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Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 03-25-2014
Replies: 59
Views: 15,503
Posted By Frank Petronio
The older ones are better because they are less...

The older ones are better because they are less expensive. They do exactly the same thing and the lenses are so similar that it doesn't matter.

I bought those four in modern times for less than the...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 03-25-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 2,087
Posted By Frank Petronio
On the original film the film and negative speeds...

On the original film the film and negative speeds didn't match, to get a good neg you sacrificed the print or vs.

Pretty nice negative though...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 03-25-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 1,573
Posted By Frank Petronio
I thought slavery was outlawed down under? But I...

I thought slavery was outlawed down under? But I am sure you are kind hearted and spare the lash.

With most of the kits you want to be in manual model with your shutter speed at the sync speed or a...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-24-2014
Replies: 56
Views: 6,419
Posted By Frank Petronio
Haha well I've bought a lot of great low mileage...

Haha well I've bought a lot of great low mileage gear from the "pros" at Fred Miranda then ;-)
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 03-24-2014
Replies: 28
Views: 5,041
Posted By Frank Petronio
Many people buy really light and too short...

Many people buy really light and too short tripods because they want to minimize weight and expense but... Even the best lightweight tripod is a hassle to bring along compared to not bringing one at...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-24-2014
Replies: 56
Views: 6,419
Posted By Frank Petronio
Here in the USA, on the Fred Miranda forum, you...

Here in the USA, on the Fred Miranda forum, you see many professional cameras being sold at reasonable prices ~ with minimal use, mostly under 10,000 exposures ~ because there are so many equipment...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-24-2014
Replies: 56
Views: 6,419
Posted By Frank Petronio
I would have bought a used D700 or D3 rather than...

I would have bought a used D700 or D3 rather than give them the profit from selling you a new D800.

Canon doesn't have that much better a record, only that it's problems happened earlier. Hoping...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 03-24-2014
Replies: 28
Views: 5,041
Posted By Frank Petronio
Really Right Stuff makes the best tripods, Gitzo...

Really Right Stuff makes the best tripods, Gitzo the second best. FLM is another good brand, they make the Leica tripods.

The Chinese copy them pretty well for a good price if you don't mind...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-24-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,702
Posted By Frank Petronio
Just wear a GoPro while you work.

Just wear a GoPro while you work.
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 03-23-2014
Replies: 32
Views: 3,310
Posted By Frank Petronio
Doesn't make sense to me to buy an expensive...

Doesn't make sense to me to buy an expensive camera, fuss about the lens and particulars, go through all that decision making and photographer's voodoo... only to shoot jpgs.
Forum: RFF Polls 03-21-2014
Replies: 59
Views: 9,668
Posted By Frank Petronio
Dump them all and get a 35 Summicron and be done.

Dump them all and get a 35 Summicron and be done.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-21-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 3,834
Posted By Frank Petronio
I'd see if you could disassemble it down to the...

I'd see if you could disassemble it down to the metal casing itself and then strip the coating completely. If you don't want to do it then pay for a good tech like Bob Watkins at Precision Camera...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-20-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,908
Posted By Frank Petronio
Main problem is future resale value, if that...

Main problem is future resale value, if that matters. Buy it for the right price and enjoy.

Not seeing it in person, it looks like the coating is coming away, either through a manufacturing defect...
Forum: Travel 03-19-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 2,610
Posted By Frank Petronio
NYC can be very beautiful and atmospheric,...

NYC can be very beautiful and atmospheric, especially early, and the way light travels down streets (canyons?) and gets cut off can be very graphic. Take some long shots, most people don't.

And try...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-19-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 1,081
Posted By Frank Petronio
While Leica electronics may never inspire...

While Leica electronics may never inspire ultimate confidence, if a 25-year old M6 is still working then I wouldn't be concerned over it's reliability.

Compared to a M8 the M6 is rather simple...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-19-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 1,081
Posted By Frank Petronio
Sell the other gear first, keep using the Bessa...

Sell the other gear first, keep using the Bessa until you can afford a proper M6.... the pictures will be just as good, the Leica just "feels" better in your hand!

if you want to further economize,...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-19-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 1,081
Posted By Frank Petronio
I doubt you could find an even swap but you could...

I doubt you could find an even swap but you could sell your current gear individually for cash.
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 03-19-2014
Replies: 65
Views: 19,464
Posted By Frank Petronio
Well mainly that an APS sensor might cost $80...

Well mainly that an APS sensor might cost $80 versus $600 for a FF one. And more lenses seem to get along with the smaller sensors than the larger ones.

But we are only day dreaming here because...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-19-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 827
Posted By Frank Petronio
If you search for graffiti project, Rochester, NY...

If you search for graffiti project, Rochester, NY there are quite a few murals here, sponsored and sanctioned by the powers that be....

My favorites are the 1930s Socialist murals inside older Post...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 03-19-2014
Replies: 65
Views: 19,464
Posted By Frank Petronio
The problem with upping the sensor is that the...

The problem with upping the sensor is that the focusing needs to follow suit, Leica Ms have the same issue. Rangefinders aren't going to be accurate enough for fast lenses and high pixels.

That...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 03-18-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 5,175
Posted By Frank Petronio
It's an upper end, heavier, high quality Sinar...

It's an upper end, heavier, high quality Sinar item and would work so much better with a real Sinar camera than any cobbled wooden camera.

Sinar Norma or F2 4x5 camera ~ $500
90mm Rodenstock Lens...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-18-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 3,834
Posted By Frank Petronio
My experience has been with Nikon F100 and N80...

My experience has been with Nikon F100 and N80 bodies, other cameras may use different materials but the 1990s Nikons are known for degrading this way. There are two schools of thought, first being...
Forum: Photo Software 03-18-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1,585
Posted By Frank Petronio
Agreed LR and iPhoto are great for people new to...

Agreed

LR and iPhoto are great for people new to the concept of organization but after using computers since the dark ages I've got my ways and they work!
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-18-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 1,468
Posted By Frank Petronio
Portra is the best film ever made and all that I...

Portra is the best film ever made and all that I use so everyone of my shots is a favorite ;-p
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 03-18-2014
Replies: 58
Views: 7,157
Posted By Frank Petronio
Just an observation that Costco expands in Blue...

Just an observation that Costco expands in Blue States and Walmart in Red, I think I was pretty neutral (for me that is). But thanks for making me feel bad that we don't home school ;-p
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 03-18-2014
Replies: 58
Views: 7,157
Posted By Frank Petronio
It's a major Obama donor version of the Walmart...

