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Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 12-06-2017
Replies: 32
Views: 4,981
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Dear Tuulikki: Tom had a kind and loving heart,...

Dear Tuulikki:
Tom had a kind and loving heart, and some of us love him even if we didn't have personal contact with him, only written...
It is not hard to imagine the amazing, caring life both of...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-26-2017
Replies: 23
Views: 1,565
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
I find reflected light (camera) metering with...

I find reflected light (camera) metering with "decisions" is the second best method for street and other kinds of fast photography... First one is "knowing" the light we're in...
Incident metering...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-03-2017
Replies: 15
Views: 3,919
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Isn't that the whole joy of street photography?

Isn't that the whole joy of street photography?
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-03-2017
Replies: 137
Views: 6,002
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Film is expensive when someone tries to use it as...

Film is expensive when someone tries to use it as it was used up to the 90's for commercial work if we talk about constant sessions with hundreds of images per session, unless you're a very well paid...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-03-2017
Replies: 45
Views: 1,766
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
It should be, first, the type of photography the...

It should be, first, the type of photography the lens will do.
Not the best idea trying to have the same lens for sharp landscapes at infinity, beautiful defocusing for portraits, small size for...
Forum: Chris Crawford 09-28-2017
Replies: 73
Views: 6,100
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Great, Chris! Thanks for sharing!

Great, Chris! Thanks for sharing!
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-28-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 2,995
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Thank you, Erik... I remember having seen...

Thank you, Erik... I remember having seen several great photographs of yours, all with different Elmars... Those surprised me, and made me really interested in an Elmar as the main lens for my...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-28-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 2,995
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
I just saw a comment on the Leica Forum about the...

I just saw a comment on the Leica Forum about the summary I shared here, related to what I said about the elmar lens being close to a century old now... The comment states that the lens in the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-25-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 2,995
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Thanks, Rob! Compact lenses are nice...

Thanks, Rob!
Compact lenses are nice...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-25-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 2,995
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Thank you... Yes, I've heard elmars work well...

Thank you... Yes, I've heard elmars work well with digital sensors... And that last elmar is of course a wonderful lens... Not as compact when collapsed, but we can't have everrything in the same...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-25-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 2,995
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Here's a summary I wrote on other forum after...

Here's a summary I wrote on other forum after discussing the subject:

After producing for twenty-five years the lens that made the Leica name famous worldwide, the 50mm f/3.5 collapsible Elmar lens...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-21-2017
Replies: 34
Views: 2,666
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Wow, that Nikon One Touch was my first camera...

Wow, that Nikon One Touch was my first camera when I was a kid in the 80's! I hadn't seen it for decades! Thank you!
That's the only camera or lens I ever owned that I don't keep: after years of...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-21-2017
Replies: 42
Views: 2,043
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Very nice, thanks!

Very nice, thanks!
Forum: Chris Crawford 09-14-2017
Replies: 73
Views: 6,100
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Dear Ariana, Congratulations! You have a great...

Dear Ariana,
Congratulations!
You have a great sense of tonality for your age...
Keep going!
You could possibly enjoy black and white photography too, where contrast and concept are blended and...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 09-12-2017
Replies: 9
Views: 1,329
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Nothing new or special in my case, but here it...

Nothing new or special in my case, but here it is.
I prefer a rangefinder camera with a bright external finder even if the camera has framelines, and I prefer this for street photography.
I guess...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-12-2017
Replies: 21
Views: 5,231
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
He's got lots of work from us, among others... ...

He's got lots of work from us, among others... He's totally responsive, though: I received several emails from him last week, as from Stephen Tedesco: Youxin is full of work, so I understood he's...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-06-2017
Replies: 118
Views: 10,724
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Best powder developer IMO is Microphen. It...

Best powder developer IMO is Microphen. It doesnīt dilute grain, and you can use it for HP5+ up to ISO 3200.
For FP4 you can use Rodinal: liquid, beautiful tone, it lasts for more than 10 years,...
Forum: Jim Lager - Leica Historian 09-04-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 1,755
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Very nice! Thanks for sharing!!!

Very nice! Thanks for sharing!!!
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-04-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 937
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
More fixing time AND it eats fixer... :)

More fixing time AND it eats fixer... :)
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 09-04-2017
Replies: 90
Views: 5,729
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
For sure an interesting subject... When I was a...

For sure an interesting subject...
When I was a student, my (rude) teachers once told me something like this: from now on, don't bring us ever again any photograph with words, texts, explanations or...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-04-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 937
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
I used TMY-2 for some time and it's an amazing...

I used TMY-2 for some time and it's an amazing film... Technically the best b&w film ever... I compared it in Rodinal and TMaxDev.
Both excellent. If you go that way, I remember how impressive it...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-04-2017
Replies: 36
Views: 1,910
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
I just want to thank everyone's comments and kind...

I just want to thank everyone's comments and kind advice...
Finally, trying to avoid etched (uncleanable) haze lenses, and after reading for a week I guess all that's available on the web about...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-02-2017
Replies: 36
Views: 1,910
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
I used to think coated ones were a safer bet too,...

I used to think coated ones were a safer bet too, but it seems it's coating, precisely, where fungus live, 'cause that's the food they like, and fungus produce acid after eating coating, so that acid...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-02-2017
Replies: 36
Views: 1,910
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Some people consider haze and etched haze are...

Some people consider haze and etched haze are caused by whale oil based lubricants used in lenses back then, slowly vaporizing through decades; some others swear it's not that because some surfaces...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-01-2017
Replies: 36
Views: 1,910
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Thank you all... Yet using a 35, I started...

Thank you all...
Yet using a 35, I started playing around with an Industar 50 on another camera (it's a collapsible 3.5) and that's how I started enjoying a 50 for street... Before, long ago my Nikon...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-01-2017
Replies: 36
Views: 1,910
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Well, honestly, this is the first time in my life...

Well, honestly, this is the first time in my life I hear about "etched" haze... So, I have some questions:
Is that in some way related to a period of production?
Is it related to anything?
Has...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-01-2017
Replies: 36
Views: 1,910
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Hi Erik, That photograph is amazing coming from...

Hi Erik,
That photograph is amazing coming from equipment of that age... Thanks for sharing! Surely it gives me hope... :)
Seems like uncoated elmars can behave perfectly too...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-01-2017
Replies: 36
Views: 1,910
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
That's good to know... Let's hope the original...

