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Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 56 Minutes Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 330
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Bruno, But Durst is REALLY bad on spare...

Dear Bruno,

But Durst is REALLY bad on spare enlarger parts.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Photography General Interest 1 Hour Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 174
Posted By Roger Hicks
48 years reading books and magazines, and going...

48 years reading books and magazines, and going to exhibitions whenever feasible.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 19 Hours Ago
Replies: 59
Views: 1,812
Posted By Roger Hicks
Or indeed American, Chinese or anywhere else. I...

Or indeed American, Chinese or anywhere else.

I realize you have covered the point already, which made me all the more surprised that you decided to single out "European".

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 19 Hours Ago
Replies: 59
Views: 1,812
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear David, Quite. And the fantasies (including...

Dear David,

Quite. And the fantasies (including the ones you make up yourself from the whole cloth) are often much more interesting than boring old truth. Especially unverifiable "truth". Or even...
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 20 Hours Ago
Replies: 52
Views: 2,176
Posted By Roger Hicks
You may find that actually, he is a better...

You may find that actually, he is a better analyst than most. Read carefully what he says, not what you want to think he is saying.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Day Ago
Replies: 96
Views: 3,669
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Mike, Quite. But the rest of the post you...

Dear Mike,

Quite. But the rest of the post you quote missed the point too. And, of course, tennis is a process: you don't end up with a potentially durable end product, i.e. a picture.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Day Ago
Replies: 96
Views: 3,669
Posted By Roger Hicks
Ah... Zonies! Cheers, R.

Ah... Zonies!

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 2 Days Ago
Replies: 96
Views: 3,669
Posted By Roger Hicks
Oh, God, yes. It doesn't necessarily feel like...

Oh, God, yes. It doesn't necessarily feel like work, either. All I was talking about was the way that someone who is good at what they do will normally make it look easier than it is, thus fooling...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 2 Days Ago
Replies: 96
Views: 3,669
Posted By Roger Hicks
All true, but irrelevant. The original post is...

All true, but irrelevant. The original post is about the amount of work that you have to put in if you want to be good at anything: specifically, in this case, photography, whether as an amateur or...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 2 Days Ago
Replies: 96
Views: 3,669
Posted By Roger Hicks
The attempt to reduce everything to a cash nexus...

The attempt to reduce everything to a cash nexus is one of the most unpleasant aspects of modern society.

In any case, this thread is not about being a professional or an amateur, or good at writing...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 3 Days Ago
Replies: 96
Views: 3,669
Posted By Roger Hicks
Could be... Cheers, R.

Could be...

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Days Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 721
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Michael, I wonder how they'd respond to,...

Dear Michael,

I wonder how they'd respond to, "Really? That's odd. It's my policy that they should be photographed."

In the light of what you have said, if ever I see a Shelter-wallah, I shall go...
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Days Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 721
Posted By Roger Hicks
No! Don't tell me they've banned coffee mugs...

No! Don't tell me they've banned coffee mugs too!

Another view is that maybe in 1000 years, people will wonder why the English-speaking world suddenly ceased to exist when (for example) most of...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 4 Days Ago
Replies: 67
Views: 1,831
Posted By Roger Hicks
There's always BBC iPlayer radio: I use it all...

There's always BBC iPlayer radio: I use it all the time.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 4 Days Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 622
Posted By Roger Hicks
Give it away to those who like to take chances....

Give it away to those who like to take chances. That's what I do. Well, that and use it for checking that cameras actually work (wind on, expose, etc.). Either you get the idea of "fun" in...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 4 Days Ago
Replies: 96
Views: 3,669
Posted By Roger Hicks
This may indeed be a better analysis than mine:...

This may indeed be a better analysis than mine: but both strike at the heart of the truth that you need to know what you're doing. As I said in my original post, both amateurs and professionals...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 4 Days Ago
Replies: 67
Views: 1,831
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Brian, Sorry for the misunderstanding. But...

Dear Brian,

Sorry for the misunderstanding. But if there is one thing the Internet has taught me above all else, it is how little we understand one another. I am increasingly convinced that autism...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 4 Days Ago
Replies: 67
Views: 1,831
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Brian, I can see the enjoyment in at least...

Dear Brian,

I can see the enjoyment in at least some of them; what I can't see is how some of them make your life more engaged with your friends and family.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 4 Days Ago
Replies: 96
Views: 3,669
Posted By Roger Hicks
A wannabe dilettante? OK, two words, but we're...

