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Forum: Photography General Interest 19 Hours Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 526
Posted By Roger Hicks
Ilford Advocate...

Ilford Advocate (http://camerapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Ilford_Advocate), 1949-1957: 35/4.5 Dallmeyer, then 35/3.5 Wray Lustrar.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 21 Hours Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 498
Posted By Roger Hicks
Another Black Beauty: Pentax SV

The title says it all, really: see http://rogerandfrances.eu/photography/black-beauty-4-pentax-sv

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 21 Hours Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 396
Posted By Roger Hicks
Well spotted. After all, what does the inside of...

Well spotted. After all, what does the inside of an oyster look like...?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 21 Hours Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 396
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Willie, What, the watch? Or the opener? I...

Dear Willie,

What, the watch? Or the opener?

I already have a stainless steel chain mail gauntlet, but with the new wooden oyster sabot, I don't feel the need of it anything like as much. It was...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Day Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,198
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Joao, Well, there's always fugu...

Dear Joao,

Well, there's always fugu (http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-18065372)...

Thanks for the recipe but I fear I'm too old and lazy to peel figs! Besides, I like 'em when they're too mushy to...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Day Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 396
Posted By Roger Hicks
I always wanted a Rolex until I went into a Rolex...

I always wanted a Rolex until I went into a Rolex dealer with a view to buying one, and found out what the servicing cost. I think it's annual and without it the "perpetual" guarantee doesn't...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Day Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 396
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Stephen, No. This is the problem, as...

Dear Stephen,

No. This is the problem, as mentioned in the links. I think that some of them may work only with patent oysters.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Day Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,198
Posted By Roger Hicks
Hmmm.... I've never had prosciutto as good as the...

Hmmm.... I've never had prosciutto as good as the best Spanish jamon. Then again, I've never had Italian olive oil as good as the best Greek, Moroccan or Palestinian. I think the Italians are simply...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Day Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 499
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Godfrey, Thanks for the fascinating link. I...

Dear Godfrey,

Thanks for the fascinating link. I had not known this before.

And yes, isn't it fascinating how photography was so good, so quickly? Though in all fairness, initial results from the...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Day Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 396
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Alexander, Oh, dear. I may feel a short...

Dear Alexander,

Oh, dear. I may feel a short story coming on...

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Day Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 396
Posted By Roger Hicks
The patent oyster opener strikes again

I could now eat half a dozen oysters and open each one with a different patent oyster opener (http://rogerandfrances.eu/cookery-and-the-kitchen/the-patent-oyster-strikes-again)... This madness has to...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Day Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 499
Posted By Roger Hicks
Whatever

Never mind street or reportage photography: what about reportage painting? I found this girl (http://rogerandfrances.eu/ppem/whatever) on a postcard. She was painted about two and a quarter centuries...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Day Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 1,458
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Sam, Perfect! Thanks! And thanks even more...

Dear Sam,

Perfect! Thanks! And thanks even more to your wife and mother-in-law!

Cheers,

R.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 2 Days Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 349
Posted By Roger Hicks
Quite. This puzzles me too. Cheers, R.

Quite. This puzzles me too.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 2 Days Ago
Replies: 75
Views: 14,885
Posted By Roger Hicks
Almost certainly sample variation. Cheers, R.

Almost certainly sample variation.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 2 Days Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 385
Posted By Roger Hicks
Years ago, the gaffer of the studio where I was...

Years ago, the gaffer of the studio where I was an assistant was the late Colin Glanfield, very well known in Leica collecting circles. Somebody came in to show him a really ratty II conversion that...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 3 Days Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 218
Posted By Roger Hicks
Might not work for what? I've just tried the...

Might not work for what? I've just tried the application you describe, and it's no worse than any other monopod: one hand on the bottom section, the other just above the last lock.

Why you say "a...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 3 Days Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 349
Posted By Roger Hicks
It shouldn't vignette. A partially open shutter...

It shouldn't vignette. A partially open shutter should have the same effect as a smaller aperture, i.e. reduced exposure but not vignetting. Have you tried it with the back open?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 3 Days Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 218
Posted By Roger Hicks
Another vote for Gitzo. Under 35cm/14 inches. The...

Another vote for Gitzo. Under 35cm/14 inches. The bottom section is thin, but still very strong and well damped.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 3 Days Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 1,275
Posted By Roger Hicks
All you say is true. It just doesn't have the...

All you say is true. It just doesn't have the latitude or tonality of HP5+.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 3 Days Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 392
Posted By Roger Hicks
If you want a "user" then why pay the extra for...

If you want a "user" then why pay the extra for mint? Given the choice of a good, working, "cooking" camera, and a much more expensive mint camera, I'd go for the cooking version every time. I once...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 4 Days Ago
Replies: 104
Views: 16,304
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Ronald, First para: so keep it/them...

Dear Ronald,

First para: so keep it/them clean!

Third para: No, it's not luck. If you're sloppy and filthy, yes, you'll get debris on the film or the squeegee. If gritty water comes out of the tap...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 4 Days Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,198
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear John, Have you met him? I have. Many times....

Dear John,

Have you met him? I have. Many times. And I value his opinion rather more than yours, including all the unspecified "Buddhists" you think agree with you. With Ngakpa Choegyam, I wrote an...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 4 Days Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,198
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear John, Where we differ on this is our...

Dear John,

Where we differ on this is our interpretation of the word "needless".

Even HH Dalai Lama eats meat.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 4 Days Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,198
Posted By Roger Hicks
Ah. I (think I) see. Well, that's the purpose of...

Ah. I (think I) see. Well, that's the purpose of politics. To quote the Fitzgerald translation of the Rubaiyyat,

Ah Love, could thou and I with Fate conspire
To grasp this sorry scheme of things...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 4 Days Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,198
Posted By Roger Hicks
Sorry, I'm still not understanding your point....

Sorry, I'm still not understanding your point. How do you and your family differ from society at large? And does convenience stand above morality?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 4 Days Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,198
Posted By Roger Hicks
Meanwhile, I'm loading another chamber in my...