That's good to know... Let's hope the original ones aren't too far from that...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-01-2017
Replies: 36
Views: 1,910
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Hi Helen, Thanks for all the detailed info! Since...

Hi Helen,
Thanks for all the detailed info!
Since I bought that 50 external finder from you, I've been enjoying 50's as I never thought I would: I used a 28 for many years, and then a 35, and now I...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-01-2017
Replies: 36
Views: 1,910
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
So it seems coated LTM ones are a good option...

So it seems coated LTM ones are a good option because yet they have the real collapsible design, and, coating helps a bit with flare...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-01-2017
Replies: 36
Views: 1,910
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Wow, that's new to me, Brian... I didn't know...

Wow, that's new to me, Brian... I didn't know some of them could not be cleaned!
I guess, then, before buying there's no way to know which ones can be...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 08-31-2017
Replies: 36
Views: 1,910
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Thank you, Ken... Do you (and other members)...

Thank you, Ken...
Do you (and other members) think a late production LTM one (coated) is a better idea for B&W than an uncoated one? Of course having it very well cleaned will be the first step...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 08-31-2017
Replies: 36
Views: 1,910
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
A question to owners of both the first Elmar (50 3.5 v1) and the last one (50 2.8 v2)

It’s often said this lens is better than that one… It’s often true, but it usually refers to lenses’ performance wide open… And now with digital M’s lots of things are seen indeed when we compare,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-31-2017
Replies: 42
Views: 2,867
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
David, I've used it and it's great. By the way,...

David,
I've used it and it's great.
By the way, some of Eric Van Straten's photographs with a half frame Olympus use fine grain film and Microdol/Mic-X, if I remember well: they're so good, I...
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 08-03-2017
Replies: 354
Sticky: RIP Tom A
Views: 51,731
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
I can't believe it... I was totally away from RFF...

I can't believe it...
I was totally away from RFF for some months or a year, and just a moment ago I found out he passed away...
This is so sad! He was an amazing human being... So unique and...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-18-2017
Replies: 118
Views: 10,724
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Oh, no, your pole is great! Indeed, Microphen is...

Oh, no, your pole is great! Indeed, Microphen is inside it (DD-X equivalent...), and yes, impossible to name so many developers...
By the way, the quotation at the bottom of your posts is...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-18-2017
Replies: 118
Views: 10,724
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Well, quite close as you said, anerjee! And even...

Well, quite close as you said, anerjee! And even more... Before switching to HP5+ in Microphen perhaps two years ago, nearly all my life I used Tri-X in Rodinal... Both are close!
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-18-2017
Replies: 411
Views: 16,506
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
I'd say nobody has ever considered going through...

I'd say nobody has ever considered going through an enjoyable process knowing it'll be only good for horrible photographs... Someone around here has?
Of course using film is a lot more comfortable...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-18-2017
Replies: 118
Views: 10,724
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
That was interesting! Thank you very much!!

That was interesting! Thank you very much!!
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-18-2017
Replies: 118
Views: 10,724
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
One question: As I see Microphen was not...

One question:
As I see Microphen was not mentioned in the list, maybe I've been missing something...
Are you members using another developer good for pushing and for sharp classic grain?
Thanks!
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-18-2017
Replies: 411
Views: 16,506
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
I'm feeling -so far on this thread- the real...

I'm feeling -so far on this thread- the real question was "why digital?", and the real answer was "because those who pay ask their employees for pictures right now, or if you're an amateur it's...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 07-18-2017
Replies: 20
Views: 1,112
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Metering a grey card or any similar surface,...

Metering a grey card or any similar surface, shoot a scene including pure white and pure black or a card with grays, say, 8 times in a row.
In a darkroom or a dark bag cut that strip from the roll,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-18-2017
Replies: 118
Views: 10,724
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Rodinal & Microphen... Sharp grain or...

Rodinal & Microphen... Sharp grain or nothing!
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-17-2017
Replies: 4
Views: 564
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Old Microphen, usable...

More than a year ago I found someone in Bogotá, Colombia, who had a couple of 1 gallon Microphen packages left, and he sold them to me... By then I didn't know Ilford was selling the 1 liter ones...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 07-17-2017
Replies: 32
Views: 2,692
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Hi Robin, Are you used to night street shooting...

Hi Robin,
Are you used to night street shooting with an AutoExposure camera?
If meters get fooled during daylight from overcast sky backlighting, by night a lot more, bacause light sources are...
Forum: Optics Theory - 07-16-2017
Replies: 19
Views: 2,280
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
CV 28 3.5 Skopar. It's LTM, no distortion.

CV 28 3.5 Skopar. It's LTM, no distortion.
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 07-14-2017
Replies: 32
Views: 2,692
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
If you want to use external finders, get a T. ...

If you want to use external finders, get a T. M-mount cameras can use both mounts lenses, not the other way... Screwmount cameras have that limit forever, I've suffered it... Anyway, even though I...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 07-14-2017
Replies: 32
Views: 2,692
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Hi Robin, I use four Bessas... You may end up...

Hi Robin,
I use four Bessas... You may end up with more than one... They're great: all of them and my Hexar AF see more use than my Leica, and that's a lot to say...
You should get the R3M, as Akiva...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 07-14-2017
Replies: 42
Views: 3,161
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
If you "had" to skip one of those, "cheap" or...

If you "had" to skip one of those, "cheap" or "excellent", which one would you skip in order to go forward and be happy and look no further?
The Konica Hexar AF is strictly a P&S, but it seems having...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-14-2017
Replies: 411
Views: 16,506
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
What Bill says is, when you use a digital camera...

What Bill says is, when you use a digital camera well used, you can get a digital print that's as good or better than a wet print, and he's absolutely right.
He loves film too, and he's been as...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-14-2017
Replies: 411
Views: 16,506
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
When I cursed my career, 2000-2005, digital...

When I cursed my career, 2000-2005, digital cameras were not allowed in my institute, and they were common already... I'm talking about a 1000+ worldwide students photography institute (perhaps the...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-13-2017
Replies: 411
Views: 16,506
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
My negatives require development. Even more, I...

