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Forum: Photography General Interest 06-21-2016
Replies: 505
Views: 33,563
Posted By Turtle
I think the elephant in the room is this: a...

I think the elephant in the room is this: a decision either way is a compromised one. I do believe that the EU has provided some very real benefits for the UK, but I also believe it has cause quite a...
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 07-22-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 2,867
Posted By Turtle
Assuming that you are not doing close ups, the 75...

Assuming that you are not doing close ups, the 75 & 90mm Summarit-M lenses are very good indeed. The ZM 85 is too, albeit slower. The CV 90mm f3.5 is superb and probably the best value of the lot.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-21-2015
Replies: 27
Views: 4,085
Posted By Turtle
I think that's something many Leica owners can...

I think that's something many Leica owners can understand, Keith. I have no screwmount cameras, but I do have a M2, M3, M6 and MP along with the MMI. The shooting experience remains the same and I...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-16-2015
Replies: 27
Views: 4,085
Posted By Turtle
It's true, there is nothing magical about the...

It's true, there is nothing magical about the Leica M, but this does not mean there is nothing special or unique about it either. Equally, that a person may prefer another sort of camera for their...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-16-2015
Replies: 27
Views: 4,085
Posted By Turtle
What's so special About the Leica M System?

I was pondering my Leica M equipment, while considering what equipment to thin out and what future purchases I was considering and it became clear that my M kit still had a huge future: I not only...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-09-2015
Replies: 36
Views: 3,648
Posted By Turtle
Its not drivel if it scares people into behaving...

Its not drivel if it scares people into behaving differently and thus losing out. The link provided elsewhere provides some interesting additional reading...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 07-01-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 1,798
Posted By Turtle
I think the warning is simply because they know...

I think the warning is simply because they know the limits of what the printer/driver can handle (which is uprezzing/upsizing or whatever you want to call it). I did quite a bit of research on this a...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 06-07-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 2,906
Posted By Turtle
Domke canvas bags are fab. I even bothered to...

Domke canvas bags are fab. I even bothered to write about why here on my blog (http://thephotofundamentalist.com/?p=223).

It depends on the sort of photography you do, but there are some very good...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 04-25-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 3,669
Posted By Turtle
I hoping corrosion does not blight mine, but if...

I hoping corrosion does not blight mine, but if it does I would consider an upgrade. Upgrading is not something I'd be considering otherwise.

Still tempted to take mine to Iceland in May.
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 04-24-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 3,669
Posted By Turtle
These things are important, for sure, but...

These things are important, for sure, but resolution remains important all the same, if one's goal is large prints that will be viewed close up. For street shooting, I have no personal need for more...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 04-24-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 3,669
Posted By Turtle
Leica Monochrom vs. Sony A7R 35 & 50mm Resolution

This comparison still seems to be current, purely from a 'what can a 18MP Bayer free CCD sensor do compared to a CMOS 36MP colour one'. There are many reasons why a person might want to shoot a Leica...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 03-21-2015
Replies: 3
Views: 2,345
Posted By Turtle
Interview with Leica M9 and Monochrom Photographer

Dear Rangefinder folk, I have just completed an interview with Leica M9 and Monochroom shooter, Jonathan van Smit (http://thephotofundamentalist.com/?p=1691), whose flikr stream has received over 7...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-26-2015
Replies: 43
Views: 3,235
Posted By Turtle
I photograph because it keeps me sane. Its a...

I photograph because it keeps me sane. Its a pressure relief valve in my head (somewhere). Because of this outlet, this voice, it is the channel for so many of the things I find interesting and value...
Forum: Off Topic 02-02-2015
Replies: 22
Views: 1,961
Posted By Turtle
In KR's case, he has been of little credibility...

In KR's case, he has been of little credibility for a long time. He has his fun, generates traffic through controversy (and posts like this) and offers nothing that is not better offered...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-02-2015
Replies: 31
Views: 4,993
Posted By Turtle
Dynamic range and file flexibility in post had...

Dynamic range and file flexibility in post had better be a heck of a lot better than the 5D II or there will be a lot of loud sighs of indignation...

FWIW, I think Canon has done a good job updating...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-28-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 1,994
Posted By Turtle
I have no preference. I shoot without real...

I have no preference. I shoot without real concern for ISO up to about 1600, then note that there will be a little noise and reduced dynamic range (and flexibility in post) up to about 4000. I've...
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-27-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 3,396
Posted By Turtle
I was a film only photographer until a few years...

I was a film only photographer until a few years ago. Since then, I have spent a lot of time working on my PP to get the tonality and overall look that I want to see. The Leica Monochrom makes it...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-26-2015
Replies: 42
Views: 5,308
Posted By Turtle
I can only comment on the CV 21 and 25mm P...

I can only comment on the CV 21 and 25mm P lenses, but similar points hold true for the 35mm Pancake II:

There are epic variations in lens assembly. There are more decentered copies that perfect...
Forum: RFF Polls 01-26-2015
Replies: 51
Views: 7,351
Posted By Turtle
I've just come back to this. I think that in a...

I've just come back to this. I think that in a sense 'Projects' (in the loosest sense) are unavoidable, even if the project is ourselves (which ultimately, it always is). There are patterns to what...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 12-02-2014
Replies: 28
Views: 3,282
Posted By Turtle
I'm afraid this is not true and the person you...

I'm afraid this is not true and the person you quote is more right than you are!

A Panasonic 45 f1.2 has DOF deeper than an 85mm f2.4. Doubling the focal length and adding two stops gets you close,...
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 11-21-2014
Replies: 34
Views: 4,306
Posted By Turtle
LOL. Bang on. Deep breaths everyone :) Then...

LOL. Bang on.

Deep breaths everyone :) Then booze.:D



I see no fait accomplis here at all. Why NY Dan posted it makes perfect sense to me.
Forum: RFF Polls 10-31-2014
Replies: 51
Views: 7,351
Posted By Turtle
I shoot whatever catches my eye, but projects...

I shoot whatever catches my eye, but projects reflect my journey. They give shape and structure to my intellectual, emotional and purely visual explorations.
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 10-30-2014
Replies: 16
Views: 4,547
Posted By Turtle
People often use too much sharpening too, which...

People often use too much sharpening too, which takes you even further away from an old school look.

The best start would be to reduce pixel count, use older lenses and get damn good at processing....
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 10-26-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 3,948
Posted By Turtle
My CV 35 1.2 II is significantly lower contrast...

My CV 35 1.2 II is significantly lower contrast than any of my modern Leica lenses, from Summarit-M up to 24 Lux and 28 Elmarit-asph. The MK 1 is lower in contrast still.

