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Forum: RFF Polls 10 Hours Ago
Replies: 140
Views: 5,413
Posted By Roger Hicks
Quite unlike Quebec, then? Or NYC? Or...

Quite unlike Quebec, then? Or NYC? Or LA...

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 1 Day Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 428
Posted By Roger Hicks
Just about everyone. I have no pictures of the...

Just about everyone.

I have no pictures of the girl I was madly in love with in 1967, thanks to a lost roll of Kodachrome, lost somewhere between Bermuda and New York, in one direction or the other,...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 3 Days Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 674
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Cal, You are without doubt right. But...

Dear Cal,

You are without doubt right. But paradoxically, all too many people won't buy what they they say (or even know) that they really want. Instead they buy what's cheap. They flit from camera...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 3 Days Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 674
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Cal, This is why I have never bothered with...

Dear Cal,

This is why I have never bothered with a CLA. Either have the camera repaired if it needs it (a good repairer will do a better job than a cheap CLA anyway) or have it rebuilt: strip, clean...
Forum: The Business Of Photography 3 Days Ago
Replies: 69
Views: 2,727
Posted By Roger Hicks
There's always some sh1t-work, even when you do...

There's always some sh1t-work, even when you do what you love. Ask the tax-man...

On balance, Frances and I do not complain too much.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 3 Days Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 809
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear David, Were not both available, according...

Dear David,

Were not both available, according to market? Or even special order? Like feet/metres? The UK and USA rejected the international standard 3/8 inch and insisted on 1/4 inch.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: The Business Of Photography 3 Days Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 1,569
Posted By Roger Hicks
It certainly looks that way, though all too often...

It certainly looks that way, though all too often it also looks as if the blind are leading the blind. Once you've mastered some pretty basic techniques -- the emphasis varies from subject to subject...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 3 Days Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 2,340
Posted By Roger Hicks
Naudet's review focuses only on the bad -- and...

Naudet's review focuses only on the bad -- and there was plenty of it, especially the Bureau des Lices, where Frances and I lasted under 15 minutes. But it was worth going for Madoz alone; there was...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 4 Days Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 2,340
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Tom, Wonderful as ever. Waiting to hear...

Dear Tom,

Wonderful as ever. Waiting to hear back from AP about an article on the subject. We had intended not to exhibit again, but probably will -- one more time! -- in the usual place, but in the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 4 Days Ago
Replies: 33
Views: 1,022
Posted By Roger Hicks
Same here. Cheers, R.

Same here.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 5 Days Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 1,832
Posted By Roger Hicks
Aaaargh! Thanks for the update. VERY valuable...

Aaaargh! Thanks for the update. VERY valuable information.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 6 Days Ago
Replies: 69
Views: 2,464
Posted By Roger Hicks
First, it's tiny and light. At f/5.6 and maybe...

First, it's tiny and light. At f/5.6 and maybe even f/4 it's indistinguishable from the contemporary Summicron: I had both at the same time. At f/2.8 and f/2 the Summicron is better. At f/1.4...

The...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 6 Days Ago
Replies: 69
Views: 2,464
Posted By Roger Hicks
No, much quicker and easier to write a short,...

No, much quicker and easier to write a short, snide, meaningless general complaint about someone who may have a faint idea of what they are talking about.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 6 Days Ago
Replies: 51
Views: 1,790
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear David, It must be that I'm misunderstanding...

Dear David,

It must be that I'm misunderstanding you. ALL Ms have parallax compensation.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 6 Days Ago
Replies: 69
Views: 2,464
Posted By Roger Hicks
"Technically" defined as...? My favourite 50 is...

"Technically" defined as...?

My favourite 50 is the f/1,5 C-Sonnar. My favourite 35 is the f/1,4 pre-aspheric Summilux. My favourite 75 is the f/2 Summicron.

What the hell does "technically" mean...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 6 Days Ago
Replies: 69
Views: 2,464
Posted By Roger Hicks
Seconded. Cheers, R.

Seconded.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 6 Days Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 569
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Tom, Nah, come on, the Mercury was clearer...

Dear Tom,

Nah, come on, the Mercury was clearer than that...

Not much, though.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Film vs Digital 6 Days Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 622
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear David, Your irony meter must have been...

Dear David,

Your irony meter must have been demagnetized. Re-read the sentence...

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Film vs Digital 6 Days Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 330
Posted By Roger Hicks
You can use absolutely anything for fashion,...