My negatives require development. Even more, I expose them for certain development: it's considered before pressing the shutter, then, part of the image. Of course, my prints are exactly like my...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-13-2017
Replies: 411
Views: 16,506
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Bill, You just touched a subjet that Iīve been...

Bill,
You just touched a subjet that Iīve been worried about for years...
I don't want to be controversial in any way, and I don't expect anyone to share my opinion, and even less hurt anyone's...
Forum: Optics Theory - 07-13-2017
Replies: 51
Views: 4,383
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Interesting... As it's not covered in Roland's...

Interesting...
As it's not covered in Roland's link (Puts' PDF), where can I get some information on the Collapsible Summicron? Not just distortion...
It would be fine to read a good while about its...
Forum: Optics Theory - 07-13-2017
Replies: 51
Views: 4,383
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Thank you!

Thank you!
Forum: Optics Theory - 07-12-2017
Replies: 51
Views: 4,383
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Thank you, Roland!

Thank you, Roland!
Forum: Optics Theory - 07-12-2017
Replies: 51
Views: 4,383
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
50's without distortion?

Hi,
I see the times when lens designers worried seriously about making lenses without distortion are kind of gone... After that, the chase for closest focus and highest sharpness wide open changed...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-12-2017
Replies: 45
Views: 1,677
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Hahaha... That was great. That's what happens...

Hahaha... That was great.
That's what happens when someone thinks in the design team the right person isn't Tom A. but Bruce Gilden. :)
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-12-2017
Replies: 411
Views: 16,506
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Thanks for the info, Bill ! He could have delayed...

Thanks for the info, Bill !
He could have delayed selecting only, though...
Anyway, so many many rolls left that way have always been a mystery to me...
Lazy? Sad? Bored? Feeling he did enough? ...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-12-2017
Replies: 45
Views: 1,677
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
What a shame we have to meet people like that and...

What a shame we have to meet people like that and feel that way sometimes... I've had "problems" maybe 4 or 5 times (in 20 years, in Europe always, by the way), and what's absurd is most of those...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-12-2017
Replies: 411
Views: 16,506
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Hi, I meant i'd just shoot, and leave files...

Hi,
I meant i'd just shoot, and leave files without postprocessing if on digital.
In case of doing it with film, I'd develop, but I wouldn't print.
I imagine Gary Winogrand developed most rolls he...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-11-2017
Replies: 411
Views: 16,506
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Wow, very well done... Thatīs what I call...

Wow, very well done... Thatīs what I call intelligence and class. We could say it was deserved, and we've got more words than as a group we deserved... :)
I agree with Bill Clark it's up to us,...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-11-2017
Replies: 411
Views: 16,506
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
I get what you say... And I think Mr. Pierce is...

I get what you say... And I think Mr. Pierce is simply interested in others' opinions: in how this keeps evolving, as he has himself loved film for decades, and then he has been using digital...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-09-2017
Replies: 411
Views: 16,506
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
I think there’s a language problem here… If you...

I think there’s a language problem here… If you think of painters, say El Greco, or Van Gogh, and then you think of a more contemporary one, like Freud, no matter their differences, achievements,...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 10-24-2016
Replies: 32
Views: 2,663
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
My XA, as yours, has the +1.5 exposure...

My XA, as yours, has the +1.5 exposure compensation lever just for the reasons I explained. Because with plain AE it doesn't do a good job always.

The problem is sometimes we have no time for...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 10-24-2016
Replies: 32
Views: 2,663
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Hi, Ko.Fe., First, the problem I stated was not...

Hi, Ko.Fe.,

First, the problem I stated was not different AE designs on different cameras, but different scenes from an optimal average one: and some of them including different levels of...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 10-24-2016
Replies: 16
Views: 1,535
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
I wish you the best with your operation,...

I wish you the best with your operation, Roger...
Both your good heart and your dedication to photography and knowledge sharing deserve nothing but love and admiration... Hope it goes well.
If I...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-24-2016
Replies: 6
Views: 971
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
All developers will develop it, but best ones for...

All developers will develop it, but best ones for TMY are TMax Developer and Ilford's Microphen (powder) / Ilfotec DD-X (liquid). With those you can go to 1600 and even 3200 with enough quality for...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 10-24-2016
Replies: 32
Views: 2,663
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Hi, Ko.Fe., respecting your opinion as any other...

Hi, Ko.Fe., respecting your opinion as any other RFF member’s opinion, and I share yours generally, I just want to clarify mine to LBeacon1 as he’s new to RF’s and Street Photography:
AutoExposure...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 10-24-2016
Replies: 32
Views: 2,663
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Hi, welcome! For sure you'll enjoy B&W street...

Hi, welcome!
For sure you'll enjoy B&W street photography...
The R2A is a great camera, no doubt...
Consider there are other great options too: you might find soon you didnīt really need...
Forum: Optics Theory - 10-23-2016
Replies: 7
Views: 1,766
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Wow, thanks everyone for all the great...

Wow, thanks everyone for all the great information!
Roland, great to hear you again... Thanks...
That was a great and deep introduction! I really appreciate your precision: it's a pleasure as...
Forum: Optics Theory - 10-23-2016
Replies: 7
Views: 1,766
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
I need some education... 35's and distortion.

Hi,
I’d like to read a good article explaining optics from a design point of view, but I havenīt found one yet… Can someone recommend any? I have no idea at all on that subject, so everything would...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-22-2016
Replies: 23
Views: 1,596
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
That's something only you can decide... But if...

That's something only you can decide... But if you haven't tried an M, you should...
Here's my opinion: the M3 and the M2 were very interesting cameras when they were new and nothing was like them. ...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-21-2016
Replies: 21
Views: 3,190
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Hi, Portra800 starts losing quality when used...

Hi,
Portra800 starts losing quality when used beyond 2000... If anyone gets decent images at 3200 and 6400, which is not possible with color film, it only means metering was not truly at 3200 and...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-18-2016
Replies: 109
Views: 27,325
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
How important temperature is in B&W...

How important temperature is in B&W developing?
Really important.
Does everyone measure the temperature for B&W developing?
Most photographers. A requirement for best development, and for best wet...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 10-18-2016
Replies: 823
Views: 163,117
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Now that Leica seems to be about to offer a 28...

