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Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 4 Hours Ago
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Posted By Bill Pierce
Prints

Several times Iíve gotten the same question about printing, Since prints (most of them) are going to outlast unattended digital storage, not have a problem with compatibility and computer programs ...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 6 Days Ago
Replies: 94
Views: 3,389
Posted By Bill Pierce
The question that I wanted to hear the answers to...

The question that I wanted to hear the answers to in this discussion was ďCan digital photography be practiced with the same shooting simplicity and attention to the subject as film photography?Ē ...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 1 Week Ago
Replies: 94
Views: 3,389
Posted By Bill Pierce
It's hard to shoot film

Itís hard to be a film photographer. Do you process the film yourself or send it out? When film was king, most folks processed their own black and white and sent color out. Finding that specific...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 09-27-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,238
Posted By Bill Pierce
Pixel Problem

When I first started taking news pictures, the camera of choice was a 4x5 Speed Graphic. It has one primary lens, usually a moderate wide angle. But the 4x5 inch format provided a crop friendly...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-30-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 1,953
Posted By Bill Pierce
Film Users

Among the first photographers to go digital were news photographers. Whether it was the wire services at presidential political party conventions with specialized equipment or, a little later,...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-20-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 824
Posted By Bill Pierce
A collection of habits

When the Fuji X-H1 came out, adding camera body image stabilization to the Fuji line up, I thought, ďHere is a camera that is really going to do well.Ē While it was slightly bigger than many APS-c...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-10-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,311
Posted By Bill Pierce
Judging the sharpness, I was holding the 11x14...

Judging the sharpness, I was holding the 11x14 prints in my hands and looking quite closely. Where I saw the difference was on 17x22 and 17x25 papers. Couldn't hold them in front of me, but I still...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-10-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,311
Posted By Bill Pierce
Jamie - I think youíre more than right when it...

Jamie - I think youíre more than right when it comes to evaluating image quality on the web or, indeed, on a computer screen. When the Fuji GFX 100 came out, I got a hold of some raw files and made...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-10-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,311
Posted By Bill Pierce
Once in a while....

Every once in a while you run across an article that counters a more accepted view - and is informative and useful. I encourage everybody to read...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-30-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,627
Posted By Bill Pierce
Slow down - Danger??

When I got serious about photography one of the first cameras I bought was an old, beat up 8x10 view camera with, I think, an f/9.5 Wollensack lens. It cost me $30. I would take pictures of my...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-24-2019
Replies: 75
Views: 2,447
Posted By Bill Pierce
I remember one show of war pictures that traveled...

I remember one show of war pictures that traveled to a number of museums. It was not printed by the photographers, but the sponsors of the exhibit. I saw the exhibit when it came to NYC and my...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-24-2019
Replies: 75
Views: 2,447
Posted By Bill Pierce
I've always used the Q for street shooting,...

I've always used the Q for street shooting, cropping the 28mm frame not only because it is a little wide but because my framing on the street is often a little hasty and sometimes awful on those...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-23-2019
Replies: 75
Views: 2,447
Posted By Bill Pierce
Same here. The only film cameras I have are an...

Same here. The only film cameras I have are an 8x10 view with a 4x5 reducing back and a Speed Graphic with, oddly, a Zeiss lens.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-23-2019
Replies: 75
Views: 2,447
Posted By Bill Pierce
Pixel Lust

Big megapixel sensors are on the rise - 100 megapixels in the Fuji GFX 100, and 47.3 in the Panasonic S1R (Itís rumored that the Fuji X-T3, the S1R and GFX 100 sensors are all cut from the same...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-17-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 686
Posted By Bill Pierce
Old Dogs

As a film darkroom junky turned digital darkroom junky, I tend to play with any new image processing program that sounds interesting. Over the years thatís been a lot of programs that now sit idle...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-09-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 1,504
Posted By Bill Pierce
Peter - I think the Fuji X-100 series is great...

Peter - I think the Fuji X-100 series is great and, for me, a more all purpose focal length. But the lack of a viewfinder isn't a killer on the Ricoh, at least among the folks I know. We all use an...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-08-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 1,504
Posted By Bill Pierce
4 x 5, 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 or 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 ???

4 x 5, 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 or 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 ???
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-07-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 1,504
Posted By Bill Pierce
Just In Case

Many folks carry a camera with them all the time. Itís their cellphone. Would you consider purchasing and always carrying a more fully featured camera with more megapixels and higher image quality...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-24-2019
Replies: 25
Views: 1,145
Posted By Bill Pierce
What happened?

Rangefinder cameras have been around a long time. Leica introduced a rangefinder in 1925, but Kodak introduced one in 1916. Rangefinders existed in a variety of formats. Graflex and Linhof had...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-14-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 1,166
Posted By Bill Pierce
Salgado

Any of us who have worked with Sebastiao Salgado think he is not only an exceptional photographer, but an exceptional human being - and have the stories to prove it. But, here is one story I didnít...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-11-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 851
Posted By Bill Pierce
I canít say for sure, not knowing anyone who has...

I canít say for sure, not knowing anyone who has used one extensively. Image quality is a strange beast, dependent on many factors including how the photographer uses the camera. These days, in the...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-10-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 851
Posted By Bill Pierce
Speed Graphic

When 35mm cameras became dominant, folks tried as much as possible to fill the frame and avoid cropping to achieve the best results technically. That certainly hadnít been the case with larger...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-02-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 1,401
Posted By Bill Pierce
Drifter

Limited to just 125 sets worldwide, the M Monochrom ďDrifterĒ by Kravitz Design carries a price tag of $23,950.

Yeah, and the weird camouflage finish makes it invisible when your street shooting.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-31-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 932
Posted By Bill Pierce
I think the big Fuji makes real sense for two...

