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Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 12-27-2008
Replies: 85
Views: 8,177
Posted By Fred Burton
It's not going to be any kind of night....

It's not going to be any kind of night. Moderator, remove my account from this forum.
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 12-27-2008
Replies: 85
Views: 8,177
Posted By Fred Burton
Trolling? What the heck are you guys talking...

Trolling? What the heck are you guys talking about?
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 12-27-2008
Replies: 85
Views: 8,177
Posted By Fred Burton
But if this is a problem, I'll delete the thread.

But if this is a problem, I'll delete the thread.
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 12-27-2008
Replies: 85
Views: 8,177
Posted By Fred Burton
What does a poll on the G1 have to do with...

What does a poll on the G1 have to do with Leica's? Now I'm really confused.
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 12-27-2008
Replies: 85
Views: 8,177
Posted By Fred Burton
Pitxu has made the same statement that I'm...

Pitxu has made the same statement that I'm somebody else. I'm Fred Burton. I'm not using a pseudo name like Back Alley. And I'm confused.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-27-2008
Replies: 73
Views: 4,023
Posted By Fred Burton
Tri-Elmar's are in the $5,000 range. Perhaps the...

Tri-Elmar's are in the $5,000 range. Perhaps the 35 would be better.
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 12-27-2008
Replies: 85
Views: 8,177
Posted By Fred Burton
Is the G1 a rangefinder?

In light of the debate about whether Evil SLR's should have a spot in the left frame of the home page, and the fact that discussions about the Panasonic G1 (and future micro 4/3 cameras I'm sure) are...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 12-27-2008
Replies: 46
Views: 4,671
Posted By Fred Burton
But high ISO and dynamic range are irrelevant to...

But high ISO and dynamic range are irrelevant to the intended users of these cameras. Panasonic wants to sell millions of these things at the lowest possible price to average consumers of compact...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-27-2008
Replies: 73
Views: 4,023
Posted By Fred Burton
O.K. I'm confused. You think the Canon FD lenses...

O.K. I'm confused. You think the Canon FD lenses mentioned are "pricy by my standards,' yet you contemplate getting into the Leica system? I think you are just engaging in pie-in-the-sky-by-and-by...
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 12-27-2008
Replies: 2,424
Views: 357,333
Posted By Fred Burton
Santa brought me Salgado's "Africa," and "Magnum...

Santa brought me Salgado's "Africa," and "Magnum Magnum."
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-27-2008
Replies: 56
Views: 3,272
Posted By Fred Burton
But how much better photos can a good...

But how much better photos can a good photographer take with a M4 and Leica glass vs. a Nikon F with Nikkor glass. Of course using a junk camera vs a decent camera would be silly; but, that's a false...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-27-2008
Replies: 56
Views: 3,272
Posted By Fred Burton
"...the camera has done all the other creative...

"...the camera has done all the other creative thinking as far as aperture, shutter, etc etc"

But isn't the image the goal, not the process? Most of the time my camera set in aperture priority mode...
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 12-27-2008
Replies: 18
Views: 2,254
Posted By Fred Burton
Congratulations on your book. And good luck in...

Congratulations on your book. And good luck in your search for a publisher.

As an aside, how was your experience with blurb? I've tried a couple of books with them, but the results have been not...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-27-2008
Replies: 73
Views: 4,023
Posted By Fred Burton
Most businesses in the US don't allow photography...

Most businesses in the US don't allow photography inside their stores anymore. Of course, they don't ban cell phones with cameras, a contradiction I've never understood.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-27-2008
Replies: 73
Views: 4,023
Posted By Fred Burton
edodo, you should be an ad writer for Leica! :)...

edodo, you should be an ad writer for Leica! :) If only they could convince almost every pro and amateur alive that the SLR was only suitable for landscapes. ;)
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-27-2008
Replies: 56
Views: 3,272
Posted By Fred Burton
I don't think you'll get much debate over that....

I don't think you'll get much debate over that. As long as you have a reliably functioning camera with a decent lens, it really doesn't seem to matter much what the equipment is. Of course this is a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-27-2008
Replies: 47
Views: 3,047
Posted By Fred Burton
No Leicas this Christmas; but I did score both...

No Leicas this Christmas; but I did score both "Magnum Magnum" and Salgado's "Africa." Maybe a 35 next year. :)
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-26-2008
Replies: 55
Views: 6,080
Posted By Fred Burton
The 20D is a fine camera. But if you decided to...

The 20D is a fine camera. But if you decided to buy another Canon new now, would you be willing to buy one with the same specs as the 20D and at the original price you paid for the 20D? Leica buyers...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-26-2008
Replies: 73
Views: 4,023
Posted By Fred Burton
Dragunov, repeat after me..."A camera is not an...

Dragunov, repeat after me..."A camera is not an investment, a camera is not an investment, a camera is not an investment,..."

Now, buy what you want and use it up taking photos. :)
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 12-26-2008
Replies: 155
Views: 23,351
Posted By Fred Burton
You have to be using CS4 before you can install...

You have to be using CS4 before you can install the 5.2 release. There will be no ACR updates for CS3. (For those using CS3). Planned obsolescence, I'm afraid. Found that out when I bought a Canon...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 12-26-2008
Replies: 13
Views: 1,409
Posted By Fred Burton
"It seems to me that over a period of several...

"It seems to me that over a period of several years, the cost of the M8 would amortize"

This is only relevant if you believe you will still be happy with the M8's image quality "several years" from...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-26-2008
Replies: 135
Views: 18,224
Posted By Fred Burton
"I'M SOOO HOPING THIS WILL FLY, I'M ALL FIRED UP...

"I'M SOOO HOPING THIS WILL FLY, I'M ALL FIRED UP FOR A DIGITAL BACK ON MY DOUBLE STROKE M3'S!"

LOL. Fly with whom? I'm not aware of anyone currently seriously considering doing it. What an...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 12-26-2008
Replies: 155
Views: 23,351
Posted By Fred Burton
I wonder if Leica has realized exactly how...

I wonder if Leica has realized exactly how dangerous the G1 is to them. Cheap digital trumps everything. They are nuts if they don't rebadge this thing with a red dot.
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 12-25-2008
Replies: 73
Views: 7,368
Posted By Fred Burton
TTL EVIL's should not be allowed here. The purity...

