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Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-26-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 728
Posted By F456
MP reliability/ QC with recent batches

Anyone find their recently bought MP has better or worse reliability than other late versions such as M6 or M6 TTL?

There were some horror stories a couple of years ago when I posted a similar...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-26-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 875
Posted By F456
Marty, Thank you. In your way of working do you...

Marty,

Thank you. In your way of working do you consciously avoid certain apertures or adjust your focus to compensate? I suppose I am just wondering if the acceptability for you is a result...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-26-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 733
Posted By F456
90/2.8 Elmarit-M 11807 with film

I have this lens and have always had great pictures with it; a few on digital (a few because I didn't use it much with my M8 not because others weren't any good!) and lots on film.

I am entirely...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-26-2019
Replies: 2
Views: 378
Posted By F456
21/2.8 Elmarit-M ASPH 11135 with film

I have a 21/2.8 Elmarit-M ASPH 11135 -- probably the only version of the 2.8 ASPH? -- and haven't used it with film yet as it has lain unused and in great condition since my days with an M8 ten or...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-26-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 875
Posted By F456
35/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH 11874 with film

I have a 35/1.4 which is the first version ASPH lens (i.e. the version that first came after the very expensive Aspherical). I first used it with an M8 12 years ago and yes I did notice some focus...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 07-25-2018
Replies: 118
Views: 6,294
Posted By F456
Roger, mine would have to be the little...

Roger, mine would have to be the little pre-aspheric Summilux 35mm too. I bought it because you said in a 1980s' or 1990s' book that night-time street pictures should be taken with discretion,...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-03-2017
Replies: 20
Views: 1,347
Posted By F456
I think that sums up what I've thought without...

I think that sums up what I've thought without quite realizing it!

Tom
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-24-2017
Replies: 20
Views: 1,347
Posted By F456
Richard, that's handy to know. When I had an M8...

Richard, that's handy to know. When I had an M8 I had trouble focusing my 90mm but that turned out in the end to be to do with using a film-era lens on digital. Perhaps Tele-Elmar 4/135mm is a more...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-24-2017
Replies: 20
Views: 1,347
Posted By F456
I used Elmarit 2.8/135mm too, mainly for close-up...

I used Elmarit 2.8/135mm too, mainly for close-up studies - leaves, stone walls, those sort of studenty-type things that I tried out (in my 50s!). I did like that lens but it was different from the...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-24-2017
Replies: 20
Views: 1,347
Posted By F456
Bill, that's my conclusion too. But every so...

Bill, that's my conclusion too. But every so often when I read how good the Tele-Elmar (and Apo-Telyt) IQ is I get tempted! Then I remember how good Nikon SLR viewfinders are for longer lenses...

Tom
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-24-2017
Replies: 2
Views: 812
Posted By F456
Dust in lens & disturbing the glass

Excuse my ignorance of lens construction. I know that dust gets into lenses as they are not air-tight; also that a bit of dust won't noticeably affect picture quality.

A recent secondhand lens...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 11-21-2017
Replies: 130
Views: 14,903
Posted By F456
Roger's return

I hope he returns too. I like his writing style, have found him extremely helpful in the occasional personal e-mail, enjoys his articles, and have never found his views controversial actually.

The...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-21-2017
Replies: 4
Views: 874
Posted By F456
Excellent; I had no idea!

Excellent; I had no idea!
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-21-2017
Replies: 20
Views: 1,347
Posted By F456
Thank you and what I'll do for now.

Thank you, everyone. I have an old Nikkor 135/3.5 which cost me £80 and it gets me great pictures of dogs amidst a sufficiently blurred grass fore & background; I'll use that on my F2 for now but...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-21-2017
Replies: 2
Views: 687
Posted By F456
That's my thought too... except I feel I have...

That's my thought too... except I feel I have seen a photo of a Summicron ASPH produced 5-10 (?) later in titanium with a matching 12504-shaped titanium colour hood. Though 35mm Summicrons usually...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-20-2017
Replies: 20
Views: 1,347
Posted By F456
Using the slower 135mm lenses w/o magnifiers

I know it's easier to focus a 135mm on an SLR than on an M camera; at least it seems that way to me.

I did like the 135mm f/2.8 Elmarit-M when I had one as the magnifiers cut out the periphery,...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-19-2017
Replies: 2
Views: 687
Posted By F456
Was a titanium hood made for Summilux 35/1.4?

I was lucky to find a very nice M6 in titanium finish with matching 35/1.4 Summilux. A surprise find and different from my normal black working-style but like it. Standard 12504 black two-part hood...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 11-18-2017
Replies: 15
Views: 14,990
Posted By F456
I have had 3 and 4 and love them both. Bear in...

