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Forum: Digital Compacts 04-22-2019
Replies: 292
Views: 18,875
Posted By Sam N
Firmware 1.10 was just...

Firmware 1.10 was just released:
http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/english/support/digital/gr3_s.html

It's supposed to improve AF in low-light and low-contrast. I can't see too much of a difference...
Forum: Digital Compacts 04-16-2019
Replies: 292
Views: 18,875
Posted By Sam N
Batteries and charger

Apparently, the GR III uses the same batteries as some Olympus Tough cameras (LI-90B / LI-92B).

Here's a brand I'd used for my GR and been pretty happy...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 07-26-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 3,893
Posted By Sam N
I've had great success with the Combi-plan, but...

I've had great success with the Combi-plan, but it seems it's no longer being manufactured. Try to find a used one.
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 06-23-2015
Replies: 34
Views: 8,654
Posted By Sam N
Please post photos of the insides of your bags...

Please post photos of the insides of your bags and how you have them laid out.
Forum: Digital Compacts 06-17-2015
Replies: 64
Views: 9,384
Posted By Sam N
If you've updated your firmware and enabled the...

If you've updated your firmware and enabled the AF-assist beam, low light focusing works surprisingly well. Of course it all depends on how low you mean, but it works fine for me in light as dim as...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 06-17-2015
Replies: 50
Views: 7,016
Posted By Sam N
I'm amazed more RFF users don't go with micro 4/3...

I'm amazed more RFF users don't go with micro 4/3 for digital. Crop factor isn't an issue with first party lenses, and there is a huge selection of cheap, high quality, small, prime lenses. The...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 06-10-2015
Replies: 99
Views: 10,104
Posted By Sam N
Still adjusting to the move from 35 (X100s) to...

Still adjusting to the move from 35 (X100s) to 28, but I love the GR.
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 06-08-2015
Replies: 4
Views: 909
Posted By Sam N
... and the OM and XA series' never made it to...

... and the OM and XA series' never made it to 5.

Oly skipped the E-P4 and E-PL4, and Panasonic skipped the G4.
Forum: Digital Compacts 05-21-2015
Replies: 64
Views: 9,384
Posted By Sam N
I'd love to see Wi-Fi, Stabilization, and better...

I'd love to see Wi-Fi, Stabilization, and better video.

Sure, most GR users rarely shoot video, but why not make it good? The sensor can certainly do it, and the current video mode is terrible.

A...
Forum: Digital Compacts 03-18-2015
Replies: 1,169
Views: 236,636
Posted By Sam N
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7286/16857685525_b5...

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7286/16857685525_b5eca8ec6e_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/rFE3Ar)

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7615/16650393287_5357cd6880_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/rnkBQk)
High Contrast...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-12-2015
Replies: 24
Views: 3,889
Posted By Sam N
We shouldn't suddenly need to start bracketing...

We shouldn't suddenly need to start bracketing focus. We already have APS-C sensors with the same pixel density, and they work just fine without bracketing focus. (Yes, we would have to get closer...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 02-12-2015
Replies: 3
Views: 843
Posted By Sam N
You could always just attach a lens pouch to the...

You could always just attach a lens pouch to the side of your current bag.

http://store.lowepro.com/lens-cases

This is cheaper than getting a whole new bag, plus it gives you more options. If you...
Forum: Digital Compacts 02-11-2015
Replies: 19
Views: 6,165
Posted By Sam N
The last firmware for the GR made the autofocus...

The last firmware for the GR made the autofocus MUCH faster. The GR is hands-down the best option.
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 02-11-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 1,911
Posted By Sam N
One thing to keep in mind with the GR: RAW+JPEG...

One thing to keep in mind with the GR: RAW+JPEG doesn't give you any options as to JPEG size... so if you have the Eye-fi transfer ALL jpegs it could bog down if you're shooting fast.

I just select...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 02-02-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 1,382
Posted By Sam N
Any photos of the inside? Is this the version...

Any photos of the inside?

Is this the version you have?: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/873905-REG/Olympus_260124_Messenger_Bag_for_OM_D.html
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 01-14-2015
Replies: 29
Views: 11,143
Posted By Sam N
Where did you find the ICC profiles for use in...

Where did you find the ICC profiles for use in Capture One?
Forum: Fuji X Series 01-08-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 4,073
Posted By Sam N
Interesting. This could actually lead to some...

Interesting. This could actually lead to some interesting effects if used with a moving camera and/or subject.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-16-2014
Replies: 46
Views: 12,724
Posted By Sam N
Not all jpegs are created equal, Dave. If you...

Not all jpegs are created equal, Dave. If you only shoot raw, all that matters is your raw converter and the in-camera routines don't enter into it.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-15-2014
Replies: 46
Views: 12,724
Posted By Sam N
I am happy with the output from the X100s, but I...

I am happy with the output from the X100s, but I haven't used the other 16mp sony-based APS-C sensors.

Can someone with an X-A1 and another X camera just make a couple test shots with the same lens...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 12-15-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 1,000
Posted By Sam N
I don't have a 240, but I still miss that wind...

I don't have a 240, but I still miss that wind lever.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-08-2014
Replies: 770
Views: 112,787
Posted By Sam N
Not taken with a Leica camera, but with a Leica...

Not taken with a Leica camera, but with a Leica lens (25mm DG Summilux on a G3):
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7543/15978667681_f7951497b3_b.jpg...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 10-29-2014
Replies: 39
Views: 4,683
Posted By Sam N
Do you have any examples of this Edward? I can...

Do you have any examples of this Edward? I can see how there could be problems in highlight colors if individual channels clip, but I don't understand how this could screw up mid-tones.
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 10-29-2014
Replies: 39
Views: 4,683
Posted By Sam N
I'm amazed this is so controversial. Detractors...

I'm amazed this is so controversial. Detractors of the method are saying that it causes lost highlight data, but the whole point is you go to the right until just before that starts to happen. With...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 10-27-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 1,494
Posted By Sam N
Interesting how he mentions it's easier to make...

Interesting how he mentions it's easier to make 3rd party lenses for Canon mount, and how the smaller mount diameter of Sony E and Nikon F can be limiting.

It's nice to see they're working on more...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-31-2014
Replies: 5,552
Views: 952,926
Posted By Sam N
These are a little corny, but it was a gift. And...

These are a little corny, but it was a gift. And it does keep the coffee warm.

http://i.imgur.com/K0UyM1q.jpg (http://imgur.com/K0UyM1q)
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-27-2014
Replies: 45
Views: 3,301
Posted By Sam N
The only way to free yourself of the interminable...

The only way to free yourself of the interminable speculation is to avoid internet forums about it.
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-12-2014
Replies: 60
Views: 74,004
Posted By Sam N
The color on the scooter shots is drastically...

The color on the scooter shots is drastically different.
Is the Leica super magenta, or are the other 3 lenses super green, or is it a bit of both?
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 04-01-2014
Replies: 1
Views: 914
Posted By Sam N
Flatbed for scanning 11x14 prints.

