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Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 4 Days Ago
Replies: 104
Views: 10,234
Posted By RichC
I got this versatile strap that's got a lifetime...

I got this versatile strap that's got a lifetime guarantee! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/allegorypens/content-camera-strap-three-modes-one-amazing-promi

I wasn't disappointed when it arrived...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 558
Posted By RichC
<grin> .

<grin> .
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 07-19-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 324
Posted By RichC
Remember that, unlike most digital cameras, the...

Remember that, unlike most digital cameras, the R-D1 can easily be dismantled and worked on, being based on a Bessa film body. If you don't feel you up to that, you can always print out the "tear...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-09-2019
Replies: 244
Views: 12,334
Posted By RichC
Sony A7R II. My first electronic viewfinder...

Sony A7R II. My first electronic viewfinder camera.

A total game changer. I'm never using an optical viewfinder again...! No more guesswork - what you see is exactly what you get.
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-05-2019
Replies: 39
Views: 946
Posted By RichC
I think the RFF demographic is showing its age...

I think the RFF demographic is showing its age and inflexibility. OK, I know not that all older people are like that...!

Ignoring or refusing today's communications technology is simply cutting off...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-24-2019
Replies: 25
Views: 1,003
Posted By RichC
For most serious photographers, the SLR was...

For most serious photographers, the SLR was easier to use and gave better photos, making rangefinders obsolete. The same happened with the launch of decent electronic viewfinder cameras - notably the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-12-2019
Replies: 108
Views: 2,807
Posted By RichC
Damn - I'm going to have to be so furtive now...

Damn - I'm going to have to be so furtive now you've let the cat out of the back...! :D
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-11-2019
Replies: 108
Views: 2,807
Posted By RichC
I always tape my cameras. But not for stealth or...

I always tape my cameras. But not for stealth or security - I don't believe for one moment blacking out the logo makes you invisible, or that thieves are so discerning as to turn down an opportunity...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-28-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 503
Posted By RichC
From my "Insecta...

From my "Insecta (http://www.richcutler.co.uk/photography/insecta/)" project. (Micro-Nikkor 55/2.8)

http://www.richcutler.co.uk/files/4913/7963/6234/01_DSC_4357.jpg
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-03-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 842
Posted By RichC
Harsh, swirly bokeh is very distracting and does...

Harsh, swirly bokeh is very distracting and does my head! I want to concentrate on the picture, not "special effects"!

I usually prefer all my images to be sharp from front to back, but not always....
Forum: Photo Software 04-15-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 955
Posted By RichC
Just to put Windows users at ease... This isn't...

Just to put Windows users at ease... This isn't likely to happen for a long, long time.

There's an awful lot of 32-bit software in use - notably by Microsoft's corporate clients - and Microsoft has...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-14-2019
Replies: 590
Red
Views: 136,572
Posted By RichC
Near Farringdon Station, London, from the "Fleet"...

Near Farringdon Station, London, from the "Fleet" project on the city's lost river.

https://live.staticflickr.com/1940/44911329124_08d85a636b_z_d.jpg
Forum: DIYS Modifications 04-08-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 554
Posted By RichC
^ This. I prefer the 645 format, so to help me...

^ This.

I prefer the 645 format, so to help me compose I added lines to my Nikon's focusing screen. I tried a few methods: tape ("invisible" Sellotape, black electrical), fine indelible marker pen,...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-03-2019
Replies: 264
Views: 16,893
Posted By RichC
I'm sorry to hear this news too...

I'm sorry to hear this news too...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-01-2019
Replies: 119
Views: 2,118
Posted By RichC
None - my "dream camera" is already here! It's...

None - my "dream camera" is already here!

It's the Sony A7R III. Pretty much perfect.

Small, ideal for manual exposure with manual lenses. And the electronic viewfinder is what really does it for...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-31-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 1,578
Posted By RichC
My best-performing lens, which I've had for years...

My best-performing lens, which I've had for years and am never selling, is a Nikon Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8. Sharper than any other lens I've used – old or current, regardless of make – with zero...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-11-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,007
Posted By RichC
The problem with this is: who decides what is...

The problem with this is: who decides what is best or important? What may seem worthwhile at a point in the past can become inconsequential, and what is worthless or unknown today may become...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-11-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,007
Posted By RichC
Eeeep! I've been taking photographs seriously...

Eeeep!

I've been taking photographs seriously for about 20 years, and even went to university to study it. But I've only got about 300 finished images, including family snaps! My art photography...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-10-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,007
Posted By RichC
Digital archiving is as good as archiving...

Digital archiving is as good as archiving physical records like papers and photographic prints - but as Bill says, most people and organisations don't do it or do it badly. As pointed out, not only...
Forum: RFF Polls 03-06-2019
Replies: 124
Views: 30,908
Posted By RichC
All the time. And not only a tripod... I spent...

All the time.

And not only a tripod... I spent three years and 500 miles walking through London, photographing a "lost" river - the Fleet - and carried a pair of kitchen steps to use with my tripod,...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-21-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 2,203
Posted By RichC
When I became interested in photography my first...

When I became interested in photography my first camera was digital - a 3 MP pixel Fuji I bought 20 years ago in 1999.

I've tried film since but it doesn't feel like real photography to me -...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-04-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 914
Posted By RichC
Another suggestion for the Sony A7 (Mk II or...

Another suggestion for the Sony A7 (Mk II or III). Mk IIs can be picked up relatively cheaply and are still fine cameras. The original A7 has annoying faults and glitches but is now very...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-30-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 1,191
Posted By RichC
Err, haven't we been taking advantage of that...

Err, haven't we been taking advantage of that ever since digital photography arrived? This article is hopelessly bloated and goes on and on and on unnecessarily. All it's saying is that sensors have...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 01-07-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,160
Posted By RichC
As others have said, look at the Manfrotto 055...

As others have said, look at the Manfrotto 055 series tripods. The basics haven't changed over the years so an older used one is fine. You need a decent head. Cheap ones sag a little after you adjust...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-16-2018
Replies: 72
Views: 2,581
Posted By RichC
Additional to quality, the price of "uniqueness"...

Additional to quality, the price of "uniqueness" has been mentioned by Bill and others. This takes many guises - a rare camera desirable to collectors or a sign or wealth and prestige as PGK says,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-16-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 1,071
Posted By RichC
Excellent job! It's nice to see this old camera...

Excellent job! It's nice to see this old camera live again...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-12-2018
Replies: 78
Views: 2,501
Posted By RichC
For the kind of "serious" photography I do, a...