TTL EVIL's should not be allowed here. The purity of the RFF forum is threatened once again. ;)
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-25-2008
Replies: 55
Views: 6,080
Posted By Fred Burton
The figures came from Cameraquest. I think the...

The figures came from Cameraquest. I think the actual number he quoted was 14,000. The M8 was introduced at Photokina in October, 2005.
Forum: Optics Theory - 12-24-2008
Replies: 16
Views: 1,912
Posted By Fred Burton
If you shoot wide angles at f22 frequently, it's...

If you shoot wide angles at f22 frequently, it's probably prudent not to use a dirty filter. I wouldn't use a dirty filter at all, of course. But you aren't going to see any significant difference...
Forum: Optics Theory - 12-24-2008
Replies: 16
Views: 1,912
Posted By Fred Burton
A filter is so out of focus to the lens that it's...

A filter is so out of focus to the lens that it's essentially invisible. Other than maybe some reflection issues from bright light sources at night that MC filters might help, it really makes little...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-24-2008
Replies: 55
Views: 6,080
Posted By Fred Burton
Time to start writing Leica's epithet? Now we...

Time to start writing Leica's epithet? Now we understand the desperate plea from Kaufman to support the dealers. It took them three years to sell fewer than 20,000 M8's. Making the "upgrade" much...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 12-23-2008
Replies: 50
Views: 5,411
Posted By Fred Burton
Looks like another round of wide open bokeh...

Looks like another round of wide open bokeh photos everywhere.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-23-2008
Replies: 3
Views: 692
Posted By Fred Burton
I use an incident meter most of the time. I have...

I use an incident meter most of the time. I have a spotmeter but don't think there have been a lot of times that basing exposure on multiple readings from it have significantly improved my results. I...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 12-23-2008
Replies: 50
Views: 5,411
Posted By Fred Burton
After playing with a G1, I would say it's the...

After playing with a G1, I would say it's the beginning of a new approach to cameras that might become mainstream when the costs come down to Canon P&S levels. I think the biggest obstacle for it...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-22-2008
Replies: 58
Views: 4,870
Posted By Fred Burton
Bronica ETRs. Hard to beat in your price range.

Bronica ETRs. Hard to beat in your price range.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-22-2008
Replies: 68
Views: 4,087
Posted By Fred Burton
Actually, forum members are congratulating...

Actually, forum members are congratulating themselves when a new person is sucked into the RFF world. That means they have a new chump to dump their old RF gear on in the classifieds. You need new...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 12-21-2008
Replies: 29
Views: 12,567
Posted By Fred Burton
They will have to set the price pretty high. The...

They will have to set the price pretty high. The market for such a camera must be pretty small.
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 12-20-2008
Replies: 57
Views: 4,938
Posted By Fred Burton
Every succeeding generation of camera that Nikon...

Every succeeding generation of camera that Nikon or Canon introduces, the internet forums light up with "proof" that the old sensor in the M8 bests them in all areas. I've seen big prints from the...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 12-20-2008
Replies: 57
Views: 4,938
Posted By Fred Burton
Buying an M8 without a warranty seems a more...

Buying an M8 without a warranty seems a more uncertain experience than with Canon or Nikon DSLR's. Beyond that, though, why not just buy it, try it, and if it doesn't work out, sell it and consider...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 12-20-2008
Replies: 15
Views: 1,679
Posted By Fred Burton
I'd like to see this shot with a 6x6 camera. I...

I'd like to see this shot with a 6x6 camera. I think the same spot with a square format would produce a stronger photo. The space on the left seems awkward to me, making the photo look more like an...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-20-2008
Replies: 90
Views: 6,311
Posted By Fred Burton
When I've looked back over many years and many...

When I've looked back over many years and many thousands of photos, I've realized that I could have shot almost all of them with three lenses: a 35mm, a 50mm and a 105mm. Over those same years I've...
Forum: RFF Polls 12-20-2008
Replies: 80
Views: 6,012
Posted By Fred Burton
It's the tonality that makes a difference for me....

It's the tonality that makes a difference for me. Even when resolution isn't an issue (in a smaller print, for example), the difference in tonality tips the scale toward MF. It's the best compromise...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-19-2008
Replies: 15
Views: 1,659
Posted By Fred Burton
Nh3, you're the man! ;)

Nh3, you're the man! ;)
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 12-19-2008
Replies: 2
Views: 1,299
Posted By Fred Burton
$10.19 on...

$10.19 on Amazon.com.


http://www.amazon.com/Stieglitz-Camera-Work-Anniversary-Special/dp/3822837849/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1229689694&sr=8-1
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-19-2008
Replies: 84
Views: 12,042
Posted By Fred Burton
Suggesting wet prints are somehow more valuable...

Suggesting wet prints are somehow more valuable than inkjet prints is myopic. Like the poor one dimensional inhabitants of Flatland, it's easy to get trapped in the box.

Digital cameras and...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-18-2008
Replies: 135
Views: 18,224
Posted By Fred Burton
That was Huw Finney with the Kodak chip, I...

That was Huw Finney with the Kodak chip, I believe. DrLeoB did as historicist described. Both apparently moved on to other things.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-18-2008
Replies: 135
Views: 18,224
Posted By Fred Burton
Al, unfortunately, print newspapers are a rapidly...

Al, unfortunately, print newspapers are a rapidly dying breed. The Christian Science Monitor is going 100 percent online, The Detroit Free Press and Detroit News, among other newspapers, announced...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-18-2008
Replies: 90
Views: 6,311
Posted By Fred Burton
Our consumption society only works because people...

Our consumption society only works because people are never done. With the economy as it is, we must buy more, not fewer cameras and lenses. The future of the world depends on us. Bunch of...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 12-17-2008
Replies: 17
Views: 1,263
Posted By Fred Burton
Too much time texting on the cell phone.

Too much time texting on the cell phone.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-17-2008
Replies: 113
Views: 11,219
Posted By Fred Burton
Gang sign? It's a secret hand signal indicating...

Gang sign? It's a secret hand signal indicating to other Leica initiates that you are being assaulted by Canon 5D owners and need immediate help!
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-17-2008
Replies: 135
Views: 18,224
Posted By Fred Burton
Leica spent a bunch of money to overcame a lot of...

