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Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-03-2019
Replies: 52
Views: 1,745
Posted By mani
Whenever I see Ted's name posting about film, I...

Whenever I see Ted's name posting about film, I know he's spreading doom.


Strangely the market somehow survives.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-21-2019
Replies: 323
Views: 25,391
Posted By mani
Exactly all of this. I really hated the 500CM,...

Exactly all of this. I really hated the 500CM, and wasted enormous amounts of money on the system trying to like it. I bought an entire kit in really nice condition from the States, but found it...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-15-2019
Replies: 64
Views: 2,555
Posted By mani
The rollfilm sells in the EU for the equivalent...

The rollfilm sells in the EU for the equivalent of around $5,50. Lately I’ve been buying a mocha latte on the way to work each morning for what translates to $6,70. I drink it within ten minutes and...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-01-2018
Replies: 152
Views: 6,840
Posted By mani
Troll warning all over this now.

Troll warning all over this now.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-01-2018
Replies: 152
Views: 6,840
Posted By mani
I'm with KM-25 on some of the participants on...

I'm with KM-25 on some of the participants on this thread.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-01-2018
Replies: 152
Views: 6,840
Posted By mani
There's a lot of hate for Kodak on this forum,...

There's a lot of hate for Kodak on this forum, but if I wanted to be in this business, I'd rather be selling film right now, than digital cameras...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-15-2018
Replies: 152
Views: 6,840
Posted By mani
This thread reminds me of another one on this...

This thread reminds me of another one on this forum, that dated from before my interest in film, where the original poster in that thread stated with great certainty, and according to reliable inside...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-07-2017
Replies: 137
Views: 5,954
Posted By mani
Hi Aristophanes - while I appreciate you taking...

Hi Aristophanes - while I appreciate you taking the time to write your very long post - I’m afraid I can’t be bothered to read it.. thanks anyway for all your negative effort. I’m gonna continue...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-05-2017
Replies: 137
Views: 5,954
Posted By mani
I see evidence all around me of much more film...

I see evidence all around me of much more film interest than when I began using film 6 or so years ago: at the tech startup I work at I have two colleagues who've recently started using film; at my...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-17-2017
Replies: 411
Views: 16,467
Posted By mani
As a person who worked with digital imaging for a...

As a person who worked with digital imaging for a number of years, I switched to film for my own use because I vastly prefer the resulting image, not the process itself.

I'll leave it at that - as...
Forum: Photo Software 06-19-2017
Replies: 105
Views: 8,315
Posted By mani
This would be ideal, but the reason it's never...

This would be ideal, but the reason it's never going to be open-sourced is because the underlying technology is used in Snapseed - the mobile image-editing software that was Google's original target...
Forum: Photo Software 06-19-2017
Replies: 105
Views: 8,315
Posted By mani
Thanks for the link Larry, I signed the petition...

Thanks for the link Larry, I signed the petition (though fully aware that Google have absolutely no interest whatsoever in listening to what a mere 12-15,000 photographers think: a mere gnat bite,...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 06-15-2017
Replies: 136
Views: 7,008
Posted By mani
Well that escalated quickly. :eek: As so often...

Well that escalated quickly. :eek:

As so often on the internet, someone mistook the tone of what was meant as an innocuous statement and ran with it... FWIW I wasn't trying to put anyone 'down' in...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 06-15-2017
Replies: 136
Views: 7,008
Posted By mani
I think stompyq referred to your post mistakenly...

I think stompyq referred to your post mistakenly assuming brbo's workflow was yours, Philip.

btw while I can theoretically agree with the general philosophy of keeping all your transforms of an...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 06-15-2017
Replies: 136
Views: 7,008
Posted By mani
Exactly. For all the cross-criticism of each...

Exactly. For all the cross-criticism of each other's workflows in this thread, the best, and most neutral version so far is brbo's. Other people telling him that he's doing it 'wrong' (ironically...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 06-05-2017
Replies: 69
Views: 7,570
Posted By mani
But this doesn't address the problem: which is...

But this doesn't address the problem: which is that there's a real need that isn't being fulfilled by the manufacturers right now.

If I had the time and expertise then I'd try to achieve some...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 06-02-2017
Replies: 29
Views: 3,264
Posted By mani
The two sets of images aren't really comparable,...

The two sets of images aren't really comparable, but I prefer the colors of the M9 set. :o

I doubt whether a blind online test of 2 images of the same subject would really show any significant...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 05-31-2017
Replies: 69
Views: 7,570
Posted By mani
As Peter points out, there are different versions...

As Peter points out, there are different versions of the FilmToaster - including a commercial or 'personal' model that includes a film holder and costs $999.
The main target audience (as others have...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 05-30-2017
Replies: 69
Views: 7,570
Posted By mani
Just for the record - because this thread is...

Just for the record - because this thread is already full of misinformation - the price for the basic unit plus ONE film holder (either 120 or 35mm) is $999. So for a person just doing 35mm you can...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 05-29-2017
Replies: 70
Views: 3,346
Posted By mani
Ah! You might be right! I'm getting so accustomed...

Ah! You might be right! I'm getting so accustomed to the default snarky tone on RFF that I can't really tell anymore... :confused:
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 05-29-2017
Replies: 70
Views: 3,346
Posted By mani
Wow. You really think Apple doesn't do marketing?...

Wow. You really think Apple doesn't do marketing? Doesn't advertise their products? You realize that the last figures available for Apple's ad spend were almost 2 BILLION dollars? That was for 2016,...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 05-29-2017
Replies: 70
Views: 3,346
Posted By mani
Don't think that's true at all in this case - the...

Don't think that's true at all in this case - the whole point is they're focussing on 'the gear'. But it's just a stunt - it's been done many times before. "Hey take a look at this billboard! Shot on...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 05-29-2017
Replies: 70
Views: 3,346
Posted By mani
Apple will have worked hard to make this happen -...

Apple will have worked hard to make this happen - it's just marketing.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 05-29-2017
Replies: 69
Views: 7,570
Posted By mani
Haha yeah thanks Frank for that entertaining...

Haha yeah thanks Frank for that entertaining exchange of views on the Filmtoaster - that discussion really did escalate rather quickly. :eek:

Setting aside that this piece of equipment is definitely...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 05-28-2017
Replies: 69
Views: 7,570
Posted By mani
Thanks for highlighting this project again - I'd...

Thanks for highlighting this project again - I'd forgotten about it. It seems like the cost for a standard, 'consumer' setup is around $999 which, though less than the original $2400 featured in the...
Forum: Fuji Digital General Discussion 05-24-2017
Replies: 18
Views: 2,085
Posted By mani
I'm still curious what could be done with the...

