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Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 11-17-2017
Replies: 58
Views: 2,821
Posted By thompsonks
I thought the original article was interesting...

I thought the original article was interesting and well written. I've never read another good explanation of how the Bechers influenced their students, whose work often looks so different from...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-11-2017
Replies: 58
Views: 2,301
Posted By thompsonks
Hello, Drew- Chemo fatigue is a really limiting...

Hello, Drew-
Chemo fatigue is a really limiting condition, and you can't expect it to go away as soon as infusions end - this potent chemistry will be at work for weeks or months longer. Don't be...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-09-2017
Replies: 58
Views: 2,301
Posted By thompsonks
Love that name, 'Darth Feeble'! I’m a certified...

Love that name, 'Darth Feeble'!

I’m a certified Geezer Photographer, but against common sense I'm using slightly heavier gear.

At 81 I’ve had to reduce my mobility from jogger/gym rat/yoga...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 06-21-2017
Replies: 9
Views: 777
Posted By thompsonks
Coolscan prices have risen so high that I was...

Coolscan prices have risen so high that I was able to get an elderly Imacon 6x6 for less – and then later sell it for what I'd paid for it.

The only hitch was that I had to use an old Mac with SCSSI...
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 06-12-2017
Replies: 2
Views: 2,136
Posted By thompsonks
I've tested v2 and v4. Both yield color...

I've tested v2 and v4. Both yield color vignetting and blur in the far corners until you stop down to a middle aperture. V2 might be a little better than v4, or that could have been sample...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 05-06-2017
Replies: 162
Views: 26,390
Posted By thompsonks
Re: soft proofing: While I had no difficulty with...

Re: soft proofing: While I had no difficulty with matte papers, I've been printing this week on gloss baryta surfaces, and prints are consistently darker than any of the gloss icc profiles can...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 05-02-2017
Replies: 162
Views: 26,390
Posted By thompsonks
I can't help wondering if you're excited about...

I can't help wondering if you're excited about what was there all along.

On your monitor: Are you soft-proofing? This isn't very accurate with PPro inkset yet, because they haven't made soft-proof...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 04-30-2017
Replies: 162
Views: 26,390
Posted By thompsonks
I've been printing for several weeks now with the...

I've been printing for several weeks now with the new Piezo Pro inkset and find it offers lovely gradations in the midtones. Its downside is a magenta ('pink') cast on many papers including HPR. ...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 03-31-2017
Replies: 162
Views: 26,390
Posted By thompsonks
Many thx for being so helpful! Yes, I could use...

Many thx for being so helpful!

Yes, I could use a couple of extra syringes. Wells says they send out only 8 with the 9-ink cartridges and want the user to double up on what he called the two...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 03-29-2017
Replies: 162
Views: 26,390
Posted By thompsonks
Thx, Cal, but no problem finding the posts...

Thx, Cal, but no problem finding the posts themselves. Main whsle source is Chicago Screws. I guess we have something different in mind – I was asking if you were using the screwpost binder kits...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 03-28-2017
Replies: 162
Views: 26,390
Posted By thompsonks
I wonder what sort of 'modular screw binders'...

I wonder what sort of 'modular screw binders' you're using?

I use the Moab and Pina Zangaro products for mockups, and then have a professional bookbinder make the final version. I like screwpost...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-15-2016
Replies: 105
Views: 7,109
Posted By thompsonks
The newest equivalent to Leica handling and ease...

The newest equivalent to Leica handling and ease of use (if you don't get caught up in the menus) isn't a DSLR, it's a mirrorless Sony RX1rII. As soon as I put on a ThumbsUp and a grip, I felt like...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 11-02-2016
Replies: 162
Views: 26,390
Posted By thompsonks
Please give us a full report on...

Please give us a full report on differences/improvements when you've installed the new inkset. I heard some time ago that the Pro version was in the works – I think it was supposed to be ready much...
Forum: RFF News 09-06-2016
Replies: 47
Views: 14,767
Posted By thompsonks
You wouldn't keep a designo masterpiece just for...

You wouldn't keep a designo masterpiece just for the beauty of it?
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 06-20-2016
Replies: 824
Views: 84,176
Posted By thompsonks
Assuming Steve is speaking about overall market...

Assuming Steve is speaking about overall market numbers and revenue, then I suppose he's correct –

"Their market is not [mostly] photographers and hasn't been for a long time. They're a...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 05-25-2016
Replies: 824
Views: 84,176
Posted By thompsonks
It's not the expense for me, it's the truly awful...

It's not the expense for me, it's the truly awful customer service from Leica NJ: 2 repairs in a row that took 4+ months. And three other lenses/bodies that needed warranty work for poor QC. ...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 05-25-2016
Replies: 11
Views: 2,452
Posted By thompsonks
Since acquiring a Hexagon, I don't think I've...

Since acquiring a Hexagon, I don't think I've used 28 Summicron at all. This and 40mm Cron make a great pair.

Kirk
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 04-18-2016
Replies: 30
Views: 4,499
Posted By thompsonks
Robert is right – they vary a bit, and mine...

Robert is right – they vary a bit, and mine checks out at f2.2.

Kirk
Forum: Digital M Reported Problems - all Models 03-19-2016
Replies: 107
Views: 19,547
Posted By thompsonks
I've entered my fourth month of waiting for...

I've entered my fourth month of waiting for return of my Monochrom, which needed a sensor replacement (cracked corner, rather than corrosion).

Is this par for the course now, or has it disappeared...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 03-09-2016
Replies: 93
Views: 7,914
Posted By thompsonks
It's nice that folks are asking for reasoning,...

It's nice that folks are asking for reasoning, and are neither accepting with nor replying with blather.

Kirk
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 02-13-2016
Replies: 63
Views: 11,018
Posted By thompsonks
Still slightly on-topic: Perhaps, Harry, my new...

Still slightly on-topic:

Perhaps, Harry, my new 'job' is to mention slightly different priorities that save $. My MM has been away in Leicaland for months for sensor replacement, and in the...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 02-12-2016
Replies: 63
Views: 11,018
Posted By thompsonks
Soft-proofing is helpful, but you don't need an...

Soft-proofing is helpful, but you don't need an Eizo to soft-proof. And I know you're a scrupulous printer, so my guess is that when you've added soft-proofing, you'll still be making a number of...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 02-08-2016
Replies: 63
Views: 11,018
Posted By thompsonks
Vince, I greatly enjoyed your BW series on Flickr...

Vince, I greatly enjoyed your BW series on Flickr called Mapping the West.

Kirk
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 02-08-2016
Replies: 63
Views: 11,018
Posted By thompsonks
Oh to be as young as you guys! I've received...

Oh to be as young as you guys!

I've received answers from Jon Cone to my question about what's forthcoming, and he didn't say it was Top Secret or even confidential, so here are his 3 points:

1. ...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 02-08-2016
Replies: 63
Views: 11,018
Posted By thompsonks
Looks like both 'experiments,' rough as they...

