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Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Days Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 249
Posted By majid
Most photobooks are printed on HP Indigo presses,...

Most photobooks are printed on HP Indigo presses, which are glorified inkjet printers originally designed for mass-customized junk mail, and they are perfect bound (the same binding as a paperback,...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 1,487
Posted By majid
Sounds like a Nikon PB-6 bellows with PS-6 slide...

Sounds like a Nikon PB-6 bellows with PS-6 slide copying attachment. Just without the bellows, convenience or low price.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 08-17-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 363
Posted By majid
That’s just an abrasive brush. Try DeoxIT or...

That’s just an abrasive brush. Try DeoxIT or Stabilant 22 instead.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-17-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,030
Posted By majid
I have used the old, genuine Agfa APX400. Very...

I have used the old, genuine Agfa APX400. Very grainy, without the charm of (original) Tri-X, and unlike APX100 which was a stellar film. What’s currently sold as APX400 is a reboot, though, I doubt...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 06-17-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 814
Posted By majid
Reminds me a little bit of the Contax T.

Reminds me a little bit of the Contax T.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 05-27-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,132
Posted By majid
I got to see the PD tripod in their San Francisco...

I got to see the PD tripod in their San Francisco store. It's better than I expected. I loathe twist locks, but these are not too bad, because their length gives more leverage than the obnoxious...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 05-22-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,132
Posted By majid
Potentially interesting if I didn't already have...

Potentially interesting if I didn't already have a Gitzo Traveler, but the flip locks would have been a deal-killer in any case. Also parts of the ballhead are made of polycarbonate plastic, not...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-08-2019
Replies: 264
Views: 17,635
Posted By majid
This is so very sad. My condolences to Frances...

This is so very sad. My condolences to Frances and his family. He will be missed.
Forum: Travel 03-27-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 508
Posted By majid
Atlas Obscura is a good resource for...

Atlas Obscura is a good resource for off-the-beaten-path attractions:

https://www.atlasobscura.com/things-to-do/london-england
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 01-14-2019
Replies: 51
Views: 1,119
Posted By majid
You'r not anywhere close. I have 11 camera bags,...

You'r not anywhere close. I have 11 camera bags, 60 total.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 11-28-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 666
Posted By majid
I have both the 1.25x and the 1.40x. I bought...

I have both the 1.25x and the 1.40x. I bought them to compensate for the woefully inadequate 0.58x VF on the M8. Now that the M10 is closer to the classic 0.72x (if not the wonderful 0.85x option of...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-21-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 707
Posted By majid
So many of our fellow Californians have lost...

So many of our fellow Californians have lost everything, I am glad you escaped unhurt and your home wasn't a casualty.

I am lucky in that most of my family pictures are slides. My father brought...
Forum: RFF News 11-20-2018
Replies: 35
Views: 3,176
Posted By majid
No, but Nikon and Canon have released full-frame...

No, but Nikon and Canon have released full-frame mirrorless cameras, and Panasonic and Sigma will release full-frame mirrorless cameras compatible with Leica SL and TL lenses (great video to be...
Forum: Digital Compacts 09-27-2018
Replies: 125
Views: 4,581
Posted By majid
Looks interesting, specially that it has a...

Looks interesting, specially that it has a Distagon rather than a Sonnar (I would have preferred a Biogon, of course, but they probably wanted a telecentric lens design, perhaps due to the work...
Forum: Digital Compacts 09-27-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 1,893
Posted By majid
Or the Sony RX1 series (ZX1? Really, Zeiss...

Or the Sony RX1 series (ZX1? Really, Zeiss couldn't have picked a more original name?).

That said, my RX1RII does cause an unsightly bulge in my jacket pocket and I wouldn't be averse to a Ricoh...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 09-15-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 551
Posted By majid
Scanning is a major pain in the backside, no...

Scanning is a major pain in the backside, no matter what. You might be better off with digital.
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 08-21-2018
Replies: 25
Views: 1,201
Posted By majid
M43 is terrible in low light. You'd be much...

M43 is terrible in low light. You'd be much better off with a Ricoh GRII or a Fuji X70, or even a used Sony RX1.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 08-06-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 627
Posted By majid
I use a Fujitsu SV600, which can scan up to...

I use a Fujitsu SV600, which can scan up to A3/11x17 originals. If it's an occasional need, just scan sections and stitch them using panorama software or Photoshop's built-in stitching.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-19-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 1,182
Posted By majid
I find photobooks a more congenial format for...

I find photobooks a more congenial format for family photos than conventional prints. They do limit your options in terms of paper choices and print quality (most are done on HP Indigo digital inkjet...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-18-2018
Replies: 3
Views: 400
Posted By majid
Lord Snowdon, after the Welsh mountain. He also...

Lord Snowdon, after the Welsh mountain. He also taught photography to Queen Elizabeth (avid Leica user) and many of her grandchildren, including Prince William.
Forum: RFF Polls 07-13-2018
Replies: 71
Views: 2,283
Posted By majid
Nearly 48. I seldom print, and in almost all...

Nearly 48.

I seldom print, and in almost all cases it's for my daughter's art projects or to give away. My preferred viewing medium is an iPad screen.

My printer is a dye-sub DNP DS-820A, so I...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 06-27-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 695
Posted By majid
Edmund Optics does custom optical elements.

Edmund Optics does custom optical elements.
Forum: Fuji X Series 05-29-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 629
Posted By majid
Did you upgrade to firmware 4.0? If so, it has...

Did you upgrade to firmware 4.0? If so, it has been withdrawn for a bug that sounds like that, and the new firmware is basically the 3.x firmware, until they fix the bug.

The X-T2 was only announced...
Forum: RFF Polls 04-30-2018
Replies: 43
Views: 1,400
Posted By majid
+1 for Contax.

+1 for Contax.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-27-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 621
Posted By majid
They're legit. They're a European company...

They're legit.

They're a European company expanding to the US. I sold a bunch of gear to them, their buyback prices were generally but not always better than B&H's, plus they take a variety of more...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 04-06-2018
Replies: 207
Views: 9,391
Posted By majid
Thatís not even one percent of what they pay him...

Thatís not even one percent of what they pay him in affiliate commissions.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 04-01-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 1,232
Posted By majid
What a great idea! I also have one to give away:...

What a great idea!

I also have one to give away: a Dothebag Mono 10, Monochrom special edition, in black leather (discontinued color, but fairly close to the chocolate one...
Forum: Sony RX Series 03-11-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 2,351
Posted By majid
Wonderful cameras. The point about the...

Wonderful cameras. The point about the pocketability of the GR is well-taken, but 28mm is just too wide for me. The rumored enhancements would be nice, but I donít know that they would justify the...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 02-07-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 1,652
Posted By majid
The 50mm Apo-Summicron ASPH would be an upgrade,...