Leica spent a bunch of money to overcame a lot of technical problems putting a sensor in an M size body with the M8. The problems of creating a back that could fit on a film M would be many...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-17-2008
Replies: 135
Views: 18,224
Posted By Fred Burton
Getting any kind of real funding for R&D on a...

Getting any kind of real funding for R&D on a project that would interest so few people as a real product would be unlikely. Of the people that own film M Leicas, far fewer shoot them regularly and...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-16-2008
Replies: 135
Views: 18,224
Posted By Fred Burton
Has anybody seen anything recent about LeoB's...

Has anybody seen anything recent about LeoB's project. Did he abandon it or still working on it?
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-16-2008
Replies: 135
Views: 18,224
Posted By Fred Burton
Olympus is building a digital rangefinder? I...

Olympus is building a digital rangefinder? I hadn't heard that. Interesting.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-16-2008
Replies: 135
Views: 18,224
Posted By Fred Burton
The sensor, the electronics, the battery, the...

The sensor, the electronics, the battery, the memory card, would all have to live in the back. It would make the camera significantly thicker. Would there really a market for such a thing? How would...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-16-2008
Replies: 135
Views: 18,224
Posted By Fred Burton
A digital back for a film M is simply not...

A digital back for a film M is simply not practical.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-15-2008
Replies: 10
Views: 1,527
Posted By Fred Burton
I've had a chance to meet a lot of very talented...

I've had a chance to meet a lot of very talented and successful photographers over the years, and none of them were gearheads. They bought equipment to meet a specific need and replaced equipment...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-15-2008
Replies: 113
Views: 11,219
Posted By Fred Burton
I'm not sure there is much of a market for a...

I'm not sure there is much of a market for a $3,500 fixed lens rangefinder. A fixed lens still wouldn't resolve the technical issues of putting a FF sensor in that puppy.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-15-2008
Replies: 113
Views: 11,219
Posted By Fred Burton
Actually they look at the shape of the camera or...

Actually they look at the shape of the camera or the method of focusing or even whether the dot is red or black when choosing a new Leica. I'm afraid that images are often far down the list. As for...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-14-2008
Replies: 113
Views: 11,219
Posted By Fred Burton
Ummm, film doesn't record images as a whole. It...

Ummm, film doesn't record images as a whole. It records them on many little "points" of grain. Just blow a negative up big enough and you'll see all those little points way more than you want to. :)
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-14-2008
Replies: 113
Views: 11,219
Posted By Fred Burton
Leica's battle is also heavily impacted by death....

Leica's battle is also heavily impacted by death. People who might buy a high priced, manual focusing M rangefinder are dying faster than they are being born now. When you sell basically the same...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 12-13-2008
Replies: 19
Views: 1,512
Posted By Fred Burton
Yeah, 2475 Recording film was a real kick. Grainy...

Yeah, 2475 Recording film was a real kick. Grainy as heck, but when you needed that extra speed, it was there. I still have a few rolls of 2475, 20 exposure rolls in the old metal cans around here...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-13-2008
Replies: 45
Views: 4,814
Posted By Fred Burton
They are made of pixie dust and assembled by...

They are made of pixie dust and assembled by one-armed elves. :)
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 12-13-2008
Replies: 19
Views: 1,512
Posted By Fred Burton
Dektol will definately do what you want. We used...

Dektol will definately do what you want. We used to use straight Dektol back in the day when we needed to get a print, any print, fast. Slosh the film a minute or two in warm Dektol, dunk still...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-13-2008
Replies: 113
Views: 11,219
Posted By Fred Burton
My guess is the "upgrade" program has gone as far...

My guess is the "upgrade" program has gone as far as it's going with the M8, the previous CEO's enthusiasm notwithstanding. Leica needs to sell new cameras to stay in business, not mess with an...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-12-2008
Replies: 83
Views: 6,665
Posted By Fred Burton
"I am really offended now." Posting tip. Never...

"I am really offended now."

Posting tip. Never take offense at the ramblings of anonymous posters on an internet forum. The rectangle you are looking at in front of you is NOT a window on the real...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-12-2008
Replies: 4,648
Views: 1,321,171
Posted By Fred Burton
Great photos. The OP was wondering about the...

Great photos. The OP was wondering about the viability of doing portraits professionally with a rangefinder. How many are making money with these photos?
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-12-2008
Replies: 36
Views: 2,625
Posted By Fred Burton
People who make a good living at photography are...

People who make a good living at photography are generally really good at what they do and work a whole lot harder at it then most people are willing to work. The competition is fierce and the...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-11-2008
Replies: 31
Views: 2,519
Posted By Fred Burton
"the photographer that knows how to get the best...

"the photographer that knows how to get the best performance out of a manual camera is the same person who produces images I find most pleasing."

And how do you decide when looking at photos whether...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-11-2008
Replies: 31
Views: 2,519
Posted By Fred Burton
Except for size (body and lens), I see no...

Except for size (body and lens), I see no technical advantage that rangefinders still hold.
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-11-2008
Replies: 16
Views: 1,309
Posted By Fred Burton
Minty is the word. Minty. :)

Minty is the word. Minty. :)
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-11-2008
Replies: 96
Views: 6,160
Posted By Fred Burton
The "world" is uninterested in film or film...

The "world" is uninterested in film or film scanners. Which makes Canon and Nikon and Epson uninterested in them. Just an economic reality, I'm afraid.
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 12-11-2008
Replies: 95
Views: 23,747
Posted By Fred Burton
Oh, I think they are both good cameras. I love my...

Oh, I think they are both good cameras. I love my 5D's. My point is that debating the merits of a current digital, the M8, to a discontinued one, the 5D, seems pointless. The 5D is history. Debate...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 12-11-2008
Replies: 95
Views: 23,747
Posted By Fred Burton
Does it really matter? Both the M8 and the 5D are...

Does it really matter? Both the M8 and the 5D are several year old tech now. Time to move on.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-11-2008
Replies: 23
Views: 4,548
Posted By Fred Burton
I don't know about the Chinese screens, but I do...

I don't know about the Chinese screens, but I do have a Katz Eye installed in a Canon Xti that I shoot a lot of macro with and manual focus most of the time, and the Katz Eye was well worth the...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 12-11-2008
Replies: 95
Views: 23,747
Posted By Fred Burton
I'm not sure Leica is so off the mark as many...