It's a major Obama donor version of the Walmart discount all-in-one bulk-buying stores, mostly located in higher income suburban regions of the USA. It's known for paying its employees living wages...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 03-18-2014
Replies: 58
Views: 7,157
Posted By Frank Petronio
Sell all the film junk and get a nice digital....

Sell all the film junk and get a nice digital. Isn't it about making photographs more than adhering to some rigid idealized dogma?
Forum: Photo Software 03-18-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1,585
Posted By Frank Petronio
I went back to Bridge and Photoshop after giving...

I went back to Bridge and Photoshop after giving LR a year. Never liked the catalog model.

I am old school however, I delete most of my files and only keep the best so I never have to manage too...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-18-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 1,069
Posted By Frank Petronio
I'd worry more about your spell checker than some...

I'd worry more about your spell checker than some fruity old Leicas....
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 03-18-2014
Replies: 65
Views: 19,464
Posted By Frank Petronio
I want an R2D2 myself

I want an R2D2 myself
Forum: Digital M Reported Problems - all Models 03-17-2014
Replies: 38
Views: 8,749
Posted By Frank Petronio
It seems expensive but the cameras are expensive....

It seems expensive but the cameras are expensive. Compared to a D800 or 5d3 I bet a lot of those are "totaled" when it comes to repairs because $2000 is as much as the camera is worth. Thomas Hogan...
Forum: Digital Compacts 03-17-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 1,588
Posted By Frank Petronio
I wouldn't pay much for a GRD1 nowadays but they...

I wouldn't pay much for a GRD1 nowadays but they do make very film like files.

Here's a caution from Tokyo Camera Style...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 03-17-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,450
Posted By Frank Petronio
I always wanted a Gowlandflex and even spoke on...

I always wanted a Gowlandflex and even spoke on the phone to Peter a few times before he died. Cool cameras. But in practice I fear they aren't nearly as spontaneous as hoped. In fact all my...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 03-17-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,450
Posted By Frank Petronio
Back when it first came out I bought the entire...

Back when it first came out I bought the entire Mamiya 6 system and dedicated one of the bodies to a NPC ProBack for Polaroids. I thought I was valued for my vision and spontaneity (rangefinder Leica...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 03-17-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,450
Posted By Frank Petronio
Chronological Lists of Cameras

A chronological list of cameras since childhood many years ago:

http://frankinstan.tumblr.com/post/66224153819/chronological-list-of-cameras-that-ive-owned

I know that I am nowhere near the worst...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 03-17-2014
Replies: 65
Views: 19,464
Posted By Frank Petronio
Don't call me promiscuous...

Don't call me promiscuous ;-p

http://frankinstan.tumblr.com/post/66224153819/chronological-list-of-cameras-that-ive-owned
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 03-17-2014
Replies: 65
Views: 19,464
Posted By Frank Petronio
Geez I thought they died off years ago. If it was...

Geez I thought they died off years ago. If it was such a great camera then how come ya'all got Fujis?
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-16-2014
Replies: 37
Views: 4,574
Posted By Frank Petronio
Fuji Klasse impressed me as a solid, rugged yet...

Fuji Klasse impressed me as a solid, rugged yet quality camera. I am a big fan of the Stylus but you lose control over slide film exposure. Of course using slide film is odd anyway but have fun.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-14-2014
Replies: 61
Views: 8,302
Posted By Frank Petronio
It's bizarre how the camera companies market and...

It's bizarre how the camera companies market and develop products. I mostly know the Nikon line-up and they completely baffle me. They have good cameras with a superior sensors in their DX cameras...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-14-2014
Replies: 61
Views: 8,302
Posted By Frank Petronio
I'm not so sure they are built that well anymore...

I'm not so sure they are built that well anymore though, and going forward as they use more integrated parts they'll be less repairable. For example, good old Thom lists out the weaknesses in current...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-13-2014
Replies: 61
Views: 8,302
Posted By Frank Petronio
I'm not saying a D800 file isn't superior to an...

I'm not saying a D800 file isn't superior to an old DCS 620 file, or that a print or poster from each would look as nice. But you'd be surprised how nice some of the old camera files upsized....
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-13-2014
Replies: 61
Views: 8,302
Posted By Frank Petronio
The Kodak DCS 620 was fine for 24x30 posters back...

The Kodak DCS 620 was fine for 24x30 posters back in the day, the rest has been marketing.

Seriously, we did United Way posters that large from 620 files. Working as a designer/art director, I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-13-2014
Replies: 88
Views: 9,388
Posted By Frank Petronio
Oh Lens & Repro... now that was a real camera...

Oh Lens & Repro... now that was a real camera store!

I remember I bought a Leica R4s there, put a roll of film in it and went on my way. It died within a block so I just circled back and returned...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-13-2014
Replies: 88
Views: 9,388
Posted By Frank Petronio
They were an international business with...

They were an international business with storefronts throughout major cities in North America and Europe.... they rebranded many products, had a large rental business... hardly a Mom and Pop...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-13-2014
Replies: 88
Views: 9,388
Posted By Frank Petronio
Not only that but they didn't give their...

Not only that but they didn't give their employees any notice at all.

I used to buy all my professional gear from Calumet in the 80s but their customer service got worse over time, their website...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 03-13-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 4,643
Posted By Frank Petronio
Funny how Photo 24 shows all the press...

Funny how Photo 24 shows all the press photographers pretty much all using Rochester, New York-made 4x5 Crown Graphics. I've never heard of or seen a Japanese-made equivalent press camera, at least...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 03-12-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 963
Posted By Frank Petronio
For the USA you automatically have the copyright...

For the USA you automatically have the copyright but ideally you register the copyright in order to protect and enforce your rights. Go here: http://www.copyright.gov/eco/ you can do pictures in bulk.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-12-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1,813
Posted By Frank Petronio
Aww thanks for your concern fellas

Aww thanks for your concern fellas
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-12-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1,813
Posted By Frank Petronio
I saw in the first thread that most people made...

I saw in the first thread that most people made the "all monitors are different" compliant while overlooking that vast differences in how and where people view prints. Not to mention the overwhelming...
Forum: Fuji X Series 03-12-2014
Replies: 48
Views: 5,529
Posted By Frank Petronio
Actually I think I will, two bodies with the 23...

Actually I think I will, two bodies with the 23 and 56 and done. By then the AF tracking should be decent (and my other digital cameras pretty boring).

4x5 and digital is a nice combo.
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 03-12-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 1,207
Posted By Frank Petronio
This, the 23, and two XPro-2 bodies next season...

This, the 23, and two XPro-2 bodies next season ;-p
Forum: Fuji X Series 03-12-2014
Replies: 48
Views: 5,529
Posted By Frank Petronio
XPro-2 announced next week ;-)

XPro-2 announced next week ;-)
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-11-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 2,233
Posted By Frank Petronio
I think the problem is that even with the fairly...

