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Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 2 Days Ago
Replies: 5
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Posted By giganova
That is awesome! My city also has two community...

That is awesome! My city also has two community art centers with wet labs and 6 enlargers each, plus a huge printer with endless paper for digital print. Joining them is on my to-do list for 2020!
Forum: Fuji X Series 2 Days Ago
Replies: 285
Views: 11,814
Posted By giganova
The USB-C port in the camera is fantastic and I...

The USB-C port in the camera is fantastic and I love charging directly through the camera. I have my X-T3 connected to the cigarette plug while I driving and have a power bank hooked up directly to...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 2 Days Ago
Replies: 126
Views: 14,456
Posted By giganova
The book makes no mention of Ilford DD-X -- one...

The book makes no mention of Ilford DD-X -- one of the most popular developers?!? The book title is misleading, it should be called “The Kodak Film Developing Cookbook” :rolleyes:
Forum: Photography General Interest 4 Days Ago
Replies: 3,178
Views: 760,381
Posted By giganova
Is there a car rental with Ferraris nearby? :D

Is there a car rental with Ferraris nearby? :D
Forum: RFF Polls 4 Days Ago
Replies: 85
Views: 1,859
Posted By giganova
Because hoods make lenses even bigger, they are...

Because hoods make lenses even bigger, they are not bumpers because chances are that the obstacle wound't have hit your lens without the large hood, they make changing filters cumbersome, they are...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 6 Days Ago
Replies: 60
Views: 1,182
Posted By giganova
SL2 Monochrom I would buy in a heartbeat.

SL2 Monochrom I would buy in a heartbeat.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 1 Week Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 689
Posted By giganova
I am massively disappointed by the mirrorless...

I am massively disappointed by the mirrorless "revolution" because I (falsely) assumed mirrorless equals small & light.

I was looking into the Nikon Z, Canon EOS R, and Leica SL cameras but was...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 1 Week Ago
Replies: 131
Views: 9,230
Posted By giganova
Oh please, don't exaggerate. In all likelihood,...

Oh please, don't exaggerate. In all likelihood, you will get a hand inspection at all airports that have these machine, then there's the option of buying film at your destination or FedEx/UPS it to...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 1 Week Ago
Replies: 131
Views: 9,230
Posted By giganova
Stop whining and buy your own private jet. You...

Stop whining and buy your own private jet. You can get a Boeing 737 Max jet real cheap these days. You can finance it by making quick stops in Colombia on your way home. :D
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 1 Week Ago
Replies: 131
Views: 9,230
Posted By giganova
There's always the possibility to FedEx your film...

There's always the possibility to FedEx your film to your destination or purchase film there. And I recommend getting your film developed at your location so you don't have to fly back with exposed...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 1 Week Ago
Replies: 131
Views: 9,230
Posted By giganova
Here is a visual aid how the scanners look like...

Here is a visual aid how the scanners look like so you can identify them:

http://giganova.com/Misc/Airoirt_Scanners.jpg
Forum: Photography General Interest 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 247
Posted By giganova
Large Panoramic Print?

My wife wants a large, 20-inch x 4-feet, panoramic printout of the photo below that I recently took in Argentina because it has a great sentimental value for her (she grew up in Argentina). The scan...
Forum: Fuji Digital General Discussion 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 99
Views: 3,345
Posted By giganova
Fuji's in-camera Provia mode is seriously...

Fuji's in-camera Provia mode is seriously awesome. Plus, the lenses are tiny and weather rated. I do all my color work with an X-T3 and love it. I should have bought an X-H1 when they had this insane...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 1,092
Views: 208,766
Posted By giganova
Your scanner might be slightly out of focus. Did...

Your scanner might be slightly out of focus. Did you calibrate the focus by making a series of scans where you shim your negatives?
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 1,092
Views: 208,766
Posted By giganova
Fantastic, Erik! Love the contrast. What paper...

Fantastic, Erik! Love the contrast. What paper are you using?
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 1,092
Views: 208,766
Posted By giganova
My local community center has a wet darkroom with...

My local community center has a wet darkroom with 6 enlargers and stop/fixer. All you need to bring is paper and developer. I think I should check that out! When I was a teenager, I did a lot of...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 131
Views: 9,230
Posted By giganova
Understood, Huss, but Brian said "I am seriously...

Understood, Huss, but Brian said "I am seriously considering digital for US ..."
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 131
Views: 9,230
Posted By giganova
I don't see your logic: asking for a hand-check...

I don't see your logic: asking for a hand-check is even easier with these scanners as the TSA agents know that the new scanners are not film safe, so no more arguing with European TSA agents. I the...
Forum: Jim Lager - Leica Historian 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 568
Posted By giganova
Couldn't agree more!

Couldn't agree more!
Forum: Large Format Film RF 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 507
Posted By giganova
Hand-held 4x5 -- brilliant!

Hand-held 4x5 -- brilliant!
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 224
Posted By giganova
The JOBO plastic tanks are just as sturdy as...

The JOBO plastic tanks are just as sturdy as metal ones, won't break and won't bend. No advantage of metal over plastic.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 224
Posted By giganova
This. After you agitate the tank, bang the tank...

This.

After you agitate the tank, bang the tank against your kitchen counter or palm of your hand twice to dislodge them.
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 249
Posted By giganova
Leica Mini Problemens (?)

Hi all --

In my quest to find a "throw in your bag" camera, I bought a Leica Mini. And because it is such a cute little camera, I bought another Leica Mini III. Both are NIB = never used.

But I am...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 725
Sticky: 6x9 photos Only
Views: 252,719
Posted By giganova
"Agfa Clack", haha, what a wonderful name!...

"Agfa Clack", haha, what a wonderful name! :D
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 79
Views: 1,646
Posted By giganova
I would have loved to use Polaroids on my Mamiya...

I would have loved to use Polaroids on my Mamiya RZ67 ... but no such luck.
Forum: Cameras in the Movies / TV / Media 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 70
Views: 2,913
Posted By giganova
I thought the commercial was just a funny ad for...