I have had 3 and 4 and love them both. Bear in mind that you get more viewfinder blockage with 3 as it's a longer lens but for my photography I got used to that quickly. Whichever you have remember...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 11-18-2017
Replies: 4
Views: 874
Posted By F456
Designers of early 90s' lenses

I'm trying to establish whether certain lenses are Mandler or Karbe designs or perhaps by someone else. Sometimes Wiki or L-Camera-Forum are ambiguous where a lens is revised for a new version....
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-15-2017
Replies: 50
Views: 2,837
Posted By F456
Exactly! Have had an M4-P for less than one week...

Exactly! Have had an M4-P for less than one week and the M4-P front looks so much better than the M6 with its high-position red dot. And the framelines are so bright!

Tom
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-15-2017
Replies: 185
Views: 25,371
Posted By F456
Whatever you do, don't do it in a hurry. Gear...

Whatever you do, don't do it in a hurry. Gear choices in my experience come and go or rather go round in circles. And from my posts about getting a new MP I had some private message responses that...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-13-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 993
Posted By F456
35/1.4 11874

Tak, Sleepyhead.
Sun at about 1000th at f/11 on 400ISO today in southern England so might not need wide apertures today... have a great day yourself!

Tom
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-13-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 993
Posted By F456
Thanks, Emile. Just to ask if you have often used...

Thanks, Emile. Just to ask if you have often used it stopped down just a bit, say somewhere between wide open and f/4? I imagine that's where the supposed problems are.

I have also used it on...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-13-2017
Replies: 34
Views: 2,339
Posted By F456
Lots of advice here and it all looks good or at...

Lots of advice here and it all looks good or at least adds something to the party. I will go back and take a closer look later today and put the ideas into effect.

Pleased to say that some of this...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-12-2017
Replies: 34
Views: 2,339
Posted By F456
Shooting meterless Leicas without ANY meter

Two threads and 24 hours ago I posted that I was surprisingly more excited about having bought a meterless M4-P than I was with other past purchases of meter-included bodies.

I didn't expect to feel...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-12-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 993
Posted By F456
Focus shift on film Leicas with 35/1.4 ASPH pre-FLE 11874

Just to ask if the well-known focus shift characteristic of the first ASPH version of the 35mm Summilux (11874) has any noticeable effect in film use, shooting with Leica M bodies. I don't shoot...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-12-2017
Replies: 25
Views: 1,210
Posted By F456
Thank you for your input on the M4-P

Thanks, everyone: as always very useful and knowledgeable replies and, yes, I am a fan of all the Canadian-made bodies - and a lot of the Midland lenses too.

All points taken and useful to know...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-11-2017
Replies: 25
Views: 1,210
Posted By F456
M4-P: Any particular weaknesses/idiosyncracies?

Some recent regular browsing in our local camera shop has revealed an unusually large influx of Leica M items over the last few weeks. Today I came away with a very clean-looking M4-P which at a...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 10-22-2017
Replies: 59
Views: 4,974
Posted By F456
I love my Nikonos-V and though I have used it...

I love my Nikonos-V and though I have used it quite successfully for half in half out photography in the water my main like with this camera is that it opens up the whole vista of poor weather and...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-18-2017
Replies: 372
Views: 63,494
Posted By F456
OK, you've put my mind at rest. Thanks. Looking...

OK, you've put my mind at rest. Thanks. Looking forward to shooting with this. After using the very fast lenses for the last 20-25 years I'm enjoying moving gradually to the small jewels with 39mm...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 10-18-2017
Replies: 37
Views: 3,825
Posted By F456
Roger, I read your article and agree entirely...

Roger, I read your article and agree entirely about gyms even though I actually enjoy using them; it's still nicer to be outdoors in a more relaxed mode as in your photo walk or shopping bimble. By...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-18-2017
Replies: 372
Views: 63,494
Posted By F456
mounting modern Elmar-M 2.8/50mm

May I just confirm, in case I do something silly and damage my shutter curtain....

Am I right in saying you should mount the lens in the extended position but that thereafter it is perfectly safe to...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-17-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 973
Posted By F456
I see what you mean. I think you are saying that...

I see what you mean. I think you are saying that in the test even if the lens is not focused where I expect it to be I can see where it does focus and then compare shot by shot as the aperture and...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-17-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 973
Posted By F456
Initially disheartening but after reading your...

Initially disheartening but after reading your post a second time I realize that as I do have another Leica 50mm for more general use I really only need/want to use the Noctilux at f/1 anyway or just...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-17-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 973
Posted By F456
This is going to sound terrible but I'm being...

This is going to sound terrible but I'm being honest...

I can't be bothered! Too much else going on and it all takes up too much time. I'm obsessional enough without adding an extra dimension.

