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Forum: Leica M9 / ME 2 Hours Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 308
Posted By benlees
Sorry to hear about your camera. If a fix cost...

Sorry to hear about your camera. If a fix cost $1700 it is still your cheapest option to remain in digital Leicaland. There was a M240 in the classifieds recently for $2200. Can sell your M9 as-is...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 1 Day Ago
Replies: 50
Views: 1,216
Posted By benlees
Nice find! It will serve you well.

Nice find! It will serve you well.
Forum: Fuji Digital General Discussion 1 Day Ago
Replies: 83
Views: 2,307
Posted By benlees
Wine with supper? Perhaps you meant claret...

Wine with supper? Perhaps you meant claret instead of clarify?

Your post is a contradiction followed by a contradiction.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 4 Days Ago
Replies: 50
Views: 1,216
Posted By benlees
Fuji MF cameras remain a relative bargain. Many...

Fuji MF cameras remain a relative bargain. Many times I looked into the Bronica RF645 but the Fuji's were always way less money for same quality results.


The manual Fuji cameras are loud. The...
Forum: Fuji X Series 6 Days Ago
Replies: 280
Views: 11,292
Posted By benlees
I wish my X-Pro 1 had USB charging! Did the...

I wish my X-Pro 1 had USB charging!


Did the X100T ship with a charger? It was the first X to have USB charging, I think.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 1 Week Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 741
Posted By benlees
I am ignorant of the V600, is the glass area...

I am ignorant of the V600, is the glass area basically a little bigger than 8x10? Older/other Epson's came with a 4x5 film holder that maybe able to be modified to work with the V600.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 1 Week Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 741
Posted By benlees
He means just lay the neg right on the glass of...

He means just lay the neg right on the glass of the scanner. Try scan as a document and then do a reversal. If you scan as "film" the scanner might not get the height right if laid on the glass. ...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 1 Week Ago
Replies: 81
Views: 2,875
Posted By benlees
I definitely like this trend of fewer buttons on...

I definitely like this trend of fewer buttons on the back.
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 1 Week Ago
Replies: 45
Views: 889
Posted By benlees
I like instax film: high contrast but not sharp. ...

I like instax film: high contrast but not sharp. Did that really happen? kind of thing... A good match for memory. The cameras give you what it wants, not what you want. Straight horizons: forget...
Forum: Fuji Digital General Discussion 1 Week Ago
Replies: 56
Views: 1,737
Posted By benlees
I used my X-pro1 for a whole afternoon with the...

I used my X-pro1 for a whole afternoon with the EVF and didn't notice...:eek:

As a dyed in the wool OVF kind of person I was kind of shocked. It definitely got me thinking I may look more closely...
Forum: Fuji Digital General Discussion 1 Week Ago
Replies: 56
Views: 1,737
Posted By benlees
They definitely are, but they would have been...

They definitely are, but they would have been misinformed to get to that idea.
Forum: Photography General Interest 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 54
Views: 984
Posted By benlees
Let's not forget about 110, disc, and APS. I...

Let's not forget about 110, disc, and APS. I think my parents stopped using 35mm in the early '80's.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 67
Views: 1,755
Posted By benlees
I had the K200D. Looking back, I have to say I...

I had the K200D. Looking back, I have to say I enjoy the colour of the files from this camera more than most of the cameras since. It really did the job.
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 473
Posted By benlees
Sure, but it's the people that pay for/ publish...

Sure, but it's the people that pay for/ publish the picture who have the real agenda. 'Tis the nature of media.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 701
Posted By benlees
I'm not sure I'd call it genius as this is just...

I'm not sure I'd call it genius as this is just an example of what many business' do to get rid of 'imperfect' stock.


If they charged extra, and people actually bought it, then perhaps that might...
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 597
Posted By benlees
Using latest firefox with an old imac; no...

Using latest firefox with an old imac; no problems here.


RFF is slow to load for me as well, on occasion, but this is nothing new.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,301
Posted By benlees
Small, inexpensive, quiet, and amazing quality? ...

Small, inexpensive, quiet, and amazing quality? TLR is the way to go. I love the Fuji MF cameras but they are not quiet...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 191
Views: 6,416
Posted By benlees
I like that: noise becomes 'organic dusting'. ...

I like that: noise becomes 'organic dusting'.

The noise was like the warmth and smell of a bakery, the equipment lightly dusted with flour from the magic created by last nights saints of...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 488
Posted By benlees
I would use the dilution you are familiar with...

I would use the dilution you are familiar with and base the time calculation roughly on Ilford's recommendation of dilution B. Do a test roll and see if anything needs to be tweaked.



I used...
Forum: Photography General Interest 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 44
Views: 1,356
Posted By benlees
I'm a 35 person as well. Occasional flirtations...

I'm a 35 person as well. Occasional flirtations with 28 and cold feelings toward 50...
I don't use 35 because I think it's 'better'; more of a convenience thing. Where I live there is a lot of...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 123
Views: 3,368
Posted By benlees
Nobody is making the case the film sales haven't...

Nobody is making the case the film sales haven't increased in the last 4 years. Whether that increase is a blip of a downward trend, or a stabilization or an actual indication of a potential full...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 123
Views: 3,368
Posted By benlees
It would be moving the goalpost... if you had...

It would be moving the goalpost... if you had provided evidence:angel:.

But I'm not sure what digital camera sales have to do with this? My only point is that the recent increase in film sales is...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 123
Views: 3,368
Posted By benlees
If you are replying to me, my arguments aren't...

If you are replying to me, my arguments aren't flawed; hearsay and anecdotes won't refute them. Criticizing my post for not having numbers while not providing any of your own is not productive is...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 123
Views: 3,368
Posted By benlees
Yes, film will be around for a long, long time. ...

Yes, film will be around for a long, long time. In the world of niches. So use it. Just like oil paints and carburetors. Just like copper plate and glass plate; still around. Yes, more people...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 123
Views: 3,368
Posted By benlees
In 1980 almost every single consumer still camera...

In 1980 almost every single consumer still camera on planet earth required film. In 2015; not so much. It's now 2020 and film production has doubled since 2015... What is double of almost zero? ...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 53
Views: 1,713
Posted By benlees
Too funny! I was going to make your suggestion!