For the kind of "serious" photography I do, a mobile phone (we don't call them "cellphones" in British English!) doesn't have the image quality nor flexibility. I don't use compact cameras for my...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-12-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 562
Posted By RichC
No, I just search for what I need... Outside...

No, I just search for what I need...

Outside eBay, I've used http://www.inoxbolt.co.uk for almost 20 years! They only do threads down to M3 though.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 12-12-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 562
Posted By RichC
eBay... Even stuff you think is unlikely is often...

eBay... Even stuff you think is unlikely is often available - for example, search for "tiny screws".
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-10-2018
Replies: 256
Views: 5,711
Posted By RichC
Raid, if you want a split prism or matt focusing...

Raid, if you want a split prism or matt focusing screen, you can buy one here:

https://www.focusingscreen.com/index.php.

These screens are genuine Canon, Nikon, etc., that have been modified, and...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-10-2018
Replies: 62
Views: 1,421
Posted By RichC
"Public non-urban photography"......

"Public non-urban photography"... :angel:
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-10-2018
Replies: 62
Views: 1,421
Posted By RichC
Actually, that's not bad... "Street photography"...

Actually, that's not bad...

"Street photography" and "candid photography" have baggage attached - some of it not looked on favourably in some quarters.

"Public" is a bit wide as that would include...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-09-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 780
Posted By RichC
I'd love to buy a medium-format camera, say a...

I'd love to buy a medium-format camera, say a 100-150 MP Phase One. Sadly, I don't $50,000 spare...! Affordable medium-format cameras like the Pentax 645Z don't show sufficient increase in image...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-08-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 780
Posted By RichC
Significant - if you make large prints, which I...

Significant - if you make large prints, which I do.

I rest my case: https://blog.mingthein.com/2013/06/25/a-question-of-sensor-size/
(Compare the vertical pairs of images, looking at the large...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-08-2018
Replies: 35
Views: 830
Posted By RichC
I had no problem with my varifocal contacts with...

I had no problem with my varifocal contacts with any of my cameras - well, the Mamiya 645, Nikon D800E (predecessed the Sony A7R II) and ye olde worlde Moskva rangefinder. Not sure if there are...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-08-2018
Replies: 35
Views: 830
Posted By RichC
OP here... Sorry, should have said earlier: I no...

OP here...

Sorry, should have said earlier: I no longer use rangefinders but changed to SLRs for more accurate framing – which is why I'm so concerned abut not being able to see the entire view.

My...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-08-2018
Replies: 35
Views: 830
Posted By RichC
Thanks for the suggestion folks. All my cameras...

Thanks for the suggestion folks.

All my cameras have very good dioptre correction – so seeing through the viewfinder isn't the problem. Seeing all of the viewfinder is...

In short my problem is...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-08-2018
Replies: 35
Views: 830
Posted By RichC
The problem is not so much extraneous light but...

The problem is not so much extraneous light but getting my eyeball close enough to see the entire viewfinder - my glasses get in the way. The lack of "eye relief"...

It seems that camera...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-08-2018
Replies: 35
Views: 830
Posted By RichC
Glasses ....aaargh!

I'm shortsighted and have used contact lenses for most of life.

Some years ago I started wearing multifocal contacts as my eyes aged and messed up my close-up "reading" vision when wearing normal...
Forum: Photo Software 11-25-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1,114
Posted By RichC
Thanks for the heads up Larry. Just bought the...

Thanks for the heads up Larry. Just bought the Nik tools as sooner or later my Google version will keel over...! And £29 is a very good price.
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 11-17-2018
Replies: 25
Views: 1,158
Posted By RichC
99% of my photographs are f/8-f/16, so no....! I...

99% of my photographs are f/8-f/16, so no....!

I once owned both the Summilux 35mm and 50mm - I had them for 6 years but never shot below about f/4, let alone f/1.4. (Still, good investments though:...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-15-2018
Replies: 112
Views: 2,943
Posted By RichC
Don't really get the wailing about battery life -...

Don't really get the wailing about battery life - my Sony A7R II takes about 250-350 photos per battery. People seem to think that's terrible but that's at least a day's photography. (Or 10 rolls of...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-15-2018
Replies: 112
Views: 2,943
Posted By RichC
I can appreciate that. I'm coming from purely an...

I can appreciate that. I'm coming from purely an image-making viewpoint - what will make my photography easier or better.

But I get the environmental angle. I made the decision a couple of years ago...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-15-2018
Replies: 112
Views: 2,943
Posted By RichC
Who seriously considers long-term reliability for...

Who seriously considers long-term reliability for digital cameras?

They're disposable tools, with the expectation that they'll be replaced in a few years - like modern cars - before components start...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-14-2018
Replies: 112
Views: 2,943
Posted By RichC
I've given up using optical viewfinders and also...

I've given up using optical viewfinders and also SLRs and now use only a mirrorless digital camera - a Sony A7R II. For me, the advantages are massive:

• Getting exactly what I see. No more...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 11-13-2018
Replies: 89
Views: 6,876
Posted By RichC
"McDonald's Apple Pie and Krispy Kreme Dougnuts...

"McDonald's Apple Pie and Krispy Kreme Dougnuts with Flies", from the series "Fast" (2012)

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4878/45143579394_d6c533e1ed_o_d.jpg
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 11-12-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 567
Posted By RichC
Agree. I'm a graphic designer as well as a...

Agree. I'm a graphic designer as well as a photographer, so colour-accurate calibrated screens are doubly important to me! I'm still using the dual-monitor set-up I bought a decade ago comprising two...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-12-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 345
Posted By RichC
Some Nikon chargers have a button you press for...

Some Nikon chargers have a button you press for calibration. Yours doesn't...! When a battery's playing up, it's usually beyond help. Best to simply buy a replacement - original or a respected...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-07-2018
Replies: 52
Views: 2,590
Posted By RichC
It's embarrassing... I've an MA in photography,...

It's embarrassing... I've an MA in photography, so folk are always asking for help with their cameras or want me to take a photo with their point-and-shoot. And I'm clueless!

Despite learning...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 11-03-2018
Replies: 445
Views: 13,537
Posted By RichC
Yes. The Epson was literally a film camera (a...

Yes. The Epson was literally a film camera (a Bessa) with a sensor stuffed into it...! The dials on top were Seiko watch innards (Epson and Seiko are the same company.)

So the Epson was a real Heath...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-01-2018
Replies: 166
Views: 4,587
Posted By RichC
That's me, sorry...! I began doing that at the...