I think the big Fuji makes real sense for two reasons. (1) Until now, big digital was expensive and, even then, the cameras were incredibly limited in what you could do with them. So a lot of...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-28-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 932
Posted By Bill Pierce
$10,000 Question

I downloaded a number of Fujifilm GFX 100 raw files and jpgs from the internet. These large medium format files are capable of making highly detailed large prints. But, in conventionally sized test...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-21-2019
Replies: 59
Views: 2,148
Posted By Bill Pierce
Chris - Points well taken. The histograms and...

Chris -

Points well taken. The histograms and blinking highlights on a lot of cameras are too small to be used easily, especially outdoors in bright light. Itís a technique I use indoors under...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-21-2019
Replies: 59
Views: 2,148
Posted By Bill Pierce
While I use an incident meter to prevent losing...

While I use an incident meter to prevent losing highlight detail with transparency film and digital sensors, there is a technique I also use that is available to digital shooters that can insure...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-17-2019
Replies: 59
Views: 2,148
Posted By Bill Pierce
Living in the past?

Does anyone else use a handheld exposure meter instead of relying on the meter built into their camera? When many news magazines were using color transparency film (It was quicker to edit than...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-11-2019
Replies: 21
Views: 969
Posted By Bill Pierce
Beyond Cameras & Lenses

What would you nominate as your favorite photo gadget? Mine is a roll of gaffer tape, the heavy fabric tape with the adhesive that doesnít leave a residue when you remove it - and doesnít destroy...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-06-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,410
Posted By Bill Pierce
Silver vs Ink

How do you match the look of black and white prints from film negative printed on silver paper to digital black-and-white printed on inkjet? For most of us the answer is you donít. The tonal range...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-28-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,512
Posted By Bill Pierce
My feeling, especially with primes, is that the...

My feeling, especially with primes, is that the expensive higher speed lens is actually offering more than an increase in speed. Face it, there’s not that much difference in usability (or...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-24-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,512
Posted By Bill Pierce
More money for groceries....

In the digital age, with the possibility of decent image quality at high ISO, I wonder if we need high speed lenses? I think the answer is yes and no. With the elevated ďfilm speedsĒ that digital...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-19-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 882
Posted By Bill Pierce
Is bigger better?

Richard Butler has written an article on DPReview that cuts through the confusion and lack of clarity that surrounds sensor size and pixel count. For anyone choosing which digital camera to buy,...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-06-2019
Replies: 35
Views: 1,458
Posted By Bill Pierce
A thought process in progress...

In the last thread, Farlymac said, ďYou know, Bill, there is a awful lot of good camera gear out there that has just as good a reputation as Leica, so donít feel bad about slumming around with a...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-31-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 1,708
Posted By Bill Pierce
Disparity

Do you have a favorite lens? May favorite and constant companion was a 50mm Summicron in spite of my apprehension that using something that was considered normal or standard would damage my...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-24-2019
Replies: 0
Views: 573
Posted By Bill Pierce
Michael Zhang

Several weeks ago Michael Zhang posted an interesting article on Petapixel, and our fellow forumer PKR passed it on to me. Almost any of us who worked as news photographers abroad can sight...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-18-2019
Replies: 73
Views: 2,292
Posted By Bill Pierce
This morning BYTHOM posted a truly intelligent...

This morning BYTHOM posted a truly intelligent article on what we are discussing. That’s not unusual; the site often has posts with a rather wise perspective. But in terms of this discussion, this...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-17-2019
Replies: 73
Views: 2,292
Posted By Bill Pierce
Price? Image quality??

I wonder how important camera price is these days in terms of image quality? The Leica M10 certainly has acceptable image quality. But, if you look at the DX0 ratings for the full frame Leica M10...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-09-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,126
Posted By Bill Pierce
If you're like me, you have some family and...

If you're like me, you have some family and friends pictures of dubious quality that family and friends love because it's pictures of them. They are going to be really annoyed when your pictures of...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-09-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,126
Posted By Bill Pierce
Dan, the problem is that there are many archives...

Dan, the problem is that there are many archives where the primary interest is not photography, but rather the subject of the photographs in the collection or occasionally the people that took the...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-09-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,126
Posted By Bill Pierce
I think that is one of the reasons to make prints...

I think that is one of the reasons to make prints of your good stuff.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-09-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,126
Posted By Bill Pierce
There is such a huge range of organizations that...

There is such a huge range of organizations that collect images that I am not amazed that a little time will have to pass before everybody is up to steam. But there are many organizations already...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-09-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,126
Posted By Bill Pierce
Storage

While I hope other folks jump into this thread, itís not so much a discussion as it is some observations on something I learned on this last trip. Museums and other photographic organizations are...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-28-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,632
Posted By Bill Pierce
Bigger Better???

Iím going to be on the road for a week with just a cellphone, not a laptop. But I thought this column that Ming Thein wrote awhile back was worth discussing. We all lust for those super cameras...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-26-2019
Replies: 99
Views: 3,172
Posted By Bill Pierce
HOORAY !!!!!!!!!!!!!

HOORAY !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-25-2019
Replies: 99
Views: 3,172
Posted By Bill Pierce
From Wikipedia some of the material on Mathew...

From Wikipedia some of the material on Mathew Brady....

In 1844, Brady opened his own photography studio at the corner of Broadway and Fulton Street in New York in 1844,[6][7] and by 1845, he began...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-25-2019
Replies: 99
Views: 3,172
Posted By Bill Pierce
Robert Capa was a news photographer. This from...

Robert Capa was a news photographer. This from Wikipedia...

In the early 1950s, Capa traveled to Japan for an exhibition associated with Magnum Photos. While there, Life magazine asked him to go on...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-24-2019
Replies: 99
Views: 3,172
Posted By Bill Pierce
Capa

I received an email from Robin Moyer. Robin is based abroad, but we worked together when he was based in America and when we were both covering the war in Lebanon. This is what he says.

ďCan I...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-21-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 629
Posted By Bill Pierce
Ross Lowell

Ross Lowell changed the way movies, especially location movies, are lit with his range of relatively small Lowel-Lights. I think it was Tom Stern when he was Director of Photography on a Clint...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-19-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 2,624
Posted By Bill Pierce
Why??????