Meanwhile, I'm loading another chamber in my metaphorical Russian Roulette revolver. All I need to complete my smoker is two or three metres of smoke duct pipe. Smoked duck breast; smoked pork loin;...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 4 Days Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,198
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Gary, Yes, and one of the "healthiest"...

Dear Gary,

Yes, and one of the "healthiest" people I ever knew -- my physics teacher at school -- dropped dead of a heart attack while out jogging. A friend's daughter's last words were "I'm not...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 4 Days Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,198
Posted By Roger Hicks
We seem to be at cross purposes here. If you're...

We seem to be at cross purposes here. If you're complaining about something, what is it? Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society; immunizations prevent diseases; home schooling is risky,...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 4 Days Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,198
Posted By Roger Hicks
Well, yes. That's what I said. What choice have...

Well, yes. That's what I said. What choice have they?

It was the sentence I quoted that was the crux: "Governments around the western world love this sort of thing so they can move the age of...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 5 Days Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,198
Posted By Roger Hicks
Then again, what choice have they? You can't say,...

Then again, what choice have they? You can't say, "Well, your father died at 88 (+2 years before you can claim your pension) but your mother died at 46 (-1 year) and you live in rural France where...
Forum: Optics Theory - 5 Days Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 933
Posted By Roger Hicks
Thanks for this post. It all makes sense. Quite...

Thanks for this post. It all makes sense. Quite often, I warn people not to look for more precision than is available in the neg/pos process, and here we almost certainly have someone looking for...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 5 Days Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,198
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear J"urgen, Of course. A quote I have always...

Dear J"urgen,

Of course. A quote I have always liked is, "There is no such thing as statistics. Not for any given individual, anyway."

To think otherwise is on a par with falling for the equally...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 5 Days Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,198
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear J"rgen, Right first time, especially the...

Dear J"rgen,

Right first time, especially the last para.

On the other hand, my father died last year at 88. I was born just after his 23rd birthday. I's be surprised if I saw 95...

Cheers,

R.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 5 Days Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 349
Posted By Roger Hicks
Has to be X. Reason: M won't work with X flash,...

Has to be X. Reason: M won't work with X flash, but (as you say) a longer shutter speed takes care of M. Then there's FP...

On the other hand, X flash barely existed during WW2, so I suppose it's...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 5 Days Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,198
Posted By Roger Hicks
It's a serious risk! Alas I no longer have any...

It's a serious risk!

Alas I no longer have any black screw-mount Leicas but yours well illustrates how gracefully they usually aged.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Optics Theory - 5 Days Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 933
Posted By Roger Hicks
I did slightly wonder about definition and...

I did slightly wonder about definition and format. The Triotar is after all found in 40mm guise on the Rollei 35s, quite a stretch for a triplet even at f/3.5; the 45mm Pantar was arguably even more...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 5 Days Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,198
Posted By Roger Hicks
If there's one thing I regret it's that I was too...

If there's one thing I regret it's that I was too conventional in my youth. I just didn't know about all the great things I could have done, like being a photographer or a journalist or even a...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 5 Days Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,198
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Mike, Thanks. I was at a vide-grenier...

Dear Mike,

Thanks. I was at a vide-grenier (http://rogerandfrances.eu/vide-greniers/vide-greniers) today -- my usual Sunday entertainment except in the depths of winter -- and someone was selling...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 5 Days Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,198
Posted By Roger Hicks
Turning into a zombie

Have you ever worried about it happening to you? Maybe you should watch your diet (http://rogerandfrances.eu/cookery-and-the-kitchen/zombie-food).

I wrote this as a change from Black Beauty...
Forum: Optics Theory - 5 Days Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 933
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Michael, Fair enough, though I don't think...

Dear Michael,

Fair enough, though I don't think I've ever encountered triplets with plano-convex outer elements or a plano-concave centre element, and I'd be surprised if any of them were meniscus...
Forum: Optics Theory - 6 Days Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 933
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Murray, It is somewhat hard to see how any...

Dear Murray,

It is somewhat hard to see how any of them can be anything other than Cooke Triplet types: 3 glasses, 3 groups, outer elements biconvex, central element biconcave. What other choices...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Week Ago
Replies: 99
Views: 2,851
Posted By Roger Hicks
Fair enough, but how did Ken get a friend...

Fair enough, but how did Ken get a friend request?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Week Ago
Replies: 99
Views: 2,851
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Ken, Oh, dear. How do I get FB to take that...

Dear Ken,

Oh, dear. How do I get FB to take that down?

Thanks for the warning.

EDIT: It gets weirder. Here's the link, apparently invented by...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Week Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 1,484
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Frank, Surely 85/1.4 and 58/1.4; the...

Dear Frank,

Surely 85/1.4 and 58/1.4; the latter, one of the few lenses I wish I'd never sold.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Week Ago
Replies: 0
Views: 181
Posted By Roger Hicks
Black Beauty 3: Leica M4-P

Third in the series (http://rogerandfrances.eu/photography/black-beauty-3-leica-m4-p). Time for a rest now...

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 1 Week Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 221
Posted By Roger Hicks
Easy. Delta 3200, developed for one stop faster...

Easy. Delta 3200, developed for one stop faster vthan the chosen EI, i.e. expose at 1600 (the minimum I'd recommend), follow the development recommendations for 3200; for 3200, develop as for 6400,...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Week Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 1,484
Posted By Roger Hicks
Bummer! Cheers, R

Bummer!

Cheers,

R
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Week Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 1,484
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Tom, And indeed finish rolls of film at...

Dear Tom,

And indeed finish rolls of film at random.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Week Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 1,484
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Akiva, Ouch! But that's one of the nice...

Dear Akiva,

Ouch! But that's one of the nice things about Fs. They go on working.

What puzzles me, though, is how many have the front of the prism pushed in (like the one in my...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Week Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 1,484
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Frank, I don't think a black F can be...

