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Forum: Photography General Interest 10-13-2016
Replies: 214
Views: 15,452
Posted By hepcat
A couple of mine over the...

A couple of mine over the years...

https://c3.staticflickr.com/4/3939/15402531530_e63a16c984.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/pt511s)L1010409 (https://flic.kr/p/pt511s) by Roger H...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-11-2016
Replies: 33
Views: 3,461
Posted By hepcat
Not really, no. It was billed as a debate, but...

Not really, no. It was billed as a debate, but was really more of gudge match... or re-match. The voters were the losers.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-11-2016
Replies: 33
Views: 3,461
Posted By hepcat
No, and frankly I'm upset at them both because of...

No, and frankly I'm upset at them both because of that.

However, no, I don't recall asking you. <grin>

ON EDIT:

Ok, those were both said tongue-in-cheek. One of the great strengths (and...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-11-2016
Replies: 33
Views: 3,461
Posted By hepcat
It would be my most ardent wish to have a...

It would be my most ardent wish to have a competent third party candidate for whom I could vote. That would solve our dilemma easily.

It's a complicated task separating the partisan-driven hype...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-11-2016
Replies: 33
Views: 3,461
Posted By hepcat
Unfortunately, I think that the US electorate is...

Unfortunately, I think that the US electorate is so ill-informed these days, I have serious doubts that many of us could even find Europe on a map, much less tell you much about it or how our...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-11-2016
Replies: 33
Views: 3,461
Posted By hepcat
Just a warning, Keith... the next guy I hear that...

Just a warning, Keith... the next guy I hear that uses "tremendous" in a sentence is going to end up in a violent confrontation. Apparently that's the only adjective one of our candidates owns......
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-15-2016
Replies: 37
Views: 5,231
Posted By hepcat
I have reversed course again! I got the 645 Pro...

I have reversed course again!

I got the 645 Pro TL outfit and some additional accessories like the WLF. I figured out very quickly that it seemed like sort of a hobbled and primitive version of...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-07-2016
Replies: 39
Views: 5,947
Posted By hepcat
How about some Ford colors from the...

How about some Ford colors from the M9P?

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Forum: Fuji X Series 03-04-2016
Replies: 119
Views: 13,850
Posted By hepcat
I'll be 61 on Sunday. Does that make it already...

I'll be 61 on Sunday. Does that make it already obsolete for me before it hits the shelves?
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-04-2016
Replies: 37
Views: 5,231
Posted By hepcat
That's a new interpretation for me. Tonality...

That's a new interpretation for me. Tonality transitions would depend on resolution perhaps? In any event, I like the look of medium format images made on film.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-03-2016
Replies: 37
Views: 5,231
Posted By hepcat
Nope. It's about depth and luminosity. It's...

Nope. It's about depth and luminosity. It's about the transitions of tone. No, resolution is just a small part of what medium format brings. If you really want to see those qualities, look to...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-03-2016
Replies: 37
Views: 5,231
Posted By hepcat
This one is the standard 35mm back... but it's...

This one is the standard 35mm back... but it's an interesting option.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-03-2016
Replies: 37
Views: 5,231
Posted By hepcat
The Rollei SLRs always seemed a little exotic to...

The Rollei SLRs always seemed a little exotic to me... and accessories seem to be hard to come by used as there were so few of them sold.



Apparently you've never shot Polaroids? They're great...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-02-2016
Replies: 37
Views: 5,231
Posted By hepcat
Well, three weeks into having the 645AFDii setup,...

Well, three weeks into having the 645AFDii setup, I have put it back up for sale. I'm just not bonding with it. It doesn't have a waist-level finder, which I really miss. I didn't think I would...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-02-2016
Replies: 29
Views: 2,758
Posted By hepcat
BTW, there seem to be quite a number of...

BTW, there seem to be quite a number of Millenials who've decided to live off the grid, stealth camping in B-vans. There are a lot of them blogging their lifestyles now too.

I've traveled...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-02-2016
Replies: 29
Views: 2,758
Posted By hepcat
I bought a '95 Coachmen B-van...

I bought a '95 Coachmen B-van (https://flic.kr/s/aHskufziqm) last year with 26k miles on it for $5k. it needed a little TLC and some work, but it's got all all the comforts of a new $125k van. I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-28-2016
Replies: 29
Views: 2,129
Posted By hepcat
Lake Ponchartrain from the window of the train...

Lake Ponchartrain from the window of the train they call "The City of New Orleans" April 2015

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/581/22089960699_b0135e4cf0_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/zE1PHn)DSCF3825...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-14-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 2,822
Posted By hepcat
David, I've had a number of Zorki 4k and Fed 5c...

David, I've had a number of Zorki 4k and Fed 5c bodies over the years and there's a WORLD of difference in use between them and ANY M body. While it's true that the do contain a rangefinder...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-13-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 2,822
Posted By hepcat
If you want another body for the sake of having...

If you want another body for the sake of having another body, pick up an M4-2 or M4-P. they're around $700, and will use all of your Canon glass (with an LTM-M adapter ring.) They have all of the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-05-2016
Replies: 37
Views: 5,231
Posted By hepcat
I'm not looking at digital for printing large...

I'm not looking at digital for printing large necessarily... my M9P's 18mp files are plenty large enough for anything I'd ever do. I'm looking for the three dimensionality that MF gives that you...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-03-2016
Replies: 37
Views: 5,231
Posted By hepcat
Although I understand your perspective, the term...

Although I understand your perspective, the term "chump change," sir is relative. My car is worth about $12,000.



The gains, for me, would be the same gains one gets shooting medium format film...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-03-2016
Replies: 37
Views: 5,231
Posted By hepcat
Compared to the 1948 design of the 500 bodies,...

Compared to the 1948 design of the 500 bodies, the Mamiya AFDii is truly 21st century! <grin> Although I'm going to miss the Hassy. I've shot them for nearly 30 years now, so they're...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-03-2016
Replies: 18
Views: 1,783
Posted By hepcat
I suppose it's all really a matter of semantics...

I suppose it's all really a matter of semantics and comparatives...

compared to this one, it really IS in "good...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-03-2016
Replies: 37
Views: 5,231
Posted By hepcat
I certainly don't need anything much more than...

I certainly don't need anything much more than 20mp tops... a Leaf 28mp would be nice and was what I was looking at for $2500.