I thought the commercial was just a funny ad for Squarespace. But on the web site

https://www.welcometowinona.com

it says that Winona Ryder took all the pictures and actually created the web site....
Forum: Cameras in the Movies / TV / Media 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 70
Views: 2,913
Posted By giganova
I'm surprised she's not using the Stranger Things...

I'm surprised she's not using the Stranger Things polaroid camera in the commercial :D

https://i.ytimg.com/vi/DIiCL-Fu8y8/maxresdefault.jpg
Forum: Cameras in the Movies / TV / Media 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 70
Views: 2,913
Posted By giganova
Oh no, now I have to get me some M3s to be hip....

Oh no, now I have to get me some M3s to be hip. :o

Love Winona Ryder -- my favorite actor of all times!
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 54
Views: 1,031
Posted By giganova
I used Perutz when I couldn't afford Kodak. Crazy...

I used Perutz when I couldn't afford Kodak. Crazy greens!
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 21
Views: 728
Posted By giganova
I was reading an article in the NYT a few weeks...

I was reading an article in the NYT a few weeks ago that fashion photographers use quite a bit of film now, and sometimes their clients specifically request film shoots. That's MF, of course, often...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 197
Views: 13,377
Posted By giganova
Hi Vince -- Stellar work! How do you get access...

Hi Vince --

Stellar work! How do you get access and how do you approach your subjects? Do you just randomly drive around and ask people "Can I take a photo of you?" or do you plan ahead, get...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 107
Views: 4,898
Posted By giganova
For me, it boils down to: Photos captured on...

For me, it boils down to:

Photos captured on film don't look at all like reality. It is a representation of reality that makes no attempt in being accurate: the contrasts are different, the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 395
Posted By giganova
Get your pens and paper out: group buy!! :D

Get your pens and paper out: group buy!! :D
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 427
Posted By giganova
The best compliment: "Nice pictures!"

The best compliment: "Nice pictures!"
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 601
Posted By giganova
I don't think brass vs steel gears makes any...

I don't think brass vs steel gears makes any difference.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 427
Posted By giganova
What's a "Millennium" Nikkor? :confused:

What's a "Millennium" Nikkor? :confused:
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 601
Posted By giganova
Give it 50 years and they will feel the same.

Give it 50 years and they will feel the same.
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 143
Views: 13,813
Posted By giganova
Leica Mini / II / III and its equivalents, the...

Leica Mini / II / III and its equivalents, the Minolta Riva Mono / Pico and Panasonic C-625? Nobody has mentioned them but they seem to be tiny.
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 1,108
Posted By giganova
Minox 35...

Minox 35 ML:

http://giganova.com/BW_Photos/2019-06-06-0004_2.jpg
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-22-2020
Replies: 17
Views: 734
Posted By giganova
And its only twice as much as Tri-X! :D

And its only twice as much as Tri-X! :D
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-22-2020
Replies: 48
Views: 1,402
Posted By giganova
I love collectors! Without collectors, we would...

I love collectors! Without collectors, we would never see vintage cameras hitting the market (or popping up in estate sales) in brand new condition. A few months ago I bought an M4 BP that is...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-21-2020
Replies: 26
Views: 742
Posted By giganova
These sponges are great, super soft and no hard...

These sponges are great, super soft and no hard edges. Just make a cut along the long...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-21-2020
Replies: 62
Views: 2,030
Posted By giganova
I met a Magnum photographer a few weeks ago at...

I met a Magnum photographer a few weeks ago at the "end of the world" in Argentina and he had the exact same kit! :D His XPro 2s were used so much that there was hardly any black paint left on the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-21-2020
Replies: 26
Views: 742
Posted By giganova
That's asking for trouble: Your skin is harder...

That's asking for trouble: Your skin is harder than wet emulsion and can easily scratch your film. I suggest to cut a slit into a kitchen sponge, pre-wet the sponge (so it gets soft) and slide the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-21-2020
Replies: 26
Views: 742
Posted By giganova
I never used distilled water, I never used...

I never used distilled water, I never used PhotoFlo and never had water marks on my negatives, ever. I put one drop of liquid soap into the tank, move the rolls of film up & down a few times to make...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 01-20-2020
Replies: 191
Views: 6,519
Posted By giganova
You have to embrace that they are digital and not...

You have to embrace that they are digital and not even think about film look when you get a digital camera. Even though I could afford a digital Leica, incl the M10 MM, I don't like the digital b&w...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-20-2020
Replies: 60
Views: 2,024
Posted By giganova
The Summicron Rigid...

The Summicron Rigid (https://www.overgaard.dk/leica_M4_50mm_summicron-M_20.html) are fabulous and period-correct for your M3. Unfortunately, they are not cheap if you want one in good condition. Be...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-19-2020
Replies: 28
Views: 1,136
Posted By giganova
When I bought a MJU II for $20 at an estate sale...

When I bought a MJU II for $20 at an estate sale and couldn't tell if my pictures where taken with the $20 MJU II or my $2,000 Summicron :o
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 01-17-2020
Replies: 80
Views: 1,997
Posted By giganova
A 50/1 manual lens for wedding photography as the...

A 50/1 manual lens for wedding photography as the OP stated? :confused:
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-15-2020
Replies: 62
Views: 2,030
Posted By giganova
For my non-photography trips I throw a Fuji X-T3...

For my non-photography trips I throw a Fuji X-T3 into my bag.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-15-2020
Replies: 53
Views: 1,741
Posted By giganova
Get a subscription of the Leica Magazine...

Get a subscription of the Leica Magazine (https://lfi-online.de), which I find fantastic. They still feature a lot of film photography.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-14-2020
Replies: 123
Views: 3,423
Posted By giganova
And yet, film prices are going up & up. :(

And yet, film prices are going up & up. :(
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-14-2020
Replies: 123
Views: 3,423
Posted By giganova
:rolleyes: When I started photography in the 80s,...