I want to scan a large number of tearsheets and older prints which are larger than 8.5x11. What's the best option out there for scanning these kinds of things?

It seems like the usual suspects...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 01-13-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 4,698
Posted By Sam N
Do any native lenses or Sony adapters rub against...

Do any native lenses or Sony adapters rub against that part? If not, I don't see how you can blame Sony.
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 01-13-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 4,698
Posted By Sam N
Can you post a photo of the part you're talking...

Can you post a photo of the part you're talking about?
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 12-26-2013
Replies: 47
Views: 15,230
Posted By Sam N
Apparently the first one of the "limited edition"...

Apparently the first one of the "limited edition" cameras had the serial number 15525330 (extrapolating from 2 other Limited Edition cameras).

That would lead one to believe that there were at least...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-20-2013
Replies: 29
Views: 2,726
Posted By Sam N
Is the original a RAW file?

Is the original a RAW file?
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 12-06-2013
Replies: 18
Views: 4,687
Posted By Sam N
If you have the OEM hood or the JJC hood you can...

If you have the OEM hood or the JJC hood you can simply buy a 49mm->29mm step-down ring from ebay and attach it to the screw-in part of the original hood. It doesn't block your OVF nearly as much,...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 12-06-2013
Replies: 23
Views: 3,893
Posted By Sam N
It's absolutely a good thing. I've got some...

It's absolutely a good thing. I've got some great OM glass, but I use it almost exclusively on my OM camera. It works decently on my 5D, but why use it over native AF lenses with digital-friendly...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 12-06-2013
Replies: 23
Views: 3,893
Posted By Sam N
Those decades of 35mm film use become much less...

Those decades of 35mm film use become much less relevant when you consider how much digital has changed everything. Today we can shoot at ISO3200 with excellent results. Today we're not stuck with...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-04-2013
Replies: 23
Views: 3,698
Posted By Sam N
I can't argue with you there. A lot of the joy...

I can't argue with you there. A lot of the joy of photography comes from the process. Nothing will replace working in the darkroom or feeling beautifully engineered gears meshing as you advance the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-04-2013
Replies: 23
Views: 3,698
Posted By Sam N
I guess this and the numerous comments about...

I guess this and the numerous comments about "full frame" have answered my question.

A couple questions to ask yourselves:

1) Why full frame? If it's to use your old lenses, there's no need as...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-04-2013
Replies: 23
Views: 3,698
Posted By Sam N
What if the digital CLE happened and nobody cared?

http://i.imgur.com/eAcfdTpl.jpg
(forgive the low-light phone picture)

I've seen people on this forum and others wishing for a modern, digital, CLE. I assume many were thinking of something more...
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 11-05-2013
Replies: 49
Views: 15,881
Posted By Sam N
All kinds of polls / surveys like this tend to be...

All kinds of polls / surveys like this tend to be full of the most popular lenses. How many of the people in this thread have extensively used a majority of the Voigtlander lenses out there? I've...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 10-14-2013
Replies: 32
Views: 3,373
Posted By Sam N
Did they ever say what was causing the color...

Did they ever say what was causing the color shifts or what they replaced?

"A few weeks" seems like a long time for "expedited" repairs. I can see why many hesitate to send in their cameras.
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 09-27-2013
Replies: 18
Views: 3,077
Posted By Sam N
The X-series is not very big: Pro, E, M, A......

The X-series is not very big: Pro, E, M, A... just 4 levels, 2 of which are extremely similar.
The fixed lens cameras like the X100s and rumored X70 are in a different class.

Olympus has 5 levels:...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 08-13-2013
Replies: 1
Views: 1,355
Posted By Sam N
1) Not as far as I know. 2) Try setting the...

1) Not as far as I know.
2) Try setting the AFL/AEL button to AFL only and use manual focus mode. This essentially makes the AFL/AEL button into your back button focusing button.
3) I'm pretty sure...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-29-2013
Replies: 87
Views: 8,305
Posted By Sam N
I use photo-flo and the film just slides right...

I use photo-flo and the film just slides right out (120 and 135). The photo-flo also helps the reels dry quickly and without residue that can clog them up.

I've found that the actual Patterson...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-21-2013
Replies: 117
Views: 7,007
Posted By Sam N
The premise behind your question has problems. ...

The premise behind your question has problems. Who said Adobe abandoned photographers? Why can't flickr cater to smartphone users as well as other camera users?
Forum: Digital Compacts 05-19-2013
Replies: 666
Views: 57,445
Posted By Sam N
This appears to be the same article Nelson Tan...

This appears to be the same article Nelson Tan posted on his own site a while ago.
Forum: Digital Compacts 05-13-2013
Replies: 666
Views: 57,445
Posted By Sam N
Blast. Well hopefully this means they'll have...

Blast. Well hopefully this means they'll have time to work on AF speed.
Forum: Digital Compacts 05-10-2013
Replies: 666
Views: 57,445
Posted By Sam N
Any chance MAP is giving May 24th as the date for...

Any chance MAP is giving May 24th as the date for their 2nd shipment because the first is already sold out?

B+H Still says the 15th but that doesn't mean much.
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 05-08-2013
Replies: 31
Views: 3,434
Posted By Sam N
Agreed with the others. The 12mp sensor, while...

Agreed with the others. The 12mp sensor, while not terrible, is junk compared to either of the 16mp m43 sensors.

Grab a GX1 or a G3 (depending on whether or not you want a viewfinder). The G3...
Forum: Photo Software 05-06-2013
Replies: 50
Views: 6,903
Posted By Sam N
One other potentially useful thing about DNG: If...

One other potentially useful thing about DNG:
If you use custom camera profiles (a la VSCO or made with a ColorChecker or whatever) you can save these into your DNG files so that your colors will be...
Forum: Photo Software 05-05-2013
Replies: 50
Views: 6,903
Posted By Sam N
I'm amazed how much bad information is in this...

I'm amazed how much bad information is in this thread.

First of all, DNG does not lock you into the ACR that was around at the time you converted your files, so the premise behind post #2 in this...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 04-13-2013
Replies: 6
Views: 1,422
Posted By Sam N
1) I've traveled extensively with my G3 and it's...

1) I've traveled extensively with my G3 and it's never given me any trouble.

2) I don't remember the last time I used the OVF/LCD button. I just unfold the screen when I want to shoot high or low...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 04-06-2013
Replies: 21
Views: 6,070
Posted By Sam N
Just for fun: Hexar AF goes for about $500 and...

Just for fun: Hexar AF goes for about $500 and the X100s (also 35mm 2.0 equivalent) is $1300.
Let's assume you process at Costco for $3 (processed and scanned, though I'm not sure if that price is...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 03-06-2013
Replies: 43
Views: 3,137
Posted By Sam N
Yeah, none of the digital Pens have had built-in...

Yeah, none of the digital Pens have had built-in VFs, so why would they start now? There is supposed to be an e-m5 replacement coming this year.
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 01-06-2013
Replies: 189
Views: 22,732
Posted By Sam N
You can find the info...

