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Forum: Photography General Interest 02-21-2018
Replies: 218
Views: 6,809
Posted By kevin m
I'm a long-standing member here, but mostly a...

I'm a long-standing member here, but mostly a lurker and not a participant nowadays, and after reading all the responses here I think the reasons why I lurk more than I participate are relevant to...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 11-17-2017
Replies: 585
Views: 85,942
Posted By kevin m
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4551/38486228371_dd...

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4551/38486228371_dd032b04c7_c.jpg

M6TTL, 35 Summilux, SF-20
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 11-16-2017
Replies: 133
Views: 13,870
Posted By kevin m
He's a colorful character, and that doesn't...

He's a colorful character, and that doesn't always translate to the digital realm. But damned if the world isn't a duller place without colorful characters.
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 11-03-2017
Replies: 37
Views: 3,028
Posted By kevin m
Ditto. The screen is a hideous antique, but the...

Ditto. The screen is a hideous antique, but the images are quite pleasing.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 11-03-2017
Replies: 839
Views: 326,855
Posted By kevin m
I think simple novelty is a factor. A 35 f1.2...

I think simple novelty is a factor. A 35 f1.2 lens was a novel thing when it first appeared and perhaps it just took some time (and the fatigue of carrying a big-ass lens) for people to get over...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 11-01-2017
Replies: 839
Views: 326,855
Posted By kevin m
I was aware this lens was good for people, but...

I was aware this lens was good for people, but this is fantastic!
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-01-2017
Replies: 75
Views: 6,002
Posted By kevin m
I think it's on us as individuals to speak up...

I think it's on us as individuals to speak up when we can. It's the silence that allows perpetrators to assume their behavior is acceptable.

Years ago a friend of mine opened up a small restaurant...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-01-2017
Replies: 75
Views: 6,002
Posted By kevin m
This phrasing makes it sound like the girls are...

This phrasing makes it sound like the girls are either co-conspirators or worse. They're not. They're on the wrong end of an abusive power dynamic.




And this makes it sound like the problem is a...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-26-2017
Replies: 13
Views: 1,337
Posted By kevin m
I used to feel the same way but with the state of...

I used to feel the same way but with the state of modern 'news,' I felt obliged to contribute to keep real journalism alive. I'm still feeling the pangs of guilt every time I visit the Guardian UK...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-30-2017
Replies: 64
Views: 4,044
Posted By kevin m
Camera size is, very literally, all relative. ...

Camera size is, very literally, all relative. What often escapes mention is that it's largely binary, too. You either take the camera with you, or you don't. If you feel the camera is too large or...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 03-08-2017
Replies: 160
Views: 7,846
Posted By kevin m
Yeah... no. There's no "pleasure" to it. It...

Yeah... no. There's no "pleasure" to it. It simply makes visible what we normally either can't, or choose not to, see.

It seems odd that you equate social awareness with prurient sexual arousal. ...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-28-2017
Replies: 92
Views: 7,619
Posted By kevin m
Let's not rewrite history. Leica didn't "figure...

Let's not rewrite history. Leica didn't "figure out" anything so much as they picked the only course of action available to them at the time. :D





Consumers aren't being stupid. Modern...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-16-2017
Replies: 79
Views: 4,047
Posted By kevin m
A cellphone camera in your pocket is a better...

A cellphone camera in your pocket is a better camera than the pro kit in your house. ;)
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-16-2017
Replies: 79
Views: 4,047
Posted By kevin m
I've never been convicted of a crime, if that's...

I've never been convicted of a crime, if that's what you mean. :angel:

:D
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-16-2017
Replies: 79
Views: 4,047
Posted By kevin m
I'm fairly certain they did. Just like we look...

I'm fairly certain they did. Just like we look down on selfie-obsessed cellphone camera users, the large-format professionals of Barnack's age mocked his puny camera, too.






What worries you? ...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-16-2017
Replies: 79
Views: 4,047
Posted By kevin m
That's a fair question if we ask it honestly and...

That's a fair question if we ask it honestly and not rhetorically. All most people want from a camera is to quickly take a reasonable quality image of some person, view or event they'd like to...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 01-22-2016
Replies: 50
Views: 5,846
Posted By kevin m
That's the thing. digital Leicas, no matter how...

That's the thing. digital Leicas, no matter how finely crafted, are just like every other digital camera now, in that regard.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 01-15-2016
Replies: 50
Views: 5,846
Posted By kevin m
There's one here. Started at $10,800, now...

There's one here. Started at $10,800, now $7,480: http://www.getdpi.com/forum/gear-fs-or-wtb/55788-leica-m-edition-60-camera-body-arte-di-mano-case.html

...and here for $7,500:...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 12-14-2015
Replies: 839
Views: 326,855
Posted By kevin m
It's totally deserved! Can you remind me what...

It's totally deserved!

Can you remind me what body you're using the 35/1.2 on?
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 12-14-2015
Replies: 824
Views: 83,776
Posted By kevin m
I think Leicas are used to take pictures more...

I think Leicas are used to take pictures more than Bugattis are driven, but good point, anyway.

I went to the Leica SL unveiling at my local Leica boutique last week. I spent most of my time...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-14-2015
Replies: 157
Views: 22,111
Posted By kevin m
Unjustly? Leica was caught with their pants...

Unjustly? Leica was caught with their pants around their ankles by the digital revolution. Within the limitations of a rangefinder camera, the M6/M6TTL/M7 were fully capable, professional cameras...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 12-11-2015
Replies: 824
Views: 83,776
Posted By kevin m
That's the thing.... In the film era, you could...

That's the thing....

In the film era, you could pay the small premium for a Leica film body over something else and know that the "bite" might only happen perhaps once. The fact that the older...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 12-11-2015
Replies: 839
Views: 326,855
Posted By kevin m
There are so many fine pics in this lengthy...

There are so many fine pics in this lengthy thread, but looking at the whole thing in one sitting, I've really enjoyed the back-and-forth between Michael's and Simon's pics. There are some real...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 11-17-2015
Replies: 130
Views: 33,515
Posted By kevin m
"Jesus is watching you" made me laugh, but "Last...

"Jesus is watching you" made me laugh, but "Last Supper" and "France 236" are both stunners.
Forum: Travel 12-09-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 2,634
Posted By kevin m
If you can, I recommend southern Utah. I...

