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Forum: Leica M -- Minolta CLE 2 Days Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 294
Posted By thegman
If you're happy with the M2, confident in it,...

If you're happy with the M2, confident in it, then I'd keep it.

I'm not a professional photograph (in any sense), but this guy:

http://www.jonathancanlasphotography.com/

Only uses film and seems...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 4 Days Ago
Replies: 63
Views: 2,085
Posted By thegman
You'll always be able to find someone who thinks...

You'll always be able to find someone who thinks it makes a difference, just like you'll find someone who thinks 8MP is so much better than 6MP.

For me, no, I doubt anyone could ever tell the...
Forum: Cosina Voigtlander Bessa 4 Days Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 982
Posted By thegman
If you're happy with medium format results, but...

If you're happy with medium format results, but not 35mm, then I think you have your answer.

35mm is capable of a lot of a technical quality, but it takes the sort of effort and patience that I...
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 4 Days Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 705
Posted By thegman
Maybe consider a DSLR? No worries about refresh...

Maybe consider a DSLR? No worries about refresh rates , resolution etc. It just works.

Even a crop -factor DSLR like a Nikon D7000 still has a pretty nice finder.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 5 Days Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 832
Posted By thegman
Never used an IVSB, but I had a IIIf for a bit,...

Never used an IVSB, but I had a IIIf for a bit, personally I found film loading a real PITA, and if I was to get another Leica, it would be an M of some kind.

Also, I'm not sure if 'bulletproof' is...
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 5 Days Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 309
Posted By thegman
I would say that while the M9 is not a weather...

I would say that while the M9 is not a weather sealed camera, and the lenses certainly are not, I think it's going to depend on your definition of 'weather'. A bit of a light shower I'm sure would be...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 6 Days Ago
Replies: 29
Views: 1,246
Posted By thegman
I think you can only say 'qualities' for...

I think you can only say 'qualities' for expensive lenses, where 'qualities' and 'character' are appropriate. For lenses like this 'flaw' is a better word.

Not sure where the cut off is though, I...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 1 Week Ago
Replies: 79
Views: 3,185
Posted By thegman
Film, probably XP2, except that it's not...

Film, probably XP2, except that it's not available in 4x5.

So maybe TMax 400 and process myself.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 1 Week Ago
Replies: 57
Views: 1,617
Posted By thegman
http://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery...

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/32527/med_U32527I1395874481.SEQ.0.jpg

Portra 400 in 4x5 sheet film, Fotoman 45SPS with 75mm Fujinon lens.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 1 Week Ago
Replies: 63
Views: 2,085
Posted By thegman
Sorry, a typo on my part, I meant V600. The...

Sorry, a typo on my part, I meant V600.

The 'blown up' version is over 4000px, the detail is not too bad, so I think it should print OK.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 1 Week Ago
Replies: 63
Views: 2,085
Posted By thegman
To be fair, I think most of us pixel-peep or...

To be fair, I think most of us pixel-peep or grain-peep a little but. Bokeh peeping is a similar condition too.

Looking at the full size scan on Flickr, the biggest one is only something like 1000...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 1 Week Ago
Replies: 63
Views: 2,085
Posted By thegman
Yes, quite a big difference. Scanning at 300dpi...

Yes, quite a big difference. Scanning at 300dpi on a 35mm negative would only give you an image of about 360 pixels wide.

Printing at 300dpi causes the printer to attempt to fit 300 dots of ink...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 1 Week Ago
Replies: 63
Views: 2,085
Posted By thegman
I'm talking about printing at 300dpi. So if you...

I'm talking about printing at 300dpi.

So if you scanned using the Pakon at it's full capability of 3000px across, that would allow you to print at 300 dpi on a 10x8" print.
Forum: RFF News 1 Week Ago
Replies: 141
Views: 5,863
Posted By thegman
I agree, competitions I think would be more like...

I agree, competitions I think would be more like a popularity contest than standard of work.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 1 Week Ago
Replies: 63
Views: 2,085
Posted By thegman
It's all a matter of opinion, but 300dpi would be...

It's all a matter of opinion, but 300dpi would be considered by most or many to be more than enough for a 10x8" print. I think it would stand up even under a magnifying glass, let alone normal...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 1 Week Ago
Replies: 63
Views: 2,085
Posted By thegman
If it's purely for 35mm, I'd be looking at the...

