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Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 15 Hours Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 363
Posted By benlees
I am completely ignorant when it comes to...

I am completely ignorant when it comes to manipulating digital files, so I'm not sure what can be done and not done in terms of creating grain. The real magic of b&w film is grain; nice and clean...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 1 Day Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 646
Posted By benlees
Seems like a buyback. This could be good or bad....

Seems like a buyback. This could be good or bad. Good: increases share value and could indicate confidence in the future via consolidated control. Or it could mean an attempt to create a short...
Forum: Photography General Interest 1 Week Ago
Replies: 62
Views: 2,763
Posted By benlees
I succumbed in 2019. Got rid all my film...

I succumbed in 2019. Got rid all my film cameras, and I moved to a smaller place where an enlarger would be even more difficult to set up. Before I sold the enlarger I did a big printing session to...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 1 Week Ago
Replies: 17
Views: 817
Posted By benlees
Never look a gift horse in the mouth, as they...

Never look a gift horse in the mouth, as they say. You got lucky! Use it, play with it, and sell it for a tidy profit. No worries.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 1 Week Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 926
Posted By benlees
The C-Biogon is quite clinical. The CV 35mm...

The C-Biogon is quite clinical.


The CV 35mm f2.5 is also clinical, but probably not as sharp as the Zeiss. It is, however, quite small and affordable.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 1 Week Ago
Replies: 87
Views: 3,250
Posted By benlees
Canadian thanksgiving is similar to the US...

Canadian thanksgiving is similar to the US version. A eurocentric celebration of the fall harvest, indicating a chance for winter survival in a harsh and unforgiving land. Occurs the 2nd Monday in...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 1 Week Ago
Replies: 87
Views: 3,250
Posted By benlees
Interesting. At the local: Tri X 24 exposure is...

Interesting. At the local: Tri X 24 exposure is $11.40, and HP5+ in 24 exposure is $7.20 CDN


However, Kodak P3200 is $0.20 per roll cheaper than the Ilford Delta 3200...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 1 Week Ago
Replies: 87
Views: 3,250
Posted By benlees
Where I live Ilford is already substantially...

Where I live Ilford is already substantially cheaper than Kodak. The quality is about the same so... If you only use colour film then Fuji is cheaper... I see a pattern developing...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 34
Views: 1,725
Posted By benlees
Have to agree. Normally, I don't bother too much...

Have to agree. Normally, I don't bother too much with online samples, but the Sigma ones stood out for their clarity, colour, and a nice lack of the sanitized digital 'too clean' look.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 98
Views: 6,305
Posted By benlees
Very interesting! Very smart of Fuji to get...

Very interesting! Very smart of Fuji to get Ilford to do the coating. Clearly hedging their bets. I wonder if Freestyle will get some as a Legacy branded film like the old days? Can always wonder.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 1,368
Posted By benlees
The rust was definitely not the pinhole variety. ...

The rust was definitely not the pinhole variety. It was wide open... Too bad the shutter was so slow.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 1,368
Posted By benlees
I spent quite a bit on old rusty Volvos. I wish...

I spent quite a bit on old rusty Volvos. I wish I had the cash now! On the flipside, to stop the bleeding I learned to fix them myself and this knowledge I still use today, so it's all relative...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 812
Posted By benlees
This is one of the reasons why I bought a...

This is one of the reasons why I bought a scanner. Lab scans were fairly terrible: off colours and lots of dust. "Develop only" became my instruction. A bit cheaper this way as well and the negs...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 732
Posted By benlees
Thanks for heads up; just watched it. I'm not...

Thanks for heads up; just watched it. I'm not really a big jazz fan, or of W. Eugene Smith for that matter, but what an amazing time! A fine film: somehow able to balance the excitement of the jazz...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 698
Posted By benlees
Weird, isn't it. Amazon.ca has 20 pack (10x2) of...

Weird, isn't it. Amazon.ca has 20 pack (10x2) of wide for $21 (on sale from $25) and a 50 pack (10x5) for $90...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 565
Posted By benlees
I used HP5 with Hc110 for years. Dilution H is...

I used HP5 with Hc110 for years. Dilution H is the way to go for solid, repeatable results. 10 minutes is a good amount of time: you don't have to rush so you can concentrate, and take notes, on...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 42
Views: 1,924
Posted By benlees
That may be so, but there are no fees or taxes-...

That may be so, but there are no fees or taxes- if you don't want there to be any. It is fairly old school classifieds type deal. You pay fees for extra exposure, bold print, that kind of thing. ...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 443
Posted By benlees
A nice anecdote. He looks fit as a fiddle at 79!

A nice anecdote. He looks fit as a fiddle at 79!
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 31
Views: 875
Posted By benlees
I agree. One of the best things about...

I agree. One of the best things about photography (unless you are a studio person) is that it gets you out and about in your local area discovering new things. Travel is great but it's still...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 565
Posted By benlees
You might want to try Rodinal. If you use it...

You might want to try Rodinal. If you use it with 400 film you should also have a liking for a bit of grain.


I used HC110 for years because it wasn't that contrasty!
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-04-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 1,924
Posted By benlees
I'm glad I got my fix of buying and selling film...

I'm glad I got my fix of buying and selling film cameras on ebay 10 years a go. I'm over it now.;)
Forum: Fuji X Series 11-04-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 794
Posted By benlees
I think the X-E2 is a great choice. I also...

I think the X-E2 is a great choice. I also prefer the X-Pro1 but it is not great for focusing manual lenses. I use both AF and MF on my X-Pro1 and I usually zone focus when I have an old Yashica...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-02-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 707
Posted By benlees
Once i got the Arista reels linked by Larry...

Once i got the Arista reels linked by Larry Cloetta, I never used the Paterson ones again... Such a simple modification but night and day in ease of loading. I also stopping using stainless Hewes...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-31-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 744
Posted By benlees
If you shoot wides then the Bessa R4M or R4A...

If you shoot wides then the Bessa R4M or R4A should be added to your list. 24mm or 28mm would mean accessory viewfinders are needed for framing for almost all rangefinder cameras.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 10-29-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 845
Posted By benlees
I bought a 4x5 enlarger (Mine was an Omega) years...

