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Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 55
Views: 1,742
Posted By michaelwj
If I had my chance to do it again I would get an...

If I had my chance to do it again I would get an M2/4/6/P/A and a 35mm lens. The details are not important. I'd go for one of the following two options, deciding if you want a home or a black...
Forum: Photography General Interest 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 137
Views: 5,026
Posted By michaelwj
Collecting watches appears to be one of the few...

Collecting watches appears to be one of the few things that make collecting Leica's seem cheap. And the smartphone in your pocket technically makes both redundant (not that that ever stopped anyone).
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-01-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,465
Posted By michaelwj
This is an easy solution to what appears to be a...

This is an easy solution to what appears to be a problem. You are a collector and a user, so separate the two.
1. Keep your grandpa's cameras and other heirlooms in a nice display case and take them...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-30-2019
Replies: 75
Views: 2,556
Posted By michaelwj
I have only one camera (X100F at the moment, but...

I have only one camera (X100F at the moment, but previously it has been an M6, M4, etc). I find that it suits my type of photography well, and is easy. But, if I was to get into bird photography then...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 09-30-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 1,904
Posted By michaelwj
Ah, yes. I would make it for the sloped section,...

Ah, yes.
I would make it for the sloped section, or to go over the scallops as well so it doesn’t slide off.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 09-29-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 1,904
Posted By michaelwj
Hi Ko.Fe., All I'd need is the lens diameter and...

Hi Ko.Fe.,

All I'd need is the lens diameter and width of the section where you want the focus tab to go. It's not too hard to design, and would be about the same cost of my Leica ones on shapeways....
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 09-17-2019
Replies: 56
Views: 6,814
Posted By michaelwj
I agree. As a former Leica user Iíd much prefer a...

I agree. As a former Leica user Iíd much prefer a slightly soft in focus close up than being stuck 50cm back focused. It was and still is my biggest issue with Leica, 70cm MFD. It turns the perfect...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-17-2019
Replies: 81
Views: 3,365
Posted By michaelwj
I feel like I missed out on something, like an...

I feel like I missed out on something, like an outsider who arrived too late to the party. :(
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 09-01-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,050
Posted By michaelwj
A V system lens would need a very big and...

A V system lens would need a very big and complicated adapter, I’ve never heard of one. The only fast (f/2.8) MF lenses are 80mm, so they’d end up being pretty long on the Xpan. In the end, you only...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 06-30-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,056
Posted By michaelwj
Your subject would likely be placing a lower...

Your subject would likely be placing a lower limit on the speed anyway. You still have to freeze the motion of the subject, and that is all speed, not how good you are at handholding.
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 06-30-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,056
Posted By michaelwj
I found with a Hasselblad that 1/250 was good,...

I found with a Hasselblad that 1/250 was good, 1/60 was bad, 1/125 could be good with some work - with 80mm and shorter lenses. The 180mm was tripod or 1/500.
Given this and my dislike of carrying...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-28-2019
Replies: 44
Views: 2,926
Posted By michaelwj
I love an old thread. It happened to me once (a...

I love an old thread.
It happened to me once (a stinky smoke camera). I returned it and bought a new one from a smoke free house. It was far easier than any of the other suggestions.
Forum: Photo Software 06-09-2019
Replies: 59
Views: 5,688
Posted By michaelwj
I’ll add that we use the full Adobe CC suite at...

I’ll add that we use the full Adobe CC suite at work, it works fine unless I don’t VPN into the work network for a while, but I think that’s more how work has it set up than Adobe.
Forum: Photo Software 06-09-2019
Replies: 59
Views: 5,688
Posted By michaelwj
You’re not alone. I tend to upgrade my software...

You’re not alone.
I tend to upgrade my software only when a new camera I get isn’t supported by my current software (so rarely). I actually think I’m not alone. Thom Hogan talks about “last camera...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-08-2019
Replies: 55
Views: 1,503
Posted By michaelwj
That would also be my choice. A nice wide for...

That would also be my choice. A nice wide for pushing perspective and a short tele for compressing it.

But like Corran said, when is more important than the lens.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-06-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 2,977
Posted By michaelwj
But the classic Portal is only $1499, and you get...

But the classic Portal is only $1499, and you get to choose the colour of the LEDs.
He doesn’t seem to sell snake oil though. But he did test the oil from a bible. I won’t spoil the surprise....
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-05-2019
Replies: 96
Views: 4,731
Posted By michaelwj
It answers the question perfectly. Obviously Mike...

It answers the question perfectly. Obviously Mike is in the ďotherĒ camp, and is perfectly capable of using a myriad of lenses for ďstreet photographyĒ. It might not answer the question in you...
Forum: Digital Compacts 04-13-2019
Replies: 40
Views: 1,987
Posted By michaelwj
Does coat-pocketable mean that it fits in a coat...

Does coat-pocketable mean that it fits in a coat pocket, or that is comfortable and practical to keep in a coat pocket?

The X100 series fits in my coat pocket... just. Without the hood. Is it...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-09-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 1,229
Posted By michaelwj
Unfortunately there isnít really anything that...

Unfortunately there isnít really anything that wide in 6x6 for much less. You can try lenses around 18-21mm to see if you like it that wide, try to find a symmetrical one as that is what the biogon...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-08-2019
Replies: 35
Views: 1,454
Posted By michaelwj
I used Leica film bodies (more or less...

I used Leica film bodies (more or less exclusively) for about decade. What I loved was that I could set the exposure manually and see what it was without bringing the camera to my eye and the...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 04-05-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 718
Posted By michaelwj
Hi Bill, Yes, am well and truly aware of all...

Hi Bill,
Yes, am well and truly aware of all that.
A jpeg (in my experience) is more like a negative, there is still heaps of leeway to adjust contrast and exposure. Just like a negative if you push...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 04-05-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 718
Posted By michaelwj
I'm probably in the minority here, but I don't...

I'm probably in the minority here, but I don't bother with raw. I have in the past, and my photos weren't any better, I just spent too much time trying to fix a bad photo when I should either have...
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-05-2019
Replies: 86
Views: 2,516
Posted By michaelwj
This thread was resolved by the second post.

This thread was resolved by the second post.
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-05-2019
Replies: 86
Views: 2,516
Posted By michaelwj
No wonder you have so much sewing distortion....

