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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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Old 10-27-2011   #81
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Old equipment becoming obsolete when new stuff is announced. I can understand the price drop, but not the fact that a camera stops making images or a lens becomes unsharp based on news. Oh, and rumours can actually be as powerful as news in making stuff obsolete.
The flip-side of this is spending a small fortune on old obsolete gear (or processes) because of the way it renders the image vs. how that new stuff renders it.

Thankfully I got a *really* good deal on a Leica 50mm f/2 Summar with clean glass from 1935 recently, but have you seen the prices on Large Format Petzval lenses? I've yet to get a Petzval for my 4x5 or 8x10 cameras.
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Old 11-09-2011   #82
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I can't think of anything that I've read on the Internet that has made me worry about my Photography.
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Old 11-09-2011   #84
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Thinking about things I never worried about before...
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Old 11-09-2011   #85
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Obsession over noise...
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Old 11-09-2011   #86
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The next best.
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Old 11-09-2011   #87
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Getting pregnant.
I've been afraid of that ever since this movie...

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Things you never worried about... ...until you read about them on the internet
Old 12-06-2011   #89
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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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Old 12-06-2011   #90
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- buying the WRONG camera ... again
- having wrong film in my camera (and possibly wrong lens mounted) ...
- SLR lenses are not sharp ... (stay away from 'em)
- 6x4.5 is not 'good enough'
- camera with 3 lenses flash and tripod not fitting inside my jeans pocket
- rangefinder base being too short
- Leica M10
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Old 12-15-2011   #91
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I never heard of focus shift until I read this thread. Of course I had to go look it up... and now I'm worried about it!
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Old 12-15-2011   #92
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Things I have worried about

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0e10baH6cE

Lyrics curtesy of Monty Python

I'm so worried about what's hapenin' today, in the middle east, you know
And I'm worried about the baggage retrieval system they've got at Heathrow
I'm so worried about the fashions today, I don't think they're good for your feet
And I'm so worried about the shows on TV that sometimes they want to repeat

I'm so worried about what's happenin' today, you know
And I'm worried about the baggage retrieval system they've got at Heathrow
I'm so worried about my hair falling out and the state of the world today
And I'm so worried about bein' so full of doubt about everything, anyway

I'm so worried about modern technology
I'm so worried about all the things that they dump in the sea
I'm so worried about it, worried about it, worried, worried, worried

I'm so worried about everything that can go wrong
I'm so worried about whether people like this song
I'm so worried about this very next verse, it isn't the best that I've got
And I'm so worried about whether I should go on, or whether I should just stop

I'm worried about whether I ought to have stopped
And I'm worried about, it's the sort of thing I ought to know
And I'm worried about the baggage retrieval system they've got at Heathrow

I'm so worried about whether I should have stopped then
I'm so worried that I'm driving everyone 'round the bend
I'm worried about the baggage retrieval system they've got at Heathrow
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the ever increasing inflation of leica's used market prices and the 'causes' of said increases.

I've already come to terms that I will never be able to afford another Leica lens in my lifetime...
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Old 12-16-2011   #95
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the length of my penis
Dear Ben,

One of my editors made my favourite comment about those e-mails (which seem to be much less numerous than they were). She said, "Whenever I get one of these, I wonder what they know about me that I don't..."

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Obsession over noise...
Truth...
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I try not to worry about much - maybe my & my wife's health, but fear shortens your life & interferes too much with creative thought. Have a glass of wine & shoot more film!
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Old 12-16-2011   #98
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The ultimate M, the M3 with its unsurpassable build quality and incomparable finder for 50mm.

The poor man's Leica, the M2.

The pre M4-2 hand-fitted Leica M bodies.

The inferior quality of the M4-2.

The defects of the Summilux 50 wide open.

Lens haze.

Shooting transparencies without a light meter.

Not really street photography.

Leica is all about the glass.

Softie.

Never-ready case.

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if not using IR-filters with every lens mounted on M8, photos are next to worthless. oh, except B&W, of course
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Old 12-16-2011   #100
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if not using IR-filters with every lens mounted on M8, photos are next to worthless. oh, except B&W, of course
Oh, but they're worthless anyway, because they're conversions...

Wonderful how people can beat themselves up, isn't it?

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Old 12-16-2011   #102
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IMHO... acronyms.
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Pass my films through the airport's X-ray machine.....
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Old 12-16-2011   #104
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Old 12-16-2011   #105
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The need for 'back-up' cameras as an excuse for GAS.
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Old 12-16-2011   #106
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1) Left - A 2nd rate (Apotar 4.5), Cooke Triplet, front-element focusing, scale-focus lens will print like it is smeared with vaseline.
(Speedex/Isolette, a $25 investment, scanned by the equally web poopy V700. )

2) Right - "We're way past digital exposure issues with dark areas." My alien daughter has no pupils!
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(Do NOT compare these film and digital images, either.)

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Old 12-16-2011   #107
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The V700 just cannot do 35mm.
The 135 is not really a rangefinder focal length.
RAW
The best OM body (always the OM1 of the OM4Ti with the incomparable OM2n an afterthought.)
Finder separation.
Slow speed escapement.
Light leak.
1/4" tripod bushing.
Cleaning marks.
Oil on the blades.
Too few aperture blades.
Troll.
JPEGs.
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Fragility of the M rewind crank.
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Loading a Barnack.
Using a IIIa with the VF and RF separated by 1.25" or so...
Getting film on 620 spools. (Actually, the internet eventually solved that problem.)
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Noise reduction!

Once applied, the image gets worse. No?
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Riding a bike with my M6 will knock the rangefinder out of alignment.
(hasn't happened yet)
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Old 03-20-2012   #115
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Dear Charlie,

Well, if you got a changeling for a daughter, the fairies were kind. Pretty girl! No. Not pretty. Beautiful. Pretty is insipid. Beauty requires character. From the look of her you may sometimes wish that she had less character...

Odd what one can read from a picture, isn't it? Even (or perhaps especially) with no pupils to the eyes...

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This is an interesting thread. With the exception of things digital and electronic, and societal insanity, I think just about everything that's been mentioned is something I knew by the time I was 15, in the 60s, from reading contemporary (non-esoteric) photo magazines and books, and it was considered stuff you needed to know if you were serious about photography.

Then when cameras started to have meters in them, and no one had to think or know how they worked--just center the needle, focus, and push the button, the magazines of the time started talking about how in the future anyone would be able to call himself a photographer without knowing a thing about photography.

I guess that time is now. I cruise Flicker, and I see 15 year old kids doing the most incredibly innovative stuff, and you know they probably don't know anything that's been in this thread.
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