Now that Leica seems to be about to offer a 28 5.6 (good for street use) at $2000 or more, what about a compact, DISTORTIONLESS slow 35... I bet it would be sold now and in the future...
Even on a...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-17-2016
Replies: 21
Views: 3,190
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
There's no way to do that with color film. Not...

There's no way to do that with color film. Not even 3200.
For decent image quality portra 800 can go to 1600. But with f/1.4 maybe it can be done, depending on the situation...
If it's really that...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-16-2016
Replies: 74
Views: 8,078
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Some impressive shots, Ernesto. I like very much...

Some impressive shots, Ernesto. I like very much the one you say you like even if it has three vanishing points... Handling those super WA lenses is really hard! Congrats for your passion &...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 10-16-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 1,232
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Great! Have a good time there... Cheers, Juan

Great!
Have a good time there...
Cheers,
Juan
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-16-2016
Replies: 34
Views: 2,534
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
It's hard to say: you're the only one knowing...

It's hard to say: you're the only one knowing what kind of photography you'll do...
When we need one lens for everything, we can't have one lens that's the best for everything, so we must decide...
Forum: RFF Polls 10-15-2016
Replies: 149
Views: 13,411
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Film RF's... Not even film SLR's or my...

Film RF's... Not even film SLR's or my Hasselblad recently...
Cheers,
Juan
Forum: RFF Polls 10-15-2016
Replies: 140
Views: 12,441
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
When it was new, maybe ten years ago, I bought a...

When it was new, maybe ten years ago, I bought a Fuji S3Pro to use my Nikon lenses... It's still working, and I like the way it renders skin... I've never owned any other digital camera with any...
Forum: RFF Polls 10-15-2016
Replies: 140
Views: 12,441
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
How many different digital cameras have we owned?

Now that digital cameras have been around for close to two decades, I wonder how we have behaved... No matter if they're small compact digital cameras, DSLR's, digital backs, old or new ones with...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 10-15-2016
Replies: 17
Views: 2,261
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Good idea, I've done it for reel loading only...

Good idea, I've done it for reel loading only until now, but this makes a lot of sense... Thanks!
Cheers,
Juan
Forum: Optics Theory - 10-15-2016
Replies: 136
Views: 16,049
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Saved money? Come on... A wonderful 40 1.4...

Saved money?
Come on... A wonderful 40 1.4 Nokton can be bought used for close to $300, and that's no money at all. And sharp wide open... You get the speed or you don't, and you get the shots or...
Forum: Film vs Digital 10-13-2016
Replies: 73
Views: 6,626
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Most people like mirrorless cameras, and most...

Most people like mirrorless cameras, and most cameras don't like mirrorless people.
Cheers,
Juan
Forum: Film vs Digital 10-13-2016
Replies: 73
Views: 6,626
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Lately I feel the big reason for using film...

Lately I feel the big reason for using film cameras is wet printing, and that can be done without selling your M9, which is a great camera that uses great lenses you already own, whenever you need...
Forum: Optics Theory - 10-13-2016
Replies: 136
Views: 16,049
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
I don't find f/2 fast enough. Maybe it is for...

I don't find f/2 fast enough. Maybe it is for today's digital sensors, I don't know...
But for film it's not: it's far from being fast enough...
It can be good outdoors with natural light, but with...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-12-2016
Replies: 31
Views: 2,040
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Roger, seriously, I wasnīt trying to make you see...

Roger, seriously, I wasnīt trying to make you see things my way... And to continue discussing has no sense at all after the really important fact: that's offering clearly our opinions in a public...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 10-12-2016
Replies: 73
Views: 14,150
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Isnīt the most practical unless you find a way to...

Isnīt the most practical unless you find a way to photograph without focusing slowly... HCB used to say he made his best photographs with a Barnack, from the early 30's to mid 50's, and that's the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-12-2016
Replies: 31
Views: 2,040
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Hi Roger, Sorry but that's not true. Rodinal...

Hi Roger,
Sorry but that's not true.
Rodinal doesn't give huge grain, but natural grain.
Only if not used right, you accentuate grain.
At 18C with careful agitation, its grain is gorgeous, indeed.
If...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 10-12-2016
Replies: 157
Views: 29,088
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Best way IMO to do street is keeping the camera...

Best way IMO to do street is keeping the camera ready all the time, changing its speed only, while walking into different light zones: speed, aperture and focus set all the time... Size and low...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-12-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 885
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Hi madNbad, Absolutely. Different cameras, if...

Hi madNbad,
Absolutely. Different cameras, if they are indeed different (max. shutter speed, metered or not, etc.) are better partners for different emulsions, and even more if different kinds and...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-12-2016
Replies: 31
Views: 2,040
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
I totally agree! And mastering these simple goods...

I totally agree!
And mastering these simple goods and materials, while taking good photographs too, takes years, and nobody has ever been the exception, not even the most talented masters...
papo,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-12-2016
Replies: 31
Views: 2,040
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Hi papo, Great you want to develop your b&w:...

Hi papo,
Great you want to develop your b&w: that's the best you can do.
I strongly recommend you to act in a way you can learn from your results from the very beginning... IMO there are a few things...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-06-2016
Replies: 353
Views: 23,565
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
The best ones I own and use a lot: Bessa...

The best ones I own and use a lot:

Bessa R4M
Hasselblad 2003FCW
Bessa T
Nikon FE2
Konica Hexar AF

What every one of them can do, can't be done by any other one in the list...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-06-2016
Replies: 14
Views: 2,112
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Eric, Thanks a lot for your detailed answer......

Eric,
Thanks a lot for your detailed answer... Great news indeed!
I'll order some rolls to test it...
Wonderful exposure & development, by the way.
Cheers,
Juan
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-05-2016
Replies: 3
Views: 1,035
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Hi John, thanks for the comment, I'll check that...

Hi John, thanks for the comment, I'll check that finder for more information...

Hi Roger, so glad to hear you again! That's an interesting device I had never seen anywhere... I need to spend more...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 10-04-2016
Replies: 4
Views: 1,413
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Oh, I'm sorry, I thought you were talking about...

Oh, I'm sorry, I thought you were talking about the 1.4 35... The 1.2 is a more interesting lens, of course...
Cheers,
Juan
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-04-2016
Replies: 3
Views: 1,035
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
What's the most accurate 35mm external finder for 2-3 meters shooting?