Too funny! I was going to make your suggestion!
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-12-2020
Replies: 33
Views: 831
Posted By benlees
The Contax is much different than the slr's, so...

The Contax is much different than the slr's, so it might be a good idea to decide this first. All manufacturers make good, contrasty lenses so I think the body is actually more important. Are you...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-12-2020
Replies: 24
Views: 798
Posted By benlees
Many colour films are stock at B&H, including...

Many colour films are stock at B&H, including dubble film bubblegum 200. Maybe Jan is right after all...
Forum: RFF News 01-10-2020
Replies: 169
Views: 10,624
Posted By benlees
For sure. That the Leica was the obvious choice...

For sure. That the Leica was the obvious choice was my point. I'm all for companies offering alternatives... but they have to be good. And they should understand their market.
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 01-09-2020
Replies: 191
Views: 6,416
Posted By benlees
Please. Poking fun at obvious design flaws is...

Please. Poking fun at obvious design flaws is just that.

Sour grapes seems to be the de facto fall back position brought in by those who confuse their own envy as jealousy in others, unable to...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-09-2020
Replies: 220
Views: 6,933
Posted By benlees
Mark Greif has written eloquently on 'hipsters':...

Mark Greif has written eloquently on 'hipsters': http://nymag.com/news/features/69129/


Worth a read by just about everyone, I reckon.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-08-2020
Replies: 220
Views: 6,933
Posted By benlees
If you pay thousands for a used camera and then...

If you pay thousands for a used camera and then send it off for repairs; I'm not sure if I would call that super. :angel:
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 01-08-2020
Replies: 191
Views: 6,416
Posted By benlees
I never noticed that screw before... now I can't...

I never noticed that screw before... now I can't take my bloody eyes off it. I like how they changed it slightly from the 262; instead of getting rid of it!
Forum: RFF Polls 01-08-2020
Replies: 136
Views: 24,655
Posted By benlees
All of technology (and I mean from stone tools on...

All of technology (and I mean from stone tools on up) is about convenience. You make something that the old thing does but make it faster and easier to use then that's 'better'.

Modern camera...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-08-2020
Replies: 14
Views: 428
Posted By benlees
I would sell both film cameras and just use the...

I would sell both film cameras and just use the X-pro 2. Heavy and loud I can tolerate for medium format but for 35mm; no way. Cash in on the M6.

If you must have a 35mm then you already have...
Forum: RFF Polls 01-07-2020
Replies: 136
Views: 24,655
Posted By benlees
Similar experience: played with one at an airport...

Similar experience: played with one at an airport for quite awhile. One of the least ergonomic cameras I've ever held. Combined with its small size but substantial heft, it removed itself from my...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-06-2020
Replies: 27
Views: 867
Posted By benlees
I never really considered Nikon stuff before, but...

I never really considered Nikon stuff before, but the used prices are quite low. The D800 can be had for less than $600US. That's a lot of firepower per dollar. Aren't Nikon primes also cheap but...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-06-2020
Replies: 220
Views: 6,933
Posted By benlees
Seems sort of accurate, except, ironically, for...

Seems sort of accurate, except, ironically, for the M6... M4 seems low; can't remember the last time I saw one for less than $1000...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-05-2020
Replies: 220
Views: 6,933
Posted By benlees
If they were "too cheap" the dealer wouldn't mind...

If they were "too cheap" the dealer wouldn't mind as they would be too busy selling lenses and other accoutrements to those well healed camera buyers able to celebrate a good deal.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-02-2020
Replies: 220
Views: 6,933
Posted By benlees
Crazy sellers market right now. Of course this...

Crazy sellers market right now. Of course this is prompting people to reach into the cabinet, brush off the dust, and rub their hands in glee; and attempt to sell something they otherwise might not...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-01-2020
Replies: 45
Views: 1,765
Posted By benlees
Keep the M4P. Prices for M6 are ridiculous and...

Keep the M4P. Prices for M6 are ridiculous and teetering into preposterous.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-30-2019
Replies: 146
Views: 5,707
Posted By benlees
Agreed. I live further north, and shadow areas...

Agreed. I live further north, and shadow areas with sunshine are ISO 200, F5.6, 1/150

I did some shots at 800 in direct sun, 2 hours before darkness: F7.1, 1/2900 +2/3. Slightly underexposed but...
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 12-28-2019
Replies: 2,424
Views: 357,285
Posted By benlees
I have the Russell Roberts book. Quite an...

I have the Russell Roberts book. Quite an enjoyable book! He took a lot of great photos in his sadly short life.
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-26-2019
Replies: 84
Views: 2,509
Posted By benlees
35mm film (for stills) was considered less than...

35mm film (for stills) was considered less than adequate when it first started; mere convenience, utter compromise!

Unless you're using 11x14 film then "image quality" is a compromise. That means...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-26-2019
Replies: 84
Views: 2,509
Posted By benlees
This is my experience and general outlook as...

This is my experience and general outlook as well. I view photography as image trapping and recreation. However this happens is fine as long as it works...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-24-2019
Replies: 72
Views: 2,183
Posted By benlees
If corroded sensor cameras are selling for $600...

If corroded sensor cameras are selling for $600 and repairs are $1600 you are still ahead compared to getting a good used M240 ($2500?), provided you like the results of the M9. People swear by the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-24-2019
Replies: 84
Views: 2,509
Posted By benlees
I think digital cameras are already a niche...

I think digital cameras are already a niche product. Cell phone cameras are pretty good and will continue to develop quickly. They leave a lot to be desired in terms of manual control combined with...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-19-2019
Replies: 90
Views: 4,677
Posted By benlees
I quite like the fact that the thread directly...

I quite like the fact that the thread directly under this on the home page is one started subsequently by the OP asking about taking lots of film on holiday!
Forum: Film vs Digital 12-12-2019
Replies: 21
Views: 736
Posted By benlees
I am completely ignorant when it comes to...

I am completely ignorant when it comes to manipulating digital files, so I'm not sure what can be done and not done in terms of creating grain. The real magic of b&w film is grain; nice and clean...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-11-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 2,499
Posted By benlees
Seems like a buyback. This could be good or bad....

