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Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 2 Days Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 632
Posted By Benjamin Marks
My Elmar is superbly corrected. If you can live...

My Elmar is superbly corrected. If you can live with the speed, its image quality is just outstanding, even wide open.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 6 Days Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 413
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Which current emulsion is most like Fuji Neopan 400?

I just loved the grain structure of Fuji Neopan 400. Call me crazy, but it just did it for me. I know it has been out of production for a little while now, but I am getting ready to dip my toe back...
Forum: Photography General Interest 1 Week Ago
Replies: 193
Views: 10,208
Posted By Benjamin Marks
That has become my go-to too. Leica M-9 and C/V...

That has become my go-to too. Leica M-9 and C/V 35/1.2 is a close second.

My "serious" camera is a Pentax K-1, but it is soooo much camera.
Forum: Chris Crawford 1 Week Ago
Replies: 107
Views: 2,995
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Sasha knows a good thing when she sees...

Sasha knows a good thing when she sees it:

https://photos.smugmug.com/Recent/Recent-Photographs/i-2fssRQ8/0/8345ac04/XL/Happy%20Mothers%27%20Day-XL.jpg
Forum: Chris Crawford 1 Week Ago
Replies: 107
Views: 2,995
Posted By Benjamin Marks
I wonder whether Sneaky could be a Siberian? ...

I wonder whether Sneaky could be a Siberian? This is Sasha:

https://photos.smugmug.com/Recent/Recent-Photographs/i-7kTqcwP/0/b40dc6d7/O/Sasha%20Sleeping.jpg

Siberian and hypoalergenic.

She has...
Forum: Photography General Interest 1 Week Ago
Replies: 39
Views: 830
Posted By Benjamin Marks
I work for myself, so phone-tech lets me be away...

I work for myself, so phone-tech lets me be away from my home office doing other things during slow times. My clients expect me to be reasonably available, and I am. But I am not a power user on the...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 47
Views: 2,049
Posted By Benjamin Marks
I don't think I could list all the cameras I have...

I don't think I could list all the cameras I have used since the early 'eighties when I started taking photographs seriously. The "why" of any choice was usually driven by a perceived increase in...
Forum: Photography General Interest 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 54
Views: 1,538
Posted By Benjamin Marks
No, no, no, son. You want to go larger. Why...

No, no, no, son. You want to go larger. Why duplicate capabilities that you already have?

You want a Fuji 6x9 rangefinder. Fixed lens. Film real estate the size of Texas compared to those little...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 31
Views: 1,145
Posted By Benjamin Marks
It is a classic design, in my opinion. The prism...

It is a classic design, in my opinion. The prism viewfinders could be a little dark. I would make sure that you can focus in the conditions you plan on using the camera in. Your price seems a...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 41
Views: 2,542
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Nice looking lenses. The 75 is kind of a sweet...

Nice looking lenses. The 75 is kind of a sweet spot in the M line. Long enough for portrait work, but not quite requiring the minimum shutter speeds of a 90. I have two 75's, and I use them often....
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-14-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,002
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Steve: Here are some pix taken this morning so...

Steve: Here are some pix taken this morning so you can make your own judgment about things. I put three Nikon lenses on a D3/tripod and aimed them at a railing post devoid of artistic merit. The...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-14-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,002
Posted By Benjamin Marks
I am with Steve on this one. I think the term...

I am with Steve on this one. I think the term caused a stir because camera nuts in the West were obsessed with sharpness, resolution, lines-per- mm etc. Those measurable criteria were the subject of...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-13-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,025
Posted By Benjamin Marks
When I tour, I use a frame mounted handlebar bag...

When I tour, I use a frame mounted handlebar bag like Bob links to just above. When I go into a store, restaurant, or camp for the night, I want something I can grab off the bike easily. It carries...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-13-2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2,918
Posted By Benjamin Marks
That's great news! Neopan 400 was my "go to" in...

That's great news! Neopan 400 was my "go to" in the years before film diminished. I still have several 100 foot rolls in the deep freeze. On not "trusting" a film company: every artist has to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-21-2019
Replies: 93
Views: 2,691
Posted By Benjamin Marks
I find it interesting how many folks care one way...

I find it interesting how many folks care one way or the other about a random piece in Harpers (or anywhere else, for that matter). There's a kernel of truth there: in my experience it does tends to...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-11-2019
Replies: 25
Views: 843
Posted By Benjamin Marks
https://photos.smugmug.com/Photography/Panoramas/i...

https://photos.smugmug.com/Photography/Panoramas/i-4qvcSX3/0/c6037b3c/X3/Backyard%204-20-12%20AristaEDU%20Rodial%201-100%20stand-%20pano-X3.jpg

Astia EDU Rodinal 1:100 stand development
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-11-2019
Replies: 25
Views: 843
Posted By Benjamin Marks
https://photos.smugmug.com/Photography/Panoramas/i...

https://photos.smugmug.com/Photography/Panoramas/i-rLwcZqH/0/651395f5/X3/Route%2022A%20Sunset-X3.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-11-2019
Replies: 25
Views: 843
Posted By Benjamin Marks
https://photos.smugmug.com/Photography/Panoramas/i...

https://photos.smugmug.com/Photography/Panoramas/i-z5FVXnF/0/3d9fb6d4/X3/20141005_153439-X3.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-11-2019
Replies: 25
Views: 843
Posted By Benjamin Marks
https://photos.smugmug.com/Photography/Panoramas/i...

https://photos.smugmug.com/Photography/Panoramas/i-h8BmdqN/0/20f92f65/X3/Metropolitan%20w-flaws-132807-X3.jpg
Forum: Travel 05-09-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 675
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Photographically, I recommend hanging out in...

Photographically, I recommend hanging out in Central Park on a weekend day, a visit to the Bathesda Fountain and the Mall, and the Sheep Meadow. All of humanity will be trying to get a bit of sun. ...
Forum: Optics Theory - 05-05-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 696
Posted By Benjamin Marks
The trick with these things is always focusing. ...

The trick with these things is always focusing. You could look at a machinist who would seat the elements in a cammed barrel. I had something similar done with a 40mm Contax lens for the [email protected] Sent...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-26-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,450
Posted By Benjamin Marks
:this: ^^^ Yeah, I tend to shoot RAW only. I...

:this: ^^^ Yeah, I tend to shoot RAW only. I never find the JPG color to my liking, except Olympus files under ideal light. In general, the M9's images are superior in every technical respect to...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-26-2019
Replies: 1,424
Views: 194,548
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Metonomy is alive and...

Metonomy is alive and well:

https://photos.smugmug.com/Recent/Recent-Photographs/i-ndGMKPR/0/b084c808/XL/Red%20and%20Green-1-XL.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-26-2019
Replies: 1,424
Views: 194,548
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Fuji XP-1 IR only image...

