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Forum: Photography General Interest 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 98
Views: 2,554
Posted By Roger Hicks
Most of all I regret selling unusual stuff that...

Most of all I regret selling unusual stuff that is hard to replace: things like my first 100/2.8 Planar for "baby" Linhofs (the second wasn't as good, and I can't be bothered to look for a third)....
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 993
Posted By Roger Hicks
Meter from the darkest tone in which you want...

Meter from the darkest tone in which you want texture, using the appropriate index (NOT the worthless mid-tone nor a highlight index which is only slightly less worthless with negative films). See...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 417
Posted By Roger Hicks
If you were rich and Chinese, wouldn't you want...

If you were rich and Chinese, wouldn't you want an investment outside China? Before the current Chinese Empire implodes, as it always has done in the past?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 97
Views: 2,857
Posted By Roger Hicks
And wet-print B+W, I take it. That's what I do....

And wet-print B+W, I take it. That's what I do.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / Polaroids 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 282
Views: 9,964
Posted By Roger Hicks
Why? It's a perfectly reasonable price if it...

Why?

It's a perfectly reasonable price if it gives you effects you can't get any other way.

On the other hand it's a crazy price if you can get ten good originals for the same money. It's nothing...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 41
Views: 1,613
Posted By Roger Hicks
Alas, no. But if you know any other photographers...

Alas, no. But if you know any other photographers whose prints you admire, ask as many of them as possible if they would mind showing you their negatives. Explain why!

Trying to illustrate a good...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 1,962
Posted By Roger Hicks
It is hard to dispute this argument. Cheers, R.

It is hard to dispute this argument.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 41
Views: 1,613
Posted By Roger Hicks
(1) Almost anything will work, for a given value...

(1) Almost anything will work, for a given value of "work".

(2) Until you know what a decent negative looks like, your value of "work" is worthless.

(3) So, posts 16 and 17 are exactly...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 67
Views: 1,504
Posted By Roger Hicks
Hammer on dem shackles good, massa... Cheers, R.

Hammer on dem shackles good, massa...

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 67
Views: 1,504
Posted By Roger Hicks
Exactly. The last "scholarly work" that used one...

Exactly. The last "scholarly work" that used one of my pictures was fortunately (a) very expensive, over $100 or maybe even $200 and (b) a subject that interested me, so I just asked for a copy of...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 1,962
Posted By Roger Hicks
Yes. Depressing how many of us missed that. I...

Yes. Depressing how many of us missed that. I didn't bother to enlarge that pic because... well... cameras are never engraved there! D'oh...

Cheers,

E.
Forum: Leica M240 aka Leica M10, M-P, M60 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 50
Views: 2,881
Posted By Roger Hicks
Well, yes, obviously. After all, there are no M8s...

Well, yes, obviously. After all, there are no M8s still in service, are there?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 67
Views: 1,504
Posted By Roger Hicks
True, but that's not what I'm saying. You don't...

True, but that's not what I'm saying.

You don't expect to be paid for running an advertisement.

You do expect to be paid for taking pictures.

I'm talking about something in between: existing...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 67
Views: 1,504
Posted By Roger Hicks
Quite. But another aspect of this has occurred...

Quite.

But another aspect of this has occurred to me: publicity. If the work is already done (not commissioned) then depending on the exposure it may be worth while. This is especially true for fine...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 67
Views: 1,504
Posted By Roger Hicks
Sure I've worked for free, and would again; but...

Sure I've worked for free, and would again; but not for many people. In particular I've done quite a lot for the Tibetan Government in Exile, sometimes not even for expenses, and I'd do the same...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 30
Views: 1,962
Posted By Roger Hicks
That's my suspicion too. It's hard to see why a...

That's my suspicion too. It's hard to see why a KE7A would be engraved Leitz-Eigentum as well, unless it was a sales sample or prototype.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica M240 aka Leica M10, M-P, M60 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 50
Views: 2,881
Posted By Roger Hicks
Whose estimate? Cheers, R.

Whose estimate?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 116
Views: 6,647
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear David, Ah, you have a copy too. Apparently...

Dear David,

Ah, you have a copy too. Apparently it's quite rare and valuable now. Fun, innit?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: RFF Polls 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 174
Views: 21,672
Posted By Roger Hicks
Sure. All I'm pointing out is that you are are...

Sure. All I'm pointing out is that you are are using EIs (exposure indices) -- the exposures that work best for you. Even when your favourite EI and the box (ISO) speed are the same number, you may...
Forum: RFF Polls 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 174
Views: 21,672
Posted By Roger Hicks
Well, your normal EI, anyway. You can't have more...

Well, your normal EI, anyway. You can't have more than one ISO on a roll of film -- and you may not have any ISO at all, unless you're developing to ISO contrast standards.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 1,342
Posted By Roger Hicks
Unless they don't suit you, in which case (like...

Unless they don't suit you, in which case (like me) you may not want any. I may be in a minority, but I'm not alone.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 1,342
Posted By Roger Hicks
As far as I am aware the biggest difference is...

As far as I am aware the biggest difference is that 'Cords have separate wind-on and cocking, while on all but the earliest 'Flexes (I think) it's integrated. But I'm no expert. I hate throwing the...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 116
Views: 6,647
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Garrett, Wow! Sounds fascinating! Many of...

Dear Garrett,

Wow! Sounds fascinating! Many of these old tools fall into one of categories:

1: Why did ANYONE, EVER, invent that?

or

2: Why did they stop making it? (The answer is usually that...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 445
Posted By Roger Hicks
The Anniversary is definitely the one to go for...

The Anniversary is definitely the one to go for if it means you can get away without modifying the standard: that lens is BIG. I have one somewhere but have never used it because it fits on so few...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 116
Views: 6,647
Posted By Roger Hicks
While looking for my most recent strange...

While looking for my most recent strange adjustable-jaw device -- more of a gas-grip than a wrench, akin to the second from the left in Fred's picture -- I came across something I'd forgotten I had:...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 116
Views: 6,647
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Garrett, Love it! Surprisingly few tools...

Dear Garrett,

Love it!

Surprisingly few tools are completely useless. Is this one of them?