Seems like a buyback. This could be good or bad. Good: increases share value and could indicate confidence in the future via consolidated control. Or it could mean an attempt to create a short...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 12-02-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 1,061
Posted By benlees
Never look a gift horse in the mouth, as they...

Never look a gift horse in the mouth, as they say. You got lucky! Use it, play with it, and sell it for a tidy profit. No worries.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-30-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 1,399
Posted By benlees
The C-Biogon is quite clinical. The CV 35mm...

The C-Biogon is quite clinical.


The CV 35mm f2.5 is also clinical, but probably not as sharp as the Zeiss. It is, however, quite small and affordable.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-30-2019
Replies: 108
Views: 5,094
Posted By benlees
Canadian thanksgiving is similar to the US...

Canadian thanksgiving is similar to the US version. A eurocentric celebration of the fall harvest, indicating a chance for winter survival in a harsh and unforgiving land. Occurs the 2nd Monday in...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-29-2019
Replies: 108
Views: 5,094
Posted By benlees
Interesting. At the local: Tri X 24 exposure is...

Interesting. At the local: Tri X 24 exposure is $11.40, and HP5+ in 24 exposure is $7.20 CDN


However, Kodak P3200 is $0.20 per roll cheaper than the Ilford Delta 3200...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-29-2019
Replies: 108
Views: 5,094
Posted By benlees
Where I live Ilford is already substantially...

Where I live Ilford is already substantially cheaper than Kodak. The quality is about the same so... If you only use colour film then Fuji is cheaper... I see a pattern developing...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 11-23-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,981
Posted By benlees
Have to agree. Normally, I don't bother too much...

Have to agree. Normally, I don't bother too much with online samples, but the Sigma ones stood out for their clarity, colour, and a nice lack of the sanitized digital 'too clean' look.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-22-2019
Replies: 118
Views: 8,043
Posted By benlees
Very interesting! Very smart of Fuji to get...

Very interesting! Very smart of Fuji to get Ilford to do the coating. Clearly hedging their bets. I wonder if Freestyle will get some as a Legacy branded film like the old days? Can always wonder.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-21-2019
Replies: 39
Views: 1,630
Posted By benlees
The rust was definitely not the pinhole variety. ...

The rust was definitely not the pinhole variety. It was wide open... Too bad the shutter was so slow.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-21-2019
Replies: 39
Views: 1,630
Posted By benlees
I spent quite a bit on old rusty Volvos. I wish...

I spent quite a bit on old rusty Volvos. I wish I had the cash now! On the flipside, to stop the bleeding I learned to fix them myself and this knowledge I still use today, so it's all relative...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-19-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 898
Posted By benlees
This is one of the reasons why I bought a...

This is one of the reasons why I bought a scanner. Lab scans were fairly terrible: off colours and lots of dust. "Develop only" became my instruction. A bit cheaper this way as well and the negs...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-11-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 898
Posted By benlees
Thanks for heads up; just watched it. I'm not...

Thanks for heads up; just watched it. I'm not really a big jazz fan, or of W. Eugene Smith for that matter, but what an amazing time! A fine film: somehow able to balance the excitement of the jazz...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 11-11-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 908
Posted By benlees
Weird, isn't it. Amazon.ca has 20 pack (10x2) of...

Weird, isn't it. Amazon.ca has 20 pack (10x2) of wide for $21 (on sale from $25) and a 50 pack (10x5) for $90...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-11-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 628
Posted By benlees
I used HP5 with Hc110 for years. Dilution H is...

I used HP5 with Hc110 for years. Dilution H is the way to go for solid, repeatable results. 10 minutes is a good amount of time: you don't have to rush so you can concentrate, and take notes, on...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-10-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 2,393
Posted By benlees
That may be so, but there are no fees or taxes-...

That may be so, but there are no fees or taxes- if you don't want there to be any. It is fairly old school classifieds type deal. You pay fees for extra exposure, bold print, that kind of thing. ...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 11-10-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 540
Posted By benlees
A nice anecdote. He looks fit as a fiddle at 79!

A nice anecdote. He looks fit as a fiddle at 79!
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 11-09-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,090
Posted By benlees
I agree. One of the best things about...

I agree. One of the best things about photography (unless you are a studio person) is that it gets you out and about in your local area discovering new things. Travel is great but it's still...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-08-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 628
Posted By benlees
You might want to try Rodinal. If you use it...

You might want to try Rodinal. If you use it with 400 film you should also have a liking for a bit of grain.


I used HC110 for years because it wasn't that contrasty!
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-04-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 2,393
Posted By benlees
I'm glad I got my fix of buying and selling film...

I'm glad I got my fix of buying and selling film cameras on ebay 10 years a go. I'm over it now.;)
Forum: Fuji X Series 11-04-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 979
Posted By benlees
I think the X-E2 is a great choice. I also...

I think the X-E2 is a great choice. I also prefer the X-Pro1 but it is not great for focusing manual lenses. I use both AF and MF on my X-Pro1 and I usually zone focus when I have an old Yashica...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-02-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 858
Posted By benlees
Once i got the Arista reels linked by Larry...

Once i got the Arista reels linked by Larry Cloetta, I never used the Paterson ones again... Such a simple modification but night and day in ease of loading. I also stopping using stainless Hewes...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-31-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 855
Posted By benlees
If you shoot wides then the Bessa R4M or R4A...

If you shoot wides then the Bessa R4M or R4A should be added to your list. 24mm or 28mm would mean accessory viewfinders are needed for framing for almost all rangefinder cameras.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 10-29-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 1,048
Posted By benlees
I bought a 4x5 enlarger (Mine was an Omega) years...

I bought a 4x5 enlarger (Mine was an Omega) years a go for $250CDN- seemed like a lot at the time, but the owner had it since new and showed me the receipts of the original price. Ummm, enlargers...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-29-2019
Replies: 76
Views: 2,162
Posted By benlees
Actually it is "we". The actions of a few well...

Actually it is "we". The actions of a few well meaning individuals will do nothing. Humans have to learn that EVERYTHING is connected. This does not come easily to us. Affluent civilization is...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-28-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 2,314
Posted By benlees
I used to use a Crown Graphic with an Olympus XA....