:rolleyes:
When I started photography in the 80s, you could get any film at any drugstore or corner market all over the world. And every town had a photo store where you could buy chemicals and they...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-11-2020
Replies: 14
Views: 682
Posted By giganova
Musical instrument engravers should be able do it.

Musical instrument engravers should be able do it.
Forum: RFF Polls 01-11-2020
Replies: 54
Views: 1,442
Posted By giganova
Leica should sell t-shirts with a screw.

Leica should sell t-shirts with a screw.
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 01-11-2020
Replies: 191
Views: 6,519
Posted By giganova
I love that I can upset people so easily by...

I love that I can upset people so easily by having Leicas. When someone says to me "Is that a Leica?", I always reply "Yes, where's yours, you didn't bring it?" just to annoy them! :D
Forum: RFF Polls 01-11-2020
Replies: 54
Views: 1,442
Posted By giganova
I love a black Leica logo, but this seems to be...

I love a black Leica logo, but this seems to be frowned upon by Leicaphiles.
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 01-08-2020
Replies: 51
Views: 2,313
Posted By giganova
Which point & shoot cameras have the reputation...

Which point & shoot cameras have the reputation of being built very solidly and are more reliable than others?
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-07-2020
Replies: 220
Views: 7,024
Posted By giganova
I agree with Cal, film makers keep Leica glass...

I agree with Cal, film makers keep Leica glass expensive, and this won't go away.

James: I don't think this "fad", as you call it, will pass anytime soon. With every day life become more & more...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 01-07-2020
Replies: 51
Views: 2,313
Posted By giganova
I took one of my Minox ML apart because it was...

I took one of my Minox ML apart because it was broken anyway. Easy to disassemble and putting it back together. But OMG, its all super flimsy plastic inside, nothing of substance. No wonder that they...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-07-2020
Replies: 220
Views: 7,024
Posted By giganova
Geez, why don't you spend ONE minute and go to...

Geez, why don't you spend ONE minute and go to the link I posted where I got the data from? Collectiblend has around 30 categories for M6 (https://collectiblend.com/Cameras/Leitz/), I posted the plot...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-06-2020
Replies: 220
Views: 7,024
Posted By giganova
My takeaway is: Leica M cameras keep their value...

My takeaway is: Leica M cameras keep their value but are not an investment (unless rare & collectible). Typically, SLR have this trend:

http://giganova.com/Misc/Nikon_FM_Prices.jpg
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-06-2020
Replies: 220
Views: 7,024
Posted By giganova
That chart shows a 33% increase for the M6 over...

That chart shows a 33% increase for the M6 over <2 years.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-06-2020
Replies: 220
Views: 7,024
Posted By giganova
65 sales for the M6 chart.

65 sales for the M6 chart.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-06-2020
Replies: 220
Views: 7,024
Posted By giganova
You have to look what cameras actually sell for,...

You have to look what cameras actually sell for, not what sellers ask for. From collectiblend.com (https://collectiblend.com/Cameras/Leitz/M6.html):

http://giganova.com/Misc/Leica_M_Prices.jpg
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-05-2020
Replies: 49
Views: 1,593
Posted By giganova
I dunno: even if there is full cloud coverage,...

I dunno: even if there is full cloud coverage, you will have f/8 @ 1/125s, and even if you use 2-stop a red filter or a grad filter, you still have f/4 @ 1/125s.
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 01-05-2020
Replies: 131
Views: 9,230
Posted By giganova
Pretty much everywhere by now. They are not being...

Pretty much everywhere by now. They are not being tested, they are replacing all older models at all airports.

http://www.airport-world.com/images/items/2019/05/500_pic1-180395.jpg
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-05-2020
Replies: 49
Views: 1,593
Posted By giganova
Why would you need a tripod in sun-flooded...

Why would you need a tripod in sun-flooded Arizona? :confused:
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-03-2020
Replies: 49
Views: 1,593
Posted By giganova
35mm b&w landscape ... hm, it can be done, but is...

35mm b&w landscape ... hm, it can be done, but is obviously an odd choice. I recently...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-03-2020
Replies: 2
Views: 225
Posted By giganova
http://giganova.com/BW_Photos/2020-01-01-0026_1000...

http://giganova.com/BW_Photos/2020-01-01-0026_1000pix.jpg

I shot this one through the open flames of a fire...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-03-2020
Replies: 2
Views: 225
Posted By giganova
2020 New Years Eve! Post your Pictures!

Happy New Year!

Just before I left for the New Year party, I decided to throw my Nikon One Touch camera into the bag that I bought on Ebay for a whopping $8 (!), and loaded it with HP-5. Took random...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-02-2020
Replies: 220
Views: 7,024
Posted By giganova
I once read that if you want to see the current...

I once read that if you want to see the current and future trends among young adults, you need to go to Tokyo and look what young girls are wearing. I went to the fashionable Ginza district in Tokyo...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-01-2020
Replies: 220
Views: 7,024
Posted By giganova
Must an effect of the M7 being out of production....

Must an effect of the M7 being out of production. Plus, the M6 is most commonly know Leica M among regular people. Every time someone sees my M4 at a party, they ask if its an M6 because that's the...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 01-01-2020
Replies: 131
Views: 9,230
Posted By giganova
I travel extensively with film. On one trip I had...

I travel extensively with film. On one trip I had 20 rolls of FP-4 scanned 5x with no fogging whatsoever. A technical paper by Kodak says up to 8x is fine with 100 ASA films, which my involuntary...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-30-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 425
Posted By giganova
Never throw away negatives! Put them into nice...

Never throw away negatives! Put them into nice binders and proudly archive and display them.
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-27-2019
Replies: 51
Views: 1,446
Posted By giganova
Great suggestions, keep them coming! I have a...

Great suggestions, keep them coming!