But...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-17-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 973
Posted By F456
Back focus in shooting with M lenses

Richard,

Thanks for getting back to me so fast. I wasn't suggesting sending them all to Leica, just assuming everything was correctly matched so adjustment factors don't muddy the focus shift...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-17-2017
Replies: 25
Views: 2,137
Posted By F456
Not an answer to your minimum focus question. But...

Not an answer to your minimum focus question. But I'd advise against parting with the Summilux. It not only has a special character at f/1.4, but also it is every bit as sharp as, some say sharper...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-17-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 973
Posted By F456
Back focus in film shooting with M lenses.

Parameters for this thread:

(1). Let's assume that every M body and lens I shoot with is perfectly aligned to one another, just for the sake of eliminating confusing variables.

(2). I am only...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-15-2017
Replies: 62
Views: 6,023
Posted By F456
Thoughts on the future of the MP ?

Thank you, everyone.

Tom
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 10-14-2017
Replies: 37
Views: 3,825
Posted By F456
Exercise without tears

I resumed running - short distance and long distance - in 2010 after a lapse of 25 years and after a rather catty acquaintance was amazed to hear I was going to enter a charity event and doubted my...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-14-2017
Replies: 52
Views: 4,997
Posted By F456
Street photography

My somewhat tongue in cheek response to the problem of defining street photography is that it brings to mind the worst aspects of modern 'safeguarding', a term used in British schools for protecting ...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-14-2017
Replies: 62
Views: 6,023
Posted By F456
Not having been on RFF for a year or more till...

Not having been on RFF for a year or more till very recently, I'm interested to know....

(1)... if there is a known current position on production/availability of new film MPs and M7s. A Leica...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 10-07-2017
Replies: 21
Views: 2,196
Posted By F456
That is hard to answer... A simple way might be...

That is hard to answer... A simple way might be to see if the number of instant rejects starts to drop on most rolls of film. Or to see how many of the acceptable get weeded out because you are more ...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 10-07-2017
Replies: 183
Views: 28,018
Posted By F456
Easy: I got into Leicas because I came across...

Easy: I got into Leicas because I came across your book called Low Light and Night Photography. In it you had a picture of the M6 and more importantly you raved about a tiny, powerful, expressive...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 05-27-2013
Replies: 63
Views: 8,663
Posted By F456
Nigel, I have sent you a private message. Tom

Nigel, I have sent you a private message.

Tom
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 05-27-2013
Replies: 63
Views: 8,663
Posted By F456
Roger, you touched on a raw nerve! I only came...

Roger, you touched on a raw nerve! I only came across or heard of the name Leica after buying your low-light photography book round about 1990. On the strength of your writing I invested in an M6 and...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 05-27-2013
Replies: 76
Views: 10,424
Posted By F456
I have had the following: 1.New M6 in 1991....

I have had the following:

1.New M6 in 1991. Replaced under guarantee about 3 weeks after purchase new, as the shutter mechanism jammed and wouldn't fire or wind on. Was just unlucky.
2. Guarantee...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 07-27-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 2,837
Posted By F456
I can do without that. For instant results I...

I can do without that. For instant results I would 'still' use digital. After enjoying the mystery of taking a picture without being able to check it on screen I could wait a few days more for the...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 07-27-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 2,837
Posted By F456
John, Thank you for putting the article in...

John,
Thank you for putting the article in perspective. I think I read it in too much of a hurry, saw the bit that worried me, and didn't stop to take a second look. Still, there are some...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 07-27-2010
Replies: 119
Views: 9,474
Posted By F456
Dear Roger, It's a funny business being a...

Dear Roger,
It's a funny business being a teacher. I sometimes worry what permanent damage I may have inflicted on a pupil simply because I was having a bad day, was trying to be funny and failed -...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 07-27-2010
Replies: 119
Views: 9,474
Posted By F456
What do you think about 'they' used for 'he or...

What do you think about 'they' used for 'he or she'?

'If anybody is feeling ill, they should see the doctor.'

And what about 'none'? None of us is right; none of us are right? We say 'a lot of...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 07-27-2010
Replies: 119
Views: 9,474
Posted By F456
Well, at the end of the day we all have to get up...

Well, at the end of the day we all have to get up in the morning.

John Major, British Prime Minister sometime in the 80s/90s, really mixed his metaphors - something along these lines:

'There is a...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 07-27-2010
Replies: 119
Views: 9,474
Posted By F456
A pupil questioned my English when I started a...

A pupil questioned my English when I started a sentence with 'because'. Apparently somebody who taught her had decided this was ungrammatical: I suppose the reason was that some people start a...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 07-27-2010
Replies: 119
Views: 9,474
Posted By F456
You made me laugh. Reminds me: I wouldn't be the...

