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Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 6 Hours Ago
Replies: 824
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Posted By NickTrop
Has Maserati alienated drivers? Ready? Long...

Has Maserati alienated drivers?

Ready? Long live Leica! I'll never own one. I'm with all things, "a value shopper". I also think their camera bodies in the digital era no longer justify their...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 1 Week Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,264
Posted By NickTrop
I, in fact, contacted a seller once. His item...

I, in fact, contacted a seller once. His item (forget what it was) had a ridiculous BIN price way over market value. I showed him the average sale price and politely asked if he looked at the prices...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 1 Week Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 1,264
Posted By NickTrop
Sometimes selling stuff is a pain....

Sometimes selling stuff is a pain. Sometimes/often buyers are a pain. However, no other service brings buyers for stuff like old cameras and lenses together with sellers. Put that old camera out on a...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 31
Views: 950
Posted By NickTrop
I have never read any professionaly written...

I have never read any professionaly written photography book, professionally produced photographic website, or other media that makes the distinction you describe. They all call it bokeh....
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 31
Views: 950
Posted By NickTrop
It is. It literally is. Bokeh -- it's the new...

It is. It literally is. Bokeh -- it's the new "sharpness".
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 31
Views: 950
Posted By NickTrop
Partially agree, partially disagree. "Bokeh" is...

Partially agree, partially disagree. "Bokeh" is an overblown "photographic internet" thing hyped up by the numerous photo sites, blogs etc. Nobody cared about this years ago -- maybe portrait...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 31
Views: 950
Posted By NickTrop
Nobody cares about "bokeh" except wonks. This is...

Nobody cares about "bokeh" except wonks. This is especially true of focal lengths 50mm and shorter. "Bokeh" is simply used to draw attention to the subject. Only amateur photographers concern...
Forum: Photography General Interest 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 137
Views: 11,400
Posted By NickTrop
"I" often pick a lens -- prime or zoom, I want to...

"I" often pick a lens -- prime or zoom, I want to play with that day and explore it. So, I might decide to take a 85mm and "see what I can do with it", an the ultrawide zoom another time, sometimes...
Forum: Photography General Interest 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 60
Views: 1,272
Posted By NickTrop
I don't see how one can loathe 28mm but love...

I don't see how one can loathe 28mm but love 35mm. I have a WA zoom.When using the zoom I see negligible discernible difference starting at 28mm and zooming out to the lens's max of 35mm (and vice...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 61
Views: 2,688
Posted By NickTrop
Not the hugest fan of Acros when I shot black and...

Not the hugest fan of Acros when I shot black and white film. Had "a look" but I never got on with it. That said, who could possibly be angry over Fuji (or anyone) releasing a new film stock? Why?
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 971
Views: 361,121
Posted By NickTrop
The OP has heard of Flickr,...

The OP has heard of Flickr, right?
https://www.flickr.com/search/?text=Leica%2050mm%20pre-asph
Forum: Photography General Interest 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 2,304
Posted By NickTrop
Ain't nothin' wrong with the N75. It is 85%...

Ain't nothin' wrong with the N75. It is 85% (conservatively) of an F6, feature-wise (no, I haven't been drinking), a fraction of the weight, at .0033 of the cost (I used a calculator). It will take...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 615
Posted By NickTrop
Right. However, not every lens, based on use...

Right. However, not every lens, based on use case, should be evaluated on its performance at wide apertures or such metrics should not be weighted as heavily in the overall evaluation of a lens. An...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 615
Posted By NickTrop
I don't know if I agree with this. What are the...

I don't know if I agree with this. What are the critria for testing a lens in a particular focal length given the use case for that focal length? You can list them. Most do. Then how important is...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 615
Posted By NickTrop
I did an entire thread on ther Summar here many...

I did an entire thread on ther Summar here many moons ago ("Summar of Love"). That lens would get ravaged if judged by today's standards. But my it will render an image like no other under the right...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 615
Posted By NickTrop
I too like Ken's site. He's an actual...

I too like Ken's site. He's an actual photographer and nary an MTF chart to be found. He's one of the better ones. Perhaps I shouldn't have included him.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 615
Posted By NickTrop
Yes. Me too.

Yes. Me too.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 25
Views: 615
Posted By NickTrop
Online Lens Reviews -- Why They're Usually Useless: Use Case and Weighting

Like most folks into photography I obsess on gear. I agonize over each purchase, even relatively small ones. I pour over all the review sites -- Rockwell, OpticalLimits!, DxO etc. and several...
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 46
Views: 2,304
Posted By NickTrop
Cheapest: Nikon F75 + 28-80 3.3-5.6 G - around...

Cheapest: Nikon F75 + 28-80 3.3-5.6 G - around $40.

Most expensive: D600 + 85/1.8 G -- around $1,000

Both kits purchased used.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 33
Views: 1,103
Posted By NickTrop
Does Lenny Kravitz preform a set at your house...

Does Lenny Kravitz preform a set at your house when you buy one?
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 55
Views: 1,192
Posted By NickTrop
I thought it was jaw dropping and spectacular....

I thought it was jaw dropping and spectacular. Reason I went -- I'm not the "most traveled" bloke out there. Mainly due to expense -- kids to raise, mortgages to pay, etc. So I asked some of my more...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 55
Views: 1,192
Posted By NickTrop
Tell you what the 17mm is good for -- video. You...

Tell you what the 17mm is good for -- video. You get that cool perspective shift effect. A bit sideshow mirror-y but I like it nonetheless. If just stills? I'd prioritize weight over all else....
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 55
Views: 1,192
Posted By NickTrop
So I ended up bringing the Tokina 17-35/4 and the...

So I ended up bringing the Tokina 17-35/4 and the Nikon 50/1.4D. In the end? I don't think it would have mattered much what lens I brought. I brought the Tokina ultrawide zoom almost because I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-20-2019
Replies: 93
Views: 2,634
Posted By NickTrop
Correct. Well stated. Even my wife agrees that...

Correct. Well stated. Even my wife agrees that men are under siege. This is another example. And this article is offensive and flat out stupid. She (we) is (are) concerned because we have a son. If...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 05-19-2019
Replies: 113
Views: 2,930
Posted By NickTrop
Never had a Jupiter 8 or a Jupiter 3. Did have a...