Fuji XP-1 IR only image experiment:

https://photos.smugmug.com/Recent/Recent-Photographs/i-dG6nPJn/0/e9c7e9fe/O/XP-1%20Infrared%20Experiment-2.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-26-2019
Replies: 1,424
Views: 194,548
Posted By Benjamin Marks
https://photos.smugmug.com/Recent/Recent-Photograp...

https://photos.smugmug.com/Recent/Recent-Photographs/i-R4Lv67r/0/f84dd814/O/6852993897_4e7a046d7b_b.jpg
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-25-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,450
Posted By Benjamin Marks
I have an M9 and like the images I can make with...

I have an M9 and like the images I can make with it. I had an M8 and found the color response/IRR filter issue annoying. Never had a problem with the RF or shutter replacement. Going back to the...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 04-25-2019
Replies: 1,352
Views: 322,833
Posted By Benjamin Marks
https://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/galler...

https://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/1566/med_U1566I1254665788.SEQ.0.jpg

https://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/1566/U1566I1254702885.SEQ.0.jpg

https://www.rangefinderfor...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-24-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,270
Posted By Benjamin Marks
I think wider apertures let you play with the...

I think wider apertures let you play with the relationship of near elements and far ones, with depth-of-focus and so on. Also, I find it easier to add noise in post than to take it away. I have a...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-24-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 659
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Dunno whether you have access to Amazon, but this...

Dunno whether you have access to Amazon, but this would...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-24-2019
Replies: 288
Views: 50,338
Posted By Benjamin Marks
I love this image. And I fiercely defend...

I love this image. And I fiercely defend anyone's right to make mistakes in the pursuit of art. I am not saying that there is anything wrong with some of these images from a formal point of view,...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-24-2019
Replies: 263
Views: 33,352
Posted By Benjamin Marks
https://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/galler...

https://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/1566/med_U1566I1255227333.SEQ.0.jpg

Leica M8 - Noctilux @ f:1
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-24-2019
Replies: 263
Views: 33,352
Posted By Benjamin Marks
https://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/galler...

https://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/1566/med_U1566I1255228282.SEQ.0.jpg

Leica M8 - 50 Sonnar @ 1.5
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-24-2019
Replies: 263
Views: 33,352
Posted By Benjamin Marks
https://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/galler...

https://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/1566/U1566I1221662885.SEQ.0.jpg

Leica M8 - Noctilux @ f:1
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-24-2019
Replies: 263
Views: 33,352
Posted By Benjamin Marks
https://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/galler...

https://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/1566/med_U1566I1255227331.SEQ.0.jpg


Leica M8 - Noctilux @f:1 ISO 160
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 04-24-2019
Replies: 1,523
Views: 96,860
Posted By Benjamin Marks
https://photos.smugmug.com/Recent/Recent-Photograp...

https://photos.smugmug.com/Recent/Recent-Photographs/i-PTzW9rf/0/096643b1/L/You%20can%27t%20make%20this%20up%208-26-11-L.jpg
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 04-24-2019
Replies: 1,523
Views: 96,860
Posted By Benjamin Marks
https://photos.smugmug.com/Recent/Recent-Photograp...

https://photos.smugmug.com/Recent/Recent-Photographs/i-PFBBpmd/0/f4e3f196/O/Launch.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-24-2019
Replies: 385
Views: 44,153
Posted By Benjamin Marks
https://photos.smugmug.com/Recent/Recent-Photograp...

https://photos.smugmug.com/Recent/Recent-Photographs/i-q8JzRNS/0/8d06d33b/L/Shed_shed_shed-L.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-24-2019
Replies: 385
Views: 44,153
Posted By Benjamin Marks
https://photos.smugmug.com/Recent/Recent-Photograp...

https://photos.smugmug.com/Recent/Recent-Photographs/i-VFCJNjv/0/8135b38a/L/At%20the%20Louvre-14-L.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-24-2019
Replies: 385
Views: 44,153
Posted By Benjamin Marks
https://photos.smugmug.com/Recent/Recent-Photograp...

https://photos.smugmug.com/Recent/Recent-Photographs/i-WvnV4Sx/0/8f35c74d/L/MASS-MOCA-L.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-24-2019
Replies: 82
Views: 4,429
Posted By Benjamin Marks
See, that's what I am talking about. :D It is a...

See, that's what I am talking about. :D It is a photo of whiskey, but also a photo OF whiskey, if you know what I mean.

I think I am going to have to get out a bottle of whiskey and take a photo of...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-23-2019
Replies: 1,072
Views: 233,129
Posted By Benjamin Marks
35...

35 Summaron:

https://photos.smugmug.com/Recent/Recent-Photographs/i-cK2KCXJ/0/998f023c/O/S%20Wedding.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-23-2019
Replies: 82
Views: 4,429
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Friends don't let friends photograph after too...

Friends don't let friends photograph after too much whiskey. In Paris. With image stabilization. In the rain....
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-23-2019
Replies: 46
Views: 1,674
Posted By Benjamin Marks
I don't disagree about the results, David, just...

I don't disagree about the results, David, just the personal characterization. Politics, which is to say: the art of Intelligent compromise, is a lost art the world 'round right now, and we should...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-23-2019
Replies: 46
Views: 1,674
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Funny. But I guess you haven't met many...

Funny. But I guess you haven't met many politicians. I have known my state senator and one of my state reps for almost two decades, and it is hard to imagine two more intelligent, earnest,...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-21-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 659
Posted By Benjamin Marks
IIIa, I believe.

IIIa, I believe.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 04-21-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 659
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Contax IIIa "squeak"?

I have a Contax that is in pretty good shape. Shutter slow speeds sound etc. But the focusing mount is a bit dry and emits a "squeak" when turned. What sort of lube do you all use? I don't want...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 04-20-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 790
Posted By Benjamin Marks
First of all, welcome to the best little corner...

First of all, welcome to the best little corner of the web for all things rangefinder-related! From your results, it looks like you have perfected a technique that works well for you. I have tried...
Forum: Nikon RF 04-20-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 1,800
Posted By Benjamin Marks
The best, best, BEST things about these cameras...

The best, best, BEST things about these cameras is the viewfinder. 1:1 with a 50mm lens. You can shoot both eyes open like an M3 and have the VF lines imposed on the world. Like a 1960's style...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-19-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 2,839
Posted By Benjamin Marks
https://photos.smugmug.com/Recent/Recent-Photograp...

https://photos.smugmug.com/Recent/Recent-Photographs/i-kpQpW6d/0/67b9d71d/O/Rose%20Window%20-%20Notre%20Dame%20de%20Paris-small-1.jpg
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-19-2019
Replies: 96
Views: 4,455
Posted By Benjamin Marks
'ts funny. I was all set to answer "35" in the...

'ts funny. I was all set to answer "35" in the poll, but then remembered that on a recent trip to Japan, I used almost exclusively a 24/2.8. So mark me as "other" . . . Truth is, I have gone...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-19-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,087
Posted By Benjamin Marks
It is hard to give advice without knowing the...