For the last few years I've been buying all kinds of old kitchen tools, several of which seem to have...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 116
Views: 6,647
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Mike, Superb! First class displacement...

Dear Mike,

Superb! First class displacement activity! Now I need to know more about both French Press coffee machines and Attilio Calimani. Of course this makes me much less of a man than someone...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 116
Views: 6,647
Posted By Roger Hicks
You don't like the idea of precision in...

You don't like the idea of precision in communication, then? And it doesn't interest you at all that English and American are not quite the same language? For that matter, I'd suggest that the whole...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 1,055
Posted By Roger Hicks
Intriguing: Thanks! Cheers, R.

Intriguing: Thanks!

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 116
Views: 6,647
Posted By Roger Hicks
Half way down...

Half way down http://www.rogerandfrances.com/subscription/ps%20large.html there's a Tech IV outfit, though my current "baby" is a stripped-down Technika 70: go to http://www.larry-bolch.com/linhof/...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 116
Views: 6,647
Posted By Roger Hicks
But clearly, it does. I'm still learning, cf....

But clearly, it does. I'm still learning, cf. "French key". I like learning. As for getting out... Well, this morning I was in Loudun, with its 1000 year old castle (built by the same man who built...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 116
Views: 6,647
Posted By Roger Hicks
Alternatively, there are those who are interested...

Alternatively, there are those who are interested in the world around them, and who actually use the tools in which they are interested: a bit like camera collectors and photographers.

How are you...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 116
Views: 6,647
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Michael, I used to have a 48 inch (length)...

Dear Michael,

I used to have a 48 inch (length) Stillson that I found in the roof of my previous house but I gave it to a plumber friend.

One of the great things about my tool collection is that...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 116
Views: 6,647
Posted By Roger Hicks
Ever used a "baby" Linhof? At least as well made...

Ever used a "baby" Linhof? At least as well made as a Rollei, AND has a rangefinder, AND interchangeable lenses AND a sensible sized negative: at a 3x enlargement a 57x72mm negative should be...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 116
Views: 6,647
Posted By Roger Hicks
Definitions of tools are certainly more...

Definitions of tools are certainly more interesting than the usual whining and bitching about how Leicas cost too much, and assertions by amateurs that professionals don't use 'em.

It turns out...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 173
Views: 8,324
Posted By Roger Hicks
(a) Why? (b) In that case, is it not perverse to...

(a) Why?

(b) In that case, is it not perverse to contribute to it?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 173
Views: 8,324
Posted By Roger Hicks
. . . learned less than I've learned from some of...

. . . learned less than I've learned from some of the posts on here.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 116
Views: 6,647
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Michael, Quite. But few are suitable for...

Dear Michael,

Quite. But few are suitable for precision work, not least because you usually have a choice of reasonably good but bulky ones -- as jsrockit says, "I was shocked at how precise some if...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 330
Views: 16,588
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Fred, It's easy to be obsessed with not...

Dear Fred,

It's easy to be obsessed with not spending money in restaurants and bars when you don't have the money to spend in restaurants and bars.

And (to be honest) I've never worried about the...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 330
Views: 16,588
Posted By Roger Hicks
Never let professional facts stand in the way of...

Never let professional facts stand in the way of amateur fantasy.

Went full-time freelance 35 years ago next Christmas...

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica M240 aka Leica M10, M-P, M60 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 64
Views: 3,497
Posted By Roger Hicks
Then again, listen to the UK government. They're...

Then again, listen to the UK government. They're even better. Just ask Call-Me-Dave Cameron, aka The Fish-Pointer General (don't mention the pigs...). Of course Trump knows more than anyone, ever,...
Forum: Travel 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 29
Views: 761
Posted By Roger Hicks
Two Leicas and a Nikon F would be...

Two Leicas and a Nikon F would be traditional.

Seriously, what does an F cost? I'm damn' glad I never had to go there 40-50 years ago (the UK kept out of that particular police action) but in the...
Forum: Off Topic 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 228
Posted By Roger Hicks
Comes to us all. I tended to admire his work...

Comes to us all.

I tended to admire his work more than I liked it, but he was still a genius.

R.I.P.

R.
Forum: Leica M240 aka Leica M10, M-P, M60 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 64
Views: 3,497
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Roland, Possibly because their financial...

Dear Roland,

Possibly because their financial troubles are of their own making, the result of hubris. "Hey, look at me. I'm so damn rich I can buy whatever I like [on credit]." A modicum of...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 725
Posted By Roger Hicks
Biogon. Stunning lens. Cheers, R.

Biogon. Stunning lens.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 449
Posted By Roger Hicks
Superb lens! I had one many years ago and found...

Superb lens! I had one many years ago and found it at least as good as a collapsible Summicron I owned at the same time.

Given that I lived in Bristol at the time it could have been the same one...
Forum: Film vs Digital 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 272
Posted By Roger Hicks
Man who invents film simulation program says you...

Man who invents film simulation program says you don't need film...

Man who makes movies for big screen uses small screen to show off quality...

Yeah, right.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 1,158
Posted By Roger Hicks
Maybe you can, but I've met very few other...

Maybe you can, but I've met very few other competent printers who could; at least, not all that often.

Quote from my wife (a very good printer) on your view: "Of course you can. They just won't be...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 1,031
Posted By Roger Hicks
Is that the same as a Birmingham...

Is that the same as a Birmingham screwdriver?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Photography General Interest 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 35
Views: 884
Posted By Roger Hicks
Or as we say in English,...

Or as we say in English, "incompetence".

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Photography General Interest 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 35
Views: 884
Posted By Roger Hicks
And did they? Ho, ho, ho. Cheers, R.

And did they? Ho, ho, ho.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 1,031
Posted By Roger Hicks
Old English saying: Do not force it. Get a...

Old English saying:

Do not force it.

Get a bigger hammer.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 704
Posted By Roger Hicks
No, I think it's just language. I know roughly...

No, I think it's just language. I know roughly the focus corresponding to the position of the finger tab on my Summilux or the bump on my C-Sonnar, and can adjust it in a fraction of a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 35
Views: 884
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Fred, Yeah, well, now you and I know what...

