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Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-01-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 834
Posted By cmedin
OK, I will basically consider it a regular M2...

OK, I will basically consider it a regular M2 then. :) Picked up a treasure trove of Leica gear and this one came along with it, so was considering selling it since I already have an M3...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-01-2015
Replies: 5
Views: 834
Posted By cmedin
M2 but M1 serial number?

Have acquired a very pretty M2, but the serial # indicates it's an M1. I gather there were some converted from M1 to M2 and Leica then kept the serial number (transferred to the new top plate). ...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-24-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 1,033
Posted By cmedin
Looking at the rest of the gear I am thinking it...

Looking at the rest of the gear I am thinking it was used with a 50/3.5 Elmar at some point -- should the UOORF always come with it, or was it an optional add-on?
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-24-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 1,033
Posted By cmedin
I have had a 50mm Summicron DR and the goggles...

I have had a 50mm Summicron DR and the goggles for that one was just a piece that clipped onto the top of the lens, with no mechanics in them. This one is new to me though... but yeah the 1: marking...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-24-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 1,033
Posted By cmedin
What do these goggles belong to?

Haven't seen this before, what are the markings and focusing(?) mechanism for?
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 07-14-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 12,295
Posted By cmedin
Well, I'm an idiot. :D Didn't have the camera...

Well, I'm an idiot. :D Didn't have the camera handy when I posted earlier, but now that I have it here I see you are right; there is a 4,8,16 frame counter selector on top. Sorry for the...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 07-13-2013
Replies: 16
Views: 12,295
Posted By cmedin
How do you accomplish this? By moving the...

How do you accomplish this? By moving the pressure plate so that it's set for 220? If so, will it not mean you end up with issues running 120?

Just curious, have a GW690 myself and I am fairly...
Forum: Leica M9 / ME 09-17-2012
Replies: 149
Views: 19,754
Posted By cmedin
Looks like the "M" takes the Olympus viewfinders,...

Looks like the "M" takes the Olympus viewfinders, hah.
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 05-31-2012
Replies: 12
Views: 3,543
Posted By cmedin
Well, they are to APS-C what APS-C is to full...

Well, they are to APS-C what APS-C is to full frame.

Personally, the only issue I can find with shooting 4/3 is that if you are into very thin depth of field your options are limited. But other...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 05-31-2012
Replies: 72
Views: 9,248
Posted By cmedin
Pretty available over here in Sweden, ordered a...

Pretty available over here in Sweden, ordered a black body and received it the next day.
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 03-05-2012
Replies: 540
Views: 60,580
Posted By cmedin
For static subjects, but contrast detect AF is...

For static subjects, but contrast detect AF is still at a disadvantage compared to phase detect AF for anything that moves, so I would expect it to still lag behind when it comes to tracking.

Mind...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 03-05-2012
Replies: 540
Views: 60,580
Posted By cmedin
Well, what I meant is that those particular...

Well, what I meant is that those particular sample images do not show if there is an excessive amount of NR killing details while making the images less noisy. They look quite clean, but since there...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 03-05-2012
Replies: 540
Views: 60,580
Posted By cmedin
Hard to pass any judgment on that test since...

Hard to pass any judgment on that test since there is nothing that tells us how well the E-M5 images hold on to detail after NR is applied.
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 02-20-2012
Replies: 540
Views: 60,580
Posted By cmedin
I still think ISO 1600 is really high so not too...

I still think ISO 1600 is really high so not too concerned about it. That said, 6400 looks like it will produce a decent 8x10 with some careful post processing.
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 02-16-2012
Replies: 540
Views: 60,580
Posted By cmedin
Someone snagged a raw sample off the french site...

Someone snagged a raw sample off the french site and ran it through his converter, pretty impressive results to say the...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 02-15-2012
Replies: 540
Views: 60,580
Posted By cmedin
Picked up a link to sample images too. First RAW...

Picked up a link to sample images too. First RAW files posted I think.

http://storpotaten.blogspot.com/2012/02/new-e-m5-sample-images-posted.html
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 02-15-2012
Replies: 540
Views: 60,580
Posted By cmedin
I saved this quote from somewhere, think it might...

I saved this quote from somewhere, think it might actually have been posted on this forum some years back. From I think 1901, decrying the "new" photography. Not much has changed.
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 02-15-2012
Replies: 540
Views: 60,580
Posted By cmedin
User manual now posted....

User manual now posted. :)
http://storpotaten.blogspot.com/2012/02/olympus-e-m5-user-manual-now-available.html
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 02-11-2012
Replies: 540
Views: 60,580
Posted By cmedin
My take on it is that a professional is one who...

My take on it is that a professional is one who doesn't worry about whether their equipment is "pro" or not. How many pros do you see sitting around reading spec sheets and comparing DXO scores?
Forum: Film vs Digital 02-10-2012
Replies: 2
Views: 904
Posted By cmedin
Mixed feelings about this. For a while Kodak was...

Mixed feelings about this. For a while Kodak was really doing something interesting with digital, but then they ended up cranking out cookie cutter crap cameras.

But this is still the company...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 02-09-2012
Replies: 430
Views: 43,811
Posted By cmedin
Ah, I was thinking rotation as in rotation around...

Ah, I was thinking rotation as in rotation around the optical axis (while the Canon system compensate for tilting and swinging, to use LF cam movement terminology), which I believe the Olympus cam is...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 02-09-2012
Replies: 430
Views: 43,811
Posted By cmedin
I would love to know just how you'd compensate...

I would love to know just how you'd compensate for rotation when you are using optical image stabilization. :confused:
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 02-09-2012
Replies: 430
Views: 43,811
Posted By cmedin
No, it is not going to be an OM-1 with a digital...

No, it is not going to be an OM-1 with a digital sensor, and we have to accept that and take it for what it is.

What it is is a well built, compact, capable camera with nice design and a set of very...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 02-09-2012
Replies: 430
Views: 43,811
Posted By cmedin
:confused: Response to the D800? Entirely...

:confused:

Response to the D800? Entirely different cameras in entirely different categories.

It's like calling the XA4 a response to a Fuji GX680.
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 02-04-2012
Replies: 430
Views: 43,811
Posted By cmedin
12/2 actually.

12/2 actually.
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 01-27-2012
Replies: 430
Views: 43,811
Posted By cmedin
Well, while it is fairly certain to be m4/3,...

Well, while it is fairly certain to be m4/3, there is no indication as to the LCD or EVF being sub-par (the LCD is rumored to be OLED actually). Olympus has hinted at the EVF being "something...
Forum: Fuji X Series 01-16-2012
Replies: 1,065
Views: 137,614
Posted By cmedin
Glad to see sensor design follows the second law...