It is hard to give advice without knowing the scene and what you are shooting for as a final result. Photographing ice-patterns in direct sunlight? A different problem than photographing a single...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 04-19-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,143
Posted By Benjamin Marks
LOL. Really? Well it shows something, which is...

LOL. Really? Well it shows something, which is more than we had before in this discussion. Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good, Ko. DOF and crop discussions on the Internet are like...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 04-19-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,143
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Here's a test shot made a moment ago with the CV...

Here's a test shot made a moment ago with the CV 35/1.7 wide open on an Olympus OM-D E-M1II on a tripod with an adapter and the anti-shake turned off (to be precise, the LTM lens has an LTM-M...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 04-19-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,143
Posted By Benjamin Marks
I don't have a sense of how reasonable a fear...

I don't have a sense of how reasonable a fear this is. Knowing nothing about the country you plan to visit, there are plenty of places where carrying any "tech" openly marks you as an outsider. ...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 04-19-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,143
Posted By Benjamin Marks
1) forget the box - it won't make your pictures...

1) forget the box - it won't make your pictures better.
2) why should you care what we think of the aesthetics of your camera? Just go shoot it.
3) Stay away from a lens with haze unless it is...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 04-18-2019
Replies: 113
Views: 25,515
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Here are three pix taken on an older Olympus Pen...

Here are three pix taken on an older Olympus Pen with adapters. The first is a backlit scene of a coffee cup taken with a 50 Sumilux Apsh wide open. The second is a detail from that scene. The...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 04-18-2019
Replies: 113
Views: 25,515
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Dunno whether the lens is overhyped. I have two...

Dunno whether the lens is overhyped. I have two -- the conehead for Nikon and the nickel plated for Leica. The trick is that most of the milliondy-billion 50's out there perform superbly by f:3.5....
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-10-2019
Replies: 264
Views: 15,786
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Oh, I will miss that man. He had a rare...

Oh, I will miss that man. He had a rare sensibility and his writing was always a pleasure to read, whether or not you agreed with him. His writing also left one with the impression that one knew...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-05-2019
Replies: 67
Views: 1,146
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Erik: Is it possible that Flickr applies a...

Erik: Is it possible that Flickr applies a compression algorithm and subsequent sharpening to photos on its site? I use SmugMug, and pay for the privilege, because I like the rendering on their...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 03-24-2019
Replies: 175
Views: 14,555
Posted By Benjamin Marks
@nutmeg: I am interested in this lens and so...

@nutmeg: I am interested in this lens and so have been looking at the initial pictures you and jonmanjiro and others have posted with gratitude. One thing though.

At f:8 most 35mm lenses produce...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 03-07-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 1,268
Posted By Benjamin Marks
I guess the question is "which lens 'speaks to...

I guess the question is "which lens 'speaks to you'"?

I have both those lenses, and others too, including a 35 Summicron Asph. I always drift back to the 35/1.2 v.1. If you are used to, or prefer...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 02-26-2019
Replies: 147
Views: 15,506
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Thanks, Mike. Those pix give a decent sense of...

Thanks, Mike. Those pix give a decent sense of the lenses out of focus areas. Is that photo of the lamp at f:2?
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-25-2019
Replies: 99
Views: 2,732
Posted By Benjamin Marks
I have only used so-called "safety films" as my...

I have only used so-called "safety films" as my shutter button only started clicking in the 1980's. Having said that, I have "melted" film emulsion by using developer that was too hot. I have...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 02-23-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 870
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Apologies for being pedantic, but what you are...

Apologies for being pedantic, but what you are doing is under-exposing, not over-exposing, right? You want to treat the moon as a sun-lit white object and let less light hit the film/sensor so that...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 02-18-2019
Replies: 175
Views: 14,555
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Hey, Jon - Very helpful post and images. I...

Hey, Jon - Very helpful post and images. I think I told you that I love the C/V 35 1.2. I have a v.1 of that lens that works well with all my Leicas. I love the OOF areas on that lens. I'd love...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-31-2019
Replies: 71
Views: 1,465
Posted By Benjamin Marks
On the one hand: my father died ten years ago,...

On the one hand: my father died ten years ago, and I have gone through the family archive of negatives seeking pictures that were never printed at the time they were taken. Because my father is...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 01-31-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 330
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Post your covers, post your manhole covers . . .

Yeah. Call me crazy. But these urban fixtures betray a surprising amount about their locales and the cultures that produce them.

Tokyo,...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 01-30-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 1,337
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Bojan: the thing I love about your pieces is...

Bojan: the thing I love about your pieces is that each is a quick, but deep, look into worlds about which I know nothing. It is like the best of radio interviewing, but with the visual element...
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 01-29-2019
Replies: 1,523
Views: 96,860
Posted By Benjamin Marks
https://photos.smugmug.com/Tokyo-Japan-2018/i-7bXB...

https://photos.smugmug.com/Tokyo-Japan-2018/i-7bXBq5j/0/d3c3fc1f/X2/IMGP1552-X2.jpg
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-29-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 822
Posted By Benjamin Marks
https://photos.smugmug.com/Tokyo-Japan-2018/i-7bXB...

https://photos.smugmug.com/Tokyo-Japan-2018/i-7bXBq5j/0/d3c3fc1f/X2/IMGP1552-X2.jpg
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-29-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 822
Posted By Benjamin Marks
https://photos.smugmug.com/Tokyo-Japan-2018/i-dW7n...

https://photos.smugmug.com/Tokyo-Japan-2018/i-dW7n59v/0/061b9e96/X2/L1010851-X2.jpg
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-29-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 822
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Jon, the pleasure was mine! BEST yakitori I ever...

Jon, the pleasure was mine! BEST yakitori I ever had. . . As you can see above there were many treats for the eyes. I like B&W better than color, in general, and pictures of people better than...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-29-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 822
Posted By Benjamin Marks
https://photos.smugmug.com/Tokyo-Japan-2018/i-VdqF...

https://photos.smugmug.com/Tokyo-Japan-2018/i-VdqFNQ4/0/2e913891/X2/IMGP1183-X2.jpg
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-29-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 822
Posted By Benjamin Marks
https://photos.smugmug.com/Tokyo-Japan-2018/i-FXng...

https://photos.smugmug.com/Tokyo-Japan-2018/i-FXngkTD/0/15089e86/X2/IMGP1191-X2.jpg
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-29-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 822
Posted By Benjamin Marks
https://photos.smugmug.com/Tokyo-Japan-2018/i-wsJN...

https://photos.smugmug.com/Tokyo-Japan-2018/i-wsJNfBj/0/fd6f67dd/X2/IMGP1186-X2.jpg
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-29-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 822
Posted By Benjamin Marks
https://photos.smugmug.com/Tokyo-Japan-2018/i-53kM...

https://photos.smugmug.com/Tokyo-Japan-2018/i-53kMRkB/0/c972d4eb/X2/IMGP1184-X2.jpg
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-29-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 822
Posted By Benjamin Marks
https://photos.smugmug.com/Tokyo-Japan-2018/i-5PBq...