If you can, I recommend southern Utah. I recently drove cross-country myself, and Utah was shockingly beautiful, even from I-15. I'm planning a march trip to highway 12 in March based on just...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 12-09-2014
Replies: 75
Views: 13,866
Posted By kevin m
Ah, Roger, whatever Leica is paying you, it's not...

Ah, Roger, whatever Leica is paying you, it's not enough! :D



Cool! Apart from the wheels, it looks like a complete sleeper. No one would suspect that's a car capable of running 11's. :)
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-06-2013
Replies: 27
Views: 4,276
Posted By kevin m
Serious answer: Unless you're buying gear to...

Serious answer: Unless you're buying gear to achieve a specific goal, GAS is worse than a waste of time; it puts your head in EXACTLY the wrong place to move forward.

For personal growth, you'd...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-12-2012
Replies: 90
Views: 8,208
Posted By kevin m
Yes, there's a lot of junk out there, but your...

Yes, there's a lot of junk out there, but your 99% figure is way high, I'd wager.

Furthermore, cellphone photography is pretty amazing, once you get over your initial prejudice against it. My...
Forum: Off Topic 04-27-2011
Replies: 39
Views: 4,495
Posted By kevin m
Good point. And if airlines hadn't fought tooth...

Good point. And if airlines hadn't fought tooth and nail over the cost of putting locks on cockpit doors, none of it would have happened.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-26-2011
Replies: 66
Views: 12,604
Posted By kevin m
You titled your post "why Leica M lenses are...

You titled your post "why Leica M lenses are worth the money" then offered this shot as evidence. Since this is an open internet forum, you shouldn't be surprised that some people might disagree. ...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-26-2011
Replies: 66
Views: 12,604
Posted By kevin m
Not sure this proves much of anything, really.

Not sure this proves much of anything, really.
Forum: Off Topic 04-26-2011
Replies: 39
Views: 4,495
Posted By kevin m
No kidding.

No kidding.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-24-2011
Replies: 25
Views: 2,893
Posted By kevin m
I disagree. MPs are still selling for a good...

I disagree. MPs are still selling for a good deal more than a used TTL. I had my pair of M6TTL's done by DAG and considered it money well-spent. The flare drove me nuts and the fix cured it...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-21-2011
Replies: 68
Views: 9,461
Posted By kevin m
I've read numerous photographer's comments about...

I've read numerous photographer's comments about wanting to raise awareness of war, its costs, damaged lives, etc., not ending it per se.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-21-2011
Replies: 68
Views: 9,461
Posted By kevin m
Did you read both my sentences? There were only...

Did you read both my sentences? There were only two and they were quite short. :)

"IF" one of the goals of war photography is to raise human awareness of the cost of war, then I think it has, so...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-21-2011
Replies: 68
Views: 9,461
Posted By kevin m
I honestly have no idea why these men do what...

I honestly have no idea why these men do what they do. If war photography has any effect on human nature it has yet to become evident.
Forum: RFF Polls 04-19-2011
Replies: 95
Views: 12,802
Posted By kevin m
I honestly don't know what people are talking...

I honestly don't know what people are talking about when the say this.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-19-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 1,881
Posted By kevin m
Well the lenses couldn't BE more different, so...

Well the lenses couldn't BE more different, so hopefully your decision is an easy one.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-19-2011
Replies: 101
Views: 9,640
Posted By kevin m
One of the funniest "Top Ten" lists on David...

One of the funniest "Top Ten" lists on David Letterman was "The funniest things you can say with a Boston accent" and #1 was "I'm going to Worcester to get a toaster, you b*stard." But of course it...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-19-2011
Replies: 42
Views: 5,479
Posted By kevin m
The world's gone all topsy-turvy. It used to be...

The world's gone all topsy-turvy. It used to be the Leica M that had technological advantages over film SRLs for available light shooting. But now, of course, the reverse is true in the digital...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-18-2011
Replies: 101
Views: 9,640
Posted By kevin m
Not just Boston, it's a New-England wide trait. ...

Not just Boston, it's a New-England wide trait. To tell you the truth, I've grown to appreciate this trait a bit. Cold and rude is one side of it, but there's also a reserve that's admirable, and...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 04-18-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 2,320
Posted By kevin m
I've given up on P&S's with 'advanced' features...

I've given up on P&S's with 'advanced' features for one that's small enough to carry all the time. It seems a fair trade off...

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5062/5632572435_659a8c0363_z.jpg
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-18-2011
Replies: 101
Views: 9,640
Posted By kevin m
Well, maybe we can blame the Affleck brothers for...

Well, maybe we can blame the Affleck brothers for that...!
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-18-2011
Replies: 101
Views: 9,640
Posted By kevin m
They were either exceedingly polite, or you...

They were either exceedingly polite, or you hadn't plied them with enough liquor. :)
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-18-2011
Replies: 101
Views: 9,640
Posted By kevin m
Really? Midwesterners who travel here think all...

Really? Midwesterners who travel here think all New-Englander's are rude; Southerners think they're Satan's spawn, but they're too polite to say it. :D
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-18-2011
Replies: 101
Views: 9,640
Posted By kevin m
I'm a transplant, not a native, and rudeness is,...

I'm a transplant, not a native, and rudeness is, for reasons I don't fully understand, a New-England wide trait. I don't know whether it's the 6 months of winter, the hard-scrabble history of...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-18-2011
Replies: 101
Views: 9,640
Posted By kevin m
Does the modern media do anything else? It seems...

Does the modern media do anything else? It seems as though all they do is go out and cherry pick selected 'facts' that fit into their pre-constructed narratives, with bonus points awarded for...
Forum: RFF Polls 04-18-2011
Replies: 173
Views: 10,942
Posted By kevin m
They certainly sound exotic. At the track with...

They certainly sound exotic. At the track with no mufflers they sound somewhere between a 2-stroke motocross bike and an F1 car. :D
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-17-2011
Replies: 9
Views: 1,353
Posted By kevin m
They, just like every other conscientious...

They, just like every other conscientious craftsman/artist who has ever lived, did they best they could with the technology available to them. The "good old days" have never existed.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-15-2011
Replies: 131
Views: 13,233
Posted By kevin m
Or you could consider yourself lucky. The prices...

