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Forum: Point-N-Shoot 11-25-2012
Replies: 20
Views: 1,132
Posted By TaoPhoto
I really like the Leica D-Lux 4. I don't know...

I really like the Leica D-Lux 4. I don't know that much about the later D-Lux models. The access to manual control is a high value in my book - "manual" controls that come through menu systems aren't...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-13-2011
Replies: 28
Views: 2,763
Posted By TaoPhoto
Sharpness is not the be-all and end-all of...

Sharpness is not the be-all and end-all of "quality." No matter how many times the comparison of digital vs. film boils down to sharpness, the less convinced I am. The sharpness argument sounds, to...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-12-2011
Replies: 31
Views: 2,951
Posted By TaoPhoto
Storytellers vs. statisticians? I haven't seen...

Storytellers vs. statisticians? I haven't seen anything in this thread suggestive of a statistician.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-12-2011
Replies: 429
Views: 81,004
Posted By TaoPhoto
My favorite remains Tri-X. I like the old formula...

My favorite remains Tri-X. I like the old formula better than the current one, but it's still the most flexible B&W film out there. On the other hand, I've been shooting a lot of C-41 B&W lately...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-05-2011
Replies: 1,505
Sticky: Camera Work
Views: 124,024
Posted By TaoPhoto
Well, I'm not at the level of some of the great...

Well, I'm not at the level of some of the great photographers posted here, but I have several photostories I published with Patch that qualify as Camera Work. The links below are some of my...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-04-2011
Replies: 71
Views: 4,478
Posted By TaoPhoto
Of course, this was bound to devolve into a...

Of course, this was bound to devolve into a digital vs. film debate (yet again). There is one thing that bothers me about the responses in this vein: the claims that digital has the same "quality" as...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-04-2011
Replies: 71
Views: 4,478
Posted By TaoPhoto
I can see that scanning is no one's favorite...

I can see that scanning is no one's favorite thing. Mine either. As others, I simply let the shop doing the development do the scans. I get pretty decent 1800 pixel (on the long side) scans from our...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-04-2011
Replies: 31
Views: 1,711
Posted By TaoPhoto
I also use two bodies quite often. For gigs, I'll...

I also use two bodies quite often. For gigs, I'll carry two more or less matching bodies, one as my main shooter and one as backup. OM-4t and an OM-2n or OM-1n, for instance. Both loaded with the...
Forum: Photo Software 06-04-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 1,739
Posted By TaoPhoto
Wow, I haven't heard that name in many years. I...

Wow, I haven't heard that name in many years. I didn't even know there was still an ACDSee until I saw this thread. I always liked their product, back in the day, before PS took over the image...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-03-2011
Replies: 123
Views: 4,561
Posted By TaoPhoto
Paris, Morocco, Prague, just a few that seem to...

Paris, Morocco, Prague, just a few that seem to never run out of photo opportunities. There are many other places, these are just the ones I've seen and can't seem to forget.
Forum: RFF Polls 06-02-2011
Replies: 265
Views: 60,070
Posted By TaoPhoto
Nothing happened. There are just so many good...

Nothing happened. There are just so many good choices in the under $50 category. For a compact RF in that range, I still love the XA. For full-sized RF, the Yashica cameras. That's for beginners,...
Forum: The Business Of Photography 06-02-2011
Replies: 69
Views: 7,448
Posted By TaoPhoto
I think, too, that how a wedding is shot, and how...

I think, too, that how a wedding is shot, and how much work you end up doing, depends highly on who's calling the shots. I don't imagine that fine art wedding photographers like Riccis Valladares and...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-01-2011
Replies: 42
Views: 4,720
Posted By TaoPhoto
By the best lens for photojournalism, I think we...

By the best lens for photojournalism, I think we need to define photojournalism a bit more. What I do, which is more documentary photography, is long-form photojournalism, and I find having a 28/2,...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-31-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 877
Posted By TaoPhoto
The viewfinder on the Zorki 4 is bright, compared...

The viewfinder on the Zorki 4 is bright, compared to the Fed-2 and many other older rangefinder cameras, but rather dark compared to Leica M cameras or D/SLR's. Your's doesn't sound broken, though...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-30-2011
Replies: 25
Views: 1,945
Posted By TaoPhoto
I have also had many Olympus DSLR's, and for the...

I have also had many Olympus DSLR's, and for the same reasons as Kuzano, I've sold all but an E-300 and an E-500. The E-1 is really a very nice camera, but I think I found my point of happiness in...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-29-2011
Replies: 64
Views: 2,669
Posted By TaoPhoto
I also use both, frequently. Unless I'm just out...

I also use both, frequently. Unless I'm just out working on a personal project or taking a photo walk, I'll almost always have an Olympus SLR in hand and one of my RFs in my bag. Each is suited to...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-26-2011
Replies: 49
Views: 2,116
Posted By TaoPhoto
I don't have the Leica 90mm, but I have 90's and...