Glad to see sensor design follows the second law of thermodynamics.
Forum: Fuji X Series 01-13-2012
Replies: 1,065
Views: 137,614
Posted By cmedin
Not a huge fan of the hood, but the camera is...

Not a huge fan of the hood, but the camera is gorgeous.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 12-27-2011
Replies: 9
Views: 1,175
Posted By cmedin
The Coolscan looks great, but the prices on the...

The Coolscan looks great, but the prices on the used market are outrageous since they were discontinued.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 12-27-2011
Replies: 9
Views: 1,175
Posted By cmedin
Covering 35mm through 4x5

Well, I have come to the conclusion that no matter how much I wish it was the case, I would not be satisfied with the scan results from a flatbed for 35mm film. The V700/750 are impressive for what...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-25-2011
Replies: 7,540
Views: 3,866,411
Posted By cmedin
Traded my M4-2 for a '58 SS M3 recently, and...

Traded my M4-2 for a '58 SS M3 recently, and picked up a '62 Summicron DR to go with it.

http://beyondthematrix.com/IMG_2582.jpg
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-30-2011
Replies: 16
Views: 1,779
Posted By cmedin
The Canon 35/2 (I presume the 2.8 was a mistake,...

The Canon 35/2 (I presume the 2.8 was a mistake, there is no Canon 35/2.8 in EF mount) is a great little lens. Buzzy AF but fast and great image quality. Make sure you get a hood for it.

I shoot...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 01-13-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 1,541
Posted By cmedin
It is a pretty fun little toy. I got one and...

It is a pretty fun little toy. I got one and modified it to vignette heavily so the pictures have a bit of a Holga vibe to them.

http://www.beyondthematrix.com/SUNP0047.jpg
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-10-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 1,973
Posted By cmedin
They are probably sitting on it until they run...

They are probably sitting on it until they run out of other ideas, then they will reintroduce it as a selling point on a new body.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-29-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 1,520
Posted By cmedin
Well, you would probably be better off sticking...

Well, you would probably be better off sticking it in the classifieds here. Plenty of SLR owners and buyers around.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-08-2010
Replies: 25
Views: 5,168
Posted By cmedin
Patrick, have you found the 35/2 to be as good as...

Patrick, have you found the 35/2 to be as good as the rest? I have the 24/2.8, 28/2.8, 35/2 and 50/1.8 and I'd say that he 50 and 24 are real standouts, the 28 good but not exciting, and the 35/2...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-08-2010
Replies: 25
Views: 5,168
Posted By cmedin
You don't HAVE to focus wide open though...

You don't HAVE to focus wide open though obviously it helps. But if you stop the 50/1.4 down to 2.8 it's no different from focusing a 50/2.8 lens.... but yes, you need to be stopped down where you...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-08-2010
Replies: 25
Views: 5,168
Posted By cmedin
Think I posted this before... 24/2.8 Zuiko on 1Ds...

Think I posted this before... 24/2.8 Zuiko on 1Ds II (won't look much different from a 5D):

http://beyondthematrix.com/VH0M8473.jpg

http://beyondthematrix.com/VH0M8479.jpg

Zuiko 50/1.8 on 1Ds...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-07-2010
Replies: 44
Views: 4,699
Posted By cmedin
While not cheap, Canon has a 24/1.8 that is not...

While not cheap, Canon has a 24/1.8 that is not far from what you want.

As far as L glass goes, some people think they are sprinkled with magic fairy dust and that nothing else is good enough. ...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-06-2010
Replies: 1,748
Views: 327,194
Posted By cmedin
http://beyondthematrix.com/IMG_0555.jpg

http://beyondthematrix.com/IMG_0555.jpg
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-02-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 1,911
Posted By cmedin
Zeiss is nice, but on a budget it is hard to beat...

Zeiss is nice, but on a budget it is hard to beat the OM lenses which with an inexpensive adapter will give you results similar to the Zeiss gear at a fraction of the cost. Just my $.02
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-24-2010
Replies: 64
Views: 11,284
Posted By cmedin
It is. Whenever I travel or carry my camera for...

It is. Whenever I travel or carry my camera for "unknown" purposes the 24-105 is on it. The combination of high image quality and image stabilization is just unbeatable and it covers a rather wide...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-24-2010
Replies: 64
Views: 11,284
Posted By cmedin
First, congrats on the camera. Second, the...

First, congrats on the camera.

Second, the 85/1.8 is almost a no-brainer for most shooters. Faster autofocus than the 1.2, superbly sharp even wide open, with beautiful drawing. The CA is terrible...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-24-2010
Replies: 64
Views: 11,284
Posted By cmedin
The 50L is nice, but if you are on a budget it is...

The 50L is nice, but if you are on a budget it is well worth checking out the Sigma 50/1.4 which cranks out some amazing images -- beware that a lot of them have somewhat creative focusing though so...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-24-2010
Replies: 64
Views: 11,284
Posted By cmedin
The 24-105 is really nice, but distorts and...

The 24-105 is really nice, but distorts and vignettes a fair bit at 24mm. It seems to really be a 28-105 that was stretched a little too far... I love mine, but it is not without its faults.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-28-2010
Replies: 22
Views: 2,160
Posted By cmedin
No, an 18-135 is an 18-135 is an 18-135. On a...

No, an 18-135 is an 18-135 is an 18-135. On a crop camera it gives a field of view similar to a 28-200 on a full frame camera, but the focal length range is 18mm to 135mm.

And to those singing the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-12-2010
Replies: 19
Views: 1,720
Posted By cmedin
I use the 24/2.8, 28/3.5, 35/2, 50/1.8 on a 1Ds...

I use the 24/2.8, 28/3.5, 35/2, 50/1.8 on a 1Ds II. The 24 and 50 are my favorites by far.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-12-2010
Replies: 42
Views: 5,766
Posted By cmedin
I have a VX that works but needs a CLA (squeaks a...

I have a VX that works but needs a CLA (squeaks a lot when used); has the 58mm Biotar. Bought Upton's book to DIY the CLA. Both have been in storage for the past year since we're moving overseas...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-12-2010
Replies: 59
Views: 10,135
Posted By cmedin
The 5D is an excellent choice, though I would...

The 5D is an excellent choice, though I would also consider the 1Ds if you don't need the higher ISOs (I'd stick to 800 or below with one). It's a bit clunky but has excellent AF and is built like...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-01-2010
Replies: 449
Views: 50,060
Posted By cmedin
Sounds like a poorly thought out joke that got...