Never had a Jupiter 8 or a Jupiter 3. Did have a Jupiter 9 for a spell. Smashing portrait lens. Didn't mind that delimiter ring -- thought it an interesting work-around. Sonnar design too! (Though I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-17-2019
Replies: 123
Views: 2,757
Posted By NickTrop
-- I believe this (my) view is correct because it...

-- I believe this (my) view is correct because it inherently addresses the growth in photographic imaging in the Asian market. They use Smart phones like eveyone else.

-- Additionally, the "steep...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-17-2019
Replies: 123
Views: 2,757
Posted By NickTrop
The entire capitalist economy is based on...

The entire capitalist economy is based on continual growth, obviously unsustainable and inherently flawed. Rather than viewing this as a drastic drop in sales, I view this as the camera market...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-16-2019
Replies: 123
Views: 2,757
Posted By NickTrop
This reminds me of the record industry. Big boom...

This reminds me of the record industry. Big boom when there was the switch from vinyl to digital -- CDRs. Windfall times with people re-purchasing old dead catalog in a new physical format. Gotta...
Forum: Photo Software 05-16-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 981
Posted By NickTrop
I use Capture NX-D. It's free. To me RAW is for...

I use Capture NX-D. It's free. To me RAW is for basic adjustments. I have to laugh when RAW shooters claim they "want complete control over their vision"... then slap on some preset to their capture.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-15-2019
Replies: 123
Views: 2,757
Posted By NickTrop
1. The new cameras followed the trend of PCs. As...

1. The new cameras followed the trend of PCs. As faster processors and more RAM and larger HD became rapidly available, your PC was obsolete the moment it was purchased. New model, after new model,...
Forum: Photo Software 05-15-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 981
Posted By NickTrop
I read briefly about this earlier. It likely has...

I read briefly about this earlier. It likely has to do with a legal squabble with a "third-party" probably Dolby.

"While Adobe won’t spill on which “third-party” might hold you liable for using old...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-08-2019
Replies: 55
Views: 1,192
Posted By NickTrop
Bill -- thank you so much for your very kind and...

Bill -- thank you so much for your very kind and very generous offer! I'm afraid I'll have to decline because I know I'd be worried that something might happen to your loaner and I'd feel terrible...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-08-2019
Replies: 55
Views: 1,192
Posted By NickTrop
Oh -- great pictures, Raid. But that goes w/o...

Oh -- great pictures, Raid. But that goes w/o saying. Also, loved the one Corran posted. And mbisc, and Swift1.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-08-2019
Replies: 55
Views: 1,192
Posted By NickTrop
Okay -- so here's the list (since we're now on...

Okay -- so here's the list (since we're now on page two) along with the votes (some poetic license taken with some focal length recommendations:

1. Tokina 17-35 F4 ATX - 5
2. Sigma 24/2.8...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-08-2019
Replies: 55
Views: 1,192
Posted By NickTrop
What?!?! Absolutely. Flying out on the 22nd! If...

What?!?! Absolutely. Flying out on the 22nd! If I didn't have such thick skin, I'd be a tad insulted, sir.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-08-2019
Replies: 55
Views: 1,192
Posted By NickTrop
Okay, read all suggestions. We can eliminate the...

Okay, read all suggestions. We can eliminate the 35/2, the 135/2.8, the 200/4.5 (which would actually be a dark horse consideration given its relatively small size and weight plus I just like the way...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-07-2019
Replies: 55
Views: 1,192
Posted By NickTrop
Awesome suggestions. I'm more confused than ever.

Awesome suggestions. I'm more confused than ever.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-07-2019
Replies: 55
Views: 1,192
Posted By NickTrop
The short tele options surprise me.

The short tele options surprise me.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-07-2019
Replies: 55
Views: 1,192
Posted By NickTrop
Huh. Interesting.

Huh. Interesting.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-07-2019
Replies: 55
Views: 1,192
Posted By NickTrop
I Am Going to the Grand Canyon Soon. What Two Lenses Should I Bring With?

Of this list of available lenses, for a visit for a few days to the Grand Canyon, if you could pick 2 (two) -- and only 2 (two), which two (2) would you choose for a full frame Nikon digital body?...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-03-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 806
Posted By NickTrop
Razor thin depth of focus? It's a phase. They'll...

Razor thin depth of focus? It's a phase. They'll outgrow it eventually.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-24-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,219
Posted By NickTrop
I still like a fast lens, though it is less...

I still like a fast lens, though it is less necessary in modern times. More apertures the better. But faster lenses are not terribly expensive if purchased (a) used and (b) outside the Leica system...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-20-2019
Replies: 121
Views: 3,375
Posted By NickTrop
Mailers -- high volume processing from properly...

Mailers -- high volume processing from properly maintained equipment, fresh chemicals, and properly trained technicians.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-17-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 1,443
Posted By NickTrop
As for the disparity of which you speak, I...

As for the disparity of which you speak, I believe Thorstein Veblen pert much nailed it back in the turn of the last century.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-17-2019
Replies: 27
Views: 1,443
Posted By NickTrop
Mr. Pierce -- I used to think you were an...

Mr. Pierce -- I used to think you were an outstanding photographer. However, the recent revelation that you now shoot with a 50/3.5 Voigtlander Heliar VM has caused my great consternation. Great...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-15-2019
Replies: 172
Views: 5,481
Posted By NickTrop
Panic = Click bait. Even with such things as film...

Panic = Click bait. Even with such things as film stock. No wonder the Russians were able to sway US elections and we're in the shape we're in.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 04-12-2019
Replies: 385
Views: 64,830
Posted By NickTrop
Leicas were and are simply too expensive. There...

Leicas were and are simply too expensive. There are simply much better options out there. In fact, in the case of their digital cameras, their sensors lag far behind Nikon and Sony. This is according...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 04-11-2019
Replies: 117
Views: 4,441
Posted By NickTrop
I noticed a couple shooting film cameras in...

I noticed a couple shooting film cameras in Rittenhouse Square in Philly this past Sunday. Young couple. The woman was shooting a Leica M5 (big!) with a pre-ASP Cron and the guy was shooting this, a...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-05-2019
Replies: 264
Views: 14,964
Posted By NickTrop
Roger -- on the off chance you are giving this...

Roger -- on the off chance you are giving this forum a glimpse, I am very, very saddened to learn of this. Thank you for the time, devotion, and sharing your knowledge. I always looked forward to...
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-03-2019
Replies: 57
Views: 2,484
Posted By NickTrop
Optical engineers when designing a lens decide...