Or you could consider yourself lucky. The prices of some Pentax 645 lenses have doubled, or more, since the 645D was introduced.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-15-2011
Replies: 131
Views: 13,233
Posted By kevin m
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAO4EVMlpwM :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAO4EVMlpwM



:D
Forum: RFF Polls 04-15-2011
Replies: 173
Views: 10,942
Posted By kevin m
Anyone else growing tired of modern cars? My...

Anyone else growing tired of modern cars? My wife has a 2010 VW GTI and it's great fun to drive, but the level of electronic interference/background noise is tiresome, including a stability control...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-15-2011
Replies: 131
Views: 13,233
Posted By kevin m
Maybe not, but the art of the used camera deal is...

Maybe not, but the art of the used camera deal is a rather constant theme on this forum. Smokin' steal deals, ripoffs, etc..

Like someone else said, I don't see what difference a small price hike...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-14-2011
Replies: 131
Views: 13,233
Posted By kevin m
I wonder what the Classifieds to Gallery visit...

I wonder what the Classifieds to Gallery visit ratio is?
Forum: RFF Polls 04-13-2011
Replies: 173
Views: 10,942
Posted By kevin m
The humorist P.J. O'Rourke agrees with that...

The humorist P.J. O'Rourke agrees with that sentiment:



From his infamous article:

http://www.heretical.com/miscella/reptile.html :D
Forum: RFF Polls 04-12-2011
Replies: 56
Views: 6,045
Posted By kevin m
As a relatively new technique, HDR is bound to be...

As a relatively new technique, HDR is bound to be over-used. The novelty will wear off. High ISO, on the other hand, is maybe the most useful tool in the digital capture bag-of-tricks: Done...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 04-12-2011
Replies: 33
Views: 4,426
Posted By kevin m
This is wide open, minimum focus of the 50/1.2 on...

This is wide open, minimum focus of the 50/1.2 on my old R-D1, against backlit foliage. Lots of 'bokeh' to be had.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3291/2846166107_e1c7387b04_z.jpg?zz=1

...and...
Forum: Cameras in the Movies / TV / Media 04-11-2011
Replies: 110
Views: 11,707
Posted By kevin m
Good one. I like his "Orpheus" very much, too. ...

Good one. I like his "Orpheus" very much, too. Death as a woman with Harley-riding goons as her henchmen is a nice touch. And the mercury mirror is still a cool effect: ...
Forum: Cameras in the Movies / TV / Media 04-11-2011
Replies: 110
Views: 11,707
Posted By kevin m
I'm a big fan of craftsmanship, but I'd also like...

I'm a big fan of craftsmanship, but I'd also like to suggest a film that was ground-breaking in its day for its rejection of the burden of craftsmanship in pursuit of a new esthetic: Faces by John...
Forum: Cameras in the Movies / TV / Media 04-11-2011
Replies: 110
Views: 11,707
Posted By kevin m
Another excellent B&W film that's more well-known...

Another excellent B&W film that's more well-known is Night of the Hunter. Hard to believe that Charles Laughton never made another film....!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFzTBPy7nl8
Forum: Cameras in the Movies / TV / Media 04-11-2011
Replies: 110
Views: 11,707
Posted By kevin m
Some really good recommendations already,...

Some really good recommendations already, including the surprising Punch Drunk Love.

I've been really into B&W cinematography lately, and I'd like to recommend a director that doesn't get...
Forum: RFF Polls 04-08-2011
Replies: 187
Views: 12,417
Posted By kevin m
/thread :D

/thread


:D
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 04-07-2011
Replies: 41
Views: 6,569
Posted By kevin m
I'm losing track, myself. The...

I'm losing track, myself. The Noctilux/pre-aspherical 35mm Summilux/Canon 50 f1.2/Voigtlander 35 f1.2 crazes are all blurring together now. All I'm sure of is that these lenses spike in price a few...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-05-2011
Replies: 92
Views: 7,078
Posted By kevin m
Thanks guys! :) Canon 5D 28/1.8. A little work...

Thanks guys! :) Canon 5D 28/1.8. A little work in iPhoto and that's it. I had picked up my brother at the airport in St. Louis when we drove into this storm system. Couldn't believe the light. ...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-05-2011
Replies: 92
Views: 7,078
Posted By kevin m
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5107/5590088881_391...

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5107/5590088881_391f0fa37e_z.jpg
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 04-05-2011
Replies: 171
Views: 25,295
Posted By kevin m
What's this about a new camera? ;)

What's this about a new camera? ;)
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-04-2011
Replies: 92
Views: 7,078
Posted By kevin m
Gear can be a real bore.......

Gear can be a real bore....

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5179/5590089435_ae9d80c483_b.jpg
Forum: Film vs Digital 03-08-2011
Replies: 84
Views: 7,128
Posted By kevin m
Hey, I agree with Roger about something! :eek:...

Hey, I agree with Roger about something! :eek: :D

I have yet to read anything that adequately explains why digital B&W can't match the look of B&W film, but it many cases it truly is no contest. ...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-03-2011
Replies: 75
Views: 7,485
Posted By kevin m
If I get another M-mount body I don't think I'd...

If I get another M-mount body I don't think I'd own any Leica lenses. Back when you and I bought, they were good values, but today the performance-to-dollar ratio is all out of whack from a user's...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 02-22-2011
Replies: 74
Views: 18,254
Posted By kevin m
Looks promising, that's for sure.

Looks promising, that's for sure.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-21-2011
Replies: 164
Views: 11,141
Posted By kevin m
Yet another thread where an honest inquiry is...

Yet another thread where an honest inquiry is swamped by the usual voices saying the usual things, reminding us that the status quo was ever thus and will ever so remain.

But is any of that true? ...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-16-2011
Replies: 98
Views: 7,530
Posted By kevin m
True enough. Owning a custom MP is about the...

True enough. Owning a custom MP is about the pleasure of owning the object itself. That it happens to also take pictures is just icing on the cake.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-16-2011
Replies: 63
Views: 4,187
Posted By kevin m
Bulging=build quality. Got it. :D

Bulging=build quality. Got it. :D
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 02-13-2011
Replies: 141
Views: 22,662
Posted By kevin m
Why the head bang? Performance-wise, I'd say it...