I think the problem is that even with the fairly careful comparison that Tim Parkin did with the 180 back versus 8x10 is that there are just too many variables. The 8x10 tripod was wimpy, wind,...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 03-11-2014
Replies: 47
Views: 4,181
Posted By Frank Petronio
I found that my colostomy bag was a great...

I found that my colostomy bag was a great conversation starter, it really relaxes (or terrifies) my portrait subjects depending on the mood I am trying to capture.

But otherwise navel gazing and...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-11-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 2,233
Posted By Frank Petronio
Sorry, I will provide links from a simple search...

Sorry, I will provide links from a simple search for your convenience. First, you can download some raw S2 files to compare to whatever else you care to and judge for...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-11-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 2,233
Posted By Frank Petronio
All this shows is how pointless DxO comparisons...

All this shows is how pointless DxO comparisons are, they are hugely flawed and not relevant to practical usage.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-10-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 910
Posted By Frank Petronio
Every lab and framer will do things slightly...

Every lab and framer will do things slightly different so you need to check and verify. A lot of ready made frames have smaller than stated image windows.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 03-10-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,328
Posted By Frank Petronio
Epson v700 then... Comes with scanning app, but...

Epson v700 then... Comes with scanning app, but you will want Adobe Photoshop for cleaning the scans up and editing. I suppose Lightroom would work in a pinch.
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 03-10-2014
Replies: 47
Views: 4,661
Posted By Frank Petronio
The Pany 14 feels like a toy with zero feedback...

The Pany 14 feels like a toy with zero feedback for manual focusing. At least the GR can be set to snap focus.
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 03-09-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 7,143
Posted By Frank Petronio
The thing that strikes me from all of the "What...

The thing that strikes me from all of the "What camera to save weight for travel?" questions is that the camera hardly matters.... It's the 3-5 lenses that insist on being carried. To get lighter,...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 03-09-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 4,112
Posted By Frank Petronio
At infinity, stopped down, the Mamiya 150 should...

At infinity, stopped down, the Mamiya 150 should be flawless, so if that's all you shoot then no worries, it has a focusing scale with the infinity mark.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 03-09-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 4,112
Posted By Frank Petronio
I had the 150 on the Mamiya 6. Waste of money....

I had the 150 on the Mamiya 6. Waste of money. The Fujis are worth the weight and bulk IMHO, they are much more rugged cameras.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 03-09-2014
Replies: 49
Views: 26,901
Posted By Frank Petronio
The older Imacons are still very good but require...

The older Imacons are still very good but require an SCSI connection that your more modern computer will not have. You will need to research which model is being sold and what software it requires...
Forum: Travel 03-08-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 2,885
Posted By Frank Petronio
It's a forum for film rangefinder users, go...

It's a forum for film rangefinder users, go figure ;-p
Forum: RFF Polls 03-08-2014
Replies: 58
Views: 6,396
Posted By Frank Petronio
I get told not to F-Stop when I hit the G-Spot.

I get told not to F-Stop when I hit the G-Spot.
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 03-07-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 5,950
Posted By Frank Petronio
I've never seen a "nice" looking first version...

I've never seen a "nice" looking first version Veriwide (the compact one) as the chrome is nasty. But worse, the film transport and release are flimsy/funky. I've owned two, I would be afraid of...
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 03-07-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 5,950
Posted By Frank Petronio
I've used the Fuji and Linhof 6x17s... The Linhof...

I've used the Fuji and Linhof 6x17s... The Linhof kept the film flatter and therefor was sharper. The Linhof is also very expensive but you get what you pay for. Loading the film is a bit trickier...
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 03-06-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 5,950
Posted By Frank Petronio
I have owned the excellent Noblex 612UX twice...

I have owned the excellent Noblex 612UX twice now, plus a more basic 612 Noblex, and they are a hoot. It's a real challenge to make interesting wide angle photos.

What I like about the rotating...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 03-06-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 1,016
Posted By Frank Petronio
Typically you scan at the highest optical...

Typically you scan at the highest optical resolution of the scanner and save that as your master file. Then you generate down-sized samples for individual uses. Even if you want smaller files for...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-06-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 720
Posted By Frank Petronio
Getty Images allows free embedding

The lowlifes at Getty Images have done photographers yet another huge disservice by allowing free image embedding. This will now become the norm, further eroding individual photographer's...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 03-05-2014
Replies: 67
Views: 5,885
Posted By Frank Petronio
Because you're insecure and kind of irritating?...

Because you're insecure and kind of irritating? Personality counts for a lot. We're just not compatible, you can have the cat.
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 03-05-2014
Replies: 67
Views: 5,885
Posted By Frank Petronio
So far... - Nobody has claimed that monitors are...

So far...

- Nobody has claimed that monitors are worse than prints, at least in terms of range and color.

- Nobody has offered anything constructive about preparing images for online viewing beyond...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 03-05-2014
Replies: 67
Views: 5,885
Posted By Frank Petronio
Viewing prints seems at least as problematic as...

Viewing prints seems at least as problematic as online images... for example, when I visited the Weston Gallery in Carmel I saw a vintage Edward Weston 8x10 contact in full sunlight and it was...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 03-05-2014
Replies: 67
Views: 5,885
Posted By Frank Petronio
Monitors are Superior to Prints

Ironic that there is so much discussion about printing photos on paper but hardly a word about how to best present photos online, on screen. Especially since a quality display will project a far...
Forum: Photo Software 03-05-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 1,458
Posted By Frank Petronio
All I did was explain this in detail. Your...

All I did was explain this in detail.

Your differences have nothing to do with flattening/layers.

Jpgs online will always look different than what you see in Photoshop. You can minimize but it is...
Forum: Photo Software 03-05-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 1,458
Posted By Frank Petronio
This happens to everybody when they go from a...

This happens to everybody when they go from a nice, color-profile aware application like Photoshop (PSD, TIF, or profile-attached jpg) to a web browser or application that doesn't recognize profiles....
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-03-2014
Replies: 48
Views: 6,504
Posted By Frank Petronio
Agreed If Apple were to do a serious iCamera...

Agreed

If Apple were to do a serious iCamera with larger sensors (maybe even multiple sensors), apps and connectivity.... sell it for $500 or even $1000.... nearly everyone on this forum would end...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 03-03-2014
Replies: 67
Views: 8,670
Posted By Frank Petronio
It's the lenses and accessories that do me in, I...

It's the lenses and accessories that do me in, I much prefer being a one body per lens kind of guy.

