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Forum: Photography General Interest 1 Week Ago
Replies: 34
Views: 1,066
Posted By Roger Hicks
Next Wednesday I shall be reading the eulogy at...

Next Wednesday I shall be reading the eulogy at my father's funeral in Scotland, so I used one of my timers to check the duration (the minister specified 6-8 minutes). But I have several functioning...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 1 Week Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 426
Posted By Roger Hicks
Seconded. Cheers, R.

Seconded.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 1 Week Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 491
Posted By Roger Hicks
In-camera, or it wouldn't be so neatly at the...

In-camera, or it wouldn't be so neatly at the edges. Format?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 1 Week Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 1,077
Posted By Roger Hicks
Also seconded. Cheers, R.

Also seconded.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 1 Week Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 1,077
Posted By Roger Hicks
Seconded. Cheers, R.

Seconded.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 1 Week Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 1,077
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Jack, Our minds were working along similar...

Dear Jack,

Our minds were working along similar lines: making an indecent picture of the same thing.

The answer to the OP is "Probably, but I can't tell you how because I'm not good enough. And on...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 1 Week Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 504
Posted By Roger Hicks
Wedge a soft "interdens" type toothpick under...

Wedge a soft "interdens" type toothpick under finders that aren't REALLY tight. Snap off the bit that sticks out.

For soft releases, use Loctite blue or simply stop using the wretched...
Forum: Micl Photo Acc / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 1 Week Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 462
Posted By Roger Hicks
MUCH more, at least with the high quality ones,...

MUCH more, at least with the high quality ones, especially Gossen. It's normally mechanical damage or corrosion that does them in, or bad electro-mechanical interfaces (switchgear -- often corrosion...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 1 Week Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 420
Posted By Roger Hicks
Very true but I've never considered using white...

Very true but I've never considered using white pigment as well. A PVA adhesive such as UniBond, well diluted, should make a good size but I've never tried it.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Micl Photo Acc / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 1 Week Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 462
Posted By Roger Hicks
They last half way to forever. I have Weston...

They last half way to forever. I have Weston Master selenium meters from the 50s that still work, and a CdS LunaPro/LunaSix that still works when I can find the batteries. My newest Gossen meters...
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 1 Week Ago
Replies: 96
Views: 2,888
Posted By Roger Hicks
Well said! Cheers, R.

Well said!

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 1 Week Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 420
Posted By Roger Hicks
Use a broader, softer brush: Chinese or Japanese...

Use a broader, softer brush: Chinese or Japanese hake brushes are ideal. Yes, more emulsion = denser image -- which is why liquid emulsions are not normally variable-contrast (thickness affects...
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 1 Week Ago
Replies: 96
Views: 2,888
Posted By Roger Hicks
Sorry, but not just maybe. You made an assertion...

Sorry, but not just maybe. You made an assertion with no basis whatsoever, and that no-one else would believe if they had looked up even the most basic information on the subject -- as you just did....
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 1 Week Ago
Replies: 96
Views: 2,888
Posted By Roger Hicks
Sure that isn't camera shake in the picture you...

Sure that isn't camera shake in the picture you link?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 1 Week Ago
Replies: 469
Views: 90,615
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Larry, Can't really be done. A great deal...

Dear Larry,

Can't really be done. A great deal depends on crystal habit. Monosize crystal emulsions (e.g. TMax, Delta, tabular or epitaxial)) give finer grain than traditional cubic crystals. But...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 1 Week Ago
Replies: 469
Views: 90,615
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Ned, Partially true. Different developers...

Dear Ned,

Partially true. Different developers do give larger grain (and usually more speed) or smaller grain (and usually less speed). A few give big grain and low speed (e.g. Rodinal).

But as...
Forum: Photography General Interest 1 Week Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 1,148
Posted By Roger Hicks
Do you rotate your lenses around? Dear...

Do you rotate your lenses around?

Dear Raid,

Normally only to put them on the camera and take them off (1/4 turn each way)...

