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Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras 01-09-2011
Replies: 6
Views: 2,320
Posted By sonwolf
Olympus 14-42mm Lens Hood

Has anyone found a lens hood (preferably metal) for the Olympus 14-42mm kit lens that does not vignette at 14mm?
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras 12-21-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 2,415
Posted By sonwolf
An excellent example of what a CV M mount lens...

An excellent example of what a CV M mount lens can deliver on a M 4/3 camera. Thanks for sharing the image.
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras 12-21-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 2,415
Posted By sonwolf
I do have a concern regarding the corner...

I do have a concern regarding the corner performance of M mount lenses on the E-PL1, but the disadvantages of using EF lenses are so numerous, everyone has convinced me M lenses are still the best...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras 12-08-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 2,415
Posted By sonwolf
M or EF Lenses on Micro 4/3?

Do Leica M or Canon EF mount lenses image better on a Micro 4/3 camera? Especially in the outer and corner areas of the frame. I own a couple native Micro 4/3 lenses but sometimes I need a wide...
Forum: Digital Epson R-D1 Digital RF 08-11-2010
Replies: 18
Views: 2,008
Posted By sonwolf
25m does not equal infinity on the CV 50mm 1.5....

25m does not equal infinity on the CV 50mm 1.5. Even with the f/8 depth of field, the image will lose sharpness, especially in a pixel peeping test like this. From my experience, the 50mm Nokton lens...
Forum: Digital Epson R-D1 Digital RF 08-11-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 833
Posted By sonwolf
This R-D1 sensor cleaning information was posted...

This R-D1 sensor cleaning information was posted here several years ago. I follow it when cleaning my camera.

"There's nothing in the manual, but there is a technical note about sensor cleaning on...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 11-27-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 478
Posted By sonwolf
The Olympus Stylus/Super Zoom cameras and most of...

The Olympus Stylus/Super Zoom cameras and most of the Kodak models have in camera panorama. Judging by the reviews, none of these cameras are an obvious best choice. I am open to any suggestions.
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 11-27-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 478
Posted By sonwolf
The one advantage I have is my pans are only...

The one advantage I have is my pans are only about 100-120 degrees. The camera's panorama software will only need to process a moderate amount of camera rotation. Hopefully, this will be a reasonable...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 11-27-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 478
Posted By sonwolf
I use Photoshop's Photomerge on a regular basis....

I use Photoshop's Photomerge on a regular basis. The amount of time to completely process is greater than just stitching. Taking into account loading the images into photo merge, stitching the...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 11-27-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 478
Posted By sonwolf
Panorama

I need a digital camera that possesses a panorama mode which stitches the pans in camera. Ideally, I am looking for the highest image quality and least distortion in the pans. Currently, I either use...
Forum: Digital Epson R-D1 Digital RF 11-03-2009
Replies: 0
Views: 659
Posted By sonwolf
R-D1 & Leica D-Lux 4 Viewfinder

After purchasing a D-Lux 4, I contacted Leica for technical specs on the 24mm accessory viewfinder made for the camera. To my surprise, Leica responded that the D-Lux 4 viewfinder not only has 24mm...
Forum: Digital Epson R-D1 Digital RF 03-17-2009
Replies: 24
Views: 957
Posted By sonwolf
Using lenses longer than 50mm on the R-D1 can...

Using lenses longer than 50mm on the R-D1 can create focus problems, if your camera can focus normal and wide angles lenses, consider the following before assuming the lens is the problem:

- The...
Forum: Digital Epson R-D1 Digital RF 03-01-2009
Replies: 32
Views: 1,529
Posted By sonwolf
There are three questions you should consider...

There are three questions you should consider before purchasing a lens for the R-D1:

1. What are you favorite focal lengths on a 35mm camera? You will need a lens of approximately 1/3 shorter focal...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-01-2009
Replies: 41
Views: 8,964
Posted By sonwolf
HCB purchased his first Leica in Marseilles in...

HCB purchased his first Leica in Marseilles in 1932. The earlier photos were all shot with a different camera. For example, the photos from his African trip in 1931 were shot with a Krauss miniature...
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 02-28-2009
Replies: 3
Views: 978
Posted By sonwolf
Don't feel bad if you ordered the current Steidl...

Don't feel bad if you ordered the current Steidl version of The Americans. The printing in the Steidl is noticeably superior to Looking In. You do get a reprinting of the first edition of The...
Forum: Digital Epson R-D1 Digital RF 02-28-2009
Replies: 414
Views: 37,998
Posted By sonwolf
My two questions about the RD-1x: Is the...

My two questions about the RD-1x:

Is the rangefinder properly aligned? (I had to take my brand new R-D1 to Steve for alignment, which is crazy for a new camera).

Will the glue hold the camera...
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 02-14-2009
Replies: 4
Views: 1,032
Posted By sonwolf
If you are looking for an overview of...