Dear Fred,

Yeah, well, now you and I know what we've been doing wrong all these years.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 747
Posted By Roger Hicks
Fun! And nice pic too! Go for a Q-Top release...

Fun! And nice pic too!

Go for a Q-Top release plate.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 1,031
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Johan, It was a new feature, as far as I...

Dear Johan,

It was a new feature, as far as I know, but on the other hand, it was essential in order to clear the rangefinder housing, so I suspect that yours is stuck. I'll check some source...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 1,472
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Keith, "Obviously"? In image...

Dear Keith,

"Obviously"?

In image quality?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 52
Views: 2,433
Posted By Roger Hicks
Don't think so. For versatility and simplicity...

Don't think so. For versatility and simplicity the R2 is hard to beat and that olive drab finish really is something special. The T is unique in not having a viewfinder. I mean, how are you defining...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 52
Views: 2,433
Posted By Roger Hicks
Another vote for the R2 olive -- the only one I...

Another vote for the R2 olive -- the only one I still use much. Frances likes the T.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-03-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 430
Posted By Roger Hicks
With different shaped formats, comparisons are...

With different shaped formats, comparisons are meaningless. The usual conversion is on negative diagonal, about 80mm on 56x56mm or about 43mm on 24x36mm, so the conversion would be just over half of...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-29-2015
Replies: 184
Views: 5,773
Posted By Roger Hicks
Thank'ee kindly. Full article at...

Thank'ee kindly.

Full article at http://www.rogerandfrances.com/subscription/ps%20ignore%20gurus.html

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-29-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 743
Posted By Roger Hicks
True ISO in most developers is identical to FP4...

True ISO in most developers is identical to FP4 Plus. Grainier; lovely tonality; handles over-exposure very well. I got some beautiful negs from a camera with a sticky shutter which (though I didn't...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-29-2015
Replies: 184
Views: 5,773
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Sid, Perfectly phrased! Cheers, R.

Dear Sid,

Perfectly phrased!

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-28-2015
Replies: 184
Views: 5,773
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Fred, Lots of things are equally important....

Dear Fred,

Lots of things are equally important. That's why I carefully chose the word "more".

Can't agree with the second para, though. Science was a damn' sight more use than art against my...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-28-2015
Replies: 184
Views: 5,773
Posted By Roger Hicks
No. It's multi-dimensional. Time. Money (not...

No. It's multi-dimensional. Time. Money (not necessarily spent on kit or materials, but e.g. on going to places to take pictures, or visiting exhibitions, or putting on exhibitions). What else you do...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-28-2015
Replies: 184
Views: 5,773
Posted By Roger Hicks
And, ideally, try to clarify what (if anything)...

And, ideally, try to clarify what (if anything) you are saying.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Fuji X News / General Discussion 12-28-2015
Replies: 34
Views: 1,738
Posted By Roger Hicks
Quite: cf post 10. Cheers, R.

Quite: cf post 10.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-28-2015
Replies: 184
Views: 5,773
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear David, You are no doubt familiar with the...

Dear David,

You are no doubt familiar with the French saying, "Tout comprendre, c'est tout pardonner": "to understand everything is to forgive everything".

The trouble is that "understanding" is...
Forum: Fuji X News / General Discussion 12-27-2015
Replies: 34
Views: 1,738
Posted By Roger Hicks
At this level, more depends on which camera you...

At this level, more depends on which camera you are happy using (and can afford) than on the marque. Well, that and your own ability, of course.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-27-2015
Replies: 184
Views: 5,773
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Raid, If I could understand more of what he...

Dear Raid,

If I could understand more of what he says, I probably wouldn't need to forgive it. But it is increasingly incomprehensible.

Cheers,

E.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-27-2015
Replies: 184
Views: 5,773
Posted By Roger Hicks
This is another completely indefensible...

This is another completely indefensible assertion. Why shouldn't it be? Or indeed, is there any evidence whatsoever that it isn't?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-27-2015
Replies: 184
Views: 5,773
Posted By Roger Hicks
Eh? Why? Cheers, R.

Eh? Why?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-27-2015
Replies: 184
Views: 5,773
Posted By Roger Hicks
This is fundamental. It's not what you choose...

This is fundamental.

It's not what you choose to do. It's what you have to do, if you are to be faithful to yourself. Indeed, it's what you have to do if you aren't to go any more insane than you...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-25-2015
Replies: 38
Views: 2,268
Posted By Roger Hicks
Just about ANYTHING is doable. Just not all the...

Just about ANYTHING is doable. Just not all the time. The longer the (hand held) exposure, the lower the chances of a sharp picture. For me the 50/50 point is reached with a TLR at 1/5 or 1/10. By...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-22-2015
Replies: 184
Views: 5,773
Posted By Roger Hicks
Never let facts interfere with myths and lies....

Never let facts interfere with myths and lies.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-22-2015
Replies: 184
Views: 5,773
Posted By Roger Hicks
Started out with a 50 because that's what came...

Started out with a 50 because that's what came with the camera. Found it a bit too long, but needed the speed: couldn't afford a fast 35. As soon as I could, I bought a 35/1.4, which remained my...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-18-2015
Replies: 90
Views: 5,253
Posted By Roger Hicks
What challenge? I just take...

What challenge? I just take pictures...

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-18-2015
Replies: 90
Views: 5,253
Posted By Roger Hicks
Hardly, or we'd all use pinholes. Cheers, R.

Hardly, or we'd all use pinholes.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 12-10-2015
Replies: 330
Views: 16,588
Posted By Roger Hicks
First extract: precisely my point in my previous...

First extract: precisely my point in my previous post. YOU are hooked in YOUR cultural BS -- a "culture" on which many can't even afford the kind of medical care you boasted about receiving, never...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-10-2015
Replies: 90
Views: 5,253
Posted By Roger Hicks
Small. Light. Pocketable (with a collapsible...

Small. Light. Pocketable (with a collapsible lens). Sense of history. Incredible durability (very low cost per year -- I've had my £30 IIIa for over 45 years, under $1 year). Adequate quality. Not...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 12-10-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 840
Posted By Roger Hicks
Go to...

