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Forum: Photography General Interest 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 64
Views: 1,660
Posted By sjones
Digital brought me into photography, and even...

Digital brought me into photography, and even after I switched to film, I used a digital scanner to process the negatives. I’m still using the scanner for internet purposes, but I’m now doing...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 1,708
Posted By sjones
I switched to film in 2008 largely because I...

I switched to film in 2008 largely because I wanted an affordable rangefinder, somewhat reversing the typical notion of digital being cheaper.

I also liked film grain (Daido Moriyama), but film...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 160
Views: 6,261
Posted By sjones
Why should anyone have to prove to anyone else...

Why should anyone have to prove to anyone else what is ultimately just personal preference. And yet, here I am. I’m clearly with airfrogusmc on this, and if someone wants to judge my supposed lack of...
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 04-21-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,047
Posted By sjones
The woman’s criticism of Winogrand’s female...

The woman’s criticism of Winogrand’s female objectification, whether you agree with it or not, was not an abuse of presentism by any means. Such denunciation accompanied the book’s release, which...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 01-19-2019
Replies: 95
Views: 3,634
Posted By sjones
Giving up film for a free M10; I wouldn’t. I’ll...

Giving up film for a free M10; I wouldn’t. I’ll gladly stick with my M2 and Tri-X.

As for the latest Gibson photos, some of them are very good. Could I find similar stuff on Instagram (if I bothered...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-05-2018
Replies: 100
Views: 2,820
Posted By sjones
Have my favorite camera, Leica M2-R. But a...

Have my favorite camera, Leica M2-R. But a favorite one that I would not buy would likely be a near-mint to mint 1960 Luftwaffe M2. Aside from being cost prohibitive, I would be too timid to use such...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-12-2018
Replies: 91
Views: 2,897
Posted By sjones
Not jaded; one of the unexpected benefits of...

Not jaded; one of the unexpected benefits of switching to film a decade back was that I suddenly found myself refreshingly indifferent to new or upcoming cameras and related technologies. It’s not...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-30-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 1,360
Posted By sjones
For about the past ten years, scanned and used...

For about the past ten years, scanned and used inkjet. This summer, finally got my act together and started doing wet prints for the first time. Lots to learn, lots of negatives to go through, but...
Forum: RFF Polls 08-17-2018
Replies: 2,934
Views: 1,783,567
Posted By sjones
Been shooting film for a decade, but only this...

Been shooting film for a decade, but only this past month have I started making darkroom prints. A lot of negatives, a lot of organizing, a lot of culling, a lot of catching up to do (and a lot of...
Forum: RFF News 07-22-2018
Replies: 66
Views: 8,014
Posted By sjones
One’s life is not a frivolous commodity or even a...

One’s life is not a frivolous commodity or even a vital utility to be sold and traded. Life transcends the material dynamic, and to treat it like pig bellies or a new television is repugnant.

But...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-11-2018
Replies: 275
Views: 10,494
Posted By sjones
I had assumed (and still believe to some extent)...

I had assumed (and still believe to some extent) that much of the OP’s delivery accompanied a tongue firmly plastered against cheek. This said, for anyone who actually argues that, all else being...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-19-2018
Replies: 41
Views: 1,617
Posted By sjones
Could be worse. Per Wikipedia: Heavy metal...

Could be worse.

Per Wikipedia:
Heavy metal categories:

Alternative metal
Funk metal
Nu metal
Rap metal
Avant-garde metal
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-19-2018
Replies: 41
Views: 1,617
Posted By sjones
Lots of folks hate the term “street photography”...

Lots of folks hate the term “street photography” but still use it anyway for lack of a better alternative, which itself causes more consternation.

But it’s not the ambiguity of the term that’s most...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-19-2018
Replies: 41
Views: 1,617
Posted By sjones
Proudly and unapologetically ‘guilty’ of...

Proudly and unapologetically ‘guilty’ of this…well, without the color…
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-16-2018
Replies: 41
Views: 1,617
Posted By sjones
Which is why, in regards to candids, that when...

