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Forum: back alley's In The Bag 6 Hours Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 795
Posted By thegman
I only shoot film, but sometimes I wonder if I...

I only shoot film, but sometimes I wonder if I should get a little digital. Maybe Fujifilm XPro-1, a built in optical finder in this day and age is a rare find.
Forum: 120 RF's 4 Days Ago
Replies: 83
Views: 1,873
Posted By thegman
With 400 speed film at f/16, sunny 16 says you...

With 400 speed film at f/16, sunny 16 says you can shoot in broad daylight at 1/400 (or 1/500 more likely), plenty fast enough for handheld I think. I used a Fotoman 4x5 handheld, it's hard...
Forum: 120 RF's 5 Days Ago
Replies: 83
Views: 1,873
Posted By thegman
6x7, yes, Horseman made one, not sure about 6x6...

6x7, yes, Horseman made one, not sure about 6x6 but I used to have a 6x7 one on a Horseman Convertible. If you can live with a fixed 62mm lens, it's a nice camera and a lot cheaper than the Fotoman.
Forum: 120 RF's 5 Days Ago
Replies: 83
Views: 1,873
Posted By thegman
Changeable lenses, and backs, with wide angle...

Changeable lenses, and backs, with wide angle options, with 6x9?

I'd say Fotoman 69 is a good option, if you're prepared to only have 6x6 or 6x7, then I'd go with an SLR of some kind.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 6 Days Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 658
Posted By thegman
Well, I think when a company says 'this is for x'...

Well, I think when a company says 'this is for x' and 'that is for y', then it's more about marketing than anything else.

I think you could probably get a more than acceptable 16x20" print from a...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 1 Week Ago
Replies: 59
Views: 1,989
Posted By thegman
I always find it strange that when people do...

I always find it strange that when people do things, often other people feel the need to do the same.

Personally, I just can't be bothered to watch any movie on YouTube or whatever over 30 seconds...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 1 Week Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 297
Posted By thegman
A reasonably priced framing option would appeal...

A reasonably priced framing option would appeal to me. I'm lazy, so if I think I've got to get this print home, find a frame I like the correct size, and do it myself, that's off-putting.

A ready...
Forum: 120 RF's 1 Week Ago
Replies: 83
Views: 1,873
Posted By thegman
Horseman Convertible is not too badly priced,...

Horseman Convertible is not too badly priced, very small, and one of the more convenient to use 6x9 options out there.

I just came into possession of a Horseman SW612 with 6x9 and 6x12 backs,...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 41
Views: 1,111
Posted By thegman
Trying some Blandy's Madeira at the moment, very...

Trying some Blandy's Madeira at the moment, very palatable.
Forum: Photography General Interest 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 35
Views: 1,881
Posted By thegman
I suppose it depends on how you define the genre,...

I suppose it depends on how you define the genre, there were street photographers decades before HCB though. Anyway though, I'm not saying he didn't take good photos, no doubt he did. And even if he...
Forum: Photography General Interest 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 35
Views: 1,881
Posted By thegman
Hmm, easy way to start a flame war, but I'll bite...

Hmm, easy way to start a flame war, but I'll bite anyway.

HCB: Dude jumps over a puddle. If someone took that photo today, we'd probably think it was a nice moment, and forget it. Now, I know HCB...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 171
Views: 9,457
Posted By thegman
I got my Zeiss RF repaired in a couple of weeks,...

I got my Zeiss RF repaired in a couple of weeks, send direct to Zeiss.

I get that DAG is very good at what he does, but when Leicas get fixed in the UK, Europe, Australia or whatever, I'm assuming...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 21
Views: 936
Posted By thegman
Was not sure if you wanted black and white or...

Was not sure if you wanted black and white or colour, but you only need a 1 or 2 stop ND filter to make Ektar effectively 50 or 25 ISO.
Forum: Travel 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 77
Views: 2,853
Posted By thegman
I think if the Leica lens is the only one which...

I think if the Leica lens is the only one which will scratch your itch, then go for it, but I find it hard to believe that many of us could tell the difference between photos taken with a CV or a...
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 79
Views: 2,642
Posted By thegman
I don't buy into one type of photography having...

I don't buy into one type of photography having 'soul' and the other not. I also think that film is capable of technical perfection in the same way digital is, especially if you're using medium...
Forum: Travel 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 77
Views: 2,853
Posted By thegman
I'd take it, it's not like it's a big lens. But...

I'd take it, it's not like it's a big lens. But yes, 'streets of Europe' is like saying 'Homes in North America'. Even being as specific as one city, in one country (Brussels), you've got tiny little...
Forum: RFF Polls 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 1,285
Posted By thegman
Near the tail I suppose, I don't own any camera...

