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Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-18-2015
Replies: 95
Views: 33,016
Posted By VertovSvilova
M4 Summicron V.3 Portra...

M4 Summicron V.3 Portra 160

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Forum: RFF News 08-18-2015
Replies: 75
Views: 10,284
Posted By VertovSvilova
Thanks very much for taking the time to do this...

Thanks very much for taking the time to do this and posting it for everyone to read.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-04-2015
Replies: 25
Views: 6,109
Posted By VertovSvilova
fyi, here are a couple of iPhone snaps so you can...

fyi, here are a couple of iPhone snaps so you can see the Heliopan hood mounted on the lens (with a B+W filter mounted between the lens and hood)......
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-04-2015
Replies: 25
Views: 6,109
Posted By VertovSvilova
Yes, I had the original Leica hood (came with the...

Yes, I had the original Leica hood (came with the lens when I bought it used.) For me, it's too big and clumsy; reversing it, clipping it on/off, cap always too loose, etc.. The Heliopan is very,...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-04-2015
Replies: 25
Views: 6,109
Posted By VertovSvilova
fwiw, I use this with my 50mm Summicron V3. It...

fwiw, I use this with my 50mm Summicron V3. It keeps the lens compact (same diameter at both ends as the lens barrel) allows for a 39mm 'threaded at both ends' filter and a snap-on 39mm Leica or...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-02-2015
Replies: 26
Views: 8,489
Posted By VertovSvilova
Yes, and that's why I posted that very link in my...

Yes, and that's why I posted that very link in my earlier post above. Here's what it says (and why one needs to be sure that the item is sent via EMS/Post Service and not a private service like UPS...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-01-2015
Replies: 26
Views: 8,489
Posted By VertovSvilova
fwiw, I've purchased several lenses from Japanese...

fwiw, I've purchased several lenses from Japanese eBay sellers and every time it's been a flawless transaction. EMS to California is about 2 days with just a very short time in customs at LAX. I...
Forum: Leica Q / CL/ T / X Series 07-02-2015
Replies: 33
Views: 10,697
Posted By VertovSvilova
Um, so how does that make my original post not...

Um, so how does that make my original post not accurrate?' I said "finishing and packaging." Assemblies made in Portugal and finished in Wetzlar. Please try to read more carefully before jumping on...
Forum: Leica Q / CL/ T / X Series 07-02-2015
Replies: 33
Views: 10,697
Posted By VertovSvilova
What I posted is what I read in one of their...

What I posted is what I read in one of their press releases when they recently re-invested in their (long time) Portugal production and opened up the new 52,000 square meter factory in Vila Nova de...
Forum: Leica Q / CL/ T / X Series 07-02-2015
Replies: 33
Views: 10,697
Posted By VertovSvilova
From Leica AG's website: "Made in Germany, the...

From Leica AG's website: "Made in Germany, the high quality materials and outstanding craftsmanship guarantee maximum durability."

When a Leica camera says 'Made in Germany' then for Leica that...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-11-2015
Replies: 16
Views: 2,006
Posted By VertovSvilova
fwiw, this is how I've always done things with...

fwiw, this is how I've always done things with Don (and for the record, I've only used Don and no one else so I can't compare...)

1) I'll email that I'm sending something. He'll respond quickly to...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-11-2015
Replies: 102
Views: 22,389
Posted By VertovSvilova
This has always been my concern about him (the...

This has always been my concern about him (the self-taught bit.) He's probably fine with a minor repair and when one wants cheap and also a quick turn-around. But I've never been able to allow...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-29-2015
Replies: 88
Views: 14,048
Posted By VertovSvilova
Considering it's downtown LA and right next to...

Considering it's downtown LA and right next to the 101 freeway (and also the train yards), that background 'haze' looks very normal..... :)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-23-2015
Replies: 34
Views: 4,128
Posted By VertovSvilova
imho, Leica rangefinder cameras have never been...

imho, Leica rangefinder cameras have never been about critical framing. fwiw, I use a Nikon F3 (100% viewfinder) when it's really important to be precise.

I don't wear glasses and use the 28mm...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-05-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 2,780
Posted By VertovSvilova
fwiw, Photo Flo 600 is 'unofficially'...

fwiw, Photo Flo 600 is 'unofficially' discontinued or at the very least no longer sold to consumers via the usual vendors (B+H, Freestyle, Adorama, etc..) It was delisted by Kodak in 2009 but then...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-17-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 2,938
Posted By VertovSvilova
How is it "drastic?" fwiw, I was on a major...

How is it "drastic?"

fwiw, I was on a major motion picture set last week which was being captured on film. It was interesting to watch the camera crew and film loaders work in tandem. It was such...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-17-2015
Replies: 42
Views: 7,463
Posted By VertovSvilova
Browse the images here, from just a few days ago:...

Browse the images here, from just a few days ago: http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/money/2015/03/14/kodak-makes-film-rochester/70299168/

Film is quite alive (it never 'died') in places...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-15-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 861
Posted By VertovSvilova
The Biogon is poor only with digital color...

The Biogon is poor only with digital color (off-center color issues.) Of course with B+W digital, you won't see those color issues. With a film Leica it's an excellent and very compact lens, in both...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-05-2015
Replies: 99
Views: 11,406
Posted By VertovSvilova
As my brother (an activist lawyer who fights...

As my brother (an activist lawyer who fights unethical corporate types, polluters, and other ne'er-do-wells) says, "you need to fight fire with fire." Probably the best way to address the 'system'...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-02-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 1,491
Posted By VertovSvilova
I agree it's no joke. And it's making news here...

I agree it's no joke. And it's making news here locally not only in respect to the status of UCLA Medical Center, but also in consideration of the shear number of patient traffic it sees daily.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-02-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 1,491
Posted By VertovSvilova
Well, the LA Times is the local paper.... and...

Well, the LA Times is the local paper.... and UCLA is one of the country's biggest research hospitals and it's located in um, LA. :) And so it's not really a 'drama' piece locally. Maybe for the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-28-2015
Replies: 44
Views: 3,755
Posted By VertovSvilova
I really don't want to belabor this as it's...

I really don't want to belabor this as it's pretty basic stuff, but I would like to ask as to how you find a photograph to end up being satisfying for you as a viewer. A photograph can't speak...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-28-2015
Replies: 44
Views: 3,755
Posted By VertovSvilova
I'm sorry that you feel it's nothing but "vaguely...

I'm sorry that you feel it's nothing but "vaguely fashionable jargon." For me, it's imperative that the viewer is clear about what I'm doing and why I'm doing it (social/economic/political...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-28-2015
Replies: 44
Views: 3,755
Posted By VertovSvilova
I'm going to assume you're after me (again.)...

I'm going to assume you're after me (again.) :)

I'm not quite sure what is "elitist" about something that's pretty much a common understanding in the context of producing imagery (and also with...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-28-2015
Replies: 44
Views: 3,755
Posted By VertovSvilova
And to add to that, an author of images should...