Why the head bang? Performance-wise, I'd say it was a fair trade.
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 02-04-2011
Replies: 55
Views: 8,713
Posted By kevin m
I must confess my "package" was theoretical. But...

I must confess my "package" was theoretical. But I think you must be right. My UPS driver stops about halfway up our 330ft. driveway in good weather. I can't imagine what the 5ft. walls of snow...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 02-03-2011
Replies: 55
Views: 8,713
Posted By kevin m
But if I leave the house I might miss my package...

But if I leave the house I might miss my package from B&H! :D
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 02-03-2011
Replies: 55
Views: 8,713
Posted By kevin m
Poor Dave! You've set yourself up to be pestered...

Poor Dave! You've set yourself up to be pestered with questions for about a week! :D
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 02-02-2011
Replies: 77
Views: 6,739
Posted By kevin m
I bought a well-used 5D that had been fitted with...

I bought a well-used 5D that had been fitted with a new shutter and battery box (for a reasonable, non-Leica price, I might add) and it's done me well for the two-plus years I've had it. Best $1,000...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-01-2011
Replies: 29
Views: 2,747
Posted By kevin m
Black and Chrome? Nice Francisco! Use them in...

Black and Chrome? Nice Francisco! Use them in good health!
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-30-2011
Replies: 34
Views: 10,276
Posted By kevin m
The TTL dial is a big functional improvement over...

The TTL dial is a big functional improvement over the classic M dial. One great feature of the M5's finally found a home. :)
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 01-30-2011
Replies: 29
Views: 7,652
Posted By kevin m
Smoking is sexy. To look at. Very nice pics! ...

Smoking is sexy. To look at.

Very nice pics! :)
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-26-2011
Replies: 15
Views: 1,487
Posted By kevin m
Wow, who knew that film AND Buddy Guy were both...

Wow, who knew that film AND Buddy Guy were both still alive! :D
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 01-25-2011
Replies: 180
Views: 17,953
Posted By kevin m
Well then they're not the "thoughtful...

Well then they're not the "thoughtful photographers" I was talking about. I was thinking serious amateurs and/or professionals. :)

Time will tell if Fuji has this camera dialed in or not, but IF...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 01-25-2011
Replies: 180
Views: 17,953
Posted By kevin m
It's not JUST RF users who have been clamoring...

It's not JUST RF users who have been clamoring for years for a smaller alternative to carrying a DSLR - DSLR owners have been asking for one, too, and they're just as obsessed with the search for the...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 01-25-2011
Replies: 180
Views: 17,953
Posted By kevin m
It is baffling. Since many of us end up welding...

It is baffling. Since many of us end up welding a 35-ish lens on our RF's anyway, a digital Canonet at a Canonet-like price is what we've been looking for.
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-24-2011
Replies: 31
Views: 2,829
Posted By kevin m
x2. I graduated from SIU in 1997 and in...

x2. I graduated from SIU in 1997 and in hindsight I regret not double majoring in photography while I was there as the Photography department was first rate. I only took a handful of classes, but I...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-21-2011
Replies: 132
Views: 8,418
Posted By kevin m
You're right, the cameras aren't nearly "silent,"...

You're right, the cameras aren't nearly "silent," but they are pretty subdued compared to the Canon EOS-3 I was using when I bought my first M. :)



I think this is accurate. I went looking for a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-20-2011
Replies: 31
Views: 1,895
Posted By kevin m
Yes, Riccis has carved out a very nice niche for...

Yes, Riccis has carved out a very nice niche for himself and I love his photography. I used to shoot weddings with a pair of M6TTL's a few years back, but gave them up when I made the transition to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-20-2011
Replies: 31
Views: 1,895
Posted By kevin m
Maybe not nostalgically, but professionally they...

Maybe not nostalgically, but professionally they seem to be.
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-20-2011
Replies: 31
Views: 1,895
Posted By kevin m
Awesome. I was going to 2nd the recommendation...

Awesome.

I was going to 2nd the recommendation you'd received from another wedding photographer to pass on this, but now you're free to enjoy the wedding and have fun shooting your way!

Changing...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-20-2011
Replies: 1
Views: 704
Posted By kevin m
It's a great series. I couldn't help but think...

It's a great series. I couldn't help but think of Nickel and Dimed while I was looking at the portraits. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nickel_and_Dimed
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 01-20-2011
Replies: 88
Views: 7,054
Posted By kevin m
British speakers of that era were very good, too....

British speakers of that era were very good, too. I ended up with a pair of ADS L-810's but Mission made a similarly-speced speaker that was also very nice. I still have the 810's nearly 30 years...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 01-19-2011
Replies: 88
Views: 7,054
Posted By kevin m
Does the expression "pot, meet kettle" mean...

Does the expression "pot, meet kettle" mean anything on that side of the pond?
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 01-17-2011
Replies: 88
Views: 7,054
Posted By kevin m
Because it's a camera for people who sensibly...

Because it's a camera for people who sensibly realize that a Canonet will do 80% of what a Leica M will do, and have been waiting for a digital equivalent.
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 01-16-2011
Replies: 46
Views: 7,502
Posted By kevin m
Because the f1.2 has a look like no other 35mm...

Because the f1.2 has a look like no other 35mm lens. That's it in a nutshell. If you like that look then you put up with the size. If the size bugs you, then buy one of the many alternative slower...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 01-16-2011
Replies: 46
Views: 7,502
Posted By kevin m
Jeez, it's a 35mm f1.2 lens! If you want/need an...

Jeez, it's a 35mm f1.2 lens! If you want/need an f1.2 lens, then distortion and compact size aren't really your chief concerns.
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 01-16-2011
Replies: 46
Views: 7,502
Posted By kevin m
Yeah, we can only hope they 'improve' it so it...

Yeah, we can only hope they 'improve' it so it loses all its wonderful character. ;)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-15-2011
Replies: 28
Views: 2,210
Posted By kevin m
What's that French saying, "The higher the monkey...

What's that French saying, "The higher the monkey climbs, the more he shows his ass?" Wanting nice things is fine, within certain arguable limits. I'd saying owning a $100k camera that you'll never...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-14-2011
Replies: 40
Views: 6,909
Posted By kevin m
I think a lot of us are there. Much as I would...

