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Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 06-25-2013
Replies: 117
Views: 12,262
Posted By amateriat
Boris: There's something simply magical about...

Boris: There's something simply magical about this one, and that's accounting for all the terrific images I've seen here since I started this thread, which (thankfully) is still going strong...and I...
Forum: RFF Polls 06-14-2013
Replies: 2,992
Views: 1,791,093
Posted By amateriat
Jeff: That...(puts on sunglasses)...sounds like a...

Jeff: That...(puts on sunglasses)...sounds like a plan. :-)


- Barrett
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 05-31-2013
Replies: 374
Views: 112,619
Posted By amateriat
Tom: This photo (and the series) is great. Keeps...

Tom: This photo (and the series) is great. Keeps on making me a bit wistful for my now-gone Hex AF. (But my RFs still carry the torch, as it were.)


- Barrett
Forum: RFF Polls 05-13-2013
Replies: 157
Views: 12,199
Posted By amateriat
No, not so far: for digital stuff, I have a Nikon...

No, not so far: for digital stuff, I have a Nikon P6000. For the rare bit of SLR work, it's an Olympus OM-2n with Sigma 21-35 zoom, usually bolted to a tripod or monopod.


- Barrett
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 05-12-2013
Replies: 6
Views: 1,038
Posted By amateriat
IMO, someone who takes their time showing what...

IMO, someone who takes their time showing what they've shot is preferable to someone indiscriminately spewing forth the day's "take" simply because they can, technically speaking. (I can think of...
Forum: Photo Software 05-11-2013
Replies: 251
Views: 17,939
Posted By amateriat
Here's the thing a few of us might be missing:...

Here's the thing a few of us might be missing: Adobe doesn't have to worry about having a huge chunk of its user base up and revolt against this change: what they do have to worry about (and has...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-11-2013
Replies: 17
Views: 2,196
Posted By amateriat
As has always been the case, there are objective...

As has always been the case, there are objective and subjective aspects to comparing film types between different brands (and even within a single brand's line...years ago I went a little nuts...
Forum: RFF Polls 04-27-2013
Replies: 2,992
Views: 1,791,093
Posted By amateriat
Just rode one of my bikes from Brooklyn into...

Just rode one of my bikes from Brooklyn into Manhattan for a tech gig. Lovely day out. My Contax Tvs is in my backpack. :-)


- Barrett
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-18-2013
Replies: 105
Views: 8,730
Posted By amateriat
Between Tri-X, some T-Max, and especially...

Between Tri-X, some T-Max, and especially BW400CN, I'm just happy Rochester is still in the game making this stuff. These are just like teeth: ignore them and they'll go away, too.


- Barrett
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 04-17-2013
Replies: 84
Views: 35,116
Posted By amateriat
Once in a while, someone will catch me reloading...

Once in a while, someone will catch me reloading one of my cameras and ask "When did you get back into shooting film?" My answer is always the same: "Back? I never left."

Digital capture simply...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-17-2013
Replies: 73
Views: 10,041
Posted By amateriat
This has been a wonderful thread to read through,...

This has been a wonderful thread to read through, with a lot of good (and updated) advice.

My standby developer has been HC-110, although I've been sort of all over the place regarding conventional...
Forum: RFF Polls 09-30-2012
Replies: 2,992
Views: 1,791,093
Posted By amateriat
Gettin' together with my fellow RFF'ers in lower...

Gettin' together with my fellow RFF'ers in lower Manhattan shortly. (Yeah, as usual, I'm running late as the March hare, but I'll get there.)


- Barrett
Forum: RFF Polls 09-06-2012
Replies: 93
Views: 12,772
Posted By amateriat
Steady-as-she-goes here. Since "Rochester is my...

Steady-as-she-goes here. Since "Rochester is my co-pilot" once again (yeah, there's a Jack Benny joke in there), and on account of my close proximity to Adorama and B&H, I simply stock up according...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-02-2012
Replies: 18
Views: 2,473
Posted By amateriat
From what I've been reading, heavy users are...

From what I've been reading, heavy users are complaining about noticeable color shifts (midtones and highlights), largely green. Also, the paper weight is lighter, and somewhat flimsier. Apparently,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-02-2012
Replies: 18
Views: 2,473
Posted By amateriat
Bob: Agreed. Since getting my 8750, I haven't...

Bob: Agreed. Since getting my 8750, I haven't seen anything resembling a palpable improvement in printer technology in the 13" format (and in HP's case, their last attempt was pretty much a step...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-02-2012
Replies: 18
Views: 2,473
Posted By amateriat
Been there, done that (Epson SC 1100, QT setup)....

Been there, done that (Epson SC 1100, QT setup). Looked gorgeous when it worked right...which, unfortunately, was about 30% of the time. My 8750 has produced gorgeous black-and-white (and color)...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-02-2012
Replies: 18
Views: 2,473
Posted By amateriat
Never Mind Film: What's Going On with Printing?

We've been biting our nails over The Incredible Shrinking Film Manufacturer (EKC) for some time now. While i've worried about that for some time as well, something else has been gnawing at me. But I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-02-2012
Replies: 14
Views: 1,537
Posted By amateriat
That is, minus the CGI bits. (The first Star Trek...

That is, minus the CGI bits. (The first Star Trek of his was simply stunning.) By the way, The Hobbit is/was being shot on 35mm as well.

Most "blockbuster" Hollywood releases are essentially...
Forum: RFF News 09-02-2012
Replies: 87
Views: 23,072
Posted By amateriat
Oh, Lordy...Portra, BW400CN and Ektar 100 (in...

Oh, Lordy...Portra, BW400CN and Ektar 100 (in rough order of personal importance) have been my mainstays for a a while. I'll be calmly awaiting word from on high. "interesting" times indeed.


-...
Forum: Film vs Digital 08-30-2012
Replies: 0
Views: 841
Posted By amateriat
Film and digital: The Big Picture (literally).

The big guys talk about the big (http://m.thelmagazine.com/newyork/side-by-side-film-vs-digital/Content?oid=2258914) picture.

(Kindly forgive any odd formatting errors - still getting the hang of my...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-28-2012
Replies: 64
Views: 9,598
Posted By amateriat
This is but one reason why I decided decades ago...

This is but one reason why I decided decades ago to stick with 35mm: with just one format, I've eliminated one source of frustration when packing for a trip. :)

For the last decade, my "traveling"...
Forum: RFF Polls 07-28-2012
Replies: 24
Views: 10,355
Posted By amateriat
"Absitively" keep the M-Hex 35 f/2. The other...

"Absitively" keep the M-Hex 35 f/2. The other lenses have their virtues, but really, I doubt you're missing much at all. I'm also big on keeping one's kit rational - two to three lenses should do it,...
Forum: RFF Polls 07-27-2012
Replies: 2,992
Views: 1,791,093
Posted By amateriat
Not much picture-taking at all this weekend: I...

Not much picture-taking at all this weekend: I have some tech work on tap, a possible date, and - yes - yet more photo-editing for an exhibit next summer and portfolios to shop to other galleries in...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 07-12-2012
Replies: 443
Views: 50,562
Posted By amateriat
In fact, there's almost too much good stuff here...