I'm still curious what could be done with the sensor-shifting of a camera like the Olympus Pen F. Has anyone tried it? As I understand it, the result is an 80 megapixel file - but does this really...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 05-20-2017
Replies: 27
Views: 3,244
Posted By mani
Thanks for the detailed description for removing...

Thanks for the detailed description for removing the orange mask - this is a much better description than the one I tried before, which was some blog post from a few years back. My problem was always...
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 05-20-2017
Replies: 41
Views: 3,031
Posted By mani
I followed the link to Edition One and was...

I followed the link to Edition One and was intrigued to find that they seem to use digital printing for runs up to 500 copies:

http://www.editiononebooks.com/process/printing/

Their service looks...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 05-19-2017
Replies: 27
Views: 3,244
Posted By mani
brbo - thanks for taking the time and effort for...

brbo - thanks for taking the time and effort for your comparisons. Very interesting. I'm also curious about the orange mask removal in Vuescan - I'm assuming it's not just through the analog gain...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 05-19-2017
Replies: 27
Views: 3,244
Posted By mani
OK - I'm not certain myself, but annoyingly...

OK - I'm not certain myself, but annoyingly Lasersoft disable some of the features in the bundled Silverfast versions. I would suggest checking their website, but it's hard to tell even looking at...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 05-19-2017
Replies: 27
Views: 3,244
Posted By mani
Cool! Hope you're outside in the warm evening!...

Cool! Hope you're outside in the warm evening! (Just got back from Hagaparken with the kids).

Which Plustek scanner are you using?
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 05-19-2017
Replies: 27
Views: 3,244
Posted By mani
Hi Maximilian I pretty much followed the...

Hi Maximilian

I pretty much followed the settings laid out on this page:
http://www.colorperfect.com/scanning-slides-and-negatives/scans/Lasersoft-Imaging/SilverFast-8/SE/Ai/

Where I use the...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 05-19-2017
Replies: 27
Views: 3,244
Posted By mani
Not really, but the persistent sneering tone, and...

Not really, but the persistent sneering tone, and the general effort to 'prove the other guy wrong' tends to have an effect in the end.

Anyway, I look forward to seeing your comparisons. I can only...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 05-19-2017
Replies: 27
Views: 3,244
Posted By mani
Often a lot of the input on RFF tends to be in...

Often a lot of the input on RFF tends to be in the style of "You're doing it wrong", and that general tone (in my experience) has led to fewer and fewer people being willing to post actual visual...
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 05-19-2017
Replies: 41
Views: 3,031
Posted By mani
My own - very unscientific - experience with...

My own - very unscientific - experience with Blurb books (that I use to print one-off books of personal images) is that the quality is actually very good. It's definitely not Steidl, but with care in...
Forum: Photo Software 05-19-2017
Replies: 105
Views: 8,315
Posted By mani
I think we should take this thread for what it is...

I think we should take this thread for what it is - simply a statement of frustration at the situation we find ourselves in, when immense corporations buy and discard the tools we use in our everyday...
Forum: Photo Software 05-16-2017
Replies: 105
Views: 8,315
Posted By mani
The reason that Google released the software for...

The reason that Google released the software for free was precisely to fuel posts like this.

If they'd simply said "we're discontinuing the Nik Collection" they knew there'd be an outcry from all...
Forum: Photo Software 05-16-2017
Replies: 105
Views: 8,315
Posted By mani
The original discussion about the anouncement...

The original discussion about the anouncement still makes interesting reading:
http://rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=155156

As John Wolf said, Google were after Snapseed, and there was...
Forum: Photo Software 05-15-2017
Replies: 105
Views: 8,315
Posted By mani
I wrote this exact thing about the whole Nik...

I wrote this exact thing about the whole Nik Collection when Google released it 'free'. They were extremely smart about it though - the deafening roar of excitement from people thinking they were...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-10-2017
Replies: 90
Views: 4,768
Posted By mani
yeah the glass is half empty. ...or on the...

yeah the glass is half empty.

...or on the other hand, actually using cameras that would otherwise be gathering dust.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-10-2017
Replies: 90
Views: 4,768
Posted By mani
Here's a typical 'aspirational lifestyle' image...

Here's a typical 'aspirational lifestyle' image from a recent IKEA campaign. The accompanying copy (rough translation from google)
"Studio feeling with patinated tiled walls and a rough shelf in...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-10-2017
Replies: 90
Views: 4,768
Posted By mani
Anyone saying "it's just a prop" has no idea how...

Anyone saying "it's just a prop" has no idea how advertising works, and how many hours of conference calls, Art Director meetings and Slack discussions will have gone into choosing even a stock photo...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-26-2017
Replies: 50
Views: 2,252
Posted By mani
Hey man - I have the beard and the craft beers...

Hey man - I have the beard and the craft beers too. And I also got into film photography around 5 years ago. What made you think I was talking about you?

Anyways, this thread has run its normal RFF...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-26-2017
Replies: 50
Views: 2,252
Posted By mani
I don't need clarification of basic economics...

I don't need clarification of basic economics (something being 'in fashion' == greater demand. wow!) I was discussing the dismissive terms of the entire thread: the entire tone of 'Look at these...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-26-2017
Replies: 50
Views: 2,252
Posted By mani
The Diana camera phenomenon isn't typical...

The Diana camera phenomenon isn't typical precisely because the original high demand for vintage Diana cameras was followed by an enormous amount of newly produced cameras by Lomo. These can be found...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-26-2017
Replies: 50
Views: 2,252
Posted By mani
I simply don't understand this lofty,...

I simply don't understand this lofty, patronizing, dismissive attitude from the RFF old-timers.

Why exactly are the laws of supply and demand "Fashion" or "hysteria"?

More and more people are...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 04-12-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 914
Posted By mani
I scanned six more images tonight, testing with...

I scanned six more images tonight, testing with different settings, and found that the "Perform three line scan with optical resolution" actually helped with the subtle wave-pattern artifacts -...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 04-12-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 914
Posted By mani
Received a very prompt reply from Silverfast -...

Received a very prompt reply from Silverfast - maybe their customer care is improving!

"you can try to switch to the second scan mode your Nikon scanner provides:
Perform three line scan with...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 04-12-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 914
Posted By mani
Thanks Larry for the input! I wouldn't normally...

Thanks Larry for the input!