Which is why, in regards to candids, that when someone advocates getting permission first, they're missing a crucial point; perhaps the whole point.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-16-2018
Replies: 41
Views: 1,617
Posted By sjones
I was living in Bangkok when I decided to pursue...

I was living in Bangkok when I decided to pursue photography more seriously. I didn’t know what a rangefinder was; I never heard of Henri Cartier-Bresson; and I don’t think I was familiar with the...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 05-04-2018
Replies: 52
Views: 2,588
Posted By sjones
Like I said on that 'other' site, I plan on being...

Like I said on that 'other' site, I plan on being there!
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-20-2018
Replies: 37
Views: 1,693
Posted By sjones
Ignoring is an action. I would rather not have to...

Ignoring is an action. I would rather not have to ignore. If I’m a lesser human because of this, fine, as long as I get my way. So thank God for my M2.

The sound of typing can lull me into near...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-13-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 1,621
Posted By sjones
Leica M2-R; don’t want to use any other camera.

Leica M2-R; don’t want to use any other camera.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-01-2018
Replies: 137
Views: 4,813
Posted By sjones
Yes, worth it, as I wouldn’t trade my M2-R and...

Yes, worth it, as I wouldn’t trade my M2-R and 50mm DR for any other camera setup, irrespective of cost, digital or film.

Rangefinders are perfectly suited for my type of photography, and the...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 03-29-2018
Replies: 75
Views: 5,800
Posted By sjones
Yes, like others have expressed, your return is...

Yes, like others have expressed, your return is welcome, but I’m sorry to hear about Frances; certainly wishing her well.

When I was a newcomer to photography, her reviews in Black & White Magazine...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-15-2018
Replies: 114
Views: 3,707
Posted By sjones
Only use a Leica M2R and 50mm Summicron DR.

Only use a Leica M2R and 50mm Summicron DR.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 11-07-2017
Replies: 133
Views: 5,634
Posted By sjones
As others have noted, you’ll probably struggle to...

As others have noted, you’ll probably struggle to find a truly epiphanic answer because much of it has to do with personal preference; akin to asking why someone likes red more than green and...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-27-2017
Replies: 22
Views: 1,253
Posted By sjones
Not necessarily defending these films, but...

Not necessarily defending these films, but they’re targeting folks who pretty much know nothing else but Instagram and other filter-laden applications.

It could be a positive if they act as a...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 09-24-2017
Replies: 40
Views: 2,851
Posted By sjones
When I switched to film in 2008, I picked up a...

When I switched to film in 2008, I picked up a Nikon V ED, and I’ve been scanning B&W negatives since. However, I recently picked up an enlarger and accessories, as I intend to start doing wet prints...
Forum: RFF Polls 07-30-2017
Replies: 140
Views: 12,437
Posted By sjones
Canon G3 Canon 350D Jumped to film...

Canon G3
Canon 350D

Jumped to film...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 07-26-2017
Replies: 136
Views: 8,182
Posted By sjones
Yeah, even if he was pushing his services, his...

Yeah, even if he was pushing his services, his broader point wasn't necessarily wrong by any means.

So while debate of his intentions is fine, it shouldn't detract from his overall argument, which,...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 07-26-2017
Replies: 136
Views: 8,182
Posted By sjones
Well, actually it wasn't just about the two...

Well, actually it wasn't just about the two cameras in terms of side-by-side specs, but in their ability to function as effective cameras, which invariably brings up broader issues of "photography."...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 07-26-2017
Replies: 136
Views: 8,182
Posted By sjones
Harvey’s advice was sage, especially if the...

Harvey’s advice was sage, especially if the person was saving to buy a US$7,000 camera; that is, you can still get an extremely capable camera, even in regards to specs, for far less.

Of course,...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-17-2017
Replies: 411
Views: 16,503
Posted By sjones
How in the world is it superfluous to enjoy a...

How in the world is it superfluous to enjoy a photo for simply what it looks like.

To be sure, the medium and the material can matter for certain folks (including me!); and for a lot of collectors,...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-17-2017
Replies: 411
Views: 16,503
Posted By sjones
Exactly, the means can provide an interesting...