A wannabe dilettante?

OK, two words, but we're getting there.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 4 Days Ago
Replies: 67
Views: 1,831
Posted By Roger Hicks
Although I've had TVs from time to time -- the...

Although I've had TVs from time to time -- the last one was 12 years ago -- I've lived most of my adult life without a TV.

The internet is another matter. Before I could deliver stuff...
Forum: Large Format RF 4 Days Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 742
Posted By Roger Hicks
On shutter...

On shutter sizes/availability:

http://www.rogerandfrances.com/subscription/ps%20how%20re-shutter.html

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 4 Days Ago
Replies: 88
Views: 5,931
Posted By Roger Hicks
Only if you're lucky (been there with Acros....

Only if you're lucky (been there with Acros. Gorgeous, but not reliably for me).

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 5 Days Ago
Replies: 71
Views: 2,420
Posted By Roger Hicks
Not so sure. Last time I asked for advice in...

Not so sure. Last time I asked for advice in London was from three lads fully tooled up (machine pistols, bulletproof jackets) and they couldn't have been nicer or more friendly.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Micl Photo Acc / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 5 Days Ago
Replies: 52
Views: 1,121
Posted By Roger Hicks
Own: too many. This is not a smart-arse answer: I...

Own: too many. This is not a smart-arse answer: I literally don't know. Use: three or four at most (mainly Billingham).

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 5 Days Ago
Replies: 88
Views: 5,931
Posted By Roger Hicks
You suffer from the crippling disadvantage (as...

You suffer from the crippling disadvantage (as least as far as the internet is concerned) of knowing what you are talking about.

My own feeling is that if a particular film suits you, be it TMX,...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 5 Days Ago
Replies: 96
Views: 3,669
Posted By Roger Hicks
Fair enough. I am more than open to a better...

Fair enough. I am more than open to a better word. But what would you suggest as a brief summarizing word for "someone who can't be arsed to try to learn much, and doesn't realize how little they...
Forum: Travel 5 Days Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 1,188
Posted By Roger Hicks
Another vote for this world-picture. What if you...

Another vote for this world-picture. What if you find 28mm a totally "blah" focal length, as I do? Also, no matter how light you want to travel, how much weight and volume does a 21/4 add? Even if...
Forum: Photography General Interest 5 Days Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 512
Posted By Roger Hicks
Stick 'em in the attic.Let someone else...

Stick 'em in the attic.Let someone else decide.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 5 Days Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 1,048
Posted By Roger Hicks
You want a cheap, ratty black chrome M4-P? Just...

You want a cheap, ratty black chrome M4-P? Just contact me...

Seriously, an old black M4-P chrome looks like sh1t. Indeed, mine looked like sh1t inside the guarantee period.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 6 Days Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 988
Posted By Roger Hicks
If you didn't know them at all, it would be that...

If you didn't know them at all, it would be that much much harder to care about them at all. I'm not saying you can't care about someone you don't know at all, because obviously you can. But do you...
Forum: Travel 6 Days Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 801
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Bill, I really can't agree. In 1989 Frances...

Dear Bill,

I really can't agree. In 1989 Frances and I did a book about the battlefields of the (American) Civil War and as long as you've done your research first you learn a LOT from seeing the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 6 Days Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 1,482
Posted By Roger Hicks
Ah, I am glad we have resolved that. Thanks for...

Ah, I am glad we have resolved that. Thanks for the clarification. I fully take your point about the weight, and I'd add that it's awkwardly bulky too, which is why I got rid of the first one I had....
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 6 Days Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 553
Posted By Roger Hicks
Because, surely, a true ND filter is still a...

Because, surely, a true ND filter is still a bulky lump of expensive glass that few people will want. Yes, you can do electronic "pulls" but my understanding is that these reduce dynamic range. Of...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 1 Week Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 1,482
Posted By Roger Hicks
You clearly have very fixed views on the subject,...

You clearly have very fixed views on the subject, so there's not much point in further discussion. Yes, 135mm was historically reckoned to be the longest that could reliably be coupled to an RF (the...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 1 Week Ago
Replies: 71
Views: 2,420
Posted By Roger Hicks
Yes. Respectful, and remembering that he is, in...