I don't have the Leica 90mm, but I have 90's and 85's on other platforms. I find them very useful, but for specific projects. Portraits, of course, often lend themselves to this range, but almost...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-24-2011
Replies: 87
Views: 5,023
Posted By TaoPhoto
My story with the M6 is similar. Expensive...

My story with the M6 is similar. Expensive (relatively) camera, pricey summacron lenses. It wasn't the sort of camera I could just toss into my bag everyday to bump through the world with me. I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-22-2011
Replies: 35
Views: 2,282
Posted By TaoPhoto
I've seen several references to Purelight, but...

I've seen several references to Purelight, but quick googling reveals several sites called Purelight, and none of them photographic in nature. Anyone have a link for this one?
Forum: Micl Photo Acc / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 05-19-2011
Replies: 31
Views: 2,920
Posted By TaoPhoto
I use that same bag! I got mine at a local...

I use that same bag! I got mine at a local military surplus store. $12 I think. Just perfect for a RF or OM SLR, a lens or two, a light meter in one side pocket and extra film in the other. I think...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-19-2011
Replies: 3,532
Views: 421,982
Posted By TaoPhoto
I don't use zooms that often, but I do have a...

I don't use zooms that often, but I do have a Tamrom 35-70/3.5 that I like quite a bit for some kinds of travel and event shots. I also have a Tokina 24-40/2.8 on the way. I'm really looking forward...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-19-2011
Replies: 3,532
Views: 421,982
Posted By TaoPhoto
I have the 50 1.2, 1.4 and 1.8, and I like them...

I have the 50 1.2, 1.4 and 1.8, and I like them all, but for my primary lens I actually prefer the 1.8 (mij version). I like the sharpness and color rendition of that lens much more than either of...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-18-2011
Replies: 3,532
Views: 421,982
Posted By TaoPhoto
Those are my favorite lens lengths too. Except in...

Those are my favorite lens lengths too. Except in my case, it's the 28/2.8, 50/1.8 and 85/2. Much lighter than the faster combo, I can put one on the camera, two in the bag, and I've got a kit that's...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-17-2011
Replies: 3,532
Views: 421,982
Posted By TaoPhoto
Even the Winder 2 is pretty nice by comparison to...

Even the Winder 2 is pretty nice by comparison to some of the very loud winders/motor drives on other cameras. I love the modularity of Olympus cameras. One day, I have my OM-1n in hand with a 50mm. ...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-12-2011
Replies: 23
Views: 1,885
Posted By TaoPhoto
I knew he had something up his sleeve! I thought...

I knew he had something up his sleeve! I thought he used a Canonet 28, though. Either way, from the look of the enlargements in his gallery show, he had some post-process that was way ahead of its...
Forum: Film vs Digital 05-12-2011
Replies: 111
Views: 15,687
Posted By TaoPhoto
I couldn't choose one of the poll choices, as...

I couldn't choose one of the poll choices, as they simply don't offer enough breadth. There is no reason to assume that HCB wouldn't choose SLR's over RF's, another brand over Leica, some kinds of...
Forum: Off Topic 05-10-2011
Replies: 69
Views: 2,243
Posted By TaoPhoto
Interesting combination of statements. Still, a...

Interesting combination of statements. Still, a lot of what I see getting called street photography is little more than people who get their kicks out of being rude in someone's face. Big deal. Grow...
Forum: Off Topic 05-10-2011
Replies: 69
Views: 2,243
Posted By TaoPhoto
I guess that depends on where you are. Some PD's...

I guess that depends on where you are. Some PD's are probably better than others. However in many places, once you formally accuse a person of assault in the presence of a police officer, they have...
Forum: Off Topic 05-10-2011
Replies: 69
Views: 2,243
Posted By TaoPhoto
What is legal and what people will let you get...

What is legal and what people will let you get away with are two different things. People often don't care about laws, just their own personal needs and wants. And they act on those needs and fears....
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 05-10-2011
Replies: 29
Views: 3,358
Posted By TaoPhoto
The OP has got a lot of advice about street...

The OP has got a lot of advice about street shooting in this thread, but that's not the only way to shoot people. Another way is to work with models, and place them in an environmental context (not a...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-09-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 707
Posted By TaoPhoto
And a bad time to buy. Kind of reminds me of...

And a bad time to buy. Kind of reminds me of what's happening with real estate in many parts of the U.S.
Forum: RFF Polls 05-09-2011
Replies: 52
Views: 3,411
Posted By TaoPhoto
I have camera related dreams every now and again....

I have camera related dreams every now and again. Usually they're either about equipment that I'm thinking of buying or just bought, or they are about being unprepared in some way. I had one the...
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 05-07-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 1,438
Posted By TaoPhoto
The reflector idea is a good one, and probably...

The reflector idea is a good one, and probably better than fill-flash for outdoor shots as you describe. You could, of course, stack on ND filters or use slower film, but I think what you're looking...
Forum: RFF Polls 05-07-2011
Replies: 27
Views: 3,562
Posted By TaoPhoto
I, for one, trust the photograph more than the...

