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Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-03-2015
Replies: 39
Views: 3,715
Posted By thegman
If you prefer an optical finder, then D700 is the...

If you prefer an optical finder, then D700 is the best bet? After all, the finder is where you'll spend most of your time with it.
Forum: Photo Software 08-02-2015
Replies: 42
Views: 3,735
Posted By thegman
Hi George, I've made some quick changes to the...

Hi George, I've made some quick changes to the site, so you can get some full size screenshots, and also there is a list of all the filters available.

All the best

Garry
Forum: Photo Software 08-02-2015
Replies: 42
Views: 3,735
Posted By thegman
Will do, and can confirm we do indeed have a grad...

Will do, and can confirm we do indeed have a grad filter.
Forum: Photo Software 07-31-2015
Replies: 42
Views: 3,735
Posted By thegman
Sorry I missed this one somehow, right now Halide...

Sorry I missed this one somehow, right now Halide does not have a curves tool in the traditional sense, but we've got highlight/shadows tool.

Right now, I think the best thing to do is to try out...
Forum: Photo Software 07-30-2015
Replies: 42
Views: 3,735
Posted By thegman
Hi Godfrey, Well, we actually use EXIFTool for...

Hi Godfrey,
Well, we actually use EXIFTool for access, but some of the more esoteric settings are hidden from the user, but we could likely enable access to all of them easy enough.

We read in XMP...
Forum: Photo Software 07-30-2015
Replies: 42
Views: 3,735
Posted By thegman
Well, keeping in sync is the aim, but at the same...

Well, keeping in sync is the aim, but at the same time, I like the idea of having two distinct products, which can suit each user base. On the Mac for example, iCloud integration is popular, on...
Forum: Photo Software 07-29-2015
Replies: 42
Views: 3,735
Posted By thegman
I just tried an X3F file, and with the CODECs...

I just tried an X3F file, and with the CODECs from:

http://www.fastpictureviewer.com/codecs/

It opened just fine, I'm not sure how much the spec changes for the newer cameras, I'd be happy to try a...
Forum: Photo Software 07-29-2015
Replies: 42
Views: 3,735
Posted By thegman
No plans, the thing with developing for Windows...

No plans, the thing with developing for Windows vs. developing for the Mac, on Mac you target the OS level, on Windows (as a .NET developer), I don't target the OS, I target the .NET level, and...
Forum: Photo Software 07-29-2015
Replies: 42
Views: 3,735
Posted By thegman
Fair enough, I guess for me, I don't make...

Fair enough, I guess for me, I don't make portfolios, I print, but just stick them in albums in no particular order!

Feature request noted!
Forum: Photo Software 07-29-2015
Replies: 42
Views: 3,735
Posted By thegman
If you mean simply to invert the colours, yes,...

If you mean simply to invert the colours, yes, it's a filter same as everything else in Halide/Emulsion:

https://halideapp.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/image4.png

Then you can either save a version...
Forum: Photo Software 07-28-2015
Replies: 42
Views: 3,735
Posted By thegman
Right I see, shouldn't be too big of a deal to...

Right I see, shouldn't be too big of a deal to implement something like that, I'll take a look.
Forum: Photo Software 07-28-2015
Replies: 42
Views: 3,735
Posted By thegman
Hi there, Can you let me know if you're using Mac...

Hi there,
Can you let me know if you're using Mac or PC, and also explain what you mean by 'sequence', email me at [email protected] and I'll see what I can do.

Cheers

Garry
Forum: Photo Software 07-28-2015
Replies: 42
Views: 3,735
Posted By thegman
Hi Bill, The license is per-user, so we're...

Hi Bill,
The license is per-user, so we're totally cool with you running on more than one computer.

Cheers

Garry
Forum: Photo Software 07-28-2015
Replies: 42
Views: 3,735
Posted By thegman
Emulsion needs Mac OS X 'Yosemite', which is...

Emulsion needs Mac OS X 'Yosemite', which is version 10.10, so unfortunately not. Not sure what hardware you're running, but my Mac Mini is kind of old and can still run Yosemite, although if you...
Forum: Photo Software 07-28-2015
Replies: 42
Views: 3,735
Posted By thegman
Hi Stephen, Well, I think the big advantage is...

Hi Stephen,
Well, I think the big advantage is the same as the disadvantage, we're a really small business vs. a very big business. The good thing about that is that we can respond to users' requests...
Forum: Photo Software 07-28-2015
Replies: 42
Views: 3,735
Posted By thegman
Thanks Godfrey, I used to use Lightroom too (but...

Thanks Godfrey, I used to use Lightroom too (but on Windows, Moray is the Mac guy), and I liked it in general, but I guess with a lot of Adobe stuff, it does tend to just get bigger, and bigger, and...
Forum: Photo Software 07-28-2015
Replies: 42
Views: 3,735
Posted By thegman
I felt the same way when Oracle dropped support...