That's me, sorry...! I began doing that at the start of its decline and neglect as a home for serious photographers.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-31-2018
Replies: 71
Views: 2,946
Posted By RichC
Phones too! Using a phone tends to sweep away all...

Phones too! Using a phone tends to sweep away all constraints, so you end up snapping things without thought, simply... because! I find my phone a brilliant visual notebook, and looking through what...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 10-30-2018
Replies: 38
Views: 1,692
Posted By RichC
I had a PC built specifically for my photography...

I had a PC built specifically for my photography a couple of years ago - it's still blazing fast, and I have no intention of upgrading any components at the moment.

I had a few aims:

• Optimised...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 10-30-2018
Replies: 445
Views: 13,537
Posted By RichC
"Tempus Fugit 2" was shot in my studio a decade...

"Tempus Fugit 2" was shot in my studio a decade or so ago with my Leica M8: http://www.richcutler.co.uk/photography/tempus-fugit/no-2/
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-30-2018
Replies: 71
Views: 2,946
Posted By RichC
Or try the opposite and shoot on dull, grey days!...

Or try the opposite and shoot on dull, grey days! Really, it's all about imagination and visualising the possibilities whatever the lighting (I'm not a great fan of photographing when it's really...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-30-2018
Replies: 71
Views: 2,946
Posted By RichC
Just a prop - gave up smoking years ago! One of...

Just a prop - gave up smoking years ago!

One of the things I like doing - and might be something for the OP to consider - is taking (or setting up in this case) photographs that have a narrative....
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-30-2018
Replies: 71
Views: 2,946
Posted By RichC
Yes, still life... I set this up on my desk...

Yes, still life...

I set this up on my desk whilst waiting for a phone call - the light is from my computer screen!

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4427/36807552240_02854e4963_o_d.jpg
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 10-30-2018
Replies: 445
Views: 13,537
Posted By RichC
I totally get that. I use old manual-focus Nikon...

I totally get that. I use old manual-focus Nikon and Mamiya 645 lenses attached with a tilt-shift adapter to a Sony A7R II. I ignore ninety per cent of the Sony's features because I like to shoot...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 10-26-2018
Replies: 445
Views: 13,537
Posted By RichC
Smile We're doing our best...!

We're doing our best...!
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 10-26-2018
Replies: 445
Views: 13,537
Posted By RichC
Yes, yes it is. In fact, worse than the lever!...

Yes, yes it is. In fact, worse than the lever!

It's a digital camera and requires a screen for its operation. So Leica allows you to pretend it hasn't got one by hiding it on your phone...!

Name...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 10-26-2018
Replies: 445
Views: 13,537
Posted By RichC
My post's disappointed rather than angry... There...

My post's disappointed rather than angry... There are things that demand anger - a camera that is clearly not aimed at me isn't one! <grin>

As for DP Review, well, we have a far higher standard of...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 10-25-2018
Replies: 445
Views: 13,537
Posted By RichC
This is a toy, not a camera. Leica began as a...

This is a toy, not a camera.

Leica began as a truly innovative company that led through technology and design. They were the epitome of modernity, with a simplicity of form that followed function....
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-21-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 1,462
Posted By RichC
(a) I take your point that most photographers...

(a) I take your point that most photographers don't need many megapixels.

However, for those of us who exhibit and sell prints, technology has changed things: there is now the expectation that our...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 10-21-2018
Replies: 445
Views: 13,537
Posted By RichC
The Epson R-D1 being an honourable exception......

The Epson R-D1 being an honourable exception... based on a Bessa chassis including its manual shutter, it needed the cocking lever. Unlike this Leica abomination.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 10-21-2018
Replies: 445
Views: 13,537
Posted By RichC
Exactly. Wouldn't surprise me, though. Leica...

Exactly.

Wouldn't surprise me, though. Leica digital Ms have that ridiculous removable base that makes the camera a joke for professionals: it's impossible to use the camera in the studio with a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-20-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 1,113
Posted By RichC
100% manual... on advanced digital bodies. I...

100% manual... on advanced digital bodies. I don't own any autofocus lenses.

This is my Nikon D800E and Mamiya 55-110mm shift zoom - weighting about 2 kg (4.5 lb). I now use a Sony A7R II with this...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 10-18-2018
Replies: 445
Views: 13,537
Posted By RichC
Ha! :D If true, an utterly pointless folly for...

Ha! :D
If true, an utterly pointless folly for folk with too much money...
Forum: Photo Software 10-17-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 1,036
Posted By RichC
I also suggest checking out Paintshop Pro and...

I also suggest checking out Paintshop Pro and Photoshop Elements. They'll do all you need; are reasonably priced; have long-standing and well-deserved reputations for features and reliability (both...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 10-10-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 606
Posted By RichC
Wireless is straightforward using your WiFi. You...

Wireless is straightforward using your WiFi. You need a Google Chromecast - you can pick one up for $25-35 - and something portable with WiFi like a laptop or Android/Apple tablet or phone.

If...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 10-09-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 606
Posted By RichC
Except portability - I do use my TV for photos,...

Except portability - I do use my TV for photos, but I've taken my projector to friends, to my studio, and to the spare room when the TV's in use, and used it in exhibitions for projected images.

If...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 10-09-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 606
Posted By RichC
https://www.lg.com/us/home-video/lg-PA70G-micro-po...

https://www.lg.com/us/home-video/lg-PA70G-micro-portable

It's been superseded but I'd be happy with any projector with these specs. I deliberately brought second hand as a projector is something I'd...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 10-09-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 606
Posted By RichC
I got a used LG PA70G for £200 and couldn't be...

I got a used LG PA70G for £200 and couldn't be happier even though it's not the latest model (which presumably are even better)! My first projector...

A friend was using one to review his photos,...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 10-07-2018
Replies: 815
Views: 91,671
Posted By RichC
https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1221/1048967930_d791...

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1221/1048967930_d7918739d0_b_d.jpg
Kent coast, UK, 2004
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-05-2018
Replies: 100
Views: 2,771
Posted By RichC
Film: the Jaeger-LeCoultre Compass. Digital:...

Film: the Jaeger-LeCoultre Compass.
Digital: Epson R-D1

Both are superlative feats of engineering. Both are hopelessly fragile and and impractical. Both are hopelessly obsolete. And I want them.

I...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-02-2018
Replies: 31
Views: 1,144
Posted By RichC
I always underexpose ... ... but then my photos...