I use a little Panasonic GX1 with the 20mm in the Winter because it fits into a jacket pocket and...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 03-03-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 2,280
Posted By Frank Petronio
Moderate flare is part of the charm isn't it? If...

Moderate flare is part of the charm isn't it? If you wanted ultimate image quality you'd use something else....
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 03-03-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 1,994
Posted By Frank Petronio
Welcome! Yes for some reason I never needed to...

Welcome!

Yes for some reason I never needed to have Leica equipment until I started frequenting this forum several years ago. The more you hang around, the more you buy, if only because you think...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 03-01-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 1,112
Posted By Frank Petronio
http://www.photoshelter.com not a recommendation,...

http://www.photoshelter.com not a recommendation, just another possibility... always thought the smug/zen stuff was amateurish.
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 03-01-2014
Replies: 73
Views: 15,345
Posted By Frank Petronio
If Samsung hired a few internet blowhards to...

If Samsung hired a few internet blowhards to "review" their cameras and paid Amazon to market them then they'd have a winner without any product changes. That's the way it is with digital cameras,...
Forum: Nikon RF 03-01-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 1,036
Posted By Frank Petronio
You mean the medium format Leica S2, right?

You mean the medium format Leica S2, right?
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 03-01-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 2,861
Posted By Frank Petronio
I think the R1900 is dye versus the more archival...

I think the R1900 is dye versus the more archival pigment printers like the 2880, 3000, 2880, etc.

Besides one that has sat for two years may well be plugged for eternity. Or not. It's hard to know...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-28-2014
Replies: 77
Views: 7,425
Posted By Frank Petronio
The humble editor of "The Online Photographer"...

The humble editor of "The Online Photographer" bought such an outfit and resold it in mint unused condition a few years later. I suspect that's the fate of a lot of oddball formats... you never see a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-28-2014
Replies: 77
Views: 7,425
Posted By Frank Petronio
Ah I think a proper Alpa outfit would run more...

Ah I think a proper Alpa outfit would run more than a Linhof today... I think the basic Technika is still under $10K excluding taxes.

I'm only joking though and I hope you are too.... it would be...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-27-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 2,099
Posted By Frank Petronio
Professional film was sold by professional...

Professional film was sold by professional dealers who kept it refrigerated. Consumer film was stored at room temp at a common retail store.

Kind of a moot point now that we buy it by mail order and...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 02-27-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 1,430
Posted By Frank Petronio
Funny how the ancient peasants dress better than...

Funny how the ancient peasants dress better than the modern professionals!
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-27-2014
Replies: 77
Views: 7,425
Posted By Frank Petronio
A Linhof 4x5 Master Technika with rangefinder,...

A Linhof 4x5 Master Technika with rangefinder, zoom finder, anatomical grip, 150mm Schneider Symmar-L lens, ten Toyo film holders, Pentax digital spot meter, Silverstri tilting loupe, Harrison Pup...
Forum: Photo Software 02-27-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 4,760
Posted By Frank Petronio
So if you scan Portra 400 and use a Portra 400...

So if you scan Portra 400 and use a Portra 400 preset... ?
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 02-25-2014
Replies: 47
Views: 17,841
Posted By Frank Petronio
A long time in a camera, less in a flashlight......

A long time in a camera, less in a flashlight... 20-rolls
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-25-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 2,448
Posted By Frank Petronio
Those closely sequenced skiing photos from the...

Those closely sequenced skiing photos from the Olympics that the NY Times ran require a camera of this caliber, not only for speed but for focus tracking. Pretty amazing, would have been nearly...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 02-24-2014
Replies: 50
Views: 7,160
Posted By Frank Petronio
How big are your hands, how much do you bang your...

How big are your hands, how much do you bang your cameras around, and how much do you use fast auto-focus?

Right now the Fujis are getting all the hype... But do you really want to follow the herd?...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 02-24-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 2,872
Posted By Frank Petronio
He starts from 8x10. Gursky used 5x7, then the...

He starts from 8x10. Gursky used 5x7, then the largest Phase back. Many of the other famous big landscapists use 4x5, although there is an Italian that shoots 11x14 Portra.

You can scan your film...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 02-24-2014
Replies: 47
Views: 17,841
Posted By Frank Petronio
I think you were unlucky, I've had good luck with...

I think you were unlucky, I've had good luck with several Olympus Mju/Stylus cameras since they were made. The last couple I got were the older 35/3.5 models for under $20 on eBay and they worked...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 02-23-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 2,810
Posted By Frank Petronio
The right clip for a DF would be a 1970s wide...

The right clip for a DF would be a 1970s wide embroidered guitar strap with those metal snap links clicked directly into the triangular lugs. Although the metal on plastic connections might not hold...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-22-2014
Replies: 47
Views: 7,340
Posted By Frank Petronio
A plug for my friend Edgar Praus in Rochester,...

A plug for my friend Edgar Praus in Rochester, New York, USA, who does a full range of professional traditional lab services for pros worldwide.

http://www.4photolab.com

He processes film for...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 02-20-2014
Replies: 64
Views: 7,057
Posted By Frank Petronio
I'd sell an M8 for a 5D2. Using a smaller prime...

I'd sell an M8 for a 5D2. Using a smaller prime changes the handling/size issues....
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-20-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 2,026
Posted By Frank Petronio
In Photoshop, LR, or ACR/bridge sans plug-ins, go...

In Photoshop, LR, or ACR/bridge sans plug-ins, go to black & white conversion/color mixer controls and play with the red or green sliders to achieve a pleasing balance of grays in flesh tones. Same...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 02-14-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 4,251
Posted By Frank Petronio
I've been using my Olympus body cap lens for...

I've been using my Olympus body cap lens for skiing, where I appreciate the low profile and inexpensiveness ~ plus the snow is bright enough for f/8 even on a grey day.

Compared to the relatively...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 02-14-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 3,905
Posted By Frank Petronio
Aren't Domkes ridiculously over-priced in the UK?

Aren't Domkes ridiculously over-priced in the UK?
Forum: Off Topic 02-13-2014
Replies: 52
Views: 6,149
Posted By Frank Petronio
Beretta has been building guns since 1526. That...

Beretta has been building guns since 1526. That makes Leica look like a dot.com ;-p

The patina that gun metal and wooden stocks/grips get can be really beautiful.

It's a shame more people aren't...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 02-13-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 3,905
Posted By Frank Petronio
I used to swear by Domkes but I've bought them 3x...

I used to swear by Domkes but I've bought them 3x in the last ten years and had to return or sell them because they are so poorly sewn. The loosely woven cotton canvas fabric gets dirty and holds...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 02-13-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 4,251
Posted By Frank Petronio
I like the Oly body cap lens as long as there is...