The 50mm Apo-Summicron ASPH would be an upgrade, but at a steep price. I find mine on my M240 outresolves my eyes by a significant margin.
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 02-02-2018
Replies: 55
Views: 4,255
Posted By majid
The fact is Epson has no financial incentive to...

The fact is Epson has no financial incentive to avoid users wasting ink, quite the opposite, nor do they have any incentive to fix the matte black vs photo black ink swap flush design failure.
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 01-30-2018
Replies: 55
Views: 4,255
Posted By majid
I have an Epson R2880 that replaced a R1800 and...

I have an Epson R2880 that replaced a R1800 and got tired of the bulk and clogs. I purchased a DNP DS820A pro dye-sub printer and am very happy with the results. The panoramic printing feature...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 01-24-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 1,374
Posted By majid
That was probably a dye-sub printer. I don't...

That was probably a dye-sub printer. I don't believe Kodak sells a Zink printer (they do have a Zink instant camera).

Fuji sells the Instax SP2 and SP3, which print on real photo (Polaroid-style)...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-16-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 1,374
Posted By majid
It’s common to see hawkers selling postcards in...

It’s common to see hawkers selling postcards in tourist areas. The profit margins are slender, though.
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 01-13-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 1,374
Posted By majid
I bought myself a DNP DS-810A 8Ē dye-sub printer...

I bought myself a DNP DS-810A 8Ē dye-sub printer for Xmas. Itís fairly expensive but very compact , rugged and self-contained, as befit an event photography printer, and will print up to 8x12, or...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 09-07-2017
Replies: 1
Views: 1,025
Posted By majid
Looks promising indeed. I preorder mine at B&H,...

Looks promising indeed. I preorder mine at B&H, no ETA.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 09-01-2017
Replies: 11
Views: 1,275
Posted By majid
Leather pouches often have issues with mold. I...

Leather pouches often have issues with mold.

I use lightly padded stretch-mesh pouches from Muji. The small one fits a 28mm f/2.8 Elmarit-M ASPH, the middle one a 50mm Summilux and the large one a...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 07-19-2017
Replies: 42
Views: 2,963
Posted By majid
I am partial to the Artisan & Artist kumihimo...

I am partial to the Artisan & Artist kumihimo braided silk straps.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 07-19-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 970
Posted By majid
It's not the first time.

10 years ago they made a 90th Anniversary Traveler Titanium GT90TT, which had twice the load limits of the regular Traveler. It cost $2,000 and included a nifty leather case the two new limited...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-16-2017
Replies: 2
Views: 414
Posted By majid
Wordpress has made great strides, but it was not...

Wordpress has made great strides, but it was not designed with photo galleries first and foremost.

You should have a look at Koken (http://koken.me/), Lychee (https://lychee.electerious.com/),...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 07-12-2017
Replies: 136
Views: 7,770
Posted By majid
If you are wearing a suit, that rules out...

If you are wearing a suit, that rules out shoulder bags.



HCB would simply have borrowed Liz' M3, or perhaps settled for her M6.



This is probably what you...
Forum: Leica SL 07-01-2017
Replies: 20
Views: 2,926
Posted By majid
Yes, as is the body. The EVF is stunning, but it...

Yes, as is the body. The EVF is stunning, but it is just too heavy, as with the lenses.

I am saving up for the M10 when it goes ŗ la carte so I can order it with the 0.85x finder, but the...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 06-24-2017
Replies: 136
Views: 7,770
Posted By majid
The nicest bag I have is the small Aneas for...

The nicest bag I have is the small Aneas for Leica. It just about fits one M and one extra lens, and features an ingenious captive sliding divider system I wish all others would copy, instead of...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 06-12-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 2,892
Posted By majid
Thanks for the update. Nitecore is a good...

Thanks for the update. Nitecore is a good company. I guess I'll keep my eyes peeled for the M240 charger.
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 05-18-2017
Replies: 41
Views: 3,079
Posted By majid
HP Indigo, not Fuji. Quality is every bit as good...

HP Indigo, not Fuji. Quality is every bit as good as any offset press.

HP sold their MagCloud magazine printing service to Blurb. I have never tried it myself but it has a good reputation.

Many...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 05-17-2017
Replies: 45
Views: 3,274
Posted By majid
I've never been impressed with the image quality...

I've never been impressed with the image quality of the 12MP (pre-Sony) m43 cameras and would prefer something like a Fuji X100 series or a Ricoh GR II. My own EDC camera of choice is the Sony...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-17-2017
Replies: 18
Views: 1,369
Posted By majid
The thing about prints is that as a physical...

The thing about prints is that as a physical artifact, they are more likely to survive neglect than digital files and be rediscovered by the generation after next.

The Church of Latter Day Saints...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-02-2017
Replies: 8,966
Views: 875,756
Posted By majid
I ended up returning it, it had a scratch in the...

I ended up returning it, it had a scratch in the platen glass, and quality was not so hot anyway, due to the CIS element meant more for blueprint scanning than photo quality.

Replaced it with a...
Forum: Digital Compacts 03-27-2017
Replies: 9
Views: 1,670
Posted By majid
The Ricoh GR II is excellent, if you can afford...

The Ricoh GR II is excellent, if you can afford the $600 price and cope with a 28mm-e f/2.8 prime lens.

Otherwise the Sony RX100 series is your best bet. They still sell the original mark I version,...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 03-25-2017
Replies: 49
Views: 3,639
Posted By majid
Wotancraft Ryker or Etan. The Leica ANEAS Small,...

Wotancraft Ryker or Etan. The Leica ANEAS Small, but it's sold out and was very expensive to begin with.

Dothebag for Monochrom Mono...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-11-2017
Replies: 8,966
Views: 875,756
Posted By majid
A Colortrac LifeScan 24-inch sheet-fed scanner,...

A Colortrac LifeScan 24-inch sheet-fed scanner, to scan my 5-year old daughter's artwork.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 03-05-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 2,519
Posted By majid
As a benchmark, a Namiki foountain pen in the...

As a benchmark, a Namiki foountain pen in the same finish (http://www.pilot-namiki.com/en/collection/urushi/lacquer-black-no20/) costs $2000. The pen/nib part itself is $500 at most.

A Leica M body...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 03-03-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 2,519
Posted By majid
It's genuine Japanese lacquer, which is made by...

It's genuine Japanese lacquer, which is made by applying a layer of sap from the lacquer tree, waiting for it to dry an polymerize, then repeating the process, sometimes incorporating inclusions like...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 03-01-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 1,685
Posted By majid
There is this gizmo, the 52mm thread would be...

There is this gizmo, the 52mm thread would be compatible with your Canon 50mm f/2.5:
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/819593-REG/Bower_SDD_Digital_Slide_Duplicator.html
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 03-01-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 1,576
Posted By majid
I recently sold my X-Pan II (TX-2). Lovely...