I felt the same way when Oracle dropped support for Solaris on anything older than a T-series SPARC, it was just to sell more hardware, the older kit was way powerful enough...
Forum: Photo Software 07-28-2015
Replies: 42
Views: 3,735
Posted By thegman
Thanks John, funny you should mention Alienware,...

Thanks John, funny you should mention Alienware, I was looking at one just today in JB Hifi (an Australia electronics shop), I like the Surface, but the Alienware just looks like a monster (in a good...
Forum: Photo Software 07-28-2015
Replies: 42
Views: 3,735
Posted By thegman
Shame, it unfortunately rather tricky as a Mac...

Shame, it unfortunately rather tricky as a Mac developer to keep supporting the older version while still use the features of the new versions...
Forum: Photo Software 07-28-2015
Replies: 42
Views: 3,735
Posted By thegman
New photo app for Mac and Windows!

Hi all,
Just an intro thread for a new photo application for Windows and Mac, which you may have seen advertised among the homepage banners of RFF.

As you can see from my post count, I've been on...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 07-14-2015
Replies: 101
Views: 6,185
Posted By thegman
It's got it's purpose, same as any other...

It's got it's purpose, same as any other technique, but I guess there was a period when it seemed that nobody shot anything above f/0.95 and it was used as a crutch to prop up bad photos, same as...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 07-13-2015
Replies: 38
Views: 2,123
Posted By thegman
I'd say RAM might be your best bet, and it's...

I'd say RAM might be your best bet, and it's relatively inexpensive.

I've found that GPUs only make a little bit of difference, I went from Intel integrated graphics to Nvidia GTX 750, which...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-10-2015
Replies: 55
Views: 4,043
Posted By thegman
I think they're perfectly nice photos, sure...

I think they're perfectly nice photos, sure lighting, focus, and just about everything else is not what you'd consider 'professional', but nor are practically all of my favourite photos.

There are...
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / Polaroids 07-07-2015
Replies: 22
Views: 1,830
Posted By thegman
Save film photography? Not as such, I don't...

Save film photography? Not as such, I don't think, but enormously increased it's appeal? Beyond doubt I think.

I know people without a clue about photography, they've heard of 'Lomo' they like...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-06-2015
Replies: 106
Views: 8,345
Posted By thegman
If the Leica M-A is considered expensive, then I...

If the Leica M-A is considered expensive, then I don't know what to think of iPhones, other smartphones, tablets etc. By comparison, iPhones are essentially disposable items, and therefore wildly...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-01-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 1,900
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 / T / X Series 06-21-2015
Replies: 45
Views: 3,101
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 06-11-2015
Replies: 68
Views: 5,211
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 / T / X Series 06-11-2015
Replies: 216
Views: 12,713
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: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 06-11-2015
Replies: 99
Views: 8,025
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 05-27-2015
Replies: 50
Views: 5,336
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: Leica M9 / ME 05-27-2015
Replies: 48
Views: 2,532
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: Leica M9 / ME 05-26-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 1,111
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: 64
Views: 5,730
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: 48
Views: 2,723
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: Leica M9 / ME 05-19-2015
Replies: 94
Views: 6,559
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: 41
Views: 3,549
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: Leica M240 aka Leica M10, M-P, M60 04-29-2015
Replies: 59
Views: 3,325
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: Business / Philosophy of Photography 04-27-2015
Replies: 59
Views: 4,871
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: Optics Theory - 04-17-2015
Replies: 77
Views: 66,131
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: 12,275
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: Leica M9 / ME 04-14-2015
Replies: 126
Views: 5,856
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: Leica M240 aka Leica M10, M-P, M60 04-12-2015
Replies: 27
Views: 2,741
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: 23
Views: 1,620
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: 57
Views: 3,768
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: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 03-21-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 925
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: 42
Views: 3,905
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: Business / Philosophy of Photography 03-09-2015
Replies: 44
Views: 2,963
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: 165
Views: 6,505
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: 130
Views: 8,500
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: 130
Views: 8,500
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: 130
Views: 8,500
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: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-13-2015
Replies: 154
Views: 8,871
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: 1,496
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: 53
Views: 4,170
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: 1,643
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: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 01-28-2015
Replies: 791
Views: 101,981
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: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 01-28-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 1,511
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: 11,186
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: 1,020
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 01-13-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 1,236
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: 813
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: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 01-11-2015
Replies: 110
Views: 19,315
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: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-11-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 3,917
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: 3,230
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: 3,230
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: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 01-06-2015
Replies: 34
Views: 3,031
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: 3,465
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: 4,544
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: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 12-30-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 2,013
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: 8,417
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: 3,329
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...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-20-2014
Replies: 55
Views: 4,792
Posted By thegman
Certainly couldn't care less about a 'legacy' in...