I like the Oly body cap lens as long as there is enough light. Not Leica quality but good enough for me ;-p
Forum: Sony NEX APS-C format 02-12-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 4,610
Posted By Frank Petronio
Seems useless to the millions of consumers who...

Seems useless to the millions of consumers who prefer to mount 50-year old German lenses onto their digital cameras ;-p How could Sony be so out of touch with the marketplace?

If the AF points...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 02-10-2014
Replies: 213
Views: 25,308
Posted By Frank Petronio
Where is this confirmed as an actual product?...

Where is this confirmed as an actual product?

These look like mock-ups to me, a teaser like putting gull-wing doors on a Ford Pinto. I half expect a Helium balloon sack to deploy to assist with...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-10-2014
Replies: 13
Views: 3,610
Posted By Frank Petronio
Many photographers seem to think that a bunch of...

Many photographers seem to think that a bunch of photos somehow becomes a set (book, show, web gallery, etc.) simply because they used a consistent technique throughout. Which is a pretty weak...
Forum: Fuji X Series 02-10-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 4,437
Posted By Frank Petronio
I don't know about Fujis but Canon and Nikon...

I don't know about Fujis but Canon and Nikon allow you to assign priority to "focus-first" or "release-first".
Forum: Fuji X Series 02-10-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 4,437
Posted By Frank Petronio
Garrett - It depends what you photograph. With...

Garrett - It depends what you photograph. With the Olympics going on, sports photography is a great example. Talking with working sports photographers, they've told me that their percentage of...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-09-2014
Replies: 52
Views: 6,013
Posted By Frank Petronio
You'd want to do some research to determine where...

You'd want to do some research to determine where the $3000 price point digital back image quality intersects with a Canon/Nikon/Sony full-frame performance, factoring in your need for simplicity and...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 02-09-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 5,078
Posted By Frank Petronio
If you don't need a TLR then a 47/8 Super Angulon...

If you don't need a TLR then a 47/8 Super Angulon onto a simple box body with a Graflock back attachment is an alternative. Although it is still hard to do inexpensively... you might get lucky (or...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-09-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 3,337
Posted By Frank Petronio
Just dial it back a couple of stops and drag the...

Just dial it back a couple of stops and drag the shutter.
Forum: DIYS Modifications 02-08-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 5,078
Posted By Frank Petronio
I don't think you could make anything for less...

I don't think you could make anything for less than the cost of a better alternative.

And frankly, a hard to focus and overly precious RolleiWide isn't worth the money when you can buy a Mamiya 7 or...
Forum: Digital Compacts 02-06-2014
Replies: 53
Views: 9,440
Posted By Frank Petronio
It really depends if you dress to the left or...

It really depends if you dress to the left or right. I like a D90 with a 70-300, it always gets me attention and compliments.

Seriously though, I've had film GRs get pretty dirty from pant's...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 02-05-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 3,010
Posted By Frank Petronio
It looks like a fifty-sixty year old $40 lens to...

It looks like a fifty-sixty year old $40 lens to me, what's the problem?

A clean, late version 90/6.8 Angulon in a Linhof Compur shutter will cost over $200.

With either lens you'll need to stop...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-05-2014
Replies: 104
Views: 12,022
Posted By Frank Petronio
If you don't count the exotic models, if you had...

If you don't count the exotic models, if you had the patience you could probably buy a good example of every major Nikon film body (F, F2, F3, etc.) along with the most classic lenses for about the...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 02-05-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 1,600
Posted By Frank Petronio
http://www.frankpetronio.com/cros/fire_01062009_00...

http://www.frankpetronio.com/cros/fire_01062009_00001.jpg
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-04-2014
Replies: 3,801
Views: 318,778
Posted By Frank Petronio
A Panasonic GX1 with the metal 20/1.7 on a Domke...

A Panasonic GX1 with the metal 20/1.7 on a Domke strap so I can keep it warm under my coat. Been carrying this for several months now and don't anticipate changing for a while.
Forum: Fuji X Series 02-04-2014
Replies: 351
Views: 47,973
Posted By Frank Petronio
I used to think that increased dynamic range and...

I used to think that increased dynamic range and extended high ISOs were desirable features for my future digital cameras....

Then I realized that I've hardly ever seen a good photo done over ISO...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 02-04-2014
Replies: 58
Views: 6,249
Posted By Frank Petronio
Thanks! But to your point, the video "upgrades"...

Thanks!

But to your point, the video "upgrades" usually have nothing beneficial to Photoshop users as long as they're able to drive your monitors at their optimal resolution. And even the most...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 02-04-2014
Replies: 58
Views: 6,249
Posted By Frank Petronio
Oh, good to know. Somehow my older obsolete Mini...

Oh, good to know. Somehow my older obsolete Mini seems to work with multiple monitors and 500mb scans.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 02-03-2014
Replies: 37
Views: 4,424
Posted By Frank Petronio
Any of the name brand film scanners made since...

Any of the name brand film scanners made since 2000 will easily out perform the latest Epson flatbed. The trick is finding one in good condition with all the parts and compatibility with modern...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-03-2014
Replies: 58
Views: 9,310
Posted By Frank Petronio
Hi Sanders, I am an infrequent poster here but...

Hi Sanders,
I am an infrequent poster here but I've been doing digital B&W since the get go, at first with Iris printers and Cone materials, then the progression of Epsons. I did this professionally...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 02-03-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 5,247
Posted By Frank Petronio
It helps to chew breath mints.

It helps to chew breath mints.
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 02-02-2014
Replies: 58
Views: 6,249
Posted By Frank Petronio
A Mac Mini with a separate monitor will give you...

A Mac Mini with a separate monitor will give you more bang for the buck while also providing options if one of the components fails....

I'm on the Bridge/Photoshop CC team... I don't like image...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 01-30-2014
Replies: 61
Views: 20,173
Posted By Frank Petronio
Wow I had no idea these sorts of bags existed. In...

Wow I had no idea these sorts of bags existed. In a distant galaxy far far away I hope.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-29-2014
Replies: 52
Views: 6,013
Posted By Frank Petronio
If you think Hasselblads are cheap look at the...

If you think Hasselblads are cheap look at the prices for RB-67 gear....

Hasselblads and Mamiya SLRs, etc. made sense for pre-digital pros who needed to switch films and shoot Polaroids, do close...
Forum: Fuji X Series 01-28-2014
Replies: 351
Views: 47,973
Posted By Frank Petronio
I agree, although the grip may help. I am happy...

I agree, although the grip may help.

I am happy to see a reasonable price and faster continuous focus, this bodes well.