I, for one, trust the photograph more than the mirror. In the moment, the human mind has an amazing ability to not see what it doesn't want to see. We fool ourselves all the time in the mirror,...
Forum: Film vs Digital 05-07-2011
Replies: 39
Views: 2,382
Posted By TaoPhoto
Film is not a religion? True, though both film...

Film is not a religion? True, though both film and digital afficiandos often sound like evangelists. I have to admit that the folks here on RFF frequently remind me of a group from one of the...
Forum: Film vs Digital 05-06-2011
Replies: 39
Views: 2,382
Posted By TaoPhoto
I neither love nor hate digital. It's a tool, it...

I neither love nor hate digital. It's a tool, it has its uses, and its limitations. I do, however, love film. The tactile sense of it, the way it captures light and color, the way it makes me slow...
Forum: RFF Polls 05-06-2011
Replies: 89
Views: 12,169
Posted By TaoPhoto
Mostly I shoot right-eyed, but I wear contacts...

Mostly I shoot right-eyed, but I wear contacts and occasionally the right one will be a little dry or otherwise compromised, making for less clarity. In those situations, I switch to the left eye to...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 05-06-2011
Replies: 33
Views: 2,854
Posted By TaoPhoto
I voted for transport, which to me can be...

I voted for transport, which to me can be anything from trains to cars to Harley Davidsons to skateboards. It could be fun, with my Fed-2 and a little creativity on my part. The other categories are...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-05-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 1,959
Posted By TaoPhoto
From Photosig: Elite Chrome 100 -...

From Photosig:

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

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

That site is a great resource for comparing things...
Forum: Off Topic 05-03-2011
Replies: 74
Views: 3,438
Posted By TaoPhoto
Gangs are another matter altogether. From...

Gangs are another matter altogether. From initiation beatings of strangers to so-called "polar bear hunts" these aren't the kind of BG's you can scare off easily. Most garden-variety intruders don't...
Forum: Off Topic 05-03-2011
Replies: 74
Views: 3,438
Posted By TaoPhoto
We have the Castle Doctrine here too. Many states...

We have the Castle Doctrine here too. Many states do. They say that the sound of a shotgun chambering a round is enough to scare the pants off most bad guys. I wonder if my Zorki could have the same...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-03-2011
Replies: 3,532
Views: 421,982
Posted By TaoPhoto
I've always been partial to the chrome OM's...

I've always been partial to the chrome OM's myself. Probably just the classic look that I like. My OM-4t is the exception, in champagne rather than chrome.
Forum: Off Topic 05-03-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 414
Posted By TaoPhoto
To me, the bigger risk is the mail system in...

To me, the bigger risk is the mail system in International sales. US international mail, International Priority Mail and the like, are all trackable and reliable in the U.S, but once they leave here,...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-02-2011
Replies: 14
Views: 1,037
Posted By TaoPhoto
Reliability and simplicity seem to be mentioned a...

Reliability and simplicity seem to be mentioned a lot in these responses. I agree that both are important. Still, I've seen Fed-2's dropped down a rock face, stepped on, kicked, and doused with...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-02-2011
Replies: 14
Views: 1,037
Posted By TaoPhoto
Actually, I wrote what I did because while I...

Actually, I wrote what I did because while I didn't find the M6 experience overwhelming or connecting, I realize that many others do. After all, Leica M cameras are almost a religion in many places....
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-30-2011
Replies: 31
Views: 1,900
Posted By TaoPhoto
Paolo, I’ll try to get a shot of the gorillapod...

Paolo, I’ll try to get a shot of the gorillapod on my bike this weekend for you. I found the handlebars to be an okay mount point, though I ride a road bike and I have drop bars that are less than...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-30-2011
Replies: 31
Views: 1,900
Posted By TaoPhoto
I ride with the Stylus (DX Zoom) as well, or the...

I ride with the Stylus (DX Zoom) as well, or the XA. If the latter, I also sometimes bungee-cord my gorillapod to the bike. It's adds very little weight, and some great shots can be had with this...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-29-2011
Replies: 14
Views: 1,037
Posted By TaoPhoto
A Year of Rangefinders

About a year ago, I set all my cameras on a table, and decided to spend a year with rangefinders for most of my photography work. I sold my Nikon cameras and lenses, and purchased a Leica IIIf to get...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-29-2011
Replies: 31
Views: 2,101
Posted By TaoPhoto
I agree with the advice to start with the Bessa,...

I agree with the advice to start with the Bessa, and if you go Bessa R and stick to LTM lenses, you'll be able to put a lot of glass together for relatively little. M mount lenses tend to be pricey...
Forum: Micl Photo Acc / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 04-27-2011
Replies: 46
Views: 5,616
Posted By TaoPhoto
What photo vest is Brad wearing there? It looks...

What photo vest is Brad wearing there? It looks like the Humvee Combat photo vest, but without the mesh upper that one has. It also looks suspiciously like it was tailored a bit to look less dorky on...
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