In fact, there's almost too much good stuff here (not an uncommon occurrence on RFf). Most of y'all walk that mystical line between what to do and when to say "Yep, good enough."


- Barrett
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 07-12-2012
Replies: 443
Views: 50,562
Posted By amateriat
And here, rich subtlety. Simply beautiful, -...

And here, rich subtlety. Simply beautiful,


- Barrett
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 07-12-2012
Replies: 443
Views: 50,562
Posted By amateriat
Somehow appropriately with a Rumble Bee parked...

Somehow appropriately with a Rumble Bee parked front-and-center. Bright and crisp!

- Barrett
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 06-28-2012
Replies: 145
Views: 17,092
Posted By amateriat
Mike: so good. - Barrett

Mike: so good.


- Barrett
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-24-2012
Replies: 202
Views: 38,569
Posted By amateriat
Fantastic images here so...

Fantastic images here so far.

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/758/U758I1340590641.SEQ.0.jpg
New Year's Day Fireworks, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY, 2011

(Technical: Olympus OM-2n,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-24-2012
Replies: 74
Views: 15,879
Posted By amateriat
Well, XP-2 was my principal go-to chromogenic for...

Well, XP-2 was my principal go-to chromogenic for a long...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-15-2012
Replies: 169
Views: 17,321
Posted By amateriat
Whoa, there...I resemble that remark! ;) As...

Whoa, there...I resemble that remark! ;) As someone who immerses himself in the tech world for some semblance of a living (and owns a BlackBerry), I'm damned good at conversation. Of course, I...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 05-17-2012
Replies: 1
Views: 1,003
Posted By amateriat
As an FYI, the exhibit runs till May 26th. Don't...

As an FYI, the exhibit runs till May 26th. Don't say I didn't tell you.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-17-2012
Replies: 6
Views: 1,399
Posted By amateriat
The Power of Black-and-white...Writ Very, Very Large

I'll admit that I discovered this (http://www.ted.com/talks/jr_s_ted_prize_wish_use_art_to_turn_the_world_inside_out.html) rather late, but it's a very compelling story, with a few unexpected laughs...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 05-17-2012
Replies: 1
Views: 1,003
Posted By amateriat
Lillian Bassman at Staley-Wise Gallery

Lyrical, ephemeral, dynamic and tenderly erotic: these images have affected me since I was a bit too young to understand why they affected me so. Today, I got the chance to see them here...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-17-2012
Replies: 28
Views: 3,272
Posted By amateriat
I've used the 50 M-Hex for a decade now: don't...

I've used the 50 M-Hex for a decade now: don't think I'm missing much, if anything.


- Barrett
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-20-2012
Replies: 69
Views: 6,604
Posted By amateriat
For me, these days: - Hexar RF #1: 28mm M-Hex,...

For me, these days:

- Hexar RF #1: 28mm M-Hex, Kodak BW400CN

- Hexar RF #2: 50mm M-Hex, Kodak BW400CN

They never travel alone, though:

- Contax Tvs: Kodak Portra 160 or 400. (Occasionally 800.)
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 04-17-2012
Replies: 374
Views: 112,619
Posted By amateriat
Here I am again, checking in, and once again I...

Here I am again, checking in, and once again I have to say this is possibly one of the most visually mind-blowing threads on RFf to date. And, as much as I've happily soldiered on with my pair of Hex...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-29-2012
Replies: 169
Views: 17,321
Posted By amateriat
Yeah, that too. :) - Barrett

Yeah, that too. :)


- Barrett
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-29-2012
Replies: 169
Views: 17,321
Posted By amateriat
I suppose the simplest answer for me is that the...

I suppose the simplest answer for me is that the thought never occurred to me to stop shooting film.

The cameras I work best with - my pair of Hexar RFs, my Contax Tvs, my ersatz-view-camera...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 03-10-2012
Replies: 3,588
Views: 912,819
Posted By amateriat
Agreed. Lovely one, Paul! - Barrett

Agreed. Lovely one, Paul!


- Barrett
Forum: RFF Polls 03-10-2012
Replies: 2,992
Views: 1,791,093
Posted By amateriat
Did my snapping away yesterday (ex-GF's...

Did my snapping away yesterday (ex-GF's certificate program graduation: two rolls of BW400CN in the Hexars, one roll Portra 160NC (last of the old stuff I had before i switch to the new 160) in the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-27-2012
Replies: 94
Views: 18,431
Posted By amateriat
For me, strictly speaking, I only think of the...

For me, strictly speaking, I only think of the term regarding the rendering of skin in portraits (male or female, although it's usually the latter when people talk about this). The usual two criteria...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-25-2012
Replies: 94
Views: 18,431
Posted By amateriat
As my everyday go-to film: Kodak...

As my everyday go-to film: Kodak BW400NC.

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/758/U758I1281002513.SEQ.0.jpg
Faraway Eyes, Staten Island Ferry, July 31, 2010

(Technical: Contax TVs,...
Forum: RFF Polls 02-25-2012
Replies: 2,992
Views: 1,791,093
Posted By amateriat
No active picture-taking this time around, but...

No active picture-taking this time around, but (1) tweaking and printing from film scans, including a few prints I'm offering as prizes at tomorrow's RFF meet-up & camera pageant (our twisted little...
Forum: Olympus RF 02-24-2012
Replies: 87
Views: 18,718
Posted By amateriat
No choice of "none?" (Okay, my Pen EE isn't...

No choice of "none?"

(Okay, my Pen EE isn't quite an RF...no film in it at the moment.)


- Barrett
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-13-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 1,513
Posted By amateriat
You would think... However, my two favorite...

You would think...

However, my two favorite firms (Konica and Minolta) made what I thought at the time was a questionable move of merging and, promptly thereafter, leaving the photography business...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-13-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 1,513
Posted By amateriat
You Think Kodak's Got Problems?

Read this (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17009459), and hold onto your hats...


- Barrett
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-10-2012
Replies: 43
Views: 4,327
Posted By amateriat
Fuji, perhaps, but at this point I doubt there's...

Fuji, perhaps, but at this point I doubt there's much Agfa stock reliably floating about for rebranding.

Meanwhile, Rochester's rationalizing of their film types has puzzled me slightly: they've...
Forum: RFF Polls 01-11-2012
Replies: 53
Views: 17,282
Posted By amateriat
I guess I should count myself as lucky in this...

I guess I should count myself as lucky in this regard: I have a fantastic little lab just a few blocks away from home that's meticulous in their handling of film, even when they do a fifteen-minute...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-11-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 3,778
Posted By amateriat
Rochester has "smart-sized" their film line: the...

Rochester has "smart-sized" their film line: the Portra line has been simplified (i.e. no more "NC" and "VC" versions of 160 and 400). I'm not terribly bothered by this, since I've been scanning my...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 01-02-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 1,621
Posted By amateriat
Scenes from Montreal, between Christmas and New...

Scenes from Montreal, between Christmas and New Year's. All shot with the little Nikon P6000. (Film at eleven...when I get back on Thursday.)...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 01-02-2012
Replies: 45
Views: 13,374
Posted By amateriat
Ah, but I've been cycling the streets of Gotham...