You can find the info here:
http://www.seriouscompacts.com/f38/fuji-introduces-new-x100s-claims-worlds-fastest-autofocus-15463/

Interesting to note that their "World's Fastest AF" claim is only...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-26-2012
Replies: 109
Views: 27,129
Posted By Sam N
This chart on the Covington Innovations HC-110...

This chart on the Covington Innovations HC-110 page (http://www.covingtoninnovations.com/hc110/timetemp.jpg) is a useful guide if you're using water that is too warm or too cool. I've found that it...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 09-23-2012
Replies: 15
Views: 5,075
Posted By Sam N
3 things: 1) Do NOT listen to Ken Rockwell. 2)...

3 things:
1) Do NOT listen to Ken Rockwell.
2) It's ZI, not Z1.
3) The ZI is an excellent camera. I have one and I love it. I've only used the G2 once, but I was not crazy about not knowing exactly...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 09-21-2012
Replies: 66
Views: 15,344
Posted By Sam N
Fixed-lens cameras don't count, so Sony hasn't...

Fixed-lens cameras don't count, so Sony hasn't really done it yet. I don't think we'll see a FF interchangeable lens mirrorless AF camera particularly soon.
Aside from the lens/body size issues...
Forum: Fuji X Series 09-12-2012
Replies: 96
Views: 16,622
Posted By Sam N
It's a clunky feeling camera. It doesn't have...

It's a clunky feeling camera. It doesn't have the immediacy of traditional RFs or modern SLRs/DSLRs.
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-09-2012
Replies: 8,807
Views: 859,351
Posted By Sam N
Acros 100 (15x135 and 5x120) HC-110

Acros 100 (15x135 and 5x120)
HC-110
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 06-11-2012
Replies: 29
Views: 4,679
Posted By Sam N
If you want something really cheap grab a GF3 +...

If you want something really cheap grab a GF3 + 14/2.5 kit. I think you can pick them up for around 300 bucks. It has the old 12mp sensor, but so do all the other m43 cameras other than the G3 and...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 06-03-2012
Replies: 14
Views: 2,150
Posted By Sam N
It focuses way faster than its 20mm cousin. I...

It focuses way faster than its 20mm cousin. I find it acceptably sharp even at f2.5. You can also find it for insanely cheap.

Get one.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 05-17-2012
Replies: 224
Views: 18,767
Posted By Sam N
Forbidden...

Forbidden City
http://samnazarianphoto.com/img/s2/v53/p344915209.jpg

Mutianyu
http://samnazarianphoto.com/img/s3/v44/p49895698.jpg

Nara
http://samnazarianphoto.com/img/s2/v53/p204571998.jpg
Forum: Travel 04-26-2012
Replies: 33
Views: 4,096
Posted By Sam N
Well I'm back from the trip and it was great. ...

Well I'm back from the trip and it was great. Shooting at waist level with the flip-out screen, nailing exposure constantly, and being able to use 400mm equivalent (with the 45-200) and a very light...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 04-04-2012
Replies: 103
Views: 9,286
Posted By Sam N
You'll love your 15mm on the R-D1. There's some...

You'll love your 15mm on the R-D1. There's some pretty bad vignetting, but it was still one of my most used lenses with that camera.
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 04-02-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 1,802
Posted By Sam N
I think they all focus accurately, its just that...

I think they all focus accurately, its just that most are very slow. Firmware upgrades are available for a very small number of Oly 4/3 lenses to make them focus decently fast with the adapter.

The...
Forum: Travel 03-23-2012
Replies: 33
Views: 4,096
Posted By Sam N
Thanks for the input everyone. I asked someone...

Thanks for the input everyone. I asked someone who uses both a Canon/5D2 system and an Olympus EP3 and he told me to go with micro four thirds...

The lens lineup looks like it will be:
9-18,...
Forum: Travel 03-22-2012
Replies: 33
Views: 4,096
Posted By Sam N
Very good points. I do like the fact that the G3...

Very good points. I do like the fact that the G3 can be used almost like a TLR while looking down at the screen. The camera will be on me at almost all times, which is why weight is an issue.
Forum: Travel 03-22-2012
Replies: 33
Views: 4,096
Posted By Sam N
It'll be in April. The cherry blossoms were my...

It'll be in April. The cherry blossoms were my favorite thing about Washington DC and I hope they'll still be around when I get to Japan around the middle of the month.
Forum: Travel 03-21-2012
Replies: 33
Views: 4,096
Posted By Sam N
Northern Vietnam, Beijing, and Japan... what system to take?

I'll be traveling with others (non-photographers) in Vietnam and China, but will have plenty of time to set up my shots in Japan (Kyoto, Tokyo). I want to get good quality images without slowing...
Forum: Travel 03-21-2012
Replies: 44
Views: 4,525
Posted By Sam N
I mixed film and digital RFs on a trip that...

I mixed film and digital RFs on a trip that involved a lot of walking (but no backpacking). ZI + R-D1 with 15, 28, 40, and 50. I had a lot of fun with the cameras but in hindsight it was way too...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-11-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 2,041
Posted By Sam N
Sell it all, buy an E-M5 with a 12/2 and a 25/1.4...

Sell it all, buy an E-M5 with a 12/2 and a 25/1.4 :-D
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 02-08-2012
Replies: 430
Views: 43,347
Posted By Sam N
I'm sure you can just disable the image preview...

I'm sure you can just disable the image preview like you can with most other cameras. The real problem with a tilt-only screen is that it isn't nearly as useful when shooting in portrait orientation.
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 01-15-2012
Replies: 430
Views: 43,347
Posted By Sam N
An OM styled m43 body with a high quality (a la...

An OM styled m43 body with a high quality (a la nex-7) EVF, good controls, solid build, IBIS, and a G3/GX1 sensor could be a real winner.

The main things keeping me from an EP-3 are the ancient...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 11-14-2011
Replies: 105
Views: 9,066
Posted By Sam N
Yes! I have several pairs of these and they are...

Yes! I have several pairs of these and they are extremely comfortable. I actually preferred the "Ultimate Tigers" but they've sadly been discontinued in men's sizes.
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 11-06-2011
Replies: 70
Views: 8,790
Posted By Sam N
I used 15/28/40/50 as well for most of the time I...

I used 15/28/40/50 as well for most of the time I had an R-D1. The CV 28/1.9 I was using was a little too flare prone, but I'd probably have preferred a 25 instead anyway.

The 40 and 50 are close...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-05-2011
Replies: 6
Views: 1,129
Posted By Sam N
Buy a printing press. That will help them more.

Buy a printing press. That will help them more.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 10-10-2011
Replies: 56
Views: 33,424
Posted By Sam N
I had a Rolleicord (V) and didn't like the...

I had a Rolleicord (V) and didn't like the ergonomics. I now have a 124 (non-G) and I LOVE it. I can't see any optical difference between the cameras (except MAYBE slightly better colors with the...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 09-29-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 2,264
Posted By Sam N
Look just behind the right strap lug. That...