Certainly couldn't care less about a 'legacy' in the sense of leaving an artistic legacy, but old photos have an appeal purely from a sense of nostalgia and learning more about one's family.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-11-2014
Replies: 55
Views: 4,431
Posted By thegman
I think it's a beautiful photo, just a bit rich...

I think it's a beautiful photo, just a bit rich for my blood though.
Forum: Sony A7 Series - All Models 11-29-2014
Replies: 70
Views: 9,841
Posted By thegman
I'd probably get a used A7, there will be people...

I'd probably get a used A7, there will be people trading in for a A7 II, so an opportunity to buy cheaply. Depreciation can be extreme on some devices, so take advantage of that, and get a bargain.
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 11-25-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 664
Posted By thegman
Hard to say, but I've had an R4A, ZI, and...

Hard to say, but I've had an R4A, ZI, and currently use a R3M, the range finders feel pretty much the same to me.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-19-2014
Replies: 80
Views: 4,800
Posted By thegman
I think that art is only art if somebody thinks...

I think that art is only art if somebody thinks it is, so it's sort of a meaningless term. I don't consider my photos to be art, they're really just photographs of places I've been. But if I thought...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 11-18-2014
Replies: 168
Views: 12,443
Posted By thegman
Rollei 35 is excellent. I've never had a Minox...

Rollei 35 is excellent.

I've never had a Minox 35GL or the like, but they look they'd be fun to use.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-16-2014
Replies: 124
Views: 9,381
Posted By thegman
Yes, I agree, I think it's ridiculous to put...

Yes, I agree, I think it's ridiculous to put about anything that the art establishment (or indeed any 'establishment') as a point in an argument. Saying that the art establishment has declared the...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-15-2014
Replies: 124
Views: 9,381
Posted By thegman
Hi Shirley, I don't know anything about being an...

Hi Shirley,
I don't know anything about being an art critic, so I don't know if they consider the process in judging art. I do view art though, and I do indeed consider the process.

Take the Sistine...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-15-2014
Replies: 124
Views: 9,381
Posted By thegman
I could not agree more. I'd much rather listen to...

I could not agree more. I'd much rather listen to a viewpoint I disagree with, put forward thoughtfully, than I would listen to someone I agree with scream that a person is an idiot.

I think it's...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-14-2014
Replies: 124
Views: 9,381
Posted By thegman
Surely there are few things more ridiculous than...

Surely there are few things more ridiculous than the concept that a group of others can 'declare irrelevant' something as personal as art?

Anyway, I think this is one of those subjects where a...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-14-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 1,768
Posted By thegman
Not really for me, I'm more like to try a quick...

Not really for me, I'm more like to try a quick shot with an RF, as I can focus them them a lot faster than a SLR or TLR. Maybe the RF encourages me to just take photos and not worry too much about...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-12-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 1,653
Posted By thegman
The Pakon scanner is 3000x2000 pixels I think,...

The Pakon scanner is 3000x2000 pixels I think, enough for me, but may not be for you. If it is, then I think it's worth a look before selling the M7.

I've used a couple of adapted lenses, but never...
Forum: Travel 11-11-2014
Replies: 134
Views: 7,838
Posted By thegman
I used to load up on gear to take, these days I...

I used to load up on gear to take, these days I take 1, or perhaps 2 cameras. I much prefer the lack of stress of packing light. Some will stress over not having the right gear with them, some not....
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-10-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 1,580
Posted By thegman
No, even at the height of my GAS, I never...

No, even at the height of my GAS, I never duplicated focal lengths. My desire for fast lenses was short-lived, and I can't tell the difference in sharpness between a Summicron and a $50 Zuiko, so...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-10-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 2,423
Posted By thegman
Yes and no. I used to be really interested in...

Yes and no. I used to be really interested in long exposure landscapes, but now I'm probably more interested in 'straight' photography, i.e. just capture what you can see as best you can.
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-10-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 931
Posted By thegman
Much higher numbers than I would have expected...

Much higher numbers than I would have expected there, 500k for Lomo is remarkable, 36k for Impossible is probably 100 times more than I would have guessed.

Rolleiflex numbers are good too, I never...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-09-2014
Replies: 54
Views: 3,786
Posted By thegman
Money no object, for an M, it would be M-A. I've...

Money no object, for an M, it would be M-A. I've had an MP, nice camera, so would like to try the M-A.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-09-2014
Replies: 59
Views: 3,545
Posted By thegman
Much as I'd love to participate in film/digital...

