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Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Day Ago
Replies: 45
Views: 1,832
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Michael, Nah. Be fair. It's nothing to do...

Dear Michael,

Nah. Be fair. It's nothing to do with journalism. It's just ignorance of the subject, coupled with the belief held by many Guradian contributors in the excellence of their own own...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Day Ago
Replies: 45
Views: 1,832
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear James, But he does "apply" other things,...

Dear James,

But he does "apply" other things, including (as V12 points out) symbolism and an ingenious tension between realism and fantasy. With AA, there was no pretense that the fantasy was...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 4 Days Ago
Replies: 143
Views: 5,307
Posted By Roger Hicks
Any time... Seriously, I know you're not alone...

Any time...

Seriously, I know you're not alone in your views. Just misguided. And I'd not bother to reply unless I had considerable respect for you.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica Fixed Lens Compacts 4 Days Ago
Replies: 1
Views: 176
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Godfrey, Nice pic. Glad you didn't have to...

Dear Godfrey,

Nice pic. Glad you didn't have to go to Reading to get it, though. I mean, suffering for your art is one thing....

He is not, then, one of the Reading Berks.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 4 Days Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 1,011
Posted By Roger Hicks
Are you sure it was he who favoured it? Or was it...

Are you sure it was he who favoured it? Or was it just the generally crap printing of the time?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 4 Days Ago
Replies: 143
Views: 5,307
Posted By Roger Hicks
Yes we can. Any rational person admits that an F2...

Yes we can. Any rational person admits that an F2 is a wimpish approximation to an F, designed for those who want blandness, standardization and petty conveniences at any price.

I'll be in my...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 4 Days Ago
Replies: 143
Views: 5,307
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Keith, Some way from perfect... Too many...

Dear Keith,

Some way from perfect... Too many damn' buttons! If tomorrow someone were to offer me an M typ 240 as a free exchange for my M9, I'm not 100% sure I'd accept, even with an EVF thrown...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 5 Days Ago
Replies: 143
Views: 5,307
Posted By Roger Hicks
Too many people seem unable to understand this...

Too many people seem unable to understand this simple truth.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 6 Days Ago
Replies: 143
Views: 5,307
Posted By Roger Hicks
Not a very far cry -- in fact, the M9 is about as...

Not a very far cry -- in fact, the M9 is about as close as you can reasonably expect -- and besides, you don't have to take the camera off the tripod to change batteries or cards. Just leave the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 6 Days Ago
Replies: 143
Views: 5,307
Posted By Roger Hicks
Using MF lenses isn't just about focusing. It's...

Using MF lenses isn't just about focusing. It's about . . . um . . . using MF lenses. Of course you can bodge an MF lens onto any current Nikon tub of lard, but if you want to use the lenses (and...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 6 Days Ago
Replies: 143
Views: 5,307
Posted By Roger Hicks
(1) Could have been a better camera. True. (2) ...

(1) Could have been a better camera. True.

(2) Name a better camera for manual focus Nikon SLR lenses. Difficult.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 6 Days Ago
Replies: 22
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Posted By Roger Hicks
Your assumption is correct, at least in my...

Your assumption is correct, at least in my experience.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Photography General Interest 6 Days Ago
Replies: 79
Views: 2,747
Posted By Roger Hicks
There's a fairly comprehensive piece on the...

There's a fairly comprehensive piece on the illusion of depth (and perspective, which is not quite the same thing) at http://www.rogerandfrances.com/subscription/ps%20perspective%201.html

See also...
Forum: Photography General Interest 6 Days Ago
Replies: 79
Views: 2,747
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Dave, Seconded. But there must also be very...

Dear Dave,

Seconded. But there must also be very considerable differences in individual perception of depth, because several of the pictures seemingly proudly posted on this thread exhibit...
Forum: Photography General Interest 1 Week Ago
Replies: 79
Views: 2,747
Posted By Roger Hicks
Quite. And not nauseatingly unsharp. Cheers, R.

Quite. And not nauseatingly unsharp.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Photography General Interest 1 Week Ago
Replies: 79
Views: 2,747
Posted By Roger Hicks
The so-called 3D effect REALLY fails for me when...

The so-called 3D effect REALLY fails for me when it relies on a sickly out-of-focus background.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 2,746
Posted By Roger Hicks
Thanks for visual confirmation of what I had...

