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Forum: Photography General Interest 09-29-2016
Replies: 34
Views: 2,403
Posted By Merkin
I hate to say it, but a lot of it has to do with...

I hate to say it, but a lot of it has to do with Selfies. You can get more than one or two people in a selfie with a wide angle lens, whereas you are stuck with pretty much one or two in a selfie...
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 09-29-2016
Replies: 42
Views: 5,234
Posted By Merkin
You let the perfect be the enemy of the good. ...

You let the perfect be the enemy of the good. This entire section of the forum is a monument to the perfect being the enemy of the good, in fact.

I'm sure you've been told this before (hell, I'm...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-28-2016
Replies: 26
Views: 2,945
Posted By Merkin
Back when I had a Nikon DSLR kit, I used their...

Back when I had a Nikon DSLR kit, I used their 35-70 f2.8d macro zoom from the nineties/2000s and absolutely loved it, despite it being a "dust pump" design. It wasn't the best lens I have ever used...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-28-2016
Replies: 4
Views: 856
Posted By Merkin
Whew, thanks. It's been several years since I've...

Whew, thanks. It's been several years since I've owned a rangefinder, and I don't think I ever encountered it before, so I just wanted to make sure. I was focusing on a tile floor in a restaurant,...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 09-28-2016
Replies: 4
Views: 856
Posted By Merkin
Rangefinder patch not exact

Hello all,

I've just picked up a MM, and I noticed something slightly distressing. I was testing the focus on some tile and noticed that when focused, a vertical line in the rangefinder patch would...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 09-06-2016
Replies: 13
Views: 1,609
Posted By Merkin
cool, thanks guys! Have yall been happy with...

cool, thanks guys! Have yall been happy with yours?
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 09-06-2016
Replies: 13
Views: 1,609
Posted By Merkin
Gordy's wrist strap question

Is the long or extra long Gordy's wrist strap long enough to wrap around your wrist one time, or still only large enough to put your hand through?

Thanks!
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-06-2016
Replies: 24
Views: 1,723
Posted By Merkin
The days of needing to seriously consider the...

The days of needing to seriously consider the capability of cameras to make a quality image are basically over. It is pretty clear now which film cameras/lenses do and don't make good images, and...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 08-24-2016
Replies: 49
Views: 5,857
Posted By Merkin
If it was 5 or 6 mm thinner and they went back to...

If it was 5 or 6 mm thinner and they went back to naturally illuminated framelines, I wouldn't care what else they did.
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 08-23-2016
Replies: 15
Views: 5,281
Posted By Merkin
Thanks, John!

Thanks, John!
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-22-2016
Replies: 49
Views: 3,208
Posted By Merkin
First, there is no such thing as a "good...

First, there is no such thing as a "good investment" in photography anymore, unless you are talking about collectors editions or rare cameras from 30 years ago or more, and maybe not even then. ...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-22-2016
Replies: 363
Views: 25,211
Posted By Merkin
Rolleiflex 2.8 Planar Hasselblad 500cm w/ 80mm...

Rolleiflex 2.8 Planar
Hasselblad 500cm w/ 80mm Planar
any Leica with a 50mm f2 Planar
Olympus Pen F (the film one)
Pentax K1000 w/ Ricoh 50mm f1.7
Forum: RFF Polls 08-22-2016
Replies: 72
Views: 4,586
Posted By Merkin
If the iPhone is your only digital camera, take...

If the iPhone is your only digital camera, take it. International travel with a bunch of film is an absolute nightmare anymore. The last time I did it, every single roll and canister had to get...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-22-2016
Replies: 109
Views: 27,786
Posted By Merkin
All of this is why I loved diafine. In the...

All of this is why I loved diafine. In the summer, I just used whatever came out of the cold tap. In the winter, I put on a touch of warm water until it felt vaguely close to room temp. Never had...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 08-22-2016
Replies: 15
Views: 5,281
Posted By Merkin
Thanks for the response, icebear :) I should...

Thanks for the response, icebear :)

I should have been a bit more specific- I am talking about prepping the files to be sent to the lab for printing, not for home printing. I've landed a gig where...
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 08-21-2016
Replies: 15
Views: 5,281
Posted By Merkin
Monochrom owners- How do you prepare your files for printing?

I'm going to be purchasing a Monochrom soon, and I am curious what steps you take in getting your files ready to be sent to the printers in order to get the best results from your prints. I know to...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-17-2012
Replies: 67
Views: 7,203
Posted By Merkin
Sure it does, in the elements of the image. ...

Sure it does, in the elements of the image.

Was the image taken during the day or at night?

Roughly when was the image taken?

What is the setting?

What are the people doing?
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-17-2012
Replies: 67
Views: 7,203
Posted By Merkin
A clever person can determine from the context of...

A clever person can determine from the context of the image what is going on. All it takes is an eye and some thought. You don't have to know the title of the image. You just have to look and...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-17-2012
Replies: 67
Views: 7,203
Posted By Merkin
This image by Stieglitz tells a pretty full...

This image by Stieglitz tells a pretty full story:

http://legacy.earlham.edu/~vanbma/20th%20century/images/stieglitzsteerage1907.jpg

No photograph or series of photographs can tell a truly complete...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-15-2012
Replies: 32
Views: 3,981
Posted By Merkin
Is there a difference between an M8 upgraded to...

Is there a difference between an M8 upgraded to 8.2 and a from the factory 8.2?
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-14-2012
Replies: 32
Views: 3,981
Posted By Merkin
Like I said, AF and my shooting style don't get...

Like I said, AF and my shooting style don't get along.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-14-2012
Replies: 32
Views: 3,981
Posted By Merkin
I have done some digging, and while a distance...

I have done some digging, and while a distance scale is included in the focus scale in the ovf, it is apparently far from accurate. Alas.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-14-2012
Replies: 32
Views: 3,981
Posted By Merkin
Well, I may have to do a bit more research on the...

Well, I may have to do a bit more research on the x-pro 1.
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-14-2012
Replies: 32
Views: 3,981
Posted By Merkin
I don't like shooting off of LCD screens. I like...

I don't like shooting off of LCD screens. I like a viewfinder.

My favorite camera to shoot with is my Olympus Pen FT. I get fantastic results from it, and I am comfortable with (and good at) my...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-14-2012
Replies: 32
Views: 3,981
Posted By Merkin
I know that :) but the problem there is that I...

