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Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 16 Hours Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 421
Posted By thegman
I did a little development on my own, but quite...

I did a little development on my own, but quite frankly, my fingers don't have the delicate touch required to load a reel (4x5 was OK, but even then, I found it a pain), and my quick-to-anger...
Forum: Leica Q 1 Week Ago
Replies: 45
Views: 1,835
Posted By thegman
The Q looks like a lovely camera, but a bit big...

The Q looks like a lovely camera, but a bit big for fixed lens. I also don't really see a point in a FF fixed lens camera, the image quality difference would seem insignificant compared to the size...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 68
Views: 3,293
Posted By thegman
Depends on the person, for some, it'll end up...

Depends on the person, for some, it'll end up being a stress-producing drain on finances, for others it'll be worth every penny.

Digital camera are not a lifetime investment, but of course, nor do...
Forum: Leica Q 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 205
Views: 6,178
Posted By thegman
Sure, why not. If it's an interchangeable lens...

Sure, why not. If it's an interchangeable lens camera, then maybe it becomes a bit different, but as fixed lens compact, no, wouldn't mind a bit.
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 111
Views: 4,691
Posted By thegman
I don't think so, basically because in 50 years...

I don't think so, basically because in 50 years or whatever, it almost certainly won't work. Also, I think there is something about electronics vs. mechanics which just does not inspire the type of...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-26-2015
Replies: 50
Views: 4,151
Posted By thegman
Or a Rollei 35, never had a shot out of focus...

Or a Rollei 35, never had a shot out of focus when I used mine. I found it very liberating to have such a basic camera. Even the Lomo LC-A, which basically has 4 (I think) focous stops, I was always...
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 05-26-2015
Replies: 49
Views: 1,780
Posted By thegman
I don't pay much attention to corner sharpness...

I don't pay much attention to corner sharpness etc. but I was always happy with my Nokton 35mm f/1.4. Other than that, I'd be tempted with the new Summarit, if only for the small size.
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 05-26-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 729
Posted By thegman
I'd be inclined to pony up for the M9P, just...

I'd be inclined to pony up for the M9P, just because it's prettier, but in terms of numbers of clicks etc. I think sometimes it can be like mileage on a car, it can seem like low miles means more...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-26-2015
Replies: 62
Views: 3,289
Posted By thegman
Mixing and matching modern lenses on old bodies...

Mixing and matching modern lenses on old bodies or t'other way round is fine with me, but I must also say there is something quite pleasing about using a complete historic set. I went to Belgium a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-24-2015
Replies: 49
Views: 1,909
Posted By thegman
I kind of agree with you about Photoshop, but I...

I kind of agree with you about Photoshop, but I think generally a good print is supposed to look like what you want. Ansel Adams certainly had a distinctive look in printing, but it's not for...
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 05-19-2015
Replies: 94
Views: 4,855
Posted By thegman
I used to use Leica, now I don't. I think I'm...

I used to use Leica, now I don't. I think I'm moving more towards smaller cameras, Rollei 35, Minox 35GT, that kind of thing. I moved away from Leica because I wanted to focus on medium format...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-18-2015
Replies: 40
Views: 2,163
Posted By thegman
I think sometimes it's just easier to do what the...

I think sometimes it's just easier to do what the camera wants, like a lot of complicated technology, we can try to make it work as we want, or we can just learn to use it as it's makers intended.

I...
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 04-29-2015
Replies: 59
Views: 2,672
Posted By thegman
A screenless digital camera is kind of...

A screenless digital camera is kind of interesting to me, but I've got to say, I don't much like the 'Audi designed' appearance of it. Audi make some beautiful cars, but Leica make some of the best...
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 04-27-2015
Replies: 45
Views: 2,519
Posted By thegman
Totally agree, I find my 'keepers' these days are...

Totally agree, I find my 'keepers' these days are not the photos I trekked out with a medium format camera and a tripod, they're the quick shots taken with a phone or little 35mm camera, on the spur...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-25-2015
Replies: 81
Views: 6,401
Posted By thegman
The M-A seems to me to be an incredibly focused...

The M-A seems to me to be an incredibly focused bit of design. It does precisely one thing (take photos) and does so with the minimum of features required to do that, within reason.

This is a world...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-21-2015
Replies: 81
Views: 6,401
Posted By thegman
I think in this day and age, that any company is...

I think in this day and age, that any company is releasing a product like the M-A is extraordinary. I don't think the price is outrageous either. Is it $4000 USD or thereabout? How much is a top end...
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-17-2015
Replies: 77
Views: 63,919
Posted By thegman
I think sometimes a vignette can be really...