No wonder you have so much sewing distortion. Itís like the image is falling apart at the seams. :D
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-05-2019
Replies: 86
Views: 2,516
Posted By michaelwj
Obviously the hole is somehow defective. What...

Obviously the hole is somehow defective. What type of pin did you use?
8x10 pffft. 11x14 as a starting point!
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-05-2019
Replies: 264
Views: 19,991
Posted By michaelwj
Thank you for everything Roger.

Thank you for everything Roger.
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-05-2019
Replies: 86
Views: 2,516
Posted By michaelwj
In all fairness to the many helpful replies, the...

In all fairness to the many helpful replies, the OP got many replies filled with careful and correct explanations (that perspective distortion is not a lens distortion). The OP then ignored all this...
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-05-2019
Replies: 86
Views: 2,516
Posted By michaelwj
The curvature that isn’t in your images is the...

The curvature that isn’t in your images is the most basic distortion (actually the only true lens distortion). So called “higher order” distortions aren’t actually distortions, but aberrations and...
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-04-2019
Replies: 86
Views: 2,516
Posted By michaelwj
Assuming that any it is actually the truth. Just...

Assuming that any it is actually the truth. Just like the lens distortion, we have no evidence of it occurring.
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-04-2019
Replies: 86
Views: 2,516
Posted By michaelwj
I think the 100F doesn't have the distortion...

I think the 100F doesn't have the distortion because it focuses faster. The photo can be taken before the distortion appears.
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-04-2019
Replies: 86
Views: 2,516
Posted By michaelwj
This thread is funny. Maybe you can help me? I...

This thread is funny.

Maybe you can help me? I took a head shot portrait of my wife with a 15mm lens. To fill the frame I had to get really close, but now their nose looks really big? I'm going to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-04-2019
Replies: 137
Views: 11,832
Posted By michaelwj
Because no one currently makes a fixed lens...

Because no one currently makes a fixed lens camera with a 1.4/50mm. Or a 1.4/35. Or anything thatís not a 2/35 or 1.7/28 or 2.8/28. Or a rangefinder. Or with TTL viewing. Or with whatever feature you...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-04-2019
Replies: 137
Views: 11,832
Posted By michaelwj
Alternatively it can drive you to develop or...

Alternatively it can drive you to develop or discover a new skill set.
Or, it can let you interact with your subject without thinking about either gear or technique.

Iím a one lens one camera sort...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-02-2019
Replies: 119
Views: 2,305
Posted By michaelwj
It could only be that tiny if you kept the crop...

It could only be that tiny if you kept the crop sensor. The sensor in the NEX less than half the size of the full frame sensor, with less than half the power and heat dissipation and processing...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-02-2019
Replies: 119
Views: 2,305
Posted By michaelwj
I was going to say that I donít really want...

I was going to say that I donít really want anything, just some few tweaks to existing cameras like getting rid of the 1/3 stops from the ISO dial on the X100F. Then I drank my own Kool aid and now...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-02-2019
Replies: 119
Views: 2,305
Posted By michaelwj
@peterm1, you’re not going to see a FF pocketable...

@peterm1, you’re not going to see a FF pocketable camera (comparable to a mu or a rollei 35) for a few reasons.
Firstly a FF sensor is physically bigger that a piece of film. It’s thicker and...
Forum: Travel 04-02-2019
Replies: 209
Views: 8,410
Posted By michaelwj
Iíd only bother with the add on lenses for the...

Iíd only bother with the add on lenses for the x100 if they went wider (24mm at least) and longer (70mm at least). A 28mm and 50mm donít add enough to a small simple 35mm to bother IMO.
Ricoh has it...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-31-2019
Replies: 119
Views: 2,305
Posted By michaelwj
Itís not at all weird. A self-timer was part of...

Itís not at all weird. A self-timer was part of what made an M3 an M3. Some M2ís have no self timer because they were a cost cutting alternative to the M3, but the M3 was the full featured top model.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-28-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 2,886
Posted By michaelwj
I used to live around the corner from the old...

I used to live around the corner from the old Kodak plant in Coburg. I remember it being demolished and then the houses going up. The did nothing to rehabilitate the land or to clean up the chemical...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-24-2019
Replies: 91
Views: 2,913
Posted By michaelwj
Thanks Chris

Thanks Chris
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-23-2019
Replies: 91
Views: 2,913
Posted By michaelwj
This was the one I was thinking about. Beautiful....

This was the one I was thinking about. Beautiful. I wish I could do that with any camera.
https://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showpost.php?p=2876853&postcount=2471
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-23-2019
Replies: 91
Views: 2,913
Posted By michaelwj
Agreed. Take a look at @helenhillís latest...

Agreed. Take a look at @helenhillís latest addition to the X100 images thread. Beautiful black and white digital.
Forum: Digital Compacts 03-23-2019
Replies: 292
Views: 21,208
Posted By michaelwj
As a recent M user with my first x100 in the F I...

As a recent M user with my first x100 in the F I agree. It tries to do too much. On the plus side, you can set up a few custom buttons and then lock the back buttons and never go into the menus again.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-22-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,046
Posted By michaelwj
I'd sell tham all and buy a 35mm. But seriously,...

I'd sell tham all and buy a 35mm.

But seriously, like most people have already said, I'd keep the 2.8/50 Elmar M and the 1.5/50 Sonnar.
Hard to go wrong with that pair.
IF I was to go just one...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-20-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 773
Posted By michaelwj
While shooting I like something M sized, but I...

While shooting I like something M sized, but I prefer to carry a more comfortable camera, the baseplate of the M has sharp edges that really hurt my hip bone sometimes.
The X100 is nice to carry,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-19-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 477
Posted By michaelwj
How accurate is your temperature? In my (limited...

How accurate is your temperature? In my (limited 50 rolls) experience, temperature and time of the develop stage is the most important factor by far. Temperature to the degree, tiny variations can...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-18-2019
Replies: 73
Views: 2,290
Posted By michaelwj
:eek::eek::eek: Surely you mean a screw mount...

:eek::eek::eek:

Surely you mean a screw mount Canon!

:D
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 03-18-2019
Replies: 157
Views: 21,072
Posted By michaelwj
Good point. Which phone should I get for a...

Good point.
Which phone should I get for a backup? What if my phone stops working! Ahhhhhhhh. I need a backup now, no time to wait for suggestions.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-18-2019
Replies: 73
Views: 2,290
Posted By michaelwj
@Charles, For some of us we really just enjoy...