One thing that struck me with the Nikon DF and now this camera is that in...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 01-27-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 1,561
Posted By Frank Petronio
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1009510-REG/...

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1009510-REG/fujifilm_16404571_instax_mini_90_neo.html

The most expensive Instax mini is the Neo @ $160 but it has a tripod mount and self timer - and it...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-27-2014
Replies: 50
Views: 3,807
Posted By Frank Petronio
There isn't any digital camera that suits your...

There isn't any digital camera that suits your specifications. Simply use film. They make some pretty nice kinds of films now, and it should continue to be made longer than the lifespan of any of the...
Forum: Travel 01-24-2014
Replies: 34
Views: 5,437
Posted By Frank Petronio
I'd want to be absolutely confident with whatever...

I'd want to be absolutely confident with whatever I took and would likely opt for two similar bodies. If I took a Hasselblad, I'd take two. If I took an x100 then maybe the M9 could be the backup ;-p
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-24-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 2,092
Posted By Frank Petronio
Back in the day one would have simply cropped....

Back in the day one would have simply cropped. Which is essentially what every photographer does when they frame a shot.

AP was probably paying the poor guy zilch to be in a freaking war so he...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 01-24-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 2,690
Posted By Frank Petronio
Looks kind of sloppy to me, like a big piece of...

Looks kind of sloppy to me, like a big piece of cow - er "Bison" - gathered up into a sack and a generic camera insert stuck inside. But the straps look weak, out of proportion. It can't be light...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 01-11-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 2,870
Posted By Frank Petronio
Just note that the Canon Pixma is a dye, not...

Just note that the Canon Pixma is a dye, not pigment printer.

Between the loyalists and the lemons, it's pretty hard to judge which printer? My experience is that all the brands produce some lemons...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-11-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 1,129
Posted By Frank Petronio
If you shot in consistent studio conditions you...

If you shot in consistent studio conditions you could do a clip test, where you process only the first few inches of a roll to see how the exposures are, then judge how much to push the rest of the...
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 01-10-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 2,306
Posted By Frank Petronio
Dan's the man when it comes to Blurbing... really...

Dan's the man when it comes to Blurbing... really solid work across all his volumes.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 01-09-2014
Replies: 52
Views: 8,123
Posted By Frank Petronio
That "fifty plus years, what's the difference?"...

That "fifty plus years, what's the difference?" thing applies to a lot of other things too. Good advice on the Cords. I like them because you don't shoot as fast and you don't naturally take the...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 01-08-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 2,870
Posted By Frank Petronio
I've had inkjet printers since my Iris 18 years...

I've had inkjet printers since my Iris 18 years ago but I finally put my last (g-d) Epson on the curb three months ago and haven't looked back. I can have a quality portfolio prints made at Booksmart...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 01-08-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 1,566
Posted By Frank Petronio
Haven't manufacturers been putting EVFs in their...

Haven't manufacturers been putting EVFs in their cameras for ten years or so? I remember a few Sonys with crude ones in the mid-2000s. Not to mention all the video cameras.

Yes if the old LX series...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 01-08-2014
Replies: 52
Views: 8,123
Posted By Frank Petronio
I had a very large Hassy system but it was so...

I had a very large Hassy system but it was so expensive that I was afraid to use it, so I got a less expensive Rollei to use as a "beater" and ended up making my best photos with it.

Both brands...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-07-2014
Replies: 57
Views: 5,784
Posted By Frank Petronio
Might be helpful to post some photos of a DF next...

Might be helpful to post some photos of a DF next to a FM or F3 since the target market most likely has a Nikon film arsenal.
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 01-06-2014
Replies: 53
Views: 6,056
Posted By Frank Petronio
Have you seen the coffee can-sized petal lenshade...

Have you seen the coffee can-sized petal lenshade yet?
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-05-2014
Replies: 53
Views: 4,586
Posted By Frank Petronio
I think the DF2 would be great if they put...

I think the DF2 would be great if they put ergonomically-positioned front and rear controls dials on a functional hand-sized grip and included a proper modern auto focus system equivalent or better...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-05-2014
Replies: 51
Views: 4,840
Posted By Frank Petronio
This is like a recovering alcoholic returning to...

This is like a recovering alcoholic returning to their favorite bar to see their friends. You can't... these kind of forums are poison.

I log out and make it hard on myself to participate. I logged...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 12-23-2013
Replies: 27
Views: 3,769
Posted By Frank Petronio
No matter how hard you work, it is impossible to...

No matter how hard you work, it is impossible to please a woman, especially an older one who has never modeled but wants to look like one of the greatest models ever, in her prime.

Some things are...
Forum: Digital Compacts 12-22-2013
Replies: 1,198
Views: 249,490
Posted By Frank Petronio
FWIW Amazon dropped the price of the GR from $800...

FWIW Amazon dropped the price of the GR from $800 to $650 today.

Just to make the decision harder they also dropped the price of the Pany GX7.
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 12-22-2013
Replies: 48
Views: 6,348
Posted By Frank Petronio
First I'd decide whether your hobby is...

First I'd decide whether your hobby is photography or equipment collecting? Why would you buy expensive cameras and not know what you wanted to use?
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 12-21-2013
Replies: 9
Views: 4,995
Posted By Frank Petronio
You know I do? I just put the little camera in my...

You know I do? I just put the little camera in my pocket with the 20mm and walk a step closer or back up as needed. To heck with changing lenses, these are baby cameras and it's silly to be messing...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-21-2013
Replies: 168
Views: 18,419
Posted By Frank Petronio
The Grand Tetons on Astoria Beach

The Grand Tetons on Astoria Beach
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-20-2013
Replies: 52
Views: 8,745
Posted By Frank Petronio
Thom Hogan isn't a great photographer. I don't...

Thom Hogan isn't a great photographer. I don't think any of the photobloggers are. If they were better photographers then they would be such gearheads, would they?

However... the old blowhard has...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-20-2013
Replies: 52
Views: 8,745
Posted By Frank Petronio
That's silly because a lot of people would have...

That's silly because a lot of people would have simply bought Canon 5D2s or some other competitive camera. Or stuck with their older cameras as many of us are doing during this drought of sensible...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 12-20-2013
Replies: 70
Views: 10,197
Posted By Frank Petronio
After you looked a few dozen books and droned...

After you looked a few dozen books and droned through the hundreds of Micmojo short focus portraits of sleepy eyed women.... you have to get off your butt and go make photos yourself.

Nothing beats...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-20-2013
Replies: 52
Views: 8,745
Posted By Frank Petronio
Because they only made a few.... but they have to...

