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Forum: RFF Polls 3 Hours Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 592
Posted By Roger Hicks
One turns into the other. Or not, sometimes. See...

One turns into the other. Or not, sometimes. See also http://www.rogerandfrances.com/bodyofwork.html

Cheers,

R,
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 3 Hours Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 877
Posted By Roger Hicks
Above all, some kinds of reportage. One of my...

Above all, some kinds of reportage. One of my friends has numerous press awards, mostly won with Leicas.

Also, "paid assignment" and "professional" are not synonymous. Long term projects (resulting...
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 13 Hours Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 877
Posted By Roger Hicks
That's a pretty wild and unsupportable...

That's a pretty wild and unsupportable generalization.

Depreciation? No. Any residual value in a camera is a (small) bonus. Few professionals buy and sell cameras the way many amateurs do. In fact,...
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 13 Hours Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 877
Posted By Roger Hicks
And indeed I'd say they always were, so they've...

And indeed I'd say they always were, so they've maintained it pretty well for almost 90 years.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 5 Days Ago
Replies: 1
Views: 156
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Alex, Konica IIIa The Robot is a better...

Dear Alex,

Konica IIIa

The Robot is a better camera, but a LOT more expensive to fix.

Given reasonable condition for all four, I'd not seriously consider the other two (unless price is the only...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 5 Days Ago
Replies: 240
Views: 8,930
Posted By Roger Hicks
You have a better description? FWIW, many late...

You have a better description?

FWIW, many late film SLRs (especially Canon) were tubs of lard too. Why were they so bloated?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Photography General Interest 5 Days Ago
Replies: 79
Views: 2,600
Posted By Roger Hicks
And one man's fish is another man's poisson. I...

And one man's fish is another man's poisson.

I prefer the 6-shooter approach: 6 different cameras for 6 different uses.

Cheers,.

R.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 240
Views: 8,930
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear David, So... a full-frame DSLR should have...

Dear David,

So... a full-frame DSLR should have been an APS-C camera with an EVF?

Yeah, right. That would be really useful with all my Nikon fit MF lenses from 14mm to 600mm.

If you don't want a...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 990
Posted By Roger Hicks
Quite. Cheers, R.

Quite.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 1 Week Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 902
Posted By Roger Hicks
Yes. Cheers, R.

Yes.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 240
Views: 8,930
Posted By Roger Hicks
Good question. Good answers require thought....

Good question. Good answers require thought. Hence, perhaps, the lack of good answers.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Photography General Interest 1 Week Ago
Replies: 191
Views: 6,761
Posted By Roger Hicks
Easy, Keith: to take real pictures. (Sorry, but...

Easy, Keith: to take real pictures.

(Sorry, but you asked for it.)

Cheers,

R.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 240
Views: 8,930
Posted By Roger Hicks
Speak for yourself. I use it mostly in the studio...

Speak for yourself. I use it mostly in the studio on manual.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 240
Views: 8,930
Posted By Roger Hicks
The "general misconception", surely, is that the...

The "general misconception", surely, is that the haptics of front and rear wheels are anything like a conventional shutter speed dial or aperture ring.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 240
Views: 8,930
Posted By Roger Hicks
Works fine for me. Not tried anything over 200...

Works fine for me. Not tried anything over 200 yet.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Week Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 2,279
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Michael, Nah. Be fair. It's nothing to do...

Dear Michael,

Nah. Be fair. It's nothing to do with journalism. It's just ignorance of the subject, coupled with the belief held by many Guradian contributors in the excellence of their own own...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Week Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 2,279
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear James, But he does "apply" other things,...

Dear James,

But he does "apply" other things, including (as V12 points out) symbolism and an ingenious tension between realism and fantasy. With AA, there was no pretense that the fantasy was...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 240
Views: 8,930
Posted By Roger Hicks
Any time... Seriously, I know you're not alone...

Any time...

