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Forum: Cosina Voigtlander Bessa 2 Days Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 253
Posted By thegman
Hard to say, but I've had an R4A, ZI, and...

Hard to say, but I've had an R4A, ZI, and currently use a R3M, the range finders feel pretty much the same to me.
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 1 Week Ago
Replies: 91
Views: 2,409
Posted By thegman
I think that art is only art if somebody thinks...

I think that art is only art if somebody thinks it is, so it's sort of a meaningless term. I don't consider my photos to be art, they're really just photographs of places I've been. But if I thought...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 1 Week Ago
Replies: 130
Views: 4,846
Posted By thegman
Rollei 35 is excellent. I've never had a Minox...

Rollei 35 is excellent.

I've never had a Minox 35GL or the like, but they look they'd be fun to use.
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 1 Week Ago
Replies: 144
Views: 4,909
Posted By thegman
Yes, I agree, I think it's ridiculous to put...

Yes, I agree, I think it's ridiculous to put about anything that the art establishment (or indeed any 'establishment') as a point in an argument. Saying that the art establishment has declared the...
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 1 Week Ago
Replies: 144
Views: 4,909
Posted By thegman
Hi Shirley, I don't know anything about being an...

Hi Shirley,
I don't know anything about being an art critic, so I don't know if they consider the process in judging art. I do view art though, and I do indeed consider the process.

Take the Sistine...
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 1 Week Ago
Replies: 144
Views: 4,909
Posted By thegman
I could not agree more. I'd much rather listen to...

I could not agree more. I'd much rather listen to a viewpoint I disagree with, put forward thoughtfully, than I would listen to someone I agree with scream that a person is an idiot.

I think it's...
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 1 Week Ago
Replies: 144
Views: 4,909
Posted By thegman
Surely there are few things more ridiculous than...

Surely there are few things more ridiculous than the concept that a group of others can 'declare irrelevant' something as personal as art?

Anyway, I think this is one of those subjects where a...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 944
Posted By thegman
Not really for me, I'm more like to try a quick...

Not really for me, I'm more like to try a quick shot with an RF, as I can focus them them a lot faster than a SLR or TLR. Maybe the RF encourages me to just take photos and not worry too much about...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 631
Posted By thegman
The Pakon scanner is 3000x2000 pixels I think,...

The Pakon scanner is 3000x2000 pixels I think, enough for me, but may not be for you. If it is, then I think it's worth a look before selling the M7.

I've used a couple of adapted lenses, but never...
Forum: Travel 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 64
Views: 2,288
Posted By thegman
I used to load up on gear to take, these days I...

I used to load up on gear to take, these days I take 1, or perhaps 2 cameras. I much prefer the lack of stress of packing light. Some will stress over not having the right gear with them, some not....
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 24
Views: 800
Posted By thegman
No, even at the height of my GAS, I never...

No, even at the height of my GAS, I never duplicated focal lengths. My desire for fast lenses was short-lived, and I can't tell the difference in sharpness between a Summicron and a $50 Zuiko, so...
Forum: Photography General Interest 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 833
Posted By thegman
Yes and no. I used to be really interested in...

Yes and no. I used to be really interested in long exposure landscapes, but now I'm probably more interested in 'straight' photography, i.e. just capture what you can see as best you can.
Forum: Photography General Interest 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 599
Posted By thegman
Much higher numbers than I would have expected...

Much higher numbers than I would have expected there, 500k for Lomo is remarkable, 36k for Impossible is probably 100 times more than I would have guessed.

Rolleiflex numbers are good too, I never...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 54
Views: 2,511
Posted By thegman
Money no object, for an M, it would be M-A. I've...

Money no object, for an M, it would be M-A. I've had an MP, nice camera, so would like to try the M-A.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 59
Views: 2,160
Posted By thegman
Much as I'd love to participate in film/digital...

Much as I'd love to participate in film/digital argument, for the OP, I'd suggest the use of a flatbed scanner. I found, for my needs, that a Canoscan 9500f is more than good enough for medium...
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 446
Posted By thegman
I enjoyed your post, and I certainly think that a...