@Charles,
For some of us we really just enjoy using cameras, image quality has been moot for a long time. The camera needs to be enjoyable, thatís why we buy Leicas and not Canons
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-17-2019
Replies: 73
Views: 2,290
Posted By michaelwj
Actually it most definitely is. Cheaper cameras...

Actually it most definitely is. Cheaper cameras on the whole have worse image quality than expensive ones. There are outliers (like the Leica M) and there are bans where cameras share the same sensor...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 03-17-2019
Replies: 157
Views: 21,072
Posted By michaelwj
This. Unless it a photography centred trip (in...

This.
Unless it a photography centred trip (in which case take it all), a phone will suffice until I can either get to a shop and buy another camera or get home.

I forgot my film once heading...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-17-2019
Replies: 73
Views: 2,290
Posted By michaelwj
Like the others have already said, exceedingly...

Like the others have already said, exceedingly little for 99%.
I'll just add though by saying that if you're chasing the last 1%, then price (as a measure of technical advancement) can have a large...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-17-2019
Replies: 52
Views: 1,646
Posted By michaelwj
There is a point where photography switches from...

There is a point where photography switches from the purpose of a trip to an add on. The equipment list for each type of trip is different, and dictated by distance, time, company, etc. Iíll pack...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 03-16-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 2,300
Posted By michaelwj
:D Itís funny how people who get defensive and...

:D
Itís funny how people who get defensive and add nothing of substance to a discussion are also those resort to insults isnít it?
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 03-16-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 2,300
Posted By michaelwj
1 and 2. Fine. Replace third world with...

1 and 2. Fine. Replace third world with developing country. It was the third world when the photo in question was taken.
3. The gender and nationality balance shifts with time. A “travel...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 03-16-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 2,300
Posted By michaelwj
Is anyone really surprised by all of this thread?...

Is anyone really surprised by all of this thread? There are three facts that come to mind:
1. kuaanís photoís are excellent
2. Tony is all about clicks and loves spouting pseudo knowledge (ISO...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-15-2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2,481
Posted By michaelwj
Looking at it having recently stopped shooting...

Looking at it having recently stopped shooting film, there aren’t many holes in the Kodak product line.

In C41 there is Ektar 100 and then Portra 160/400/800. Replacing Portra 800 with a 1600/3200...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-14-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 468
Posted By michaelwj
They are the best arenít they.

They are the best arenít they.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 03-12-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 1,119
Posted By michaelwj
You won’t get a P any time soon for $5k. You’ll...

You won’t get a P any time soon for $5k. You’ll get close with a regular M10 though.
Really though, the M4 is the only M4...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-11-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,125
Posted By michaelwj
The most interesting images of the past (outside...

The most interesting images of the past (outside personal loved ones) are either historical events and places. It’s nice to look at photos of what a town or place was like 100 years ago, likewise,...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-09-2019
Replies: 52
Views: 1,646
Posted By michaelwj
Take the 2.8. Less is more. Phone for backup....

Take the 2.8. Less is more. Phone for backup.
Shallow depth of field is boring (2.8 on the 240 is the equivalent depth of field of the X100), and once it gets dark it’s time to put down the camera...
Forum: Fuji X Series 03-06-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,320
Posted By michaelwj
The main reason to get the x100 over the xe3 is...

The main reason to get the x100 over the xe3 is the hybrid VF. Otherwise, it is a little bi smaller as well.
But then you can change lenses on the xe3...
I’d go the x100 because I like the VF. If I...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 03-06-2019
Replies: 176
Views: 12,480
Posted By michaelwj
Although itís not annoying since I just disabled...

Although itís not annoying since I just disabled it, it is too flimsy (easily changed unknowingly) to be useful. IMO it really needs to be conntona button, hold the button down to change the wheel...
Forum: RFF Polls 03-06-2019
Replies: 124
Views: 31,024
Posted By michaelwj
Reading the responses I feel the “occasionally...

Reading the responses I feel the “occasionally ... when I need to” should be split into two groups:
2a. I occasionally need to but grudgingly do it because I have to but I still hate it.
2b. I see...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 03-04-2019
Replies: 176
Views: 12,480
Posted By michaelwj
Are the middle tones just too dark? That sounds...

Are the middle tones just too dark? That sounds like under exposure. I went from Nikon to Fuji, and the Nikon wipes the floor with the Fuji in metering.
Or are they too compressed? So much so that...
Forum: Fuji Digital General Discussion 03-04-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,995
Posted By michaelwj
The size comparison with the x-pro 2 is...

The size comparison with the x-pro 2 is interesting. It really shows how big the x-pro is.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-02-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,626
Posted By michaelwj
I disagree :D I think it is settled. Bigger is...

I disagree :D
I think it is settled. Bigger is better providing your technique (and back) is up to it, but smaller will often suffice, especially with modern digital.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 03-02-2019
Replies: 54
Views: 4,096
Posted By michaelwj
Impossible, itís an f/1.5! :D Focusing a 75/1.5...

Impossible, itís an f/1.5!
:D

Focusing a 75/1.5 will be the same as a 50/1.0. Really hard.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 03-01-2019
Replies: 54
Views: 4,096
Posted By michaelwj
The problem that the older 75mm CVs have is their...

The problem that the older 75mm CVs have is their 0.9m MFD, it seems to be fixed in this one, going to 0.7m. It looks like it could be a winner.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-01-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,626
Posted By michaelwj
If I can try to express myself more clearly after...

If I can try to express myself more clearly after a few coffees on a Saturday morning...

For a given field of view and depth of field (f/4 12mm m43; f/8 24mm FF) the airy disc covers the same % of...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-01-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,626
Posted By michaelwj
This was a seperate rant unrelated to Ming’s...

This was a seperate rant unrelated to Ming’s article...

:D

It doesn’t exactly double, but it’s close enough (there’s a small angle approximation in there). Regarding the different linear changes...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-01-2019
Replies: 100
Views: 4,086
Posted By michaelwj
**** ******* ***** :D

**** ******* *****

:D
Forum: RFF News 03-01-2019
Replies: 146
Views: 5,634
Posted By michaelwj
Itís okay, thereís another master roll in storage...

Itís okay, thereís another master roll in storage waiting to be distributed.
Forum: RFF News 02-28-2019
Replies: 146
Views: 5,634
Posted By michaelwj
Best. Thread. Ever. (no pun intended)

Best.