I'd suggest shooting...
Forum: Film vs Digital 10-25-2014
Replies: 280
Views: 33,116
Posted By Turtle
Could the slowing market mean we already have...

Could the slowing market mean we already have decent imaging tools already and should concentrate on making photos? Perish the thought! We all get GAS once in a while, but of late I have been using...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-23-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 2,189
Posted By Turtle
Thank you Bill. I loved his work and its great to...

Thank you Bill. I loved his work and its great to hear the man was equally loveable.

May he rest in peace.
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 10-19-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 2,486
Posted By Turtle
I'd only be concerned about lens-sensor alignment...

I'd only be concerned about lens-sensor alignment after attaching the new mount. There's not only tolerances to consider, but also screw tightening and mount flatness.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 10-19-2014
Replies: 46
Views: 4,059
Posted By Turtle
We can make things difficult if we want to, but...

We can make things difficult if we want to, but it does not help much...

I think 'transcending the obvious' is a pretty simple concept to understand because it clearly allows for subjective...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-17-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 3,136
Posted By Turtle
Efke 25 will make high contrast easy, as will Pan...

Efke 25 will make high contrast easy, as will Pan F plus (albeit to a lesser extent).

Both are readily availalble. Just don't heavily overdevelop either film too much because you will end up with...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-15-2014
Replies: 80
Views: 6,513
Posted By Turtle
Sometimes its there and sometimes its not, but...

Sometimes its there and sometimes its not, but mostly not (for me). We all have different brains and this is surely having an impact on different inputs and perceptions here. I see it 'more' with...
Forum: RFF News 10-15-2014
Replies: 50
Views: 13,243
Posted By Turtle
Knock 10% off your ebay price and its amazing how...

Knock 10% off your ebay price and its amazing how readily camera goods sell on the right forums.

... as if there weren't enough good reasons not to sell on ebay.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 10-14-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 2,938
Posted By Turtle
Thanks Roger. There's good work here with an...

Thanks Roger. There's good work here with an immediacy and slightly different angle than normally seen from western PJs. Is it less sensationalised and more 'real'? Is there more of a human touch? I...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 10-13-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 2,540
Posted By Turtle
IMO, a profiled work flow and none of the above....

IMO, a profiled work flow and none of the above. I do not like the ABW mode as it makes changes you cannot control or nicely predict. Once I got custom profiles for the papers I use I have no trouble...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 10-13-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 3,748
Posted By Turtle
Xtol 1+1. Works like a charm.

Xtol 1+1.

Works like a charm.
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 10-06-2014
Replies: 2,428
Views: 359,496
Posted By Turtle
Pentti Sammallhatti's 'Here, Far Away' James...

Pentti Sammallhatti's 'Here, Far Away'
James Nachtwey's 'Inferno'
Salgado's 'Genesis'
Ralp Gibson's 'Nude'

.... and loads more. I've been writing up some very brief reviews with a few pics if anyone...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 10-02-2014
Replies: 38
Views: 4,928
Posted By Turtle
Sadly, the world is burdened with too many people...

Sadly, the world is burdened with too many people consumed by the knowledge of their own inadequacy, who are desperate to crush the spirit they envy in others. The people have an undeveloped core and...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-01-2014
Replies: 292
Views: 16,213
Posted By Turtle
Sony A7/R. Because I am shooting a project with...

Sony A7/R.

Because I am shooting a project with it right now and its doing the job perfectly.
Forum: Off Topic 09-30-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 2,025
Posted By Turtle
I'm a film and darkroom fan, but I've gone the...

I'm a film and darkroom fan, but I've gone the other way in that I don't close shave in any way any more. Once a week or two, I use a beard trimmer to keep somewhere between short stubble and short...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 09-30-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 3,016
Posted By Turtle
Wow and there I was thinking people could go the...

Wow and there I was thinking people could go the website and look at the photos!

While I am sure you are raising many good points from a web tech point of view, I suspect the average person who has...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 09-30-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 3,016
Posted By Turtle
The website is third party and I will probably...

The website is third party and I will probably migrate it over to something wordpress based (like my blog) and manage it myself going forwards.

What is the issue with Flash? I have heard it...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-26-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 2,010
Posted By Turtle
Bob, I am surprised none of you see a difference...

Bob, I am surprised none of you see a difference in your prints. Neopan 400 has much higher resolution than TriX and finer grain. I guess on small prints this would be less visible.

I did a 6x7 film...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-26-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 2,010
Posted By Turtle
Yes, it does not handle overexposure well and...

Yes, it does not handle overexposure well and give that flat low contrast highlight look. I used to like the film a lot, but it could look more clinical than I wanted under some circumstances.
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 09-26-2014
Replies: 31
Views: 5,056
Posted By Turtle
What Lynn said, but with one addition: solicit...

What Lynn said, but with one addition: solicit constructive criticism from a wide diversity of accomplished photographers, wherever possible. Internet feedback can be useful, but as often as not it...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-23-2014
Replies: 33
Views: 3,543
Posted By Turtle
The 100mm f2 won't be razor sharp wide open, but...

The 100mm f2 won't be razor sharp wide open, but that's no bad thing in a portrait lens. f2.8 will give the bite you need when you want it, as it would with the current 100mm f2.8 IS Macro, only the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-23-2014
Replies: 61
Views: 5,544
Posted By Turtle
Out of interest, why not just buy a MP if you...

Out of interest, why not just buy a MP if you want a modern camera or a M2/M4 if you want meterless with 0.72 mag?
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-23-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 1,591
Posted By Turtle
ebay is offensive, but sadly still the only game...

ebay is offensive, but sadly still the only game in town if you need to get rid of something quickly. For everything else I use anything else.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-23-2014
Replies: 52
Views: 5,861
Posted By Turtle
The best photos my phone took are the ones that...

The best photos my phone took are the ones that could not have been taken on anything else because I did not have anything else. I'd never use it as a primary camera, but reserve the right to change...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 09-22-2014
Replies: 253
Views: 23,361
Posted By Turtle
Yes, but perfect exposure with low-speed trees is...

Yes, but perfect exposure with low-speed trees is not the same ball game as sometimes high-speed street photography where lighting and opportunities are measures in seconds or fractions thereof. This...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-22-2014
Replies: 33
Views: 3,543
Posted By Turtle
If you want substantially more working distance...

If you want substantially more working distance than the 85mm lenses, what about the 135 L. Beautiful lens.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-22-2014
Replies: 33
Views: 3,543
Posted By Turtle
The 100mm f2 is not super sharp wide open, but...

