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Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 6 Days Ago
Replies: 79
Views: 2,479
Posted By Tom R
I shoot film because (1) I have the time and...

I shoot film because (1) I have the time and capability to do so; (2) I prefer a deliberate and introspective workflow; and (3) I like the way the final images look ... and this is true no matter how...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 1 Week Ago
Replies: 35
Views: 855
Posted By Tom R
No easy way

Sorry. No algorithms, no equipment recommendations. Instead, ask yourself a few questions: (1) Would you know what you're looking to achieve if you saw it in your own work; and (2) How much...
Forum: Photography General Interest 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 88
Views: 2,385
Posted By Tom R
Leica M2 with a Summicron 35mm lens; used only...

Leica M2 with a Summicron 35mm lens; used only this for nearly twenty years.

About twelve years ago, I picked up 2 M4-P bodies, and a 50mm Summicron and a 28mm Elmarit lens. This way, I never had...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 07-13-2019
Replies: 52
Views: 1,693
Posted By Tom R
I would assume that this topic is perennial ... ....

I would assume that this topic is perennial ... . In my case it's a matter of vision and workflow. If I'm planning a portfolio of film images, then I use the digital camera as a "sketch pad," knowing...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-04-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 3,423
Posted By Tom R
What kind of film?

You hadn't specified what kind of film you're using. As a general rule, B+W films have a pretty good latitude whereas some color emulsions are more particular; and slides are perhaps the most...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-23-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 1,747
Posted By Tom R
M6TTL vs M6

From what I understand, the circuit boards for these meters are no longer manufactured by Leica. Moreover, I don't know how many strobes actually communicate with the M6TTL.

That being said, I have...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-22-2019
Replies: 59
Views: 2,136
Posted By Tom R
Rarely work without one

I keep a Sekonic in my back pocket, although for most situations it remains unused. When I do need do use a flash or when I want to compare exposure values (such as extremes) in a fairly static...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-12-2019
Replies: 21
Views: 962
Posted By Tom R
Essentials

Good walking shoes, a way to carry water, and easily found public bathrooms.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-04-2019
Replies: 137
Views: 11,825
Posted By Tom R
Context?

I suspect that the adage "less is more" is commonly used in the context of aesthetic choices, such as composition.

That being said, limiting one's choices is one way of helping many explore, for...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-14-2019
Replies: 118
Views: 11,549
Posted By Tom R
HC110 over D76?

I have not done a side-by-side comparison, but numerous members of this forum have most likely done so. If I recall correctly, HC110 is fine with 120 and larger format films but results in more...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-03-2019
Replies: 70
Views: 2,196
Posted By Tom R
A dangerous question to ask an old man ... My...

A dangerous question to ask an old man ... My answer has nothing to do with gear or technique ....

The first thing that comes to mind is something that I was told years ago, by a well-known...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-30-2018
Replies: 58
Views: 1,854
Posted By Tom R
You'll likely get a lot of responses to this kind...

You'll likely get a lot of responses to this kind of question. Some will talk about "resale" value, others will talk about mystical properties of <you fill in the manufacturer> cameras/lenses.

I...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-10-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 2,100
Posted By Tom R
You realize that this question will likely open a...

You realize that this question will likely open a fire hydrant of responses ...

That being said, I've always found that sticking with one good camera/lens combination freed me to concentrate on the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-02-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 891
Posted By Tom R
He has worked on all of my film Leicas and has...

He has worked on all of my film Leicas and has also worked on several of my Leitz lenses. I have not found anyone, over these years, who has been as punctual and as proficient as Mr. Ye. He is very...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-03-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 2,914
Posted By Tom R
"Some" (perhaps "many" on these kinds of forums)...

"Some" (perhaps "many" on these kinds of forums) are preoccupied with "classic" cameras (or anything else, think cars, etc.). And, that's fine for collectors, I suppose.

Perhaps the underlying...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 04-20-2018
Replies: 304
Views: 12,398
Posted By Tom R
Home improvements.

Home improvements.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-29-2018
Replies: 49
Views: 1,632
Posted By Tom R
Interesting. Your first statement begs the...