I used to use a Crown Graphic with an Olympus XA. Just in case if I forgot to pull a dark slide I would have something...
Forum: Fuji X Series 10-23-2019
Replies: 280
Views: 11,292
Posted By benlees
Tongue in cheek perhaps, but the X-pro3 seems...

Tongue in cheek perhaps, but the X-pro3 seems like a step backward... time will tell.
Forum: Fuji X Series 10-23-2019
Replies: 280
Views: 11,292
Posted By benlees
Those of you who want an X-pro3 might want to...

Those of you who want an X-pro3 might want to wait. Think of the X-H1...
Forum: Fuji X Series 10-23-2019
Replies: 280
Views: 11,292
Posted By benlees
You can use the joystick in place of the 4 way...

You can use the joystick in place of the 4 way button. No need to use the screen if you don't want.
Forum: RFF News 10-19-2019
Replies: 88
Views: 9,110
Posted By benlees
Actually, a lot of consumer items were developed...

Actually, a lot of consumer items were developed by publicly funded universities. Internet, touch screens, for example.

Creativity, happily, is just part of being human. No need for any kind of...
Forum: RFF News 10-18-2019
Replies: 88
Views: 9,110
Posted By benlees
Only the single malts are effected. Blended...

Only the single malts are effected. Blended scotch have no tariffs, according to the link.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-17-2019
Replies: 79
Views: 3,251
Posted By benlees
This has been a 'thing' at wedding for many...

This has been a 'thing' at wedding for many years. Leave a disposable or (more recently) an Instax on every table. See what turns up. It is quite fun.
The photos are for the wedding party so not...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-16-2019
Replies: 79
Views: 3,251
Posted By benlees
Film cameras are a niche within a niche. Barring...

Film cameras are a niche within a niche. Barring a drastic regime change a new mass consumer model that eats roll film won't happen. A very expensive limited run? Sure.

If they want to sell...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-27-2019
Replies: 79
Views: 3,251
Posted By benlees
There have been recent MF cameras: ...

There have been recent MF cameras: Fuji/Voigtlander 667. Very expensive new. Certain used cameras are hyped and therefore expensive. Most of the Fuji 645 series are still affordable- get 'em...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 09-27-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 2,634
Posted By benlees
Loved mine; not sure why I sold it... I really...

Loved mine; not sure why I sold it... I really liked the focus lever in use and never had any trouble with it. My camera was solid yet compact; very nice to use. Similar quality to a Rolleicord. ...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-24-2019
Replies: 75
Views: 2,720
Posted By benlees
I currently use one digital camera. I have an...

I currently use one digital camera. I have an Instax and a Kodak VR35 in a box somewhere. I used to have a lot of film cameras because I found them very interesting in an old tech and historical...
Forum: Fuji X Series 09-21-2019
Replies: 280
Views: 11,292
Posted By benlees
The gem for the x pro is the hybrid viewfinder. ...

The gem for the x pro is the hybrid viewfinder. Improvements/ refinements/ further innovations in this area are welcomed. Dropping video wouldn't be a bad idea. If you could flip the LCD over...
Forum: Fuji X Series 09-21-2019
Replies: 280
Views: 11,292
Posted By benlees
The hidden LCD (no need for it) and titanium...

The hidden LCD (no need for it) and titanium (unnecessary expense) seem like missteps. Dare I say gimmicky; X pro 3 becoming niche within a niche... of itself? And it will probably have the 26MP...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 09-21-2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2,414
Posted By benlees
Vivitar 35ES, Canon QL17 GIII, Konica C35v,...

Vivitar 35ES, Canon QL17 GIII, Konica C35v, Olympus 35RC, Olympus XA, Yashica Lynx 14, rollei 35 tessar and the triplet


All gone now; really liked the lenses on the Vivitar and Konica. The Canon...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 09-21-2019
Replies: 24
Views: 1,216
Posted By benlees
I never quite understand posts like this. There...

I never quite understand posts like this. There is no pressure to keep up with whatever the manufacturers want to sell you. You can, in fact, get yourself an electronic device that will last for...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-19-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 403
Posted By benlees
I think Lightroom has a Blurb plugin so that...

I think Lightroom has a Blurb plugin so that might be an option- makes it very easy.


I have used Photobook many times. Very good service: decent quality and quite low prices. And fast. They do...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-18-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 1,369
Posted By benlees
This is what I did when I visited. The bus...

This is what I did when I visited. The bus (coach) was easy (direct) and affordable.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-07-2019
Replies: 57
Views: 1,942
Posted By benlees
If a lens has "character" it will show on...

If a lens has "character" it will show on whatever medium you choose to shine light on. Whatever you do from there is up to you.
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-07-2019
Replies: 90
Views: 4,677
Posted By benlees
I am more of a variety kind of person; like to...

I am more of a variety kind of person; like to mix things up. There are a lot of interesting things out in the world so that heavy feeling of 'what do I do next' always seems to solve itself. I'm...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-02-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 575
Posted By benlees
The question is who do the rioters represent? ...

The question is who do the rioters represent? I'm guessing themselves: they could be democracy supporters or they could be acting for the government to stir up trouble against the dem side. Or they...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-02-2019
Replies: 63
Views: 2,663
Posted By benlees
You have probably chosen the worst time in recent...

You have probably chosen the worst time in recent history to want a film M on a budget. $1200 for an M4-2 is crazy. I bought that M4P in 2011 for $400... i should've held on to it.


Just to add,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-02-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 575
Posted By benlees
Faux freedom for all! Bentham's panopticon in...

Faux freedom for all! Bentham's panopticon in full flower. Forget cctv; we do it to ourselves now. But we get 40MP cameras in cell phones now; so, hey, it's a compromise.:angel:
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-02-2019
Replies: 63
Views: 2,663
Posted By benlees
I commend your search for a "rough" M. I did the...

I commend your search for a "rough" M. I did the same and was not disappointed, though I bought an M4P. Mine was cosmetically rough but worked perfectly. And it was not much money- this was a few...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-01-2019
Replies: 64
Views: 1,938
Posted By benlees
Don't worry, in 50 years people will chuckle to...