And to add to that, an author of images should consciously use materials that help inform the work that they are attempting to produce. Both B+W and color have specific connotations as to how an...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-23-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 1,948
Posted By VertovSvilova
fwiw, I like using Don Goldberg for Leica service...

fwiw, I like using Don Goldberg for Leica service and manual lens repairs. Although I've only had 4 experiences, but going on a fifth one (just now sent him out a lens.)

It took 4 weeks for a...
Forum: RFF News 02-14-2015
Replies: 130
Views: 12,363
Posted By VertovSvilova
fwiw, this isn't really 'new' news of course. ...

fwiw, this isn't really 'new' news of course. And I agree it's not a film versus digital debate. Libraries and other institutions have been dealing with this for a long time with a variety of media....
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-14-2015
Replies: 125
Views: 14,532
Posted By VertovSvilova
Ant Farm did a residency at the same institution...

Ant Farm did a residency at the same institution where I got my MFA. Although that was 20 years before my time there. :) However they had a big impact and were an integral and important part of...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-13-2015
Replies: 125
Views: 14,532
Posted By VertovSvilova
Nam June Paik. Ant Farm. Chip Lord. Media Burn!

Nam June Paik. Ant Farm. Chip Lord. Media Burn!
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-13-2015
Replies: 125
Views: 14,532
Posted By VertovSvilova
The so-called "normal hard working family father...

The so-called "normal hard working family father or mother, the average joe" or the "millions of US-Americans who now must have two or three jobs to earn their living because of the very low wages"...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 02-12-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 2,996
Posted By VertovSvilova
Yes, Kodak still makes it. Readily available...

Yes, Kodak still makes it. Readily available even from B+H.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-12-2015
Replies: 225
Views: 22,589
Posted By VertovSvilova
And yet those jean companies are making big...

And yet those jean companies are making big profits selling tons of those jeans. :)

Just like a jean manufacturer, Leica is also a for profit company. For decades they've been doing all sorts of...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 02-12-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 2,996
Posted By VertovSvilova
fwiw, I still use 16mm film (single perf with a...

fwiw, I still use 16mm film (single perf with a super 16 gate in the camera which was modified.) But I telecine my exposed film to a hard drive. There are several smaller companies that can do an HD...
Forum: Film vs Digital 02-12-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 3,362
Posted By VertovSvilova
Just to play the devil's advocate, I wonder what...

Just to play the devil's advocate, I wonder what users of 8x10 view cameras like Ansel Adams or Nicholas Nixon might say about that :) Granted, a view camera with sheet film has other attributes...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-11-2015
Replies: 125
Views: 14,532
Posted By VertovSvilova
That's pretty much what they are. 'Phone' is...

That's pretty much what they are. 'Phone' is just a convenient word with which everyone is familiar, and because they are normally acquired through 'phone' companies via contracts. Although they...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-10-2015
Replies: 125
Views: 14,532
Posted By VertovSvilova
No, it was not meant that way at all. But as a...

No, it was not meant that way at all. But as a response to the dialogue that developed from the post that stated "I would still not want you as my financial advisor" by another person here. I agreed...
Forum: Digital Compacts 02-10-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 1,310
Posted By VertovSvilova
When folded, the height is 55mm. Extended it's...

When folded, the height is 55mm. Extended it's 81mm. The width (long side) of the frame is 80mm. The height (short side) of the frame is 60mm. The weight is 106 grams including the nylon strap...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-10-2015
Replies: 125
Views: 14,532
Posted By VertovSvilova
I think you missed the point. It's not that the...

I think you missed the point. It's not that the market hasn't dropped etc., it's about interpreting data from one source (CIPA) and making your own armchair assessment on the entire industry. I'd...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-10-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 500
Posted By VertovSvilova
In the internet age, we tend to overlook some...

In the internet age, we tend to overlook some great resources that still exist: i.e., the public library. :)

Most of those articles you're probably looking for were of course pre-internet and it's...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-10-2015
Replies: 125
Views: 14,532
Posted By VertovSvilova
I wouldn't either. :) There's a big difference...

I wouldn't either. :)

There's a big difference between distilling data from CIPA and molding it into a story that one prefers and wants to believe, versus looking at the industry with the eyes of a...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-09-2015
Replies: 38
Views: 3,853
Posted By VertovSvilova
I think it's great news in today's film...

I think it's great news in today's film manufacturing environment (and one that I have no control over.) It's the glass half full or half empty sort of thing. I'm happy to hear that film makers are...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 02-08-2015
Replies: 65
Views: 5,635
Posted By VertovSvilova
If a camera has a viewfinder, I never use the...

If a camera has a viewfinder, I never use the screen. I just keep it turned off and don't chimp either. It breaks my concentration and disrupts my flow of working. I do use the screen to set up...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 02-08-2015
Replies: 65
Views: 5,635
Posted By VertovSvilova
You do raise the whole issue of what's relative...

You do raise the whole issue of what's relative in respect to spending money. To someone without 'Edition 60 kind of cash' to spend on a camera, it seems foolish. And one will make all sorts of...
Forum: Digital Compacts 02-07-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 1,310
Posted By VertovSvilova
I keep all my photography equipment in my office...

I keep all my photography equipment in my office at school and can't give you any specific measurements until later in the week. But by memory, I think the folded depth is about 50mm tall; extended...
Forum: Digital Compacts 02-06-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 1,310
Posted By VertovSvilova
I use the Hoodman which can be folded (made of...

I use the Hoodman which can be folded (made of thick rubber.) This isn't my image but I got the idea from seeing the photo on the web a year or so ago; you can see it here in an earlier post:...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-05-2015
Replies: 125
Views: 14,532
Posted By VertovSvilova
That's unfortunate. All the shops here have...

That's unfortunate. All the shops here have offered to match B+H pricing on all soft and hard goods. Although I do buy a lot of film, plus I'm an educator and bring in a lot of student customers...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-05-2015
Replies: 125
Views: 14,532
Posted By VertovSvilova
And based on that perception, they no longer care...

And based on that perception, they no longer care about film sales and film use? Sorry, but I would have to say that is an erroneous misconception.



I've never purchased film from B+H. But I...
Forum: Digital Compacts 02-04-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 6,245
Posted By VertovSvilova
I think they both are equal in respect to the...

I think they both are equal in respect to the image quality they can produce.

I find that one advantage with the GR is the amazing customizing of the functions that are available to the user. Plus...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-04-2015
Replies: 34
Views: 2,333
Posted By VertovSvilova
I always wear a hoodie. (btw, note that...

I always wear a hoodie.

(btw, note that cinematographers will still use a matte box even though they have complete control of their lighting.)

But if one objects to size, try a step-up ring. B+W...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-04-2015
Replies: 125
Views: 14,532
Posted By VertovSvilova
I think it's irresponsible to say that Freestyle...

I think it's irresponsible to say that Freestyle "often don't really care." Freestyle has been a California icon for decades. It is one of the biggest promoters of film use and even has a separate...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 02-03-2015
Replies: 156
Views: 48,057
Posted By VertovSvilova
Ya, I think it's just simply personal...