Thread.

Ever.

(no pun intended)
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-28-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,626
Posted By michaelwj
One thing that always bugs me about "equivalency"...

One thing that always bugs me about "equivalency" is depth of field. /rant on/

Larger format users correctly point to the thinner depth of field at a specific aperture. You need a brighter (and...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-28-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,626
Posted By michaelwj
Larger format (D)LSRs used to always have the...

Larger format (D)LSRs used to always have the advantage of a bigger viewfinder, which was great. I still remember the peephole of my first DX Nikon DSLR after coming from a Minolta film body. It was...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-28-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,626
Posted By michaelwj
That'll never happen. We'll get sidetracked,...

That'll never happen. We'll get sidetracked, start talking about HCB and what is "art", before talking about Fujifilm putting up prices and another Leica special edition... what was the question...
Forum: RFF News 02-28-2019
Replies: 146
Views: 5,634
Posted By michaelwj
I thought we were getting close to the base of...

I thought we were getting close to the base of the canister with these puns, but you lot just keep pushing.
Forum: RFF News 02-28-2019
Replies: 146
Views: 5,634
Posted By michaelwj
Instax is still film...

Instax is still film...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-28-2019
Replies: 100
Views: 4,086
Posted By michaelwj
Most delayed and probably most ambitious. I...

Most delayed and probably most ambitious. I believe they’ve been working hard on, and making progress on,what appeared to be an insurmountable project. I was an original backer, but have since...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-28-2019
Replies: 163
Views: 5,737
Posted By michaelwj
They were good in their day, but agreed, not as...

They were good in their day, but agreed, not as good as a phone these days.

The flip phones were also smooth, the lens control ring always catches on the way in and out of a pocket, making the S...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-27-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,000
Posted By michaelwj
Go into your PayPal account without clicking on...

Go into your PayPal account without clicking on the link, but I remember out of the blue having to provide some additional ID to PayPal a few years back. IIRC it coincided with the number of...
Forum: RFF News 02-27-2019
Replies: 146
Views: 5,634
Posted By michaelwj
My daughter too, she burns a pack a week usually...

My daughter too, she burns a pack a week usually and loves it.

I think it’s the perfect camera for kids. She has learned more about composition and lighting in a week than she did in a year...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-27-2019
Replies: 99
Views: 3,169
Posted By michaelwj
I’d say no problems, next time you’re in...

I’d say no problems, next time you’re in Brisbane. But I don’t know your travel plans so I might just say thanks but no thanks to the keel hauling (I don’t have a tall ship anyway), and if we catch...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-27-2019
Replies: 99
Views: 3,169
Posted By michaelwj
I agree. Whoever brought up HCB should be keel...

I agree. Whoever brought up HCB should be keel hauled.
https://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showpost.php?p=2871605&postcount=16
:angel:
Forum: RFF News 02-27-2019
Replies: 146
Views: 5,634
Posted By michaelwj
Maybe they’re just sick of storing the stuff and...

Maybe they’re just sick of storing the stuff and want it gone. I can see the board meeting now: “we told them we were going to raise the prices by 20% and they didn’t stock up, let’s tell them we’re...
Forum: RFF News 02-27-2019
Replies: 146
Views: 5,634
Posted By michaelwj
Fujifilm is a huge company, imaging (film and...

Fujifilm is a huge company, imaging (film and digital) account for 16% of this revenue. Of this, 33% is digital (5% of total) and film is the remaining 67% (11% of the total). Most of that film is...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-27-2019
Replies: 99
Views: 3,169
Posted By michaelwj
Who hangs their film horizontally to dry? Surely...

Who hangs their film horizontally to dry? Surely if the emulsion has slid off it would slide down the length of the film not off the side.

Apologies for the HCB interlude, I tend to go off on...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-26-2019
Replies: 163
Views: 5,737
Posted By michaelwj
As an added bonus if I carry two cameras in my...

As an added bonus if I carry two cameras in my inside chest pockets...

http://seannal.com/images/big-pecs.jpg

If only there were pockets on the upper arm...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-26-2019
Replies: 99
Views: 3,169
Posted By michaelwj
:D :D :D Depends on who you ask! (Words have...

:D :D :D

Depends on who you ask!

(Words have never been my forte)
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-26-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,401
Posted By michaelwj
Alternatively, you can add links into the text so...

Alternatively, you can add links into the text so we can just click them!
:D :D :D
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-26-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,401
Posted By michaelwj
This is really two seperate issues. The first...

This is really two seperate issues.

The first one is the term "image". When I think of image qualities, they are really things that can apply to any image, from example a microscope image or an...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-26-2019
Replies: 99
Views: 3,169
Posted By michaelwj
The problem is all we have is heresy with the...

The problem is all we have is heresy with the primary sources all on the same side so to speak.
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-26-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,401
Posted By michaelwj
"Image" is a generic term, of which a photograph...

"Image" is a generic term, of which a photograph is a subset. For example, I make images of specimens using X-ray fluorescence microscopy at work. They're not photographs. A photograph is type of...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-26-2019
Replies: 99
Views: 3,169
Posted By michaelwj
First italics: Assuming that the hypothetical...

First italics: Assuming that the hypothetical missing photos were censored, would they go to the trouble of removing the emulsion? I would have thought they'd just shred them and be done.

Second...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-26-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,401
Posted By michaelwj
“If your photos aren’t good enough, you’re not...

“If your photos aren’t good enough, you’re not wide open enough”
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-26-2019
Replies: 99
Views: 3,169
Posted By michaelwj
I canít argue with that.

I canít argue with that.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-26-2019
Replies: 163
Views: 5,737
Posted By michaelwj
We always need another poll! I might own one...

We always need another poll!

I might own one shirt with a pocket, none of my dress (2) or business (1) shirts do. I think I have a casual lumberjack style shirt with a pocket?
Forum: Digital Compacts 02-26-2019
Replies: 292
Views: 21,208
Posted By michaelwj
Iím not sure it is. They make a living playing...

Iím not sure it is. They make a living playing with cameras, so the jokes on us.
Should we judge someoneís artistic photographic ability by the photos they show in reviews? KR for example shows the...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-26-2019
Replies: 99
Views: 3,169
Posted By michaelwj
Capaís photos might have been artistically...

