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Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 01-09-2011
Replies: 6
Views: 2,592
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 Olympus Panasonic 12-21-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 2,679
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 Olympus Panasonic 12-21-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 2,679
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 Olympus Panasonic 12-08-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 2,679
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: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 08-11-2010
Replies: 18
Views: 2,259
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: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 08-11-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 921
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 35mm Cameras 11-27-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 556
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 35mm Cameras 11-27-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 556
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 35mm Cameras 11-27-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 556
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 35mm Cameras 11-27-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 556
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: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 11-03-2009
Replies: 0
Views: 836
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: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 03-17-2009
Replies: 24
Views: 1,107
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: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 03-01-2009
Replies: 32
Views: 1,777
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: 51
Views: 11,396
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: 1,202
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: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 02-28-2009
Replies: 410
Views: 43,187
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: 1,237
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: 3,557
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: 1,202
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: 2,947
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: 2,947
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: 2,947
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: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 01-31-2009
Replies: 4
Views: 1,139
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: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 01-06-2009
Replies: 4
Views: 1,139
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: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-17-2008
Replies: 91
Views: 6,310
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: 1,255
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: 1,255
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: 1,255
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: 1,255
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: 1,255
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: 1,255
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: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 08-15-2008
Replies: 21
Views: 1,884
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: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 08-06-2008
Replies: 10
Views: 855
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: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 08-05-2008
Replies: 10
Views: 855
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: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 08-03-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 1,436
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: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 08-03-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 1,436
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: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 08-03-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 1,436
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: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 08-03-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 1,436
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: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 08-02-2008
Replies: 1
Views: 771
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: 1,814
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: 1,272
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: 1,814
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: 1,814
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: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 06-28-2008
Replies: 794
Views: 113,655
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: 2,630
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: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 05-15-2008
Replies: 35
Views: 5,078
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: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 05-15-2008
Replies: 35
Views: 5,078
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: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 05-05-2008
Replies: 15
Views: 2,057
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: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 05-03-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 1,710
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: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 05-02-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 1,710
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...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 04-27-2008
Replies: 9
Views: 1,223
Posted By sonwolf
The answer to your question depends on which is a...

The answer to your question depends on which is a bigger problem: a $400 CV lens with noticeable vignetting or a $4000 Leica without? A happy medium between these extremes is the Zeiss 21mm 2.8 ZM....
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 04-10-2008
Replies: 5
Views: 898
Posted By sonwolf
Here is an easy to understand, detailed...

Here is an easy to understand, detailed explanation of the pro and cons of using sRGB and Adobe RGB.

sRGB vs Adobe RGB: The Truth: http://www.shootsmarter.com/content/view/151/
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 04-10-2008
Replies: 5
Views: 898
Posted By sonwolf
The first issue to understand regarding the...

The first issue to understand regarding the R-D1's color spaces is they have no effect on RAW images. Digital cameras have their own custom color spaces that neither matches sRGB or Adobe RGB. Camera...
Forum: Digital M Reported Problems - all Models 04-08-2008
Replies: 30
Views: 3,581
Posted By sonwolf
Symeon, The Bob Atkins website has a detailed...

Symeon,

The Bob Atkins website has a detailed explanation of depth of field and its relation to digital cameras. His excellent DOF calculator will give all the relevant information for an...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 04-02-2008
Replies: 35
Views: 2,161
Posted By sonwolf
Paul, thank you for posting the image’s ACR...

Paul, thank you for posting the image’s ACR settings. I see your correction uses the Exposure slider to entirely compensate for the exposure deficit, combined with very aggressive highlight control...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 03-29-2008
Replies: 35
Views: 2,161
Posted By sonwolf
Paul, I realize each image requires different...

Paul,

I realize each image requires different corrections, but how much exposure boost did you give this image? Did you apply significant noise reduction?

Your approach completely contradicts...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 03-29-2008
Replies: 35
Views: 2,161
Posted By sonwolf
Paul, What were the PS settings you applied to...