I recently sold my X-Pan II (TX-2). Lovely camera, the lens build quality puts Leica to shame, and just as easy to use. The only drawback is the slow-ish lens apertures.
Forum: Fuji X Series 02-26-2017
Replies: 2
Views: 1,253
Posted By majid
The orange marks were there as a visual aid to...

The orange marks were there as a visual aid to help put the battery in right direction (IIRC the X-Pro1 did not have a key to stop it from being inserted the wrong way, the X-T1 did).
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 02-24-2017
Replies: 28
Views: 2,503
Posted By majid
Yes, wait until immediately after the new...

Yes, wait until immediately after the new model(s) are introduced, then wait a little more for them to be in stock at B&H.
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 02-19-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 1,685
Posted By majid
Flatness of field also. That said, unless you...

Flatness of field also. That said, unless you have a way to flatten the film, it's pointless, and doing focus stacking would stretch inconvenience to the breaking point.
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 02-15-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 1,685
Posted By majid
Fuji makes the MCEX-11 and MCEX-16 extension...

Fuji makes the MCEX-11 and MCEX-16 extension tubes to get 1:1 on the 60mm macro.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 02-10-2017
Replies: 24
Views: 3,013
Posted By majid
The question is, what will the exchange rate be...

The question is, what will the exchange rate be when they actually ship?
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-03-2017
Replies: 63
Views: 3,150
Posted By majid
My fancy Swiss watch. It actually keeps better...

My fancy Swiss watch. It actually keeps better time now, but at least one of the dials is wonky and adjustments feel rough, so I sent it for servicing, and awaiting the estimate with no small amount...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-02-2017
Replies: 8,966
Views: 875,756
Posted By majid
A Kaiser RS-2 light stand to digitize my 5-year...

A Kaiser RS-2 light stand to digitize my 5-year old daughter's art (too large to fit on a flatbed scanner).

Still trying to get the hang of lighting without reflections (I am using a piece of scrap...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 01-31-2017
Replies: 50
Views: 3,895
Posted By majid
As with camera bags or tripods, you can buy once,...

As with camera bags or tripods, you can buy once, cry once, or make a false economy by buying cheap and end up paying far more over the long term, while still having to deal with shoddy luggage that...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 01-28-2017
Replies: 13
Views: 2,783
Posted By majid
I was referring to comfort. Soft as silk vs....

I was referring to comfort. Soft as silk vs. "soft as nylon" (said no one, ever).

That said, silkworm silk has a tensile strength of 200-600 MPa depending on the species, and spider silk is over...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 01-25-2017
Replies: 13
Views: 2,783
Posted By majid
The Leica/COOPH one is made of synthetic fibers....

The Leica/COOPH one is made of synthetic fibers. The A&A is made of braided silk (kumihimo) and is clearly a far superior product.

Leica did carry A&A cobranded products in the past, I have a silk...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 01-22-2017
Replies: 17
Views: 2,892
Posted By majid
I had ordered the Nitecore M240 BP-SCL2 charger,...

I had ordered the Nitecore M240 BP-SCL2 charger, but got an email from B&H stating it was discontinued. A pity, as it's the only USB-powered battery charger for Leica batteries.
Forum: Fuji X Series 12-07-2016
Replies: 12
Views: 2,612
Posted By majid
I have both. The X-T2 is indubitably the better...

I have both. The X-T2 is indubitably the better camera.
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 10-13-2016
Replies: 58
Views: 4,841
Posted By majid
The Contax T (original RF model, not the AF T2,...

The Contax T (original RF model, not the AF T2, T3 or TVS) is pretty tough, but it won't handle a fall.

The Olympus Mju / Stylus Epic is probably the best bet: fairly robust, and inexpensive to...
Forum: Sony Alpha / NEX News / General Discussion 10-09-2016
Replies: 13
Views: 2,815
Posted By majid
I have the RX100IV. The primary benefit of the...

I have the RX100IV. The primary benefit of the Mark five is faster AF using 315 PDAF points and an improved buffer, but at the cost of nearly 1/4 reduction in battery life. It's probably not a good...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 09-19-2016
Replies: 21
Views: 2,153
Posted By majid
The limiting factor is usually the optics. The...

The limiting factor is usually the optics. The V700 has a stated 4800/6400 x 9600 resolution. The second number can be dismissed out of hand, as it is simply the number of steps per inch the stepper...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-17-2016
Replies: 12
Views: 1,316
Posted By majid
It is. Medium format image quality in an APS...

It is. Medium format image quality in an APS sensor for the DP Merrill line. Even the first generation SD14 circa 2006 easily matched the contemporary full-frame Canon 1DsII. The matched prime optics...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 09-07-2016
Replies: 32
Views: 2,821
Posted By majid
I can help. I just got the 90 and took some quick...

I can help. I just got the 90 and took some quick shots of my daughter yesterday on the X-Pro2. I wasn't bowled over by the sharpness compared to my other XF lenses, let alone the Leicas,
Forum: Fuji X Series 09-03-2016
Replies: 5
Views: 3,440
Posted By majid
Sandisk Extreme Pro UHS-II 16GB 280MB/s, B&H part...

Sandisk Extreme Pro UHS-II 16GB 280MB/s, B&H part SAEPSDU16GBQ.
The 280MB/s figure is pure fantasy, but it's a fast enough card.

Keep in mind Sandisk regularly updates it's "Extreme" and "Extreme...
Forum: Film vs Digital 08-29-2016
Replies: 3
Views: 1,242
Posted By majid
On my recent trip to France, I noticed Apple...

On my recent trip to France, I noticed Apple billboards there do mention the actual measured EMF values at the bottom.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 08-27-2016
Replies: 74
Views: 9,652
Posted By majid
Agfa used to make a B&W slide film called Scala....

Agfa used to make a B&W slide film called Scala. Long discontinued, I'm afraid. There are alternatives using negative film, but they will not be as clear as Scala because of the negative base.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 08-19-2016
Replies: 7
Views: 780
Posted By majid
I can recommend this model from Asus, which has...

I can recommend this model from Asus, which has an aluminum case and supports fast 2.4A (12W) charging for...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 08-16-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 1,878
Posted By majid
Picture quality is OK, not amazing, but the...

Picture quality is OK, not amazing, but the stabilization is excellent, as is the versatility. It's the perfect single-lens tourism glass.
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 08-14-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 1,676
Posted By majid
It's a good lens, but not in the same class as a...

It's a good lens, but not in the same class as a Canon L like the 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM. I use mine much less since getting the 100-400, but it's the one I pack for vacations due to the compact...
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 08-10-2016
Replies: 84
Views: 7,601
Posted By majid
Magazines are woefully out of date. The only one...

Magazines are woefully out of date. The only one I occasionally read is the excellent French one "Chasseur d'Images" when I visit my parents in the outskirts of Paris.
Forum: Leica Q / T / X Series 08-10-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 2,221
Posted By majid
His point is that it is an April's Fool hoax and...