Near the tail I suppose, I don't own any camera which could be considered 'new', except maybe the Fotoman 4x5, which although only a year or so old, is obviously rather low tech.

I could be tempted...
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 1,230
Posted By thegman
Ansel Adams of course, but generally I just like...

Ansel Adams of course, but generally I just like what I like, and tend not to remember the name of the photographer.

In a funny sort of way, the better a landscape photo is, for me, the more I care...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 31
Views: 992
Posted By thegman
I would imagine there is a tilt/shift lens out...

I would imagine there is a tilt/shift lens out there to fit your Nikon. If you don't mind spending a few hundred on some kit, you could likely get a monorail 4x5 to play with.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 52
Views: 2,424
Posted By thegman
I had your exact problem, basically an external...

I had your exact problem, basically an external light meter was too fiddly for me. My solution was to simply not use on. My exposures probably got better, not worse. A light meter gives you a scene...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 72
Views: 2,741
Posted By thegman
This forum, and kenrockwell.com, I'd say. With...

This forum, and kenrockwell.com, I'd say. With all the dpreview stuff and similar sites, you'd be forgiven for thinking film cameras weren't being made any more, but sites like this one made me...
Forum: Photo Software 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 102
Views: 3,351
Posted By thegman
I think this is the best advice in the thread....

I think this is the best advice in the thread. Companies don't exist to serve us, they exist to make money. Apple made some software, then decided not to persevere with it, that's it, nobody has been...
Forum: Photography General Interest 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 1,772
Posted By thegman
Quite, I think Google's ideas of 'evil' are more...

Quite, I think Google's ideas of 'evil' are more about catchy taglines than a realistic definition of the word. But I guess we're into semantics now.

If we're going with Google's definition, then I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 1,772
Posted By thegman
Not a fan of Google's work, but 'evil' seems...

Not a fan of Google's work, but 'evil' seems excessive.
Forum: Photography General Interest 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 1,772
Posted By thegman
I think hyperbole like calling a company 'pure...

I think hyperbole like calling a company 'pure evil' because they have practices you don't like turns more people off real issues than it does rally them around a cause.

Requesting to not be indexed...
Forum: Photo Software 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 175
Posted By thegman
Don't know about Fuji X RAW files, but I...

Don't know about Fuji X RAW files, but I sometimes use Elements, and I'm not in the Adobe Cloud scheme.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 43
Views: 1,588
Posted By thegman
I tend to use primes as they are generally...

I tend to use primes as they are generally smaller and come attached to cameras I like. If they were smaller and came on the nice cameras (a zoom Rolleiflex would be quite something), then I'd...
Forum: Photography General Interest 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 73
Views: 1,854
Posted By thegman
I agree to a point, but why must it be a mistake?...

I agree to a point, but why must it be a mistake? I like large, printed landscape photos, I like the feeling of being in a particular place. Large prints can help with that. At the same time,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-24-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 1,854
Posted By thegman
That's a little ad hominem for my tastes, you're...

That's a little ad hominem for my tastes, you're saying that if someone disagrees with you, then it's because they're more into gear than photography.

Some people may wish to print very large, that...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-24-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 1,854
Posted By thegman
Can't speak for everyone else, but when I see the...

Can't speak for everyone else, but when I see the term 'image quality' I generally think that it's referring to resolution. It's one of the few technical characteristics of a photograph that 99% of...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-24-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 1,854
Posted By thegman
I think if we're happy to print at 10x8" or view...

I think if we're happy to print at 10x8" or view on a computer, then 6MP was probably good enough for all of us. In terms of dynamic range, bokeh, and stuff like that, for me, yes, I'd love Velvia to...
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 06-23-2014
Replies: 42
Views: 1,529
Posted By thegman
I think technically, if we assume that street...

I think technically, if we assume that street photographers capture moments, without interfering too much, then you could get excellent photos just by leaving a few HD cameras on record in strategic...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 06-23-2014
Replies: 48
Views: 1,816
Posted By thegman
Sometimes I feel I can tell a Pentax 6x7 shot...

Sometimes I feel I can tell a Pentax 6x7 shot from other medium format shots. I think often people who use them are better photographers than most of us, it's a practical camera with (no offence to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-23-2014
Replies: 79
Views: 4,126
Posted By thegman
Neither poll option is the case for me, but I...

Neither poll option is the case for me, but I probably enjoy photography more when I use just my Rolleiflex, and nothing more, rather than carry a big load of gear around. However, enjoying...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-22-2014
Replies: 44
Views: 1,483
Posted By thegman
I think it can do, but for me it's got to provide...