Exactly, the means can provide an interesting backstory, and it can add value to the photographer’s personal experience, but in the end, it is, for the viewer, the photograph that matters.

For...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-17-2017
Replies: 411
Views: 16,503
Posted By sjones
For folks who started with film, the tendency to...

For folks who started with film, the tendency to unleash like a machine-gun after switching to digital is probably not as pronounced. Embedded methods are not necessarily or universally subject to...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-10-2017
Replies: 411
Views: 16,503
Posted By sjones
Right, but it also seems that some folks on the...

Right, but it also seems that some folks on the digital side are arguing that there’s no reason for using film anymore. Film is dead, time marches on, get over it…

Moreover, if I’m asked why I shoot...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-10-2017
Replies: 411
Views: 16,503
Posted By sjones
I’ve heard this counterargument before, and it...

I’ve heard this counterargument before, and it doesn’t take into account the simple fact that people are different. A tool can most certainly affect how one learns about or approaches a subject, but...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-09-2017
Replies: 411
Views: 16,503
Posted By sjones
Moved from digital to film for similar reasons...

Moved from digital to film for similar reasons others have stated above:

1.Could not afford a digital rangefinder at the time (2008). Still cannot afford a digital rangefinder (2017).

2. Like the...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 07-09-2017
Replies: 149
Views: 11,786
Posted By sjones
My M2 and 50mm Summicron DR is enough. I don't...

My M2 and 50mm Summicron DR is enough. I don't have a desire for any other camera/lens combination. And being that the photography world has failed to come up with something more enticing (for me!!!)...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-03-2017
Replies: 24
Views: 1,619
Posted By sjones
My first digital camera was the very capable...

My first digital camera was the very capable Canon G3. However, I quickly discovered that I felt uncomfortably disconnected with the camera using the LCD screen. While the camera came with a small...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-25-2017
Replies: 212
Views: 9,109
Posted By sjones
I have, for example, no problem calling...

I have, for example, no problem calling Rembrandt’s work “art,” so I’m not appalled by the word. Moreover, to the extent that the word can be pretentiously used doesn’t mean that all of art’s...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-24-2017
Replies: 69
Views: 3,296
Posted By sjones
I photograph urban areas for the most part, some...

I photograph urban areas for the most part, some of the shots have people, some don’t. Call it what you want, but if I say “street”, it’s not exactly going to be off the mark, given that many of my...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-22-2017
Replies: 129
Views: 5,551
Posted By sjones
Depends on what you mean by set up. Saw a scene...

Depends on what you mean by set up. Saw a scene and waited for a human to enter; definitely. Arranged for the human to enter the scene, doubtful.

Anyway, zone focusing is as fast as it gets. And if...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 03-11-2017
Replies: 160
Views: 7,922
Posted By sjones
Couldn’t this be said about anyone on this site,...

Couldn’t this be said about anyone on this site, at least in the sense that there’s a a good chunk of blanket judgement about intent being spit out on this thread.

We’re talking about getting to...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 03-11-2017
Replies: 56
Views: 3,934
Posted By sjones
Well, why don’t we get to the heart of the...

Well, why don’t we get to the heart of the matter. How many people would like to ban street photography from this site, with a clear understanding of the deep historical linkage between rangefinder...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-09-2017
Replies: 266
Views: 16,223
Posted By sjones
Exactly! This sums it up perfectly.

Exactly!

This sums it up perfectly.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-07-2017
Replies: 266
Views: 16,223
Posted By sjones
As for the unwarranted praise that street...

As for the unwarranted praise that street photography receives; I have not noticed this, but then again, when I’m viewing photos, I’m doing just that, not really reading any of the comments that may...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-07-2017
Replies: 266
Views: 16,223
Posted By sjones
So are you criticizing street photographer as a...

So are you criticizing street photographer as a genre itself (however one defines the inherently ambiguous term), or is your complaint against the amount of horrible but nevertheless praised photos...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-17-2017
Replies: 11
Views: 1,080
Posted By sjones
One is the winder, and the other the battery...

One is the winder, and the other the battery compartment. Made only by Leitz New York.
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-16-2017
Replies: 20
Views: 1,366
Posted By sjones
A trillion photos taken every millisecond across...