Capaís photos might have been artistically mediocre, but he was a photojournalist not an artist. He documented quickly for money and fame.

HCB has some masterpieces. For example the first half of...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-25-2019
Replies: 77
Views: 6,574
Posted By michaelwj
This is why I love polls on RFF - they never die!

This is why I love polls on RFF - they never die!
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-25-2019
Replies: 99
Views: 3,169
Posted By michaelwj
I would answer (even though I'm not sure I can)...

I would answer (even though I'm not sure I can) that he has prepared for it by photographing war since the Spanish Civil War, honing his skills and instincts in the process. In a situation like that...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-25-2019
Replies: 99
Views: 3,169
Posted By michaelwj
This speaks to the intentions. He was sent on...

This speaks to the intentions. He was sent on assignment to get photos of the landing for immediate publication in the newspaper and picture magazines. He was not there to create art, he was there to...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-25-2019
Replies: 99
Views: 3,169
Posted By michaelwj
Iím going to go out on a limb and say that a...

Iím going to go out on a limb and say that a photograph is the intersection of talent, time, place, and intention. What elevates Capas photos is that he was there, then, with the talent required to...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-25-2019
Replies: 99
Views: 3,169
Posted By michaelwj
How do you view historical photos of an historic...

How do you view historical photos of an historic event without historical context? If you take them out of context all his photos are mediocre. But then so are HCB's for example, and most if not all...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-25-2019
Replies: 99
Views: 3,169
Posted By michaelwj
All we really know is that he was there, he took...

All we really know is that he was there, he took some photos, and some were ruined before, during, or after development (or not taken). Either way, the photos he got were fantastic.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-23-2019
Replies: 163
Views: 5,737
Posted By michaelwj
Just because it can, doesn’t mean it should, or...

Just because it can, doesn’t mean it should, or that it’ll be comfortable.

I live in Brisbane. I wear a jacket on average never. I have pockets in my (non cargo) shorts and pockets in my jeans. No...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-23-2019
Replies: 163
Views: 5,737
Posted By michaelwj
Iím with you. I donít like to carry stuff. I...

Iím with you. I donít like to carry stuff. I donít even carry a wallet, just a loose card and some cash. I could never put a camera in my pocket, any pocket. Too heavy.
Also, I donít see how any...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-23-2019
Replies: 163
Views: 5,737
Posted By michaelwj
Every camera is ďpocketableĒ, provided it comes...

Every camera is ďpocketableĒ, provided it comes with an appropriate sized pocket for the new owner to stitch onto whatever apparel they want.

:D
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-22-2019
Replies: 163
Views: 5,737
Posted By michaelwj
Is that a thread where half the posts are by...

Is that a thread where half the posts are by members youíve blocked? They never make sense.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 02-22-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,063
Posted By michaelwj
Should we call it ďfull moon 4Ē, alongside ďsunny...

Should we call it ďfull moon 4Ē, alongside ďsunny 16Ē
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-22-2019
Replies: 163
Views: 5,737
Posted By michaelwj
Thanks. Now I know I’ve been doing it all wrong....

Thanks. Now I know I’ve been doing it all wrong. Or at least mostly wrong. I’ll sell my Fuji X whatever with its lack of features (and which features doesn’t it have that are of any use having?). I...
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 02-20-2019
Replies: 116
Views: 5,508
Posted By michaelwj
As someone who just made the switch from MF film...

As someone who just made the switch from MF film bodies to a Fuji, take the time to learn the AF modes and set up the camera as you like it. And don't be afraid to change the setup as you get use to...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 02-20-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 817
Posted By michaelwj
The problem is that straps that don't tangle are...

The problem is that straps that don't tangle are generally stiffer. But then a stiffer strap isn't as supple where it connects to the camera and it gets in the way when you hold the camera to your...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-20-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,475
Posted By michaelwj
No one "trying" anything is going to keep it...

No one "trying" anything is going to keep it alive. It's an increase of people using film on a regular basis that will keep it alive.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-20-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,475
Posted By michaelwj
There is a strong film user community over here....

There is a strong film user community over here.
Lots of labs doing anything from bulk C41 to small run hand developed B&W and the numbers are increasing.
The number of places (and the variety...
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 02-19-2019
Replies: 116
Views: 5,508
Posted By michaelwj
Cheap cameras are no longer sold in the volume...

Cheap cameras are no longer sold in the volume required to make them profitable. No one wants a $400 Rebel with a kit lens when their phone is sufficient and in many ways more fit for the purpose....
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 02-18-2019
Replies: 116
Views: 5,508
Posted By michaelwj
So which one did you buy? :D

So which one did you buy?
:D
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-18-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 524
Posted By michaelwj
The thing is, the metal lens mount isn’t supposed...

The thing is, the metal lens mount isn’t supposed to provide the strength and stiffness in a “bending” way. It can be plastic and be just as solid. The reason it’s metal is so it doesn’t wear down...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-18-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 524
Posted By michaelwj
He’s doing it all wrong. I think he should do the...

He’s doing it all wrong. I think he should do the “bend it with pliers until it breaks” test on the screw that hold the lens mount down. Of course you get less leverage on a shorter screw, so they’ll...
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 02-17-2019
Replies: 116
Views: 5,508
Posted By michaelwj
Hi Stefan, Just add a little about the Fuji OVF....

Hi Stefan,

Just add a little about the Fuji OVF. By default, tramlines and exposure information is displayed, along with everything else you'd expect in a digital camera. You can turn off what you...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-16-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,154
Posted By michaelwj
If your wage for the month was $30 (as opposed to...

If your wage for the month was $30 (as opposed to your wage for 30 minutes), then you would get the $30 item repaired.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-16-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,154
Posted By michaelwj
Back to the OPs topic. The reason they aren’t...

Back to the OPs topic.
The reason they aren’t repaired isn’t because they can’t be. Like Steve M said, it just isn’t economical to. No one is going to pay me for however long it takes to debug the...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-16-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,154
Posted By michaelwj
That is one of the most short sighted and selfish...

That is one of the most short sighted and selfish things Iíve heard in a while. Sure, throw it out, eventually it will decay. Eventually. Like in 100,000 years. Who gives a rats arse how much damage...
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 02-15-2019
Replies: 116
Views: 5,508
Posted By michaelwj
“And will pay for it as it’s a business...