If you are looking for an overview of Cartier-Bresson's photos, Henri Cartier-Bresson: Photographer is superior to The Man, The Image and The World. The photos are large and excellently reproduced...
Forum: Optics Theory - 02-08-2009
Replies: 42
Views: 2,993
Posted By sonwolf
In addition to focal length and aperture, depth...

In addition to focal length and aperture, depth of field is also dependent on image magnification. As print size increases, relative to the original frame of film or digital sensor, depth of field...
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 02-07-2009
Replies: 3
Views: 978
Posted By sonwolf
Looking In: Robert Frank

Looking In (Expanded Edition), the catalog from the National Gallery's show about Robert Frank's The Americans arrived today. This book is a 500 hundred page monster that weighs practically as much...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-04-2009
Replies: 36
Views: 2,223
Posted By sonwolf
If you practice the "Shoot From the Hip"...

If you practice the "Shoot From the Hip" technique, at what height do you like to hold the camera, relative to your body?

Additionally, do you favor holding the camera in front or to the side of...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-02-2009
Replies: 36
Views: 2,223
Posted By sonwolf
Sounds like I should use my 21mm on the R-D1,...

Sounds like I should use my 21mm on the R-D1, that would give me the equivalent of 32mm on a 35 camera. I am interested in seeing if I can get this technique to work.

I read an interesting story...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-01-2009
Replies: 36
Views: 2,223
Posted By sonwolf
Shoot From The Hip

I looking for advice on how to master the "shoot from the hip" technique. I have no experience in this approach and have only read Bob Krist's article in Outdoor Photographer on this...
Forum: Digital Epson R-D1 Digital RF 01-31-2009
Replies: 4
Views: 1,025
Posted By sonwolf
Adobe only produced Beta 1 & 2 Standard Profiles...

Adobe only produced Beta 1 & 2 Standard Profiles for the R-D1, unlike the Canon cameras that received multiple profiles.

The beta profiles corrected so many of the color issues I found objectionable...
Forum: Digital Epson R-D1 Digital RF 01-06-2009
Replies: 4
Views: 1,025
Posted By sonwolf
Improved ACR Color Profile for R-D1

If you are using Photoshop CS3/ACR 4 for R-D1 raw images, you should definitely download and install the Adobe Labs Beta 2 camera profiles. To my eyes, the B2 profile improves the color in R-D1 raw...
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 12-17-2008
Replies: 91
Views: 5,307
Posted By sonwolf
"New images surround us everywhere. They are...

"New images surround us everywhere. They are invisible only because of sterile routine, convention, and fear"
--Lisette Model

"Photography's technicalities are the eternal refuge of the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-08-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 1,085
Posted By sonwolf
Very strange, maybe my hotel is blocking...

Very strange, maybe my hotel is blocking seconds2real. I cannot connect to it at any hour of the day. I will try again when I am on another network.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-06-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 1,085
Posted By sonwolf
I just tried www.seconds2real.com...

I just tried www.seconds2real.com (http://www.seconds2real.com) again, using both Firefox and IE, and the website did not respond. Am I the only person having difficulty reaching this website?
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-06-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 1,085
Posted By sonwolf
Yes, this is the website lost in my memory....

Yes, this is the website lost in my memory. Unfortunately, Seconds2Real is not working at the moment. :(
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-06-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 1,085
Posted By sonwolf
Another excellent website but again not the one...

Another excellent website but again not the one my memory misplaced.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-06-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 1,085
Posted By sonwolf
A good website but not the one I forgot, which...

A good website but not the one I forgot, which had many videos and more information than 2point8.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-06-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 1,085
Posted By sonwolf
Question Street Photography Website?

In the past, a RFF member posted a link to a street photography website, possessing a large video archive of famous photographers (HCB, Gilden, etc) and excellent information on the subject. I lost...
Forum: Digital Epson R-D1 Digital RF 08-15-2008
Replies: 21
Views: 1,460
Posted By sonwolf
To my eyes, the contemporary raw converters which...

To my eyes, the contemporary raw converters which do the best default job on R-D1 files are Capture One 4 and Silky Pix. They both provide a more modern interface than Epson PhotoRAW and excellent...
Forum: Cosina Voigtlander Bessa 08-06-2008
Replies: 10
Views: 793
Posted By sonwolf
I am not the first person to note the "smearing"...

I am not the first person to note the "smearing" effect on Hoya HMC's. This smearing is a visible streaking in the filter coatings, it looks different than oil residue on the filter. You can only see...
Forum: Cosina Voigtlander Bessa 08-05-2008
Replies: 10
Views: 793
Posted By sonwolf
Cleaning Voigtlander Lenses

Do CV lens surfaces withstand a gentle cleaning with a LensPen, micro cloth,
or other method without smearing the lens coatings or damaging the surfaces?
Anyone who has tried to clean a Hoya HMC...
Forum: Cosina Voigtlander Bessa 08-03-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 1,287
Posted By sonwolf
There is no charge for joining ShootSmarter, you...