A trillion photos taken every millisecond across the globe; everywhere has been machined gun, everything is a potential cliche. As I’m sure you likely know already, it’s your personal interest and...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-15-2017
Replies: 20
Views: 1,366
Posted By sjones
For two years, I lived in Okubo, Shinjuku, which...

For two years, I lived in Okubo, Shinjuku, which is adjacent Kabukichou on the north side. Not to be caviler or purely anecdotal, but the area is safe for foreigners.

To be sure, Kabukichou is...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-05-2017
Replies: 52
Views: 4,848
Posted By sjones
Street photography as a term is convenient, and...

Street photography as a term is convenient, and this is why we use it. But it’s usually used with a degree of reluctance, since it is a definition that is at once loosely ambiguous yet also...
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 01-08-2017
Replies: 354
Sticky: RIP Tom A
Views: 51,671
Posted By sjones
Very sad to hear. I’m sure I’m not the only who...

Very sad to hear. I’m sure I’m not the only who chose an M2 over an M3 due in part to Tom’s infectious passion for the particular model.
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 12-15-2016
Replies: 31
Views: 2,802
Posted By sjones
Great to hear (and see!); well deserved, of...

Great to hear (and see!); well deserved, of course.
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-27-2016
Replies: 70
Views: 3,245
Posted By sjones
I wouldn’t have pursued photography to the extent...

I wouldn’t have pursued photography to the extent that I have, since digital’s convenience and forgiving benefits removed decades of inhibition that had discouraged me from going beyond the preset...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 08-06-2016
Replies: 37
Views: 3,399
Posted By sjones
I know what you're saying, but not really that...

I know what you're saying, but not really that ironic, since my switch occurred before his. And in early 2008, while the quality of film emulating software was ever improving, it was still a bit...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 08-06-2016
Replies: 37
Views: 3,399
Posted By sjones
I lived in Okubo, Shinjuku from 2007 to 2009; I...

I lived in Okubo, Shinjuku from 2007 to 2009; I absolutely loved it. Unfortunately, my company was effectively transitioning to new ownership, and I had to return to the states.

I did pick up a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-08-2016
Replies: 39
Views: 2,253
Posted By sjones
If the M2 is irrelevant 18 years from now (and...

If the M2 is irrelevant 18 years from now (and all of the broader implications that this would entail), then I will likely not be photographing 18 years from now.
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 06-29-2016
Replies: 51
Views: 3,683
Posted By sjones
Amid the increasing philosophical musings about...

Amid the increasing philosophical musings about what “perfect” actually means, I’ll clarify my own position in that I am happy with what I own. I don’t lust after any other camera or any other lens....
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 06-28-2016
Replies: 51
Views: 3,683
Posted By sjones
My M2-R and 50mm Summicron DR...I don't desire...

My M2-R and 50mm Summicron DR...I don't desire any other camera or lens.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 04-28-2016
Replies: 234
Views: 25,155
Posted By sjones
I'm sticking with my M2, but I like the concept....

I'm sticking with my M2, but I like the concept. If I shot digital (and had the money), I would definitely consider this. As mentioned above, a monochrome variant would be interesting as well.

As...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-23-2016
Replies: 85
Views: 6,724
Posted By sjones
I’ve largely viewed “street photography” as...

I’ve largely viewed “street photography” as photography that exhibits some trace of humanity, even if a human is absent, even if it is outside an urban setting. The term is ambiguous enough to...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 03-10-2016
Replies: 93
Views: 7,937
Posted By sjones
Some of my favorite photographers: Frank,...

Some of my favorite photographers: Frank, Winogrand, Friedlander…well, I reckon I’m just stupid though, or at least I am according to the apparent Donald Trump of RFF.

God bless the perceived ugly,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-02-2016
Replies: 46
Views: 3,837
Posted By sjones
Leica M2 and 50mm Summicron DR. I want nothing...

Leica M2 and 50mm Summicron DR. I want nothing more, and I certainly don’t need anything more, except maybe a couple more M2’s and Summicrons for backup.