Thanks for visual confirmation of what I had always heard: that the chassis (zinc alloy? pot metal?) was grievously susceptible to crumbling.

They're fun -- when and if they work. I've had a...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Week Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 628
Posted By Roger Hicks
Iraqi photo-agency in Iraq

Worth seeing: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/roads/2014/10/metrography_the_homegrown_iraqi_photo_agency_bringing_stories_of_war_and.html

Cheers.

R.
Forum: Photography General Interest 1 Week Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 347
Posted By Roger Hicks
William Mortensen can be surprisingly...

William Mortensen can be surprisingly informative. A long way from street, but very close to what you want to know. See Outdoor Portraiture, https://archive.org/details/outdoorportraitu00mort

If you...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Week Ago
Replies: 45
Views: 1,832
Posted By Roger Hicks
Sorry, I did not make myself anything like clear...

Sorry, I did not make myself anything like clear enough. I can see why you read it the way you did, and it's one of those things where once you've read it one way, it's hard to read it another. I...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Week Ago
Replies: 45
Views: 1,832
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Dante, Including wishing someone dead? No,...

Dear Dante,

Including wishing someone dead?

No, that's crazy.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Week Ago
Replies: 45
Views: 1,832
Posted By Roger Hicks
Except that AA was arguably the ultimate...

Except that AA was arguably the ultimate pictorialist, but with a deeply dishonest approach. Taken as cynically as possible, "pictorialism" is "making pretty pictures via image manipulation"....
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Week Ago
Replies: 45
Views: 1,832
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Charlie, Your "Polyphemus" appeared on the...

Dear Charlie,

Your "Polyphemus" appeared on the back page of AP 11th Oct...

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Week Ago
Replies: 45
Views: 1,832
Posted By Roger Hicks
Not entirely. Consider his Outdoor Portraiture,...

Not entirely. Consider his Outdoor Portraiture, (1940). Interesting to compare these with AA's few portraits. Also, "portraits and nudes" is a bit of an understatement when you look at Monsters and...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Week Ago
Replies: 45
Views: 1,832
Posted By Roger Hicks
Thanks for the links. Cheers, R.

Thanks for the links.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 143
Views: 5,307
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear David, This is it. There's a curious...

Dear David,

This is it. There's a curious mind-set among many: "This is not EXACTLY the camera I wanted, therefore it's no good at all."

Many complaints, of course, come from non-users; sometimes,...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 1 Week Ago
Replies: 45
Views: 1,832
Posted By Roger Hicks
Fascinating thought. Yes, it could be that...

Fascinating thought. Yes, it could be that Mortensen's time as the patron saint of manipulators has come, as a counterpoint to the often sterile imitators of AA and his so-called "straight...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 45
Views: 1,832
Posted By Roger Hicks
On the cover of the new book, it carries the...

On the cover of the new book, it carries the magnificent Ansel Adams quote about Mortensen being the antichrist. What was that about hyperbole...?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Optics Theory - 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 1,239
Posted By Roger Hicks
Of course. I'd neglected that, blinded as I was...

Of course. I'd neglected that, blinded as I was by the idea of the Americans taking the patents from one defeated enemy and giving them to another. How extensive was wartime patent sharing among Axis...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 45
Views: 1,832
Posted By Roger Hicks
William Mortensen!

Great news. One of the most underrated photographers of all time is undergoing a big revival. The article in the Guradian is a bit weird and tells only a fraction of the story, but hey, it's the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 143
Views: 5,307
Posted By Roger Hicks
As good as any decent camera. I'm currently...

As good as any decent camera. I'm currently shooting a commercial book with one (not self-published, in other words) and the proposal is out there. After all, why shouldn't it work?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Optics Theory - 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 1,239
Posted By Roger Hicks
Not exactly. German patents were nullified by the...

Not exactly. German patents were nullified by the Allies -- there were other nations fighting the Germans remember, rather before the Americans joined in -- and anyone could use them. If you think...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 143
Views: 5,307
Posted By Roger Hicks
Fine. No regrets. Dunno about the AF. It's good...

Fine. No regrets. Dunno about the AF. It's good with the 50mm (the only AF lens I use on it) but I mostly use real (MF) lenses. It's a lot too easy to move the autofocus point, though -- another good...
Forum: Optics Theory - 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 1,239
Posted By Roger Hicks
I fully take your points, and of course I was...