Seriously, I know you're not alone in your views. Just misguided. And I'd not bother to reply unless I had considerable respect for you.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica Fixed Lens Compacts 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 1
Views: 203
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Godfrey, Nice pic. Glad you didn't have to...

Dear Godfrey,

Nice pic. Glad you didn't have to go to Reading to get it, though. I mean, suffering for your art is one thing....

He is not, then, one of the Reading Berks.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 1,076
Posted By Roger Hicks
Are you sure it was he who favoured it? Or was it...

Are you sure it was he who favoured it? Or was it just the generally crap printing of the time?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 240
Views: 8,930
Posted By Roger Hicks
Yes we can. Any rational person admits that an F2...

Yes we can. Any rational person admits that an F2 is a wimpish approximation to an F, designed for those who want blandness, standardization and petty conveniences at any price.

I'll be in my...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 240
Views: 8,930
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Keith, Some way from perfect... Too many...

Dear Keith,

Some way from perfect... Too many damn' buttons! If tomorrow someone were to offer me an M typ 240 as a free exchange for my M9, I'm not 100% sure I'd accept, even with an EVF thrown...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 240
Views: 8,930
Posted By Roger Hicks
Too many people seem unable to understand this...

Too many people seem unable to understand this simple truth.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 240
Views: 8,930
Posted By Roger Hicks
Not a very far cry -- in fact, the M9 is about as...

Not a very far cry -- in fact, the M9 is about as close as you can reasonably expect -- and besides, you don't have to take the camera off the tripod to change batteries or cards. Just leave the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 240
Views: 8,930
Posted By Roger Hicks
Using MF lenses isn't just about focusing. It's...

Using MF lenses isn't just about focusing. It's about . . . um . . . using MF lenses. Of course you can bodge an MF lens onto any current Nikon tub of lard, but if you want to use the lenses (and...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 240
Views: 8,930
Posted By Roger Hicks
(1) Could have been a better camera. True. (2) ...

(1) Could have been a better camera. True.

(2) Name a better camera for manual focus Nikon SLR lenses. Difficult.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 22
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Views: 993
Posted By Roger Hicks
Your assumption is correct, at least in my...

Your assumption is correct, at least in my experience.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Photography General Interest 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 81
Views: 3,127
Posted By Roger Hicks
There's a fairly comprehensive piece on the...

There's a fairly comprehensive piece on the illusion of depth (and perspective, which is not quite the same thing) at http://www.rogerandfrances.com/subscription/ps%20perspective%201.html

See also...
Forum: Photography General Interest 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 81
Views: 3,127
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Dave, Seconded. But there must also be very...

Dear Dave,

Seconded. But there must also be very considerable differences in individual perception of depth, because several of the pictures seemingly proudly posted on this thread exhibit...
Forum: Photography General Interest 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 81
Views: 3,127
Posted By Roger Hicks
Quite. And not nauseatingly unsharp. Cheers, R.

Quite. And not nauseatingly unsharp.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Photography General Interest 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 81
Views: 3,127
Posted By Roger Hicks
The so-called 3D effect REALLY fails for me when...

The so-called 3D effect REALLY fails for me when it relies on a sickly out-of-focus background.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 2,821
Posted By Roger Hicks
Thanks for visual confirmation of what I had...

Thanks for visual confirmation of what I had always heard: that the chassis (zinc alloy? pot metal?) was grievously susceptible to crumbling.

They're fun -- when and if they work. I've had a...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 720
Posted By Roger Hicks
Iraqi photo-agency in Iraq

Worth seeing: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/roads/2014/10/metrography_the_homegrown_iraqi_photo_agency_bringing_stories_of_war_and.html

Cheers.

R.
Forum: Photography General Interest 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 353
Posted By Roger Hicks
William Mortensen can be surprisingly...