Yes. Respectful, and remembering that he is, in the old formula, a "civilian in uniform". Not a soldier or avenger or minor deity.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 1 Week Ago
Replies: 71
Views: 2,420
Posted By Roger Hicks
The CRS in France in May 68 weren't much fun but...

The CRS in France in May 68 weren't much fun but it looks like they were pussy cats next to this lot. But that's what you get when you militarize the police. Even quite piddly police departments buy...
Forum: Travel 1 Week Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 801
Posted By Roger Hicks
Auschwitz is pretty weird. We found that it was...

Auschwitz is pretty weird. We found that it was something of a shrine for neo-Nazis. After the visit, go on a few miles and stay at Pszczyna.

As mentioned above, do not neglect Oradour s/Glane,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 1 Week Ago
Replies: 88
Views: 5,931
Posted By Roger Hicks
My mistake. I'd be astonished if I were right and...

My mistake. I'd be astonished if I were right and you were wrong. I meant TMX, so substitute that in my comment.

Sorry!

R.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 1 Week Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 855
Posted By Roger Hicks
Purely because things were more settled by 1949...

Purely because things were more settled by 1949 (and parts were therefore probably more reliable) I'd lean towards the newer camera. The faster lens is handy too: which one is it? What sort of state...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 1 Week Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 1,482
Posted By Roger Hicks
Indeed. Lack of demand. Demand for 135s is tiny;...

Indeed. Lack of demand. Demand for 135s is tiny; there are plenty on the used market; why would Zeiss bother?

Leica themselves caution against using full aperture with 135mm lenses on the M9. But...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 1 Week Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 1,482
Posted By Roger Hicks
I've never found it so with the 135/2.8. Yes, you...

I've never found it so with the 135/2.8. Yes, you need to be careful at full aperture and close distances, but even so, I've certainly not found it anything like "crazy hard".

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Week Ago
Replies: 96
Views: 3,669
Posted By Roger Hicks
Alas I seem to be missing your point yet again....

Alas I seem to be missing your point yet again. What "this" are you talking about? It doesn't seem to bear much resemblance to anything I am talking about, which is that getting to be good at...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 1 Week Ago
Replies: 119
Views: 3,236
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Rob, Highlight: Spot on (as it were). For...

Dear Rob,

Highlight: Spot on (as it were).

For the latter, see http://www.johndesq.com/pinhole/invercones.htm

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 1 Week Ago
Replies: 88
Views: 5,931
Posted By Roger Hicks
For given values of "proof" and "very similar"....

For given values of "proof" and "very similar". I'm not keen on either TMY or Acros, but I'd say that I like Acros better than TMY when the Acros is at its best, but that TMY is a lot easier to get...
Forum: Photo Software 1 Week Ago
Replies: 98
Views: 2,855
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Godfrey, I don't think either of us is...

Dear Godfrey,

I don't think either of us is "right". Habit and convenience incline me to Photoshop. Anyone who finds Lightroom more convenient would use that. It's pretty marginal.

I'm grateful...
Forum: Photo Software 1 Week Ago
Replies: 98
Views: 2,855
Posted By Roger Hicks
Exactly. But I'd be willing to bet that some will...

Exactly. But I'd be willing to bet that some will twist your indisputably true statement by taking it to mean "how good a photographer you are", which we both know isn't true.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Week Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 797
Posted By Roger Hicks
I seem to recall that Hemingway reckoned that if...

I seem to recall that Hemingway reckoned that if you tried to write more than 1000 words a way, you'd end up writing crap.

I think that was a stupid statement; but then, as we've just seen, no-one...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 1 Week Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 1,482
Posted By Roger Hicks
Bigger frames because of the viewfinder...

Bigger frames because of the viewfinder magnification (though you can always use an accessory finder). The magnification also makes focusing easier and probably more accurate.

It's big and heavy. I...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 1 Week Ago
Replies: 119
Views: 3,236
Posted By Roger Hicks
For negatives? Of general subjects? A reflected...

For negatives? Of general subjects? A reflected light reading, with the meter tilted slightly down so as to avoid too much sky in the picture. If one part of the subject is darker than another,...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 1 Week Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 1,482
Posted By Roger Hicks
My 135/2.8 works fine on mine. Not cheap --...

My 135/2.8 works fine on mine. Not cheap -- except by Leica standards! If you're splashing around with an M9, the price and fate of a 135/2.8 is probably a pretty trivial extra concern.

Cheers,

R.
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