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Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 05-26-2012
Replies: 23
Views: 3,501
Posted By damien.murphy
Just a quick one, to say thanks for all the...

Just a quick one, to say thanks for all the advice offered, you've given me a good overview of using and selecting a tablet, and have a much better idea of what I would seek, should I decide to pick...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-24-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 1,672
Posted By damien.murphy
Nothing smaller than the Skopar is going to make...

Nothing smaller than the Skopar is going to make your M7 really any smaller as a package. Would go for something faster, if you felt you need it, otherwise would keep your kit as it is, only altering...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 05-24-2012
Replies: 72
Views: 8,495
Posted By damien.murphy
As nice as that would be, given they are fixed...

As nice as that would be, given they are fixed lens cameras, I can't help but feel a full frame sensor is not needed. A full frame sensor for interchangeable lens cameras with an existing catalogue...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 05-23-2012
Replies: 72
Views: 8,495
Posted By damien.murphy
Fixed lens, Canon S95/S100-size, micro 4/3-size...

Fixed lens, Canon S95/S100-size, micro 4/3-size sensor, manual controls. I'm in :)
Forum: Leica Q / CL/ T / X Series 05-22-2012
Replies: 9
Views: 2,465
Posted By damien.murphy
You might find a lens handy too, Dave ;)

You might find a lens handy too, Dave ;)
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 05-22-2012
Replies: 14
Views: 1,453
Posted By damien.murphy
Guess it comes down to posters, I imagine many...

Guess it comes down to posters, I imagine many people do not realise its an issue, and would probably restrict their images to smaller sizes if they did. After all Flickr, et al, all permit links to...
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 05-22-2012
Replies: 14
Views: 1,453
Posted By damien.murphy
Yes, it really upsets the formatting of a thread,...

Yes, it really upsets the formatting of a thread, I find. I guess something like 800px wide max. would be reasonable, and imagine its not about the bandwidth for people, but readability.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 05-22-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 1,280
Posted By damien.murphy
Would add to the above, that I would be of the...

Would add to the above, that I would be of the preference to save your master scans as Tiffs, and then downsize them to jpegs for web purposes from those masters. 16 bit Tiffs would be the way I...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 05-22-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 1,280
Posted By damien.murphy
If scanning with a flatbed, scanning several...

If scanning with a flatbed, scanning several strips at a time at a lower dpi, treating them like contacts, and then only going back to scan at a higher dpi for the keepers can help speed things up a...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 05-21-2012
Replies: 23
Views: 3,501
Posted By damien.murphy
Yes, would imagine the technology has been there...

Yes, would imagine the technology has been there for a while, I guess just surprised to consider it on a mainstream level. I hear what you say about repetitive gestures, etc, still I can see this...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 05-21-2012
Replies: 15
Views: 2,652
Posted By damien.murphy
Haven't used a Canon, aside from a mediocre...

Haven't used a Canon, aside from a mediocre flatbed (8800) that I have, but having used a Plustek 7600 for a while, I can say I was quite impressed. Impressed enough to know that with it and film, I...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 05-21-2012
Replies: 23
Views: 3,501
Posted By damien.murphy
Good advice, I think the drawer is the death...

Good advice, I think the drawer is the death knell for any peripheral. From time to time I get out my usb card reader and dust it off, but more often it simply lives in a drawer, and I plug the...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 05-21-2012
Replies: 23
Views: 3,501
Posted By damien.murphy
I like it! Am kinda surprised now that I think...

I like it! Am kinda surprised now that I think about it that we have not seen this sort of technology come to computing prior to now, especially all the developments in this area by Nintendo with...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 05-21-2012
Replies: 23
Views: 3,501
Posted By damien.murphy
Perhaps the Bamboo may be the one for me. I see...

Perhaps the Bamboo may be the one for me. I see one for sale here that is about 12 inches x 7 inches, with an active area of about 6 inches x 4 inches within that according to the spec, and may check...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 05-21-2012
Replies: 23
Views: 3,501
Posted By damien.murphy
Cheers Sevo, that is a really useful distinction...

Cheers Sevo, that is a really useful distinction between the ranges
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 05-21-2012
Replies: 23
Views: 3,501
Posted By damien.murphy
Just curious, am I right in saying that a...

Just curious, am I right in saying that a graphics tablet like the Wacom can be used with Apple track-pad like gestures, if one wanted to use it instead of a mouse
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 05-21-2012
Replies: 23
Views: 3,501
Posted By damien.murphy
I notice there is quite a bit of variation within...

I notice there is quite a bit of variation within the Wacom range, and not knowing enough to distinguish between them really, wonder what the real world differences are, as to be honest had not...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-21-2012
Replies: 6
Views: 1,300
Posted By damien.murphy
Cheers for the feedback, may give it a lash one...

Cheers for the feedback, may give it a lash one day soon, as I expose some colour negative & with RiverDogs thumbs up, another vote for the Tetanal kit.

What sort of mileage or longevity do you...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 05-21-2012
Replies: 23
Views: 3,501
Posted By damien.murphy
Benefits of a graphics tablet..

A graphics tablet has been something I have been considering on and off for a while, mainly for dodging and burning, and perhaps a little digital writing, etc.

While looking through the options, I...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 05-21-2012
Replies: 15
Views: 2,652
Posted By damien.murphy
B&W, have a look at the Plustek 7400, identical...

B&W, have a look at the Plustek 7400, identical to the Plustek 7600 which I found impressive, but the 7400 is cheaper as it does not have the infrared dust removal (which is useless for B&W...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-21-2012
Replies: 32
Views: 3,449
Posted By damien.murphy
If it was me, just an M & a the lens I am most...

If it was me, just an M & a the lens I am most comfortable with, which for me is a 50mm lens. That and a few rolls of black and white, and you're set to enjoy the occasion, with any nice frames being...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 05-21-2012
Replies: 53
Views: 5,904
Posted By damien.murphy
Lovely cameras, just the camera is often a work...

Lovely cameras, just the camera is often a work of art. That said, I would try one before deciding to buy, as tlr's have a lot of fans here as you see, but what you often don't hear of are those that...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 05-20-2012
Replies: 22
Views: 3,799
Posted By damien.murphy
Ha ha, thanks for highlighting these videos, must...

Ha ha, thanks for highlighting these videos, must say it is the funniest set of photography-related videos on the 'tube since discovering Kai & the DigitalRev set :)
Forum: Film vs Digital 05-20-2012
Replies: 28
Views: 3,550
Posted By damien.murphy
Lovely shots, and know what you mean. A back to...

Lovely shots, and know what you mean. A back to basics camera with the minimal of controls seems to free me up to just see, frame and shoot, removing superfluous distractions in the shooting process...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 05-20-2012
Replies: 6
Views: 1,300
Posted By damien.murphy
Hi Austerby, Thinking of chancing my arm at...