William Mortensen can be surprisingly informative. A long way from street, but very close to what you want to know. See Outdoor Portraiture, https://archive.org/details/outdoorportraitu00mort

If you...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 2,279
Posted By Roger Hicks
Sorry, I did not make myself anything like clear...

Sorry, I did not make myself anything like clear enough. I can see why you read it the way you did, and it's one of those things where once you've read it one way, it's hard to read it another. I...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 2,279
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Dante, Including wishing someone dead? No,...

Dear Dante,

Including wishing someone dead?

No, that's crazy.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 2,279
Posted By Roger Hicks
Except that AA was arguably the ultimate...

Except that AA was arguably the ultimate pictorialist, but with a deeply dishonest approach. Taken as cynically as possible, "pictorialism" is "making pretty pictures via image manipulation"....
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 2,279
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Charlie, Your "Polyphemus" appeared on the...

Dear Charlie,

Your "Polyphemus" appeared on the back page of AP 11th Oct...

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 2,279
Posted By Roger Hicks
Not entirely. Consider his Outdoor Portraiture,...

Not entirely. Consider his Outdoor Portraiture, (1940). Interesting to compare these with AA's few portraits. Also, "portraits and nudes" is a bit of an understatement when you look at Monsters and...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 2,279
Posted By Roger Hicks
Thanks for the links. Cheers, R.

Thanks for the links.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 240
Views: 8,930
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear David, This is it. There's a curious...

Dear David,

This is it. There's a curious mind-set among many: "This is not EXACTLY the camera I wanted, therefore it's no good at all."

Many complaints, of course, come from non-users; sometimes,...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 2,279
Posted By Roger Hicks
Fascinating thought. Yes, it could be that...

Fascinating thought. Yes, it could be that Mortensen's time as the patron saint of manipulators has come, as a counterpoint to the often sterile imitators of AA and his so-called "straight...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 2,279
Posted By Roger Hicks
On the cover of the new book, it carries the...

On the cover of the new book, it carries the magnificent Ansel Adams quote about Mortensen being the antichrist. What was that about hyperbole...?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Optics Theory - 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 1,292
Posted By Roger Hicks
Of course. I'd neglected that, blinded as I was...

Of course. I'd neglected that, blinded as I was by the idea of the Americans taking the patents from one defeated enemy and giving them to another. How extensive was wartime patent sharing among Axis...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 2,279
Posted By Roger Hicks
William Mortensen!

Great news. One of the most underrated photographers of all time is undergoing a big revival. The article in the Guradian is a bit weird and tells only a fraction of the story, but hey, it's the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 240
Views: 8,930
Posted By Roger Hicks
As good as any decent camera. I'm currently...

As good as any decent camera. I'm currently shooting a commercial book with one (not self-published, in other words) and the proposal is out there. After all, why shouldn't it work?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Optics Theory - 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 1,292
Posted By Roger Hicks
Not exactly. German patents were nullified by the...

Not exactly. German patents were nullified by the Allies -- there were other nations fighting the Germans remember, rather before the Americans joined in -- and anyone could use them. If you think...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 240
Views: 8,930
Posted By Roger Hicks
Fine. No regrets. Dunno about the AF. It's good...

Fine. No regrets. Dunno about the AF. It's good with the 50mm (the only AF lens I use on it) but I mostly use real (MF) lenses. It's a lot too easy to move the autofocus point, though -- another good...
Forum: Optics Theory - 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 1,292
Posted By Roger Hicks
I fully take your points, and of course I was...

I fully take your points, and of course I was thinking of the 21mm Biogon in Contax fit and the 38mm for roll-film, which (I think) were somewhat different from the 1935 version (which I had...
Forum: Optics Theory - 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 1,292
Posted By Roger Hicks
Not really, no. I mean, of course you can always...

Not really, no. I mean, of course you can always trace histories back but the Biogon (early 50s) is definitely a landmark. So are extreme speed lenses such as the 1,5/50 Sonnar (early 30s) or f/0.95...
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