I think sometimes a vignette can be really striking. My brother's LCA-120 vignettes strongly, and I must say, I like it.
Forum: Travel 04-17-2015
Replies: 228
Views: 8,776
Posted By thegman
If I possibly could, I'd move to Hawai'i in a...

If I possibly could, I'd move to Hawai'i in a heartbeat, but even if I could get a visa, which I couldn't, the cost of living I think is very high indeed.
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 04-14-2015
Replies: 126
Views: 4,236
Posted By thegman
Depends what the goal is, if it's to make lots of...

Depends what the goal is, if it's to make lots of money or to make good products, I think it's tricky to do both. It becomes next to impossible if you also want to pay fair wages.

Really though, if...
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 04-12-2015
Replies: 27
Views: 1,830
Posted By thegman
I'd say give it another chance for a couple of...

I'd say give it another chance for a couple of weeks or a month, it's not going depreciate much in that time. If you still don't like it, then sell, it's just a camera, you don't owe it your time.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-05-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 1,197
Posted By thegman
I've had both, I'd agree that Rolleiflex feel...

I've had both, I'd agree that Rolleiflex feel more delicate, and maybe seem to 'rattle' a bit more, but maybe they've just got more moving parts. Both seemed perfectly hardly and durable though, had...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-03-2015
Replies: 58
Views: 2,807
Posted By thegman
I think the only reason to want FF is for focal...

I think the only reason to want FF is for focal lengths to be the 'expected' field of view. In compacts, that's not really an issue as you're not putting on other lenses.

Maybe some people like the...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 03-31-2015
Replies: 16
Views: 903
Posted By thegman
Why not get the printer, see how you go, and then...

Why not get the printer, see how you go, and then decide? The Mac (iMac included) is well used in photographic and artistic circles, I think 99% of people would think it's good enough, especially for...
Forum: Cosina Voigtlander Bessa 03-21-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 592
Posted By thegman
If you're new to RF cameras, then I think R2M. My...

If you're new to RF cameras, then I think R2M. My brother had a Bessa T with that lens too, and it's very pretty, and lovely to use, As a first RF though, you mind find it a bit odd using one...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-17-2015
Replies: 43
Views: 2,615
Posted By thegman
I think there *might* be truth there, but also I...

I think there *might* be truth there, but also I think it's a factor to bear in mind that profits are not the only thing which companies must aim for. Publicly listed companies are more about...
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 03-09-2015
Replies: 44
Views: 2,081
Posted By thegman
Always a grey area I think. The first generation...

Always a grey area I think. The first generation of digital cameras, with 0.3 megapixels or the like, were next to useless unless you had some particular aesthetic in mind. Once they were up to say,...
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 02-26-2015
Replies: 171
Views: 4,836
Posted By thegman
It's a popular saying, but I'm not sure how true...

It's a popular saying, but I'm not sure how true it is. I don't understand Quantum Mechanics, but I certainly don't hate it, I just accept I don't get it.

As for street photography, it's like other...
Forum: RFF News 02-15-2015
Replies: 134
Views: 6,609
Posted By thegman
I see your point about 'one small part...

I see your point about 'one small part corrupted', and it's true to a point. However, it's more to do with using the wrong file formats like TIFF with Adobe extensions.

There is no reason why data...
Forum: RFF News 02-15-2015
Replies: 134
Views: 6,609
Posted By thegman
I hope you're right about computers being as...

I hope you're right about computers being as different now compared to the future as computers now vs. your Kaypro, but I strongly doubt it.

I'd probably say we're well into the 'refinement' period,...
Forum: RFF News 02-14-2015
Replies: 134
Views: 6,609
Posted By thegman
I am a film user, but I disagree that film is a...

I am a film user, but I disagree that film is a better archive medium. Digital can be backed up 1000 times and each copy is identical, film cannot.

'Digital rot' is a problem of course because it's...
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 02-13-2015
Replies: 156
Views: 6,780
Posted By thegman
I think this is true for many. My other hobby...

I think this is true for many.

My other hobby is computers, and certainly, there is something about the modern consumer-facing computers (iPad, Android, even Mac or Windows) which can produce a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-13-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 1,092
Posted By thegman
This is exactly it, it's not about technology,...

This is exactly it, it's not about technology, it's about making money. Same as 5k displays. My brother has a 5k iMac, up close, the screen is quite remarkable, from a normal working distance, I...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 02-08-2015
Replies: 43
Views: 898
Posted By thegman
I think to get out of one's comfort zone in able...

I think to get out of one's comfort zone in able to achieve what you want is a positive thing. If you're doing it for the sake of it, then maybe you'll learn something, maybe not.

It seems pretty...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-01-2015
Replies: 25
Views: 1,100
Posted By thegman
Hi Lynn, I read about this...

Hi Lynn,
I read about this yesterday:

https://shopmate.auspost.com.au

Might be of help.

