don't care about laws, just their own personal needs and wants. And they act on those needs and fears....
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 05-10-2011
Replies: 29
Views: 4,085
Posted By TaoPhoto
The OP has got a lot of advice about street...

The OP has got a lot of advice about street shooting in this thread, but that's not the only way to shoot people. Another way is to work with models, and place them in an environmental context (not a...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-09-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 865
Posted By TaoPhoto
And a bad time to buy. Kind of reminds me of...

And a bad time to buy. Kind of reminds me of what's happening with real estate in many parts of the U.S.
Forum: RFF Polls 05-09-2011
Replies: 52
Views: 3,931
Posted By TaoPhoto
I have camera related dreams every now and again....

I have camera related dreams every now and again. Usually they're either about equipment that I'm thinking of buying or just bought, or they are about being unprepared in some way. I had one the...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-07-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 1,705
Posted By TaoPhoto
The reflector idea is a good one, and probably...

The reflector idea is a good one, and probably better than fill-flash for outdoor shots as you describe. You could, of course, stack on ND filters or use slower film, but I think what you're looking...
Forum: RFF Polls 05-07-2011
Replies: 27
Views: 4,409
Posted By TaoPhoto
I, for one, trust the photograph more than the...

I, for one, trust the photograph more than the mirror. In the moment, the human mind has an amazing ability to not see what it doesn't want to see. We fool ourselves all the time in the mirror,...
Forum: Film vs Digital 05-07-2011
Replies: 39
Views: 3,517
Posted By TaoPhoto
Film is not a religion? True, though both film...

Film is not a religion? True, though both film and digital afficiandos often sound like evangelists. I have to admit that the folks here on RFF frequently remind me of a group from one of the...
Forum: Film vs Digital 05-06-2011
Replies: 39
Views: 3,517
Posted By TaoPhoto
I neither love nor hate digital. It's a tool, it...

I neither love nor hate digital. It's a tool, it has its uses, and its limitations. I do, however, love film. The tactile sense of it, the way it captures light and color, the way it makes me slow...
Forum: RFF Polls 05-06-2011
Replies: 89
Views: 14,633
Posted By TaoPhoto
Mostly I shoot right-eyed, but I wear contacts...

Mostly I shoot right-eyed, but I wear contacts and occasionally the right one will be a little dry or otherwise compromised, making for less clarity. In those situations, I switch to the left eye to...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-06-2011
Replies: 33
Views: 3,242
Posted By TaoPhoto
I voted for transport, which to me can be...

I voted for transport, which to me can be anything from trains to cars to Harley Davidsons to skateboards. It could be fun, with my Fed-2 and a little creativity on my part. The other categories are...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-05-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 2,131
Posted By TaoPhoto
From Photosig: Elite Chrome 100 -...

From Photosig:

Elite Chrome 100 - http://www.photosig.com/go/photos/browse?id=2809

E100G - http://www.photosig.com/go/photos/browse?id=22633

That site is a great resource for comparing things...
Forum: Off Topic 05-03-2011
Replies: 74
Views: 5,266
Posted By TaoPhoto
Gangs are another matter altogether. From...

Gangs are another matter altogether. From initiation beatings of strangers to so-called "polar bear hunts" these aren't the kind of BG's you can scare off easily. Most garden-variety intruders don't...
Forum: Off Topic 05-03-2011
Replies: 74
Views: 5,266
Posted By TaoPhoto
We have the Castle Doctrine here too. Many states...

We have the Castle Doctrine here too. Many states do. They say that the sound of a shotgun chambering a round is enough to scare the pants off most bad guys. I wonder if my Zorki could have the same...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-03-2011
Replies: 3,487
Views: 547,830
Posted By TaoPhoto
I've always been partial to the chrome OM's...

I've always been partial to the chrome OM's myself. Probably just the classic look that I like. My OM-4t is the exception, in champagne rather than chrome.
Forum: Off Topic 05-03-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 522
Posted By TaoPhoto
To me, the bigger risk is the mail system in...