You made me laugh. Reminds me: I wouldn't be the first to think LOL stood for 'Lots of love' till a teenager put me straight!

Tom
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 07-27-2010
Replies: 39
Views: 4,349
Posted By F456
Roger, This is cheering news and probably enough...

Roger,
This is cheering news and probably enough for me to cast aside any misgivings I've harboured about the mechanisms and their adjustment. I get a bit obsessive in this hobby (dare I say most...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 07-27-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 2,837
Posted By F456
Dear Roger, That's a great answer: the sort I was...

Dear Roger,
That's a great answer: the sort I was looking for, based on your experience of business factors and showing how even then it is hard to have the right hunch about the future.

What...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 07-26-2010
Replies: 15
Views: 2,837
Posted By F456
BJP: E6 processing given months to live

Roger, I hope you don't mind my starting a thread on your forum. I read in the March copy of BJP that E6 processing is fast dying as more and more labs find it uneconomical to continue. As I don't...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 07-26-2010
Replies: 119
Views: 9,474
Posted By F456
Thinking of how words take on new meanings I...

Thinking of how words take on new meanings I remember this exchange in a late colleague's cookery (Food Technology?) class. She wasn't up on the idiom...

Teacher, in response to rowdy behaviour in...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 07-26-2010
Replies: 119
Views: 9,474
Posted By F456
Add these dislikes to the AS: ANTICIPATE used to...

Add these dislikes to the AS:

ANTICIPATE used to mean 'look forward to' when it means 'forestall'; ON taking over from other prepositions in all sorts of ways - 'one on one' springs to mind - it...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 07-26-2010
Replies: 39
Views: 4,349
Posted By F456
I went through a bad patch with my Leica M-system...

I went through a bad patch with my Leica M-system about 12 years ago. At that time my Summicron-M 90/2 and my M6 combined to give rangefinder inaccuracies, and after that I dropped my M6 in the...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 07-26-2010
Replies: 66
Views: 7,354
Posted By F456
Nice Camera

I work in a school, and comments abound. The staff comments are always banal - the Nikon D-cameras get the standard big lens innuendo while the Leicas are ignored. The pupils, on the other hand,...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 07-20-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 4,915
Posted By F456
Roger, Does your selective focus dislike extend...

Roger,
Does your selective focus dislike extend to low light shots where wide open is the only option? Or are you only talking about seriously wide - unlike say with a 35/1.4 Summilux? I just...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 07-20-2009
Replies: 47
Views: 3,902
Posted By F456
After the Great War my Church of England...

After the Great War my Church of England grandfather and his young bride converted to Roman Catholicism. When they left the church after their first Mass the priest saw grandfather take his coat...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 07-20-2009
Replies: 47
Views: 3,902
Posted By F456
My gear sits in two or sometimes three Billingham...

My gear sits in two or sometimes three Billingham bags stacked next to the desk where I'm typing this - all except two lenses which are large (AF-Zoom-Nikkor 80-200/2.8D, in a cylindrical case) or...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 07-12-2009
Replies: 19
Views: 2,977
Posted By F456
Dear Roger, Intrepid traveller! Doesn't the...

Dear Roger,

Intrepid traveller! Doesn't the bike shake the hell out of the Leica lens and rangefinder alignment? Not because it's a BMW but just generally!

Work is a curse - but actually I enjoy...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 07-12-2009
Replies: 0
Views: 1,820
Posted By F456
Summicron-M 90mm f/2

I have had two of these and loved them but more I suspect for the engineering and solid feel than the actual results.

My findings were:
1. They were great for high-speed black and white work and had...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 07-09-2009
Replies: 19
Views: 2,977
Posted By F456
Roger, Sorry - late update - it's probably all...

Roger,
Sorry - late update - it's probably all underway by now. I'm afraid I can't go as I've taken up some extra work for a fortnight.

Best wishes,
Tom
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-27-2009
Replies: 119
Views: 11,354
Posted By F456
I like 35 because it gets the information in...

I like 35 because it gets the information in WITHOUT looking wide. To me it just looks natural. HCB reckoned even the 35 ultimately felt like flexing your muscles; so presumably it felt a bit wide...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-27-2009
Replies: 36
Views: 3,544
Posted By F456
I go along with all the usual arguments for using...

I go along with all the usual arguments for using a rangefinder for its suited uses. I should add I'm talking about the Leica M cameras and haven't used other types unless I can include simple...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-27-2009
Replies: 119
Views: 11,354
Posted By F456
Instinctively, 35mm. BUT when DX came in at the...

Instinctively, 35mm.

BUT when DX came in at the start of Nikon digital, I started to find that I was getting better shots with my usual range of lenses in a DX crop because the pictures were more...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-27-2009
Replies: 29
Views: 4,168
Posted By F456
Bags? Unless it's for photographs close to where...