I actually like shopping around for gear,...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-12-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 1,849
Posted By sjones
Sensing success can arrive at multiple layers. I...

Sensing success can arrive at multiple layers. I am not in the business and my friends are not into photography, so my main point of reference is typically provided by those whose work I truly...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 11-04-2015
Replies: 824
Views: 84,485
Posted By sjones
Yeah, for my demands and expectations, a scanned...

Yeah, for my demands and expectations, a scanned negative picks up enough of the tonal characteristics and grain of the film that, despite whatever loss in comparison to a pure darkroom process, is...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 11-03-2015
Replies: 824
Views: 84,485
Posted By sjones
By the time I switched from digital to film, I...

By the time I switched from digital to film, I had already been converting all of my RAW files to monochrome (at least the ones worth ‘keeping’). I had intended to still use digital 60 percent to 80...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-26-2015
Replies: 49
Views: 3,080
Posted By sjones
Alone, always alone.

Alone, always alone.
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 05-16-2015
Replies: 160
Views: 14,299
Posted By sjones
I don’t reckon “famous” really matters in regards...

I don’t reckon “famous” really matters in regards to quality, lest we feel the need to enshrine the Kardashians. What I do know is that I’ve seen enough of Winogrand’s work that I would be blessed to...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 04-16-2015
Replies: 91
Views: 9,760
Posted By sjones
Mary Hartman! Mary Hartman!

Mary Hartman! Mary Hartman!
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 03-15-2015
Replies: 33
Views: 2,385
Posted By sjones
Great to hear, although I wish I could see it in...

Great to hear, although I wish I could see it in person. More exhibits are bound to follow, so one day, I will certainly check one or more out. Until then, excellent that the current exhibit is going...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-15-2015
Replies: 34
Views: 5,637
Posted By sjones
The lack of an affordable digital rangefinder was...

The lack of an affordable digital rangefinder was one of the reasons that prompted me to switch from digital to film. While I initially assumed that I would split time between digital and film, the...
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 03-14-2015
Replies: 215
Views: 15,896
Posted By sjones
However trite it might seem, when taking candids,...

However trite it might seem, when taking candids, I pretty much let the Golden Rule inform my decisions. There are a few limitations I impose on myself, but on the other hand, I do not demand...
Forum: RFF Polls 03-11-2015
Replies: 395
Views: 74,212
Posted By sjones
IIIf and M2.

IIIf and M2.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 03-07-2015
Replies: 68
Views: 5,944
Posted By sjones
Yep, no story. As others have noted, a photo can...

Yep, no story. As others have noted, a photo can inspire the viewer to formulate a presumptive narrative, short or not, in which case the viewer’s mind, rather than the photo, is effectively telling...
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 02-22-2015
Replies: 148
Views: 13,530
Posted By sjones
Yeah, if I ever get to the point of holding an...

Yeah, if I ever get to the point of holding an exhibit, then some external consultation could certainly prove invaluable (will you be available by the way). But at the current stage, I’m happy to...
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 02-22-2015
Replies: 148
Views: 13,530
Posted By sjones
I’m a bit of an aberration in that I don’t seek...

I’m a bit of an aberration in that I don’t seek critique despite its instructive value. For one thing, this is a hobby, something from which I hope to derive fun and enjoyment. I’m competitive enough...
Forum: RFF Polls 02-21-2015
Replies: 157
Views: 25,249
Posted By sjones
No, I moved from digital to film, and I have no...

No, I moved from digital to film, and I have no desire at this stage to switch back.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-02-2014
Replies: 53
Views: 4,964
Posted By sjones
You might need to throw in a film variant.

You might need to throw in a film variant.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 04-24-2014
Replies: 32
Views: 3,743
Posted By sjones
I had a collector’s mentality growing up, and so...

I had a collector’s mentality growing up, and so I empathize with folks who like to buy things for the sake of building a collection. This said, this somewhat obsessive character never really kicked...
Forum: Film vs Digital 03-06-2014
Replies: 180
Views: 24,988
Posted By sjones
I started digital, and since switching to film, I...