https://photos.smugmug.com/Tokyo-Japan-2018/i-5PBq3jk/0/501554e9/X2/IMGP1427-X2.jpg
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-29-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 822
Posted By Benjamin Marks
https://photos.smugmug.com/Tokyo-Japan-2018/i-mKX9...

https://photos.smugmug.com/Tokyo-Japan-2018/i-mKX9dxp/0/26fad7db/X2/L1010776-X2.jpg
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-29-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 822
Posted By Benjamin Marks
https://photos.smugmug.com/Tokyo-Japan-2018/i-KLsC...

https://photos.smugmug.com/Tokyo-Japan-2018/i-KLsCP2d/0/b6623c33/X2/L1011397-X2.jpg

You lookin' at me?
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 01-29-2019
Replies: 1,523
Views: 96,860
Posted By Benjamin Marks
https://photos.smugmug.com/Tokyo-Japan-2018/i-v9Jw...

https://photos.smugmug.com/Tokyo-Japan-2018/i-v9JwxnK/0/ef2ffb2a/X2/L1011235-X2.jpg
Forum: Frank Jackson on Street Photography 01-29-2019
Replies: 1,523
Views: 96,860
Posted By Benjamin Marks
https://photos.smugmug.com/Tokyo-Japan-2018/i-wdGW...

https://photos.smugmug.com/Tokyo-Japan-2018/i-wdGW58Q/0/0e63b5d7/X2/L1011215-X2.jpg
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-28-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 822
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Thanks folks. That 15 Heliar is just such a...

Thanks folks. That 15 Heliar is just such a great travel lens. It just reaches out and pulls in so much. When I bought it, I thought I'd use it every now and then, but it really shines when in a...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-28-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 822
Posted By Benjamin Marks
M9 on the street in Tokyo

Just catching up ob the processing. Happy snaps.

M9, 24/2.8 Asph:

https://photos.smugmug.com/Tokyo-Japan-2018/i-HmnWZ7S/0/8915ea3b/XL/L1011243-XL.jpg

C/V...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-25-2019
Replies: 147
Views: 15,506
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Seems like a pretty good "straight up the middle"...

Seems like a pretty good "straight up the middle" performer, Jon. I'd echo the question about focus shift, but it seems like a winner. I have a 35/1.2 Nokton that I love. . . here's hoping that the...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-22-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 1,812
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Great choice! I have one of those as well in...

Great choice! I have one of those as well in Leica thread-mount and have been tempted by the current production chrome models. We'll be interested to see some pix from it too!
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 01-20-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 1,812
Posted By Benjamin Marks
I have had both. The Hexanon is gone; I sold it...

I have had both. The Hexanon is gone; I sold it because it never focused correctly with my M6. The Planar remains. But really, that doesn't matter as much as actually taking pictures, learning how...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-20-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 1,465
Posted By Benjamin Marks
So sorry to hear about your troubles, Akiva. ...

So sorry to hear about your troubles, Akiva. Three hopeful points:
1) your mind is wonderfully plastic when it comes to vision;
2) you can re-train your brain to change your dominant eye (I have...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-14-2019
Replies: 111
Views: 3,829
Posted By Benjamin Marks
I had an M7, but I found that I overrode the auto...

I had an M7, but I found that I overrode the auto exposure as often as I used it. At the end of the day, I wound up using the M6 (that I still have) more often. When I needed to raise money, the M7...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-11-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,260
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Yeah, I think Chris has got it. Lith film...

Yeah, I think Chris has got it. Lith film records no greys, or very few. Look at the texture in the highlight areas of his pix. That suggests a rice paper negative or something similar. Note that...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 01-11-2019
Replies: 46
Views: 1,675
Posted By Benjamin Marks
I don't have an answer, but when has that stopped...

I don't have an answer, but when has that stopped me from chiming in? :hide:

Color is an intensely subjective and difficult subject. This is aggravated by digital images being viewed on millions of...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-07-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 927
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Good, yes. User Friendly . . . I give it a 6...

Good, yes. User Friendly . . . I give it a 6 out of 10. The more flexible a program is (e.g. Photoshop) the steeper the learning curve.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-07-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 425
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Sherry Krauter is great on the M5. She is at...

Sherry Krauter is great on the M5. She is at Golden Touch Camera Repair.



Sherry Krauter - Golden Touch - 118 Purgatory Rd - Campbell Hall, NY 10916-2616


I have used both her and Don Goldberg on...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-06-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 563
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Like others of you, I find it remarkable that we...

Like others of you, I find it remarkable that we are entering a time when (for the foreseeable future) there will be a film record of a time 100 years prior to whatever moment you are in. Imagine...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-31-2018
Replies: 288
Views: 50,338
Posted By Benjamin Marks
I have enjoyed this thread immensely, but I want...

I have enjoyed this thread immensely, but I want to complicate things for some of you at the risk of being didactic. So with my apology as a preface, here goes. "Film Noir" imagery is not about a...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-27-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 908
Posted By Benjamin Marks
LOL. Yeah, it is kind of like that. Still, the...

LOL. Yeah, it is kind of like that. Still, the bags do get packed, and the trips do get taken. ;)

I see it as the flip side of the question, "do I buy Brand X or Brand Y?" of which you see a lot...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-27-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 908
Posted By Benjamin Marks
I wouldn't call it inane. I think part of the...

I wouldn't call it inane. I think part of the fun of photography mixed with travel is seeing how other folks solve these problems. I view it as an invitation, by a photographer, for other...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-27-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 582
Posted By Benjamin Marks
A link to the movie and sound is below at The...

A link to the movie and sound is below at The Online Photographer. The funny thing, photographically speaking, is to hear Bill Anders asking for the color Hassie back, and Jim Lovell telling him to...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-27-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 908
Posted By Benjamin Marks
What are you going to do for a light meter with...

What are you going to do for a light meter with the IIIf? Seems like the answer to that question might add some weight to the rig. In any case, I recently traveled to Tokyo and took an SLR (Pentax...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-26-2018
Replies: 157
Views: 22,111
Posted By Benjamin Marks
The M5 is the 'most maligned' -- but it doesn't...

The M5 is the 'most maligned' -- but it doesn't follow that it is the one I hate the most. In fact, I don't hate any Leica. I love my M5 -- it is quite the picture taking machine. Wonderful...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-25-2018
Replies: 173
Views: 10,361
Posted By Benjamin Marks
I think about the risks sometimes when packing. ...

I think about the risks sometimes when packing. But, really, what's the point of having excellent tools if you are afraid to use them.

Just got back from two weeks in Tokyo.
Leica M9, 15mm...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 12-08-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 4,065
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Really lovely looking machine. They really knew...

Really lovely looking machine. They really knew how to make a machine back then.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 12-07-2018
Replies: 625
Views: 54,623
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Hah! No worries. I am traveling next week. ...