Dear Frank,

I don't think a black F can be ugly!

F2s I'm not so sure about...

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Week Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 1,484
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Akiva, Peasant! But seriously, it's VERY...

Dear Akiva,

Peasant!

But seriously, it's VERY hard to find an F without some damage to the prism.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Week Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 1,484
Posted By Roger Hicks
Wow. Pretty. The sheer acreage of the face-plate...

Wow. Pretty. The sheer acreage of the face-plate on a black Photomic head has always made me think of those hardy souls who get their kicks from climbing ice faces on mountains.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Week Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 1,484
Posted By Roger Hicks
Black beauty 2: The Nikon F

There's a new piece on my site about how the black paint Nikon F (http://rogerandfrances.eu/photography/black-beauty-2-nikon-f) ages more gracefully than just about any other black paint camera...
Forum: Photography General Interest 1 Week Ago
Replies: 104
Views: 2,469
Posted By Roger Hicks
True. But even for Fs I've had one repair I...

True. But even for Fs I've had one repair I couldn't do and two I could (film counters). Half as many as for M-series Leicas, that have been used a lot harder...

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Week Ago
Replies: 99
Views: 2,851
Posted By Roger Hicks
Indeed. You presumably know the Spanish proverb,...

Indeed. You presumably know the Spanish proverb, "Take what you want, and pay for it, saieth the Lord.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Week Ago
Replies: 99
Views: 2,851
Posted By Roger Hicks
Sorry: I should have said, "If you can be...

Sorry: I should have said, "If you can be bothered".

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Photography General Interest 1 Week Ago
Replies: 104
Views: 2,469
Posted By Roger Hicks
Really? I've had (I think) two M repairs spread...

Really? I've had (I think) two M repairs spread across 40+ years of owning M-series Leicas: I currently have M2-M4P-MP-M8-M9, and I've owned other M-series. The M9 is about to add another repair. But...
Forum: Photography General Interest 1 Week Ago
Replies: 104
Views: 2,469
Posted By Roger Hicks
Rollei TLR with prism and pistol grip....

Rollei TLR with prism and pistol grip.

References to zombies bring this thread into sharp focus.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Week Ago
Replies: 99
Views: 2,851
Posted By Roger Hicks
Exactly. Mark, 8:36, "For what shall it profit a...

Exactly. Mark, 8:36, "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?"

I own my house; I live modestly; I need only a modest income. I'd rather have a modest...
Forum: Photography General Interest 1 Week Ago
Replies: 104
Views: 2,469
Posted By Roger Hicks
You are far too generous. Cheers, R.

You are far too generous.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Week Ago
Replies: 99
Views: 2,851
Posted By Roger Hicks
Thanks for the other information, which I shall...

Thanks for the other information, which I shall act upon, but before I foolishly stopped making rogerandfrances.com partially subscription, it paid for a Thambar.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Photography General Interest 1 Week Ago
Replies: 104
Views: 2,469
Posted By Roger Hicks
Nah. There's a limit to counterfactual...

Nah. There's a limit to counterfactual conditionals. Several things are more important than my cameras. Then again, selling a first-series Alpa 38/4.5 Biogon on a 12WA would replace quite a few of my...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 570
Posted By Roger Hicks
When I had a 21 Biogon with no back cap I used...

When I had a 21 Biogon with no back cap I used the top of a spray can of (as far as I recall) deodorant as a back cap. It wedged into the back of the lens perfectly and was deep enough to...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 570
Posted By Roger Hicks
Which reminds me of the difference between mashed...

Which reminds me of the difference between mashed potatoes and pea soup.

Any fool can mash potatoes...

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Week Ago
Replies: 99
Views: 2,851
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Dave, All true, but you aren't running a...

Dear Dave,

All true, but you aren't running a web site in the pitiful hope that one day you'll make some money out of it.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Week Ago
Replies: 99
Views: 2,851
Posted By Roger Hicks
That's what I'm hoping. Several businesses I know...

That's what I'm hoping. Several businesses I know say that this is the only reason they're on it. At that, though, there are limits. A very dear friend owns a couple of hairdressing salons, but quite...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Week Ago
Replies: 99
Views: 2,851
Posted By Roger Hicks
Thanks, Brett. Two new pieces up...

Thanks, Brett. Two new pieces up today...

Cheers,

R.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 570
Posted By Roger Hicks
It's much the same as Maltese... As far as I can...

It's much the same as Maltese... As far as I can see you can get it in the US at $9 a kilo, https://www.amazon.com/Guerandais-Coarse-Salt-Guerande-Pound/dp/B004Y18G8E?th=1

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Week Ago
Replies: 99
Views: 2,851
Posted By Roger Hicks
Well, yes, I rather agree. On the other hand,...

Well, yes, I rather agree. On the other hand, quite a lot of people use it extensively so I hope it is to my advantage, if I want to publicize my web-sites, to use FB.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 1 Week Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 856
Posted By Roger Hicks
Well, Sunny 11, anyway. And see...

Well, Sunny 11, anyway. And see http://www.rogerandfrances.com/subscription/ps%20basics%20expoguide.html

Cheers,

R.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 570
Posted By Roger Hicks
Um... I used to live in Malta. I know Maltese sea...

Um... I used to live in Malta. I know Maltese sea salt well. I have pictures of Gozitan salt pans somewhere. The sea salt I buy now is Breton. Sun dried, again. There ain't much difference....
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Week Ago
Replies: 99
Views: 2,851
Posted By Roger Hicks
Ah.... Thanks! Cheers, R.

Ah.... Thanks!

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 1 Week Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 856
Posted By Roger Hicks
If you're consistently underexposing, just...

If you're consistently underexposing, just consistently add more exposure...

One, two or even three stops over will do a lot less harm than 1 stop under.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 570
Posted By Roger Hicks
The last two times I've tried tearing it. What do...