I know that :) but the problem there is that I shoot from the hip a lot, and if I am not looking through the viewfinder, I can't be certain that the autofocus grabbed what I wanted it to. Also,...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-14-2012
Replies: 32
Views: 3,981
Posted By Merkin
No dice, I'm afraid. The bulk of my non-portrait...

No dice, I'm afraid. The bulk of my non-portrait shooting is done using scale/hyperfocal focus, which is difficult with the fuji lenses, and precise manual focus is too much of a pain with M lenses....
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-14-2012
Replies: 12
Views: 1,724
Posted By Merkin
It probably would have been bait for controversy...

It probably would have been bait for controversy regardless of what he said ;)
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-14-2012
Replies: 32
Views: 3,981
Posted By Merkin
At the risk of starting a flame war, the Rd1 just...

At the risk of starting a flame war, the Rd1 just doesn't pack enough megapixels. I find myself making a fair number of square crops. If there was anyone else making a digital rangefinder or an OM...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-14-2012
Replies: 32
Views: 3,981
Posted By Merkin
Definitely. That is why I am going ahead now and...

Definitely. That is why I am going ahead now and starting this process.

With a digital M, do you have to send them back to germany for service?
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-14-2012
Replies: 32
Views: 3,981
Posted By Merkin
My project will involve too much travel to make...

My project will involve too much travel to make film feasible. Grey M9's seem to be going for about 4k at the moment, so that with a 500 dollar lens falls within my budget. It looks like M8's are...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-14-2012
Replies: 32
Views: 3,981
Posted By Merkin
I would be going used in either case. 4 to 5...

I would be going used in either case. 4 to 5 grand is my budget, as that is what I can get for the gear I am going to sell, plus a little bit that I can put in in addition.

I've never been that much...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-14-2012
Replies: 32
Views: 3,981
Posted By Merkin
That is why I asked about the distortion on the...

That is why I asked about the distortion on the nokton. I listed the summilux because it is a known quantity. With such a low max ISO, I feel like I do need the extra stop of aperture, so slower...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 11-14-2012
Replies: 32
Views: 3,981
Posted By Merkin
Urrg, questions I never wanted to find myself asking

Hello all,

After having two bad experiences with Leica film cameras a few years back, I swore to myself that I would never buy another Leica. However, I have a project coming up that requires...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-12-2012
Replies: 38
Views: 2,322
Posted By Merkin
I pretty much always have at least three with me-...

I pretty much always have at least three with me- two on my phone and one on my laptop.
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 11-12-2012
Replies: 29
Views: 3,796
Posted By Merkin
A Hyperfocal distance setting, or a hyperfocal...

A Hyperfocal distance setting, or a hyperfocal distance scale in the viewfinder.
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-10-2012
Replies: 15
Views: 1,362
Posted By Merkin
Is it just a general intro to photo class? What...

Is it just a general intro to photo class?

What is your budget?
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-09-2012
Replies: 51
Views: 7,624
Posted By Merkin
Gear only matters to a certain extent- the extent...

Gear only matters to a certain extent- the extent to which it allows you to capture the image you want. If the shot you want means that you need camera movements, the world's best point and shoot is...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 11-09-2012
Replies: 59
Views: 7,720
Posted By Merkin
Practice shooting without bringing the camera to...

Practice shooting without bringing the camera to your eye. A digital is good for this, as you don't have to burn a few rolls practicing. You will be surprised at how quickly you get the hang of...
Forum: RFF Polls 11-09-2012
Replies: 261
Views: 31,258
Posted By Merkin
How many images do you get per floppy? I'd love...

How many images do you get per floppy? I'd love to see some sample images from this.
Forum: RFF Polls 11-09-2012
Replies: 261
Views: 31,258
Posted By Merkin
My mom uses my Leica D-Lux 3 for her interior...

My mom uses my Leica D-Lux 3 for her interior decorating business. I bought it back in 2006. It still produces phenomenal images. Here is one I snapped with it several years back:...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-08-2012
Replies: 6
Views: 1,609
Posted By Merkin
Getting grain that noticeable from a 400 speed...

Getting grain that noticeable from a 400 speed film when shooting 120 points to a development issue more than the graininess of the film, unless that is a fairly serious crop. Not that it is bad,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-08-2012
Replies: 27
Views: 2,281
Posted By Merkin
If you are photographing government buildings,...

If you are photographing government buildings, the best thing to have on hand is an ACLU lawyer. Barring that, if you are really concerned about not losing your shots, I hate to say it, but your...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 11-08-2012
Replies: 59
Views: 7,720
Posted By Merkin
Henri Cartier-Bresson, for one:...

Henri Cartier-Bresson, for one: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cartier-Bresson%27s_first_Leica.jpg
Forum: Photo Software 11-08-2012
Replies: 4
Views: 1,207
Posted By Merkin
http://www.niksoftware.com/store/usa/entry.php?vie...

http://www.niksoftware.com/store/usa/entry.php?view=singlepurchase/SEP2.shtml
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-06-2012
Replies: 74
Views: 8,058
Posted By Merkin
Why would anyone drink steak? ;)

Why would anyone drink steak? ;)
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-05-2012
Replies: 59
Views: 7,533
Posted By Merkin
What about the types that use a series as a...

What about the types that use a series as a typography, or the sort who use individual images to tell stories?
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 11-05-2012
Replies: 54
Views: 6,627
Posted By Merkin
First and foremost, "Family of Man." As for...

First and foremost, "Family of Man."

As for books of work by individual photographers, here is a short list: Diane Arbus, Eugene Atget, Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Larry Clark (Tulsa),...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-04-2012
Replies: 20
Views: 5,309
Posted By Merkin
Using rodinal, you can apparently push tri-x to...

Using rodinal, you can apparently push tri-x to 12800, although the results are apparently only useful for scanning, they are apparently not conducive to wet printing at that much of a push. Run a...
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 11-04-2012
Replies: 33
Views: 2,861
Posted By Merkin
The 90 f4 Elmar would be a good cheap addition to...

The 90 f4 Elmar would be a good cheap addition to your kit, since they can be had for 100 bucks or so.