Bags? Unless it's for photographs close to where I start walking, I don't even take my small Billingham 225 because there's nothing worse than being overladen when moving briskly. I just take a...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 06-26-2009
Replies: 158
Views: 12,455
Posted By F456
Pmun, Just a personal observation: I like...

Pmun,
Just a personal observation: I like discussing philosophical matters and I like photography. But I do each to have a break from the other, and when I look at a photograph my reaction is...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-26-2009
Replies: 31
Views: 3,819
Posted By F456
Isn't the viewfinder central to this thread? ...

Isn't the viewfinder central to this thread? With an SLR the viewfinder looks right with all focal lengths, but with the Leica M camera the direct viewing system is most comfortably used with lenses...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-26-2009
Replies: 31
Views: 3,819
Posted By F456
No - not for me anyway. For most things I work...

No - not for me anyway. For most things I work with 2 bodies, and pair the lenses each day depending on circumstances - or to be honest depending on how I feel at the time. I then keep those lenses...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 06-26-2009
Replies: 158
Views: 12,455
Posted By F456
Ascribing inherent boringness

No, it could mean that that picture should not have been ascribed inherent boringness after all. The form of inherent boringness could exist but whom do we trust to assign it correctly to this...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 06-25-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 2,016
Posted By F456
Trying the V/f magnifier

Hello Glenn,
Thanks for the suggestion. In fact I already tried this idea on my M7, which has a 0.85x 'tele' viewfinder, together with the 1.25x screw-in Leica magnifier. This showed up a...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 06-25-2009
Replies: 40
Views: 3,670
Posted By F456
Look at National Geographic for some good pictures

A friend told me to look at National Geographic magazines to see good photography, and I have to agree I almost always like those shots.

Out of interest are they mostly shot on film - slide film at...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-24-2009
Replies: 60
Views: 8,117
Posted By F456
I've read similar findings by Nikon digital...

I've read similar findings by Nikon digital users. A friend of mine went to events with a D200 and small-sized lens after finding that with the D2X and a larger f/2.8 zoom he attracted attention...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-24-2009
Replies: 60
Views: 8,117
Posted By F456
I worried about the growing dislike of...

I worried about the growing dislike of photographers when I went to Blackpool to do some hobby reportage last summer. Strangely in the event I had no bad vibes at all from anyone, not even the...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 06-24-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 2,016
Posted By F456
Dear Roger & Pickett, Thanks for your replies. ...

Dear Roger & Pickett,
Thanks for your replies. It looks like I can get it fixed; it's a case of checking what it will come to altogether.

For some reason I do really like these awkward-looking...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 06-22-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 2,016
Posted By F456
Specific Elmarit-M 135/2.8 question

Dear Roger,
Following on from recent discussion of the 135mm f/2.8 Elmarit-M lens, a quick test-drive reveals that the cam or goggles or both are out of alignment. I know this can be fixed but if...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 06-22-2009
Replies: 15
Views: 2,896
Posted By F456
Kodachrome is gone

Sad news for many of us, no?

http://www.kodak.com/eknec/PageQuerier.jhtml?pq-path=2709&gpcid=0900688a80b4e692&ignoreLocale=true&pq-locale=en_US&_requestid=7555

Tom
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 06-21-2009
Replies: 19
Views: 2,977
Posted By F456
Roger, Would love to go to Arles and meet up -...

Roger,
Would love to go to Arles and meet up - just been past there (but couldn't stop) on a school trip for canoeing in the Ardèche and then to Cap d'Agde on the Med. What a life!

Can't promise...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 06-21-2009
Replies: 88
Views: 11,180
Posted By F456
Roger, I'm only 6 years younger but all I would...

Roger, I'm only 6 years younger but all I would say is your writing always comes across as if you have already met and know your readership personally, so you are probably quite a natural at...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 06-21-2009
Replies: 6
Views: 12,332
Posted By F456
Thanks, everyone, for the replies about the...

Thanks, everyone, for the replies about the Elmarit-M 135/2.8.

I just tried mine on my 0.85 v/f Leica and, guess what, the focusing mechanism is out on my lens - the cam and for all I know the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-21-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 1,935
Posted By F456
Sifting conflicting advice

M3 or M6 0.85x... ...

I think this is going to be a choice where you can read posts but in the event must only follow your own instinct. Some find the opposite dials confusing; others prefer the...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 06-20-2009
Replies: 6
Views: 12,332
Posted By F456
About being out of adjustment: it can easily...

About being out of adjustment: it can easily happen that the magnifiers are knocked out of alignment, say by careless transporting - it doesn't need to be a big impact. Can you get yours to a Leica...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 06-20-2009
Replies: 6
Views: 12,332
Posted By F456
Who else likes the Elmarit-M 135/2.8 - and why?