Ah, but I've been cycling the streets of Gotham for something going on 35 years now (with and without a camera). Not exactly for the particularly faint-of-heart, but a hell of a lot safer now than...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 01-02-2012
Replies: 45
Views: 13,374
Posted By amateriat
Oh, my...it appears Mr. Cunningham has indeed...

Oh, my...it appears Mr. Cunningham has indeed "gone electric" (and I don't mean the hue of his jacket, eye-catching as it is).

Of course, for about 1/3 of my week here in Montreal, people have seen...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-04-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 1,604
Posted By amateriat
The Darker End of the Art

An article on the uncharted (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/04/arts/design/francesca-woodman-retrospective.html?_r=1&hp)(and sometimes unfortunate) paths of this creative pursuit.


- Barrett
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 11-17-2011
Replies: 161
Views: 40,360
Posted By amateriat
Holy cats, you guys just won't...

Holy cats, you guys just won't stop...!

http://photos-a.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/262710_2061327466809_1653376122_2099898_5821166_a.jpg
Me, late-night chow-down in Seattle in June, full Hex...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 11-15-2011
Replies: 19
Views: 3,226
Posted By amateriat
Okay, I believe I've gotten PDFs to everyone who...

Okay, I believe I've gotten PDFs to everyone who PM'd me.


- Barrett
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 11-13-2011
Replies: 19
Views: 3,226
Posted By amateriat
I think I found it. Whoever wants, shoot me a PM...

I think I found it. Whoever wants, shoot me a PM with your e-mail address. I might toss in a few other rare bits of published Hexarcana.


- BWB
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 11-12-2011
Replies: 19
Views: 3,226
Posted By amateriat
I have a PDF in English on another hard drive;...

I have a PDF in English on another hard drive; I'll see if I can find it.


- Barrett
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-02-2011
Replies: 2
Views: 808
Posted By amateriat
Bill: I'll likely be doing the same thing, at...

Bill: I'll likely be doing the same thing, at least as an interim step toward a full-blown website. Of course, if this is good enough, I could just stick to this.

Do give us a link here once you've...
Forum: RFF Polls 08-21-2011
Replies: 2,992
Views: 1,791,093
Posted By amateriat
Nothing to speak of for the last two weeks too...

Nothing to speak of for the last two weeks too much scanning work and "work" work), although I did some interesting cloud photography around Lincoln Center with the Nikon Coolpix while on my way to a...
Forum: RFF Polls 08-05-2011
Replies: 2,992
Views: 1,791,093
Posted By amateriat
Michael: You just gave me a great idea for a...

Michael: You just gave me a great idea for a future NYC RFF meet-up. Thank you (and have a great weekend!).

Raid: I got my summer traveling ya-yas out over a month ago, and I'm still editing through...
Forum: RFF Polls 07-30-2011
Replies: 2,992
Views: 1,791,093
Posted By amateriat
dct: Cool Renault...happy hunting! I shot so...

dct: Cool Renault...happy hunting!

I shot so much film in so short a frame of time (on both coasts, no less), that I've been busy with the backlog. The digital contact sheets have been made, and...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 07-22-2011
Replies: 45
Views: 13,374
Posted By amateriat
I've been so busy the last few months, it figures...

I've been so busy the last few months, it figures this film would slip right under my radar...but, thankfully, not too late to catch it at a local theater, which I will absolutely do this weekend....
Forum: RFF Polls 07-17-2011
Replies: 2,992
Views: 1,791,093
Posted By amateriat
Ah, haven't done any of that in a while. Only...

Ah, haven't done any of that in a while. Only rail-related thing I managed lately was in Seattle, where by sheer luck I caught a BNSF freight (single engine, still in BN black-on-green paint) rolling...
Forum: RFF Polls 07-17-2011
Replies: 2,992
Views: 1,791,093
Posted By amateriat
Other than photographing a friend's music gig in...

Other than photographing a friend's music gig in Red Hook (with my little Nikon P6000), I'm mainly concentrating on the oodles of rolls of film I shot over the last several weeks, both while in...
Forum: RFF Polls 07-08-2011
Replies: 2,992
Views: 1,791,093
Posted By amateriat
Absolutely no camera-slinging this weekend: I...

Absolutely no camera-slinging this weekend: I just returned this afternoon from my local lab with all 18 rolls I shot in Seattle a few weeks back, and I'm going to be a scannin' fool for the next day...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-05-2011
Replies: 1
Views: 733
Posted By amateriat
Shake, Rattle & Roll: Ricoh Buys Pentax?

Stop me if you've already read this, but my teeth are starting to itch already at this...
Forum: RFF Polls 07-02-2011
Replies: 2,992
Views: 1,791,093
Posted By amateriat
I'm still recovering from my week-long trip to...

I'm still recovering from my week-long trip to Seattle, and the last-minute photo-shoot gig I took on a few days after returning (the Hexars clocked about 40 rolls' worth in the course of nine days...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-11-2011
Replies: 13
Views: 2,185
Posted By amateriat
Thanks for this, Kawabantam. That is one tortuous...

Thanks for this, Kawabantam. That is one tortuous workflow, the mirror opposite of my own. I certainly grok his reasoning, though.


- Barrett
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 06-11-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 1,149
Posted By amateriat
Definitely download a new copy of VueScan. Can...

Definitely download a new copy of VueScan. Can only help.

Glad to hear your 5400 is okay. Bought mine new in 2004 and absolutely love it.


- Barrett
Forum: Travel 06-11-2011
Replies: 2
Views: 962
Posted By amateriat
"The bluest skies you've ever seen..."

Well, it's a long trip from Perry Como to Nirvana, but since I'm always telling people in a photographic "rut" to pack their gear and go someplace they've never been, I've decided to take a bit of my...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-09-2011
Replies: 13
Views: 2,185
Posted By amateriat
Interview: Salgado in the Frosty North

Not much detail on camera-related stuff (save for mentioning shooting "in black and white", which these days can mean almost anything), but some interesting...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-09-2011
Replies: 31
Views: 3,640
Posted By amateriat
Interesting, as the only other OM body I care...

Interesting, as the only other OM body I care for, besides the OM-2n, is the OM-2S/SP, which (now former) Galfriend has and uses too seldom. That body hits the sweet spot of features and handling...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-06-2011
Replies: 31
Views: 3,640
Posted By amateriat
My thoughts concur with Jamie's. I'd have the...

My thoughts concur with Jamie's. I'd have the camera looked at regarding its shutter.


- Barrett
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 06-06-2011
Replies: 97
Views: 10,969
Posted By amateriat
Well, that was different. Vast, provocative, and...

Well, that was different. Vast, provocative, and just enough off-kilter eroticism to get people out of their chairs (whether pro or con).

I largely liked it on first impression. I'll see how I feel...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-06-2011
Replies: 71
Views: 6,402
Posted By amateriat
Hold it...I thought you'd largely ditched film...

Hold it...I thought you'd largely ditched film already?