I bought a 4x5 enlarger (Mine was an Omega) years a go for $250CDN- seemed like a lot at the time, but the owner had it since new and showed me the receipts of the original price. Ummm, enlargers...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-29-2019
Replies: 76
Views: 1,928
Posted By benlees
Actually it is "we". The actions of a few well...

Actually it is "we". The actions of a few well meaning individuals will do nothing. Humans have to learn that EVERYTHING is connected. This does not come easily to us. Affluent civilization is...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-28-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 1,911
Posted By benlees
I used to use a Crown Graphic with an Olympus XA....

I used to use a Crown Graphic with an Olympus XA. Just in case if I forgot to pull a dark slide I would have something...
Forum: Fuji X Series 10-23-2019
Replies: 246
Views: 8,421
Posted By benlees
Tongue in cheek perhaps, but the X-pro3 seems...

Tongue in cheek perhaps, but the X-pro3 seems like a step backward... time will tell.
Forum: Fuji X Series 10-23-2019
Replies: 246
Views: 8,421
Posted By benlees
Those of you who want an X-pro3 might want to...

Those of you who want an X-pro3 might want to wait. Think of the X-H1...
Forum: Fuji X Series 10-23-2019
Replies: 246
Views: 8,421
Posted By benlees
You can use the joystick in place of the 4 way...

You can use the joystick in place of the 4 way button. No need to use the screen if you don't want.
Forum: RFF News 10-19-2019
Replies: 87
Views: 6,106
Posted By benlees
Actually, a lot of consumer items were developed...

Actually, a lot of consumer items were developed by publicly funded universities. Internet, touch screens, for example.

Creativity, happily, is just part of being human. No need for any kind of...
Forum: RFF News 10-18-2019
Replies: 87
Views: 6,106
Posted By benlees
Only the single malts are effected. Blended...

Only the single malts are effected. Blended scotch have no tariffs, according to the link.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-17-2019
Replies: 79
Views: 2,898
Posted By benlees
This has been a 'thing' at wedding for many...

This has been a 'thing' at wedding for many years. Leave a disposable or (more recently) an Instax on every table. See what turns up. It is quite fun.
The photos are for the wedding party so not...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-16-2019
Replies: 79
Views: 2,898
Posted By benlees
Film cameras are a niche within a niche. Barring...

Film cameras are a niche within a niche. Barring a drastic regime change a new mass consumer model that eats roll film won't happen. A very expensive limited run? Sure.

If they want to sell...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-27-2019
Replies: 79
Views: 2,898
Posted By benlees
There have been recent MF cameras: ...

There have been recent MF cameras: Fuji/Voigtlander 667. Very expensive new. Certain used cameras are hyped and therefore expensive. Most of the Fuji 645 series are still affordable- get 'em...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 09-27-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 2,326
Posted By benlees
Loved mine; not sure why I sold it... I really...

Loved mine; not sure why I sold it... I really liked the focus lever in use and never had any trouble with it. My camera was solid yet compact; very nice to use. Similar quality to a Rolleicord. ...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-24-2019
Replies: 75
Views: 2,636
Posted By benlees
I currently use one digital camera. I have an...

I currently use one digital camera. I have an Instax and a Kodak VR35 in a box somewhere. I used to have a lot of film cameras because I found them very interesting in an old tech and historical...
Forum: Fuji X Series 09-21-2019
Replies: 246
Views: 8,421
Posted By benlees
The gem for the x pro is the hybrid viewfinder. ...

The gem for the x pro is the hybrid viewfinder. Improvements/ refinements/ further innovations in this area are welcomed. Dropping video wouldn't be a bad idea. If you could flip the LCD over...
Forum: Fuji X Series 09-21-2019
Replies: 246
Views: 8,421
Posted By benlees
The hidden LCD (no need for it) and titanium...

The hidden LCD (no need for it) and titanium (unnecessary expense) seem like missteps. Dare I say gimmicky; X pro 3 becoming niche within a niche... of itself? And it will probably have the 26MP...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 09-21-2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2,197
Posted By benlees
Vivitar 35ES, Canon QL17 GIII, Konica C35v,...

Vivitar 35ES, Canon QL17 GIII, Konica C35v, Olympus 35RC, Olympus XA, Yashica Lynx 14, rollei 35 tessar and the triplet


All gone now; really liked the lenses on the Vivitar and Konica. The Canon...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 09-21-2019
Replies: 24
Views: 1,083
Posted By benlees
I never quite understand posts like this. There...

I never quite understand posts like this. There is no pressure to keep up with whatever the manufacturers want to sell you. You can, in fact, get yourself an electronic device that will last for...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-19-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 381
Posted By benlees
I think Lightroom has a Blurb plugin so that...

I think Lightroom has a Blurb plugin so that might be an option- makes it very easy.


I have used Photobook many times. Very good service: decent quality and quite low prices. And fast. They do...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-18-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 1,259
Posted By benlees
This is what I did when I visited. The bus...

This is what I did when I visited. The bus (coach) was easy (direct) and affordable.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-07-2019
Replies: 57
Views: 1,856
Posted By benlees
If a lens has "character" it will show on...

If a lens has "character" it will show on whatever medium you choose to shine light on. Whatever you do from there is up to you.
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-07-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,876
Posted By benlees
I am more of a variety kind of person; like to...

I am more of a variety kind of person; like to mix things up. There are a lot of interesting things out in the world so that heavy feeling of 'what do I do next' always seems to solve itself. I'm...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-02-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 547
Posted By benlees
The question is who do the rioters represent? ...

The question is who do the rioters represent? I'm guessing themselves: they could be democracy supporters or they could be acting for the government to stir up trouble against the dem side. Or they...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-02-2019
Replies: 63
Views: 2,379
Posted By benlees
You have probably chosen the worst time in recent...

You have probably chosen the worst time in recent history to want a film M on a budget. $1200 for an M4-2 is crazy. I bought that M4P in 2011 for $400... i should've held on to it.


Just to add,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-02-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 547
Posted By benlees
Faux freedom for all! Bentham's panopticon in...

