With family and M-E in Manhattan.
Old 10-30-2017   #1
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With family and M-E in Manhattan.

On previous week accompanied by three daughters I drove to NYC where we explored lower Manhattan, mostly by walking.

Prior to this I spend hours trying to decide which cameras to take. Unfortunately, I lost tiny Lumix P&S. It was amazing digital camera for the trips, with Leica lens and CCD sensor, as addition to film Leica.
I was trying and putting on weight scales different dual kits. Like Nikon G20 and Smena-8M, or M4-2 and Oly Trip 35. To have one camera for color and one for low light, bw. I lost my count how many combinations I have tried and how often I changed shoulder stripes to be able to wear two cameras and not bump them to each other.
On the evening before the trip I gave up and placed M-E with Rokkor 40 and Orion-15 to my go everywhere Tamrac bag, plus small and simple flash and charger with two extra batteries.
It was less weight, as two film cameras, also less space and quicker to deal with due to TTL metering.

I read how to use, push ISO 640 and tested it shortly after arrival.




I was using Orion-15 as long as it was enough light. This lens doesn't have too bad distortions and it allowed me to use it for family portraits where city was visible and for candid.




Of course, M-E BW is nowhere near to film, but I wanted to have it more in color, anyway.

I took under seven hundred pictures during five days and most of them are usable. Printed some of them in color as 5x7 yesterday and I'm very pleased with colors and sharpness.


With Rokkor 40 f2 in relatively low light time and location. I pushed exposure during editing.




My wife was at home with youngest daughter and I received high approval from her for this trip pictures.

I'll show some other examples later on.
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From the result I can say you made a good decision about gear! Love this first photos, waiting for more.
And what is very important seems me you all enjoyed this NYC adventure! For sure a great moment for your family

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I like that second shot Ko.fe
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Old 10-31-2017   #4
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Thank you Robert and Stompyg!

I don't know why, but I like what M-E gives me with Orion-15. It is sharp in the middle and buzzing at the rest of the frame. Colors are funky and even more after editing.

Couple of benches at the outer side of the Central Park with this lens on M-E:







Orion was set to f8 most of the day time.
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Nice photos. I have long wanted an Orion 15 in Contax mount but I am unwilling to pay what is asked when they do show up at auction. Seeing your photos makes me want one even more, but alas ...

I thought the middle shot of the first three was really nice, BTW.
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Excellent thread. Thank you for the posted images and descriptions. While I do not an Orion-15, I can add my voice to that of others who have witnessed a great marriage between digital cameras such as the M9/ME with old lenses.
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Fun shots Ko....
Love Miss Liberty & sleeping man on bench !

Silly You,
should have told me You & the family were coming
Would have said Hello and walked about for an hr with you & the girls... oh well

Hope your Time in NYC was joyful...
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Oftheherd and Raid, thank you!

Helen, you are number one and one person whom I'm wished to say Hello. But I was designed as guide to two kids, while they are trying to keep in touch with older one.
I only managed to escape once for forty minutes to get to BH, while all three daughters went to see some inside attraction.
This will be my next pictures to show
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I sure do like that Statue of Liberty image!
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Plans have changed. Many of you knows why I'm posting this picture. It is 2017 and it was the only one thing I was afraid of going to Manhattan on previous week...

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Black and White.

This one I also printed and I like it.




It reminds me Foma 400 film and scratches from bulk loader visible by scanning of underexposed negative.

Another grainy one at maximum ISO.



Regular BW.



This one was the only time I switched to BW JPEG1



I switched back to DNG shortly after it was taken. Person has hoodie color matching the store light color...
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Nice shots Kostya! Just a few days ago I looked at some pics I took with my old M-E, and realized how I miss that look.
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Nice black and white. I really like the one with the group walking, with the man and the baby carriage on the left.
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Thank you both and Jeff!

For walking group I speed walk to make it in front of them, turned around while walking backwards, made the contact and took their picture.
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I like the grainy B&W photo, bravo!
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Thank you, Robert!

From single time I was at my own on this trip.