I always underexpose ...
... but then my photos are always somewhat dark!...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-02-2018
Replies: 43
Views: 924
Posted By RichC
Perhaps give up photography...?

Perhaps give up photography...?
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-01-2018
Replies: 43
Views: 924
Posted By RichC
Hmm. No one's actually answered WHY – just...

Hmm. No one's actually answered WHY – just statements of what they DO. "To record...", "to document...", "to see happy...", "to find out what something will look like photographed..." – but for what...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-30-2018
Replies: 72
Views: 2,580
Posted By RichC
Another for Leica M8 regret. Trash. And Leica...

Another for Leica M8 regret.

Trash. And Leica conned me - I was persuaded by the lifetime upgrade that they later dropped. And months needed to repair it when it broke.

I've never owned such an...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-29-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 1,695
Posted By RichC
I am! I have 42 MP - but need more! I've an...

I am!

I have 42 MP - but need more!

I've an exhibition on as part of Brighton Photo Fringe 2018 (https://2018.photofringe.org/exhibitions/), and my prints are A1 size (35 inches) on lightboxes -...
Forum: Digital Compacts 09-27-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 1,848
Posted By RichC
"The perfect complement to one's cameraphone" is...

"The perfect complement to one's cameraphone" is not a compact camera as they do the same job - take snaps. At least for me and everyone I know. None of my friends and family have used a...
Forum: Optics Theory - 09-24-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 2,864
Posted By RichC
I'd say the period started earlier, nevertheless...

I'd say the period started earlier, nevertheless *"classic" means high resolution but low contrast* is exactly my understanding, too :)[/QUOTE]

Quite possibly! It depends on what you want from a...
Forum: Optics Theory - 09-24-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 2,864
Posted By RichC
For me, "classic" means high resolution but low...

For me, "classic" means high resolution but low contrast, typical of many 1960s and 1970s lenses, designed by crafts people and experience rather than by computers. And also before Japanese cameras...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 09-23-2018
Replies: 69
Views: 2,915
Posted By RichC
Roger, as I'm sure you've already know, pretty...

Roger, as I'm sure you've already know, pretty much every red phone box still standing in the UK (mostly in villages and small towns) is now a library or full of free fruit and veg and the like,...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 09-22-2018
Replies: 160
Views: 11,755
Posted By RichC
Terrible pincushion distortion too... Nope! :eek:

Terrible pincushion distortion too... Nope! :eek:
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 09-19-2018
Replies: 67
Views: 2,230
Posted By RichC
I'm not on the look out for this 'cos it ain't...

I'm not on the look out for this 'cos it ain't going to happen... but I want a digital camera

• with a >50 MP cutting-edge sensor
• optimised for still images only (no video)
• for manual lenses...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 09-17-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 920
Posted By RichC
Simpler here in the UK. We don't have...

Simpler here in the UK. We don't have "transformative" fair use. Copyright for us is more black and white (pun intended!) because fair use is limited to pretty defined and clear instances such as...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 09-17-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 1,150
Posted By RichC
Try Googling...? The directives are aimed at...

Try Googling...?

The directives are aimed at online platforms and similar organisations, not individuals like Joe or Jane Bloggs. Tumblr, Instagram, Flickr, YouTube and their ilk are the ones who...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-16-2018
Replies: 43
Views: 1,321
Posted By RichC
I did try to get on with film ... several times....

I did try to get on with film ... several times. But always gave up because of the waiting.

I’m in my 50s, so film cameras were around for most of my life - yet I’ve only got a couple of dozen...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-16-2018
Replies: 43
Views: 1,321
Posted By RichC
I hate the waiting! I only started photography...

I hate the waiting!

I only started photography when digital cameras arrived. I did have a few false starts before digital: I’d buy a film camera but get teed off with having to use an entire roll...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 09-15-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 1,150
Posted By RichC
Bad press on one occasion when accused of...

Bad press on one occasion when accused of scamming a couple. Turned out someone had stolen her photos and used a false name, so out of the blue she was accused of fraud. That was the worst example...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 09-14-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 1,150
Posted By RichC
One word: promotion. I’ve a friend who’s a...

One word: promotion.

I’ve a friend who’s a wedding photographer. She’s very good at it with a glamour-meets-urban-candid style, being selected by Rangefinder Magazine as one of its 30 worldwide...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-12-2018
Replies: 91
Views: 2,859
Posted By RichC
This. Digital camera technology has matured, as...

This.

Digital camera technology has matured, as happened with personal computers and, later, mobile phones. A decade ago, 2 years passing - a typical camera generation - meant a huge leap in camera...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-06-2018
Replies: 63
Views: 2,130
Posted By RichC
A thumbs down from me... I’m a Sony A7R II user...

A thumbs down from me...

I’m a Sony A7R II user who moved from Nikon but kept all my Nikon lenses, and also have a few Leica M lenses for when I want a tiny camera-lens combo that’ll fit in a...
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 09-02-2018
Replies: 273
Views: 12,565
Posted By RichC
I don't know if that's true. People keep saying...

I don't know if that's true. People keep saying that Sony isn't a camera company, they're an electronics company, etc. The fact is that Sony has been making cameras for DECADES. Mostly television...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 08-20-2018
Replies: 92
Views: 4,049
Posted By RichC
I always carry my cameras across my body - on the...

I always carry my cameras across my body - on the chest they sway and swing uncontrollably (often into things)!

I buy old, well-worn wide canvas straps from the 1970s with all-metal fittings (no...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-02-2018
Replies: 157
Views: 4,248
Posted By RichC
The death of photography... *again*! First it was...

The death of photography... *again*! First it was digital, now it’s phones...!

Do writers moan that Microsoft Word killed literature, or that all non-literary writing like texts and shopping lists...
Forum: RFF Polls 07-19-2018
Replies: 71
Views: 2,267
Posted By RichC
OP here ... I'm of the school that considers a...

OP here ... I'm of the school that considers a photo only truly "done" when printed.

I only make inkjet prints as proofs or tests, using my trusty and reliable (touches wood) Epson R2880 that I've...
Forum: RFF Polls 07-18-2018
Replies: 71
Views: 2,267
Posted By RichC
To be fair, monitor screens are increasing in...

To be fair, monitor screens are increasing in resolution rapidly. 5K screens like Dell’s 5120×2880 pixel, 220 dpi, 27 in. monster need a 14.5 MB image to fill the screen. That’s about the same...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 07-18-2018
Replies: 118
Views: 5,353
Posted By RichC
I’m usually very exacting about my gear, shooting...