The last two times I've tried tearing it. What do you perceive as the difference between chopped and torn? 'Cos I see little or none, which is why I started chopping it in the first place....
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 570
Posted By Roger Hicks
I just leave some of the salt on the anchovies --...

I just leave some of the salt on the anchovies -- which, I suspect, is sea salt. Anchovies in oil are an abomination in the sight of the Lord. Remember, at least some of His Son's chums were...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Week Ago
Replies: 99
Views: 2,851
Posted By Roger Hicks
Thanks for all the advice, everyone! I'm still...

Thanks for all the advice, everyone! I'm still not sure how long I'll survive on it...

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Week Ago
Replies: 99
Views: 2,851
Posted By Roger Hicks
Thanks again. Cheers, R.

Thanks again.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 1 Week Ago
Replies: 29
Views: 1,188
Posted By Roger Hicks
Not really. Were you living in the UK at the...

Not really. Were you living in the UK at the time? I was. Which items of "the consumer revolution" did Britain "totally miss"?

Consumerism took off a lot more slowly in the UK, it's true, but then,...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Week Ago
Replies: 99
Views: 2,851
Posted By Roger Hicks
Thanks very much indeed for that advice. I don't...

Thanks very much indeed for that advice. I don't think I would have, anyway, but if I had, in a moment of weakness or laziness...

Incidentally, why should you have done it way sooner?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Week Ago
Replies: 99
Views: 2,851
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Bill, Ah... I'm learning (I think). Thanks...

Dear Bill,

Ah... I'm learning (I think). Thanks yet again. Whoever devised the Facebook stuff clearly didn't think the same way I do. Or perhaps at all.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Week Ago
Replies: 99
Views: 2,851
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Bill, Thanks to you too! I just tried to...

Dear Bill,

Thanks to you too! I just tried to create a name for a page (@rogerandfrances) but it told me I wasn't eligible.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Week Ago
Replies: 99
Views: 2,851
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Bill, Ah... How do I do that? Does this do...

Dear Bill,

Ah... How do I do that? Does this do it: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100013543868568 ?

Thanks for the help.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Week Ago
Replies: 99
Views: 2,851
Posted By Roger Hicks
Finally on Facebook

Do others find it more useful than irritating, or more irritating than useful? "Friend" me if you can find me...

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 1 Week Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 962
Posted By Roger Hicks
Experience will teach you. Very roughly, use the...

Experience will teach you. Very roughly, use the outside of the frame (or a tiny bit more) at infinity and the inside of the frame (or a tiny bit less) at the closest focusing distance.

For size and...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 1 Week Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 596
Posted By Roger Hicks
If anything, pre-war is even better. It WAS the...

If anything, pre-war is even better. It WAS the Golden Era.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 1 Week Ago
Replies: 47
Views: 1,117
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Richard, You are absolutely right. It's...

Dear Richard,

You are absolutely right. It's just that I can't understand why so many people use orthopaedic grips when they don't have arthritis or other specific problems.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 523
Posted By Roger Hicks
How can coating or machining affect focus shift,...

How can coating or machining affect focus shift, which is an optical problem? It means that the plane of focus varies as you stop down or open up, and I cannot see how either coating or machining can...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 523
Posted By Roger Hicks
Quite. He keeps asking the same question again...

Quite. He keeps asking the same question again and again.

"Gandolfi half-plate with 168 Dagor. Good?"

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 1 Week Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 343
Posted By Roger Hicks
Sorry, I'd not realized, having only bought SRB's...

Sorry, I'd not realized, having only bought SRB's own products. Thanks!

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 1 Week Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 343
Posted By Roger Hicks
Years ago I had a Nikon-to-Leica-screw adapter...

Years ago I had a Nikon-to-Leica-screw adapter made by SRB, now SRB-Griturn, and I still use it occasionally. It wasn't expensive (certainly a lot cheaper than a 22232) and it's built to a very high...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 1 Week Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 343
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Thomas, The link is from cartoon-German...

Dear Thomas,

The link is from cartoon-German unfortunately badly translated and in one huge lump presented.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Canon Rangefinders - Peter Dechert and Peter Kitchingman 1 Week Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 1,672
Posted By Roger Hicks
Maybe someone just did it for fun? Or maybe it...

Maybe someone just did it for fun? Or maybe it was some elderly, infirm camera mechanic without too many scruples, who needed some money and thought there might be someone he could con? Or someone at...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Week Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 513
Posted By Roger Hicks
The Hunt for the Patent Oyster...

...La lucha continua (http://rogerandfrances.eu/cookery-and-the-kitchen/the-patent-oyser-la-lucha-continua)! (The struggle goes on).

This is a follow-on from the original piece on the site about...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 1 Week Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 322
Posted By Roger Hicks
Not exactly sports, but action, low light and a...

Not exactly sports, but action, low light and a slow lens (http://rogerandfrances.eu/photography/if-you-dont-try) with slow film (90/4 Fat Barrel, ISO 50 slide).

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 1 Week Ago
Replies: 55
Views: 1,368
Posted By Roger Hicks
Nice idea. Perhaps they could start out with B+W...

Nice idea. Perhaps they could start out with B+W tie up with Ilford.

I can foresee two problems:

1 People refusing to believe that they made any mistakes at all, so it's All Leica's Fault

2 ...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Week Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 1,754
Posted By Roger Hicks
Thanks for the kind words. Quite honestly I don't...

Thanks for the kind words. Quite honestly I don't taste any real difference between chopped and torn basil. I feel much the same about the difference between chopped and crushed garlic, and we have...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Week Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 1,754
Posted By Roger Hicks
Footnote: yes, I had friends whose sisters went...

Footnote: yes, I had friends whose sisters went to convent schools.

Opening sentence: dinnae forget the tawse (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tawse).

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Week Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 1,754
Posted By Roger Hicks
Not even broke. Today was an expensive day,...