Hi Austerby,

Thinking of chancing my arm at developing my own C41 too, and wonder how you found the temperature control/ timing aspect of it, or maybe what you used to keep the temperature ok....
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 05-20-2012
Replies: 214
Views: 18,255
Posted By damien.murphy
I like your passion, Mani, and as you say it is...

I like your passion, Mani, and as you say it is borne out of a lot of experience with digital processing, although am not sure your arguments shine through as well as they could.

In any case to...
Forum: Film vs Digital 05-20-2012
Replies: 139
Views: 28,450
Posted By damien.murphy
Fluctuates for me I find, so film and digital,...

Fluctuates for me I find, so film and digital, but can be heavily skewed in favour of one or the other at times. Film for the pleasure of shooting and the results, digital for the convenience of a...
Forum: Film vs Digital 05-20-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 1,472
Posted By damien.murphy
Mostly primes, but a zoom & a fast prime for...

Mostly primes, but a zoom & a fast prime for travel (if I travel with a dslr), and when I do shoot a zoom these days, tend to use it like a prime a little, only using prime/ marked focal lengths on...
Forum: Film vs Digital 05-17-2012
Replies: 14
Views: 1,786
Posted By damien.murphy
Great post by the way, you've really captured a...

Great post by the way, you've really captured a key part of the film experience for many people, I think. Limitless menu options, the capacity to take hundreds or thousands of shots, and the ability/...
Forum: Film vs Digital 05-17-2012
Replies: 14
Views: 1,786
Posted By damien.murphy
For me, nothing comes close to the the enjoyment...

For me, nothing comes close to the the enjoyment and pleasure of shooting with my M3. When digital can offer me a shooting experience as pleasurable, then I may shoot digital exclusively. For now...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 05-16-2012
Replies: 69
Views: 6,043
Posted By damien.murphy
Perhaps. I fear the likes of Canon and Nikon are...

Perhaps. I fear the likes of Canon and Nikon are far too entrenched in their feature-rich philosophies towards camera design, to produce the back to basics, no nonsense camera that pull people...
Forum: RFF Polls 05-16-2012
Replies: 261
Views: 31,278
Posted By damien.murphy
I'm pretty unsentimental when it comes to digital...

I'm pretty unsentimental when it comes to digital cameras as they are definitely more of a necessity for me than say my film cameras which are simply a joy to use. Also being a Nikon user, you can...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-16-2012
Replies: 46
Views: 4,906
Posted By damien.murphy
Lenses? Not really, but then I subconsciously do...

Lenses? Not really, but then I subconsciously do not buy lenses that cost more than I am comfortable with. Cameras definitely not, but then have gotten into the habit of buying used (film or...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 05-16-2012
Replies: 69
Views: 6,043
Posted By damien.murphy
Ha ha. Most I have spent on a camera body was...

Ha ha. Most I have spent on a camera body was 1500 euro, and that was for one that was new and worked. The prospect of dropping 2000 euro on a camera which for that price is used, many years old, and...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 05-16-2012
Replies: 69
Views: 6,043
Posted By damien.murphy
Hmm.. perhaps there's a market for an updated...

Hmm.. perhaps there's a market for an updated crop sensor digital rangefinder, but to be be honest, see nothing revolutionary in it. Nothing to show any sign of progress since the R-D1 or M8 were...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 05-15-2012
Replies: 69
Views: 6,043
Posted By damien.murphy
Indeed :) Have read too many user experiences...

Indeed :)



Have read too many user experiences with problems/ sensor replacements/etc, to consider it a risk-free purchase. That is roulette in my book - spin the wheel and take your...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 05-15-2012
Replies: 69
Views: 6,043
Posted By damien.murphy
Would be nice to see a digital CL. M9 prices...

Would be nice to see a digital CL. M9 prices leave existing Leica film shooters open to a digital rangefinder with no product options from Leica. I applaud others who play the M8/ R-D1 roulette, but...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-15-2012
Replies: 22
Views: 3,653
Posted By damien.murphy
If you shoot 50mm a lot, I don't think there is...

If you shoot 50mm a lot, I don't think there is anything as gorgeous as the M3 viewfinder. Have shot an M6 too, and may do again, so find reading peoples experiences with the magnifiers interesting.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-15-2012
Replies: 56
Views: 3,353
Posted By damien.murphy
After selling an assortment of cameras and lenses...

After selling an assortment of cameras and lenses over the years, it seems selling my M3 is not something I could bring myself to do. Just looking through that viewfinder, reminds me all over again...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-15-2012
Replies: 56
Views: 3,353
Posted By damien.murphy
Thinking again, I guess the bigger issues with...

Thinking again, I guess the bigger issues with the tools we choose, are our comfort with them, the functionalities of our cameras to our ways of working, and the refinement and awareness of our own...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-15-2012
Replies: 56
Views: 3,353
Posted By damien.murphy
Was my first thought too, and not sure...

Was my first thought too, and not sure electronics on a scale seen in dslr's will prove to be as durable, long term. Just my own suspicion, am sure there are exceptions and cases where this has...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 05-14-2012
Replies: 76
Views: 8,534
Posted By damien.murphy
I like small cameras, but where size begins to...

I like small cameras, but where size begins to compromise ergonomics and handling is where I draw a line. But yes, small for me is the difference between being able to bring a camera with you...
Forum: Photo Software 05-14-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 1,831
Posted By damien.murphy
Me neither, have Lightroom and am very happy with...

Me neither, have Lightroom and am very happy with it. Bought Elements a while back too, but like others use it minimally. Lightroom is king for photographers, Photoshop is more a tool for graphic...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-14-2012
Replies: 124
Views: 9,726
Posted By damien.murphy
See the black tape on Leicas being mentioned a...

See the black tape on Leicas being mentioned a bit, and remember doing it in the past with my black M6, sheerly so the camera would look like a black generic camera in the distance. Also so that...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-14-2012
Replies: 124
Views: 9,726
Posted By damien.murphy
Personally I find nothing more irritating than...

Personally I find nothing more irritating than being approached by someone just to ak about my camera. Might be different if its a photography-related conversation, but having some sort of camera...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-13-2012
Replies: 103
Views: 11,549
Posted By damien.murphy
No problem with Leica using different products to...

No problem with Leica using different products to distinguish aspects of their markets, ie regular production kit for photographers, and special editions to those they appeal to. At the end of the...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 05-13-2012
Replies: 127
Views: 12,048
Posted By damien.murphy
To answer the question posed, I suppose anyone...

To answer the question posed, I suppose anyone who shoots black and white, would like a digitial rangefinder, and has that much disposable income. Unfortunately I imagine that bracket excludes a good...
Forum: RFF Polls 05-13-2012
Replies: 35
Views: 3,787
Posted By damien.murphy
I must be the exception, as personally I hate...

I must be the exception, as personally I hate hoods, for the sole reasons of added bulk and impact on portability. With an M, I like the slim streamlined package, and hate to change that, be it by...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 05-12-2012
Replies: 145
Views: 14,276
Posted By damien.murphy
Hmm.. if I was Leica, I would not be letting my...