I'm coming from years of shooting Hassy, and Mamiya C330s before...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-02-2016
Replies: 27
Views: 1,526
Posted By hepcat
A 35 is a 35 is a 35 in terms of field of view...

A 35 is a 35 is a 35 in terms of field of view and DOF. Some are more fiddly than others... and honestly, pre-focusing and letting your DOF carry you would be the ONLY way to shoot the Fed and the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-02-2016
Replies: 37
Views: 5,231
Posted By hepcat
No problem... I was actually surprised when I...

No problem... I was actually surprised when I saw the Mamiya prices too. What really surprised me was that the 645AFDii was only a couple of hundred more for the outfit than some of the 645 Pro TL...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-02-2016
Replies: 37
Views: 5,231
Posted By hepcat
I waited YEARS for that to happen... and it...

I waited YEARS for that to happen... and it hasn't happened yet, nor does it look likely that it will... and I'm not willing to spend half what my house and twice what my car is worth for a...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-02-2016
Replies: 37
Views: 5,231
Posted By hepcat
'cause I bought the whole Mamiya kit for about...

'cause I bought the whole Mamiya kit for about half the asking price of a used Contax 645 body alone.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-02-2016
Replies: 37
Views: 5,231
Posted By hepcat
Medium format in the 21st Century

Well... I did it... I've decided to move into the 21st Century with my medium format gear... I've put all of my Hasselblad V series gear up for sale, and found a near-new condition Mamiya 645AFDii...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-26-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 1,219
Posted By hepcat
Very nice indeed. They have the feel of those...

Very nice indeed. They have the feel of those early antarctic expedition photos. Well done!
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-22-2016
Replies: 96
Views: 5,632
Posted By hepcat
I've had a number of cameras I've owned, enjoyed,...

I've had a number of cameras I've owned, enjoyed, and sold... but the only piece I regret selling was the 1992 Canon EOS 50mm f/1.0 L lens I had. I paid under $2k for it... and recently found that...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-20-2016
Replies: 202
Views: 77,608
Posted By hepcat
Some of us began shooting Leica in the early...

Some of us began shooting Leica in the early 1970s when they were almost out of business, and used Leicas were sold off or put in closets as people scrambled to buy the latest SLR. Anyone shooting a...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-20-2016
Replies: 115
Views: 22,094
Posted By hepcat
I work in color mostly as well. The M9's RAW...

I work in color mostly as well. The M9's RAW color palate is very close to what I like, but it's the only camera I've owned that hasn't taken significant tweaking in Lightroom to get what I want out...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-20-2016
Replies: 115
Views: 22,094
Posted By hepcat
The very issue I had that drove me away from the...

The very issue I had that drove me away from the X-Pro1... the camera had NO idea what I want or like... either in image output OR focus, and the X-Pro1 didn't do what I wanted from it at all. The...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-20-2016
Replies: 37
Views: 2,450
Posted By hepcat
So, I presume you have, at your fingertips, a log...

So, I presume you have, at your fingertips, a log of the serial number of every serialized item you own so you can report the serial number to NCIC if it's stolen? No? I don't either.

Through the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-18-2016
Replies: 27
Views: 2,208
Posted By hepcat
Fortunately we have enough of resurgence in film...

Fortunately we have enough of resurgence in film that one of our local camera stores (who carries NO film equipment new or used) made the (NOT inconsequential) investment to upgrade their C41...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-13-2016
Replies: 50
Views: 4,700
Posted By hepcat
I am certainly glad that I didn't follow that...

I am certainly glad that I didn't follow that advice as a youngster. I'd have missed out on SO much. One of the things I've been able to learn over the years about photography is that there are...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-12-2016
Replies: 50
Views: 4,700
Posted By hepcat
I spent the better part of two years in a Navy...

I spent the better part of two years in a Navy photolab darkroom, daily doing custom and quantity hand-printing from about twenty different photographers' negatives. Cal's advice is advice that is...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-07-2016
Replies: 31
Views: 1,699
Posted By hepcat
No. You judge their competence by whether or...

No.



You judge their competence by whether or not you're looking at a strong image. Sometimes you can tell its been manipulated (HDR for example) and sometimes you'll have absolutely no clue. But...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-07-2016
Replies: 31
Views: 1,699
Posted By hepcat
That's a loaded question! bmattock has a good...

That's a loaded question! bmattock has a good point that photo-manipulation through both film processing AND printing has been done since the medium was invented. Ansel Adams was a master of...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-06-2016
Replies: 10
Views: 1,690
Posted By hepcat
I've never gotten on with tabbed lenses, so every...

I've never gotten on with tabbed lenses, so every one I have is tab-less. I always found the tab was just in my way, and if it was an infinity lock, the focus point I wanted was just at the spot you...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-05-2016
Replies: 30
Views: 4,324
Posted By hepcat
While not integrated into the camera body itself,...

While not integrated into the camera body itself, the 1953 Canon IIF had an integrated "hot rail" on the left side that accepted a dedicated and proprietary bulb flash setup. While the flash was...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-02-2016
Replies: 46
Views: 3,834
Posted By hepcat
Is there a 12 step program you can get...

Is there a 12 step program you can get into?:D

And I thought I was over-doing the whole thing with two 50mm lenses in my case!

I have two Leica bodies, an M4-P and an M9P, and an X-T1 body with ten...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-02-2016
Replies: 131
Views: 27,446
Posted By hepcat
This is a wonderful thread. I've thought the...

This is a wonderful thread. I've thought the f/1.1 Nokton is an unbeatable lens for a long time.



Richard, I have had both as well. Erik's assessment is spot-on. I ended up selling the Nokton...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-28-2015
Replies: 158
Views: 14,621
Posted By hepcat
Interesting thought. I did an environmental...

Interesting thought.

I did an environmental portrait with my son, daugher, and granddaughter yesterday... with the 35mm f/1.2 I like it a lot. I wouldn't normally even think of shooting like...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-28-2015
Replies: 158
Views: 14,621
Posted By hepcat
I've made the intended purpose of this thread...

I've made the intended purpose of this thread known in several posts quite clearly. I even suggested that you start your own thread for your ideas, and you've ignored that. Yes, Hsg, you've hijacked...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-27-2015
Replies: 158
Views: 14,621
Posted By hepcat
Getting back to lens selection and the reasons...

Getting back to lens selection and the reasons for selecting specific focal lengths, it's a fairly complex, yet straightforward process that has evolved for me over the years.

