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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 12-16-2011   #101
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Pass my films through the airport's X-ray machine.....
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Old 12-16-2011   #102
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Old 12-16-2011   #103
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The need for 'back-up' cameras as an excuse for GAS.
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Old 12-16-2011   #104
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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!
(Nikon D90 - RAW)



(Do NOT compare these film and digital images, either.)

-Charlie
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Old 12-16-2011   #105
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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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Old 12-16-2011   #106
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MTF charts...

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Old 12-16-2011   #107
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Fragility of the M rewind crank.
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Old 02-29-2012   #108
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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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I once owned a Leica, sold it, and will NEVER be able to afford another
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Old 02-29-2012   #110
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Noise reduction!

Once applied, the image gets worse. No?
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Old 02-29-2012   #111
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Taking bad photos.
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Old 02-29-2012   #112
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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   #113
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-Charlie
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...

Cheers,

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Old 04-02-2012   #114
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- Reciprocity failure, despite never taking photos at shutter speeds longer than about 1/30th...
- being regarded as a terrorist / weirdo just because I like taking photos in public places
- the need for a "back-up" body
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Old 04-02-2012   #115
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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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