Go to http://www.rogerandfrances.com/subscription/camera%20movements.html and scroll about half way down to see how rear camera movements distort shape.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 12-10-2015
Replies: 330
Views: 16,588
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear David, The very concept of anyone deserving...

Dear David,

The very concept of anyone deserving a Leica is meaningless. So yes, it does mean that you don't deserve one, because nobody does.

Then again, the same would be true of any other camera...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 12-09-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 1,099
Posted By Roger Hicks
Many of those who are more than qualified will...

Many of those who are more than qualified will not apply because they don't realize how good they are.

Many of those who do apply will lose out to those who are better at BS than photography.

But...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 12-09-2015
Replies: 330
Views: 16,588
Posted By Roger Hicks
Quite. In fact a lot of people could afford a...

Quite. In fact a lot of people could afford a Leica if they wanted one badly enough. It's the price of surprisingly few decent restaurant meals, for example. But a lot of people seem to think that in...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-06-2015
Replies: 29
Views: 1,221
Posted By Roger Hicks
Continuously for 10 seconds with at least 3...

Continuously for 10 seconds with at least 3 complete inversions-cum-twists. I normally do 5. I rarely disagree with Sevo but on this occasion I do. Try it with a reel in a clear jam-jar if you want...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 12-05-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 848
Posted By Roger Hicks
Why not use the colour head with VC paper? See...

Why not use the colour head with VC paper? See page 3 of http://www.ilfordphoto.com/Webfiles/2006130201152306.pdf

They should know!

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-05-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 574
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Mark, The true ISO of Delta 3200 in DD-X is...

Dear Mark,

The true ISO of Delta 3200 in DD-X is about 1250 but because it's a very long-toe film, designed for pushing, if you expose and develop for this speed you will usually get quite...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 12-03-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 989
Posted By Roger Hicks
As Keith said, parts were bad news when these...

As Keith said, parts were bad news when these enlargers were new. That wasn't just in the US! Now they're all but impossible. They were made in a German-speaking part of Italy. I'd steer clear if I...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 12-02-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 976
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear David, Very much so, and indeed a...

Dear David,

Very much so, and indeed a repair-man friend of mine in the UK was considering it. I'll have to contact him to see if he ever went any further with the idea.

Unless you know what you're...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 12-01-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 1,272
Posted By Roger Hicks
In my experience, it is the sharpest of all the...

In my experience, it is the sharpest of all the Zorkii/Kiev lenses.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Other RF 11-29-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 388
Posted By Roger Hicks
Where did you find the information? Voigtländer...

Where did you find the information?

Voigtländer had a great weakness for 40mm, so it may be that someone "measured" it and plumped for the nearest size they knew. I'm not saying that is the case:...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-27-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 724
Posted By Roger Hicks
And all my Zorkii 4Ks -- probably four or five,...

And all my Zorkii 4Ks -- probably four or five, over the years -- have been more reliable than my one brand new Fed 5C c. 1990. Too much depends on luck and sample variation. As I said, "There may...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-27-2015
Replies: 29
Views: 1,689
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Chris, Grauniad? Click bait? Surely...

Dear Chris,

Grauniad? Click bait?

Surely not....

("Irony" does not mean "ferrous" or "magnetic".)

Cheers,
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-27-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 724
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Tim, Junk. Only ever had one new one,...

Dear Tim,

Junk.

Only ever had one new one, though. There may have been good ones too.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / Polaroids 11-27-2015
Replies: 52
Views: 2,421
Posted By Roger Hicks
This is what I tried to say in my first post....

This is what I tried to say in my first post. Unfortunately I didn't make it clear enough that there are both brain-dead and non-brain-dead hipsters.

But as I pointed out, how important is the...
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / Polaroids 11-26-2015
Replies: 52
Views: 2,421
Posted By Roger Hicks
That's about it. Though I might qualify it as...

That's about it. Though I might qualify it as "person with no taste at all of their own, dedicated to fashion rather than to substance." In other words, one who is "hip" to the latest trends....
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-26-2015
Replies: 43
Views: 2,103
Posted By Roger Hicks
That's my feeling. The screen and the histogram...

That's my feeling. The screen and the histogram are an "instant Polaroid" -- and a lot more use than the Forscher Polaroid back for my Nikon F.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-26-2015
Replies: 99
Views: 5,110
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear John, Also known, of course, as a...

Dear John,

Also known, of course, as a "Birmingham screwdriver".

Then again, I have seen a cutting torch referred to as a "blue spanner" in the context of removing a particularly recalcitrant...
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / Polaroids 11-26-2015
Replies: 52
Views: 2,421
Posted By Roger Hicks
Indeed: this is what I was getting at in the...

Indeed: this is what I was getting at in the original post. If you're capable of producing interesting, original work, you are probably capable of working around the absence of new Holgas.

It's...
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / Polaroids 11-26-2015
Replies: 52
Views: 2,421
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Fred, No: more of an aging hippie, I think....

Dear Fred,

No: more of an aging hippie, I think. Or possibly an elderly eccentric. And I really don't think that a few months (three or six, I forget now) as an articled clerk actually qualifies as...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-26-2015
Replies: 99
Views: 5,110
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Dick, Are you aware of Poe's Law? If not,...

Dear Dick,

Are you aware of Poe's Law? If not, check https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poe's_law

Cheers,

R,
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / Polaroids 11-25-2015
Replies: 52
Views: 2,421
Posted By Roger Hicks
Interesting argument, with a lot to commend it --...

Interesting argument, with a lot to commend it -- too much disposable income chasing a short-lived fashion, viz., doing Lomography the hard way -- but I'm not totally convinced. There is a separate...
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / Polaroids 11-25-2015
Replies: 52
Views: 2,421
Posted By Roger Hicks
Quite. A very small number of people, who are...

Quite. A very small number of people, who are unable to understand the availability of other toy cameras, new and used, are slightly inconvenienced. THESE are the brain-dead hipsters, not the people...
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / Polaroids 11-25-2015
Replies: 52
Views: 2,421
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Andy, It's just not important. Much like...