Ya, I think it's just simply personal preferences, etc..

Just for the record, what I mean when saying "more like film" is really more like a conventional photograph and not a technical line...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-02-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 3,960
Posted By VertovSvilova
I did use the 35 pre-FLE Summilux hood for a...

I did use the 35 pre-FLE Summilux hood for a while but found that the locking ring is too close to the aperture ring and for me it became just too awkward, so I went with a B+W step up ring which is...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-02-2015
Replies: 125
Views: 14,532
Posted By VertovSvilova
What you mention here I think sheds light on part...

What you mention here I think sheds light on part of the issue. When digital first came out, people were fascinated by this new technology and started to replace their film cameras. Lots of digital...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-02-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 3,960
Posted By VertovSvilova
I'm also in the same camp. It's film only for me...

I'm also in the same camp. It's film only for me and after owning the Elmarit for a while, I went with the Summicron instead. Much nicer contrast for film. Overall it matches the 50 Summilux a lot...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 02-01-2015
Replies: 156
Views: 48,057
Posted By VertovSvilova
Yes, there's a bit less aliasing and I think that...

Yes, there's a bit less aliasing and I think that reducing SPP's sharpening helps in that respect. I think maybe it also has to do with the contrast of the light in that scene (?) I personally find...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 01-29-2015
Replies: 156
Views: 48,057
Posted By VertovSvilova
Maybe it's the contrast (?) In the past (when...

Maybe it's the contrast (?) In the past (when the Merrills first came out) the prevailing thought was to reduce sharpening from default to around -7. This seemed to reduce that 'crunchiness'...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-29-2015
Replies: 150
Views: 17,876
Posted By VertovSvilova
Should I Bother with Film?

Should I Bother with Film?
Is it worth it?

Why bother even getting out of bed? Life's a bother. :)

But seriously, if film is something that is of interest then why not. Unfortunately it seems like...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-25-2015
Replies: 35
Views: 3,112
Posted By VertovSvilova
imho, a half case takes away from functionality...

imho, a half case takes away from functionality (other than some people liking the extra grip it might give them.) With Leica film loading, a half case impedes quick film changes due to the base...
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-25-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 3,362
Posted By VertovSvilova
If the aesthetics of film isn't worth the effort...

If the aesthetics of film isn't worth the effort to you, then don't use it. And if you prefer the look of digital over film, then why use film in the first place. But if you do prefer the...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 01-23-2015
Replies: 156
Views: 48,057
Posted By VertovSvilova
Just curious but are you reducing sharpening in...

Just curious but are you reducing sharpening in SPP? The default sharpening is way too much and it seems one is much better off when being sure to reduce the default to around -7 or so. A couple of...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-22-2015
Replies: 35
Views: 3,112
Posted By VertovSvilova
+1 I don't believe the zinc can be engraved...

+1

I don't believe the zinc can be engraved properly and that's why there is no engraving on them and they are stamped instead of engraved. And if the zinc's coatings are broken through, then you...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 01-22-2015
Replies: 156
Views: 48,057
Posted By VertovSvilova
imho, one has to be really careful with...

imho, one has to be really careful with processing the Merrill files and use a 'light touch' especially with sharpening. As is evident with some of the images here, they can take on a 'crunchy' look...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-19-2015
Replies: 3
Views: 763
Posted By VertovSvilova
I've personally never seen any M4 with a 'flat...

I've personally never seen any M4 with a 'flat shoe' except for the later M4-2 and M4-P (actual hot shoes.) All the M4s I've seen/owned had cold shoes with the ridges, like the M2. Mine has the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-15-2015
Replies: 27
Views: 3,353
Posted By VertovSvilova
This sort of stuff kind of reminds me of...

This sort of stuff kind of reminds me of religious wars and the current state of world affairs.

Photographers = humans, and the arguments over the tools used by those humans = all the sectarian b.s.
Forum: RFF News 01-15-2015
Replies: 77
Views: 18,421
Posted By VertovSvilova
I'd like to believe that, too. But sensor issues...

I'd like to believe that, too. But sensor issues were happening in late 2012 and no doubt Leica started to take note of the issue. I'm certain that like any manufacturer they were making notes of...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-13-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 3,473
Posted By VertovSvilova
fwiw, I use the little Bolt which is a knock-off...

fwiw, I use the little Bolt which is a knock-off of the Metz 20-C 2. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/750877-REG/Bolt_VS_210_Mini_On_Camera.html

It has a bounce head which comes in handy a lot...
Forum: RFF News 01-11-2015
Replies: 77
Views: 18,421
Posted By VertovSvilova
Despite all the problems with Leica products and...

Despite all the problems with Leica products and QC issues, etc., I have to say that their customer service is excellent. When Carmen was there, she was always on top of things and would reply right...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-09-2015
Replies: 43
Views: 6,119
Posted By VertovSvilova
I don't quite understanding wanting to...

I don't quite understanding wanting to 'standardize' on one emulsion between two very different emulsions. Why limit your materials. I can understand 'standardizing' one of the emulsions for...
Forum: RFF News 01-06-2015
Replies: 77
Views: 18,421
Posted By VertovSvilova
That's what I'd do, too. 3500 Euro is no better...

That's what I'd do, too. 3500 Euro is no better than selling the M9 yourself and buying a M240 on your own. It's actually worse considering that a used M9 goes for around an average of $3000 USD now...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-04-2015
Replies: 41
Views: 4,993
Posted By VertovSvilova
Well, they "could be" but the reality is that...

Well, they "could be" but the reality is that they aren't. The 28mm Summicron and 50mm Summilux now sell for less used than they did a "couple of years ago."

Anyway, everyone will have their "sold...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-04-2015
Replies: 41
Views: 4,993
Posted By VertovSvilova
I agree totally. I bought a new FLE a couple of...

I agree totally. I bought a new FLE a couple of years ago when they were impossible to find (used or new.) My vendor had me on a list and did get me one, so I bought it without really thinking it...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 01-04-2015
Replies: 393
Views: 67,366
Posted By VertovSvilova
A classic non sequitur...:rolleyes::D But...

A classic non sequitur...:rolleyes::D

But nonetheless, a 'big player' in certain arenas doesn't always equate to doing it right in other segments when contracting out services (i.e., digital camera...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 01-02-2015
Replies: 393
Views: 67,366
Posted By VertovSvilova
That is now pretty much my feeling about Leica...

That is now pretty much my feeling about Leica digital, too. Unfortunately I wasn't thinking very pragmatically and bought into the whole M9 thing. Like a lot of people, I had assumed I could...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-29-2014
Replies: 75
Views: 9,579
Posted By VertovSvilova
This is so true yet it seems some people take...

This is so true yet it seems some people take such effort to deny it. Viewing audiences are interested in the content of the image. The myth is perpetuated by hobbyists and by Leica themselves. Why...
Forum: RFF News 12-28-2014
Replies: 77
Views: 18,421
Posted By VertovSvilova
Both methods of responding are simply ways of...