You can use absolutely anything for fashion, including 8x10 inch. Surely it's a question of the look you want: your personal vision. The Mamiya and X100S are so different that you're going to get...
Forum: 120 RF's 6 Days Ago
Replies: 83
Views: 1,996
Posted By Roger Hicks
Not really. Remember that these were the standard...

Not really. Remember that these were the standard US press camera in the 1940s or even 1950s. For more recent hand-held 4x5 shots see http://www.rogerandfrances.com/sgallery/g%20sepia%202.html

Not...
Forum: 120 RF's 1 Week Ago
Replies: 83
Views: 1,996
Posted By Roger Hicks
Forget movements on 4x5 cameras with 90mm or...

Forget movements on 4x5 cameras with 90mm or wider lenses and conventional pleated bellows. They bind (too compressed) and barely allow focusing.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Film vs Digital 1 Week Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 622
Posted By Roger Hicks
Only at full aperture with uncoated pre-war...

Only at full aperture with uncoated pre-war lenses. Modern coated lenses are well known to be at least twice as good, as are scratched Summars when stopped down to f/9. Though of course modern...
Forum: Film vs Digital 1 Week Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 622
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Paul, But there's a big difference between...

Dear Paul,

But there's a big difference between "most" and "all". After all, camera phones can do everything that most amateurs require: it's a question of what sort of amateur.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Film vs Digital 1 Week Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 622
Posted By Roger Hicks
Of course the gods in Solms and Wetzlar may allow...

Of course the gods in Solms and Wetzlar may allow slightly more...

But as you say, it's not a terribly meaningful question. There are too many variables; and at the edges of those variables, things...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 1 Week Ago
Replies: 59
Views: 2,073
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Tim, Admittedly I'm hypercritical, as I...

Dear Tim,

Admittedly I'm hypercritical, as I used to make the same sort of thing as your relative, again professionally, in the days of slide-tape and "teaching machines" (remember those?). I was...
Forum: 120 RF's 1 Week Ago
Replies: 83
Views: 1,996
Posted By Roger Hicks
Linked rear focusing track, a lot lighter and...

Linked rear focusing track, a lot lighter and cheaper than Linhof, better movements than Graflex... To be honest, having owned all three, I can't remember the precise details, just that I liked the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 1 Week Ago
Replies: 33
Views: 1,259
Posted By Roger Hicks
No, you can't. The difference between Vaseline on...

No, you can't. The difference between Vaseline on the lens, and under-corrected spherical aberration, is very great indeed -- as you would know if you had tried it. Also,a purpose-build soft-focus...
Forum: Fuji X Interchangeable Lens Cameras 1 Week Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 455
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Godfrey, Exactly. There is often a good...

Dear Godfrey,

Exactly. There is often a good reason why some things cost more than others.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 1 Week Ago
Replies: 59
Views: 2,073
Posted By Roger Hicks
Exactly. What I'm complaining about is the amount...

Exactly. What I'm complaining about is the amount of time I have to waste just to watch enough of a video to be sure that it's rubbish. As videos almost invariably are rubbish I now cut out the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 1 Week Ago
Replies: 33
Views: 1,259
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear David, Seconded. I'd go for an 85/2 Jupiter...

Dear David,

Seconded. I'd go for an 85/2 Jupiter over a 90/4 Elmar any day -- and I've had several of both.

Of course the ultimate answer is a Thambar 90/2.2 but alas "cheap" is not part of the...
Forum: 120 RF's 1 Week Ago
Replies: 83
Views: 1,996
Posted By Roger Hicks
(1) Almost certainly not. You'd need a much...

(1) Almost certainly not. You'd need a much longer cone and a lens in a focusing mount.

(2) Dunno but I suspect it's because the lenses are not 100% symmetrical and that you'd therefore need...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 1 Week Ago
Replies: 59
Views: 2,073
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Robin, Quite. One can glance politely at a...

Dear Robin,

Quite. One can glance politely at a still picture and then adroitly change the subject, but with a video, you're trapped by the bloody thing.

The same is true of 99% of instructional...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 1 Week Ago
Replies: 29
Views: 1,183
Posted By Roger Hicks
:angel: Lack of demand = high unit prices. What...

:angel:
Lack of demand = high unit prices.

What on earth does "legitimately needs" mean in this context?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: 120 RF's 1 Week Ago
Replies: 83
Views: 1,996
Posted By Roger Hicks
Difficulty (sharpness, vignetting, aberrations)...