The 100mm f2 is not super sharp wide open, but sharpens up nicely at f2.8. The 85mm f1.8 is a bit sharper wide open.

For maximum flexibility the current model 100mm f2.8 IS macro would be a top...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 09-22-2014
Replies: 253
Views: 23,361
Posted By Turtle
This is completely ridiculous. I have installed...

This is completely ridiculous. I have installed thick felt curtains over my Monochrom display, so that the LCD is visible only when I want it to be. Unfortunately, when photographing in high winds, I...
Forum: Sony NEX APS-C format 08-11-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 9,843
Posted By Turtle
Personally, I would keep the A7 simply because it...

Personally, I would keep the A7 simply because it means not taking the depreciation hit to buy a new 6000, which too will then depreciate. I think the A7 is a great camera and you'll have an...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 08-11-2014
Replies: 287
Views: 46,916
Posted By Turtle
Super images biomed! You and the GX7 are...

Super images biomed! You and the GX7 are obviously getting along famously!
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-09-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 3,487
Posted By Turtle
Some manufacturers have QC that is in keeping...

Some manufacturers have QC that is in keeping with their prices and others not so much. While mechanical issues may exist with new Leica lenses, obvious decentering or other glaring optical issues...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-09-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 3,487
Posted By Turtle
Agreed. Leica MTFs and Putz's own tests show the...

Agreed.

Leica MTFs and Putz's own tests show the cheaper 35mm Summarit-M is slightly sharper at f5.6 and f8 than the 35mm Summicron-M asp. A good copy of the 35mm CV Pancake II gives both a run for...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 08-09-2014
Replies: 69
Views: 13,401
Posted By Turtle
My previous post seems not to have posted so here...

My previous post seems not to have posted so here goes again.

A2 is not large enough for the MM to show what it can do. You only need about 18-20MP to make an A2 print that cannot be distinguished...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-09-2014
Replies: 68
Views: 18,367
Posted By Turtle
Its a cracker. I bought mine to replace a 28mm...

Its a cracker. I bought mine to replace a 28mm Biogon which does not seem to perform very well in the outer field on the MM. The 28 Elmarit-asph is much better. Its tiny and performs faultlessly. In...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-08-2014
Replies: 28
Views: 2,495
Posted By Turtle
Mine. ..............

Mine.

..............
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 08-06-2014
Replies: 69
Views: 13,401
Posted By Turtle
Work on some DNGs in post and you will see the...

Work on some DNGs in post and you will see the difference. The MM is sharper, has better tonality, less (and more pleasant) noise at high ISO and the files are much more malleable.

You have to...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 07-29-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 6,458
Posted By Turtle
Hopefully I'll make it next year. With 12 months...

Hopefully I'll make it next year. With 12 months to work up to it, I think I should be able to make the dates align.

Its good to hear that you'll be exhibiting for the third year on the trot next...
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 07-29-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 4,060
Posted By Turtle
Amazing special purpose lens which has a level of...

Amazing special purpose lens which has a level of performance that is, IMHO, more than offset by the massive size/weight disadvantage for most applications. On the A7R I can only imagine it feels...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 07-28-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 6,458
Posted By Turtle
So how was it this year?

So how was it this year?
Forum: Film vs Digital 07-26-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 1,866
Posted By Turtle
I would not even look at the Mamiya 7 or X100s...

I would not even look at the Mamiya 7 or X100s and I own Mamiya 7s (no fast lenses) and a X100 (poor focus (even with the 'S' and fixed lens limits you).

DSLR all the way. No question whatsoever. An...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 07-26-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 1,059
Posted By Turtle
Nice! Pick of the bunch: Flower in a Bucket! You...

Nice! Pick of the bunch: Flower in a Bucket! You can tell that flower has 'it' going on.
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-14-2014
Replies: 28
Views: 2,490
Posted By Turtle
For those who like McKenna, you may also like...

For those who like McKenna, you may also like Josef Hofflehner.

There are so many... Koudelka has produced incredible landscape work with a strong graphical and abstract quality (Chaos is one...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 07-12-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 2,644
Posted By Turtle
Delta 100 for great resolution and fine grain,...

Delta 100 for great resolution and fine grain, but a less ultra modern look than Tmax 100 or Acros. FP4+ for a fairly classic look. Foma 100 if you want lots of sparkle and understand that grain is...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 07-09-2014
Replies: 81
Views: 6,546
Posted By Turtle
I am not sure I understand your point. Indeed...

I am not sure I understand your point.

Indeed much recent history is being documented with clean colour images and I am no way criticizing that, only commenting on what I want from my photography....
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 07-09-2014
Replies: 81
Views: 6,546
Posted By Turtle
I'm not sure its fair to compare Gibson now and...

I'm not sure its fair to compare Gibson now and then, because plenty of artists lose their mojo over time. I agree with the preference of old over new, however. I would add that I think his...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 07-08-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 4,206
Posted By Turtle
The A7R has such flexible files you can do...

The A7R has such flexible files you can do whatever you want with them, plus you have wonderful resolution when you need it. Unless you are shooting video a lot or shoot black cats in coal cellars at...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 07-08-2014
Replies: 81
Views: 6,546
Posted By Turtle
FWIW, I did not read Lukitas' post as anything...

FWIW, I did not read Lukitas' post as anything 'them or us' and I am a bit surprised that others have. I also see an opinion being put forth regarding the process of making images and how that...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 07-08-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 1,835
Posted By Turtle
Fantastic! If you don't want 36MP don't overlook...

Fantastic! If you don't want 36MP don't overlook the regular A7 as the shutter is a bit nicer and you get no vibration issues due to electronic first curtain shutter.

I'm in total agreement: for all...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 07-08-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 4,206
Posted By Turtle
If you want simple (and good and flexible),...

If you want simple (and good and flexible), Silver Efect Pro 2 comes highly recommended. With a high res A7R, I'm a bit surprised you don't want to learn a bit of post processing, because there's no...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-08-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 4,599
Posted By Turtle
Based on his response to the situation, the man...

Based on his response to the situation, the man is a complete @rse. Simple.

The alleged assault is a completely seperate issue, which he should have dealt with like a grown up, not a foul mouthed...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 07-08-2014
Replies: 81
Views: 6,546
Posted By Turtle
Dear X-ray, After mentioning the science/art...

Dear X-ray,

After mentioning the science/art conflict, I wonder if your Myer Briggs type indicator is INFJ? Mine is, which seems to involve a life of constant internal tension between the...
Forum: Travel 07-05-2014
Replies: 115
Views: 13,795
Posted By Turtle
That 21mm is so small and light that taking it is...