What camera do you use, and, more important, why do you use it? I started out with a 4x5 Speed Graphic that the local Associated Press photographer got a discount on. It was the standard ďnews...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-13-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,192
Posted By Bill Pierce
Raw Therapy is a free image processing program...

Raw Therapy is a free image processing program that is constantly being updated and expanded by a team of incredibly enthusiastic developers. It's a very good program, but the sheer enthusiasm in...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-13-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,192
Posted By Bill Pierce
Iridient has a number of programs that convert...

Iridient has a number of programs that convert specific camera files to DNG with or without a variety of sharpening settings. Those sharpened DNG files can then be processed in a variety of imaging...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-13-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,192
Posted By Bill Pierce
Enhancement

I recently started experimenting with the new ďenhance detailsĒ feature in Lightroom. It promises, as its name implies, to improve fine details. And it does this by using machine learning, although...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-06-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 980
Posted By Bill Pierce
Here’s some additional information as to digital...

Here’s some additional information as to digital media.

https://www.ai-ap.com/publications/article/24588/trending-what-went-wrong-in-digital-media.html
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-05-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 980
Posted By Bill Pierce
News

Having spent a large amount of my time as a news photographer and loving almost every moment of it, I think this is an interesting and on target article. And, sadly, I have to agree with the...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-31-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 1,308
Posted By Bill Pierce
On a practical level, for me, expose to the right...

On a practical level, for me, expose to the right has always been the way to capture the greatest brightness range in the file. With todayís sensors that can be pretty impressive, and many...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-30-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 1,308
Posted By Bill Pierce
William - Do you know any sources that give the...

William - Do you know any sources that give the two ISO's that are the two base levels for the two regions for specific cameras? I think I read the M10 was 200 & 800. It would be nice to know for...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-29-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 1,308
Posted By Bill Pierce
"These raw values are not appropriate for...

"These raw values are not appropriate for comparing camera models because they are not adjusted for gain or area." That's a quote from the site. I think what it means is "Don't worry; trust your...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-29-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 1,308
Posted By Bill Pierce
Invariance

I want to recommend a quick read on invariance. For people who rely on jpgs, itís not much use. But for raw shooters taking advantage of it can actually insure more acceptable exposures and provide...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-25-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,716
Posted By Bill Pierce
Agreed. My preference for the rangefinder is in...

Agreed. My preference for the rangefinder is in part because I scale focus or prefocus on the street. Both are a little simpler on the rangefinder with lenses that usually have more complete...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-25-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,716
Posted By Bill Pierce
Please understand, I have nothing against non...

Please understand, I have nothing against non rangefinder cameras - especially the modern mirrorless. They are certainly my preferred choice for studio, portraiture, theatre and a host of other...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-24-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,716
Posted By Bill Pierce
Elderly Idiot

I use a variety of cameras. They are tools in a toolbox. But for years almost all of my personal work and much of my journalistic work was done with rangefinders. They were smaller than SLR's. ...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-15-2019
Replies: 63
Views: 2,119
Posted By Bill Pierce
Phenomenon

I recently played with some files from the Fuji GFX 50R, a camera with a medium format sensor. While there was a difference in image quality between images from Fujiís APS-c half frame sensor in the...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-07-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 1,200
Posted By Bill Pierce
Traveling

I’m going to be traveling for a week with the closest thing to a computer being my extremely inexpensive cell phone; SO, anyone who has something to say and would like to start a discussion at this...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-03-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 1,232
Posted By Bill Pierce
Too Many ???

At the beginning of the year, I look around and think, ďI have too many cameras.Ē I can make excuses and say I am a working stiff and need a range of specialized tools, but todayís digital cameras...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-28-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 610
Posted By Bill Pierce
Gene ended strong with Minimata. Ed, working...

Gene ended strong with Minimata. Ed, working years later, saw some of the decline when important events were replaced with coverage of celebrities.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-28-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 610
Posted By Bill Pierce
Change

There was a period of time when lucky people like me and a good many friends earned a good living being sent around the world to meet interesting people and witness important events. It is no secret...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-20-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 961
Posted By Bill Pierce
Santa

If Santa could give you anything for Christmas, what would it be? For me, it would be more time, time to shoot on the street, time to print, maybe even time to think.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-15-2018
Replies: 72
Views: 2,693
Posted By Bill Pierce
Expensive Cameras

What makes an expensive camera worth it? Medium format cameras are expensive in part because they have expensive sensors. Bigger is better and costs more to produce, especially when you are trying...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-09-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 822
Posted By Bill Pierce
William - Thank you.

William - Thank you.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-08-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 822
Posted By Bill Pierce
Rich - You make an important point. Itís easy...

Rich -

You make an important point. Itís easy to assign numbers to some of the contributors to sharpness and difficult to quantify the improvement in tonality. I wish it were otherwise because...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-08-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 822
Posted By Bill Pierce
Bigger Better ???

In your experience, how much does sensor size effect image quality? My limited experience contradicts the bigger is much better mantra. I was recently looking at some portraits taken on both APS-c...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-05-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 998
Posted By Bill Pierce
Why...

I wonder why we choose specific processing programs for our digital files. While Lightroom and Capture One are probably the most popular, I started using Iridient Developer because it did the best...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-29-2018
Replies: 57
Views: 1,931
Posted By Bill Pierce
Lengthy, but important...

It's lengthy, but important - perhaps the most important piece on your photography that the NY Times has published in awhile. I encourage you to read it and tell us what you...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-26-2018
Replies: 78
Views: 2,699
Posted By Bill Pierce
Cellphone?