Sounds like a poorly thought out joke that got out of hand, and now he's trying to save face by pointing out that it created such a 'buzz' that camera makers took note and may create this thing after...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-14-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 1,391
Posted By cmedin
Question My IIf's back "pops"

Just curious what this might be. I have a IIF that I am about to put up for sale (my M4-2 gets all the love since I got it), and since I got it the back's had one weird thing going on: when you push...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 01-07-2010
Replies: 22
Views: 3,433
Posted By cmedin
I have a Summar and Summitar that both have their...

I have a Summar and Summitar that both have their fair share of cleaning marks and probably a little haze; with C41 black/white film they perform wonderfully, but I tried (once) C41 color film and...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-07-2009
Replies: 3,769
Views: 725,349
Posted By cmedin
Not enough pictures being...

Not enough pictures being posted.

http://beyondthematrix.com/VH0M8479.jpg

http://beyondthematrix.com/VH0M8442.jpg
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-30-2009
Replies: 125
Views: 11,428
Posted By cmedin
Is it heresy to say Canon 1Ds II?

Is it heresy to say Canon 1Ds II?
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-29-2009
Replies: 1,748
Views: 327,194
Posted By cmedin
Starry night, 1Ds2 + Zuiko...

Starry night, 1Ds2 + Zuiko 35/2.

http://beyondthematrix.com/VH0M8601-3.jpg
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-28-2009
Replies: 3,769
Views: 725,349
Posted By cmedin
Who doesn't love...

Who doesn't love Zuikos?

24/2.8:



http://beyondthematrix.com/VH0M8479.jpg


http://beyondthematrix.com/VH0M8474.jpg
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-24-2009
Replies: 65
Views: 3,642
Posted By cmedin
Well, on the bright side 2 out of 3 lenses bought...

Well, on the bright side 2 out of 3 lenses bought at decent prices came out great -- not a bad hit rate for ebay. (I think it was $32 for the 28/3.5 and $114 for the 24/2.8)
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-24-2009
Replies: 65
Views: 3,642
Posted By cmedin
Yeah, tried that, and it does remove it...

Yeah, tried that, and it does remove it temporarily, but if I move it around some more it'll pop back out into the optics. The aperture blades are quite sticky too, so I am going to ship it back;...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-24-2009
Replies: 65
Views: 3,642
Posted By cmedin
As am I! The 28/3.5 arrived today, looks to be...

As am I!

The 28/3.5 arrived today, looks to be in excellent condition in every way. I'll bring that, the 24, and the 50/1.8 on vacation the next few days so will get a chance to give them a good...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-23-2009
Replies: 65
Views: 3,642
Posted By cmedin
Canon 1Ds Mark II.

Canon 1Ds Mark II.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-23-2009
Replies: 65
Views: 3,642
Posted By cmedin
Mine was 114, but sold as having a slightly loose...

Mine was 114, but sold as having a slightly loose focusing ring; I found it not to be any worse than most other lenses that age, and it is a good performer. Got the metal lens hood too, which I...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-23-2009
Replies: 65
Views: 3,642
Posted By cmedin
Yeah, seller has a 7 day return policy so will...

Yeah, seller has a 7 day return policy so will use that. It looks like light sealing material of some kind so I'd expect there's more in there that'll come loose.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-23-2009
Replies: 65
Views: 3,642
Posted By cmedin
The 24 was better. :) (All wide...

The 24 was better. :) (All wide open.)

http://beyondthematrix.com/VH0M8401.jpg

http://beyondthematrix.com/VH0M8407.jpg

http://beyondthematrix.com/VH0M8409.jpg
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-23-2009
Replies: 65
Views: 3,642
Posted By cmedin
I just got a 50/1.4 in the mail......

I just got a 50/1.4 in the mail... but

http://beyondthematrix.com/VH0M8414.jpg
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-23-2009
Replies: 65
Views: 3,642
Posted By cmedin
The cameras have a pretty complicated system of...

The cameras have a pretty complicated system of strings that go from the dials, maybe something went bump in the night there? Does your ISO dial work still?
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-23-2009
Replies: 65
Views: 3,642
Posted By cmedin
My initial guess when we were emailing earlier,...

My initial guess when we were emailing earlier, and I still maintain it, is that the aperture blades are sticking. Glad all worked out. :)

I just got a Zuiko 24/2.8 in the mail, so will be going...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-23-2009
Replies: 65
Views: 3,642
Posted By cmedin
Yeah, the little fifty is a killer performer; I...

Yeah, the little fifty is a killer performer; I kept mine and am using it on the 1Ds2. Added a 28/3.5, 24/2.8 and 50/1.4 to the stable as well.

The one thing I wish I had was the OM2 viewfinder. ...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-23-2009
Replies: 65
Views: 3,642
Posted By cmedin
Oh, I was referring to someone else suggesting...

Oh, I was referring to someone else suggesting you might've been "had" -- wanted to set the record straight! :)
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-23-2009
Replies: 65
Views: 3,642
Posted By cmedin
Actually, I am a "regular" here too. ;) (Was in...

Actually, I am a "regular" here too. ;) (Was in the middle of writing you an email just now on the subject...)

John H replied back to me this morning and suggested new batteries + make sure you are...
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / 11-15-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 6,769
Posted By cmedin
Look at the thread right below this labeled...

Look at the thread right below this labeled Digital Holga.
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / 11-14-2009
Replies: 67
Views: 7,673
Posted By cmedin
It looks like the vignetting mod added some...

It looks like the vignetting mod added some optical problems as well, making the thing even more Holga-esque than I expected....
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 11-13-2009
Replies: 29
Views: 3,209
Posted By cmedin
Or if you want really soft and "dreamy" shots, a...

Or if you want really soft and "dreamy" shots, a bad one. They're not hard to find. :)
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / 11-13-2009
Replies: 67
Views: 7,673
Posted By cmedin
No, and it's really not a lens; the camera shoots...

No, and it's really not a lens; the camera shoots the same shots without it -- it's just a plastic tube with a plastic clear "lens element". When you put it back together just make sure that it...
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / 11-13-2009
Replies: 67
Views: 7,673
Posted By cmedin
I made a "vignetting mod" to mine to bring it...

I made a "vignetting mod" to mine to bring it closer to the real deal:

http://storpotaten.blogspot.com/2009/11/vignetting-mod-i-cant-keep-secret.html

As for how it focuses.... well, it doesn't. ...
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / 11-13-2009
Replies: 67
Views: 7,673
Posted By cmedin
Yeah, me too. The "lens element" on the front...

Yeah, me too. The "lens element" on the front appears to just be for show or protective; putting something (gaffer tape, vaseline) on it doesn't cause any proper distortion/vignetting and rather it...
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / 11-13-2009
Replies: 67
Views: 7,673
Posted By cmedin
Posted: http://storpotaten.blogspot.com/2009/11/di...