Is 35mm your 'normal,' or is 50mm your 'normal?'
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 11-01-2012
Replies: 6
Views: 1,008
Posted By Merkin
what about non-corrected framelines, or manually...

what about non-corrected framelines, or manually adjustable framelines?
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 11-01-2012
Replies: 6
Views: 1,008
Posted By Merkin
M-mount lenses and OVF

When you use an M mount lens with the fuji adapter, does it give you parallax corrected framelines for your focal length in OVF mode, for times when you want to scale focus?
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 10-31-2012
Replies: 59
Views: 8,950
Posted By Merkin
The M8 was 4500 bucks brand new, and they still...

The M8 was 4500 bucks brand new, and they still go for about 2000 bucks. It has taken 6 years for it to lose half it's value, and that is in the face of full frame leicas, and aps-c sensored...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-15-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 1,610
Posted By Merkin
you would also find yourself using it a good bit...

you would also find yourself using it a good bit when using a portable tripod, particularly an older portable tripod.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-13-2012
Replies: 171
Views: 17,947
Posted By Merkin
great. someone went and posted this lunacy and...

great. someone went and posted this lunacy and innuendo to reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/photography/comments/y55op/rff_member_told_by_kodak_that_kodak_has_ceased/

mass freakout in 3... 2... 1...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-11-2012
Replies: 29
Views: 3,079
Posted By Merkin
Try thinking about the rule of thirds. Daydream...

Try thinking about the rule of thirds. Daydream about composition.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 08-04-2012
Replies: 97
Views: 15,358
Posted By Merkin
Heaven forbid that people want a quality product...

Heaven forbid that people want a quality product at a reasonable price. That is quite simply absurd.
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 07-16-2012
Replies: 18
Views: 4,668
Posted By Merkin
That is one nice looking Royal Oilfield.

That is one nice looking Royal Oilfield.
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-15-2012
Replies: 37
Views: 3,538
Posted By Merkin
I don't like razor thin DOF in my portraits. I...

I don't like razor thin DOF in my portraits. I shoot most of my portraits at f4 or 5.6. I don't shoot in a studio, so I like a little context.
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-15-2012
Replies: 37
Views: 3,538
Posted By Merkin
I'm not concerned about DOF. If anything,...

I'm not concerned about DOF. If anything, greater depth of field is good for the way I shoot. I only wanted to make sure that I could get flattering portraits.
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-15-2012
Replies: 37
Views: 3,538
Posted By Merkin
Exactly that. Very well put.

Exactly that. Very well put.
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-15-2012
Replies: 37
Views: 3,538
Posted By Merkin
Cool cool, many thanks! I shoot with a Pen FT,...

Cool cool, many thanks! I shoot with a Pen FT, but as I just use it as a street photography camera, I've never really paid much attention to it. I tend to use medium format for proper film...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-15-2012
Replies: 37
Views: 3,538
Posted By Merkin
Let me see if I get this. Let's assume that I...

Let me see if I get this. Let's assume that I have two cameras, one 35mm film, and one 1.5x crop digital, both with 28mm lenses. Let's assume I am doing a headshot of someone. With the film...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-15-2012
Replies: 37
Views: 3,538
Posted By Merkin
Crop sensors and lens focal length effects

Hello all,

I have never owned a crop sensor digital camera, but I find myself quite tempted to part with the D700 setup I currently have but almost never use for one of the Fuji X cameras. However,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-10-2012
Replies: 2
Views: 686
Posted By Merkin
I have absolutely no idea, but if you can't do...

I have absolutely no idea, but if you can't do it, just expose it at ISO 200. One stop off either way should still be printable.
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 07-04-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 2,351
Posted By Merkin
That was fantastic. I actually watched the whole...

That was fantastic. I actually watched the whole thing, which is rare for a video that someone uses to show off the video capacity of the camera.

Out of curiosity, can it do in-camera black and...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 07-04-2012
Replies: 73
Views: 5,002
Posted By Merkin
Brownie Hawkeye, yes. Holga, no. You have to do...

Brownie Hawkeye, yes. Holga, no. You have to do a bit of tinkering with a holga, but you can adjust the aperture. You also zone focus a holga. Also, technically you have the choice of two shutter...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-29-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 1,440
Posted By Merkin
Try exposing a roll at 200 instead of 400. In my...

Try exposing a roll at 200 instead of 400. In my experience, exposing at iso 200 gives better blacks.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-29-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 1,440
Posted By Merkin
At what ISO did you expose the film?

At what ISO did you expose the film?
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-29-2012
Replies: 35
Views: 5,059
Posted By Merkin
Consider a Nikon FG. They can be had in EX+...

Consider a Nikon FG. They can be had in EX+ condition from KEH for 98 bucks, and BGN condition for 38. It isn't the tank that the F cameras are, but it is the smallest and lightest full manual SLR...
Forum: RFF Photo Projects 06-24-2012
Replies: 61
Views: 7,515
Posted By Merkin
Can 1 36 exp. roll through a half-frame count for...

Can 1 36 exp. roll through a half-frame count for two days?
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-08-2012
Replies: 53
Views: 4,524
Posted By Merkin
Let me give you one piece of advice, if I may. M...

Let me give you one piece of advice, if I may. M equipment is expensive, as you already know. More equipment will not make you better. Stick with your initial setup until you genuinely feel that...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-08-2012
Replies: 262
Views: 30,700
Posted By Merkin
Olympus Pen FT with 38mm f1.8. Yes, I know it is...

Olympus Pen FT with 38mm f1.8. Yes, I know it is an SLR, but it has the same form factor and size as an RF, and I use it the same way I would use an RF, just with better reliability. The thing is a...
Forum: Travel 05-28-2012
Replies: 4
Views: 3,355
Posted By Merkin
Good camera store in New Orleans?

Hello all, I am going to be in New Orleans for a week in June, and I was wondering if there was a good camera store somewhere in walking distance of the Garden District/French Quarter, in case I run...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-10-2012
Replies: 397
Views: 27,624
Posted By Merkin
If it only stuck out from the camera body a half...

If it only stuck out from the camera body a half inch and it was literally the sharpest lens at f2 ever made, it would still be 2 to 3 thousand bucks too expensive, at least.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-10-2012
Replies: 397
Views: 27,624
Posted By Merkin
Utter lunacy. For the amount of money that the...

Utter lunacy.