Optical engineers when designing a lens decide it's appropriate to include an aspherical element. I can care less about this as a consumer any more than an electronic device has this component or...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-01-2019
Replies: 19
Views: 448
Posted By NickTrop
Nikon 50/1.4 AF-D Nikon D600 Nikon N75 The Nikon...

Nikon 50/1.4 AF-D
Nikon D600
Nikon N75

The Nikon 50/1.4 AF-D transmits more light to the sensor than the Canon 50/1.2 per DXO's t-stop value rating (as I've mentioned before) and any other 50/1.4 I...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-31-2019
Replies: 256
Views: 5,513
Posted By NickTrop
Great camera -- a DSLR classic. Enjoy. And enjoy...

Great camera -- a DSLR classic. Enjoy. And enjoy going down the Nikkor rabbit hole. I know I sure did.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-30-2019
Replies: 85
Views: 2,234
Posted By NickTrop
All fair points I hadn't considered. In the case...

All fair points I hadn't considered. In the case of the hospital grounds, there was an area between two building that had a little outdoor waiting area with a bench. Wasn't in the hospital itself....
Forum: Olympus RF 03-30-2019
Replies: 142
Views: 28,225
Posted By NickTrop
Years ago the "RD" was the rage. The "RC" was the...

Years ago the "RD" was the rage. The "RC" was the poor man's RD. I somewhat recently looked at the price of them. It seems the RC has caught up if not surpassed the RD in cost.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-30-2019
Replies: 85
Views: 2,234
Posted By NickTrop
So many years ago I was taking a stroll with my...

So many years ago I was taking a stroll with my two nephews and son to a store to buy ice cream. A short-cut was to cut through this outdoor area of a nearby hospital that separated two of the...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 03-29-2019
Replies: 80
Views: 9,003
Posted By NickTrop
Campis. Chinese. Great leather strap. Not...

Campis.

Chinese. Great leather strap. Not priced stupid. 20 bucks. Well made. Only strap I'll ever purchase. I have a couple of them. ...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-23-2019
Replies: 102
Views: 2,850
Posted By NickTrop
Why are modern SLRs better camera bodies than the...

Why are modern SLRs better camera bodies than the so-called classics?

One major reason is your classic manual focus camera is basically a shutter priority camera. You set the mechanical shutter...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-23-2019
Replies: 102
Views: 2,850
Posted By NickTrop
1. If a camera has autofocus I use it, except in...

1. If a camera has autofocus I use it, except in instances where I can't. Then I manual focus, which is very rare. Your car doesn't need air conditioning. But it's sure nice to have. I can used auto...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-23-2019
Replies: 102
Views: 2,850
Posted By NickTrop
No one else likes them for reasons that are...

No one else likes them for reasons that are totally irrational. No one "liked" the Yashica T4. You could have gotten then for peanuts -- until Terry Richardson started using them. Now they go for...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-23-2019
Replies: 102
Views: 2,850
Posted By NickTrop
This I don't understand. What features does this...

This I don't understand. What features does this camera force you to use? If you want the manual experience, you can avoid these features be turning them off. Viola. A manual camera. I can turn this...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-22-2019
Replies: 102
Views: 2,850
Posted By NickTrop
I am pointing out why this camera is overlooked...

I am pointing out why this camera is overlooked and a great value for "$10-25". I'm trying to convince no one. You, however, are "projecting".

There is nothing wrong with plastic. It's light and...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-22-2019
Replies: 102
Views: 2,850
Posted By NickTrop
It's laughable. If I want a point-n-shoot? P...

It's laughable. If I want a point-n-shoot? P mode. If I want the manual experience? M mode and turn off auto focus. Drop it? Get wet? Electronics crap out? I'm out 10 bucks.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-22-2019
Replies: 102
Views: 2,850
Posted By NickTrop
Okay -- just go my Nikon F75 in the mail...

Okay -- just go my Nikon F75 in the mail today:

$9.40 (Amazon "other sellers" -- don't overlook this when gear shopping)
$5.00 shipping
____________

$14.40

Playing around with it. Now -- I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-15-2019
Replies: 102
Views: 2,850
Posted By NickTrop
Exactly, Terry Richardson starts shooting one...

Exactly, Terry Richardson starts shooting one prices shoot to $300.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-15-2019
Replies: 102
Views: 2,850
Posted By NickTrop
It seems to me -- as a guy who's been in/out of...

It seems to me -- as a guy who's been in/out of film photography for a long time since the advent of digital, that the used camera market has "trends". Rangefinders remain pretty consistant but...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-15-2019
Replies: 102
Views: 2,850
Posted By NickTrop
Are Latter-Day Film SLRs Currently the Overlooked Film Camera?

With film point-n-shooters (many of them) asking silly prices and which are quite old and more or less disposable consumer items. And with the ever-aging base 60's and 70's era rangefinders reaching...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-23-2019
Replies: 163
Views: 4,888
Posted By NickTrop
Smile Fair point. I'll permit you to say it :) Truth...

Fair point. I'll permit you to say it :) Truth be told, 1" sensor? I don't pay it much mind.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-23-2019
Replies: 163
Views: 4,888
Posted By NickTrop
Do those things have a VF? Then I stand...

Do those things have a VF? Then I stand corrected.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-23-2019
Replies: 163
Views: 4,888
Posted By NickTrop
Do you really have 19,000 posts? Wow.

Do you really have 19,000 posts? Wow.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-23-2019
Replies: 163
Views: 4,888
Posted By NickTrop
What's that old adage? How do you upset people...

What's that old adage? How do you upset people online? Express an opinion and wait.

So. Here's my opinion expressed less - I dunno, comically? Sarcastically? There really are very few truly...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-23-2019
Replies: 163
Views: 4,888
Posted By NickTrop
A 1/2 camera is something like the GR. No VF...

A 1/2 camera is something like the GR.

No VF (though you can purchase one for $250, about 1/2 the cost of the camera)

"Mirrorless" (i.e. no mirror, thus a lack of a feature positioned as "a...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-22-2019
Replies: 163
Views: 4,888
Posted By NickTrop
Correct. AND thank you. Somebody gets it. My...

