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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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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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Yeah, focus shift. Never even knew it existed until I started reading Photo forums.

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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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... and I had never realised how important minimum focus distance is
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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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I hesitate to mention DOF, circles of confusion and Bokeh ... for obvious reasons
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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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... oh, I also forgot reticulation and refraction; both of which are real yeti phenomena
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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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...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?

Cheers,

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I don't worry about taking my camera's out on the beach. I've been out there with Nikon DSLR's, Hasselblad's and Leica's.

OTOH, I've always been a little wary of rain, even more so with DSLR's. BTW, how well can the M9 handle rain?

This is the first I've heard about carrying a camera under ones jacket being a problem. OTOH, I only do this with my Leica M6 TTL and M9, should I worry about the M9?

I worry more about changing lenses on my Nikon DSLR and M9 than I ever have on a film body. OTOH, that happened as soon as I got a dirty sensor on the Nikon D70 (the first digital camera we had with changeable lenses).

The Internet definitely has made me worry about camera reliability, something I never gave any thought to previously. An extension of this, is I never felt the need for a backup body, though now I do.


It's worth remembering that things we never worried about can result in positive changes as well. For example...

It has also made me take into consideration the 'character' of lenses, something else I'd never given any thought to. However, I personally think this is a good thing. It's also why I sought out a very nice 50mm Summar, and why I bought a 1930's Rolleiflex.

It has made me aware that different formats are worthwhile, and brought me back to medium format after 25-30 years. Though my move to Large Format was thanks to the UK Magazine "Black & White" a few years ago, and an article they ran on salt prints.

It has made me aware of many aspects of photography that have allowed me to move from someone who took snapshots with a Nikon FM2, to someone that takes photographs (at times with that same FM2). I'm now aware of things such as DOF.

I never gave any thought to the film I used. I just used whatever Kodak film was the cheapest. Now I know the real reason why my digital photo's seemed so much better than what I used to get with my FM2 are due to the film I was using, and the places I used to get it developed.
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Taking pictures with anything but a cellphone makes you a pervert.

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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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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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