Hah! No worries. I am traveling next week. Tokyo, by way of Montreal (closest airport with a non-stop for many of us in Vermont). The M9 is coming with . . I'm thinking 24-35-50 with maybe the...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 11-29-2018
Replies: 81
Views: 13,774
Posted By Benjamin Marks
I assume that the optical design of all versions...

I assume that the optical design of all versions of the lens is the same, but I don't keep track of design details at that level. I have two, the Nikon version (which I think I got on sale at a...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 11-29-2018
Replies: 81
Views: 13,774
Posted By Benjamin Marks
The Heliar is super-sharp, although it should be...

The Heliar is super-sharp, although it should be said that there are plenty of 50's that are sharp by f:3.5. Here is a head-to-head comparison I have posted before. Various M and LTM lenses mounted...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-29-2018
Replies: 57
Views: 1,764
Posted By Benjamin Marks
I do what Raid does. (Smart fella!) ;) I use...

I do what Raid does. (Smart fella!) ;)

I use Flickr and Smugmug to get collections of photos to clients for them to download. They are not, generally, for publication and I doubt that they are...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 11-28-2018
Replies: 625
Views: 54,623
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Vince: I gotta say, I wrote the OP in this...

Vince: I gotta say, I wrote the OP in this thread kind of scratching my head about the design philosophy on this camera. But I just love what you do with it! So: the proof of the pudding is in...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 11-28-2018
Replies: 176
Views: 9,907
Posted By Benjamin Marks
I dunno. I bought the C/V 35/1.2 v.1 and it is...

I dunno. I bought the C/V 35/1.2 v.1 and it is the default lens I use on my M9. I love that lens, even though I have a 35/2 Asph and other fancy optics in the cabinet. It does so much of what I...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 11-28-2018
Replies: 522
Views: 82,861
Posted By Benjamin Marks
https://photos.smugmug.com/Portraits/Portraits/i-8...

https://photos.smugmug.com/Portraits/Portraits/i-8KfLQPn/0/edc41f7e/XL/Dan%27s%20Dad%20%20-%20Small%20b%26w-XL.jpg

https://photos.smugmug.com/Portraits/Portraits/i-zC2s5d4/0/68f34928/XL/IMGP9250-bw-X...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 11-27-2018
Replies: 176
Views: 9,907
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Jon: for some reasons those links don't work for...

Jon: for some reasons those links don't work for me. The English error message says, "The sever refuse to browse the page.
The URL or value may not be correct. Please confirm the value."

Sent you a...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-25-2018
Replies: 1
Views: 324
Posted By Benjamin Marks
You should post this in the classified section. ...

You should post this in the classified section. It is fees from those ads that help keep this site running!
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 11-23-2018
Replies: 1,424
Views: 194,548
Posted By Benjamin Marks
https:////c1.staticflickr.com/8/7189/6852994517_39...

https:////c1.staticflickr.com/8/7189/6852994517_3939388112_m.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 11-23-2018
Replies: 1,424
Views: 194,548
Posted By Benjamin Marks
https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7149/6852993897_4e7a...

https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7149/6852993897_4e7a046d7b_b.jpg
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-16-2018
Replies: 64
Views: 1,954
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Alas, it is the less-desirable 1.9 version. You...

Alas, it is the less-desirable 1.9 version. You know, there were two Pentax SM lenses that never really lost value: the 85/1.8 and the 32/2. I have the 35, but never could quite pull the trigger on...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-14-2018
Replies: 112
Views: 2,883
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Adapters, and the defeat the demon of focus shift.

Adapters, and the defeat the demon of focus shift.
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-12-2018
Replies: 64
Views: 1,954
Posted By Benjamin Marks
FrankenKamera: https://photos.smugmug.com/LensTes...

FrankenKamera:

https://photos.smugmug.com/LensTests/i-tsQh2Vz/0/0e6abbbe/O/4696082322_ddaf5f1254_o.jpg

https://photos.smugmug.com/LensTests/i-BKHsfvJ/0/e4e8f788/O/4695448239_b9fdeef560_o.jpg

and...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-10-2018
Replies: 35
Views: 890
Posted By Benjamin Marks
I think you will find that at RFC folks enjoy...

I think you will find that at RFC folks enjoy talking about the gear choices they may as much as they enjoy making the photographs that are meaningful to them. My father was a painter, and I can...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-09-2018
Replies: 35
Views: 890
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Well everyone has a point of view, and those...

Well everyone has a point of view, and those points of view are interesting to me, which is why I asked the question. There is always the chance that an argument made here, or an approach that...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-09-2018
Replies: 35
Views: 890
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Ah, but I will be traveling with my family, which...

Ah, but I will be traveling with my family, which means more portraits than I would take on a pure tourist jaunt. Particularly with the M9's low-light capabilities, a fast 50 or 35 is a godsend....
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-09-2018
Replies: 35
Views: 890
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Resolution . . . or Lens Choice?

I am going to be in Tokyo for two weeks next month. I have almost as much fun putting together a kit for a trip, as I do actually going. Yeah . . . bit of a photo nut.

There are three camera...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-05-2018
Replies: 99
Views: 8,765
Posted By Benjamin Marks
I dunno guys. The above picture was taken in full...

I dunno guys. The above picture was taken in full sunlight -- surely at the smaller aperture end of the scale for the lens. But I still see fall-off in the corners. I wonder if this is a glass-half...
Forum: RFF News 10-28-2018
Replies: 31
Views: 5,053
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Stephen: I would be happy to lend a hand. I...

Stephen: I would be happy to lend a hand. I think the posts above indicate interest in how to organize a crowd-sourced project like this. Are you imagining a chronological organization of...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 10-16-2018
Replies: 77
Views: 2,856
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Here's another option: buy a used Pentax K-5 and...

Here's another option: buy a used Pentax K-5 and use your existing 50/1.4 lens. I recently started shooting with a Pentax K-1 and I am astonished by the quality of older Pentax lenses. If you can...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 10-14-2018
Replies: 795
Views: 90,376
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Bob: I flat out love your stuff that I've seen...

Bob: I flat out love your stuff that I've seen on RFF. So: more is always better. Just MHO, of course.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 10-14-2018
Replies: 304
Views: 33,493
Posted By Benjamin Marks
https://photos.smugmug.com/Portraits/Portraits/i-t...

https://photos.smugmug.com/Portraits/Portraits/i-txDQx2W/0/d3b4371c/X2/IMGP6043-Edit-X2.jpg
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-14-2018
Replies: 258
Views: 35,661
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Vignetting or not, I love how you've used this...

Vignetting or not, I love how you've used this lens in this picture. Great tones! I have always said it is harder to take a really good picture of a thing, as opposed to of a person. The person is...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-14-2018
Replies: 258
Views: 35,661
Posted By Benjamin Marks
In the late 80's, early 90's I had a Pentax LX...