For the amount of money that the black and white digital M and this new summicron costs, I could buy the following:

A 35mm camera of my choice with a couple of lenses
A rolleiflex or...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 05-05-2012
Replies: 63
Views: 5,210
Posted By Merkin
a painter obsessing over brushes, paints, and...

a painter obsessing over brushes, paints, and canvas, or an illustrator obsessing over pencils and paper is more akin to a photographer obsessing over film, paper, and chemicals than cameras. ...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 05-03-2012
Replies: 89
Views: 6,158
Posted By Merkin
Yes, I have looked at every image, on all 62...

Yes, I have looked at every image, on all 62 pages, of your flickr account, which is how I know that since the beginning of 2005, you have used at least 14 different cameras, 36 different lenses (29...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 05-02-2012
Replies: 89
Views: 6,158
Posted By Merkin
Try taking just one the next time you go out. It...

Try taking just one the next time you go out. It will force you to work harder to get the shot, but you won't be distracted by fussing with your bag, switching lenses, that kind of thing. If you...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 05-02-2012
Replies: 89
Views: 6,158
Posted By Merkin
*puts on Dr. Phil hat* There is a cure for this....

*puts on Dr. Phil hat*

There is a cure for this. Go out shooting with one camera, one lens, no bag. Worried about missing one shot out of 100 because of the wrong focal length? Tough. You'll...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-01-2012
Replies: 32
Views: 3,790
Posted By Merkin
The F. It is the most durable, and therefore the...

The F. It is the most durable, and therefore the most likely to be fine if you crash. The extra half pound won't be noticeable.

Make sure your seat is high enough, and you might want to consider...
Forum: Nikon RF 05-01-2012
Replies: 21
Views: 2,983
Posted By Merkin
Disassembly and solvents. take a look at the...

Disassembly and solvents. take a look at the paint on the top plate, it looks bubbled.
Forum: RFF Polls 05-01-2012
Replies: 12
Views: 1,172
Posted By Merkin
I shoot four to seven rolls a month. Exclusively...

I shoot four to seven rolls a month. Exclusively black and white. Almost exclusively Tri-X. I do all of my own processing, mostly in Diafine.

I shoot with an Olympus Pen FT, which is half-frame. ...
Forum: Nikon RF 04-30-2012
Replies: 21
Views: 2,983
Posted By Merkin
that one had to have either left the factory with...

that one had to have either left the factory with a faulty paint job, someone did it on purpose, or someone spent a lot of time and money replacing a lot of little bits of glass and grip material.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-30-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 2,185
Posted By Merkin
Thanks for the super in depth answer! (Of...

Thanks for the super in depth answer!

(Of course, thanks to everyone else as well. Super helpful all.)

You seem to be a pretty knowledgeable bunch when it comes to 'flexes, so allow me, if you...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-30-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 2,185
Posted By Merkin
It is a 2.8d, and I read through the manual, but...

It is a 2.8d, and I read through the manual, but saw no mention either way. Hence, I figure it will be fine.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-30-2012
Replies: 17
Views: 2,185
Posted By Merkin
This is going to sound REALLY stupid...

I used to have a seagull TLR, and I wrecked the shutter by changing the shutter speed after I had cranked the shutter. Apparently, it is a big no-no for seagulls. I have a rolleiflex on the way,...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-30-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 1,153
Posted By Merkin
I like to shoot a lot of broken down rusty...

I like to shoot a lot of broken down rusty things, and a blue filter makes rust really pop.

Here is an example:

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2423/3793971034_e782b36757.jpg...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-30-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 1,153
Posted By Merkin
Unfortunately, I'm looking for a 38a blue...

Unfortunately, I'm looking for a 38a blue contrast filter, not a color correction filter, which they don't offer. Good looking out, though, I will remember them in the future.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-30-2012
Replies: 4
Views: 926
Posted By Merkin
thanks, guys. I think I'll give it a pass.

thanks, guys. I think I'll give it a pass.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-30-2012
Replies: 52
Views: 4,775
Posted By Merkin
Seriously though, before you go getting GASsy,...

Seriously though, before you go getting GASsy, try the following.

First, go here: http://www.fredparker.com/ultexp1.htm
Read the whole thing all the way through a few times. Make a printout of the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-30-2012
Replies: 25
Views: 6,475
Posted By Merkin
I can definitely see that. I have always basked...

I can definitely see that. I have always basked in the glory of multigrade papers, so I am a lot more willing than some to just work loosely within the film's latitude, and atone for my sins with...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-30-2012
Replies: 52
Views: 4,775
Posted By Merkin
Instead of spending money to upgrade your...

Instead of spending money to upgrade your equipment, spend some time and upgrade your mind. Teach yourself to not need a light meter. You would be surprised at how little time it takes.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-30-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 1,153
Posted By Merkin
awesome, many thanks! that will be brilliant, as...

awesome, many thanks! that will be brilliant, as I already use 43mm filters for the lens on my Pen FT.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-30-2012
Replies: 4
Views: 926
Posted By Merkin
Holga 120 film- what is it?

Freestyle is selling holga branded 400 speed 120 film at a fairly cheap price. All it says about it's manufacture is that it is from the European Union. Does anyone know what film it is when it...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-30-2012
Replies: 25
Views: 6,475
Posted By Merkin
I go with 1600 to make my math easier, and...

I go with 1600 to make my math easier, and generally split filter print.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-30-2012
Replies: 25
Views: 6,475
Posted By Merkin
Diafine gives better results with old styles of...

Diafine gives better results with old styles of emulsion. It isn't nearly as good with HP5 as it is with Tri-X, for instance.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-30-2012
Replies: 25
Views: 6,475
Posted By Merkin
Tri-x in Diafine, IMO, is the street...

Tri-x in Diafine, IMO, is the street photographer's best friend. In daylight, it basically gives you the ability to use an orange filter for free, and orange is my favorite color of filter for...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 04-30-2012
Replies: 144
Views: 16,249
Posted By Merkin
The scissors were a 200 dollar optional upgrade.

The scissors were a 200 dollar optional upgrade.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 04-30-2012
Replies: 8
Views: 1,153
Posted By Merkin
Dark blue Bay III filter?

Does/did anyone make a dark blue Bayonet III filter for Rolleiflexes? For that matter, is anyone still making new Bay III filters? B+W apparently only does bays I and II these days.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-30-2012
Replies: 12,119
Views: 4,472,895
Posted By Merkin
http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2423/3793971034_e782...