As I think about...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-26-2015
Replies: 158
Views: 14,621
Posted By hepcat
Nor was I trying to be glib or dismissive, and I...

Nor was I trying to be glib or dismissive, and I think that perhaps starting a thread about what brings creativity would be fascinating. Just recognize that process is very different for every...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-25-2015
Replies: 41
Views: 3,062
Posted By hepcat
The biggest problem with the CLE is the short...

The biggest problem with the CLE is the short base length of the rangefinder.

You don't mention what your budget is for a body.

If you really need a metered body (and I'm not convinced anyone needs...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-25-2015
Replies: 158
Views: 14,621
Posted By hepcat
Hsg, I think you may have misunderstood my...

Hsg, I think you may have misunderstood my intent in starting this thread. I'm not interested in advice in lens selection, nor am I particularly interested in your perception of how I should...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-24-2015
Replies: 158
Views: 14,621
Posted By hepcat
There are many reasons to engage in the practice...

There are many reasons to engage in the practice of photography; fun, work, documentation, art, and self-expression. Self-expression may be the most important.



That's an interesting analysis... ...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-23-2015
Replies: 158
Views: 14,621
Posted By hepcat
This is an interesting discussion indeed. I wish...

This is an interesting discussion indeed. I wish the forum software had a "thanks" or "like" button as thanking each of you for your perspectives in a post would be tedious to read, but I appreciate...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-22-2015
Replies: 158
Views: 14,621
Posted By hepcat
I've been doing photography for over forty years...

I've been doing photography for over forty years and these two replies put together are probably the most succinct summary of how to choose a lens I've read. They describe well both the art and...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-22-2015
Replies: 158
Views: 14,621
Posted By hepcat
I get that, but the question is: how do you...

I get that, but the question is: how do you determine which lens will give you the photo you want to make?
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-22-2015
Replies: 158
Views: 14,621
Posted By hepcat
I'd say the more relevant question would be to...

I'd say the more relevant question would be to count how many times you actually had the ...mm lens with you! :bang:
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-22-2015
Replies: 158
Views: 14,621
Posted By hepcat
I don't think any of us really know who our...

I don't think any of us really know who our viewers will be... and so we can't shoot for anyone in particular (unless of course it's a commercial paid gig...)

but we know what we want to show the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-22-2015
Replies: 158
Views: 14,621
Posted By hepcat
That's an interesting perspective. I see it more...

That's an interesting perspective. I see it more as where do I choose to direct my viewer's attention. What do I highlight that is interesting? How do I frame it for what I want my viewer to see? ...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-22-2015
Replies: 158
Views: 14,621
Posted By hepcat
That's a most interesting reply, Helen. Please...

That's a most interesting reply, Helen. Please tell us about your "safety zone" and why you feel that way.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-22-2015
Replies: 158
Views: 14,621
Posted By hepcat
You're absolutely right, Roland. Actually my...

You're absolutely right, Roland. Actually my guess is that most of us use both methods at various times; perhaps one more than others... but we still make those choices, and usually for reasons of...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-22-2015
Replies: 158
Views: 14,621
Posted By hepcat
What I'm looking for here is how your "creative...

What I'm looking for here is how your "creative spark" selects the proper focal length lens to capture your vision... why would you select a 90mm instead of a 50mm for example? What are you looking...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-22-2015
Replies: 158
Views: 14,621
Posted By hepcat
I've been shooting rangefinder cameras since 1974...

I've been shooting rangefinder cameras since 1974 and doing photography for a living for over forty years. Like jsrockit, I have the experience... but there are many, many folks here who come to...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-22-2015
Replies: 158
Views: 14,621
Posted By hepcat
What's not so simple is the "why" of which lens...

What's not so simple is the "why" of which lens is right for "the photo you want." Experience allows you to do that. Tell us the technical details of lens selection that you use; why you'd pick...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-21-2015
Replies: 158
Views: 14,621
Posted By hepcat
Ok, why? Why do you like the 50mm? What does it...

Ok, why? Why do you like the 50mm? What does it do for you?



Actually HCB had some very interesting quotes about why he preferred a 50mm. Feel free to find them and share them. I think he had a...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-21-2015
Replies: 158
Views: 14,621
Posted By hepcat
That wouldn't be an arcane discussion at all,...

That wouldn't be an arcane discussion at all, Brett, and perhaps a really good subject for the general photography forum. I shoot medium format as well, but in this particular case I was interested...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-21-2015
Replies: 158
Views: 14,621
Posted By hepcat
Reasons for selecting a specific focal length lens

I have read countless threads here and on other forums extolling the virtues of specific focal length lenses and how they "fit" someone's vision, or are a favorite. Or the one-lens, one-body,...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-21-2015
Replies: 105
Views: 11,626
Posted By hepcat
You're SO right, Bob. And the history of how...

You're SO right, Bob.

And the history of how various lenses came into common use seem to have been forgotten. There are a number of factors, not the least of which was the introduction of...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-17-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 3,800
Posted By hepcat
Yes, Bill... I panned and did my best to get 3/4...

Yes, Bill... I panned and did my best to get 3/4 shots from half-way away down the track. IIRC I was shooting wide-open on tungsten balanced film with shutter speeds around 125th of a second. Yes,...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-17-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 3,800
Posted By hepcat
Which is probably more accurate than most Quartz...

Which is probably more accurate than most Quartz watches that are being worn today... <grin>
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-17-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 3,800
Posted By hepcat
Bill, I actually shot stock car races...

Bill, I actually shot stock car races commercially under the lights in the early '70s with a Canon IIF and a couple of Serenars. I've got those transparencies around somewhere.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-16-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 3,800
Posted By hepcat
For about fifteen years, camera technology...

For about fifteen years, camera technology progressed in revolutionary steps from model to model, doubling resolution in sensors and changing pixel technology that almost demanded that pros use the...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-16-2015
Replies: 76
Views: 8,712
Posted By hepcat
The CB radio craze of the early '70s with FAA...

The CB radio craze of the early '70s with FAA licensing issues comes immediately to mind. When they sell drones at Walmart and Toys R Us and they're being operated by unsupervised eight-year-olds,...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-15-2015
Replies: 76
Views: 8,712
Posted By hepcat
This is timely... The FAA announces drone...

This is timely... The FAA announces drone...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-14-2015
Replies: 76
Views: 8,712
Posted By hepcat
I suspect that you're right. I'm using the term...