Not even broke. Today was an expensive day, 27.50€ plus 1.50€ a glass each for a good sparkling Saumur. Bear in mind that a euro is worth a bit more than a dollar, so add on 10% for a dollar...
Forum: Photography General Interest 1 Week Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 787
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Bill, Compared with Kodachrome? Nah,...

Dear Bill,

Compared with Kodachrome?

Nah, sorry.

Conflating Pixar and Apple? Again, pushing your luck.

And incidentally, yes, I used to live in California; I have/have had a few friends in "the...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Week Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 1,754
Posted By Roger Hicks
Eating tomatoes and beating children

Two new entries on my site, nothing to do with photography but you might find them entertaining and then wander around the more photographic bits. Eating tomatoes...
Forum: Photography General Interest 1 Week Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 787
Posted By Roger Hicks
And two musicians (Godowsky and Mannes) invented...

And two musicians (Godowsky and Mannes) invented Kodachrome, which was a lot more revolutionary than anything Apple ever made. I suggest that extrapolating from either Atkinson or God and Man to a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 1 Week Ago
Replies: 47
Views: 1,117
Posted By Roger Hicks
Avoiding grips, presumably. Cheers, R.

Avoiding grips, presumably.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 1 Week Ago
Replies: 47
Views: 1,117
Posted By Roger Hicks
Don't. Why add to the bulk of the camera? Use...

Don't.

Why add to the bulk of the camera?

Use it for a while, and then buy a grip only if you find it hard to use without.

(This from someone who has been using Ms since the mid-70s and...
Forum: Photography General Interest 1 Week Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 787
Posted By Roger Hicks
Hmmmm.... It reads like the usual "tech geek...

Hmmmm.... It reads like the usual "tech geek writing about photography", which is probably as much use as a photographer writing about computers or a painter writing about architecture. Or possibly a...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 263
Posted By Roger Hicks
First, they can be accurate only at one distance:...

First, they can be accurate only at one distance: the field of view narrows as you focus closer. Some are accurate at one metre; some at two; some at three; (very few) at infinity. You have to learn...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 1,213
Posted By Roger Hicks
Thanks. Please forgive my quizzing you as I have,...

Thanks. Please forgive my quizzing you as I have, but all too often, the people on photo (and other) forums are running at best on second-hand information, and sometimes on pure fantasy. Hence my...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 512
Posted By Roger Hicks
Ah... I'd forgotten collapsibles. Thanks. The...

Ah... I'd forgotten collapsibles. Thanks. The list almost certainly holds good for 35mm Bessas as well as the Epson. Interesting that the Jupiter-12 can be used. Of course it's easy to find out with...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 1,213
Posted By Roger Hicks
Are you sure? Have you direct experience? I...

Are you sure? Have you direct experience? I haven't: I've written only non-fiction books about photography, i.e. heavily illustrated texts. With advances.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 50
Views: 1,564
Posted By Roger Hicks
Or perhaps, have had both. I certainly don't...

Or perhaps, have had both.

I certainly don't miss my IIIg.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 512
Posted By Roger Hicks
In a word, no. There are literally hundreds of...

In a word, no. There are literally hundreds of lenses that will fit, possibly well over a thousand, made over the last 85 years or so. A list of lenses that won't fit would be a lot shorter, and it...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 1,181
Posted By Roger Hicks
A good argument for buying Leicas, then. My IIIa...

A good argument for buying Leicas, then. My IIIa cost me £30 in 1969 and the lens cap alone is now worth more than half that.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 1,181
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Steve, Really? It's surprising how many...

Dear Steve,

Really? It's surprising how many can't, then. And what makes a "decent" shot? Sharp, well exposed? You don't need any mystical skills, or admission to the Worshipful Company of Truly...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 265
Posted By Roger Hicks
How many times are you going to ask the same...

How many times are you going to ask the same question?

WE DON'T KNOW if the cameras are "worth it". We can't pick them up, wind them on, listen to the shutter, check the viewfinder and rangefinder...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 50
Views: 1,564
Posted By Roger Hicks
Quite honestly, I'd not bother with the IIIg....

Quite honestly, I'd not bother with the IIIg. It's a bit of a b*stardized Barnack (I've had one) and I think I'd rather have a IIIc or IIIf: again, I've had both.

It's true that although the M2 is...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 466
Posted By Roger Hicks
That was my point. Cheers, R.

That was my point.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 466
Posted By Roger Hicks
They're not actually all that sharp when enlarged...

They're not actually all that sharp when enlarged on my screen. This may be an artifact of scaling for the internet, but equally, a Micro-Nikkor 55 stops down to f/32, marked on the lens as 5 feet to...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 392
Posted By Roger Hicks
In my experience, neither the M2 nor M3 flares...

In my experience, neither the M2 nor M3 flares anything like as badly as the M4-5-6-7 (including M4 variants). If there is a difference, it is the difference between trivial and extremely trivial....
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 392
Posted By Roger Hicks
Seconded. In fact I no longer use M3s. When I...

Seconded. In fact I no longer use M3s. When I sold my last one I kept 2x M2.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 707
Posted By Roger Hicks
Exactly. And updates were quite common. When I...

Exactly. And updates were quite common. When I was 20 my girlfriend had a II with a 5-digit serial number. She paid £20 for it, with an Elmar...

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 29
Views: 738
Posted By Roger Hicks
Well, he would, wouldn't he? Also, different...

Well, he would, wouldn't he?

Also, different people seem to have different definitions of "perfectly", ranging from "at all" to "like new".

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 1,213
Posted By Roger Hicks
Insh'Allah! Cheers, R.

Insh'Allah!

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 1,213
Posted By Roger Hicks
Good! See you at Arles next year? From the sound...

Good! See you at Arles next year? From the sound of it, this is the kind of thing they were angling for.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 1,213
Posted By Roger Hicks
Possibly. But if they are bona fides publishers...

Possibly. But if they are bona fides publishers (in the old sense of bona fides), they may be angling for an indication of how much of an advance they may have to offer. They won't want to offer you...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 38
Views: 1,530
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Carlos, Maybe that's why it's there? That...