To me, the bigger risk is the mail system in International sales. US international mail, International Priority Mail and the like, are all trackable and reliable in the U.S, but once they leave here,...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-02-2011
Replies: 14
Views: 1,235
Posted By TaoPhoto
Reliability and simplicity seem to be mentioned a...

Reliability and simplicity seem to be mentioned a lot in these responses. I agree that both are important. Still, I've seen Fed-2's dropped down a rock face, stepped on, kicked, and doused with...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-02-2011
Replies: 14
Views: 1,235
Posted By TaoPhoto
Actually, I wrote what I did because while I...

Actually, I wrote what I did because while I didn't find the M6 experience overwhelming or connecting, I realize that many others do. After all, Leica M cameras are almost a religion in many places....
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-30-2011
Replies: 31
Views: 2,252
Posted By TaoPhoto
Paolo, I’ll try to get a shot of the gorillapod...

Paolo, I’ll try to get a shot of the gorillapod on my bike this weekend for you. I found the handlebars to be an okay mount point, though I ride a road bike and I have drop bars that are less than...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-30-2011
Replies: 31
Views: 2,252
Posted By TaoPhoto
I ride with the Stylus (DX Zoom) as well, or the...

I ride with the Stylus (DX Zoom) as well, or the XA. If the latter, I also sometimes bungee-cord my gorillapod to the bike. It's adds very little weight, and some great shots can be had with this...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-29-2011
Replies: 14
Views: 1,235
Posted By TaoPhoto
A Year of Rangefinders

About a year ago, I set all my cameras on a table, and decided to spend a year with rangefinders for most of my photography work. I sold my Nikon cameras and lenses, and purchased a Leica IIIf to get...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-29-2011
Replies: 31
Views: 2,712
Posted By TaoPhoto
I agree with the advice to start with the Bessa,...

I agree with the advice to start with the Bessa, and if you go Bessa R and stick to LTM lenses, you'll be able to put a lot of glass together for relatively little. M mount lenses tend to be pricey...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 04-27-2011
Replies: 46
Views: 7,863
Posted By TaoPhoto
What photo vest is Brad wearing there? It looks...

What photo vest is Brad wearing there? It looks like the Humvee Combat photo vest, but without the mesh upper that one has. It also looks suspiciously like it was tailored a bit to look less dorky on...
Forum: RFF Polls 04-25-2011
Replies: 551
Views: 95,421
Posted By TaoPhoto
For me it was a Kodak Instamatic 100, using the...

For me it was a Kodak Instamatic 100, using the 126 cartridge film. I was about six. I carried that camera all over my neighborhood, on trips, and shot roll after roll of film that my parents...
Forum: Yashica RF 04-24-2011
Replies: 26
Views: 3,944
Posted By TaoPhoto
Thank you, Arthur! As to the vertical shot, I...

Thank you, Arthur! As to the vertical shot, I focussed it first on the horizontal, then turned the camera. Even with good rangefinder spots, like on the M6, Bessa, or even Fed-2, I find it difficult...
Forum: Yashica RF 04-24-2011
Replies: 26
Views: 3,944
Posted By TaoPhoto
I'll see if I have others that would be good to...

I'll see if I have others that would be good to upload, but if you look at my portfolio site here: http://www.normankraft.com/Events/Year-of-the-Rabbit

That shoot was done with the GSN and Fuji Pro...
Forum: Yashica RF 04-24-2011
Replies: 26
Views: 3,944
Posted By TaoPhoto
I love my Yashica GSN, but I have to agree on the...

I love my Yashica GSN, but I have to agree on the rangefinder patch. It can be very difficult to find. Even my Fed-2 is easier to focus, but the results from the Yashica keep me at it. Nice image....
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-23-2011
Replies: 39
Views: 9,947
Posted By TaoPhoto
This is an interesting discussion, but I think...

This is an interesting discussion, but I think the thing missing from his point is that photojournalism is just capturing the moment. It's capturing the moment for communication to the public. Since...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 04-22-2011
Replies: 5
Views: 1,179
Posted By TaoPhoto
I also prefer primes, they're what I use most of...