I'm not sure Leica is so off the mark as many think in making these special editions. These kind of "created as collectibles" editions helped them through some lean times in the past. And, there is...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 12-10-2008
Replies: 7
Views: 1,103
Posted By Fred Burton
It's only the beginning, I suspect. :(

It's only the beginning, I suspect. :(
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 12-10-2008
Replies: 31
Views: 4,687
Posted By Fred Burton
"I do not expect sharpness in all areas of the...

"I do not expect sharpness in all areas of the exposure; rather, I expect something like what I can acheive with the Canon, to cite one example, with sharp focus at least for a shallow depth of field...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-10-2008
Replies: 86
Views: 15,659
Posted By Fred Burton
And endless threads with titles like, "Post your...

And endless threads with titles like, "Post your KOWA 16-H anamorphic lens photos here." ;)
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-10-2008
Replies: 86
Views: 15,659
Posted By Fred Burton
At least a lot of folks will make a lot of money...

At least a lot of folks will make a lot of money making adapters! Until the Chinese make a $20 adapter, that is. :)
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 12-10-2008
Replies: 31
Views: 4,687
Posted By Fred Burton
You aren't going to get a very big percentage of...

You aren't going to get a very big percentage of sharp photos at those shutter speeds wide open. If you want sharp, use a tripod and get everyone to hold real still. I'm always amazed when people...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-10-2008
Replies: 51
Views: 3,886
Posted By Fred Burton
And Leica is trying to survive in that same...

And Leica is trying to survive in that same environment.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-10-2008
Replies: 177
Views: 22,513
Posted By Fred Burton
HCB shot and is pictured shooting with a number...

HCB shot and is pictured shooting with a number of different focal lengths. Rockwell is wrong.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-10-2008
Replies: 51
Views: 3,886
Posted By Fred Burton
Well, the Senators in the US didn't have a...

Well, the Senators in the US didn't have a problem telling the multimillionaire CEO's of the Big 3 automakers that they are running the company wrong, so why should we hesitate with Leica? :)

I...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 12-10-2008
Replies: 95
Views: 23,747
Posted By Fred Burton
Dx0 has "proved" that the M8 is on a par with the...

Dx0 has "proved" that the M8 is on a par with the 5D? Ain't math great. While I don't completely agree with that conclusion, that debate is behind us. The 5D is a three year old camera. The next...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-10-2008
Replies: 51
Views: 3,886
Posted By Fred Burton
"Had the M2 I'm picking up not been available,...

"Had the M2 I'm picking up not been available, I'd have bought an R3M, simple as that. I know the M2 to be a better camera..."

I think this is the issue, though. Is the M2 really a "better" camera...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-10-2008
Replies: 86
Views: 15,659
Posted By Fred Burton
It will be a fun toy when all the used ones hit...

It will be a fun toy when all the used ones hit eBay cheap in a few months. At $300, I'd have to have one.
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 12-09-2008
Replies: 6
Views: 2,282
Posted By Fred Burton
Hanimex rebranded a lot of cameras and sold them...

Hanimex rebranded a lot of cameras and sold them under their name, including Pentacon and Topcon. I think Fuji owns the brand today.
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-09-2008
Replies: 31
Views: 2,218
Posted By Fred Burton
I think street photography, whatever it is, must...

I think street photography, whatever it is, must clearly be done primarily to satisfy some internal urge. If you take the half million or so images Winogrand never printed and add the millions of...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-09-2008
Replies: 51
Views: 3,886
Posted By Fred Burton
Wait a while. Someone will post that it's not...

Wait a while. Someone will post that it's not really a price increase but because, A: The Dollar has dropped or B: the Dollar has risen. ;)
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 12-09-2008
Replies: 95
Views: 23,747
Posted By Fred Burton
Opinions not welcome.

Opinions not welcome.
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 12-08-2008
Replies: 155
Views: 23,351
Posted By Fred Burton
I know that the G1 isn't being marketed for the...

I know that the G1 isn't being marketed for the use all these RFF folks plan to put it, nor was the purpose to be a Leica killer. But if they would make this camera with interchangable lens mounts...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 12-08-2008
Replies: 95
Views: 23,747
Posted By Fred Burton
Leica special addition M's aren't collectibles,...

Leica special addition M's aren't collectibles, they are "speculative investments." Made for collectors editions have never really been good investments, as cameras in general are not good...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-07-2008
Replies: 86
Views: 15,659
Posted By Fred Burton
I've got a box full of old, fast, movie lenses...

I've got a box full of old, fast, movie lenses that have heretofore been worthless. I might be able to retire on them, now. :)
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-07-2008
Replies: 126
Views: 5,586
Posted By Fred Burton
That's the phrase I was looking for. Lack of...

That's the phrase I was looking for. Lack of accountability.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-07-2008
Replies: 126
Views: 5,586
Posted By Fred Burton
Oh, come on, this is getting silly. Perhaps we...

Oh, come on, this is getting silly. Perhaps we should all join in a round of Kumbaya.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-07-2008
Replies: 126
Views: 5,586
Posted By Fred Burton
Ah, now Mr. Rogers can take off his sweater...

Ah, now Mr. Rogers can take off his sweater again. All is happy in the neighborhood.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-07-2008
Replies: 113
Views: 11,219
Posted By Fred Burton
So, how, exactly, is Leica going to pay the bills...

So, how, exactly, is Leica going to pay the bills until 2011? The S2 is being introduced at probably the worst time in history to introduce such a product.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-07-2008
Replies: 126
Views: 5,586
Posted By Fred Burton
No Joke. That's an actual clip from the Console...

No Joke. That's an actual clip from the Console window on OS X as Weatherbug starts up. Couldn't believe it when I saw it scroll by. Programmers are kinda wierd, huh? I think the best message I've...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-07-2008
Replies: 126
Views: 5,586
Posted By Fred Burton
I think in the future I'll just throw it all in...

I think in the future I'll just throw it all in the dumpster. I'll not get involved in this kind of nonsense again.
Forum: 14 Day One Lens Challenge 12-06-2008
Replies: 139
Views: 18,622
Posted By Fred Burton
Definately in. I'm thinking of using my Kodak...

Definately in. I'm thinking of using my Kodak Retina IIIc. Lovely camera that doesn' get enough use.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-04-2008
Replies: 28
Views: 3,023
Posted By Fred Burton
Pixels are cheap. Compared to them, film is...