Both methods of responding are simply ways of coping with bad news. Either 'complaining negatively' or trying to ‘brush it off in a positive light' are different methods of dealing with an...
Forum: Digital M Reported Problems - all Models 12-28-2014
Replies: 38
Views: 26,021
Posted By VertovSvilova
My Leica M hasn't had any issues. But then...

My Leica M hasn't had any issues. But then again, it doesn't have a sensor either. :)

(The thread might be better placed in the Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M"section instead...
Forum: RFF News 12-24-2014
Replies: 291
Views: 48,756
Posted By VertovSvilova
Reminds me of that great project on the Brooklyn...

Reminds me of that great project on the Brooklyn camera and electronic 'stores' http://donwiss.com/pictures/BrooklynStores/

Story of it in the NYT here:...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 12-23-2014
Replies: 393
Views: 67,366
Posted By VertovSvilova
As others have quite correctly pointed out...

As others have quite correctly pointed out already, it's not that nobody knows how to, it's that they don't want to. What's the point with such a tiny user base.
Forum: RFF News 12-23-2014
Replies: 291
Views: 48,756
Posted By VertovSvilova
fwiw, according to my local Leica vendor these...

fwiw, according to my local Leica vendor these are cameras that were faulty when sold and returned to the vendor for a replacement. The vendor returns the camera to Leica and gets credited. That's...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 12-22-2014
Replies: 86
Views: 16,281
Posted By VertovSvilova
Better overall composition; the woman's face is...

Better overall composition; the woman's face is titled at an angle and fills the frame. Not concerned about the highlights, just looking at the content. Audiences aren't going to be concerned...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 12-22-2014
Replies: 86
Views: 16,281
Posted By VertovSvilova
I would guess that your audience picked the M-E...

I would guess that your audience picked the M-E image because it's a more compelling image in respect to its content, not because of the camera used.

This nitpicking of gear is pretty much a...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 12-22-2014
Replies: 393
Views: 67,366
Posted By VertovSvilova
One can do the same for Nikkor lenses (both...

One can do the same for Nikkor lenses (both AI/AIS and D and G lenses) and Leica lenses. Compare prices when new from both Nikon and Leica to the current used prices. e.g., on average a Summilux...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 12-21-2014
Replies: 393
Views: 67,366
Posted By VertovSvilova
I sold my D3s several weeks ago for $3100.00 (and...

I sold my D3s several weeks ago for $3100.00 (and picked up the D4s.) I used sold listings on eBay to determine fair pricing. M9 bodies are going for the same price as the D3s on average ($2900...
Forum: RFF News 12-18-2014
Replies: 291
Views: 48,756
Posted By VertovSvilova
Sorry but you're simply making that one up........

Sorry but you're simply making that one up..... ;)
(I grew up in ski country and have been skiing since I was 7.) Check any ski forum about using a DSLR for back country skiing. A lot more DSLRs out...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-18-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 2,416
Posted By VertovSvilova
Thanks for finding that. I initially looked all...

Thanks for finding that. I initially looked all over and in the correct sections and it wasn't there. And even if I backtrack from your link, it didn't show up...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-18-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 2,416
Posted By VertovSvilova
fwiw, this 'warning' is nowhere on the Nikon USA...

fwiw, this 'warning' is nowhere on the Nikon USA website, only found on the UK/Ireland Nikon website.
Forum: RFF News 12-10-2014
Replies: 291
Views: 48,756
Posted By VertovSvilova
The D600 wasn't really a sensor issue. And that...

The D600 wasn't really a sensor issue. And that sensor is still used in the D610 and now the D750. The Nikon sensors are made by Sony. Canon is the only in-house sensor, afaik. Even Leica uses...
Forum: RFF News 12-10-2014
Replies: 291
Views: 48,756
Posted By VertovSvilova
fwiw, I know that the express service is...

fwiw, I know that the express service is available at Wetzlar through Leica AG CS. But I'm not 100% sure that Leica NJ offers this. It might be worth emailing them and asking. EDIT: it appears that...
Forum: RFF News 12-10-2014
Replies: 291
Views: 48,756
Posted By VertovSvilova
Yeah, I'm not sure if 'quick' is correct. I'm...

Yeah, I'm not sure if 'quick' is correct. I'm guessing that Leica was gathering the bad sensors that were being replaced and looking at them carefully. Although that does take time to assess and...
Forum: RFF News 12-10-2014
Replies: 291
Views: 48,756
Posted By VertovSvilova
Like the Nikon D600 (profitably made in Thailand)...

Like the Nikon D600 (profitably made in Thailand) debacle? :)

I agree that Leica no doubt assessed the issue in respect to the legal ramifications. But they did react and reacted pretty quickly. ...
Forum: RFF News 12-10-2014
Replies: 291
Views: 48,756
Posted By VertovSvilova
Sorry. But I only mentioned it because it...

Sorry. But I only mentioned it because it parallels the Leica issue almost exactly and shows the difference in responses to these issues by two different companies. The M9 is older than the 2011...
Forum: Digital M Reported Problems - all Models 12-10-2014
Replies: 505
Views: 97,034
Posted By VertovSvilova
Thanks for your post. I saw it after I posted my...

Thanks for your post. I saw it after I posted my question. But it's not 100% clear to me; kind of ambiguous still about whether it's any camera despite ownership.

Here is what the new goodwill...
Forum: Digital M Reported Problems - all Models 12-10-2014
Replies: 505
Views: 97,034
Posted By VertovSvilova
That's my question, too. It's not quite clear if...

That's my question, too. It's not quite clear if this applies to all cameras out there in the wild or only to original owners. If it's for all cameras despite changes in ownership, then one could...
Forum: RFF News 12-10-2014
Replies: 291
Views: 48,756
Posted By VertovSvilova
I felt that Leica would likely be doing this...

I felt that Leica would likely be doing this based on their past response to issues. Tim Cook and Apple need to take heed. They still won't acknowledge that all 2011 MacBook Pros are ticking time...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 12-08-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 3,598
Posted By VertovSvilova
I do the same. But I'm also super critical with...

I do the same. But I'm also super critical with my light (which to me is what photography means), and only photograph in what I call the 'right light' :) And in nice bright, yet diffuse light the...
Forum: Digital M Reported Problems - all Models 12-06-2014
Replies: 505
Views: 97,034
Posted By VertovSvilova
Okay, it might make you feel better about...

Okay, it might make you feel better about yourself that you will never be influenced by anything outside of exercising your own free will. But I guess that I'm not one that believes that the tears...
Forum: Digital M Reported Problems - all Models 12-06-2014
Replies: 505
Views: 97,034
Posted By VertovSvilova
Well, to be clear you're just now saying the same...

Well, to be clear you're just now saying the same thing you said before. And you are implying a kind of 'stupidity' in a particular area, i.e., one's purchasing decisions. You're blaming a consumer...
Forum: Digital M Reported Problems - all Models 12-06-2014
Replies: 505
Views: 97,034
Posted By VertovSvilova
You might want to step out of your own clothes...