I suspect that you're right. I'm using the term as defined by various court decisions in the US. When you use the term and interpret it with a definition other than how the courts have defined it,...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-13-2015
Replies: 76
Views: 8,712
Posted By hepcat
Frankly, I couldn't agree more. As a sailboat...

Frankly, I couldn't agree more. As a sailboat owner/lake sailor, I can't tell you how many times I've had drunks on jet skis (and/or PWCs) come too close to my boat either trying to jump the wake or...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-13-2015
Replies: 76
Views: 8,712
Posted By hepcat
While you're spot-on with most of your post, this...

While you're spot-on with most of your post, this particular part isn't exactly correct. It's not so much about the size of the building; it's whether the viewer (or drone operator) has a right to...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-13-2015
Replies: 76
Views: 8,712
Posted By hepcat
Robert, of course you're right... and there...

Robert, of course you're right... and there certainly seems to be little respect for anyone else in our world. On the other hand, at least in the U.S. there seems to be a wave of "entitlement"...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-12-2015
Replies: 76
Views: 8,712
Posted By hepcat
Sorry, Dante, the US courts have held that...

Sorry, Dante, the US courts have held that property owners don't own the airspace above their property. You have no expectation of privacy from the air in your own yard.



You're absolutely...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-12-2015
Replies: 76
Views: 8,712
Posted By hepcat
At least in the US, those laws are already pretty...

At least in the US, those laws are already pretty well established in case law precedent. "Curtilage" and aerial photography (at least by government entities) is well defined.

I am appalled at...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-11-2015
Replies: 16
Views: 2,051
Posted By hepcat
That was early 1974, and while I'm pretty sure...

That was early 1974, and while I'm pretty sure that the Navy used Arriflex and Bolexes for the actual work of making documentary films by then. But surprisingly, the B&H cameras were still widely...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-11-2015
Replies: 16
Views: 2,051
Posted By hepcat
When I was in photo school, we used Bell & Howell...

When I was in photo school, we used Bell & Howell wind-up movie cameras. They were called "combat cameras" and we had to learn how to make basic movies with them. There was an entire advanced...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-10-2015
Replies: 77
Views: 8,205
Posted By hepcat
Well, thank you Raymond! I appreciate the kind...

Well, thank you Raymond! I appreciate the kind thoughts.

Blake, I've been crazy-busy. I'll try to get your print off in the morning. Thanks for your patience!

Roger
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-09-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 1,928
Posted By hepcat
My M9P IS an outrageous indulgence... I struggle...

My M9P IS an outrageous indulgence... I struggle with that every day... on the other hand, it is marvelous at what it does, so I keep it. And at least it's not just an expensive paperweight. ...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-09-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 1,928
Posted By hepcat
Sorry Dave, it's junk. It's just an old lens. I...

Sorry Dave, it's junk. It's just an old lens. I don't care if its the only one left in the world of it's kind... it's just an old lens that is essentially a paperweight. Honestly, I wouldn't give...
Forum: RFF News 12-08-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 3,093
Posted By hepcat
One need only read the political history of...

One need only read the political history of Chicago to understand what goes on there. Chicago is the home of the phrase "Vote early, vote often," and it's amazing how the dead are alleged to have...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-05-2015
Replies: 26
Views: 1,849
Posted By hepcat
So, Bill... what's your take on the article?

So, Bill... what's your take on the article?
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-04-2015
Replies: 26
Views: 1,849
Posted By hepcat
An amazing link, Bill. Thanks for finding and...

An amazing link, Bill. Thanks for finding and sharing it.
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-04-2015
Replies: 26
Views: 1,849
Posted By hepcat
Interestingly, there never has been a "chain of...

Interestingly, there never has been a "chain of custody" for crime scene photographs, unless photos themselves are seized as evidence from a scene. Otherwise, crime scene photos only become evidence...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-04-2015
Replies: 26
Views: 1,849
Posted By hepcat
I think he was talking about manipulation in...

I think he was talking about manipulation in general... both the ability to saturate colors, add warmth where there isn't any, for example... AND the ability to clone things in or out. His general...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-04-2015
Replies: 26
Views: 1,849
Posted By hepcat
Thank you. I appreciate the kind words.

Thank you. I appreciate the kind words.
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-04-2015
Replies: 26
Views: 1,849
Posted By hepcat
Hmmm... my post was directly related to what...

Hmmm... my post was directly related to what McCullen said:

quoting from "The Guardian:"
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-03-2015
Replies: 26
Views: 1,849
Posted By hepcat
As a former forensic/crime scene photographer who...

As a former forensic/crime scene photographer who was doing the work at the dawn of digital, I can say that on one hand I understand his perspective. On the other, using a photograph in court...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-03-2015
Replies: 77
Views: 8,205
Posted By hepcat
Pick one, let me know which one you want and your...

Pick one, let me know which one you want and your address in a pm, and I'll send you a print. :)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/roger_h/albums/72157648434942876

And congrats on getting your world...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-03-2015
Replies: 33
Views: 3,038
Posted By hepcat
For 645, just find a 645 back and mask for your...

For 645, just find a 645 back and mask for your Hasselblads, or continue to shoot 6x6 and crop them accordingly.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-01-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 1,188
Posted By hepcat
Which Canon rangefinders? They all used LTM...

Which Canon rangefinders? They all used LTM thread lenses which would preclude you from using any M mount lenses.

The Bessa rangefinder bodies work well, but there's a substantial difference in the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-29-2015
Replies: 25
Views: 2,270
Posted By hepcat
Contrary to popular myth and some of the advice...

Contrary to popular myth and some of the advice here, you CAN shoot anything you need to with a rangefinder camera and the right accessories. But, that said, rangefinder cameras do excel in some...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-25-2015
Replies: 77
Views: 4,559
Posted By hepcat
The X-Pro 1 was the camera that sent me running...

The X-Pro 1 was the camera that sent me running back to Leica.

I've had various systems over the years as I got into and then out of commercial pro work a couple of times... when I came back,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-25-2015
Replies: 50
Views: 4,003
Posted By hepcat
It's so refreshing to see vertical verticals,...

It's so refreshing to see vertical verticals, horizontal horizontals, and a full range of tone. Nicely done!
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-24-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 1,212
Posted By hepcat
I second and third that motion. Dan is a great...

I second and third that motion. Dan is a great person, and has a really really good store.
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-23-2015
Replies: 50
Views: 4,003
Posted By hepcat
Actually, no. I appreciate her work, Eggleston's...