I think a lot of us are there. Much as I would like to ditch the SLR form, I can't deny its functional value. The appeal of the rangefinder is still huge, but I feel it has yet to be optimized for...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-14-2011
Replies: 40
Views: 6,909
Posted By kevin m
But 'all the time' it is.

But 'all the time' it is.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 01-14-2011
Replies: 40
Views: 6,909
Posted By kevin m
There's no great practical advantage to owning a...

There's no great practical advantage to owning a digital rangefinder as there was a film rangefinder - those advantages have been all but eliminated by advances in technology. Really useable high...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-13-2011
Replies: 154
Views: 27,674
Posted By kevin m
Whichever one is digital. :D

Whichever one is digital. :D
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 01-13-2011
Replies: 54
Views: 8,943
Posted By kevin m
http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread....

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=63595
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-12-2011
Replies: 35
Views: 8,384
Posted By kevin m
I had the 50/1.2, 50/1.4 and 50/1.8 all at the...

I had the 50/1.2, 50/1.4 and 50/1.8 all at the same time. (Don't know how that happened!) From my memory, I noticed that they all started looking the same somewhere between 2.0 and 2.8.. For my...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-11-2011
Replies: 27
Views: 2,975
Posted By kevin m
Nicely done.

Nicely done.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-11-2011
Replies: 39
Views: 4,820
Posted By kevin m
Orson Welles - who I trust we could all agree was...

Orson Welles - who I trust we could all agree was a better artist than most of us chatting here - said that "The absence of limitations is the enemy of art." and I think there's a large amount of...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-10-2011
Replies: 839
Views: 326,855
Posted By kevin m
...amazing

...amazing
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 01-10-2011
Replies: 112
Views: 12,513
Posted By kevin m
I lost a nice Panasonic point & shoot at the...

I lost a nice Panasonic point & shoot at the beach two years ago. I had finished shooting with it and stashed it in the pocket of my cargo pants. The pocket got splashed with a bit of salt water -...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 01-06-2011
Replies: 17
Views: 2,548
Posted By kevin m
I think the CV 35/1.2 is the sort of lens Leica...

I think the CV 35/1.2 is the sort of lens Leica won't make anymore. They've abandoned the "Mandler-look" signatures of their past in pursuit of an optical perfection that can be a bit clinical. I...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-05-2011
Replies: 68
Views: 4,755
Posted By kevin m
Is this real, or is this just a ride? The late,...

Is this real, or is this just a ride? The late, and missed, Bill Hicks, around the 3 minute mark:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vX1CvW38cHA
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-05-2011
Replies: 10
Views: 899
Posted By kevin m
I hear the replacement is a 35/1.0 Super-Nokton...

I hear the replacement is a 35/1.0 Super-Nokton that takes 39mm filters, has a user-detachable tab, and will cost $495! :D
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-04-2011
Replies: 60
Views: 4,284
Posted By kevin m
Detroit is hardly unique. Many major American...

Detroit is hardly unique. Many major American cities are at least partially hollow. Rather than do anything about it, our chattering classes construct elaborate rationalizations to explain away the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-04-2011
Replies: 60
Views: 4,284
Posted By kevin m
Thanks for the link!

Thanks for the link!
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-03-2011
Replies: 195
Views: 15,868
Posted By kevin m
Owned it and loved it. This lens could tempt me...

Owned it and loved it. This lens could tempt me into buying a digital M all by itself. But I think its build quality was pretty middling: So-so finish, and a poorly damped focus mechanism. Still...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-03-2011
Replies: 195
Views: 15,868
Posted By kevin m
Yeah, their "good" lenses are tremendous value...

Yeah, their "good" lenses are tremendous value for the price, but their build quality isn't what it could be, to say the least.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-03-2011
Replies: 116
Views: 32,608
Posted By kevin m
The reverse might have been the case on my end. ...

The reverse might have been the case on my end. I simply expect more out of an expensive item than I do a lest-costly one, so I was quite unpleasantly surprised to find the Ultron within spitting...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-03-2011
Replies: 79
Views: 7,253
Posted By kevin m
Shooting with their iPhones? :D

Shooting with their iPhones? :D
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-02-2011
Replies: 195
Views: 15,868
Posted By kevin m
It seems perfectly sane to me. The lens is STILL...

It seems perfectly sane to me. The lens is STILL a bargain at the new price. What's crazy is the pre-asperical Summicrons nearing the $2k mark.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-31-2010
Replies: 116
Views: 32,608
Posted By kevin m
4. So does the Summicron. My German-made...

4. So does the Summicron. My German-made Version IV had to be reassembled three times. And personally, my sense of humor about build-quality flaws goes down as the price goes up.

5. Neither is...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-31-2010
Replies: 116
Views: 32,608
Posted By kevin m
None of the vintage Summicrons is a good value on...

None of the vintage Summicrons is a good value on the used market relative to their performance, and the version IV is the worst offender in that regard. It's not a bad lens wide open, but every CV...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-30-2010
Replies: 55
Views: 3,744
Posted By kevin m
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQqq3e03EBQ ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQqq3e03EBQ

:D:D:D
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-30-2010
Replies: 55
Views: 3,744
Posted By kevin m
Losing touch with our sanity is more like it. ...

Losing touch with our sanity is more like it. The amount of money some people spend on the hobby of photography nowadays is frankly insane when considered objectively, especially when the results...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 12-28-2010
Replies: 86
Views: 9,664
Posted By kevin m
The R-D1 is just a sweet-spot camera. It brought...

The R-D1 is just a sweet-spot camera. It brought the gestalt of the film M's into the digital age far better than the M8 did, megapixels aside. Flip the screen closed, and it's entirely possible to...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-28-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 1,108
Posted By kevin m
His examples seem about right. Measured...

His examples seem about right. Measured objectively, it's a poor performer wide-open; subjectively, it's an acquired taste that I could never acquire, so I sold it. :)
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 12-27-2010
Replies: 86
Views: 9,664
Posted By kevin m
X2. The R-D1 was just "right" and I still miss...