Look just behind the right strap lug. That little screw hole is the cable release socket.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-28-2011
Replies: 93
Views: 7,528
Posted By Sam N
I'm surprised nobody's mentioned the Sigma...

I'm surprised nobody's mentioned the Sigma 50/1.4. I've had a lot of 50s but the Sigma's been the best overall. Better build, AF, sharpness, and bokeh than the EF 50/1.4. Yeah it's pretty huge...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-25-2011
Replies: 44
Views: 5,533
Posted By Sam N
ANY system you say? How about the Olympus 45/1.8...

ANY system you say? How about the Olympus 45/1.8 or the Pana/Leica 45/2.8 Macro for micro four thirds?
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 09-21-2011
Replies: 197
Views: 18,183
Posted By Sam N
Interesting that their superzoom is a "power...

Interesting that their superzoom is a "power zoom" a la Panasonic X and the kit zoom is collapsible just like the Olympus kit zoom. I don't think the image quality hit compared to m43 would be worth...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 09-19-2011
Replies: 61
Views: 7,289
Posted By Sam N
An...

An alternative:
http://dpbestflow.org/camera/camera-scanning

You can buy a DSLR, a lightbox, and a nice macro lens for under $1000. You may even have all of these things lying around. Camera...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 09-11-2011
Replies: 24
Views: 4,298
Posted By Sam N
Pretty much the only 35mm RF gear I use anymore...

Pretty much the only 35mm RF gear I use anymore is the ZM 35/2 on the ZI. It's a pretty fantastic combination.

The ZI doesn't feel as solid as an M (but what does?), but it does feel very well...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 09-10-2011
Replies: 23
Views: 4,696
Posted By Sam N
Vignetting was pretty bad with the CV 15, but not...

Vignetting was pretty bad with the CV 15, but not bad enough to keep me from using that lens a lot with the R-D1. It's a really unique camera with a very interesting analog UI.

Usability overall is...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 08-31-2011
Replies: 41
Views: 13,427
Posted By Sam N
If Fuji can figure out their performance and UI...

If Fuji can figure out their performance and UI issues, this might be a good contender to the Olympus XZ-1.

I think they're using a non-functioning mockup in the "Fuji Guys" video, so there's no...
Forum: Sony NEX APS-C format 08-28-2011
Replies: 88
Views: 13,745
Posted By Sam N
Interesting to note: -12mp m43 cameras and 18mp...

Interesting to note:
-12mp m43 cameras and 18mp Canon DSLRs (7D, T2i, etc.) have basically the same pixel density.
-16mp m43 cameras (G3, GH2) have very similar pixel density to the new Sony 24mp...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 08-27-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 4,145
Posted By Sam N
The f2.0 in the thread title is pure speculation...

The f2.0 in the thread title is pure speculation and very unlikely IMO. The Olympus f2.0 zooms for 4/3 are much thicker than these X lens mockups. My guess is f2.8, which is still great if the IQ...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-06-2011
Replies: 41
Views: 4,286
Posted By Sam N
Konicaman makes a good point which reminded me of...

Konicaman makes a good point which reminded me of this essay: Against Interpretation (http://www.coldbacon.com/writing/sontag-againstinterpretation.html).

It's possible to deconstruct a photo...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-01-2011
Replies: 25
Views: 3,443
Posted By Sam N
The OM 50/2 macro is supposed to be a great lens....

The OM 50/2 macro is supposed to be a great lens. It's not super-cheap but it's probably not a lot more than a decent F either.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-01-2011
Replies: 17
Views: 4,101
Posted By Sam N
Being left-eyed is even worse when you have 1:1...

Being left-eyed is even worse when you have 1:1 cameras like the R3a or (I think) R-D1.

I've tried training myself to shoot with the other eye but it feels very unnatural.
Forum: Off Topic 07-30-2011
Replies: 108
Views: 6,074
Posted By Sam N
Maybe it's the $1.50 per shot cost that made you...

Maybe it's the $1.50 per shot cost that made you ignore the boring shots and only go for keepers?

With "free" digital shots you can experiment a lot without going broke but the flipside of that is...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 05-28-2011
Replies: 17
Views: 2,603
Posted By Sam N
Great shots. I especially like the one of the...

Great shots. I especially like the one of the guy with the fishing pole.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-23-2011
Replies: 50
Views: 5,090
Posted By Sam N
You're right about the price not holding. It's...

You're right about the price not holding. It's already down to $7000, which is still way too much, but a lot better than 10k.

As for the lens issue, which Sigma lenses were you using and which...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-20-2011
Replies: 155
Views: 10,734
Posted By Sam N
The Annenberg Space for Photography has (in...

The Annenberg Space for Photography has (in addition to traditional gallery space) some 4k projectors in a central room that display images beautifully. I'm sure that digital displays will continue...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-08-2011
Replies: 55
Views: 5,980
Posted By Sam N
I'm not sure that RF is the "last" stronghold for...

I'm not sure that RF is the "last" stronghold for film. I use my medium and large format cameras more often than my ZI (which I still love).
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 04-12-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 3,481
Posted By Sam N
The choice to start with an unobtainable-for-most...

The choice to start with an unobtainable-for-most 85/2 and later add a slow 85/4 was very odd. An 85/2.8 would be a great not-too-big/not-too-small companion to the ZM 35s.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-24-2011
Replies: 88
Views: 7,605
Posted By Sam N
The first real cameras I used were an AE-1 and...

The first real cameras I used were an AE-1 and A-1 that still work and I'm a very happy digital Canon shooter, but OMs and FM2s and the like just feel nicer than the very popular AE-1 AE-1P A-1...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-22-2011
Replies: 69
Views: 19,659
Posted By Sam N
The 24/2.8 is great and extremely small. The...

The 24/2.8 is great and extremely small. The 21/2 is also excellent aside from some vignetting which is more apparent with DSLRs than it is on film. My 50 is a cheapo "made in Japan" 50/1.8 but it...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 03-04-2011
Replies: 24
Views: 1,474
Posted By Sam N
Just sell one R-D1 now and get an X100.

Just sell one R-D1 now and get an X100.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-02-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 1,337
Posted By Sam N
I'm also left-eyed and I tried shooting...

I'm also left-eyed and I tried shooting right-eyed and keeping both eyes open with the R3a. It felt wrong to focus with my right eye, but maybe I just didn't give it enough of a chance. Now I just...
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 02-20-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 2,962
Posted By Sam N
Well, the FF users could theoretically get...

Well, the FF users could theoretically get similar image quality at a higher ISO setting. The higher ISO would allow them to stop down more and end up with the same DoF.

It's kind of a wash until...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 02-20-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 2,724
Posted By Sam N
Congrats. The J-8 is a nice lens and the ZI is a...

Congrats. The J-8 is a nice lens and the ZI is a great camera.