Looks like both 'experiments,' rough as they were, led to the same results - which is why I was asking about newer developments from Cone that might place Piezography more clearly ahead.

On the...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 02-07-2016
Replies: 63
Views: 11,018
Posted By thompsonks
Jeffrey Hughes' well-written Blog has revived my...

Jeffrey Hughes' well-written Blog has revived my interest, but I have a question.

About a year ago I met a Piezography aficionado here on RFF and we exchanged prints from the same files. My peer...
Forum: Nikon RF 02-05-2016
Replies: 13
Views: 1,310
Posted By thompsonks
If it's in an M helical mount, does it rotate in...

If it's in an M helical mount, does it rotate in focusing like a Leica lens, or 'backwards' like an RF Nikkor? I like the 5cm RF Nikkor rendering, but when changing lenses I have trouble adapting to...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 11-09-2015
Replies: 54
Views: 8,781
Posted By thompsonks
You can't lose I looked at his workshop page,...

You can't lose I looked at his workshop page, and he says if you aren't satisfied he'll give your money back! :angel:

Kirk
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 11-04-2015
Replies: 41
Views: 3,614
Posted By thompsonks
"The one thing that does make me curious is the...

"The one thing that does make me curious is the user name of falklandrd. Falkland Road was the title of her 1981 book."

Checked my address book. MEM's e-mail, or one of them, was...
Forum: Optics Theory - 10-23-2015
Replies: 1,867
Views: 1,733,973
Posted By thompsonks
A billionaire, caught napping Kirk M-E 40 Cron...

A billionaire, caught napping

Kirk

M-E 40 Cron f2

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5832/22233671899_71e0c325c6_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/zSHo3F)Billionaire, caught napping (https://flic.kr/p/zSHo3F)...
Forum: Leica SL 10-21-2015
Replies: 273
Views: 19,304
Posted By thompsonks
Seems like opinions differ mainly in terms of...

Seems like opinions differ mainly in terms of posters' expectations of what it was expected or 'supposed' to be:

1. A small, light, mirrorless camera – in effect a Q with interchangeable lenses? ...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 10-14-2015
Replies: 26
Views: 4,172
Posted By thompsonks
If you're still thinking about a second time...

If you're still thinking about a second time around:

Yes if it would be for personal enjoyment, no if it would be your principal camera.

I bought one of the last M-Es that dealers were allowed to...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 10-08-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 5,010
Posted By thompsonks
Do a google search – many discussions of this on...

Do a google search – many discussions of this on a number of forums.

Have to disagree with Matt about 35 Cron. V1, 3, & 4 all cause some color vignetting and distortion in the far corners at wide...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-08-2015
Replies: 99
Views: 30,159
Posted By thompsonks
Question about Elmar 2.8 LTM vs. 2.8 in M...

Question about Elmar 2.8 LTM vs. 2.8 in M mount:

Does the newer version with fewer aperture blades retain the characteristics/charm of the older lens, or does bokeh deteriorate with fewer aperture...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 10-03-2015
Replies: 56
Views: 5,147
Posted By thompsonks
You: "... a couple of weeks later a strange...

You: "... a couple of weeks later a strange wiggly line appeared on all my shots."

Me: "If it were scratched in cleaning, the problem would have appeared in the first shot you took. Do you mean...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 10-02-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 2,127
Posted By thompsonks
As Peter said, its problem is its bokeh, which...

As Peter said, its problem is its bokeh, which can look like wiggly worms. When they first came out, quite a few were purchased and then re-sold soon after. Interpret as you see fit?

Kirk
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 10-02-2015
Replies: 56
Views: 5,147
Posted By thompsonks
"... a couple of weeks later a strange wiggly...

"... a couple of weeks later a strange wiggly line appeared on all my shots."

If it were scratched in cleaning, the problem would have appeared in the first shot you took. Do you mean you didn't...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 09-30-2015
Replies: 5,284
Views: 795,604
Posted By thompsonks
Really fine post lately! Kirk

Really fine post lately!

Kirk
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 09-30-2015
Replies: 824
Views: 84,176
Posted By thompsonks
Leica has lost me. I never minded the prices,...

Leica has lost me. I never minded the prices, it's the obsolescence. The investment used to last decades, but now they 'last' just a few years.

I owned M2, M3, and M4 from 1973 to the turn of...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 09-09-2015
Replies: 41
Views: 4,843
Posted By thompsonks
Who in the world would think it's wrong for...

Who in the world would think it's wrong for photos to be accompanied by words? Or why would someone think that work in a story-telling or photojournalistic tradition doesn't belong on RFF?

And...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 09-09-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 2,375
Posted By thompsonks
I'd follow Godfrey's advice and get a P600,...

I'd follow Godfrey's advice and get a P600, especially i you want to take advantage of Epson's Advanced BW mode.

Kirk
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 08-05-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 1,133
Posted By thompsonks
A fun theme Kirk

A fun theme

Kirk
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 08-02-2015
Replies: 45
Views: 12,612
Posted By thompsonks
Thx for the info about differences between lower...

Thx for the info about differences between lower and higher SN 5cm Nikkors. I'd used an S-mount 5cm Nikkor on Nikon RFs and on digital M (with Amadeo adapter); and was surprised when I acquired an...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 07-22-2015
Replies: 5,284
Views: 795,604
Posted By thompsonks
Nice interior shot! I mistook it for the little...

Nice interior shot!

I mistook it for the little drug and hardware store in Steilacoom, but I guess this is someplace else called West Beach.

Kirk
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-19-2015
Replies: 69
Views: 8,534
Posted By thompsonks
I sympathize with all the stories of repair...

I sympathize with all the stories of repair delays, though I've had pretty good luck myself – perhaps because my dealer knows which levers to pull in NJ.

My service issue has been so many problems...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-16-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 1,132
Posted By thompsonks
I just bought a 'certified pre-owned' M-E. It...

I just bought a 'certified pre-owned' M-E. It was brand new, not reconditioned, and shutter count was 167, which is barely enough for factory testing. At least on this occasion, Leica re-labelled...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-12-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 1,948
Posted By thompsonks
I had M9s and sold them before price sdropped;...

I had M9s and sold them before price sdropped; didn't want 240 CMOS sensor. Went to Monochrome + Sony, but missed a Leica color camera.

Just bought an M-E that was listed on theBay as pre-owned /...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 07-04-2015
Replies: 5,284
Views: 795,604
Posted By thompsonks
You can view it either as a plain landscape, or...

You can view it either as a plain landscape, or as a vegetarian dinosaur nibbling on the bushes.

Kirk

MATE 35mm

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/372/19232970610_2611ebd6cb_c.jpg...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 06-30-2015
Replies: 5,284
Views: 795,604
Posted By thompsonks
Dancing trees Wildcat Gorge Trail, Tilden,...