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2423/3793971034_e782b36757.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/deac0nb1ues/3793971034/)
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 04-29-2012
Replies: 144
Views: 16,249
Posted By Merkin
If May was a photographer, he would hold no truck...

If May was a photographer, he would hold no truck with digital.
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 04-29-2012
Replies: 144
Views: 16,249
Posted By Merkin
*puts on jezza hat* I'm afraid you are all...

*puts on jezza hat*

I'm afraid you are all wrong. The RD-1 actually goes here, in "uncool," for the same reason that supercars are uncool. It isn't just that it isn't the camera you would use to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-29-2012
Replies: 9,202
Views: 913,692
Posted By Merkin
Rolleiflex 2.8 Planar. I wasn't even remotely...

Rolleiflex 2.8 Planar. I wasn't even remotely intending to buy one either, I just saw a deal that I couldn't pass up. The aggravating thing is that I was planning on buying a new pair of sunglasses...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 04-28-2012
Replies: 34
Views: 10,480
Posted By Merkin
Just judging by the shutter speeds used, I don't...

Just judging by the shutter speeds used, I don't know if it is an apt comparison.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 04-28-2012
Replies: 63
Views: 5,634
Posted By Merkin
When uptight, middle aged, middle class white...

When uptight, middle aged, middle class white guys don't get your work, you are probably doing it right.
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-27-2012
Replies: 51
Views: 5,581
Posted By Merkin
A pancake 40 and a fast 50 makes sense, although...

A pancake 40 and a fast 50 makes sense, although I've been liking the 55mm focal length a bit better than 50 lately.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-27-2012
Replies: 29
Views: 6,636
Posted By Merkin
My only concern there is that even though I love...

My only concern there is that even though I love grain, shooting fast film in low light with a half frame camera means that the images would be grainier than even I like at any sort of decent...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-27-2012
Replies: 29
Views: 6,636
Posted By Merkin
Hahaha! Unfortunately though, I have found that...

Hahaha!

Unfortunately though, I have found that the larger a camera is, the less likely I am to carry it, which means that I miss a LOT of shots when I own a large camera.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 04-27-2012
Replies: 63
Views: 5,634
Posted By Merkin
Thanks! Part of the beauty is that not many...

Thanks!

Part of the beauty is that not many people do. I try to not bring it to people's attention, unless there are some of those bothersome prudes about, who like to take offense at (read whine...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-27-2012
Replies: 29
Views: 6,636
Posted By Merkin
An M4-P, and a CL. Shutters went on both, and...

An M4-P, and a CL. Shutters went on both, and the rangefinder went out of adjustment on the M4-P. Over the course of 2 months. Lost 100 rolls of film from a trip to Mexico.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-27-2012
Replies: 29
Views: 6,636
Posted By Merkin
Perhaps I got two bad examples of Leicas, but the...

Perhaps I got two bad examples of Leicas, but the two leicas I have owned have by far been the two most fragile cameras I have ever owned.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 04-27-2012
Replies: 63
Views: 5,634
Posted By Merkin
'Merkin' is my favorite word in the english...

'Merkin' is my favorite word in the english language. I have never found another word that lends itself so well to slightly naughty puns.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-27-2012
Replies: 29
Views: 6,636
Posted By Merkin
I greatly appreciate the input, but I have a...

I greatly appreciate the input, but I have a couple of personal problems. First, unless a canon p is a good bit more reliable than M mount Leicas, it would invariably break on me. I am apparently...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-27-2012
Replies: 29
Views: 6,636
Posted By Merkin
Do the OM-1-4 all use the same screens? Would...

Do the OM-1-4 all use the same screens? Would the OM-3 or 4 be noticeably brighter than the 1 or 2?
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-27-2012
Replies: 29
Views: 6,636
Posted By Merkin
Still half the price of the cheapest comparable...

Still half the price of the cheapest comparable RF lens, though...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 04-27-2012
Replies: 63
Views: 5,634
Posted By Merkin
I think that it can only be taught, or at least...

I think that it can only be taught, or at least only be learned.

What does it mean to have a 'personal' and 'unique' vision?

As to "personal," every person's vision is inherently, by definition,...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-27-2012
Replies: 29
Views: 6,636
Posted By Merkin
Nikon FM-2n vs. Olympus OM- brighter viewfinder?

I have been happily snapping away for a while now with an Olympus Pen FT. It is small and light, so I literally carry it with me everywhere, and I get through a roll or two a week with it. However,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-27-2012
Replies: 26
Views: 3,851
Posted By Merkin
Thanks for the tips, links, and advice, folks. I...

Thanks for the tips, links, and advice, folks. I have recently gone back to film after an unfortunate and unfulfilling foray in to the world of digital, and the only thing I find myself really...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-26-2012
Replies: 26
Views: 3,851
Posted By Merkin
Tri-X @ 12800 ISO in Rodinal: Anyone have examples?

I was checking out the massive dev chart a few minutes ago, and I saw a listing for a 51 minute semi-stand development for Tri-X shot at 12800. Has anyone tried this, and does anyone have some...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-19-2012
Replies: 40
Views: 3,576
Posted By Merkin
Usually, I would agree. However, I have never in...

Usually, I would agree. However, I have never in my life used a lens that gave me the fizz like the 80 2.8 Planar. I swear the elements are made of cream and butter and beauty and velvet and steamy...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-19-2012
Replies: 40
Views: 3,398
Posted By Merkin
Gear only matters to a point. If it is...

Gear only matters to a point.

If it is reliable, you are happy to carry it everywhere and/or use it often, and it has a lens you like, that is all that matters.

Everything else, imo, is...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-19-2012
Replies: 40
Views: 3,576
Posted By Merkin
To give you encouragement, I might be in the...

To give you encouragement, I might be in the market for an SQ-A here in a couple of weeks if the price is right ;)
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-19-2012
Replies: 229
Views: 30,996
Posted By Merkin
Of all of the SLRs I have used, the best to me is...

Of all of the SLRs I have used, the best to me is also an Olympus. The Olympus Pen. It is built like a tank, it is tiny, you get 72 shots per roll with it, you can still get decent enlargements...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-17-2012
Replies: 10
Views: 1,371
Posted By Merkin
How is the reliability on the bronicas?

How is the reliability on the bronicas?
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-17-2012
Replies: 10
Views: 1,371
Posted By Merkin
Cheapest MF w/ 2.8 Planar?