I like the catchlights from the windows.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-19-2011
Replies: 164
Views: 11,141
Posted By Sam N
You're right about there being pros using Ms out...

You're right about there being pros using Ms out there, but
A) there aren't enough of them to make a proper service network viable
B) there are even fewer who would/could pay MORE for a sealed...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-31-2011
Replies: 28
Views: 2,219
Posted By Sam N
My worst offense involved precious Kodachrome. ...

My worst offense involved precious Kodachrome.

I had shot a roll sometime in late 2009 with an EOS A2 which I'd set up to leave the leader hanging out after rewinding the film (to make it easier...
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 01-25-2011
Replies: 17
Views: 6,025
Posted By Sam N
I was thinking the opposite. A high-res LCD with...

I was thinking the opposite. A high-res LCD with a magnification area that can be moved around the frame like the ones on the NEX is perfect for using movements. It's analogous to moving a loupe...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-20-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 1,489
Posted By Sam N
I do the same thing and the a lightbox works fine...

I do the same thing and the a lightbox works fine for me. It's not bright enough to take handheld shots, of course, but it gives me enough light for about 1/5 sec at f10 and ISO100.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-14-2011
Replies: 25
Views: 17,932
Posted By Sam N
I had the V500 for a short while and I have a...

I had the V500 for a short while and I have a Scan Dual III. I now rarely use the Scan Dual and almost always reach for my DSLR + macro lens + lightbox setup. I did a comparison of the V500 vs the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-14-2011
Replies: 21
Views: 2,993
Posted By Sam N
I thought it was a great little lens when I had...

I thought it was a great little lens when I had it and used it along with the CV 40/1.4. I ended up going a little wider and switching to the 21/4 and the ZM 35/2.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 01-13-2011
Replies: 54
Views: 8,943
Posted By Sam N
Zeiss is in a pretty good position now. People...

Zeiss is in a pretty good position now. People are spending so much on M9s that they end up not having enough money to buy Leica lenses and go for the ZMs. :-D
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 01-11-2011
Replies: 36
Views: 5,882
Posted By Sam N
The Yashica Mat 124 arrived. It's very clean...

The Yashica Mat 124 arrived. It's very clean aside from 1 tiny dent and a tiny scratch. The glass looks pristine and shutter speeds sound accurate. I'm testing it with a roll of the new Portra...
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 01-10-2011
Replies: 2
Views: 1,404
Posted By Sam N
I suppose it would be useful if you already have...

I suppose it would be useful if you already have a lot of X->m43 adapters, but stacking adapters is far from ideal.
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-10-2011
Replies: 3,801
Views: 316,012
Posted By Sam N
Raid, TTV = Through the Viewfinder...

Raid, TTV = Through the Viewfinder (http://www.flickr.com/groups/throughtheviewfinder/).

As for what specifically that is, it looks like a Panasonic GH-1 with an adapted SLR lens and a contraption...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 01-06-2011
Replies: 27
Views: 5,439
Posted By Sam N
The J-8 works great with the R-D1. The color...

The J-8 works great with the R-D1. The color balance is pretty warm and it's not in the same sharpness league as my old 50mm 'cron or the 35/2 Biogon at 2.0 or even at 2.8, but when stopped down it...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 01-06-2011
Replies: 24
Views: 3,417
Posted By Sam N
I'm left-eyed as well and the exposure lock...

I'm left-eyed as well and the exposure lock button doesn't get in the way at all. The ZI's viewfinder is the best one I've used on any camera. The meter readout is better than on the Bessas, but...
Forum: Large Format Film RF 01-04-2011
Replies: 20
Views: 4,852
Posted By Sam N
I had a Big Shot that came with some other stuff...

I had a Big Shot that came with some other stuff and I ended up giving it away. It's a very interesting camera, but I wasn't prepared to deal with pack film and flash bulbs. It's great to see that...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-03-2011
Replies: 16
Views: 4,148
Posted By Sam N
For most uses the full frame DSLR should be fine....

For most uses the full frame DSLR should be fine. Just get a longish lens (though make sure you'll have enough room to work) with low distortion and CA and get your lighting as even and...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 01-02-2011
Replies: 1,721
Views: 436,561
Posted By Sam N
Queen Califia (http://www.queencalifia.org/)......

Queen Califia (http://www.queencalifia.org/)... probably with the 28/1.9

http://samnazarianphoto.com/img/s1/v21/p583915363-4.jpg


http://samnazarianphoto.com/img/s3/v24/p686292600-4.jpg
...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 01-02-2011
Replies: 36
Views: 5,882
Posted By Sam N
Thanks for the advice all. I found a Yashica Mat...

Thanks for the advice all.

I found a Yashica Mat 124 that looked very clean and went with that. When it gets here in a few days, it'll get me a nice clear screen, accurate-ish shutter speeds, a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-31-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 935
Posted By Sam N
The primitive meters on rangefinders are easily...

The primitive meters on rangefinders are easily tricked and they aren't going to be accurate to within half a stop. Unless you're shooting slide film a 1/2 stop of exposure one way or the other won't...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 12-31-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 2,217
Posted By Sam N
There's the Leica 45/2.8 Macro, but it's pretty...

There's the Leica 45/2.8 Macro, but it's pretty expensive, not super fast, and a lot of reviewers don't particularly like it.

I like using the ZM 35/2 but I'd prefer something with AF. I'm hoping...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 12-31-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 1,354
Posted By Sam N
If you're only interested in lens...

If you're only interested in lens characteristics, I recommend trying different 50mm lenses for your Nikon. The ZF 50s should both be great depending on your needs. The Macro-Planar that Mfogiel...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-30-2010
Replies: 36
Views: 5,882
Posted By Sam N
I'll start looking for a T or MX-EVS or Mat 124...

I'll start looking for a T or MX-EVS or Mat 124 or late Autocord... It seems like the planar/xenotar-equipped Rolleis are usually too pricey. Did anyone else make TLRs with anything more complex...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-30-2010
Replies: 36
Views: 5,882
Posted By Sam N
Any particular models of the Autocord I should be...

Any particular models of the Autocord I should be looking at? If it feels anything like my old Minolta AL it will be great.

How are the Autocords for color?
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 12-30-2010
Replies: 36
Views: 5,882
Posted By Sam N
Semi-modern TLR with a decent lens?

My first (and so far only) TLR was a Rolleicord V.

What I liked about it:

Light weight (830g)
Good build
Lens was sharp enoughWhat I didn't like so much

Horrible shutter lever instead of a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-25-2010
Replies: 80
Views: 6,151
Posted By Sam N
Toyo-Omega 45D This is my first year of large...

Toyo-Omega 45D

This is my first year of large format.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-22-2010
Replies: 19
Views: 3,082
Posted By Sam N
Astia is beautiful, especially with skin tones. ...

Astia is beautiful, especially with skin tones. I have a couple rolls left in 35mm. I heard Astia was also discontinued in 4x5. I did manage to get a box of it at my local shop and the results are...
Forum: RFF Polls 12-22-2010
Replies: 128
Views: 13,978
Posted By Sam N
I wear glasses and contacts about 50/50, but I've...