Dancing trees

Wildcat Gorge Trail, Tilden, Berkeley

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/518/19278669506_6fa38e00a5_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/vnAdMy)
TreeBallet (https://flic.kr/p/vnAdMy) by Kirk Thompson...
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 06-26-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 4,761
Posted By thompsonks
Mny thanks for a review that saves me and...

Mny thanks for a review that saves me and probably others so much time. We should help one another more with reviews like this!

Kirk
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 06-26-2015
Replies: 5,284
Views: 795,604
Posted By thompsonks
Vince, that first one is strange indeed! Her's a...

Vince, that first one is strange indeed!

Her's a troll tree:

https://c4.staticflickr.com/4/3914/19158882146_d6f9f50369_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/vc1hbf)Troll-tree (https://flic.kr/p/vc1hbf) by Kirk...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-24-2015
Replies: 99
Views: 30,159
Posted By thompsonks
Erik, those fine shots will provoke me to get out...

Erik, those fine shots will provoke me to get out my Elmar-M again!

I've used it stopped down on MM with what look to me like good results, this one being two files stitched...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-21-2015
Replies: 61
Views: 6,362
Posted By thompsonks
The weatherman lied, and I didn't encounter the...

The weatherman lied, and I didn't encounter the overcast day that would have let me shoot landscapes as I'd planned (Post 18). So I took a walk in the Berkeley hills with MM snd LTM 5cm Nikkor,...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-19-2015
Replies: 61
Views: 6,362
Posted By thompsonks
Jon, is that a regular Contax-mount lens, or were...

Jon, is that a regular Contax-mount lens, or were some made specifically to focus on Nikon?

Kirk
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-19-2015
Replies: 61
Views: 6,362
Posted By thompsonks
I made a print from this MM ...

I made a print from this MM file:

https://c4.staticflickr.com/8/7677/17615179950_fc5e08e171_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/sQApi9)Light fog on the Vollmer Peak Trail (https://flic.kr/p/sQApi9) by Kirk...
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 06-16-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 3,097
Posted By thompsonks
WATE is your best bet. Kirk

WATE is your best bet.

Kirk
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 06-06-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 5,395
Posted By thompsonks
Erik, it looks like you proved your point! Kirk

Erik, it looks like you proved your point!

Kirk
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 05-31-2015
Replies: 369
Views: 68,381
Posted By thompsonks
A mis-typing or a misreading? Puts is comparing...

A mis-typing or a misreading? Puts is comparing the MM-I and the M246, which he calls the MM-II; nothing about M240 in this part of his review.

He says "The verdict from this comparison is that...
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 05-28-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 2,652
Posted By thompsonks
Yes but the wider the aperture, the messier the...

Yes but the wider the aperture, the messier the corners.
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 05-27-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 2,652
Posted By thompsonks
My v4 doesn't cover the corners well at wide...

My v4 doesn't cover the corners well at wide apertures, but a friend uses v3 at middle and smaller apertures with no problems.

The shortest M lens that covers properly at wider apertures is the...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 05-26-2015
Replies: 33
Views: 6,213
Posted By thompsonks
I've been sad all day since hearing of her death....

I've been sad all day since hearing of her death. She was not only a great photographer but a supportive and inspiring critic, even to those of us who broke her eleventh commandment: "Don't sell...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-23-2015
Replies: 1,425
Views: 195,010
Posted By thompsonks
Erik, I admire them both but especially the...

Erik, I admire them both but especially the trees and water.

Kirk
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-22-2015
Replies: 1,425
Views: 195,010
Posted By thompsonks
Either tree or camp stool: Kirk MM 24...

Either tree or camp stool:

Kirk

MM 24 Elmarit

https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8780/17361281253_fa535517e5_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/ssa74p)An imaginary campsite (https://flic.kr/p/ssa74p) by Kirk...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 05-22-2015
Replies: 5,284
Views: 795,604
Posted By thompsonks
That's a 'photograph' of depreciation in the...

That's a 'photograph' of depreciation in the digital world. :-(

Kirk
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-21-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 4,124
Posted By thompsonks
I'm surprised the price wasn't higher, because I...

I'm surprised the price wasn't higher, because I traded in my brassy black M4 on an MM, and the dealer gave me a trade-in that would have required him to sell it for almost as much as this one.

Or...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-20-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 1,467
Posted By thompsonks
Just get a used one – there are plenty of them...

Just get a used one – there are plenty of them around?

Kirk
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-10-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 4,220
Posted By thompsonks
I've never read a nicer thread. You were being...

I've never read a nicer thread. You were being helpful and fair, and she responded with great generosity. What goes around comes around – this time in the right direction.

Kirk
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 05-08-2015
Replies: 369
Views: 68,381
Posted By thompsonks
Wishing, rumoring, or knowing? It would be nice...

Wishing, rumoring, or knowing? It would be nice to know.

Kirk
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 05-07-2015
Replies: 369
Views: 68,381
Posted By thompsonks
Pixel-peepin' for tonality, looking at Jono's ISO...

Pixel-peepin' for tonality, looking at Jono's ISO 320 files of the cabinet (LR sharpening set to 0):

The first thing I noticed is that the densities (some combination of meters/sensors) weren't...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 05-07-2015
Replies: 369
Views: 68,381
Posted By thompsonks
Or not even an argument, just looking for some...

Or not even an argument, just looking for some evidence.

Kirk
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 05-06-2015
Replies: 369
Views: 68,381
Posted By thompsonks
Yes, that sums it up for me. I'm on a waiting...

Yes, that sums it up for me. I'm on a waiting list, but if I'm in doubt when my name comes up, I'll just step to the bottom of the list until we know more.

Kirk
Forum: Off Topic 04-30-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 559
Posted By thompsonks
Intriguing and potentially very helpful/healthful...

Intriguing and potentially very helpful/healthful work, Raid!

Any statistical clues or hunches about causation – industries, agricultural products, etc. – that cities/counties might collect?

Kirk
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 04-28-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 3,573
Posted By thompsonks
Same experience with MM & LTM 1.4 Nikkor of that...

Same experience with MM & LTM 1.4 Nikkor of that vintage. You can shoot the old lenses in the brightest sunlight and still retain shadow and highlight detail. ...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 04-24-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 3,573
Posted By thompsonks
I reached the same conclusion with MATE @ 28mm on...

I reached the same conclusion with MATE @ 28mm on MM and A7r bodies. Resolution was a draw in 17x22" prints. With the same lens and fairly contrasty light, shadow and highlight detail could be...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 04-16-2015
Replies: 52
Views: 8,124
Posted By thompsonks
IMO this is a time to stay in a holding pattern...

IMO this is a time to stay in a holding pattern and see what's coming. Leica's current models have pretty severe limitations, but things could get better.