That 21mm is so small and light that taking it is no trouble at all. Its only 150g and less bulky than a golf ball.

If you feel like some 21mm inspiration, google Jean Loup Sieff, who worked with...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-03-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 5,713
Posted By Turtle
Agreed on all points. Xtol is genuinely...

Agreed on all points.

Xtol is genuinely excellent. I preferred it 1+1 and 1+2.

I never experienced sudden death in a good five years of use, even with stock that was nine months old. 3 month old...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-29-2014
Replies: 137
Views: 12,058
Posted By Turtle
I'm not sure one should learn to exploit a...

I'm not sure one should learn to exploit a 35-50mm lens to its maximum, because you may find another focal length better for you. I would agree that if you cannot shoot decent photos without using...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 06-28-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 3,295
Posted By Turtle
It depends on whether you want to approach your...

It depends on whether you want to approach your work as 'information' or a personal piece of 'communication.' Function versus emotion. I prefer the latter, because it can be all the more...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 06-28-2014
Replies: 183
Views: 28,039
Posted By Turtle
I picked one up. I don't wish to sound...

I picked one up.

I don't wish to sound facetious, but it was that simple. Someone showed me 'some old camera kit' and the second I picked it up, it felt more right than any other camera I have held....
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-27-2014
Replies: 137
Views: 12,058
Posted By Turtle
The sweet spot for me is 2-3 primes. This bulk...

The sweet spot for me is 2-3 primes.

This bulk of this project http://www.thomasstanworth.com/album/the-disorder-of-species?p=1&s=UA-10634171-1#1 was shot with a Leica MP with 25mm and 35mm lenses....
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-27-2014
Replies: 70
Views: 9,127
Posted By Turtle
Commercial work, landscapes etc: Zooms are quick...

Commercial work, landscapes etc: Zooms are quick and flexible to use under a myriad of circumstances. Optically they are great nowadays.
Street/Documentary etc: A couple of primes. Light and simple...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 06-26-2014
Replies: 28
Views: 4,805
Posted By Turtle
Figure out what you think you want to do. Make...

Figure out what you think you want to do.
Make sure you are very good at it.
... and the whole time do what Roger has just said. Never stop. Its the beginning, middle and end of your success.

Every...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-26-2014
Replies: 9,248
Views: 924,304
Posted By Turtle
A bottle of Jonny Walker Green Label. With a...

A bottle of Jonny Walker Green Label. With a single ice cube, its delicious.
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-25-2014
Replies: 137
Views: 12,058
Posted By Turtle
I prefer walking out of the front door, wherever...

I prefer walking out of the front door, wherever that door may be, with an empty mind. Achieving that empty mind is the first and biggest challenge.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 06-25-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 6,458
Posted By Turtle
Roger, Sadly I can't come this year (aiming for...

Roger, Sadly I can't come this year (aiming for 2015!), but wish you the best of luck (and enjoyment) with the exhibition!
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 06-25-2014
Replies: 7
Views: 1,799
Posted By Turtle
If you have a peek on my blog, I've done a review...

If you have a peek on my blog, I've done a review of the 35 FE Sonnar. Its a cracking lens but not perfect. At 'best apertures' the 35mm 1.2 Nokton II is IMO the fractionally better lens, but at five...
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 06-25-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 1,255
Posted By Turtle
Nicely done

Nicely done
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 06-05-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 8,238
Posted By Turtle
Favourite lens for M7 II. No problems at...

Favourite lens for M7 II. No problems at all.

Just seems to suit everything....
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 05-31-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 5,326
Posted By Turtle
Its a pleasure. The ergonomics are perhaps best...

Its a pleasure.

The ergonomics are perhaps best described as 'OK'. The adapted length means everything is a bit further forward than you would expect (especially if you are interchanging with native...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 05-31-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 5,326
Posted By Turtle
A7R with Canon FD and Olympus Zuiko OM Lenses

Hi All, I thought I'd post a link to some writing I've been doing on the A7R with Canon FDn and Zuiko OM lenses: http://thephotofundamentalist.com/?p=544

I know both sets have been written about...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-04-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 2,171
Posted By Turtle
I'm not sure why its a case of mistaken identify....

I'm not sure why its a case of mistaken identify. Sounds very much like a 'green on blue' to me, of which we have seen many in Afghanistan. Time will hopefully reveal more about why the (probably...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-12-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 2,898
Posted By Turtle
Xtol 1+1. Simple.

Xtol 1+1.

Simple.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-12-2014
Replies: 53
Views: 4,438
Posted By Turtle
Sell M4. Keep M8 and M6 TTL (both dials rotate...

Sell M4. Keep M8 and M6 TTL (both dials rotate the same direction, both have meters). See how it goes and then sell the M6 TTL if you feel like it later.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-07-2014
Replies: 56
Views: 9,436
Posted By Turtle
Following on from hepcat's comments about the...

Following on from hepcat's comments about the militarisation of the police in the US, it's perhaps interesting to note that the Afghan police were militarised from the outset, with their roles barely...
Forum: Film vs Digital 03-06-2014
Replies: 180
Views: 25,331
Posted By Turtle
Can you imagine is the wine producers went out of...

Can you imagine is the wine producers went out of business?
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-06-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 1,005
Posted By Turtle
^^^ what he said. Soak in water until the neg can...

^^^ what he said. Soak in water until the neg can be slid out gently, ensure evenly wet and soaked for a while, dry... good as new.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-28-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 2,462
Posted By Turtle
It may seem a bit boring to some, but considering...

It may seem a bit boring to some, but considering the market and real world use, it seems like just what was needed. Better AF, small RAW file options etc.

Super high MP options got smaller and...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-28-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 1,675
Posted By Turtle
I still don't own a fast Canon 35 or 50. I have...

I still don't own a fast Canon 35 or 50. I have the 24 L II and the 85 L II and was put off b the 50 1.2L's focus shift and the age and CA of the 35 L

The wonderful thing about these Sigma primes is...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 02-28-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 8,897
Posted By Turtle
My beater M3. Its the cheapest and so least...

My beater M3. Its the cheapest and so least painful to replace. The MM is at the opposite end of the scale!
Forum: RFF Polls 02-28-2014
Replies: 188
Views: 34,058
Posted By Turtle
For me, anything longer than 50mm is far from...

For me, anything longer than 50mm is far from favourite when using rangefinders. Even with the 50mm, I far prefer a 0.85/0.9 finder
Forum: Film vs Digital 02-27-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 1,262
Posted By Turtle
You vote with your genes, David. Its the only...