Is there any medium format camera with an 80mm f2.8 Planar that is cheaper than a Hassy 500c?
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-06-2012
Replies: 25
Views: 2,658
Posted By Merkin
IMO, the thing that is more important than a...

IMO, the thing that is more important than a digital camera as a backup is a backup film camera. Take it from someone who lost nearly 100 rolls of film due to not one but two leicas going out of...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-06-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 1,346
Posted By Merkin
it is a simple fact that any data, be it...

it is a simple fact that any data, be it software, music, or photos, once put on to a computer, can be perfectly copied an infinite number of times. This is the fundamental difference between data...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-06-2012
Replies: 64
Views: 4,999
Posted By Merkin
Another argument for the nikon is that with the...

Another argument for the nikon is that with the exception of lenses made specifically for crop sensor cameras and the g series lenses, you could use your d300 lenses on your f3 just as easily as you...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-05-2012
Replies: 366
Views: 22,842
Posted By Merkin
All of this boils down to what we were all taught...

All of this boils down to what we were all taught on the first day of Macroeconomics 101. The issue of online piracy is nothing but an issue of finding an equilibrium price on the supply and demand...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 04-03-2012
Replies: 2
Views: 1,108
Posted By Merkin
Anyone know of a good small monopod?

Hello all,

I'm looking for a monopod that collapses down to 12 inches or less, so it will fit neatly in my bag. While I don't want anything super flimsy (obviously), small size trumps supreme...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-09-2010
Replies: 35
Views: 8,240
Posted By Merkin
I was taking a look at the 24mm numbers- at 1.4,...

I was taking a look at the 24mm numbers- at 1.4, at 10 feet, total depth of field of 4.69 feet, and at 2.8, at 10 feet, the total dof was 11.1 feet. The numbers that were particularly noticeable to...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 03-09-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 887
Posted By Merkin
Out of curiosity, do you have any idea as to...

Out of curiosity, do you have any idea as to whether your shutter/flash glitch is of a sort that can only happen to the electronic shutters, or is it of a sort that could happen to manual ones as...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 03-08-2010
Replies: 30
Views: 2,306
Posted By Merkin
No sweat, man! Ask any question to any three...

No sweat, man! Ask any question to any three RFFers, and you will get four opinions. Feel free to argue away. Your original post actually got me thinking a good bit about the subject, to the point...
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / 03-08-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 1,836
Posted By Merkin
holgas are bizarre and mysterious mistresses, and...

holgas are bizarre and mysterious mistresses, and cranky ones to boot. I would say that it is very likely that your camera had a light leak if you removed the mask. When you remove the mask, you...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-08-2010
Replies: 27
Views: 7,646
Posted By Merkin
Don't forget to budget for a CLA. You might get...

Don't forget to budget for a CLA. You might get lucky and find that your camera didn't need it, but chances are that a BGN m4 could use one. One of the biggest mistakes I have ever made was not...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-08-2010
Replies: 37
Views: 2,557
Posted By Merkin
I crop 99 percent of my images to 8x10 or square....

I crop 99 percent of my images to 8x10 or square. Sure, they are easier to frame, but that isn't why. I just find those proportions aesthetically pleasing. Also, my father taught me to factor in...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-08-2010
Replies: 35
Views: 8,240
Posted By Merkin
the difference is considerable, but I don't think...

the difference is considerable, but I don't think it is 1500 to 2000 dollars worth of considerable, sadly.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-08-2010
Replies: 16
Views: 1,440
Posted By Merkin
Instead of asking for a J8, you should have asked...

Instead of asking for a J8, you should have asked for an exceptionally hot Ukrainian mail order bride to be thrown in. That would have been worth the wait, especially if she was able to make sure...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-08-2010
Replies: 35
Views: 8,240
Posted By Merkin
for me, I have never done much wide angle...

for me, I have never done much wide angle shooting. I consider 35mm to be the wide end of normal (it is only as wide angle as 50mm is telephoto), and it is generally as wide as I ever go. I would...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 03-08-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 887
Posted By Merkin
"A" model bessa owners- ever had a shutter fail?

In one of the very first threads I ever read on RFF, back when I was just a lurker who hadn't even signed up, people were arguing the relative merits of the Rxa versus the Rxm. This argument still...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-07-2010
Replies: 85
Views: 5,345
Posted By Merkin
Art has never remained the same (i.e. stagnant)...

Art has never remained the same (i.e. stagnant) for long, yet there have always been people who have been opposed to, disgusted by, or unwilling to accept change in the art world. Art, despite this...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 03-07-2010
Replies: 30
Views: 2,306
Posted By Merkin
Don't be afraid of the R4a unless you just really...

Don't be afraid of the R4a unless you just really think it is too hideous for you to be seen with it. The ability to shoot without batteries is pretty much a non-issue unless you are going to some...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 03-06-2010
Replies: 48
Views: 7,283
Posted By Merkin
I think they chopped Tito up for spare parts some...

I think they chopped Tito up for spare parts some time in the early nineties ;)
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 03-05-2010
Replies: 130
Views: 14,331
Posted By Merkin
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3507/4077358931_81a...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3507/4077358931_81acdbc18b.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2681/4077343655_bebf9fd891.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2596/3929954433_47bab3687b.jpg

http://farm...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-05-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 1,062
Posted By Merkin
I would be patient and check the RFF classifieds....

I would be patient and check the RFF classifieds. They pop up from time to time, and the benefit of buying one from somewhere here is that you can ask to see pictures that were taken with it, which...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 03-05-2010
Replies: 124
Views: 7,051
Posted By Merkin
"uck...

"uck...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 03-05-2010
Replies: 58
Views: 10,437
Posted By Merkin
"Contemplation" http://farm3.static.flickr.com/24...

"Contemplation"

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2423/3908392792_9d34b7fac2.jpg
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-04-2010
Replies: 9
Views: 1,184
Posted By Merkin
one fun thing to do with it is to use it for...

one fun thing to do with it is to use it for photograms. Take the paper, set it on a table, put random interesting stuff on it, and turn on the lights. If it is quite old, it will take a bit of...
Forum: RFF Polls 03-04-2010
Replies: 398
Views: 29,992
Posted By Merkin
Since you are shooting a lot of nikon these days,...