Agree with you about 240 color. And like...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-15-2015
Replies: 27
Views: 2,781
Posted By thompsonks
Perhaps the same as Balto: I sold two M9s just...

Perhaps the same as Balto: I sold two M9s just before the sensor problems appeared, so I came out OK. Now I use a Monochrom almost all the time, plus A7 with Leica lenses for an occasional color...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-14-2015
Replies: 48
Views: 4,196
Posted By thompsonks
Some of us keep on truckin': These are my...

Some of us keep on truckin':
These are my hiking buddies, Stan and Steve. Stan is 94.

Kirk

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3876/14500280348_b48b33300b_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/o6kJaA)Foggy-day...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-14-2015
Replies: 48
Views: 4,196
Posted By thompsonks
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5279/5842839585_d3c...

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5279/5842839585_d3c6660132_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/9Uj5Dx)05 Ready to retire (https://flic.kr/p/9Uj5Dx) by thompsonkirk (https://www.flickr.com/people/[email protected]/),...
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-13-2015
Replies: 1,867
Views: 1,733,973
Posted By thompsonks
Beautiful. Looks as if it were taken in the...

Beautiful. Looks as if it were taken in the middle of the previous century.

Kirk
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 04-13-2015
Replies: 27
Views: 5,039
Posted By thompsonks
A possibility: You don't seem to be getting the...

A possibility: You don't seem to be getting the shadow and highlight detail that others achieve with either M9 or M240. Quite a few of the posted images look over-exposed to me – or alternately, not...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 04-07-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 2,774
Posted By thompsonks
Same for Nikon RF, and even Leica? Kirk

Same for Nikon RF, and even Leica?

Kirk
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-01-2015
Replies: 120
Views: 21,735
Posted By thompsonks
With the Nikkor/Sonnar 5cm 1.4 LTM version on...

With the Nikkor/Sonnar 5cm 1.4 LTM version on Monochrom:

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8569/16730852765_bac7fa1794_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/rurZCH)49 Geary stairwell (https://flic.kr/p/rurZCH) by...
Forum: Nikon RF 04-01-2015
Replies: 438
Views: 166,542
Posted By thompsonks
With the LTM version on...

With the LTM version on Monochrom:

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8569/16730852765_bac7fa1794_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/rurZCH)49 Geary stairwell (https://flic.kr/p/rurZCH) by thompsonkirk...
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 04-01-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 3,138
Posted By thompsonks
Seems silly to say that in a complex system,...

Seems silly to say that in a complex system, something is 'ultimate.' As to the weight of different factors in producing a 'classic' grayscale, I'd place some emphasis on the lenses of the time. ...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-27-2015
Replies: 63
Views: 5,444
Posted By thompsonks
For landscapes I use wides, but 35mm was always...

For landscapes I use wides, but 35mm was always my 'normal' focal length on film Ms.

But with M9, my standard lens is the 40 Summicron – because the framelines are so sloppy for 35mm, but do...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 03-21-2015
Replies: 78
Views: 25,248
Posted By thompsonks
My thought is that the train is leaving, or maybe...

My thought is that the train is leaving, or maybe has left, the station. M240 resolution, buffer, ISO and LV just don't belong in the current market. My loyalty at this point is just to my lenses. ...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 03-17-2015
Replies: 138
Views: 12,496
Posted By thompsonks
Thank you, Stewart, I read your reply and went...

Thank you, Stewart, I read your reply and went back to your OP. I 'get it' that you're offering a language for folks to describe what they see with more care, before they say what images or...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 03-16-2015
Replies: 138
Views: 12,496
Posted By thompsonks
Though I have difficulty following discussions...

Though I have difficulty following discussions like this, I'll try to add something:

In the arts, rules are variables, with successive and overlapping rule-sets forming/dissolving over time. They...
Forum: Optics Theory - 03-07-2015
Replies: 46
Views: 12,084
Posted By thompsonks
Thank you, Jon. Love that pre-asph 'glow.' Kirk

Thank you, Jon. Love that pre-asph 'glow.'

Kirk
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 03-05-2015
Replies: 522
Views: 32,408
Posted By thompsonks
"Berger would probably agree with you on the...

"Berger would probably agree with you on the simple answer, photos don't tell stories.

"But he'd probably go on to say that people looking at photos *do* tell stories about what is depicted in the...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 03-04-2015
Replies: 522
Views: 32,408
Posted By thompsonks
What, a critique on this thread? Didn't you know...

What, a critique on this thread? Didn't you know it's for arguing about Eggleston?

Kirk
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 03-03-2015
Replies: 522
Views: 32,408
Posted By thompsonks
Seeing the same thing but commenting...

Seeing the same thing but commenting differently:

Huubl deliberately juxtaposes the depth of the picture space to the flatness of the salt-and-pepper grain surface. This is like painters who...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 03-03-2015
Replies: 522
Views: 32,408
Posted By thompsonks
On whether it matters whether the subject is...

On whether it matters whether the subject is caught candidly or is aware of being photographed, let's critique some pictures. IMO this makes no difference at all re: the greater or lesser strength...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 03-02-2015
Replies: 522
Views: 32,408
Posted By thompsonks
I saw it as an argument, but thought I might be...

I saw it as an argument, but thought I might be reading too much into it. I saw (and evaluated) it less as if it were supposed to be a stand-alone Great Street Photograph and more as if it were a...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 03-02-2015
Replies: 522
Views: 32,408
Posted By thompsonks
Of course cutting off feet is one of Nature's...

Of course cutting off feet is one of Nature's Mistakes:

https://farm7.staticflickr.com/6179/6186775803_946bbdf7b2_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/aqGQUk)
Nature's Mistakes (https://flic.kr/p/aqGQUk)...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 03-01-2015
Replies: 522
Views: 32,408
Posted By thompsonks
Still wanting to keep us on Pictures, more than...

Still wanting to keep us on Pictures, more than Criticism of Criticism. Here are two that I shot last weekend. I took them about an hour apart while trying out an elderly LTM lens.

Because these...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 03-01-2015
Replies: 522
Views: 32,408
Posted By thompsonks
@ Helen: I especially appreciated the mood of...

@ Helen: I especially appreciated the mood of this image: the contrast between the glitter of 'NY' and the huddled isolation of the couple. The light and shadow are just right for the...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 02-28-2015
Replies: 522
Views: 32,408
Posted By thompsonks
As you see fit. It's just that IMO there's a...

As you see fit. It's just that IMO there's a difference between criticism and insult. Telling a photographer he'd do better to spend more time with his kids is … which one?

PS – glad that while I...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 02-28-2015
Replies: 522
Views: 32,408
Posted By thompsonks
Hey Brian, that's called overreacting! As usual,...