Pixels are cheap. Compared to them, film is outrageous! ;)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-04-2008
Replies: 33
Views: 4,542
Posted By Fred Burton
Isn't the TLA200 TTL only?

Isn't the TLA200 TTL only?
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-04-2008
Replies: 33
Views: 4,542
Posted By Fred Burton
Back in the 70's Vivitar made a model 50 that was...

Back in the 70's Vivitar made a model 50 that was tiny, using a "J" cell battery. Completely manual, though. I can't think of any current flash units that are smaller than a fat deck of cards, though.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-04-2008
Replies: 5
Views: 722
Posted By Fred Burton
Zorki 4's can be very good cameras. Much bigger...

Zorki 4's can be very good cameras. Much bigger and brighter finder than other FSU's. lenses are decent. But most will need a CLA before using them seriously.
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 12-03-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 1,696
Posted By Fred Burton
"I have been curious, though, about what an M8...

"I have been curious, though, about what an M8 feels like and what it does to you; whether it still requires/instills a great level of involvement"

Back when dinosaurs roamed the earth and I was a...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 12-03-2008
Replies: 155
Views: 23,351
Posted By Fred Burton
I suppose they could rebadge still another...

I suppose they could rebadge still another camera, but really, what's the point? It's certain Leica isn't going to build plastic autofocus cameras. Would it make Leica users happier to see that red...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-03-2008
Replies: 113
Views: 11,219
Posted By Fred Burton
You can argue successfully that the M8's form...

You can argue successfully that the M8's form factor trumps everything else digitally if you prefer a rangefinder, but the M8's sensor is showing its age and it's hard to continue to argue that the...
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 12-03-2008
Replies: 99
Views: 5,024
Posted By Fred Burton
I think specifying what you must shoot would make...

I think specifying what you must shoot would make it less interesting to me. Personally, it would be interesting to shoot stuff I normally use a zoom on a DSLR for with an RF and a 35mm lens, for...
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 12-03-2008
Replies: 99
Views: 5,024
Posted By Fred Burton
Sounds good to me. I'm in.

Sounds good to me. I'm in.
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-03-2008
Replies: 19
Views: 1,652
Posted By Fred Burton
If it were really only about the image, one...

If it were really only about the image, one camera/one lens would likely make us all better photographers as we became one with the equipment. But the photography hobby is for most of us not just...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-02-2008
Replies: 9
Views: 1,206
Posted By Fred Burton
I have a Katz Eye on a Canon Xti I use manual...

I have a Katz Eye on a Canon Xti I use manual focus lenses on with adapters. Makes it MUCH easier to manual focus. Easy to install, too. You'll enjoy it.
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 12-02-2008
Replies: 94
Views: 11,195
Posted By Fred Burton
mpjmp, I hate to break this to you, but we ARE...

mpjmp, I hate to break this to you, but we ARE dinosaurs. :)
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 12-02-2008
Replies: 155
Views: 23,351
Posted By Fred Burton
How do prints from the G1 look?

How do prints from the G1 look?
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 12-02-2008
Replies: 155
Views: 23,351
Posted By Fred Burton
His examples of noise are higher than I expected....

His examples of noise are higher than I expected. Above 400 is not good at all.
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 12-02-2008
Replies: 155
Views: 23,351
Posted By Fred Burton
Perhaps they'll change the name of this website...

Perhaps they'll change the name of this website to the EVF Forum. ;)

Seriously, I think we'll have to wait until M mount adapters are generally in people's hands to find out what the actual...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-02-2008
Replies: 113
Views: 11,219
Posted By Fred Burton
Which piece of a 10,000 camera a year market does...

Which piece of a 10,000 camera a year market does Zeiss Ikon want?
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-02-2008
Replies: 113
Views: 11,219
Posted By Fred Burton
Other than on forums like this, there is no...

Other than on forums like this, there is no demand for digital RF cameras. Or film RF cameras for that matter. Nikon and Canon aren't in it because there is no significant market. As much as we love...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-02-2008
Replies: 50
Views: 3,988
Posted By Fred Burton
Piffle. He is a product that is trying to protect...

Piffle. He is a product that is trying to protect it's value. Which is his right. But there is no great philosophical point here.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-01-2008
Replies: 113
Views: 11,219
Posted By Fred Burton
By 2010 the M8 "platform" will be five years old,...

By 2010 the M8 "platform" will be five years old, by current increases it will cost $8,000 and will likely be unsalable because it will be hopelessly obsolete. Do you really think an M9 will follow?...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 12-01-2008
Replies: 95
Views: 23,747
Posted By Fred Burton
I think it is pretty certain there will be no...

I think it is pretty certain there will be no further upgrades for the M8.
Forum: RFF News 12-01-2008
Replies: 36
Views: 6,076
Posted By Fred Burton
What would have helped is getting rid of last...

What would have helped is getting rid of last year's model before putting the new camera on the market. That Leica still has last year's model to get rid of after three years on the market is...
Forum: RFF News 12-01-2008
Replies: 36
Views: 6,076
Posted By Fred Burton
Making pricing decisions based on the volatility...

Making pricing decisions based on the volatility of the U.S. dollar would be worse than timing the stock market. Before the rebate period is over, the U.S. dollar could be back in the toilet again....
Forum: RFF News 12-01-2008
Replies: 36
Views: 6,076
Posted By Fred Burton
"It also might be incentive to move M8 units...

"It also might be incentive to move M8 units sitting on shelves now that the M8.2 is out."

Maybe, but puts Leica in the weird position of competing against themselves in a market of one.
Forum: RFF News 12-01-2008
Replies: 36
Views: 6,076
Posted By Fred Burton
I'm not sure it reflects the economy here in the...

I'm not sure it reflects the economy here in the U.S. or simply the fact that it's tough selling a four year old camera design with state of the art, high-end Nikon's and Canons out there for similar...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 12-01-2008
Replies: 94
Views: 11,195
Posted By Fred Burton
"after working over 10 years 100% digital i have...

"after working over 10 years 100% digital i have gotten a HUUUUUGGGGGEEE digital archive which is soon to be 4 TB, this is getting scarier and scarier to keep safe."

The question, though, besides...
Forum: RFF News 12-01-2008
Replies: 36
Views: 6,076
Posted By Fred Burton
"Is the economy of US that bad ?" Yes. It is....

"Is the economy of US that bad ?"