Since you are shooting a lot of nikon these days, have you thought about having your R lenses converted to f mount?
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-04-2010
Replies: 41
Views: 2,281
Posted By Merkin
Out of curiosity, what DSLR did you buy new in...

Out of curiosity, what DSLR did you buy new in ninety three???

Do you still have it?
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-04-2010
Replies: 35
Views: 8,240
Posted By Merkin
Nikkor 24 1.4 vs 28 1.4

Do you think the new Nikkor 24mm f1.4 lens will make the bottom fall out of the prices of the older yet insanely expensive 28mm 1.4 lens? If so, how long do you think it will take before the 28 is...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-04-2010
Replies: 41
Views: 2,281
Posted By Merkin
The closest I come to buying new cameras is...

The closest I come to buying new cameras is buying factory refurb. All of my lenses are bought used these days. It is just as easy to buy used gear cheap from keh that I know is going to be in...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-04-2010
Replies: 33
Views: 3,599
Posted By Merkin
Yeah, it is the same. The biggest clue is that...

Yeah, it is the same. The biggest clue is that the film is made in america, and unless I am sorely mistaken, kodak is the only company making film in america. Perhaps kodak made it ever so slightly...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-03-2010
Replies: 36
Views: 2,202
Posted By Merkin
I hate to be a voice of dissent (but perhaps...

I hate to be a voice of dissent (but perhaps reason) here, but I wouldn't take an M6, or any RF, on that trip for a few reasons. Firstly, even on a really comfy, cushy steel touring bike like a...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 03-03-2010
Replies: 24
Views: 3,478
Posted By Merkin
Depending on how the images look from them once...

Depending on how the images look from them once people actually get their hands on them, I think the Samsung NX-10 with the 30mm pancake will probably be closer to the ideal of a 'poor man's digital...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-03-2010
Replies: 66
Views: 14,305
Posted By Merkin
For me, it depends on the film format. For 6x6,...

For me, it depends on the film format. For 6x6, i prefer a wlf. For 645, however, I prefer a prism, so I can go vertical more easily.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-05-2009
Replies: 14
Views: 3,867
Posted By Merkin
i wonder if you could re-wire the bluetooth...

i wonder if you could re-wire the bluetooth headset to operate as a voice activated wireless remote for the blackberry SLR...

Also, what would the 35mm equivalent focal length on that be? it would...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-05-2009
Replies: 60
Views: 7,668
Posted By Merkin
Before you go any further, I assume you have a...

Before you go any further, I assume you have a place where you can get film developed, and you are aware of the costs of film and developing, as well as prints and/or scans in your area, and I assume...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-30-2009
Replies: 125
Views: 11,428
Posted By Merkin
I've only owned three SLRs, but two of them are...

I've only owned three SLRs, but two of them are all-time favorites, the D700 and the K1000. When I finally have the free time and spare loot to resume shooting some film, I want to pick up an F2...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-29-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 980
Posted By Merkin
The Nikon D700 doesn't do normal video, but it...

The Nikon D700 doesn't do normal video, but it does have a built in intervalometer.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-29-2009
Replies: 29
Views: 2,450
Posted By Merkin
What about one of the Minox 35mm cameras, like...

What about one of the Minox 35mm cameras, like the GT? It is scale focus, but it is small and easily pocketable, since it has a collapsible lens.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-29-2009
Replies: 55
Views: 6,283
Posted By Merkin
I would question the assumption that being forced...

I would question the assumption that being forced to use a lower ISO leads to better pictures. If anything, good high ISOs allow you to more accurately execute your vision regardless of lighting...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 11-29-2009
Replies: 54
Views: 7,483
Posted By Merkin
I am the same way. I tend to photograph in...

I am the same way. I tend to photograph in batches and spurts. I am generally happy with each temporal chunk of photography I do at the time when I do it, and then I look back on previous efforts...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-29-2009
Replies: 44
Views: 2,312
Posted By Merkin
Since you seem to know which 35 you are after,...

Since you seem to know which 35 you are after, and you are still up in the air about the 50, have you considered getting the 35 first? A lot of people (including myself) who find 50mm the go-to...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-29-2009
Replies: 12
Views: 1,780
Posted By Merkin
how was this film stored? if it was in a...

how was this film stored? if it was in a freezer, it might be fine.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-28-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 974
Posted By Merkin
If nothing else, try listing it on craigslist, so...

If nothing else, try listing it on craigslist, so the purchaser can inspect it personally before buying. If you go that route, only take cash.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-28-2009
Replies: 12
Views: 1,780
Posted By Merkin
Since you have so much of this film, you have...

Since you have so much of this film, you have enough to go ahead and just shoot some test rolls. The first step is to pop it all in the fridge or freezer to stop or slow further deterioration. ...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-28-2009
Replies: 15
Views: 1,432
Posted By Merkin
Did he shoot them with film, digital, or lead?

Did he shoot them with film, digital, or lead?
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-27-2009
Replies: 21
Views: 7,430
Posted By Merkin
there are aftermarket focusing screens available,...

there are aftermarket focusing screens available, but i dont think nikon makes one.
Forum: Off Topic 11-27-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 1,098
Posted By Merkin
It is hard to go wrong with the Lethal Weapon...

It is hard to go wrong with the Lethal Weapon movies.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-27-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 2,330
Posted By Merkin
the money is most likely just being held at the...

the money is most likely just being held at the moment, which can look like it has already been taken out. KEH is, IMO, the most trustworthy company in the photography biz. They are the only people...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-27-2009
Replies: 21
Views: 7,430
Posted By Merkin
at apertures of 2.8 or smaller, it is no problem....

at apertures of 2.8 or smaller, it is no problem. the screen isn't really well designed for manual focusing at f2 or f1.4, though. if you get a chance, play around with the in-camera multiple...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-27-2009
Replies: 24
Views: 2,345
Posted By Merkin
don't you press the self timer switch in?

don't you press the self timer switch in?
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-27-2009
Replies: 55
Views: 6,283
Posted By Merkin
So what you are looking for is a sort of Digital...

So what you are looking for is a sort of Digital ICE-nine? ;)
Forum: Leica M -- Leica CL / Minolta CLE - Film 11-26-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 2,570
Posted By Merkin
the lens hood on the CV 35 1.4 is way too...

the lens hood on the CV 35 1.4 is way too obtrusive in the finder, and might, if memory serves, block the rangefinder window.

focusing at 1.4 is tough. not impossible, but tough. stopping down to...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 11-26-2009
Replies: 29
Views: 3,248
Posted By Merkin
I think it is an excellent choice of theme, and I...