His point is that it is an April's Fool hoax and not a real camera.We'll have to wait longer for a digital X-Pan, I am afraid.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-07-2016
Replies: 97
Views: 6,153
Posted By majid
Not petulant, just iconoclast... Perhaps we...

Not petulant, just iconoclast...

Perhaps we should start using the original Geek "eikon" for the real thing.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-28-2016
Replies: 18
Views: 1,123
Posted By majid
Thom Hogan made the point the EVF on the Leica SL...

Thom Hogan made the point the EVF on the Leica SL is good for the ageing eyes of the Leica fan base. The digital loupe function most EVFs offer also helps.
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 07-24-2016
Replies: 68
Views: 6,306
Posted By majid
The Wotancraft Etan...

The Wotancraft Etan (https://majid.info/blog/wotancraft-etan-review/) (not sure if they're still made) or Ryker would fit the bill.
I'd steer clear oif Ona, at least the leather models, as I've found...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-15-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 1,572
Posted By majid
I must have missed the announcement. What is the...

I must have missed the announcement. What is the site URL?
Forum: Sony Alpha / NEX News / General Discussion 07-03-2016
Replies: 7
Views: 1,912
Posted By majid
I don't recall my dad's exhibiting as strong...

I don't recall my dad's exhibiting as strong donut-bokeh effect as these shots.
Have you seen this?
http://nikkor.com/story/0013/
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 06-08-2016
Replies: 69
Views: 5,958
Posted By majid
My EDC is always a jacket-pocketable camera,...

My EDC is always a jacket-pocketable camera, currently a Sony RX1RII. I compromise in features, speed or lens reach for compactness, but never on quality.

Before that, in reverse chronological order...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 06-08-2016
Replies: 4
Views: 1,237
Posted By majid
I have the Box, but truthfully seldom use it any...

I have the Box, but truthfully seldom use it any more (or my 500C/M), and also own a couple of their wrist straps. The popup case for Leica looks pretty nifty too. The Take bag looks very similar to...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 05-29-2016
Replies: 4
Views: 1,341
Posted By majid
The only flashes mentioned in "Dieter Rams - As...

The only flashes mentioned in "Dieter Rams - As Little Design as Possible" are three Braun models: EF 1, F 111, EF 300.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-26-2016
Replies: 3
Views: 921
Posted By majid
My first camera was a Contaflex Super. Great...

My first camera was a Contaflex Super. Great cameras.
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 05-24-2016
Replies: 5
Views: 2,159
Posted By majid
I take that back—you can print from OS X using...

I take that back—you can print from OS X using the open-source Gutenprint CUPS drivers. I haven't figured out how to do borderless printing yet from Lightroom. These are excellent printers, where the...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 05-24-2016
Replies: 5
Views: 2,159
Posted By majid
Memjet were the first to market with the...

Memjet were the first to market with the technology, sold by LG in Korea but not in the US for some reason, not sure about Europe, thus giving HP time to counter. It looks like Memjet's partnership...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 05-21-2016
Replies: 5
Views: 2,159
Posted By majid
Color laser printers are always poor at photos. I...

Color laser printers are always poor at photos. I can recommend the HP OfficeJet Pro X series, which is inkjet but has running costs comparable to laser, and ultra-fast speed because the inkjet head...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-14-2016
Replies: 72
Views: 5,411
Posted By majid
In the past few months I sold my Epson R-D1,...

In the past few months I sold my Epson R-D1, Hasselblad X-Pan II, Fuji X-Pro1 and X100S, Canon 5DmkIII.

On the other hand I bought a Sony RX1RII, a Fuji X-Pro2, a Sony RX100IV, a Fuji 100-400mm lens...
Forum: Leica Q / T / X Series 04-25-2016
Replies: 13
Views: 2,576
Posted By majid
That's rather narrow-minded. I loved my X1, but...

That's rather narrow-minded. I loved my X1, but it was promptly retired when the X100 came out, and subsequently the Sony RX1 and RX1RII.
Forum: Fuji X Series 04-22-2016
Replies: 46
Views: 6,061
Posted By majid
The X-Pro2 EVF uses the same display as the X-T1,...

The X-Pro2 EVF uses the same display as the X-T1, just with a lower magnification, due to the hybrid design where the EVF magnification needs to match the OVF's.

As for the SL, it got the Epson...
Forum: Fuji X Series 04-21-2016
Replies: 46
Views: 6,061
Posted By majid
I'd love to see the wonderful EVF from the Leica...

I'd love to see the wonderful EVF from the Leica SL (made by Epson, I believe) find its way into the X-T2.
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 03-22-2016
Replies: 17
Views: 3,213
Posted By majid
Then MyPublisher won't cut it. You'll need to...

Then MyPublisher won't cut it. You'll need to look at Adoramapix, MPIX, AsukaBook or the like. Avoid Artisan State, their pricing may be attractive but the product is not in the same class...
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 03-19-2016
Replies: 17
Views: 3,213
Posted By majid
Adoramapix uses real photo paper and lay-flat...

Adoramapix uses real photo paper and lay-flat binding, most others use HP Indigo digital presses, a process closer to offset quality, and book-style binding (curls towards the spine). Photo paper has...
Forum: Fuji Digital General Discussion 02-26-2016
Replies: 6
Views: 1,891
Posted By majid
Probably because of their marketing agreement...

Probably because of their marketing agreement with Cosina, which would reserve the EU market for the Voigtlšnder-branded one (this was supposed to be the case in the US as well, so I ordered mine...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 02-21-2016
Replies: 11
Views: 1,680
Posted By majid
The Artisan & Artist Rina case (seems to be...

The Artisan & Artist Rina case (seems to be discontinued, though) or its apparent successor (http://www.adammarelliphoto.com/2015/02/review-artisan-artist-soft-camera-pouch/).
The Black Label Bags...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 02-11-2016
Replies: 22
Views: 4,486
Posted By majid
In Germany, you should have a look at the very...

In Germany, you should have a look at the very extensive Dothebag collection for Monochrom (https://monochrom.com/aufnahme/fototaschen/?p=1).
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 02-11-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 2,956
Posted By majid
I usually go with a Wotancraft Etan...

I usually go with a Wotancraft Etan (https://majid.info/blog/wotancraft-etan-review/), or occasionally a Ryker. When I can go minimalist, a Leica + Aneas.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-29-2016
Replies: 27
Views: 3,315
Posted By majid
Avoid it and go to Yosemite, El Crapitan is...

Avoid it and go to Yosemite, El Crapitan is particularly buggy, even by the dismal form-over-substance record of Apple post Snow Leopard. See Lloyd Chambers' Digilloyd blog for more detail (search...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-23-2016
Replies: 54
Views: 2,755
Posted By majid
I don't understand it either, but apparently...