Dear Andy,

It's just not important. Much like hipsters and Holgas. It's all lightweight stuff. Are some hipsters brain-dead? Pretty much. Are all Holga users hipsters? I'd be astonished if they...
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / Polaroids 11-25-2015
Replies: 52
Views: 2,421
Posted By Roger Hicks
No great loss. There are plenty of cheap'n'nasty...

No great loss. There are plenty of cheap'n'nasty cameras still for sale on the used market. Quite a few cheap'n'good, too: Lyubitel, for example.

The only worrying part is that there may be a...
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 11-25-2015
Replies: 170
Views: 6,404
Posted By Roger Hicks
Well, quite. I must have had, oh, a couple of...

Well, quite. I must have had, oh, a couple of dozen minor problems in almost 50 years. Smiles help a lot. So do explanations; which very occasionally include firm explanations that I am behaving...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-24-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 694
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear John, Shouldn't matter in a well-ventilated...

Dear John,

Shouldn't matter in a well-ventilated darkroom.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 11-24-2015
Replies: 170
Views: 6,404
Posted By Roger Hicks
All superbly expressed. All I'd add is that...

All superbly expressed.

All I'd add is that there are a few cities -- the ones that spring to mind are Paris, London and NYC -- that are much more like each other than like most of the rest of the...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 11-24-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 1,235
Posted By Roger Hicks
Thanks: that's one of the two sources I'd found,...

Thanks: that's one of the two sources I'd found, but I hadn't yet looked up GDL. That makes things much clearer!

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 11-24-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 1,235
Posted By Roger Hicks
Ah, thanks very much: this is what I suspected...

Ah, thanks very much: this is what I suspected from the two small German-language references I could find. Can you direct me to any sources? Not that I doubt you, but it's always embarrassing just to...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-23-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 694
Posted By Roger Hicks
Avoid hardening fixers as they greatly prolong...

Avoid hardening fixers as they greatly prolong washing time.

The only advantage of alkaline fixers is that they're cheap.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-23-2015
Replies: 57
Views: 2,520
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Fred, It's worked for me since...

Dear Fred,

It's worked for me since 1981...

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-23-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 549
Posted By Roger Hicks
That was my immediate unkind thought too. I was...

That was my immediate unkind thought too. I was articled to a firm of chartered accountants some 40 years ago. Do you remember the famous story of the accountants applying for a job? They were all...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-23-2015
Replies: 29
Views: 1,932
Posted By Roger Hicks
You must have mis-read, or misunderstood, what...

You must have mis-read, or misunderstood, what Geoffrey wrote. Shadow detail and contrast "happen to be" the ISO speed criteria too: see...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-22-2015
Replies: 99
Views: 5,110
Posted By Roger Hicks
Much as I echo your advice, it's probably even...

Much as I echo your advice, it's probably even less important in the hands of an unskilled photographer. Well over half of the scores or probably hundreds of cameras I've owned over the last 40+...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-22-2015
Replies: 57
Views: 2,520
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Fred, True. But I think we were all being...

Dear Fred,

True. But I think we were all being generous, because the meaning was clear enough, even though the title wasn't.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-22-2015
Replies: 99
Views: 5,110
Posted By Roger Hicks
It can't be completely irrelevant, or you'd get...

It can't be completely irrelevant, or you'd get the same results from film and digital, or from a pocket compact and medium or large format.

The brand rarely matters much, except insofar (as...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-21-2015
Replies: 56
Views: 2,817
Posted By Roger Hicks
IIIA + 50/3,5 Elmar. If I can't get a reasonable...

IIIA + 50/3,5 Elmar. If I can't get a reasonable number of decent pictures with that I'm probably an even worse photographer than I think. The same could be said of my Retina IIa (fixed 50/2 Heligon)...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-21-2015
Replies: 57
Views: 2,520
Posted By Roger Hicks
YES! Cheers, R.

YES!

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-21-2015
Replies: 57
Views: 2,520
Posted By Roger Hicks
Alternatively, you might consider taking a...

Alternatively, you might consider taking a greater interest in photography. Why did it take two years before your wife realized that it mattered to you? Either you weren't very interested or she was...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-21-2015
Replies: 57
Views: 2,520
Posted By Roger Hicks
As I'm just off to pick her up from her current...

As I'm just off to pick her up from her current exhibition of hand coloured silver halide prints... not a lot!

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-21-2015
Replies: 99
Views: 5,110
Posted By Roger Hicks
And indeed the photographer may not see them...

And indeed the photographer may not see them either.

The analogy with non-photographic tools can be quite useful -- if it is drawn by someone who knows how use the tools, and what they are, rather...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-21-2015
Replies: 99
Views: 5,110
Posted By Roger Hicks
If it didn't matter, why would there be different...

If it didn't matter, why would there be different kinds of cameras? Pure consumerism? Hardly.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 11-21-2015
Replies: 170
Views: 6,404
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Stefan, Indeed, as England does. Also at...

Dear Stefan,

Indeed, as England does. Also at the Irish, Welsh, Manx and Cornish borders. Why do you think I said "England" and not "Britain"?

In fact, it's probably not all of England, but then...
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 11-20-2015
Replies: 170
Views: 6,404
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Colin, Yeah, but what do we know? We're...

Dear Colin,

Yeah, but what do we know? We're just human beings, not big-shot photographers who think we have the right to photograph everything because we have press cards. I used to have an NUJ...
Forum: RFF News 11-20-2015
Replies: 35
Views: 1,960
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Stephen, Well, gosh! Congratulations....

Dear Stephen,

Well, gosh! Congratulations. Couldn't have happened to a nicer person.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 11-20-2015
Replies: 170
Views: 6,404
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Lukitas, Great shot! Frances thinks so too....

Dear Lukitas,

Great shot! Frances thinks so too.

Bonne courage.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 11-20-2015
Replies: 170
Views: 6,404
Posted By Roger Hicks
For cultural and legal reasons, Paris is NOT...

For cultural and legal reasons, Paris is NOT typical of France. See Post 26: "Very occasionally a problem in Paris. But not, as a rule, in the civilized parts of Europe."