Posted:
http://storpotaten.blogspot.com/2009/11/digital-holga-part-one-of-something.html

Bunch of flaws, but has potential. :) I really like the B&W mode which it does quite well. Wish it...
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / 11-11-2009
Replies: 67
Views: 7,673
Posted By cmedin
Mine's here. Will be posting a review on my blog...

Mine's here. Will be posting a review on my blog tomorrow. Suffice it to say it's about what I expected and hoped for; small, quirky, interesting.
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 11-09-2009
Replies: 15
Views: 4,399
Posted By cmedin
You could, but stick a 50mm M42 lens on that tiny...

You could, but stick a 50mm M42 lens on that tiny cheap sensor and you have a serious telephoto. :)

Mine was delivered though I won't be home until Wed night to play with it... I have a thing for...
Forum: Optics Theory - 11-05-2009
Replies: 37
Views: 5,268
Posted By cmedin
I guess shooting a Barnack Leica with a 50mm lens...

I guess shooting a Barnack Leica with a 50mm lens using the built in finder lacks this "essence of rangefinder photography" you speak of.
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 10-27-2009
Replies: 15
Views: 2,090
Posted By cmedin
Just a quick bump here... according to Dirk at...

Just a quick bump here... according to Dirk at Japan Exposures it should start shipping from the manufacturer in two days, so he should have an early copy to review before long.
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 10-20-2009
Replies: 22
Views: 2,100
Posted By cmedin
Why not install CHDK on your A620 and get raw...

Why not install CHDK on your A620 and get raw shooting abilities?
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 10-16-2009
Replies: 15
Views: 2,090
Posted By cmedin
And another thing I thought interesting. Some...

And another thing I thought interesting. Some other F924 pictures I came across has some serious waviness in them -- could this be because of a CMOS sensor with electronic shutter, similar to the...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 10-15-2009
Replies: 15
Views: 2,090
Posted By cmedin
OK, some more speculation on my blog below... I...

OK, some more speculation on my blog below... I think I found a "sibling" to the camera sharing components, and even some sample shots....
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 10-12-2009
Replies: 15
Views: 2,090
Posted By cmedin
Possible.... though the Yashica F524 seems to...

Possible.... though the Yashica F524 seems to share some guts with the new 521 and was released October '08.

A camera phone sensor would make sense(!) though since I bet they are pretty cheap to...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 10-12-2009
Replies: 15
Views: 2,090
Posted By cmedin
Announced price $89, the only place I could find...

Announced price $89, the only place I could find that'll ship to the US wants around $110 (depending on exchange rate).

It's worth noting that it probably shares the internals with the Yashica F524...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 10-10-2009
Replies: 15
Views: 2,090
Posted By cmedin
I'll write something up for my very infrequently...

I'll write something up for my very infrequently posted-on blog and post it here as well. Probably won't be until November sometime.
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 10-09-2009
Replies: 15
Views: 2,090
Posted By cmedin
I have one on pre-order, looks like too much fun...

I have one on pre-order, looks like too much fun to ignore. :)

edit: this being manual focus, might it possibly have very little shutter lag compared to other cheap cameras?
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-18-2009
Replies: 58
Views: 4,255
Posted By cmedin
Don't neglect the Sigma 50/1.4. Talk about...

Don't neglect the Sigma 50/1.4. Talk about creamy bokeh. Under $500 and you even get autofocus. Amazing lens.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-09-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 826
Posted By cmedin
What is this "sell" thing you speak of? ;) Yes,...

What is this "sell" thing you speak of? ;)

Yes, I'll be sure to let a buyer know if I ever do... I really don't see myself mounting a 50 on it again (I'll use those with my IIf) so it's intended to...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-09-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 826
Posted By cmedin
Well, only took maybe a millimeter off and it's...

Well, only took maybe a millimeter off and it's good now. :) I'll get another 50mm adapter if I decide to go back to shooting 50s...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-06-2009
Replies: 10
Views: 1,174
Posted By cmedin
I would not worry about getting a broken/damaged...

I would not worry about getting a broken/damaged camera from KEH -- they are always fair to deal with.

However, any used Leica with an unknown past should really get a CLA. You are talking about...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-06-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 826
Posted By cmedin
Thanks.. now that I know what to look for it...

Thanks.. now that I know what to look for it seems pretty obvious. How much do I need to take off, 2mm or so?
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-06-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 826
Posted By cmedin
Can a 50mm frameline adapter be "converted" to 35mm ones?

Just wondering -- I tried looking for the info and couldn't find it. I'm guessing there's some notches or similar that tell the camera what framelines to display. Is it possible to modify the 50mm...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-29-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 1,519
Posted By cmedin
The upside to the poor quality rep is that they...

The upside to the poor quality rep is that they can usually be had for a nice price. :) I paid $400.01 for my M4-2 and another $80 for Youxin to do a CLA on it. Good luck finding a sub-$500 CLA'd...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 08-29-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 1,519
Posted By cmedin
I just got one recently, but like it a lot. I...

I just got one recently, but like it a lot. I did add a Leica MR meter though, since I've been using it indoors/after sunset quite a bit and I'm not too good at eyeballing exposures there...

The...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-24-2009
Replies: 7,540
Views: 3,866,411
Posted By cmedin
I snapped this with the wife's P&S to show the...

I snapped this with the wife's P&S to show the relative sizes of a couple of pieces of equipment, but just had to share... one of these is not like the others, for sure. :D (Also shows how small the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-23-2009
Replies: 7,540
Views: 3,866,411
Posted By cmedin
This one ended on 11am eastern on a Monday, and...

This one ended on 11am eastern on a Monday, and the seller had a lengthy description about the brassing and paint chips on the back/bottom (not much of it) with little else. I figured the high...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-23-2009
Replies: 7,540
Views: 3,866,411
Posted By cmedin
My first... $400.01 on ebay, it has a crystal...

My first... $400.01 on ebay, it has a crystal clear viewfinder, sharp and contrasty rangefinder, and incredibly smooth mechanics. I feel as if I robbed...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-20-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 1,000
Posted By cmedin
Well, I scored a user M4-2 for $400 so that'll...

Well, I scored a user M4-2 for $400 so that'll have to do for now. :)

Now I gotta decide whether to keep the Summar and use on it or not... I probably will since I love that lens.

Guess the IIf...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-18-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 1,000
Posted By cmedin
Ah yes, that must've been what I meant -- I...

Ah yes, that must've been what I meant -- I remember one was considered 'undesirable' and a bit cheaper. :)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-18-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 1,000
Posted By cmedin
If you're interested PM me and we can talk. :) I...