How do you take your pictures - camera or phone? Popular as it is ďreal photographersĒ scoff at the phone. Iím one of the scoffers. I use ďreal cameras.Ē But, I remember when I started...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-21-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 728
Posted By Bill Pierce
The Family Album

Sorry for the disappearing act. The California wildfires called for a quick evacuation. Weíre back now, no damage done except ash on the lawn furniture. While I left a great many prints behind, I...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-07-2018
Replies: 52
Views: 3,054
Posted By Bill Pierce
A Warning

Itís funny. Digital cameras are too complicated and too simple. Compared to film cameras with their basic shutter, f stop, focus and film advance controls - and maybe a built in meter, the digital...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-21-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 1,510
Posted By Bill Pierce
Old Camera Distress

Are you in distress because your camera, now several years old, doesnít have enough megapixels? Donít worry. Just remember the prints from the Canon 5D and the Nikon D700 with their 12 megapixel...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-15-2018
Replies: 25
Views: 1,143
Posted By Bill Pierce
Film - HELP!!

My only film cameras until recently have been large format. News photography turned digital a long time ago and much of professional photography has followed. But an old friend just passed his Leica...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-11-2018
Replies: 52
Views: 1,989
Posted By Bill Pierce
The micro four thirds photographers that I know...

The micro four thirds photographers that I know are the photographers that routinely use zooms as their primary lenses. Maybe it's a simple as the fact that these lenses are smaller and pleasanter...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-11-2018
Replies: 52
Views: 1,989
Posted By Bill Pierce
The advantage of any SLR, that it can give a very...

The advantage of any SLR, that it can give a very exacting preview of the final image, is also its greatest disadvantage. It's sort of the form vs the moment and a reminder that cameras are tools,...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-10-2018
Replies: 52
Views: 1,989
Posted By Bill Pierce
Fixed focal length or zoom?

Fixed focal length or zoom? Being an old person who actually took pictures in the pre zoom era (which was followed by the not-very-good zoom era before we got to the really good zoom era) my...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-03-2018
Replies: 31
Views: 1,192
Posted By Bill Pierce
On todayís sensors Iím not so sure that exposing...

On todayís sensors Iím not so sure that exposing to the right produces as much final image improvement in brightness range and noise reduction as it did with earlier sensors. But for some...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-01-2018
Replies: 31
Views: 1,192
Posted By Bill Pierce
Left or Right?

Underexposing digital - not so bad. Overexposing digital - very bad. Once the highlight detail is truly beyond the sensorís limit, itís gone forever.

To a certain extent there is very little...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 09-24-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 687
Posted By Bill Pierce
Processing Programs

I see a lot of web articles on various image processing programs, often placing one above the others in terms of the tonal quality and sharpness it produces. But, almost always, this is with the...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 09-18-2018
Replies: 67
Views: 2,338
Posted By Bill Pierce
What do you want?

I am constantly amazed by the long life of film cameras compared to digital models. I know of many Leicas, Hasselblads and other well made film cameras that are out there working over half a century...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 09-06-2018
Replies: 35
Views: 1,625
Posted By Bill Pierce
Once again

It’s a rangefinder forum, and I’ve been asked, once again, what I think of digital Leica M’s, specifically the M10. For me their primary function is to provide a digital body for photographers who...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 09-03-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 906
Posted By Bill Pierce
Many thanks for the post!

Many thanks for the post!
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-31-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 1,419
Posted By Bill Pierce
Making a set of b&w prints with a common theme or...

Making a set of b&w prints with a common theme or subject, but which were taken over a period of years on both film and digital sensors, I would like them to have, in general, a relatively consistent...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-30-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 1,419
Posted By Bill Pierce
Iíd love to hear more about your thoughts on...

Iíd love to hear more about your thoughts on this. Iíve gotten pretty good results using programs like Silver Efex, Tonality Pro and Dxo Filmpack. Probably a little better at achieving a ďsilverĒ...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-29-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 1,419
Posted By Bill Pierce
Wet or Dry?

Just a quick question to ease my own curiosity... If you are a film photographer, do you print in a wet darkroom or scan your negatives and make inkjet prints (or jpgs for computer screens)? And,...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-24-2018
Replies: 50
Views: 1,908
Posted By Bill Pierce
Thank you. Thatís an important reminder for all...

Thank you. Thatís an important reminder for all of us. (At this end, glaucoma, blepharitis, pseudophakia and visual field defects. But, thanks to visits to one of the best eye institutes in the...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-23-2018
Replies: 50
Views: 1,908
Posted By Bill Pierce
"I just go out and photograph." is also testing. ...

"I just go out and photograph." is also testing. It takes longer, but isn't as boring.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-23-2018
Replies: 50
Views: 1,908
Posted By Bill Pierce
These days I use longer lenses on cameras that...

These days I use longer lenses on cameras that focus through the lens. Just wanted to add that in my all rangefinder, pre TTL days I used that lens for news and studio portraiture - and it delivered.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-22-2018
Replies: 50
Views: 1,908
Posted By Bill Pierce
Lens testing

Many years ago I was having lunch in the Leitz cafeteria in Wetzlar with one of the gentleman who tested lenses, both theirs and the competitions. The test lab facilities were impressive. On the...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-18-2018
Replies: 74
Views: 2,204
Posted By Bill Pierce
As to there being a lot of photographers….. When...

As to there being a lot of photographers…..

When I started as a freelance news photographer, I believe it was the American Society of Magazine Photographers (now “Media Photographers”) that...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-15-2018
Replies: 74
Views: 2,204
Posted By Bill Pierce
No question that while his basic tools were a...

No question that while his basic tools were a brace of conventional 35-mm film cameras (I once saw him with 6 - different lenses and different films - around his neck.), he used what he thought was...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-14-2018
Replies: 74
Views: 2,204
Posted By Bill Pierce
Me "No question about it. PKR and Petapixel beat...

Me "No question about it. PKR and Petapixel beat my weekly BBC scan."



That's generosity. Thanks.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-14-2018
Replies: 74
Views: 2,204
Posted By Bill Pierce
I do think photography is becoming a second...

I do think photography is becoming a second language. Phones, automation, the internet and a number of other factors make it possible for a large number of people to communicate with photographs. ...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-14-2018
Replies: 74
Views: 2,204
Posted By Bill Pierce
No question about it. PKR and Petapixel beat my...