The fact is most in camera and external finders I've used are really prudent... They tell me one thing, and then my photographs include a lot more in the borders... I know cropping is better than...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 10-04-2016
Replies: 4
Views: 1,413
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
I don't use digital cameras, and I don't own any...

I don't use digital cameras, and I don't own any of them, but...
Just for curiosity, why do you want to trade the Ultron?
It's considered a better lens technically, a wonderful one, and it's...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-30-2016
Replies: 14
Views: 2,112
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Hi mpaniagua, Thank you, I had seen that link,...

Hi mpaniagua,
Thank you, I had seen that link, but I prefer RFF members, as lots of things out there are meaningless: we don't know how people meter, they say I metered at 3200 but they might have...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-30-2016
Replies: 14
Views: 2,112
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Hi John, great to hear you! Yes, I buy from...

Hi John, great to hear you!
Yes, I buy from Freestyle, they ran out of Arista Premium because of me... ;) These next days I'll order a couple of 100ft rolls of HP5+, so I was thinking of trying one...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-30-2016
Replies: 14
Views: 2,112
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Or in any other developer... During 2015 & 2016...

Or in any other developer... During 2015 & 2016 I've used HP5+ in Microphen, only... IMO the best technology out there, and before that I've used Tri-X and TMY-2 with most respected developers for...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-30-2016
Replies: 14
Views: 2,112
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Anyone pushing Kentmere 400 with Microphen?

Hi,
I'd like to know if someone on RFF uses Kentmere 400 for pushing with Ilford Microphen...
How far can it be pushed for wet printing?
Thanks!
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 09-30-2016
Replies: 73
Views: 14,150
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
I use four Bessas all the time, 5 or 6 years...

I use four Bessas all the time, 5 or 6 years ago... Never had any problem. I prefer them to my Nikon SLRs and my Leica IIIf RD. No issue at all with my 15, 28, 35 and 40 either.
I thank Mr. K.,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-29-2016
Replies: 11
Views: 1,399
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Hi sepiareverb, That's an interesting subject,...

Hi sepiareverb,
That's an interesting subject, and thanks for sharing your information...
I've been reading around here but not posting for these last years, and your thread just made me want to log...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-19-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 1,189
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Cool! Thanks for sharing. Cheers, Juan

Cool! Thanks for sharing.
Cheers,
Juan
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-14-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1,710
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
I would imagine your camera is not...

I would imagine your camera is not overexposing... Sky when cloudy is a source of light, so if you include that in a scene happening on ground, it'll be white or close... Even if detail was recorded...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-12-2014
Replies: 51
Views: 5,912
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
All major brands' lenses can make the best...

All major brands' lenses can make the best photograph of the decade.
All of them are better than most famous photographs are.
It's the rest what matters.
Cheers,
Juan
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-12-2014
Replies: 30
Views: 3,309
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Obviously, and simply, as with other kinds of...

Obviously, and simply, as with other kinds of works, photography is art sometimes.
And just as true, the reasons to consider a photograph art, are sometimes not the same reasons that make a painting...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-02-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 1,870
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Hi, He's a bit wrong... If you want to control...

Hi,
He's a bit wrong...
If you want to control contrast under direct sun, it's true you should underdevelop for keeping the whole scene's tonal range (contrast) inside film's / paper's / scanner's...
Forum: Optics Theory - 12-01-2014
Replies: 1,905
Views: 1,737,596
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Wonderful photograph! Congrats... Cheers, Juan

Wonderful photograph!
Congrats...
Cheers,
Juan
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-26-2014
Replies: 34
Views: 2,757
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
From the beginning I was wondering if maybe some...

From the beginning I was wondering if maybe some forum members had examples of 35mm twin images, one from 1.4 to 5.6, and the other one (same image) at f/8 or f/11 showing a considerable sharpness...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-26-2014
Replies: 34
Views: 2,757
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Yes, I missed it but got it a second after I...

Yes, I missed it but got it a second after I wrote... Thanks!
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-26-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 5,895
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Nothing new in my case, but this is it: A 28mm or...

Nothing new in my case, but this is it:
A 28mm or 35mm, with Tri-X @1600, f/11.
I prefocus @8 feet, and set speeds manually: 1/1000 for direct sun (I overexpose for filling shades) or bright...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-26-2014
Replies: 34
Views: 2,757
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
None of them... Most lenses are softer at 1.4...

None of them...
Most lenses are softer at 1.4 than at f/8...
Thanks for the comments, everybody!
Sorry about the "it's" instead of "its" in the title...
Cheers,
Juan
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-26-2014
Replies: 34
Views: 2,757
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
About diffraction and its real impact

In past years there was a thread here on RFF I remember because I felt surprised when a forum member stated "no one should photograph beyond f/4 or f/5.6..." (my words to say what he said).
I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-20-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 4,575
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Thanks. Well, most cameras here recommended are...

Thanks.
Well, most cameras here recommended are longer than 35mm, or AutoExposure. And 600 grams cameras are heavy for young students: a Minox or an Olympus XA weigh a third of that...
I see two...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-20-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 2,332
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Hi Dave, It means you're a real photographer, and...

Hi Dave,
It means you're a real photographer, and it's tough, yes, but it's sooo beautiful...
Sharing feelings is cool too! And healthy!
Cheers,
Juan
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-19-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 4,575
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Hi Dante, I'm sorry: I think I don't understand...

Hi Dante,
I'm sorry: I think I don't understand what you're saying...
Apart from the cameras and lenses I own, it seems if I want to recommend -to my students- a small, light, low sound compact...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-19-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 4,575
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Manual, compact and light, with a 35mm lens,...

Manual, compact and light, with a 35mm lens, none... I wish there were quite a few as you say... The Wide and Wide S have a 35mm lens but they're close to 60 years old now, and those are heavy...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-19-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 4,575
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Hi, Maybe I wasn't clear enough: more than scale...

Hi,
Maybe I wasn't clear enough: more than scale focusing I meant prefocus for street shooting, where not focusing at all can sometimes mean getting the shot instead of missing it, and where to my...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-19-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 4,575
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Well, thanks everyone... Most recommendations...