I don't understand it either, but apparently Hipster love made Instagram worth a billion.

The closest analogy would be cross-processing C-41 film in an E-6 processor.
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-22-2016
Replies: 103
Views: 6,900
Posted By majid
Canon 5DmkIII, as an upgrade to my 5DmkII. Just a...

Canon 5DmkIII, as an upgrade to my 5DmkII. Just a couple of months later, they come up with the 6D, that has better ISO performance and built-in WiFi and GPS. In any case, with hindsight I should...
Forum: Photo Software 01-09-2016
Replies: 46
Views: 9,023
Posted By majid
You can always download the most current DNG...

You can always download the most current DNG converter (free), convert your RAW files to DNG and then open them in CS5 (not sure about LR5).

If Adobe tries to make LR go subscription-only, I am...
Forum: Photo Software 01-08-2016
Replies: 46
Views: 9,023
Posted By majid
When each frame is 85MB and you store everything...

When each frame is 85MB and you store everything on SSD because spinning rust hard drives are too unbearably slow, that's nothing to sneeze at.

DNG is also more future-proof than proprietary formats.
Forum: Photo Software 01-08-2016
Replies: 46
Views: 9,023
Posted By majid
RAW is just a generic name for a data format that...

RAW is just a generic name for a data format that (in theory) stores data exactly as read from the sensor without any processing applied to it. DNG is Adobe's attempt to make a standardized RAW...
Forum: Photo Software 01-03-2016
Replies: 46
Views: 9,023
Posted By majid
I didn't use to bother with DNG (apart from my...

I didn't use to bother with DNG (apart from my Leicas in which case RAW==DNG), but I recently bought a Sony RX1RII with grossly inefficient RAW that can get 50% lossless compression, zip-style, from...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 12-16-2015
Replies: 45
Views: 6,434
Posted By majid
CDs have barely any capacity given the size of...

CDs have barely any capacity given the size of modern high-res photo files (85MB each on my RX1RII), DVDs are not much better. As for longevity, the NIST and Library of Congress did a very thorough...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-13-2015
Replies: 8,966
Views: 875,756
Posted By majid
A Sony RX1RII. I will have to un-acquire several...

A Sony RX1RII. I will have to un-acquire several cameras to help fund the purchase.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-12-2015
Replies: 115
Views: 22,150
Posted By majid
Well, I have a foot in both camps (M240,X-T1, ...

Well, I have a foot in both camps (M240,X-T1, X-Pro1 and X100S, although I am going to sell the latter two to cushion the blow from a RX1RII).

The X-T1 is the camera I actually use most often. AF...
Forum: RFF News 12-09-2015
Replies: 71
Views: 10,523
Posted By majid
They own part of Schneider, IIRC, and in fact the...

They own part of Schneider, IIRC, and in fact the lenses on some of the compact Samsung cameras were Schneider-branded.



I used to think that, but I am not so sure, since I got a Fuji X-T1 and my...
Forum: RFF News 11-29-2015
Replies: 71
Views: 10,523
Posted By majid
Ditto, I have a 50" Samsung 4K TV (last year's...

Ditto, I have a 50" Samsung 4K TV (last year's model 50HU8550). The user interface is so abysmal neither my wife, in-laws or mother can use it. I got a LG for upstairs this weekend, so much better...
Forum: Fuji Digital General Discussion 11-21-2015
Replies: 60
Views: 5,803
Posted By majid
I wouldn't bother with a sensor smaller than 1",...

I wouldn't bother with a sensor smaller than 1", you might as well stick with a smartphone. The Sony RX100 series and the Canon G7X or G9X have one, and decent image quality and are the bare minimum,...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 11-11-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 1,435
Posted By majid
It may help the gelatin layer retain moisture and...

It may help the gelatin layer retain moisture and prevent fungus, but it won't help with the self-fogging of the emulsion due to chemical processes (slowed down but not stopped by freezing) and...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-08-2015
Replies: 8,966
Views: 875,756
Posted By majid
It had better, given the massively inconvenient...

It had better, given the massively inconvenient workflow...



I don't expect to be shooting at higher than 1:5 magnification, mostly tabletop stuff.



Yes, fortunately I have an extra pair of...
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 11-07-2015
Replies: 31
Views: 3,607
Posted By majid
And of course endpoint security, which is...

And of course endpoint security, which is probably the biggest risk for most people. If your computer was infected by malware, you can assume there is a keylogger capturing your passwords. This is...
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 11-07-2015
Replies: 31
Views: 3,607
Posted By majid
It's just the result of reading for a...

It's just the result of reading for a work-related project last week, so still fresh in my mind. All non-brain-dead password systems will use a so-called hash function to secure your password. A good...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 11-07-2015
Replies: 46
Views: 6,759
Posted By majid
It's ok, not astounding, fly-by-wire as with the...

It's ok, not astounding, fly-by-wire as with the other XF lenses.



The supplied lens hood is very small, and essentially the same size as the outer circumference of the lens cap. The vented hood...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 11-06-2015
Replies: 46
Views: 6,759
Posted By majid
I received mine today from B&H. On the X-T1,...

I received mine today from B&H. On the X-T1, quiet and fast AF. On the X-Pro1, no so fast AF, but that is to be expected.
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 11-06-2015
Replies: 31
Views: 3,607
Posted By majid
A company that makes password managers is also a...

A company that makes password managers is also a fat, juicy target for hackers. LastPass was hacked and some of its databases compromised. Even the NSA could not keep its top-secret documents secure,...
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 11-05-2015
Replies: 27
Views: 4,196
Posted By majid
The Fuji X series is probably the closest it gets...

The Fuji X series is probably the closest it gets in terms of user experience. The X-Pro1 is being heavily discounted in anticipation of the X-Pro2 release.

If you want utterly compact, have a look...
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 11-04-2015
Replies: 31
Views: 3,607
Posted By majid
Passwords that are reused on other, more...

Passwords that are reused on other, more sensitive sites, if they are easy enough to crack. Not sure if vBulletin uses phpass salted hashed passwords, which are harder to brute-force.
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-01-2015
Replies: 8,966
Views: 875,756
Posted By majid
Sigma DP3 Merrill, to be used primarily as a...

Sigma DP3 Merrill, to be used primarily as a macro camera. The last of the true Foveons. Next up: Ricoh Theta S and Sony RX1RII.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-10-2015
Replies: 78
Views: 17,781
Posted By majid
MTF at f/1.4 seems quite poor.

MTF at f/1.4 seems quite poor.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 10-08-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 1,117
Posted By majid
Why don't you flip the bag so the inside wall is...

Why don't you flip the bag so the inside wall is facing out? If it's a flap-free top-loading bag, it shouldn't matter which side faces your body.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 10-07-2015
Replies: 336
Views: 82,114
Posted By majid
Contax RTS III cameras had a ceramic film plate...