Don't worry, in 50 years people will chuckle to themselves thinking of how we must have suffered using such cumbersome and primitive contraptions. In a technocratic society such as ours the future...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-22-2019
Replies: 161
Views: 8,220
Posted By benlees
you're right, but I did that on purpose. You...

you're right, but I did that on purpose. You compared a discounted M4P (reintroduced old tech) to a Canon F-1 AE. The spread in price is much higher now, as you mention. One explanation is Leica...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-21-2019
Replies: 161
Views: 8,220
Posted By benlees
My local camera store: M262 (discounted) is...

My local camera store: M262 (discounted) is $6195.95CDN
Sony A7R IV is $4495.95

Leica cameras were, and continue to be, (more) expensive. Almost...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-21-2019
Replies: 161
Views: 8,220
Posted By benlees
This is probably true. But there are two words...

This is probably true. But there are two words in your reply (chosen and brand) that muddy the waters even for you. It's never just a tool.
Forum: Fuji X Series 08-21-2019
Replies: 25
Views: 1,248
Posted By benlees
Then don't worry about practicality. Unless you...

Then don't worry about practicality. Unless you enjoy practicality.

There is an x pro 2 on kijiji that has been there for awhile... price isn't bad but there might be some wiggle room...
Forum: Film vs Digital 08-21-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 890
Posted By benlees
Nicely summed up. Sorry about your laptop! A...

Nicely summed up. Sorry about your laptop!

A big illusion is that things can't be anything but ephemeral. Nothing lasts forever! Like pictures on a screen, we too are, in fact, illusory...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 08-20-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 1,231
Posted By benlees
By your own admission you're not using it (and...

By your own admission you're not using it (and sounds like you haven't used it much), so if you keep it then you are actually losing whatever you paid originally.



The second shop will probably...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 08-04-2019
Replies: 21
Views: 8,566
Posted By benlees
The whole point of negative film is reproduction....

The whole point of negative film is reproduction. To show yellowing crappy prints is ridiculous. They're not paintings; reprint them so we can see what Winogrand wanted us to see...
Forum: Photo Software 07-31-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 2,311
Posted By benlees
I was in a similar position years a go. For film...

I was in a similar position years a go. For film I used Epson Scan and then export to Adobe Elements. Very simple and effective. I always used the clone/stamp tool for dust/scratches; takes more...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-30-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,871
Posted By benlees
When there is reason to go slow, I go slow. When...

When there is reason to go slow, I go slow. When there is a reason to go fast, I ignore it. When there is a reason I can't go at my own pace, I sell it. Looking at you, Foveon.:rolleyes:
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 07-30-2019
Replies: 85
Views: 4,811
Posted By benlees
Price is hilarious. At least you save on black...

Price is hilarious. At least you save on black tape...


Due to its brand strength I'm sure it will hold its value on the used market.:angel:


Surely, this is for rabid M collectors only.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-28-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 1,194
Posted By benlees
Pricey for a 45mm F2.8...

Pricey for a 45mm F2.8...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-24-2019
Replies: 76
Views: 2,909
Posted By benlees
Yes, it does seem unlikely they will paint...

Yes, it does seem unlikely they will paint themselves into a corner.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-24-2019
Replies: 110
Views: 4,285
Posted By benlees
No kidding. I bought and sold a 7 w/ 80mm for...

No kidding. I bought and sold a 7 w/ 80mm for $850CDN a few years a go. Was happy not lose a penny for a couple years of use. I would never pay the asking prices these days.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-24-2019
Replies: 76
Views: 2,909
Posted By benlees
A big implication for these big saucy sensors is...

A big implication for these big saucy sensors is a reduced need for lenses. If you can crop the file in camera then you don't really need that big zoom or another prime. In the old days lenses made...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-23-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,035
Posted By benlees
Assuming C41, colour chems are much different...

Assuming C41, colour chems are much different than b&w- as you have found out! Sloshing them around should be avoided. I used a Paterson tank but never inverted- just gently rotated.


You don't...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-23-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 1,861
Posted By benlees
Konica C35 series. Very small, good lens, and...

Konica C35 series. Very small, good lens, and quite light. And cheap. Rollei 35 wins hands down for rugged simplicity.
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-22-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 754
Posted By benlees
Do it. If whoever buys the film thinks they have...

Do it. If whoever buys the film thinks they have discovered a genius it helps if you have left some cookie crumbs for them to come knock on your door.
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 07-12-2019
Replies: 68
Views: 3,110
Posted By benlees
My Crown Graphic weighed more but it was faster...

My Crown Graphic weighed more but it was faster to use:angel:
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 07-11-2019
Replies: 68
Views: 3,110
Posted By benlees
Sigma has an underdog quality that somehow is...

Sigma has an underdog quality that somehow is accentuated because they never quite get it right but don't give up. When you put Sigma into google search they don't come up first. For love or...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 07-11-2019
Replies: 68
Views: 3,110
Posted By benlees
For a 45mm 2.8 it's a behemoth lol; I'm sure...

For a 45mm 2.8 it's a behemoth lol; I'm sure [hope] there are other 'small' lenses in pipeline, but if you don't want 45mm then...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 07-11-2019
Replies: 68
Views: 3,110
Posted By benlees
Agreed. Such a small body (with, what, 9 buttons...

Agreed. Such a small body (with, what, 9 buttons on the back) with those big Sigma lenses is an ergonomic back fire. And no viewfinder...


So small but destined for a tripod. Odd.
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-11-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 1,251
Posted By benlees
Also agree. I have been finding my X-Pro 1 a bit...

Also agree. I have been finding my X-Pro 1 a bit cumbersome lately; I'm always changing something on the camera unintentionally as I walk around. Small problem, for sure, but the ergonomics of...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 07-11-2019
Replies: 68
Views: 3,110
Posted By benlees
Ummm... it has a Bayer sensor. Is it really a...

Ummm... it has a Bayer sensor. Is it really a Sigma?:angel:
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 07-05-2019
Replies: 113
Views: 6,717
Posted By benlees
My comment referred to the previous poster...

My comment referred to the previous poster comments regarding covers. The guitar companies still put good electrics in 'em, whether they come back for black or show some nice grain.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 07-05-2019
Replies: 113
Views: 6,717
Posted By benlees
Standard procedure for many companies, especially...

Standard procedure for many companies, especially guitar companies. If your guitar has a solid colour finish... then... Rickenbacker, Fender, Gibson have done this since the beginning.