If a lens is giving the effect I want, why would I want...
Forum: Photography General Interest 1 Week Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 1,037
Posted By Roger Hicks
PROPER photography! Cheers, R.

PROPER photography!

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 1 Week Ago
Replies: 96
Views: 2,888
Posted By Roger Hicks
You are. Cheers, R.

You are.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 1 Week Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 803
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Ned, More development = bigger grain. More...

Dear Ned,

More development = bigger grain.

More agitation = more development (and fractionally more speed for a given contrast).

More speed = more grain.

Of course you could reduce the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 1 Week Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 803
Posted By Roger Hicks
Slow film, pushed, will always give finer grain...

Slow film, pushed, will always give finer grain for a given grain technology: Delta 100 is very much finer grained than FP4 but has a different tonality. Less agitation gives finer grain but also...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 1 Week Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 420
Posted By Roger Hicks
I'd certainly try using an enlarger: it's what...

I'd certainly try using an enlarger: it's what Frances and I normally do.The home-made "neg" was clearly far too lacking in contrast. Also, how did you apply the emulsion?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 1 Week Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 420
Posted By Roger Hicks
What were you unhappy about? Without knowing...

What were you unhappy about? Without knowing that, it's hard to judge what information you need.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 69
Views: 3,055
Posted By Roger Hicks
Swear judiciously at them. The first new Leica...

Swear judiciously at them.

The first new Leica lens I ever bought was a 35/1.4 Summilux in about 1982.

I unwrapped it; put it on my M2; tried to focus; and it jammed. I called Leica UK and a bored...
Forum: Photography General Interest 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 71
Views: 2,207
Posted By Roger Hicks
Highlight 1: Speak for yourself! There are many...

Highlight 1: Speak for yourself! There are many here who regard such desires as akin to perversions!

Highlight 2: Distressingly true.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Photography General Interest 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 71
Views: 2,207
Posted By Roger Hicks
Nicely phrased. Cheers, R.

Nicely phrased.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 1,413
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Ben, Our thinking is identical. Your...

Dear Ben,

Our thinking is identical. Your comment very much supports what I said in an earlier post, even down to the Pentaxes: "I don't think I'm alone".

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 1,413
Posted By Roger Hicks
Para 1: Not really. There were well over a dozen...

Para 1: Not really. There were well over a dozen 35mm cameras before the Leica, but Leitz was the first company to get it right.

Para 2: A tool that is perfect for some jobs, and useless for others....
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 1,413
Posted By Roger Hicks
Well, I'd bet the exact opposite for me -- and I...

Well, I'd bet the exact opposite for me -- and I don't think I'm alone. I just prefer rangefinders to mirrorless, and I VASTLY prefer the feel and handling of M-series to... well... just about...
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 41
Views: 1,322
Posted By Roger Hicks
Had, I think, rather than has. As far as I know...

Had, I think, rather than has. As far as I know the last batch was made 4 years ago.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 41
Views: 1,322
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Keith, A mint one in a box can fetch...

Dear Keith,

A mint one in a box can fetch $10,000 US. Subtract the box and $1000+ disappears. Take out the centre spot filter (which I find all but useless) and the original cap (pretty but...
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 96
Views: 2,888
Posted By Roger Hicks
Bokeh is one of those things like grey cards and...

Bokeh is one of those things like grey cards and the Zone System in that while it is very useful in its place, it attracts fanatics and people who think they know a great deal more about photography...
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 41
Views: 1,322
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Keith, Thambar. Seriously! Failing that...

Dear Keith,

Thambar. Seriously!

Failing that (and at the other end of the price scale) 85/2 Jupiter.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica Q 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 1,542
Posted By Roger Hicks
Apart from the fact that they're CNC milled brass...

Apart from the fact that they're CNC milled brass with different thicknesses in different areas, you're spot on.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Film vs Digital 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 52
Views: 2,304
Posted By Roger Hicks
Chalk and cheese. Old digi Leicas still work: I...