“And will pay for it as it’s a business expense”

But the business still needs to pay for it. If cost didn’t matter for a business then why is my company car a Toyota and not a Porsche? Cost always...
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 02-14-2019
Replies: 116
Views: 5,508
Posted By michaelwj
Coming from a Leica, the optical VF wins any day...

Coming from a Leica, the optical VF wins any day of the week. And it also has an EVF too.
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 02-14-2019
Replies: 116
Views: 5,508
Posted By michaelwj
Itís not just about pretending to have a...

Itís not just about pretending to have a pentaprism but also allowing space for the rear screen and buttons. Without the VF hump, the screen must be smaller, unless it is in a corner (RF style).
Forum: Optics Theory - 02-14-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 762
Posted By michaelwj
It shouldnít change the focal distance and the RF...

It shouldnít change the focal distance and the RF should still work. The Tele attachment is just effectively a magnifying glass in front of the normal lens.
If you think about it, if the RF was no...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-13-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 283
Posted By michaelwj
While I’m not a gold camera fan, I have to...

While I’m not a gold camera fan, I have to disagree that owning something that you can’t/won’t use is absurd. You can use photos, yet here we are creating and owning them. The guitar, like the gold...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-12-2019
Replies: 88
Views: 2,280
Posted By michaelwj
Traveling with film is only a hassle when you...

Traveling with film is only a hassle when you need to take so much of it that it takes up all your carry on space.
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-11-2019
Replies: 88
Views: 2,280
Posted By michaelwj
Iím (only) 38, but got the same black stare when...

Iím (only) 38, but got the same black stare when I used a Simpsons reference yesterday. The young man was a PhD student of mine, so would be mid twenties. Young people are no longer my generation. I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-10-2019
Replies: 88
Views: 2,280
Posted By michaelwj
I'm a firm believer in "it's not rocket science"....

I'm a firm believer in "it's not rocket science". In other words, it's not that hard, you don't need to over analyse it. Any digital camera released in the last decade is sufficient, film won't be a...
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 02-10-2019
Replies: 116
Views: 5,508
Posted By michaelwj
If you go back and read the thread, no one said...

If you go back and read the thread, no one said that Canon had a bigger userbase than Sony. I doubt anyone would argue, they've been in the game for a lot longer. Contarama said that the Canon and...
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 02-10-2019
Replies: 116
Views: 5,508
Posted By michaelwj
Iíd say Point of Sale data is a pretty good...

Iíd say Point of Sale data is a pretty good indicator of how well a model is selling. The Ďpercent of current full frame mirrorless usersí is 100% irrelevant for how well a new model is selling now....
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 02-10-2019
Replies: 116
Views: 5,508
Posted By michaelwj
That was fast! I didn’t know they were reading...

That was fast! I didn’t know they were reading this thread! :D
Now if Nikon could catch up...
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 02-09-2019
Replies: 116
Views: 5,508
Posted By michaelwj
I agree, and a smaller ďkitĒ zoom, like a...

I agree, and a smaller ďkitĒ zoom, like a reasonably sized 24-100/4 or something. Itís a hard sell to the masses when itís not smaller or cheaper than the SLR it apparently replaces.
I can hear the...
Forum: Panasonic S1 S1 R L Mount cameras 02-08-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 1,441
Posted By michaelwj
To be honest, I don't think anyone here is their...

To be honest, I don't think anyone here is their target market. We're special.
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 02-06-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 478
Posted By michaelwj
I can see the first one but not the second one...

I can see the first one but not the second one...
Forum: Optics Theory - 02-05-2019
Replies: 57
Views: 2,926
Posted By michaelwj
In X-ray microscopy (my field) we have two (main)...

In X-ray microscopy (my field) we have two (main) ways to focus X-rays.
The first is a Fresnel Zone Plate, which is a refractive lens. The focal length is a function of the X-ray wavelength,...
Forum: Optics Theory - 02-04-2019
Replies: 57
Views: 2,926
Posted By michaelwj
"ASPH" or "Aspherical" on a lens denotes it...

"ASPH" or "Aspherical" on a lens denotes it contains an aspherical surface. You can't just brand a lens as such without an aspherical surface (you can I suppose, but it'd be lying). It used to be a...
Forum: Optics Theory - 02-04-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 740
Posted By michaelwj
Alternatively, this is a huge breakthrough....

Alternatively, this is a huge breakthrough. Imagine being able to design a lens without having to juggle all the aberrations, instead just correcting for them in a single layer. The impact on lens...
Forum: Optics Theory - 02-04-2019
Replies: 57
Views: 2,926
Posted By michaelwj
It simply means that one surface of one element...

It simply means that one surface of one element doesn’t have a single radius of curvature. As in, it’s not spherical.
As far as better? It usually means the lens designer can replace multiple...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-04-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,077
Posted By michaelwj
The fact that they are making a developing...

The fact that they are making a developing starter kit is good news. They obviously see a market for the product, which means more people are trying developing at home.
Forum: Panasonic S1 S1 R L Mount cameras 02-04-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 1,441
Posted By michaelwj
Photographers: ďwe want edge to edge perfection...

Photographers: ďwe want edge to edge perfection without in camera correctionsĒ

Lens manufacturers: ďno problems, here is your 2kg, $2000 50/1.4Ē

Photographers: ďcan you make it smaller lighter and...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-03-2019
Replies: 70
Views: 2,197
Posted By michaelwj
I wish Iíd checked that the film was winding on...

I wish Iíd checked that the film was winding on properly that time with my M4... 36 Pulitzer Prize winners all on top of each other.
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 02-03-2019
Replies: 50
Views: 1,821
Posted By michaelwj
I haven’t used the top models of either, but have...

I haven’t used the top models of either, but have liked every Canon printer I’ve used and will never buy another Epson. Maybe I just didn’t know the magic “please work properly today” dance to get...
Forum: Panasonic S1 S1 R L Mount cameras 02-03-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 1,441
Posted By michaelwj
Thom Hogan...

Thom Hogan (https://www.sansmirror.com/newsviews/2018-mirrorless-camera/jan-mar-2018-mirrorless/panasonic-officially-launch.html) had a bit to say on these cameras that I found interesting. His take...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-03-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 947
Posted By michaelwj
Hi Stefan, I was in a similar boat last month....