Contax RTS III cameras had a ceramic film plate with a vacuum system to keep film flat.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 10-03-2015
Replies: 336
Views: 82,114
Posted By majid
I think Imacon had the right idea - putting the...

I think Imacon had the right idea - putting the film in a cylindrical holder makes it completely straight in the axial direction.
Forum: RFF Polls 09-20-2015
Replies: 43
Views: 4,654
Posted By majid
After we got married, I gave my wife my Fuji...

After we got married, I gave my wife my Fuji F31fd (the Fuji F30 and successors were for a very long time the only compacts with tolerable high ISO performance, which explains why they sold for more...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 09-18-2015
Replies: 336
Views: 82,114
Posted By majid
How large was the CCD sensor on the Fuji? How...

How large was the CCD sensor on the Fuji?

How was the film mounted and held flat against the platen?

How was illumination provided?

I wonder if we could get similar results using a Foveon sensor...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 09-17-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 2,279
Posted By majid
People on the spectrum are just as real as the...

People on the spectrum are just as real as the neurotypical. Most people (normal people, not those into cameras as a hobby) couldn't care less about the equipment or even the technical quality of the...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 09-12-2015
Replies: 336
Views: 82,114
Posted By majid
A modernized version of X-Y flatbed prepress...

A modernized version of X-Y flatbed prepress scanners like the Fuji Lanovia would be optimal. They scan as well as a Coolscan, but way more convenient, and can deal with pesky large formats like...
Forum: Photo Software 09-08-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 2,225
Posted By majid
I got the upgrade edition of LR6 from Adobe...

I got the upgrade edition of LR6 from Adobe themselves, for $79 (I have a valid LR5 license, two in fact). They make it hard to find because they really, really want you to hitch yourself to the...
Forum: Cameras in the Movies / TV / Media 09-05-2015
Replies: 97
Views: 17,979
Posted By majid
It does not at all, specially since a good part...

It does not at all, specially since a good part of ISIS/ISIL/Daech seed funding comes from sympathizers in Saudi Arabia. I was just pointing out the evil they do, and how pointless it is to expect...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 09-04-2015
Replies: 47
Views: 6,796
Posted By majid
Most camera bags are overpadded, and have too...

Most camera bags are overpadded, and have too many pockets for accessories I seldom carry, wasting space. I will typically carry a messenger bag and put my camera in without padding. Extra lenses in...
Forum: Cameras in the Movies / TV / Media 09-04-2015
Replies: 97
Views: 17,979
Posted By majid
Saudi Arabia is too busy spending its' $80B...

Saudi Arabia is too busy spending its' $80B annual military budget (third in the world after the US and China) creating a fresh humanitarian crisis in Yemen to bolster the martial credentials of the...
Forum: Cameras in the Movies / TV / Media 09-04-2015
Replies: 97
Views: 17,979
Posted By majid
Sure, emotions inspired by powerful images can be...

Sure, emotions inspired by powerful images can be used to manipulate. These heart-rending images did the opposite - they stopped the vile crescendo of xenophobic rhetoric in the British press...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-30-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 1,411
Posted By majid
How much does it magnify? I've used the camera on...

How much does it magnify? I've used the camera on my iPhone as a field-expedient magnifier to read things like the fine print on pharmaceutical bottles (eyesight going, I'm afraid).
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 08-25-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 1,396
Posted By majid
The V700 is better than most flatbeds in that it...

The V700 is better than most flatbeds in that it has a real lens (two, in fact) rather than just pinholes in front of the CCD.

Still, the 6400dpi figure is misleading marketing. The real resolution...
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 08-25-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 1,396
Posted By majid
Scanning at 6400dpi is a waste of time. Few 35mm...

Scanning at 6400dpi is a waste of time. Few 35mm scanners actually have that optical resolution, let alone medium-format ones capable of scanning a 6x17 frame (the G617 lens itself will easily...
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 08-15-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 1,093
Posted By majid
I'd add an electronic level in the viewfinder....

I'd add an electronic level in the viewfinder. Apart from that, the XPan II is perfect. If only they made a digital version...
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 08-14-2015
Replies: 25
Views: 3,376
Posted By majid
You can actually buy clockwork rotating bases for...

You can actually buy clockwork rotating bases for the iPhone to make the process smoother, and there is an app, Cycloramic, that claims to be able to do so just by the vibration from the phone's...
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 08-13-2015
Replies: 2,416
Views: 352,147
Posted By majid
My in-laws gave me Salgado's "Workers" for my...

My in-laws gave me Salgado's "Workers" for my birthday. They became fans after seeing the documentary a couple of weeks ago, and bought Genesis for themselves. A co-worker gave me the 2nd Edition of...
Forum: RFF News 08-07-2015
Replies: 87
Views: 11,548
Posted By majid
The STMicro process used for the M240 sensor is...

The STMicro process used for the M240 sensor is actually more advanced than the one used in Sony sensor fabs. The limiting factor is the first-gen CMOSIS sensor design, more specifically the...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 08-06-2015
Replies: 31
Views: 5,561
Posted By majid
There's also the SP-1 smartphone printer, which...

There's also the SP-1 smartphone printer, which prints on Instax mini film.
Forum: RFF News 08-04-2015
Replies: 1
Views: 1,569
Posted By majid
They seem to be all office models designed for...

They seem to be all office models designed for printing documents, not photo-quality six/eight/nine ink models with pigment inks like the SureColor line.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-01-2015
Replies: 78
Views: 15,088
Posted By majid
They are indeed best for Leicas and other cameras...

They are indeed best for Leicas and other cameras with lug style attachments, but don't work for cameras with slot type attachments like Canons or Nikons. For those, a Domke Gripper is inexpensive...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-15-2015
Replies: 45
Views: 3,686
Posted By majid
My 3.5 year old figured out at least 6 months ago...

My 3.5 year old figured out at least 6 months ago how to activate the camera on her mother's iPhone (sliding the camera icon on the home screen. as the phone itself is password-protected) and take...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 06-30-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 1,709
Posted By majid
I have an Ona Berlin I (slightly smaller than the...

I have an Ona Berlin I (slightly smaller than the Brixton IIRC). The quality is OK, not oustanding like Wotancraft, but the design is not very well thought out (like the side pockets that are too...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 06-24-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 3,438
Posted By majid
The cheapest MacBook is $1,300 and you'll need to...

The cheapest MacBook is $1,300 and you'll need to pay dearly for the USB-C adapters. It's really a side laptop for people whose primary computer is a desktop, as is my case. The 11" MacBook Airs are...
Forum: Leica Q / T / X Series 06-19-2015
Replies: 34
Views: 7,537
Posted By majid
Custom probably means the M240 sensor with a...

Custom probably means the M240 sensor with a microlens array optimized for the Q's lens.
Forum: Leica Q / T / X Series 06-19-2015
Replies: 34
Views: 7,537
Posted By majid
CMOSIS designed the M240 sensor, but it was...