How long have you lived in...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-20-2015
Replies: 41
Views: 1,888
Posted By Roger Hicks
1,5/50 Sonnar-C Cheers, R.

1,5/50 Sonnar-C

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-20-2015
Replies: 99
Views: 5,110
Posted By Roger Hicks
Quite. Most good mechanics will use Snap-On,...

Quite. Most good mechanics will use Snap-On, Facom, Craftsman, old King Dick, etc., if they can possibly afford it. They're easier to use and will last longer. But a lot of photographers know nothing...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-20-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 1,192
Posted By Roger Hicks
There are pictures of several of our darkrooms...

There are pictures of several of our darkrooms over the years, and suggestions on outfitting them, in http://www.rogerandfrances.com/subscription/darkroom.html

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-20-2015
Replies: 99
Views: 5,110
Posted By Roger Hicks
Yes and no. Yes, in that you'll probably take...

Yes and no. Yes, in that you'll probably take more and better pictures with a camera you're happy using. No, in that different people are happy with different cameras. Zorkiis are OK, and a good...
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 11-20-2015
Replies: 170
Views: 6,404
Posted By Roger Hicks
Where? I've lived in France for the last 13...

Where?

I've lived in France for the last 13 years, and had visited often before that (or I'd not have moved here) and I have had just one confrontation in all that time, in Arles a few years ago....
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 11-19-2015
Replies: 170
Views: 6,404
Posted By Roger Hicks
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Highlight 1: Who...

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.

Highlight 1: Who gives a toss about regional media?

Highlight 2: Yes -- and I can blame your self-important "I work for an American newspaper" world-picture even...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-19-2015
Replies: 54
Views: 3,528
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Chris, That too. Cheers, R.

Dear Chris,

That too.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 11-19-2015
Replies: 170
Views: 6,404
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Peter, Though perhaps not to the...

Dear Peter,

Though perhaps not to the UK.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 11-19-2015
Replies: 170
Views: 6,404
Posted By Roger Hicks
I'm equally puzzled. Cheers, R.

I'm equally puzzled.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-19-2015
Replies: 54
Views: 3,528
Posted By Roger Hicks
To the OP: it commands the prices it does because...

To the OP: it commands the prices it does because it's still a pretty good camera.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: RFF Polls 11-19-2015
Replies: 174
Views: 21,672
Posted By Roger Hicks
You're absolutely right: it's not difficult, but...

You're absolutely right: it's not difficult, but equally, if you're too sloppy about it, your negatives will lack consistency. They'll still be printable in most cases, which I take to be your...
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 11-18-2015
Replies: 170
Views: 6,404
Posted By Roger Hicks
Thanks for the warning. I wonder why Andalucia...

Thanks for the warning. I wonder why Andalucia should be like that.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 11-18-2015
Replies: 170
Views: 6,404
Posted By Roger Hicks
Never had a problem in Catalunya. Or for that...

Never had a problem in Catalunya. Or for that matter in Euskal Herria. Or come to think of it Navarra.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 11-18-2015
Replies: 170
Views: 6,404
Posted By Roger Hicks
Ah, les Anglo-Saxons... Doesn't happen much...

Ah, les Anglo-Saxons...

Doesn't happen much outside the USA and the 51st state -- England.

Very occasionally a problem in Paris. But not, as a rule, in the civilized parts of Europe.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 11-18-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 772
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Frank, Same here. But I think that it can,...

Dear Frank,

Same here. But I think that it can, after an impact.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 11-18-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 772
Posted By Roger Hicks
Looks like separation or fungus (more like the...

Looks like separation or fungus (more like the latter, though it's hard to tell from the photo). I wouldn't touch it.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 11-18-2015
Replies: 53
Views: 2,578
Posted By Roger Hicks
It's 100% personal preference.The size...

It's 100% personal preference.The size difference, as already mentioned, is trivial.

I've owned Hasselblad (and other SLRs) and Rollei (and other TLRs), and I just don't like the handling of TLRs:...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-18-2015
Replies: 31
Views: 1,463
Posted By Roger Hicks
You might be VERY surprised at how much...

You might be VERY surprised at how much difference it can make. General ambient and reflected light makes far more difference than most people realize. I base this assertion on very extensive...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-18-2015
Replies: 31
Views: 1,463
Posted By Roger Hicks
What lens shade(s) were you using? Sorry if you...

What lens shade(s) were you using? Sorry if you said but I read what you wrote reasonably carefully and didn't see it.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-17-2015
Replies: 3
Views: 443
Posted By Roger Hicks
14088 AKA OZTNO cf...

14088 AKA OZTNO cf http://www.ebay.com/itm/Leitz-Leica-OZTNO-Soft-Shutter-Release-14088-Cable-Release-Adapter-to-M-Cameras-/201460381914?hash=item2ee7f978da:g:I7QAAOSw0HVWDvUq

I have one...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-17-2015
Replies: 25
Views: 1,147
Posted By Roger Hicks
Pentacon 6 is very good IF you are scrupulously...

Pentacon 6 is very good IF you are scrupulously careful about winding on (I have one I bought in Prague). So is KowaSIX, but if the latter breaks, it's probably a write-off -- which is why they're...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-16-2015
Replies: 34
Views: 918
Posted By Roger Hicks
You pay that much for chips? Cheers, R.

You pay that much for chips?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-16-2015
Replies: 29
Views: 1,221
Posted By Roger Hicks
Neither. You don't want to shake it like a...

Neither. You don't want to shake it like a cocktail shaker, but still less do you want to be slow. I normally do 4-5 inversions-plus-twists per agitation cycle.

All you want to do is to replace...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-16-2015
Replies: 34
Views: 918
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear David, True. But I (like you) remember when...

Dear David,

True. But I (like you) remember when they were new; and the Pentax SV was a much better camera then, too.

Of course a good Zenith is likely to be better than an awful Pentax; but a...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-16-2015
Replies: 34
Views: 918
Posted By Roger Hicks
Pentax SV, with a service. The nearest SLR I've...

Pentax SV, with a service. The nearest SLR I've ever encountered to a Leica in feel, smoothness, size... Lovely little cameras, a thousand times better than any Zenit I've ever owned. Unfortunately...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 11-16-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 499
Posted By Roger Hicks
Did you get the e-book? Cheers, R.