Not sure if I'm supposed to be starting threads on your forum, Roger - please let me know and accept my apologies if not.

I've found myself today buying a near mint condition late (at least...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 06-19-2009
Replies: 81
Views: 6,364
Posted By F456
Not quite another creative interest, but what I...

Not quite another creative interest, but what I love about photographing people doing drama, music, or sport is that in a way I get the chance to be part of their activity as well.

And if it...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 06-19-2009
Replies: 3
Views: 1,872
Posted By F456
Hello Roger, I wish I could help with...

Hello Roger,

I wish I could help with suggestions for a TEFL/TESL placement in Hungary. All I can do is say how I envy Aditi the chance to work there. i think Hungary is a lovely country and to a...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 06-19-2009
Replies: 77
Views: 9,153
Posted By F456
Giving up because of disappointing comments

Hello Roger,

Having to do too much photography would be one reason, as for others in this thread. But harsh comments from people whom you look to for example are another more decisive factor for...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 07-23-2008
Replies: 3
Views: 2,323
Posted By F456
Focus calibration: M-lenses & M-bodies

I used to worry about the idea of adjusting and matching a Leica body to a particular lens (yes, the Noctilux is responsible for this thought). If a body were matched to one lens, wouldn't it be out...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 05-27-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 2,102
Posted By F456
Thanks for the info, Wintoid. Can you just...

Thanks for the info, Wintoid. Can you just confirm: you can run the two versions side by side on the same machine (no separate partitions etc)?

I'd be interested to know how you find the quality of...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 05-27-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 2,102
Posted By F456
Capture One software: Pro 3.7 and new 4

I expect quite a few readers of Roger's forum use C1 with their Leica M8s. I use C1 Pro 3.7.6 and having got used to it find the procedure/'workflow' logical and quite simple though I get quite a...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 05-25-2008
Replies: 32
Views: 6,012
Posted By F456
Just to lend my support to the failing eyesight...

Just to lend my support to the failing eyesight lamentations:-

I'm finding that one minute I can judge the rangefinder coincidence just so; next minute everything looks dicey and I start to wonder...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 05-05-2008
Replies: 24
Views: 4,221
Posted By F456
Another combination...little and large

This one looked ridiculous, but it did a good job. Before I had the interchangeable lens cameras, my only camera was the previously mentioned Olympus Trip 35 with fixed 40/2.8 Zuiko. I found the...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 05-05-2008
Replies: 47
Views: 6,767
Posted By F456
Roger, Many thanks for taking time to run this...

Roger,
Many thanks for taking time to run this test and tabulate the findings. I'll let you know which way I go tomorrow! Hope the info is useful to other readers as well.

By the way, is it fair...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 05-05-2008
Replies: 24
Views: 4,221
Posted By F456
Dear Spider67, Interesting you find the 58mm...

Dear Spider67,

Interesting you find the 58mm sufficiently long enough for portraits in contrast with the 50mm. Must try that more with my own 58mm, which was designed more specifically for shooting...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 05-05-2008
Replies: 24
Views: 4,221
Posted By F456
Dear Roger, Thanks for picking up on the idea for...

Dear Roger,
Thanks for picking up on the idea for the thread. My natural tendency is to think moderate wide to standard rather than long/tele. Maybe this has something to do with those first years...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 05-04-2008
Replies: 30
Views: 2,759
Posted By F456
This is just personal observation in some...

This is just personal observation in some instances. I shouldn't want to stress that point.

Best wishes,

Tom
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 05-04-2008
Replies: 30
Views: 2,759
Posted By F456
Why would a genuine invitation to a discussion...

Why would a genuine invitation to a discussion deserve to be called a snarky question?

Best wishes,
Tom
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 05-04-2008
Replies: 30
Views: 2,759
Posted By F456
An interesting topic, Ned. I just don't know of...

An interesting topic, Ned. I just don't know of course, any more than I could define art itself in more than the vaguest terms.

But I do think artistic success is not dependent either on the...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 05-04-2008
Replies: 46
Views: 6,436
Posted By F456
For me it's usually 35, 50, 90 (or 85 or 105 if...

For me it's usually 35, 50, 90 (or 85 or 105 if not a rangefinder) that I naturally reach for - the moderate focal lengths.

Yet looking back over some of my favourite shots taken with both colour...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 05-04-2008
Replies: 92
Views: 13,084
Posted By F456
Dear Roger, Yes, I live in the area. If you tell...

