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Forum: RFF News 4 Days Ago
Replies: 207
Views: 7,144
Posted By Roger Hicks
Not very wrong. If you want an obsolescent...

Not very wrong. If you want an obsolescent crop-sensor low-megapixel RF which may or may not be reparable, of course you can buy an Epson. The big question is why you might want to. Yes, it's very...
Forum: The Business Of Photography 5 Days Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 854
Posted By Roger Hicks
Be fair. Not all (American) lawyers are...

Be fair.

Not all (American) lawyers are predatory arseholes (not least because they can't spell arse). It's just the rogue 90% that get the other 10% a bad name.

God bless and keep Gary Fong....
Forum: RFF News 6 Days Ago
Replies: 207
Views: 7,144
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear John, From the way you keep posting your...

Dear John,

From the way you keep posting your views about Leicas, it does look a bit that way. As you say, it's just not that important.

Are Leicas perfect? No. Are they the only digital RFs...
Forum: RFF News 1 Week Ago
Replies: 207
Views: 7,144
Posted By Roger Hicks
If you don't know, we can't tell you. It's...

If you don't know, we can't tell you.

It's just... well... easier and more pleasant than being permanently angry. Especially being permanently angry about things you can control, like not buying...
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 1 Week Ago
Replies: 29
Views: 1,439
Posted By Roger Hicks
Not really, no. Cheers, R.

Not really, no.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Digital M Reported Problems - all Models 1 Week Ago
Replies: 506
Views: 21,092
Posted By Roger Hicks
And 87.3% of statistics are made up. The...

And 87.3% of statistics are made up. The highlight is an impressively meaningless and totally invented number.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Week Ago
Replies: 70
Views: 2,891
Posted By Roger Hicks
My Ferrari...

...guzzles fuel like there's no tomorrow; is not outstandingly reliable; and costs a fortune to repair. Should I replace my Ferrari with a BMW? Or a Ford?

Admittedly I don't own a Ferrari, but...
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 1 Week Ago
Replies: 24
Views: 1,045
Posted By Roger Hicks
Quite. I own both and both work fine, but I use...

Quite.

I own both and both work fine, but I use the M9 far more. Reason: legacy lenses, including fast wide-angles.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 774
Posted By Roger Hicks
A further thought on scanning: overdevelopment...

A further thought on scanning: overdevelopment may very well make the highlights of the negative too dense for the scanner to penetrate, resulting in "blown" (clear white) highlights in the final...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 774
Posted By Roger Hicks
The advice is far better than most you will get,...

The advice is far better than most you will get, but usable speed does vary, especially with heavily curtailed development: this is where I disagree with "There is some very small effect, but it is...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 447
Posted By Roger Hicks
TWO new books -- The Command to Look ain't just a...

TWO new books -- The Command to Look ain't just a reprint, but includes new material as well. Barring mishap there'll be a 5-page piece on Mortensen in Amateur Photographer magazine in January: I've...
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 147
Views: 5,584
Posted By Roger Hicks
Or less. Cheers, R.

Or less.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 569
Posted By Roger Hicks
Actually Colin it's the underdevelopment that...

Actually Colin it's the underdevelopment that lowers the contrast, not the overexposure. Lawrence is absolutely right. If you deliberately underdevelop your film to get less contrast, yes, it's...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 569
Posted By Roger Hicks
Yes. You can reduce the true ISO...

Yes.

You can reduce the true ISO (ultra-fine-grain developers). You can increase it (ISO 80 or so in Microphen or DD-X). You can over-expose and under-develop it. You can get the metering wrong...
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 38
Views: 1,252
Posted By Roger Hicks
Quite. But see post 24. Too simple! As, in all...

Quite. But see post 24. Too simple! As, in all fairness, you point out later in your post. This is why I discourage people from relying too much on this "simple formula", or any variation thereon: I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 38
Views: 1,252
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Edward, Well... Sort of... There is an...