I’m usually very exacting about my gear, shooting medium-format film and 42 MP digital to maximise resolution and tonal range.

But I have a soft spot for the humble Soviet Jupiter-8 - I’ve an early...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 07-18-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1,324
Posted By RichC
OP here: I agree totally, Bob... what you’re...

OP here: I agree totally, Bob... what you’re talking about is what I call “archiving”.

If you look at my initial post, I divided copying/preserving digital images into two tasks:

• Backing-up
•...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-17-2018
Replies: 36
Views: 1,163
Posted By RichC
Shift lenses - 35mm and a 55-110mm zoom! :D The...

Shift lenses - 35mm and a 55-110mm zoom! :D

The zoom weighs about a kilo (2 lb), cobbled together from a Mamiya 645 lens and a shift adapter.

I hate converging verticals, which are unavoidable in...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 07-17-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1,324
Posted By RichC
I'm in my early 50s so hopefully I've plenty of...

I'm in my early 50s so hopefully I've plenty of tread left...

However, I wrote my will several years ago.

I've sensibly appended notes of where I keep stuff and what to do with it. That includes my...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 07-17-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1,324
Posted By RichC
Archiving your photos

Just wondering if anyone has any thoughts or on my back-up and archiving procedures. Also, I'd be interested if others do something similar.

As we know, computer files are ephemeral... I spend a lot...
Forum: RFF Polls 07-16-2018
Replies: 71
Views: 2,267
Posted By RichC
OP here... Or it tells us that RFF members are...

OP here...

Or it tells us that RFF members are mostly over 50! :)

What I should have done was set up the poll with 7 similar age options - but titled "I mostly don't print my good...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 07-15-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 1,335
Posted By RichC
All fits easily in a small shoulder bag - plus...

All fits easily in a small shoulder bag - plus iPad, a camera and a bottle of water, if I want. On days I don’t want to carry my bag, everything bar the power bank fits into my jeans or jacket pocket...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 07-15-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 1,335
Posted By RichC
This. All goes in a small shoulder bag that I...

This. All goes in a small shoulder bag that I nearly always carry.


The corroded item at the bottom is a "steampunk" USB drive, and the thing at the top right is a power bank. There's a torch and...
Forum: RFF Polls 07-13-2018
Replies: 71
Views: 2,267
Posted By RichC
I think you’re probably right ... should’ve given...

I think you’re probably right ... should’ve given it a bit more thought! :o
Forum: RFF Polls 07-13-2018
Replies: 71
Views: 2,267
Posted By RichC
Well, that’s what I normally do. But I used more...

Well, that’s what I normally do. But I used more paper than expected, and needed more today, not tomorrow!
Forum: RFF Polls 07-13-2018
Replies: 71
Views: 2,267
Posted By RichC
Sorry... Read >75 as >65! I print my decent...

Sorry... Read >75 as >65!

I print my decent stuff on Fuji C type paper - to make good old-fashioned silver-based photographic prints! I think these are subtler and more refined than inkjet prints,...
Forum: RFF Polls 07-13-2018
Replies: 71
Views: 2,267
Posted By RichC
Who still prints? Digital-only users

I ran out of inkjet photo paper today, so went to town to buy some. But no one had any - not camera shops, not stationers! I was told that no one prints any more - except for "old people"!


So, I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-09-2018
Replies: 275
Views: 10,389
Posted By RichC
Absolutely with Nick. Half of photography is...

Absolutely with Nick. Half of photography is technology - the better engineered your camera, the better your photographs. Fact. Once, cameras were chemical-mechanical, and their technology...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 07-09-2018
Replies: 52
Views: 2,244
Posted By RichC
I found the rangefinder a bit delicate - prone to...

I found the rangefinder a bit delicate - prone to going out of whack and needing recalibration if the camera wasn't mollycoddled. Didn't like the knocks and vibration when travelling off-road in...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-29-2018
Replies: 60
Views: 2,800
Posted By RichC
Not happy with this. As John Szarkowski, former...

Not happy with this.

As John Szarkowski, former director of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, pointed out, photography is not painting. What makes photography special are 5 qualities that are...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-28-2018
Replies: 60
Views: 2,800
Posted By RichC
Quite. I've just finished photographing the lost...

Quite. I've just finished photographing the lost River Fleet, walking about 500 miles through north London to the Thames - and used a tripod for every shot (as well as carrying kitchen steps to get...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-27-2018
Replies: 60
Views: 2,800
Posted By RichC
More megapixels the better for me! My current...

More megapixels the better for me!

My current camera has 42 MP, my previous one was 36 MP. Both are too small and can barely print A1 size (about 33 in. wide) - larger, and print quality drops. Most...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 06-19-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 410
Posted By RichC
Help with altering/retouching b&w silver prints

I’m starting a project involving old b&w snapshots, mostly from the 1930s to 1950s. What I want to do is alter them chemically, to darken and bleach areas and otherwise alter them. It would be...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-15-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1,254
Posted By RichC
I started photography with digital, not film - my...

I started photography with digital, not film - my first digital camera was the 1.5 MP Fujifilm MX-1700 in 1999! I was upgrading cameras yearly at first, which increased to 2 yearly.

As the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-06-2018
Replies: 81
Views: 3,375
Posted By RichC
No - way too dorky! And unnecessary! Also...

No - way too dorky! And unnecessary! Also screams, “I’m carrying valuable stuff, mug me!”

The relatively few items I may need easy access to fit in my pockets - batteries, SD cards, perhaps a lens...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 06-05-2018
Replies: 824
Views: 84,289
Posted By RichC
Hear, hear. At the end of the day, not being...

Hear, hear.

At the end of the day, not being able to easily afford a Leica could not be anything other than the very definition of a first world "problem."[/QUOTE]

Or that perhaps we think the...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-30-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 852
Posted By RichC
As everyone else so far in this thread, I prefer...

As everyone else so far in this thread, I prefer simplicity and repeatability. I know how I like my photos, and how I prefer to use cameras, and set up my camera accordingly so I’m not forever...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 05-23-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 920
Posted By RichC
You made the right decision to skip that auction...

You made the right decision to skip that auction - I think the optics have had it!

However,for future reference, the Canon 50/1.2 is easy to disassemble:...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-22-2018
Replies: 112
Views: 3,669
Posted By RichC
Anyone know the best way to store Fuji FP-100C...