You might want to step out of your own clothes for a minute and think about what you have said. You and I know what getting into Leica is about. I sold my M9 early on just before the M240 was...
Forum: Digital M Reported Problems - all Models 12-06-2014
Replies: 505
Views: 97,034
Posted By VertovSvilova
Gus is a classic camera repair tech (TLC Camera...

Gus is a classic camera repair tech (TLC Camera Repair) but the only comments I've seen by him concerning digital M9 sensors is on photo.net where he posts often: ...
Forum: Digital M Reported Problems - all Models 12-05-2014
Replies: 505
Views: 97,034
Posted By VertovSvilova
fwiw, while Gus may be a good Leica tech, I don't...

fwiw, while Gus may be a good Leica tech, I don't think he's in the loop of current Leica operations. The official post by Leica (on the LUF forum) stated unequivocally that the sensor will be...
Forum: Digital M Reported Problems - all Models 12-05-2014
Replies: 505
Views: 97,034
Posted By VertovSvilova
This isn't about maintenance and service. It's...

This isn't about maintenance and service. It's about a failing component due to human error. Log on to any Porsche, BMW, or Mercedes forum and read that while everyone clearly understands and...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 12-05-2014
Replies: 201
Views: 17,273
Posted By VertovSvilova
I'm new here and don't know the person, but it's...

I'm new here and don't know the person, but it's always great to hear that although someone's had a health scare, they are now on the road to recovery.
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 12-05-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 3,598
Posted By VertovSvilova
I use the DP3 with a kind of 'view camera'...

I use the DP3 with a kind of 'view camera' mentality (and I still use a 4x5 view camera :)) It's the same slow and calculated operation, and viewing the subject matter off of a screen. I don't...
Forum: Digital M Reported Problems - all Models 12-05-2014
Replies: 505
Views: 97,034
Posted By VertovSvilova
Obsolete performance? I'm curious as to where...

Obsolete performance?

I'm curious as to where the actual photograph itself is positioned in such a world. There's way too much emphasis on the devices themselves and how easily and so perfectly...
Forum: Digital M Reported Problems - all Models 12-04-2014
Replies: 505
Views: 97,034
Posted By VertovSvilova
Nikon did offer a free shutter replacement...

Nikon did offer a free shutter replacement service and also free sensor cleaning for life even if you're not the original owner. Those who signed up for the class action suit all got free D610...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 12-02-2014
Replies: 196
Views: 55,422
Posted By VertovSvilova
My Zeiss ZM lens developed the 'wobble'...

My Zeiss ZM lens developed the 'wobble' relatively quickly. After getting it fixed (and ending up selling it), I was looking for any comments about Zeiss build quality and came across this thread in...
Forum: Digital M Reported Problems - all Models 11-27-2014
Replies: 505
Views: 97,034
Posted By VertovSvilova
+1 And nobody is expecting "free handouts" from...

+1

And nobody is expecting "free handouts" from Leica. Save that for the right-wing Fox News editorials. :rolleyes:
Forum: Digital M Reported Problems - all Models 11-27-2014
Replies: 505
Views: 97,034
Posted By VertovSvilova
While it's understood that certain products will...

While it's understood that certain products will need servicing and can wear out, a product defect is a completely different matter. When you bought those products, it was already understood by you...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-27-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 1,535
Posted By VertovSvilova
You can get them new from any Leica dealer (e.g.,...

You can get them new from any Leica dealer (e.g., Tony Rose at Popflash has both versions in stock.) It's a good idea to carry an extra one (or at least have one around) since they can come...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-26-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 2,264
Posted By VertovSvilova
Congratulations! Put it to good use and enjoy...

Congratulations! Put it to good use and enjoy every minute of it.
Forum: Digital M Reported Problems - all Models 11-26-2014
Replies: 505
Views: 97,034
Posted By VertovSvilova
I agree that there's good info there and plenty...

I agree that there's good info there and plenty of healthy criticism. Maybe Sumolux didn't read through the thread very carefully. Hey, we all know it's part of human nature to promote the product...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-25-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 2,823
Posted By VertovSvilova
fwiw, I have both the 28 2.8 and the 28 2.0....

fwiw, I have both the 28 2.8 and the 28 2.0.

The 2.8 is excellent at close to mid distances. The 2.0 is much better at long to infinity. If you do candid type close up stuff, the 2.8 is a very...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-24-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 2,834
Posted By VertovSvilova
:D I agree, that's pretty ugly :eek: (even...

:D

I agree, that's pretty ugly :eek: (even though I like chocolate chip cookies.)

I don't quite get the "wealthy country squire" look that people seem to want to have associated with their Leicas....
Forum: Digital M Reported Problems - all Models 11-24-2014
Replies: 505
Views: 97,034
Posted By VertovSvilova
Nikon specifically says to use a blower for...

Nikon specifically says to use a blower for cleaning the sensor of their cameras. It's in the user's manual (e.g., starting on page 394 of the D800 manual under the section "Cleaning." There are...
Forum: Digital M Reported Problems - all Models 11-24-2014
Replies: 505
Views: 97,034
Posted By VertovSvilova
I agree. Leica could probably use some lessons...

I agree. Leica could probably use some lessons in 'sensible' marketing and press statements. imho, it seems that there's often way too much mythology entangled in their ad copy and not enough...
Forum: Digital M Reported Problems - all Models 11-24-2014
Replies: 505
Views: 97,034
Posted By VertovSvilova
Unfortunately for manufacturers, any reaction by...

Unfortunately for manufacturers, any reaction by consumers doesn't have to be correct to cause damage. It's what manufacturers fear most when something does go wrong; i.e., how will the consumer...
Forum: Film vs Digital 11-20-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 3,289
Posted By VertovSvilova
Modern digital cameras can be as complex or as...

Modern digital cameras can be as complex or as easy to use as the user's attitude towards them makes them out to be..... ;)
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-14-2014
Replies: 54
Views: 5,918
Posted By VertovSvilova
There's no reason to be so defeatist. People...

There's no reason to be so defeatist. People file claims and return items all the time. Just follow the links (as posted above) or at the very bottom of the eBay page and click on "contact us."...
Forum: Film vs Digital 11-12-2014
Replies: 280
Views: 32,922
Posted By VertovSvilova
Never said "said." :) Only "imply" and "hint."...

Never said "said." :) Only "imply" and "hint." But yes, you're quite right that it was not expressed very well by me. I didn't mean to say that anyone was suggesting that the decline is only...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-12-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 2,012
Posted By VertovSvilova
If you re-think your film workflow as others have...

If you re-think your film workflow as others have suggested, you might think more about keeping the M7. If you can squeeze in the funds then pick up a used Fuji or other APS-C camera to use...
Forum: Film vs Digital 11-11-2014
Replies: 280
Views: 32,922
Posted By VertovSvilova
You're correct. And HHPhoto isn't quite...

