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Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book

Roger Hicks is a well known photographic writer, author of The Rangefinder Book, over three dozen other photographic books, and a frequent contributor to Shutterbug and Amateur Photographer. Unusually in today's photographic world, most of his camera reviews are film cameras, especially rangefinders. See www.rogerandfrances.com for further background (Frances is his wife Frances Schultz, acknowledged darkroom addict and fellow Shutterbug contributor) .


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Old 03-29-2018   #41
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Roger, welcome back, and my best to you and Frances. Hope she makes it through this ordeal safely and with minimum distress.

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Old 03-29-2018   #42
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After a long fight with cancer, I recently lost my wife and the mother of our three children. I feel your pain.

I wish Frances a complete recovery.
Please accept my most sincere condolences, written with tears in my eyes.

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Old 03-29-2018   #43
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Thanks once again to everyone for the kind wishes, prayers, etc. Tomorrow afternoon we're off to the hospital 50 km (30 miles) away at Chinon for a check-up, three weeks to the day after the surgery. All seems to be fine but it's still nerve-racking. Then, the Thursday after, 08:45 at the same hospital for the herceptin shot.

Meanwhile, Frances has just left for the Martaizé sewing circle (next village over). I feel a bit guilty when people call me her "carer": she takes an awful lot of care of me too, and as she said of herself on the first go-around in 2000, after we went for a 7-mile walk after the first chemo, "It's not as if I'm ill or anything. I've just got cancer." THAT'S how tough she is. I love her incredibly much.

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Old 03-29-2018   #44
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Hi Roger, As you can tell there are a lot of us who have missed your posts. Wishing you and Frances well for the future. I am sure producing some fibre prints will cheer Frances up.
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Old 03-29-2018   #45
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Dear Roger,

gute Besserung for your wife, and good luck to you both!

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Old 03-29-2018   #46
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Hi Roger
As you know, I really value your knowledge and am glad you are back on RFF. I hope that Frances is steadily healing from her surgery and that her treatment is completely successful.

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Old 03-29-2018   #47
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Welcome back Roger, all the best for Frances.
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Old 03-29-2018   #48
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Yes, like others have expressed, your return is welcome, but I’m sorry to hear about Frances; certainly wishing her well.

When I was a newcomer to photography, her reviews in Black & White Magazine (around 2005-2007) perhaps did more to introduce me to the concept of rangefinders, let alone Voigtlander and Leica, than did any other source at the time.

Hope you stick around!
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Old 03-29-2018   #49
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Welcome back, Roger; I’ve been “there” with my wife; we know each day brings its new items to navigate through. All my best wishes to you and Frances.
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Roger, you are always welcome here. Very sorry to hear your news and look forward to better news. Bon courage.

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Roger, my sincerest best wishes for Frances. Thank you for sharing this news with us, it must be a very difficult time for both of you at the moment. As Kirk has stated earlier, you are always welcome here!
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My best wishes for Frances' complete recovery and know your strength will help her greatly in that recovery.

Glad to have you back on this forum. I've always enjoyed your posts here and articles in Amateur Photography.
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[ I love her incredibly much.]

Cheers,

R.
On top of my earlier post:
She's a lucky woman Roger, and you're a lucky man.
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Old 04-01-2018   #54
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Roger love to Frances... I can only imagine your distress in having such a close and special partner ill. I know your love will protect her.
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My best wishes to Frances for a complete recovery. Sounds like she has the attitude to fight this disease off.

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Old 04-01-2018   #56
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Best wishes to Frances for a full recovery. I hope from the responses here you can see your voice has been missed. So... Take care of Frances and post when you can.

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Old 04-02-2018   #57
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Roger, I have followed you and Frances from way back before this forum I think - way back to early Shutterbug days. I am very glad you have posted here again.

Wishing a complete recovery for Frances and a long life for both of you.
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Old 04-04-2018   #58
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Positive energy from Connecticut, I wish Frances and you the best.
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Positive energy to Frances. Been there, it sucks.

And Positive Energy to you Roger. Sometimes I think it's harder on the spouse. I felt so bad for my wife when I was sick, doing everything she could to help, but not being able to "fix it".

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Hooray for the Roger and Frances team, the best.
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Old 04-09-2018   #61
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Roger, my best wishes to Frances and hope for complete recovery and remission. May Spring blossom with health and joy!

It's been such a brutal Winter season! I'm saddened and exhausted by all the sickness and death I've seen this year.

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Old 04-09-2018   #62
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Thanks again to everyone. I am genuinely touched. (Then again, several people have said that about me before.) Meanwhile, Frances says she really appreciates your good wishes too.

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Old 04-09-2018   #63
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Roger, best wishes to you both and a speedy recovery to Frances.

I always enjoy your posts.
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Roger, good that you are (hopefully) back.
Best wishes for Frances and you in the struggles ahead.

Ignore the negativity. It's everywhere you go these days.
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Old 04-22-2018   #65
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Meanwhile, Frances has just left for the Martaizé sewing circle (next village over). I feel a bit guilty when people call me her "carer": she takes an awful lot of care of me too
I used to get this kind of thing about my looking after one of my chronically ill parents; people were impressed that a grown-up would look after a relative so much and the subtext was presumably that they hoped their children would do the same for them too. They didn't know that my parent was looking after me as much but I chose not to correct them. I looked on it like the giving of presents; the giving of compliments often satisfies the giver as much as the receiver and it would be churlish to reject them.
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I just wandered into this thread. Let me offer my too late good wishes and encouragement to Frances and you.

You referred to the word "carer", which I'd never heard until recently. Now that word brings to mind the novel, Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro.

Here's hoping for continued improvement and many more years of photographic enjoyment for you both!
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Old 08-09-2018   #67
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Thanks for the kind words. Frances has now recovered from the mastectomy, though she still has some numbness and pins and needles left over from the chemo. She goes swimming in the nearby lake pretty much whenever it's warm enough. She has three or four Herceptin treatments left (an injection every three weeks -- she had one this morning) and then it is six-monthly check-ups.

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Wonderful news, Roger.
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Excellent news! Here's hoping for uneventful check-ups!
I'm glad to hear she's doing well.
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Good news
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It's very good to hear that news, Roger!
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I hope the worst is behind Frances and the two of your lives get back to something resembling normal This is good to read and I wish you both the best....
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Glad to see you back, Roger, and best wishes to Frances.
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Make everyday special! I for one have appreciated your input on the web and I have learnt a lot from your books. Please continue to share your knowledge and guidance.
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Roger, please give Frances my best wishes for her recovery!

I also was surprised by those posts, and I want to thank you very much for the links. I enjoy your posts here, and I appreciate the chance to read more about your ideas and pictures on your other sites.
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