I started digital, and since switching to film, I have no desire to go back to digital. If film suddenly disappeared, I'm not sure how much I would even pursue photography (or at least initially)....
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 03-02-2014
Replies: 92
Views: 9,523
Posted By sjones
I'm currently living in Asheville, so thanks for...

I'm currently living in Asheville, so thanks for letting me know! I'll definitely check it out.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-13-2014
Replies: 308
Views: 28,459
Posted By sjones
A few things: Some of the best things in...

A few things:

Some of the best things in life are not mainstream (particularly in the world of arts), and some of the worst things in life are mainstream. Let's all agree that this is not a...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-12-2014
Replies: 308
Views: 28,459
Posted By sjones
Exactly, the issue doesn't necessarily center on...

Exactly, the issue doesn't necessarily center on the comparative expense account for the cameras' guts, but on the final price. The digital M, which is Leica's top end full frame 35mm camera, cost...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-19-2014
Replies: 38
Views: 4,536
Posted By sjones
Yeah, without much preconceived notion of what I...

Yeah, without much preconceived notion of what I wanted when I got into photography (with the exception of a big telephoto), I eventually gravitated from zooms to primes, and from autofocus to...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-03-2014
Replies: 308
Views: 28,459
Posted By sjones
If you don't care about the external intangibles...

If you don't care about the external intangibles and such of the photographic process, that's fine. But given your somewhat adamant tone, you seem to be stating (and I could be wrong) that just...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-03-2014
Replies: 308
Views: 28,459
Posted By sjones
I've used the iiif for a few years, and I...

I've used the iiif for a few years, and I recently picked up an M2. No other cameras have felt as good in my hands as the Leicas; it's really that simple...haptic joy!

I also enjoy using manual...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-28-2013
Replies: 36
Views: 4,783
Posted By sjones
The Leica Elmar appears similar to the early "11...

The Leica Elmar appears similar to the early "11 O'clock" focus stop version, which used "F" and "50mm" instead of "f" and "5cm".

The Luxus II's absence from certain publications might be due to...
Forum: Nikon RF 11-22-2013
Replies: 50
Views: 8,913
Posted By sjones
Yeah, I should clarify, since my points were...

Yeah, I should clarify, since my points were misleadingly compressed.

I was surprised that he used a iii, simply because I had read that he primarily used a iiif for the book, irrespective of...
Forum: Nikon RF 11-20-2013
Replies: 50
Views: 8,913
Posted By sjones
I had read that he used the Nikkor, and I knew he...

I had read that he used the Nikkor, and I knew he used one or two Leica iii's, but I had assumed that he was using the then new iiif, or at least a iiic. Surprised that at least one of his cameras...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 10-17-2013
Replies: 175
Views: 18,719
Posted By sjones
As others have noted, digital has facilitated a...

As others have noted, digital has facilitated a marked increase in the number of exposures taken, while the Internet has allowed easy dissemination of these photos. So now, not only do we see the...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-02-2013
Replies: 43
Views: 4,528
Posted By sjones
Ultimately, how a camera is appropriated is not...

Ultimately, how a camera is appropriated is not its fault. This comes up a bit in other sites, where certain DSLR folks deride all Leica (digital, not just film) because it's the apparent choice of...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-01-2013
Replies: 43
Views: 4,528
Posted By sjones
For me, film offered a more affordable option....

For me, film offered a more affordable option. One of the reasons why I switched from digital to film in 2008 is that I wanted a rangefinder. At the time, the Epson model was aging, yet it was still...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-25-2013
Replies: 79
Views: 6,889
Posted By sjones
But that's just it; my duty is to myself and to...

But that's just it; my duty is to myself and to what I want or prefer to do---this is a hobby, and a selfish one at that. My decisions are largely a product of natural response, reflecting my...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-25-2013
Replies: 79
Views: 6,889
Posted By sjones
Photography is a hobby for me; I'm not a...

Photography is a hobby for me; I'm not a documentarian, not a photojournalist. I don't believe that the mere process of holding a camera forces me to adopt these positions or responsibilities.

...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-24-2013
Replies: 79
Views: 6,889
Posted By sjones
I impose my own set of limits regarding candids:...