Interesting. Your first statement begs the question: does the reformulation of TriX (now several generations) impact the "sunny 16" rule? In other words: does the TriX that I used in the 1970's have...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-27-2018
Replies: 49
Views: 1,632
Posted By Tom R
For modern panchromatic (negative) film, slight...

For modern panchromatic (negative) film, slight overexposure is preferred to dramatic underexposure. I should think that as long as your process has yielded acceptable results (given your processing,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-19-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 968
Posted By Tom R
I haven't had one of these kinds of dreams in...

I haven't had one of these kinds of dreams in quite a while. I had them often when I was younger.

My response? When doing street work I made it a practice to shoot at least one or two "from the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-16-2018
Replies: 114
Views: 3,818
Posted By Tom R
Any older "analogue" Leica M body that supports...

Any older "analogue" Leica M body that supports the whichever lens I need at the particular moment. For the last decade or so, I've used two M4-P's ... For the twenty or so years prior to purchasing...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-25-2018
Replies: 62
Views: 3,398
Posted By Tom R
I bought a Leica M 8.2 in order to have a digital...

I bought a Leica M 8.2 in order to have a digital body for my existing set of Leica M lenses. I still use that camera, although I prefer to work with film.

In retrospect, I'm glad that I read this...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 01-12-2018
Replies: 96
Views: 33,069
Posted By Tom R
I used a Valoy for about ten years. I alternated...

I used a Valoy for about ten years. I alternated between glassless and anti-Newton glass carriers .... constantly had to deal with Newton's rings (alright ... not "constantly" but often).

But,...
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-07-2018
Replies: 30
Views: 2,723
Posted By Tom R
It's not that I "dislike digital." Rather, it's...

It's not that I "dislike digital." Rather, it's that I'd prefer NOT to depend upon digital technology for my photographic output. I would gladly swap "features" and "the ephemeral" for dependability...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-22-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 714
Posted By Tom R
Pennywise ...

Acetic acid should be relatively fine. The fixer may be problematic, not sure; for one thing, I would like to know if the fixer was mixed with harder, etc.
But the developing agents are pretty...
Forum: Film vs Digital 12-11-2017
Replies: 30
Views: 2,723
Posted By Tom R
I don't dislike "digital," per se, but I think...

I don't dislike "digital," per se, but I think that anyone considering that path needs to take into account its various tradeoffs. And while every technology has its tradeoffs, I think that the 21st...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-10-2017
Replies: 64
Views: 2,859
Posted By Tom R
Fewer "features"

The headline says it all .... I might clarify/amplify: functional elegance, dependability, and durability. Doubtless, everyone realizes that these are the hallmarks of any quality technology product.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-14-2017
Replies: 50
Views: 2,787
Posted By Tom R
Which ever I'm using right now.

Which ever I'm using right now.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 11-10-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 809
Posted By Tom R
Cool A fine paper (era) remembered ....

AS I read your post, I'm looking at some 11x14in prints that I made on that paper years ago. IIRC I used Ansco 130 and lightly selenium toned these particular prints (made from 35mm TriX negatives,...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 11-08-2017
Replies: 133
Views: 5,734
Posted By Tom R
Viewed differently ...

I used a SS M3 for two decades, along with other film Leica bodies, but never thought that it had any "magical" properties, other than a nice viewfinder to support Leica (50 and 90mm) lenses. In...
Forum: Film vs Digital 10-30-2017
Replies: 79
Views: 5,777
Posted By Tom R
People have and will continue to debate the "film...

People have and will continue to debate the "film vs. digital" issue until one or the other goes away. Arguably, a more important question/consideration here might be to ask how "digital photographic...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-29-2017
Replies: 15
Views: 1,369
Posted By Tom R
Excellent advice! Streamline your workflow so...

Excellent advice! Streamline your workflow so that you have time to make pictures!

TR
Forum: Photo Software 10-22-2017
Replies: 84
Views: 5,832
Posted By Tom R
I use Capture One (version 9.X), PhotoMechanic...