If you're interested PM me and we can talk. :)

I do love the IIf but I don't like prefocusing and the two separate windows are are a real killer sometimes when you want the shot right then. So I am...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-17-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 1,000
Posted By cmedin
Hmm, M2.. I will look into it as well. :) KEH...

Hmm, M2.. I will look into it as well. :)

KEH used to be close to me, but I live on Hilton Head island now -- suppose it's time to update my profile!
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-17-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 1,000
Posted By cmedin
Thanks, I forgot about mr Gandy's place. Now it...

Thanks, I forgot about mr Gandy's place.

Now it has me thinking about a Canon 7. :)
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-17-2009
Replies: 11
Views: 1,000
Posted By cmedin
Thinking about an M again -- what to look for?

I'm sure this has been asked before... but can't find anything so far.

I am considering selling the IIF + Summar and getting an M of some kind. I don't need metering, just a solid functional body...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 07-03-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 1,372
Posted By cmedin
What the heck does "focal lengths in 4/3 format"...

What the heck does "focal lengths in 4/3 format" mean?
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-02-2009
Replies: 33
Views: 2,487
Posted By cmedin
Being the happy owner of an OM2 as well as a...

Being the happy owner of an OM2 as well as a Canon 1Ds Mark II I can say that unfortunately the 1Ds viewfinder is not quite as good as the OM ones. Better than most DSLRs though? Definitely!
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 06-29-2009
Replies: 518
Views: 42,864
Posted By cmedin
I use liveview sometimes on the 50D and it's...

I use liveview sometimes on the 50D and it's handy but only for static subjects. When zoomed in to get more accurate manual focus you lose most of the rest of the frame so that makes it kind of not...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-29-2009
Replies: 1,748
Views: 327,194
Posted By cmedin
50D +...

50D + 400/5.6

http://beyondthematrix.com/IMG_0699.jpg
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 06-18-2009
Replies: 518
Views: 42,864
Posted By cmedin
Well, for me, it just isn't working. I want...

Well, for me, it just isn't working. I want either great manual focus, or great auto focus. The Olympus without viewfinder will give me so-so auto focus and having to stare at the LCD, and with...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 06-18-2009
Replies: 24
Views: 2,768
Posted By cmedin
Well, the 5D is around 4 years old now, so if you...

Well, the 5D is around 4 years old now, so if you are comparing it to current APS-C sensor bodies I am not surprised it isn't blowing you away. Technology advances, across all formats.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-18-2009
Replies: 4
Views: 986
Posted By cmedin
My GA645 (not i) bought brand new in box many...

My GA645 (not i) bought brand new in box many years after it was discontinued. :)
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-18-2009
Replies: 1,748
Views: 327,194
Posted By cmedin
I'm still stuck on...

I'm still stuck on birds...

http://beyondthematrix.com/VH0M6110.jpg

http://beyondthematrix.com/VH0M6226.jpg
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 06-11-2009
Replies: 19
Views: 4,426
Posted By cmedin
Sure, but you give me (or most of us) the same...

Sure, but you give me (or most of us) the same gear, and see if we can manage to crank out shots like she does. Yes, the gear DOES matter, but it's only part of the equation.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-11-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 11,081
Posted By cmedin
I would shoot it at ISO 50 and soup in Diafine.

I would shoot it at ISO 50 and soup in Diafine.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-11-2009
Replies: 23
Views: 2,034
Posted By cmedin
The video is captured at a much lower resolution...

The video is captured at a much lower resolution so that would more than make up for the increase in noise.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-11-2009
Replies: 23
Views: 2,034
Posted By cmedin
That you don't shoot things that move. ;) Agreed...

That you don't shoot things that move. ;)

Agreed on the 24-105 -- it's my primary walk-around lens for vacations and such. Beware though that the barrel distortion and vignetting is pretty severe...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-11-2009
Replies: 23
Views: 2,034
Posted By cmedin
Refusing to buy a camera because of it having a...

Refusing to buy a camera because of it having a feature you don't like is kind of silly -- it's not like it forces you to use video. I can see if it was LACKING in some area (sensor, AF,...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-11-2009
Replies: 23
Views: 2,034
Posted By cmedin
What is it you're expecting out of a 5D Mark II...

What is it you're expecting out of a 5D Mark II that your current gear isn't offering?

It's a great camera, and I considered it before picking up a used 1Ds II instead -- to me the pro build and...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 06-11-2009
Replies: 518
Views: 42,864
Posted By cmedin
In-lens IS definitely has advantages, like being...

In-lens IS definitely has advantages, like being able to see the viewfinder image stabilize. I was just disagreeing with the "2 stop advantage" over in-body, considering I have extensive experience...
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 06-11-2009
Replies: 518
Views: 42,864
Posted By cmedin
I just about spit my coffee out over this one. ...

I just about spit my coffee out over this one. I've owned a K20D with a pile of lenses and currently own a 1Ds II so can speak from experience here. Pentax's in-body shake reduction usually got me...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-03-2009
Replies: 29
Views: 2,774
Posted By cmedin
They're forgiven as long as they keep making L...

They're forgiven as long as they keep making L glass for me. :D
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-03-2009
Replies: 42
Views: 3,569
Posted By cmedin
They are going for small size with the DA...

They are going for small size with the DA Limiteds though, and are sacrificing speed. The 21 is sweet, but fast it ain't.

Sigma does have the 24/1.8 as well as the 28/1.8 and 30/1.4. Have only...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-26-2009
Replies: 111
Views: 7,468
Posted By cmedin
At least Canon had the sense to make a clear...

At least Canon had the sense to make a clear cutover from old tech to new tech, and all the EF lenses made since then work beautifully on any Canon body.

Meanwhile, pick up a Nikon DSLR and then go...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-23-2009
Replies: 1,748
Views: 327,194
Posted By cmedin
20D +...

20D + 400/5.6

http://beyondthematrix.com/IMG_8440.jpg
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-01-2009
Replies: 16
Views: 1,553
Posted By cmedin
I'd have a hell of a time pulling this shot off...

I'd have a hell of a time pulling this shot off with a rangefinder.

http://beyondthematrix.com/VH0M4741.jpg
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-05-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 670
Posted By cmedin
Thanks all. I think it came with one of the 50mm...

Thanks all. I think it came with one of the 50mm lenses so it being set for 28 and 50mm frame lines would make sense. Anybody want it? PM me with your address and I'll toss it in the mail.

edit:...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 04-05-2009
Replies: 5
Views: 670
Posted By cmedin
Help me identify this adapter

Cleaning out the closet, found this adapter that I THINK is for Leica M. Any way to tell? I'm all for buying an M6 TTL and trying it out, but wife isn't on board with that....
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-27-2009
Replies: 56
Views: 4,373
Posted By cmedin
Here's a good example of "discreet" vs "not...