Faux freedom for all! Bentham's panopticon in full flower. Forget cctv; we do it to ourselves now. But we get 40MP cameras in cell phones now; so, hey, it's a compromise.:angel:
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-02-2019
Replies: 63
Views: 2,379
Posted By benlees
I commend your search for a "rough" M. I did the...

I commend your search for a "rough" M. I did the same and was not disappointed, though I bought an M4P. Mine was cosmetically rough but worked perfectly. And it was not much money- this was a few...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-01-2019
Replies: 64
Views: 1,872
Posted By benlees
Don't worry, in 50 years people will chuckle to...

Don't worry, in 50 years people will chuckle to themselves thinking of how we must have suffered using such cumbersome and primitive contraptions. In a technocratic society such as ours the future...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 08-30-2019
Replies: 219
Views: 12,556
Posted By benlees
Illness sucks! Sending electronic healing powers...

Illness sucks! Sending electronic healing powers to you!
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-22-2019
Replies: 161
Views: 7,780
Posted By benlees
you're right, but I did that on purpose. You...

you're right, but I did that on purpose. You compared a discounted M4P (reintroduced old tech) to a Canon F-1 AE. The spread in price is much higher now, as you mention. One explanation is Leica...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-21-2019
Replies: 161
Views: 7,780
Posted By benlees
My local camera store: M262 (discounted) is...

My local camera store: M262 (discounted) is $6195.95CDN
Sony A7R IV is $4495.95

Leica cameras were, and continue to be, (more) expensive. Almost...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-21-2019
Replies: 161
Views: 7,780
Posted By benlees
This is probably true. But there are two words...

This is probably true. But there are two words in your reply (chosen and brand) that muddy the waters even for you. It's never just a tool.
Forum: Fuji X Series 08-21-2019
Replies: 25
Views: 1,117
Posted By benlees
Then don't worry about practicality. Unless you...

Then don't worry about practicality. Unless you enjoy practicality.

There is an x pro 2 on kijiji that has been there for awhile... price isn't bad but there might be some wiggle room...
Forum: Film vs Digital 08-21-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 769
Posted By benlees
Nicely summed up. Sorry about your laptop! A...

Nicely summed up. Sorry about your laptop!

A big illusion is that things can't be anything but ephemeral. Nothing lasts forever! Like pictures on a screen, we too are, in fact, illusory...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 08-20-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 1,080
Posted By benlees
By your own admission you're not using it (and...

By your own admission you're not using it (and sounds like you haven't used it much), so if you keep it then you are actually losing whatever you paid originally.



The second shop will probably...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 08-04-2019
Replies: 21
Views: 7,708
Posted By benlees
The whole point of negative film is reproduction....

The whole point of negative film is reproduction. To show yellowing crappy prints is ridiculous. They're not paintings; reprint them so we can see what Winogrand wanted us to see...
Forum: Photo Software 07-31-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 2,038
Posted By benlees
I was in a similar position years a go. For film...

I was in a similar position years a go. For film I used Epson Scan and then export to Adobe Elements. Very simple and effective. I always used the clone/stamp tool for dust/scratches; takes more...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-30-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,699
Posted By benlees
When there is reason to go slow, I go slow. When...

When there is reason to go slow, I go slow. When there is a reason to go fast, I ignore it. When there is a reason I can't go at my own pace, I sell it. Looking at you, Foveon.:rolleyes:
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 07-30-2019
Replies: 85
Views: 4,541
Posted By benlees
Price is hilarious. At least you save on black...

Price is hilarious. At least you save on black tape...


Due to its brand strength I'm sure it will hold its value on the used market.:angel:


Surely, this is for rabid M collectors only.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-28-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 901
Posted By benlees
Pricey for a 45mm F2.8...

Pricey for a 45mm F2.8...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-24-2019
Replies: 75
Views: 2,533
Posted By benlees
Yes, it does seem unlikely they will paint...

Yes, it does seem unlikely they will paint themselves into a corner.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-24-2019
Replies: 110
Views: 4,175
Posted By benlees
No kidding. I bought and sold a 7 w/ 80mm for...

No kidding. I bought and sold a 7 w/ 80mm for $850CDN a few years a go. Was happy not lose a penny for a couple years of use. I would never pay the asking prices these days.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-24-2019
Replies: 75
Views: 2,533
Posted By benlees
A big implication for these big saucy sensors is...

A big implication for these big saucy sensors is a reduced need for lenses. If you can crop the file in camera then you don't really need that big zoom or another prime. In the old days lenses made...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-23-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 984
Posted By benlees
Assuming C41, colour chems are much different...

Assuming C41, colour chems are much different than b&w- as you have found out! Sloshing them around should be avoided. I used a Paterson tank but never inverted- just gently rotated.


You don't...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-23-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 1,780
Posted By benlees
Konica C35 series. Very small, good lens, and...

Konica C35 series. Very small, good lens, and quite light. And cheap. Rollei 35 wins hands down for rugged simplicity.
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-22-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 710
Posted By benlees
Do it. If whoever buys the film thinks they have...

Do it. If whoever buys the film thinks they have discovered a genius it helps if you have left some cookie crumbs for them to come knock on your door.
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 07-12-2019
Replies: 68
Views: 2,817
Posted By benlees
My Crown Graphic weighed more but it was faster...

My Crown Graphic weighed more but it was faster to use:angel:
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 07-11-2019
Replies: 68
Views: 2,817
Posted By benlees
Sigma has an underdog quality that somehow is...

Sigma has an underdog quality that somehow is accentuated because they never quite get it right but don't give up. When you put Sigma into google search they don't come up first. For love or...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 07-11-2019
Replies: 68
Views: 2,817
Posted By benlees
For a 45mm 2.8 it's a behemoth lol; I'm sure...

For a 45mm 2.8 it's a behemoth lol; I'm sure [hope] there are other 'small' lenses in pipeline, but if you don't want 45mm then...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 07-11-2019
Replies: 68
Views: 2,817
Posted By benlees
Agreed. Such a small body (with, what, 9 buttons...

Agreed. Such a small body (with, what, 9 buttons on the back) with those big Sigma lenses is an ergonomic back fire. And no viewfinder...


So small but destined for a tripod. Odd.
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-11-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 1,210
Posted By benlees
Also agree. I have been finding my X-Pro 1 a bit...