Well, thanks everyone... Most recommendations here don't even meet the requirements...
Looks like there are close to zero options if the lens (I want) has to be 35mm...
By the way, I already use a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-17-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 4,575
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Did any brand ever make a camera like this?

Hi, I would like to get a camera like the 70s' compact rangefinders (fixed lens), but without autoexposure: manual speeds setting, and a 35mm lens.
Was it ever made?
I don't need meter, and it will...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 11-17-2014
Replies: 134
Views: 16,634
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Lots of really beautiful images,...

Lots of really beautiful images, Gabriel...
Cheers,
Juan
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-17-2014
Replies: 80
Views: 6,568
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Internet has meant a few changes, but I really...

Internet has meant a few changes, but I really think the whole story with art and its sung and unsung heroes was basically the same one century ago, or two:
In every era, every movement or country,...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-17-2014
Replies: 124
Views: 13,283
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
What should knowing about photography mean? Is...

What should knowing about photography mean? Is it strange considering it has relation with knowing how to do great photographs instead of writing stupid words?
What that guy imagines he knows about...
Forum: Leica Q / T / X Series 11-15-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 1,308
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Great composition, and wonderful use of...

Great composition, and wonderful use of color!
Thanks for sharing...
The gray (concrete) to the right and the placement of both lines make it a very stable image, apart from being one that offers the...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 11-15-2014
Replies: 134
Views: 16,634
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Wow, what a GREAT photograph! I don't know if you...

Wow, what a GREAT photograph!
I don't know if you have published books, Tom, but if not, I'm sure lots of your photographs should be published and available... You have much more than a huge...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-15-2014
Replies: 124
Views: 13,283
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
That guy's hardly a good photographer... I guess...

That guy's hardly a good photographer... I guess he's not a great painter for the centuries... For lots of people, and a few of those are us, he's not even a critic. Why is he talking about things...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-15-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 13,398
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Hi Nikos, I've used Rodinal for 20+ years, and I...

Hi Nikos,
I've used Rodinal for 20+ years, and I cursed my career using HP5+, the standard for the place I studied at, and I've also used Rodinal for stand development with several films for a few...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-14-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 2,423
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
It wasn't until I used RFs that I started...

It wasn't until I used RFs that I started composing differently: without the camera.
I used to compose (SLR) looking at a photograph (through the lens), and only a few years ago (RFs) I started...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-14-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 1,138
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
And, years before the M3, and during the first...

And, years before the M3, and during the first five years the M3 was alive, the best 35mm lens was the Summaron 3.5: there was no Summaron 2.8, and no Summicron.
To put it in a more historic way: in...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-13-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 1,559
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
I checked its price one or two weeks ago: A...

I checked its price one or two weeks ago:
A bargain one, goggled, around $1,300.
A goggled one, good shape, around $2,000.
Non goggled, good shape, around $3,000.
Black ones, around $20,000.
One of...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-13-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 1,559
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
V1 Summicron 35 is a totally magic lens... Real...

V1 Summicron 35 is a totally magic lens... Real double gauss, usable very high sharpness up to f/11-f/16, zero distortion focused at 3 meters... A dream lens that's indeed very expensive when in...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-13-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 1,138
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Thanks a lot, Erik, for sharing your knowledge...

Thanks a lot, Erik, for sharing your knowledge always, and for such a huge collection of great and natural images! You expose, compose, print and scan beautifully, as lots of other forum members have...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-13-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 1,138
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Leica's solution before goggles (1954)... First...

Leica's solution before goggles (1954)... First time I see one of...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-13-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 1,138
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Hey! No one told me it's goggles instead of...

Hey! No one told me it's goggles instead of googgles! And I wrote it the wrong way ten times!
I accept kind RFF criticism... :)
Cheers,
Juan
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-13-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 1,138
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Thanks! Screwmount ones were made in 1954, 1955...

Thanks!
Screwmount ones were made in 1954, 1955 and 1957, so maybe the list is not precise, and some of that M3 batch were indeed screwmount...
I'l be able to talk to the seller tomorrow...
Or maybe...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-13-2014
Replies: 28
Views: 2,186
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Those photographs are not impressive, not one of...

Those photographs are not impressive, not one of them... Maybe J.S. was a bit rude, but at least he was honest, and he was kind of right too, IMO. No interesting or moving content, and no...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-13-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 1,399
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
With Delta400 & 3200 it works very well. If you...

With Delta400 & 3200 it works very well.
If you have used it with 3200, you'll remember long times are required (with real pushing, I mean) because they're a lower contrast combo than TMZ & TMaxDev...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-13-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 1,138
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
OK Erik, I think I got most of the story, thanks...

OK Erik, I think I got most of the story, thanks a lot!
So now I understand first M3 batches had no gogles, and were made both in M-mount and screwmount... As this number is from 1955, it looks like...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-13-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 1,138
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Question for forum members owning serial numbers books... (Summaron 35 3.5)

Hi,
The subject is a Summaron 35 3.5, and its serial number is 1283815.
Looks like it's from 1955, from an M3 use batch. I understood -until now- some Summarons 35 3.5 were made in screwmount, and...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 11-12-2014
Replies: 38
Views: 4,940
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
I'd say even more important than which gear to...

I'd say even more important than which gear to use is the experience/ability the photographer has regarding the ways he/she has to move, and where and when to be placed and ready... A wedding is one...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 11-12-2014
Replies: 38
Views: 4,940
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
A wedding in a small room shouldn't be done with...

A wedding in a small room shouldn't be done with a single lens... It can be done in the sense that you can get some photographs, but 99.99% of wedding photographers do it the other way for very good...
Forum: Travel 11-12-2014
Replies: 137
Views: 14,719
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Just two cameras, at least one for b&w film. One...

Just two cameras, at least one for b&w film.
One for natural light, the other one with a fast lens for low light, interiors and night.
Cheers,
Juan
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-10-2014
Replies: 53
Views: 6,361
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
It's the absence of limits, what in an artist's...

It's the absence of limits, what in an artist's opinion goes against art, in reference to the whole creative concept behind a new a work of art. I can't imagine Picasso having weak works because of...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 11-10-2014
Replies: 53
Views: 6,361
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Hi tunalegs, Your question -getting a "better"...