Hmm.. if I was Leica, I would not be letting my elected testers output flat dng files. I am sure as many have noted, that quality results are obtainable with a little massaging in editing, but would...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 05-10-2012
Replies: 14
Views: 2,932
Posted By damien.murphy
I like 5 out of the set. Feel there is...

I like 5 out of the set. Feel there is unnecessary distracting elements in 1, 2 and 4 for me. 3 doesn't really do it for me, and for that type of shot to work for me there would need to be some...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 05-08-2012
Replies: 214
Views: 18,255
Posted By damien.murphy
Interesting thread, and will be interested to...

Interesting thread, and will be interested to follow it. My own feeling is there are some things that are not easily quantified, and taste is right up there at the top of that list.

I suppose as...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 04-30-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 2,651
Posted By damien.murphy
Seems like a lot of fun, definitely hoping they...

Seems like a lot of fun, definitely hoping they sell then instore, would pick up a bunch of them. Been missing something like a simple fixed focus point and shoot with no lcd for a while, seems even...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-30-2012
Replies: 76
Views: 6,492
Posted By damien.murphy
Don't browse it too often, but I actually like...

Don't browse it too often, but I actually like Explore - it exposes me to a whole bunch of different aesthetics I might not normally consider. I don't expect an algorithm to find the images with the...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 04-28-2012
Replies: 12
Views: 1,384
Posted By damien.murphy
Colour and colour philosophy varies by...

Colour and colour philosophy varies by manufacturer, just like with colour film stocks, I find, and can see why people prefer colour from a specific camera manufacturer. Its nice to find what you...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 04-28-2012
Replies: 23
Views: 3,126
Posted By damien.murphy
When I shoot it tends to be exclusively digital...

When I shoot it tends to be exclusively digital or film, I have found, with the other gathering dust for a long time. At the moment, it is my film gear lying idls for the last 15 months, and before...
Forum: Photo Software 04-24-2012
Replies: 5
Views: 998
Posted By damien.murphy
Its a nice piece of software, and just doing...

Its a nice piece of software, and just doing pretty much the same myself, playing around with the software.

I like it a lot, although would prefer a batch option that was quick and easy from...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-21-2012
Replies: 44
Views: 4,911
Posted By damien.murphy
Lovely cameras, wish I felt comfortable shooting...

Lovely cameras, wish I felt comfortable shooting them though.. :)
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-20-2012
Replies: 69
Views: 6,610
Posted By damien.murphy
Tried the two body thing with film, but would...

Tried the two body thing with film, but would usually result in one of the bodies gathering dust. Was nice to have the same film in both, but two focal lengths, in my case an M3 with a 50, and an...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-19-2012
Replies: 40
Views: 3,401
Posted By damien.murphy
Well, the simple answer is of course the gear...

Well, the simple answer is of course the gear matters. Whether it matters as much as the numerous gear-oriented threads you see, is another thing though, and think some peoples focus on gear is out...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-09-2012
Replies: 46
Views: 3,074
Posted By damien.murphy
Ha ha, yes, same battery as D90, so you're set....

Ha ha, yes, same battery as D90, so you're set. Found the D200 was always a 2 battery camera (spare for peace of mind), with the charge just draining steadily for no reason, so always good to have a...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-09-2012
Replies: 46
Views: 3,074
Posted By damien.murphy
As an ex-D200 owner, things start to go downhill...

As an ex-D200 owner, things start to go downhill in terms of noise after iso 400.

For what its worth, the battery life is worse on the D200 than the D90 I believe, so just be prepared for that too,...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 03-23-2012
Replies: 90
Views: 5,089
Posted By damien.murphy
Its possible to create art, by going out, picking...

Its possible to create art, by going out, picking up some things you find, and arranging them in a fashion that conveys something. If in doubt as to whether you can art can be created with a digital...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 03-21-2012
Replies: 3
Views: 719
Posted By damien.murphy
See they're stitching that Domke logo on pretty...

See they're stitching that Domke logo on pretty good these days. Had no problem removing the logo on mine when I got it a few years ago, even now, just pull the stitching holding the logo to the bag,...
Forum: Travel 03-17-2012
Replies: 22
Views: 2,719
Posted By damien.murphy
Will have a think about places to see, and get...

Will have a think about places to see, and get back to you. Re: gear, Berminghams (www.berminghamcameras.ie) and Conns (www.connscameras.ie) are the two main professional dealers in the city, with...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-14-2012
Replies: 23
Views: 5,210
Posted By damien.murphy
Agree with the sentiment above, that as a...

Agree with the sentiment above, that as a Lightroom 3 user, I do not see a lot in this release to encourage me to upgrade. A lot of incremental upgrades, not doing much for the 'Adobe tax' reputation...
Forum: Film vs Digital 03-14-2012
Replies: 156
Views: 90,972
Posted By damien.murphy
Agree that film cameras seem to attract more...

Agree that film cameras seem to attract more attention, at least more attention than the ubiquitous digital camera. I don't really like the attention myself, and would prefer to have conversations...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 02-21-2012
Replies: 291
Views: 48,527
Posted By damien.murphy
Would love a digital rangefinder I could afford,...

Would love a digital rangefinder I could afford, hell it doesn't even have to be full frame for me, although obviously full frame would be nice. Right now I could live with an APS-sensored...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-20-2012
Replies: 19
Views: 1,741
Posted By damien.murphy
Yes, never throw out anything either, on the off...

Yes, never throw out anything either, on the off chance you may one day need it.

;)
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-20-2012
Replies: 98
Views: 8,845
Posted By damien.murphy
The right camera helps you get the shot, simple...

The right camera helps you get the shot, simple as. This seems to be something people forget or overlook on a regular basis.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-20-2012
Replies: 161
Views: 12,762
Posted By damien.murphy
There are two tiers of Leica kit and pricing...

There are two tiers of Leica kit and pricing really.

On one hand, and the tier I bought into, is one with non-current M bodies and M lenses 1 or more generations older and usually f2/ f2.8 at the...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-17-2012
Replies: 32
Views: 3,581
Posted By damien.murphy
Spot on analogy

Spot on analogy
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 02-15-2012
Replies: 15
Views: 2,121
Posted By damien.murphy
Just out of curiousity Raid, what was the fault...

Just out of curiousity Raid, what was the fault that caused your EP2 to die..
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 02-14-2012
Replies: 15
Views: 2,121
Posted By damien.murphy
Thanks for the replies guys, definitely some food...

Thanks for the replies guys, definitely some food for thought here. At the moment, its either a Canon S95 or a EP w/ 20mm and perhaps the 14mm. Size, and the ability to have the camera with me at all...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 02-14-2012
Replies: 15
Views: 2,121
Posted By damien.murphy
Hi Will, Cheers for the reply, the EP2 looks...

Hi Will,

Cheers for the reply, the EP2 looks like a capable little machine, and with something like the 20mm or 14mm on it, makes an attractive little kit.