Hey Brian, that's called overreacting! As usual, the picture has some strength and some weakness. I thought it had the strength that I mentioned, and you can look for/try for more like that. But I...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 02-28-2015
Replies: 522
Views: 32,408
Posted By thompsonks
IMO it's about the juxtaposition of the different...

IMO it's about the juxtaposition of the different subjects' arms - a 'dance of life' picture in which different figures for a moment form a composition through their unintentionally complementary...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 02-27-2015
Replies: 522
Views: 32,408
Posted By thompsonks
I took this a while ago, when I switched back to...

I took this a while ago, when I switched back to BW; and I've always wondered how others might respond to it (if at all).

Kirk

(PS: Maybe I should mention that the point of focus wasn't just an...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 02-27-2015
Replies: 522
Views: 32,408
Posted By thompsonks
IMO the woman at the right is essential, not only...

IMO the woman at the right is essential, not only to the composition but to the content – that is, to the contrast between a busy group of elders who seem to be going on a little outing together, vs....
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 02-27-2015
Replies: 52
Views: 4,516
Posted By thompsonks
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7382/16198220008_68...

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7382/16198220008_684dd85722_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qFo7tj)Environmental Education Center, Tilden Park, Berkeley (https://flic.kr/p/qFo7tj) by thompsonkirk...
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 02-27-2015
Replies: 52
Views: 4,516
Posted By thompsonks
A thread I can enjoy – and contribute...

A thread I can enjoy – and contribute to!

Kirk

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5607/15618886842_6869007059_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/pNbSUs)Halloween tree (https://flic.kr/p/pNbSUs) by thompsonkirk...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 02-27-2015
Replies: 522
Views: 32,408
Posted By thompsonks
@Bingley: To me, this one is all about 'gazes':...

@Bingley: To me, this one is all about 'gazes': I'm interested in the way everyone is looking at something else in the image. And your gaze at the central shaved head is central. It's 'eyeballs in...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 02-27-2015
Replies: 522
Views: 32,408
Posted By thompsonks
Having commented here for the first time, I guess...

Having commented here for the first time, I guess I'll put up a couple up, myself. Yes, they're taken with RF camera.

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8651/16035563194_53147e960e_c.jpg...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 02-27-2015
Replies: 522
Views: 32,408
Posted By thompsonks
I enjoyed Dirk's photo and thought the harsh...

I enjoyed Dirk's photo and thought the harsh criticism was off-the-wall. To me the picture was 'speaking' about the stark contrast between the depressive appearance of the old man and the...
Forum: RFF Polls 02-27-2015
Replies: 157
Views: 25,235
Posted By thompsonks
After swinging both ways, I traded all that...

After swinging both ways, I traded all that remained of my film gear for a Monochrom. That even included the black M4 that I'd used since 1972. And I'm delighted with the outcome.

Kirk
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 02-26-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 2,072
Posted By thompsonks
As is the f2.8 – the corner tinting just doesn't...

As is the f2.8 – the corner tinting just doesn't matter in BW.

Kirk
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 02-24-2015
Replies: 43
Views: 7,358
Posted By thompsonks
Focomat – for film flatness, corner to center to...

Focomat – for film flatness, corner to center to corner.

Kirk
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-22-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 1,890
Posted By thompsonks
Wink So far, the (early) poll results confirm my...

So far, the (early) poll results confirm my expectation that few of us would be hot for this feature. I personally took it as sort of an insult. ;)

Kirk
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-22-2015
Replies: 55
Views: 6,014
Posted By thompsonks
Yes, the Times article is a good one that appears...

Yes, the Times article is a good one that appears – appropriately – in the Sunday Business section. It presents Lik as a dubious marketing phenomenon, not as an artist, and the undertone is that...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 02-21-2015
Replies: 5,284
Views: 795,604
Posted By thompsonks
A classic road trip, Vince! Here are two first...

A classic road trip, Vince!

Here are two first tries with a 5cm Nikkor in LTM. Indeed a classic Sonnar look? And nice tones, I believe, from...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-03-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 3,925
Posted By thompsonks
It's an odd development: Leica bringing out more...

It's an odd development: Leica bringing out more Wide Summiluxes when other manufacturers are staying at f1.8 or 2, and significantly increasing ISO.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-03-2015
Replies: 34
Views: 2,297
Posted By thompsonks
+1=3 Kirk

+1=3

Kirk
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-02-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 3,925
Posted By thompsonks
Or you can use the 35 f1.4 hood, which is smaller...

Or you can use the 35 f1.4 hood, which is smaller than the bespoke one, blocks less of the finder, and doesn't vignette on 28 Cron.

And yes, prices of 28 Cron seem to have come way down. Perhaps...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-01-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 3,925
Posted By thompsonks
Another dissent, like Timmyjoe's: You mentioned...

Another dissent, like Timmyjoe's: You mentioned that you shoot mostly slide film – in which case I'd avoid this lens because of its especially high contrast. As Sean Reid pointed out when the lens...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 01-31-2015
Replies: 5,284
Views: 795,604
Posted By thompsonks
Nice one, Vince! Laurel Canyon Trail, Tilden...

Nice one, Vince!

Laurel Canyon Trail, Tilden Park, Berkeley

MM & WATE

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8578/16226879040_163eff939a_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qHUZNy)Laurel Canyon Trail, Tilden Park,...
Forum: Film vs Digital 01-20-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 1,596
Posted By thompsonks
Welcome back! If you remain devoted to squares...

Welcome back! If you remain devoted to squares you can use just about any classic lens on the Sony. Some lenses will blur /smear/ discolor in the corners on the full frame, but not when cropped to...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-18-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 2,445
Posted By thompsonks
One of the 'special features' of the 35 pre-asph...

One of the 'special features' of the 35 pre-asph Summilux, besides its wide-open softness, is its proneness to big arcs of flare when there's a light source just outside the frame. I'd rather have a...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-17-2015
Replies: 22
Views: 4,504
Posted By thompsonks
I've seen an M2 in this condition, or even...

I've seen an M2 in this condition, or even scruffier. it belonged to a homeless street photographer whom I met on the wrong end of Market Street in San Francisco. He said he'd had mental health...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-17-2015
Replies: 38
Views: 12,360
Posted By thompsonks
Since the picture is square and the angle is low,...

Since the picture is square and the angle is low, one possibility is Rollei with self-timer on a stable object (I don't think she ever used a tripod?).

Kirk
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 01-16-2015
Replies: 5,284
Views: 795,604
Posted By thompsonks
Congratulations to Vince! Here's a rock that...

Congratulations to Vince!

Here's a rock that seems to have a personality. I think it's giving an animated speech to an audience of one.

Kirk

MM + WATE @16mm (2 file...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 01-13-2015
Replies: 43
Views: 5,799
Posted By thompsonks
For landscapes, a carbon Gitzo that will reach my...