If it's purely for 35mm, I'd be looking at the Pakon scanners. Very fast, although the claimed resolution is less than most. I think they say the scans are 3000px across, which is a tad low, but can...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 672
Posted By thegman
I've used Natura 1600, it's a very nice film....

I've used Natura 1600, it's a very nice film. Grain not really any bigger than most 400 speed films, worked great in low light.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 80
Views: 3,197
Posted By thegman
That's more than one shot every 2 minutes, for...

That's more than one shot every 2 minutes, for me, that's a lot.
Forum: Photography General Interest 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 59
Views: 1,165
Posted By thegman
When I used a Nikon 35Ti a few weeks back, I took...

When I used a Nikon 35Ti a few weeks back, I took a couple of spare batteries with me. They're cheap and small.

I think it's not that the batteries don't last very long, even cameras with famously...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 60
Views: 2,001
Posted By thegman
It's important that people...

It's important that people learn.

Joke.

Although in reply to the original post, it's probably easier just to not let posts bother you than it is to prevent people from saying what they want to...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 1,053
Posted By thegman
I think the key is to keep it short. I work with...

I think the key is to keep it short. I work with computers all day, if I go round to someone's house for a dinner party, I'm probably not going to want to look at another screen. Generally I want...
Forum: Photography General Interest 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 47
Views: 1,620
Posted By thegman
I've read your post a couple of times, and cannot...

I've read your post a couple of times, and cannot find any criticism of the gear you already have. What do you want that your current gear lacks?

My experience of mirrorless and DSLR is minimal,...
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 842
Posted By thegman
If it's a big saving, from a dealer then,...

If it's a big saving, from a dealer then, perhaps. But for a $6000 camera, a 1 year warranty is pretty stingy, and hardly inspires confidence.
Forum: RFF Polls 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 1,332
Posted By thegman
I don't own Leicas any more, but when I did, I...

I don't own Leicas any more, but when I did, I traded them the same as anything else. Probably sell before I buy, but not always.

I tend to prefer to buy from a dealer, as it's easier to solve...
Forum: Photography General Interest 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 727
Posted By thegman
Sure, but functionality has little to do with...

Sure, but functionality has little to do with anything when it comes to pricing.

Compare watch prices, Panerai vs. Seiko, functionally the same.

The prices are crazy for most of us, but I guess if...
Forum: Photography General Interest 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 727
Posted By thegman
All you have to do is not buy the item. Kind of...

All you have to do is not buy the item.

Kind of sounds like you just want the right to buy a camera at the price you want.

Compared to many collectors' pieces, such as art by Tracey Emin, these...
Forum: Photography General Interest 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 85
Views: 2,271
Posted By thegman
I don't use Flickr much, but I think the...

I don't use Flickr much, but I think the interface is one of the worst on the web, and that's saying something.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 1,190
Posted By thegman
Get a better adaptor, and personally, I would not...

Get a better adaptor, and personally, I would not touch the RF alignment, not until you've put on the new adaptor anyway. If the adaptor is too thick or too thin, RF alignment will be off too.

If...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 660
Posted By thegman
Cross processed slide film tends to be as grainy...

Cross processed slide film tends to be as grainy as hell, if you're not happy with the contrast (which will be very high), you could alter that in post processing if you wanted.

The below is, if I...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 660
Posted By thegman
Kodak Gold?

Kodak Gold?
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 614
Posted By thegman
I would probably keep using the scanner you've...

I would probably keep using the scanner you've got until you can go for the one you want. Buy cheap and you'll buy twice has been my experience a few too many times.
Forum: Large Format RF 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 141
Views: 28,952
Posted By thegman
http://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery...

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/32527/med_U32527I1395874481.SEQ.0.jpg

This is the '12 Apostles' on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia.

Portra 400, Fotoman 45SPS,...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 47
Views: 1,719
Posted By thegman
Probably Leica M3, it's a lot to carry around for...

Probably Leica M3, it's a lot to carry around for a 35mm frame, considering how small medium format cameras get. It's a simply amazing camera though.
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa III / III Wide 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 245
Posted By thegman
You sure it's not set for shooting 220 film?