I have a bunch of M4 and don't mind carrying them around or getting damaged, I can live with that. But my bag is not always with me, so I'm more worried about...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-27-2019
Replies: 51
Views: 1,446
Posted By giganova
2.8 would be good, gives me enough sensitivity...

2.8 would be good, gives me enough sensitivity with 400 speed film.
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-27-2019
Replies: 51
Views: 1,446
Posted By giganova
"Throw in the Bag" Film Camera Suggestions?

Hi all --

Similar questions have been asked, but not the same, I believe. I often walk to/from work, through a park, at parties, and wish I had a compact film camera with me. All my film cameras are...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 12-27-2019
Replies: 51
Views: 2,313
Posted By giganova
I bought two more Minox 35 ML last week, both in...

I bought two more Minox 35 ML last week, both in "mint" condition and looking fabulous, but both have the same issue: light meter works, LEDs come on and exposure time sounds correct when I cock the...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 12-26-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 2,019
Posted By giganova
One more. This is a composite of three different...

One more. This is a composite of three different 35mm Summicron frames, stitched together in Photoshop. Not easy to scan because of the huge dynamic range of the negatives with pitch black mountains...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-20-2019
Replies: 90
Views: 4,727
Posted By giganova
You should go out with a bang, rent an empty...

You should go out with a bang, rent an empty store front or a gallery, exhibit your life's work and celebrate with family & friends! If you sell prints, it might even be budget neutral.
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 12-19-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 2,019
Posted By giganova
Thank you for your kind word, Francisco!

Thank you for your kind word, Francisco!
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 12-19-2019
Replies: 51
Views: 2,313
Posted By giganova
You never hear of FF failing because nobody has...

You never hear of FF failing because nobody has them :D
Forum: Fuji X Series 12-19-2019
Replies: 285
Views: 11,814
Posted By giganova
The screen would be OK with me. I have an X-T3...

The screen would be OK with me. I have an X-T3 and disabled the screen in the menu because I found it too distracting. Also helps quite dramatically with battery life.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 12-19-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,151
Posted By giganova
How is that gonna help me if I want an SL2 or...

How is that gonna help me if I want an SL2 or another new model?
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 12-19-2019
Replies: 194
Views: 38,829
Posted By giganova
I know nothing abut folders, so please pardon my...

I know nothing abut folders, so please pardon my ignorant question ... how do you focus? Guess, or zone focusing?
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 12-19-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 2,019
Posted By giganova
http://giganova.com/BW_Photos/2019-11-14-0006_2.jp...

http://giganova.com/BW_Photos/2019-11-14-0006_2.jpg

I waited 1/2 hour for a stray dog to walk through the composition, but none came and I gave up. Later that day dogs followed my all over town....
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 12-19-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 2,019
Posted By giganova
http://giganova.com/BW_Photos/2019-11-15-0004_2.jp...

http://giganova.com/BW_Photos/2019-11-15-0004_2.jpg

http://giganova.com/BW_Photos/2019-11-14-0019_2.jpg

http://giganova.com/BW_Photos/2019-11-14-0007_2.jpg
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 12-19-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 2,019
Posted By giganova
http://giganova.com/BW_Photos/2019-11-14-0013_2.jp...

http://giganova.com/BW_Photos/2019-11-14-0013_2.jpg

http://giganova.com/BW_Photos/2019-11-15-0023_2.jpg

"The butcher" is my favorite photo. ;)
http://giganova.com/BW_Photos/2019-11-15-0020_2.jpg
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 12-19-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 2,019
Posted By giganova
Went on another trip to Argentina. First we went...

Went on another trip to Argentina. First we went to Ushuaia, Terra del Fuego, from there to el Calafate to see and hike on glaciers in the Andes, and then to Buenos Aires for culture. I only take one...
Forum: Travel 12-17-2019
Replies: 73
Views: 2,851
Posted By giganova
Suggestion: If I were you I'd take a pocketable...

Suggestion:

If I were you I'd take a pocketable point & shoot film camera. Some have such great lenses that nobody (not even you) could tell the difference to one of the most expensive rangefinder...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-17-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 756
Posted By giganova
Is it time to stock up on Ilford film?

120 FP-4 just went up by 50 Cents at B&H and Adorama, and the 35mm/36 has been stable for for two years and might go up, too.

Time to stock up, what do you...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-17-2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2,874
Posted By giganova
Thanks! I just saw that the A Gallery in New...

Thanks! I just saw that the A Gallery in New Orleans (https://agallery.com) has a few HCB prints for sale for a whopping $25k to $500k :eek:
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 12-17-2019
Replies: 98
Views: 3,174
Posted By giganova
What a like abut rangefinders is that the...

What a like abut rangefinders is that the viewfinder shows you more than what will be on the negative. Plus, the simple optical viewfinder is much brighter. Makes framing so much better!
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-17-2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2,874
Posted By giganova
Where can you buy HCB prints? At auctions?

Where can you buy HCB prints? At auctions?
Forum: Travel 12-17-2019
Replies: 73
Views: 2,851
Posted By giganova
I travel with film all the time. Just came back...

I travel with film all the time. Just came back from a 2-week trip to the southern-most tip of the American continent, Ushuaia in Argentina, with 30 rolls of FP-4. I politely asked for hand check and...
Forum: Leica SL 12-17-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 1,179
Posted By giganova
I was a confirmed participant for the same event...

I was a confirmed participant for the same event at the Leica store in DC and then I ended up not going because I had too much work :(
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-16-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 715
Posted By giganova
Yeah, what did you expect? It's Blurb.

Yeah, what did you expect? It's Blurb.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 12-16-2019
Replies: 98
Views: 3,174
Posted By giganova
What a weird question. The M is a rangefinder and...

What a weird question. The M is a rangefinder and hence quite a different beast. Plus, much quieter, smaller body, smaller lenses, lighter, great glass.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-14-2019
Replies: 35
Views: 1,533
Posted By giganova
The other day I watched Ebay auctions of cameras...