I also prefer primes, they're what I use most of the time. I don't find zooms that different, though. While I visualize before putting viewfinder to eye, I nearly always modify after seeing how the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-22-2011
Replies: 53
Views: 5,113
Posted By TaoPhoto
The high iso pictures are interesting, even...

The high iso pictures are interesting, even impressive. However, for still life, as many of these pictures were, iso 100 and a tripod will give a much nicer outcome. The only thing I see such high...
Forum: Olympus RF 04-21-2011
Replies: 87
Views: 16,976
Posted By TaoPhoto
TriX in my XA at the moment, pushed to 800. I...

TriX in my XA at the moment, pushed to 800. I need to finish that roll. Next up, probably Fuji Pro 160 or Kodak Gold 200. Both do very nicely in this camera.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-19-2011
Replies: 23
Views: 2,558
Posted By TaoPhoto
Lightstalkers was originally a haven for...

Lightstalkers was originally a haven for photojournalists, now it's pretty easy to get an invite for just about anyone. Still, that extra step does keep the site fairly exclusive. Membership comes...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-18-2011
Replies: 29
Views: 4,498
Posted By TaoPhoto
Just another Flickr thought - seems like there is...

Just another Flickr thought - seems like there is a constant stream of companies (news, etc) being sued for using images on Flickr without permission, violating copyrights. When companies are looking...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-16-2011
Replies: 6,551
Views: 548,103
Posted By TaoPhoto
Back to the well with Yuri, and picked up a Kiev...

Back to the well with Yuri, and picked up a Kiev 4am with a Helios 103. It's going to be a summer of Russian camera fun!

Oh, and while I didn't buy it, an Olympus C-7000 was given to me last night....
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-11-2011
Replies: 251
Views: 33,874
Posted By TaoPhoto
The question, really, should be: How many female...

The question, really, should be: How many female leica m users here who spend time on Internet forums. That accounts for the very small numbers. In my experience, women don't spend nearly as much...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-09-2011
Replies: 6,551
Views: 548,103
Posted By TaoPhoto
I just picked up a Zorki 4K body from Yuri at...

I just picked up a Zorki 4K body from Yuri at Fedka. Haven't shot with one of these before, and I'm looking forward to it. Should arrive Monday.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-09-2011
Replies: 21
Views: 3,225
Posted By TaoPhoto
Great photos from your Yashica D. I have one,...

Great photos from your Yashica D. I have one, too, and just love the pictures it produces. Great, bargain performers in the TLR world.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-09-2011
Replies: 40
Views: 3,505
Posted By TaoPhoto
This is a fun thread. What strikes me as best...

This is a fun thread. What strikes me as best about it, though, is the willingness to experiment. Too often these days, we have an idea about something to try, we google it, the Internet tells us it...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-08-2011
Replies: 31
Views: 1,807
Posted By TaoPhoto
Old PJ trick?

Old PJ trick?
Forum: RFF Polls 04-08-2011
Replies: 187
Views: 11,131
Posted By TaoPhoto
It's too bad I had to pick just one. For me it's...

It's too bad I had to pick just one. For me it's tea all day, then equal amount of craft beer or whatever red wine was on sale. Except on weekends. Then just reverse all that.
Forum: RFF Polls 04-08-2011
Replies: 154
Views: 29,233
Posted By TaoPhoto
A lot of these responses say something to the...

A lot of these responses say something to the effect of "when traveling I bring digital (or whatever) because it's easier." I guess I'm in a different camp. I enjoy photography, and I enjoy manual,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-07-2011
Replies: 31
Views: 1,807
Posted By TaoPhoto
I have one roll of Fuji Pro, one of Kodak Gold,...

I have one roll of Fuji Pro, one of Kodak Gold, and two of Tri-X laying around. They'll all be developed by Saturday morning. I hate leaving undeveloped film around.

The color will be scanned for...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 04-02-2011
Replies: 6
Views: 993
Posted By TaoPhoto
That's what I do with my Bessa R and the Elmar...