You sure it's not set for shooting 220 film?
Forum: Travel 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 52
Views: 2,222
Posted By thegman
Why can't it be easy sometimes? Sometimes a game...

Why can't it be easy sometimes? Sometimes a game of golf, snooker, tennis can be won with an easy shot, sometimes a hard one.

Are pictures of old cars bad photos just because they are popular? How...
Forum: Travel 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 52
Views: 2,222
Posted By thegman
Closest one I can think of is The Great Ocean...

Closest one I can think of is The Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. I used my 4x5, but I could have used anything really. Point at subject, get the horizon straight, take picture, hang on...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 56
Views: 2,202
Posted By thegman
I think this is a very good point. Obviously...

I think this is a very good point. Obviously there is no technical reason why free materials/processors should make worse work than ones that cost money. But, you've only got to look at the utter...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 56
Views: 2,202
Posted By thegman
Interesting point of view about corporate profit...

Interesting point of view about corporate profit culture. I'm not convinced that buying film from say Ilford, is propping up corporate greed. Or indeed from Kodak, which is now owned by a pension...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 56
Views: 2,202
Posted By thegman
Sorry to diminish your cheer, but I can get a...

Sorry to diminish your cheer, but I can get a roll of C41 35mm film developed in Australia for $4 ($3.60 USD):

http://hillvale.com.au/pricelist

Or $8 with tiny wee scans.
Forum: Photography General Interest 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 24
Views: 1,735
Posted By thegman
It seems to be the fast lenses which sell fast in...

It seems to be the fast lenses which sell fast in my experience. Maybe if smaller lenses come into fashion more than the faster ones, it'll sell quicker.
Forum: Digital Epson R-D1 Digital RF 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 62
Views: 3,269
Posted By thegman
I think the new price for the RD-1xg is superb,...

I think the new price for the RD-1xg is superb, sure it's 6MP, but if you're printing 10x8, that's fine. Yes, the high ISO is nothing compared to newer cameras, but it's not like nights have got...
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 308
Views: 12,501
Posted By thegman
I'm sure you're right. Looking back though, when...

I'm sure you're right. Looking back though, when I first started in photography, I was interested in AE, that sort of thing, which Leica could not provide at a price I could (or would) pay. So for...
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 308
Views: 12,501
Posted By thegman
For me, Cosina are probably doing more for...

For me, Cosina are probably doing more for keeping modern range finder photography going. I say "for me", as I have no interest in digital Leicas, and therefore their efforts in that regard are of no...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 471
Posted By thegman
I always just compared to a 'known good' meter....

I always just compared to a 'known good' meter. i.e. a new Nikon V1 is more likely in my opinion to have an accurate meter than the 50 year old one in a Rolleiflex.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 1,096
Posted By thegman
If you like the idea of an M6, then why not. If...

If you like the idea of an M6, then why not.

If you only use B&W or C41 film, then a meter is not as essential as it may first appear, but it's still nice to have. Remember that disposable cameras...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 61
Views: 2,772
Posted By thegman
All things being equal, you may as well get as...

All things being equal, you may as well get as many pixels as you can. I don't *need* the resolution of 4x5 film, but it's nice to have. Same goes for digital, hardly anyone needs 36MP, but it's nice...
Forum: Photography General Interest 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 88
Views: 3,825
Posted By thegman
Only ever been in the Soho one in London,...

Only ever been in the Soho one in London, although must say they seemed to have very little for sale. Perhaps pros went there to rent digital backs etc. but they didn't seem to have much at all for...
Forum: The Business Of Photography 03-12-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 282
Posted By thegman
In most countries (almost all, I would think),...

In most countries (almost all, I would think), you automatically own the copyright to your work, be it photos, art, writing, etc. unless you choose to relinquish it.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-12-2014
Replies: 37
Views: 1,683
Posted By thegman
I guess in some shirts it would fit, I can't...

I guess in some shirts it would fit, I can't imagine any shirt being ideal for the job.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-12-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 609
Posted By thegman
But I think most people listening to music don't...

But I think most people listening to music don't care about mastering, most won't know what it is. All that matters to them is that they like how it sounds, and heaven forbid, that might be in their...
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