The other day I watched Ebay auctions of cameras and my wife said "Why can't you watch porn like any other guy?" :rolleyes:
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 12-09-2019
Replies: 143
Views: 13,813
Posted By giganova
Hm, never heard of Ricoh FF1 -- looks intriguing!

Hm, never heard of Ricoh FF1 -- looks intriguing!
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 12-09-2019
Replies: 143
Views: 13,813
Posted By giganova
I'm also looking for a pocketable film...

I'm also looking for a pocketable film camera.

Previously had an Olympus MJU II which is outstanding, but it bothered me that it makes noises when I switch it on and it advances the film. Plus, you...
Forum: Optics Theory - 11-25-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 6,855
Posted By giganova
You are responding to this 10 years later? :eek:

You are responding to this 10 years later? :eek:
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-11-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 304
Posted By giganova
Lens Cap for 35/2 Summicron?

Hi all --

I lost the plastic end cap for my Leica 35/2 vIII Summicron on top of a glacier in the Argentine Andes, ops! So much for not littering, I'm sure a condor will eat it and die. :o

Any idea...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 10-24-2019
Replies: 115
Views: 5,511
Posted By giganova
Some people get bitter when they get old.

Some people get bitter when they get old.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-24-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 3,803
Posted By giganova
Hm, the Ortho has very limited applications:...

Hm, the Ortho has very limited applications: wouldn't use it for portraits because skin tones will be off, and for landscape you have white skies ... the opposite I'm going for. But the idea that I...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-19-2019
Replies: 66
Views: 3,191
Posted By giganova
My frustration with 50mm lenses is: you have this...

My frustration with 50mm lenses is: you have this big, bright & brilliant range finder, and when you use a 50mm lens, you throw away half of that gorgeous view and all you're left is a small bit in...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-19-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 3,803
Posted By giganova
My guess would be a native ISO 800 and some...

My guess would be a native ISO 800 and some instant b&w film. Instant is where all the money is and maybe they want to chip away from Fuji's Instax film dominance?
Forum: Travel 10-18-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 2,319
Posted By giganova
Not sure if you have seen my...

Not sure if you have seen my pictures:

https://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=163807&highlight=Buenos+Aires
Forum: Travel 10-18-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 2,319
Posted By giganova
Ah, Montevideo, the beaches of the rich & famous!...

Ah, Montevideo, the beaches of the rich & famous! A lot of A-list celebrities from Hollywood live or spend some time there. :D

Right across the river from Buenos Aires is Colonia, a historic...
Forum: Travel 10-17-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 2,319
Posted By giganova
You sure you want to go to both Iguazu and...

You sure you want to go to both Iguazu and Ushuaia on the same trip? You need both summer and winter cloth, Iguazu is tropical, hot and humid while Ushuaia will be wintery cold with rain, possibly...
Forum: Travel 10-17-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 2,319
Posted By giganova
I'll go to Argentina for the 10th time next week....

I'll go to Argentina for the 10th time next week. Each time I go I take one body with one lens (different lens every time I go). This time it will be an M4 with a 35/2 Summicron and 30 rolls of...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-17-2019
Replies: 79
Views: 3,266
Posted By giganova
I rather hope that there will be a new generation...

I rather hope that there will be a new generation of skilled repair technicians that will keep our gear alive.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-10-2019
Replies: 50
Views: 2,312
Posted By giganova
I sometimes take my Mamiya RZ67 out at parties to...

I sometimes take my Mamiya RZ67 out at parties to entertain them with the shutter noise ... absolutely gorgeous sound that covers so many frequencies.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-09-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 376
Posted By giganova
There's tons of "automatic" (non-TTL) flashes on...

There's tons of "automatic" (non-TTL) flashes on Ebay with a PC cord that go for as little as a few dollars because nobody uses them anymore. You can pick any. My favorite are the Mecabitz 32...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 10-04-2019
Replies: 21
Views: 802
Posted By giganova
I do 21mm with flash a lot. Since you don't need...

I do 21mm with flash a lot. Since you don't need to focus, you can hold the flash in your left hand. Just what Gilden does (who is not a hack in my book but one of the most significant and...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-28-2019
Replies: 41
Views: 2,234
Posted By giganova
http://giganova.com/BW_Photos/2015-11-30-0013_2.jp...

http://giganova.com/BW_Photos/2015-11-30-0013_2.jpg

http://giganova.com/BW_Photos/2015-11-30-0005_2.jpg
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-28-2019
Replies: 41
Views: 2,234
Posted By giganova
I haven't used any other film since 1982....

I haven't used any other film since 1982. :D

http://giganova.com/BW_Photos/2015-07-21-0015_800pix.jpg

http://giganova.com/BW_Photos/2015-07-21-0017_800pix.jpg
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-26-2019
Replies: 3,178
Views: 760,381
Posted By giganova
Mamiya RZ67 on Ilford...

Mamiya RZ67 on Ilford...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-26-2019
Replies: 3,178
Views: 760,381
Posted By giganova
Mamiya RZ67, 50mm f/4.5 (23mm equivalent) on...

Mamiya RZ67, 50mm f/4.5 (23mm equivalent) on Ilford...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-17-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 1,401
Posted By giganova
And bring 10 extra hours and give your credit...

And bring 10 extra hours and give your credit card to your wife.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-16-2019
Replies: 216
Views: 26,466
Posted By giganova
I am not the biggest fan of chrome ... but it has...

I am not the biggest fan of chrome ... but it has one big advantage: nobody will ever steal a chrome camera with a chrome lens because it looks old. Thieves associate valuable cameras with "black".
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 09-16-2019
Replies: 123
Views: 22,624
Posted By giganova
It lets more of the better photons through. :p

It lets more of the better photons through. :p
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-16-2019
Replies: 40
Views: 1,355
Posted By giganova
How is this competition great if Amazon is...