At any rate: I've had hardware/software failures on both chemical and digital fronts; for about two years I decided to give up photography...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-25-2011
Replies: 2
Views: 1,033
Posted By amateriat
The Power of Color *and* black-and-white, Together.

I will say that this (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/26/sports/baseball/26manny.html?src=ISMR_HP_LI_LST_FB) story hit me on a number of levels–as a New Yorker, as a baseball fan, and as a...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 04-18-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 2,352
Posted By amateriat
There've been a...

There've been a few...

http://mysite.verizon.net/bwbenton/Photo-mine/Towerlights-1.jpg
Tower Lights, November 2001

(Technical: Ricoh GR-1, Ilford XP-2...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 04-18-2011
Replies: 128
Views: 13,595
Posted By amateriat
There was an interview of either Minor White or a...

There was an interview of either Minor White or a contemporary of his around 1969 or so (I still have it somewhere, and I'll try to dig it up soon), more or less making the same point, effectively...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 04-17-2011
Replies: 128
Views: 13,595
Posted By amateriat
Stewart, I love this! (And, yes, I want a print...

Stewart, I love this! (And, yes, I want a print of it.)

Yes, I do think this is art. Duchamp gets his due...or just-desserts.


- Barrett
Forum: Cameras in the Movies / TV / Media 04-12-2011
Replies: 3
Views: 1,642
Posted By amateriat
Best trailer quote: "I don't date photographers....

Best trailer quote: "I don't date photographers. You keep terrible hours. And you're crazy. And there's this in-bed stuff too."

(At least, that's what I thought she said...)


- Barrett
Forum: Cameras in the Movies / TV / Media 04-12-2011
Replies: 3
Views: 1,642
Posted By amateriat
Possibly the be-all, end-all PJ Movie?

Well, you want action, intrigue, and lots and lots of film-burning cameras? (And just happening to be based on true events?)

Go here...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 04-06-2011
Replies: 128
Views: 13,595
Posted By amateriat
You're absolutely certain about that? (See...

You're absolutely certain about that? (See Roger's comment above.)


- Barrett
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-15-2011
Replies: 3
Views: 1,007
Posted By amateriat
Brian Lanker, 1947-2011

I just found this (http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/14/parting-glance-brian-lanker-1947-2011/?hp) minutes ago.

"There's just so much left to do."


- Barrett
Forum: RFF Polls 03-12-2011
Replies: 2,992
Views: 1,791,093
Posted By amateriat
This will be largely a working weekend for me,...

This will be largely a working weekend for me, but I'll have the little Nikon P6000 in tow , which I'm still getting to know. (I'm liking the b/w mode the more I use it, but still dialing in the...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 03-11-2011
Replies: 24
Views: 2,091
Posted By amateriat
sper: good going there. I've been messing a bit...

sper: good going there. I've been messing a bit with b/w via the P6000, and I must say I like most of what I've seen so far.


- Barrett
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 03-08-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 3,834
Posted By amateriat
Based on my own experience, timing is also key:...

Based on my own experience, timing is also key: taking notice of the subjects closest to you, and anticipating their movements (the woman in the foreground of "Eisie's" photo) can make a big...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-08-2011
Replies: 327
Views: 39,830
Posted By amateriat
No Argus brickbats thrown by me, Nick, but I do...

No Argus brickbats thrown by me, Nick, but I do lament Neopan 1600's passing; didn't use it a hell of a lot, but it was great when I needed it. I can manage with other stuff. (But I'm not into the...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 03-06-2011
Replies: 45
Views: 5,326
Posted By amateriat
I think the GR-1 handles both...

I think the GR-1 handles both well:

http://mysite.verizon.net/bwbenton/Photo-mine/trio.jpg
Trio, Chelsea, Manhattan, Summer 2001

(Technical: Ricoh GR-1, Ilford XP-2...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 03-06-2011
Replies: 24
Views: 2,091
Posted By amateriat
Sheesh, the time it takes to decide on something...

Sheesh, the time it takes to decide on something so tiny...

After all this time(!), I ended up with a Nikon Coolpix P6000 via That Auction Site. (It helped that the auctioneer was in the NYC area as...
Forum: RFF Polls 03-04-2011
Replies: 2,992
Views: 1,791,093
Posted By amateriat
I've had a ton of things get in the way of a ton...

I've had a ton of things get in the way of a ton of things....

And, this weekend is not much different, but I did manage to acquire a new (to me, anyway) digital wingman to my film posse (Nikon...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 02-26-2011
Replies: 74
Views: 18,352
Posted By amateriat
Not to rain on anyone's parade here, but check...

Not to rain on anyone's parade here, but check the DOF on that (admittedly beautiful) shot: quite deep, and through a 35mm (film-equivalent) focal length. There is, in fact, little for any AF system...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-13-2011
Replies: 282
Views: 34,318
Posted By amateriat
My thoughts, admittedly, are based on (1) the...

My thoughts, admittedly, are based on (1) the fact that I'll be nowhere near able to buy something like an M9 for some time, and (2) I have little to no trouble getting my C41-based film (about all...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-13-2011
Replies: 19
Views: 2,687
Posted By amateriat
I've been a steady XP2 user for a number of years...

I've been a steady XP2 user for a number of years until supply got spotty for a while (when Ilford was changing hands vis-a-vis Harman Technology), and I started using BW400CN, which I've actually...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-06-2011
Replies: 71
Views: 7,309
Posted By amateriat
On the one hand, I'm with Roger in regard to the...

On the one hand, I'm with Roger in regard to the fact that neither he, nor I (or anyone else here) can give you the definitive answer on the "perfect" film (and developer, etc.) for you. Then again,...
Forum: Cameras in the Movies / TV / Media 02-06-2011
Replies: 127
Views: 29,798
Posted By amateriat
In case no one else has mentioned it here, this...

In case no one else has mentioned it here, this (http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/thestrangecaseofangelica/) film appears to have Leica almost all over it.


- Barrett
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 02-06-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 2,493
Posted By amateriat
Green? That's news to me: other than a slight...

Green? That's news to me: other than a slight warming I've noticed under certain incandescent light (observed with silver prints as well, albeit a bit less pronounced), I've never seen any...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 01-01-2011
Replies: 6
Views: 638
Posted By amateriat
From last...

From last night:

http://mysite.verizon.net/bwbenton/Photo-mine/01-01-11/018_18.jpg
Tree of Lights, Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY, January 1, 2011

(Technical: Olympus OM-2n, Sigma 21-35mm f/3.5-4.5,...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-31-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 638
Posted By amateriat
Much obliged. I'm getting over it...slowly. That...

Much obliged. I'm getting over it...slowly.

That be a Sigma 21-35mm f/3.5-4.5, which (I've been told) is relatively rare in OM mount. Snagged it off the 'Bay a few years back, then discovered the...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-31-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 638
Posted By amateriat
nlubis: I like, I like! - Barrett

nlubis: I like, I like!