I think it can do, but for me it's got to provide new capability. Going from a ZI to an M6 to an M3 to an MP, back to an M3 then to a Bessa R4A, then Leica IIIf, then Nikon S2, did not really inspire...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-21-2014
Replies: 80
Views: 3,938
Posted By thegman
Had an R8 for one roll, was not so keen on how it...

Had an R8 for one roll, was not so keen on how it worked, you've got to look in the finder to see exposure comp. settings, plus it was vast. Far bigger than most of the medium format cameras I've...
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 06-20-2014
Replies: 40
Views: 1,501
Posted By thegman
Probably a body person, I find camera bodies...

Probably a body person, I find camera bodies interesting and they of course work in a wildly different way from one another, i.e. a Rolleiflex works completely differently to a GF670, but their...
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 06-19-2014
Replies: 105
Views: 3,834
Posted By thegman
Funnily enough, I don't think I've ever had a...

Funnily enough, I don't think I've ever had a digital camera die for no reason, but I have had a film one do so (Fujifilm Klasse S), just one day, dead as a doornail. Fujifilm fixed for free though,...
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 06-19-2014
Replies: 105
Views: 3,834
Posted By thegman
Hi Raid, It's only been a few days, it's OK to...

Hi Raid,
It's only been a few days, it's OK to take a break from it.

Obviously your M9 experience has been frustrating, but that's more about frustration with a camera, not photography.

If the...
Forum: Fuji X Interchangeable Lens Cameras 06-18-2014
Replies: 45
Views: 3,749
Posted By thegman
I think as far as digital cameras go, yes, it is...

I think as far as digital cameras go, yes, it is kind of a classic, but I doubt it'll keep values up that much. Compared to an old Canikon, I expect it'll depreciate slower, but even cameras like the...
Forum: Nikon RF 06-18-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 887
Posted By thegman
CLA on the whole lot is going to cost you $500 or...

CLA on the whole lot is going to cost you $500 or more? Personally, no, I would not CLA before a sale.

On some things a CLA can be attractive I suppose, but sometimes it also means:

1) It's been...
Forum: Fuji X Interchangeable Lens Cameras 06-18-2014
Replies: 45
Views: 3,749
Posted By thegman
If the M240 is working for you, then just use...

If the M240 is working for you, then just use that. If you can manually focus easily, then I'd just do that. Perhaps stop down a little to increase your DOF too.

If you're using it, and liking it,...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 06-17-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 850
Posted By thegman
I suppose 35mm is only a compromise if you value...

I suppose 35mm is only a compromise if you value technical quality, i.e. resolution and tonality. Most people on this forum seem to like the work of HCB, where resolution of most photos, due to...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 06-16-2014
Replies: 84
Views: 3,332
Posted By thegman
35mm cameras? No. Can't tell. 35mm to MF,...

35mm cameras? No. Can't tell. 35mm to MF, generally I can tell, but I'm certain I could be caught out.

I also can't tell the difference between a letter written with a Pelikan pen or a $10...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-14-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 1,359
Posted By thegman
Only you can judge your own ability/desire to...

Only you can judge your own ability/desire to carry that amount of gear. For me, it seems like a once in a lifetime trip, and I wouldn't want to be without a backup, even two backups, hell, silly...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-14-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 1,359
Posted By thegman
I'd go GF670 and M3. GF670 needs batteries to...

I'd go GF670 and M3. GF670 needs batteries to work, which is fine, but I'd rather back it up with something that didn't.

That's if you're set on only 2 cameras. If it were me, I'd take all 3...
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 06-14-2014
Replies: 46
Views: 2,599
Posted By thegman
Same thing on all shutter speeds, even Bulb? If...

Same thing on all shutter speeds, even Bulb? If you fire the shutter with no lens on it, does the shutter look like it's sticking?

Odd coincidence that it's when you changed cards, I'd try another...
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / Polaroids 06-13-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 893
Posted By thegman
I used to have a Fujifilm Instax mini, nice...

I used to have a Fujifilm Instax mini, nice camera, but I found the pictures just that bit too small, so I'd have preferred a wide version. Best of luck to Lomography though.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-13-2014
Replies: 60
Views: 1,561
Posted By thegman
I would just buy a cheap and cheerful alternative...

I would just buy a cheap and cheerful alternative camera, maybe a little zoom compact, cheap SLR, whatever, and keep the Leica for safer pursuits.

I know some people will say "why have it, if you're...
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 06-12-2014
Replies: 54
Views: 1,703
Posted By thegman
I don't think words are dead, I think with...

I don't think words are dead, I think with Facebook and Twitter a lot of people are using them now when they would not have before. It can look like quality is diminishing, but I think it's more like...
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