Because they only made a few.... but they have to be making a much higher margin per body at that price so it's a nice profit all the same.

As for the arguments about people being mean or not...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-20-2013
Replies: 52
Views: 8,745
Posted By Frank Petronio
Apparently they haven't made that many, it's a...

Apparently they haven't made that many, it's a pretty small run, and like one reviewer said, it is mostly parts from the existing parts bin. It probably wasn't engineered or tested to the same degree...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-19-2013
Replies: 52
Views: 8,745
Posted By Frank Petronio
They might not be getting their Christmas...

They might not be getting their Christmas Cheeseballs from the Nikon rep this year... They practically called people stupid for buying one. Yet it scored well on their point system?
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-19-2013
Replies: 54
Views: 5,384
Posted By Frank Petronio
You're welcome ;-p

You're welcome ;-p
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-19-2013
Replies: 54
Views: 5,384
Posted By Frank Petronio
I'd expect my local postal workers to be able to...

I'd expect my local postal workers to be able to take down the TSA and SWAT teams. That would make a great reality show... Federal Worker Battles
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-18-2013
Replies: 12
Views: 1,115
Posted By Frank Petronio
People make and sell them on the wet plate...

People make and sell them on the wet plate forums.

Or use a Manfrotto Magic Arm and some ingenuity.
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-18-2013
Replies: 54
Views: 5,384
Posted By Frank Petronio
My TSA agent and I have a special relationship,...

My TSA agent and I have a special relationship, if I went to a strip club it'd be at least $60 for that level of service.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 12-18-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 2,006
Posted By Frank Petronio
Getting an Epson 700 regardless of any other...

Getting an Epson 700 regardless of any other scanner you may also eventually get makes the most sense to me.

First, you can scan decent enough scans from 120 and larger film for at least online...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-18-2013
Replies: 45
Views: 6,030
Posted By Frank Petronio
It's like comparing a truck versus a sports...

It's like comparing a truck versus a sports car... Not that they were bad cameras at all but Nikon Fs and F2s have always felt crude and sloppy compared to Leica Ms. Nikon didn't really make a Leica...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-18-2013
Replies: 120
Views: 13,844
Posted By Frank Petronio
Funny how polarizing the DF has become... some...

Funny how polarizing the DF has become... some people seem to love it while many wouldn't even consider it. It will be interesting to see the sales figures and also how many used ones are for sale...
Forum: RFF Polls 12-17-2013
Replies: 122
Views: 9,039
Posted By Frank Petronio
Since you're giving them away for free from your...

Since you're giving them away for free from your house on Strawberry Lane beside Whiskey Creek, I'll take the 46x65mm please.
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 12-17-2013
Replies: 90
Views: 14,548
Posted By Frank Petronio
I much rather be using a modern APS sensor with a...

I much rather be using a modern APS sensor with a camera and lens system designed and optimized for that size sensor. Sure, it's an amazing feat of engineering for Sony to squeeze a full-frame sensor...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-17-2013
Replies: 17
Views: 3,192
Posted By Frank Petronio
Not-a-Lomo Petzval Kickstarter

So I turned on messaging in order to sell a lens and low and behold I get axed to promote a Kickstarter of all things. I loath Kickstarter... but this project does seem pretty cool and they've got...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 12-16-2013
Replies: 90
Views: 14,548
Posted By Frank Petronio
I wish companies would commit to cost-efficient,...

I wish companies would commit to cost-efficient, compact, and quite nice quality DX-APS sensors for the rest of us who don't give a flying truck about having the biggest sensor in the house. When I...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 12-16-2013
Replies: 9
Views: 1,143
Posted By Frank Petronio
Right, you need a lip to keep the plate from...

Right, you need a lip to keep the plate from rotating. The plate you have now will simply rotate and unscrew itself when the camera is tilted off level. It is not only the weight of the camera but...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 12-16-2013
Replies: 9
Views: 1,143
Posted By Frank Petronio
Maybe a longer lens plate with a "L" lip and a...

Maybe a longer lens plate with a "L" lip and a slotted screw could fit the Sinar clamp and prevent it from twisting off? That would do OK in the interim.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 12-16-2013
Replies: 9
Views: 1,143
Posted By Frank Petronio
Sinar Pan Tilt Head works as quick release ;-p it...

Sinar Pan Tilt Head works as quick release ;-p it really is worth it.

There used to be an eBay seller who made Arca plates on circular bases for the Sinar base, try searching for the keywords,...
Forum: Fuji X Series 12-16-2013
Replies: 49
Views: 3,893
Posted By Frank Petronio
Yeah back to the OP, I don't understand why "full...

Yeah back to the OP, I don't understand why "full frame" matters once you depart from DSLRs with optical finders? There are some native fast portrait lenses right around the corner for most of the...
Forum: Fuji X Series 12-16-2013
Replies: 49
Views: 3,893
Posted By Frank Petronio
If you haven't looked at the Photoshop lens blur...

If you haven't looked at the Photoshop lens blur filter lately you might be in for a shock at how sophisticated it's become... you can specify the number of aperture blades, etc. it's really quite...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-15-2013
Replies: 58
Views: 9,388
Posted By Frank Petronio
Ah I see you ripped the electronics out of your...

Ah I see you ripped the electronics out of your DF and replaced it with a sprocket mechanism... I imagine that must have been very expensive and only for experts.
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 12-15-2013
Replies: 75
Views: 6,489
Posted By Frank Petronio
It's good fun to use a Canon strap on your Nikon...

It's good fun to use a Canon strap on your Nikon or vice-versa. Nothing like using a D3s strap to hold up your Rebel Ti. Some people get really upset when you do it ;-p
Forum: Fuji X Series 12-15-2013
Replies: 49
Views: 3,893
Posted By Frank Petronio
I agree, add a little swirl and be smart about...

I agree, add a little swirl and be smart about adding noise/grain.

Heck I had a Wet Plate group puzzling how I did a mock WP shot that was simply an iPhone filter but the old coots didn't look at...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 12-15-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 1,058
Posted By Frank Petronio
Once I raised my prices and no longer sold cheap...

Once I raised my prices and no longer sold cheap prints, I found it works better not to skimp. I simply get a black archival clamshell box sized to the print, tape it sealed all the way around and...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 12-15-2013
Replies: 97
Views: 10,911
Posted By Frank Petronio
If you approach this from a results - prints on...

If you approach this from a results - prints on the wall perspective and the attitude of using the best tool for the job... once digital cameras became affordable/practical and increased their high...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-15-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 1,681
Posted By Frank Petronio
I've had 35 Summicrons and Summiluxes that I...

