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Old 12-24-2011   #41
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Anyone know what triggered his decision? There must be a reason behind it. We have all gained greatly from his posts. He will be very conspicuous by his absence.
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Who knows... but you might want to ask Nick directly if he has a clue.
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the story is brian's to tell.
it would seem he has chosen to leave and to not share his reasons...that is his right and i respect that.

in time he may reverse his decision (he has done that before) but for now i believe he just wants to spend less time on the net, in general.
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yes, of course, joe.
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yes, of course, joe.
what is that supposed to mean?
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Old 12-24-2011   #46
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Brian was a great person to deal with. My current favorite lens and the only one I'm keeping in 35mm format is one of his Jupiter-3's. Many thanks Brian.
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what is that supposed to mean?
it means exactly what it says. yes, of course... you are correct. why the suspicious retort on christmas eve? merry christmas to you too.
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it also means that i agree that he might change his mind and return... since there is history of that happening. Have a happy new year too!
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i don't really celebrate christmas so this is just my normal winter suspicious retort...sorry, but it sounded a bit sarcastic to me...
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He did the same thing several years back, got mad at something and vanished. It took him over a year, but eventually he came back. But maybe this time he'll pull a Bill Matlock and vanish for good.....
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i believe this was my first accusation...even a mod can be wrong sometimes...
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sorry i mentioned it.
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I don't know Brian. I'm sure that I have benefited from his contribution.

There is something healthy about taking a break from a forum. I find myself displaying some addictive behavior with regards to forums and my occasional break puts things in perspective. I high recommend such a forum siesta to all all. Anyway, I'm taking a Christmas break. It is family for a few days. The best to all of you in this holiday season. Oh, and best to you, Brian.... you lurker.... just having fun.. but I bet he does take a peak from time to time.
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Well, I will miss his posts and his moderation. What ever his reason for leaving, I hope all turns out well for him and that his departure is only temporary.
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I would not be surprised if Brian quit RFF just to stop the flow of requests to mod our J3's. He did a great job on mine some time back.

In any way - Merry Christmas to you all and of course to Brian.
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Well I'm puzzled too. I don't know Brian well, but I've benefited from his knowledge and his postings here and elsewhere. It was something I looked forward to regularly and now it's gone. He cleaned up my Jupiter-3 less than a month ago, and was so helpful and nice. I hope I wasn't imposing on him. He seemed happy to help. Hope he returns. I promise I won't ask for any more lens help!

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I would not be surprised if Brian quit RFF just to stop the flow of requests to mod our J3's. He did a great job on mine some time back.

In any way - Merry Christmas to you all and of course to Brian.
J-3's are probably the easist lens to mod. My 63 year was front focusing so I posted a thread. Brian told me what I needed to do & I did it. Required no special tools. It's my fav. 50 now. I'll add that I'm no pro when it comes to doing these things.
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Well I don't think I bugged him to work on my lens. He offered to do it. He has his reasons for leaving, and so be it. Thank you, Brian, if you ever see this, for helping me. Hope everything is all right. All the best---
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Farewell Brian, but hopefully not goodbye.
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Wow - didn't know, he left the forum!
Surely it is a big loss for the forum, and I know, he might change his mind at one point, while I do understand, that sometimes, one has to make such decisions, as there is a life beside the internet.

I am very happy, Brian shared some invaluable information form his wealth of experience with me, without, I would have never started, to open up lenses and adjusted many LTM lenses for use on calibrated Leica M bodies.

Always, when I got stuck with something, Brian had just the right hint at hand, that moved me on, helping immensely!.

I hope, his leaving has no impact here on RFF on the old threads and especially his forum!
I hope, temporarily, moderation is managed by other mods, leaving the Brian Sweeney place at RFF alive and running, ready, to welcome Brian again, should he decide, to come home again ;-)

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and family Brian!
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he chats occasionally on purelight photography forum. seems to be getting his new computer kit up to snuff.
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is keith unhappy with rff?
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not that i know of. he seemed miffed at the whacky upgrade issues. michael markey might be a better source on keith. i miss keith's photos ...
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Ah, life's ebbs and flows...................................
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Ah, life's ebbs and flows...................................
the net's ebbs and flows is more like it.

i have been here from the beginning and can't remember the people who have come and gone...for various reasons...always a little sad though.
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No, Keith is just taking a break. No worries.
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Oh Man! No Brian! I'm gonna miss him a lot!
We all get more dumb without his knowledge!
This 2011 year has been bad, bad, bad... hope it ends quickly!
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michael markey might be a better source on keith. i miss keith's photos ...
Last time that I spoke to Keith he was snowed under with work I seem to recall.

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This is disappointing. Brian inspired me try some interesting lens remounts and push the limits of my own capabilities.
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I do hope he gets the calm and rest he seeks.

Sometimes we just need to step away and get some fresh air.

Also, there are times that the forums (fora?) really gets the best of you.
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I will meet with Brian in the summer, so I hope that he will be rested from work, and that we can eat pizza and laugh together.
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Raid, pls pass on that lots of folks here miss him and his contributions.

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Brian Sweeney is super cool and I wish he comes back to RFF.com.........I have learned a lot from him and I appreciate his posts............I hope he comes back.......

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I will meet with Brian in the summer, so I hope that he will be rested from work, and that we can eat pizza and laugh together.
I wish I could be with you guys, I love pizza and I love to laugh, and I imagine that Brian, you (Raid) and I would have a good time talking about cameras and having a good time........sounds like good times......

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Done. I sent Brian what you said above.
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I wish I could be with you guys, I love pizza and I love to laugh, and I imagine that Brian, you (Raid) and I would have a good time talking about cameras and having a good time........sounds like good times......

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Ditto, Raid Just pass along our good wishes. With all the help and advice he passed out so freely, I know that no one here wants to presser, him not one bit.
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Brian modified the spacing of the optics in a Summarit to be used wide open at all distances. His experience with several Summarit lenses has been that they do not focus at the closest distance unless with f 2.8.
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