Actually, no. I appreciate her work, Eggleston's and Frank's. It's all documentary of period, and of both historic and art value. I don't have an issue with the genre, and some of it is...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-23-2015
Replies: 50
Views: 4,003
Posted By hepcat
I know this is a thread about wide angles... and...

I know this is a thread about wide angles... and single lens use, but I have to speak up here.

I hate to speak ill of the dead, but I'm sorry to hear you've hitched your star to GW's wagon. ...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-23-2015
Replies: 50
Views: 4,003
Posted By hepcat
Dave, I'm not sure you can when you're discussing...

Dave, I'm not sure you can when you're discussing the "best" lens. The reason there are so many varied focal lengths is exactly the "distance/perspective topic."

I'm sorry, but I've never...
Forum: Leica SL 11-22-2015
Replies: 41
Views: 6,913
Posted By hepcat
It's pretty simple, really... there's the S...

It's pretty simple, really... there's the S which is the studio pro line... the M which is what most of us are drawn to, and then the others that are sold to folks so that Leica can make enough...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 11-05-2015
Replies: 49
Views: 6,739
Posted By hepcat
I have lost every last shred of respect I had for...

I have lost every last shred of respect I had for you. Not a coffee drinker indeed. Humph. ;)



To blow up basketballs, of course. EVERYONE knows that, and the question isn't even mildly...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-03-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 1,690
Posted By hepcat
I have been to the wall. My octogenarian father,...

I have been to the wall. My octogenarian father, a Korea vet, got to go on an Honor flight a couple of years ago and got to see the memorials as well. They are all moving. Here are some images I...
Forum: RFF Polls 11-01-2015
Replies: 128
Views: 14,043
Posted By hepcat
I've worn eyeglasses since I was a kid. Not only...

I've worn eyeglasses since I was a kid. Not only do I wear glasses, I've had progressives for twenty years now... and I have no issues seeing through my VF, nor do I have scratched lenses...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 10-26-2015
Replies: 183
Views: 27,157
Posted By hepcat
I was a Navy Photographer's Mate from '74- '79. ...

I was a Navy Photographer's Mate from '74- '79. We were introduced to the KS-15 M2R kits in Navy photo "A" school in Pensacola. When I got to the fleet and got onto the photo lab shooting crew, I...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 10-26-2015
Replies: 26
Views: 4,174
Posted By hepcat
Dick, no need to slink anywhere. FWIW, the Fuji...

Dick, no need to slink anywhere.

FWIW, the Fuji bodies and M lenses are all quite complementary as a system. I have an X-T1 as a back up body to my M9-P (same camera essentially as the M-E.) Each...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-24-2015
Replies: 31
Views: 3,972
Posted By hepcat
Good question! Would you like to be a beta...

Good question! Would you like to be a beta tester? :rolleyes:
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-23-2015
Replies: 31
Views: 3,972
Posted By hepcat
Au contraire, mon ami... Leica brand fromage in...

Au contraire, mon ami... Leica brand fromage in a glass jar! Look for it in the "manufactured food" section of your local Co-op! It contains no real food products, but it DOES contain all of the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-21-2015
Replies: 31
Views: 1,951
Posted By hepcat
Well done, Shipmate! :)

Well done, Shipmate! :)
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-21-2015
Replies: 31
Views: 3,972
Posted By hepcat
I'm sorry... your sandwich has already been...

I'm sorry... your sandwich has already been...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-21-2015
Replies: 31
Views: 1,951
Posted By hepcat
My M4-2 did about 30,000 miles of the 60,000 I...

My M4-2 did about 30,000 miles of the 60,000 I put on my BMW R100RT from '83-'86, went exploring all over the Anza-Borrego desert in my Jeep during the '80s, and visited Yosemite and other places...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-15-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 1,945
Posted By hepcat
Is your Elmar crystal-clear? Each of the four...

Is your Elmar crystal-clear? Each of the four shots you posted are very low contrast... which could be from underexposure and/or processing, but it almost looks like you may have some fog between...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-18-2015
Replies: 91
Views: 10,091
Posted By hepcat
That's because most of the "R" line were rebadged...

That's because most of the "R" line were rebadged and tweaked something elses. And frankly, the R line wasn't really distinguished from anyone else's SLRS. The M cameras are what set Leica...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-18-2015
Replies: 5,585
Views: 960,121
Posted By hepcat
VERY nice, Erik.

VERY nice, Erik.
Forum: RFF Polls 03-17-2015
Replies: 395
Views: 74,209
Posted By hepcat
Well, mine's changed a little since this photo......

Well, mine's changed a little since this photo... I've sold the M8 and the GX-1. And my M9P needs to go in for a sensor replacement for corrosion... but this is still basically my...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-16-2015
Replies: 5,585
Views: 960,121
Posted By hepcat
Thank you Helen... and I agree about John's...

Thank you Helen... and I agree about John's image. Well done!
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 03-07-2015
Replies: 5,385
Views: 808,592
Posted By hepcat
Well done, Allen! The reception was wonderful....

Well done, Allen! The reception was wonderful. Those of you who missed it missed a great time. Allen it was great to meet you and Pam!
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-03-2015
Replies: 5,585
Views: 960,121
Posted By hepcat
Thanks very much! :)

Thanks very much! :)
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-03-2015
Replies: 5,585
Views: 960,121
Posted By hepcat
Thanks! :D

Thanks! :D
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-03-2015
Replies: 5,585
Views: 960,121
Posted By hepcat
The Science of Fingerprints

Or... if you were more of roll fim person and Technical Pan was your film of choice for forensic fingerprint imaging...

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8619/16082996284_85222a1dc0_c.jpg...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-03-2015
Replies: 5,585
Views: 960,121
Posted By hepcat
Old school Polaroid SX-70 forensic imaging

Back to the old days when I started in forensic imaging... when ships were made of wood and men were made of steel...

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8670/16085066983_b421dae0bf_c.jpg...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-18-2015
Replies: 153
Views: 13,336
Posted By hepcat
Oh wow... did I ever miss some good discussion! ...

Oh wow... did I ever miss some good discussion!

I bring over 40 years experience as a working pro to the table as well. I'm semi-retired now, still do an occasional wedding or advertising gig......
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-17-2015
Replies: 153
Views: 13,336
Posted By hepcat
My point, Frank, is that a camera needs to have a...