You're correct. And HHPhoto isn't quite comprehending the quoted statements he posted: "Film is our roots, and will remain our roots". We are coming from the film business, and we are a film...
Forum: Film vs Digital 11-09-2014
Replies: 280
Views: 32,922
Posted By VertovSvilova
I read the whole report and came away with the...

I read the whole report and came away with the same summary. Their Imaging Solutions sector is now at 15% of their income, down from 54% in 2001. That sector did see income growth in 2014 with...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-09-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 1,228
Posted By VertovSvilova
Don't forget..... you were young once, too.

Don't forget..... you were young once, too.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-09-2014
Replies: 54
Views: 5,918
Posted By VertovSvilova
Why do you feel you have a paperweight? Just...

Why do you feel you have a paperweight? Just file a claim with eBay and Paypal (now that you've politely contacted the seller and they aren't going to accept a return; you've done your part.) ...
Forum: Sony RX Series 11-08-2014
Replies: 77
Views: 10,170
Posted By VertovSvilova
It's always fun to read these sorts of threads....

It's always fun to read these sorts of threads. Everyone will recommend either what they own or what they personally prefer and defend it to the death. :) That's understandable, it's human nature (I...
Forum: Film vs Digital 11-08-2014
Replies: 280
Views: 32,922
Posted By VertovSvilova
I have no problem in Los Angeles getting...

I have no problem in Los Angeles getting excellent film processing, drum scanning, printing (all types), etc.. Prices have gone up a bit over the years but no more than anything else. The only big...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-05-2014
Replies: 134
Views: 17,066
Posted By VertovSvilova
If people would concentrate on the actual images...

If people would concentrate on the actual images they are making, the world would be a better place. :)

imho, there's way too much attention going on with the camera themselves; I'm seeing a lot of...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-04-2014
Replies: 134
Views: 17,066
Posted By VertovSvilova
I have to admit, and with the 'all mechanical...

I have to admit, and with the 'all mechanical nostalgia' set aside, the F6 is one of the most functional and ergonomic film cameras I've ever used. And yes, you can use it like a mechanical camera...
Forum: Film vs Digital 11-03-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 2,056
Posted By VertovSvilova
This article has absolutely nothing to do with...

This article has absolutely nothing to do with film. It's about the issues the author has with currently available tools used to make digital images.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-30-2014
Replies: 102
Views: 22,389
Posted By VertovSvilova
fwiw, this "oil oozing out of the camera" and...

fwiw, this "oil oozing out of the camera" and other concerns with Youxin Ye are from a 6 year-old thread..... I'm sure that he has long ago left behind those unfortunate issues and has since become...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-26-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 1,561
Posted By VertovSvilova
For some I think it's peace of mind that you...

For some I think it's peace of mind that you might be reducing the odds of failure in the field when using a second hand camera that has an unfamiliar service history. It's probably the same kind of...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-25-2014
Replies: 252
Views: 26,107
Posted By VertovSvilova
I also feel the same way. And I have no issues...

I also feel the same way. And I have no issues with focusing with my D800E or D3s either, and also felt there was no real difference with the Df. And in fact, I tend to like focusing with the DSLRs...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-25-2014
Replies: 252
Views: 26,107
Posted By VertovSvilova
I have the F3HP and compared the two when I...

I have the F3HP and compared the two when I rented the Df (I had one on order when they were first announced but rented one to be certain about it; but it turned out not to be the perfect fit for me...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-22-2014
Replies: 252
Views: 26,107
Posted By VertovSvilova
Got it, thanks for explaining. I was still...

Got it, thanks for explaining. I was still responding to the issue at the top of the thread where there was the suggestion of leaving the camera in AF mode for manual focusing rather than M mode...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-22-2014
Replies: 252
Views: 26,107
Posted By VertovSvilova
If I take my own personal biases and preferences...

If I take my own personal biases and preferences out of the equation, then I can at least try to understand why. What about those who like the more 'analog' style and approach of the Df (which some...
Forum: Film vs Digital 10-22-2014
Replies: 280
Views: 32,922
Posted By VertovSvilova
Did anybody actually read the article the OP...

Did anybody actually read the article the OP linked? It's not about the declining sales of digital cameras. That's old news and has been publicized for quite a while now. The figures that the OP...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-22-2014
Replies: 252
Views: 26,107
Posted By VertovSvilova
The person who designed DotTune (an autofocus...

The person who designed DotTune (an autofocus tuning method) mentions this as a phenomenon with Nikon cameras only. See the YouTube video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zE50jCUPhM and note...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-21-2014
Replies: 252
Views: 26,107
Posted By VertovSvilova
That's incorrect. All the setting numbers also...

That's incorrect. All the setting numbers also appear in the VIEWFINDER. You never have to remove your eye from the finder for all the 'essentials.' It's exactly like the film F5 and F6 paradigm...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 10-21-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 1,790
Posted By VertovSvilova
I agree with what KM-25 says. The APO lenses are...

I agree with what KM-25 says. The APO lenses are designed for color and that's where the difference will be noticed. With B+W the Nikkor will be equally as good. And what KM-25 mentions about...
Forum: RFF Polls 10-21-2014
Replies: 101
Views: 11,694
Posted By VertovSvilova
Because of this thread, I got motivated to take...

Because of this thread, I got motivated to take an inventory of what I've got in a small dedicated film freezer. I organized everything by flavor, size, and expiration date. It's so much better to...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-19-2014
Replies: 252
Views: 26,107
Posted By VertovSvilova
I really don't mean to belabor things or sound at...

I really don't mean to belabor things or sound at all negative about the controls of the Df, but I think that this is a general misconception. One does NOT have to navigate the menu on any Nikon DSLR...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-18-2014
Replies: 211
Views: 18,099
Posted By VertovSvilova
fwiw, I spent three years in grad school with...

fwiw, I spent three years in grad school with only one lens and one camera. Several exhibitions (some with international reviews), one museum acquisition, and a gallery representation. The only...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-18-2014
Replies: 37
Views: 5,536
Posted By VertovSvilova
I'm impressed as to how many commercial and...

I'm impressed as to how many commercial and wedding photographers are using film these days (Google: film+ wedding+photographers.) In Los Angeles alone there are labs who cater specifically to...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-18-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,385
Posted By VertovSvilova
I think it's because your camera knew that those...

I think it's because your camera knew that those moments weren't decisive enough.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 10-18-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 3,646
Posted By VertovSvilova
It's not a "new age of misbehavior."...

It's not a "new age of misbehavior." Appropriation in society has been going for millennia, whether it's a direct copy or an 'interpretation.' I just think that it's easier and quicker to accomplish...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-18-2014
Replies: 252
Views: 26,107
Posted By VertovSvilova
What does "pure photography" actually mean? One...

What does "pure photography" actually mean? One could argue that "pure photography" predates anything digital. Or predates celluloid. Or predates shutters and certainly any handheld devices.