How is this competition great if Amazon is bankrupting all other stores (incl. camera and bookstores) and there is no alternative to online ordering?
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-16-2019
Replies: 40
Views: 1,355
Posted By giganova
Lucky you, what else do you need? :D That's...

Lucky you, what else do you need? :D


That's exactly the reason why Leica went to great lengths and expenses and opened their own stores worldwide.

BTW, ordering and returning is my wife's new...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 09-14-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 504
Posted By giganova
My nephew surfs there every week.

My nephew surfs there every week.
Forum: Leica SL 09-14-2019
Replies: 196
Views: 7,277
Posted By giganova
Your picture doesn't look anything like the...

Your picture doesn't look anything like the leaked photos. Is the thumbnail just your imagination or based on facts?

The design of the "leaked" images is ruined in my opinion by the protruding hot...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-12-2019
Replies: 60
Views: 2,480
Posted By giganova
I don't know ... if you scan your negatives and...

I don't know ... if you scan your negatives and give them some gentle Photoshop treatment (mostly levels, curves and contrast), all emulsions can be made look the same. Am I wrong here?
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-04-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 1,525
Posted By giganova
Andy -- So sorry for that loss! Can you give...

Andy --

So sorry for that loss! Can you give some hints how this happened and tell us what you would do differently so we can all learn from your experience?
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 08-24-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 1,052
Posted By giganova
Read my post again (store experience, building...

Read my post again (store experience, building relationship, free rentals/loaners, community programs ...).
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 08-23-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 1,052
Posted By giganova
Never heard of Popflash before ... my bad!

Never heard of Popflash before ... my bad!
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-23-2019
Replies: 7,543
Views: 3,869,932
Posted By giganova
What a great performer! Does the 2" refer to the...

What a great performer! Does the 2" refer to the focal length, 2 inch = 50mm? How do you focus sans rangefinder coupling?
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-23-2019
Replies: 7,543
Views: 3,869,932
Posted By giganova
Thank you, Erik! I blame you and astrobouy (who...

Thank you, Erik! I blame you and astrobouy (who sold me the lens) that I spent so much money :p
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 08-23-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 1,052
Posted By giganova
I would not buy such an expensive piece of...

I would not buy such an expensive piece of equipment online. Go to a Leica store, they have the same prices and it's fun talking to the people and sipping a glass of champagne while you decide. After...
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 08-23-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 1,312
Posted By giganova
I printed one book with Blurb and it was...

I printed one book with Blurb and it was terrible! No deep blacks, low-contrast grays, blue hue ... just awful. I would never use Blurb again.

For the next book I used Ninjaprint. They have their...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-23-2019
Replies: 7,543
Views: 3,869,932
Posted By giganova
I need more M4! :D All bodies and lenses have a...

I need more M4! :D

All bodies and lenses have a fresh CLA, all in mint condition. The original black paint arrived today, the Summicron lens yesterday. Can't wait to go shooting with this new combo!...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 08-22-2019
Replies: 92
Views: 5,347
Posted By giganova
Don't hit me ... these were taking with a digital...

Don't hit me ... these were taking with a digital camera, and not even a rangefinder (Fuji X-T3)! :eek:

http://giganova.com/BW_Photos/FUJI1119_v2.jpg

http://giganova.com/BW_Photos/FUJI1149_v2.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 08-20-2019
Replies: 92
Views: 5,347
Posted By giganova
Thanks, Doug!

Thanks, Doug!
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 08-20-2019
Replies: 547
Views: 68,957
Posted By giganova
http://giganova.com/BW_Photos/2017-03-18-0006_2.jp...

http://giganova.com/BW_Photos/2017-03-18-0006_2.jpg

http://giganova.com/BW_Photos/2017-03-19-0052_2.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 08-20-2019
Replies: 547
Views: 68,957
Posted By giganova
http://giganova.com/BW_Photos/2018-01-06-0054_2-1....

http://giganova.com/BW_Photos/2018-01-06-0054_2-1.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 08-20-2019
Replies: 92
Views: 5,347
Posted By giganova
W/NW: Clouds

http://giganova.com/BW_Photos/2017-02-20-0001_2.jpg

http://giganova.com/BW_Photos/2017-02-20-0012_2.jpg

http://giganova.com/BW_Photos/2017-03-19-0029_2.jpg

http://giganova.com/BW_Photos/2017-04-11-...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 08-20-2019
Replies: 547
Views: 68,957
Posted By giganova
http://giganova.com/BW_Photos/2017-09-20-0001_2.jp...

http://giganova.com/BW_Photos/2017-09-20-0001_2.jpg
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-20-2019
Replies: 103
Views: 3,231
Posted By giganova
I don't have that problem: all my cameras (35 and...

I don't have that problem: all my cameras (35 and 120) are loaded with Ilford FP-4, the only film I have and will ever use. :rolleyes:
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-20-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 1,011
Posted By giganova
I think the X-H1 was cannibalized by the X-T3...

I think the X-H1 was cannibalized by the X-T3 which was released earlier and has everything people wanted in a mirrorless camera, plus it is smaller, lighter, has a longer battery life, and is $500...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-20-2019
Replies: 81
Views: 4,305
Posted By giganova
I keep stockpiling because I can't believe how...

I keep stockpiling because I can't believe how cheap it is. A roll of 120 Ilford FP-4 for $4.95 ... how long can it stay that cheap? :confused:
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 08-18-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 1,192
Posted By giganova
Yeah, but you would still need to send it off for...

Yeah, but you would still need to send it off for a CLA, especially if it was not used, and add $300-400 plus shipping — if there is nothing wrong. If you add that, it isn’t really that good of a...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 08-18-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 1,192
Posted By giganova
Thanks, Erik, that’s a beauty. I will probably...