Here's a good example of "discreet" vs "not discreet". :D (I use both for "street')

http://www.beyondthematrix.com/IMG_8618.jpg
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-25-2009
Replies: 56
Views: 4,373
Posted By cmedin
Oh, get over it already. Canon decided that...

Oh, get over it already. Canon decided that trying to add further things to the legacy mount wouldn't be a good thing and did the rather risky move of starting fresh. The EF mount has been around...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-22-2009
Replies: 31
Views: 5,237
Posted By cmedin
Hmm, that is really weird. The one I had...

Hmm, that is really weird. The one I had 'clicked' into place (and has a little leaf spring you have to nudge to remove the adapter) and the lenses screwed in nice and solid. Any chance you can...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-22-2009
Replies: 31
Views: 5,237
Posted By cmedin
Which exact adapter do you have? I had (well,...

Which exact adapter do you have? I had (well, still have, been too lazy to ebay it with the rest of the gear) the genuine Pentax one which locks into place and then it's just like mounting the lens...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-22-2009
Replies: 31
Views: 5,237
Posted By cmedin
I had one and found it to be reasonably sharp,...

I had one and found it to be reasonably sharp, but nothing special in the image department.

My favorite M42 lens was the 50/1.4 SMC Takumar (I still have it, but probably will sell it together with...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-21-2009
Replies: 22
Views: 2,865
Posted By cmedin
Sorry, saw the 16-50 post and my mind...

Sorry, saw the 16-50 post and my mind wandered.

For film/full frame Pentax, I'd stick with primes. They really didn't make any good zooms.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-21-2009
Replies: 56
Views: 4,373
Posted By cmedin
I was never really 100% rangefinders (though I...

I was never really 100% rangefinders (though I like the ones I have), so making the switch to a DSLR being the main rig wasn't really that much of a struggle. Once I found the right camera (in my...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-21-2009
Replies: 22
Views: 2,865
Posted By cmedin
The DA 16-45/4 is the most underrated lens Pentax...

The DA 16-45/4 is the most underrated lens Pentax makes IMO. Mine was wonderful, tack sharp and great color/contrast.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-10-2009
Replies: 25
Views: 2,233
Posted By cmedin
Thanks for your useful post.

Thanks for your useful post.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-09-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 1,043
Posted By cmedin
I wanted to stick an ad on here before ebay since...

I wanted to stick an ad on here before ebay since I know a lot of guys around these parts enjoy them. Guess I should suck it up and get the MD cap first eh? And yeah, it's relatively pretty :) Had...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-09-2009
Replies: 7
Views: 1,043
Posted By cmedin
Fair price for this OM2?

Looking to sell one of my 35mm cameras. Have an OM2 that was CLA'd by John @ Camtech about a year ago. In excellent shape, just missing the motor drive cover (damn part is $16 so I've used a piece...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-28-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 1,326
Posted By cmedin
Try a D2X then -- you should be able to find one...

Try a D2X then -- you should be able to find one close to that price. Much higher res and a great camera. The Kodak is really not a fun beast to work with and has a lot of limitations...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-28-2009
Replies: 17
Views: 1,326
Posted By cmedin
The Kodak is a clunky unwieldy thing with the...

The Kodak is a clunky unwieldy thing with the potential for great output but I would not use it for "everyday" shooting. Go with the D2h.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-05-2009
Replies: 39
Views: 3,343
Posted By cmedin
Nothing but love for the Pentax line here. The...

Nothing but love for the Pentax line here. The Limited primes are flat out fantastic (with the DA ones they are VERY compact though you give up some speed), and the bodies are well built and well...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-11-2009
Replies: 31
Views: 3,079
Posted By cmedin
I have a 1Ds II and if I were to pick something...

I have a 1Ds II and if I were to pick something for all-around travel it'd be either the 24-105 or the 35-350. :) Though I'll most likely just use the 50/1.4 and 85/1.8 since I own neither of the...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 12-07-2008
Replies: 5
Views: 1,344
Posted By cmedin
Woke up a couple of oldies today

I've had some cameras sitting around for a while that needed a little attention. Bought a Spotmatic SP and a Pentax SL mainly for the lenses they came with, and neglected the cameras themselves for...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-29-2008
Replies: 55
Views: 3,878
Posted By cmedin
The 35mm DA is a superb lens, and goes to 1:1...

The 35mm DA is a superb lens, and goes to 1:1 macro without any adapters or extensions! The downside is that it's a little costly, but extremely well built. A slightly less expensive option would...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-27-2008
Replies: 16
Views: 1,501
Posted By cmedin
Cindy Sherman is good at consistent naming. :-)

Cindy Sherman is good at consistent naming. :-)
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-23-2008
Replies: 48
Views: 4,746
Posted By cmedin
But is there no satisfaction or worth in the...

But is there no satisfaction or worth in the creation itself? Once you have taken a great picture, do you not enjoy looking at it and sharing it?

If it's all about the creating, why even bother...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-23-2008
Replies: 48
Views: 4,746
Posted By cmedin
Oh, I agree entirely. For instance, I love...

Oh, I agree entirely. For instance, I love painting. Not painting art, but fences, houses, anything. There's something peaceful and enjoyable about the whole process.

But some processes are just...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-23-2008
Replies: 48
Views: 4,746
Posted By cmedin
Pretty funny, I was out in the garage as you...

Pretty funny, I was out in the garage as you wrote that, working on stripping the paint off and polishing some motorcycle wheels. All the while thinking, "jesus, I wish this damn thing was done...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-23-2008
Replies: 48
Views: 4,746
Posted By cmedin
Something about FrankS's post got me thinking...

Something about FrankS's post got me thinking (never a good thing!) so let me throw this out here...

It generally seems that people think it's more noble to go as manual as possible, zone focus,...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-23-2008
Replies: 48
Views: 4,746
Posted By cmedin
And the same thing can be done with most DSLRs. ...

And the same thing can be done with most DSLRs. You can 'point and shoot' with 100% automation, or manually set your ISO, shutter, aperture, zone focus and go blast away.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-22-2008
Replies: 3
Views: 1,156
Posted By cmedin
Pentax has been going out of business for 20...

Pentax has been going out of business for 20 years now. :)

I really do hope that Pentax and Olympus will stick around for some time. Both currently produce--and have for many decades--great cameras...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-22-2008
Replies: 48
Views: 4,746
Posted By cmedin
Why do we love old things so much?

In this case, obviously cameras.