Correct. AND thank you. Somebody gets it. My faith in RFF is somewhat restored. That said, the GR everyone seems to love is the classic example of what I consider a 1/2-camera.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-22-2019
Replies: 163
Views: 4,888
Posted By NickTrop
Disagree on all counts except last. As I said....

Disagree on all counts except last. As I said. Even IF the GR fits in your pocket, what's the point? Wrist straps suck. I agree on point three, but many people do feel funny neck wrist straps.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-22-2019
Replies: 163
Views: 4,888
Posted By NickTrop
I have come to like point-n-shooters. They're...

I have come to like point-n-shooters. They're currently the only film cameras I shoot. But I'm very picky. Right now I shoot a Pentax PC35AF. Nothing wrong with program mode. Just point, shoot. The...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-22-2019
Replies: 163
Views: 4,888
Posted By NickTrop
Oh -- c'mon. I've held the GR. Not doubting you...

Oh -- c'mon. I've held the GR. Not doubting you but that has to be (a) uncomforable. And (b) what's the point of having an "at the ready" camera that's supposed to be for "capturing the decisisve...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-22-2019
Replies: 163
Views: 4,888
Posted By NickTrop
Is There Really Such a Thing as a Pocketable Camera?

Yes! The Olympus XA line! Maybe a couple digitals. But guess what? That's about it. (Yes -- I'm sure there were others maybe -- some Rollei or Minox that I'm sure RFF members will "testily" point...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 02-14-2019
Replies: 7
Views: 490
Posted By NickTrop
Difference between single scale and dual scale...

Difference between single scale and dual scale Summicron-M 50mm f2

Difference = 1 scale
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 02-11-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 1,388
Posted By NickTrop
Very strange product -- even as a collectors...

Very strange product -- even as a collectors edition. Its feature set looks like Leica was serious about positioning this camera with DPs to shoot video. However, no DP would ever use some in-camera...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-11-2019
Replies: 88
Views: 2,014
Posted By NickTrop
I do not. My compact is the Pentax PC35AF,...

I do not. My compact is the Pentax PC35AF, however, and it's a very good camera. The Espio line was Pentax's top-of-the-line brand so I would imagine it's quite good.
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-11-2019
Replies: 88
Views: 2,014
Posted By NickTrop
For "very little money" (though I haven't checked...

For "very little money" (though I haven't checked prices) I'll be an outlier and suggest an early super zoom with IS. I would suggest an old Panasonic Lumix FZ-X with "Leica" (branded, designed......
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 02-09-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 677
Posted By NickTrop
Excellent info. Thanks, Phil. If my shutter...

Excellent info. Thanks, Phil. If my shutter release jams, I'll know who to text. You're a better man than I Gunga Din, for venturing to fix these bad boys. But it's great someone out there can keep...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 02-09-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 677
Posted By NickTrop
Yes. Pentax was one of the greats. Sad to see...

Yes. Pentax was one of the greats. Sad to see they're "almost" gone despite a purportedly great DSLR. While the Espios were Pentax's higher end PnS and were rather pricey in their day, the motors,...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 02-09-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 677
Posted By NickTrop
Also, for street shooting I will take this camera...

Also, for street shooting I will take this camera over an old antiquated Barnack any time unless it has a fine Leica lens attached. If it's some FSU lens? I'm taking this Pentax. It's just a better...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 02-09-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 677
Posted By NickTrop
The Above Comments -- response. 1. I couldn't...

The Above Comments -- response.
1. I couldn't find the PnS section and (in fact) forgot there was one, so I put it here. Mods may, of course, adjust accordingly. Be my guest.

2. No. The lens...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 02-09-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 677
Posted By NickTrop
My Favorite Film Street Shooter -- the modded Pentax PC35AF

Of all the film cameras I've used for so-called "street shooting" over the years (many -- Konica Auto S3, Yashica CC, Oly XA, Yashica T3, a FSU something or other with attached Summar, a few Ricoh...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 02-07-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 819
Posted By NickTrop
Huss -- I read that thread and looked at some on...

Huss -- I read that thread and looked at some on eBay. I never got results like you posted on any point-n-shooter I ever owned. The only deals now really are the zooms -- or some models that fall...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 02-07-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 819
Posted By NickTrop
Thanks, David. I actually do have a Konica 35MF...

Thanks, David. I actually do have a Konica 35MF coming in the mail I ordered a week ago! I have to stay away from these things... The tend to "accumulate". :)
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 02-07-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 819
Posted By NickTrop
I'm always on the look out for a good undervalued...

I'm always on the look out for a good undervalued P&S. Have you seen the prices for these lately? Especially the ones getting some internet press? (The Yashica T's, that Minolta the lomographers...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 01-30-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 5,061
Posted By NickTrop
Just bought one -- 11 bucks. Figured a 38/2.8...

Just bought one -- 11 bucks. Figured a 38/2.8 Hexanon can't be all bad. Actually, took a look at some photos on Flickr and they seemed to be a cut above.

By the way, MF = multi function.
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-28-2019
Replies: 132
Views: 3,082
Posted By NickTrop
Canon and their shareholder's concerns. I'm a...

Canon and their shareholder's concerns. I'm a consumer.
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 01-23-2019
Replies: 124
Views: 2,988
Posted By NickTrop
Cheap? Available? Konica C35 AF or C35 AF2 (same...

Cheap? Available? Konica C35 AF or C35 AF2 (same camera). Again. Here's what I like about this camera. I've had 3 point-n-shooters over the years where the advance motors died. I'd avoid,...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 01-22-2019
Replies: 102
Views: 3,643
Posted By NickTrop
Did I mention of all the point-n-shoots to get,...

Did I mention of all the point-n-shoots to get, The Pentax PC35AF is... hands down, bar none, THE one? Again -- the NON-M version of the camera only!
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 01-22-2019
Replies: 102
Views: 3,643
Posted By NickTrop
Of the pure point-n-shooters I had (not counting...

Of the pure point-n-shooters I had (not counting the Olympus XA, which is a rangefinder), and I've had my share -- went through another "phase" donchya know -- the Ricoh FFs, Nikon L35AF, Yashica...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-22-2019
Replies: 334
Views: 14,979
Posted By NickTrop
Much is made of W. Edwards Demming (and other...