Hi Stefan,

I was in a similar boat last month. Doing lots of travel, and work eating up the time I used to spend developing and scanning. I looked at all the options, and ended up with an X100F. The...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-03-2019
Replies: 116
Views: 4,033
Posted By michaelwj
The short answer is because company directors are...

The short answer is because company directors are on the whole pretty arrogant and think they can turn the business around. It happens all the time.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-03-2019
Replies: 52
Views: 1,855
Posted By michaelwj
Very small production runs are still measured in...

Very small production runs are still measured in km, not m, more like relatively small than very small. And still a huge investment to get the product to market in sufficient quantities and quality....
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 02-03-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 2,184
Posted By michaelwj
If you really want that NASA technology, go get...

If you really want that NASA technology, go get yourself some Velcro, something actually developed for, and used by NASA. Or a space pen, or an Omega Speedmaster... Lots of NASA related stuff you can...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-02-2019
Replies: 52
Views: 1,855
Posted By michaelwj
I think this is a great point Kostya. Itís...

I think this is a great point Kostya. Itís relatively easy to press a vinyl, and the base technology to play it is very basic. In essence, viynl can be kept alive without any large corporate profit...
Forum: RFF Polls 02-02-2019
Replies: 71
Views: 1,857
Posted By michaelwj
I wonder if we can dig a little deeper? I can...

I wonder if we can dig a little deeper? I can understand people using their right eye would put their right hand up, and the left hand for left eyed folk. I can’t see how it would be comfortable to...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-31-2019
Replies: 116
Views: 4,033
Posted By michaelwj
You kinda were. I doubt they’ll be any...

You kinda were.
I doubt they’ll be any disruption.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-30-2019
Replies: 116
Views: 4,033
Posted By michaelwj
HC110 was first sold in the early 1960's, so if...

HC110 was first sold in the early 1960's, so if there is a patent, then it's expired. So the formula is not owned by anyone. It does appear to be a secret however, kept by Kodak, in much the same way...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-30-2019
Replies: 71
Views: 1,555
Posted By michaelwj
I think most people underestimate the cost of...

I think most people underestimate the cost of sifting through negatives. If you made contact sheets it might be easier, but still a big job. Museums and Universities donít want these archives without...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-28-2019
Replies: 132
Views: 3,388
Posted By michaelwj
This is their problem. Those of us who own and...

This is their problem. Those of us who own and regularly use a dedicated camera are not getting any younger. I'd say everyone on this forum is obsolete.
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-28-2019
Replies: 132
Views: 3,388
Posted By michaelwj
I believe the traditional camera companies will...

I believe the traditional camera companies will soo be niche manufactures. Their niche is what smartphones can't do, which every year is shrinking. Smartphones can now do reasonable portraits for...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-28-2019
Replies: 132
Views: 3,388
Posted By michaelwj
I agree. I regularly get 4x6 and 5x7 prints made...

I agree.
I regularly get 4x6 and 5x7 prints made at the local office supply place at their Fuji print kiosk. They have 6 terminals, last time I had to wait about 20 minutes before I could use one....
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-26-2019
Replies: 24
Views: 860
Posted By michaelwj
I think the proposed business model has two...

I think the proposed business model has two problems, highlighted by the two posts quoted.
1. Not many people buy cameras anymore. Their phone is more convenient and easier to take an acceptable...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 01-25-2019
Replies: 50
Views: 1,710
Posted By michaelwj
This is not the full story. Until you hit f/16 or...

This is not the full story. Until you hit f/16 or f/22 you can always stop down to the equivalent depth of field you would get on m43. The resulting images would be the same. But, you canít open up...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 01-25-2019
Replies: 50
Views: 1,710
Posted By michaelwj
I donít think there is a price that would make it...

I donít think there is a price that would make it a great camera to own. If we reframe the question into a ďmoney is no objectĒ type question, I doubt many would choose this over one of their smaller...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-24-2019
Replies: 176
Views: 11,085
Posted By michaelwj
Agree, a tab would make it a killer lens. Not a...

Agree, a tab would make it a killer lens. Not a fan of the screw knobs.
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-24-2019
Replies: 9,046
Views: 888,794
Posted By michaelwj
An X100F. I don't know why I waited so long to...

An X100F.
I don't know why I waited so long to make the plunge. A beautiful little camera.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-23-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 1,982
Posted By michaelwj
Can we ever! Iíd look to match your others in...

Can we ever!
Iíd look to match your others in ergonomics, so something with 1/2 click aperture stops rather than the ZM 1/3 clicks. Again, Voigtlander make some nice 28ís, the discontinued f/3.5 or...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-22-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,571
Posted By michaelwj
I always found JOBO easier for 120 than Paterson...

I always found JOBO easier for 120 than Paterson type. Paterson for 35mm, JOBO for 120.

How are you using the JOBO ones?
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 01-22-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 1,207
Posted By michaelwj
A week (and many photos) later I've settled on MF...

A week (and many photos) later I've settled on MF with the rear command dial to AEL/AFL as it falls easier under my thumb (I configured the AEL/AFL button to flash settings). I set the focus area to...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-21-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 1,982
Posted By michaelwj
An excellent choice, but... If you find it too...

An excellent choice, but...

If you find it too big, the the CV 2.5/50 is an excellent choice. Maybe it will be to sharp, never fear, there is a collapsible Summicron just around the corner. :D

I...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-21-2019
Replies: 323
Views: 25,732
Posted By michaelwj
If I don't gel with a camera (or if it is just...

If I don't gel with a camera (or if it is just horrible to use), there is no way I'm sticking in it for a year.
Life's too short, cameras are too abundant, flip it and get something else.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-21-2019
Replies: 130
Views: 9,063
Posted By michaelwj
Iím glad your not bored, Iím still loving your...

Iím glad your not bored, Iím still loving your journey! I didnít get bored, it just wasnít getting used. I donít like having things around that donít get used, Iíd prefer to pass it on and someone...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-20-2019
Replies: 323
Views: 25,732
Posted By michaelwj
After a recent dalliance into Hasselblad 500...

After a recent dalliance into Hasselblad 500 land, I agree. Loved the images, just didn't take it with me because it was so cumbersome. But then I think that is really just a disappointment in myself...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-17-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 1,200
Posted By michaelwj
This used to be me, but more so not wanting to...

This used to be me, but more so not wanting to use a computer when taking the photograph. But then the endless hours in front of the computer scanning and spotting film, and the hours in front of the...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 01-14-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 1,207
Posted By michaelwj
Thanks William, A huge help!

