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Forum: Cosina Voigtlander Bessa 19 Hours Ago
Replies: 770
Views: 84,358
Posted By thegman
Maybe a nice weather sealed camera, fixed lens...

Maybe a nice weather sealed camera, fixed lens RF, SLR, even scale focus, not too fussy what. Maybe something like a Rollei 35, but weather sealed, even actually *waterproof* would be great.
Forum: Cosina Voigtlander Bessa 20 Hours Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 520
Posted By thegman
I used to have a ZI, my first RF in fact, but now...

I used to have a ZI, my first RF in fact, but now I use a R3M. I'd say the ZI certainly *feels* better made, whether it actually is or not, I don't know.

I think either is an excellent choice, my...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 2 Days Ago
Replies: 98
Views: 3,495
Posted By thegman
For me, if you're undecided about film, I'd...

For me, if you're undecided about film, I'd probably try out medium format first. You can get inexpensive, portable cameras, like the folders, or if you're talking a budget around a Leica M6, a...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 522
Posted By thegman
I wouldn't send in any camera to be taken apart...

I wouldn't send in any camera to be taken apart unless I knew there was something wrong with it.

If you do think it's under exposing, then I'd try a lab-developed roll of C41 film first in it, or...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 508
Posted By thegman
I have a V700 but I can't say I found the much...

I have a V700 but I can't say I found the much cheaper Canoscan flatbeds any worse. For 35mm though, I'd be all over the Pakon scanners. They're only 6MP I think, but it was plenty 10 years ago, it's...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 479
Posted By thegman
To be honest, I think a top plate being 2.5mm...

To be honest, I think a top plate being 2.5mm higher is basically going to make no discernible difference to framing, which RFs being RFs, is essentially inaccurate anyway.

Having said that, I've...
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 70
Views: 3,313
Posted By thegman
I guess it would need to be the R-D1, it's not...

I guess it would need to be the R-D1, it's not always the cheapest item which provides the most value (in fact it almost never is, in technology), but as all digital range finders are able to take...
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 1,883
Posted By thegman
I think if someone looks at a photo and says 'I...

I think if someone looks at a photo and says 'I could have taken that', it's like just about any other statement made by any other person, it might be true, it might not be.

I took a landscape photo...
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 1,548
Posted By thegman
I would probably agree on that, sometimes RFF...

I would probably agree on that, sometimes RFF will have a superb price on something, but 90% of the time, there is cheaper on eBay.

I think eBay gets an extremely poor press sometimes, but I've...
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 1,548
Posted By thegman
I guess we all have different ideas of what...

I guess we all have different ideas of what represents a 'broken' or damaged camera.

For example, I saw on eBay, a Plaubel Makina with broken meter, it did however come with a VC II meter as a...
Forum: Cosina Voigtlander Bessa 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 34
Views: 1,400
Posted By thegman
I've had ZI, Leica IIf, M3, M6, and MP, and...

I've had ZI, Leica IIf, M3, M6, and MP, and currently use a Bessa R3M. It does not have the grandiose qualities of the Leicas, but ultimately I prefer using it. The Leica is a beautiful machine, but...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 1,717
Posted By thegman
I think if a lens remains in production, it'll...

I think if a lens remains in production, it'll lose value, just like anything else. I mean, I'm not going to buy your used lens for 95% of the price of a new one, I'll just buy the new one with...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 52
Views: 2,782
Posted By thegman
Probably body, a body will make the difference...

Probably body, a body will make the difference between a pleasurable and unpleasant experience. A lens on the other hand (barring stiff barrels etc.) can only improve the technical quality or...
Forum: Cosina Voigtlander Bessa 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 1,140
Posted By thegman
I've had a few Leicas and now on a Bessa....

I've had a few Leicas and now on a Bessa. Obviously the Leica feels nicer, feels higher quality, but the ease and convenience of the Bessa wins it for me. I prefer the meter, film loading, and even...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 71
Views: 3,562
Posted By thegman
I agree, Roger, for one reason or another, people...

I agree, Roger, for one reason or another, people seem to be becoming more and more hyper-sensitive to what others think about their purchases.

I suppose we're living in a world where people are...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 32
Views: 2,327
Posted By thegman
I think I peaked at owning 9 cameras, and tried...

I think I peaked at owning 9 cameras, and tried to use them all. It just became a real pain, and I'm happier now just owning one. I might supplement it with a medium format camera again, but I might...
Forum: Philosophy of Photography 12-20-2014
Replies: 56
Views: 2,388
Posted By thegman
Certainly couldn't care less about a 'legacy' in...

Certainly couldn't care less about a 'legacy' in the sense of leaving an artistic legacy, but old photos have an appeal purely from a sense of nostalgia and learning more about one's family.
Forum: The Business Of Photography 12-11-2014
Replies: 61
Views: 2,204
Posted By thegman
I think it's a beautiful photo, just a bit rich...

I think it's a beautiful photo, just a bit rich for my blood though.
Forum: Sony NEX / Full Frame Alpha non DSLR Cameras 11-29-2014
Replies: 63
Views: 3,757
Posted By thegman
I'd probably get a used A7, there will be people...

I'd probably get a used A7, there will be people trading in for a A7 II, so an opportunity to buy cheaply. Depreciation can be extreme on some devices, so take advantage of that, and get a bargain.
Forum: Cosina Voigtlander Bessa 11-25-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 481
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 11-19-2014
Replies: 92
Views: 3,145
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 11-18-2014
Replies: 152
Views: 6,995
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 11-16-2014
Replies: 147
Views: 6,461
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 11-15-2014
Replies: 147
Views: 6,461
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 11-15-2014
Replies: 147
Views: 6,461
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 11-14-2014
Replies: 147
Views: 6,461
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 11-14-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 1,139
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 11-12-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 1,335
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 11-11-2014
Replies: 84
Views: 3,823
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 11-10-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 1,047
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 11-10-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 1,624
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 11-10-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 662
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 11-09-2014
Replies: 54
Views: 2,879
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 11-09-2014
Replies: 59
Views: 2,438
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 11-08-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 614
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 11-07-2014
Replies: 40
Views: 3,357
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 11-06-2014
Replies: 42
Views: 3,751
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 11-06-2014
Replies: 77
Views: 2,915
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 11-06-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 924
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 11-06-2014
Replies: 77
Views: 2,915
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 11-05-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 652
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 11-04-2014
Replies: 39
Views: 2,058
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 11-01-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 684
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" 10-30-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 2,155
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 10-30-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 1,252
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 10-29-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 1,252
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 10-29-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 1,252
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 10-29-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 1,252
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 10-28-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 1,252
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 10-28-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 1,252
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...
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