Much as I'd love to participate in film/digital argument, for the OP, I'd suggest the use of a flatbed scanner. I found, for my needs, that a Canoscan 9500f is more than good enough for medium...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-08-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 896
Posted By thegman
I enjoyed your post, and I certainly think that a...

I enjoyed your post, and I certainly think that a print (or maybe a projected slide) is the best way to show a photograph. I've taken photos with my phone, they look nice on the phone, so I send them...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-07-2014
Replies: 37
Views: 4,348
Posted By thegman
macodirect.de has some short dated Acros 100 at...

macodirect.de has some short dated Acros 100 at 5.95 EUR, not so bad.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 11-06-2014
Replies: 42
Views: 4,659
Posted By thegman
I like the idea of projecting slides, but I doubt...

I like the idea of projecting slides, but I doubt I'd go beyond it being an idea.
Forum: Sony RX Series 11-06-2014
Replies: 77
Views: 4,493
Posted By thegman
Fair enough, I don't use digital, but the R-D1 is...

Fair enough, I don't use digital, but the R-D1 is probably the only camera which tempts me. I think it's just that I like an underdog.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 11-06-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 1,404
Posted By thegman
All round favourite is probably Portra 400 or...

All round favourite is probably Portra 400 or Fuji 400H, good solid films which can take a bit of error in exposure.

Velvia is a total classic too, superb film.

For B&W I like the Ilford and Kodak...
Forum: Sony RX Series 11-06-2014
Replies: 77
Views: 4,493
Posted By thegman
If you were content with the 6MP of the R-D1, and...

If you were content with the 6MP of the R-D1, and you like them as cameras, I'd probably go down that route.

I went through many 35mm RFs and have now ended up back with the Bessa R3M, even after...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-05-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 941
Posted By thegman
If he likes the V1, I'd go with the V1, they're...

If he likes the V1, I'd go with the V1, they're pretty cheap nowadays.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 11-04-2014
Replies: 38
Views: 3,199
Posted By thegman
Need? No. Want? Sure, they're lovely cameras. I...

Need? No.

Want? Sure, they're lovely cameras. I wouldn't be expecting any real change in image quality vs. the Yashica though.
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 11-01-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 951
Posted By thegman
I have an R3M, great camera, I think a 40mm lens...

I have an R3M, great camera, I think a 40mm lens and a 35mm are similar enough to use the 40mm lines with a 35mm lens. Should be fine I think.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 10-30-2014
Replies: 40
Views: 3,005
Posted By thegman
I own Apple products, but for me, they're not a...

I own Apple products, but for me, they're not a luxury brand in the same way Leica is, or perhaps Mont Blanc, or Omega. Firstly, Apple products, spec for spec, are actually not that expensive....
Forum: Other RF 10-30-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 2,133
Posted By thegman
I've had a Mamiya 7 before, can't say I liked the...

I've had a Mamiya 7 before, can't say I liked the build, although it is otherwise, a practically perfect camera. Also, non-collapsible lens makes it a bit bulky for me.
Forum: Other RF 10-29-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 2,133
Posted By thegman
Yes, it is, although no doubt I'll regret...

Yes, it is, although no doubt I'll regret whichever I buy!
Forum: Other RF 10-29-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 2,133
Posted By thegman
You may well be right, the GF670 was my first...

You may well be right, the GF670 was my first instinct, basically because it is beautiful. The battery is offputting, but yes, it is just a tiny little battery for dozens of rolls, and it's easy to...
Forum: Other RF 10-29-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 2,133
Posted By thegman
Thank you for the suggestions everyone, I'll be...

Thank you for the suggestions everyone, I'll be honest, I wouldn't say my "heart" is set on a Makina, but it does tick all the boxes. The only other camera that does is the GF670, except for the...
Forum: Other RF 10-28-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 2,133
Posted By thegman
I'm just trying to really simplify my camera set...

I'm just trying to really simplify my camera set up, no accessories I don't need, lightweight, easy to stuff into a bag etc.

Fuji looks nice, but maybe a little on the large side for...
Forum: Other RF 10-28-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 2,133
Posted By thegman
Almost set on a Plaubel Makina, what other cameras should I consider?

Hello,
I'm just about set on getting a Plaubel Makina 67, but before I go for it, I'd like to know my alternatives.

I'm after a 6x6 or 6x7 rangefinder, with a built in meter, I would like a manual...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-27-2014
Replies: 45
Views: 2,578
Posted By thegman
I used to shoot 120 and 4x5, but now only 35mm. I...

I used to shoot 120 and 4x5, but now only 35mm. I plan to return to 120 though.

All film types, colour negative, slide, B&W, even a little cross processing.
Forum: Leica M240 aka Leica M10, M-P, M60 10-23-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 2,073
Posted By thegman
I'd consider a rental first, lot of money to...