Much is made of W. Edwards Demming (and other Americans) contribution to quality assurance and the improvements made in manufacturing in this regard in post-war Japan. (It's an interesting read if...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-17-2019
Replies: 63
Views: 1,829
Posted By NickTrop
Bill -- you didn't mention image stabilization....

Bill -- you didn't mention image stabilization. Tripods are arguably unnecessary. I ditched small format digital for two reasons:

1. Size of the image plane. More gradation of in focus/out-of-focus...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-06-2019
Replies: 41
Views: 1,861
Posted By NickTrop
Kodak BW400CN. Does that count? (It's my favorite...

Kodak BW400CN. Does that count? (It's my favorite BW stock. Sadly-- RIP).
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-04-2019
Replies: 41
Views: 1,344
Posted By NickTrop
I agree. Whenever I'm on the auction site I look...

I agree. Whenever I'm on the auction site I look for AI or AI'd versions of a Nikkor AI ones are harder to find and higher priced. I have no interest in non-AI versions.
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 01-04-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 482
Posted By NickTrop
Great photos and an interesting and (unique to...

Great photos and an interesting and (unique to me) concept. Undecided if it "works" or not but I bet it would help sell some prints.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-03-2019
Replies: 118
Views: 10,459
Posted By NickTrop
+1. You can take D-76 on a plane. Can't take...

+1. You can take D-76 on a plane. Can't take HC-110. Tri-X and D-76, classic combo. Really, D-76 and anything. I really didn't see an improvement using any other developer. But you fool around with...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-28-2018
Replies: 256
Views: 5,513
Posted By NickTrop
Sounds cool. One of the lenses that I am planning...

Sounds cool. One of the lenses that I am planning to put up for sale here on RFF (just have been too busy -- uh, okay, lazy...) is a Helios 44, 58/f2.0. This lens was known for swirly bokeh. I bought...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-27-2018
Replies: 49
Views: 2,288
Posted By NickTrop
When I shot/developed/printed b/w, I bought a...

When I shot/developed/printed b/w, I bought a bunch of Acros. Kinda liked it at first because it had "a look" but it always seemed underexposed or dull or "something". Blamed myself, thought it was...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-25-2018
Replies: 744
Views: 176,918
Posted By NickTrop
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4845/32590079768_61...

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4845/32590079768_618a7b14f3_k.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/RDSFi3)DSC_3528BW (https://flic.kr/p/RDSFi3) by Nick Tropiano (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/)
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-24-2018
Replies: 256
Views: 5,513
Posted By NickTrop
This is because Nikon is a high quality volume...

This is because Nikon is a high quality volume producer. Can't (or won't) pay Leica prices? Nikon. Nikon has produced high-quality glass for decades and because of (until recently with their "Z"...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-23-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 774
Posted By NickTrop
Also. One last thing. If you use the Nik...

Also. One last thing. If you use the Nik Collection free Google version as a Photoshop plug-in (and I consider this a "must" personally) it has a pretty severe bug in some versions of Windows...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-23-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 774
Posted By NickTrop
Sure. You can do that. But the above procedure...

Sure. You can do that. But the above procedure only looks complicated. And if you save it as an "action" it take but a second.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-22-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 774
Posted By NickTrop
Uggh. I'm so sorry. I corrected it in the main...

Uggh. I'm so sorry. I corrected it in the main post if anyone wants to try this. It's under Image > Adjustments > Levels. I will also PM you. Let me know what you think. Thanks and my apologies.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-22-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 774
Posted By NickTrop
Yes, yes, you're right. Typo (seem to be doing...

Yes, yes, you're right. Typo (seem to be doing those more and more in my old age...) F4. It's the 70-210 F4-5.6 AF-D. This is why I'm on team Nikon. Where, where can you find a lens like this for...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-22-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 774
Posted By NickTrop
The above Photoshop "recommendations" simply...

The above Photoshop "recommendations" simply reduces contrast (a good bit) while increasing color saturation but using Lab mode does this without color shift -- it just looks better. Leica-like I...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-22-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 774
Posted By NickTrop
For more fun... If you have the NIK plug-in...

For more fun...

If you have the NIK plug-in installed (The Google version is still available for free). Go into Color FX Pro after you're back in RGB mode and add "detail extractor". Move the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-22-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 774
Posted By NickTrop
How to Make Your Cheap Lens Look Like a Cron in Photoshop

Don't worry about the theory behind this. Just do it.

Step 1 (assuming you've got a pic loaded in Photoshop) Levels > Autolevels (Shriek!)

Step 2 Image > Mode > Lab Colors

Step 3 Image >...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-21-2018
Replies: 74
Views: 2,337
Posted By NickTrop
Exactly. Someone "gets it". Thank...

Exactly.

Someone "gets it". Thank you.
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-21-2018
Replies: 60
Views: 1,470
Posted By NickTrop
I don't. And in those times I use a lens with a...

I don't. And in those times I use a lens with a different focal length. A 50? An 85? A 135? Heck -- even a 35. But when I do want everything in focus all the time, and I want to fit everything in...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-21-2018
Replies: 60
Views: 1,470
Posted By NickTrop
Actually, know what you really want with a WA...

Actually, know what you really want with a WA lens? NO bokeh! Ever!
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-21-2018
Replies: 60
Views: 1,470
Posted By NickTrop
Still? (This unnecessary sentence is being...

Still?

(This unnecessary sentence is being inserted to fulfill RFF's silly 10 character minimum message requirement.)
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-21-2018
Replies: 60
Views: 1,470
Posted By NickTrop
Why would you seek out a wide angle lens for its...

Why would you seek out a wide angle lens for its "bokeh characteristics"? Bokeh is as much (actually more) of a characteristic of focal length (tele) and distance to subject than wideness of...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-21-2018
Replies: 60
Views: 1,470
Posted By NickTrop
When I read the title of this thread, I rolled my...

When I read the title of this thread, I rolled my eyes thinking it was a request for recommendations for "fast wide primes". Uggh. Then I read the OP's comment above and said, "attaboy".

There was...
Forum: Cameras in the Movies / TV / Media 12-20-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 674
Posted By NickTrop
The film is sumptuous and lensed by the director...

The film is sumptuous and lensed by the director who did double duty. However, it's kinds cheating since looking at the specs the base ISO is an incredible 800 with this camera and has a remarkable...
Forum: Cameras in the Movies / TV / Media 12-20-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 674
Posted By NickTrop
Wow. Thanks. I know what I'm doing tonight. It's...