In the late 80's, early 90's I had a Pentax LX and several lenses, including the 100/2.8. It always did really well for me, but I was frustrated that it wasn't faster. The Nikon portrait lenses I...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-14-2018
Replies: 258
Views: 35,661
Posted By Benjamin Marks
I tell ya! I bought a K-1 earlier this year and...

I tell ya! I bought a K-1 earlier this year and replaced long-gone primes: 100/2.8, 50/1.7, 50/1.4 35/2. Their performance on the K-1 has been nothing short of stellar.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 10-14-2018
Replies: 795
Views: 90,376
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Pentax K1000; Soligor 100-300...

Pentax K1000; Soligor 100-300 @300/5.6

https://photos.smugmug.com/Portraits/Portraits/i-zp69SGF/0/cc592e7d/L/Scan-130509-0022-L.jpg
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-14-2018
Replies: 258
Views: 35,661
Posted By Benjamin Marks
100/2.8 on a K-1. Conversion in Silver EFX Pro...

100/2.8 on a K-1. Conversion in Silver EFX Pro w2.

https://photos.smugmug.com/Portraits/Portraits/i-pFP4JCT/0/20777f51/X2/IMGP9232-Peter%2BRuby-X2.jpg

77...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 10-14-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 922
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Hey! You're going to love that lens. Congrats...

Hey! You're going to love that lens. Congrats on the purchase! Now, let's see some images. . .
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-11-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,247
Posted By Benjamin Marks
I did it for years with no ill effects. Some...

I did it for years with no ill effects. Some developers (metol, which is used in D-76) can cause a skin reaction, like a contact allergy. Wear kitchen rubber gloves and you should be fine. If you...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-08-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 884
Posted By Benjamin Marks
There was one camera. . . one of the Konica...

There was one camera. . . one of the Konica Hexars? . . . that unwound all the film when you closed the back and then as you took pictures, the film wound back into the cassette. that way, all your...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-02-2018
Replies: 31
Views: 1,114
Posted By Benjamin Marks
I do a lot of shooting indoors, in natural light....

I do a lot of shooting indoors, in natural light. The light sources (windows) are often behind my subjects and an incident reading at the subject is often the way to go. But when I must use...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-01-2018
Replies: 72
Views: 2,526
Posted By Benjamin Marks
LOL. In general, only regret cameras that I...

LOL. In general, only regret cameras that I didn't purchase. Actually come to think of it, there are a few digital cameras that I never got on with and which have devalued to zero or near-zero...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-01-2018
Replies: 55
Views: 1,797
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Hmmm. Feeling behind the times, but I don't use...

Hmmm. Feeling behind the times, but I don't use Youtube that way. Chalk me up to "no one."
Forum: Large Format Film RF 09-28-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 922
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Pretty much any modern (e.g. post WWII) 90 will...

Pretty much any modern (e.g. post WWII) 90 will cover 4x5 and older 90's will do OK when stopped down. I think the Schneider 90/6.8 Angulons will fit inside a Linhoff, but I am not sure. They are...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-26-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 1,665
Posted By Benjamin Marks
I agree with all of that, but particularly this...

I agree with all of that, but particularly this last bit. I am certainly "there" in terms of base-level sensor quality. I think I have been since 2008 or so. But dynamic range is really where I'd...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-26-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 1,665
Posted By Benjamin Marks
LOL, but who cares? Can you sell more MP to the...

LOL, but who cares? Can you sell more MP to the public? Can we even use them, if we buy them? What would we use them for that we don't already have with the current crop of FF...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-26-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 1,665
Posted By Benjamin Marks
With all these giant-sensor cameras being announced - is it too much?

. . . How many of you are using most of the data your current camera produces? Lordy, I'm not.

Tell you why I am asking. My data sweet-spot appears to be between 12-18 MP. My Nikon D3 and Leica M9...
Forum: Optics Theory - 09-24-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 2,777
Posted By Benjamin Marks
You could also look at it as a type/design of...

You could also look at it as a type/design of lens that made many famous pictures. So Henri Cartier-Bresson's "look" or Garry Winnogrand's "look" that came from using what they used. In truth, I...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 09-21-2018
Replies: 2,998
Views: 478,142
Posted By Benjamin Marks
https://photos.smugmug.com/Portraits/Portraits/i-7...

https://photos.smugmug.com/Portraits/Portraits/i-7SvNmnZ/0/77074789/XL/IMGP9079-small%20bw-XL.jpg

Pentax K-1/50/[email protected] or so.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 09-20-2018
Replies: 2,998
Views: 478,142
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Raid: that image is pure poetry. Nicely...

Raid: that image is pure poetry. Nicely seen!

Ben
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 09-18-2018
Replies: 2,998
Views: 478,142
Posted By Benjamin Marks
https://photos.smugmug.com/Portraits/Portraits/i-p...

https://photos.smugmug.com/Portraits/Portraits/i-pFP4JCT/0/20777f51/X2/IMGP9232-Peter%2BRuby-X2.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 09-18-2018
Replies: 2,998
Views: 478,142
Posted By Benjamin Marks
https://photos.smugmug.com/Portraits/Portraits/i-V...

https://photos.smugmug.com/Portraits/Portraits/i-Vkv2CWg/0/aabfbb8b/X2/IMGP8865-small-bw-X2.jpg
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 09-13-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 783
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Any midweight Bogen will do. But the Pentax 67...

Any midweight Bogen will do. But the Pentax 67 is a heavy beast. It is really the tripod head you want to consider. Make sure you have something solid so all that camera doesn't flop forward on...
Forum: Photo Software 09-13-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 1,931
Posted By Benjamin Marks
LOL. I am reasonably sure my standards are lower...

LOL. I am reasonably sure my standards are lower than yours. :D I say this because I have no files that look like junk. I have 2010 images I love, and 2018 images that I love. Heck, I have ERF...
Forum: Photo Software 09-13-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 1,931
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Peter: yes, same with older files from those...

Peter: yes, same with older files from those cameras. The newer cameras though have newer versions of the ORF file. Why the camera makers insist on "updating" their formats, I cannot guess. ...
Forum: Photo Software 09-13-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 1,931
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Exactly! I stopped my software upgrade cycle...

Exactly! I stopped my software upgrade cycle with PS5 and LR 5.7. I do photography in intense bursts, and it feels sort of odd to pay a monthly license fee for something that I already "own." Of...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-13-2018
Replies: 38
Views: 2,097
Posted By Benjamin Marks
I really like the M9, but admit that the "adapt...

I really like the M9, but admit that the "adapt anything" bug on the CMOS cameras has bitten me. I use lots of different lenses on it, but keep drifting back to the C/V 35/1.2 v/1. Just something...
Forum: Photo Software 09-13-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 1,931
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Addendum: turns out that the RAW files (in my...