I impose my own set of limits regarding candids: no children, no one sleeping, no apparent homeless, and so on. I do not project these 'rules' on anyone else.

Basically, I take a Golden Rule...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-07-2013
Replies: 84
Views: 10,151
Posted By sjones
Although I'm nearing 50, I only became serious...

Although I'm nearing 50, I only became serious about photography roughly eight years ago, so some of the things that have influenced me likely developed in other mediums beforehand.

But visually,...
Forum: RFF Polls 07-31-2013
Replies: 291
Views: 25,988
Posted By sjones
I was not implying that any degree of redundancy...

I was not implying that any degree of redundancy has rendered documentation worthless, but I was remarking on the presentation, whereby overt originality, at least in the since of being...
Forum: RFF Polls 07-26-2013
Replies: 291
Views: 25,988
Posted By sjones
If street is not dead, the simplicity and...

If street is not dead, the simplicity and redundancy of the genre (open ended as it might be), has increasingly whittled away whatever remaining new ground there may be to explore. And to clarify,...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 04-23-2013
Replies: 172
Views: 12,296
Posted By sjones
It really doesn't concern me who started using...

It really doesn't concern me who started using color first or, for that matter, who is the world's greatest photographer. None of that has any bearing on my like for Eggleston's work. How he uses...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-05-2013
Replies: 54
Views: 2,899
Posted By sjones
When I got into photography as a serious hobby in...

When I got into photography as a serious hobby in 2005, I had expected to shoot mainly color. However, about three or so months after picking up a Canon 350D DSLR, I decided to switch to black and...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 09-28-2012
Replies: 1,086
Views: 228,332
Posted By sjones
Looking forward to this as well. I'm using a...

Looking forward to this as well. I'm using a Nikon V ED for my rangefinder, but I'm anxious to pick up a TLR in the near future---possibly some other medium formats down the road.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 09-09-2012
Replies: 39
Views: 1,073,716
Posted By sjones
Yep, keep shooting film; I enjoy the process too...

Yep, keep shooting film; I enjoy the process too much. Plus, the feel of my Leica iiif is close to perfect.

I'm also thinking of picking up a TLR, and possibly a Leica M2. After this, there's really...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-04-2009
Replies: 136
Views: 8,610
Posted By sjones
I did not take it as a "criticism, judgment or...

I did not take it as a "criticism, judgment or condemnation," and if I had, I can assure you that my response would have been far more acidic, which it wasn't at all. However, when people, not just...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-04-2009
Replies: 136
Views: 8,610
Posted By sjones
When I started photography four years back with a...

When I started photography four years back with a DSLR, I assumed that I would shoot probably about 80 percent color and convert 20 percent to monochrome; a bit arbitrary, but the point being that I...
Forum: RFF Polls 04-24-2009
Replies: 155
Views: 18,701
Posted By sjones
I voted "street," but that effectively...

I voted "street," but that effectively encompasses anything I see outside that visually summons my attention.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-28-2009
Replies: 37
Views: 3,233
Posted By sjones
I'm somewhat conflicted about this issue, largely...

I'm somewhat conflicted about this issue, largely because one of the photographer's defenders claimed that the photos had in fact inspired some viewers to provide some type of aid or assistance to...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-31-2008
Replies: 75
Views: 4,645
Posted By sjones
If one is already predisposed to hating America,...

If one is already predisposed to hating America, then many of the images will certainly appear "sinister," but passing such harsh judgment on absolute strangers simply because of the way they were...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-30-2008
Replies: 75
Views: 4,645
Posted By sjones
I picked up "The Americans" last month, and it is...

I picked up "The Americans" last month, and it is an incredible collection, but it is a focused one, and it exhibits a truth, but only a portion. America was, and is even more so now, an immensely...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-30-2008
Replies: 111
Views: 8,542
Posted By sjones
Just started the photography thing in summer...

Just started the photography thing in summer 2005, buying a Canon 350D DSLR. This March, I switched to film, picking up a Bessa R2M rangefinder and a Canon Elan to host my M42-mount lenses that I was...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-24-2008
Replies: 8
Views: 1,181
Posted By sjones
Thanks for the quick replies. I agree, I was...