More...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-05-2019
Replies: 39
Views: 1,121
Posted By benlees
Much psychological research and the entire...

Much psychological research and the entire advertising industry may disagree.:eek:
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 07-03-2019
Replies: 113
Views: 6,717
Posted By benlees
If there is any truth to this (in Leica-speak) it...

If there is any truth to this (in Leica-speak) it lies somewhere between "discriminating taste" and "everything is relative"
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-29-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 793
Posted By benlees
This has been my experience as well. Keep in...

This has been my experience as well. Keep in mind I didn't do star trails or the night sky, I just did scenes at night in suburban areas so YMMV. I did some research to get ballpark times and then...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 06-26-2019
Replies: 113
Views: 6,717
Posted By benlees
Well, the M262 is a stripped down M240 so even...

Well, the M262 is a stripped down M240 so even "on sale" the price is ridiculous compared to the new M-E. But... the new M-E is supposed to be a limited run? If not, the M262 doesn't make sense.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-24-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 2,308
Posted By benlees
Agree with what others have said. Contact ebay...

Agree with what others have said. Contact ebay and paypal- initiate a claim. Get money back and return the camera.


Leica's are great but be patient when looking for one. They're not hard to...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 06-24-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 317
Posted By benlees
Would definitely like to see that.

Would definitely like to see that.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 06-24-2019
Replies: 113
Views: 6,717
Posted By benlees
The local camera shop here has it listed at $4695...

The local camera shop here has it listed at $4695 CDN. The 262 is "on sale" for $6195 CDN. The M-E is almost a bargain...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-21-2019
Replies: 76
Views: 2,755
Posted By benlees
Fuji GA645. But then you'll realize you don't...

Fuji GA645. But then you'll realize you don't need the others.
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-19-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 919
Posted By benlees
Indeed. I still have the album- I think only the...

Indeed. I still have the album- I think only the American version had to be radically changed. Years later I took an Arbus book out of the public library and that particular photo had been cut...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-19-2019
Replies: 111
Views: 4,358
Posted By benlees
They're releasing the prices of the back and the...

They're releasing the prices of the back and the 907x body later in the year.
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-18-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 919
Posted By benlees
When I was a young lad a local punk band (SNFU) -...

When I was a young lad a local punk band (SNFU) - with some international success- was sued by the Arbus estate for using one of her photos without permission for an album cover (punk, right?). As...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-16-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 782
Posted By benlees
You could develop b&w with decent results riding...

You could develop b&w with decent results riding in the back of a pickup truck. The choice for developers for b&w is astounding- you can make your own if you want. Developing c41 or e6 at home is...
Forum: Nikon RF 06-12-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 2,025
Posted By benlees
Old cameras and colour film looking good. You...

Old cameras and colour film looking good. You did ok, as well.:cool:
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-11-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,272
Posted By benlees
Years a go I wanted to do the same thing. It...

Years a go I wanted to do the same thing. It turned out I liked riding the bike so much I dropped the whole idea of bringing a camera. Always take my phone so I just use that... I know, not...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 06-11-2019
Replies: 46
Views: 1,993
Posted By benlees
Low balling is just part of the process of...

Low balling is just part of the process of selling stuff. Annoying but best to ignore and forget. The real inconsiderates come out for free stuff. Happily, they never show up.:rolleyes:
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-10-2019
Replies: 60
Views: 1,735
Posted By benlees
I love the GR series... but don't own any right...

I love the GR series... but don't own any right now. And won't for the time being. Give me Fuji OVF or give me...
I noticed you sold a X100F recently. The xe3 is similar, maybe smaller, than that....
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-08-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 626
Posted By benlees
Developing color c41 is quite easy. It needs...

Developing color c41 is quite easy. It needs more planning than b&w, for sure. Have to be careful with constant temps and to have absolutely zero cross contamination. I've used similar products in...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-03-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 1,562
Posted By benlees
Sweet! I have one of the four! Can you...

Sweet! I have one of the four! Can you recommend something so I can nurture some ruthless ambition? Or is that in the guide?:)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-31-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 896
Posted By benlees
Can't go wrong with this advice. Get to know the...

Can't go wrong with this advice. Get to know the camera. Get to know the film. Win win.
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 05-31-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 2,095
Posted By benlees
And lets not forget the Yashica Samurai; one of...

And lets not forget the Yashica Samurai; one of the quirkier half frames...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 05-30-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 2,095
Posted By benlees
Years a go I really wanted a half frame. I had a...

Years a go I really wanted a half frame. I had a Pen FT that was DOA and never took another plunge. It takes me forever to finish 36 so 72? I'm too impatient! The Pen slr's are actually quite...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-29-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 701
Posted By benlees
Unless the camera was described as "Absolutely...

Unless the camera was described as "Absolutely perfect" or you paid a mint for it, then you got an old camera in overall great condition. You could do worse! Don't bother with a CLA or even...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-15-2019
Replies: 35
Views: 1,307
Posted By benlees
I agree with this. I also think this statement...

I agree with this. I also think this statement is not negative; in fact I view it as positive as admitting to this does not contradict the idea that the making of anyone's work is still a fulfilling...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-15-2019
Replies: 123
Views: 3,403
Posted By benlees
It is kind of ironic that film and stand alone...

It is kind of ironic that film and stand alone digital cameras will both be niche items.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-27-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 2,061
Posted By benlees
There is a quote (can't remember the specifics)...

There is a quote (can't remember the specifics) from Plato that is in a similar vein- though regarding the "youth of today". Millenia later and the only thing that hasn't changed since then is that...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 04-18-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 550
Posted By benlees
And on a side note, photography killed forever...

And on a side note, photography killed forever the idea (dream?) that perfect image production could contain magic that could be harnessed. Perspective, in painting, had hinted that this may not be...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-16-2019
Replies: 66
Views: 2,760
Posted By benlees
I have had many perfect experiences buying...

I have had many perfect experiences buying cameras from Japan. It has been a few years, though.


I'm not sure if they now do this with cameras, but with guitars and bicycles ebay sellers in Japan...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-13-2019
Replies: 121
Views: 4,022
Posted By benlees
Indeed. If I drop off film at local London Drugs...