You vote with your genes, David. Its the only meaningful vote.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-27-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 2,126
Posted By Turtle
Hmmm, deep blacks..... Unexposed film has deep...

Hmmm, deep blacks..... Unexposed film has deep blacks ;) As Roger says, understanding allows a person to recognise hot air ;)

My 2c is that you are completely and utterly wasting your time worrying...
Forum: Film vs Digital 02-26-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 1,262
Posted By Turtle
This vs that is just another facet of rampant...

This vs that is just another facet of rampant consumerism. I agree that too many things have become a competition, with the 'competitor' needing to 'win' or at least be on the winning side (Nikon,...
Forum: Fuji X Series 02-20-2014
Replies: 351
Views: 48,087
Posted By Turtle
Sounds like a great camera, but I wonder if it...

Sounds like a great camera, but I wonder if it 'falls between stools'? Apart from a few glowing comments, the consensus seems to be that its not as fast or decisive as a DSLR for AF or tracking, but...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-20-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 1,912
Posted By Turtle
hdew cameras is worth looking at. Fine service...

hdew cameras is worth looking at. Fine service from them.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-18-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 3,173
Posted By Turtle
Unless your ambient temperature is really high,...

Unless your ambient temperature is really high, or you are storing for a long time, I have never felt the need to refrigerate B&W film. If you're buying film then using it within a few months... even...
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 02-18-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 1,382
Posted By Turtle
Dave, just be aware that as with other lenses,...

Dave, just be aware that as with other lenses, there are decentered copies out there. My first needed to be returned (it was pretty bad).
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 02-18-2014
Replies: 4
Views: 1,382
Posted By Turtle
Pretty well what I saw with mine in...

Pretty well what I saw with mine in non-scientific tests. Wide open centre performance is amazing, as are the edges. The centre picks up a tick but its already so good you cant really see improvement...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 02-18-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 4,057
Posted By Turtle
Who is making the 'proposed' 15 1.7? Sounds...

Who is making the 'proposed' 15 1.7?

Sounds perfect. 30mm... a touch longer than 28 and shorter than a 35. If this is nice and compact, it could rate as about the perfect street lens for me. V...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 02-17-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 4,057
Posted By Turtle
Its an incredible camera, which is why I bought...

Its an incredible camera, which is why I bought one. A real pocket rocket. Great IQ and, with a few compromises, punches well above its weight class.
Forum: Fuji X Series 02-17-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 5,655
Posted By Turtle
All things being equal, FF gives better high ISO...

All things being equal, FF gives better high ISO and it is easier to achieve shallow depth of field. Most Fuji lenses, as wonderful as they are, are shorter focal lengths (due to the smaller format)...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 02-16-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,394
Posted By Turtle
Zeiss 50mm ZM planar? Stunning IQ.

Zeiss 50mm ZM planar? Stunning IQ.
Forum: Fuji X Series 02-16-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 5,655
Posted By Turtle
Most of the most amazing digital photos we have...

Most of the most amazing digital photos we have ever seen were shot on a Bayer sensor. While there are some great alternatives, they do also have downsides and are far from perfect.

Personally, I...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 02-16-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 3,767
Posted By Turtle
I second the Domke F6 or F2. I love mine (I have...

I second the Domke F6 or F2. I love mine (I have both) and blogged about it if you're interested.

Of the two, the F6 really is the Goldilocks solution.... just right. The F2 is a fair bit bigger,...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-15-2014
Replies: 70
Views: 5,343
Posted By Turtle
35mm something. A 35 1.4 of f2 would do me fine....

35mm something.

A 35 1.4 of f2 would do me fine. The CV 35 1.2 is probably the most rounded lens I have ever used, but its a bit heavy.

I could use nothing but a 35mm for the rest of my life and...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 02-15-2014
Replies: 38
Views: 5,723
Posted By Turtle
The alternative is to pick the one you feel best...

The alternative is to pick the one you feel best suits you, find workarounds for its limitations, and just enjoy making that tool work for you. Most cameras now are just so darned good.... that many...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-15-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 1,297
Posted By Turtle
I should clarify, put the stock solution in...

I should clarify, put the stock solution in sealed bottles and only dilute for use.

Oh, yes. It is super stable and never let me down. Even with the very high contrast I'd sometimes encounter in...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-15-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 1,297
Posted By Turtle
Pete, If you want carefree, may I suggest Xtol...

Pete,

If you want carefree, may I suggest Xtol 1+1, +2 or +3?

Put it in brown glass bottles with a good seal and it lasts for ages. Totally bulletproof for developing, especially 1+2 and...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-15-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 1,297
Posted By Turtle
Are you not able to use something else in lieu?...

Are you not able to use something else in lieu? I've never seen Diafine available in the UK.

Is it the speed or specific look you are after?

Microphen,DDX and Xtol are possible alternatives if you...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-14-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 4,427
Posted By Turtle
Sejanus, yes, very true. The irony is that in...

Sejanus, yes, very true. The irony is that in taking that approach, the art usually improves. I find my creativity flow fairly well in proportion to the amount of love and passion for life in my life.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-14-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 3,080
Posted By Turtle
Nope. Maybe I should have, but took a break (now...

Nope. Maybe I should have, but took a break (now a couple of years long) from entering competitions. Along with exhibitions, competitions can be quite demanding of your time (and brain)!!!

Wouldn't...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 02-14-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 9,155
Posted By Turtle
Dwig, I completely disagree that diffusion heads...

Dwig, I completely disagree that diffusion heads render enlargement size unimportant. It isn't remotely true and I can say that having spent 13 years printing from both a condenser and a 10x8 head,...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 02-14-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 2,334
Posted By Turtle
I'm very pleased with mine (A7 and A7R). The VF...

I'm very pleased with mine (A7 and A7R). The VF blackout is not a problem, for me, as I use them.

Yes, they are imperfect.
Yes, they are also incredible.

The above statements are not mutually...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-14-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 4,427
Posted By Turtle
I see Stephen posted almost exactly the same...

I see Stephen posted almost exactly the same point as I was writing mine!
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-14-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 4,427
Posted By Turtle
Sometimes a person needs to take time time out. I...

Sometimes a person needs to take time time out. I find my creativity tracks the emotional ebb and flow of my life. There are productive, inspired periods and those where I feel and see less. I have...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 02-14-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 9,155
Posted By Turtle
I came to feel the same way and tried 8x10, then...

I came to feel the same way and tried 8x10, then decided 5x7 was big enough for me, but not too large to handle conveniently.