Hi tunalegs,
Your question -getting a "better" camera or not- can be correctly answered with "yes" and with "no"...
You don't really need a different camera, and you like what you have... 1/1000th...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 11-08-2014
Replies: 45
Views: 4,819
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Those images are interesting mostly for American...

Those images are interesting mostly for American culture and basically to its masses. Photography is a broad concept, and there are buyers for everything, and lots of dream buyers as Keith said... To...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-07-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 5,531
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
My experience: Best option is using a Konica...

My experience:
Best option is using a Konica HexarAF with TMax400 @ 6400 in Xtol 1+1, but without autoexposure, because it doesn't work 99 times out of 100, so it's better to meter, take a decision...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 11-05-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 1,526
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
I agree with thegman: more than using the whole...

I agree with thegman: more than using the whole frame, it's more comfortable framing with the lines for 40mm, just knowing the lens will see a little bit more...
Visually it's not easy composing with...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-03-2014
Replies: 51
Views: 6,740
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
This is the best FE2 site, if you have plenty of...

This is the best FE2 site, if you have plenty of time for reading:
http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/hardwares/classics/nikonfeseries/fe2/
The FE2 is a better camera than the FE because it's more...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-03-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 2,360
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Thank you all for the great ideas! Cheers, Juan

Thank you all for the great ideas!
Cheers,
Juan
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-01-2014
Replies: 233
Views: 60,277
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Tomorrow I'll be walking for hours with a group...

Tomorrow I'll be walking for hours with a group of Sunday walkers: we'll go to a close town, have lunch there, and then back.
My bag is ready: two cameras for non metered f/2 shooting exclusively,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-01-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 2,360
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
To those who have used the E-PM1: Can its shutter...

To those who have used the E-PM1:
Can its shutter speed be easily/quickly changed?
I want speeds to be set manually, and that will be the only in cammera setting to be considered by the young...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-01-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 2,360
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Thank you Andy... Here in Colombia things are a...

Thank you Andy... Here in Colombia things are a bit complicated... Little to no film available, little to no processing options available, and streets are not a safe place for carrying cameras or...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-01-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 2,360
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Wow, Greg, that looks just perfect! I'd like one...

Wow, Greg, that looks just perfect!
I'd like one for myself too!
Thank you very much!!!
Cheers,
Juan
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-01-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 2,360
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Sure, maybe it won't be really cheap... Any...

Sure, maybe it won't be really cheap... Any camera with a knob for aperture or with a lens with aperture ring, won't be cheap... But maybe there are digital point and shoot cameras that allow...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-01-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 2,360
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Hi Spanik, The reasons for using digital in the...

Hi Spanik,
The reasons for using digital in the beginning were clearly exposed.
They donīt want to start by learning how to develop film: they want to see their photographs easily.
They're kids...
I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-01-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 2,360
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Thanks everybody! Yes, Lynn, that's why I thought...

Thanks everybody!
Yes, Lynn, that's why I thought digital would be fine for them at f/8, because of a great depth of field at that aperture considering the smaller sensor...
About smartphones,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-31-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 2,360
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Small digital camera for students?

Hello,
I'm planning to teach photography basics to a group of young boys and girls who seem interested in street photography...
I think for them it would be easier and more rewarding not shooting...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-29-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,188
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Or none of them, maybe? If you have trouble with...

Or none of them, maybe?
If you have trouble with 1.4 because of light, it looks like you don't like filters...
If you like small size / light weight, the CV 50 2.5 might be a great choice for natural...
Forum: Film vs Digital 10-23-2014
Replies: 280
Views: 32,289
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Digital cameras market is becoming smaller...

Digital cameras market is becoming smaller because of phone cameras and their quality, but that's in a mass, home, family level... Amateur and professional digital cameras, as film cameras and film,...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 10-20-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 1,297
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
He had a lot of respect for freedom and for...

He had a lot of respect for freedom and for living an intense life... I met him ten years ago in Barcelona while I was a student, by the end of my career... He looked ill and in pain all the time,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-19-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 4,752
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Ten... More than I use and really love... But...

Ten... More than I use and really love... But honestly there are 5 cameras I have liked the most in my life, and they're all good for different things, so I guess I'll keep using them... I like my...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-19-2014
Replies: 32
Views: 3,391
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Family and street, for the feelings in both...

Family and street, for the feelings in both cases.
Cheers,
Juan
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-19-2014
Replies: 211
Views: 17,837
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Lately I've been having fun with the HexarAF for...

Lately I've been having fun with the HexarAF for f/2 shooting only, in Manual Mode.
I load it with TMax100 and keep an ND8 filter always on...
When there's direct sun, I overexpose a bit (1 to 2...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-15-2014
Replies: 102
Views: 17,429
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
If both lenses are OK, image quality at widest...

If both lenses are OK, image quality at widest f-stops must be different: it should be perceived even in normal size prints. Apart, quality control in Russian lenses was below normal, so lots of...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 10-15-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 3,619
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
I agree. I find it better than Perceptol,...

I agree.
I find it better than Perceptol, Microphen and DDX. Best developer for pushing IMO... I use 27 Celsius with 10 strong inversions every third minute for grain and contrast control....
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-13-2014
Replies: 64
Views: 6,521
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Hi Akiva, The main reason for using a yellow...

Hi Akiva,
The main reason for using a yellow filter is/was making a b&w scene closer to reality than it was recorded on film if the filter was not used... This was relevant only when the scene was...
Forum: RFF News 10-08-2014
Replies: 50
Views: 13,105
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Six months on any kind of device? That's totally...

Six months on any kind of device? That's totally absurd!
That shouldn't be legal: items are of different kinds... Use implies different risks...
It will give lots of problems, and might end up even...
Forum: Optics Theory - 10-06-2014
Replies: 34
Views: 4,246
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Weren't they bigger than the Nikkor? Cheers, Juan

Weren't they bigger than the Nikkor?
Cheers,
Juan
Forum: Optics Theory - 10-06-2014
Replies: 34
Views: 4,246
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
I couldn't find good comparisons of the Perar...

I couldn't find good comparisons of the Perar against a Biogon, talking about field flatness and perspective control when I was interested, but yes, it's as small as we have now... If someone has a...
Forum: Optics Theory - 10-06-2014
Replies: 34
Views: 4,246
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Thanks for the great information! If we keep...