Yes. It is. Although I'm not completely sure the American people have figured that out, yet. Wal-Mart is having a great year, though. Luxury stiff is having a hard...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-29-2008
Replies: 71
Views: 3,541
Posted By Fred Burton
I also don't get the thing about people buying...

I also don't get the thing about people buying then dumping digital cameras because they just couldn't keep their finger off the shutter button. Pros shot lots of film when that's all they had. It...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-29-2008
Replies: 67
Views: 4,226
Posted By Fred Burton
What would you photograph if you could photograph anything?

A long lost relative who've you never met has passed peacefully into eternal repose and in their will has left you a substantial bequest, with the stipulation that you use it to take a year off from...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-28-2008
Replies: 94
Views: 11,195
Posted By Fred Burton
Perhaps Leica could go into the film scanner...

Perhaps Leica could go into the film scanner business as their next direction. All of these film images have to be digitized to post on the web or print on the inkjet, so a super high end scanner to...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-28-2008
Replies: 3
Views: 806
Posted By Fred Burton
It's hard to give away Barnacks these days, much...

It's hard to give away Barnacks these days, much less Soviet stuff. But if the price is right, it's worth a round on the classifieds. Certainly a better place to sell than eBay for RF specific stuff.
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-28-2008
Replies: 94
Views: 11,195
Posted By Fred Burton
Wow, you guys are not portending well for Leica's...

Wow, you guys are not portending well for Leica's future. But it is hard to beat some old slippers, a nice fire in the fireplace and a well warn M3. Leica is trying to make peace with the future...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-27-2008
Replies: 25
Views: 1,513
Posted By Fred Burton
I've tried to think of things I would like in the...

I've tried to think of things I would like in the categories, but I can't think of anything I really need. So, I would say film, in any of the price categories. Film is always welcome.
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-27-2008
Replies: 94
Views: 11,195
Posted By Fred Burton
There are a lot of restless souls here on RFF ;)

There are a lot of restless souls here on RFF ;)
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-27-2008
Replies: 59
Views: 4,275
Posted By Fred Burton
GM is a great investment right now. The...

GM is a great investment right now. The government is going to give them billions of dollars, they will crank up the big SUV's again, and their sales will go through the roof when the consumers get...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 11-27-2008
Replies: 23
Views: 1,717
Posted By Fred Burton
Mine is firmly attached to my M5, and that's...

Mine is firmly attached to my M5, and that's where it's going to stay! :)
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-27-2008
Replies: 9
Views: 2,095
Posted By Fred Burton
The RD-1 has become a cult camera - it has...

The RD-1 has become a cult camera - it has transcended normal commerce. ;)
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-26-2008
Replies: 53
Views: 13,337
Posted By Fred Burton
Of course, that big money in 1937 bought you a...

Of course, that big money in 1937 bought you a state of the art camera on the cutting edge. $1250 for an M6 today bought a relic from the past, an M3 with a meter.

And I'm not putting down the Leica...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-26-2008
Replies: 53
Views: 13,337
Posted By Fred Burton
I agree. Leica is going to make it or not on the...

I agree. Leica is going to make it or not on the basis of the M8 (or M9 if that ever happens) and very expensive lenses. That's their market.
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 11-26-2008
Replies: 155
Views: 23,351
Posted By Fred Burton
Could be interesting hanging my old 300/4.5...

Could be interesting hanging my old 300/4.5 Nikkor off this thing. 700mm! Sure would look funny, though. :)
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 11-26-2008
Replies: 155
Views: 23,351
Posted By Fred Burton
I really think it is more likely to be the Leica...

I really think it is more likely to be the Leica film camera killer than the M8 (although it would certainly hurt sales there, too). There are a lot of people shooting film M's (or Bessa's or...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-25-2008
Replies: 40
Views: 3,405
Posted By Fred Burton
EOS 10D/Photoshop 65459

EOS 10D/Photoshop

65459
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-25-2008
Replies: 59
Views: 4,275
Posted By Fred Burton
Well, yeah, but it's the greatest camera in the...

Well, yeah, but it's the greatest camera in the world, right?
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-25-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 1,982
Posted By Fred Burton
Broadway Photo and the Texas Attorney General

News release today:


ATTORNEY GENERAL ABBOTT PURSUES ENFORCEMENT ACTION
AGAINST TWO WEB-BASED ELECTRONICS RETAILERS

Broadway Photo, Starlight Camera & Video cited for deceiving purchasers

AUSTIN -...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 11-25-2008
Replies: 155
Views: 23,351
Posted By Fred Burton
Ah, a question. Do the lenses designed for the...

Ah, a question. Do the lenses designed for the camera stop down automatically? I assume you view and focus wide open like an SLR. What happens when you have that Leica lens set at F8 to meter? Will...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 11-25-2008
Replies: 155
Views: 23,351
Posted By Fred Burton
Fred, that's what I was thinking. It looks like a...

Fred, that's what I was thinking. It looks like a pretty cool camera with the lenses designed for it. I don't know about hanging Leica glass on one, though. :)
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 11-25-2008
Replies: 155
Views: 23,351
Posted By Fred Burton
So where does that leave the M8?

So where does that leave the M8?
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 11-25-2008
Replies: 155
Views: 23,351
Posted By Fred Burton
It's very good; but, I can't believe Leica M...

It's very good; but, I can't believe Leica M shooters would be happy with it. It will be interesting to see what happens.
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 11-25-2008
Replies: 155
Views: 23,351
Posted By Fred Burton
What I still can't understand is why people would...

What I still can't understand is why people would want to put Leica lenses on a cheap digital camera. The reviews I read says the image quality is about on par with a Canon Xsi. What's the point?
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 11-25-2008
Replies: 155
Views: 23,351
Posted By Fred Burton
The manual focusing is going to be the make or...

The manual focusing is going to be the make or break deal with this camera since most people seem to want to use it as a cheap digital camera to use their Leica lenses on. There is so much interest,...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-25-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 826
Posted By Fred Burton
My screw mount Leicas are quieter than my Zorki...

My screw mount Leicas are quieter than my Zorki 1's. Neither are close to my M's. The Zorki can be sometimes helped a bit by a CLA.
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-24-2008
Replies: 61
Views: 4,660
Posted By Fred Burton
I'm eyeing an F100 myself. Hard to believe these...