I think you really need to see original prints, because everything ends...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-14-2014
Replies: 49
Views: 3,386
Posted By Turtle
I didn't think I was hoarding until I moved into...

I didn't think I was hoarding until I moved into a small London flat, then I felt like everything was out of control. It has forced me to decide what I really can't bear to part with and then sell...
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 02-14-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 4,021
Posted By Turtle
mfogiel, thanks for the input. I will be...

mfogiel, thanks for the input. I will be expanding the sections you speak of dramatically, but starting with a few general pieces, including reviews, was the easiest way of laying down some basic...
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 02-14-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 4,021
Posted By Turtle
Hi John, here is a link to the event and the...

Hi John, here is a link to the event and the project being displayed is Russians and Royals http://www.nuitdelaphoto.ch/photographe-thomas-stanworth-russians-and-royals

Its a night of projections -...
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 02-13-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 4,021
Posted By Turtle
Thanks Jamie and Roger and I completely take it...

Thanks Jamie and Roger and I completely take it on board - its something I have been thinking about and don't want to get wrong.

I've got a number of articles pre-written, or in draft format, and...
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 02-12-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 4,021
Posted By Turtle
Thanks Simon!

Thanks Simon!
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-11-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,101
Posted By Turtle
Thanks for posting! I've seen clips before but...

Thanks for posting! I've seen clips before but not the whole thing. The one quote I am going to remember forever is this:

"... at a certain age, you have the face you deserve". Brilliant!
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-11-2014
Replies: 41
Views: 3,869
Posted By Turtle
I'm voting for RAW too. I cannot tell you whether...

I'm voting for RAW too. I cannot tell you whether colour is present or absent. My memories are 'pre-colour'... an 'emotional visual' channel, for me.
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 02-10-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 4,021
Posted By Turtle
Thanks everyone, I really appreciate you taking a...

Thanks everyone, I really appreciate you taking a look and giving me feedback. I'm just beginning to write up the Leica Monochrom, which still leaves my jaw on the floor when I look at the files....
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 02-09-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 4,021
Posted By Turtle
New Blog: The Photo Fundamentalist

Fine People,

I've just started a new blog, The Photo Fundamentalist (http://www.thephotofundamentalist.com), which might be of interest to you. I'll be combining documentary/reportage pieces,...
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 02-08-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,869
Posted By Turtle
IMO, it's quite simple: the DxO score is an...

IMO, it's quite simple: the DxO score is an evaluation of quantifiable aspects of performance. This cannot be argued with, but does not in any way suggest that you will 'like it'.

The 'liking it'...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-08-2014
Replies: 32
Views: 4,584
Posted By Turtle
Phil, I completely agree that there there is no...

Phil,

I completely agree that there there is no perfect place to life, but its only natural for people to comment on their own values. I think most Europeans are happy to give up certain rights...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-08-2014
Replies: 32
Views: 4,584
Posted By Turtle
Like Roger, I have had generally good...

Like Roger, I have had generally good interactions with the British Police. At times they have seriously impressed me, but there are always those that give them a bad name. At least there, I do not...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 02-08-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 4,474
Posted By Turtle
Sharp edges wide open are not always important to...

Sharp edges wide open are not always important to everyone. How many times have you shot a planar subject wide open and needed perfection?

I find the CV 35 1.2 II absolutely spectacular lens on the...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 02-03-2014
Replies: 504
Views: 103,965
Posted By Turtle
I find the 35 Summarit-M 'OK' but nothing more....

I find the 35 Summarit-M 'OK' but nothing more. By f11 is pretty sharp in the corners but that's too late for me. The CV 35 1.2 II is stunning. By f5.6 it has overtaken the 35 Sonnar and by f8 it is...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-01-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 2,573
Posted By Turtle
Bullets don't discriminate - I hope he recovers...

Bullets don't discriminate - I hope he recovers well.
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 01-30-2014
Replies: 90
Views: 14,586
Posted By Turtle
But isn't this the problem? The A7/A7R are...

But isn't this the problem? The A7/A7R are reality, which is very different.

A cracking 24-28MP APSC sensor from Fuji would go down very nicely, considering the quality of their lenses. Even if the...
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 01-30-2014
Replies: 69
Views: 11,644
Posted By Turtle
With FF digital bodies becoming every more...

With FF digital bodies becoming every more capable, they are eating upwards towards the mainstream limit of what level of resolution we need from our cameras. Sure, more will always be more, but only...
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-21-2014
Replies: 496
Views: 49,823
Posted By Turtle
Several Points: 1. I think Gibson's recent work...

Several Points:

1. I think Gibson's recent work is not what it used to be. I wont blame the camera for that.
2. Gibsons anti digital views a decade ago were undoubtedly framed by what digital...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 12-30-2013
Replies: 76
Views: 32,399
Posted By Turtle
The 35 1.2 is great on the A7R (genuinely very...

The 35 1.2 is great on the A7R (genuinely very good, even in the corners) and the 50 noct will be great too. No focus shift to worry about and easy to nail focus.

The 35 1.2 is probably one of the...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 10-20-2013
Replies: 104
Views: 21,583
Posted By Turtle
For some, it is not a deal breaker if this camera...

For some, it is not a deal breaker if this camera is not great with Leica wides. If it works with 35mm lenses very nicely, then one can shoot one's Leica 35+ lenses and just add one (or two) Zeiss FE...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-20-2013
Replies: 8
Views: 1,535
Posted By Turtle
I've heard the red edge/colour shifts are so...

I've heard the red edge/colour shifts are so severe with this lens it is a 'no-goer' on the M9. Can anyone comment on this, because its a potential deal breaker for heaverstar if its as bad as some...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-18-2013
Replies: 267
Views: 24,635
Posted By Turtle
IMO there are two main reasons people get excited...

IMO there are two main reasons people get excited by 'Leica Killers':

1. People who cannot afford a Leica, but want something 'kinda similar' and are pleased as punch when affordable alternatives...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 10-18-2013
Replies: 104
Views: 21,583
Posted By Turtle
I agree with Roger in that digital Leicas are not...

I agree with Roger in that digital Leicas are not just bought because people either (a) misguidedly think they are best or (b) want a status symbol. As hard as this is to believe, some buy them...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 10-18-2013
Replies: 6
Views: 2,557
Posted By Turtle
I've just read it an cannot fathom what the...

I've just read it an cannot fathom what the problem is. So he is enthusiastic about it? Well, that's hardly surprising considering the huge fanfare associated with the 36 MP D800 only 18 months ago....
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 10-18-2013
Replies: 63
Views: 8,663
Posted By Turtle
I almost never print smaller than A4. 20x16 to...