Thanks for the quick replies. I agree, I was thinking about getting a CLA anyway. The camera is a joy to use, a bit of a challenge still, but fun---just the feel of these things in the hand is...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-24-2008
Replies: 8
Views: 1,181
Posted By sjones
Leica iiif-Dark Banding on Photos

I recently bought a Leica iiif RD/ST in apparently great shape. However, I have shot two rolls, Tri-X and Ilford FP4 plus, and both sets of negatives exhibited horizontal banding (light on the...
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 11-21-2008
Replies: 65
Views: 10,421
Posted By sjones
I moved to Tokyo in 2007, and my appreciation for...

I moved to Tokyo in 2007, and my appreciation for camera stores, which was already considerable, markedly jumped when I switched to film earlier this year.

I am about a 30-minute walk from the...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-14-2008
Replies: 14
Views: 1,680
Posted By sjones
Photography is a passion that depends on my...

Photography is a passion that depends on my creativity rather than on the efforts of others. That is, I was a restrained album collector throughout much of my departed youth, but my obsessions and...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 10-11-2008
Replies: 89
Views: 6,356
Posted By sjones
I apologize for the "c---" word. OK then, if...

I apologize for the "c---" word.

OK then, if contentious political discussion is allowed, then let me point out:

I am somewhat aware of what is going on in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 10-11-2008
Replies: 89
Views: 6,356
Posted By sjones
Please keep this propagandistic crap for...

Please keep this propagandistic crap for political forums. Thank you.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-05-2008
Replies: 97
Views: 10,377
Posted By sjones
I cannot speak for the rest of the world, but...

I cannot speak for the rest of the world, but here in Tokyo, film cameras are a common sight; I see lots of kids (late teens to mid-twenties) using Nikon FM's and even a couple Mamiya 7II's. In West...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 09-24-2008
Replies: 41
Views: 3,296
Posted By sjones
No. I just started shooting film in March, and I...

No. I just started shooting film in March, and I don't have the skills to suddenly jump into the darkroom. More importantly, I don't have the space; I live in Tokyo, and if I were a gambler, I would...
Forum: RFF News 08-08-2008
Replies: 64
Views: 8,330
Posted By sjones
I am sorry, but this is an absurd statement; if...

I am sorry, but this is an absurd statement; if you think that censorship in the West is comparable to that which occurs in China, you might want to study up on the extensive suppression of media and...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-05-2008
Replies: 62
Views: 6,122
Posted By sjones
In my youth, I had film cameras, but I did not...

In my youth, I had film cameras, but I did not get into photography, as in learning the fundamentals, until I picked up a Canon 350D. So I certainly have digital to thank for helping to crystallize...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 07-14-2008
Replies: 160
Views: 12,914
Posted By sjones
Street photography is popular in Tokyo, as are...

Street photography is popular in Tokyo, as are film cameras for that matter. So far, I have caught two guys taking my photo, and I generally felt flattered. Do I worry about a bad photo of my mug;...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 05-17-2008
Replies: 11
Views: 1,937
Posted By sjones
As an American living overseas, this happens all...

As an American living overseas, this happens all the time. I would not mind it so much, except that the people so anxious to judge me simply based on my nationality view themselves to be the...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 05-01-2008
Replies: 189
Views: 17,549
Posted By sjones
So just to clarify, denouncing something simply...

So just to clarify, denouncing something simply because of the 'hype' it may attract, whether intentional or not, is considered "intellectually honest"?
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 05-01-2008
Replies: 189
Views: 17,549
Posted By sjones
I fist saw Cartier-Bresson's photos before I was...

I fist saw Cartier-Bresson's photos before I was cognitive of his position in photography, and I liked them. Just started this photography pursuit three years ago, so in what was basically a crash...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-27-2008
Replies: 110
Views: 13,581
Posted By sjones
I just got into film last month after starting up...

I just got into film last month after starting up photography with a Canon 350D DSLR three years ago. As with others, cost constraints have precluded any procurement of a Leica, but I picked up a...
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