I'd consider a rental first, lot of money to spend if you're not sure.
Forum: Film vs Digital 10-22-2014
Replies: 280
Views: 21,844
Posted By thegman
I suppose before smartphones had decent cameras,...

I suppose before smartphones had decent cameras, the digital camera market consisted of people that wanted to take photos. Now it's people who want to take photos, but their smartphone isn't good...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 10-20-2014
Replies: 34
Views: 2,536
Posted By thegman
I'd get one of the little waterproof Pentax ones,...

I'd get one of the little waterproof Pentax ones, let's them take pictures just about anywhere, beach, etc.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-19-2014
Replies: 211
Views: 14,292
Posted By thegman
Just ordered a Bessa R3M and a Planar 50mm, I'm...

Just ordered a Bessa R3M and a Planar 50mm, I'm getting rid of all cameras and bits which cannot just be stuffed in a bag. Basically, looking to simplify and make more convenient, all aspects of my...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 10-18-2014
Replies: 46
Views: 2,826
Posted By thegman
I disagree at an elemental level, although I'm...

I disagree at an elemental level, although I'm not a philosopher or anything of the kind.

I like travel photography, nature, landscape, that sort of thing. The best nature photograph in the world...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-17-2014
Replies: 37
Views: 4,348
Posted By thegman
A new factory for Ilford is particularly...

A new factory for Ilford is particularly interesting, I might even hope that they'll consider a colour film.

Lomography is interesting too, as they have the marking power to get stuff into people's...
Forum: Leica Q / T / X Series 10-12-2014
Replies: 122
Views: 17,909
Posted By thegman
Not for me, the clip on finder is off putting,...

Not for me, the clip on finder is off putting, and I'm not mad about EVFs anyway. For me the X-Pro 1 is far more my kind of thing.

As for the lens, I think every lens in production is more than good...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 10-12-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 981
Posted By thegman
I'd live in Hawai'i. My tastes in cameras is...

I'd live in Hawai'i.

My tastes in cameras is running cheaper all the time, which is nice.
Forum: Film vs Digital 10-09-2014
Replies: 56
Views: 5,145
Posted By thegman
Started off on digital, but moved to film. Then...

Started off on digital, but moved to film. Then tried digital again, but again returned to film. Digital would be so easy and convenient, but it just does not work out for me. It's so easy to prefer...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-06-2014
Replies: 158
Views: 13,195
Posted By thegman
I've pledged for 35mm and 120, I think it's a...

I've pledged for 35mm and 120, I think it's a very valuable project. Kodak and Fujifilm make superb products, but frankly I've got more faith in the smaller companies to make a difference in the long...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-02-2014
Replies: 158
Views: 13,195
Posted By thegman
Hillvale lab, in Melbourne, Australia. Great lab...

Hillvale lab, in Melbourne, Australia. Great lab for C41/scans, but no E6 unfortunately.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-02-2014
Replies: 158
Views: 13,195
Posted By thegman
May I ask why it's inconvenient? I find film much...

May I ask why it's inconvenient? I find film much more convenient these days that film stores and processing is all available online, pay with PayPal not cheque, scans in Dropbox not a CD.

Taking...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-29-2014
Replies: 79
Views: 3,544
Posted By thegman
Maybe something like a GF670, but smaller, and...

Maybe something like a GF670, but smaller, and perhaps a mechanical shutter. Really though, the GF670 / Bessa III is very close to perfect for my needs.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-28-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 472
Posted By thegman
Sure, but a Rolex won't keep time as well as a...

Sure, but a Rolex won't keep time as well as a $10 Timex, Leica are not making cameras which can survive a beating, Nikon are, just different markets.
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 09-28-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 998
Posted By thegman
I don't really define photography as art at all,...

I don't really define photography as art at all, not because that I don't think it is, but because absolutely anything can be art if the maker considers it so, so really my views are inconsequential.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-26-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 1,146
Posted By thegman
No RFs that I know of, but Pentax MX is smaller...

No RFs that I know of, but Pentax MX is smaller than most RFs and pretty affordable.
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-26-2014
Replies: 52
Views: 2,550
Posted By thegman
I'm a range finder guy but don't actually own one...

I'm a range finder guy but don't actually own one at the moment.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-25-2014
Replies: 46
Views: 2,588
Posted By thegman
I don't think Leica thinks it's preferable for...

I don't think Leica thinks it's preferable for any other reason than ability to sell. I think they know that with their cameras, they're selling to quite particular people, who hate the idea of a...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 09-24-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 1,485
Posted By thegman
Rolleiflex GX and newer have very nice, modern...