Dear Roger,
Yes, I live in the area. If you tell me which your house was I might take a picture of it to show off my mobile phone's prowess! I won't set up a tripod and use the PC Nikkor as I...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 05-04-2008
Replies: 92
Views: 13,084
Posted By F456
Bracelet laptop frees pocket space

Dear Roger and Bill,
They should make flexible phone-sized laptops as small as those flick bracelets the schoolchildren love. To put to sleep and put away you simply flick it against your wrist and...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 05-04-2008
Replies: 92
Views: 13,084
Posted By F456
Dear Bill, What you say sounds right to me. The...

Dear Bill,
What you say sounds right to me. The faff element seems to go all too easily in hand with our hobby. A non-photographer friend of mine once said, after watching his father going through...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 05-04-2008
Replies: 92
Views: 13,084
Posted By F456
Remembering or finding shooting info

Thinking about this thread's original question I wonder if it isn't wrapped up in the sort of things different people tend to remember and also in the sheer volume of pictures taken.

I've been...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-04-2008
Replies: 68
Views: 6,741
Posted By F456
Ned: your mention of Noct Nikkor....

Ned,
Would you have a moment to give some more thoughts on your Noct Nikkor? It's just I already have one but also have the chance to buy a very nice example of a recent Leica f/1 Noctilux in a...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 05-04-2008
Replies: 47
Views: 6,767
Posted By F456
Dear Roger, Thank you for your reply - and for...

Dear Roger,
Thank you for your reply - and for trying out the lens again if you have time. Please don't worry if you haven't!

I had a look in two of your books since reading your post. When asking...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 05-04-2008
Replies: 47
Views: 6,767
Posted By F456
Thanks, Roger, for the Noctilux obituary. But I...

Thanks, Roger, for the Noctilux obituary. But I really wish you hadn't written it at all, because the quality (in the sense of the look as much as the standard) of a couple of your pictures is...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 05-03-2008
Replies: 92
Views: 13,084
Posted By F456
Can we add to that: As you (=I) get better, so...

Can we add to that: As you (=I) get better, so -strangely- does the equipment? Whether we measure up to the equipment's potential is another matter.

Tom
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 05-03-2008
Replies: 92
Views: 13,084
Posted By F456
What it's taken with

"Most professional photographers I know don't really give a toss whether it was shot on a Hasselblad or a Rollei as long as it's a good picture. Indeed, that was the first example I saw of made-up...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-13-2008
Replies: 7
Views: 1,494
Posted By F456
Ben and Jan, Thanks for the replies. My set-up...

Ben and Jan,

Thanks for the replies. My set-up now is just as I want it: no focus errors at full aperture (except through occasional user error) and really just one lens that is known for a...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 04-13-2008
Replies: 7
Views: 1,494
Posted By F456
Old 50/1.4 & 90/2 traded in!

Thought I'd let you all know the upshot of this thread. Couldn't get the 90/2 to behave at all on the M8 (and it's not easy on the eyes, getting exact focus,I have to admit), though it's been very...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 04-04-2008
Replies: 10
Views: 2,814
Posted By F456
Just saw this thread a bit late in the day! Have...

Just saw this thread a bit late in the day! Have a 35/1.4 Summilux ASPH and it's absolutely fine with my M8, and I found the results stunning. Before I first used it on digital I had similar...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 04-03-2008
Replies: 7
Views: 1,588
Posted By F456
Robin, only a partial answer, so take this with a...

Robin,
only a partial answer, so take this with a few grains of salt.

I used to have a pre-ASPH Summilux 35/1.4 and loved it with slide film, colour neg and B&W neg film. I sold a few big...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-22-2008
Replies: 57
Views: 3,823
Posted By F456
Exactly so; I've just logged in after reworking...

Exactly so; I've just logged in after reworking some shots I wasn't happy with - the colour was too yellow. It didn't take very long with the RAW files (as with most things it gets much easier with...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-21-2008
Replies: 57
Views: 3,823
Posted By F456
I have spent time agonizing over the problem of...

I have spent time agonizing over the problem of enjoying digital photography without having to give up my job to find the time to process files properly (assuming I knew how in the first place!), so...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-21-2008
Replies: 7
Views: 1,494
Posted By F456
Thank you, Ben Z and awilder. I don't know if...

Thank you, Ben Z and awilder. I don't know if there's an equivalent to DAG in Britain, though; I know that when the M8 was introduced Leica at Milton Keynes were only working on film M-bodies and...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-21-2008
Replies: 7
Views: 1,494
Posted By F456
Back focus: 50/1.4 Summilux-M & 90/2 Summicron-M pre-asphs

I have a Summilux-M 50/1.4 & 90/2 Summicron-M, both being the final non-aspherical versions. They focus fine on M6 & M7.

Should I expect any backfocus from them when stopping down on an M8? I know...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 03-21-2008
Replies: 22
Views: 1,275
Posted By F456
Probably no good reason. As you say, archiving;...