I've had 35 Summicrons and Summiluxes that I bought cheap, thinking I made a good deal on user lenses because I didn't care about cosmetics. Macho tough photographer attitude and all that ;-p

Both...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-14-2013
Replies: 39
Views: 3,589
Posted By Frank Petronio
I think traditional controls and auto-focus...

I think traditional controls and auto-focus hardly ever cohabited ~ the early 90s vintage Nikon F4 is the only one that comes to mind that has an auto-focus screw drive and a traditional raised...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 12-14-2013
Replies: 97
Views: 10,911
Posted By Frank Petronio
I've gone back and forth with formats over the...

I've gone back and forth with formats over the years. Using the Ilford 3200ISO film in the Fuji 6x9 cameras is very liberating because then you can shoot a large negative with an overgrown Leica...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-14-2013
Replies: 58
Views: 9,388
Posted By Frank Petronio
Seems silly to spend a lot of money on a 35mm...

Seems silly to spend a lot of money on a 35mm lens so I'd get a plain vanilla 35/2 AIS that is the same vintage (and build quality) as the camera and accept its quirks just like any other lens, while...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 12-13-2013
Replies: 6
Views: 1,300
Posted By Frank Petronio
Looking for m4/3 shoulder bag

- Nice quality, understated

- No silly messenger bag flap to get in the way

- GX1 and GH3 bodies

- 14, 20, 45, 45-150 lenses

- Full size iPad sleeve
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 12-13-2013
Replies: 180
Views: 22,670
Posted By Frank Petronio
I suspect most of the billion-plus cameras out...

I suspect most of the billion-plus cameras out there are used by "not photographers". That's a good thing, most of the digital cameras I've purchased used have only had a few hundred clicks.

I've...
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 12-12-2013
Replies: 19
Views: 3,674
Posted By Frank Petronio
Pretty much like every other decent lens, sharp...

Pretty much like every other decent lens, sharp enough for art when wide open but sharper still when stopped down. The VC has a reputation for having not as nice bokeh.

I never thought the Nikon...
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 12-12-2013
Replies: 19
Views: 3,674
Posted By Frank Petronio
Either Minolta will be a fine lens, buy based on...

Either Minolta will be a fine lens, buy based on price-condition-value, not vintage. Same with the VC 40/1.4 SC or MC, the slight difference in contrast won't matter once you adjust your printing to...
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 12-12-2013
Replies: 180
Views: 22,670
Posted By Frank Petronio
A $2000 M9 or a $1200 A7 would be at the tipping...

A $2000 M9 or a $1200 A7 would be at the tipping point but by the time their prices come down to that level, there will be similarly priced cameras from Fuji, Nikon, Canon, and maybe Panalympus (!)...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-12-2013
Replies: 37
Views: 4,042
Posted By Frank Petronio
I looked at your site and now I understand why...

I looked at your site and now I understand why they'd want you to shoot youth-hipster culture. Congrats. I doubt I'd change any equipment in midstream, wait until you get paid and use it to keep...
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 12-11-2013
Replies: 180
Views: 22,670
Posted By Frank Petronio
Geez I wouldn't buy either because they are still...

Geez I wouldn't buy either because they are still too expensive for what they do. I think you guys just dream up excuses to buy cameras....
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-11-2013
Replies: 37
Views: 4,042
Posted By Frank Petronio
Get this book and read it ASAP and it will pay...

Get this book and read it ASAP and it will pay for itself 10000x over:

http://zackarias.com/for-photographers/photo-resources/photography-qa-the-book/

(There are plenty of other good books but...
Forum: Fuji X Series 12-11-2013
Replies: 41
Views: 4,045
Posted By Frank Petronio
Side me with Margu on this as I don't see any...

Side me with Margu on this as I don't see any personal insults, only constructive criticism of Nathan's work and approach.

If we aren't judgmental then we have no judgement.

And not everything...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 12-11-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 1,643
Posted By Frank Petronio
For Sale: "Like New Minty Sony A7, lite buckshot...

For Sale: "Like New Minty Sony A7, lite buckshot marks on packaging".

Suspect the manufacturers send Chase new stuff because of the exposure, whatever commercial jock tog gets as many views?
Forum: Fuji X Series 12-11-2013
Replies: 41
Views: 4,045
Posted By Frank Petronio
Margu is making good points, they are heavily...

Margu is making good points, they are heavily processed, too much so for many people. But for a small market or the right client they're impressive and get the job done.

I can't imagine what...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-11-2013
Replies: 2
Views: 645
Posted By Frank Petronio
I like celebrity portraiture but this isn't very...

I like celebrity portraiture but this isn't very good in spite of all the good reputations. I think the publicists and committees won. The homages to Penn and Avedon are telling of how constipated...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 12-10-2013
Replies: 3
Views: 1,886
Posted By Frank Petronio
Puny LEDs... I'd buy a $39 shop light and several...

Puny LEDs... I'd buy a $39 shop light and several large white foamcore flats. Seriously, the construction lights at Home Depot/Lowes are a bargain, just create a semi-permanent set up with the light...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-10-2013
Replies: 120
Views: 13,844
Posted By Frank Petronio
Wonder what the DF's "razor" dial is? Sounds...

Wonder what the DF's "razor" dial is? Sounds comfortable ;-p
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 12-09-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 3,953
Posted By Frank Petronio
The next "scanner" will likely be a movable x-y...

The next "scanner" will likely be a movable x-y axis camera rig with stitching and orange mask removal software, a DSLR and macro lens. Several designers are working on these, I hope a reasonable...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 12-09-2013
Replies: 30
Views: 3,666
Posted By Frank Petronio
Just get a full sized camera with larger control...

Just get a full sized camera with larger control surfaces.

Seriously, it is also dark earlier in the Winter and it's dang hard to see camera controls, much less feel them. I'd start with a camera...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 12-08-2013
Replies: 15
Views: 3,953
Posted By Frank Petronio
At the price point, the 700 is the only scanner...

At the price point, the 700 is the only scanner to consider and the Better Scanning Holders do make a difference.

However you make a bigger difference by testing to find the optimal height (focus)...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-08-2013
Replies: 17
Views: 2,411
Posted By Frank Petronio
I don't know, even the fine digital Rodenstock...

I don't know, even the fine digital Rodenstock lenses are a fraction of the price of the S-series lenses... plus Leica would have to develop a replacement for the Copal shutters and that would end up...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 12-08-2013
Replies: 82
Views: 14,650
Posted By Frank Petronio
A Leica, a Fuji, and a Canikon were walking down...

A Leica, a Fuji, and a Canikon were walking down the street....

The Leica boasted that it had the best lenses but sheepishly admitted that it had to guesstimate focusing for street photography and...
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