There is no charge for joining ShootSmarter, you just have to register. The website is definitely worth a look.
The information on controlling TTL flash is alone worth the registration hassle.
Forum: Cosina Voigtlander Bessa 08-03-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 1,287
Posted By sonwolf
If you believe filters have no effect on image...

If you believe filters have no effect on image quality, take a look at the test ShootSmarter conducted:

http://www.shootsmarter.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=167&acat=16
Forum: Cosina Voigtlander Bessa 08-03-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 1,287
Posted By sonwolf
With a filter mounted on the Ultrons, the lenses...

With a filter mounted on the Ultrons, the lenses display more obvious flare. I realize the filter is not causing the flare but it does seem to accentuate the effect. A few times when flare,...
Forum: Cosina Voigtlander Bessa 08-03-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 1,287
Posted By sonwolf
A Question for Naked Voigtlander Owners

Are Voigtlander lens coatings tough enough to handle a LensPen cleaning without marring the surface?

The Voigtlander lenses, especially the Ultrons, perform noticeably better without a filter. My...
Forum: Digital Epson R-D1 Digital RF 08-02-2008
Replies: 1
Views: 681
Posted By sonwolf
R-D1 Beta Camera Profile

Has anyone tried the new Adobe beta R-D1 profile, for Camera Raw 4.5 & Lightroom 2, and is it a noticeable improvement over the old profile?

Currently, I use Capture One 4 for my raw images but...
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 08-01-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 1,544
Posted By sonwolf
Has anyone read Nitsa's book "No Rules street...

Has anyone read Nitsa's book "No Rules street photography"?

http://www.amazon.com/No-Rules-street-photography-Nitsa/dp/1411610962/

http://www.lulu.com/content/326410
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 07-30-2008
Replies: 8
Views: 1,068
Posted By sonwolf
"Small World" is my favorite Martin Parr title. A...

"Small World" is my favorite Martin Parr title. A second edition was published last year so it should be easy to locate.
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 07-29-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 1,544
Posted By sonwolf
Thank you for providing the excellent links on...

Thank you for providing the excellent links on "Street" photography.

Considering how many technical titles exist on landscape and portrait photography, I find strange no one has ever published a...
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 07-29-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 1,544
Posted By sonwolf
Street Photography Book

Does an insightful book on street photography technique exist? I have read "Bystander" for the historical perspective. Now I am looking for a technically oriented book.
Forum: Cosina Voigtlander Bessa 06-28-2008
Replies: 761
Views: 79,983
Posted By sonwolf
I would like to see: 1. Better flare resistance...

I would like to see:

1. Better flare resistance in Voigtlander lenses, comparable to the Zeiss ZM lenses.

2. An f/2.8 ultra-wide lens that does not cost $4000.

3. Lenses with barrel focusing,...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-16-2008
Replies: 28
Views: 2,257
Posted By sonwolf
Definitely take a wide angle, at least a 28 or...

Definitely take a wide angle, at least a 28 or wider, if you want the big architectural magazine views. I do not remember which lens I used, when I took the tours many years ago. I do remember being...
Forum: Digital Epson R-D1 Digital RF 05-15-2008
Replies: 35
Views: 4,359
Posted By sonwolf
I agree using the Tungsten White Balance setting...

I agree using the Tungsten White Balance setting in a low color temperature environment is the best option, even if you are shooting Raw. This provides better histogram accuracy.

The color problems,...
Forum: Digital Epson R-D1 Digital RF 05-15-2008
Replies: 35
Views: 4,359
Posted By sonwolf
If you can afford the new price, I would probably...

If you can afford the new price, I would probably choose that option. Just be prepared for even the new unit to have problems. I purchased a new R-D1 and straight out of the box the rangefinder was...
Forum: Digital Epson R-D1 Digital RF 05-05-2008
Replies: 15
Views: 1,823
Posted By sonwolf
Is this the mounting tape Rich Cutler...

Is this the mounting tape Rich Cutler mentioned?
Has anyone tried it?

Scotch® Clear Mounting Tape 4010, 1 in x 60 in This virtually invisible, professional-quality tape is designed for...
Forum: Digital Epson R-D1 Digital RF 05-03-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 1,394
Posted By sonwolf
Nick, I am already choosing the Epson RAW format...

Nick,

I am already choosing the Epson RAW format with no luck.

Are you using CS3 and in which folder did you install the plug-in?
Forum: Digital Epson R-D1 Digital RF 05-02-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 1,394
Posted By sonwolf
Need Help with Epson Raw Plug-in & CS3

I installed the Epson Raw Plug-In into CS3 but the ERF files always open in Camera Raw. I used the 1.21 version of the plug-in from Rich Cutler's site and have tried it in the following folder...
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