Rolleiflex GX and newer have very nice, modern meters.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-21-2014
Replies: 34
Views: 2,070
Posted By thegman
Sounds like a fantastic gift. The only concern...

Sounds like a fantastic gift. The only concern I'd have is if it's too perfect to be used. I know some people will use a collectable like it was any other camera, but many others won't want to knock...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-21-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 1,045
Posted By thegman
Bessa T has the meter on the outside, but not in...

Bessa T has the meter on the outside, but not in the finder also.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 09-20-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 3,190
Posted By thegman
Put the details into...

Put the details into

http://www.dofmaster.com/dofjs.html

And you'll see what you're dealing with, 10 feet away, looks like at even f/16, you've got to be careful, 30 feet away, you're getting into...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-17-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 900
Posted By thegman
Hopefully they can come out the other side of...

Hopefully they can come out the other side of this, DHW Fototechnik I think are doing a remarkable job. Creating quality film TLRs in this day and age is a remarkable achievement.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 09-16-2014
Replies: 60
Views: 5,953
Posted By thegman
I'll certainly make an unsupported assertion. It...

I'll certainly make an unsupported assertion.

It seems that in the current age, people rely on encouragement and kind comments to get motivation. Look at Facebook and you'll see posts like 'x is...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-15-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 1,561
Posted By thegman
I think you've only to visit Facebook to see how...

I think you've only to visit Facebook to see how narcissistic people can be. The level of 'look at me' can be striking.

I think pictures of ourselves and our activities are good, even a picture of a...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-15-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 2,882
Posted By thegman
I think that's a reasonable way to put it. I must...

I think that's a reasonable way to put it. I must say, I do think the design is very nice, and I expect the camera to be pretty good. However, I like a QWERTY keyboard on my phone, and a viewfinder...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-13-2014
Replies: 47
Views: 3,540
Posted By thegman
I voted never, but I meant 'not for a long time'....

I voted never, but I meant 'not for a long time'. There is practically zero demand for medium format digital at all, I think investment will diminish, and I think it's more likely digital medium...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 09-12-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 1,726
Posted By thegman
I don't use digital cameras any more, but I must...

I don't use digital cameras any more, but I must say, Sigma is making some very attractive kit right now.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-12-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 1,323
Posted By thegman
Nikon cannot compete with used prices, no camera...

Nikon cannot compete with used prices, no camera maker can, film or digital. It is good to see at least them offering film cameras into the education market though.

I'd probably like to see some...
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / Polaroids 09-10-2014
Replies: 87
Views: 7,729
Posted By thegman
I don't deny a great camera can be had for $450....

I don't deny a great camera can be had for $450. I'm saying that a small, 6x6 camera with an ultrawide lens for $450 is a different matter.

I get that people think it's expensive for the build...
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / Polaroids 09-09-2014
Replies: 87
Views: 7,729
Posted By thegman
Hi Chris, Yes, I very much like the look of the...

Hi Chris,
Yes, I very much like the look of the zoom one, although, generally, I'd prefer not so much electronics, and I'm not sure I want 6x4.5 either. They do look excellent though.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-09-2014
Replies: 52
Views: 4,485
Posted By thegman
For me, the iPhone could be 40MP full frame, and...

For me, the iPhone could be 40MP full frame, and it's still going to be horrific to use compared to a $50 film compact.

Image quality is reasonably easy to come by, a usable device (for...
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / Polaroids 09-09-2014
Replies: 87
Views: 7,729
Posted By thegman
Could you name a couple? I'm pretty set on a...

Could you name a couple?

I'm pretty set on a GF670 for a 'normal' lens, but for wide, I can't find much. Does not need to be as small as the Lomo, but I want easy handheld, not an SLR or TLR.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 09-09-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 2,428
Posted By thegman
Depends on how far back you're standing from the...

Depends on how far back you're standing from the print I suppose, say for billboards, viewed from a moving car, I'm sure 10 dpi is fine. If it's a in a magazine, viewed from a foot away, you...
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / Polaroids 09-09-2014
Replies: 87
Views: 7,729
Posted By thegman
Honestly, I think Lomography may not innovate too...

Honestly, I think Lomography may not innovate too much, but they do make more 'different' cameras than anybody else. I can't think of another camera maker which makes such accessible and interesting...
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / Polaroids 09-09-2014
Replies: 87
Views: 7,729
Posted By thegman
Yes, with bells on, I had an old Zeiss Super...

Yes, with bells on, I had an old Zeiss Super Ikonta IV, 75mm lens I think, and it was outstanding, $100 less than the Lomo too. It's not wide angle though. I've got a Horseman SW612 for my wide angle...
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / Polaroids 09-09-2014
Replies: 87
Views: 7,729
Posted By thegman
I don't get the overpriced comments, where is the...