I wouldn't normally bother with this particular negative, but I noticed the artifacts also appearing in (say) a highlight on a persons bare arm in very bright sunlight in...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 04-12-2017
Replies: 7
Views: 914
Posted By mani
Silverfast questions

Once again I'm giving Silverfast a try - I downloaded the trial a while ago but didn't manage to get it activated (probably because I'd used the trial a couple years before on the same computer), but...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 04-07-2017
Replies: 62
Views: 4,242
Posted By mani
Absolutely disagree - the look that the OP refers...

Absolutely disagree - the look that the OP refers to in his link from Carmencita Labs is totally possible to attain with the LS8000.

Starting with over-exposing Portra400, and then carefully...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 04-04-2017
Replies: 46
Views: 4,093
Posted By mani
I bought two of DAG's black dots (one spare) for...

I bought two of DAG's black dots (one spare) for my black paint M6 - but never could get the original red dot off the darn thing. :o

Even if I don't like the red dot much, putting black tape over...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-02-2017
Replies: 22
Views: 3,753
Posted By mani
hehe I think the 'religious experience' pertains...

hehe I think the 'religious experience' pertains to the results, not the internal mechanical build quality. ;)

In any case, the lens is beautifully compact, smooth, and (once this sort of fix is...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-02-2017
Replies: 22
Views: 3,753
Posted By mani
Just as an additional note, notwithstanding what...

Just as an additional note, notwithstanding what Sherry Krauter may have said, I received the worn plastic parts back in a little bag after the CLA and fix (which was done by a technician here in...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-01-2017
Replies: 22
Views: 3,753
Posted By mani
As other posters have said, the reason is wear of...

As other posters have said, the reason is wear of the plastic internal parts. My (externally perfect) v4 had this problem, and I have to say I was extremely surprised at the time to find that Leica...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 03-31-2017
Replies: 132
Views: 13,696
Posted By mani
I guess the discussion about 'better skin-tones'...

I guess the discussion about 'better skin-tones' and so on, comes up with each new iteration of the digital M. Nowadays I tend to agree with Emile: the look of most digital cameras looks pretty much...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 03-31-2017
Replies: 336
Views: 81,484
Posted By mani
+1 to this suggestion, which was also my thought...

+1 to this suggestion, which was also my thought when I saw the rather painful-looking progress of the film through the 'snake' transport.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-29-2017
Replies: 19
Views: 1,565
Posted By mani
I accept that criticism of my response, and hope...

I accept that criticism of my response, and hope the project prospers to prove my initial skepticism wrong.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-29-2017
Replies: 19
Views: 1,565
Posted By mani
Hi Keith I'm sure you're asking purely because...

Hi Keith

I'm sure you're asking purely because you want to give the medium a try, but the trouble with discussing these sorts of figures on this forum is that a lot of people simply want to know the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-28-2017
Replies: 19
Views: 1,565
Posted By mani
Any forum members that read my posts will know...

Any forum members that read my posts will know that I'm passionately supportive of film revival efforts, but I'm afraid I just can't see how this Kickstarter is anything other than a rather feeble...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-22-2017
Replies: 27
Views: 1,682
Posted By mani
I saw 2 film cameras on my walk to lunch just...

I saw 2 film cameras on my walk to lunch just today - about 600 meters on an admittedly touristy street in the center of town. Saw no DSLRs, but typically I'll see 2 or 3 on a normal day. In the same...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-22-2017
Replies: 27
Views: 1,682
Posted By mani
Just saw this at random and it reminded me why...

Just saw this at random and it reminded me why RFF is full of such a huge pile of...

PS: in the real world - dropped off 12 rolls of Portra at Teamframkallning here in Stockholm on Monday and had to...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 03-22-2017
Replies: 49
Views: 3,616
Posted By mani
My personal opinion about all the Hadley bags is...

My personal opinion about all the Hadley bags is that they combine the look of a Victorian explorer with a label that says 'mug me'. :D
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 03-21-2017
Replies: 49
Views: 3,616
Posted By mani
http://www.fjallraven.com/ovik-shoulder-bag This...

http://www.fjallraven.com/ovik-shoulder-bag

This isn't marketed as a "camera bag" but it's the best for that purpose I've ever used.

Buy a camera insert that suits your needs from a local camera...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 03-04-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 851
Posted By mani
hmmm ok... didn't realize this simple post would...

hmmm ok... didn't realize this simple post would generate any heat :eek: I really just meant it as a reference for future RFFers facing the same problem I faced now: local retailers uninterested in...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 03-03-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 851
Posted By mani
Batteries for older cameras in Europe

A pretty trivial matter - but sometimes vital to keep an old camera fully-functioning: I had a hard time finding Wein cells for my OM1 cameras in Stockholm (the only store I knew used to have them...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 03-03-2017
Replies: 104
Views: 10,175
Posted By mani
Strong favorite:...

Strong favorite: http://lancecamerastraps.com/classic-non-adjust/

Love these straps. Think they've changed a bit since I bought mine (have two) - but I really love the simplicity, strength,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-28-2017
Replies: 78
Views: 6,481
Posted By mani
Hahahaha the 'get a sense of humor' internet...

Hahahaha the 'get a sense of humor' internet reply went out of fashion from overuse about ten years ago.

In any case, the Kickstarter is at almost $447,000 after 5 days. I'd say definitely gonna go...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 02-28-2017
Replies: 63
Views: 13,450
Posted By mani
So let's do a totally unscientific survey here:...

So let's do a totally unscientific survey here: how many people on this thread are looking for a backup for their 'broken' T2 or T3 - and how many are looking for a T3 they can shoot the hell out of?...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 02-27-2017
Replies: 63
Views: 13,450
Posted By mani
Rubbish. Anyway, back in the real world, T2s...

Rubbish.

Anyway, back in the real world, T2s are selling for around the $600 level here in Sweden - to enthusiasts and new film users.
I'm still on the hunt for a reasonable T3 - they are out of...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-27-2017
Replies: 78
Views: 6,481
Posted By mani
Yep - my point is simply this: it's not always...

Yep - my point is simply this: it's not always necessary to jump into a thread and state those 'objective' facts.

Sometimes a person can see a thread like this, and think to themselves "Well not as...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-27-2017
Replies: 78
Views: 6,481
Posted By mani
This sort of discussion never ends well, but I'm...

This sort of discussion never ends well, but I'm fascinated by some forum members' apparent need to rain on other peoples' parade.

I find it frankly amazing that this seemingly modest Kickstarter...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-26-2017
Replies: 78
Views: 6,481
Posted By mani
Looks like this will probably break through...

Looks like this will probably break through €400,000 today (with 29 days to go).
In other words, pretty soon a half-million dollars for this project! :angel:
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 02-26-2017
Replies: 162
Views: 20,840
Posted By mani
When Nikon discontinued their Coolscan scanners...