No question about it. PKR and Petapixel beat my weekly BBC scan.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-14-2018
Replies: 74
Views: 2,204
Posted By Bill Pierce
PhonePhoto

Is he right???

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/entertainment-arts-45011397/renowned-film-director-wim-wenders-hits-out-at-phone-photography
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-07-2018
Replies: 37
Views: 1,652
Posted By Bill Pierce
Peter - Well said and important. And, sadly,...

Peter - Well said and important. And, sadly, something I had never considered (or even thought about).
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-07-2018
Replies: 37
Views: 1,652
Posted By Bill Pierce
New Camera or New Us

In terms of technical quality, current digital camera bodies offer more than many folks can take advantage of. The improvement in image quality is really going to have to come from us, not new...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-01-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 891
Posted By Bill Pierce
Avoiding work

I treasure sites like https://visualsciencelab.blogspot.com and http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/the_online_photographer/blog_index.html because they give me new material frequently. ...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-30-2018
Replies: 22
Q?
Views: 1,213
Posted By Bill Pierce
I have to confess - I cheat. I have an old Leitz...

I have to confess - I cheat. I have an old Leitz 28mm bright line finder that I sometimes slip into the Q's accessory shoe.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-30-2018
Replies: 22
Q?
Views: 1,213
Posted By Bill Pierce
Q?

Iíve been asked what I think of the Leica Q, a fixed 28mm lens on a 24mg full frame camera with a price of ballpark $4500.

Are you happy with a camera that has a fixed 28mm lens? It has been the...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-29-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 847
Posted By Bill Pierce
Roger - Telepathic focus control has been...

Roger - Telepathic focus control has been invented. The problem is you can only see the sharp, in-focus image in your mindís eye.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-28-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 847
Posted By Bill Pierce
Starting down the path...

Autofocus or manual focus? If itís a popularity contest, autofocus wins. On self-improvement alone, it deserves the win moving from an unreliable teen age braggart to a mature adult, who, like all...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-24-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 1,215
Posted By Bill Pierce
For folks who want to preserve those family...

For folks who want to preserve those family memories, here's a really intelligent piece. I'd definitely put this on my "must read"...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-21-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 1,215
Posted By Bill Pierce
Iím doing much the same as Oren - working in...

Iím doing much the same as Oren - working in Lightroom with an Epson printer set for ďwarmĒ image tone with the driver at 2880 dpi. We do have some differences. The printer remains set at the...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-20-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 1,215
Posted By Bill Pierce
I still have a wet darkroom. I still think there...

I still have a wet darkroom. I still think there is something special about a silver print. And I still find myself making inkjet prints instead of silver ones. And so, as a lazy hypocrite, I am...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-19-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 1,215
Posted By Bill Pierce
Family

Mike Johnston recently wrote on his site, The Online Photographer, about his reluctance to make prints....
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-14-2018
Replies: 41
Views: 2,099
Posted By Bill Pierce
No question that the Leica is one of many good...

No question that the Leica is one of many good camera choices. In the film days it was the dependable workhorse for many photographers - and as affordable as any other similar camera. And then came...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-14-2018
Replies: 41
Views: 2,099
Posted By Bill Pierce
When we were shooting for the ďcolorful news...

When we were shooting for the ďcolorful news weekly,Ē we shot a lot of color transparency film under somewhat hectic conditions. With an incident meter, it was possible to come up with a film speed...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-13-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 1,054
Posted By Bill Pierce
Back Button

Most cameras autofocus and then lock focus when you depress the shutter button. Press further and you take a picture. If, after you locked focus, you reframed the image, you will probably have to...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-12-2018
Replies: 41
Views: 2,099
Posted By Bill Pierce
Harry - Would you suggest using a handheld...

Harry -

Would you suggest using a handheld incident meter in some situations with a digital M?
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-08-2018
Replies: 41
Views: 2,099
Posted By Bill Pierce
Thank you

Hereís a question I canít answer, one which I really donít know the answer but truly wish I did. Is a digital Leica, the M240 or M10, a worthwhile camera? Iím not talking about whether itís...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-28-2018
Replies: 60
Views: 3,413
Posted By Bill Pierce
Yes, but I always thought it applied to steak vs...

Yes, but I always thought it applied to steak vs meat loaf. You have opened a whole new train of photographic thought for me.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-27-2018
Replies: 60
Views: 3,413
Posted By Bill Pierce
I think you are right when it comes to many...

I think you are right when it comes to many gallery exhibitions of contemporary photographers. Earlier works, not so much. Often, when I look at giant prints I wonder if that picture would be as...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-27-2018
Replies: 60
Views: 3,413
Posted By Bill Pierce
Splitting hairs???

Is there a connection between horsepower and megapixels? I live in an area without much usable public transportation. Driveways and family garages, by necessity, have multiple parked cars. Some of...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-19-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 1,205
Posted By Bill Pierce
The Bessa T was a bargain at a time when M mount...

The Bessa T was a bargain at a time when M mount Leica film bodies were not. It even had an affordable base winder. (And as an added bonus, the Bessa was not available in special celebrity editions...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-15-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1,301
Posted By Bill Pierce
New Gear ??????????

When digital first appeared in the world of conventional photography, the improvement in cameras was rapid and new models appeared fairly rapidly. Megapixels went up and noise went down, other...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-11-2018
Replies: 3
Views: 766
Posted By Bill Pierce
Start a thread

My schedule is such that I'm not going to be able contribute to the forum for a few days. So, as always, this space is open to anyone who would like to start a thread. Also, here's a few portrait...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-07-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 1,113
Posted By Bill Pierce
David Douglas Duncan

David Douglas Duncan has died. This is the New York Times Obituary. I think David would approve of...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-07-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 569
Posted By Bill Pierce
Studio Portraits

I got a question about setting up a formal portrait studio. Any empty space from a room with the furniture moved to one side or the garage with the car parked in the driveway can be a portrait...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-04-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 1,165
Posted By Bill Pierce
Cal - My understanding (actually lifted from...