That's what I do with my Bessa R and the Elmar 50/3.5. Rubber bands worked okay, but they tend to roll up or break. The hair thingy, borrowed from my wife, is perfect! Someone else said they found an...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-01-2011
Replies: 33
Views: 2,198
Posted By TaoPhoto
Now this is a great idea. I just ordered a OM ->...

Now this is a great idea. I just ordered a OM -> 4/3 adapter, which should allow me to use the Zuiko lenses from my beloved OM-1n on the Oly DSLR. Set the rest to manual, and you might be on to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-01-2011
Replies: 33
Views: 2,198
Posted By TaoPhoto
I appreciate the options put forth so far, but...

I appreciate the options put forth so far, but none are quite what I'm looking for. In a perfect world, I'd love a digital back for my M6, one that leaves the controls and the focus on manual, and...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-01-2011
Replies: 33
Views: 2,198
Posted By TaoPhoto
I have yet to see a M8 for $2000. Most are $3000,...

I have yet to see a M8 for $2000. Most are $3000, even used.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-01-2011
Replies: 33
Views: 2,198
Posted By TaoPhoto
I'm aware of both. The M8 is only slightly more...

I'm aware of both. The M8 is only slightly more affordable than the M9. Still too expensive for my budget. The Epson is nice, but dated, and difficult to get repairs.

I guess I should refine my...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-01-2011
Replies: 33
Views: 2,198
Posted By TaoPhoto
Digital Camera for a RFF lover

Okay, I truly love my M6, Bessa, Fed-2, etc. Great film cameras, and I have a strong preference for all manual bodies and prime lenses.

That said, what would be the ideal, affordable, digital camera...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-30-2011
Replies: 3,800
Views: 280,406
Posted By TaoPhoto
Today: A Fed-2c with a Jupiter 12 and Kodak Gold...

Today: A Fed-2c with a Jupiter 12 and Kodak Gold 200. Not as good a fit in the pocket as my XA, but more fun.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-30-2011
Replies: 23
Views: 1,789
Posted By TaoPhoto
Aside from heat damaging film, which doesn't...

Aside from heat damaging film, which doesn't really seem to take a lot of heat or time, newer cameras with plastic parts are especially susceptible to summer car heat. I've seen DSLR's with warped...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 03-20-2011
Replies: 31
Views: 2,760
Posted By TaoPhoto
I'm in the same situation of sucking at creating...

I'm in the same situation of sucking at creating titles. I try, just to relieve monotony on my portfolio site, for example. Somehow "Untitled #62" just looks like I'm not trying hard enough.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-18-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 2,740
Posted By TaoPhoto
You don't mention where you are, but if in the...

You don't mention where you are, but if in the U.S., Kodak Gold 200 is just about the least expensive I find. There are also drugstore brands (CVS, Walgreens, etc), that are just Fuji and Kodak...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 03-13-2011
Replies: 33
Views: 6,762
Posted By TaoPhoto
I usually hand-hold my rangefinders, but I've...

I usually hand-hold my rangefinders, but I've also used my full-sized tripod and tried several table-top tripods. Lately, I've been having good results with a Gorillapod. It has it's ups and downs,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-08-2011
Replies: 18
Views: 1,656
Posted By TaoPhoto
For me it would probably be the street roll,...

For me it would probably be the street roll, followed by the landscape roll, followed by the portrait roll. Actually, though, I wish it were the other way around.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 03-02-2011
Replies: 56
Views: 6,579
Posted By TaoPhoto
I have pictures from 20 and 30 years ago and I...

I have pictures from 20 and 30 years ago and I have to say that except for some specific shots (an old girlfriend at the beach, etc), I don't remember which camera or lens took which pictures. I can...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-25-2011
Replies: 26
Views: 2,894
Posted By TaoPhoto
Here in Salem, MA, it's the Walgreens. Tim, the...

Here in Salem, MA, it's the Walgreens. Tim, the head photo guy, worked for years in a camera store before coming to Walgreens. He keeps the chemistry up to date, does all the recommended maintenance,...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-23-2011
Replies: 38
Views: 3,418
Posted By TaoPhoto
It seems that many people are waiting for the end...