Few quick questions for you on the EP2,...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 02-10-2012
Replies: 15
Views: 2,121
Posted By damien.murphy
In considering an Olympus Pen body.. In considering

Considering an Olympus Pen body for something compact and digital. Well, either that or a Canon S95 :)

As someone more used to dslr's (Nikon), just wondering about a few things, namely the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-09-2012
Replies: 6
Views: 1,157
Posted By damien.murphy
Ha ha, very, very funny :)

Ha ha, very, very funny :)
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 02-09-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 1,104
Posted By damien.murphy
Maybe not slow for outdoors, but f2.8 is against...

Maybe not slow for outdoors, but f2.8 is against the limit indoors and in available light. For each their own, but I could not consider this camera with an f2.8 lens, and am sure I am not the only...
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 02-09-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 1,104
Posted By damien.murphy
Nice cameras, pity about the slow lenses..

Nice cameras, pity about the slow lenses..
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-08-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 2,097
Posted By damien.murphy
I suspect we are probably in agreement, but your...

I suspect we are probably in agreement, but your statements seem a little general, like the above. There are a lot of things we photographers care about, that ultimately don't matter a whit to the...
Forum: Film vs Digital 02-08-2012
Replies: 77
Views: 4,857
Posted By damien.murphy
The best tools for what I need to do (and can...

The best tools for what I need to do (and can afford), are what drive my choices in photography. For example, I began to shoot Leica M's, because I could not find a compact digital camera with manual...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-08-2012
Replies: 102
Views: 10,459
Posted By damien.murphy
Is the theory really that we cannot distinguish...

Is the theory really that we cannot distinguish quality anymore, unless others tell us so? Personally, I haven't met many people that deluded..
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-08-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 2,097
Posted By damien.murphy
Well, clean vs grainy, it all comes down to style...

Well, clean vs grainy, it all comes down to style and the manner in which we present your images. Of course, content quality comes before that, and obviously determines which images we deem worthy of...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 02-08-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 2,097
Posted By damien.murphy
I do notice a preponderance of *clean* images,...

I do notice a preponderance of *clean* images, and not so much gritty imagery these days. Clean seems to be the popular look these days, from advertising imagery and perfect people to clean blogging...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-06-2012
Replies: 40
Views: 2,902
Posted By damien.murphy
No issue with crop sensors themselves, but do...

No issue with crop sensors themselves, but do have an issue with resultant holes in the lens line-up available for crop bodies, with some manufacturers showing a major reluctance to fell gaps that...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 02-05-2012
Replies: 4
Views: 864
Posted By damien.murphy
Nice shots, and must say I have been...

Nice shots, and must say I have been contemplating an S95 for a small carry anywhere snapshot camera for a while. Seems to have a nice reputation as a quality camera, and smaller than all its rivals....
Forum: Travel 02-01-2012
Replies: 28
Views: 3,017
Posted By damien.murphy
Oh, and if looking for things to add to your...

Oh, and if looking for things to add to your Amsterdam itinerary, I would definitely suggest the Heineken museum, which was very cool and very fun. One of the highlights of my time in Amsterdam!...
Forum: Travel 02-01-2012
Replies: 28
Views: 3,017
Posted By damien.murphy
Spent a great week between Amsterdam, Brugge and...

Spent a great week between Amsterdam, Brugge and Brussels a few years ago and would go back to Amsterdam and Brugge in a heartbeat. Brussels had its nice spots, and cheap hotel breaks at the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-24-2012
Replies: 31
Views: 4,415
Posted By damien.murphy
Noctilux for the masses? I doubt it. I thought I...

Noctilux for the masses? I doubt it. I thought I liked to shoot in lowlight, but it turns out an f1.4/ f1.5 suits me better in all respects (size, cost, weight, viewfinder blockage), and imagine most...
Forum: RFF Polls 01-23-2012
Replies: 57
Views: 4,883
Posted By damien.murphy
50mm on APS sensors works perfectly for me, at...

50mm on APS sensors works perfectly for me, at least for the type of available light indoor portraiture I'm fond of, so I guess that would be 75mm on 135 format cameras. 85mm on APS seems to be a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-16-2012
Replies: 18
Views: 2,137
Posted By damien.murphy
Speaking from the point of view as an M3 user who...

Speaking from the point of view as an M3 user who shoots only 50mm really, the high magnification finder (0.92) is perfection itself. Initially when I shot at first with M's, I used a 0.72 mag M6 and...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 01-15-2012
Replies: 46
Views: 18,410
Posted By damien.murphy
I don't use iso 100 (or faster) film, myself. I...

I don't use iso 100 (or faster) film, myself. I shoot indoors and outdoors equally, and iso 400 film with a fast lens allows me to shoot in both situations quite easily, plus with a 2/ 3 stop nd...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 01-12-2012
Replies: 12
Views: 1,652
Posted By damien.murphy
Thumb tacks out for me, don't want to damage the...

Thumb tacks out for me, don't want to damage the print or the borders. Blue tack an alternative alright, so simple yet effective.

L-shaped plates very interesting, must have a look into those,...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 01-12-2012
Replies: 12
Views: 1,652
Posted By damien.murphy
Laminating, hmm.. an interesting option. Not the...

Laminating, hmm.. an interesting option. Not the one for me, as I would have uses for the photos after displaying, but an interesting option none the less.

@Meakin, ah, the joy of packing and the...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 01-12-2012
Replies: 12
Views: 1,652
Posted By damien.murphy
Wire and clips, a great idea. Have to say I saw...

Wire and clips, a great idea. Have to say I saw had thought of this and forgot to mention it in my initial post. Seems like a good option, and right up there with some sort of rail/ magnet system....
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 01-12-2012
Replies: 12
Views: 1,652
Posted By damien.murphy
Displaying non-framed Photos

I'm not sure if this the right place to put this, so if a more suitable forum exists, please feel free, mods :)

In any case:

I'm looking for a method to display my photos (work prints and new...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 01-12-2012
Replies: 65
Views: 7,243
Posted By damien.murphy
Yes, and this brings this debate to the crux of...

Yes, and this brings this debate to the crux of the matter for me - that of passing off such manipulated portraits as the normal way in which these people look. It's a dangerous practice, and know...
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 12-27-2011
Replies: 93
Views: 15,984
Posted By damien.murphy
Personally around the neck is not for me, and...

Personally around the neck is not for me, and find the camera swings uncontrollably whenever I do anything other than stand upright. Now bandolier-style across the chest with the M resting beneath my...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-27-2011
Replies: 61
Views: 5,241
Posted By damien.murphy
I would suggest a body that autofocuses with all...

I would suggest a body that autofocuses with all lenses, not just lenses with built in motors, this means the D90 up. I would suggest a D90 over a D80, if only for the better high iso performance and...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 12-24-2011
Replies: 3
Views: 1,125
Posted By damien.murphy
That's a bummer, had a few accidents myself with...