I use Capture One (version 9.X), PhotoMechanic and Affinity within my daily workflow.

I'm using scans and older (M8, etc) DNG files, and I've had no problems whatsoever with these softwares.

Of...
Forum: Film vs Digital 10-20-2017
Replies: 79
Views: 5,777
Posted By Tom R
Spot on! And, don't stop with photography....

Spot on! And, don't stop with photography. Consider what has happened in music, publishing, etc. More is not necessarily better. In fact, history (and the thoughts of some of its greatest minds, I'm...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 10-11-2017
Replies: 183
Views: 27,470
Posted By Tom R
I was doing some PJ work in the early 1970's....

I was doing some PJ work in the early 1970's. Equipment was purchased through a well-known broker in the Boston area. Naturally, I purchased my Nikons (F's and FTN's) through him, along with lenses,...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 05-22-2017
Replies: 824
Views: 85,452
Posted By Tom R
Maybe ...

Or .... in my case, I have owned and used Leica equipment since the mid 1970's--and that's a lot of quality glass, really. Now, I don't find myself all that interested in expensive and fragile...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-16-2017
Replies: 578
Views: 36,078
Posted By Tom R
Or, for those who don't need a digital workflow,...

Or, for those who don't need a digital workflow, older M bodies that work just fine with Leica lenses!

T
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-16-2017
Replies: 37
Views: 2,799
Posted By Tom R
Generally, the more "automated" the process, the...

Generally, the more "automated" the process, the less engaged the operator. This has been shown to be true in a variety of human endeavors, and most certainly in the case in the arts.

Maybe that is...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-16-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 977
Posted By Tom R
The second image is a classic case of...

The second image is a classic case of underexposure; the shadow areas are irretrievable. I used Diafine and Accufine for a while, but soon grew weary of the kinds of results it provided. In the case...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 02-25-2017
Replies: 128
Views: 36,702
Posted By Tom R
Well, I have only one digital Leica, an M8.2...

Well, I have only one digital Leica, an M8.2 (with very few clicks on it). I use this camera for experimenting with compositional ideas mostly.

Sometimes I convert the digital images in Capture One...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-14-2017
Replies: 40
Views: 2,306
Posted By Tom R
I see that this thread has taken an "historic"...

I see that this thread has taken an "historic" turn. Something that you might want to be careful about doing, esp. when reading Ansel Adams, Gilpin, Gene Smith's notes, or other discussions of...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-12-2017
Replies: 18
Views: 2,102
Posted By Tom R
I might suggest either a 28mm for the M8.2 or,...

I might suggest either a 28mm for the M8.2 or, possibly a 24mm--the M8.2 has finder lines for 24mm. What I don't like about the 24 is that it doesn't work without a viewfinder on my other bodies...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-02-2017
Replies: 32
Poll: Insurance?
Views: 4,934
Posted By Tom R
When I earned money making photographs for...

When I earned money making photographs for clients, etc., I always maintained Commercial Insurance--expensive, but worthwhile. For the last decade or so I've been doing other things to make a living...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-31-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 1,259
Posted By Tom R
Good Advice here ...

I actually use both Silverfast and VueScan. I don't find VueScan any faster, but I prefer its User Interface and that it permits me to create "dng" files which integrate better with Capture...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 01-26-2017
Replies: 391
Views: 66,291
Posted By Tom R
In my case it makes no sense financially or...

In my case it makes no sense financially or aesthetically.

I cannot think of any image that I could not create with the equipment that I have (and have had for nearly 30 years). In fact, that very...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-11-2016
Replies: 32
Views: 3,550
Posted By Tom R
I recently had Youxin work on one of my go-to...

I recently had Youxin work on one of my go-to lenses and an old, but reliable M4-P, and I've nothing but the highest regard for the quality and expediency of his work!

I have another M4-P body...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-30-2016
Replies: 14
Views: 1,305
Posted By Tom R
Differences between M4-2 and M4-P

From my understanding (and I've used M4-Ps for many years), these were inexpensive units built in Canada (for the most part) to serve people who were not interested in "collectable" cameras, but...
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