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Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 1 Day Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 779
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: Photography General Interest 2 Days Ago
Replies: 167
Views: 5,683
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 4 Days Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 768
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 5 Days Ago
Replies: 211
Views: 11,141
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 6 Days Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,449
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 1 Week Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 1,240
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 1 Week Ago
Replies: 99
Views: 3,716
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 1 Week Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 526
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 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 45
Views: 1,214
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 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 155
Views: 8,918
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 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 155
Views: 8,918
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 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 155
Views: 8,918
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 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 79
Views: 2,076
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" 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 258
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 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 540
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 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 756
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 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 52
Views: 1,589
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 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,505
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...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 776
Posted By thegman
Rolleiflex GX and newer have very nice, modern...

Rolleiflex GX and newer have very nice, modern meters.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 34
Views: 1,417
Posted By thegman
Sounds like a fantastic gift. The only concern...

Sounds like a fantastic gift. The only concern I'd have is if it's too perfect to be used. I know some people will use a collectable like it was any other camera, but many others won't want to knock...
Forum: Photography General Interest 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 661
Posted By thegman
Bessa T has the meter on the outside, but not in...

Bessa T has the meter on the outside, but not in the finder also.
Forum: Photography General Interest 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 85
Views: 3,463
Posted By thegman
Agree, Self makes good points, I think he's...

Agree, Self makes good points, I think he's largely correct, but his I have an excellent grasp of the English language way of writing is tiresome.
Forum: 120 RF's 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 1,002
Posted By thegman
Put the details into...

Put the details into

http://www.dofmaster.com/dofjs.html

And you'll see what you're dealing with, 10 feet away, looks like at even f/16, you've got to be careful, 30 feet away, you're getting into...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-16-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 313
Posted By thegman
Hopefully they can come out the other side of...

Hopefully they can come out the other side of this, DHW Fototechnik I think are doing a remarkable job. Creating quality film TLRs in this day and age is a remarkable achievement.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 09-16-2014
Replies: 62
Views: 3,166
Posted By thegman
I'll certainly make an unsupported assertion. It...

I'll certainly make an unsupported assertion.

It seems that in the current age, people rely on encouragement and kind comments to get motivation. Look at Facebook and you'll see posts like 'x is...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-15-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 1,119
Posted By thegman
I think you've only to visit Facebook to see how...

I think you've only to visit Facebook to see how narcissistic people can be. The level of 'look at me' can be striking.

I think pictures of ourselves and our activities are good, even a picture of a...
Forum: Smartphone Cameras 09-15-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 730
Posted By thegman
I think that's a reasonable way to put it. I must...

I think that's a reasonable way to put it. I must say, I do think the design is very nice, and I expect the camera to be pretty good. However, I like a QWERTY keyboard on my phone, and a viewfinder...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-13-2014
Replies: 48
Views: 1,836
Posted By thegman
I voted never, but I meant 'not for a long time'....

I voted never, but I meant 'not for a long time'. There is practically zero demand for medium format digital at all, I think investment will diminish, and I think it's more likely digital medium...
Forum: Other Digital Advanced Fixed Lens Compacts 09-12-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 931
Posted By thegman
I don't use digital cameras any more, but I must...

I don't use digital cameras any more, but I must say, Sigma is making some very attractive kit right now.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-12-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 775
Posted By thegman
Nikon cannot compete with used prices, no camera...

Nikon cannot compete with used prices, no camera maker can, film or digital. It is good to see at least them offering film cameras into the education market though.

I'd probably like to see some...
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / Polaroids 09-10-2014
Replies: 68
Views: 2,477
Posted By thegman
I don't deny a great camera can be had for $450....

I don't deny a great camera can be had for $450. I'm saying that a small, 6x6 camera with an ultrawide lens for $450 is a different matter.

I get that people think it's expensive for the build...
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / Polaroids 09-09-2014
Replies: 68
Views: 2,477
Posted By thegman
Hi Chris, Yes, I very much like the look of the...

Hi Chris,
Yes, I very much like the look of the zoom one, although, generally, I'd prefer not so much electronics, and I'm not sure I want 6x4.5 either. They do look excellent though.
Forum: Smartphone Cameras 09-09-2014
Replies: 48
Views: 1,787
Posted By thegman
For me, the iPhone could be 40MP full frame, and...

For me, the iPhone could be 40MP full frame, and it's still going to be horrific to use compared to a $50 film compact.

Image quality is reasonably easy to come by, a usable device (for...
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / Polaroids 09-09-2014
Replies: 68
Views: 2,477
Posted By thegman
Could you name a couple? I'm pretty set on a...

Could you name a couple?