That's a bummer, had a few accidents myself with one or two of my initial rolls in the 35T. Re: meter, never really use it myself, as I found it to be a little erratic and favour sunny16 or my little...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 12-24-2011
Replies: 3
Views: 1,125
Posted By damien.murphy
Off the top of my head, match the needles and...

Off the top of my head, match the needles and your selected exposure matches the metered one. White being the meter, and orange being your selected exposure.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-16-2011
Replies: 303
Views: 47,035
Posted By damien.murphy
Back to one (my M3) for quite a while. Having two...

Back to one (my M3) for quite a while. Having two just seemed to result in one gathering dust, but an M is hard to sell none the less, I have found. I would like to re-buy my first M, a black M6,...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-15-2011
Replies: 45
Views: 8,625
Posted By damien.murphy
Pretty chunky beast for a compact camera,...

Pretty chunky beast for a compact camera, although resolution, dynamic range and high iso are nice, all facets of the sensor and Sony's expertise in the area of sensor production. Now if only they...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-12-2011
Replies: 85
Views: 14,837
Posted By damien.murphy
Some good advice, and just a few things I'll add....

Some good advice, and just a few things I'll add.

If your itch is for an M, then nothing else will usually scratch it, and much like Thom Hogans diatribe on tripods, it is often better just buy...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-10-2011
Replies: 16
Views: 1,847
Posted By damien.murphy
Hi Dave, The M3 is a smashing way to go, and...

Hi Dave,

The M3 is a smashing way to go, and must say it is the favourite of all the cameras I've owned, to use. I would try check out if the 90mm frameline is ok, as I've seen a few bodies where...
Forum: RFF Polls 12-10-2011
Replies: 610
Views: 112,242
Posted By damien.murphy
Kodak DX6340 with a whole three megapixels....

Kodak DX6340 with a whole three megapixels. Pretty much just another gadget for me at the time, until two years later when it had been around Europe with me and became the camera that ignited my...
Forum: RFF Polls 12-05-2011
Replies: 82
Views: 18,065
Posted By damien.murphy
Depends. With a meterless camera like my M3...

Depends.

With a meterless camera like my M3 I'll use a handheld incident meter (a sekonic twinmate) to meter when I'm faced with a new scene/ when the lighting changes. In fact, even with 35mm film...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-04-2011
Replies: 92
Views: 6,533
Posted By damien.murphy
In my mind, the camera assists you in getting the...

In my mind, the camera assists you in getting the shot, and the lens decides the ultimate technical quality of that shot, so yes, if a rangefinder is the camera a person works best with, then yes, a...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-24-2011
Replies: 175
Poll: 35 or 50?
Views: 33,427
Posted By damien.murphy
50 for me, but there are plenty of times I would...

50 for me, but there are plenty of times I would wish for a 35 also. 50 is my general lens though, and 35 is more a specialised lens for me, usually for street and event shots, and when I need...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-19-2011
Replies: 6
Views: 1,110
Posted By damien.murphy
Sounds like a dream scenario, preferring the...

Sounds like a dream scenario, preferring the cheaper lens ;)
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-07-2011
Replies: 61
Views: 4,130
Posted By damien.murphy
Once you get the shot, ultimate quality then...

Once you get the shot, ultimate quality then matters.

Now, as for getting the shot..
Forum: Help / Feedback forum 11-03-2011
Replies: 40
Views: 2,945
Posted By damien.murphy
Interesting question, although I do think...

Interesting question, although I do think managers and moderators are quite different, perhaps moderators and supervisors would be more comparable roles.

In any case, I like my moderators and...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-27-2011
Replies: 191
Views: 12,908
Posted By damien.murphy
Well, personally speaking, it is the ugliest M,...

Well, personally speaking, it is the ugliest M, in my opinion. That said, the meter is quite nice and I've long since gotten over my aesthetic issues with it, although I no longer really shoot much...
Forum: Film vs Digital 08-23-2011
Replies: 128
Views: 9,724
Posted By damien.murphy
Film for light, compact cameras. Digital for...

Film for light, compact cameras.
Digital for convenient colour images.
Forum: RFF Polls 08-21-2011
Replies: 108
Views: 10,684
Posted By damien.murphy
Just the one, a Manfrotto 190 that just about...

Just the one, a Manfrotto 190 that just about fits in a checkable bag. All in all though, not used much, and usually only when I absolutely need one, at night for the most part. Would probably use...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-20-2011
Replies: 30
Views: 3,334
Posted By damien.murphy
Who needs 90 & 135 after you've seen those...

Who needs 90 & 135 after you've seen those gorgeous 50mm framelines ;)
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 08-17-2011
Replies: 159
Views: 27,457
Posted By damien.murphy
I only see a problem, if being regarded as an...

I only see a problem, if being regarded as an ______ with a camera is actually a bad thing. I think most of us would prefer to be individuals exploring something through our camera, rather than...
Forum: Photo Software 08-11-2011
Replies: 59
Views: 5,786
Posted By damien.murphy
Photoshop is a graphic design program, from which...

Photoshop is a graphic design program, from which photographers use a subset of the programs overall functionality, and probably have their own workflow. Lightroom is a program designed for...
Forum: Photo Software 08-11-2011
Replies: 59
Views: 5,786
Posted By damien.murphy
George Jardines video tutorials at mulita.com are...

George Jardines video tutorials at mulita.com are excellent, although you will have to decide whether you want to spend $25- $50 on tutorials. George was integrally involved at Adobe right from the...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 07-11-2011
Replies: 39
Views: 2,710
Posted By damien.murphy
And how would you suggest taking a picture with...

And how would you suggest taking a picture with just the LCD when its not possible to see it in sunlight..

LCD's are useful in some scenarios, but to suggest they replace viewfinders is rubbish.
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 07-11-2011
Replies: 39
Views: 2,710
Posted By damien.murphy
Few vital things in a compact camera for me, but...

Few vital things in a compact camera for me, but a viewfinder is top of the list and will not buy a camera that does not have one. I don't count clip-on viewfinders, as it will get broken/ lost, and...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-08-2011
Replies: 154
Views: 14,753
Posted By damien.murphy
Dark jumper, black M, black lens. Slung across...

Dark jumper, black M, black lens. Slung across the chest it's next to invisible, and falls under the arm nicely when not shooting.

You must have bumped into some serious fangirls, as I myself would...
Forum: Travel 06-29-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 1,515
Posted By damien.murphy
Split the difference - get one of those backpacks...

Split the difference - get one of those backpacks that has a pop-up handle and wheels like a case. I've never used one, but they seem like a nice compromise. As for size, that's up to you, but there...
Forum: RFF Polls 06-29-2011
Replies: 102
Views: 20,834
Posted By damien.murphy
Also dependent on focal length, with wider focal...

Also dependent on focal length, with wider focal lengths being more forgiving with blur not being as noticeable. Realistically though for people, unless movement is part of the image you're trying to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-27-2011
Replies: 37
Views: 2,799
Posted By damien.murphy
Actually selling photo kit at the moment, with...