In...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-16-2014
Replies: 252
Views: 26,107
Posted By VertovSvilova
:eek: :eek:

:eek: :eek:
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-16-2014
Replies: 47
Views: 6,097
Posted By VertovSvilova
While I'd certainly like to have a new M-A (but...

While I'd certainly like to have a new M-A (but can't really spend the money for it), my concern is about the current assembly processes and quality control at Leica. Things aren't the same as they...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 10-10-2014
Replies: 69
Views: 8,327
Posted By VertovSvilova
fwiw, the first section of this article talks a...

fwiw, the first section of this article talks a bit about that phenomenon: http://leicaphilia.com/why-a-mechanical-film-camera-in-a-digital-age/
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 10-10-2014
Replies: 69
Views: 8,327
Posted By VertovSvilova
As we know, E-6 film and digital capture have...

As we know, E-6 film and digital capture have similar demands with exposure yet many of us have been using E-6 film successfully for decades. Bracketing was often employed when using transparency...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 10-09-2014
Replies: 69
Views: 8,327
Posted By VertovSvilova
+1 And there are other manufacturers who have...

+1

And there are other manufacturers who have also done this kind of thing for publicity, too (think of VW and the Bugatti Veyron; that wasn't a for-profit exercise at all.)
Forum: RFF News 10-09-2014
Replies: 50
Views: 13,224
Posted By VertovSvilova
Once eBay and PayPal go through with their...

Once eBay and PayPal go through with their divorce, then maybe eBay will be open to other forms of payment like they were in the past. The eBay+PayPal requirement was mainly because they were the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-06-2014
Replies: 252
Views: 26,107
Posted By VertovSvilova
This mirrors my feelings (see my post above.) ...

This mirrors my feelings (see my post above.) And I'm glad I rented one first, too. I had also anticipated a much better attempt at this by Nikon. In the end it feels like the camera was designed...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-06-2014
Replies: 252
Views: 26,107
Posted By VertovSvilova
fwiw, I rented one to find out if it was...

fwiw, I rented one to find out if it was something I'd want to own. The D4 sensor is stellar. But the ergonomics of the Df didn't work for me. It's not shaped to where it's comfortable to carry...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-01-2014
Replies: 173
Views: 18,110
Posted By VertovSvilova
There are 6 coffee shops and 4 bakeries in my...

There are 6 coffee shops and 4 bakeries in my neighborhood. The third Japanese restaurant will be opening soon. No one is complaining. I think that most people prefer choice over single...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-01-2014
Replies: 173
Views: 18,110
Posted By VertovSvilova
I understand that the local government has...

I understand that the local government has already put in quite a lot of money for this which shows that they see it as an economic boost to the region. I think what you bring up about jobs and the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-01-2014
Replies: 173
Views: 18,110
Posted By VertovSvilova
I think it's probably important to understand why...

I think it's probably important to understand why they are even doing this Kickstarter project. They were content on just using the smaller R+D film coating machine and everything was in place for...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-28-2014
Replies: 32
Views: 2,354
Posted By VertovSvilova
You wonder how all those great photographers made...

You wonder how all those great photographers made all those great images in the past. It must have been such a struggle.....
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 09-27-2014
Replies: 94
Views: 13,307
Posted By VertovSvilova
Yeah, I don't understand where this $100 cap...

Yeah, I don't understand where this $100 cap comes from. :confused: eBay charges 10% of the final sale price. And then Paypal adds their fee on top of that.

My local vendor charges 30% of the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-23-2014
Replies: 34
Views: 2,624
Posted By VertovSvilova
My favorite choice, too. Black paint+black...

My favorite choice, too. Black paint+black dot+rapid rewind. This is the black paint M6 version that I'd look for if I wanted another film M.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-22-2014
Replies: 34
Views: 2,624
Posted By VertovSvilova
I've purchased quite a bit from some of the...

I've purchased quite a bit from some of the Japanese eBay dealers. And I've found that the majority of cameras and lenses from Japan are in excellent condition (they seem to take care of their...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-16-2014
Replies: 176
Views: 24,472
Posted By VertovSvilova
Take the battery out of the MP and you've pretty...

Take the battery out of the MP and you've pretty much got yourself a black paint M-A (or get a MP a la carte black chrome if you prefer that over black paint.) Of course that's assuming you don't...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-15-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 6,366
Posted By VertovSvilova
fwiw, here's Nikon's own take on the...

fwiw, here's Nikon's own take on the 55mm:
http://www.nikkor.com/en/story/0049/
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-14-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 6,366
Posted By VertovSvilova
Yes, the blades don't matter wide open and I used...

Yes, the blades don't matter wide open and I used that "9 blade" nomenclature just to identify the 50mm AIS 1.2 over the AI and also the 55mm non-AI and AI. When comparing prices one should compare...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-13-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 6,366
Posted By VertovSvilova
That's about right for the 55mm 1.2 (non-AI or...

That's about right for the 55mm 1.2 (non-AI or the later AI.) But that is a different lens. The one that's being discussed here is the 50mm 1.2 AIS nine blade lens.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-12-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 6,366
Posted By VertovSvilova
I paid $500 for a mint version but that was from...

I paid $500 for a mint version but that was from a local retailer. B+H sells them new for $700. It seems the prices have gone up a bit with more people using manual AIS lenses on digital bodies. ...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-12-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 6,366
Posted By VertovSvilova
"You donít find yourself doing the two step pixel...

"You donít find yourself doing the two step pixel peep dance. You just find yourself mesmerized or intrigued by the photo as you should be."

I miss those great 35mm images from the 50s-60s-70s. It...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-10-2014
Replies: 176
Views: 24,472
Posted By VertovSvilova
With every film M that I've owned, I've had the...

With every film M that I've owned, I've had the frame lines masked out for lenses that I didn't own or wasn't ever planning on using. Don (DAG) charges $30 USD to mask out any set of frame lines. ...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 09-10-2014
Replies: 253
Views: 23,257
Posted By VertovSvilova
fwiw, one can do this with any modern Nikon DSLR...

fwiw, one can do this with any modern Nikon DSLR (D4, D800, etc..) Everything can be read in the viewfinder and set by the front and rear command dials with the LCD turned off. One really only...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 09-09-2014
Replies: 253
Views: 23,257
Posted By VertovSvilova
Apparently it's going to have the same body...

Apparently it's going to have the same body dimensions as the current M240. I doubt Leica would tool a completely different body shape just for this camera. They are well known for using existing...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-04-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 5,255
Posted By VertovSvilova
Yeah, it's now the same sort of naming culture...

Yeah, it's now the same sort of naming culture with Leica. The 911 has always meant a specific type of Porsche but with changes in the line as the years progressed (although there was a 912 which...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-03-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 5,255
Posted By VertovSvilova
It's not a "myth" and I don't think it's far from...

It's not a "myth" and I don't think it's far from the truth. There is certainly verified data (Consumer Reports, JD Powers, and many car magazines, etc..) which report that the main issues with...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-03-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 5,255
Posted By VertovSvilova
Same here. I'm sticking with mechanical film...