When Nikon discontinued their Coolscan scanners there were huge numbers of people scrambling to buy them - I was one of them, ringing around dozens of authorized dealers to find someone with enough...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 02-26-2017
Replies: 336
Views: 81,484
Posted By mani
It wasn't my intention to sideline the discussion...

It wasn't my intention to sideline the discussion into the pros and cons of the Lab-Box: for many people new to film photography (like me) the history of a project like that is less significant than...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 02-25-2017
Replies: 336
Views: 81,484
Posted By mani
Take a look at the Kickstarter from Lab-Box:...

Take a look at the Kickstarter from Lab-Box: after just 3 days they're approaching $400,000! (just $3000 short on Feb 26).

Think how enormously popular a well-produced and reasonably-priced scanner...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 02-25-2017
Replies: 63
Views: 13,450
Posted By mani
I don't think those celebrity 'endorsements' are...

I don't think those celebrity 'endorsements' are making any difference - the prices have been rising for a few years. I had the chance to buy an ex-demo, boxed black T3 for $1000 a year or so ago -...
Forum: Photo Software 02-23-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 1,914
Posted By mani
This is such utter garbage I can't even be...

This is such utter garbage I can't even be bothered to go over the facts again. Why bother. Stick to a topic you know something about.
Forum: Photo Software 02-23-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 1,914
Posted By mani
In my view, nothing that any scanning software...

In my view, nothing that any scanning software can do in terms of image manipulation can match the features and accuracy of Photoshop or Lightroom.

Scanning software is best when used to capture a...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-22-2017
Replies: 78
Views: 6,481
Posted By mani
I mentioned in a comment over on The Online...

I mentioned in a comment over on The Online Photographer recently, an interesting album of images on a Facebook user group showing last year's Stockholm Camera 'Yard Sale'. What was interesting about...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-22-2017
Replies: 78
Views: 6,481
Posted By mani
Just backed for the double-module, even though...

Just backed for the double-module, even though I've never done any processing myself before (apart from one single weekend at university).

The Kickstarter is soon gonna blow past €200,000 - almost...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-17-2017
Replies: 79
Views: 4,079
Posted By mani
My understanding is that the problems are...

My understanding is that the problems are twofold: the general revenue stream that came from mass sales of point-and-shoots has dried up completely and relatively suddenly, at the same time as a...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-19-2017
Replies: 69
Views: 10,253
Posted By mani
Well I know this is an academic question now, as...

Well I know this is an academic question now, as the OP decided to go for the Fuji, but I've been wondering for quite a while why the high-resolution mode on the Olympus Pen hasn't become the...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 09-15-2016
Replies: 126
Views: 9,116
Posted By mani
Haha my first visit to RFF for a while - couldn't...

Haha my first visit to RFF for a while - couldn't resist checking-in to see how much negativity and bile would be pouring over this camera.
Checks out again.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-10-2016
Replies: 18
Views: 1,581
Posted By mani
Great shots. Camera probably good for another 77...

Great shots.
Camera probably good for another 77 years... :)
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-08-2016
Replies: 220
Views: 15,572
Posted By mani
Yeah but that's the most pathetic internet...

Yeah but that's the most pathetic internet response. You should've added 'lighten up!' for the full Internet Bingo.

I don't actually care about this issue, but I'm intrigued by the discussion (you...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-08-2016
Replies: 220
Views: 15,572
Posted By mani
But... but... but... how many times do we have to...

But... but... but... how many times do we have to go over what this thread is about? This thread. And what it's about. It's not about what people are photographing, it's about dedicated cameras.

Oh...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-08-2016
Replies: 220
Views: 15,572
Posted By mani
But it's not similar to cellphones - because...

But it's not similar to cellphones - because cellphones are... well, cellphones.
But an Instax camera is (drumroll) a camera!

You're pretty persistently banging this same drum the whole thread now I...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-07-2016
Replies: 220
Views: 15,572
Posted By mani
While I totally agree there's never going to be a...

While I totally agree there's never going to be a return to film as a mass-market product, I'm encouraged to see it maintain and even increase its presence as a niche product. This makes me confident...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-07-2016
Replies: 21
Views: 2,254
Posted By mani
Crikey I can't believe this sort of rubbish is...

Crikey I can't believe this sort of rubbish is still going around. The Kodak film division remained in profit up to and beyond the Chapter 11. Kodak was bankrupted by their digital ventures.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-05-2016
Replies: 220
Views: 15,572
Posted By mani
You completely expose your agenda by using that...

You completely expose your agenda by using that ridiculously inappropriate word: "salvage - the rescue of something wrecked or disabled".
When I'm using a new-in-box Mamiya 6 or a mint Leica (or...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-04-2016
Replies: 220
Views: 15,572
Posted By mani
When I no longer know whether these threads are a...

When I no longer know whether these threads are a serious discussion, or when it's simply about scoring points, then I think there's no further reason to participate.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-04-2016
Replies: 220
Views: 15,572
Posted By mani
But for the vast majority it already has: by...

But for the vast majority it already has: by phones.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-04-2016
Replies: 220
Views: 15,572
Posted By mani
Much as I'd like to see it, I don't think there's...

Much as I'd like to see it, I don't think there's any way we'll see new film cameras being produced by the major manufacturers: I just don't see how they could possibly compete against the choice or...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-02-2016
Replies: 11
Views: 1,051
Posted By mani
The great thing is that - by the very nature of...

The great thing is that - by the very nature of this shakeout - some labs emerge with a much higher amount of business. My local pro lab in Stockholm now has far more work than they ever experienced,...
Forum: Digital: Medium & Larger Format 06-30-2016
Replies: 26
Views: 4,222
Posted By mani
Seems like a rumor of a rumor of a camera that...

Seems like a rumor of a rumor of a camera that may possibly be announced later in the year... :confused:
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-25-2016
Replies: 505
Views: 31,982
Posted By mani
I don't know where you get this from, but I...

I don't know where you get this from, but I assure you Sweden isn't going anywhere. The universal reaction here is total bemusement, mixed with horror at the backward-looking, fear-mongering, racist...
Forum: Digital: Medium & Larger Format 06-22-2016
Replies: 124
Views: 10,774
Posted By mani
Doesn't anyone else think it looks like a Mamiya...

Doesn't anyone else think it looks like a Mamiya 7 ??
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-20-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 2,392
Posted By mani
I worked in digital imaging for over a decade -...

I worked in digital imaging for over a decade - working with a few of the biggest companies in their fields in the world, so no need to patronize me.