My point, Frank, is that a camera needs to have a shutter speed control, aperture control, some kind of focusing system, and a way to indicate sensitivity of the medium to light. Past that,...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-17-2015
Replies: 153
Views: 13,336
Posted By hepcat
Well, honestly Frank? Me. Ok, I'm prepared to...

Well, honestly Frank? Me. Ok, I'm prepared to be flamed here. ;)

I have only used the motor-drive function on a camera once... I've had them for years and shot sports for newspapers... but I...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-13-2015
Replies: 46
Views: 4,426
Posted By hepcat
I presume that is the story that you altered when...

I presume that is the story that you altered when you cropped it in-camera to begin with?

I'm sorry Ned, your logic on this is tenuous. Everything about a photograph is made to be the way the...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-12-2015
Replies: 46
Views: 4,426
Posted By hepcat
I've read both pages of this thread so far. I...

I've read both pages of this thread so far. I suspect that you have too much information about and from your friends. If the final product is the print, and the subject of the print has value in...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-12-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 3,059
Posted By hepcat
Ian, there are over 2500 portfolios submitted...

Ian, there are over 2500 portfolios submitted each year. I really wish there was somewhere online we could go to see the entirety of what is submitted. I think that'd be fascinating, and really...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-12-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 3,059
Posted By hepcat
Thank you, Mrs. Malaprop. ;)

Thank you, Mrs. Malaprop. ;)
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-09-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 3,059
Posted By hepcat
Thanks, Godfrey! You go for it. ;) It'd be...

Thanks, Godfrey! You go for it. ;) It'd be nice to be able to say I know someone who won the Barnack Award!



Thanks very much. That's a "combine,...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-09-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 3,059
Posted By hepcat
One really doesn't enter this sort of thing...

One really doesn't enter this sort of thing expecting to win... it's foolish if you do. It's the challenge of assembling a coherent portfolio as a year-long project that is the fun part.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-08-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 3,059
Posted By hepcat
2015 Leica Oskar Barnack Award...

Well, that time of year has rolled 'round again. Leica is accepting portfolios once again for the 2015 Oskar Barnack Award.

Despite that I've not yet submitted anything close to what the jurors...
Forum: Film vs Digital 12-07-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 2,200
Posted By hepcat
Godfrey's advice is sound. I can't help but...

Godfrey's advice is sound. I can't help but wonder why you think you need a single lens camera to bring you discipline though. I hear that a lot here. Discipline is something you develop, not...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-28-2014
Replies: 42
Views: 5,186
Posted By hepcat
Raid, the CV 21mm f/1.8 is amazing. They can be...

Raid, the CV 21mm f/1.8 is amazing. They can be had for less than $1k.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-12-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 1,032
Posted By hepcat
Seriously? And here all this time I thought the...

Seriously? And here all this time I thought the LCD was just a framing device and display for the histogram?
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 10-10-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 3,019
Posted By hepcat
I don't think you understand how I'm using...

I don't think you understand how I'm using this... I'm in a small market. A VERY small market. There are more locals on FB than subscribe to the local newspaper. I'm not putting anything out...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 10-09-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 3,019
Posted By hepcat
Thanks, Bill... I've been a working pro off and...

Thanks, Bill... I've been a working pro off and on for forty years, so I've been through that. I've retired, and I live in a different market now, and I don't want to or have to do the grind again. ...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 10-09-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 3,019
Posted By hepcat
Great discussion, everyone! Thanks for your...

Great discussion, everyone! Thanks for your perspectives.

As I said, I've really not shot much for myself over the years, and the purpose of my public business FB page was to be a portfolio page in...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 10-09-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 3,019
Posted By hepcat
The art of viewing images... your audience.

I have to share an experience I'm having. First a little background, I've been doing commercial photography in an array of genres for forty years. Most of what I shoot for myself have been...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-09-2014
Replies: 33
Views: 3,594
Posted By hepcat
Dan, one of the things that is really cool about...

Dan, one of the things that is really cool about art is that it speaks to you, means something to you, and moves you in some way.

That this event is so vivid for you that you would be compelled to...
Forum: Film vs Digital 10-03-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 1,973
Posted By hepcat
Not a strange trend at all... rangefinder...

Not a strange trend at all... rangefinder cameras and lenses are niche market. There's not nearly as many of them in the marketplace, and it seems that more and more folks are re-discovering the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-30-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 2,565
Posted By hepcat
In our world, Diety is merely a pseudonym for...

In our world, Diety is merely a pseudonym for those who control the currency.
Forum: Film vs Digital 09-22-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 4,575
Posted By hepcat
In the past, the lifespan of a digital camera has...

In the past, the lifespan of a digital camera has been measured in months; but not because of any shortcomings of the body: there are 11 year old Olympus E1s that remain in daily service. 11 years...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-14-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 2,080
Posted By hepcat
These are amazing. ALL of them! I've not been...

These are amazing. ALL of them! I've not been able to attend, but I've always thought it would be an interesting experience. What you've captured is a vintage circus/carnival atmosphere that I've...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-13-2014
Replies: 47
Views: 5,219
Posted By hepcat
Amen, Brother... let us together SING the praises...

Amen, Brother... let us together SING the praises of that medium format look. :)

And please make another that replaces the film cassette in my Hassy A12. :)
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 09-03-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 4,035
Posted By hepcat
Hmmm.... think about that for a moment.... I'm...

Hmmm.... think about that for a moment.... I'm beginning to think that a world without sports broadcasts, news broadcasts, and not a single frame on TV where strangers images are shown may not be...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-31-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 2,606
Posted By hepcat
I watched it night before last on PBS. It was...

I watched it night before last on PBS. It was fascinating. She was a remarkable woman, and an amazing and gifted photographer.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-31-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 4,379
Posted By hepcat
Yes, there are still links on some types of...

Yes, there are still links on some types of contacts for that, but nothing for security/safety reporting any more. You used to be able to contact their security folks by phone to talk about specific...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-31-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 4,379
Posted By hepcat
The guy was so successful with his last scam...

The guy was so successful with his last scam auction for an M9P he's doing...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-29-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 1,574
Posted By hepcat
It was a simpler time, Stewart. "Bookends Time...

It was a simpler time, Stewart.

"Bookends

Time it was
And what a time it was, it was
A time of innocence
A time of confidences

Long ago it must be
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-28-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 1,844
Posted By hepcat
Large-scale art on buildings and the artists...