I almost never print smaller than A4. 20x16 to 20x24 are standard display sizes most of the time.

A lot depends on the type of subject matter. Street and documentary shots rarely benefit from the...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 10-18-2013
Replies: 176
Views: 20,866
Posted By Turtle
Yes, thats because the camera body is...

Yes, thats because the camera body is particularly small relative to the sensor size making the lens look big relative to the camera. A FF DSLR would add a much larger body to a similarly sized (or...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 10-18-2013
Replies: 176
Views: 20,866
Posted By Turtle
Quite! Lenses that stand out as exciting to use...

Quite! Lenses that stand out as exciting to use on a 36 mp body:

24-70 L II - Prime performance in a zoom.
85 1.2L II - Beautiful, beautiful rendition.
17 and 24 TS-E - Peerless tilt and shift...
Forum: Fuji X Series 10-18-2013
Replies: 64
Views: 9,324
Posted By Turtle
... and perhaps inevitable? That said, for...

... and perhaps inevitable?

That said, for street/travel, a 24-28MP APSC sensor will be plenty IMO and I'd hope the XPro-2 will be in this ballpark. Looks like those fuji lenses will easily be able...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 10-18-2013
Replies: 176
Views: 20,866
Posted By Turtle
I don't think this is an accurate or fair...

I don't think this is an accurate or fair analysis.

The lenses have to cover FF, so they are not going to be as small as lenses covering APS-C. That's the price of the IQ that is on offer from the...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 10-17-2013
Replies: 176
Views: 20,866
Posted By Turtle
The A7 and R are a massive splash for Sony, noisy...

The A7 and R are a massive splash for Sony, noisy shutter aside. Here begins a system and if people look at it like that, then its perhaps even more enticing. As for stealth on the street, its often...
Forum: Fuji X Series 10-17-2013
Replies: 64
Views: 9,324
Posted By Turtle
Personally, I'd only be excited if it had a few...

Personally, I'd only be excited if it had a few more MP. There's a huge difference between the output of my X100 (12mp) and 5D III (22mp). I make big prints and 16mp just is not enough compared to...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 10-14-2013
Replies: 32
Views: 3,418
Posted By Turtle
I was very pleased with my new MM until I put my...

I was very pleased with my new MM until I put my 75mm Summarit and 90 Elmarit-M on it. My 50 planar was not good wide open either, but tolerable.

The Leica UK line was that it was lens calibration...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 10-11-2013
Replies: 28
Views: 4,914
Posted By Turtle
I would agree that Salgado did not show us...

I would agree that Salgado did not show us something entirely new, but I do think he fused familiar but normally separate styles of work together, executed to an exceptional standard. Completely new?...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-10-2013
Replies: 97
Views: 6,744
Posted By Turtle
Does procrastinating count towards your X...

Does procrastinating count towards your X thousand hours? If so, I'm an expert on quite a few things :D
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-10-2013
Replies: 97
Views: 6,744
Posted By Turtle
The there is taking photos to please the public....

The there is taking photos to please the public. Pleasing yourself, other photographers and the public can (and usually are) three very different things. One could perhaps add 'the art world' as a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-10-2013
Replies: 97
Views: 6,744
Posted By Turtle
I take photos to prevent my mind pulling itself...

I take photos to prevent my mind pulling itself to bits. There is a dialogue there which I strongly wish to share, but which ultimately is forced out of myself because of very internal and personal...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 10-09-2013
Replies: 28
Views: 4,914
Posted By Turtle
IMO, the greatest challenge in photography is not...

IMO, the greatest challenge in photography is not reaching a higher level of brilliance than a pack of established, amazing photographers you are in competition with. It is to reach the best possible...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-07-2013
Replies: 60
Views: 5,220
Posted By Turtle
I had only one, when I had images here on RFF. A...

I had only one, when I had images here on RFF.

A gentleman took the trouble to send me quite a few PMs ranting about how unethical and patronising it was to shoot such documentary work in...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-02-2013
Replies: 97
Views: 9,167
Posted By Turtle
The MP is wonderful. I used to have a number of...

The MP is wonderful. I used to have a number of them, including a 0.58, but now I am down to one: the first I bought. I have a M6 as well, but the MP is the best feeling modern Leica I have ever...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-29-2013
Replies: 37
Views: 5,016
Posted By Turtle
What a lot of, well, sourness over nothing. I'm...

What a lot of, well, sourness over nothing.

I'm pleased Viggo M shoots a Leica and film. As a user of both he is supporting the same manufacturers I would like to see survive. I hope he enjoys them...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-28-2013
Replies: 70
Views: 7,770
Posted By Turtle
This isn't all about numbers. If photography...

This isn't all about numbers. If photography were, there would be no difficult decisions to be made.

Cameras are tools and as such, preferences are highly subjective and do not have to be rational,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-28-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 1,393
Posted By Turtle
pismo, Judging by the example you showed, I feel...

pismo,

Judging by the example you showed, I feel very confident suggesting TriX and D76 1+1.

Alternatives include HP5+ and Foma 400. Both give a fairly classic reportage look.

Xtol 1+1 will give...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-27-2013
Replies: 91
Views: 9,494
Posted By Turtle
A digital camera is not obsolete so long as it...

A digital camera is not obsolete so long as it does what you need it to do....

Film is here to stay and I'm not remotely concerned. I don't feel the need for any developments beyond what we already...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 09-24-2013
Replies: 96
Views: 308,687
Posted By Turtle
I agree that it is a process and that any...

I agree that it is a process and that any definition will be both arbitrary and also ignore the variation between individuals. I also agree with an earlier comment that children are often insulated...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-14-2013
Replies: 27
Views: 2,561
Posted By Turtle
I am printing all my good digital work for this...

I am printing all my good digital work for this reason.

I intend to leave behind prints. This is the finished work. Negs will be there for film work and files will be there for digital work.

My...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-14-2013
Replies: 84
Views: 10,220
Posted By Turtle
Other photographers. Literature. Women.

Other photographers.
Literature.
Women.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-24-2013
Replies: 25
Views: 2,934
Posted By Turtle
Enjoy it! I've finally got busy with mine and its...

Enjoy it! I've finally got busy with mine and its in a different league to my 5D III when it comes to producing smooth tonality and fine detail. There is nothing like being able to shoot handheld...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-24-2013
Replies: 79
Views: 5,266
Posted By Turtle
Nothing. I've got a good deal of film kit I...

Nothing. I've got a good deal of film kit I could live without, but I am not convinced I want to live without it.