Anyone know the best way to store Fuji FP-100C for longevity, and its lifespan? I’ve several packs that have been sitting in the fridge (not freezer - worried about the liquid chemicals) for a couple...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-22-2018
Replies: 115
Views: 4,631
Posted By RichC
This. I owned an M8 and used an M9. A Leica...

This.

I owned an M8 and used an M9. A Leica digital camera promises the earth but delivers mediocrity - unreliable, poor performance, outdated and flawed technology, horrible ergonomics, glacial...
Forum: Travel 05-20-2018
Replies: 142
Views: 4,528
Posted By RichC
Appreciated, Raid!

Appreciated, Raid!
Forum: Travel 05-20-2018
Replies: 142
Views: 4,528
Posted By RichC
Thanks, x-ray! :)

Thanks, x-ray! :)
Forum: Travel 05-20-2018
Replies: 142
Views: 4,528
Posted By RichC
Enjoy yourself Raid! I take even less gear than...

Enjoy yourself Raid! I take even less gear than you when holidaying or travelling, carrying the minimum possible - one camera with a 35mm lens. I travelled across South America with a Minox, and...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-19-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 699
Posted By RichC
Thanks! Bizarrely, I get as much pleasure from...

Thanks! Bizarrely, I get as much pleasure from reading and writing about photographic theory as I do from taking photographs. Make of that what you will...!
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-19-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 732
Posted By RichC
I also don’t think it’s the lens. The Elmar...

I also don’t think it’s the lens. The Elmar 50/2.8 is a fine lens and holds its own even today. It’s sharp and controls flare well, albeit it has lower contrast compared with modern lenses. If it is...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-19-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 699
Posted By RichC
Bottom line is that a photograph is always two...

Bottom line is that a photograph is always two faced - both a picture and captured reality. It’s not possible to take a photograph without capturing reality - however abstract the image. After all,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-19-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 699
Posted By RichC
I disagree. In art and critical theory the...

I disagree. In art and critical theory the photographic image is considered unique - all other kinds of picture are representations of reality, whereas a photograph is not just a picture but also...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-19-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 699
Posted By RichC
Thanks. I found it interesting too: a decent...

Thanks. I found it interesting too: a decent potted history of B&W and colour film usage and attitudes. And a worthwhile article from Petapixel for a change!
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-18-2018
Replies: 300
Views: 44,436
Posted By RichC
https://farm1.staticflickr.com/970/40392767890_c0d...

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/970/40392767890_c0d9b829ed_o_d.jpg
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-14-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 876
Posted By RichC
I use photography to say something about us and...

I use photography to say something about us and our world - I create “visual essays”, I guess. I aim to exhibit my finished photographic projects in galleries - my images are simply a means of...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-07-2018
Replies: 38
Views: 1,404
Posted By RichC
No. To me, cameras are disposable tools, a means...

No.

To me, cameras are disposable tools, a means to an end. The photograph is all that counts.

My current cameras are a Mamiya 645 and a Sony A7R II - both efficient and boring, which are good...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-04-2018
Replies: 55
Views: 3,049
Posted By RichC
I became a photographer through digital cameras,...

I became a photographer through digital cameras, so film came later for me. I now shoot both digital and medium-format film.

I went on to do an MA photography degree, but I have zero interest in...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 05-01-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 2,795
Posted By RichC
I can certainly tell the difference in the real...

I can certainly tell the difference in the real world, and have used and owned all kinds of digital cameras, including Leica M8 + M10, Nikon D800E and Sony A7R II. The last is my current camera -...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-28-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,409
Posted By RichC
Any authoritative online links for this usage?...

Any authoritative online links for this usage? It’s not in any of my optics books. I guess it’s possible for a lens assembly to affect the contrast subtly, which I suppose could be considered a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-28-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,409
Posted By RichC
Doesn’t make sense. That’s like using the word...

Doesn’t make sense. That’s like using the word “cat” to mean “fruitbat”!

As I mentioned here (https://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showpost.php?p=2806345&postcount=23), a lens can’t have...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-27-2018
Replies: 35
???
Views: 1,591
Posted By RichC
I started photography with an SLR - the Canon 10D...

I started photography with an SLR - the Canon 10D - but as I started to learn how to take photographs I began switching stuff off - programme mode became manual, multi-point focus became single...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-27-2018
Replies: 35
???
Views: 1,591
Posted By RichC
I strongly disagree... I've been an RFF member...

I strongly disagree...

I've been an RFF member for 12 years (!), and joined because I used the world's first digital rangefinder - the Epson R-D1. I replaced the Epson with a Leica M8. I used a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-27-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,409
Posted By RichC
As far as lenses go, yes: different lenses simply...

As far as lenses go, yes: different lenses simply have more or less contrast... lenses can't have micro-contrast, as it needs to be added intelligently (i.e. by computer algorithms).

It does make...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-27-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,409
Posted By RichC
I take a slightly different approach. First,...

I take a slightly different approach.

First, there’s certain properties that any lens must have before I consider it remotely useful as a photographic tool. These aren’t in any order - they’re...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-25-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 371
Posted By RichC
Pretty much everything I’ve ever photographed!...

Pretty much everything I’ve ever photographed! Just a few...


Tempus Fugit No....
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-23-2018
Replies: 33
Views: 1,129
Posted By RichC
My pricey professional Polaroid Land camera...

My pricey professional Polaroid Land camera conversion using a 127mm lens... I had this made for me in Japan and shipped over to the UK.

Fuji, now completely disinterested in film (apart from...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-22-2018
Replies: 33
Views: 1,654
Posted By RichC
Mostly 50mm as that's the way I see the...

Mostly 50mm as that's the way I see the world.

But I always take an 80mm lens with me, as sometimes I want to "zoom in" on something if I can't or don't want to get closer to my subject. Also carry...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-21-2018
Replies: 37
Views: 1,668
Posted By RichC
And there’s a warning... Favouring simplicity is...

And there’s a warning...

Favouring simplicity is fine, and I get why people like digital Leica Ms that strip cameras down to the essentials of photography.

But it’s important to familiarise...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 04-21-2018
Replies: 3
Views: 392
Posted By RichC
Thanks, Brian ... it’s now on my list to see. I...

Thanks, Brian ... it’s now on my list to see.

I greatly admire his work into the 1990s. But as time passed I think his photographs became more formulaic, and, worse, the wry humour and acute social...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 04-20-2018
Replies: 304
Views: 12,110
Posted By RichC
Definitely not a Leica! Used Sony A7R III.