X2. The R-D1 was just "right" and I still miss mine.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-24-2010
Replies: 84
Views: 7,444
Posted By kevin m
The overwhelming amount of information available...

The overwhelming amount of information available on this topic on the internet might lead a person to imagine there's an answer out there that matters, but there isn't.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-21-2010
Replies: 34
Views: 3,289
Posted By kevin m
"Wipes the floor" seems a bit subjective,...

"Wipes the floor" seems a bit subjective, especially since the 645n, upon which the 645d is based, is widely considered an ergonomic gem.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-21-2010
Replies: 30
Views: 4,418
Posted By kevin m
What's the point here, exactly? That chromium...

What's the point here, exactly? That chromium plating was an inexpensive (or no cost) option at one point and today it's..... reserved for use on pricey "special editions?" Seems as though you're...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-21-2010
Replies: 139
Views: 11,719
Posted By kevin m
Why the sarcasm? It's a good question, and one...

Why the sarcasm? It's a good question, and one I'd wager the engineers at Leica have spent long hours contemplating: What makes an M an M even though the film is gone?
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-21-2010
Replies: 139
Views: 11,719
Posted By kevin m
If we're not kidding ourselves, it's the same...

If we're not kidding ourselves, it's the same with most any luxury good. People buy things like this because they confer a sense of status to the owner. It's a way of saying, Please allow me to...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-20-2010
Replies: 139
Views: 11,719
Posted By kevin m
FWIW, I agree. I used film M's for years for...

FWIW, I agree. I used film M's for years for that very reason. I just don't find the digital M's to be a good value. When M8's start selling for under $1,500 or so - sometime next April, I'm...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-20-2010
Replies: 139
Views: 11,719
Posted By kevin m
No, they're fairly accurate. You're right, of...

No, they're fairly accurate. You're right, of course, Leica has always made special editions, but in the film days, they were both a luxury item AND a professional camera. I don't know at what...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-19-2010
Replies: 16
Views: 2,308
Posted By kevin m
I miss Kodachrome for home movies more than still...

I miss Kodachrome for home movies more than still photography, but it really is the end of an era....:(
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-18-2010
Replies: 139
Views: 11,719
Posted By kevin m
He made his original point very well, I thought: ...

He made his original point very well, I thought: DSLR's aren't any bigger than the feature-laden film SLR's that preceded them. My Canon 5D and my EOS-3 were so similar I used to mistake one for...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-18-2010
Replies: 139
Views: 11,719
Posted By kevin m
Leica has trouble with the M8 and M9 because they...

Leica has trouble with the M8 and M9 because they tried to keep their traditionalist fan-base happy by stuffing digital innards into a camera optimized for film use, rather than come up with a proper...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-18-2010
Replies: 139
Views: 11,719
Posted By kevin m
Ironically, that argument would have kept the...

Ironically, that argument would have kept the original Leica M from being invented at all. Now that it exists, however, it's not to be tampered with. :p



Roger should remember that Leica has...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 12-16-2010
Replies: 281
Views: 21,544
Posted By kevin m
I find the role reversal a bit odd. With film,...

I find the role reversal a bit odd. With film, Leica M's had several advantages over SLR bodies, but in the digital age technology has all but eliminated them. With better high ISO performance and...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-15-2010
Replies: 93
Views: 6,845
Posted By kevin m
The situation is similar where I live. Any...

The situation is similar where I live. Any 'specialty' need is served by shopping online. There seem to be increasingly limited choices for local shopping unless you live in a major metropolitan...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-13-2010
Replies: 44
Views: 3,968
Posted By kevin m
When it comes to lenses, I think many of us are...

When it comes to lenses, I think many of us are serial adulterers on this forum. :D
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-11-2010
Replies: 20
Views: 1,851
Posted By kevin m
Kudos, Simon. Those are lovely. ...

Kudos, Simon. Those are lovely.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5203/5241580244_83e4617ff8_b.jpg
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 12-09-2010
Replies: 85
Views: 6,889
Posted By kevin m
Me either. But where I live, it seems to last...

Me either. But where I live, it seems to last for months! :p
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 12-09-2010
Replies: 82
Views: 7,892
Posted By kevin m
Correct. Which is why I said "two drives." ...

Correct. Which is why I said "two drives." :)

If Apple offered two hard drives in the iMac, I would have happily done that. But the fact that one is forced to buy the 27" screen (which I really...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 12-09-2010
Replies: 82
Views: 7,892
Posted By kevin m
I'm really glad someone mentioned B&H in this...

I'm really glad someone mentioned B&H in this thread. It slipped my mind that they sell computers, too, and they discount the non-current models so that a new computer from them is substantially...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-08-2010
Replies: 154
Views: 16,792
Posted By kevin m
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3286/3101017225_f49...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3286/3101017225_f497ecc0bc_z.jpg?zz=1
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-08-2010
Replies: 102
Views: 6,322
Posted By kevin m
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3038/2649921970_c24...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3038/2649921970_c249ee90cf_z.jpg?zz=1
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 12-08-2010
Replies: 82
Views: 7,892
Posted By kevin m
I thank you for all the tips and advice. :) I...

I thank you for all the tips and advice. :)

I just placed an order with B&H for a 2.66GHz Quad-Core Mac Pro, and a 22" NEC monitor with built-in calibrator for $500 less than the 27" iMac I was...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 12-07-2010
Replies: 82
Views: 7,892
Posted By kevin m
x2. I've had this iMac plugged into the internet...

x2. I've had this iMac plugged into the internet since the day I bought it 5 years ago. Not a hiccup. No viruses, nothing. I'm not going back to a PC.
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 12-07-2010
Replies: 82
Views: 7,892
Posted By kevin m
So a refurbished Mac Pro and a 22" NEC monitor...

So a refurbished Mac Pro and a 22" NEC monitor with calibrator can be had for less than an iMac. Man, am I glad I started this thread... :D
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 12-07-2010
Replies: 82
Views: 7,892
Posted By kevin m
The tips are great. Like I said, I hadn't...

The tips are great. Like I said, I hadn't considered a Mac Pro until yesterday. And I've been buying film from B&H for years, but didn't know they sold computers. D'uh! :D They have some good...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 12-06-2010
Replies: 82
Views: 7,892
Posted By kevin m
The drives are cheaper, the RAM is a bit more...