Probably no good reason. As you say, archiving; I then add output-specific sharpening and convert to JPEG for most uses. I have never used PSD (or layers). Perhaps I should but life is too short...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 03-21-2008
Replies: 22
Views: 1,275
Posted By F456
FAO JAAPV: Just joined this thread. I use C1...

FAO JAAPV: Just joined this thread. I use C1 Pro for RAW adj and conversion followed by some more adj in PSE (hope to get CS3 soon). Can I confirm: are you saying then in my workflow that I should...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 03-21-2008
Replies: 16
Views: 2,283
Posted By F456
Metz has a series of flashes of varying power. ...

Metz has a series of flashes of varying power. Look at their website. Either settle for the traditional A non-TTL auto flashes which are controlled through a photocell on the flash itself (you have...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-13-2007
Replies: 18
Views: 1,904
Posted By F456
Molly, I know what you mean. Caught by some...

Molly,
I know what you mean. Caught by some unexpectedly nice coastal views on Sunday and without a camera I suddenly realized my mobile phone could be used for some pictures. Image quality not...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 10-22-2007
Replies: 18
Views: 1,904
Posted By F456
All sound points but when doing on the spot...

All sound points but when doing on the spot photography using a grey card would draw too much attention and slow me down.

I suppose I've made the decision to act fast when shooting (so as not to...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 10-21-2007
Replies: 15
Views: 1,331
Posted By F456
To look at this from another angle, I have used...

To look at this from another angle, I have used C1 Pro (+Photoshop afterwards) for not just Leica M8 files, but also Nikon D-series files (mainly D2X as well as D1X at the upsized 10mp setting). ...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 10-21-2007
Replies: 18
Views: 1,904
Posted By F456
Correcting white balance in software (C1 pro and/or Photoshop)

Going on from Bourgogneboy's post, how do people find the ease of correcting WB in Capture One ( I have the pro version, but presumably LE works much the same)?

I go through the Capture One...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-10-2007
Replies: 38
Views: 17,115
Posted By F456
Comment on Eon's post

Eon's post wasn't available when I wrote mine or I would have acknowledged it.

Personally - and I don't wear glasses for taking pictures - I think it requires a bit too much eye-gymnastics to see...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-10-2007
Replies: 38
Views: 17,115
Posted By F456
You will need an external viewfinder as the...

You will need an external viewfinder as the widest framelines in the M8 are for the 24mm lens (giving a 32mm angle of view). In order to see the coverage of the 21mm comfortably (giving a 28mm FOV)...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-10-2007
Replies: 11
Views: 1,188
Posted By F456
Thanks for the replies, Evad and Jaapv. Clear...

Thanks for the replies, Evad and Jaapv. Clear answers and with all the info I need - just have to decide whether to go ahead and get them coded. Possibly yes for the 21/2.8Asph, 28/2Asph and maybe no...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-08-2007
Replies: 11
Views: 1,188
Posted By F456
UV-IR filters without coded lenses

1.Apologies if any similar thread already deals with this problem, but I didn't easily see it.

2.Can someone with experience of using UV-IR filters with non-coded modern Leica lenses say how they...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-21-2007
Replies: 42
Views: 3,532
Posted By F456
Perceptive comments, Mark. As everyone rushes (...

Perceptive comments, Mark. As everyone rushes ( and surely always fails to keep up) to digitize/archive their films I agree that it is film that seems more permanent itself.

Once my first months...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 08-20-2007
Replies: 42
Views: 3,532
Posted By F456
For me it depends on what I'm doing and if I feel...

For me it depends on what I'm doing and if I feel the need for a change from one to the other. At the moment I am only four weeks in to using an M8 and its great picture quality has turned me in a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-30-2007
Replies: 76
Views: 14,642
Posted By F456
What I would like...

Jonathan,

What I would like:
1. I know flash is usually far from M-users' thoughts but just sometimes a decent bounceable flash along the lines of - but not as big as - Nikon's SB800 would be...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-29-2007
Replies: 9
Views: 1,291
Posted By F456
Thanks for that, Keith. It shows my M8 is...

Thanks for that, Keith. It shows my M8 is normal and it's just a question of getting used to it. It's early days, but I am very pleased with the handling and the results.
Tom
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-29-2007
Replies: 9
Views: 1,291
Posted By F456
Since you are used to M7 and M8 (i.e. one film...

Since you are used to M7 and M8 (i.e. one film and one digital) and know how different they are, are you happy with both? It shouldn't be too much of a problem for me as I won't work with film and...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 07-29-2007
Replies: 9
Views: 1,291
Posted By F456
Getting used to M8 shutter

Here goes: my first post on this forum.

I've used Leica M-series film cameras for a long time. Got used to the quiet shutter and - most importantly - exactly when it will trip (unless out of...
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