Thanks, Erik, that’s a beauty. I will probably get one of these three, the one you suggested or one of the two below. I’ve contacted all three sellers and they have all made me offers below...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 08-18-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 1,192
Posted By giganova
astrobuoy sold me his V3 Summicron from 1976 that...

astrobuoy sold me his V3 Summicron from 1976 that he had recently cleaned/lubed/calibrated by Leica:

http://giganova.com/Misc/Leica_35_Summicron.jpg
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-17-2019
Replies: 7,543
Views: 3,869,932
Posted By giganova
Not mine, I saw this at the Newseum in...

Not mine, I saw this at the Newseum in Washington, DC: Nick Ut's camera & lens he used to shoot the Pulitzer Prize-winning photo of children burned by napalm in Vietnam...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 08-17-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 1,192
Posted By giganova
Found and bought a nice 35/2 Summicron....

Found and bought a nice 35/2 Summicron. :D

Thanks, astrobuoy!
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 08-17-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 1,192
Posted By giganova
Strangely, a slightly used latest-version 35/2...

Strangely, a slightly used latest-version 35/2 Summicron Aspherical can be had for the same price as a 50 year old one (around $1.6k). Weird!
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 08-17-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 1,192
Posted By giganova
Well, I do like character in a lens -- to some...

Well, I do like character in a lens -- to some extent. The photos with me 50/Rigid and 21/SA are beautiful in that they are not tack sharp, light seems to bleed into darker areas, which gives them a...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 08-17-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 1,192
Posted By giganova
Great suggestions, thanks! I had a Summaron that...

Great suggestions, thanks!

I had a Summaron that I foolishly sold last year. But my next lens needs to be faster than f/2.8 so I can take more pictures indoors with less available light.

What do...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-16-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 2,030
Posted By giganova
60mm at f/8!! Only the glass wizards of Wetzlar...

60mm at f/8!! Only the glass wizards of Wetzlar could have achieved such a light bucket!
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 08-16-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 1,192
Posted By giganova
35mm M Lens Recommendation?

Hi all!

I'm looking for 35mm M lens to complement my 21/SA and 50/Rigid because I thought a 21/35/50 would be a sweat combo. Not sure whether I'd benefit from Aspherical because I shoot B&W film...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-16-2019
Replies: 161
Views: 8,291
Posted By giganova
No, but you'd be surrounded by beautiful woman at...

No, but you'd be surrounded by beautiful woman at each cocktail party where you casually wear a Leica and whisper sweet words into your ear.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-16-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 858
Posted By giganova
Brilliant reply! :D

Brilliant reply! :D
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-16-2019
Replies: 161
Views: 8,291
Posted By giganova
1:34: "Made in Germany", and the workers look...

1:34: "Made in Germany", and the workers look German to me, too:

Leica Lenses (https://vimeo.com/26251829)
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 08-16-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 875
Posted By giganova
This project could be a good excuse to get into...

This project could be a good excuse to get into medium or large format photography. :D The Mamiya RZ67 has a huge built-in bellows that is great for close-up shots.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 08-16-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 875
Posted By giganova
Sublime! I would try separating the flowers...

Sublime!

I would try separating the flowers more by choosing a darker background or throwing more light at the orchards with hand-held mirrors or hand-held reflecting cards.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-16-2019
Replies: 161
Views: 8,291
Posted By giganova
Excellent point! The income of high-income people...

Excellent point! The income of high-income people has gone up much faster than middle class, and Leica does not target middle class income people with their line of M products.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-14-2019
Replies: 7,543
Views: 3,869,932
Posted By giganova
Stunning! Do you have any photos taken with the...

Stunning! Do you have any photos taken with the lens?
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 08-14-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 605
Posted By giganova
I think one fast but small "normal" prime would...

I think one fast but small "normal" prime would be a good combo when you don't want to carry the larger zoom around. I have a Fuji XF 23mm f/2 on my X-T3 which is a stellar performer, tiny, and...
Forum: Cameras in the Movies / TV / Media 08-14-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 1,389
Posted By giganova
Quick -- buy a vintage Minolta on Ebay before...

Quick -- buy a vintage Minolta on Ebay before they skyrocket in price!

I remember when one of the Kardashians was on a talk show with a Contax and Ebay went crazy that night!
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-14-2019
Replies: 76
Views: 2,763
Posted By giganova
M lenses can be used on digital bodies, so I'd...

M lenses can be used on digital bodies, so I'd rather stay in the M system for the glass.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-14-2019
Replies: 76
Views: 2,763
Posted By giganova
Sorry to hear about your horrible experience!!...

Sorry to hear about your horrible experience!!

I hear you and having been in Buenos Aires already 9 times, I know exactly what you mean. I have relatives and friends who live there who are...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-14-2019
Replies: 76
Views: 2,763
Posted By giganova
My situation has slightly changed: will be...

My situation has slightly changed: will be spending a couple of weeks in October in Argentina, Terra de Fuego, Ushuaia, glacier park, and two weeks in Buenos Aires.

I'm having two Leica M4s, a 21mm...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-14-2019
Replies: 54
Views: 1,378
Posted By giganova
I love the Job reels & tanks. Catlabs still has...

I love the Job reels & tanks. Catlabs still has them new.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-13-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 954
Posted By giganova
I wish someone would repaint in Hammertone. So...

I wish someone would repaint in Hammertone. So pretty with the silver...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-13-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 954
Posted By giganova
Must have been inspired by the Lennie Kravitz M-P...

Must have been inspired by the Lennie Kravitz M-P Correspondent edition :D
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-13-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 954
Posted By giganova
I'll try that, and if successful, I'll paint your...

I'll try that, and if successful, I'll paint your Leicas in any color you want for $500.- -- which saves RFF members over $300 compared to services offered by others! :D
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-13-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 954
Posted By giganova
This seller from Taiwan seems to be doing a great...

This seller from Taiwan seems to be doing a great repaint job:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/LEICA-M2-RANGEFINDER-FILM-CAMERA-REPAINTED-MATTE-BLACK-CLAd-EX-90D-W/143309408424

There a Japanese repaint...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-13-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 954
Posted By giganova
Thanks! How hard can it be to paint a few small...