The drives are cheaper, the RAM is a bit more expensive. And, yeah, the iMacs DO run hot. The 27" I tried at the Apple Store was hot to the touch, and I can't help but think that can't be good in...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 12-06-2010
Replies: 82
Views: 7,892
Posted By kevin m
Thanks for all the feedback! Would it be nuts...

Thanks for all the feedback!

Would it be nuts for me to consider a refurbished Mac Pro over an iMac? I don't begin to need all the capabilities and expansion potential it offers, but I do like...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 12-05-2010
Replies: 82
Views: 7,892
Posted By kevin m
Thanks for the tips! OWC offers 16GB of RAM for...

Thanks for the tips! OWC offers 16GB of RAM for $261. :) I think I'll bite the bullet and max out on storage with the 2TB HD plus the SSD.
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 12-05-2010
Replies: 82
Views: 7,892
Posted By kevin m
I'm sure I'll be in shock, too. My current iMac...

I'm sure I'll be in shock, too. My current iMac is a PowerMac 1.8GHz with 2GB of RAM. :D
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 12-05-2010
Replies: 82
Views: 7,892
Posted By kevin m
Time for a new computer. iMac recommendations?

I'm shopping for a new computer and I'm looking at the new iMacs. It seems they can be configured with more than enough power for my needs, the most demanding of which would be Photoshop and my...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 12-04-2010
Replies: 85
Views: 6,889
Posted By kevin m
And the seller has it on a button-rewind M2 with...

And the seller has it on a button-rewind M2 with a self-timer. Pretty! :)
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 12-02-2010
Replies: 46
Views: 27,536
Posted By kevin m
Helen...hush your mouth! :D

Helen...hush your mouth! :D
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-02-2010
Replies: 91
Views: 9,272
Posted By kevin m
Well-said, young man! (and guilty as charged!) ...

Well-said, young man! (and guilty as charged!) :)



Well-said, not-so-young man! :D
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 12-02-2010
Replies: 46
Views: 27,536
Posted By kevin m
A $1,000 hole in your wallet? :D

A $1,000 hole in your wallet? :D
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 12-02-2010
Replies: 839
Views: 326,855
Posted By kevin m
I briefly owned a Nokton 35/1.2 just before I...

I briefly owned a Nokton 35/1.2 just before I sold off all my RF film gear, Kristian, and I just loved it. Even more than the 1st version Aspherical Summilux 35 I owned. It has a bit of that...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 12-01-2010
Replies: 42
Views: 6,921
Posted By kevin m
Remember how hard they fought putting cupholders...

Remember how hard they fought putting cupholders in their cars? The thought of a Big Gulp sitting between the seats of one of their sports sedans must have driven them nuts! :D
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 11-22-2010
Replies: 16
Views: 8,095
Posted By kevin m
Good to hear, Francisco! 46mm

Good to hear, Francisco!



46mm
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 11-22-2010
Replies: 35
Views: 3,543
Posted By kevin m
Current Leica optics have become much like...

Current Leica optics have become much like high-end audio gear to me: Ever greater sums of money spent chasing diminishing returns.

If I ever buy an M9 the Nokton 35/1.2 will be the first lens I...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 11-22-2010
Replies: 35
Views: 3,543
Posted By kevin m
I had the Aspherical Summilux 35 years ago and...

I had the Aspherical Summilux 35 years ago and loved it. Perfect size/performance trade off, wonderful build quality and so good wide open. That was back when you could pick one up for about...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 11-22-2010
Replies: 35
Views: 3,543
Posted By kevin m
You can have the VC 50 AND 35mm Noktons for less...

You can have the VC 50 AND 35mm Noktons for less than the cost of a ONE pre-aspherical summilux, and neither pre-aspherical Summilux can hold a candle to the VC's performance-wise.
Forum: Off Topic 11-19-2010
Replies: 104
Views: 9,422
Posted By kevin m
A Canon or Nikon body with a prime lens mounted...

A Canon or Nikon body with a prime lens mounted isn't that big, and it will keep up with moving grandkids better than a film or digital M.
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 11-19-2010
Replies: 37
Views: 2,723
Posted By kevin m
The term Roger is looking for is "high...

The term Roger is looking for is "high maintenance." :p
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-18-2010
Replies: 33
Views: 5,602
Posted By kevin m
Indeed! Pre-heated in a 450-degree oven so the...

Indeed! Pre-heated in a 450-degree oven so the batter sizzles when it hits the pan. And the key to great flavor: bacon grease. :D
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-18-2010
Replies: 44
Views: 4,328
Posted By kevin m
http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/7320285/ "It is...

http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/7320285/

"It is traditional to send every Leica to DAG so he can take six months to adjust it to proper operating order."

:D
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-16-2010
Replies: 33
Views: 5,602
Posted By kevin m
To play devil's advocate for a moment: Why? Or...

To play devil's advocate for a moment:

Why?

Or rather, why not make real, readily-visible improvements in one's craft and vision rather than wasting time in the fruitless pursuit of incremental...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-12-2010
Replies: 23
Views: 2,513
Posted By kevin m
Be patient. It takes time to brew up righteous...

Be patient. It takes time to brew up righteous indignation! :D
Forum: RFF Polls 11-12-2010
Replies: 30
Views: 3,624
Posted By kevin m
I don't know about attitude, but it is a simple...

I don't know about attitude, but it is a simple pleasure to use a rangefinder. With a 35 or 50 mounted, and the lovely floating frameline to look through, you can begin to wonder why you'd ever need...
Forum: Off Topic 11-11-2010
Replies: 32
Views: 1,769
Posted By kevin m
I've found the opposite to be true, that taste...

I've found the opposite to be true, that taste matters not much at all. I've found that work that matters calls me back despite the objections of my own taste, makes me reconsider, and I end up...
Forum: RFF News 11-11-2010
Replies: 35
Views: 5,659
Posted By kevin m
Still funny the 2nd time around!

Still funny the 2nd time around!
Forum: Off Topic 11-11-2010
Replies: 32
Views: 1,769
Posted By kevin m
No need, I went back and re-read. Point taken. ...