I'm eyeing an F100 myself. Hard to believe these go unsold for $200 in excellent condition these days.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-24-2008
Replies: 83
Views: 5,343
Posted By Fred Burton
Shoot 10,000 photos. You will without effort...

Shoot 10,000 photos. You will without effort develop a style. I've talked to too many young photographers (and I'm not saying anything about the OP, I don't know him) who want to know how to develop...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 11-24-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 937
Posted By Fred Burton
That's a museum piece. Can't image what the value...

That's a museum piece. Can't image what the value would be. Wow.
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-24-2008
Replies: 61
Views: 4,660
Posted By Fred Burton
I would guess the prices are rising on the new...

I would guess the prices are rising on the new gear because of anticipated lower production with the economy and all. Hey, if Leica can do it, why not Nikon and Canon? :)
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-24-2008
Replies: 61
Views: 4,660
Posted By Fred Burton
It's obvious that a lot of people are suddenly...

It's obvious that a lot of people are suddenly dumping a lot of nice gear, for whatever reason. It will be interesting to see if this is a capitulation, and if the market (and interest) in...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-24-2008
Replies: 3
Views: 764
Posted By Fred Burton
Just be sure to take time to shoot some photos! ;)

Just be sure to take time to shoot some photos! ;)
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-23-2008
Replies: 78
Views: 4,651
Posted By Fred Burton
Mark, what happens, though, when the current film...

Mark, what happens, though, when the current film production line equipment breaks down? Do you think the film makers are going to invest millions of dollars to replace them? There are a lot of...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-23-2008
Replies: 23
Views: 2,765
Posted By Fred Burton
Keith, here is an opportunity to do a REAL...

Keith, here is an opportunity to do a REAL comparison thread. Shoot the chicken with your OM and with your M8 and post some photos! :angel:
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-23-2008
Replies: 78
Views: 4,651
Posted By Fred Burton
mh2000, the problem is that you are probably on...

mh2000, the problem is that you are probably on the high end of what the average film user shoots in a week. And you shoot 14 rolls of film a year. How will the film makers stay in business?
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-23-2008
Replies: 23
Views: 2,765
Posted By Fred Burton
O.K. So maybe ONE person would shoot chickens...

O.K. So maybe ONE person would shoot chickens with a $6,500 camera. :)
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-23-2008
Replies: 78
Views: 4,651
Posted By Fred Burton
How much film do you shoot in a week?

How much film do you shoot in a week?
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-23-2008
Replies: 23
Views: 2,765
Posted By Fred Burton
$6,500 to shoot chickens! At least it could have...

$6,500 to shoot chickens! At least it could have been, well, anything but a chicken. ;) At least I got the chicken in focus my first shot.
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-23-2008
Replies: 78
Views: 4,651
Posted By Fred Burton
Interestingly enough, Sepia, Kodak says large...

Interestingly enough, Sepia, Kodak says large format film is outselling 35mm film. Which makes sense, if you think about it.
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-23-2008
Replies: 78
Views: 4,651
Posted By Fred Burton
gb hill, I hope film lasts forever! I shoot film...

gb hill, I hope film lasts forever! I shoot film almost every day!

And, yeah. The XA is a cool camera.
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-23-2008
Replies: 78
Views: 4,651
Posted By Fred Burton
Well, I don't think prosumer digital cameras are...

Well, I don't think prosumer digital cameras are in more trouble than prosumer film cameras. Nobody is making prosumer film cameras. They already died. I don't know anyone in my circle of friends...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-23-2008
Replies: 78
Views: 4,651
Posted By Fred Burton
"There are a bunch of different disposables! And...

"There are a bunch of different disposables! And they are all loaded with film and people actually shoot them all the time."

Which would explain why Wal-Mart is systematically closing its in-store...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 11-23-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 878
Posted By Fred Burton
Yeah, Jon, I knew what you were talking about. I...

Yeah, Jon, I knew what you were talking about. I was just agreeing that in my experience as well, most people notice other cameras more than Leica M's.

I'm good to go, though, because I do have a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-23-2008
Replies: 78
Views: 4,651
Posted By Fred Burton
Al, according to an industry profile I read a few...

Al, according to an industry profile I read a few weeks ago - I'll try to find the link - there were 2.2 billion photos taken in the U.S. in 1960, presumedly all on film. :)

Looking at the cost of...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-23-2008
Replies: 78
Views: 4,651
Posted By Fred Burton
Do you think digital has no future?

Do you think digital has no future?
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-23-2008
Replies: 78
Views: 4,651
Posted By Fred Burton
"If there is a Leica on a shelf, what happens to...

"If there is a Leica on a shelf, what happens to it when the 60-80 year-old owner passes away?"

Somebody on RFF buys it from the widow and then sells it in the classifieds for a nice profit :)
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-23-2008
Replies: 78
Views: 4,651
Posted By Fred Burton
There may be millions of Leicas (although I think...

There may be millions of Leicas (although I think that's a stretch). But most of them are hidden away in vaults or sitting on shelves and will never shoot another roll of film. The very act of trying...
Forum: Optics Theory - 11-23-2008
Replies: 61
Views: 5,398
Posted By Fred Burton
How many people would shoot landscapes with a...

How many people would shoot landscapes with a Barnack, regardless of the lens? I don't think that group is even a niche. I think that's a masochist! ;)
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-23-2008
Replies: 78
Views: 4,651
Posted By Fred Burton
Syitantti, I'm not sure it makes sense to base...

Syitantti, I'm not sure it makes sense to base forward looking business decisions on the basis of how many old cameras may be rusting in people's attics. I'm just glad I'm not the one having to make...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-23-2008
Replies: 78
Views: 4,651
Posted By Fred Burton
Well, I wouldn't publish press releases saying I...

Well, I wouldn't publish press releases saying I was going to abandon film if I had a few hundred thousand rolls in cold storage, either. :) Don't forget that Kodak made the same statements about...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 11-23-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 878
Posted By Fred Burton
Very true, Jon. My Retina IIIc gets more comments...

Very true, Jon. My Retina IIIc gets more comments than my M3. Probably says a lot about my friends, though. ;)

I've shot the heck out of my Bessa's, though, and have been very happy with them. If I...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 11-23-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 878
Posted By Fred Burton
The Bessa's are good cameras. Will the R4 you buy...