Same here. I'm sticking with mechanical film Leica (and mechanical Leica lenses) only. Too many issues with the M9. And also for the M-E and Monochrom since they are basically the same cameras...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 09-03-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 1,280
Posted By VertovSvilova
Five years old........

Five years old..... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJQ1FQ68lU8

It's part of the guy's "fake videos" playlist. He's pulling your leg but nonetheless it went viral a long time...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-27-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 1,501
Posted By VertovSvilova
His note to me was from 2013 when I had him do a...

His note to me was from 2013 when I had him do a full service, but I don't think his response today will be any different (or maybe it will?) I asked him because I also saw that comment from...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-26-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 1,501
Posted By VertovSvilova
fwiw, here's what Don (DAG) wrote when I asked...

fwiw, here's what Don (DAG) wrote when I asked him about installing a hotshoe on my M4:

"Iíve tried installing hotshoes in place of the ďcoldĒ shoe on the M4 camera & it just doesnít work out,...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-25-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 4,425
Posted By VertovSvilova
Logging IPs from images happens all the time. And...

Logging IPs from images happens all the time. And some people like to use dynamic images that will display your address location just to freak you out e.g., "you live in NYC." But you always have to...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 08-23-2014
Replies: 128
Views: 12,710
Posted By VertovSvilova
Actually it can. And the same with performance...

Actually it can. And the same with performance cars. Just wander into any high end car enthusiast or audiophile forum. :eek:

Anyway, I think all of this has much less of a bearing on the products...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 08-23-2014
Replies: 128
Views: 12,710
Posted By VertovSvilova
I agree. Ads from all camera manufacturers can...

I agree. Ads from all camera manufacturers can be equally as bad. Do a Google image search of "camera ads."
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 08-23-2014
Replies: 128
Views: 12,710
Posted By VertovSvilova
:D It's like a broken record, over and over and...

:D

It's like a broken record, over and over and over again......

If you like it, buy it. For whatever reason. There's no point in justifying it to anybody. If you don't like it, don't buy it. ...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-23-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 4,131
Posted By VertovSvilova
I'm assuming it's because the class action suit...

I'm assuming it's because the class action suit was filed long before Nikon announced the shutter replacement program (at least in the US.) Those who signed on to the class action suit got an offer...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-23-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 4,131
Posted By VertovSvilova
That's right, they will service the camera for...

That's right, they will service the camera for free and for as long as you own it (even if you bought it second hand.) I just got another email not too long ago from Nikon USA telling me I can send...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-16-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 1,834
Posted By VertovSvilova
If you want the M5 then get one because you want...

If you want the M5 then get one because you want to use a M5, not because of the black chrome and the lettering. They are unique cameras and not everyone likes using them over the classic M body...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 08-14-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 11,625
Posted By VertovSvilova
If you can't see it, then take it into Photoshop...

If you can't see it, then take it into Photoshop and measure it with your CYMK dropper. The bridge is neutral and that bottom corner is heavily cyan (which I can see right away with my eyes.) ...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 08-13-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 11,625
Posted By VertovSvilova
fwiw, it's not magenta but cyan in the corners...

fwiw, it's not magenta but cyan in the corners (see my post.) There is some in the bottom right side corner of your second image. I'll try to post images of the phenomenon (that I experienced)...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-13-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 3,065
Posted By VertovSvilova
fwiw, I don't think Agfa makes their consumer...

fwiw, I don't think Agfa makes their consumer color negative film (other than an aerial film that is being repackaged and relabeled by Maco.) The last Agfa labeled film I had was made in Japan by...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 08-12-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 11,625
Posted By VertovSvilova
The 28mm Summicron is useable at mid to small...

The 28mm Summicron is useable at mid to small apertures, but if you want to use it wide open or less than mid-aperture then it's not a good option for the Sony (unless you don't care about cyan color...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-09-2014
Replies: 45
Views: 7,115
Posted By VertovSvilova
If they liked those images then I'm guessing that...

If they liked those images then I'm guessing that they are a very intelligent couple.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-08-2014
Replies: 35
Views: 5,636
Posted By VertovSvilova
Read the last paragraph of my post.......

Read the last paragraph of my post.......
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-07-2014
Replies: 35
Views: 5,636
Posted By VertovSvilova
I think there are plenty critics and filmmakers...

I think there are plenty critics and filmmakers who discuss the materials used (at least in my world.)

Do moviegoers care about the "technology used to create it?" Yes, I believe that many actually...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-06-2014
Replies: 35
Views: 5,636
Posted By VertovSvilova
Some great films have come from Hollywood over...

Some great films have come from Hollywood over the decades. Not everything will be good, it's also a for profit business that caters to market trends (so one can also blame people's tastes, too.)...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-05-2014
Replies: 200
Views: 22,750
Posted By VertovSvilova
http://www.l-camera-forum.com/leica-forum/customer...

http://www.l-camera-forum.com/leica-forum/customer-forum/340138-malcolm-taylor-delays.html

http://www.l-camera-forum.com/leica-forum/customer-forum/221375-after-3-years-malcolm-taylors-will.html

I...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-05-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 1,196
Posted By VertovSvilova
I agree with the previous poster (Ong.) The last...

I agree with the previous poster (Ong.)

The last time I had Don (DAG) service my M4 I asked him about installing a hot shoe in place of the M4's cold shoe. His reply was: "Iíve tried installing...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-31-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 1,031
Posted By VertovSvilova
It's a division of Swan Photo Labs. They are...

It's a division of Swan Photo Labs. They are also the contract lab for Ilford Direct in the US. The Darkroom, Swan, and Ilford Direct are the same thing.

(I used them once a long time ago and...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-28-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 3,514
Posted By VertovSvilova
This is the way I've been doing it to for decades...

This is the way I've been doing it to for decades for all my film (including reversal film.) No scratches ever and on top of it all it's much, much easier to handle the film. The Ultima sleeves are...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-17-2014
Replies: 79
Views: 9,606
Posted By VertovSvilova
If it's about streamlining things in your life...

If it's about streamlining things in your life (e.g., "less is more") then just get rid of whatever you honestly aren't feeling that comfortable (or happy) using at the moment. You probably need to...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-09-2014
Replies: 526
Views: 180,612
Posted By VertovSvilova
Yes, a C4S. It's almost 18 years old. As...

Yes, a C4S. It's almost 18 years old. As reliable as an old VW (oh, wait ..... it is an old VW :))

But it's Polar Silver (slight blue tint) and not Arctic Silver. Driving illegally. ;)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-08-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,844
Posted By VertovSvilova
Okay, you're smart and I'm not. :)

Okay, you're smart and I'm not.
:)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-08-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 1,844
Posted By VertovSvilova
fwiw, DAG offers these for $15 USD for the...

fwiw, DAG offers these for $15 USD for the earlier M models: http://www.dagcamera.com/dagi.JPG.htm

I like the rubberized plastic M6 eyepiece, too.
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