- Barrett
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-31-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 638
Posted By amateriat
W/NW: Lights in the Night (New Year's)

Consider my kickoff image as something of a placeholder to start things here, on account of (1) my shooting film (and Gold 200 at that), and (2) my having to leave the driving, scan-wise, to CVS...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-30-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 1,528
Posted By amateriat
Consider yourself lucky. :rolleyes: - Barrett

Consider yourself lucky. :rolleyes:


- Barrett
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-30-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 1,528
Posted By amateriat
Why Digital Sucks. Or Rocks. Or...*Something*

My head seriously hurts after watching this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKoRMWdESTo&feature=player_embedded)...


- Barrett
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 12-29-2010
Replies: 922
Views: 71,541
Posted By amateriat
Seems to be a bit of this going around; see here...

Seems to be a bit of this going around; see here (http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?p=1503895#post1503895). :(


- Barrett
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-29-2010
Replies: 55
Views: 5,637
Posted By amateriat
This tells me the Stasi weren't quite as "with...

This tells me the Stasi weren't quite as "with it" as portrayed in The Lives of Others; merely ruthless.


- Barrett
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-29-2010
Replies: 55
Views: 5,637
Posted By amateriat
I'm slightly more interested in his response! -...

I'm slightly more interested in his response!


- Barrett
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-29-2010
Replies: 55
Views: 5,637
Posted By amateriat
Oh, I've shot Ektar since it first came out (got...

Oh, I've shot Ektar since it first came out (got comp'd a few rolls from Rochester), and love it. Just want to dial it in a bit more for a project that largely involves my Olympus OM-2n and the Sigma...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-29-2010
Replies: 55
Views: 5,637
Posted By amateriat
Well, life (including my life with film) goes on....

Well, life (including my life with film) goes on. I'll put the rolls of Kodachrome aside (all the while singing Tony Banks' "All I Need is a Miracle"), then buy a few test rolls of Ektar for a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-29-2010
Replies: 55
Views: 5,637
Posted By amateriat
Here's hopin', but I'm not taking bets right...

Here's hopin', but I'm not taking bets right now.


- Barrett
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-29-2010
Replies: 55
Views: 5,637
Posted By amateriat
Snowstorm KILLS my K'chrome Shipment Dead

Oh, mice n' men and so on...

The Plan: Some Christmas-Day shooting on several unused rolls of Kodachrome, pack 'em up and Express Mail them first thing Monday morning, arriving at Dwayne's no later...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-10-2010
Replies: 114
Views: 15,794
Posted By amateriat
To add a bit to the thread: - Minolta and Leica...

To add a bit to the thread:

- Minolta and Leica had a relationship that started at least as far back as the early 1970s and continued until not long before the Konica-Minolta merger (which I still...
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 12-10-2010
Replies: 922
Views: 71,541
Posted By amateriat
Curious: I just took a quick look on the 'Bay,...

Curious: I just took a quick look on the 'Bay, and it looks like sellers have (albeit rather late) come to their senses in terms of pricing. Most of what's on offer, however, is Kodachrome movie...
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 12-10-2010
Replies: 922
Views: 71,541
Posted By amateriat
"Frenzy" doesn't begin to describe it. My...

"Frenzy" doesn't begin to describe it. My K'chrome supply just increased 1000% in the blink of an eye. I'll be shooting more Kodachrome in a week than I've probably shot in the last decade and a...
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 12-10-2010
Replies: 922
Views: 71,541
Posted By amateriat
I told an old friend of mine about the whole...

I told an old friend of mine about the whole Kodachrome saga this year. He'd been a bit out of the loop on this, and realized he's been sitting on "a roll or two" in the freezer.

Guess what I just...
Forum: RFF Polls 12-10-2010
Replies: 2,992
Views: 1,791,093
Posted By amateriat
Going to be a Kodachrome weekend (or week, since...

Going to be a Kodachrome weekend (or week, since Sunday's supposed to be rainy) for me as well, Raid.


- Barrett
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 12-08-2010
Replies: 922
Views: 71,541
Posted By amateriat
It's coming in just under the wire, but in...

It's coming in just under the wire, but in addition to my lone roll of K64, a good friend is expediting a shipment of a few rolls of kept-on-ice K25 and 200. Looks like I'm going into the weekend...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-30-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 1,603
Posted By amateriat
Stop Press: Leica Does an AC/DC (Back in Black)

And, no, I don't mean chrome or lacquer: it appears the Company has worked its way out of red-ink territory at last, presumably due to its recent digital product (M9, S2 et al).

What I want to know...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-29-2010
Replies: 36
Views: 4,077
Posted By amateriat
I had, and fear I've lost, a pair of really thin...

I had, and fear I've lost, a pair of really thin Manzellas that were hands-down the best gloves I've found for camera handling in relatively cold weather (down to about 20, past which point I go for...
Forum: RFF Polls 11-26-2010
Replies: 29
Poll: Flash poll
Views: 2,926
Posted By amateriat
Yes, when and where deemed necessary. With my...

Yes, when and where deemed necessary.

With my RFs: Koniica HX-18, Nikon SB-20, Metz 34 CS-2 (built-in slave-flash function on the Metz comes in handy).

With my OM-2n: Olympus T32 (natch).

Contax...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-24-2010
Replies: 48
Views: 5,500
Posted By amateriat
Heck, I'm with Gregory here. (Wonderful shots,...

Heck, I'm with Gregory here. (Wonderful shots, too!)


- Barrett
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-18-2010
Replies: 45
Views: 4,244
Posted By amateriat
Perhaps it's a regional thing, but I had a show...

Perhaps it's a regional thing, but I had a show two years back, here in Brooklyn (Red Hook, for you locals), which was all color. The only comments I got regarding this were compliments on the...
Forum: RFF Polls 11-16-2010
Replies: 183
Views: 20,055
Posted By amateriat
Yep. :) - Barrett

Yep. :)


- Barrett
Forum: RFF Polls 11-16-2010
Replies: 183
Views: 20,055
Posted By amateriat
Wow...makes me wish I was on the Other Coast for...

Wow...makes me wish I was on the Other Coast for a day. Say Hi to Lisa when you're at the get-together (yep, know her form another "list"). Also hope the weather's nicer than it is here in Gotham at...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-15-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 1,206
Posted By amateriat
Interesting (like most of Google's exploits), but...

Interesting (like most of Google's exploits), but I hardly see this as "killing" street photography, any more than the fact that nearly everyone on the street these days has some sort of "camera" on...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 11-14-2010
Replies: 374
Views: 112,619
Posted By amateriat
It happens...as I probably mentioned at least...

It happens...as I probably mentioned at least once before in this thread, I sacrificed mine in early 2002 to help buy one of my two Hexar RFs. Much as I (still) love my RFs, that wasn't an easy...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-14-2010
Replies: 488
Views: 128,412
Posted By amateriat
sreed2006: BW400CN is a great film, but you'll...

sreed2006: BW400CN is a great film, but you'll never know it from the indifferent scans and machine prints you'll receive from most non-pro labs. I use my local CVS minilab a good deal, but only have...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 11-14-2010
Replies: 22
Views: 1,940
Posted By amateriat
When Galfriend lost her Stylus a few years back...

When Galfriend lost her Stylus a few years back (we're talking about the original Stylus here, as Paul has, and is using to stunning effect), I scoured deep and wide for another example, and found a...
Forum: RFF News 11-11-2010
Replies: 35
Views: 5,743
Posted By amateriat
I say: that's what makes you even more hip. For...