For landscapes, a carbon Gitzo that will reach my eye level, and a Sirui head. I chose their head with levels, but now I find it easiest to see a small pocket level held against the camera body or...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-05-2015
Replies: 41
Views: 4,953
Posted By thompsonks
My impression is that the particular lens you're...

My impression is that the particular lens you're interested in, the 35 Lux FLE, has already depreciated quite a bit while the list price has increased considerably. It seems that some of us who...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-02-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 1,738
Posted By thompsonks
It would be nice if the Summaron users would post...

It would be nice if the Summaron users would post a few examples of its rendering. I'd never thought of using any 35 besides Cron IV on MM.

Kirk
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 01-01-2015
Replies: 5,284
Views: 795,604
Posted By thompsonks
Treasure chest, Tilden Park, Berkeley, New Years...

Treasure chest, Tilden Park, Berkeley, New Years Eve – open it to enjoy all the treasures of 2015!

Happy NY from Kirk

MM, [email protected]
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8676/16168406162_22fbff0c43_c.jpg...
Forum: RFF News 12-28-2014
Replies: 77
Views: 18,151
Posted By thompsonks
I'm really not torn between complaining or...

I'm really not torn between complaining or offering thanks. I've simply become ambivalent about Leica, which is quite a step backwards for me. I'm going to be comparing the next generation of Sony...
Forum: RFF News 12-27-2014
Replies: 77
Views: 18,151
Posted By thompsonks
How about a third thread, for those of us who are...

How about a third thread, for those of us who are ambivalent? :)
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 12-23-2014
Replies: 86
Views: 16,127
Posted By thompsonks
IMO a good test for you, but not for those among...

IMO a good test for you, but not for those among us who avoid fried highlights.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-19-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 3,178
Posted By thompsonks
Yours is in quite lovely condition - no mods for...

Yours is in quite lovely condition - no mods for that one!?
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-18-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 3,178
Posted By thompsonks
Are you sure you'd want to convert it? I'm...

Are you sure you'd want to convert it? I'm rather pleased that my Original is still original.

Kirk
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-10-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 4,397
Posted By thompsonks
I'd wait to see what's coming, especially a...

I'd wait to see what's coming, especially a possible 240 Monochrom. IMO this would be the best use for the 240 sensor. ISO, which is an M240 limitation now, will go up appreciably in a Monochrom...
Forum: Digital M Reported Problems - all Models 12-09-2014
Replies: 505
Views: 87,569
Posted By thompsonks
An upgrade incentive to whatever follows the M240...

An upgrade incentive to whatever follows the M240 would be a nice solution.

Kirk
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 12-08-2014
Replies: 183
Views: 27,080
Posted By thompsonks
In the early 70s I was using Nikon Fs but saw a...

In the early 70s I was using Nikon Fs but saw a barely-used black M4 in Mike Kem's and Shad Williames' suburban Portland camera store. I immediately knew it was there so I'd take it home. Over the...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-07-2014
Replies: 33
Views: 3,897
Posted By thompsonks
The shadow noise shouts underexposure. Did you...

The shadow noise shouts underexposure. Did you use the meter in your Rollei? It – or whatever meter you used – simply averaged the scene and underexposed the subjects.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 11-25-2014
Replies: 194
Views: 53,789
Posted By thompsonks
It's perfect. No wobble and adjusted...

It's perfect. No wobble and adjusted perfectly.

Kirk
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 11-25-2014
Replies: 194
Views: 53,789
Posted By thompsonks
I'm too clumsy to take a lens apart, so I just...

I'm too clumsy to take a lens apart, so I just had DAG unwobble, clean, and calibrate my 25mm. It was quite loose.

I asked Zeiss (USA) about it, and they denied a wobble issue, saying they'll take...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 11-22-2014
Replies: 47
Views: 7,117
Posted By thompsonks
Very nice examples form Bob! I've used the 28mm...

Very nice examples form Bob!

I've used the 28mm lenses he mentioned, and like them all better than the 28 Leica Asph. It's too contrasty for me. It's not a 'sunny day lens' I had trouble...
Forum: Film vs Digital 11-21-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 3,225
Posted By thompsonks
Except for Leica, I've been frustrated by too...

Except for Leica, I've been frustrated by too many choices located on too many buttons and buried too deep in poorly-structured menus, with manuals lacking indexes or just not covering the topic.

I...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 11-16-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 1,443
Posted By thompsonks
I envy you - we were there the day after! Kirk

I envy you - we were there the day after!

Kirk
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-14-2014
Replies: 124
Views: 13,268
Posted By thompsonks
Flat, soulless, and stupid? Reviewers rarely...

Flat, soulless, and stupid? Reviewers rarely describe themselves so well.

Kirk
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 11-11-2014
Replies: 37
Views: 6,873
Posted By thompsonks
Agree with V. With my Imacon I just try to get...

Agree with V. With my Imacon I just try to get the equivalent of a raw file, with low contrast and all data registering from all three channels.

LR, ACR, &/or PS can do a better job than scanning...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 11-09-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 3,920
Posted By thompsonks
I just checked my test files again and am further...

I just checked my test files again and am further convinced that you have to do your own test with tripod and slanted ruler.

I mentioned above that my 1.5 Sonnar was optimized at closest distance...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 11-09-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 3,920
Posted By thompsonks
Two suggestions that have worked for me: 1. For...

Two suggestions that have worked for me:

1. For close focus at wide aperture: Test by using a tripod and photographing a slanted ruler. On my M9, my Sonnar is 'optimized' neither at f1.5 nor 2.8,...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-07-2014
Replies: 75
Views: 49,773
Posted By thompsonks
I especially like the '3D' image quality of Zeiss...

I especially like the '3D' image quality of Zeiss C/Y. They render depth especially well, not just in terms of bokeh but in the way depth seems to 'jump out' within the in-focus area.

I believe...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-21-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 6,238
Posted By thompsonks
"the 1.4 can do landscapes at f/8 and is good in...

"the 1.4 can do landscapes at f/8 and is good in the central frame at high speed."

But that's not the OP's interest – he said he wants to be able to use the widest apertures.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-21-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 6,238
Posted By thompsonks
"jus FYI the CV 35/1.4 is one of the best RF 35s...

"jus FYI the CV 35/1.4 is one of the best RF 35s on the A7"

I hope that was a typo – the CV 1.4 is not not one of the best RF 35s on A7/r, but the 1.2 is.

Anyhow, the issue is 28s.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-21-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 6,238
Posted By thompsonks
Looks like some folks are only commenting on...

Looks like some folks are only commenting on their preferences for M-mount 28s and have skipped the point that you're using your M lenses on both M6 and A7. Maybe they don't know about the corner...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 10-02-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 2,974
Posted By thompsonks
I'd recommend taking the v1 Summicron off your...

I'd recommend taking the v1 Summicron off your list. They're fine lenses but they're collector's items and cost about twice as much as v4. The latter is sharper at it larger apertures.

