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Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author

 

“Our autobiography is written in our contact sheets,  and our opinion of the world in our selects”  

"Never ever confuse sharp with good, or you will end up shaving with an ice cream cone and licking a razor blade."  

 

Bill Pierce is one of the most successful Leica photographers and authors ever. I initially "met" Bill in the wonderful 1973 15th edition Leica Manual (the one with the M5 on the cover). I kept reading and re-reading his four chapters, continually amazed at his knoweldge and ability, thinking "if I only knew a small part of what this guy knows... wow."  I looked foward to his monthly columns in Camera 35 and devoured them like a starving man.  Bill has worked as a photojournalist  for 25 years, keyword: WORK.  Many photogs dream of the professional photographer's  life that Bill has earned and enjoyed.  Probably Bill's most famous pic is Nixon departing the White House for the last time, victory signs still waving. 

 

Bill  has been published in many major magazines, including  Time, Life, Newsweek, U.S. News, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, New York Magazine, Stern, L'Express and Paris Match.  :His published books include  The Leica Manual,  War Torn, Survivors and Victims in the Late 20th Century, Homeless in America,  Human Rights in China,  Children of War.  Add to that numerous exhibitions at major galleries and museums.  Magazine contributions include  Popular Photography,  Camera 35, Leica Manual,  Photo District News, the Encyclopedia of Brittanica, the Digital Journalist, and now RFF.  Major awards include Leica Medal of Excellence, Overseas Press Club's Oliver Rebbot Award for Best Photojournalism from Abroad,  and the World Press Photo's Budapest Award. Perhaps an ever bigger award is Tom Abrahamsson's comment: "If you want to know Rodinal, ask Bill."

 

I met Bill in person through our mutual friend Tom Abrahamsson.  In person his insight and comments are every bit as interesting and engaging as his writing.  He is a great guy who really KNOWS photography.  I am happy to say he has generously agreed to host this forum at RFF  From time to time Bill will bring up topics, but you are also invited to ask questions.  Sit down and enjoy the ride!

 


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Old 08-05-2016   #1
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Just a quick note... All of us addicted to web reviews and tests of our gear should probably read this.


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Here's a bookmark to the specific articles.

https://www.lensrentals.com/blog/201...d-the-curtain/
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Even subscription gear review sites do not benefit from peer review and, or editorial oversight.
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reviewers who give you the details and leave out the irrelevant
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reviewers who give you the details and leave out the irrelevant

Roger Cicala and Sean Reid (earlier post) have clear cut approaches to what they review and are not ashamed to tell you how and why they reached their conclusions. Sean's detailed methodology and template-driven approach gets a bit tedious, but he leaves you with data that is not available elsewhere. And Roger is quite delightful, especially when he takes some incredibly expensive camera or lens apart down to the smallest screws and connectors (and puts them back together afterwards!).

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I like to read the Lens Rental blogs. Amusing and informative. However, the technical stuff loses me. I'm one of those people who read camera tests by skipping to the end for the summary. These days, everybody's equipment is capable of making good pictures.
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Roger Cicala and the Lens Rental staff are one of the few sources I trust. The others are more obscure... Photozone, LensTip end ephotozine. Another popular site is useful but I don't think it possible to mention it here.

When I'm interested in cameras' signal-to-noise ratios (which happens to determine their analog dynamic range) I look at Bill Claff's data. Claff does statistical analyses from unrendered raw files which eliminates the subjective effects of rendering . It's not that how rendered images look isn't important. It's that SNR can't be improved after the shutter closes. So for many aspects of IQ SNR is a limiting factor. DxO's data seems to be a lighting rod for controversy. I don't think their metrics are easy to understand. But I do think their data is useful and reliable.
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