Dear Carlos,

Maybe that's why it's there? That and "Country of Origin: Japan" and so forth. It's entertainment value, that's all.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 21
Views: 864
Posted By Roger Hicks
Sounds fair to me. The lens hood (no "e" in...

Sounds fair to me. The lens hood (no "e" in "lens") is probably a VALOO, intended principally (as far as I recall) for use on an enlarger when the Elmar is mounted on it. It appears to be worth a few...
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 436
Posted By Roger Hicks
You could barely give the things away 20 years...

You could barely give the things away 20 years ago. They are beloved of those whose bokeh tail wags their photographic dogs.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 153
Views: 4,621
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Marcelo, Better? Cheers, R.

Dear Marcelo,

Better?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 399
Views: 31,695
Posted By Roger Hicks
They've not read enough about Ayn Rand, perhaps?...

They've not read enough about Ayn Rand, perhaps?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 153
Views: 4,621
Posted By Roger Hicks
In New York, maybe. But remember Sauk Steinberg's...

In New York, maybe. But remember Sauk Steinberg's map: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/View_of_the_World_from_9th_Avenue

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 399
Views: 31,695
Posted By Roger Hicks
Are you aware of Healey's First Law of Holes? It...

Are you aware of Healey's First Law of Holes? It is: "When you are in a hole, stop digging." Adding "Just saying" is a further sign of the poverty of your arguments.

How, in your present...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 399
Views: 31,695
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear N. Para 1: Which of course all poor people...

Dear N.

Para 1: Which of course all poor people can easily afford.

Subsequent paras: Re-read what you've written, in this post and the previous one, and ask yourself how much you have been...
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 136
Views: 3,156
Posted By Roger Hicks
Life is not long enough to be that obsessed with...

Life is not long enough to be that obsessed with e-mails.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 136
Views: 3,156
Posted By Roger Hicks
Only your chest? Cheers, R.

Only your chest?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 600
Posted By Roger Hicks
More like 12-14%, but fortunately, pos/neg...

More like 12-14%, but fortunately, pos/neg photography isn't that precise: a lot of people look for a degree of precision that doesn't exist. See...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 600
Posted By Roger Hicks
Aim at an "average" subject, e.g. inside an...

Aim at an "average" subject, e.g. inside an historic building, not the windows and not the darkest corners. Much like any other TTL meter, really.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 399
Views: 31,695
Posted By Roger Hicks
You don't have many poor friends, then? Or any...

You don't have many poor friends, then? Or any who are old or sick or both, and don't know how they can even meet their regular monthy expenses, let alone luxuries?

There are lots of people who...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 620
Posted By Roger Hicks
No, no, I wasn't suggesting that you were. Sorry...

No, no, I wasn't suggesting that you were. Sorry I didn't make myself clearer. All I meant was that some people (not you) praise what they want to see, not what they actually see. I completely agree...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 620
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Cal, No, not very clearly at all. Consider...

Dear Cal,

No, not very clearly at all. Consider a reductio ad absurdum: wide-angle lenses have a much bigger image circle than standard lenses, but rarely if ever offer the very highest quality in...
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 136
Views: 3,156
Posted By Roger Hicks
I upgrade my 'phone the same way I upgrade most...

I upgrade my 'phone the same way I upgrade most things: when they wear out or stop working...

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 1,213
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Greg, Oh, I'm familiar enough with the...

Dear Greg,

Oh, I'm familiar enough with the English usages. In law it was often used as a description of someone who did something in good faith, i.e. with the honest moral and intellectual belief...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 949
Posted By Roger Hicks
Let us know how they react! Cheers, R.

Let us know how they react!

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 620
Posted By Roger Hicks
Oh, sure. It is very, very good, but it's not (in...

Oh, sure. It is very, very good, but it's not (in my experience) the legend that some people claim.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 620
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Cal, No, I don't think so. The "sweet spot"...

Dear Cal,

No, I don't think so. The "sweet spot" on a lens that covers a larger format is rarely if ever as sharp as a lens designed for a specific, smaller format. It's a 4-glass lens, far as I...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 620
Posted By Roger Hicks
The prism makes it hand-holdable. A quick Google...

The prism makes it hand-holdable. A quick Google reveals one for £35 (call it $45) and another for $150, so prices are all over the place. An OTZFO (16464) turned up for £31 or so.

The lens is good,...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 1,213
Posted By Roger Hicks
Probably the top end of how many to send; I'd say...

Probably the top end of how many to send; I'd say 12-20. Refer them to your web-site also.

The value of a Blurb mock-up will depend on who sees the proposal. Some will think, "Yes, this could...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 1,213
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Keith, Thanks. In other words, yes, it is a...

Dear Keith,

Thanks. In other words, yes, it is a recent US usage.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 1,213
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Keith, No, I don't know. I have never heard...

Dear Keith,

No, I don't know. I have never heard the phrase bona fides (literally, "good faith") used in this context. It must be an American usage, and not a common one at that: I don't recall my...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 1,213
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Keith, Not sure what you mean. This is not...

Dear Keith,

Not sure what you mean. This is not a phrase I have ever encountered with respect to making a book submission (and I've made lots, and sold a fair few in the past).

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 1,213
Posted By Roger Hicks
Go to the bookstores and see who publishes...

Go to the bookstores and see who publishes similar books.

Write to appropriate publishers with a BRIEF covering letter. On a separate sheet provide a synopsis and chapter breakdown. Also provide...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 45
Views: 2,219
Posted By Roger Hicks
Many people do however find that direct,...

Many people do however find that direct, uninterrupted vision does however help them to hold a camera more steadily. I have been known to mount a Tewe finder on an SLR for this very...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 141,236
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Robert, Thank you for the kind words. I...

Dear Robert,

Thank you for the kind words. I must confess that I am puzzled by the fact that no-one apart from yourself has commented on these pictures. The idea behind the exhibition/gallery is to...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 600
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Gary, Sorry, I didn't make myself clear...