Cheers

Garry
Forum: Cosina Voigtlander Bessa 01-28-2015
Replies: 786
Views: 91,979
Posted By thegman
Maybe a nice weather sealed camera, fixed lens...

Maybe a nice weather sealed camera, fixed lens RF, SLR, even scale focus, not too fussy what. Maybe something like a Rollei 35, but weather sealed, even actually *waterproof* would be great.
Forum: Cosina Voigtlander Bessa 01-28-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 1,048
Posted By thegman
I used to have a ZI, my first RF in fact, but now...

I used to have a ZI, my first RF in fact, but now I use a R3M. I'd say the ZI certainly *feels* better made, whether it actually is or not, I don't know.

I think either is an excellent choice, my...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-26-2015
Replies: 150
Views: 8,393
Posted By thegman
For me, if you're undecided about film, I'd...

For me, if you're undecided about film, I'd probably try out medium format first. You can get inexpensive, portable cameras, like the folders, or if you're talking a budget around a Leica M6, a...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 01-14-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 722
Posted By thegman
I wouldn't send in any camera to be taken apart...

I wouldn't send in any camera to be taken apart unless I knew there was something wrong with it.

If you do think it's under exposing, then I'd try a lab-developed roll of C41 film first in it, or...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-12-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 799
Posted By thegman
I have a V700 but I can't say I found the much...

I have a V700 but I can't say I found the much cheaper Canoscan flatbeds any worse. For 35mm though, I'd be all over the Pakon scanners. They're only 6MP I think, but it was plenty 10 years ago, it's...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-12-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 636
Posted By thegman
To be honest, I think a top plate being 2.5mm...

To be honest, I think a top plate being 2.5mm higher is basically going to make no discernible difference to framing, which RFs being RFs, is essentially inaccurate anyway.

Having said that, I've...
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 01-11-2015
Replies: 84
Views: 10,082
Posted By thegman
I guess it would need to be the R-D1, it's not...

I guess it would need to be the R-D1, it's not always the cheapest item which provides the most value (in fact it almost never is, in technology), but as all digital range finders are able to take...
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 01-11-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 2,702
Posted By thegman
I think if someone looks at a photo and says 'I...

I think if someone looks at a photo and says 'I could have taken that', it's like just about any other statement made by any other person, it might be true, it might not be.

I took a landscape photo...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-08-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 1,883
Posted By thegman
I would probably agree on that, sometimes RFF...

I would probably agree on that, sometimes RFF will have a superb price on something, but 90% of the time, there is cheaper on eBay.

I think eBay gets an extremely poor press sometimes, but I've...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-08-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 1,883
Posted By thegman
I guess we all have different ideas of what...

I guess we all have different ideas of what represents a 'broken' or damaged camera.

For example, I saw on eBay, a Plaubel Makina with broken meter, it did however come with a VC II meter as a...
Forum: Cosina Voigtlander Bessa 01-06-2015
Replies: 34
Views: 1,871
Posted By thegman
I've had ZI, Leica IIf, M3, M6, and MP, and...

I've had ZI, Leica IIf, M3, M6, and MP, and currently use a Bessa R3M. It does not have the grandiose qualities of the Leicas, but ultimately I prefer using it. The Leica is a beautiful machine, but...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-03-2015
Replies: 41
Views: 2,586
Posted By thegman
I think if a lens remains in production, it'll...

I think if a lens remains in production, it'll lose value, just like anything else. I mean, I'm not going to buy your used lens for 95% of the price of a new one, I'll just buy the new one with...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-01-2015
Replies: 51
Views: 3,523
Posted By thegman
Probably body, a body will make the difference...

Probably body, a body will make the difference between a pleasurable and unpleasant experience. A lens on the other hand (barring stiff barrels etc.) can only improve the technical quality or...
Forum: Cosina Voigtlander Bessa 12-30-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 1,488
Posted By thegman
I've had a few Leicas and now on a Bessa....

I've had a few Leicas and now on a Bessa. Obviously the Leica feels nicer, feels higher quality, but the ease and convenience of the Bessa wins it for me. I prefer the meter, film loading, and even...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 12-30-2014
Replies: 71
Views: 5,628
Posted By thegman
I agree, Roger, for one reason or another, people...

I agree, Roger, for one reason or another, people seem to be becoming more and more hyper-sensitive to what others think about their purchases.

I suppose we're living in a world where people are...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-28-2014
Replies: 32
Views: 2,673
Posted By thegman
I think I peaked at owning 9 cameras, and tried...

I think I peaked at owning 9 cameras, and tried to use them all. It just became a real pain, and I'm happier now just owning one. I might supplement it with a medium format camera again, but I might...
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