Thanks for the great information!
If we keep talking about the example, The Nikkor 35 1.8, weīre talking about a lens that's sharp, small and well corrected for barrel distortion, I read... We have...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-05-2014
Replies: 132
Views: 23,648
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
With rangefinders I use 15 / 28 / 35 / 40 / 50 /...

With rangefinders I use 15 / 28 / 35 / 40 / 50 / 90. My most used one is 28.
Cheers,
Juan
Forum: Optics Theory - 10-05-2014
Replies: 34
Views: 4,246
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
How drastically protected are old lenses' designs?

What would happen (legally) if suddenly there's a company producing a lens that's very close in design to a previous lens? Which are the limits about design and distance in time?
Say Zeiss' or...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-01-2014
Replies: 287
Views: 14,571
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Voigtlander Bessa T. External metering info,...

Voigtlander Bessa T. External metering info, readable also while composing, and possibly the lightest rangefinder camera, 1/2000th top speed, all speeds work without batteries, back door loading and...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-01-2014
Replies: 68
Views: 5,961
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Wise, Chinese people... :) Cheers, Juan

Wise, Chinese people... :)
Cheers,
Juan
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 10-01-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 2,311
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Thanks! Cheers, Juan

Thanks!
Cheers,
Juan
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 10-01-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 2,311
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Thank you Stephen. Anyway the 35 1.4 is a...

Thank you Stephen.
Anyway the 35 1.4 is a marvelous lens (I tried it some weeks ago) and it's really small for its speed. Possibly the best lens of any brand out there thinking of...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 09-29-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 2,311
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Question to Stephen Gandy and CV people...

Hello,
Where can I find information on the amount of distortion CV lenses have?
Specifically I'd like to check data related to my 15 (M mount) and my 28 3.5 (I like both in terms of distortion), and...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-29-2014
Replies: 79
Views: 5,017
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
That would be nice... The collection would come...

That would be nice... The collection would come with a free black mule with red dot... :)
Cheers,
Juan
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 09-29-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 801
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Hi John, Yes, there's another 35 3.5 after the...

Hi John,
Yes, there's another 35 3.5 after the Serenar...
My 28 3.5 is linear enough too, tiny, and my most used lens, also with a bit of vignetting I enjoy in every shot, no matter if there's sky......
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 09-29-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 801
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
1957 Canon 35 3.5... Distortion?

Hi,
Has someone any image or link with any horizontal line (straight in real world) close to frame's horizontal borders? I want to know if the lens is free of barrel and pincushion...
Forum: Optics Theory - 09-29-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 3,379
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
I see there's also a 1957 Canon 35 3.5, six...

I see there's also a 1957 Canon 35 3.5, six elements in four groups... Does anybody know about its distortion?
Cheers,
Juan
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-29-2014
Replies: 79
Views: 5,017
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Hi Brian, I do something close to that, my 28...

Hi Brian,
I do something close to that, my 28 skopar on my Bessa T: small and light, at f8 all the time... Clicks would be great, though...
I'd like to close my angle a bit: to me 25 is maybe a bit...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-29-2014
Replies: 79
Views: 5,017
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Here’s my grain of sand, and everyone’s allowed...

Here’s my grain of sand, and everyone’s allowed to call it my absurd street camera design:
I keep wanting a compact light camera for 35mm film, with a very small and slow 35mm distortion free fixed...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-29-2014
Replies: 79
Views: 5,017
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Please describe a never made film camera you'd love to buy new right now...

I know some members can consider this a waste of time, but I'm in the more realistic side of the game, thinking of cameras and lenses that could be made, and sold of course!
And I'm mostly seriously...
Forum: Optics Theory - 09-29-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 3,379
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
You're so kind, Sebastel! Thanks a lot! Lines...

You're so kind, Sebastel! Thanks a lot!
Lines look fine to me: there's a Summaron 35 3.5 in the classifieds right now for $200, and I just tried to buy it, but there was a buyer who sent a PM before...
Forum: Optics Theory - 09-28-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 3,379
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
That might be a good idea, Sebastian, I just...

That might be a good idea, Sebastian, I just haven't found if it's as distortion free as the 2.8...
Thanks!
Forum: Optics Theory - 09-28-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 3,379
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Totally out of my price range, but I see the 35...

Totally out of my price range, but I see the 35 lux pre-aspherical has no distortion (aspherical lux and cron have some) AND is really small... It's what I want, but fast and expensive! :) I'd buy...
Forum: Optics Theory - 09-28-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 3,379
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
As always, on the web there's huge contradiction:...

As always, on the web there's huge contradiction: I see it's common to consider high the barrel distortion on the CV 35 1.4 (I agree from images I've seen), but when it comes to the CV 35 2.5 some...
Forum: Optics Theory - 09-28-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 3,379
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Thank you all for the interesting comments. It's...

Thank you all for the interesting comments.
It's mostly barrel and pincushion/mustache distortions what I don't like, and for wet printing there's no software solution...
When a horizontal line close...
Forum: Optics Theory - 09-27-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 3,379
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
No doubt I do stick with large format for...

No doubt I do stick with large format for architecture.
And for street my expectations are met with rf lenses too, contrary to what you say... My CV15 is very well corrected, and I like my CV28...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 09-27-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 3,267
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
If you want to shoot quickly in the street, in...

If you want to shoot quickly in the street, in normal daylight, with depth of field, and using a small lens, you should get the Voigtlander 50 2.5...
But if you want to shoot with selective focus,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-27-2014
Replies: 52
Views: 3,320
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
I'm a 400 ISO film shot at 1600 guy all the time,...

I'm a 400 ISO film shot at 1600 guy all the time, but with my Hasselblad I'm a 100 ISO shot at 50 guy.
Cheers,
Juan
Forum: Optics Theory - 09-27-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 3,379
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
I agree sometimes it doesn't matter at all. ...

I agree sometimes it doesn't matter at all. Other times, an image can be horrible (to my taste) if an important line gets curved close to the border and cropping that part is not a good...
Forum: Optics Theory - 09-27-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 3,379
Posted By Juan Valdenebro
Speaking about design, what does close to zero distortion imply?

I'm just curious: I'd love a 35mm lens without distortion, yet very very small, for f8 shooting only, because when light is lower, it's another lens the one I put on my camera, so I don't really need...
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