Also agree. I have been finding my X-Pro 1 a bit cumbersome lately; I'm always changing something on the camera unintentionally as I walk around. Small problem, for sure, but the ergonomics of...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 07-11-2019
Replies: 68
Views: 2,817
Posted By benlees
Ummm... it has a Bayer sensor. Is it really a...

Ummm... it has a Bayer sensor. Is it really a Sigma?:angel:
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 07-05-2019
Replies: 113
Views: 6,208
Posted By benlees
My comment referred to the previous poster...

My comment referred to the previous poster comments regarding covers. The guitar companies still put good electrics in 'em, whether they come back for black or show some nice grain.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 07-05-2019
Replies: 113
Views: 6,208
Posted By benlees
Standard procedure for many companies, especially...

Standard procedure for many companies, especially guitar companies. If your guitar has a solid colour finish... then... Rickenbacker, Fender, Gibson have done this since the beginning.


More...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-05-2019
Replies: 39
Views: 1,085
Posted By benlees
Much psychological research and the entire...

Much psychological research and the entire advertising industry may disagree.:eek:
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 07-03-2019
Replies: 113
Views: 6,208
Posted By benlees
If there is any truth to this (in Leica-speak) it...

If there is any truth to this (in Leica-speak) it lies somewhere between "discriminating taste" and "everything is relative"
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-29-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 734
Posted By benlees
This has been my experience as well. Keep in...

This has been my experience as well. Keep in mind I didn't do star trails or the night sky, I just did scenes at night in suburban areas so YMMV. I did some research to get ballpark times and then...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 06-26-2019
Replies: 113
Views: 6,208
Posted By benlees
Well, the M262 is a stripped down M240 so even...

Well, the M262 is a stripped down M240 so even "on sale" the price is ridiculous compared to the new M-E. But... the new M-E is supposed to be a limited run? If not, the M262 doesn't make sense.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-24-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 2,262
Posted By benlees
Agree with what others have said. Contact ebay...

Agree with what others have said. Contact ebay and paypal- initiate a claim. Get money back and return the camera.


Leica's are great but be patient when looking for one. They're not hard to...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 06-24-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 291
Posted By benlees
Would definitely like to see that.

Would definitely like to see that.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 06-24-2019
Replies: 113
Views: 6,208
Posted By benlees
The local camera shop here has it listed at $4695...

The local camera shop here has it listed at $4695 CDN. The 262 is "on sale" for $6195 CDN. The M-E is almost a bargain...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-21-2019
Replies: 76
Views: 2,686
Posted By benlees
Fuji GA645. But then you'll realize you don't...

Fuji GA645. But then you'll realize you don't need the others.
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-19-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 873
Posted By benlees
Indeed. I still have the album- I think only the...

Indeed. I still have the album- I think only the American version had to be radically changed. Years later I took an Arbus book out of the public library and that particular photo had been cut...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-19-2019
Replies: 111
Views: 4,185
Posted By benlees
They're releasing the prices of the back and the...

They're releasing the prices of the back and the 907x body later in the year.
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-18-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 873
Posted By benlees
When I was a young lad a local punk band (SNFU) -...

When I was a young lad a local punk band (SNFU) - with some international success- was sued by the Arbus estate for using one of her photos without permission for an album cover (punk, right?). As...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-16-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 765
Posted By benlees
You could develop b&w with decent results riding...

You could develop b&w with decent results riding in the back of a pickup truck. The choice for developers for b&w is astounding- you can make your own if you want. Developing c41 or e6 at home is...
Forum: Nikon RF 06-12-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 1,981
Posted By benlees
Old cameras and colour film looking good. You...

Old cameras and colour film looking good. You did ok, as well.:cool:
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-11-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,241
Posted By benlees
Years a go I wanted to do the same thing. It...

Years a go I wanted to do the same thing. It turned out I liked riding the bike so much I dropped the whole idea of bringing a camera. Always take my phone so I just use that... I know, not...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 06-11-2019
Replies: 46
Views: 1,833
Posted By benlees
Low balling is just part of the process of...

Low balling is just part of the process of selling stuff. Annoying but best to ignore and forget. The real inconsiderates come out for free stuff. Happily, they never show up.:rolleyes:
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-10-2019
Replies: 60
Views: 1,657
Posted By benlees
I love the GR series... but don't own any right...

I love the GR series... but don't own any right now. And won't for the time being. Give me Fuji OVF or give me...
I noticed you sold a X100F recently. The xe3 is similar, maybe smaller, than that....
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-08-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 560
Posted By benlees
Developing color c41 is quite easy. It needs...

Developing color c41 is quite easy. It needs more planning than b&w, for sure. Have to be careful with constant temps and to have absolutely zero cross contamination. I've used similar products in...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-03-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 1,440
Posted By benlees
Sweet! I have one of the four! Can you...

Sweet! I have one of the four! Can you recommend something so I can nurture some ruthless ambition? Or is that in the guide?:)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-31-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 858
Posted By benlees
Can't go wrong with this advice. Get to know the...

Can't go wrong with this advice. Get to know the camera. Get to know the film. Win win.
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 05-31-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,945
Posted By benlees
And lets not forget the Yashica Samurai; one of...

And lets not forget the Yashica Samurai; one of the quirkier half frames...
Forum: Half Frames / Subminiatures 05-30-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,945
Posted By benlees
Years a go I really wanted a half frame. I had a...

Years a go I really wanted a half frame. I had a Pen FT that was DOA and never took another plunge. It takes me forever to finish 36 so 72? I'm too impatient! The Pen slr's are actually quite...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-29-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 682
Posted By benlees
Unless the camera was described as "Absolutely...

Unless the camera was described as "Absolutely perfect" or you paid a mint for it, then you got an old camera in overall great condition. You could do worse! Don't bother with a CLA or even...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-15-2019
Replies: 35
Views: 1,260
Posted By benlees
I agree with this. I also think this statement...

I agree with this. I also think this statement is not negative; in fact I view it as positive as admitting to this does not contradict the idea that the making of anyone's work is still a fulfilling...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-15-2019
Replies: 123
Views: 3,240
Posted By benlees
It is kind of ironic that film and stand alone...