Thanks!

How hard can it be to paint a few small metal parts? ;)
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-13-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 954
Posted By giganova
Repaint Recommendation?

I am thinking about buying a beat-up camera body, getting it repainted, put on new covers, and a CLA/restoration.

Any recommendations who does a good repaint job in the US?

In what order do you do...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-12-2019
Replies: 590
Views: 68,219
Posted By giganova
Olympus MJU II, brand new, for $20 at an estate...

Olympus MJU II, brand new, for $20 at an estate sale.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-11-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 986
Posted By giganova
Most of the Federal Government IS outside of...

Most of the Federal Government IS outside of Washington, DC: only 1/6 of the federal workforce is in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, including Virginia and Maryland. Less than 10% of...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 08-11-2019
Replies: 89
Views: 2,017
Posted By giganova
If you only want to use standard lenses, them the...

If you only want to use standard lenses, them the M10 is the obvious choice. But if you need to reach further or have a need to tap into the ever-growing range of L-mount lenses, the SL is the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-11-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 986
Posted By giganova
I'm closer than you think: most pictures are...

I'm closer than you think: most pictures are taken with wide angle lenses and I am right into their faces!

Strangely, of the dozens of homeless people I have photographed, none has ever asked me for...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 08-11-2019
Replies: 89
Views: 2,017
Posted By giganova
To me, anything not made in Solms or Wetzlar is...

To me, anything not made in Solms or Wetzlar is not Leica. Touché!
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 08-11-2019
Replies: 89
Views: 2,017
Posted By giganova
To me, lenses always come first. If you have a...

To me, lenses always come first. If you have a collection of M lenses, I'd rather get an M10 body.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-11-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 986
Posted By giganova
Its a bit too early to show the juxtaposition...

Its a bit too early to show the juxtaposition because the neighborhood is still in transformation. But showing the contrast is exactly what I have in mind.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-11-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 986
Posted By giganova
This guy is homeless and HIV positive. When he...

This guy is homeless and HIV positive. When he saw me and my camera, he asked if I could take a picture of him.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-10-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 986
Posted By giganova
http://giganova.com/Union_Market/2019-08-07_006_2....

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Forum: Photography General Interest 08-10-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 986
Posted By giganova
http://giganova.com/Union_Market/2019-06-06-0004_2...

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http://giganova.com/Union_Market/2019-06-06-0006_2.jpg

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http://giganova.com/Union_Marke...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-10-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 986
Posted By giganova
http://giganova.com/Union_Market/2016-05-17-0005_2...

http://giganova.com/Union_Market/2016-05-17-0005_2.jpg

http://giganova.com/Union_Market/2019-06-06-0007_2.jpg

http://giganova.com/Union_Market/2019-08-07_007_2.jpg

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Forum: Photography General Interest 08-10-2019
Replies: 23
Views: 986
Posted By giganova
Faces of Gentrification

Hi friends!

Union Market (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Market) is a neighborhood in Washington D.C. that is undergoing -- like so many other places -- rapid gentrification: Less than a mile...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-10-2019
Replies: 67
Views: 7,319
Posted By giganova
I have a light yellow filter as protection on one...

I have a light yellow filter as protection on one of my lenses. Light yellow has such a tiny effect on contrast that it isn't wort thinking about it much.
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 08-07-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 1,132
Posted By giganova
I thought about this today, too: tap water is 76º...

I thought about this today, too: tap water is 76º F, so I put two ice cubes into the graduate when I mix the developer to bring the temp down to 68º F. However, that's not enough: the developing tank...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-06-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 2,377
Posted By giganova
Totally great!

Totally great!
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 08-06-2019
Replies: 1,637
Views: 90,703
Posted By giganova
Yes, absolutely.

Yes, absolutely.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 08-06-2019
Replies: 1,637
Views: 90,703
Posted By giganova
Didn't intend to offend anyone. To me, Leica M...

Didn't intend to offend anyone.

To me, Leica M cameras are the pinnacle of German precision engineering. As such, a combination of an expensive mechanical masterpiece with a blatant copy of a lens...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-04-2019
Replies: 110
Views: 4,313
Posted By giganova
I think with the resurgence of film photography...

I think with the resurgence of film photography over the past few years, the market for cameras that are sold directly from original owners has dried up. All you see now are dealers and people who...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-04-2019
Replies: 51
Views: 1,826
Posted By giganova
Highly recommended! I have two M4s, one with a...

Highly recommended! I have two M4s, one with a 21/3.4 Super Angulon and one with a 50/2 Rigid permanently mounted. Way faster than changing lenses in the middle of the action, you have 72 frames...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-04-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 310
Posted By giganova
Gorilla glue is amazing. Don't use superglue, the...

Gorilla glue is amazing. Don't use superglue, the toxic outgassing might destroy your lens!
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-02-2019
Replies: 76
Views: 2,763
Posted By giganova
OK, I sold all the "small" cameras and have $2k+...

OK, I sold all the "small" cameras and have $2k+ to play with (wife approved). I'm left with:


M4 with a 50/2 Rigid
M4 with a 21/3.4 Super Angulon
Mamiya RZ67 with 50/110/250mm lenses

What would...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-01-2019
Replies: 77
Views: 2,462
Posted By giganova
6 Mpix -- you are my hero!

6 Mpix -- you are my hero!
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-01-2019
Replies: 77
Views: 2,462
Posted By giganova
The problem is the limited shelf life of digital...

The problem is the limited shelf life of digital cameras. After a few years, all you are left with is a limited-edition door stopper.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 08-01-2019
Replies: 40
Views: 1,382
Posted By giganova
Awesome, Peter! Have you seen the documentary...

Awesome, Peter! Have you seen the documentary "City of Cranes"?

http://www.cityofcranes.com
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 08-01-2019
Replies: 68
Views: 1,734
Posted By giganova
I dunno. The vignetting and colored corners...

I dunno. The vignetting and colored corners bother me.
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