It seems difficult for some people to see that...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-20-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 2,392
Posted By mani
This is the opposite of my experience. I have...

This is the opposite of my experience. I have hundreds of thousands of digital images that I hardly ever look at. Some of them I've messed around with, either in the act of capture or afterwards with...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-20-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 2,392
Posted By mani
Let us know who this is? I've only seen the...

Let us know who this is? I've only seen the opposite trend (including myself - although my trip was simply digital -> film).

Obviously there's always a bunch of people who simply want to buy stuff,...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 06-16-2016
Replies: 208
Views: 28,646
Posted By mani
Cool. I hope you didn't interpret my questions as...

Cool. I hope you didn't interpret my questions as criticisms! I really like the quality of the captures, and the amount of detail is stunning. I just want to isolate the strengths and weaknesses of...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 06-14-2016
Replies: 9
Views: 1,510
Posted By mani
Bear in mind that Ffordes' pricing is very...

Bear in mind that Ffordes' pricing is very conservative on their used equipment. Really nice people to deal with also. Bought loads of stuff from them over the years, both new and used, and it's...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 06-14-2016
Replies: 208
Views: 28,646
Posted By mani
I've been testing slightly bigger prints and...

I've been testing slightly bigger prints and would like to have the possibility of some very large prints in the future. I'd say that's the main use-case for this sort of setup - or at least one of...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 06-14-2016
Replies: 208
Views: 28,646
Posted By mani
Thanks so much for the excellent posts! Exactly...

Thanks so much for the excellent posts! Exactly what I hoped for when I started the thread. And really interesting to take a close look at the large images - get a much better idea of what's possible...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 06-08-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 4,535
Posted By mani
I can understand this objection - it's one of the...

I can understand this objection - it's one of the reasons I jumped off the digital camera treadmill, and why I love actually using old 'collector' cameras that would otherwise be sitting on a shelf....
Forum: Large Format Film RF 06-08-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 4,535
Posted By mani
These days in my own profession I find that the...

These days in my own profession I find that the more I know, the less willing I've become to throw myself headlong into a new project. Knowledge can be a hindrance to creativity.
Forum: Large Format Film RF 06-08-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 4,535
Posted By mani
Haha. You saw this camera body is just over a...

Haha. You saw this camera body is just over a hundred bucks right? I bought a plastic hood for my Summicron 35 for more than this entire kit costs.
Forum: Large Format Film RF 06-08-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 4,535
Posted By mani
I don't think that's the mindset, at all. What...

I don't think that's the mindset, at all.

What tends to happen is that the old hands around here, who always seem to have all the information about pretty much everything (apparently) even before...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 06-08-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 4,535
Posted By mani
Well in this case I didn't mean your posts in the...

Well in this case I didn't mean your posts in the thread - at least you gave an example of a specific concern with the system (although we don't actually know the tolerances the camera is built to...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 06-08-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 4,535
Posted By mani
Ah all the usual RFF negativity. For a hundred...

Ah all the usual RFF negativity. For a hundred bucks I'm willing to give it a try - I just don't know much about what the actual limitations, extra costs and expertise that's needed to make the whole...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 06-07-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 4,535
Posted By mani
Well I wasn't really seeing this as a digital...

Well I wasn't really seeing this as a digital solution, but in any case I imagined critical focussing was done tethered for setups like this.

For film, some of the kits include ground glass backs as...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 06-07-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 4,535
Posted By mani
As far as I know the Alpa 12 is about $2,5k. This...

As far as I know the Alpa 12 is about $2,5k. This Kickstarter is giving you an alternative for just over a hundred dollars.

Is there anything not to like? (at least for film use)
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 06-06-2016
Replies: 81
Views: 7,212
Posted By mani
Well sidestepping the actual subject of the...

Well sidestepping the actual subject of the thread, I can only assume the M6 does something vaguely similar (such as sleeping the meter after a certain period) because as I said, the batteries (which...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 06-06-2016
Replies: 81
Views: 7,212
Posted By mani
I picked up my M6 after not using it for several...

I picked up my M6 after not using it for several months recently - and was annoyed to see I'd neglected to turn the dial to 'off' all those months ago. Been using it without battery problems since...
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 05-26-2016
Replies: 12
Views: 2,918
Posted By mani
Constantly going back-and-forth whether to sell...

Constantly going back-and-forth whether to sell my Leica CL set - had it in the classifieds for a while a couple months ago, but there were no takers and then looking at the images from that...
Forum: Fuji X Series 05-17-2016
Replies: 16
Views: 3,812
Posted By mani
But this looks like moiré from the halftone dot...

But this looks like moiré from the halftone dot pattern of the book-print.
Forum: RFF News 05-09-2016
Replies: 12
Views: 2,149
Posted By mani
Smartphones have been eating the 'traditional'...

Smartphones have been eating the 'traditional' camera market from underneath over the last few years, and the phenomenon has been discussed on RFF many times. The slowdown (or stop) in sales growth...
Forum: RFF News 04-27-2016
Replies: 83
Views: 9,873
Posted By mani
So sales of Instax were up, while "sales volume...

So sales of Instax were up, while "sales volume largely decreased due to the contraction of the product lineup of compact digital cameras..." :D

Well Fuji had a neat graph showing everyone else's...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 04-27-2016
Replies: 208
Views: 28,646
Posted By mani
Thanks for that article, which I'd missed. As...

Thanks for that article, which I'd missed.

As usual from LuLa, a very thorough discussion of several techniques, but I'm baffled why they don't discuss using ColorPerfect for the final color...
Forum: RFF News 04-27-2016
Replies: 83
Views: 9,873
Posted By mani
I think the point is that the P&S cameras have...

I think the point is that the P&S cameras have been the 'bread-and-butter' of the industry, and without them they won't have the margins that allow them to continue developing the DSLR lines.
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 04-21-2016
Replies: 47
Views: 4,812
Posted By mani
No-one on the forum is up for a knighthood,...

No-one on the forum is up for a knighthood, unless I'm much mistaken. So all the forelock tugging is leading nowhere... :)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-20-2016
Replies: 70
Views: 33,650
Posted By mani
These sorts of discussions seem to me to always...

These sorts of discussions seem to me to always be so subjective - usually dependent on what the particular member owns right now, and possibly what they may be selling in the future. :)

In the same...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 04-17-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 1,366
Posted By mani
Thanks for the wabi-sabi link - very interesting...

Thanks for the wabi-sabi link - very interesting reading. The GR1 certainly qualifies as a 'flawed beauty' - and this one seems to embody more quirks than most.