IMO the...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 10-02-2014
Replies: 5,284
Views: 795,604
Posted By thompsonks
Agree with Vince about the Structure sliders! ...

Agree with Vince about the Structure sliders! With MM files, the challenge is to extend the 'space' for lowest and highest tones, and too much of Nik's Structure just makes things worse.

I...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 10-01-2014
Replies: 5,284
Views: 795,604
Posted By thompsonks
and thanks, Fabio.

and thanks, Fabio.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-30-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 6,307
Posted By thompsonks
I agree – a helpful kind of review! One point...

I agree – a helpful kind of review!

One point might be added: it's a contrasty lens and is likely on sunny days to yield fried highlights (for example, on the arm in the fourth picture). For this...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 09-29-2014
Replies: 5,284
Views: 795,604
Posted By thompsonks
I liked the landscape (previous page) with...

I liked the landscape (previous page) with 'echoing' fences.

Here's another from the Memory Trail – that's really its name, and it does bring back memories.

MATE @ 35mm (3 files,...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 09-27-2014
Replies: 5,284
Views: 795,604
Posted By thompsonks
Another 'Hansel and Gretel' parkscape: Kirk MM...

Another 'Hansel and Gretel' parkscape:

Kirk

MM MATE @ 28mm

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2947/15187425489_8a815d3210_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/p94wtB)
Memory Trail, Tilden...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 09-17-2014
Replies: 49
Views: 25,139
Posted By thompsonks
Hallelblad/Bron USA overhauled my Flextight Photo...

Hallelblad/Bron USA overhauled my Flextight Photo about a year ago to original specs. Cost about $150 plus lots of shipping.


You can use Flextight Photo with either an adapter from SCSI to regular...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 09-10-2014
Replies: 53
Views: 12,192
Posted By thompsonks
Showed the two sets of prints to the Bay Area...

Showed the two sets of prints to the Bay Area Photographers' Collective (www.BAPC.info) at a peer review. Preference for the Canon prints was widespread, the view to the contrary being that one...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 09-06-2014
Replies: 5,284
Views: 795,604
Posted By thompsonks
Congratulations on another fine series! Another...

Congratulations on another fine series!

Another 'parkscape' – this time an artificial lake where we swam as kids:

Lake Anza, Tilden Park,...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 08-31-2014
Replies: 5,284
Views: 795,604
Posted By thompsonks
Fairytale path and 'troll booth' Kirk MATE @...

Fairytale path and 'troll booth'

Kirk

MATE @ 28mm; several files stitched.

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3910/14912148669_125b9ab4a3_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/oHJEgx)
Fairytale trail...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-30-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 1,732
Posted By thompsonks
The differences between M9 and P versions are...

The differences between M9 and P versions are insufficient to justify so high a price.
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 08-28-2014
Replies: 5,284
Views: 795,604
Posted By thompsonks
Another parkscape, this one not so conservative a...

Another parkscape, this one not so conservative a composition.

Kirk

28 Cron, several files stitched.

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3908/14880249018_898fa34895_c.jpg...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 08-26-2014
Replies: 5,284
Views: 795,604
Posted By thompsonks
Great and complicated street-work! Kirk

Great and complicated street-work!

Kirk
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 08-22-2014
Replies: 53
Views: 12,192
Posted By thompsonks
Yesterday I looked carefully at Harry's and my...

Yesterday I looked carefully at Harry's and my prints with a photographer friend whose 'day job' is color management. He has a real eye for tone and detail (as well as color). He observed the same...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 08-21-2014
Replies: 69
Views: 13,042
Posted By thompsonks
Hi again to Cal, I borrowed a 28-35-50 MATE to...

Hi again to Cal,

I borrowed a 28-35-50 MATE to use on MM and followed your advice re: Heliopan light yellow filter. Pleased with first result – very nice rendering of greens into...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 08-21-2014
Replies: 5,284
Views: 795,604
Posted By thompsonks
Amphitheater, John Hinkel Park,...

Amphitheater, John Hinkel Park, Berkeley

Kirk

MM + MATE @ 28mm; several files stitched.

[/URL]https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5582/14995614205_829f3bc156_o.jpg...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 08-20-2014
Replies: 5,284
Views: 795,604
Posted By thompsonks
And hi to you, Jim! I'm sort of obsessed with...

And hi to you, Jim! I'm sort of obsessed with the Monochrom and take it out for a walk 2-3 times a week.

I'm sorry you've been so busy – wish we could have met up on the occasion of the Leica...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 08-20-2014
Replies: 53
Views: 12,192
Posted By thompsonks
Harry's three prints arrived today, and he's a...

Harry's three prints arrived today, and he's a master printer! His work makes the samples of Piezography that I received from InkJet Mall look amateurish. He's shown it's a richer system than you...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 08-18-2014
Replies: 5,284
Views: 795,604
Posted By thompsonks
Usually I'd think of graffiti as spoiling a...

Usually I'd think of graffiti as spoiling a landscape, but here they seem to fit in?

Kirk

28 Cron 2, 3 files stitched

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3846/14963138661_eecf0ec89e_o.jpg...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 08-17-2014
Replies: 5,284
Views: 795,604
Posted By thompsonks
I park I liked as a kid, now favored by rock...

I park I liked as a kid, now favored by rock climbers for urban practice.

Kirk

28 Cron (2 files stitched)

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3912/14764700168_f4401d9e3b_o.jpg...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 08-15-2014
Replies: 53
Views: 12,192
Posted By thompsonks
Bob, some mixup here? I didn't like the Cone...

Bob, some mixup here? I didn't like the Cone samples, so Harry and I are experimenting with them. My initial preference was the same as yours, but I'm trying to let Harry convince me...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 08-15-2014
Replies: 5,284
Views: 795,604
Posted By thompsonks
Great street-work! Here's another parkscape:...

Great street-work!

Here's another parkscape: Live Oak Park, Berkeley.

My partner Sarah said it looks like a 'Victorian' picture, and I think she's right: it might be mistaken for a corner of an...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 08-15-2014
Replies: 53
Views: 12,192
Posted By thompsonks
Bob, since the thread is about BW printing, we'd...

Bob, since the thread is about BW printing, we'd be using only BW inks - either the seven shades of Cone ink, or just the black and gray inks in an Epson set. So the present color inks in a used...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 08-14-2014
Replies: 5,284
Views: 795,604
Posted By thompsonks
Bruno, I like your portraits, especially the...

Bruno, I like your portraits, especially the bokeh, and I can see why you value Giovanni's work!

But another possibility is that Monochrom needn't try to be 'filmic' – it has further abilities of...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 08-14-2014
Replies: 53
Views: 12,192
Posted By thompsonks
Many thanks, Harry, for the heads-up about the...