Ended up seeing the Legend and spending more money

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Ended up seeing the Legend and spending more money
These are risky places in NYC...when I was there a few years ago with my wife we visited B&H three times within a week...it was not too far from our hotel...temptation was strong...my wife even spent more money than me...

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We were getting by bus 51 to the Bus Terminal in the Middle of Manhattan and walked for hours around. Never took subway, but rent bicycles once . Mostly walked to South direction where Central Park and Museums are. No difference from Toronto. But less tacky hobos.
Two elder daughters walked 26km in lower Manhattan one day and no issues.
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Talking

Sorry, but Central Park and the 5th Avenue museums are north of the bus terminal.
Also, we use the old English system in NY so 26km=16miles (tried to insert smile icon but couldn't)
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Thank you for clarifications! I'm even more happy now what we still made it to the Park and Museums. And just by the map.

I was too quick to apply ebay hood for Orion-15, it came same day we were leaving to NYC and I didn't checked it for vignetting.



With Rokkor 40/2 in museums.




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Nice one! I like those colors.

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Thank you, Gabor. I left it almost unedited.
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And few more:


















All taken while we walked somewhere. I was setting shutter speed, aperture and letting M-E to handle ISO.
I think all of them were taken nearby the bus terminal
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Great Kostya !
as You now know NYC keeps You Busy...lots to see, lots to chase
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Here is one of Louis... outside his usual haunt B&H



Louis Mendes Strikes a Pose...
by Helen Hill, on Flickr


Here is One Louis took of Me...



Louis Mendes Double Exposes HH
by Helen Hill, on Flickr



and a Final One I took of Louis



Louis casts a Smile...
by Helen Hill, on Flickr
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Thank you, Helen!
You both went very artistic.
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Lots of amazing photos of NYC in this thread, thanks a lot for posting these.

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Now it feels like wining bronze, silver and gold medals at the same time, no, three gold ones
Helen yesterday and now both of you!
Thank you, Allen and Michael.
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I'm still impressed by the Statue of Liberty image. It just has that proper "style" for these kinds of images.

Kostya, maybe you should visit NYC more often. Aside from the statue of liberty image, there's a lot of really good images in this thread. The woman with the Chanel scarf on her head comes to mind. Great image in color.
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Thank you, Jeff! "Liberty" was quick edit of small JPEG1 file in the old and free Silver Fast processing module. Good for forum only... I'll try to replicate it with larger file suitable for inkjet prints. Or do contact lith print from digital negative at one of your papers.

Personal travel is all but money. Single income family, we have kids to support, house to pay, cars to fix... So, we are mostly staying at home and go for local events and hiking, boating.

Two older daughters are better now on travel. They just came back from Miami. And while taking connection in NYC on return flight, something went slightly wrong and older one was compensated with big voucher for next flight...
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Final story.
Time ago one of our daughters founded the leatherman tool. It was on the road and getting rusty. I cleaned it and used for years. Broke the knife blade, but still used it. Right before we went to NYC I helped mother and kid to free jammed bicycle chain.
So I had it with me on the trip. Until we went to Liberty and they took it away. Knifes were OK, tools not allowed... Next day we are walking back to the bus terminal and ... loud cry from the street. Child cry. I turned around come closer. Something to do with kid and bicycle.



People came to rescue, one is asking me - why? I'm watching and cry is still on. So, I decided to join the rescue team. Kid has lower part of the leg in the wheel of the bicycle.
No blood, no deformation, leg is between spokes. Hands are useless. And my leatherman tool is at the Liberty terminal... I turned around to the sidewalk and started to yell - tool! Who has tool!!. I don't know how to get it right in English. Then I saw guys on bicycles, yelled to them - do you have tools to cut? And they came, but someone else behind approached and started to cut wheel spokes with the tool...

We came back home and I tried Leatherman tool search on eBay. And here it come. The original Leatherman tool, just as I have before. It came from Portland, Oregon seller. The city I like most in USA...

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These are all great images! It’s inspiring to see my city through someone else’s eyes. I’m glad you enjoyed your visit.
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