Paul,

What were the PS settings you applied to the under exposed image to produce the final result? I am especially interested if the majority of the correction happened in ACR or Photoshop.
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 03-27-2008
Replies: 35
Views: 2,161
Posted By sonwolf
The R-D1's ISO ratings are inflated. The image...

The R-D1's ISO ratings are inflated. The image sensor's light sensitivity does not equal its ISO setting. I have shot a Color Checker chart with my R-D1 and Canon DSLR with matching exposures and the...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 03-26-2008
Replies: 14
Views: 1,284
Posted By sonwolf
Though I would recommend RAW shooting, I do...

Though I would recommend RAW shooting, I do sometimes shoot JPEGs for quick turn around.

My first recommendation is to customize the film settings to your needs and forget about the included...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 03-09-2008
Replies: 13
Views: 904
Posted By sonwolf
Regarding the eyeglass issue, the current CV...

Regarding the eyeglass issue, the current CV metal 28mm finder works for those who wear glasses. I had no trouble seeing outside the framelines while wearing my spectacles.
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 03-09-2008
Replies: 13
Views: 904
Posted By sonwolf
Like PGMJ wrote, the framelines are conservative....

Like PGMJ wrote, the framelines are conservative. The 32mm angle of view would
probably stretch beyond the 35mm viewfinder's coverage. The 28mm viewfinder's
framelines are probably closer to 30mm so...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 03-07-2008
Replies: 13
Views: 904
Posted By sonwolf
I tried the Zeiss 21mm with the Voigtlander 28mm...

I tried the Zeiss 21mm with the Voigtlander 28mm metal viewfinder. The framelines were just slightly larger than the image, and seemed a good match for the lens.
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 03-07-2008
Replies: 13
Views: 904
Posted By sonwolf
Zeiss answered my question: Thanks for your...

Zeiss answered my question:

Thanks for your request and your interest in our products.
Yes, you can use the 25/28mm lens hood (Art.No. 1365-66) on the Biogon T* 2,8/21 ZM lens without any problems...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 03-05-2008
Replies: 25
Views: 1,207
Posted By sonwolf
I have converted R-D1 raw files with Epson Raw,...

I have converted R-D1 raw files with Epson Raw, Adobe Camera Raw CS3, Capture One 4, and Bibble. For my eyes, Capture One 4 displays the best color profile for the R-D1. I also like how the Film...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 03-02-2008
Replies: 13
Views: 904
Posted By sonwolf
My question was not meant to spark a debate...

My question was not meant to spark a debate regarding the relative merits of both 21mm Zeiss lenses. I am interested in the 2.8 version because of its moderate vignetting and low light...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 03-01-2008
Replies: 13
Views: 904
Posted By sonwolf
Question Zeiss 21mm Question

I am considering purchasing a Zeiss 21mm 2.8 ZM. Has any owners of this lens tried a different Zeiss or 3rd party lens hood than the designated one?

The recommended hood seems to provide little...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 02-11-2008
Replies: 26
Views: 1,005
Posted By sonwolf
Like most of the commentators on this thread, I...

Like most of the commentators on this thread, I have been very happy with this lens on my R-D1. The lower contrast works well with the camera's image sensor. To my eye, the bokeh is nice and smooth....
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 01-22-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 322
Posted By sonwolf
Basically, I have been using the same method. I...

Basically, I have been using the same method. I ask myself if I should bet the highlights or the shadows, depending on how prominent and important the highlights are in the image. I asked my original...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 01-20-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 322
Posted By sonwolf
Question Indecisive Meter

While shooting in manual mode, the R-D1's light meter commonly suggests two different shutter speeds for the same aperture setting, depending on which direction the aperture ring is being turned....
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 01-11-2008
Replies: 17
Views: 755
Posted By sonwolf
Lenses produce greater vignetting on an R-D1 than...