I fully take your points, and of course I was thinking of the 21mm Biogon in Contax fit and the 38mm for roll-film, which (I think) were somewhat different from the 1935 version (which I had...
Forum: Optics Theory - 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 1,239
Posted By Roger Hicks
Not really, no. I mean, of course you can always...

Not really, no. I mean, of course you can always trace histories back but the Biogon (early 50s) is definitely a landmark. So are extreme speed lenses such as the 1,5/50 Sonnar (early 30s) or f/0.95...
Forum: Optics Theory - 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 1,239
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Juan, As others have said, it's normal...

Dear Juan,

As others have said, it's normal patent law. But ask yourself this: WHY would any major manufacturer want to copy someone else's old lens? It would be an admission that their own newer...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 21
Views: 879
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Robert, I credential, thou credentialest,...

Dear Robert,

I credential, thou credentialest, he, she or it credentials...

The existence of the word "credential" as a verb is good evidence of the steepness and stoniness of the path ahead of...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 21
Views: 879
Posted By Roger Hicks
Deary, deary me. The only problem with Pseuds...

Deary, deary me. The only problem with Pseuds Corner is that it can be too easy to take something out of context: I live in fear of a sentence or two from my Amateur Photographer column being quoted....
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 1,015
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Francisco, Of course! We can only give...

Dear Francisco,

Of course! We can only give advice based on no more (and no less) than our own experience. My sole intention was to alert the OP to other points of view: it was not meant to diminish...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 1,015
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Francisco, Well, I've travelled a lot in...

Dear Francisco,

Well, I've travelled a lot in Europe too -- I live here! -- and what I've learned and what you've learned are a bit different. Outside the cities, longer lenses can be invaluable for...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 1,015
Posted By Roger Hicks
On one trip alone: held up by 5 fatal or very...

On one trip alone: held up by 5 fatal or very serious crashes in Italy, plus frightened by a couple of near misses (if Frances had opened the door 5 seconds later in a car park she'd have lost a...
Forum: Micl Photo Acc / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 3,342
Posted By Roger Hicks
That's about it. A Billingham is a ridiculous...

That's about it. A Billingham is a ridiculous extravagance -- until you use one. One of ours fell off the carrier of the Bullet 350 motorcycle in India over 20 years ago and was dragged 20-30 yards...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 37
Views: 1,015
Posted By Roger Hicks
Don't drive. Far too many Italians can't, and...

Don't drive. Far too many Italians can't, and will endanger you with their incompetence, so stick with public transport, preferably on rails. Yes, it's true that the majority of Italians can drive...
Forum: Cosina Voigtlander Bessa 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 862
Posted By Roger Hicks
Too limiting for me. I also have 15 and 14 (Nikon...

Too limiting for me. I also have 15 and 14 (Nikon fit, but goes on the Leicas with an adapter) -- but when I hit 12, it was wider than I was comfortable with. This was totally against my...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 829
Posted By Roger Hicks
Not exactly. Once there is too much silver in the...

Not exactly. Once there is too much silver in the fixer, it will appear to work, but the prints will eventually stain and discolour. This is why fixer manufacturers recommend maximum areas of paper...
Forum: Cosina Voigtlander Bessa 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 862
Posted By Roger Hicks
It's the only lens I've ever found too wide for...

It's the only lens I've ever found too wide for any but the most specialized uses -- and I have 18mm and 15mm on 35mm and my wife uses 35mm on 6x9cm on her Alpa 12 S/WA (16mm equivalent, but with...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 1,551
Posted By Roger Hicks
That pretty much covers it. Cheers, R.

That pretty much covers it.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Photography General Interest 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 69
Views: 2,339
Posted By Roger Hicks
As in boe-gaehrt, not boe-gahrt... Freundlich...

As in boe-gaehrt, not boe-gahrt...

Freundlich Gruessen,

R.
Forum: Optics Theory - 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 482
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Ronald, Para 1: No trouble with...

Dear Ronald,

Para 1: No trouble with 135/2.8.

Para 2: Eminently true.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Photography General Interest 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 131
Views: 3,616
Posted By Roger Hicks
Used most: M9. Nicest to use: Harder to say....

Used most: M9.

Nicest to use: Harder to say. Probably MP.

Cheers,

R.
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