I say: that's what makes you even more hip. For what that's worth.
;)

- Barrett
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 11-09-2010
Replies: 20
Views: 8,369
Posted By amateriat
In fact, the NX100 does have an (optional) EVF...

In fact, the NX100 does have an (optional) EVF available. I'm taking a close look at the NX100 myself.

isorgb: Great images. I also notice that the 30mm kit lens seems to exhibit relatively little...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-07-2010
Replies: 96
Views: 5,828
Posted By amateriat
Damn...practically kindred spirits. ;) The first...

Damn...practically kindred spirits. ;)

The first two years I had my Hexar kit, I almost never went out the door without the whole kit in my F-803. A lot of my favorite images occurred in that...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-04-2010
Replies: 132
Views: 8,421
Posted By amateriat
In my neck of the woods, with a surfeit of doting...

In my neck of the woods, with a surfeit of doting and deep-pocketed parents, this wouldn't necessarily raise an eyebrow (for better or worse).


- Barrett
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 11-04-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 2,659
Posted By amateriat
Quite interesting: the 50 I could see, but the 35...

Quite interesting: the 50 I could see, but the 35 dropping like that is a little surprising.


- Barrett
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-03-2010
Replies: 116
Views: 9,664
Posted By amateriat
I'm thinking of a photographer who was profiled...

I'm thinking of a photographer who was profiled in a mid-70s Canon F-1 print ad. One of her statements in the ad was "I can always make an image through a lens softer, but never sharper!" In my case,...
Forum: RFF News 11-02-2010
Replies: 35
Views: 5,743
Posted By amateriat
"Range-a-finder." Totally cracked me up. SO...

"Range-a-finder." Totally cracked me up. SO on-target, too. I hadn't know of it until hitting this thread.


- Barrett
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-02-2010
Replies: 16
Views: 1,430
Posted By amateriat
I've gone back-and-forth: I've had some kind of...

I've gone back-and-forth: I've had some kind of computer since 1985 (scary thought, this...) and got hip to the Internets since about '94-95. There were periods when I took more photos in spite of...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-02-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 1,494
Posted By amateriat
The SLING's been standard equipment on one of my...

The SLING's been standard equipment on one of my two Hexar RFs for about seven years now:

http://mysite.verizon.net/bwbenton/hexduo.jpg
The one on the left.

No failures to speak of. In fact, it...
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 10-31-2010
Replies: 922
Views: 71,541
Posted By amateriat
An old friend (ex-NY'er, now on the Other Coast)...

An old friend (ex-NY'er, now on the Other Coast) is sending me a roll from his frozen stash–possibly some K25!–and this will join my roll of K64 as I ring out the year and Golden Age of film-based...
Forum: RFF Polls 10-31-2010
Replies: 2,992
Views: 1,791,093
Posted By amateriat
Well, I shot six rolls at Brooklyn's famous...

Well, I shot six rolls at Brooklyn's famous Hallowe'en Parade last night, in which Galfriend participated. Broke out nearly the entire Hexar kit (which a paramedic covering the parade recognized!),...
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 10-30-2010
Replies: 498
Views: 150,973
Posted By amateriat
Wow...incredible photo. Do NOT change a thing....

Wow...incredible photo. Do NOT change a thing. Everything in the frame is part of a piece, as far as I'm concerned.

I'm missing my long-term-loan M2 an awful lot. I'll be petitioning its owner to...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-29-2010
Replies: 70
Views: 7,047
Posted By amateriat
Indeed, the ME and MX were two entirely different...

Indeed, the ME and MX were two entirely different beasts, although I've only used the latter extensively.

Minolta's relationship with the pro market was always an interesting one: for one thing,...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-29-2010
Replies: 20
Views: 3,907
Posted By amateriat
Sorry, sir, crockery is on the next floor... -...

Sorry, sir, crockery is on the next floor...


- Barrett
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-29-2010
Replies: 70
Views: 7,047
Posted By amateriat
Monz: That's a nice, er, pair... - Barrett

Monz: That's a nice, er, pair...


- Barrett
Forum: RFF Polls 10-29-2010
Replies: 183
Views: 20,055
Posted By amateriat
u_a: I'm using Noodler's Old Manhattan/Blackest...

u_a: I'm using Noodler's Old Manhattan/Blackest Black in my Pilot 823. No problems (unlike my horror show with PR Plum in my Lamy 2k), but I'm going to try Pilot's own standard-issue black. I'm...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-29-2010
Replies: 70
Views: 7,047
Posted By amateriat
Sparrow6224: The OM-1'a metering pattern is your...

Sparrow6224: The OM-1'a metering pattern is your standard CW average.

Also, the XD-11 was Minolta's very elegant answer to Canon's AE-1; I don't think the OM series was quite on Minolta's radar at...
Forum: RFF Polls 10-29-2010
Replies: 183
Views: 20,055
Posted By amateriat
Funny, this had crossed my mind a short time...

Funny, this had crossed my mind a short time ago...

Scary, too: I thought we had heavy conversations around here about film/dev combinations...!


- Barrett
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-29-2010
Replies: 327
Views: 39,830
Posted By amateriat
Yep, Rochester is less confusing. In my case,...

Yep, Rochester is less confusing. In my case, they're also one hell of a lot closer.


- Barrett
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 10-29-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 1,491
Posted By amateriat
Patrick: Funny you should mention that. A friend...

Patrick: Funny you should mention that. A friend and client had his FW ports go out on his PB G4 last week while we were working on other stuff. Those PCM-CIA/CardBus FW adapters are pretty thin on...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-29-2010
Replies: 70
Views: 7,047
Posted By amateriat
The OM series was an exercise in minimalism which...

The OM series was an exercise in minimalism which resulted in a camera that was every bit as useful as its larger counterparts (with a lens system that mostly matched), and while the thing doesn't...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 10-29-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 1,491
Posted By amateriat
David: Try This: - Turn off MacBook Pro -...

David: Try This:

- Turn off MacBook Pro

- Restart, but press and hold down these four keys before* you hear the first startup chime: Option, Apple (Command), P, R.

- Keep keys held down until you...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 10-27-2010
Replies: 112
Views: 12,699
Posted By amateriat
I've had only a few occasions where my cameras...

I've had only a few occasions where my cameras were put directly in harm's way, weather-wise, in the name of Getting The Picture. All involved snow. Lots of snow. First there were my Minolta 9xi...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 10-27-2010
Replies: 538
Views: 45,321
Posted By amateriat
l.mar: Shockingly good. - Barrett

l.mar: Shockingly good.


- Barrett
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-27-2010
Replies: 45
Views: 12,537
Posted By amateriat
Whoops, my bad...I'll blame my error on staying...

Whoops, my bad...I'll blame my error on staying up too darn late. I even handled a friend's 67 decades ago, after which I cracked, "Groovy! Know any good chiropractors?"



That's what everyone told...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 10-27-2010
Replies: 18
Views: 4,694
Posted By amateriat
RL: My take with the 9180 is that when one set of...