Lenses produce greater vignetting on an R-D1 than an M8. The Leica possesses both complex optical and software systems to minimize vignetting, which are totally absent from the Epson.
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 01-10-2008
Replies: 114
Views: 99,870
Posted By sonwolf
Very nice chart but most Sunny 16 philosophers...

Very nice chart but most Sunny 16 philosophers peg open shade at EV 12 (+3.0) not EV 11 (+4.0). How do you judge open shade?
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 01-10-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 432
Posted By sonwolf
I use the Megaperls for my 75mm lens, it is not...

I use the Megaperls for my 75mm lens, it is not generally needed for a 50mm. That being said, the magnifier would probably increase the accuracy of focus when shooting below f/2.
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 01-05-2008
Replies: 69
Views: 4,953
Posted By sonwolf
A new digital rangefinder might depend on the...

A new digital rangefinder might depend on the economic viability of film rangefinders. If Cosina and Zeiss saw their film cameras rapidly loosing sales, they might for economic necessity create a...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-01-2008
Replies: 92
Views: 5,795
Posted By sonwolf
The M8 generated some additional interest in...

The M8 generated some additional interest in rangefinder photography by making it a topical subject. For example, The New Yorker Leica profile was clearly motivated by the introduction of the M8. At...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 12-31-2007
Replies: 13
Views: 773
Posted By sonwolf
The magnifier is not required for the 75mm lens...

The magnifier is not required for the 75mm lens but it can certainly increase the likelihood of focus accuracy. I do not own a 90mm but the general consensus on RFF is a magnifier is strongly...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 12-30-2007
Replies: 13
Views: 773
Posted By sonwolf
Making a decision regarding the 35mm vs. 40mm...

Making a decision regarding the 35mm vs. 40mm conundrum depends on which features and qualities are most important to you. I would first take your R-D1 out into the world and look at the 35mm frame...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 12-27-2007
Replies: 3
Views: 675
Posted By sonwolf
The R-D1's conservative frame lines work in your...

The R-D1's conservative frame lines work in your favor with a 75mm lens. When the 50mm frameline setting is used, the edge of the 75mm frame only lies a short distance inside the frameline. Rich...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 12-22-2007
Replies: 7
Views: 836
Posted By sonwolf
Steve calibrated my rangefinder, great to hear he...

Steve calibrated my rangefinder, great to hear he can also keep the shutter working.

Judging by the responses, I should still keep the R-D1 my secondary camera when shooting 1000+ images in a week.
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 12-19-2007
Replies: 7
Views: 836
Posted By sonwolf
R-D1 Shutter Longevity?

Has anyone had a problem with the R-D1 shutter after long and heavy use? Someone who has shot 50,000-100,000 exposures on the camera. I mostly use a Canon DSLR in my work and currently only use the...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 11-25-2007
Replies: 6
Views: 950
Posted By sonwolf
The 50mm Nokton is one of the best Voigtlander...

The 50mm Nokton is one of the best Voigtlander lenses. At its optimum apertures (f/2.8-4.0), the resulting image is luminously beautiful with great detail. The only negative I have experienced is an...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 11-23-2007
Replies: 18
Views: 1,990
Posted By sonwolf
Not as upscale as the Billinghams, the Tamrac...

Not as upscale as the Billinghams, the Tamrac Explorer 1 & 2 bags are perfectly proportioned for the R-D1 and its lenses. Though quite small in size, the Explorer 1 has an enough compartments for an...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 11-15-2007
Replies: 8
Views: 1,354
Posted By sonwolf
Where are the Industar lenses available for sale?...

Where are the Industar lenses available for sale?

I live in the United States.
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 11-06-2007
Replies: 32
Views: 1,917
Posted By sonwolf
Though the 21mm Biogon is optically a great lens,...

Though the 21mm Biogon is optically a great lens, it has several disadvantages as a primary lens on the R-D1. The field of view is so much wider than the R-D1's framelines; you will have to purchase...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 11-05-2007
Replies: 32
Views: 1,917
Posted By sonwolf
Assuming Leica and Zeiss are out of the question,...