No need, I went back and re-read. Point taken. :o
Forum: Off Topic 11-11-2010
Replies: 32
Views: 1,769
Posted By kevin m
.... largely an assumption on your part? ...

.... largely an assumption on your part? :confused:
Forum: Off Topic 11-11-2010
Replies: 32
Views: 1,769
Posted By kevin m
Again, why the polarizing "either/or" of...

Again, why the polarizing "either/or" of statements like this? So anyone who doesn't engage with Parr's work must, in your estimation, have framed Anne Geddes or Norman Rockwell prints on the wall?
Forum: Off Topic 11-11-2010
Replies: 32
Views: 1,769
Posted By kevin m
So the "Hallmark card" quip was meant to...

So the "Hallmark card" quip was meant to encourage vigorous conversation, then?
Forum: Off Topic 11-11-2010
Replies: 32
Views: 1,769
Posted By kevin m
No middle ground, eh? Mock irony or cheap...

No middle ground, eh? Mock irony or cheap sentiment are the only choices?

The dismissive tone helps explain why the reach of America's art world is increasingly confined to ghettos on the coasts.
Forum: Off Topic 11-11-2010
Replies: 32
Views: 1,769
Posted By kevin m
Innocence = cloying sentiment? I understand...

Innocence = cloying sentiment?

I understand that a lifetime spent flush to the gunwales in commercial imagery designed expressly to get one to reach reflexively for his wallet when his emotional...
Forum: Off Topic 11-11-2010
Replies: 32
Views: 1,769
Posted By kevin m
That's lovely.

That's lovely.
Forum: Off Topic 11-09-2010
Replies: 26
Views: 1,680
Posted By kevin m
It's the ebay-casino effect. :D

It's the ebay-casino effect. :D
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 11-06-2010
Replies: 19
Views: 4,111
Posted By kevin m
That's what I miss most about it. It was like a...

That's what I miss most about it. It was like a big P&S with an M-mount! I bet the 35/1.2 is a lot of fun with the RF. :)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-06-2010
Replies: 60
Views: 10,233
Posted By kevin m
There is a tendency among all super-speed lens...

There is a tendency among all super-speed lens owners to show off the effect of ultra-shallow DOF, along with whatever swirly bokeh, coma, flare and other uncorrected aberrations the lens in question...
Forum: Fixed Lens 35mm RF 11-05-2010
Replies: 35
Views: 3,891
Posted By kevin m
There's some truth to this. I worked with a DP...

There's some truth to this. I worked with a DP who owned his own video rig. He said that once he bought an Arriflex package, clients treated him with more respect because shooting film had a higher...
Forum: Film vs Digital 11-03-2010
Replies: 78
Views: 7,071
Posted By kevin m
Nice pic, and a good reminder that B&W film still...

Nice pic, and a good reminder that B&W film still trumps digital! I am surprised to see Corona made it to Europe, though! :eek:
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-03-2010
Replies: 254
Views: 46,445
Posted By kevin m
You already have arguably the best 35mm lens ever...

You already have arguably the best 35mm lens ever made. Ask yourself what it is you think a Leica lens is going to do for you before you set your heart longing for something that's not only...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-02-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 1,327
Posted By kevin m
That's what I was thinking. All the conventional...

That's what I was thinking. All the conventional wisdom of the RFF in condensed, easy-to-digest form. :p
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-01-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 2,901
Posted By kevin m
I should be good for now. I just received the...

I should be good for now. I just received the 35/3.5 and 55/2.8 from KEH. I'd bet the price will go up quite a bit on the 35/3.5 when the 645d gets to dealer's shelves.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-01-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 2,901
Posted By kevin m
Cool! Nice to have a digital option, should I...

Cool! Nice to have a digital option, should I want it. At the very least, it's good not to be buying into yet another dead system! :D
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-01-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 2,901
Posted By kevin m
Thanks for the feedback so far. I'm waiting to...

Thanks for the feedback so far. I'm waiting to see the results, but I have to say that I like the way this camera handles. It has a brilliant viewfinder, intuitive controls and a fit and finish...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-01-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 2,901
Posted By kevin m
Pentax 645, anyone?

I recently decided to get another MF film camera because I simply love the tonality of MF B&W, and I want to try out Ektar 100, too. I picked up a Pentax 645n/80-200 combo off ebay and have added a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-31-2010
Replies: 31
Views: 2,720
Posted By kevin m
No, I've never baptized one yet. :) I'm not...

No, I've never baptized one yet. :)

I'm not shooting any 35mm film now, but the 35/1.2 Nokton would certainly tempt me to start again. I think it's one of those lenses you have to own at least...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 10-31-2010
Replies: 97
Views: 6,310
Posted By kevin m
Sounds pretty sane to me.

Sounds pretty sane to me.
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 10-31-2010
Replies: 97
Views: 6,310
Posted By kevin m
The Daily Show, in particular, has done admirable...

The Daily Show, in particular, has done admirable work exposing the stupidity of modern media, in particular the ratings-obsessed, alternate universe of Cable TV news. Anyone unfamiliar with them...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 10-31-2010
Replies: 3
Views: 2,322
Posted By kevin m
A new source for LTM cameras!

Saw this in the catalog in our mailbox and had to...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 10-31-2010
Replies: 97
Views: 6,310
Posted By kevin m
Funny world we live in. Most Americans get their...

Funny world we live in. Most Americans get their 'news' from screaming people on cable TV, and the Court Jester network (Comedy Central) is the only one making any sense.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-31-2010
Replies: 31
Views: 2,720
Posted By kevin m
Nice Francisco. You still have the 35 Hexanon? ...

Nice Francisco. You still have the 35 Hexanon? I bet that would look sweet on the M5. Now that I think of it, I bet the bigger size of the M5 would be a good match for the 35/1.2 Nokton. :)
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 10-31-2010
Replies: 97
Views: 6,310
Posted By kevin m
This is the Stewart/Colbert crowd. I'm sure it...

This is the Stewart/Colbert crowd. I'm sure it was #1.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 10-30-2010
Replies: 63
Views: 6,916
Posted By kevin m
x3. I watched a friend I shoot with do in an...

x3. I watched a friend I shoot with do in an hour what takes me (it seems) an entire weekend. I think it's true that achieving some fluency with computer PP is the key to keeping your sanity. :p
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