I enjoyed your post, and I certainly think that a print (or maybe a projected slide) is the best way to show a photograph. I've taken photos with my phone, they look nice on the phone, so I send them...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 40
Views: 3,118
Posted By thegman
macodirect.de has some short dated Acros 100 at...

macodirect.de has some short dated Acros 100 at 5.95 EUR, not so bad.
Forum: Micl Photo Acc / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 42
Views: 3,520
Posted By thegman
I like the idea of projecting slides, but I doubt...

I like the idea of projecting slides, but I doubt I'd go beyond it being an idea.
Forum: Photography General Interest 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 77
Views: 2,677
Posted By thegman
Fair enough, I don't use digital, but the R-D1 is...

Fair enough, I don't use digital, but the R-D1 is probably the only camera which tempts me. I think it's just that I like an underdog.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 779
Posted By thegman
All round favourite is probably Portra 400 or...

All round favourite is probably Portra 400 or Fuji 400H, good solid films which can take a bit of error in exposure.

Velvia is a total classic too, superb film.

For B&W I like the Ilford and Kodak...
Forum: Photography General Interest 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 77
Views: 2,677
Posted By thegman
If you were content with the 6MP of the R-D1, and...

If you were content with the 6MP of the R-D1, and you like them as cameras, I'd probably go down that route.

I went through many 35mm RFs and have now ended up back with the Bessa R3M, even after...
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 565
Posted By thegman
If he likes the V1, I'd go with the V1, they're...

If he likes the V1, I'd go with the V1, they're pretty cheap nowadays.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 1,555
Posted By thegman
Need? No. Want? Sure, they're lovely cameras. I...

Need? No.

Want? Sure, they're lovely cameras. I wouldn't be expecting any real change in image quality vs. the Yashica though.
Forum: Cosina Voigtlander Bessa 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 501
Posted By thegman
I have an R3M, great camera, I think a 40mm lens...

I have an R3M, great camera, I think a 40mm lens and a 35mm are similar enough to use the 40mm lines with a 35mm lens. Should be fine I think.
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 41
Views: 1,906
Posted By thegman
I own Apple products, but for me, they're not a...

I own Apple products, but for me, they're not a luxury brand in the same way Leica is, or perhaps Mont Blanc, or Omega. Firstly, Apple products, spec for spec, are actually not that expensive....
Forum: Other RF 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 890
Posted By thegman
I've had a Mamiya 7 before, can't say I liked the...

I've had a Mamiya 7 before, can't say I liked the build, although it is otherwise, a practically perfect camera. Also, non-collapsible lens makes it a bit bulky for me.
Forum: Other RF 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 890
Posted By thegman
Yes, it is, although no doubt I'll regret...

Yes, it is, although no doubt I'll regret whichever I buy!
Forum: Other RF 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 890
Posted By thegman
You may well be right, the GF670 was my first...

You may well be right, the GF670 was my first instinct, basically because it is beautiful. The battery is offputting, but yes, it is just a tiny little battery for dozens of rolls, and it's easy to...
Forum: Other RF 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 890
Posted By thegman
Thank you for the suggestions everyone, I'll be...

Thank you for the suggestions everyone, I'll be honest, I wouldn't say my "heart" is set on a Makina, but it does tick all the boxes. The only other camera that does is the GF670, except for the...
Forum: Other RF 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 890
Posted By thegman
I'm just trying to really simplify my camera set...

I'm just trying to really simplify my camera set up, no accessories I don't need, lightweight, easy to stuff into a bag etc.

Fuji looks nice, but maybe a little on the large side for...
Forum: Other RF 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 890
Posted By thegman
Almost set on a Plaubel Makina, what other cameras should I consider?

Hello,
I'm just about set on getting a Plaubel Makina 67, but before I go for it, I'd like to know my alternatives.

I'm after a 6x6 or 6x7 rangefinder, with a built in meter, I would like a manual...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 45
Views: 1,439
Posted By thegman
I used to shoot 120 and 4x5, but now only 35mm. I...

I used to shoot 120 and 4x5, but now only 35mm. I plan to return to 120 though.

All film types, colour negative, slide, B&W, even a little cross processing.
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 10-23-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,087
Posted By thegman
I'd consider a rental first, lot of money to...

I'd consider a rental first, lot of money to spend if you're not sure.
Forum: Film vs Digital 10-22-2014
Replies: 258
Views: 10,176
Posted By thegman
I suppose before smartphones had decent cameras,...