Dear Gary,

Sorry, I didn't make myself clear either. I fully understand your point about its being an old tradition with no racist overtones: I just thought that the huge foreground figure all but...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 600
Posted By Roger Hicks
The link between Morris dancing and racism is...

The link between Morris dancing and racism is simple: it's Grauniad readers.

For non-British members of the forum, the Guradian is famous for its soft-left politics, cavalier approach to...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 141,236
Posted By Roger Hicks
War in the Time of Flowers

... or, The Universal Soldier. A new gallery of Frances's hand-coloured pictures, at http://rogerandfrances.eu/galleries/war-in-the-time-of-flowers

There is some historical, artistic and technical...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 620
Posted By Roger Hicks
Fun, innit? From The Worst DSLR in the World,...

Fun, innit?

From The Worst DSLR in the World, http://www.rogerandfrances.com/subscription/worst%20dslr.html

It's heavy, it's absurdly expensive, it's slow-handling, the choice of lenses is...
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 69
Views: 2,282
Posted By Roger Hicks
Hey, man, I mean, like, well, y'know, man....

Hey, man, I mean, like, well, y'know, man.

(Sorry I can't be more, or indeed at all, coherent or helpful.)

Maybe someone had a dud Leica and couldn't spell "dud"?

Love, light & Peace,

R.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 45
Views: 2,219
Posted By Roger Hicks
Honestly, I forget. They didn't break on the rare...

Honestly, I forget. They didn't break on the rare occasions I used them, and I never thought to ask the official photographer for the company just how they did break. I just know they were in for...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 516
Posted By Roger Hicks
Not that many! But Sevo sums it up: reliability....

Not that many! But Sevo sums it up: reliability. I used my RB with the motorized back, so it was no slower. I probably didn't need the degree of reliability the RB offered, but I always preferred...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 516
Posted By Roger Hicks
The best being the RB... Never cared for the...

The best being the RB... Never cared for the RZ.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 45
Views: 2,219
Posted By Roger Hicks
Same here, though I went for Linhof instead....

Same here, though I went for Linhof instead. Bigger negative too (56x72mm). I could borrows the company 67s whenever I wanted to, but I didn't often want to. But as I say, it was the unreliability of...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 45
Views: 2,219
Posted By Roger Hicks
Currently, in 6x7, a stripped-down Tech 79 with...

Currently, in 6x7, a stripped-down Tech 79 with extra rise. In the past: ST IV, ST 70. I also have a 5x7 Tech V. And a 5x4 Technikardan...

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 222
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Jake, Sorry: not quite sure what you...

Dear Jake,

Sorry: not quite sure what you want/need.

Do you want to add sound to your pictures?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Travel 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 72
Views: 1,736
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Lawrence, Maybe. Then again, I've had this...

Dear Lawrence,

Maybe. Then again, I've had this kind of reaction, mostly from Americans of Italian extraction but also from actual Italian Italians, whenever I've even suggested that Italians are...
Forum: Travel 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 72
Views: 1,736
Posted By Roger Hicks
This is quite relevant in almost all major...

This is quite relevant in almost all major cities, anywhere in the world. It's the main reason why I've never driven in NYC, for example.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Travel 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 72
Views: 1,736
Posted By Roger Hicks
How is a report of genuine experiences "ignorant"...

How is a report of genuine experiences "ignorant" or "stupid" or indeed "trolling"? Look in the mirror...

Or look at the comments from Dralowid and sevo too. EDIT: And Print44 in the post that...
Forum: Travel 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 72
Views: 1,736
Posted By Roger Hicks
And this is nothing to do with the equation you...

And this is nothing to do with the equation you gave. Kinetic energy and the energy released by the destruction of matter are not the same thing. You're the one complaining about "hilarious"...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 33
Views: 1,734
Posted By Roger Hicks
Also, of course, there's the question if why...

Also, of course, there's the question if why anyone would want to fake the ugliest finish Leicas ever had. It wasn't all that bad when it was new (my first new Leica was a black chrome MP, which I...
Forum: Travel 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 72
Views: 1,736
Posted By Roger Hicks
Um... Because it's not rampant bigotry, but a...

Um... Because it's not rampant bigotry, but a factual report of my experiences driving and riding in Italy? And India and the USA and elsewhere? Why would I be a "bigot"? What have I to gain?

I've...
Forum: Travel 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 72
Views: 1,736
Posted By Roger Hicks
Do you mean the formua for kinetic energy, which...

Do you mean the formua for kinetic energy, which is K = 1/2 M V2 (2 for "squared"), half the mass times the square of the velocity? 'Cos the conversion of matter into energy doesn't play much of a...
Forum: Travel 3 Weeks Ago
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Posted By Roger Hicks
Very true. Then again, if they re-painted every...

Very true. Then again, if they re-painted every time they had a minor accident, their cars would be permanently in the bodywork shop. It's not just the bad drivers whose cars get knocked about: after...
Forum: Travel 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 72
Views: 1,736
Posted By Roger Hicks
I was hoping you might have a clearer grasp on...

I was hoping you might have a clearer grasp on the meaning of the word "insult". Or indeed that not all accidents are fatal. But (to borrow your own rude comment) this seems far too much of a complex...
Forum: Travel 3 Weeks Ago
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Views: 1,736
Posted By Roger Hicks
If you can't understand "Of course there are good...

If you can't understand "Of course there are good drivers and bad in every country. It's just that in Italy, there are far more bad ones", there's not much I can do about that either. This is not...
Forum: Travel 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 72
Views: 1,736
Posted By Roger Hicks
Very likely true, especially the last. This is a...

Very likely true, especially the last. This is a major problem in parts of Europe. You know, I take it, that a Pole was recently beaten to death outside a pizza shop in Essex, apparently for speaking...
Forum: Travel 3 Weeks Ago
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Posted By Roger Hicks
Why? If you like, I'll substitute "total...