I'm focusing on selling photographs.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-17-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 2,212
Posted By Turtle
i think you'd have to be barking mad to pay $2k...

i think you'd have to be barking mad to pay $2k for the M9-P upgrade at this point.

Based on the difference in condition between the two camera and marginal shutter count difference, if bought from...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-15-2013
Replies: 77
Views: 6,869
Posted By Turtle
But if you run LR, there is no need for the TIFF,...

But if you run LR, there is no need for the TIFF, surely? You can just retain the DNG (Backed up of course) with your catalogue (also backed up). This alone means you can output the finished image in...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-14-2013
Replies: 72
Views: 5,222
Posted By Turtle
Well, my Volvo V70 has very comfortable seats :D

Well, my Volvo V70 has very comfortable seats :D
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-14-2013
Replies: 72
Views: 5,222
Posted By Turtle
I think its the most French looking Ferrari I...

I think its the most French looking Ferrari I have ever seen. I don't find it particularly ugly or bland, but I do find it 'odd looking'... a fusion of styles which just don't work harmoniously...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-12-2013
Replies: 21
Views: 3,757
Posted By Turtle
Hmmm. There are few smartphones that can use 2-3...

Hmmm. There are few smartphones that can use 2-3 mp well.

There are compact cameras out there with many more MP than my 12 MP
X100, but the results at A3/A2 are not in the same ballpark.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-11-2013
Replies: 235
Views: 21,507
Posted By Turtle
Thank you Gordon. FWIW, I visited Salgado's...

Thank you Gordon.

FWIW, I visited Salgado's Genesis exhibition in London today and, while there were a couple of overcooked images, there were many, many more stunning ones. Anyone who claims not to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-10-2013
Replies: 53
Views: 4,214
Posted By Turtle
FWIW, I do not think there are any 120 cameras...

FWIW, I do not think there are any 120 cameras out there as compact and easy to shoot as 35mm.

3.8x more film changes (6x7 has 10 frames, but my Leicas have 38 per roll).
With the lens extended, the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-10-2013
Replies: 53
Views: 4,214
Posted By Turtle
I love MF when it suits the goal. I love it...

I love MF when it suits the goal. I love it considerably less when trying to work quickly, up close. Quality is great, but the image matters more and with documentary work I find anything involving...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-07-2013
Replies: 235
Views: 21,507
Posted By Turtle
Wow, why the barbed comment? So you don't like...

Wow, why the barbed comment? So you don't like digital, but why not recognise that your arguments are not an absolute reflection of a universal truth. You argue that film is much cheaper, yet it...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-07-2013
Replies: 235
Views: 21,507
Posted By Turtle
Do you print your own fibre prints? If not, what...

Do you print your own fibre prints?

If not, what do you pay for a really top quality 20x16 fibre print? What are your numbers?

As for digital work not being 'worth it', not everyone can produce...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 07-07-2013
Replies: 135
Views: 11,821
Posted By Turtle
I find the same, but in my case it has nothing to...

I find the same, but in my case it has nothing to do with the lenses and everything to do with the 'flow' in use, including subject engagement.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-07-2013
Replies: 235
Views: 21,507
Posted By Turtle
Seems there is a lot of bias against digital...

Seems there is a lot of bias against digital here. I shoot both and love film, but think the arguments being made are not impartial.

You cannot compare a new M9 price with a 'no cost M6'. Thats...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 07-06-2013
Replies: 28
Views: 2,197,055
Posted By Turtle
Because Roger and Turtle are extremely famous.

Because Roger and Turtle are extremely famous.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 07-06-2013
Replies: 135
Views: 11,821
Posted By Turtle
they are the most prevalent manufacturer of...

they are the most prevalent manufacturer of analogue rangefinders and the only manufacturer of in production digital ones.

Oh, and they have great lenses (but so does Zeiss and CV).
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-06-2013
Replies: 235
Views: 21,507
Posted By Turtle
Can you elaborate? I just can't see how this is...

Can you elaborate?

I just can't see how this is true, but maybe I have it all wrong?!
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-06-2013
Replies: 235
Views: 21,507
Posted By Turtle
There is more to it than that: Developing and...

There is more to it than that:


Developing and processing.
Printing costs are much, much higher if you are not a master printer yourself.
You still need scans to be able to submit work and share...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 07-06-2013
Replies: 28
Views: 2,197,055
Posted By Turtle
I can think of few other places where a person's...

I can think of few other places where a person's work is seen by such an array of professional photographers, amateurs, curators, critics, journalists and members of the public. Thoughts become a...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-06-2013
Replies: 235
Views: 21,507
Posted By Turtle
Many astonishingly good (and now famous)...

Many astonishingly good (and now famous) photographers did not make enough from their photography to fund it in their early days, so I do not think there is a message the OP should be taking note of....
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 07-03-2013
Replies: 28
Views: 2,197,055
Posted By Turtle
Richard, the bottom line is make it your own and...

Richard, the bottom line is make it your own and enjoy it! Framing everything is ideal, but its not cheap so not possible for everyone. If you do use frames, go for a number of standardised sizes...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 07-03-2013
Replies: 28
Views: 2,197,055
Posted By Turtle
Roger is busy with his exhibition at the moment,...

Roger is busy with his exhibition at the moment, so I hope he wont mind me answering: Roger and Francis have printed to 16x12/A3 I believe and matted the prints for wall display.

Really image size...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-02-2013
Replies: 75
Views: 6,679
Posted By Turtle
How many other digital true rangefinders are...

How many other digital true rangefinders are there?

If you want to shoot a true manual rangefinder and a digital one at that, you have no choice but to buy a Leica. Sure, there are other...
Forum: Off Topic 06-24-2013
Replies: 88
Views: 13,369
Posted By Turtle
I'd say Sean Reid is more the anti-Rockwell....

I'd say Sean Reid is more the anti-Rockwell. Neither Rockwell nor Huff really quantify/objectify anything. Reid does, however.
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 06-23-2013
Replies: 39
Views: 4,176
Posted By Turtle
Would this translate as, 'learn historical...

Would this translate as, 'learn historical lessons but recognise that the present is not exactly the same as the past. Therefore find novel solutions and apply best judgment'?

I guess this...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-23-2013
Replies: 350
Views: 33,759
Posted By Turtle
My own gallery and a time machine.

My own gallery and a time machine.
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-21-2013
Replies: 150
Views: 12,452
Posted By Turtle
The below is not applicable to what happend to...

The below is not applicable to what happend to the young woman concerned, but it relates to the inevitable tone of such discussions:

Photographing the homeless seems to be a hugely contentious issue...
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