Addendum: turns out that the RAW files (in my case ORF) can't be mixed in with other files in a directory. You have to copy all the files to a folder and then turn loose the software on the whole...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 09-11-2018
Replies: 2,998
Views: 478,142
Posted By Benjamin Marks
https://photos.smugmug.com/Portraits/Portraits/i-8...

https://photos.smugmug.com/Portraits/Portraits/i-8KfLQPn/0/edc41f7e/X2/Dan%27s%20Dad%20%20-%20Small%20b%26w-X2.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 09-11-2018
Replies: 2,998
Views: 478,142
Posted By Benjamin Marks
^^^ Superb tones. Really like the feeling that...

^^^ Superb tones. Really like the feeling that this kind of dynamic range gets you.
Forum: Photo Software 09-11-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 1,931
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Finally Discovered an efficient DNG converter for Oly ORF Files

I bought an OM-D E-Mi, Mark II earlier this year and have been very pleased by it. The silent shutter mode - even on the rapid-fire (low) setting is effectively silent in the street. Even in an...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 09-10-2018
Replies: 2,998
Views: 478,142
Posted By Benjamin Marks
https://photos.smugmug.com/Portraits/Portraits/i-j...

https://photos.smugmug.com/Portraits/Portraits/i-jW3srHb/0/48d08d61/X2/Isaac%2BSam-X2.jpg

https://photos.smugmug.com/Portraits/Portraits/i-5GsZVqD/0/a2490e85/X2/Drawing-X2.jpg

https://photos.smugmug...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 09-10-2018
Replies: 2,998
Views: 478,142
Posted By Benjamin Marks
https://photos.smugmug.com/Portraits/Portraits/i-g...

https://photos.smugmug.com/Portraits/Portraits/i-gM9nvTp/0/45d8c892/O/Mugging%20in%20Hennepin%20County.jpg

https://photos.smugmug.com/Portraits/Portraits/i-NvSHTDd/0/c159c793/O/Sash_for_Soph.jpg
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 09-10-2018
Replies: 822
Views: 139,761
Posted By Benjamin Marks
https://photos.smugmug.com/Portraits/Portraits/i-2...

https://photos.smugmug.com/Portraits/Portraits/i-24L4GSs/0/31096d3e/X2/L1010525_Velvia-X2.jpg

M9 C/V 35/1.2 @ f:5.6
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-07-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 633
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Yeah, probably. If the powder is still white,...

Yeah, probably. If the powder is still white, hasn't oxidized -- probably still good. Mix it and develop a test roll. That's the only real way to tell.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-03-2018
Replies: 56
Views: 1,813
Posted By Benjamin Marks
I used to dry negatives in a bathroom on a...

I used to dry negatives in a bathroom on a fishing line suspended between the shower head and the pole holding the curtain. Less dust in a bathroom. When I moved film development to my basement, I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-30-2018
Replies: 75
Views: 2,293
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Easy Peasy. Shoot. More. Film. These industries...

Easy Peasy. Shoot. More. Film. These industries are the result of millions of people making independent decisions. So keep pressing that shutter button.

Edit: or looked at another way, if it...
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 08-26-2018
Replies: 273
Views: 12,305
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Pentax! Oh . . . never mind. ;) Seriously...

Pentax! Oh . . . never mind. ;)

Seriously though, I like the idea of more camera makers trying to solve the mirrorless problem. For instance, I had been thinking about Sony in a vague way. Now,...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-22-2018
Replies: 699
Views: 78,592
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Dang, Erik. Your stuff is so consistently good,...

Dang, Erik. Your stuff is so consistently good, I wonder what you are having for breakfast. I have read this thread all the way back to the beginning, and your images are just stunning. I suspect...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 08-19-2018
Replies: 56
Views: 1,589
Posted By Benjamin Marks
What Roger said, but also Bob said too. ...

What Roger said, but also Bob said too. Remember, you are taking your eye, your sensibility, to this other place. Make sure you can make "your" pictures when you get there. ;) But also take the...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-08-2018
Replies: 37
Views: 1,564
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Actually folks, you are both right and DSLR sales...

Actually folks, you are both right and DSLR sales are in a nosedive as a result. Look at year-over-year DSLR sales for the past decade. Yeah, we all know that phones play a role there too. But it...
Forum: RFF News 08-06-2018
Replies: 47
Views: 3,292
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Oh, I do love Neopan 400. And I think I can tell...

Oh, I do love Neopan 400. And I think I can tell the difference by grain "look" between it and Tri-X for which I also have a real fondness. But when I started developing Neopan 400 in a Vitamin C...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-22-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 1,148
Posted By Benjamin Marks
I too have binders and binders of negatives. But...

I too have binders and binders of negatives. But in 2010 my father died and I went on a hunt for the "also-rans." You know the ones I mean? These might be the pictures on a roll that didn't get...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 07-11-2018
Replies: 52
Views: 2,209
Posted By Benjamin Marks
I have several, but haven't shot with them in...

I have several, but haven't shot with them in years. I like them. Each has its own advantages. For instance, I liked the T's long focus base a lot. It worked really well with my Noctilux -- quite...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 06-01-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 12,500
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Yeah. Gotta give it up for this. THe RD1 put...

Yeah. Gotta give it up for this. THe RD1 put digital RF on the map when others said it couldn't be done. I anticipated that camera with fervor. I am also sad that there was no RD2, (or R2D2). ;)
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 06-01-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 12,500
Posted By Benjamin Marks
The long RF baseline on my T enables me to focus...

The long RF baseline on my T enables me to focus a Notilux with pin-point accuracy. It therefore brought something to the table that not even my M's could match. It was light and comparatively...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-25-2018
Replies: 151
Views: 7,795
Posted By Benjamin Marks
I had one in 2005 and sold it to buy an M8. I...

I had one in 2005 and sold it to buy an M8. I liked it ok, but found that I never used the AE. The M6 was good enough for me. Sad to see another classic go, though.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 05-16-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 1,913
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Dang. I really wish I was a rich hobbyist. I...

Dang. I really wish I was a rich hobbyist. I had a grandfather who was land-rich and cash poor. I am Leica rich and cash poor. To clear this up: Would all the rich hobbyists please identify...
Forum: RFF Polls 05-01-2018
Replies: 43
Views: 1,381
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Hexanon AR - the SLR lenses. Wonderful.

Hexanon AR - the SLR lenses. Wonderful.
Forum: Simon Says -- SimonSawSunlight Photo Technique 04-29-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 1,547
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Simon: Those pix have a lot of heart, and also...

Simon: Those pix have a lot of heart, and also mix the perspective of an outsider with that of a good eye for pattern and composition. There is a lot going on there. I too loved Japan when I...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-02-2018
Replies: 38
Views: 1,500
Posted By Benjamin Marks
I would call Leica, find out from the techs there...

I would call Leica, find out from the techs there a) what their assessment is, and b) what a sensor replacement would cost. I first would find out from the seller the serial camera's number and...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 01-20-2018
Replies: 625
Views: 54,623
Posted By Benjamin Marks
I started this thread a year and half ago. Seems...