It is kind of ironic that film and stand alone digital cameras will both be niche items.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-27-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 2,002
Posted By benlees
There is a quote (can't remember the specifics)...

There is a quote (can't remember the specifics) from Plato that is in a similar vein- though regarding the "youth of today". Millenia later and the only thing that hasn't changed since then is that...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 04-18-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 534
Posted By benlees
And on a side note, photography killed forever...

And on a side note, photography killed forever the idea (dream?) that perfect image production could contain magic that could be harnessed. Perspective, in painting, had hinted that this may not be...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-16-2019
Replies: 66
Views: 2,670
Posted By benlees
I have had many perfect experiences buying...

I have had many perfect experiences buying cameras from Japan. It has been a few years, though.


I'm not sure if they now do this with cameras, but with guitars and bicycles ebay sellers in Japan...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-13-2019
Replies: 121
Views: 3,924
Posted By benlees
Indeed. If I drop off film at local London Drugs...

Indeed. If I drop off film at local London Drugs it goes to... Vancouver.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-12-2019
Replies: 121
Views: 3,924
Posted By benlees
This was my thought as well. There used to be a...

This was my thought as well. There used to be a few pro labs in my city. Not any more. It wouldn't surprise me if a lab in Vancouver might have an up tick in business as they are now getting all...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 04-12-2019
Replies: 29
Views: 3,199
Posted By benlees
A fine looking lens. I had the 2.5 skopar, which...

A fine looking lens. I had the 2.5 skopar, which was excellent and affordable, but this new Ultron is really something.
Forum: Digital Compacts 04-11-2019
Replies: 40
Views: 2,042
Posted By benlees
To be honest, I think the camera manufacturers...

To be honest, I think the camera manufacturers are way ahead of you. Bigger sensors in bigger bodies (or "semi-professional" bodies) has been their MO for awhile. As soon as the iphone took off......
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 04-10-2019
Replies: 112
Views: 5,794
Posted By benlees
You have created laughter. A good deed for the...

You have created laughter. A good deed for the day.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-09-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 1,243
Posted By benlees
You don't mention viewfinders (waist level=$100...

You don't mention viewfinders (waist level=$100 or unmetered eye level= $35-50, metered prism ~$150) or film backs. If the guy was a pro the backs might be 220- which you probably don't want. 120...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-09-2019
Replies: 36
Views: 1,243
Posted By benlees
Bronica SQ with the Zenzanon 40mm. I used this...

Bronica SQ with the Zenzanon 40mm. I used this for a few years as the SWC was more than I was willing to spend.


The SQ series is very affordable and very good quality. I think I spent about...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-08-2019
Replies: 264
Views: 20,875
Posted By benlees
RIP Roger and best wishes to Frances. Is...

RIP Roger and best wishes to Frances. Is everybody's camera loaded? Go take some pictures with Roger in mind.
Forum: Digital Compacts 04-04-2019
Replies: 125
Views: 4,909
Posted By benlees
Lol. Good old DPR: "We don't know how well the...

Lol.

Good old DPR: "We don't know how well the sensor or lens will perform, but it's a safe bet that image quality will far exceed the abilities of even the best smartphones and likely also...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-02-2019
Replies: 264
Views: 20,875
Posted By benlees
Thanks for posting. I always enjoyed Roger's...

Thanks for posting. I always enjoyed Roger's suffer no fools approach and learned a lot from his books, website, and his occasionally cantankerous replies right here. A life well lived! Cheers to...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 03-30-2019
Replies: 38
Views: 1,794
Posted By benlees
Just #27? I'd say there are many that are...

Just #27? I'd say there are many that are staged. He moved on to a medium where he could better express himself!
Forum: Travel 03-23-2019
Replies: 209
Views: 8,559
Posted By benlees
Sounds like Vietnam should be on your list. What...

Sounds like Vietnam should be on your list. What about the western Silk road after India? A friend of mine did Kashgar, Samarkand, Tashkent, etc a few years a go. Said it was pretty amazing.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-22-2019
Replies: 91
Views: 2,935
Posted By benlees
Bit of a pickle isn't it?:p The sky in the...

Bit of a pickle isn't it?:p


The sky in the digital image is stunning, but that maybe due to timing...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-22-2019
Replies: 91
Views: 2,935
Posted By benlees
Do a wet print and then a decent digital print. ...

Do a wet print and then a decent digital print. I bet the difference will be less than you think. Then get back to us. Comparing a scanned b&w film picture to digital on the internet is pointless.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 03-21-2019
Replies: 3,089
Views: 488,595
Posted By benlees
Great one, Keith!

Great one, Keith!
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-21-2019
Replies: 68
Views: 1,483
Posted By benlees
If a good picture is the goal then editing...

If a good picture is the goal then editing whatever you end up with has to happen. Sometimes having a bigger sample helps and sometimes it doesn't. How much time do you have?



Eggelston made a...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-19-2019
Replies: 73
Views: 2,360
Posted By benlees
This is it, really. Quality of results- if the...

This is it, really. Quality of results- if the object has been marketed as a "tool" of some kind- is a red herring. After all, you can carry a few items in a plastic bag just as easily as in a...
Forum: Digital Compacts 03-16-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 2,705
Posted By benlees
I think you made the right choice. Saved a...

I think you made the right choice. Saved a fistful of money and you will have an excellent backup... and built in flash can very useful. You will end up using the GR2 more than you think!
Forum: Leica Q / CL/ T / X Series 03-14-2019
Replies: 115
Views: 6,235
Posted By benlees
Increased sensor and processing tech may render...

Increased sensor and processing tech may render (pun intended) lenses obsolete. Cropping is just picking an angle of view after all, optical physics notwithstanding. Ironic that Leica is advocating...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-12-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,626
Posted By benlees
Putting a personal twist on a piece of classic...

Putting a personal twist on a piece of classic tech as a sales pitch is a mistake. As mentioned above this limits the amount of people that maybe interested. Of course, just removing the original...
Forum: Fuji X Series 03-07-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,409
Posted By benlees
KISS. Just take your M240+one lens. If anything...

KISS. Just take your M240+one lens. If anything happens, get a camera on the trip. The less there is to think about, the better; especially when traveling.
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 03-06-2019
Replies: 176
Views: 12,650
Posted By benlees
I would characterize it as "digital clean" and I...