I'm pretty set on a GF670 for a 'normal' lens, but for wide, I can't find much. Does not need to be as small as the Lomo, but I want easy handheld, not an SLR or TLR.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 09-09-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 1,441
Posted By thegman
Depends on how far back you're standing from the...

Depends on how far back you're standing from the print I suppose, say for billboards, viewed from a moving car, I'm sure 10 dpi is fine. If it's a in a magazine, viewed from a foot away, you...
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / Polaroids 09-09-2014
Replies: 68
Views: 2,477
Posted By thegman
Honestly, I think Lomography may not innovate too...

Honestly, I think Lomography may not innovate too much, but they do make more 'different' cameras than anybody else. I can't think of another camera maker which makes such accessible and interesting...
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / Polaroids 09-09-2014
Replies: 68
Views: 2,477
Posted By thegman
Yes, with bells on, I had an old Zeiss Super...

Yes, with bells on, I had an old Zeiss Super Ikonta IV, 75mm lens I think, and it was outstanding, $100 less than the Lomo too. It's not wide angle though. I've got a Horseman SW612 for my wide angle...
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / Polaroids 09-09-2014
Replies: 68
Views: 2,477
Posted By thegman
I don't get the overpriced comments, where is the...

I don't get the overpriced comments, where is the other tiny ultrawide medium format camera for $430? Seriously, what camera am I missing? I'm looking to downsize my camera kit into much smaller...
Forum: 120 RF's 09-08-2014
Replies: 45
Views: 2,025
Posted By thegman
I had a Bessa II once, can't say I loved the...

I had a Bessa II once, can't say I loved the build, seemed rattly compared to my Zeiss Super Ikonta IV. Never had a problem with rigidity or film flatness though.
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-08-2014
Replies: 53
Views: 2,059
Posted By thegman
I don't believe in any right/wrong lenses. Longer...

I don't believe in any right/wrong lenses. Longer lenses may show a a reticence to get close, but also it'll mean that the photographer's presence will not interfere with the shot.

If you lack the...
Forum: Other Digital Advanced Fixed Lens Compacts 09-04-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 2,670
Posted By thegman
I'll give you Lotus Notes, but won't hear ill...

I'll give you Lotus Notes, but won't hear ill words spoken of DB2.

I didn't mind SPP though, but I'm not a big one for post processing, maybe if I was, I'd dislike it more.
Forum: Travel 09-04-2014
Replies: 38
Views: 3,111
Posted By thegman
Also it's only hypocritical if it's the same...

Also it's only hypocritical if it's the same person, a TV show and a Government law isn't the same thing.
Forum: Other Digital Advanced Fixed Lens Compacts 09-04-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 2,670
Posted By thegman
I had a DP-1 as my first digital camera, thought...

I had a DP-1 as my first digital camera, thought it was brilliant, if the Quattro is as good as that was, I'd be happy with it.

But then, I used it like a film camera, go out, take maybe 20 or 30...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-04-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 942
Posted By thegman
For a 50mm, the ZI is totally fine, but I think...

For a 50mm, the ZI is totally fine, but I think it's got better frame lines for 35mm. A Bessa might be better for a 50mm, but not 100% sure.

I've had a R4A and ZI, the ZI is a much nicer camera to...
Forum: 120 RF's 09-01-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 1,260
Posted By thegman
I've used a TLR for a while now, and if you want...

I've used a TLR for a while now, and if you want to use it quickly, fast moving children and the like, it would be my last choice. Otherwise, you get a lot of value for money in TLRs I think.

Never...
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 08-30-2014
Replies: 37
Views: 1,697
Posted By thegman
For some people, it would. My girlfriend and I...

For some people, it would. My girlfriend and I both take photos, she with her iPhone, me with film cameras. We both took photos of the 12 Apostles in Victoria, Australia. I used a 4x5 camera, her...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 08-30-2014
Replies: 53
Views: 1,794
Posted By thegman
In advertising art though, you can't really...

In advertising art though, you can't really advertise your stuff as being generic and much the same as everybody elses' (although inside, we can admit it to ourselves).

Buy a few frames, get a few...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-29-2014
Replies: 54
Views: 3,526
Posted By thegman
I think most people get a hammer and saw because...

I think most people get a hammer and saw because they require both a hammer and a saw, and think we here buy different types of cameras because we like them.

I think mirrorless has a bright future...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 08-25-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 653
Posted By thegman
AG Photographic is good and inexpensive.

AG Photographic is good and inexpensive.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-24-2014
Replies: 47
Views: 2,072
Posted By thegman
Doubt it makes any difference. The prevailing...

Doubt it makes any difference. The prevailing advice on camera forums is often that a big SLR intimidates, and a TLR does not attract attention because you're looking down on it, rather than at the...
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