Actually selling photo kit at the moment, with need dictating, and have quickly discovered there is nothing photographic I own at present that I will not sell. I'd like to keep my M3, but if it has...
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 06-23-2011
Replies: 55
Views: 13,109
Posted By damien.murphy
Should be about as successful as the Sigma dslr...

Should be about as successful as the Sigma dslr range. Whoever thought up this idea should get several slaps with a rolled up newspaper :)

More seriously though, I have no intention of ever buying...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-17-2011
Replies: 53
Views: 7,711
Posted By damien.murphy
Correction - none of them will autofocus on the...

Correction - none of them will autofocus on the D5100.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-16-2011
Replies: 63
Views: 5,100
Posted By damien.murphy
As much as I love my M3, why would anyone buy one...

As much as I love my M3, why would anyone buy one if their main lens was a 35mm?
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-16-2011
Replies: 63
Views: 5,100
Posted By damien.murphy
Simplicity (less frame lines) and better quality...

Simplicity (less frame lines) and better quality body (in certain areas; vulcanite & metal levers). Of course the trade off is the loss of the quick loading mechanism and the meter, but as someone...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-15-2011
Replies: 31
Views: 3,433
Posted By damien.murphy
The dynamic range of sensors is getting quite...

The dynamic range of sensors is getting quite impressive, and would try do a few test shots in shooting situations similar to what you will be shooting in, on the day, and see how you go.

Sensor...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-15-2011
Replies: 63
Views: 5,100
Posted By damien.murphy
Consider the M6. It was the perfect bridge for...

Consider the M6. It was the perfect bridge for me, coming from highly automated dslr's. The meter will ease the transition, and make sure you buy a reasonably priced copy, and you should be easily...
Forum: RFF Polls 06-10-2011
Replies: 71
Views: 9,478
Posted By damien.murphy
Black & White with film, and increasingly colour...

Black & White with film, and increasingly colour with digital, so about equal. This will swing back towards B&W a bit, as my conversion to b&w skills improve. For now though, my b&w conversions fail...
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 06-10-2011
Replies: 49
Views: 9,583
Posted By damien.murphy
Well, if Leica aren't listening, perhaps Fuji...

Well, if Leica aren't listening, perhaps Fuji are! :)

Would love something like a digital CL, and would buy one without hesitation.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-30-2011
Replies: 37
Views: 4,415
Posted By damien.murphy
The difference is, ever camera Ken likes is the...

The difference is, ever camera Ken likes is the greatest camera ever made by the hand of man ;)
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-23-2011
Replies: 50
Views: 5,209
Posted By damien.murphy
I'm sure you know this, but you do not get a 45/...

I'm sure you know this, but you do not get a 45/ 46mp image, but rather that 3 15mp sensors (3 x 15 = 45) are used to generate a single 15mp image.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-23-2011
Replies: 50
Views: 5,209
Posted By damien.murphy
They must have a pretty big ivory tower at the...

They must have a pretty big ivory tower at the camera division of Sigma Inc..
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-11-2011
Replies: 24
Views: 5,759
Posted By damien.murphy
I use a Nikon D80 with a small 35mm f2 lens, but...

I use a Nikon D80 with a small 35mm f2 lens, but I don't consider it remarkably portable. One day soon I will try a Nikon D3100-size body with a small 35mm AF-S, but am not expecting miracles....
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-02-2011
Replies: 63
Views: 9,511
Posted By damien.murphy
If iso 400 and less fit your style of shooting,...

If iso 400 and less fit your style of shooting, then why change. Some of us shoot indoor and handheld at night, where iso 1600 is closer to the norm and anything higher is appreciated.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-29-2011
Replies: 27
Views: 5,625
Posted By damien.murphy
Quite impressive, and it would seem successive...

Quite impressive, and it would seem successive Nikons have gained at least a stop of dynamic range each generation, with the D80/200 giving 11.2 stops, the D90/300 giving 12.2 and the D7000 giving...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-28-2011
Replies: 27
Views: 5,625
Posted By damien.murphy
Yes, perhaps its not as big an issue given the...

Yes, perhaps its not as big an issue given the increased dynamic range of the D7000.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-28-2011
Replies: 27
Views: 5,625
Posted By damien.murphy
Thom Hogan has a little piece in his D7000...

Thom Hogan has a little piece in his D7000 review, as to why he thinks it overexposes. I'm not sure about his assertion that it doesn't overexpose though, as his reasoning seems to indicate why it...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-27-2011
Replies: 27
Views: 5,625
Posted By damien.murphy
Hi Athos, In the same situation as you almost....

Hi Athos,

In the same situation as you almost. Looking to upgrade from a D80, which has pretty much the same sensor as the D200, and the D7000 would seem to be just the ticket. (I had a D200...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 04-26-2011
Replies: 30
Views: 2,705
Posted By damien.murphy
They're an inbetween solution, and necessitate...

They're an inbetween solution, and necessitate changing up your set of lenses to regain the old fields of view you are accustomed to.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-26-2011
Replies: 63
Views: 9,511
Posted By damien.murphy
No replacement for my film M's in my world at the...

No replacement for my film M's in my world at the moment, or rather I'm unable to afford them at the moment. I could live with an M8/8.2, and an M9 would be perfect. In the absence of those though, I...
Forum: RFF Polls 04-26-2011
Replies: 610
Views: 112,242
Posted By damien.murphy
Ooops, seem to have hit the Nikon button in the...

Ooops, seem to have hit the Nikon button in the survey.

My first camera was a Kodak DX6340 little compact digital camera. Travelled around Europe with it, and it was the camera that convinced me to...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-25-2011
Replies: 14
Views: 1,688
Posted By damien.murphy
Really find the Paterson products either poorly...

Really find the Paterson products either poorly designed or imperfectly manufactured, but guess I am used to leaking Paterson tanks.

Re: reels, I strongly disagree that the Paterson reels are the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-25-2011
Replies: 20
Views: 2,021
Posted By damien.murphy
Personally, I don't adhere to the philosophy with...

Personally, I don't adhere to the philosophy with film cameras, that the body/ camera is merely the light-tight box, whose only use is in housing the lens. People put too much emphasis on the lens...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-23-2011
Replies: 31
Views: 5,522
Posted By damien.murphy
Depends on how you use a 50, if you ask me. A...

Depends on how you use a 50, if you ask me. A 50mm is the lens I use for contemplative shooting and don't mind/ miss a focus tab, whereas I shoot quickly unfolding street-type events with a 35 and...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-23-2011
Replies: 43
Views: 3,351
Posted By damien.murphy
..about as likely as being able to shoot a...

..about as likely as being able to shoot a landscape without power lines ;)
Forum: RFF Polls 04-21-2011
Replies: 163
Views: 14,555
Posted By damien.murphy
Personally, I don't believe in govt. owned...

Personally, I don't believe in govt. owned artwork, with the exception of museums/ national treasures, etc.