Large-scale art on buildings and the artists fascinate me.

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3917/15063515842_4a707ec0a6_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/oX7sso)P1040144 (https://flic.kr/p/oX7sso) by chief1120...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-27-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 4,379
Posted By hepcat
Somebody is going to get burned bigtime... the...

Somebody is going to get burned bigtime... the fraudulent auction is up to $4900.

So, being the good netizen that I try to be, I decided to call eBay this morning before someone loses their shirt on...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-24-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 4,379
Posted By hepcat
That was a joke, Raid... I'm not doing anything...

That was a joke, Raid... I'm not doing anything about it at all other than reporting it to eBay. But it is fun to con folks who run con schemes.

Here's some of the common themes for scams on eBay...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-24-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 4,379
Posted By hepcat
M9P outfit eBay scam listing

I'm not sure which forum to put this in... but the camera IS a rangefinder, so I'll put it here. Mods, if it needs moving, that's fine... but I don't want any of our members to get taken on this...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-22-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 3,200
Posted By hepcat
I must be the only unimpressed smart phone owner...

I must be the only unimpressed smart phone owner in the world. I resisted even buying a smart phone for years... and then after the iPhone 4s was introduced I finally broke down and bought a cheap...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-12-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 5,737
Posted By hepcat
at the risk of sounding like the [email protected] I am,...

at the risk of sounding like the [email protected] I am, what IS a "piano tuna?"



Juan...

I can explain "is photography, art?" Quickly and succinctly.

The idea for a photo framed in my mind's eye is...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-09-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 3,420
Posted By hepcat
And I'll add a fourth reason: (and you touched on...

And I'll add a fourth reason: (and you touched on this) that very expensive lenses tend to be more consistent across the production run... which means more testing, much tighter quality control, ...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-08-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 3,420
Posted By hepcat
Your question is quite subjective. Presuming...

Your question is quite subjective.

Presuming that you're considering "sharpness" (whatever that means) as you're discussing stopping down to f/8, I'd say that comparing "modern" lenses, there'd be...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-30-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 3,027
Posted By hepcat
Yes, he was unpopular. Although his foreign...

Yes, he was unpopular. Although his foreign policy was historic, his domestic policies can only be characterized as a train wreck. There are reasons that he was characterized as the "Crooked...
Forum: Film vs Digital 07-30-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 2,624
Posted By hepcat
"measured with a micrometer, marked with chalk,...

"measured with a micrometer, marked with chalk, and cut with an axe."

Generally speaking, a well done 20x24 print from a well-exposed and well-focused 35mm negative will hold up for casual viewing...
Forum: Film vs Digital 07-29-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 2,385
Posted By hepcat
There are about a hundred memorable images to be...

There are about a hundred memorable images to be made at a wedding. In the film days, I'd shoot about 180 negatives to get between eighty and a hundred images for the proof album. The finished...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-28-2014
Replies: 50
Views: 3,816
Posted By hepcat
I'll live vicariously through your purchase. My...

I'll live vicariously through your purchase. My M8 & M9P will serve me well for many years. I'll be anxious to hear your thoughts on the M240 tho!
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-28-2014
Replies: 50
Views: 3,816
Posted By hepcat
Good for you Keith!

Good for you Keith!
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-28-2014
Replies: 50
Views: 3,816
Posted By hepcat
Great advice. We're almost back to the maturity...

Great advice. We're almost back to the maturity of the film camera with digital systems now. There's no need to buy and sell monthly or annually. The sensor break-throughs aren't happening like...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-22-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 2,501
Posted By hepcat
There were no "good" film cameras introduced...

There were no "good" film cameras introduced after 1972 that were worth spending money on. The Leica M4, Nikon F2, Canon F1, Minolta SR-T-101 and Konica Autoreflex T were all introduced before 1972....
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-22-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 2,501
Posted By hepcat
In 2000 I sold my Hassy kit, two early '70s...

In 2000 I sold my Hassy kit, two early '70s vintage 500cm chrome bodies, five C and C T* lenses, five backs and 'stuff' for about $5k wholesale just at the dawn of digital. This year I bought two...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-21-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 3,027
Posted By hepcat
Bill, I was a 19 year old sailor on that night......

Bill, I was a 19 year old sailor on that night... in Photographer's Mate "A" school in Pensacola, FL. I remember Nixon's resignation vividly. There was a cheer that went through the barracks...
Forum: RFF Polls 07-13-2014
Replies: 32
Views: 2,655
Posted By hepcat
I sold a TON of those Autoreflex T cameras in the...

I sold a TON of those Autoreflex T cameras in the day... and that 57mm AR f/1.4 lens was the equal or better of any glass on the market. Konica AR bodies were loud and clunky, but their lenses were...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 07-11-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 1,937
Posted By hepcat
When I was shooting for a newspaper in the...

When I was shooting for a newspaper in the mid-'90s, I worked with a woman we called "Shotgun Judith" because of her propensity to shoot three or four 36 exposure rolls at each assignment, while I'd...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-11-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1,602
Posted By hepcat
Bill, According to Canon it must 100% the camera...

Bill, According to Canon it must 100% the camera because their products allow you to "Shoot like a Pro."

And there you have it. ;)
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 07-08-2014
Replies: 81
Views: 6,405
Posted By hepcat
How has our view of our world become so binary? ...

How has our view of our world become so binary? It seems that everone sees everything as either/or. It seems to be that everyone wants it "my way" or "the highway." MY way is right, and there's no...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 07-07-2014
Replies: 81
Views: 6,405
Posted By hepcat
I've been doing photography commercially off and...

I've been doing photography commercially off and on for over forty years now... I still love it, but it's only one pursuit among many for me.

Sailing and riding my recumbent tadpole trike come...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-05-2014
Replies: 32
Views: 3,668
Posted By hepcat
The internet is only a small part of this. ...

The internet is only a small part of this. Retailers can track your purchasing habits, sure... but if you've ever had a car loan, a house mortgage or applied for a credit card, either singly or...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-23-2014
Replies: 137
Views: 11,661
Posted By hepcat
For what kind of job?

For what kind of job?
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 06-09-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 11,879
Posted By hepcat
I'm in the camp that little matters but whether I...

I'm in the camp that little matters but whether I find the image interesting. "Interesting" can run the gamut from subject to composition to textures to being "interesting" solely on the basis of...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-04-2014
Replies: 1
Views: 584
Posted By hepcat
Bill, yes, I fondly remember those days... camera...