What is it that attracts you to older camera gear? Is it the history of that particular piece of equipment, the life it's been through (known or unknown, the latter...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-22-2008
Replies: 9
Views: 1,286
Posted By cmedin
Do you get focus confirmation with the Canon...

Do you get focus confirmation with the Canon bodies?

I really like using the preset lenses with my Pentax DSLR. One ring to set the aperture, then focus wide open, spin the second ring until it...
Forum: RFF Polls 11-16-2008
Replies: 56
Views: 3,737
Posted By cmedin
Where's the option for "Buying more because there...

Where's the option for "Buying more because there are great bargains to be had"? :D
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 11-14-2008
Replies: 96
Views: 5,285
Posted By cmedin
My wife killed an FX-01 taking it to the beach...

My wife killed an FX-01 taking it to the beach too. It was pretty windy and sand got into it.

Other than that, zero issues with digital. Unless you count the Elph dying after ~6 years of being...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-14-2008
Replies: 55
Views: 3,878
Posted By cmedin
I didn't need eight 50mm lenses. :-) I still...

I didn't need eight 50mm lenses. :-) I still have an SMC Takumar 50/1.4 and a 55/1.8 Super Tak left. To be honest, I don't find myself using that focal length much so will probably just keep the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-13-2008
Replies: 55
Views: 3,878
Posted By cmedin
Well, yes and no. It's tempting to say "I'll...

Well, yes and no. It's tempting to say "I'll just fix it in post" but one cannot entirely discount the source image. To me--and again, this being photography it's very subjective--the K20D just has...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-13-2008
Replies: 55
Views: 3,878
Posted By cmedin
It is when you actually stop down the lens (close...

It is when you actually stop down the lens (close the aperture) to meter. Modern cameras just meter wide open.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-13-2008
Replies: 55
Views: 3,878
Posted By cmedin
Yes, the K20D uses a Samsung developed CMOS...

Yes, the K20D uses a Samsung developed CMOS sensor while the K10D and other Pentax DSLRs use Sony CCD ones.

ISO performance... from what I have seen it has the edge over a K10D, which is pretty...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-13-2008
Replies: 9
Views: 1,269
Posted By cmedin
When you look at the older Pentax DSLRs, keep in...

When you look at the older Pentax DSLRs, keep in mind that the D/DS/DS2 had real pentaprisms while the DL/DL2 had pentamirror. The prism is much nicer! Also, take a look at the Samsung GX-1S which...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-12-2008
Replies: 24
Views: 2,141
Posted By cmedin
If you get a good one it's just.. superb. :) I...

If you get a good one it's just.. superb. :)

I can handhold with the Pentax SR down to around 1/4 or so, sometimes slower. At 1.4 and ISO 3200 it allows for some pretty weak lighting. :D (Note...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-12-2008
Replies: 55
Views: 3,878
Posted By cmedin
Yeah, make sure to get the real deal; there are...

Yeah, make sure to get the real deal; there are some flanged adapters out there which while useful for adapting OM lenses to K-mount won't let regular M42 lenses reach infinity.

I too would...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-11-2008
Replies: 24
Views: 2,141
Posted By cmedin
Yeah, with SR and a fast lens (I use the Sigma...

Yeah, with SR and a fast lens (I use the Sigma 30/1.4) you can shoot in available light in most any situation. :)
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-02-2008
Replies: 26
Views: 1,980
Posted By cmedin
Uhhhh... not even going to touch that statement,...

Uhhhh... not even going to touch that statement, but do you honestly believe that sharpening will somehow invent detail that isn't there? I shoot a lot of primes on my K20D; should I just toss them...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-01-2008
Replies: 26
Views: 1,980
Posted By cmedin
I have no problems focusing on a matte screen,...

I have no problems focusing on a matte screen, but the issue is more complex than that:
http://www.jayandwanda.com/photography/dslr_man_focus/man_focus.html
Forum: Optics Theory - 11-01-2008
Replies: 30
Views: 4,277
Posted By cmedin
Thanks for sharing. And today people think f/2.8...

Thanks for sharing. And today people think f/2.8 is fast. :)
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-01-2008
Replies: 26
Views: 1,980
Posted By cmedin
I LOVE the Sigma 30/1.4. Have it for my K20D...

I LOVE the Sigma 30/1.4. Have it for my K20D (Pentax mount obviously) and it's fantastic. I do hear that there are some QC issues, however they seem to indicate more of a problem with the US Sigma...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-04-2008
Replies: 13
Views: 1,318
Posted By cmedin
Yeah, 'hot' pixels will show up on longer...

Yeah, 'hot' pixels will show up on longer exposures. 'Stuck' ones will show up on every shot.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 09-14-2008
Replies: 45
Views: 3,812
Posted By cmedin
Yeah, some current zooms are excellent. I have...

Yeah, some current zooms are excellent. I have the 16-45/4 DA lens for my Pentax DSLR and it's flat out superb. I still like using primes because they make you approach things differently, but if...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-25-2008
Replies: 20
Views: 2,000
Posted By cmedin
I'd love a 35, but picked up a 40/2.8 pancake...

I'd love a 35, but picked up a 40/2.8 pancake recently so don't really need it (especially since I just scored a bellows setup for macro work). It does look like a superb lens though and I've heard...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-25-2008
Replies: 20
Views: 2,000
Posted By cmedin
I actually just bought a book of yours at...

I actually just bought a book of yours at Borders, you capitalist pig you. ;) Was looking at lighting books and this one looked intriguing, then I realized the names looked awfully familiar... good...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-24-2008
Replies: 25
Views: 2,497
Posted By cmedin
Looks like somebody beat me to the Pentax...

Looks like somebody beat me to the Pentax suggestion. One of their more compact bodies + the 21mm Limited sounds like the ticket. The Samsung GX-1S (1L is similar but has a pentamirror while the...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 08-18-2008
Replies: 37
Views: 2,913
Posted By cmedin
Oh come on now. Have you ever used a DSLR or do...

Oh come on now. Have you ever used a DSLR or do you equate digital with point and shoots? Just like with film cameras an inexpensive point and shoot will do a lot of the "thinking" for you, but...
Forum: Epson R-D1 Leica M mount Digital Rangefinder 07-22-2008
Replies: 54
Views: 6,388
Posted By cmedin
Lots of K20D users lately. :) Mine's been with...

Lots of K20D users lately. :)

Mine's been with me for about a month now. Took it on vacation overseas and shot around 1k pictures.

While I don't argue against the primes being superb, some of the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-29-2008
Replies: 29
Views: 2,793
Posted By cmedin
I played with an L1 and it was huge, clunky,...