Difficulty (sharpness, vignetting, aberrations) and therefore expense. But my wife Frances uses a 35mm Apo-Grandagon on her Alpa with 6x9 cm and can even get a tiny bit of rise. That's like a 15mm...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 1 Week Ago
Replies: 59
Views: 2,073
Posted By Roger Hicks
As well as taking still pictures, do we "have" to...

As well as taking still pictures, do we "have" to draw with pencil? With charcoal? Paint in oils?

Frame the question like that, and the answer is "of course not".

For me, video is about as relevant...
Forum: 120 RF's 1 Week Ago
Replies: 83
Views: 1,996
Posted By Roger Hicks
I'm sure you're right in all respects, but as you...

I'm sure you're right in all respects, but as you say of the RB/RZ, the WEIGHT!

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 1 Week Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 1,208
Posted By Roger Hicks
Highlight 1: But sharpness ALWAYS declines with...

Highlight 1: But sharpness ALWAYS declines with increasing exposure. It's just a question of how much loss of sharpness you can put up with -- a strong argument for larger formats than 35mm. From...
Forum: RFF Polls 1 Week Ago
Replies: 140
Views: 5,413
Posted By Roger Hicks
Very true. I hesitate to draw conclusions, at...

Very true. I hesitate to draw conclusions, at least so soon.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: RFF Polls 1 Week Ago
Replies: 140
Views: 5,413
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Randy, At 12 years here in Moncontour, this...

Dear Randy,

At 12 years here in Moncontour, this is the second-longest time I've lived continuously in one place (13 years in Bristol). But wouldn't you have guessed, before this poll, that the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 1 Week Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 1,207
Posted By Roger Hicks
That's my feeling too, but then, I buy and sell...

That's my feeling too, but then, I buy and sell almost nothing nowadays.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: RFF Polls 1 Week Ago
Replies: 140
Views: 5,413
Posted By Roger Hicks
Or, conversely, that there were so few North...

Or, conversely, that there were so few North Americans!

Cheers,

R.
Forum: 120 RF's 1 Week Ago
Replies: 83
Views: 1,996
Posted By Roger Hicks
Yes, but 90mm is hardly a wide-angle on roll-film...

Yes, but 90mm is hardly a wide-angle on roll-film unless you use a 6x12 back (serious money) and as far as I can see this is the only focal length choice. Chopping up a ratty Mamiya and using a...
Forum: 120 RF's 1 Week Ago
Replies: 83
Views: 1,996
Posted By Roger Hicks
Para 1: Ah, I now understand the origin of the...

Para 1: Ah, I now understand the origin of the misunderstanding. Yes, that'll do as an explanation.

Para 2: The only was you will get in sight of $200 US is if you build the camera yourself. The...
Forum: RFF Polls 1 Week Ago
Replies: 140
Views: 5,413
Posted By Roger Hicks
Well, there are the language differences in...

Well, there are the language differences in Europe, which are even greater than in the USA, but broadly, I think, kinda, y'know, like, well... You might be right. Know what I mean?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 1 Week Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 1,208
Posted By Roger Hicks
Not just Leicas! My old Pentaxes are a whole stop...

Not just Leicas! My old Pentaxes are a whole stop over. Leicas are seldom that bad.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: 120 RF's 1 Week Ago
Replies: 83
Views: 1,996
Posted By Roger Hicks
You are more than welcome! Even when you know...

You are more than welcome! Even when you know better, it is easy to be intimidated by nonsense when it is stated with sufficient confidence.

Cheers,

R
Forum: RFF Polls 1 Week Ago
Replies: 140
Views: 5,413
Posted By Roger Hicks
Spengler's Der Untergang des...

Spengler's Der Untergang des Abendlandes...?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: 120 RF's 1 Week Ago
Replies: 83
Views: 1,996
Posted By Roger Hicks
Alpa MF cameras are however quite expensive,...

Alpa MF cameras are however quite expensive, especially the shift version. And easily the best made of the lot, which is why they're quite expensive...

Cheers,

R.
Forum: 120 RF's 1 Week Ago
Replies: 83
Views: 1,996
Posted By Roger Hicks
You have been misinformed. Grievously. Both focal...

You have been misinformed. Grievously. Both focal length and aperture remain constant. Only coverage changes as a function of format. Thus my 38/4.5 has the equivalent coverage of 21mm on the 44x66mm...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 1 Week Ago
Replies: 65
Views: 1,692
Posted By Roger Hicks
Whew! Masochist! Lovely camera but... Cheers, R.

Whew! Masochist! Lovely camera but...

Cheers,

R.
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