I wear glasses and contacts about 50/50, but I've never had any problems with scratches from the ZI or R3a. I have more problems with the fact that I'm left-eyed. If i were right-eyed I'd still be...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-21-2010
Replies: 323
Views: 25,231
Posted By Sam N
I can't think of and really big gear...

I can't think of and really big gear disappointments, but maybe that's because I have lowish expectations and do a lot of (way too much) research.

A couple smaller ones:

Mamiya 645 AF - Optics were...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 12-21-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 1,030
Posted By Sam N
The limited edition should be the same price...

The limited edition should be the same price since it's exactly the same camera. I have one (in silver of course) and I love it. Just finished off my last roll of Kodachrome with it today.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-20-2010
Replies: 67
Views: 8,861
Posted By Sam N
http://samnazarianphoto.com/img/s10/v2/p524944052-...

http://samnazarianphoto.com/img/s10/v2/p524944052-4.jpg
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 12-20-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 3,316
Posted By Sam N
I use HP5+ in 4x5 with F76+. I expose at ISO320...

I use HP5+ in 4x5 with F76+. I expose at ISO320 and still find myself getting thin negatives with the times stated on the F76 bottle. Now I add about another 1/2 stop to the dev time and the...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 12-06-2010
Replies: 42
Views: 9,201
Posted By Sam N
Who says it's going to have a leaf shutter? The...

Who says it's going to have a leaf shutter? The shutter speed dial goes up to 1/4000th, and while it may be possible to create a leaf shutter that fast, I doubt we'll see one in the X100.
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 03-11-2010
Replies: 823
Views: 161,758
Posted By Sam N
An M-mount 85/2.8 for $400 or less would be a...

An M-mount 85/2.8 for $400 or less would be a great companion to a 35/2 on a ZI. Makes sense for it to be cheaper since it wouldn't see as much use and isn't as fast. Current Zeiss 85s are too...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 12-21-2009
Replies: 10
Views: 1,900
Posted By Sam N
The 14-140 wouldn't balance well on a GF1 and,...

The 14-140 wouldn't balance well on a GF1 and, being a superzoom, it isn't the best optically.

I've heard great things about the 7-14/4 and the inexpensive 45-200.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-09-2009
Replies: 4
Views: 829
Posted By Sam N
What's going on in the upper-left corner of the...

What's going on in the upper-left corner of the 2nd pic? It's pink.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-07-2009
Replies: 96
Views: 15,127
Posted By Sam N
I agree with respect to SLRs and even their old...

I agree with respect to SLRs and even their old RFs, but they've all been functional, mostly reliable, and (more recently at least) ergonomically sound.

Now the ELPH and newer IXUS/PowerShot...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 12-04-2009
Replies: 26
Views: 19,445
Posted By Sam N
Yeah, I think a lot of it comes down to...

Yeah, I think a lot of it comes down to ergonomics. Some people can't stand focusing bumps or levers, others love them. Some want a shorter throw, others longer.
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 12-03-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 1,228
Posted By Sam N
They don't do anything. Maybe it's a reminder of...

They don't do anything. Maybe it's a reminder of what kind of film you have in there.
Forum: Optics Theory - 11-30-2009
Replies: 35
Views: 2,783
Posted By Sam N
I think it depends on the lens. If they're not...

I think it depends on the lens. If they're not too much of a bother or if the lens gets particularly nasty with flare, then I'll use them.

For my most-used RF lens (35/2 Biogon) I don't have one,...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-25-2009
Replies: 61
Views: 9,234
Posted By Sam N
The problem with this is that even their lenses...

The problem with this is that even their lenses are WAY too expensive. With Voigtlander/Zeiss making M-mount lenses now, this wouldn't work at all.

Zeiss 35/2 = $880
Latest Summicron 35 =...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 11-25-2009
Replies: 42
Views: 2,789
Posted By Sam N
Here's the DNG converter for...

Here's the DNG converter for Mac:
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=4575

And for PC:
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=4576

You can set what kind of...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 11-25-2009
Replies: 42
Views: 2,789
Posted By Sam N
This is mostly true. The 1st party converters...

This is mostly true. The 1st party converters (DPP, Capture NX, Epson's, etc.) can decode certain settings that will allow you to essentially use JPEG output as your starting point for raw...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 11-23-2009
Replies: 42
Views: 2,789
Posted By Sam N
By the way I hope everyone (who uses ACR) is...

By the way I hope everyone (who uses ACR) is converting their .ERF files to .DNG. You can embed full-sized previews (very helpful for browsing through them in a regular image viewer like FastStone,...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 11-23-2009
Replies: 42
Views: 2,789
Posted By Sam N
I think the beta2 profiles are from before LR2.5,...

I think the beta2 profiles are from before LR2.5, so you should already have the latest ones. I've considered using the profile editor to create a profile that would allow me to match the tone...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-19-2009
Replies: 52
Views: 5,570
Posted By Sam N
I'd rather have to put a bit of sharpening into...

I'd rather have to put a bit of sharpening into my workflow than to deal with filters on my lenses.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 11-11-2009
Replies: 30
Views: 3,358
Posted By Sam N
I used my Ikon for a long time without a...

I used my Ikon for a long time without a softrelease and it was fine, but now that I have one on there I like it even more.

By the way, if you want to make quality prints from your ZI it will...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 11-11-2009
Replies: 12
Views: 2,495
Posted By Sam N
The only reason to get a Bessa over an Ikon is if...

The only reason to get a Bessa over an Ikon is if you want a viewfinder not offered in the Ikon (1:1 of R3 or wide from R4) or if you insist on a manual shutter (R2m, R3m, R4m). Price could also be...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 11-11-2009
Replies: 75
Views: 8,650
Posted By Sam N
We're more likely to see a "full frame" M43-style...

We're more likely to see a "full frame" M43-style system with electronic contacts and AF lenses than we are to see the same thing with a finicky expensive RF/VF and cammed manual-focus lenses.

Now...
Forum: RFF Polls 11-09-2009
Replies: 230
Views: 28,423
Posted By Sam N
If you're all about the gear and the...

If you're all about the gear and the latest/greatest, you'd be all over digital already.

If you're not, the current film cameras should have you more than covered.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-05-2009
Replies: 84
Views: 9,356
Posted By Sam N
I haven't had the lens for long, but I didn't...

I haven't had the lens for long, but I didn't notice any flare with streetlights on a foggy night. According to this site (http://www.datasync.com/%7Efarrar/zuiko.html) there were MultiCoated and...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-31-2009
Replies: 3,742
Views: 709,819
Posted By Sam N
I just picked up an OM-10 (w/ manual adapter),...

I just picked up an OM-10 (w/ manual adapter), 50/1.8, and 24/2.8. I already had a 21/2 (great lens) that I was using on an adapter.

I know the OM-10 isn't as good as the OM-1/2/3/4, but what...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 10-28-2009
Replies: 40
Views: 5,340
Posted By Sam N
A photography teacher of mine, himself a master...