Wow. Thanks. I know what I'm doing tonight. It's on Netflix.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-20-2018
Replies: 74
Views: 2,337
Posted By NickTrop
Roger! How ya doin' pal???? Hope you been well....

Roger! How ya doin' pal???? Hope you been well. Nothing worse than being curdled :( Oh well, Ill keep your advice in mind next time I set up another false dichotomy.

N

[Edit -- right after I...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-19-2018
Replies: 74
Views: 2,337
Posted By NickTrop
Perfect. I got nothing.

Perfect. I got nothing.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-19-2018
Replies: 118
Views: 10,459
Posted By NickTrop
Back when I was big into b/w film I tried a bunch...

Back when I was big into b/w film I tried a bunch -- DD-X, Rodinal, Diafine, HC-110 (maybe XTOL too) but always came back to D-76. I got the most consistent results with it, negs always looked good,...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-19-2018
Replies: 74
Views: 2,337
Posted By NickTrop
Glad to hear you're getting on just fine. Good t'...

Glad to hear you're getting on just fine. Good t' know.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-19-2018
Replies: 74
Views: 2,337
Posted By NickTrop
Yes. Product of a catholic grade school too. And...

Yes. Product of a catholic grade school too. And HS. They graduate heathen atheists donchya know. And, yes, those el cheapo unlabled off-brand crayons did pose some problems.

Glad to see I wasn't...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-19-2018
Replies: 74
Views: 2,337
Posted By NickTrop
Too rich for my blood (and wallet). 10'll do me....

Too rich for my blood (and wallet). 10'll do me. (Literally and figuratively). Actually the Mrs. will "slightly" give me a little guff over the cost of the stuff. But I advise her that that 5th of...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-19-2018
Replies: 74
Views: 2,337
Posted By NickTrop
I didn't even read the whole damned thing, and I...

I didn't even read the whole damned thing, and I typed it!
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-19-2018
Replies: 74
Views: 2,337
Posted By NickTrop
Wow. Great to have an uncle like that in the...

Wow. Great to have an uncle like that in the family.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-19-2018
Replies: 74
Views: 2,337
Posted By NickTrop
A great one. I'm a Laphroaig guy. Laphroaig 10,...

A great one. I'm a Laphroaig guy. Laphroaig 10, specifically, only because in my parts -- PA, we still have archaic "state stores". However, for whatever reason (probably because PA is a big buyer)...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-19-2018
Replies: 74
Views: 2,337
Posted By NickTrop
Nice shot! And thank you. (Not everyone gets my...

Nice shot! And thank you. (Not everyone gets my sense of humor around these parts...)
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-19-2018
Replies: 74
Views: 2,337
Posted By NickTrop
I've grown even pickier in my old age. Give me a...

I've grown even pickier in my old age. Give me a peaty Islay. You may keep your fruity Speysides. (Well, not really "keep" them. I'll "settle" for them in a pinch.)
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-19-2018
Replies: 74
Views: 2,337
Posted By NickTrop
I don't think color blindness is a big deal. I've...

I don't think color blindness is a big deal. I've obviously been this way since birth. Funny story. I have a hard time between olive greens and browns. My first car was a green '69 Impala my dad...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-19-2018
Replies: 74
Views: 2,337
Posted By NickTrop
2a. -- So, as I said, he outsourced his printing....

2a. -- So, as I said, he outsourced his printing. No?

2b. See qoute/link below. I tried to find a source that cited how many shots HBC took on any give day and could not. That's the best I can do....
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-19-2018
Replies: 74
Views: 2,337
Posted By NickTrop
Not saying you can't. Just suggesting you...

Not saying you can't. Just suggesting you shouldn't do it in a particular way.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-19-2018
Replies: 74
Views: 2,337
Posted By NickTrop
Yay! Someone who's intellectually honest!

Yay! Someone who's intellectually honest!
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-19-2018
Replies: 74
Views: 2,337
Posted By NickTrop
You too? I laughingly say I'm the only color...

You too? I laughingly say I'm the only color blind person who's also left-handed,with kids who are third generation full-blooded Italians living in America.

I'm color blind bad. There are those...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-19-2018
Replies: 74
Views: 2,337
Posted By NickTrop
The Problem with Modern Photographers -- And Your Problem Probably Too (I'm Guessing)

Quick!

Name two famous photographers everyone -- even your granny, knows! The Beatles and The Stones of photography! That would be:

1. Ansel Adams
2. Henri Cartier-Bresson

(Who said Salgado? ...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-17-2018
Replies: 256
Views: 5,513
Posted By NickTrop
Yes. You can't beat full-frame. Period. Dynamic...

Yes. You can't beat full-frame. Period. Dynamic range, low noise levels, but most important to me is the image plane size so your photos don't look like they were take with a cell phone and have a...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-16-2018
Replies: 256
Views: 5,513
Posted By NickTrop
Here is what I'd recommend: Ultra Wide Zoom 1....

Here is what I'd recommend:

Ultra Wide Zoom
1. Tokina 17-35 f4 Pro ATX. If you want an ultrawide this is a middle of the pack lens not a world beater. What sets it apart is its price. A competent...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 11-29-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 1,581
Posted By NickTrop
Youngnuo flashes -- not a problem. Own three...

Youngnuo flashes -- not a problem. Own three 685's which are amazing. Yongnuo transceiver for off-camera-flash. Excellent. $38. My favorite is a black leather camera strap from Canpis for around...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 11-22-2018
Replies: 102
Views: 3,643
Posted By NickTrop
I enjoyed the following point-n-shooters:...

I enjoyed the following point-n-shooters:

Yashica T3
Minolta Hi Matic AF2
Olympus XA (though that's a rangefinder)
Ricoh FF90
and last but not least... the
Nikon L35AF.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-17-2018
Replies: 112
Views: 2,861
Posted By NickTrop
I dunno. It's a rather standard feature and has...

I dunno. It's a rather standard feature and has been for some time. Kid's birthday party blowing out candles? Times where the subject is moving in the frame? Sports? Lowlight/low shutter speed in...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-16-2018
Replies: 112
Views: 2,861
Posted By NickTrop
I've shot film for five decades. I accept that...