I do think that breaks/ grants/ sponsorship should be offered by govt's to encourage art...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 04-20-2011
Replies: 39
Views: 3,061
Posted By damien.murphy
Yes, but you can't control the character of the...

Yes, but you can't control the character of the midtones, or tonal transitions, by simply souping for more or less time, or am I wrong ?
Forum: Cameras in the Movies / TV / Media 04-19-2011
Replies: 110
Views: 11,877
Posted By damien.murphy
Fantastic thread, and have taken note of much of...

Fantastic thread, and have taken note of much of the movies & directors mentioned.

For now, a few movies I haven't seen mentioned:

Amelie (French classic, timeless)
Cinema Paradiso (Must see for...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-19-2011
Replies: 63
Views: 6,559
Posted By damien.murphy
Missed this thread the first time round....

Missed this thread the first time round.

Peoples perceptions of value and what they consider affordable often amuses me. I remember ten years when restaurant culture in Ireland was not as popular...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 04-14-2011
Replies: 26
Views: 8,174
Posted By damien.murphy
Hmmm.. had been excited about this scanner, but...

Hmmm.. had been excited about this scanner, but the $2000 price tag has killed any enthusiasm for me. I would rather track down a Coolscan 8000/ 9000 if I had this sort of money to throw around for...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-13-2011
Replies: 50
Views: 6,546
Posted By damien.murphy
Felt the same way about digital slr's these past...

Felt the same way about digital slr's these past few years, and have no qualms about being used dslr's a generation or two behind the curve.

Of late though, I've developed a need for good high iso...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 04-07-2011
Replies: 47
Views: 4,498
Posted By damien.murphy
Really like this idea, and shall employ it myself...

Really like this idea, and shall employ it myself in future I think, as I often have difficulty in starting projects
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-07-2011
Replies: 44
Views: 10,086
Posted By damien.murphy
Still reading your review, but you need to check...

Still reading your review, but you need to check it for typos
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-05-2011
Replies: 124
Views: 13,496
Posted By damien.murphy
Too many, it has seemed at times, but frequently...

Too many, it has seemed at times, but frequently difficult to thin them out.

At the moment, there are 7 cameras between my camera bags and a camera shelf, although seeing as they straddle 3 formats...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 04-03-2011
Replies: 29
Views: 3,350
Posted By damien.murphy
Olympus XA2 - the point & shoot I turned to when...

Olympus XA2 - the point & shoot I turned to when I wanted something simple and foolproof for my parents. Same size and layout as your XA, with automatic exposure, and no need to focus, aside from...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-31-2011
Replies: 24
Views: 2,358
Posted By damien.murphy
Not so much regret, as I like both chrome and...

Not so much regret, as I like both chrome and black bodies, but I do regret selling my M6 and leaving me with two chrome bodies. I find a black-bodied M quite inconspicuous, and one day will buy...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 03-31-2011
Replies: 17
Views: 1,594
Posted By damien.murphy
A popular sentiment, but not one I entirely agree...

A popular sentiment, but not one I entirely agree with. A camera you are most comfortable with ensures you will often get the shot, over a camera that you are not equally comfortable with.

Once you...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 03-31-2011
Replies: 17
Views: 1,594
Posted By damien.murphy
Second this. Not sure what HK is like, but Leicas...

Second this. Not sure what HK is like, but Leicas generally hold their value very well, meaning that if you buy well, you can frequently sell on, for the same price you paid for it. Of course, that's...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-29-2011
Replies: 36
Views: 3,296
Posted By damien.murphy
What you describe, is the perfect foundation for...

What you describe, is the perfect foundation for improvement. The first step to improving in anything is recognising the avenues in which you could have improved your work. Now you just need to feed...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-28-2011
Replies: 89
Views: 9,853
Posted By damien.murphy
Tough call, I have neither, but can faintly see a...

Tough call, I have neither, but can faintly see a D700 in my future.

The Canon's ability to mount legacy glass is a nice boon, although Nikon legacy glass is no slouch either.

Megapixels are the...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 03-28-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 2,365
Posted By damien.murphy
Best of luck with whatever you decide Mike!

Best of luck with whatever you decide Mike!
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-28-2011
Replies: 12
Views: 1,589
Posted By damien.murphy
The elephant in this thread, is that flatbeds...

The elephant in this thread, is that flatbeds give softer, lower resolution scans. Most tests show flatbeds to top out, anywhere between 1600- 2200 dpi, depending on the flatbed in question. Beyond...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 03-28-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 2,365
Posted By damien.murphy
To recap though; Vuescan advantages: cross...

To recap though;

Vuescan advantages: cross platform, supports a LOT of scanners, pro license contains unlimited upgrades

Vuescan disadvantages: not the most user-friendly (but then neither is any...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 03-28-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 2,365
Posted By damien.murphy
Hi Mike, I won't lie to you, I'd never class it...

Hi Mike,

I won't lie to you, I'd never class it as user-friendly software, but my tack with scanning has been to switch off all the settings really, and just get a flat file, with the most possible...
Forum: 120 film RF Folders 03-28-2011
Replies: 19
Views: 4,299
Posted By damien.murphy
Thanks guys for all the feedback. One day I hope...

Thanks guys for all the feedback. One day I hope to own a 6x6 folder, but have some small paying gigs coming up, so shall have to stall the folder budget for now.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 03-28-2011
Replies: 8
Views: 2,365
Posted By damien.murphy
Try Vuescan. You'll need to pay for a full copy,...

Try Vuescan. You'll need to pay for a full copy, but may ease your pain a lot, and should run on your notebook fine.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 03-28-2011
Replies: 34
Views: 5,176
Posted By damien.murphy
As a Nokton f1.1 owner, I would argue that unless...

As a Nokton f1.1 owner, I would argue that unless your need for wide apertures is pretty hardcore, there is not much you can't shoot with an f1.4 lens.

In my case, I found the Nokton too big for...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 03-28-2011
Replies: 54
Views: 7,574
Posted By damien.murphy
Thanks Charlie, will have a look over it. Has...

Thanks Charlie, will have a look over it. Has come at the right time, as I give the M3 a respite from the shelf
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-28-2011
Replies: 39
Views: 3,700
Posted By damien.murphy
Ha ha, you can never account for everything! I...

Ha ha, you can never account for everything! I imagine the Sonnar makes a lovely portrait lens alright :)

Having to rejig your lens collection, when moving to shooting on a crop sensor camera is one...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-27-2011
Replies: 39
Views: 3,700
Posted By damien.murphy
It is important, when your focal length of choice...

It is important, when your focal length of choice is not available on a crop sensor camera. In my case, shooting a crop sensor dslr means all the great 85- 100mm 'portrait' lenses out there become...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-27-2011
Replies: 39
Views: 3,700
Posted By damien.murphy
After spending a month or two walking around with...

After spending a month or two walking around with a dslr in hand, I am sure glad for crop sensors.