I would characterize it as "digital clean" and I am not a fan either. The high ISO shots look marginally better. It is what it is. Apples and oranges.



If you want digital B&W to look like neg...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-27-2019
Replies: 141
Views: 7,691
Posted By benlees
The MX is one of my favourites. Had a dent on...

The MX is one of my favourites. Had a dent on the pentaprism, sticky mirror, and the common meter problems but still delivered. Loved it! One of the first to come and the last to go.
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-26-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,411
Posted By benlees
Gear? I just use my mind palace...

Gear? I just use my mind palace...
Forum: Digital Compacts 02-23-2019
Replies: 292
Views: 21,606
Posted By benlees
The GR series is so ergonomic that it is one of...

The GR series is so ergonomic that it is one of the few where you don't miss an OVF. Even when I had my GR1 I would sometimes not use it. Having a 28mm lens also helps in this regard...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-22-2019
Replies: 163
Views: 5,817
Posted By benlees
If you live in a cold place then one of the nice...

If you live in a cold place then one of the nice things about winter (and if you have a decent coat) some cameras are indeed pocket-able. A Ricoh gr1 and/or grdiii used to live in my winter coat.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-21-2019
Replies: 51
Views: 1,705
Posted By benlees
Just think how many cctv cameras she passed...

Just think how many cctv cameras she passed during her day. And she's probably on facebook..., and she probably has a fitbit...


And so it goes...
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 02-21-2019
Replies: 116
Views: 5,606
Posted By benlees
I was recently in a similar situation. I would...

I was recently in a similar situation. I would add to the above good advice that you WILL hit buttons with your thumb, fingers, and face when you had no intention of doing so. Learn your settings...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-20-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 2,689
Posted By benlees
I've settled on the X pro 1 as my only camera. ...

I've settled on the X pro 1 as my only camera. Over the past 10 years I've dived into about every kind of film camera, with smallish medium format being my favourite. However, I gave up film cold...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-16-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 996
Posted By benlees
I think Godfrey is spot on. Why worry about such...

I think Godfrey is spot on. Why worry about such things? If you have a Leica (or anything!), use it. These are consumer goods, after all. Consume, make pictures!

But to put your mind at ease,...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-15-2019
Replies: 111
Views: 4,119
Posted By benlees
ebay prices- even for auctions- are all over the...

ebay prices- even for auctions- are all over the place and give only vague notions of price even if you can keep all the vagaries in mind. Not to mention unscrupulous tactics. Supply and demand only...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-04-2019
Replies: 129
Views: 9,537
Posted By benlees
Thanks for the reminder. In 11 years I've...

Thanks for the reminder.

In 11 years I've uploaded 271 photos. I'm safe for awhile.:D
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-04-2019
Replies: 70
Views: 2,221
Posted By benlees
Agreed. Excellent tip; increases variety and...

Agreed. Excellent tip; increases variety and depth of flavour as well as adding textures.



Not that different from developing b&w, in terms of contrast and grain...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-04-2019
Replies: 70
Views: 2,221
Posted By benlees
This made me laugh! I was the same, though I...

This made me laugh! I was the same, though I will add mushrooms also. I can honestly say that learning to saute onions (and garlic) and mushrooms has had a greater impact on my life than any...
Forum: RFF Polls 01-31-2019
Replies: 66
Views: 3,170
Posted By benlees
70% of the people who responded are 49 and over! ...

70% of the people who responded are 49 and over! I was wondering why discussions about lenses were more likely to be about glasses.:angel:
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-30-2019
Replies: 71
Views: 1,578
Posted By benlees
There is only one trick to this: show people...

There is only one trick to this: show people your photos now. A side effect of our complicated wiring is that we think other people are interested in what we do. They're not. Unless you show them.
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-28-2019
Replies: 132
Views: 3,421
Posted By benlees
The elephant in the room is the quality of...

The elephant in the room is the quality of smartphone pictures: they are very good. Not as good as a dedicated camera, but obviously good enough- and getting better faster than their dedicated...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-10-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,139
Posted By benlees
You have to be aware of the hyperfocal distance...

You have to be aware of the hyperfocal distance for what ever aperture you are using for your lens, and film size, and then consider the distance to your subject. Then you can use depth of field to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-29-2018
Replies: 70
Views: 1,548
Posted By benlees
Been using X pro 1 with the 23 f2. It's the only...

Been using X pro 1 with the 23 f2. It's the only camera I have other than the cell phone. I recently got a used EF-X20 flash for daylight fill during the winter. I may send it back as the refresh...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 12-23-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 979
Posted By benlees
I'm not sure I understand this. USPS, like all...

I'm not sure I understand this. USPS, like all postal services ship internationally. Is this not true? I've received many parcels from the USPS with zero problems. If you accurately show the...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 12-22-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 979
Posted By benlees
It is basically a scam- the introduction of an...

It is basically a scam- the introduction of an unnecessary middleman by a corporate partnership to "increase service". Just adds fees and delivery time to the purchaser, and the (American) seller...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-15-2018
Replies: 72
Views: 2,709
Posted By benlees
To a certain extent less is more. Expensive. ...

To a certain extent less is more. Expensive. For all items of conspicuous consumption: cameras, hifi, cars; you name it. There is a threshold of what you actually get, in terms of features, and...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-07-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 391
Posted By benlees
So important to remember this. Manipulation (and...

So important to remember this. Manipulation (and selfies!) has been the order of the day since the very beginning. And considered an integral part of creativity.
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-06-2018
Replies: 25
Views: 860
Posted By benlees
How many are on right now?

How many are on right now?
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-05-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 1,010
Posted By benlees
I tend to shoot digital like slide film: try to...

I tend to shoot digital like slide film: try to get it right the first time. That said, I use darktable to wrestle with RAW's if I have to. Export to Elements (free with my scanner years a go...)....
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 12-03-2018
Replies: 34
Views: 1,843
Posted By benlees
Had a C35v for a few years. sadly the focus ring...

Had a C35v for a few years. sadly the focus ring became unglued and I never bothered to fix it. Quite liked the lens with colour film especially.