I don't get the overpriced comments, where is the other tiny ultrawide medium format camera for $430? Seriously, what camera am I missing? I'm looking to downsize my camera kit into much smaller...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 09-08-2014
Replies: 45
Views: 3,827
Posted By thegman
I had a Bessa II once, can't say I loved the...

I had a Bessa II once, can't say I loved the build, seemed rattly compared to my Zeiss Super Ikonta IV. Never had a problem with rigidity or film flatness though.
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-08-2014
Replies: 53
Views: 3,111
Posted By thegman
I don't believe in any right/wrong lenses. Longer...

I don't believe in any right/wrong lenses. Longer lenses may show a a reticence to get close, but also it'll mean that the photographer's presence will not interfere with the shot.

If you lack the...
Forum: Digital Compacts 09-04-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 5,221
Posted By thegman
I'll give you Lotus Notes, but won't hear ill...

I'll give you Lotus Notes, but won't hear ill words spoken of DB2.

I didn't mind SPP though, but I'm not a big one for post processing, maybe if I was, I'd dislike it more.
Forum: Travel 09-04-2014
Replies: 47
Views: 6,673
Posted By thegman
Also it's only hypocritical if it's the same...

Also it's only hypocritical if it's the same person, a TV show and a Government law isn't the same thing.
Forum: Digital Compacts 09-04-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 5,221
Posted By thegman
I had a DP-1 as my first digital camera, thought...

I had a DP-1 as my first digital camera, thought it was brilliant, if the Quattro is as good as that was, I'd be happy with it.

But then, I used it like a film camera, go out, take maybe 20 or 30...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-04-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 2,227
Posted By thegman
For a 50mm, the ZI is totally fine, but I think...

For a 50mm, the ZI is totally fine, but I think it's got better frame lines for 35mm. A Bessa might be better for a 50mm, but not 100% sure.

I've had a R4A and ZI, the ZI is a much nicer camera to...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 09-01-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 3,067
Posted By thegman
I've used a TLR for a while now, and if you want...

I've used a TLR for a while now, and if you want to use it quickly, fast moving children and the like, it would be my last choice. Otherwise, you get a lot of value for money in TLRs I think.

Never...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-30-2014
Replies: 37
Views: 2,719
Posted By thegman
For some people, it would. My girlfriend and I...

For some people, it would. My girlfriend and I both take photos, she with her iPhone, me with film cameras. We both took photos of the 12 Apostles in Victoria, Australia. I used a 4x5 camera, her...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 08-30-2014
Replies: 53
Views: 2,909
Posted By thegman
In advertising art though, you can't really...

In advertising art though, you can't really advertise your stuff as being generic and much the same as everybody elses' (although inside, we can admit it to ourselves).

Buy a few frames, get a few...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-29-2014
Replies: 54
Views: 6,885
Posted By thegman
I think most people get a hammer and saw because...

I think most people get a hammer and saw because they require both a hammer and a saw, and think we here buy different types of cameras because we like them.

I think mirrorless has a bright future...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 08-25-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 1,147
Posted By thegman
AG Photographic is good and inexpensive.

AG Photographic is good and inexpensive.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-24-2014
Replies: 47
Views: 3,138
Posted By thegman
Doubt it makes any difference. The prevailing...

Doubt it makes any difference. The prevailing advice on camera forums is often that a big SLR intimidates, and a TLR does not attract attention because you're looking down on it, rather than at the...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-22-2014
Replies: 62
Views: 5,296
Posted By thegman
I don't have an opinion one way or another on the...

I don't have an opinion one way or another on the state of the film market in 10 years, I only use film at the moment, but my knowledge of the film market pretty much ends at the shop at which I buy...
Forum: Digital Compacts 08-21-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 2,520
Posted By thegman
If she was happy using a film compact, and was...

If she was happy using a film compact, and was simpler etc. Why not go with film?
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-20-2014
Replies: 42
Views: 2,416
Posted By thegman
My thoughts too, if I'm given a family heirloom...

My thoughts too, if I'm given a family heirloom (or indeed a gift from a close friend), I'm going to keep it. I can see selling something if you need to pay the rent or something, but not just to buy...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 08-17-2014
Replies: 64
Views: 3,725
Posted By thegman
Never watch TV anyway, I watch a lot of DVDs,...

Never watch TV anyway, I watch a lot of DVDs, Netflix etc. but no actual scheduled television.

Internet, couldn't live without it, either personally or professionally.
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 08-16-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,017
Posted By thegman
I suppose most people will just use a high...

I suppose most people will just use a high shutter speed. Those who simply must shoot wide open, requiring a higher shutter speed than their camera will provide are probably thinner on the ground...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 08-13-2014
Replies: 85
Views: 7,040
Posted By thegman
I guess 'art' is art if the creator of it says...