Why? If you like, I'll substitute "total incompetents" for "idiots" but otherwise it stands. Why do you think I waste this much time arguing that no-one in their right mind should drive in Italy?...
Forum: Travel 3 Weeks Ago
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Posted By Roger Hicks
It's true that you get some bloody awful drivers...

It's true that you get some bloody awful drivers in Los Angeles and indeed in the rest of California: I met my wife in LA, and later, lived on the Central Coast for five years.

Also, it's the only...
Forum: Travel 3 Weeks Ago
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Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Roland, Predictably bad. The first time I...

Dear Roland,

Predictably bad. The first time I was there I was waiting at traffic lights by road works on a motorcycle and was rear-ended so hard that it threw Frances over my head. She could barely...
Forum: Travel 3 Weeks Ago
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Views: 1,736
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Raid, DO NOT DRIVE! Italians are the worst...

Dear Raid,

DO NOT DRIVE! Italians are the worst drivers in the world. I have driven cars and ridden motorcycles extensively in India, Mexico, Greece, Malta and indeed most of Europe as well as...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 11
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Posted By Roger Hicks
Or worse still, a bad one. From, "Leicaphilia", ...

Or worse still, a bad one. From, "Leicaphilia", http://www.rogerandfrances.com/subscription/leicaphilia.html


The dangers of the 'CLA'

The main reason I said that the biggest enemy of old Leicas...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 3 Weeks Ago
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Posted By Roger Hicks
Careful loading with a Schnellladespule is at...

Careful loading with a Schnellladespule is at least as quick for me as sloppy loading with a removable spool.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 3 Weeks Ago
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Posted By Roger Hicks
I've had many turning lugs on Ms (though hardly...

I've had many turning lugs on Ms (though hardly spinning) and never a light leak, but maybe I've just been lucky. As far as I remember it's a VERY easy, cheap repair.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 3 Weeks Ago
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Posted By Roger Hicks
De rien! I fear you're right about prices, and...

De rien!

I fear you're right about prices, and I could be remembering the wrong lenses anyway.

Amitiés,

R.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 3 Weeks Ago
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Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Jacques, This is only half remembered at...

Dear Jacques,

This is only half remembered at best, from something I read maybe 40 years ago, but I vaguely recall the Taylor, Taylor & Hobson 50/2 being appropriate. Or perhaps it was the 50/2...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 42
Views: 1,732
Posted By Roger Hicks
Not entirely, and besides, the whole thing is...

Not entirely, and besides, the whole thing is interrelated. I've never quite understood how platinum/palladium prints combine a very subtle tonal range, which looks very long indeed, with a very...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 1,458
Posted By Roger Hicks
Underline: Thanks. You flatter me that they are...

Underline: Thanks. You flatter me that they are "all top notch", though. Some are good; some are the merest illustrations. The thing is, there are probably just enough reasonably good ones, along...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 45
Views: 2,219
Posted By Roger Hicks
You've never tried a 6x7 Linhof,...

You've never tried a 6x7 Linhof, then?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 42
Views: 1,732
Posted By Roger Hicks
I would. This was once a standard professional...

I would. This was once a standard professional trick when dealing with high contrast transparency films, and it works equally well with B+W.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 1,458
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Sam, Thanks for the good wishes and the...

Dear Sam,

Thanks for the good wishes and the advice. I'm aiming for a 2m pipe, minimum, which as far as I am aware implies 6-7 hour smoking. Wood will probably be oak as this is what we use for...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 1,458
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Robert, Thanks. I value your good...

Dear Robert,

Thanks. I value your good opinion.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 45
Views: 2,219
Posted By Roger Hicks
Early ones were horribly unreliable. Where I...

Early ones were horribly unreliable. Where I worked in the late 70s we kept three, in order to have two working: the third was always being repaired. I don't know how old they were, though: at that...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 4 Weeks Ago
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Views: 34,597
Posted By Roger Hicks
http://rogerandfrances.eu/cookery-and-the-kitchen/...

http://rogerandfrances.eu/cookery-and-the-kitchen/holy-water -- all shot with a Df and a 55/2.8 Micro-Nikkor. I quite like the first and last shots.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 1,458
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Sam, The stove for my smoker is based on a...

Dear Sam,

The stove for my smoker is based on a gas cylinder (a welder friend made it for me) and the smoking chamber is a second-hand wine barrel about 80-90cm in maximum diameter at its widest...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 42
Views: 1,732
Posted By Roger Hicks
It's quite hard to blow highlights with most B+W...

It's quite hard to blow highlights with most B+W films if you're printing conventionally and exposing anything like reasonably, so a lower-contrast printing paper is often an easier way of doing it....
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 1,458
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Sam, Not sure about that. First, I never...

Dear Sam,

Not sure about that. First, I never ate it for the first 20-30 years of my life.

Second, the regional variations are enormous. For example, although I now find the rusk-packed English...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 1,458
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Sam, I fully take your point, but once it's...

Dear Sam,

I fully take your point, but once it's in the shot glass, it warms up very quickly, so it is merely drunk cold, not ice-cold.

Also, this is not exactly a subtle drink, unlike (for...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 42
Views: 1,732
Posted By Roger Hicks
Further options: soft focus lenses (including...

Further options: soft focus lenses (including old, cheap zooms), soft focus screens (e.g. Zeiss Softars), low-contrast paper grades.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 1,458
Posted By Roger Hicks
Thanks. Cheers, R.

Thanks.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Photography General Interest 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 107
Views: 3,805
Posted By Roger Hicks
And also, in some posts, for the English...

And also, in some posts, for the English language. Those for whom English (or American) is a second or third language are in several cases a lot more intelligible.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 35
Views: 1,102
Posted By Roger Hicks
Indeed. It seems to have become MUCH worse in the...

Indeed. It seems to have become MUCH worse in the last 25 years or so.

Cheers,

R.
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