RL: My take with the 9180 is that when one set of print heads goes, especially after a few years, it's probably best to bite the bullet and swap them all out. And, I agree with Rem: better to be able...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-27-2010
Replies: 308
Views: 67,228
Posted By amateriat
Now all we Hexen-folk need is a smart-n-snarky...

Now all we Hexen-folk need is a smart-n-snarky riposte of our own...

(Sorry, haven't come up with one just yet.)


- Barrett
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 10-27-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 1,187
Posted By amateriat
For Pretty Good scans from 35mm film (mounted...

For Pretty Good scans from 35mm film (mounted slides or negs) the Epson V700/750 flatbeds do a decent job (and, from your description of your needs, probably the best choice). For more critical...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-26-2010
Replies: 45
Views: 12,537
Posted By amateriat
I seem to recall this. The size of the MX, along...

I seem to recall this. The size of the MX, along with the system capabilities offered by the LX, compelled me to switch from Canon to Pentax in 1981. My early-adopter experience with the LX was an...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-26-2010
Replies: 45
Views: 12,537
Posted By amateriat
Bingo. They put all their eggs in the developing...

Bingo. They put all their eggs in the developing SLR market (right down to the company name), which from a business standpoint made absolute sense.

No single camera company has ever been all things...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-26-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 1,676
Posted By amateriat
Word. :) I don't quite get the...

Word. :)

I don't quite get the scanning-is-boring bit. I'm almost as jazzed byu the process as I was when I brought home my very first film scanner (a second-hand Nikon Coolscan LS-10) twelve years...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-26-2010
Replies: 17
Views: 2,527
Posted By amateriat
I had a bit of a laugh when I was attempting to...

I had a bit of a laugh when I was attempting to write my "artist's statement" for my first one-person show a few years back. My some miracle, I managed to write something that (1) was interesting to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-25-2010
Replies: 3
Views: 1,029
Posted By amateriat
Yep, Jan, it's almost as if they've swapped...

Yep, Jan, it's almost as if they've swapped places with Kodak in this regard (I once contrasted Kodak and Fuji with the words "American inscrutability, Japanese know-how"). Now I have little idea...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-25-2010
Replies: 3
Views: 1,029
Posted By amateriat
Fuji a No-Show at Photo Plus Expo?

I thought I had missed that get-in-free envelope, so I'd written off getting into Photo Plus Expo, but an e-mail from Tiffen tonight changed all that, so I'll be checking it out. As has been the case...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 10-25-2010
Replies: 18
Views: 4,694
Posted By amateriat
Not exactly...the dye-based inks used in the 8750...

Not exactly...the dye-based inks used in the 8750 aren't your here-today-gone-next-year sort. A bit short compared to pigs, but I'll settle for a century-plus of longevity, without the artifacts too...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-24-2010
Replies: 42
Views: 3,301
Posted By amateriat
To quote Lillian Hellman: Do I have to...

To quote Lillian Hellman: Do I have to choose?

In most all the households in which I've resided, 'fridge space has always been tight: the most film I've been able to stash in one go has been about...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 10-24-2010
Replies: 18
Views: 4,694
Posted By amateriat
Ink tank capacity for the B9180 is considerably...

Ink tank capacity for the B9180 is considerably greater than the carts for the Epson 2200. That's why there's a sizable price difference. (The B9180 ink-delivery system essentially amounts to a...
Forum: Film vs Digital 10-24-2010
Replies: 109
Views: 9,000
Posted By amateriat
Well, you're one for two here. ;) Great story....

Well, you're one for two here. ;)

Great story. Glad to have you here!


- Barrett
Forum: Yashica RF 10-23-2010
Replies: 128
Views: 25,621
Posted By amateriat
Thanks for this, Keith. (Wow...was it that long...

Thanks for this, Keith. (Wow...was it that long ago?)

Still fabulous images.


- Barrett
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / 10-21-2010
Replies: 24
Views: 3,432
Posted By amateriat
Keith: However I convert the currency, somebody...

Keith: However I convert the currency, somebody saw her coming. Even the priciest pro lab here wouldn't charge that.



I got a Holga 135 (the standard-issue version) as a gift from a friend in Hong...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 10-21-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 2,493
Posted By amateriat
Erwitt, HP, and the New Platinum Hybrid Dance

I haven't paid much more than passing attention to the whole digital-negative process, not because I didn't think it was worthwhile, but because it didn't really apply to the hybrid workflow I've...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-21-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 1,568
Posted By amateriat
It all comes down to how well the processor is...

It all comes down to how well the processor is maintained. I've had indifferent results from would-be "pro" labs, and good results from the lab in chain stores like CVS and Duane-Reade. (And...
Forum: RFF Polls 10-18-2010
Replies: 183
Views: 20,055
Posted By amateriat
I regard the 45 as the "low end" of the Good...

I regard the 45 as the "low end" of the Good Stuff. The fact that you've held onto it so long says a lot, too.


- Barrett
Forum: RFF Polls 10-18-2010
Replies: 183
Views: 20,055
Posted By amateriat
I see the poll indicates a solid 70% are into...

I see the poll indicates a solid 70% are into fountain pens. Why am I somehow not surprised?



Not just mechanical, but manual-wind-only for me, sans day/date display...way too fussy for me. Just...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 10-16-2010
Replies: 452
Views: 174,546
Posted By amateriat
Maybe it's the quality of images here (to say the...

Maybe it's the quality of images here (to say the least, incredibly high); perhaps it's the subject, the architecture and the (hopeful) symbolism behind it. Maybe it's just me at the moment. But...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 10-16-2010
Replies: 452
Views: 174,546
Posted By amateriat
Ben, that is breathtaking! - Barrett

Ben, that is breathtaking!


- Barrett
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 10-09-2010
Replies: 38
Views: 4,268
Posted By amateriat
In my case, carefully-tweaked (and scanned)...

In my case, carefully-tweaked (and scanned) chromogenic film:

http://mysite.verizon.net/bwbenton/Photo-mine/SI%20Ferry-AIMP/Scan-100805-0025.jpg
Skyline Pose, Staten Island Ferry, July 31, 2010...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-08-2010
Replies: 864
Views: 147,917
Posted By amateriat
The HP prism might look a tad less "integrated"...

The HP prism might look a tad less "integrated" to the F3 body, but to my bespectacled eyes it was a godsend. First SLR whose VF I seriously got on with.


- Barrett
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-07-2010
Replies: 864
Views: 147,917
Posted By amateriat
Well, I haven't had one in a long time...this was...

Well, I haven't had one in a long time...this was the last time anyone saw me with one:

http://mysite.verizon.net/bwbenton/BB-OSD/BBva1a.jpg
Me and motorized F3 (still have that Slik 505!), waitin'...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 10-05-2010
Replies: 1,337
Views: 198,160
Posted By amateriat
ederek: Beautiful and powerful. Wonder who had...

ederek: Beautiful and powerful. Wonder who had the presence of mind mind to do that?
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 10-05-2010
Replies: 304
Views: 103,046
Posted By amateriat
Know the feeling. You're nudging me towards...