Dear Edward,

Well... Sort of...

There is an absolute theoretical resolution limit at any aperture, so the better the lens is (by almost any criteria) the bigger the aperture at which diffraction...
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 38
Views: 1,252
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Peter, You are of course absolutely right....

Dear Peter,

You are of course absolutely right. I was thinking (lazily) only of 35mm/full frame digi. The point about larger formats is why minimum apertures for lenses for 35mm typically stop at...
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 38
Views: 1,252
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Juan, Diffraction limitations to resolution...

Dear Juan,

Diffraction limitations to resolution are for the most part trivial next to almost every other consideration. Under ideal conditions, shooting a test target with the camera on a tripod,...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 362
Posted By Roger Hicks
Ilford did the original research on this and made...

Ilford did the original research on this and made the first VC paper. DuPont was first to market because of WW2. Quite honestly, most VC papers were pretty poor until about 20-30 years ago (and...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 34,728
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Johan, Very slow progress, hindered not...

Dear Johan,

Very slow progress, hindered not least by my inability to see how to do an illustrated ePub book.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 467
Posted By Roger Hicks
Wimp! What's wrong with the other 17...

Wimp!

What's wrong with the other 17 bags?

(Remember I don't do smilies).

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 730
Posted By Roger Hicks
Not only was that a bargain -- I've never seen...

Not only was that a bargain -- I've never seen one in as good condition. Normally the paint is scabby or patch or both. As for usability, I've had one for 25 years and the results are astonishingly...
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 1,079
Posted By Roger Hicks
Some -- unfortunately not all -- even study...

Some -- unfortunately not all -- even study engineering and materials science, so their buildings will stay up. Or indeed can be built at all: Sydney Opera House.

A phrase I've long espoused -- I...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 42
Views: 1,287
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Jack, IR flash, eh? Cheers, R.

Dear Jack,

IR flash, eh?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 42
Views: 1,287
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Rob, Fair point. But how will you know if...

Dear Rob,

Fair point. But how will you know if they've got it right?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 42
Views: 1,287
Posted By Roger Hicks
Spot the flaw in this pipe-dream... Cheers, R.

Spot the flaw in this pipe-dream...

Cheers,

R.
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 42
Views: 1,287
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Rob, Have you ever tried designing a camera...

Dear Rob,

Have you ever tried designing a camera and putting it into production? It's not as easy as it looks. I know, I've tried.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 145
Views: 5,919
Posted By Roger Hicks
Olympus Pen W. Not 24/7, though. Under the...

Olympus Pen W.

Not 24/7, though. Under the pillow, maybe?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 42
Views: 1,287
Posted By Roger Hicks
Leica except where I need an SLR or camera...

Leica except where I need an SLR or camera movements or an 8x10 portrait... So I guess, the camera for the job, not the universal camera.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 42
Views: 1,287
Posted By Roger Hicks
To sell (versatile) or to use (does the job...

To sell (versatile) or to use (does the job properly)?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 1,349
Posted By Roger Hicks
It's a bit like hard work, and you need to know...

It's a bit like hard work, and you need to know what you are doing, but if you get it right, it's delightful. My best results were (as far as I recall) at EI 40 with Perceptol. But it's much easier...
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 147
Views: 5,584
Posted By Roger Hicks
The Grauniad is... variable. Except for its...

The Grauniad is... variable. Except for its proofreading, which is why it's known as the Guradian. At its best it is superb. At its worst it is a vehicle for overprivileged champagne socialists with...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 24
Views: 1,124
Posted By Roger Hicks
Well, at least I have the alternative, and I...

Well, at least I have the alternative, and I think I've tried the former. You're presumably too young to retire but you've certainly got plenty of time (or at least need) to grow up.

Google "sense...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 87
Views: 3,926
Posted By Roger Hicks
I do not think we disagree. Except perhaps that...

I do not think we disagree.