Having had a perfect LCD display for...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 04-16-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 1,366
Posted By mani
Too much sharpness is really a first-world...

Too much sharpness is really a first-world problem! I'll do my best to shoot a few frames out of focus as well. :D
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 04-15-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 1,366
Posted By mani
Just as a follow-up now I scanned the first test...

Just as a follow-up now I scanned the first test roll: wow! Those negatives really are sharp, and with a lot more contrast than the classic lenses I'm used to.
Have to see how this camera fits into...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 04-15-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 1,366
Posted By mani
Thanks for the input guys! I think it's really...

Thanks for the input guys!

I think it's really true that a camera without any imperfections becomes somehow too intimidating to use - the last couple years I've tended to leave my Millennium M6 at...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 04-14-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 1,366
Posted By mani
My instant GR1 addiction - and help needed!

Bought a Ricoh GR1 last week and I have to say I'm LOVING it. I've never had a point-and-shoot before - it's been on my mind to get something compact like an XA4 or a Rollei 35 or even a T3 - but as...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 04-12-2016
Replies: 54
Views: 6,846
Posted By mani
"in spite of all the time spent in front of one...

"in spite of all the time spent in front of one screen or another" > "because of all the time spent in front of one screen or another"

:)
Forum: RFF Polls 04-06-2016
Replies: 83
Views: 7,603
Posted By mani
I spent over a decade working in one way or...

I spent over a decade working in one way or another with digital imaging - still-images or video. I still spend 80% of my waking time sitting at a computer screen, and my film images all end-up...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-05-2016
Replies: 18
Views: 1,285
Posted By mani
I'm really not trying to be combative - I'm just...

I'm really not trying to be combative - I'm just judging by the total lack of responses even in the 'official' staff-initiated Flickr thread on the problem since last week. There you can even see...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-05-2016
Replies: 18
Views: 1,285
Posted By mani
Back alley - if you scroll through the Flickr...

Back alley - if you scroll through the Flickr Facebook stream you can see dozens of people begging for help with log-in problems. I think the time when they addressed these issues is on hold for now...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-05-2016
Replies: 18
Views: 1,285
Posted By mani
The log-in to Flickr has been integrated through...

The log-in to Flickr has been integrated through Yahoo for a few years. My log-in problems began when this override was implemented.

FWIW the latest problems that people have been experiencing seem...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-04-2016
Replies: 23
Views: 2,211
Posted By mani
But what's your point? How are you helping? Why...

But what's your point? How are you helping? Why do you bother? Just to make my day worse? To make other people feel bad? What's your motivation? I'm GENUINELY curious.

Seriously, more and more on...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-04-2016
Replies: 23
Views: 2,211
Posted By mani
You're the second person saying you don't know...

You're the second person saying you don't know what my rant is about - even though I explained it pretty thoroughly in my view. I even clarified a bit more that it was probably at least partly due to...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-04-2016
Replies: 23
Views: 2,211
Posted By mani
Thanks PF. I agree the problems I've had stem at...

Thanks PF.
I agree the problems I've had stem at least partly from my inactivity on Flickr: for a few years I'm mostly there to look at other people's images, and because of this I tend to not...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-04-2016
Replies: 23
Views: 2,211
Posted By mani
Haha thanks also for your constructive input,...

Haha thanks also for your constructive input, Jarski.

I see RFF as an open forum about all sorts of photographic-related discussions. Sometimes the threads here disseminate or archive knowledge,...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-04-2016
Replies: 23
Views: 2,211
Posted By mani
I don't think you even read my rant. For goodness...

I don't think you even read my rant. For goodness sake before you start whining about my whining, the LEAST you can do is read what I'm complaining about. Seriously.

Did you even see the part where...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-04-2016
Replies: 23
Views: 2,211
Posted By mani
Yahoo woes on Flickr (meandering rant)

Yahoo is such a mess. A headless giant that lurches from one clumsy disaster to the next. While I generally like the visual aspects of the Flickr re-design the last couple years, it felt like too...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 04-04-2016
Replies: 158
Views: 17,928
Posted By mani
I see a Kickstarter here!

I see a Kickstarter here!
Forum: RFF News 04-04-2016
Replies: 61
Views: 8,466
Posted By mani
I don't really believe these stories either, but...

I don't really believe these stories either, but I love the dramatic setup and the happy ending.

As for karma - I've tried to live my life according to these values of decency - essentially what I'd...
Forum: RFF News 04-03-2016
Replies: 61
Views: 8,466
Posted By mani
Count me in!

Count me in!
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-30-2016
Replies: 37
Views: 3,240
Posted By mani
I also prefer Flickr since the updates. Naturally...

I also prefer Flickr since the updates. Naturally it's not perfect, and some people lost some functionality that was possibly peripheral to the majority, but overall I really like the way it looks...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 03-30-2016
Replies: 19
Views: 2,876
Posted By mani
Agree with this 1000% (not a typo). I also...

Agree with this 1000% (not a typo). I also remembered this problem was diagnosed here before but can't find the thread.

I simply fail to understand why the forum allows members to edit and delete...
Forum: Photo Software 03-26-2016
Replies: 59
Views: 7,345
Posted By mani
Don't worry - what Google wanted in this case was...

Don't worry - what Google wanted in this case was simply to kill the applications. If they'd done that by saying the Nik Suite was discontinued, then they'd have a legion of very discontented...
Forum: Photo Software 03-25-2016
Replies: 59
Views: 7,345
Posted By mani
Posted this over on LUF, maybe people here could...

Posted this over on LUF, maybe people here could also add their voices to help keep the Suite alive:

Oh well, not many people seem to be bothered. I wrote my own ineffectual little mail to Google...
Forum: Photo Software 03-25-2016
Replies: 59
Views: 7,345
Posted By mani
OK I understand people who've never owned or used...

OK I understand people who've never owned or used the software are glad about this, but Google have terminated these apps now - anyone who's ever read dozens of these announcements before understand...
Forum: Photo Software 03-24-2016
Replies: 59
Views: 7,345
Posted By mani
Google have abandoned the products: "As we...

Google have abandoned the products:

"As we continue to focus our long-term investments in building incredible photo editing tools for mobile, including Google Photos and Snapseed, we’ve decided to...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-24-2016
Replies: 24
Views: 8,216
Posted By mani
I vastly prefer the film images in that thread....

I vastly prefer the film images in that thread. The digital images have a smooth, b&w-HDR look to them which looks painfully artificial when viewed side-by-side with the film images.

I say go back...
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 03-22-2016
Replies: 17
Views: 3,208
Posted By mani
I've used Blurb for a while - designing and...