Definitely not a Leica! Used Sony A7R III.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-19-2018
Replies: 43
Views: 1,194
Posted By RichC
Thanks! All photographers benefit by thinking...

Thanks!

All photographers benefit by thinking about their vision. The trick is to avoid making a straitjacket for yourself or becoming a one-trick pony while creating photographs that look uniquely...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-19-2018
Replies: 43
Views: 1,194
Posted By RichC
I partially agree with you... I agree...

I partially agree with you...

I agree wholeheartedly that arbitrary choices following conventions or "the norm" without thought often lead to safe, homogenised photographs. However, I had in mind...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-19-2018
Replies: 43
Views: 1,194
Posted By RichC
No, I don't do that. The subject should dictate...

No, I don't do that. The subject should dictate the style and equipment, not the other way round.

Though I guess some people photograph the same subject the same way day in day out. I personally...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-19-2018
Replies: 43
Views: 1,194
Posted By RichC
Sadly, no. My (now sold) Nikon D800E had several...

Sadly, no. My (now sold) Nikon D800E had several formats but not 645, and its replacement, a Sony A7R II, only has 3:2 (35mm) and 16:9 despite zillions more options and settings than the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-18-2018
Replies: 43
Views: 1,194
Posted By RichC
I find 2x3 (35mm) too wide but 6x7 or 4x5 too...

I find 2x3 (35mm) too wide but 6x7 or 4x5 too square.

645 works best for me ... unfortunately, since, though fine when I shoot film, no digital camera I know of has a setting that allows that crop.
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 04-18-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 1,029
Posted By RichC
Or less. The Spyder5 costs just $130 for the...

Or less. The Spyder5 costs just $130 for the basic model, which is all most people need. I’ve been using Spyders for well over a decade so am used to them, but any calibrator will do the job.
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 04-18-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 1,029
Posted By RichC
I do it about every 6 months as a screen changes...

I do it about every 6 months as a screen changes slightly over time - and after Windows downloads and installs a video driver update, as this often screws the calibration!
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 04-18-2018
Replies: 65
Views: 3,493
Posted By RichC
Certainly for me and photographers I know who...

Certainly for me and photographers I know who shoot raw.

The camera hardware and internal processing (e.g.dynamic range and colour sensitivity) are the initial factors influencing appearance. For...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 04-18-2018
Replies: 65
Views: 3,493
Posted By RichC
^ What Paul T said... It’s very clear that the...

^ What Paul T said...

It’s very clear that the default processing of raw files differs between cameras, whether using the camera maker’s software or third-party programs like Lightroom or Capture...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 04-17-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 1,029
Posted By RichC
As a professional graphic designer working with...

As a professional graphic designer working with monochrome and colour images daily: what Chris said.

Total waste of time editing digital photos without calibrating your screen...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-11-2018
Replies: 30
Views: 1,178
Posted By RichC
I’m not averse to screen images; in fact, unlike...

I’m not averse to screen images; in fact, unlike most on this forum, I learnt my craft initially with a digital camera, coming to film much later. And my snapshots to this day remain digital only...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-07-2018
Replies: 137
Views: 4,736
Posted By RichC
You say “should” as if this isn’t already the...

You say “should” as if this isn’t already the case. Over time, it has become accepted that a photograph is simply an image created by a camera - how or what happens to it is of no...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-05-2018
Replies: 323
Views: 25,399
Posted By RichC
The Leica M8 that I bought new, partly swayed by...

The Leica M8 that I bought new, partly swayed by Leica’s promise of an upgradable sensor. Terrible camera - buggy, fragile and unreliable with lengthy turnaround for repairs, not to mention refusal...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-05-2018
Replies: 137
Views: 4,736
Posted By RichC
Utter rubbish. Talk about flogging a dead...

Utter rubbish. Talk about flogging a dead horse...! :rolleyes:

Digital and analogue cameras create images by exactly the same basic process: an image is focused on a light-sensitive surface,...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-03-2018
Replies: 137
Views: 4,736
Posted By RichC
Yes to the first sentence. A huge no to the...

Yes to the first sentence. A huge no to the rest.

Philip-Lorca diCorcia is an outstanding photographer whose cinematic images are characterised by drama and contrast. A well-known project is “Heads”...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-02-2018
Replies: 115
Views: 8,923
Posted By RichC
The now-derelict Buckston Browne Animal Research...

The now-derelict Buckston Browne Animal Research Centre - infamous for animal vivisection. It closed after raids by anti-vivisection activists placed it in public...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-02-2018
Replies: 137
Views: 4,736
Posted By RichC
Err ... No! I've no idea where this oft-repeated...

Err ... No! I've no idea where this oft-repeated myth comes from. According to DXO Mark the Leica M-240 is outperformed by nearly every other full-frame camera - it lies in 49th position, and is...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 04-01-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 975
Posted By RichC
It’s one of the three screws holding on the top...

It’s one of the three screws holding on the top cover (the other two are are on the sides).
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-01-2018
Replies: 137
Views: 4,736
Posted By RichC
When I wasn’t serious about photography I used a...

When I wasn’t serious about photography I used a Leica M8. Nice object, inefficient tool. I now use a Sony A7R II.

The Leica M was once current technology. But that was decades ago, and it was...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-24-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 1,865
Posted By RichC
Does that work with digital music players? I got...

Does that work with digital music players? I got rid of my turntable a couple of decades ago, like most folk...! :)
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 03-23-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 1,865
Posted By RichC
All you need is a digital camera, a desk lamp and...

All you need is a digital camera, a desk lamp and a black t-shirt.

I’ve been using this method for years to check film cameras - it’s accurate, fast and easy. Details here...
Forum: Fuji Digital General Discussion 03-22-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 2,475
Posted By RichC
Ditto to all the above... In short, Facebook...

Ditto to all the above... In short, Facebook benefits my social life and interests rather than detracts!

Regarding privacy, just use common sense!
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 03-20-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 1,134
Posted By RichC
Terrible! By modern standards. But I use...

Terrible! By modern standards. But I use medium-format film too and have to reload after 10-15 frames, so sticking a new battery in every 200-300 shots isn’t so bad...! Anyway, I shoot digital like...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 03-20-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 1,134
Posted By RichC
Making the Sony A7 / A7R II usable...

The technology in my new camera, an A7R II, is outstanding: it creates amazing images, and the viewfinder and image stabilisation mean I get more "keepers" than with my previous camera, a Nikon...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 03-17-2018
Replies: 41
Views: 1,807
Posted By RichC
Or you can do what I do and build a set of...