Assuming Leica and Zeiss are out of the question, I would choose the CV 28mm 1.9 Ultron. The lens matches the widest frame line on the R-D1 and performs optically well on the camera, without...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 11-04-2007
Replies: 108
Views: 16,870
Posted By sonwolf
I have a question regarding the Ultron vs. Biogon...

I have a question regarding the Ultron vs. Biogon standoff on this thread:

Would anyone suggest that a Voigtlander lens would be optically superior to a Zeiss at the equivalent focal length?

I...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 11-03-2007
Replies: 14
Views: 1,093
Posted By sonwolf
I have converted R-D1 raw images using Epson...

I have converted R-D1 raw images using Epson PhotoRAW, Adobe Camera Raw CS3, Bibble, Capture One 3.7 LE and Capture One 4 Beta. For me, the best results with the least amount of intervention has been...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 10-30-2007
Replies: 108
Views: 16,870
Posted By sonwolf
The Ultron has served me well and nicely...

The Ultron has served me well and nicely compliments the R-D1's image sensor. In terms of image quality, the 28 Ultron is near the top of the entire CV lens line. In low light situations, having an...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 10-18-2007
Replies: 6
Views: 665
Posted By sonwolf
I agree with John, setting noise reduction to...

I agree with John, setting noise reduction to zero yields the best result. If I want to reduce noise in an image, I use Noise Ninja. The final version of C1 4 will probably have a settable noise...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 10-18-2007
Replies: 25
Views: 1,446
Posted By sonwolf
Every camera possesses strengths and weaknesses,...

Every camera possesses strengths and weaknesses, choosing a particular model always involve compromises and limitations. I own both a R-D1 and a Canon DSLR. The R-D1 is better for some tasks, while...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 10-15-2007
Replies: 6
Views: 665
Posted By sonwolf
Anyone Else Using Capture1 Beta?

I have been using Capture1 4.0 Beta to convert my raw R-D1 images and have been impressed with the results. I really like the color profile C1 has created for the R-D1. Unfortunately, the program is...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 10-15-2007
Replies: 21
Views: 946
Posted By sonwolf
I use both the CV 50mm 1.5 Nokton and CV 75mm 2.5...

I use both the CV 50mm 1.5 Nokton and CV 75mm 2.5 Heliar for portraits. Both lenses have positives and negatives for portrait work.

The Nokton's 77mm field of view works nicely for shoulder length...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 10-10-2007
Replies: 8
Views: 843
Posted By sonwolf
Steve adjusted my R-D1 and did an excellent job....

Steve adjusted my R-D1 and did an excellent job. I highly recommend him.
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 10-06-2007
Replies: 16
Views: 983
Posted By sonwolf
Definitely read both of Sean Reid's R-D1 lens...

Definitely read both of Sean Reid's R-D1 lens review articles:...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 10-04-2007
Replies: 2
Views: 544
Posted By sonwolf
John, I can see your logic regarding Epson's use...

John, I can see your logic regarding Epson's use of "linear" for the traditional histogram, though this approach is the polar opposite of what linear usually means.

The images I have examined using...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 10-03-2007
Replies: 2
Views: 544
Posted By sonwolf
PhotoRAW Histograms

I do not understand the two histograms in PhotoRAW. The Linear Histogram is the typical image representation used by other raw converters. This histogram is definitely a non-linear representation of...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 09-04-2007
Replies: 4
Views: 612
Posted By sonwolf
35mm Ultron Lens Hood?

The lens hood included with the 35mm Ultron provides inadequate light protection for the lens. Has anyone found an alternative hood that fits this lens? Voigtlander does not make an accessory hood...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 09-03-2007
Replies: 7
Views: 921
Posted By sonwolf
Definitely do a lens exchange. A good copy of the...