Many thanks, Harry, for the heads-up about the R3000. I wondered about how to keep it clean with no power-cleaning cycle. I planned to buy an R3000, assuming you finished our experiment and I...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 08-14-2014
Replies: 5,284
Views: 795,604
Posted By thompsonks
Here's where I went walking yesterday withg a...

Here's where I went walking yesterday withg a 93-year-old friend.

4 files stitched and compressed

Kirk

40 Cron

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3867/14731829547_4032d020cb_o.jpg...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 08-09-2014
Replies: 69
Views: 13,042
Posted By thompsonks
Following up on Cal's remarks about MM...

Following up on Cal's remarks about MM sensor/firmware and filters: This is typical of what you get with a B+W Yellow filter photographing a landscape with greenery. The raw file wast flat and the...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 08-09-2014
Replies: 5,284
Views: 795,604
Posted By thompsonks
Thank you, Helen. I friend suggested it leads...

Thank you, Helen. I friend suggested it leads into Dante's Dark Wood of error.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 08-08-2014
Replies: 69
Views: 13,042
Posted By thompsonks
But that's pretty much what sharpening is – it...

But that's pretty much what sharpening is – it just heightens contrast along edges, and the question is whether or not you might do it without generating an artifact-y appearance. If, for example,...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 08-08-2014
Replies: 69
Views: 13,042
Posted By thompsonks
Vince, you picked an example of what Cal was...

Vince, you picked an example of what Cal was writing about: That was a 40 Cron with a B+W 2X yellow filter. This perhaps helped keep the highlights from clipping, though the file was still pretty...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 08-07-2014
Replies: 69
Views: 13,042
Posted By thompsonks
That's interesting, Cal. I'd been using a medium...

That's interesting, Cal. I'd been using a medium yellow filter on MM for landscapes and now that you mention it, I'd seen the same thing without really being aware - they just seemed to need less...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 08-06-2014
Replies: 69
Views: 13,042
Posted By thompsonks
+1! Andy, I thought we were getting somewhere...

+1!

Andy, I thought we were getting somewhere until your last post. if you set your standard at the internet level, then there's no reason to acquire either a 240 or an MM, nor any reason to worry...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 08-06-2014
Replies: 69
Views: 13,042
Posted By thompsonks
I looked at the linked image that's supposedly...

I looked at the linked image that's supposedly 'more natural', and IMO more natural would have to mean 'more like Tri-X.' If it had been shot with MM and exposed correctly, there'd be more detail in...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 08-05-2014
Replies: 5,284
Views: 795,604
Posted By thompsonks
A path into the woods, where you might meet the...

A path into the woods, where you might meet the Wicked Witch.

Kirk

28 Summicron

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3866/14652678910_8a435c8db8_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/ojNNX1)
Stone steps...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 08-04-2014
Replies: 5,284
Views: 795,604
Posted By thompsonks
Thank you, Dave, for the compliment! Kirk

Thank you, Dave, for the compliment!

Kirk
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 08-03-2014
Replies: 5,284
Views: 795,604
Posted By thompsonks
Also, here's another photograph of a park where...

Also, here's another photograph of a park where we played as children. It's becoming a weekend preoccupation, revisiting a park a week to take pictures. They're all more beautiful than I...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 08-03-2014
Replies: 5,284
Views: 795,604
Posted By thompsonks
I thought I posted this last week, but I don't...

I thought I posted this last week, but I don't see it…. Excuse me if I made you look twice!

The white areas aren't haze or snow – they're spots of sunlight falling on the drought-dry CA hills. ...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 08-03-2014
Replies: 89
Views: 10,362
Posted By thompsonks
Are you taking your friend on that trip? He...

Are you taking your friend on that trip? He deserves a bit of indulgence too.

Kirk
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 08-02-2014
Replies: 72
Views: 7,227
Posted By thompsonks
I belong to the same a local RFF group as Donald...

I belong to the same a local RFF group as Donald in Post #14. These folks are pretty serious photographers, not luxury goods consumers, and when we gather to shoot events or visit galleries there are...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 07-31-2014
Replies: 53
Views: 12,192
Posted By thompsonks
For those quivering with expectations, or at...

For those quivering with expectations, or at least mildly interested, in this: Harry and I have agreed to exchange some files and prints. By this weekend I'll have mailed or UPSed some materials to...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 07-25-2014
Replies: 5,284
Views: 795,604
Posted By thompsonks
Textures, Old Stoneface Park, Berkeley I didn't...

Textures, Old Stoneface Park, Berkeley

I didn't know the name of this little park until I checked a Google map, but I remember we played here as children. My Cub Scout pack met just down the street...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 07-23-2014
Replies: 53
Views: 12,192
Posted By thompsonks
That sounds fine to me! And it would help others...

That sounds fine to me! And it would help others if we agree in evaluating the results. I can send you a couple of files and a couple of prints so you too can see both versions. I can also include...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 07-22-2014
Replies: 5,284
Views: 795,604
Posted By thompsonks
Nice job Icebear, you've captured everything...

Nice job Icebear, you've captured everything you'll ever need to know about baseball. Great ballpark bokeh!

Kirk
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 07-22-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 1,081
Posted By thompsonks
Again, Lightroom. Rob made a set of 40x50 BW...

Again, Lightroom. Rob made a set of 40x50 BW prints from 8x10 negs that are the finest large BW inkjet prints I've seen.

I ordered a set of Cone's Piezo sample prints and was underwhelmed.
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 07-22-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 2,001
Posted By thompsonks
From your list, I'd pick Lightroom.

From your list, I'd pick Lightroom.
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 07-21-2014
Replies: 53
Views: 12,192
Posted By thompsonks
Followup: I sent for the Piezo samples on Type 5...

Followup: I sent for the Piezo samples on Type 5 paper, which is nearest to the paper I normally use. A friend whose business is color management checked them out with me. I assumed we'd be duly...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 07-21-2014
Replies: 5,284
Views: 795,604
Posted By thompsonks
I first visited this lake as a small boy – I...

I first visited this lake as a small boy – I remember watching the turtles.

Kirk

28 Hexanon


https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2912/14526068010_6acbd4a918_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/o8BTWs)
Jewel Lake,...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 07-18-2014
Replies: 5,284
Views: 795,604
Posted By thompsonks
Thx Sug, Kirk

Thx Sug,

Kirk
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 07-18-2014
Replies: 5,284
Views: 795,604
Posted By thompsonks
A morning hike in the...

A morning hike in the fog

Kirk


https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3876/14500280348_b48b33300b_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/o6kJaA)
Foggy-day hiking (https://flic.kr/p/o6kJaA) by thompsonkirk...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 07-18-2014
Replies: 5,284
Views: 795,604
Posted By thompsonks
Finally getting the hang of printing MM files (I...

Finally getting the hang of printing MM files (I hope).

Kirk

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3892/14500280368_97a12e8211_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/o6kJaW)
Blocking hand (https://flic.kr/p/o6kJaW) by...
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