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Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book

Roger Hicks is a well known photographic writer, author of The Rangefinder Book, over three dozen other photographic books, and a frequent contributor to Shutterbug and Amateur Photographer. Unusually in today's photographic world, most of his camera reviews are film cameras, especially rangefinders. See www.rogerandfrances.com for further background (Frances is his wife Frances Schultz, acknowledged darkroom addict and fellow Shutterbug contributor) .


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Things you never worried about...
Old 10-25-2011   #1
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Things you never worried about...

...until you read about them on the internet. Here are some starters:

Tripod sockets ripping out when used to secure wrist straps

Taking your camera on the beach

Taking your camera out in the rain (given reasonable intelligence and care)

Carrying your camera under your coat because you are afraid it will steam up and (in the case of electronic cameras) be written off

Changing lenses except in a darkened clean-room (all right, a slight exaggeration)

Any more for any more?

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Focus shift.
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Black tape over the camera name.
hehe, I know where you read that.

Command dial breaking on an EOS 5. My command dial then broke 1 week after reading that.
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Old 10-26-2011   #4
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Black tape over the camera name.
Not black-taping over the camera name (particularly if that name is Leica).
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Infinity alignment for one ... I've still never checked ...

Sunlight burning holes in shutters ... I'd heard it before but had not idea how common it was, a bit like x-ray damage
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Infinity alignment for one ... I've still never checked ...

Sunlight burning holes in shutters ... I'd heard it before but had not idea how common it was, a bit like x-ray damage
Trust me, Steward, this one is different. Just patched a shutter on an M3 of mine.

One more to Roger's question: negative effect of UV filters.
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Trust me, Steward, this one is different. Just patched a shutter on an M3 of mine.

One more to Roger's question: negative effect of UV filters.
Never happened to me, then I suppose it's just one of the advantages of never going beyond f8
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Taking pictures with anything but a cellphone makes you a pervert.

Gary
Actually I thought it was the other way around...

At the same time, believe it or not, I never linked cameras with perverts until the Internet.
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Things you never worried about... ...until you read about them on the internet
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Things you never worried about... ...until you read about them on the internet

-identity theft
-outliving my money
-Chinese drywall
-my hair thinning out
-my hair turning gray
-erectile dysfunction
-the size of my prostate
-the length of my penis
...and now, that my M9's high-ISO isn't as good as the latest half-ton blob from Nikon.

What a wonderful thing, the internet
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sharpness, megapixels, "upgrade" ...

Coincidentally, today I'm carrying my 10yo Canon s200. It's a beautiful little camera. Two mighty mega pixels. And it makes great 8x10s.
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Yeah, focus shift. Never even knew it existed until I started reading Photo forums.

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... and I had never realised how important minimum focus distance is
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I hesitate to mention DOF, circles of confusion and Bokeh ... for obvious reasons
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Same for me. Now I'm forever looking at backgrounds... in photos, and (most disturbingly) at the movies.

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The reliability of Leica cameras (or indeed any of the cameras I own).

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... oh, I also forgot reticulation and refraction; both of which are real yeti phenomena
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LOL! I don't blame the Internet for this one, other than the affect the Internet has had on the number of cameras I own!

I find that I really obsess on this now. Though it's from the standpoint of minimizing what I'm carrying. In fact I've just run into a very strange problem with bags. I have a couple Lowepro sholder bags I love. The AW 180 and the AW 200. Depending on what I'm doing I'll typically pack either My D300 in the 180 (unless I need more than it can hold), or I'll pack my Leica in one of the two bags (the 200 can hold all my Leica focal lengths). With the OP/Tech strap on my M6, the bags work great. With the M9 I just got, and the Leica strap (which I am loving), there is way to much open space in the Lowepro bags. So now I want an even smaller bag than the AW 180...
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