The Bessa's are good cameras. Will the R4 you buy still be around to be fondled 40 years from now? Probably not, but neither will most of us. And it seems the finder matches your interest in wide...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-23-2008
Replies: 78
Views: 4,651
Posted By Fred Burton
Life does tend to be random, and driven by...

Life does tend to be random, and driven by circumstances mostly out of our control. Still, it's probably better to act like we are in control and think about the future then to abandon our lives to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-22-2008
Replies: 78
Views: 4,651
Posted By Fred Burton
The Wal-mart here does have four three-packs of...

The Wal-mart here does have four three-packs of BW400CN along with a few packs each of Kodak and Fuji film. Unfortunately, they closed the lab last month to process the stuff. I love BW400CN (but buy...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-22-2008
Replies: 78
Views: 4,651
Posted By Fred Burton
Economy? No. What is killing film is that you...

Economy? No. What is killing film is that you can't walk into a Wal-mart, at least in my area, and buy a film camera of any kind. If consumers can't buy film cameras, they aren't going to buy film....
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-22-2008
Replies: 56
Views: 4,667
Posted By Fred Burton
"I have over 4000 photos on my main site and 350...

"I have over 4000 photos on my main site and 350 on Flickr."

Picasso, when he died, it is said, left over 90,000 pieces of completed art work. How many have any of us seen? In that sense, the...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 11-22-2008
Replies: 311
Views: 53,340
Posted By Fred Burton
I'm guessing that with the economic mess,...

I'm guessing that with the economic mess, figuring out how to price this thing is a challenge.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-22-2008
Replies: 15
Views: 4,282
Posted By Fred Burton
Great photos and what an incredible deal!

Great photos and what an incredible deal!
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 11-22-2008
Replies: 5
Views: 1,128
Posted By Fred Burton
You've either got some serious haze in that lens...

You've either got some serious haze in that lens or someone has been cleaning the lens with sandpaper. I suspect the former, though. :)
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 11-21-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 1,122
Posted By Fred Burton
Format the card in the RD-1.

Format the card in the RD-1.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-21-2008
Replies: 56
Views: 4,667
Posted By Fred Burton
What does it matter if photography is relevant to...

What does it matter if photography is relevant to anyone but yourself? Look at Winogrand. He had some greatest hits. But the majority of his photos have never been seen by anyone and will never be...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-21-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 2,123
Posted By Fred Burton
Why is this adapter so expensive? Does it have a...

Why is this adapter so expensive? Does it have a glass element, or electronics in it? Just curious. Maybe I'm just cheap! ;)
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 11-19-2008
Replies: 51
Views: 3,749
Posted By Fred Burton
"It comes from Kodak's 2007 10-K (their annual...

"It comes from Kodak's 2007 10-K (their annual report for 2007), page 26 & 27."

According to Kodak's 3Q 2008 report, film sales were $764 million.

"* Sales worldwide totaled $2.405 billion, a...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-19-2008
Replies: 12
Views: 2,123
Posted By Fred Burton
Are micro 4/3 cameras rangefinders?

Are micro 4/3 cameras rangefinders?
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 11-19-2008
Replies: 51
Views: 3,749
Posted By Fred Burton
"Film is keeping Kodak alive. Kodak had film...

"Film is keeping Kodak alive. Kodak had film sales of $2 billion in 2007, which was about 20% of total sales. However, they made a profit of $369 million off film sales. Conversely, sales of digital...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 11-19-2008
Replies: 137
Views: 24,867
Posted By Fred Burton
I'm not sure they would delay it. Frenzy over a...

I'm not sure they would delay it. Frenzy over a newly announced camera seems to fade pretty quickly these days. Something tempting shows up in the Classifieds, I know where by camera buying dollars...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-18-2008
Replies: 23
Views: 1,794
Posted By Fred Burton
I'm not sure 10 rolls a film a year qualifies...

I'm not sure 10 rolls a film a year qualifies even as a hobby. Photography is cheaper than many hobbies, though.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 11-17-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 1,345
Posted By Fred Burton
Pictu, I've been Fred since my dad delivered me...

Pictu, I've been Fred since my dad delivered me many years ago (he was the only doctor in a very small town). But maybe my wife has someone on the side I don't know about!
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 11-17-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 1,345
Posted By Fred Burton
You gotta sale last year's perfect lenses so you...

You gotta sale last year's perfect lenses so you can buy this year's perfect lenses. And folks argue endlessly for camera gear that will last them 40 years! ;)
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-17-2008
Replies: 23
Views: 1,794
Posted By Fred Burton
Get a Fed 2 and a couple of lenses. Then start...

Get a Fed 2 and a couple of lenses. Then start saving your coin for a Bessa R or R2. Or perhaps a Zorki 4. Fixed lens 1970's rangefinders are, indeed, popular and will take great photos. There are a...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 11-16-2008
Replies: 63
Views: 4,779
Posted By Fred Burton
Rockport XCS

Rockport XCS
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 11-16-2008
Replies: 15
Views: 1,148
Posted By Fred Burton
Sounds like a smart wife that knows you well. :)

Sounds like a smart wife that knows you well. :)
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-16-2008
Replies: 25
Views: 1,684
Posted By Fred Burton
You are in M6 range, but fast and wide lenses are...

You are in M6 range, but fast and wide lenses are usually expensive. Perhaps a used CV R2 with a couple of CV lenses. You'll have to use an external finder for the wide end, though. I love my R2 with...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-16-2008
Replies: 130
Views: 10,675
Posted By Fred Burton
I photograph what I like. But I don't mind a...

I photograph what I like. But I don't mind a little hassle if someone objects. In the US, you can legally photograph children in public. If someone wants to object to my doing that, I'm ultimately...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 11-14-2008
Replies: 85
Views: 8,802
Posted By Fred Burton
Achieving the level of precision with a hand tool...

Achieving the level of precision with a hand tool that you can do with a good power tool seldom happens. That's not to say that the best of furniture or cabinets made with hand tools are not very...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 11-14-2008
Replies: 85
Views: 8,802
Posted By Fred Burton
I have an obsession with beautiful, old...

I have an obsession with beautiful, old woodworking hand tools, where you can see the impressions in the wood from the users hands over many, many years. They are still functional after so many years...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 11-14-2008
Replies: 137
Views: 24,867
Posted By Fred Burton
I just wonder with the economic situation whether...

I just wonder with the economic situation whether they will actually go into production with the camera?
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