It seems that many people are waiting for the end of still photography. Yes, we are deluged with images, given cell phones, compact digital cameras, and the fact that every tourist seems to have a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-23-2011
Replies: 21
Views: 2,079
Posted By TaoPhoto
If you're worried about micro f-stops, get one of...

If you're worried about micro f-stops, get one of the Russian lenses that doesn't have click stops. Infinite f-stop control! Need F3.72, you've got it.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 02-20-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 2,110
Posted By TaoPhoto
I just picked up an I-61 LD and put it on my...

I just picked up an I-61 LD and put it on my Bessa R. Shot a roll of Kodak Gold 200, my usual test film. Wow, was I impressed with this lens. I'd have to say it's a better color lens than my Canon...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-17-2011
Replies: 96
Views: 5,256
Posted By TaoPhoto
Film will always be around, most likely, but it...

Film will always be around, most likely, but it may become niche, become even more expensive, and become difficult to find. I'd still hang in there with film as long as I could get at least 35mm. By...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-17-2011
Replies: 3,800
Views: 280,406
Posted By TaoPhoto
Today I have my Olympus XA with Kodak Ultramax...

Today I have my Olympus XA with Kodak Ultramax 400, and my Bessa R with an Industar-61LD and Kodak Gold 200. One in each coat pocket.
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 02-17-2011
Replies: 20
Views: 1,833
Posted By TaoPhoto
I don't see it as a question of rangefinder vs....

I don't see it as a question of rangefinder vs. digital camera. Each gives a different kind of image, and your selection will color the type of shoot it will be. One is color, one is black & white....
Forum: RFF Polls 01-15-2011
Replies: 284
Views: 109,316
Posted By TaoPhoto
In the under $50 category, I'll also recommend...

In the under $50 category, I'll also recommend the GSN. Amazing camera for the price, I bought two. I also got my Olympus XA for under $50 - another amazing camera for the price.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-16-2010
Replies: 59
Views: 10,144
Posted By TaoPhoto
I barely had time to visit still-dancing once,...

I barely had time to visit still-dancing once, and now it seems that the site is gone. Darn. It looked interesting.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-16-2010
Replies: 45
Views: 3,836
Posted By TaoPhoto
Actually, in police investigations high contrast...

Actually, in police investigations high contrast B&W was often used for evidence photos. Kodak Technical Pan and the Bluefire films were very popular, as the increased contrast and incredible...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-15-2010
Replies: 72
Views: 44,502
Posted By TaoPhoto
They have it on the shelf in my local CVS, too,...

They have it on the shelf in my local CVS, too, though only 24 exposure. At at $5.50 a roll, it's still a better deal than the local camera stores. Though online prices are better, sometimes you just...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-15-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 1,002
Posted By TaoPhoto
This is exactly what street photography isn't...

This is exactly what street photography isn't supposed to be. :bang: What they do, driving around with cameras on cars is even worse than the "street photographer" who sits in an office window with a...
Forum: Film vs Digital 11-11-2010
Replies: 36
Views: 5,690
Posted By TaoPhoto
We talk about film and digital in very broad...

We talk about film and digital in very broad terms here, and that's one problem. Sure, 18mp digital cameras capture about as much detail in a shot as good 35mm film, and somewhat less than good 120...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-09-2010
Replies: 45
Views: 3,237
Posted By TaoPhoto
If you haven't yet developed your own film, these...

If you haven't yet developed your own film, these wedding pictures might not be the roll to start with.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-07-2010
Replies: 96
Views: 5,210
Posted By TaoPhoto
Except when working out at the gym, my Olympus XA...

Except when working out at the gym, my Olympus XA is always, always in pocket somewhere.
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-05-2010
Replies: 3,800
Views: 280,406
Posted By TaoPhoto
I'm at work, and in my jacket pocket is an...

I'm at work, and in my jacket pocket is an Olympus XA with Kodak Ultramax 800 loaded. That camera goes everywhere with me, even when I have others in the bag, that one's always in the pocket.
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