A photography teacher of mine, himself a master printer, showed us this same picture in class.

If Avedon did have these skills, why would he spend time making the prints himself? It's an extremely...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 10-21-2009
Replies: 39
Views: 3,436
Posted By Sam N
I've used the 40/1.4 on the ZI and it worked...

I've used the 40/1.4 on the ZI and it worked fine. Framelines on most RFs are pretty conservative, so it wasn't a problem using the 35mm lines with the 40.

Just make sure you get a 40 Nokton that...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 10-19-2009
Replies: 8
Views: 1,451
Posted By Sam N
I was under the impression that the "base" ISO...

I was under the impression that the "base" ISO for that sensor was ISO200, so DR should be best at ISO200. The R-D1 doesn't even offer an ISO100 setting. Some cameras actually have worse DR at low...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 10-16-2009
Replies: 77
Views: 15,771
Posted By Sam N
I had a GF1 on order until it was canceled due to...

I had a GF1 on order until it was canceled due to lack of GF1+20mm kits.

Now I'm not so sure I want a digital camera that can't even auto-rotate the pictures it takes (with the 20mm lens at least,...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 10-16-2009
Replies: 32
Views: 3,782
Posted By Sam N
I know this sounds like blasphemy, but if a...

I know this sounds like blasphemy, but if a majority of your work is at or closer than 2 meters, a DSLR might be a better choice. No parallax issues, lenses focus closer, and you can see what's in...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 10-13-2009
Replies: 23
Views: 931
Posted By Sam N
One big problem with using the expodisc on the...

One big problem with using the expodisc on the R-D1... the R-D1 doesn't support custom white balance. This means you won't be able to set the WB using the expodisc until you get to...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 10-13-2009
Replies: 23
Views: 931
Posted By Sam N
It could be that the light has changed with the...

It could be that the light has changed with the seasons or that the lenses you use now have different color response. It's not likely that a problem with your camera would cause it to be less...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 10-13-2009
Replies: 23
Views: 931
Posted By Sam N
Yes, but with Lightroom and a reference photo it...

Yes, but with Lightroom and a reference photo it becomes MUCH faster and more accurate. There is no need to set WB for each picture individually. You can simply apply one WB setting to a whole...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-13-2009
Replies: 60
Views: 3,044
Posted By Sam N
Let's see: Jupiter-8 50-cron FD 50/1.8 FD...

Let's see:

Jupiter-8
50-cron
FD 50/1.8
FD 50/1.4
EF 50/1.8 mk1
EF 50/1.8 mk2
EF 50/1.4
Sigma 50/1.4
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 10-13-2009
Replies: 14
Views: 2,152
Posted By Sam N
Don't get a tri-elmar... especially when your...

Don't get a tri-elmar... especially when your high-ISO performance is so much lower than you were used to with the D700. Besides, the M9 samples I've seen with the Tri-Elmar were not very...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 10-13-2009
Replies: 23
Views: 931
Posted By Sam N
Step 1: Buy a $2 grey card and shoot a picture of...

Step 1: Buy a $2 grey card and shoot a picture of it whenever you enter a new lighting scenario. The photo of the grey card doesn't even have to be in focus... it just needs to be in the same light...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 10-07-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 1,231
Posted By Sam N
Interesting. One thought is that if the uv/ir...

Interesting. One thought is that if the uv/ir filter is still on the lens for the R-D1 shot, the R-D1 is getting more UV/IR filtering since it also has a filter on the sensor.

If you overexpose...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-13-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 1,261
Posted By Sam N
If you ever shoot color you should definitely...

If you ever shoot color you should definitely keep the Biogon. If not, I'd still keep the Biogon but the differences are pretty minor.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-11-2009
Replies: 8
Views: 1,104
Posted By Sam N
m) very likely to die in the next 15-20 years...

m) very likely to die in the next 15-20 years (sorry)
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-11-2009
Replies: 58
Views: 4,210
Posted By Sam N
I knew a guy who carried the following 5D kit...

I knew a guy who carried the following 5D kit around with him on his bike:

5D
28/2.8
35/2
50/1.4
85/1.8
550ex flash with index card and rubber band for bouncing.

He put rings on the 52mm threads to...
Forum: Leica Q / T / X Series 09-09-2009
Replies: 47
Views: 10,631
Posted By Sam N
DP2 also has a viewfinder option... and X1...

DP2 also has a viewfinder option... and X1 doesn't have IS AFAIK.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-09-2009
Replies: 104
Views: 15,169
Posted By Sam N
EXIF says it's ISO1600. B&W is a good way to get...

EXIF says it's ISO1600. B&W is a good way to get rid of the color blotching as long as you don't do crazy things with the greyscale mixing. It's still a bit grainy but it looks pretty good overall.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-09-2009
Replies: 104
Views: 15,169
Posted By Sam N
This really shows you how much better the 50/1.4...

This really shows you how much better the 50/1.4 is than the WATE (no surprise). Still, there's some pretty wicked purple fringing in this 50/1.4 shot:...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 09-01-2009
Replies: 44
Views: 4,379
Posted By Sam N
So the add-on EVF is go. Presumably the same 12mp...

So the add-on EVF is go.
Presumably the same 12mp sensor in other m43 cameras, but with improved noise reduction.
720p video.

The real questions are:
How much for the camera?
How much more for the...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 08-24-2009
Replies: 99
Views: 5,885
Posted By Sam N
Philosophy is best discussed over wine or coffee...

Philosophy is best discussed over wine or coffee (or expensive Scotch?).

Seriously, most attempts at it on an Internet forum get off-topic so fast it'd make your head spin.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-21-2009
Replies: 37
Views: 2,542
Posted By Sam N
Just to clarify, all of the cameras being...

Just to clarify, all of the cameras being discussed here share the same lens mount (Leica M mount) and all can use the same M bayonet or LTM screwmount (with adapter) lenses.

The Zeiss Ikon can use...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 08-21-2009
Replies: 91
Views: 12,557
Posted By Sam N
Dan, what makes you say the E-P1 is a smash hit? ...

Dan, what makes you say the E-P1 is a smash hit? I've seen a lot of excitement about the camera, but I have yet to see any in the wild (though it is still a very new camera).

Anyway I agree that...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 08-21-2009
Replies: 41
Views: 7,682
Posted By Sam N
The GRDIII looks like all it's cracked up to be. ...

The GRDIII looks like all it's cracked up to be. Very nice shots.



The S90 certainly won't feel as solid, but then again it does let you zoom to ~105mm EFoV (stabilized to boot), which makes it...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 08-21-2009
Replies: 62
Views: 19,809
Posted By Sam N
Quoted for truth. Most R-D1 owners don't have...

Quoted for truth. Most R-D1 owners don't have issues. Average shutter life is a LOT of exposures. Even a failed shutter isn't too hard to replace. Just get the camera and enjoy shooting.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-21-2009
Replies: 37
Views: 2,542
Posted By Sam N
R4a / R4m are the only cameras that fit all of...