Know the feeling. You're nudging me towards sending my GR-1 off to CRIS sooner rather than later. Too good a camera to let lay fallow.


- Barrett
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-03-2010
Replies: 130
Views: 16,621
Posted By amateriat
Even in the thick of my SLR days, RFs figured...

Even in the thick of my SLR days, RFs figured somewhat in the mix: a black Canon GIII here, a Leica CL there, an Olympus XA somewhere else. But it was living with a Konica Hexar autofocus for five...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-29-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 1,183
Posted By amateriat
Accessorizing: Now We're In For It...

I'm not sure whether to laugh out loud or cringe at this (http://store.petapixel.com/products/Leica-Look%252dAlike-Skin-for-the-iPhone-4.html) one...

(Yes, yes, stop me if you've heard this one,...
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 09-28-2010
Replies: 922
Views: 71,541
Posted By amateriat
I'm just re-posting the most-recently updated...

I'm just re-posting the most-recently updated version of The List to correct the spelling of my screen name. :D

1. Raid
2. Mephilico
3. ktran
4. blw
5. P. Lynn Miller
6. Mister E
7. Brian...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 09-26-2010
Replies: 42
Views: 5,018
Posted By amateriat
I can only recall Saturday Night Live's...

I can only recall Saturday Night Live's faux-commercial for a triple-bladed razor (eerily predating the Gillette Mach3), and its slogan/tagline: "Because You'll Believe...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 09-26-2010
Replies: 34
Views: 4,489
Posted By amateriat
Very, very nice. Pablito: While I agree the...

Very, very nice.

Pablito: While I agree the closing statement of the film was rather gratuitous, I do know the difference between even a well-crafted inkjet print (hell, that what I work with 95% of...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-24-2010
Replies: 3
Views: 946
Posted By amateriat
Yeah...I was going to put a "stop me if you've...

Yeah...I was going to put a "stop me if you've seen this one already" thing in the title.


Depends on the button. (Presumably, not the sort you push.) :p


- Barrett
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-24-2010
Replies: 3
Views: 946
Posted By amateriat
New Meets VERY Old...Head-On

Well, this (http://www.cinema5d.com/viewtopic.php?p=133996) is definitely not my speed, but I thought you guys might get a kick out of it.


- Barrett
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-23-2010
Replies: 4
Views: 4,522
Posted By amateriat
I think the stated date in Berliner's post needs...

I think the stated date in Berliner's post needs a little revising... ;)

I'll check in with Nippon about what they can do with Hexars (both AF and RF), since they're not too far from me.

Precision...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 09-23-2010
Replies: 29
Views: 2,072
Posted By amateriat
http://mysite.verizon.net/bwbenton/WTC%20Exhibit/W...

http://mysite.verizon.net/bwbenton/WTC%20Exhibit/WTC-JPEG/GW%27s%20signature.jpg
GW's Signature, May 1981

(Technical: Canon F-1, FD 135mm f/2.5, Kodak EPR)


- Barrett
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 09-23-2010
Replies: 29
Views: 2,072
Posted By amateriat
http://mysite.verizon.net/bwbenton/WTC%20Exhibit/W...

http://mysite.verizon.net/bwbenton/WTC%20Exhibit/WTC-JPEG/Points%20to%20Empire.jpg
Points to Empire, May 1981 (from the Above All This exhibit)

(Technical: Canon F-1, FD 135mm f/2.5, Kodak EPR)


-...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 09-23-2010
Replies: 29
Views: 2,072
Posted By amateriat
http://mysite.verizon.net/bwbenton/Photo-mine/hobt...

http://mysite.verizon.net/bwbenton/Photo-mine/hobterm3.jpg
Hoboken Terminal, NJ, 1981

(Technical: Pentax LX, Pentax SMC 45-125mm f/4, Kodak EPR)


- Barrett
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 09-23-2010
Replies: 29
Views: 2,072
Posted By amateriat
http://mysite.verizon.net/bwbenton/wtc78.jpg WTC...

http://mysite.verizon.net/bwbenton/wtc78.jpg
WTC and Couple, March 1981

(Technical: Canon EF, 24mm f/2.8, Kodachrome 64, from an old, slightly dodgy scan)


- Barrett
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 09-22-2010
Replies: 22
Views: 3,527
Posted By amateriat
In fact, it is more quiet, mostly on account of...

In fact, it is more quiet, mostly on account of shorter duration of motorized racket. It's rather interesting, even though I shoot about 80% of the time in single-frame/shot mode, I do switch to...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 09-22-2010
Replies: 1,696
Views: 183,411
Posted By amateriat
Highly doubt that any orders have been placed...

Highly doubt that any orders have been placed just yet, although I'm betting Fuji have had a ton of inquiries to that end. By this time, they must know they've got something akin to a tiger by the...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 09-22-2010
Replies: 1,696
Views: 183,411
Posted By amateriat
Don't I know it! But, as a far more famous person...

Don't I know it! But, as a far more famous person than I'll ever be said: I've got this feeling...


I sort-of grok your paranoia here, Jon. But you have to think volume, man! What if we pushed this...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 09-22-2010
Replies: 1,696
Views: 183,411
Posted By amateriat
Won't argue with you there... This is what will...

Won't argue with you there...


This is what will be fascinating to watch: I looked at Nikon's P7000 with a degree of interest, but also got a big dose of "Canon Gx wannabe" from its design. Better...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 09-21-2010
Replies: 1,696
Views: 183,411
Posted By amateriat
The Hexar Autofocus wasn't a "true" rangefinder...

The Hexar Autofocus wasn't a "true" rangefinder either. I didn't care: I owned one for five years, took tons of pictures with it, and only (reluctantly) gave it up for help finance one of two Hexar...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 09-21-2010
Replies: 1,696
Views: 183,411
Posted By amateriat
Ladies and Gentlemen, I think we've given Fuji...

Ladies and Gentlemen, I think we've given Fuji our answer.

Bring on the X100!


- Barrett
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-21-2010
Replies: 186
Views: 14,383
Posted By amateriat
Well, look at it this way: to someone taking a...

Well, look at it this way: to someone taking a pic of their kids at the museum with an iPhone*, ALL these other cameras are "retro", or, perhaps, "antique."

Meanwhile, here are today's scores:

Fuji...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 09-21-2010
Replies: 1,696
Views: 183,411
Posted By amateriat
Taking a real, close look at this very nice Fuji...

Taking a real, close look at this very nice Fuji makes me wonder: whatever became of Konica's top-notch tech people...?

If this outfit got hold of any of them, I'd advise y'all to buckle up, because...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-21-2010
Replies: 186
Views: 14,383
Posted By amateriat
My first Konica Hexar RF body, brand-new, set me...

My first Konica Hexar RF body, brand-new, set me back about a grand. The Kit that my second body came with, was just a bit more than that. Titanium top, bottom, front and side plates, finished in a...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-21-2010
Replies: 186
Views: 14,383
Posted By amateriat
Really? I was thinking of using it to shape...

Really? I was thinking of using it to shape ground beef on a butcher block to make perfectly-sized sliders. Mmmm...Leica sliders...!


- Barrett
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