I've used Blurb for a while - designing and compiling the book from Lightroom. This may not be of interest to the OP, who seems to need a professional publisher, but here are some general...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-19-2016
Replies: 128
Views: 16,345
Posted By mani
"This is also not an ‘old stock’ film or a...

"This is also not an ‘old stock’ film or a ‘pancake’ that was kicking around a ‘dusty warehouse’. This is a freshly produced emulsion with an expiry date of 2020. The film was no longer being...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-18-2016
Replies: 128
Views: 16,345
Posted By mani
No-one has established for sure that this is old...

No-one has established for sure that this is old film stock - that's just the allegation in this thread, apparently based on the fact that '"Re-born" is marketing blabla.'

Right now, that doesn't...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-18-2016
Replies: 128
Views: 16,345
Posted By mani
I've seen the same pattern repeatedly in your...

I've seen the same pattern repeatedly in your posts in the past, and I don't see what your contribution to this particular thread is apart from needling film users. And the old internet "where's your...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-18-2016
Replies: 128
Views: 16,345
Posted By mani
As your contributions to these discussions are...

As your contributions to these discussions are universally anti-film I have to wonder why you feel the need to add your voice to this discussion, unless you actually have any information to add?
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-18-2016
Replies: 128
Views: 16,345
Posted By mani
Here is something I don't understand - is the...

Here is something I don't understand - is the film simply 'old stock in a new box' as critics are repeatedly stating in this thread, or is it new production of an old film formula?

PS: Incidentally,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-18-2016
Replies: 128
Views: 16,345
Posted By mani
I agree with Dominik - film sales are not purely...

I agree with Dominik - film sales are not purely a zero-sum equation: releasing a 'new' film (at least a film perceived as new by the majority of non-expert enthusiasts out there), creates a buzz and...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-17-2016
Replies: 103
Views: 6,979
Posted By mani
The OP simply asked for some recommendations of a...

The OP simply asked for some recommendations of a decent camera system to try film. He's received quite a few lectures, a couple of tickings-off, lots of people telling him to change his personality...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-15-2016
Replies: 103
Views: 6,979
Posted By mani
I paid 200 swedish crowns for my first Olympus...

I paid 200 swedish crowns for my first Olympus Om1n + 50mm f1,8 a couple of years ago. All working, unscratched, clear lens, perfect meter with battery.

That's about $24.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-14-2016
Replies: 103
Views: 6,979
Posted By mani
I also see this kind of comment again and again...

I also see this kind of comment again and again on RFF and other online forums. I guess many people feel this way... But everyone is different.

I'm the worrying type, and digital always reinforced...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-11-2016
Replies: 17
Views: 1,511
Posted By mani
I so totally disagree with this sentiment: so...

I so totally disagree with this sentiment: so many 'reportage' series are published in b&w to give an 'artistic', artificially 'gritty' quality to the images - which just distances the viewer, and...
Forum: RFF News 03-04-2016
Replies: 83
Views: 9,873
Posted By mani
The economic model that prevailed at that time...

The economic model that prevailed at that time doesn't apply now.
Forum: RFF News 03-04-2016
Replies: 83
Views: 9,873
Posted By mani
This is heading into a futile semantic argument...

This is heading into a futile semantic argument about what constitutes a 'digital camera'.

The worrying aspect of the CIPA figures, is that the dedicated camera market is in precipitous decline,...
Forum: RFF News 03-03-2016
Replies: 83
Views: 9,873
Posted By mani
Jörgen - don't worry about vinyl, it's doing just...

Jörgen - don't worry about vinyl, it's doing just fine:

https://goo.gl/HdeTn5

Anyway, as others have said, no-one is going to start manufacturing film cameras again (at least not on any large...
Forum: RFF News 03-03-2016
Replies: 83
Views: 9,873
Posted By mani
The industry is structured in a totally different...

The industry is structured in a totally different way now. It's an enormous problem when large industrial corporations face such precipitous declines in sales. These are year-on-year declines that...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 03-03-2016
Replies: 143
Views: 42,292
Posted By mani
It's not just you.

It's not just you.
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 03-01-2016
Replies: 158
Views: 17,928
Posted By mani
Bellamy at JapanCameraHunter thinks the...

Bellamy at JapanCameraHunter thinks the discontinuation has nothing to do with actual current demand for the...
Forum: RFF News 03-01-2016
Replies: 83
Views: 9,873
Posted By mani
This is exactly what I mean.

This is exactly what I mean.
Forum: RFF News 03-01-2016
Replies: 83
Views: 9,873
Posted By mani
I agree - there's no correlation. Mass-market...

I agree - there's no correlation. Mass-market photography is simply transitioning away from the 20th-century paradigm of dedicated cameras.



I don't see the business model as similar at all - the...
Forum: RFF News 03-01-2016
Replies: 83
Views: 9,873
Posted By mani
I mentioned the film users in my post simply...

I mentioned the film users in my post simply because I thought it was funny at the time that the only 2 people out of 50 that actually brought along cameras to the final presentation event were using...
Forum: RFF News 03-01-2016
Replies: 83
Views: 9,873
Posted By mani
I like the positive thinking here - but this...

I like the positive thinking here - but this really wouldn't constitute a sustainable market for such an expensively produced commodity. The R&D and production costs would be astronomical to cater to...
Forum: RFF News 03-01-2016
Replies: 83
Views: 9,873
Posted By mani
Which story?? All of these corporations depend on...

Which story?? All of these corporations depend on healthy global sales if they're going to survive. Local variations aren't significant unless they're of massive scale (China, for instance).

Maybe...
Forum: RFF News 03-01-2016
Replies: 83
Views: 9,873
Posted By mani
Really young kids are just absolutely not...

Really young kids are just absolutely not interested in DSLRs anymore.

I mentored a course at one of the creative institutions here in Stockholm last year - of 50 kids around 18-25 years old, 2...
Forum: Polaroid & Fuji Instax 03-01-2016
Replies: 158
Views: 17,928
Posted By mani
http://rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?...

http://rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=154797
Forum: Optics Theory - 02-29-2016
Replies: 19
Views: 2,955
Posted By mani
Thanks Jamie - that does actually sound...

Thanks Jamie - that does actually sound reasonable.
Forum: Optics Theory - 02-29-2016
Replies: 19
Views: 2,955
Posted By mani
The use I have in mind is for a 'scanning' setup...

The use I have in mind is for a 'scanning' setup with a sensor shift camera (probably the new Pen F), so that's why sharpness and flatness are my main concerns.
But judging from what's been said I...
Forum: Optics Theory - 02-29-2016
Replies: 19
Views: 2,955
Posted By mani
:) Well I wanted input on any sort of 'legacy'...