Cal - My understanding (actually lifted from Henry Wilhelm's website) is that the 4 black inks in the Epson 3880 are carbon based. This would certainly account for the increased permanence of the...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-04-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 1,165
Posted By Bill Pierce
We shot transparency film because the positive...

We shot transparency film because the positive transparency was easier and faster to edit than negative. I shot Kodachrome when I could. Kodak would pick up the film at the Time-Life building in...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-04-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 1,165
Posted By Bill Pierce
A happy long life

I was recently scanning Henry Wilhelmís web site ( http://www.wilhelm-research.com ) and noticed that in many cases black-and-white inkjet prints had a considerably longer print permanence ratings...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-01-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 827
Posted By Bill Pierce
Gdpr

For now, Europe. Keep your fingers crossed.

https://petapixel.com/2018/05/30/how-bad-is-gdpr-for-photographers/
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-30-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 888
Posted By Bill Pierce
Simple

Are there too many unessential controls on todayís digital cameras - and, if so, what do we do about it? Selecting the color, contrast, sharpness and size options for jpegs alone can be incredibly...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-29-2018
Replies: 115
Views: 4,751
Posted By Bill Pierce
And it goes to far more than mike selection and...

And it goes to far more than mike selection and prayer. For example, the level of background noise, just the buzz and hum of where you are shooting even when no one is talking, has to be consistent...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-27-2018
Replies: 115
Views: 4,751
Posted By Bill Pierce
This is a most important statement. I think you...

This is a most important statement. I think you can do both, but they are totally different structures. To oversimplify, one is the moment and one is the narrative. And one added thought - don't...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-27-2018
Replies: 115
Views: 4,751
Posted By Bill Pierce
I think if you have established a successful...

I think if you have established a successful relationship with clients, theyíre not going to give that up. Outside of journalism, I find most of the professionals who are having problems are...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-26-2018
Replies: 115
Views: 4,751
Posted By Bill Pierce
Well, I’ve made my decision about whether to buy...

Well, I’ve made my decision about whether to buy an M10 or not. And the reason behind the decision won’t apply to many of the folks on the forum. More and more of professional photography...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-21-2018
Replies: 115
Views: 4,751
Posted By Bill Pierce
An expensive decision

Erwin Puts has an interesting piece on his blog. In a world flooded with digital snapshots he asks why do we photograph and (to his readers) why do we take pictures with a Leica. Itís an...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-16-2018
Replies: 41
Views: 1,665
Posted By Bill Pierce
The Street

You can do street photography any time you feel like walking the streets. You donít even have to have streets. You can walk shopping malls. In California I shoot on piers where people enjoy the...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-08-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 1,985
Posted By Bill Pierce
Off Line

I'm going to be off line for a week; so, if anybody wants to start a thread, here's the space.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-07-2018
Replies: 55
Views: 3,155
Posted By Bill Pierce
I check into Mike Johnston’s blog “The Online...

I check into Mike Johnston’s blog “The Online Photographer” every day. Guess what? His latest entry is on shooting...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-04-2018
Replies: 55
Views: 3,155
Posted By Bill Pierce
The Film Problem

Since I have a sizable number of black-and-white negatives and color slides from my ďpre digitalĒ days and make my money from photography, I have an Imacon scanner that can produce a very good tif...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-27-2018
Replies: 35
???
Views: 1,649
Posted By Bill Pierce
I think the forum is just keeping up with the...

I think the forum is just keeping up with the current world. In an earlier world where 35mm meant rangefinder or reflex, the rangefinder had a number of useful differences. It was smaller, quieter,...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-23-2018
Replies: 35
???
Views: 1,649
Posted By Bill Pierce
???

Rangefinder cameras dominated early 35mm photography. The first SLRs, cameras like the Exacta, didnít have instant return mirrors or auto-diaphragms. They really didnít offer any advantage over the...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-20-2018
Replies: 37
Views: 1,740
Posted By Bill Pierce
You can do it. That's because you are of strong...

You can do it. That's because you are of strong moral character. The rest of us just can't resist menus.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-20-2018
Replies: 37
Views: 1,740
Posted By Bill Pierce
Less

There are times when I am a little confused by our photo community. The Leica M10 is criticized for stripping away features and simplifying operation. Although I don’t own the camera and haven’t...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-16-2018
Replies: 30
Views: 1,210
Posted By Bill Pierce
Here's a brief article that points out some of...

Here's a brief article that points out some of the advantages of prints. It's worth a glance.

https://www.thephoblographer.com/2018/04/16/professional-photographers-still-print-photos/#more-114791
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-12-2018
Replies: 30
Views: 1,210
Posted By Bill Pierce
I'm not sure why, perhaps because the computer is...

I'm not sure why, perhaps because the computer is now so much a part of our life, its display settings are taken for granted. Everything you say is dead on, but I don't see a lot of folks dealing...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-11-2018
Replies: 30
Views: 1,210
Posted By Bill Pierce
Iím one of those people who takes a light meter...

Iím one of those people who takes a light meter to a gallery and looks at his prints or the prints of his friends under the same candlepower and light type before they get hung. But thatís probably...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-11-2018
Replies: 30
Views: 1,210
Posted By Bill Pierce
Print or screen...

Part of the previous discussion on Leica rangefinder cameras turned to the ever popular and somewhat overworked discussion of film versus digital. To me, the important difference is not film versus...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-09-2018
Replies: 75
Views: 5,960
Posted By Bill Pierce
Hooray for the Roger and Frances team, the best.

Hooray for the Roger and Frances team, the best.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-31-2018
Replies: 137
Views: 4,922
Posted By Bill Pierce
Worth it????

The Leica rangefinders are unique in one other way than their rangefinder focusing. There is certainly more copy on internet photo sites on whether Leicas are worth their high price than price...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-27-2018
Replies: 28
Views: 1,582
Posted By Bill Pierce
If you have an auxiliary external hard disc or...