I guess 'art' is art if the creator of it says that it is, which makes the term meaningless, as anything can be art and anyone can make it.

If someone wants to call their photograph 'art', then it...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 08-10-2014
Replies: 35
Views: 2,755
Posted By thegman
I find a simple man-bag/messenger bag works just...

I find a simple man-bag/messenger bag works just fine for smaller cameras, for larger ones, maybe something more dedicated is required.

I find it hard to believe that there is not a bag being made...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-08-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 2,717
Posted By thegman
I do very little manipulation, mainly...

I do very little manipulation, mainly cropping/resizing and perhaps a little tweaking of the curves, so Paint.NET is more than enough for me.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-08-2014
Replies: 30
Views: 3,032
Posted By thegman
I only ever used 4x5 for landscape. In terms of...

I only ever used 4x5 for landscape. In terms of the 'look', unless you're using shift/tilt or whatever, to me it looks like high resolution medium format. But then I was using a wide angle lens,...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-08-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 2,407
Posted By thegman
Personally, I didn't find my Summicron any better...

Personally, I didn't find my Summicron any better than my CV lens wide open, let alone stopped down. I think you can find people to find a difference in anything, particularly if they're emotionally...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-08-2014
Replies: 28
Views: 1,638
Posted By thegman
I'd be glad to have a 'style'. But if I had to...

I'd be glad to have a 'style'. But if I had to choose anything, I just want the feeling of wanting to be in that place, so basically, it's beauty in nature, travel, the sea.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-06-2014
Replies: 63
Views: 6,425
Posted By thegman
Maybe I'm missing the profoundly obvious here,...

Maybe I'm missing the profoundly obvious here, but if one thing you don't like is the digital look, why not just use film?
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-06-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 2,007
Posted By thegman
I like Acros, low grain, and nice tones too, I'm...

I like Acros, low grain, and nice tones too, I'm sure you could get the same with Tmax 100 though. Portra 400 I think is good for just about anything, and on 6x9 you don't need to worry about...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 08-04-2014
Replies: 35
Views: 2,960
Posted By thegman
My brother used to have a Bessa T, lovely camera....

My brother used to have a Bessa T, lovely camera. Superb value, and a really good range finder on it too.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-04-2014
Replies: 63
Views: 6,425
Posted By thegman
I don't think people are visually exhausted,...

I don't think people are visually exhausted, Facebook, Instagram etc. would tell you that more people are looking at photos than ever. However, they're looking at probably the worst photos ever...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 08-03-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 2,983
Posted By thegman
I don't get the tripod thing, I shoot ISO 50 film...

I don't get the tripod thing, I shoot ISO 50 film hand held easy enough, not sure why ISO 100 on digital is so hard. Sure for ultimate stability and shake free results, you'd put any camera on a...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-02-2014
Replies: 30
Views: 2,298
Posted By thegman
For colour I'd go Kodak Portra 400, and B&W I'd...

For colour I'd go Kodak Portra 400, and B&W I'd go Ilford XP2 400, easy to shoot, forgiving films. Kodak Gold I find can give a sort of warm look, which looks like an older film (I guess because it...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 07-30-2014
Replies: 32
Views: 1,768
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 / 220 film RF's 07-26-2014
Replies: 85
Views: 5,524
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 / 220 film RF's 07-25-2014
Replies: 85
Views: 5,524
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 / 220 film RF's 07-25-2014
Replies: 85
Views: 5,524
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 07-24-2014
Replies: 97
Views: 8,938
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 07-22-2014
Replies: 59
Views: 4,049
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 07-22-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 1,191
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 / 220 film RF's 07-22-2014
Replies: 85
Views: 5,524
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 07-16-2014
Replies: 67
Views: 3,837
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 07-14-2014
Replies: 35
Views: 2,999
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 07-13-2014
Replies: 35
Views: 2,999
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: **** 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 07-12-2014
Replies: 200
Views: 18,740
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 07-11-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 1,846
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 07-05-2014
Replies: 115
Views: 10,122
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: Business / Philosophy of Photography 07-05-2014
Replies: 81
Views: 5,074
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 07-04-2014
Replies: 115
Views: 10,122
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 07-03-2014
Replies: 32
Views: 2,174
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 07-03-2014
Replies: 28
Views: 1,881
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 07-02-2014
Replies: 32
Views: 2,509
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 07-01-2014
Replies: 52
Views: 3,614
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 06-28-2014
Replies: 147
Views: 15,732
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 06-27-2014
Replies: 101
Views: 6,091
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 06-27-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 2,717
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 06-27-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 2,717
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 06-27-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 2,717
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 06-27-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 470
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.
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