CMOSIS designed the M240 sensor, but it was actually manufactured by STMicro in Crolles, France. Not sure about this one.
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 06-10-2015
Replies: 99
Views: 10,237
Posted By majid
I have the X100S in my jacket pocket at all...

I have the X100S in my jacket pocket at all times, and a RX1 as well. If the Q had a 50mm lens, or even a 35mm, I'd buy it in a heartbeat, but 28mm is too wide for my taste.
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-07-2015
Replies: 8,966
Views: 875,756
Posted By majid
A Canon EF-S 55-250mm STM. I am planning on using...

A Canon EF-S 55-250mm STM. I am planning on using this at 400mm-e on a Rebel SL1 (my backup Canon body) as a lightweight birdwatching kit with the same magnification as my 8x binoculars. Just before...
Forum: Photo Software 06-05-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 2,431
Posted By majid
I wonder if there is a particular technique that...

I wonder if there is a particular technique that can be used to assist the algorithm. I tend to switch between the face view, then double-clicking on a face and confirming the similar faces that do...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-05-2015
Replies: 34
Views: 4,325
Posted By majid
I have a X100S and a RX1, if Leica came out with...

I have a X100S and a RX1, if Leica came out with a 50mm full-frame body with a viewfinder I would buy it in a heartbeat, but 28mm is too wide for my taste, plus there are already good cameras in that...
Forum: RFF News 06-05-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 4,410
Posted By majid
Ditto. PayPal is backpedaling and now saying...

Ditto.

PayPal is backpedaling and now saying they will offer an opt-out (no doubt involving something unpleasant and time-consuming like calling a call center over the phone), but too little, too...
Forum: Leica Q / T / X Series 05-26-2015
Replies: 22
Views: 3,096
Posted By majid
I have both a X1 and a X100S, and a RX1 as well....

I have both a X1 and a X100S, and a RX1 as well. I essentially stopped using the X1 when I got the X100 which preceded the X100S.

Autofocus speed is essentially the same between the X1 and X100...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-25-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 5,280
Posted By majid
The Online Photographer Petapixel LensRentals...

The Online Photographer
Petapixel
LensRentals blog
Erwin Puts
Tokyo Camera Style
The.me
Image Sensors World
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 05-24-2015
Replies: 31
Views: 3,967
Posted By majid
VirtualBox works fine for Windows, and in fact it...

VirtualBox works fine for Windows, and in fact it is the only Mac virtualization software that supports Solaris. It has less integration between guest and host OS (incouding accelerated video) but...
Forum: Travel 05-23-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 1,718
Posted By majid
I lived in Amsterdam for a year, it's a great...

I lived in Amsterdam for a year, it's a great place to visit and this is the best time of the year. The city itself is very compact, you can circle it entirely in about 1-2 hours' time on foot. As...
Forum: Simon Says -- SimonSawSunlight Photo Technique 05-22-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 4,352
Posted By majid
It depends on the subject matter, of course, but...

It depends on the subject matter, of course, but I have a fondness for large panoramic landscape books, with photos taking a two-page spread. Harder for binders to make, to be sure, specially with...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 05-20-2015
Replies: 31
Views: 3,967
Posted By majid
I would recommend finding a used Nikon Coolscan...

I would recommend finding a used Nikon Coolscan or Minolta Dimage. You'll also need a PC running an older version of Windows compatible with the Nikon/Minolta drivers. The dedicated film scanners...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 05-20-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 1,053
Posted By majid
Yes. The system hasn't been around long enough to...

Yes. The system hasn't been around long enough to evolve all the mutant and ever-so-slightly incompatible variants the Nikon F (AI vs. AI-s vs AI-p vs AF-D vs AF-S), Canon EF (EF vs. EF-S) or Sony (E...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-13-2015
Replies: 27
Views: 4,164
Posted By majid
It works quite well, even if it doesn't have the...

It works quite well, even if it doesn't have the acutance of Neopan 1600. Unfortunately the anti-halation layer in the new Tri-X means you can only use the Diafine once.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 05-04-2015
Replies: 82
Views: 13,752
Posted By majid
I was going to point out Andrew Wiles already...

I was going to point out Andrew Wiles already proved it 2 decades ago (one of my classmates was at Wiles' original announcement in 1994, and another proved the modularity theorem that drew upon it),...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 04-27-2015
Replies: 82
Views: 13,752
Posted By majid
Talks about the Goldilocks zone. There really...

Talks about the Goldilocks zone. There really isn't that big a difference between the Raven and the Ryker. Have you looked at the Dothebag line for Monochrom? They have a wide variety of...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 04-26-2015
Replies: 82
Views: 13,752
Posted By majid
I've found the small Leica Aneas limited edition...

I've found the small Leica Aneas limited edition system bag meets those requirements. It has room for a M240 with a 50mm Apo-Summicron ASPH, a 90mm Apo-Summicron ASPH and a 28mm Elmarit-M ASPH, plus...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-24-2015
Replies: 40
Views: 2,449
Posted By majid
Mine on the Leica is 28-50-50-90 (I have both...

Mine on the Leica is 28-50-50-90 (I have both 50mm Summilux and Summicron ASPH). Over 90% shots are on the 50mm Apo-Summicron ASPH, the Summilux only comes out at night.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 04-21-2015
Replies: 45
Views: 6,475
Posted By majid
Find a rental darkroom.

Find a rental darkroom.
Forum: Travel 04-14-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 2,027
Posted By majid
I use nylon zip-ties in an unusual yellow color...

I use nylon zip-ties in an unusual yellow color as a tamper-evident lock. Most baggage locks, even the pre-TSA ones, are mere security theater anyway. That said, soft-sided luggage with a zipper that...
Forum: RFF Polls 04-08-2015
Replies: 45
Views: 4,414
Posted By majid
I'm surprised no one uses a chest harness like...

I'm surprised no one uses a chest harness like that used for binoculars by some birdwatchers.
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 04-08-2015
Replies: 60
Views: 7,058
Posted By majid
I like leather bags like Wotancraft's, which tend...

I like leather bags like Wotancraft's, which tend to be more expensive (it doesn't rain much here in Northern California). Nowhere near as much as the Leica Schedoni bag, available for a mere $4500...
Forum: RFF Polls 04-07-2015
Replies: 45
Views: 4,414
Posted By majid
Leica M240: around the neck with the standard...

Leica M240: around the neck with the standard Leica neck strap
Fuji X-T1: around the neck with an Artisan & Artist kumihimo-braided silk neck strap
Fuji X100S: in my Scottevest jacket pocket, has...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 03-27-2015
Replies: 16
Views: 2,188
Posted By majid
The field of view on the Emoscope/Emoskop is...