If you have an auxiliary external hard disc or SSD, copy the files that you want to keep, not just the digital theatre pictures, but anything else that is an important digital record. Now, since all...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-27-2018
Replies: 28
Views: 1,582
Posted By Bill Pierce
Bu, Bu, Bu

It was one of those weeks. A mud slide made it difficult to get to the West Coast airport. Weather canceled the return trip from the East Coast. But that was not the worst. The RAID system that I...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-17-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 920
Posted By Bill Pierce
Chuck Westfall

A week ago Chuck Westfall called to say he was losing his long battle against cancer, Yesterday he passed away. Among his many responsibilities at Canon was representing the company to...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-15-2018
Replies: 1
Views: 557
Posted By Bill Pierce
Super Welcome!

Iím going to be on the road and without the time to post on the forum for the next week. So, anyone who wants to jump in and start a thread, you are super welcome.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-14-2018
Replies: 34
Views: 2,041
Posted By Bill Pierce
Just a quick attempt to learn to post...

Just a quick attempt to learn to post pictures...
http://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/16568/med_U16568I1521047543.SEQ.4.jpg
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-13-2018
Replies: 34
Views: 2,041
Posted By Bill Pierce
A question for the experts... How do you post a...

A question for the experts... How do you post a jpg here? Until now I've been text only.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-12-2018
Replies: 34
Views: 2,041
Posted By Bill Pierce
What....

The one thing all photographers have in common is cameras. Essays, evaluations and test reports of new cameras abound on the internet. Lenses probably get the number two spot, as well they should. ...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-05-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 2,439
Posted By Bill Pierce
An idiot???

Am I the only one who doesnít like getting a new camera? I like to be so familiar with the controls of my cameras that I donít think about them when Iím taking a picture; Iím free to concentrate on...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-02-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 1,957
Posted By Bill Pierce
Here's an interesting follow up...

Here's an interesting follow up article.

https://www.poynter.org/news/inside-times-decision-dedicate-entire-issue-opioid-epidemic
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-24-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 1,957
Posted By Bill Pierce
Nachtwey

A friend of mine has just done something amazing. An entire issue of Time Magazine is devoted to Jim Nachtweyís photo essay on drug addiction in America. One issue, one photographerÖ The Time...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-18-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 1,698
Posted By Bill Pierce
New Cameras

Several folks, knowing that among the cameras I use are Fujis, asked what I thought of the new Fuji X H-1. My first thought was ďDo you really need a new camera?Ē My second thought was Iíve never...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-10-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 2,458
Posted By Bill Pierce
Film!!!

For some time now my only film cameras have been 2 large format film cameras used ocassionally for personal work. Digital took over, first, journalism and, now, much of professional photography. ...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-04-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 1,070
Posted By Bill Pierce
Important to some...

Just a quick one. Hereís an announcement that will be important to some folks - and, these days, should probably be important to more...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-27-2018
Replies: 43
Views: 3,011
Posted By Bill Pierce
Scandalous, unjustified...

Photographic prints aren’t forever permanent. Properly fixed and washed silver prints come close. Black and white inkjet do well, but do their best when the prints are in boxes in the dark, not on...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-22-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1,901
Posted By Bill Pierce
First, Photo Ninja is one of the good programs...

First, Photo Ninja is one of the good programs for Fuji files that seems relatively undiscovered. I'm not so sure that there is any realistic gain in using Iridient in combination with Lightroom or...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-20-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1,497
Posted By Bill Pierce
Yes, the day rate was fixed, and everybody got...

Yes, the day rate was fixed, and everybody got the same day rate plus expenses. However, the contract photographers were guaranteed a minimum number of days per annum. Different contract...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-20-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1,497
Posted By Bill Pierce
Peter - All of us, including uncontracted free...

Peter -

All of us, including uncontracted free lancers that would ask or be asked to cover events in the the area where they lived (I presume that's what you mean by "local stringers.") were paid...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-19-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1,497
Posted By Bill Pierce
Time

At its best Time Magazine was the largest circulation news publication in the business. Faltering in the internet era it had less circulation than Time Incís People magazine. At the end of last...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-16-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1,901
Posted By Bill Pierce
A better job

I was a darkroom nut when I shot film, and I’m a computer nut now that I shoot primarily digital. Let a new image processing program come down the pike and I’ll try it, usually buying it so I can...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-08-2018
Replies: 89
Views: 4,568
Posted By Bill Pierce
Prints

Yesterday, when we were discussing the relative small number of megapixels needed to make a good screen image and the fact that I still yearned for a medium format 50 megapixel kit that cost just...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-07-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 1,643
Posted By Bill Pierce
What do we do?

I was recently looking at some digital images taken a few years back with a camera with, by todayís standards, a ridiculously low megapixel count - 8 to be exact. The camera was the Canon PowerShot...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-31-2017
Replies: 57
Views: 3,012
Posted By Bill Pierce
Film

There was an interesting discussion on the Camera Store TV website, a discussion by two photographers who shoot analog/film, one a professional who has just published a book of his work, the other,...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-28-2017
Replies: 19
Views: 1,165
Posted By Bill Pierce
What about you?

We talk about equipment and techniques because we all have that in common. But talking about subjects is more difficult because one of us for the most part takes pictures of his family, another of...
Forum: Chris Crawford 12-24-2017
Replies: 28
Views: 1,837
Posted By Bill Pierce
Chris - Hooray for the metering tutorial. ...

Chris -

Hooray for the metering tutorial.

Pierce
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-21-2017
Replies: 21
Views: 1,323
Posted By Bill Pierce
Tis the season of buying

This will make some happy, some envious and some furious.

https://petapixel.com/2017/12/21/20-expensive-photos-sold-auction-2017/
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-16-2017
Replies: 27
Views: 1,451
Posted By Bill Pierce
Santa

As the holidays start, a lot of folks are wondering what photo toys Santa will leave in their stockings. I think of all the new, breakthrough digital cameras Santa could leave me, but thatís not...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-09-2017
Replies: 64
Views: 2,861
Posted By Bill Pierce
What do you want?