I think it is an excellent choice of theme, and I like the shots themselves. I also like the fact that I can't spot anyone on a cell phone or laptop computer. I look forward to seeing more as you...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-26-2009
Replies: 55
Views: 6,283
Posted By Merkin
I think their slow progress on any sort of...

I think their slow progress on any sort of technological advance is due to the aesthetics of the cameras themselves. The last time Leica tried any sort of even remotely timely upgrade for the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-26-2009
Replies: 15
Views: 1,011
Posted By Merkin
This, to me, is the aggravating thing about...

This, to me, is the aggravating thing about Leicas. If it sits too long without use, things get gummy and sticky and it will need a CLA. If it gets used too much for too long, parts wear out and go...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 11-26-2009
Replies: 15
Views: 1,011
Posted By Merkin
I would contact the store you bought it from, and...

I would contact the store you bought it from, and either return it or ask if they could repair it at no charge.

One would expect an MD-2 to have had a pretty easy life, so one that is out of whack...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-25-2009
Replies: 24
Views: 2,345
Posted By Merkin
How does the Voigtlander 40/2 compare to the...

How does the Voigtlander 40/2 compare to the nikkor 45/2.8 in terms of size and image quality?
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-25-2009
Replies: 24
Views: 2,345
Posted By Merkin
I think it cries out for a fast lens and slow...

I think it cries out for a fast lens and slow film. That extra stop of shutter speed means that you can achieve reasonably shallow depth of field even in bright conditions. It gives you an EV range...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-25-2009
Replies: 58
Views: 8,453
Posted By Merkin
I think this would actually be pretty easy to do...

I think this would actually be pretty easy to do with an Argus C3, and probably pretty interesting, to boot.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-21-2009
Replies: 79
Views: 4,927
Posted By Merkin
I agree, but photography is a pretty wide-ranging...

I agree, but photography is a pretty wide-ranging hobby, and some enjoy some aspects of the hobby more than others. For some, the getting out and shooting is far more pleasurable than spending the...
Forum: Tom Abrahamsson of RapidWinder.com 11-20-2009
Replies: 13
Views: 4,068
Posted By Merkin
how was it stored for the last 28 years?

how was it stored for the last 28 years?
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-20-2009
Replies: 25
Views: 2,242
Posted By Merkin
I just scrub my hands really well with a fairly...

I just scrub my hands really well with a fairly harsh soap. This keeps them dried out and reasonably oil-free long enough to get my loading done. With gloves, I would be afraid of too much lint...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-20-2009
Replies: 58
Views: 8,453
Posted By Merkin
IMO, slrs dont get pimped because they very...

IMO, slrs dont get pimped because they very rarely need to be taken apart, and taking them apart just to repaint them is a colossal pain. Rangefinders seem to need to be taken apart and fiddled with...
Forum: Off Topic 11-20-2009
Replies: 112
Views: 8,692
Posted By Merkin
They had issues with the labor board last year...

They had issues with the labor board last year because they were paying their latino employees less than their white employees. I stopped doing business with them at that point. I am not surprised...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-20-2009
Replies: 61
Views: 9,290
Posted By Merkin
Those 5000 to 8000 dollar flagship Nikons and...

Those 5000 to 8000 dollar flagship Nikons and Canons are a lot more versatile and a lot less fragile than the M9. They are weather sealed, and they have enough battery life to shoot for days and...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-19-2009
Replies: 79
Views: 4,927
Posted By Merkin
Another vote for using Arista film, particularly...

Another vote for using Arista film, particularly Arista Premium, which is Kodak Tri-x, over brand name films, although arista.edu film is even cheaper. you have to order it from freestyle photo...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 11-19-2009
Replies: 65
Views: 4,970
Posted By Merkin
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3158/2865760001_71c...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3158/2865760001_71c2383670.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2600/3714261343_bb977183a1.jpg

"Proton Pack GOES WHERE?"
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 11-19-2009
Replies: 14
Views: 3,296
Posted By Merkin
If you just want to give it a go without spending...

If you just want to give it a go without spending much money, you can do it with one of those swivelly desk lamps and a reflective car windshield screen. Cut off all the lights except the desk lamp,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-18-2009
Replies: 82
Views: 6,905
Posted By Merkin
if you have a local university, talk to the...

if you have a local university, talk to the photography professor or professors. there may be a senior photography student or someone who has just graduated who could do as good or better a job at a...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 11-17-2009
Replies: 23
Views: 3,856
Posted By Merkin
The most important thing to remember when using a...

The most important thing to remember when using a Seagull is to never change the shutter speed after the shutter has been cocked. This will cook the shutter in a heartbeat. I absolutely loved the...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-17-2009
Replies: 112
Views: 14,451
Posted By Merkin
I miss wet darkroom printing, but I don't regret...

I miss wet darkroom printing, but I don't regret switching to digital. I have maintained or even improved my ratio of hits to misses, but I am getting a lot more shooting, post processing, and...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 11-17-2009
Replies: 60
Views: 6,369
Posted By Merkin
Electronic Viewfinder, Interchangeable Lens

Electronic Viewfinder, Interchangeable Lens
Forum: RFF Polls 11-17-2009
Replies: 230
Views: 28,527
Posted By Merkin
It looks like that rumored new film camera was...

It looks like that rumored new film camera was the M7 Hermes edition.
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 11-17-2009
Replies: 60
Views: 6,369
Posted By Merkin
I wouldn't rush out and sink loot in to M4/3 for...

I wouldn't rush out and sink loot in to M4/3 for the purposes of using RF lenses until I saw what Sony, Nikon, and Samsung will be offering in terms of EVIL cameras. Samsung, at least, will be using...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-16-2009
Replies: 33
Views: 3,501
Posted By Merkin
Crap, crap, crap! I completely forgot about...

Crap, crap, crap! I completely forgot about that! How was it?
Forum: Zeiss Contax 11-16-2009
Replies: 48
Views: 6,526
Posted By Merkin
If your only need for stealth is for weddings, I...

If your only need for stealth is for weddings, I am not sure that you really need to worry about stealth. People are used to photographers at weddings, it is expected. People forget you are even...
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