I've shot film for five decades. I accept that these technologies are different and the bar has been raised in terms of "stopages" to tend to your gear and what digital has to offer over film. Just...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-16-2018
Replies: 112
Views: 2,861
Posted By NickTrop
Well then good. Mirrorless is for you. The Nikon...

Well then good. Mirrorless is for you. The Nikon D750 has a battery life rating of 1230 shots. The Nikon Z6 has a rating of 310 shots. That's about a 4X increase in battery life in favor of the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-16-2018
Replies: 112
Views: 2,861
Posted By NickTrop
Weddings or -any- situation where you're taking a...

Weddings or -any- situation where you're taking a lot of shots. Any event, I'd argue. You never use bust mode? You should. Burst mode will deplete batteries. 310 shots on a charge is not a lot....
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-16-2018
Replies: 112
Views: 2,861
Posted By NickTrop
Oh -- I totally get the battery life thing. Ever...

Oh -- I totally get the battery life thing. Ever shoot a wedding? You will easily hit the battery limit then have to swap out. Not something I'd want to worry about. To me the posted limits are...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-15-2018
Replies: 112
Views: 2,861
Posted By NickTrop
Surprised no one mentioned video as an advantage...

Surprised no one mentioned video as an advantage of mirrorless. Mirrorless use phase detection vs contrast AF for most DSLRs. DSLRs have better battery life. There are advantages to EVF as...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-08-2018
Replies: 275
Views: 10,170
Posted By NickTrop
^ Favorite contributor on RFF! Always a pleasure...

^

Favorite contributor on RFF! Always a pleasure to read his posts. Hey Mr Hicks!
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-02-2018
Replies: 55
Views: 1,779
Posted By NickTrop
+1 plus, unlike The Angry Photography, he...

+1 plus, unlike The Angry Photography, he actually gets off his arse and takes pictures. TAP is also biased, imo. I used to watch his videos but grew tired of him.
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-30-2018
Replies: 72
Views: 2,513
Posted By NickTrop
I'd have to say the Olympus XZ-2. I had the XZ-1,...

I'd have to say the Olympus XZ-2. I had the XZ-1, which I think is a nice little "take anywhere" camera with a crackin' little zoom lens. I heard the XZ-2 was better and had an articulated screen. I...
Forum: Optics Theory - 09-25-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 2,716
Posted By NickTrop
Answers mostly what I expected and not what I'm...

Answers mostly what I expected and not what I'm looking for. Perhaps I wasn't clear, so let me give an example:

Classic Leica 50/2 Summicron. It's a 7 element 5 group design. Nothing fancy...
Forum: Optics Theory - 09-24-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 2,716
Posted By NickTrop
Would somebody please explain once and for all...

... what makes a lens "classic", "special" etc? I'm specifically referring to primes and I'm also specifically referring to optics. Obviously, there is variance in build quality as it pertains to...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 09-14-2018
Replies: 117
Views: 17,716
Posted By NickTrop
Not for me. I'm fussy. 50 = 1.4. Not 1.2 (not...

Not for me. I'm fussy. 50 = 1.4. Not 1.2 (not worth the cost bump), not 1.8 or slower. 1.4 = Goldilocks zone for a 50 imo. That said, I'm sure this lens is a little gem.
Forum: Digital Compacts 09-11-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 977
Posted By NickTrop
Olympus XZ-1 (I prefer to the allegedly better...

Olympus XZ-1 (I prefer to the allegedly better XZ-2. Had both. I still say CCD has better output which the XZ-1 has, the 2 switched to CMOS. "Slightly" better in low light but lacks the pop of the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-11-2018
Replies: 91
Views: 2,750
Posted By NickTrop
Cameras are like PCs in the 90's. Wow -- did you...

Cameras are like PCs in the 90's. Wow -- did you see the clock speed of that new AT PC? And it can have 512 KB of ram! And a 100 MB hard drive! The the bus speed is xxx mbps! It has a 56k built-in...
Forum: Yashica RF 09-10-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 673
Posted By NickTrop
I had this addiction once. I am now GSN free.

I had this addiction once. I am now GSN free.
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-10-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 674
Posted By NickTrop
Very tragic. A sad waste of a young life.

Very tragic. A sad waste of a young life.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 09-09-2018
Replies: 28
Views: 922
Posted By NickTrop
You must choose the camera what's right for you!

You must choose the camera what's right for you!
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-04-2018
Replies: 74
Views: 2,159
Posted By NickTrop
+1 (This sentence added to meet minimum character...

+1 (This sentence added to meet minimum character requirement.)
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-30-2018
Replies: 121
Views: 4,592
Posted By NickTrop
This camera was cut-n-pasted from a page of a big...

This camera was cut-n-pasted from a page of a big NYC camera retailer:

Fujifilm X-T2 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only)

Here is an excerpt from the above company, FujiFILM's, Wikipedia...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-30-2018
Replies: 121
Views: 4,592
Posted By NickTrop
Off with his head!

Off with his head!
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-30-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 1,273
Posted By NickTrop
+1 (The following sentence has been added to...

+1

(The following sentence has been added to meet the minimum post length requirement.)
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 08-25-2018
Replies: 273
Views: 12,194
Posted By NickTrop
Liked the D600 so much, I bought two -- used, of...

Liked the D600 so much, I bought two -- used, of course. :p
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 08-21-2018
Replies: 92
Views: 3,921
Posted By NickTrop
I have had vintage hippie straps (no like). I...

I have had vintage hippie straps (no like). I have had sling straps (really no like). I have mostly used a wrist strap (like) but that necessitates carrying a small camera case. I now use this brand,...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 08-16-2018
Replies: 345
Views: 62,310
Posted By NickTrop
Nothing wrong with the pics -- quite lovely in...

Nothing wrong with the pics -- quite lovely in fact, but I see nothing especially special about pics taken with a Sonnar. I fell for the lure in the past, the special qualities they're alleged to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-16-2018
Replies: 66
Views: 2,644
Posted By NickTrop
The value now is in full frame Canon or Nikon...

The value now is in full frame Canon or Nikon digital cameras with 12-24 megapixels. Same may be said of cropped sensor cameras like the D5300 that are only a few years old. Canon and Nikon because...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 08-15-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 1,103
Posted By NickTrop
Misleading title, and this bit of sophistry was...

Misleading title, and this bit of sophistry was exposed when this article was first published by the Sony Entertainment hype division.