I started this thread a year and half ago. Seems like forever. I am still using my M9 and have not upgraded or switched yet. But it is just great to see the terrific images that you all are making...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-14-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 1,394
Posted By Benjamin Marks
I have one word for you: monopod. Actually, a...

I have one word for you: monopod.

Actually, a bunch of folks used to take a 1/4 screw and tie a long piece of sturdy string to it. The screw goes into the tripod socket and you stand on the string...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-06-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 886
Posted By Benjamin Marks
OT: A plug for the trailing technological edge

I recently purchased a Pentax K-5 for $250 off ebay and a full suite of Pentax M lenses (28, 35, 50, 100, 135) for a pittance. I just want to plug the trailing edge of technology here. The...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-06-2017
Replies: 102
Views: 35,522
Posted By Benjamin Marks
https://photos.smugmug.com/Recent/Recent-Photograp...

https://photos.smugmug.com/Recent/Recent-Photographs/i-3DbF5M2/0/d11252aa/O/1993%20-%20Graffito.jpg
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 09-04-2017
Replies: 37
Views: 3,096
Posted By Benjamin Marks
I must say that almost all the responses in this...

I must say that almost all the responses in this thread are more amusing than my first impulse at responding, which is that I don't ordinarily give my pictures titles. But then again, my favorites...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-01-2017
Replies: 8,807
Views: 859,343
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Pentax K-5 with 28/2.8, 35/2.8, 50/2, 100/2.8....

Pentax K-5 with 28/2.8, 35/2.8, 50/2, 100/2.8. 135/2.5. I am a relapsed Pentaxian. Those M-series lenses are all well under $100 apiece on ebay. Too good to pass up.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-01-2017
Replies: 1,821
Views: 290,483
Posted By Benjamin Marks
https://photos.smugmug.com/Portraits/Portraits/i-q...

https://photos.smugmug.com/Portraits/Portraits/i-qpqL8dv/0/63fb4bd6/X2/L1009970-EditBW-small-X2.jpg

With the 75 Summicron, I think.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-31-2017
Replies: 26
Views: 1,770
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Well, sure. If you don't trust Leica, then don't...

Well, sure. If you don't trust Leica, then don't buy the camera. I am sure you could get a nice Canon and do wonderful things with it. Or a Sony, they have a "last man standing" sort of look to...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-31-2017
Replies: 26
Views: 1,770
Posted By Benjamin Marks
I have an M9 that has had its sensor replaced for...

I have an M9 that has had its sensor replaced for free several years ago. It does great. I am sure the new one will fail at some point. It is still a great picture taking machine. State of the...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 08-21-2017
Replies: 520
Views: 93,608
Posted By Benjamin Marks
A 10-year update from Post...

A 10-year update from Post #32

https://photos.smugmug.com/Portraits/Portraits/i-VfqShfn/0/77a11bd0/M/L1010416-Edit-M.jpg

M9; 75mm Summicron
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 08-21-2017
Replies: 5,265
Views: 790,848
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Oh, Vince. Nicely done.

Oh, Vince. Nicely done.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 07-24-2017
Replies: 29
Views: 1,374
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Goo Gone? Apply whatever you use sparingly....

Goo Gone? Apply whatever you use sparingly. Q-Tips. Most isopropryl alcohol has at least some water in it. Most straight up solvents can dissolve plastics.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-10-2017
Replies: 32
Views: 2,365
Posted By Benjamin Marks
As others have said, Rodinal inherently produces...

As others have said, Rodinal inherently produces more noticeable grain than a developer like D-76 or X-Tol, which have solvents in them (I believe that is part of what the sulfite is doing in the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-10-2017
Replies: 32
Views: 2,365
Posted By Benjamin Marks
As others have said, Rodinal inherently produces...

As others have said, Rodinal inherently produces more noticeable grain than a developer like D-76 or X-Tol, which have solvents in them (I believe that is part of what the sulfite is doing in the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-08-2017
Replies: 46
Views: 1,506
Posted By Benjamin Marks
If you are a left-eye dominant shooter, some...

If you are a left-eye dominant shooter, some cameras' wind levers require you to move the camera/VF away from your face to advance the film and take the next shot. In a quickly developing situation,...
Forum: Travel 05-24-2017
Replies: 36
Views: 1,641
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Really impressive! You have a great, "wide" eye....

Really impressive! You have a great, "wide" eye. Looking at the pictures, I have a real sense of being there. Colors are amazing and you really get a sense of space the way you use that camera. I...
Forum: Optics Theory - 05-08-2017
Replies: 63
Views: 8,218
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Based on this thread. I tried flattening my...

Based on this thread. I tried flattening my lenses, but they then didn't work so good. I am now trying to reinflate them, but the pieces won't stay together. Particularly difficult are the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-03-2017
Replies: 323
Views: 25,231
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Mamiya 7. Bought it twice. Could never quite...

Mamiya 7. Bought it twice. Could never quite get close enough to the subject...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 05-03-2017
Replies: 66
Views: 4,760
Posted By Benjamin Marks
You need a tape measure and a calculator. You...

You need a tape measure and a calculator. You are going to be calculating a lot of exposure compensation for bellows extension that is greater than your focal length. A torpedo level is nice, but...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-01-2017
Replies: 5
Views: 819
Posted By Benjamin Marks
The proof will really be in your pictures. I did...

The proof will really be in your pictures. I did the same thing to an M6 "Panda" years ago. Marble floor of Union Station in DC. Ouch. Never bothered to fix it as it functions fine. Probably...
Forum: RFF Polls 04-30-2017
Replies: 140
Views: 12,357
Posted By Benjamin Marks
There should be a poll choice for, "I have no...

There should be a poll choice for, "I have no idea." There was a Sony Mavic in there around 2000. ;)

I recently came across a Lumix that I had no idea I owned. If you don't know how many you've...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 04-30-2017
Replies: 824
Views: 83,781
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Hmm. This is a very different perspective than...

Hmm. This is a very different perspective than the one I have. I don't accept the premise that a small camera company's branding decision has economic or social implications of any magnitude.

I...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 04-30-2017
Replies: 824
Views: 83,781
Posted By Benjamin Marks
I never know what to do with threads like this...

I never know what to do with threads like this one. Making equivalences based on inflation only completely ignores the ways in which both photographic gear, the uses of photography, and consumer...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 04-27-2017
Replies: 2
Views: 844
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Nice work. Seems like you and that camera are...

Nice work. Seems like you and that camera are going to get along well.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 04-26-2017
Replies: 27
Views: 2,041
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Worth it: as an upgrade over the previous...

Worth it: as an upgrade over the previous version of the 'Lux. Yes. One of the sharpest lenses I own. I liked my older 'Lux, but it was as sepiareverb said: speed at the expense of soft corners....
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 04-10-2017
Replies: 54
Views: 6,910
Posted By Benjamin Marks
Girls, girls. You are both pretty. Now on with...

Girls, girls. You are both pretty. Now on with our regularly scheduled programming.
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