I played with an L1 and it was huge, clunky, terrible terrible viewfinder, but a very nice lens. I'd much rather carry a more overall capable camera though if I'm to lug around something that...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-26-2008
Replies: 70
Views: 6,359
Posted By cmedin
K20D has landed! Haven't had much time to do...

K20D has landed!

Haven't had much time to do anything, and still waiting for the 16-45/4 to show up. Slapped the < $100 18-55 on it though just to go snap a few shots, and it looks like it is...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-25-2008
Replies: 70
Views: 6,359
Posted By cmedin
charjohncarter: not sure if it's what you're...

charjohncarter: not sure if it's what you're looking for, but the K20D allows you to fiddle with the 'color map' in various modes. (In addition to setting the color temp in K and...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-25-2008
Replies: 70
Views: 6,359
Posted By cmedin
I will post some comments once I play with it for...

I will post some comments once I play with it for a bit. DSLRs in general and Pentax in particular aren't new to me; I've been shooting with a Samsung GX-1S for a bit (Samsung branded *ist DS2) and...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-25-2008
Replies: 70
Views: 6,359
Posted By cmedin
I see there's some talk about the K20D in this...

I see there's some talk about the K20D in this thread and thought I'd mention that DPreview just put their full (35 page) review of it up. It earned a 'highly recommended' with some cons: slower AF...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-03-2008
Replies: 10
Views: 1,168
Posted By cmedin
Thanks for the input, guys. It looks like I'll...

Thanks for the input, guys. It looks like I'll hold on to the IIf -- took them both out and while they are equally nice the IIf just feels a little better somehow. I'll have to live with the 1/25...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-02-2008
Replies: 10
Views: 1,168
Posted By cmedin
I suppose I could just slap a filter on when it...

I suppose I could just slap a filter on when it gets too sunny and the 1/500 gets to be a problem. :) ( I actually have a hood, filter adapter and set of filters for the Summar... Ednalite brand I...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-02-2008
Replies: 10
Views: 1,168
Posted By cmedin
IIIa or IIf -- I still can't decide which to keep

I've decided to part with either my IIIa (CLA'd by Youxin, max 1/500 shutter) or IIf RD (no CLA but in very nice shape and with the 1/1000 top speed, no slow speeds though obviously). I like them...
Forum: RFF News 03-16-2008
Replies: 37
Views: 5,233
Posted By cmedin
Can we please get the 'legacy' option back? I...

Can we please get the 'legacy' option back? I can't stand dark backgrounds.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-14-2008
Replies: 10
Views: 1,331
Posted By cmedin
The 4490 does great for medium format, not so...

The 4490 does great for medium format, not so great for 35mm.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-12-2008
Replies: 68
Views: 3,906
Posted By cmedin
You guys are making me all nostalgic. :) While...

You guys are making me all nostalgic. :) While I'm probably not anywhere near as old (33) I did get into computers at age 7 (programming BASIC on a Commodore VIC-20) and have played with just about...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-12-2008
Replies: 68
Views: 3,906
Posted By cmedin
There are several nice online backup services...

There are several nice online backup services available these days. Setting up something like Mozy consists of downloading and installing the software, then you don't worry about it other than...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-11-2008
Replies: 17
Views: 1,807
Posted By cmedin
Yeah, go into manual mode, hit the green button...

Yeah, go into manual mode, hit the green button (or equivalent on the K100D) and it'll stop down and meter. I agree that the M42 lenses are easier to use though...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 03-09-2008
Replies: 107
Views: 6,292
Posted By cmedin
Sitemistic may have been opinionated, but not...

Sitemistic may have been opinionated, but not ignorant. Bmattock already jumped on this but I have to comment too: just like any 35mm 'kit' comes with cheap garbage for lenses so does any DSLR kit. ...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 03-07-2008
Replies: 22
Views: 1,482
Posted By cmedin
While I don't always agree with Ruben, I find the...

While I don't always agree with Ruben, I find the Kiev discussions fascinating and enjoyable. My 4A is a rather quiet camera (not sure when it was last serviced) and seems very well built. It is...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 03-07-2008
Replies: 25
Views: 1,616
Posted By cmedin
pfoto: try shooting XP2 at 200 or even slower ISO...

pfoto: try shooting XP2 at 200 or even slower ISO and you might get rid of some of the grainy look in flat light.

Around here, I found BW400CN to be a better bet than XP2 for the minilabs. However,...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 03-07-2008
Replies: 13
Views: 766
Posted By cmedin
If you like it, why not? I have a darkroom setup...

If you like it, why not?

I have a darkroom setup too, though it's been quite some time since I printed anything in there. It's a hobby, and a fun one, and compared to what some people spend on...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-07-2008
Replies: 89
Views: 5,474
Posted By cmedin
Since backups were mentioned, I just wanted to...

Since backups were mentioned, I just wanted to toss out that there are plenty of online backup services (Mozy is one with an excellent rep) that will safeguard your stuff for five bucks a month or...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-07-2008
Replies: 18
Views: 1,451
Posted By cmedin
Most people after some experimenting seem to land...

Most people after some experimenting seem to land at ISO 1000-1250 being more realistic than the 1600 claimed on the package.

I shoot it at box speed and like the results. But I avoid high contrast...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-06-2008
Replies: 89
Views: 5,474
Posted By cmedin
I'm sorry, but that's a ridiculous...

I'm sorry, but that's a ridiculous argument.

Clearly most all of us already HAVE a computer. Software is included with most digital cameras (and honestly, most don't need more than something like...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-04-2008
Replies: 54
Views: 2,391
Posted By cmedin
Point well proven.

Point well proven.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-04-2008
Replies: 22
Views: 1,193
Posted By cmedin
Make the gallons -- the stuff will last almost...

Make the gallons -- the stuff will last almost forever. Trying to divide up the powder is not a good idea since you can't guarantee the contents are evenly distributed.
Forum: Yashica RF 02-27-2008
Replies: 120
Views: 4,510
Posted By cmedin
Sorry, Nick, you're 100% wrong. I always decide...

Sorry, Nick, you're 100% wrong. I always decide on aperture and fiddle with shutter speed afterwards on my all-manual cameras; on the automagic ones I leave them permanently in aperture priority...
Forum: Yashica RF 02-26-2008
Replies: 120
Views: 4,510
Posted By cmedin
Weirdest rant I've seen in a while, and about as...

Weirdest rant I've seen in a while, and about as inaccurate as it gets based on what I've seen.

Also, not all cameras have the shutter dial in an inconvenient place.
Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 02-23-2008
Replies: 24
Views: 2,364
Posted By cmedin
Blah, blah, blah, worthless comment, how...

Blah, blah, blah, worthless comment, how exciting.

Why not just move on and leave this thread to the people who DO care?
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