Chalk and cheese.

Old digi Leicas still work: I have a first-year M8 and a 6 year old M9.

Consider the "quality plateau", the level at which your skill as a photographer matters more than your...
Forum: Leica Q 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 1,542
Posted By Roger Hicks
Please try to write more carefully before making...

Please try to write more carefully before making sloppy responses: "Assemblies made in Portugal . . . I think only two of their lenses are actually made in Wetzlar along with the cine...
Forum: Leica Q 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 1,542
Posted By Roger Hicks
FULLY, yes. But (e.g) CNC milling of M top-plates...

FULLY, yes. But (e.g) CNC milling of M top-plates is simple, time consuming metal-bashing with high value added. Some parts of the process require more skill than others...

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 50
Views: 1,768
Posted By Roger Hicks
All indisputable. Cheers, R.

All indisputable.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica Q 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 1,542
Posted By Roger Hicks
No. Ever been to Wetzlar? (Or Solms before...

No.

Ever been to Wetzlar? (Or Solms before thart)?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 50
Views: 1,768
Posted By Roger Hicks
Or aren't willing to try to understand. Or can't...

Or aren't willing to try to understand. Or can't accept that an unclear statement may have an elusive nugget of truth in it.

Sure, I've read a lot of meaningless rubbish in my life. But a lot of it...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 278
Posted By Roger Hicks
Possibly. Grain and sharpness may be affected but...

Possibly. Grain and sharpness may be affected but across the normal temperature range (65-75F, 18-24C) you'd be hard put to demonstrate the variations.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 35
Views: 2,046
Posted By Roger Hicks
It may be age-related, or simply...

It may be age-related, or simply zeitgeist-related. In the 60s I REALLY wanted a 35mm to get into the heart of things: 50mm was simply too stand-offish. But good, fast 35s were expensive: I used a...
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 50
Views: 1,768
Posted By Roger Hicks
Perhaps it is because it is "not a very good...

Perhaps it is because it is "not a very good job", as Godfrey rightly says, it is all the more thought provoking. Does it mean anything? If so, what?

Look at the picture. It raises questions about...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-25-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 414
Posted By Roger Hicks
At the most basic, your negatives are too...

At the most basic, your negatives are too contrasty, or you are printing on paper that is too contrasty, or both. What contrast grade paper are you using? What happens if you print on grade 0 or 00?...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-25-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 559
Posted By Roger Hicks
Great on 4x5 OK on 6x9/6x7 'Orrible on...

Great on 4x5

OK on 6x9/6x7

'Orrible on 35mm

(I've tried all formats, with the best you can get: Linhof + Leica)

Cheers,
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-25-2015
Replies: 98
Views: 3,323
Posted By Roger Hicks
Who else remembers Young Fogies? See...

Who else remembers Young Fogies?

See...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-24-2015
Replies: 98
Views: 3,323
Posted By Roger Hicks
Is this not the Bobos (Bourgeois-bohème)? This is...

Is this not the Bobos (Bourgeois-bohème)? This is a contraction that it is more popular in France than in its native USA, perhaps because we have quite a lot of them. Perhaps French Bobos have a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-24-2015
Replies: 98
Views: 3,323
Posted By Roger Hicks
A hipster is one who, in the guise of setting a...

A hipster is one who, in the guise of setting a trend, follows it.

At least that's the way it looks today.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-23-2015
Replies: 58
Views: 2,274
Posted By Roger Hicks
Quite. I'm still using lenses I bought new from...

Quite. I'm still using lenses I bought new from the the early 80s to the first decade of the 21st century, alongside second-hand lenses that I've bought over the last 47 years. The oldest go back to...
Forum: Off Topic 06-23-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 322
Posted By Roger Hicks
Why are so many people unable to understand that...

Why are so many people unable to understand that target shooting is a pleasurable activity?

I used to fence: foil, epée and sabre. I have friends who are into kendo and aikido. By your logic,...
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