I suppose before smartphones had decent cameras, the digital camera market consisted of people that wanted to take photos. Now it's people who want to take photos, but their smartphone isn't good...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 10-20-2014
Replies: 35
Views: 1,088
Posted By thegman
I'd get one of the little waterproof Pentax ones,...

I'd get one of the little waterproof Pentax ones, let's them take pictures just about anywhere, beach, etc.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-19-2014
Replies: 211
Views: 11,483
Posted By thegman
Just ordered a Bessa R3M and a Planar 50mm, I'm...

Just ordered a Bessa R3M and a Planar 50mm, I'm getting rid of all cameras and bits which cannot just be stuffed in a bag. Basically, looking to simplify and make more convenient, all aspects of my...
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 10-18-2014
Replies: 46
Views: 1,729
Posted By thegman
I disagree at an elemental level, although I'm...

I disagree at an elemental level, although I'm not a philosopher or anything of the kind.

I like travel photography, nature, landscape, that sort of thing. The best nature photograph in the world...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-17-2014
Replies: 40
Views: 3,118
Posted By thegman
A new factory for Ilford is particularly...

A new factory for Ilford is particularly interesting, I might even hope that they'll consider a colour film.

Lomography is interesting too, as they have the marking power to get stuff into people's...
Forum: Leica Fixed Lens Compacts 10-12-2014
Replies: 99
Views: 4,573
Posted By thegman
Not for me, the clip on finder is off putting,...

Not for me, the clip on finder is off putting, and I'm not mad about EVFs anyway. For me the X-Pro 1 is far more my kind of thing.

As for the lens, I think every lens in production is more than good...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 10-12-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 601
Posted By thegman
I'd live in Hawai'i. My tastes in cameras is...

I'd live in Hawai'i.

My tastes in cameras is running cheaper all the time, which is nice.
Forum: Film vs Digital 10-09-2014
Replies: 52
Views: 1,768
Posted By thegman
Started off on digital, but moved to film. Then...

Started off on digital, but moved to film. Then tried digital again, but again returned to film. Digital would be so easy and convenient, but it just does not work out for me. It's so easy to prefer...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-06-2014
Replies: 158
Views: 10,046
Posted By thegman
I've pledged for 35mm and 120, I think it's a...

I've pledged for 35mm and 120, I think it's a very valuable project. Kodak and Fujifilm make superb products, but frankly I've got more faith in the smaller companies to make a difference in the long...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-02-2014
Replies: 158
Views: 10,046
Posted By thegman
Hillvale lab, in Melbourne, Australia. Great lab...

Hillvale lab, in Melbourne, Australia. Great lab for C41/scans, but no E6 unfortunately.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-02-2014
Replies: 158
Views: 10,046
Posted By thegman
May I ask why it's inconvenient? I find film much...

May I ask why it's inconvenient? I find film much more convenient these days that film stores and processing is all available online, pay with PayPal not cheque, scans in Dropbox not a CD.

Taking...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-29-2014
Replies: 79
Views: 2,183
Posted By thegman
Maybe something like a GF670, but smaller, and...

Maybe something like a GF670, but smaller, and perhaps a mechanical shutter. Really though, the GF670 / Bessa III is very close to perfect for my needs.
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 09-28-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 278
Posted By thegman
Sure, but a Rolex won't keep time as well as a...

Sure, but a Rolex won't keep time as well as a $10 Timex, Leica are not making cameras which can survive a beating, Nikon are, just different markets.
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 09-28-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 597
Posted By thegman
I don't really define photography as art at all,...

I don't really define photography as art at all, not because that I don't think it is, but because absolutely anything can be art if the maker considers it so, so really my views are inconsequential.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-26-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 815
Posted By thegman
No RFs that I know of, but Pentax MX is smaller...

No RFs that I know of, but Pentax MX is smaller than most RFs and pretty affordable.
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-26-2014
Replies: 52
Views: 1,659
Posted By thegman
I'm a range finder guy but don't actually own one...

I'm a range finder guy but don't actually own one at the moment.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-25-2014
Replies: 46
Views: 1,600
Posted By thegman
I don't think Leica thinks it's preferable for...

I don't think Leica thinks it's preferable for any other reason than ability to sell. I think they know that with their cameras, they're selling to quite particular people, who hate the idea of a...
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