Did you get the e-book?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-16-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 874
Posted By Roger Hicks
That'll do it. But there used to be an...

That'll do it. But there used to be an advertisement for Solvol Autosol (probably the finest chrome polish on the market) that said, "Polish Spoken Here".

I really wouldn't wax my cameras, though....
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-16-2015
Replies: 78
Views: 2,697
Posted By Roger Hicks
Sure. Pentax to Nikon in about 1974, and...

Sure. Pentax to Nikon in about 1974, and Hasselblad 500-series to Mamiya RB in about 1985. Then Mamiya RB to "baby" Linhof later. Still using Nikons and Linhofs to this day. And Leicas since about...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 11-15-2015
Replies: 116
Views: 6,647
Posted By Roger Hicks
"Monkey wrench" isn't a brand name. It's an...

"Monkey wrench" isn't a brand name. It's an adjustable spanner made by innumerable manufacturers with varying degrees of (im)precision: a crude tool beloved of bodgers who don't have the right tools...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 11-15-2015
Replies: 116
Views: 6,647
Posted By Roger Hicks
An adjustable spanner (the English for "monkey...

An adjustable spanner (the English for "monkey wrench") is something a competent mechanic will normally use only when there is no alternative or when precision is not important. Not really a good...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-15-2015
Replies: 29
Views: 1,221
Posted By Roger Hicks
Not if you're doing it right. HOW will re-using...

Not if you're doing it right. HOW will re-using fixer get streaking or uneven processing? Or spots, unless your darkroom is filthy? Not re-using fixer is pure profligacy.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-15-2015
Replies: 29
Views: 1,221
Posted By Roger Hicks
Why waste fixer? Why is it "not a great idea"?...

Why waste fixer? Why is it "not a great idea"?

The point about developing in total darkness is a great idea, but not convenient for everyone.

And to the OP: not, it's not fixer or stop bath. It'd...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-15-2015
Replies: 29
Views: 1,221
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Thomas, Yes, that's a bar steward: trying...

Dear Thomas,

Yes, that's a bar steward: trying to be too slow and careful. Sounds even more like inadequate agitation. Swirl the tank before you lift it; invert; swirl at the end of the inversion....
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 11-15-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 499
Posted By Roger Hicks
PM me with your e-mail address and I'll send you...

PM me with your e-mail address and I'll send you an e-book on tripods: the full version of http://www.rogerandfrances.com/taster/Tripods%20Taster.pdf -- free to a fellow RFF member.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-15-2015
Replies: 29
Views: 1,221
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Thomas, Hard to tell without seeing it, but...

Dear Thomas,

Hard to tell without seeing it, but my suspicion is that it probably isn't bromide drag: more likely insufficiently random agitation. How were you agitating? Invert-and-twist always...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-15-2015
Replies: 104
Views: 4,081
Posted By Roger Hicks
MP. Or M2. Or Alpa 12WA. Or Linhof. Or Gandolfi....

MP. Or M2. Or Alpa 12WA. Or Linhof. Or Gandolfi. Or...

Wouldn't need to buy 'em. Still got 'em. Just don't use 'em as much.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-15-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 1,459
Posted By Roger Hicks
I've had several of both and I'd back the Zorkii...

I've had several of both and I'd back the Zorkii without hesitation. Personally I'd go for a Zorkii 4K (lever wind version of the 4) which is a LONG way from a Leica.

A lot depends, of course, on...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-15-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 500
Posted By Roger Hicks
I always jam the infinity lock with a bit of...

I always jam the infinity lock with a bit of toothpick and focus ALL lenses using the barrel, even 50s. Unless the camera is reasonably freshly lubricated that little circular saw of a focusing wheel...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-15-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 445
Posted By Roger Hicks
Crazy thing is, I HAD two and didn't notice they...

Crazy thing is, I HAD two and didn't notice they were different until I got both of them out from different drawers and had them side by side. Once they'd started making the Zorkii version (works on...
Forum: RFF Polls 11-14-2015
Replies: 174
Views: 21,672
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Bill, Yeah, but what do they know? They...

Dear Bill,

Yeah, but what do they know? They only make the stuff, and want people to get the best results.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: RFF Polls 11-14-2015
Replies: 174
Views: 21,672
Posted By Roger Hicks
My most recent post before this was over a year...

My most recent post before this was over a year ago. I don't know why this is now appearing as a "recent post" but I've seen the same problem before, with my own posts and others. There has to be...
Forum: Nikon RF 11-14-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 852
Posted By Roger Hicks
I'd back the CV on the grounds that it's newer:...

I'd back the CV on the grounds that it's newer: lubricant less dried out, less haze. If both are pristine and smooth I'd find it hard to believe that the Nikkor was better (I've never had one, but I...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-14-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 445
Posted By Roger Hicks
Yes. One is a mirror image of the other. Both...

Yes. One is a mirror image of the other. Both work with both cameras (focal length) but as far as I recall the "wrong" one restricts access to the shutter speed dial.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-14-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 1,707
Posted By Roger Hicks
Look for a second hand CPE-2 (the model I use):...

Look for a second hand CPE-2 (the model I use): typically anything from free (which is how I got my spare) to £200.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-14-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 1,707
Posted By Roger Hicks
Beautiful! And very true. Cheers, R.

Beautiful! And very true.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-14-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 1,707
Posted By Roger Hicks
Surprisingly easy, isn't it? Buy a Jobo processor...

Surprisingly easy, isn't it? Buy a Jobo processor and it's even easier.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 11-13-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 874
Posted By Roger Hicks
What to apply after Polish? Russian,...

What to apply after Polish?

Russian, Lithuanian, Belarusian or Ukranian.

Or of course German if you're going westward; Czech if you're going south-west; or Slovakian if you're going south.

After...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 11-13-2015
Replies: 330
Views: 16,588
Posted By Roger Hicks
People who buy Leicas aren't alienated. People...

People who buy Leicas aren't alienated.

People who don't, say they are. But as they don't buy them anyway...