Thanks William,
A huge help!
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 01-14-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 1,207
Posted By michaelwj
Thanks ruby monkey. In what way does the...

Thanks ruby monkey.
In what way does the face-tracking work as a bottom? Turning it on and off? Or changing modes?
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 01-14-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,678
Posted By michaelwj
I’m not sure I understand. Sunny 16 is sunny 16....

I’m not sure I understand. Sunny 16 is sunny 16. At higher altitudes with clear skies it is likely to be sunny 22. The snow, which is blindingly white, will be rendered blindingly white. If that’s...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-14-2019
Replies: 130
Views: 9,063
Posted By michaelwj
If ever a photo was about being in the right...

If ever a photo was about being in the right place at the right time! Love that image.
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 01-13-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 1,207
Posted By michaelwj
Focus settings X100F

Hi All,

This is my first digital camera since an old Nikon D40 which I let go a long time ago, and honestly this fan dangled autofocus has me stumped.

I have the camera set up in manual focus, with...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-13-2019
Replies: 130
Views: 9,063
Posted By michaelwj
I have a confession. After less than a year of...

I have a confession.
After less than a year of ownership I no longer have my Hasselblad. It’s a great camera, but in the end not for me. It usually takes owning and using a camera for a while to see...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-13-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 842
Posted By michaelwj
The best bit is, unlike a quiver of lenses, an...

The best bit is, unlike a quiver of lenses, an extra electronic feature weighs nothing and doesn’t require maintaining.
I don’t use most features, and unfortunately the few times when I could use...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-13-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 615
Posted By michaelwj
There’s a thread where a few of us have modified...

There’s a thread where a few of us have modified this hood to fit the 1.4/35 pre-asph. Have a search for it. It’s on the Leica lens forum.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 11-28-2018
Replies: 176
Views: 11,085
Posted By michaelwj
If the stick is removable it provides a great...

If the stick is removable it provides a great place to mount a 3D printed brass focus tab, the angle of the barrel would make sure the tab doesn't rotate. Hmmmmm...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-04-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 829
Posted By michaelwj
There is some method in a sea of madness, for...

There is some method in a sea of madness, for instance codes beginning with P are generally filters, R is mostly used for Reprovit copy stand equipment, and many early binoculars had a code starting...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-29-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 856
Posted By michaelwj
Reliability from the 80s is IMO related to the...

Reliability from the 80s is IMO related to the widespread use of electronics, which in their first instances weren’t always the best. Most of them worked and still work fine, there’s just a few bad...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-25-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 1,209
Posted By michaelwj
A better photographer is more likely to get...

A better photographer is more likely to get better images (and then recognise them after the fact) more often.
A better camera “should” allow a photographer to get better images more often.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-12-2018
Replies: 25
Views: 1,036
Posted By michaelwj
Size. The 2.8/28 ASPH is just smaller than the...

Size.
The 2.8/28 ASPH is just smaller than the others. I didn’t go for the 35 ASPHs for the same reason, they’re too big.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 09-29-2018
Replies: 176
Views: 11,085
Posted By michaelwj
That 2/35 could be the lens that jumps me back...

That 2/35 could be the lens that jumps me back into M mount. Looks great (although I’d prefer a proper focus tab).
I hope it makes it to production.
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-11-2018
Replies: 91
Views: 2,997
Posted By michaelwj
Yep. Nothing I want or need, just more stuff for...

Yep. Nothing I want or need, just more stuff for people to consume while throwing out the old stuff. It's all too good for me anyway, has been for years.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-04-2018
Replies: 74
Views: 2,319
Posted By michaelwj
Long time 35 lover here. The reason I love it is...

Long time 35 lover here. The reason I love it is because I can get closer which allows me to emphasise near-far perspective, include environment, and add layers.
I find my keeper rate is lower than...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-03-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 273
Posted By michaelwj
Expired film fetches a premium these days!

Expired film fetches a premium these days!
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-18-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 1,036
Posted By michaelwj
I feel like there's some sort of lesson here..?

I feel like there's some sort of lesson here..?
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 08-14-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 892
Posted By michaelwj
Yes. Yes it is. You also get the original live...

Yes. Yes it is.

You also get the original live view!
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 08-14-2018
Replies: 2
Views: 400
Posted By michaelwj
Yep. V2. Wetzlar is rarer, but in general not...

Yep. V2. Wetzlar is rarer, but in general not really a collector item. In fact there aren’t many v2s at all. The v2 is generally the cheapest being not old enough to be a real collector and regarded...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 08-13-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 1,307
Posted By michaelwj
Looks excellent Trung, The Leica plastic one is...

Looks excellent Trung,

The Leica plastic one is bendable, so they can fit a range of lenses. Mine a metal and therefore rigid, so you need to get the right one. It appears the Summicron 2/35mm is...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 08-12-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 1,307
Posted By michaelwj
Several prominent repairers around the world...

Several prominent repairers around the world (though not DAG) use my focus tab when doing these repairs, especially as their stock dries up or the customers want something more robust than the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-12-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1,263
Posted By michaelwj
There’s something beautiful and utilitarian about...

There’s something beautiful and utilitarian about the M4-P. Until you get to the red dot on the front, right where my finger sits and makes it feel like it’s going to slip out of my grasp. Apart from...
Forum: Travel 08-10-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 623
Posted By michaelwj
The Camera Exchange. The exchange rate is in your...

The Camera Exchange. The exchange rate is in your favour traveling here, enjoy!
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 08-09-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 844
Posted By michaelwj
I just sold a GT3541LS with a RRS BH50 head. I...

I just sold a GT3541LS with a RRS BH50 head. I used it for long lenses with a 500, mostly the 180/4. It was heavy (actually the head was heavy, the tripod was pretty light), and when

I sold the...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 08-09-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 1,904
Posted By michaelwj
It could be done quite easily. The main challenge...

It could be done quite easily. The main challenge would be fixing it to the lens. You’d need to glue it on, with a pretty strong glue.
If someone wants to take some detailed measurements then I...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-30-2018
Replies: 31
Views: 2,520
Posted By michaelwj
In Australia, we are a small market and so the...

In Australia, we are a small market and so the cost of globally traded goods like Leicas are largely dependent on foreign exchange rates.
I bought my first Leica (a beat up M6) for A$750 and sold it...
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