Was supposed to be my first rangefinder. Didn't...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-29-2018
Replies: 78
Views: 2,736
Posted By benlees
The $1000 cell phone is a curious beast. The...

The $1000 cell phone is a curious beast. The market is now saturated so expensive phones are a way for the manufacturers to maintain income with declining sales. If people replace their phones a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-27-2018
Replies: 50
Views: 1,728
Posted By benlees
You're both right! The recent mirrorless...

You're both right! The recent mirrorless offerings from Canon and Nikon can be seen as a missed opportunity. Those are some boring cameras. Looking historically we shouldn't have expected anything...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-21-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 2,082
Posted By benlees
Still remember getting my M4P... As sweet as a...

Still remember getting my M4P... As sweet as a mechanical camera can get. Enjoy. I'm sure the M2 is better!
Forum: RFF News 11-20-2018
Replies: 35
Views: 3,417
Posted By benlees
It doesn't seem that long a go when people were...

It doesn't seem that long a go when people were selling for above MSRP. I'm guessing there are more on the market; not selling as well as they thought or Leica has produced too many but are...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-18-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1,489
Posted By benlees
In Canada we have Kijiji for online ads. They...

In Canada we have Kijiji for online ads. They have their own messaging system- like the PM here- which negates the need for email and phone numbers- if you want. Works very well.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-18-2018
Replies: 112
Views: 3,109
Posted By benlees
Asking the consumer to be the gate keeper of any...

Asking the consumer to be the gate keeper of any sort of environmental remedy is self defeating. Conspicuous consumption is dictated by desire and envy, so is not partial to arguments of logic or...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-09-2018
Replies: 35
Views: 983
Posted By benlees
I vote for the K-1, as it's new to you. A wide...

I vote for the K-1, as it's new to you. A wide for it would be ideal, however.



I prefer to travel light- meaning one lens. Worrying about the photos you could have got is just part of the fun.
Forum: Fuji Digital General Discussion 11-08-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 751
Posted By benlees
Fuji has rebates a few times a year. There will...

Fuji has rebates a few times a year. There will be another in a few months.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-06-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1,060
Posted By benlees
It would be hard to get the look you want from...

It would be hard to get the look you want from Rodinal, as it is hard to tame the contrast with tri x without overdeveloping.

Wessel's work has a lot of mid tones; I would actually suggest HC 110h!
Forum: RFF News 10-22-2018
Replies: 151
Views: 8,998
Posted By benlees
If it is APS-anything and the price is similar to...

If it is APS-anything and the price is similar to a used M240 then...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-18-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,062
Posted By benlees
The only 35mm camera I've used in the last couple...

The only 35mm camera I've used in the last couple of years is the Ricoh GR10
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 10-16-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 933
Posted By benlees
It will be super weird to see it for sale in...

It will be super weird to see it for sale in shops!
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 10-16-2018
Replies: 445
Views: 14,275
Posted By benlees
Can't wait for the "I would put an M4 lever on it...

Can't wait for the "I would put an M4 lever on it though"
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 10-16-2018
Replies: 77
Views: 3,254
Posted By benlees
Someone mentioned thinking about a Pentax K-1. ...

Someone mentioned thinking about a Pentax K-1. This an idea worth pondering. The forgotten full frame dslr: compares to the best but more affordable. Not sexy but the specs are pretty...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-10-2018
Replies: 52
Views: 2,010
Posted By benlees
My dad had some crappy zoom he used on his...

My dad had some crappy zoom he used on his Yashica SLR; it was terrible! Scarred me for life, I think. Primes for me, or fixed lens. Also, I'm lazy. Focus AND pick a focal length? No thanks.:p
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 10-09-2018
Replies: 107
Views: 21,935
Posted By benlees
I only have the 23mm f2 so I guess I can't have a...

I only have the 23mm f2 so I guess I can't have a favourite.

I, too, am excited for the 16mm f2.8.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-09-2018
Replies: 72
Views: 2,696
Posted By benlees
Looking at the bloody prices for film kit I...

Looking at the bloody prices for film kit I regret selling all that I did in the last few years!

I sold a Mamiya 7 w/ the 80mm for $800! Going for more than double that now. Crazy.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-05-2018
Replies: 100
Views: 2,966
Posted By benlees
'Blad SWC. Got a Bronica and the 40mm instead...

'Blad SWC. Got a Bronica and the 40mm instead for far less $. Used it for a couple years then sold it on.


Leica Q. Just too expensive (though, not terrible value). Besides, my phone has the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-05-2018
Replies: 41
Views: 1,241
Posted By benlees
I go back to the same places all the time. But I...

I go back to the same places all the time. But I never (now!) try to reproduce "the magic" of a particular shot that I like because it no longer exists. Shame about that!
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-04-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 1,136
Posted By benlees
Just to add to the "get a used M240" pile. It...

Just to add to the "get a used M240" pile. It will be the same or less money (sell your Sony) and it won't be half measures.
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-30-2018
Replies: 72
Views: 2,696
Posted By benlees
The Fuji X100. Thought "this is it; the perfect...

The Fuji X100. Thought "this is it; the perfect digital camera!" I just couldn't get on with it. The only camera I have bought brand new, as well. Went back to film with my tail between my legs. ...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-29-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 1,116
Posted By benlees
Definitely more to size than ergonomics. Decent...

Definitely more to size than ergonomics. Decent grip, weight, and balance are more important. Using a Mamiya 7 was a dream because it was effortless to carry and use but it sure wasn't small.

As...
Forum: Digital Compacts 09-29-2018
Replies: 125
Views: 4,909
Posted By benlees
Gotta be a Zeiss Sharpie.

Gotta be a Zeiss Sharpie.
Forum: Digital Compacts 09-29-2018
Replies: 125
Views: 4,909
Posted By benlees
Shame about that blue Zeiss decal. I'm sure...

Shame about that blue Zeiss decal. I'm sure there will be a blackout version soon.:p
Forum: Digital Compacts 09-27-2018
Replies: 125
Views: 4,909
Posted By benlees
Looks like it has Sigma DNA...

Looks like it has Sigma DNA...
Forum: Digital Compacts 09-27-2018
Replies: 125
Views: 4,909
Posted By benlees
There's a lot of expensive cameras coming out...