Cheers,

R.
Forum: RFF News 11-12-2015
Replies: 40
Views: 2,629
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Fred, Seconded: VASTLY better. But it would...

Dear Fred,

Seconded: VASTLY better. But it would be still better to get rid of those awful clashing colours.

As for your second post, I'd rather have "amateurish" than "garish". Also, I wonder how...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 11-11-2015
Replies: 83
Views: 7,513
Posted By Roger Hicks
All the ones I've tried have been very good. I've...

All the ones I've tried have been very good. I've never felt any need to "upgrade" to later models because they wouldn't make me a better photographer, and there are several where I have other lenses...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 11-11-2015
Replies: 39
Views: 2,082
Posted By Roger Hicks
Oh dear. I fear I'd buy one. This may lead to a...

Oh dear. I fear I'd buy one. This may lead to a lot of perfectly good (well, at least no worse than average) Jupiter-8s being destroyed to be converted to key rings.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 11-11-2015
Replies: 330
Views: 16,588
Posted By Roger Hicks
Oh, you cynical fellow, you. Not wrong. Just...

Oh, you cynical fellow, you.

Not wrong. Just cynical. It also helps if people are too stupid to realize that if they didn't buy things like £110 key-chains, quite soon they'd have enough money to...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 11-11-2015
Replies: 330
Views: 16,588
Posted By Roger Hicks
And? 1 What has this to do with photography or...

And?

1 What has this to do with photography or photographers?

2 How would it alienate anyone who wanted to buy a Leica to take pictures, i.e. a photographer?

Sure, I think it's silly and in...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 11-11-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 1,235
Posted By Roger Hicks
I have quite a lot of his books, picked up over...

I have quite a lot of his books, picked up over the years from used book stores, which is why I was surprised there was so little about him on line. It appears however that he may have been a Nazi,...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 11-11-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 1,235
Posted By Roger Hicks
O.R. Croy

Many of us must own, or have read, books by O.R. (Otto Roman) Croy, 1902-1975, but there seems to be very little about him on the web. Can anyone point me to even a half-competent biography with more...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-11-2015
Replies: 29
Views: 1,045
Posted By Roger Hicks
Originally there was a "half load" of 18 frames,...

Originally there was a "half load" of 18 frames, arbitrarily increased (as a marketing gimmick) just before WW2. The 12-exposure "weekender" gained popularity in the 1960s, and in the 70s 20 went to...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-11-2015
Replies: 29
Views: 1,045
Posted By Roger Hicks
You may find the following...

You may find the following useful:

http://www.rogerandfrances.com/subscription/ps%20how%20load%20bulk.html (bulk...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 11-10-2015
Replies: 43
Views: 2,872
Posted By Roger Hicks
Precisely. How could it call itself an M-series?...

Precisely. How could it call itself an M-series? Though I suppose there are always the M1, MD, MDa...

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-10-2015
Replies: 29
Views: 1,932
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear John, Yes, you could have phrased it...

Dear John,

Yes, you could have phrased it better, but I must apologize for my somewhat snappish response. Its origin lies in arguing with those "Zonies" who maintain that films aren't "really" as...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-09-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 792
Posted By Roger Hicks
In theory, if you are going outside the EU and if...

In theory, if you are going outside the EU and if you haven't been in the EU too long, you should be able to. It's worth trying. Ask both the shipping company and the French customs.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-09-2015
Replies: 29
Views: 1,932
Posted By Roger Hicks
Highlight: Sorry, but that's complete nonsense....

Highlight: Sorry, but that's complete nonsense. Do you understand how ISO speeds are calculated? Read http://www.rogerandfrances.com/subscription/ps%20iso%20speeds.html and you might have a slightly...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 11-08-2015
Replies: 40
Views: 7,069
Posted By Roger Hicks
What do you think extra silver does? Cheers, R.

What do you think extra silver does?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-07-2015
Replies: 29
Views: 1,932
Posted By Roger Hicks
I'd sort of agree but would add: 1 Depending on...

I'd sort of agree but would add:

1 Depending on how you meter

3 No, I'd start with the manufacturer's recommendations for wet printing, and not drop to less than about 85% as a starting point...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 11-07-2015
Replies: 330
Views: 16,588
Posted By Roger Hicks
Quite. The least edifying posts in this thread...

Quite. The least edifying posts in this thread are from rich people expressing disgust about how even richer people spend their money.

The arrogance of their subtext is extraordinary: "I am a real...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-07-2015
Replies: 29
Views: 1,932
Posted By Roger Hicks
On my internet monitor (which is of abysmal...

On my internet monitor (which is of abysmal quality), the images appear simultaneously muddy and contrasty. This shouldn't happen, but sometimes it does. I had a similar problem with Acros when it...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 11-06-2015
Replies: 330
Views: 16,588
Posted By Roger Hicks
First para: Like you, I've used Leicas as part of...

First para: Like you, I've used Leicas as part of earning my living for a long time: around 40 years in my case. I'd say the exact opposite about "alienation", though. I'm delighted that Leica sells...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 11-06-2015
Replies: 39
Views: 2,271
Posted By Roger Hicks
Ah, well, I was the first of my generation -- all...

Ah, well, I was the first of my generation -- all my cousins, and my brother, are younger -- and my parents (23 and 22) were nervous about giving "the baby" tea or coffee. By the time I was old...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 11-05-2015
Replies: 39
Views: 2,271
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear John, I don't drink coffee... The rubric is...

Dear John,

I don't drink coffee... The rubric is a convenient lie.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 11-05-2015
Replies: 39
Views: 2,271
Posted By Roger Hicks
Yes, and more. Cheers, R.

Yes, and more.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 11-05-2015
Replies: 39
Views: 2,271
Posted By Roger Hicks
You were closer the first time, though your...

You were closer the first time, though your second response has an agreeably surreal circularity. Approach it this way instead. Start with the assumption that "If you could have only one [camera,...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 11-05-2015
Replies: 330
Views: 16,588
Posted By Roger Hicks
While I completely agree with your price...

While I completely agree with your price comparison arguments, I simply cannot understand the highlight. Against what or whom do these prices have to be defended?

As for "obscene", I'd say that...
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