Except perhaps that you should also have mentioned "middle aged, female, European/Americans", whose equally malign influence should not be neglected.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 87
Views: 3,926
Posted By Roger Hicks
Your point about the "illusion of...

Your point about the "illusion of cosmopolitanism" is well taken but I suspect Joe may agree with me if I say that "ideologically homogenous" is only another way of saying the "byproduct of western...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 24
Views: 1,124
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Godfrey, Perfectly summarized, and as I...

Dear Godfrey,

Perfectly summarized, and as I said, all's fair in love, war and art. Even so, it strikes me as being unfaithful to your medium to use simulated film rebates. Pin-lines, fine. It's...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 24
Views: 1,124
Posted By Roger Hicks
Yeah, and liquid smoke is nearly as good as...

Yeah, and liquid smoke is nearly as good as proper cold-smoking...

On the one hand, all's fair in love, war and art. On the other, there's something inherently unpleasant about blatant fakery.

BUY...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 87
Views: 3,926
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Joe, 99% agreement, or at least 90%, but...

Dear Joe,

99% agreement, or at least 90%, but I'd still suggest that Duchamp's famous piss-taker is still actually art. A definition I quite often use of art is that it forces you to look at...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 87
Views: 3,926
Posted By Roger Hicks
Nah... They're just taking the piss. Most...

Nah... They're just taking the piss.

Most people probably remember Nude descending a staircase too.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 87
Views: 3,926
Posted By Roger Hicks
Right first time. Cheers, R.

Right first time.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 147
Views: 5,584
Posted By Roger Hicks
Not convinced. Were Weston's peppers are in their...

Not convinced. Were Weston's peppers are in their own right?

Earlier today I was arguing with a grievously Catholic friend about whether wine is automatically transubstantiated when drunk by a...
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 147
Views: 5,584
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear John, Or alternatively, why do we compare...

Dear John,

Or alternatively, why do we compare National Gallery’s late Rembrandt show with almost any other painting exhibition?

Or indeed apples, oranges, herring, kangaroos, etc.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 147
Views: 5,584
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Vig, As good an answer as there could be,...

Dear Vig,

As good an answer as there could be, but as the art is still there, I'd dispute that you have in any way consumed it.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 147
Views: 5,584
Posted By Roger Hicks
How on earth do you "consume" art?...

How on earth do you "consume" art?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 147
Views: 5,584
Posted By Roger Hicks
A fairly pitiful article. Look at it in another...

A fairly pitiful article. Look at it in another light:

Premise 1: Some pieces of art (and some exhibitions) are better than others.

Premise 2: Some pieces of critical writing are better than...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-13-2014
Replies: 30
Views: 1,065
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Keith, Yes. "Good" helps us develop our...

Dear Keith,

Yes.

"Good" helps us develop our vision. "Bad" crushes it.

Most people are insecure to a greater or lesser extent, and more willing to take criticism to heart. Those who disregard all...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-12-2014
Replies: 111
Views: 4,604
Posted By Roger Hicks
Fascinating! Thanks everyone (including Ms....

Fascinating! Thanks everyone (including Ms. Knightley -- I wonder if she has ever read Thorne Smith's Rain in the Doorway). Readers of the weekly real-print magazine Amateur Photographer will know...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-12-2014
Replies: 111
Views: 4,604
Posted By Roger Hicks
No. It's the usual way to work with LF...

No. It's the usual way to work with LF portraiture as well. And factory interiors, and landscapes, and all kinds of other pics where the light and indeed content can change. You know what the limits...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-12-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 279
Posted By Roger Hicks
How accurate are they? The best answer is...

How accurate are they?

The best answer is "broadly".

David nails it.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Travel 11-12-2014
Replies: 84
Views: 3,387
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Adam, Places like Mokelumne Hill and...

Dear Adam,

Places like Mokelumne Hill and Jamestown. You?

Cheers,

R.
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