:) Well I wanted input on any sort of 'legacy' lens I guess - though what I actually had in mind were the old Zuiko OM macro lenses, for instance. Most of them seem good.
And when I look at lenses...
Forum: Optics Theory - 02-29-2016
Replies: 19
Views: 2,955
Posted By mani
Thanks for the answers so far! The specific...

Thanks for the answers so far!

The specific reason I'm asking is because:
- most of the new lenses strike me as flimsily constructed in comparison with the old, metal manual focus lenses;
- the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-29-2016
Replies: 84
Views: 6,729
Posted By mani
I'm only afraid of "the future of film...

I'm only afraid of "the future of film photography" when I'm indoors reading all the doom on these forums. When I actually do something like go get film developed at my local lab, I have to stand in...
Forum: Optics Theory - 02-29-2016
Replies: 19
Views: 2,955
Posted By mani
Modern vs 'legacy' macro lenses on m4/3

There are probably too many variables to a question like this, but I’m interested whether modern digital macro lenses - in this case made specifically for m4/3 - are better or worse than older manual...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 02-27-2016
Replies: 19
Views: 3,880
Posted By mani
Really interesting! Thanks for posting and for...

Really interesting! Thanks for posting and for the trouble you took with all the comparison shots!

Also thinking about the new Pen F as an alternative scanner - I'm not sure Olympus had film...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-26-2016
Replies: 22
Views: 3,879
Posted By mani
Also vastly prefer the M3/M2 style winder. As...

Also vastly prefer the M3/M2 style winder.

As far as I know, you can order the MP with the M6 style winder (though I wouldn't) but it irritates me enormously that people elevate their personal...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-25-2016
Replies: 84
Views: 6,729
Posted By mani
I've thought about this situation - for a while I...

I've thought about this situation - for a while I worried my brilliant, local (and cheap) pro-lab might not survive, and then I thought I'd simply start home-processing even color. How hard can it...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-24-2016
Replies: 84
Views: 6,729
Posted By mani
I think film photography is an amazingly cheap...

I think film photography is an amazingly cheap hobby.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-18-2016
Replies: 40
Views: 5,533
Posted By mani
Wish I'd known about filmTrackr. Got very tired...

Wish I'd known about filmTrackr. Got very tired of never remembering what was in anything, so made my own app that's coupled to a Firebase backend - means I can update what's in the camera from the...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 02-16-2016
Replies: 208
Views: 28,646
Posted By mani
NEW EDIT: anyone following the thread from the...

NEW EDIT: anyone following the thread from the start will see that one contributor has removed all of their posts and also some of my answers. I'm re-editing so that the entire thread makes more...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 02-16-2016
Replies: 208
Views: 28,646
Posted By mani
The idea is to come up with a generic setup, so...

The idea is to come up with a generic setup, so that anyone reading the thread in the future can put together the optimum selection of parts by buying them off eBay, Amazon and maybe even their local...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 02-16-2016
Replies: 208
Views: 28,646
Posted By mani
I love this setup and I'm very jealous - but it...

I love this setup and I'm very jealous - but it required quite a bit of construction work, and some specialized bits-and-pieces, so it's effectively disqualified from the thread. :)

But if you want...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 02-12-2016
Replies: 208
Views: 28,646
Posted By mani
Absolutely fantastic thread so far! Thanks for...

Absolutely fantastic thread so far! Thanks for all the great information.

Just want to underline again that I don't mean this to be a solution tailor-made for me - so I'm absolutely not looking for...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 02-12-2016
Replies: 208
Views: 28,646
Posted By mani
These are really excellent contributions so far,...

These are really excellent contributions so far, and I really appreciate it!

At the risk of needing to be spoonfed information - I really want to just clarify how an ordinary person would convert...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 02-12-2016
Replies: 208
Views: 28,646
Posted By mani
Hi Ronald I have a Coolscan 9000 myself - this...

Hi Ronald

I have a Coolscan 9000 myself - this isn't about saying "don't bother, get a dedicated scanner instead". This thread is meant exclusively for people like me who are interested in...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 02-12-2016
Replies: 208
Views: 28,646
Posted By mani
Constructing the definitive DSLR scanning setup. Communal effort!

Here's an attempt to see whether the collective expertise on the forum can clarify the questions around how best to setup a DSLR 'scanning' apparatus using internationally available off-the-shelf...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 02-12-2016
Replies: 18
Views: 2,824
Posted By mani
This...

This (https://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=117590) discussion goes into some of the conflicting issues. I'm not sure whether there is a 'correct' conclusion. I always use raw tiff...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 02-09-2016
Replies: 69
Views: 7,570
Posted By mani
But the light-source in the film toaster is also...

But the light-source in the film toaster is also a rear illuminated panel(?)

Feels like the discussions on this forum around gadgets like this are always pretty much the same: knee-jerk rejection,...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 02-09-2016
Replies: 69
Views: 7,570
Posted By mani
The price certainly seems like gouging - but in...

The price certainly seems like gouging - but in itself this shows the gap that exists in the market right now: 'experts' on this forum may be able to knock up a cheap version with a copying stand,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-25-2016
Replies: 85
Views: 8,122
Posted By mani
I actually wasn't - though maybe if I re-read the...

I actually wasn't - though maybe if I re-read the thread and find you doing some armchair expertise in the style of 80% of the other contributors, I'll change my mind.

Unbelievable how many people...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-25-2016
Replies: 85
Views: 8,122
Posted By mani
Golly a lot of 'experts' in this thread - all...

Golly a lot of 'experts' in this thread - all with breathtaking insight into the current state of the film market. Most of them extrapolating from a datapoint of... one.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-22-2016
Replies: 85
Views: 8,122
Posted By mani
Support film manufacturers that have a real...

Support film manufacturers that have a real commitment to the medium, and who aren't desperate to push their customers on to the endless digital upgrade treadmill.
Forum: Fuji Digital General Discussion 01-19-2016
Replies: 19
Views: 4,791
Posted By mani
http://alikgriffin.com/iridient-developer-vs-light...

http://alikgriffin.com/iridient-developer-vs-lightroom-detailed-comparison

I haven't used Iridient Developer with any of the Fujis, but I loved it with my digital Leicas. There was always way more...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-18-2016
Replies: 27
Views: 2,207
Posted By mani
Naturally these small, casual development shops...

Naturally these small, casual development shops are closing: film isn't a mass market product anymore. Just make sure you support the niche labs that are still going strong - there are fewer of them,...
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