Indeed. If I drop off film at local London Drugs it goes to... Vancouver.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-12-2019
Replies: 121
Views: 4,022
Posted By benlees
This was my thought as well. There used to be a...

This was my thought as well. There used to be a few pro labs in my city. Not any more. It wouldn't surprise me if a lab in Vancouver might have an up tick in business as they are now getting all...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 04-12-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 3,435
Posted By benlees
A fine looking lens. I had the 2.5 skopar, which...

A fine looking lens. I had the 2.5 skopar, which was excellent and affordable, but this new Ultron is really something.
Forum: Digital Compacts 04-11-2019
Replies: 40
Views: 2,177
Posted By benlees
To be honest, I think the camera manufacturers...

To be honest, I think the camera manufacturers are way ahead of you. Bigger sensors in bigger bodies (or "semi-professional" bodies) has been their MO for awhile. As soon as the iphone took off......
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 04-10-2019
Replies: 147
Views: 8,070
Posted By benlees
You have created laughter. A good deed for the...

You have created laughter. A good deed for the day.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-09-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 1,297
Posted By benlees
You don't mention viewfinders (waist level=$100...

You don't mention viewfinders (waist level=$100 or unmetered eye level= $35-50, metered prism ~$150) or film backs. If the guy was a pro the backs might be 220- which you probably don't want. 120...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-09-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 1,297
Posted By benlees
Bronica SQ with the Zenzanon 40mm. I used this...

Bronica SQ with the Zenzanon 40mm. I used this for a few years as the SWC was more than I was willing to spend.


The SQ series is very affordable and very good quality. I think I spent about...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-08-2019
Replies: 264
Views: 22,940
Posted By benlees
RIP Roger and best wishes to Frances. Is...

RIP Roger and best wishes to Frances. Is everybody's camera loaded? Go take some pictures with Roger in mind.
Forum: Digital Compacts 04-04-2019
Replies: 125
Views: 5,168
Posted By benlees
Lol. Good old DPR: "We don't know how well the...

Lol.

Good old DPR: "We don't know how well the sensor or lens will perform, but it's a safe bet that image quality will far exceed the abilities of even the best smartphones and likely also...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-02-2019
Replies: 264
Views: 22,940
Posted By benlees
Thanks for posting. I always enjoyed Roger's...

Thanks for posting. I always enjoyed Roger's suffer no fools approach and learned a lot from his books, website, and his occasionally cantankerous replies right here. A life well lived! Cheers to...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 03-30-2019
Replies: 38
Views: 1,873
Posted By benlees
Just #27? I'd say there are many that are...

Just #27? I'd say there are many that are staged. He moved on to a medium where he could better express himself!
Forum: Travel 03-23-2019
Replies: 209
Views: 8,790
Posted By benlees
Sounds like Vietnam should be on your list. What...

Sounds like Vietnam should be on your list. What about the western Silk road after India? A friend of mine did Kashgar, Samarkand, Tashkent, etc a few years a go. Said it was pretty amazing.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-22-2019
Replies: 91
Views: 3,017
Posted By benlees
Bit of a pickle isn't it?:p The sky in the...

Bit of a pickle isn't it?:p


The sky in the digital image is stunning, but that maybe due to timing...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-22-2019
Replies: 91
Views: 3,017
Posted By benlees
Do a wet print and then a decent digital print. ...

Do a wet print and then a decent digital print. I bet the difference will be less than you think. Then get back to us. Comparing a scanned b&w film picture to digital on the internet is pointless.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 03-21-2019
Replies: 3,162
Views: 496,027
Posted By benlees
Great one, Keith!

Great one, Keith!
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-21-2019
Replies: 68
Views: 1,570
Posted By benlees
If a good picture is the goal then editing...

If a good picture is the goal then editing whatever you end up with has to happen. Sometimes having a bigger sample helps and sometimes it doesn't. How much time do you have?



Eggelston made a...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-19-2019
Replies: 73
Views: 2,596
Posted By benlees
This is it, really. Quality of results- if the...

This is it, really. Quality of results- if the object has been marketed as a "tool" of some kind- is a red herring. After all, you can carry a few items in a plastic bag just as easily as in a...
Forum: Digital Compacts 03-16-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 3,024
Posted By benlees
I think you made the right choice. Saved a...

I think you made the right choice. Saved a fistful of money and you will have an excellent backup... and built in flash can very useful. You will end up using the GR2 more than you think!
Forum: Leica Q / CL/ T / X Series 03-14-2019
Replies: 115
Views: 6,625
Posted By benlees
Increased sensor and processing tech may render...

Increased sensor and processing tech may render (pun intended) lenses obsolete. Cropping is just picking an angle of view after all, optical physics notwithstanding. Ironic that Leica is advocating...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-12-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,681
Posted By benlees
Putting a personal twist on a piece of classic...

Putting a personal twist on a piece of classic tech as a sales pitch is a mistake. As mentioned above this limits the amount of people that maybe interested. Of course, just removing the original...
Forum: Fuji X Series 03-07-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,570
Posted By benlees
KISS. Just take your M240+one lens. If anything...

KISS. Just take your M240+one lens. If anything happens, get a camera on the trip. The less there is to think about, the better; especially when traveling.
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 03-06-2019
Replies: 176
Views: 13,285
Posted By benlees
I would characterize it as "digital clean" and I...

I would characterize it as "digital clean" and I am not a fan either. The high ISO shots look marginally better. It is what it is. Apples and oranges.



If you want digital B&W to look like neg...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-27-2019
Replies: 162
Views: 10,269
Posted By benlees
The MX is one of my favourites. Had a dent on...

The MX is one of my favourites. Had a dent on the pentaprism, sticky mirror, and the common meter problems but still delivered. Loved it! One of the first to come and the last to go.
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-26-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,427
Posted By benlees
Gear? I just use my mind palace...

Gear? I just use my mind palace...
Forum: Digital Compacts 02-23-2019
Replies: 292
Views: 22,467
Posted By benlees
The GR series is so ergonomic that it is one of...

The GR series is so ergonomic that it is one of the few where you don't miss an OVF. Even when I had my GR1 I would sometimes not use it. Having a 28mm lens also helps in this regard...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-22-2019
Replies: 163
Views: 5,986
Posted By benlees
If you live in a cold place then one of the nice...