Bill, yes, I fondly remember those days... camera stores were special places, and the customers made them a fun and interesting place to hang out.

Thanks for the memories.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 06-03-2014
Replies: 82
Views: 5,822
Posted By hepcat
"f8 and be there." every day. And that's why...

"f8 and be there." every day.

And that's why I'm not good at it... it's the "every day" part that lets you get "lucky."
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-01-2014
Replies: 265
Views: 26,403
Posted By hepcat
I think your metaphore floats the concept quite...

I think your metaphore floats the concept quite nicely. ;)
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-01-2014
Replies: 265
Views: 26,403
Posted By hepcat
It's pretty simple really. Consumers of the...

It's pretty simple really. Consumers of the images either like them or they don't. Consumers only care whether or not the image is strong. They don't care about "why" or "how".

And that...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-31-2014
Replies: 265
Views: 26,403
Posted By hepcat
Seriously? You don't know what the DOF will be...

Seriously? You don't know what the DOF will be at a specific aperture, or how the lens handles backlighting, flare, or pinpoint light sources? You may not know how your subject will look because of...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-31-2014
Replies: 265
Views: 26,403
Posted By hepcat
And how often does one think "ahhh... this would...

And how often does one think "ahhh... this would look better with..." have all of the selection of lenses in your bag, select and mount the "best" lens, and still have the shot in front of you?

The...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-30-2014
Replies: 265
Views: 26,403
Posted By hepcat
My bad... I knew you had A7s... If Mr. K can...

My bad... I knew you had A7s... If Mr. K can shoehorn that Sony sensor into a Bessa body at $3k... I'm there. ;) Until then, Leica is the only game in town for a digital body with a true optical...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-30-2014
Replies: 265
Views: 26,403
Posted By hepcat
I'm much like you in that regard, Victor; but...

I'm much like you in that regard, Victor; but being over a little more than twice as old as you, I've had twice as long to acquire and liquidate. I've only found a few items over the years that I've...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-29-2014
Replies: 265
Views: 26,403
Posted By hepcat
I'm crushed, Vince... beautiful work, but you've...

I'm crushed, Vince... beautiful work, but you've completely shattered the illusion. *sigh*

However, apparently until you shoot a bench, you can't be considered a "great." So get out there and...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-29-2014
Replies: 265
Views: 26,403
Posted By hepcat
That is the stuff of which Internet arguments are...

That is the stuff of which Internet arguments are made. "Stellar" is subjective. There are those who would argue that the look they give wide open IS "stellar" because no other lens gives the look...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-29-2014
Replies: 265
Views: 26,403
Posted By hepcat
Deep bow... thank you SO much. I think that...

Deep bow... thank you SO much. I think that I've become a legend in my own mind. Unfortunately, I seem to have lost it for the moment, but as soon as I find it again, I'll let you know for sure....
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-29-2014
Replies: 265
Views: 26,403
Posted By hepcat
Wait... hang on, Roger... whazzisname, the...

Wait... hang on, Roger... whazzisname, the author who writes critical pieces about photography having never owned a camera... geez... uhhh... the book is called "the continuing moment" or something...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-29-2014
Replies: 265
Views: 26,403
Posted By hepcat
I think your statement here is accurate. For me,...

I think your statement here is accurate. For me, judging exposure using ambient light through the viefinder is important as I don't rely on the camera's meter much at all. I can't trust them to be...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-29-2014
Replies: 265
Views: 26,403
Posted By hepcat
Apparently you haven't priced a used yacht...

Apparently you haven't priced a used yacht recently. ;)
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-29-2014
Replies: 265
Views: 26,403
Posted By hepcat
It absolutely can be done, and has been done for...

It absolutely can be done, and has been done for decades with rangefinder bodies. Having been "raised" using them, they're quite natural to me, and I find whatever shortcomings others may think they...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-28-2014
Replies: 265
Views: 26,403
Posted By hepcat
I use the Nokton 50 f/1.1 and 35 f/1.2 with my...

I use the Nokton 50 f/1.1 and 35 f/1.2 with my M9P with some success. I shot a wedding reception in a very dimly lit hall without flash last weekend. I couldn't have done it with the VC Nokton...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-28-2014
Replies: 265
Views: 26,403
Posted By hepcat
I really love large aperture glass. Back in '93...

I really love large aperture glass. Back in '93 or '94 I had a Canon USM 50mm f/1 L lens (http://www.kenrockwell.com/canon/lenses/50mm-f1.htm). It was absolutely the most gorgeous thing I'd ever...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-23-2014
Replies: 34
Views: 3,735
Posted By hepcat
To the OP: This is an absurdly simple question...

To the OP: This is an absurdly simple question with an equally absurdly simple answer.

A "good" photograph is one I like.

And each of us knows what we like.

It's as simple as that.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 05-23-2014
Replies: 318
Views: 25,255
Posted By hepcat
That's why in the '60s video became the dominant...

That's why in the '60s video became the dominant news source... video inherently includes its own context. Stills must be given context either from being in a series or from text.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 05-22-2014
Replies: 65
Views: 10,857
Posted By hepcat
Blessed be the reading of those sacred words. ;)

Blessed be the reading of those sacred words. ;)
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 05-22-2014
Replies: 65
Views: 10,857
Posted By hepcat
Blasphemy? I should have known better than to...

Blasphemy? I should have known better than to walk into this den of iniquity!

<points finger> SINNER!!! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WuLtOQ0BCk)



:D
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 05-22-2014
Replies: 65
Views: 10,857
Posted By hepcat
This post is intended to be the ultimate...

This post is intended to be the ultimate Pronouncement on this subject and I'm sure it will end the discussion. The logic, the call to Diety, and sheer weightiness of my argument will, I'm sure, be...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-20-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 1,474
Posted By hepcat
Yeah... I dunno... I find the glossy...

Yeah... I dunno... I find the glossy presentation too busy for my taste. Although the product photos are, in fact, good and representative, it almost seems like he's trying to draw attention away...
Forum: RFF Polls 05-20-2014
Replies: 63
Views: 3,886
Posted By hepcat
I love my CV 75mm f/1.8 on my M9 for a LOT of...

I love my CV 75mm f/1.8 on my M9 for a LOT of things... it's a tough choice, but I think for travel, my Summicron 90 would be in my bag. The 75mm is a tiny bit smaller and lighter which is nice, but...
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