R4a / R4m are the only cameras that fit all of your criteria. If you feel the need to use fast 50s later on, just grab an R3a/R3m to go along with your R4. It will still be well below the price of...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 08-21-2009
Replies: 91
Views: 12,557
Posted By Sam N
Just playing devil's advocate: Film camera R&D...

Just playing devil's advocate:

Film camera R&D is almost nothing compared to DRF R&D, so your first bullet point doesn't really work. This is part of the reason we got such great cheap Bessas. ...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-20-2009
Replies: 6
Views: 1,438
Posted By Sam N
At one point the narrator says that Leica is the...

At one point the narrator says that Leica is the Rolls Royce of camera equipment.
Does that mean that it's gone from a great brand to an overpriced joke for those with more money than sense? <I kid,...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 08-13-2009
Replies: 91
Views: 12,557
Posted By Sam N
Sony has yet to put the new rear-illuminated CMOS...

Sony has yet to put the new rear-illuminated CMOS sensors into any of its own DSLRs. I doubt they'd allow their fancy new tech to go into a Zeiss camera before first using it themselves. I think a...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 08-11-2009
Replies: 13
Views: 1,458
Posted By Sam N
It could use a closeup of the subject's hands...

It could use a closeup of the subject's hands working on the machinery of the piano. If you're using an RF, this might require a different camera.

As others have said, a portrait of the man himself...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-10-2009
Replies: 13
Views: 1,373
Posted By Sam N
Doesn't x-pro screw up the chemistry and mess up...

Doesn't x-pro screw up the chemistry and mess up everyone else's film?
If so, not cool.
If not, great idea.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 07-31-2009
Replies: 93
Views: 8,926
Posted By Sam N
http://samn.zenfolio.com/img/v5/p443482874-4.jpg ...

http://samn.zenfolio.com/img/v5/p443482874-4.jpg


http://samn.zenfolio.com/img/v6/p67618748-4.jpg


http://samn.zenfolio.com/img/v5/p208762134-4.jpg
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-30-2009
Replies: 12
Views: 1,346
Posted By Sam N
The ZIs 35mm framelines also work well for a 40mm...

The ZIs 35mm framelines also work well for a 40mm lens as long as you're not shooting slide film.
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 07-30-2009
Replies: 22
Views: 1,483
Posted By Sam N
It's no rumor Henry, the R-D1 and D100 use the...

It's no rumor Henry, the R-D1 and D100 use the same sensor.

Anyway, the R-D1's meter is pretty simplistic compared to that of any modern DSLR. It's also a bit off-centered in terms of its metering...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 07-28-2009
Replies: 23
Views: 2,737
Posted By Sam N
You can set the Fn button to turn on or off the...

You can set the Fn button to turn on or off the screen (or to change image quality, or to do DOF preview, or many other things).

I'm not sure the camera actually knows the focus distance at any...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 07-27-2009
Replies: 23
Views: 2,737
Posted By Sam N
Can you be more specific about what you like...

Can you be more specific about what you like about it WRT street shooting? It's certainly faster than a DP2, but what else?
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 07-24-2009
Replies: 14
Views: 4,216
Posted By Sam N
250swb, are you saying the E-P1 focuses faster...

250swb, are you saying the E-P1 focuses faster with Panny lenses than it does with Oly lenses? That seems counter to what I've heard from other people, but I haven't seen or heard of any actual...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 07-13-2009
Replies: 12
Views: 1,995
Posted By Sam N
A lot of shots come out underexposed... the...

A lot of shots come out underexposed... the averaged metering mode seems to work better for me for the most part.

You can set the maximum ISO for auto-ISO to whatever you want, but I do wish you...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 07-10-2009
Replies: 2
Views: 799
Posted By Sam N
one bump for the nighttime crowd.

one bump for the nighttime crowd.
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 07-10-2009
Replies: 60
Views: 8,031
Posted By Sam N
I actually love how configurable the E-P1 is......

I actually love how configurable the E-P1 is... in the end it makes your shooting more fluid instead of getting in the way. I set the dials to work similarly to Canon DSLRs, so there's less of a...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 07-09-2009
Replies: 45
Views: 5,653
Posted By Sam N
The kit zoom is pretty sharp, so there probably...

The kit zoom is pretty sharp, so there probably isn't much point in using wide and slow M-mount lenses. The more exciting M lenses (to me) are the fast ones, whatever the focal length may be. The...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 07-09-2009
Replies: 2
Views: 799
Posted By Sam N
Anyone in SoCal have a M->M43 adapter I can borrow?

I just got the E-P1, but I'm not sure if I want to drop the $170+ (for us CA residents) on the Leica M to Micro 4/3 adapter. I'd also like to do a little writeup for my blog about using the E-P1...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 07-08-2009
Replies: 21
Views: 1,202
Posted By Sam N
I almost never used the 15/4.5 wide open on the...

I almost never used the 15/4.5 wide open on the R-D1. It helps to give yourself one more stop of DOF than you'd use on film. For example, shoot at F8 but use the DOF markings for F5.6 to set your...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 07-07-2009
Replies: 60
Views: 8,031
Posted By Sam N
Thanks for sharing the pics, but what do you mean...

Thanks for sharing the pics, but what do you mean by this sentence?

Are you just talking about Longitudinal Chromatic Aberrations?
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-02-2009
Replies: 60
Views: 8,851
Posted By Sam N
Seems extremely unlikely, but it would be...

Seems extremely unlikely, but it would be great.

Of course Leica would probably charge $5000+ for it, when the sensor comes from a $2700 camera. Sure the RF mechanism ain't cheap, but neither are...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 06-30-2009
Replies: 22
Views: 2,796
Posted By Sam N
Auto magnification when manually focusing works...

Auto magnification when manually focusing works when in manual focus mode but not with manual-focus lenses... so we can't assume face-detection will work... but it would be nice.
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 06-25-2009
Replies: 82
Views: 18,367
Posted By Sam N
Brad, thanks for the info about the magnify. It...

Brad, thanks for the info about the magnify. It looks like you can get down to pixel level or at least very close.


That's a promotional video put out by Olympus, not a review. It's still...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 06-25-2009
Replies: 1,424
Views: 194,548
Posted By Sam N
http://samn.zenfolio.com/img/v2/p734119137-5.jpg ...

http://samn.zenfolio.com/img/v2/p734119137-5.jpg

http://samn.zenfolio.com/img/v2/p883111577-5.jpg

http://samn.zenfolio.com/img/v2/p607224874-5.jpg

http://samn.zenfolio.com/img/v4/p496616028-5.jpg
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 06-24-2009
Replies: 82
Views: 18,367
Posted By Sam N
Great writeup Brad. I'm posting a link to it on...

Great writeup Brad. I'm posting a link to it on my blog.

One question about zooming in on the images in playback mode:
Did it feel like you were able to zoom into the photo to "actual pixels"...
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