A full frame sensor has natural benefits in terms of dynamic range, high iso performance and...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 03-27-2011
Replies: 185
Views: 29,537
Posted By damien.murphy
Sold and re-bought a Nikon D50, back when I was...

Sold and re-bought a Nikon D50, back when I was only shooting dslr's, after I realised the Nikon D200 it left me with was too heavy for all-day walkabout use and general travel.

In more recent...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-26-2011
Replies: 41
Views: 5,019
Posted By damien.murphy
Wow, that photographer Lens Blog really gets...

Wow, that photographer Lens Blog really gets around..
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-26-2011
Replies: 76
Views: 6,820
Posted By damien.murphy
I find it really hard to get rid of excess gear,...

I find it really hard to get rid of excess gear, and it is exactly that situation I'm facing at the moment. I feel like one of those photographers who only takes one image of each subject, because...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 03-26-2011
Replies: 22
Views: 4,648
Posted By damien.murphy
Cheers Andrew, really great to get this level of...

Cheers Andrew, really great to get this level of practical detail, and the sort of real-world things that matter to us as photogtaphers.

Sounds like Fuji got so much right with this camera, and...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 03-25-2011
Replies: 18
Views: 5,183
Posted By damien.murphy
Hmm, many of Wadcha's observations lead me to...

Hmm, many of Wadcha's observations lead me to suspect Fuji is still programming functions and menus in isolation to each other. Many of your points, were things I feared might be present in the X100,...
Forum: RFF Polls 03-25-2011
Replies: 91
Views: 11,610
Posted By damien.murphy
They should never teach statistics at school.....

They should never teach statistics at school.. well, maybe a healthy scepticism for such.. :)
Forum: RFF Polls 03-25-2011
Replies: 91
Views: 11,610
Posted By damien.murphy
Ha ha, don't believe in average anything, but for...

Ha ha, don't believe in average anything, but for the record am a Capricorn
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 03-24-2011
Replies: 35
Views: 5,780
Posted By damien.murphy
There's some good posts here on metering advice,...

There's some good posts here on metering advice, if you have a search. I have a Sekonic L-208 & love it. I use incident metering with it all the time, metering the general light level, and not...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 03-24-2011
Replies: 18
Views: 5,183
Posted By damien.murphy
Great write-up Mark, as rover mentioned it's...

Great write-up Mark, as rover mentioned it's great to hear real user/ field experiences. It's great that Fuji are taking such feedback on board too.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 03-24-2011
Replies: 27
Views: 3,456
Posted By damien.murphy
Wow, I can't really imagine keeping such...

Wow, I can't really imagine keeping such meticulous notes for 35mm. I think if I were shooting 120 or large format, I probably would though..
Forum: RFF Polls 03-24-2011
Replies: 133
Views: 13,560
Posted By damien.murphy
Joe, I think you need to listen to this -...

Joe,

I think you need to listen to this - http://www.podcastdirectory.com/podshows/1218360

An interesting perspective of looking at age by Brooks Jensen (from his lenswork podcast),

Damien
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 03-23-2011
Replies: 53
Views: 8,210
Posted By damien.murphy
Lack of 16-bit raw (as well as lack of funds :) )...

Lack of 16-bit raw (as well as lack of funds :) ) is the main thing that would prevent me from buying an M8. I really hope Leica address this, even if the frame rate takes a hit.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 03-21-2011
Replies: 4
Views: 1,373
Posted By damien.murphy
I'm in the same boat as you. There just doesn't...

I'm in the same boat as you. There just doesn't seem to be filters that you can snap on and off, like you would a lens cap. I'm not sure why there isn't, but the only alternatives are the chunky...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 03-21-2011
Replies: 31
Views: 4,927
Posted By damien.murphy
True, Roger. Photography is full of imperfect...

True, Roger. Photography is full of imperfect variables, in my opinion, and the way through is to either work with them, or choose other tools.

Character lenses for me, are like a refreshing...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 03-21-2011
Replies: 31
Views: 4,927
Posted By damien.murphy
Small, light and a decently large aperture are...

Small, light and a decently large aperture are the price of admission for any lenses vying for my attention. This given, for professional/ paying applications I want reliability and quality...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-19-2011
Replies: 32
Views: 6,542
Posted By damien.murphy
I'm more surprised that there is are so many...

I'm more surprised that there is are so many Leica 24mm lenses, considering most M's (M8 - only exception ?)have no built in framelines for 24mm.

I am a bit surprised that there is no 28mm...
Forum: RFF Polls 03-16-2011
Replies: 33
Views: 4,840
Posted By damien.murphy
Indeed, just don't leave your lens cap off in...

Indeed, just don't leave your lens cap off in sunlight ;)
Forum: RFF Polls 03-16-2011
Replies: 33
Views: 4,840
Posted By damien.murphy
In my experience, leaf shutters, although I...

In my experience, leaf shutters, although I haven't had experience with electronic leaf shutters to discern if they are even quieter than the mechanical leaf shutters in my Rolleicords.

Oddly...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-15-2011
Replies: 84
Views: 6,013
Posted By damien.murphy
I change my mind. Just after re-reading the...

I change my mind. Just after re-reading the original post, and think that with a loved one that has a penchant for nonchalantly breaking expensive lenses and demanding new Leica's, that the choice of...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-15-2011
Replies: 84
Views: 6,013
Posted By damien.murphy
Easy one - buy her a Leica and be done with it....

Easy one - buy her a Leica and be done with it. 700 budget will make it tight, but not impossible, if you intend your budget to include a lens also.

My first Leica was an M6, and version 4 50mm...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-15-2011
Replies: 44
Views: 3,392
Posted By damien.murphy
I echo Rogers statement a good few posts back -...

I echo Rogers statement a good few posts back - it should work when expected to, and should be repairable should it fail.

The concept of failure is an interesting one itself, and can vary quite a...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-09-2011
Replies: 13
Views: 1,212
Posted By damien.murphy
I second the idea for a walk - it never fails to...

I second the idea for a walk - it never fails to get me shooting. Just bring a fixed lens camera, or a camera with a single lens, and see how you get on :)
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 03-09-2011
Replies: 9
Views: 7,342
Posted By damien.murphy
Interesting conclusion, and good to know. I'm a...

Interesting conclusion, and good to know. I'm a 35T user myself, and fall firmly into the last group of users you mention - those who use small apertures to cover any focussing errors, and use the...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 03-07-2011
Replies: 34
Views: 6,227
Posted By damien.murphy
Yes, suspect price in Europe will be 999 or...

Yes, suspect price in Europe will be 999 or 1,099. Nice camera, but not sure if I have a grand for a camera at the moment..
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 03-07-2011
Replies: 34
Views: 6,227
Posted By damien.murphy
Yes, seen that a while back, which prompted me to...

Yes, seen that a while back, which prompted me to start this thread. I'm not entirely convinced this will be the final price in Ireland, as the camera centre is on Grafton Street in Dublin (the...
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