Definitely do a lens exchange. A good copy of the 28 Ultron is really a beautiful match for the R-D1. Considering that the 28/35 Ultrons have been discontinued, now is the time to buy these lenses...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 09-03-2007
Replies: 7
Views: 921
Posted By sonwolf
I do not have this problem with my 28mm Ultron....

I do not have this problem with my 28mm Ultron. You need to shoot a controlled focus test before declaring the lens defective. Lock the camera down on a tripod and focus on a flat surface with sharp,...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 08-28-2007
Replies: 11
Views: 798
Posted By sonwolf
I agree the R-D1's meter is aggressively oriented...

I agree the R-D1's meter is aggressively oriented towards underexposure to protect highlights. I have done grey card tests on my camera comparing the camera's meter to handheld incident and spot...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 08-23-2007
Replies: 17
Views: 845
Posted By sonwolf
Another excellent option for Epson raw files is...

Another excellent option for Epson raw files is Capture One combined with the JFI B&W Profiles. Sean Reid highly recommends this approach on his review website. The JFI profile sets are inexpensive...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 08-10-2007
Replies: 10
Views: 1,058
Posted By sonwolf
Voigtlander Lenses

The first lens I would purchase is the Voigtlander 28mm 1.9 Ultron. This focal length (43mm) is the most universally flexible on the camera and the fast speed allows low light shooting. I use this...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 08-05-2007
Replies: 0
Views: 498
Posted By sonwolf
Rangefinder Alignment in LA

If you live in the Los Angeles area and need your R-D1 rangefinder aligned, I highly recommend Steve's Camera in Culver City. My R-D1 came from the factory out of alignment. Following the advice from...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 08-05-2007
Replies: 4
Views: 827
Posted By sonwolf
Megaperls Magnifier

After the excellent advice from this forum, I purchased the Megaperls Magnifier for my camera. Works great for focusing a 75mm lens without overly restricting the field of view in the viewfinder.
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 08-05-2007
Replies: 12
Views: 992
Posted By sonwolf
Smile Tamrac Explorer

The perfect solution for the R-D1 + 3 lenses bag conundrum is the Tamrac Explorer 1. I looked at dozens of bags before I found this one. The bag is very small but contains three separate compartments...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 06-09-2007
Replies: 7
Views: 904
Posted By sonwolf
Zeiss Price

At $887, the Zeiss 21mm 2.8 is tempting, though you have to add another $65 for the lens shade, considering the CV 21mm includes a shade in its price. Unless another company makes a cheaper lens...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 06-09-2007
Replies: 7
Views: 904
Posted By sonwolf
Zeiss Price Cut?

I thought the Zeiss 21mm 2.8 was more than double the price of a Voigtlander 21mm P 4.0. Will the price significantly change on this lens?
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 06-08-2007
Replies: 7
Views: 904
Posted By sonwolf
New Voigtlander 21mm P

Multiple posters on Rangefinder Forum have suggested the new Voigtlander 21mm P is in form and optics the same lens as the old 21mm Skopar, though with better ergonomics.

My question is what is...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 06-08-2007
Replies: 4
Views: 827
Posted By sonwolf
Actually, I do own a Nikon FE and a magnifier...

Actually, I do own a Nikon FE and a magnifier could be handy.

Thank you for the idea. I will report back, when I have a response from Megaperls.
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 06-08-2007
Replies: 4
Views: 827
Posted By sonwolf
Heliar 75: I Need Advice

I am interested in a Heliar 75mm for my R-D1. My first question regards purchasing a magnifier in the US. There seems to be general agreement that the Megaperls 1.35 magnifier is very helpful....
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 05-11-2007
Replies: 54
Views: 3,431
Posted By sonwolf
I have two copies of the Ultralast UL-NP80 and...

I have two copies of the Ultralast UL-NP80 and both work as well as the original Epson battery. If you are going to purchase this battery, make sure you are buying the version with the 1650mah rating.
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