The field of view on the Emoscope/Emoskop is ridiculously narrow, though, and it is none too bright.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 03-21-2015
Replies: 16
Views: 2,188
Posted By majid
Most loupes will outresolve flatbed scanners. If...

Most loupes will outresolve flatbed scanners. If you want to judge critical focus, you'll need a 10x loupe. For viewing the entire frame, 4x to 5x. It's somewhat academic as all the good loupes...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-02-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 2,020
Posted By majid
Frequently-used cameras sit on a shelf or inside...

Frequently-used cameras sit on a shelf or inside a couple of camera bags.

Less frequently used gear in a Pelican 1630 rolling case, with some reusable silica gel packs (the kind that are in aluminum...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 02-24-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 1,242
Posted By majid
A Wotancraft Ryker, right? The hard graft is much...

A Wotancraft Ryker, right? The hard graft is much smaller and collapsible. I doubt the quality is better than Wotancraft, and certainly not the same value for your money.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 02-23-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 1,242
Posted By majid
New fancy camera bag for Leica

Hard Graft is getting into the act, after bags better suited for a Hasselblad V. Far from inexpensive at around $580:

http://www.hardgraft.com/products/atelier-leica-case
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 02-19-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 1,881
Posted By majid
Processed Kodachrome slides don't actually...

Processed Kodachrome slides don't actually contain any silver, but the Kodachrome dyes are opaque to infrared, and Digital ICE detects dust on the basis that the image dye layers are transparent to...
Forum: RFF News 02-16-2015
Replies: 130
Views: 12,145
Posted By majid
What is deemed worthy of curation is volatile and...

What is deemed worthy of curation is volatile and subject to the whims of fashion. The rediscovery of Vivian Maier is one example, but another one is the music of J-S. Bach. Hards as it may be to...
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 02-15-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 2,004
Posted By majid
The electrical charges that encode data in NAND...

The electrical charges that encode data in NAND Flash memory (like that used in most SD cards) will actually decay when powered off. The best-case would be 10 years, but current generation 34nm and...
Forum: RFF News 02-15-2015
Replies: 130
Views: 12,145
Posted By majid
Vinton Cerf's observations, that started this...

Vinton Cerf's observations, that started this thread, are about an entire generation's collective memory, not about specific individuals.

Part of the problem is that digital technology just isn't...
Forum: RFF News 02-15-2015
Replies: 130
Views: 12,145
Posted By majid
JPEG/JFIF is an open format that has open-source...

JPEG/JFIF is an open format that has open-source implementations, JPEG files will never become unreadable, unlike the proprietary formats like PCX is is incorrectly compared to. Proprietary RAW...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-15-2015
Replies: 150
Views: 17,759
Posted By majid
Fuji is far better run than Kodak (not difficult,...

Fuji is far better run than Kodak (not difficult, I know), and their solution to the scale problem was to repurpose the coating machines for pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. That's why they are not...
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 02-15-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 2,004
Posted By majid
The issue is that most laymen have a hard time...

The issue is that most laymen have a hard time managing their digital files, and over time, data loss takes on an aura of inevitability. Prints are more resilient to benign neglect, but that only...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-15-2015
Replies: 150
Views: 17,759
Posted By majid
Spotting digital B&W scanned on a harsh...

Spotting digital B&W scanned on a harsh point-source LED scanner like a Coolscan is far more time-consuming than printing on a more forgiving diffusion source enlarger. Someone with a Minolta Dimage...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-15-2015
Replies: 150
Views: 17,759
Posted By majid
I don't recall where I got that number from, it...

I don't recall where I got that number from, it may have been from the RFF postings around August of last year when the deal was announced. The exact term of the agreement was not disclosed, merely...
Forum: RFF News 02-15-2015
Replies: 130
Views: 12,145
Posted By majid
Curating them (editing down the number of photos...

Curating them (editing down the number of photos to a manageable level, e.g. a handful of photo albums, and putting useful captions) would increase the chances of it surviving. That said, modern...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-15-2015
Replies: 150
Views: 17,759
Posted By majid
Scanning is an entirely different can of worms. I...

Scanning is an entirely different can of worms. I have a Nikon Coolscan 5000 with both batch roll film and slide feeders, and a Coolscan 9000, the amount of time it takes is simply too much to...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-14-2015
Replies: 150
Views: 17,759
Posted By majid
I wish it were. Back in 2003, I expected color...

I wish it were. Back in 2003, I expected color negatives to die quickly, color slides to shrink to a limited selection of pro emulsions, Kodachrome to die off, but B&W to remain healthy.

The speed...
Forum: RFF News 02-14-2015
Replies: 130
Views: 12,145
Posted By majid
Those ratings are all extrapolated from...

Those ratings are all extrapolated from accelerated fading tests, and his methodology has failed before, when he overestimated the lifespan of Epson 1270 prints on Epson Premium Glossy paper because...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-14-2015
Replies: 8,966
Views: 875,756
Posted By majid
Not sure if this counts, but a Parrot Bebop...

Not sure if this counts, but a Parrot Bebop camera drone.

If it doesn't, a Zeiss 100mm f/2 Makro-Planar ZE to upgrade my EF 100mm f/2.8 (non-L).
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-04-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 524
Posted By majid
There are commercial services that do that for...

There are commercial services that do that for you, like Borderlinx, and they will also deal with all the customs red tape. I shipped a bag to someone in Germany via Borderlinx on May 27, and he...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-30-2015
Replies: 27
Views: 3,576
Posted By majid
Not necessarily. AdoramaPix books are printed on...

Not necessarily. AdoramaPix books are printed on photo paper (12"x30" and perfect-bound).
Another option that looks interesting, but I haven't tried yet: http://www.artisanstate.com/



If your...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-29-2015
Replies: 27
Views: 3,576
Posted By majid
I'd make photobooks if I were you. Much more...

I'd make photobooks if I were you. Much more convenient than a shoebox full of 4x6 prints. Archival life is still open to question, but they can't be worse than Kodak photo paper.

Don't forget to...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 01-24-2015
Replies: 26
Views: 4,312
Posted By majid
It makes perfect sense, You could use 4x4TB...

It makes perfect sense, You could use 4x4TB drives in a 4-drive TB enclosure like those made by Promise or OWC, in RAID 0+1, and back up to a pair of 6TB drives in rotation between home and office....
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-24-2015
Replies: 150
Views: 17,759
Posted By majid
You're setting yourself up for heartburn. Film,...

You're setting yourself up for heartburn. Film, even the B&W kind, is getting increasingly scarce. Production lines are being shut down as the machinery is wearing out, and produciton volumes have...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 01-18-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 2,904
Posted By majid
Extra VRAM only benefits apps that can use GPU...

Extra VRAM only benefits apps that can use GPU acceleration for image processing (OpenCL), e.g. Pixelmator/Acorn. If you are wed to Adobe software with their stick-in-the-mud approach to...
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