There's a lot of expensive cameras coming out soon. Some of them might be limited time only!


At least Zeiss put some interesting ideas into this. Sure is ugly... but in a good way. Hope its easy...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 09-27-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 825
Posted By benlees
Zero interest for the 33, but the 16mm 2.8 may...

Zero interest for the 33, but the 16mm 2.8 may intrigue me! One of the reasons I like Fuji is that at least some of their lenses are a reasonable size...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 09-26-2018
Replies: 28
Views: 2,583
Posted By benlees
Good to hear. Their use of DNG would simplify...

Good to hear. Their use of DNG would simplify things.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 09-26-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 468
Posted By benlees
I think Leica will sell more lenses as their...

I think Leica will sell more lenses as their reputation as a maker of top notch optics is intact. I don't think they will sell more bodies than they are now. If someone wants a Leica, they want a...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 09-26-2018
Replies: 28
Views: 2,583
Posted By benlees
I should be clear I meant in camera processing...

I should be clear I meant in camera processing and RAW conversion at the computer. Slow+slow= welcoming an Xpro1 to the family. :D

Forgot to mention battery life!
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 09-26-2018
Replies: 28
Views: 2,583
Posted By benlees
I hope their software engineers are up for the...

I hope their software engineers are up for the task. I must admit I'm unfamiliar with the latest offerings, but using large format would have been faster than using a Merrill.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 09-25-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 755
Posted By benlees
Not sure what I was expecting, but I'm amazed...

Not sure what I was expecting, but I'm amazed that Canon, Nikon, and Panasonic are basically just copying Sony. Might as well share a mount.
Forum: Digital Compacts 09-25-2018
Replies: 292
Views: 21,606
Posted By benlees
Slow and steady with the GR. Redesigning the...

Slow and steady with the GR. Redesigning the lens for 4 more cm of close focus seems odd.

If had the II, and didn't have dust issues, I would give this one a miss.
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 09-22-2018
Replies: 160
Views: 13,249
Posted By benlees
I've being playing with my Fuji 300, while...

I've being playing with my Fuji 300, while perusing info about the Mint and can't help but think the weak link is the film, which seems by design. I admire the Mint; though it goes against the...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 09-19-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 1,244
Posted By benlees
That is quite impressive. And that is a happy...

That is quite impressive. And that is a happy looking bee.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-19-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 1,037
Posted By benlees
Depends what you are up for. Like grain and high...

Depends what you are up for. Like grain and high contrast? Then rodinal 1+50 with trix or hp5+ is fantastic. If you like more staid (smooth transition from white to black with not a lot of grain)...
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 09-07-2018
Replies: 30
Views: 1,402
Posted By benlees
Depends on how fast you want the $ and if you...

Depends on how fast you want the $ and if you want to maximize how much you get; are you willing to sell under market to quicken the sale?

I've used kijiji (Canadian Craigslist) many times. Hit or...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-06-2018
Replies: 63
Views: 2,262
Posted By benlees
As a lefty, and being somewhat nasally endowed, I...

As a lefty, and being somewhat nasally endowed, I still would prefer the VF on the left for aesthetic reasons. Grease can be wiped off but an ugly camera is ugly forever.;)
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-04-2018
Replies: 74
Views: 2,341
Posted By benlees
I like 35mm; I feel it is a great compromise...

I like 35mm; I feel it is a great compromise between 50 and 28. Take a couple steps forward or back. If you can't take a step in either direction you're stuck. Life goes on. Still, only had to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-30-2018
Replies: 121
Views: 4,938
Posted By benlees
If RFF was just rangefinders it would have...

If RFF was just rangefinders it would have disappeared, though that base is what draws people in. I rarely go to LUF or APUG as their mandates are too narrow to be enjoyable for me. Some of the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-22-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 615
Posted By benlees
The 6x9 will give you bigger negs but not better...

The 6x9 will give you bigger negs but not better photos, unless you know something about these cameras that no one else does :p. In which case you have your answer: 6x9.


Unless you are unable to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-11-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 1,701
Posted By benlees
Not sure when the X Pro 1 came out, but those are...

Not sure when the X Pro 1 came out, but those are quite inexpensive these days.
Forum: Digital Compacts 08-10-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 1,833
Posted By benlees
It will 'probably' be a continuation of what most...

It will 'probably' be a continuation of what most manufacturers have done: 24MP, touch screen, maybe stabilization, move a button, and on and on.


I would just a get used GRii. Would give...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 08-03-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 1,837
Posted By benlees
Forget the mju, I've got a beat up XA that I'll...

Forget the mju, I've got a beat up XA that I'll sell for half that price.:p
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-01-2018
Replies: 157
Views: 4,540
Posted By benlees
Sounds a bit curmudgeonly to me. It stands to...

Sounds a bit curmudgeonly to me. It stands to reason there are more good photographs now more than ever, as there are more better books, music, etc. simply because a lot more people are doing it as...
Forum: Sony RX Series 07-30-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 2,492
Posted By benlees
If you can fit an RX1 in your pocket, you have...

If you can fit an RX1 in your pocket, you have big pockets.:p
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-30-2018
Replies: 22
Q?
Views: 1,225
Posted By benlees
You get a full frame Leica body AND a summilux...

You get a full frame Leica body AND a summilux (lower case because it's 1.7). For Leica it's actually a bargain. Too bad about the lens distortion; always trade offs, though.
I like 28mm...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-23-2018
Replies: 70
Views: 2,898
Posted By benlees
Can't beat La Jetee. It was made from stills. ...

Can't beat La Jetee. It was made from stills. It is short, however.
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 07-18-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 2,000
Posted By benlees
Just keep the X pro 1 and lenses. Gives a nice...

Just keep the X pro 1 and lenses. Gives a nice spread for focal lengths with the X100F. The Xpro1 is a very capable camera but is not worth much on the used market. Seems like you don't need to...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 07-04-2018
Replies: 132
Views: 6,177
Posted By benlees
Volunteers do tremendous work for free. Is that...

Volunteers do tremendous work for free. Is that work without value? Some people like to share. Does that mean their work has no value? No one ever said life was without risk or there aren't...
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