If you live in a cold place then one of the nice things about winter (and if you have a decent coat) some cameras are indeed pocket-able. A Ricoh gr1 and/or grdiii used to live in my winter coat.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-21-2019
Replies: 51
Views: 1,743
Posted By benlees
Just think how many cctv cameras she passed...

Just think how many cctv cameras she passed during her day. And she's probably on facebook..., and she probably has a fitbit...


And so it goes...
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 02-21-2019
Replies: 116
Views: 5,863
Posted By benlees
I was recently in a similar situation. I would...

I was recently in a similar situation. I would add to the above good advice that you WILL hit buttons with your thumb, fingers, and face when you had no intention of doing so. Learn your settings...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-20-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 2,889
Posted By benlees
I've settled on the X pro 1 as my only camera. ...

I've settled on the X pro 1 as my only camera. Over the past 10 years I've dived into about every kind of film camera, with smallish medium format being my favourite. However, I gave up film cold...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-16-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 1,023
Posted By benlees
I think Godfrey is spot on. Why worry about such...

I think Godfrey is spot on. Why worry about such things? If you have a Leica (or anything!), use it. These are consumer goods, after all. Consume, make pictures!

But to put your mind at ease,...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-15-2019
Replies: 111
Views: 4,174
Posted By benlees
ebay prices- even for auctions- are all over the...

ebay prices- even for auctions- are all over the place and give only vague notions of price even if you can keep all the vagaries in mind. Not to mention unscrupulous tactics. Supply and demand only...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-04-2019
Replies: 129
Views: 9,579
Posted By benlees
Thanks for the reminder. In 11 years I've...

Thanks for the reminder.

In 11 years I've uploaded 271 photos. I'm safe for awhile.:D
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-04-2019
Replies: 70
Views: 2,275
Posted By benlees
Agreed. Excellent tip; increases variety and...

Agreed. Excellent tip; increases variety and depth of flavour as well as adding textures.



Not that different from developing b&w, in terms of contrast and grain...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-04-2019
Replies: 70
Views: 2,275
Posted By benlees
This made me laugh! I was the same, though I...

This made me laugh! I was the same, though I will add mushrooms also. I can honestly say that learning to saute onions (and garlic) and mushrooms has had a greater impact on my life than any...
Forum: RFF Polls 01-31-2019
Replies: 66
Views: 3,223
Posted By benlees
70% of the people who responded are 49 and over! ...

70% of the people who responded are 49 and over! I was wondering why discussions about lenses were more likely to be about glasses.:angel:
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-30-2019
Replies: 71
Views: 1,632
Posted By benlees
There is only one trick to this: show people...

There is only one trick to this: show people your photos now. A side effect of our complicated wiring is that we think other people are interested in what we do. They're not. Unless you show them.
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-28-2019
Replies: 132
Views: 3,492
Posted By benlees
The elephant in the room is the quality of...

The elephant in the room is the quality of smartphone pictures: they are very good. Not as good as a dedicated camera, but obviously good enough- and getting better faster than their dedicated...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-10-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,177
Posted By benlees
You have to be aware of the hyperfocal distance...

You have to be aware of the hyperfocal distance for what ever aperture you are using for your lens, and film size, and then consider the distance to your subject. Then you can use depth of field to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-29-2018
Replies: 70
Views: 1,601
Posted By benlees
Been using X pro 1 with the 23 f2. It's the only...

Been using X pro 1 with the 23 f2. It's the only camera I have other than the cell phone. I recently got a used EF-X20 flash for daylight fill during the winter. I may send it back as the refresh...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 12-23-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 1,039
Posted By benlees
I'm not sure I understand this. USPS, like all...

I'm not sure I understand this. USPS, like all postal services ship internationally. Is this not true? I've received many parcels from the USPS with zero problems. If you accurately show the...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 12-22-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 1,039
Posted By benlees
It is basically a scam- the introduction of an...

It is basically a scam- the introduction of an unnecessary middleman by a corporate partnership to "increase service". Just adds fees and delivery time to the purchaser, and the (American) seller...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-15-2018
Replies: 72
Views: 2,771
Posted By benlees
To a certain extent less is more. Expensive. ...

To a certain extent less is more. Expensive. For all items of conspicuous consumption: cameras, hifi, cars; you name it. There is a threshold of what you actually get, in terms of features, and...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-07-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 433
Posted By benlees
So important to remember this. Manipulation (and...

So important to remember this. Manipulation (and selfies!) has been the order of the day since the very beginning. And considered an integral part of creativity.
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-06-2018
Replies: 25
Views: 892
Posted By benlees
How many are on right now?

How many are on right now?
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-05-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 1,041
Posted By benlees
I tend to shoot digital like slide film: try to...

I tend to shoot digital like slide film: try to get it right the first time. That said, I use darktable to wrestle with RAW's if I have to. Export to Elements (free with my scanner years a go...)....
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 12-03-2018
Replies: 34
Views: 2,003
Posted By benlees
Had a C35v for a few years. sadly the focus ring...

Had a C35v for a few years. sadly the focus ring became unglued and I never bothered to fix it. Quite liked the lens with colour film especially.


Was supposed to be my first rangefinder. Didn't...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-29-2018
Replies: 78
Views: 2,796
Posted By benlees
The $1000 cell phone is a curious beast. The...

The $1000 cell phone is a curious beast. The market is now saturated so expensive phones are a way for the manufacturers to maintain income with declining sales. If people replace their phones a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-27-2018
Replies: 50
Views: 1,799
Posted By benlees
You're both right! The recent mirrorless...

You're both right! The recent mirrorless offerings from Canon and Nikon can be seen as a missed opportunity. Those are some boring cameras. Looking historically we shouldn't have expected anything...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-21-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 2,102
Posted By benlees
Still remember getting my M4P... As sweet as a...

Still remember getting my M4P... As sweet as a mechanical camera can get. Enjoy. I'm sure the M2 is better!
Forum: RFF News 11-20-2018
Replies: 35
Views: 3,694
Posted By benlees
It doesn't seem that long a go when people were...

It doesn't seem that long a go when people were selling for above MSRP. I'm guessing there are more on the market; not selling as well as they thought or Leica has produced too many but are...
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