In the prior post, all of us established our megapixel needs and, for the most part, felt current digital cameras were more than sufficient in that department. Which brings up the question, what, in...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-03-2017
Replies: 56
Views: 3,029
Posted By Bill Pierce
No, when we are viewing digital images at 100%, I...

No, when we are viewing digital images at 100%, I think the lower sharpness, lower resolution is primarily, but not totally, due to pixel count on todayís modern sensor. However, the way that camera...
Forum: Fuji Digital General Discussion 12-03-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 1,055
Posted By Bill Pierce
If that showed up on any Fuji camera and you...

If that showed up on any Fuji camera and you could assign any 4 distances, I'd sure be using it.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-03-2017
Replies: 56
Views: 3,029
Posted By Bill Pierce
How big?

As we approach the end of the year, itís definitely been the year of the big megapixel with cameras like the Fuji GFX 50 S with a 51 megapixel sensor, the Sony A7R III refining the results from their...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-28-2017
Replies: 15
Views: 1,324
Posted By Bill Pierce
What I found was that all individual battery...

What I found was that all individual battery powered articles bigger than a cel phone (cameras) had to be removed from carry on luggage, be it small gadget bag or roller case, and placed in...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-28-2017
Replies: 15
Views: 1,324
Posted By Bill Pierce
Traveling Photog

Back home after a trip carrying cameras. No doubt, airport security for small, but larger than a cel phone, gear (i.e. your camera) is growing more strict. Hereís the TSA website that tells you...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-18-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 1,581
Posted By Bill Pierce
Guess Who

Guess who is going to be on the road without internet access until the end of next week. That's right - me. So anybody who would like to start a thread with a reply to this message, you are more...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-14-2017
Replies: 28
Views: 1,597
Posted By Bill Pierce
Why???

I wonder why folks choose the specific camera brand that they do? I used film Leicas because they were small and reliable, good for a traveling news photographer who was on the road a lot (and quite...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-09-2017
Replies: 18
Views: 1,459
Posted By Bill Pierce
Peter - I keep my digital files on three...

Peter - I keep my digital files on three different hard disc systems. But, between drive failure and information decay, these are hardly ďforeverĒ storage solutions. For me, this is another reason...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-08-2017
Replies: 18
Views: 1,459
Posted By Bill Pierce
How much?

One of our fellow forum members told me recently that he had spent considerable time sorting his film and digital files - putting them in order and discarding those images he felt were below par. He...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-31-2017
Replies: 48
Views: 2,424
Posted By Bill Pierce
PKR has made some good suggestions. Mine is...

PKR has made some good suggestions. Mine is rather simple and, I think, possible with cameras where a lot of mechanical functions have been replaced with electronic functions - longer lasting, more...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-31-2017
Replies: 48
Views: 2,424
Posted By Bill Pierce
Of course.

Of course.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-31-2017
Replies: 48
Views: 2,424
Posted By Bill Pierce
I'm with you on this one, Jamie.

I'm with you on this one, Jamie.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-31-2017
Replies: 48
Views: 2,424
Posted By Bill Pierce
A wise observation. One that I, too, came to. ...

A wise observation. One that I, too, came to. Read what I said. We agree.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-31-2017
Replies: 48
Views: 2,424
Posted By Bill Pierce
No New

I donít need any more new cameras. I donít need more megapixels. I donít need more frames per second. I donít want any more new cameras that are relatively quickly superseded by an even newer...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-26-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 1,586
Posted By Bill Pierce
"I would rely on my histogram before introducing...

"I would rely on my histogram before introducing a handheld meter into the equation."

I think that makes perfect sense except in those cases where the histogram is based on a jpg and not the raw...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-26-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 1,586
Posted By Bill Pierce
Incident

Digital images are a bit like color slide film. Overexpose them and the highlights are reduced to detailless digital cellophane. Consequently, some TTL meters on digital cameras are set to slightly...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-21-2017
Replies: 37
Views: 1,986
Posted By Bill Pierce
A photographer whose work I admire has written a...

A photographer whose work I admire has written a column about the improvement in sensor performance allowing us to produce higher quality images with smaller sensors and smaller cameras, I think you...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-19-2017
Replies: 37
Views: 1,986
Posted By Bill Pierce
Smaller sensor - smaller lenses

One of the things we didnít talk much about in our recent thread about different sensor sizes were the different sizes of lenses for cameras with different sized sensors. When it comes to the tiny...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-10-2017
Replies: 83
Views: 5,603
Posted By Bill Pierce
Here’s a piece by a working pro who has switched...

Here’s a piece by a working pro who has switched from full frame (Nikon) to APS-C (Fuji). It’s lengthy and, initially, you may think his criteria don’t apply to you. He’s a nature photographer, and...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-09-2017
Replies: 83
Views: 5,603
Posted By Bill Pierce
The softness you see stopping down is caused by...

The softness you see stopping down is caused by diffraction. As sensors have improved, that slight softness is more apparent. (You rarely saw it with film.) However, remember that you donít have...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-07-2017
Replies: 83
Views: 5,603
Posted By Bill Pierce
Little Cameras

Sensor size used to be an important factor in image quality. Is it still? There are apparently a number of commercial photographers shooting micro 4/3 with no problem . While I have a lot of...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-01-2017
Replies: 24
Views: 2,377
Posted By Bill Pierce
Leica Review

It seems many of the photo websites have a somewhat extreme view of rangefinder cameras, especially the Leica digital M series. Some folks find them ununderstandable and useless, almost repugnant,...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 09-24-2017
Replies: 40
Views: 3,063
Posted By Bill Pierce
Want to slow down your digital shooting and shoot...

Want to slow down your digital shooting and shoot a little more as if you were shooting film? Use a hand held incident exposure meter to determine exposure. Sensors are much like transparency film....
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