Or you can do what I do and build a set of defaults that match wet prints from the original film stock as closely as possible. I shoot Portra because I like its look, one that’s impossible to...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-17-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 817
Posted By RichC
Additional to David’s post above... The Chinese...

Additional to David’s post above...

The Chinese knock-offs can’t be trusted - most are poorly made: too tight, too loose, too thick, too thin... Some are fine, but it’s a case of how to recognise...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-15-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 877
Posted By RichC
It’s a very nice lens. I used one with my Epson...

It’s a very nice lens. I used one with my Epson R-D1 and Leica M8, but sold it when I moved to Nikon DSLRs. Now that I’ve just bought a Sony A7R II, I’m getting another one as I liked it so much. I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-15-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 761
Posted By RichC
Everyone's remarkably agreeable...! :)

Everyone's remarkably agreeable...! :)
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-15-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 761
Posted By RichC
(1) Brand? I use only Sandisk and Lexar cards - I...

(1) Brand? I use only Sandisk and Lexar cards - I decided to use only cards from top brands after three cards randomly and suddenly died. One expired physically - the plastic became brittle and it...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 03-13-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 3,374
Posted By RichC
How does your action compare with ColorPerfect?...

How does your action compare with ColorPerfect? See, for example, posts 22 + 30 in this thread (https://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=163214&page=2).
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-13-2018
Replies: 34
Views: 1,992
Posted By RichC
We shouldn’t be talking about more gear! Once...

We shouldn’t be talking about more gear! Once we’ve got the important stuff, we should just use it!

What follows getting a camera isn’t more gear but learning - mechanical skills, such as camera...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 03-12-2018
Replies: 28
Views: 1,506
Posted By RichC
A series titled “Home” - more accurately a tale...

A series titled “Home” - more accurately a tale of being prevented from reaching...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-12-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 892
Posted By RichC
“Where are going?” “Out. Taking...

“Where are going?”
“Out. Taking photographs...”
“Don’t forget to wear your crash helmet!”
:)
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-12-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 892
Posted By RichC
Too be fair, I was referring to SLRs!

Too be fair, I was referring to SLRs!
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 03-12-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 912
Posted By RichC
I’d like that for a carry-round camera. I need...

I’d like that for a carry-round camera. I need 35-50 MP, so the Sony was the only option for my main camera.

Sonys are replaced often - every 2 years - so their resale value is lousy: I bought my...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-12-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 892
Posted By RichC
Totally. I don’t know how people do it! I need a...

Totally. I don’t know how people do it! I need a viewfinder, though I do occasionally use the screen in live-view but only on a tripod.



Well, it works fine in a British winter (+/-5 C)! But I...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 03-12-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 912
Posted By RichC
I’m mainly a studio photographer, so hopefully I...

I’m mainly a studio photographer, so hopefully I won’t meet mud and rain indoors...! I’m pretty sure the Sony isn’t as robust as my Nikon, and will treat it accordingly.
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 03-12-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 912
Posted By RichC
Well, my long post...

Well, my long post (https://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showpost.php?p=2795350&postcount=1) explains my needs. In short, I need max megapixels as I sometimes print very large exhibition prints...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-12-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 892
Posted By RichC
Optical vs electronic viewfinder...

...or why I ditched my SLR.

I’ve used optical viewfinders (OVFs) all my photographic life, owning various SLRs and rangefinders. Until recently, I used a Nikon dSLR (the D800E), and prior to that a...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 03-11-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 912
Posted By RichC
Ditching an SLR for a mirrorless Sony A7R II...

I’m indoors with a cold, so for something to do I’m going to write a kind of review...

In case anyone else is considering moving from a traditional SLR with an optical viewfinder (OVF) to a...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-06-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 2,366
Posted By RichC
Today’s camera is just a lump of disposable...

Today’s camera is just a lump of disposable consumer electronics - a device that will be obsolete in a couple years, to be regularly replaced and discarded. It’s no different to your computer, car or...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-12-2018
Replies: 36
Views: 1,511
Posted By RichC
Yet again, I'll repeat myself. My proposed...

Yet again, I'll repeat myself. My proposed subforum is NOT FOR CRITICISM. It is for general discussion about photos - what and why.

The point is NOT to judge them in any way but to talk about them-...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-12-2018
Replies: 218
Views: 6,889
Posted By RichC
See also this thread: Suggestion for a new RFF...

See also this thread: Suggestion for a new RFF forum - thoughts? (https://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=164159)

No photo criticism or gear talk necessary!
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-12-2018
Replies: 36
Views: 1,511
Posted By RichC
As I specifically mentioned, this proposed forum...

As I specifically mentioned, this proposed forum would ABSOLUTELY NOT be for critiquing photos, but to discuss them in general. In short, we'd be talking about the pictures themselves - what they...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-12-2018
Replies: 36
Views: 1,511
Posted By RichC
Gear talk would be allowed, though, if it's...

Gear talk would be allowed, though, if it's important to how and why photos were taken...

For example, in some of these photos I used a tilt-shift lens to put the plane of focus exactly where I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-12-2018
Replies: 36
Views: 1,511
Posted By RichC
Wouldn’t you lot like to know a bit about these...

Wouldn’t you lot like to know a bit about these photos of mine? These are just a few from this project...

Why were they were taken? What’s the background? How did I go about it? Do I like history?...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-12-2018
Replies: 36
Views: 1,511
Posted By RichC
We do ... I think the problem with those is that...

We do ... I think the problem with those is that either they’re just to show photos, or you’re showing your own photo and asking for a critique (stressful for some)..

My idea is hopefully to get...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-12-2018
Replies: 36
Views: 1,511
Posted By RichC
Suggestion for a new RFF forum - thoughts?

In the thread Why is gear talk more popular than photo talk? (https://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=164155), x-ray said



I’ve a thought... About 5 years ago, someone set up a new...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 01-26-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 3,002
Posted By RichC
I was going to say that - but for another reason!...

I was going to say that - but for another reason!

I've spent the last 3 years on a photographic project in London, UK, but found I was getting disturbed by security and passers-by.

I was told that...
Forum: DIYS Modifications 01-22-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 1,276
Posted By RichC
Yes, I soldered a diode in my Rollei 35S. Worked...

Yes, I soldered a diode in my Rollei 35S. Worked perfectly. I just Googled for how to do it.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 01-21-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 1,346
Posted By RichC
https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1427/533757078_2e24...

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1427/533757078_2e2451cd40_o_d.jpg
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