Sony just announced that it is now #1 in the United States in...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-12-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 794
Posted By NickTrop
I am waiting on a factory AI'd Nikkor QC 200 f4 ...

I am waiting on a factory AI'd Nikkor QC 200 f4 (Q - 4 elements, C multicoated) I picked up for $38. Thing looks to be a tank. Has a built-in lens hood.

-- Oh. Sorry. Forgot this was about cheap...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 08-12-2018
Replies: 521
Views: 82,592
Posted By NickTrop
https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1799/30131753808_b8...

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1799/30131753808_b80e6c8d35_k.jpg
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-12-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 1,582
Posted By NickTrop
+1 on the D700. Or if 2012 is inclusive, a D600...

+1 on the D700. Or if 2012 is inclusive, a D600 with caveats. D600 is a camera that is produced to modern resolution specs and one of the smallest/lightest FF DSLRs and (imo) produced to professional...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-02-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 655
Posted By NickTrop
Geometry -- lines, circles, planes and so forth...

Nikon D600, 35/2 AF-D
https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1773/43093837654_a42ca0157f_k.jpg[/url]DSC_2316_2 (https://flic.kr/p/28E4byW)
Forum: Fuji X Series 08-02-2018
Replies: 137
Views: 12,264
Posted By NickTrop
1. INcorrect. Dials are relics from old...

1. INcorrect. Dials are relics from old mechanical film cameras made of springs and gears that couldn't put information in the viewfinder. I simply tap the INFO button and get all that information...
Forum: Fuji X Series 08-01-2018
Replies: 137
Views: 12,264
Posted By NickTrop
Ridiculous. This watercolor effect renders any...

Ridiculous.

This watercolor effect renders any X-Trans camera completely unacceptable, and any camera that has one effectively useless as a photographic tool. This is akin to buying a car that will...
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 07-30-2018
Replies: 273
Views: 12,194
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IBM was almost forced into the mainframe business...

IBM was almost forced into the mainframe business by Metlife. My recollection is that Thomas Watson Sr (IBM CEO) wanted no parts of mainframe computers. However, Metlife was a major IBM client, was...
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 07-28-2018
Replies: 273
Views: 12,194
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Nikon makes cameras. They're a camera maker....

Nikon makes cameras. They're a camera maker. Since 1948 when their first rangefinder rolled off the assembly line... They've made all sorts of cameras from rangefinders, to many (and many classic)...
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 07-27-2018
Replies: 273
Views: 12,194
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I waited for other manufacturers to come out with...

I waited for other manufacturers to come out with a reasonably priced 50mm/1.8 (or so) with autofocus. Whoever got to marekt first with an affordable nifty-fifty was getting my business. Nikon came...
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 07-27-2018
Replies: 273
Views: 12,194
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As stated earlier. Their corp strategy was akin...

As stated earlier. Their corp strategy was akin to IBM's entrance into the mainframe market. They hid in the bushes assessed the long-term viability of the market, as well as the strengths/weaknesses...
Forum: Chris Crawford 07-27-2018
Replies: 96
Views: 3,687
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You raised a fine lad, there, Chris. Best wishes...

You raised a fine lad, there, Chris. Best wishes to both you and him.
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 07-27-2018
Replies: 273
Views: 12,194
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For you, perhaps. Does Fuji make a full frame...

For you, perhaps. Does Fuji make a full frame camera? I'm firmly unentrenched in any format smaller than full frame now that there is ample supply of depreciated full frame cameras in great...
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 07-27-2018
Replies: 273
Views: 12,194
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This is what Nikon will exploit. Nikon sat back,...

This is what Nikon will exploit. Nikon sat back, let Sony develop the market, and when the timinig is right, will come in with a better product. Timing is everything, boysans. This is why Nikon...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-26-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 854
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I have a clean copy of the 4.5 AI version without...

I have a clean copy of the 4.5 AI version without the baffle over the rear element. If you don't use a zoom often, prioritize IQ over autofocus, VR, or weight -- and don't want to spend much, this...
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 07-26-2018
Replies: 273
Views: 12,194
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^ I thought the exact same thing... made that...

^ I thought the exact same thing... made that connection immediately. Perhaps the designer used the Garibaldi for inspiration?
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 07-26-2018
Replies: 273
Views: 12,194
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Nikon teaser video (link). Very large new mount...

Nikon teaser video (link). Very large new mount called Z mount incompatible with prior Nikkor glass without proprietary Nikon adapter. Likely very fast glass to...
Forum: Fuji Digital General Discussion 07-25-2018
Replies: 47
Views: 3,511
Posted By NickTrop
This camera would be great if it was edible.

This camera would be great if it was edible.
Forum: Photo Books / Mags / Articles / Blogs 07-25-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 842
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I guess there goes the notion that anyone can be...

I guess there goes the notion that anyone can be commissioned to create an art piece. Sorry Michelangelo, no façade of the Basilica commissioned pieces for you! (And a zillion other artists who were...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-23-2018
Replies: 70
Views: 2,603
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Ozu -- yes. But I'd argue this is true of many...

Ozu -- yes. But I'd argue this is true of many Japanese directors from that era. Here are some others:

1. Chris Marker. His claim to fame film, La Jetee, is a short science fiction film made up...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 07-23-2018
Replies: 208
Views: 27,978
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I do so admire the determination and ingenuity of...

I do so admire the determination and ingenuity of the photographic DIY'ers who embark on such endeavors. Wonking around with disassembled lenses and building digital film scanners and assorted...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 07-20-2018
Replies: 118
Views: 5,130
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You know Roger, I got a "new" 30(?) year old...

You know Roger, I got a "new" 30(?) year old Nikkor in the mail just today. (Where's that "What did you just buy" thread with a million posts...?) Anyway, it's a 55/3.5 macro AI converted Nikkor....
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-19-2018
Replies: 275
Views: 10,170
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Focal lenghts are simply tools. Different tools...

Focal lenghts are simply tools. Different tools for different jobs... For example:

1. I want to shoot an interior of a room. I want to get the entire room in the picture. I better have a wide angle...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 07-19-2018
Replies: 118
Views: 5,130
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So -- some years ago I had an epic commute to...

So -- some years ago I had an epic commute to work and, being American, I (barely) speak one language properly. Dammit! I'm gonna to use this commute time productively, quit listening to the same old...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 07-19-2018
Replies: 118
Views: 5,130
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I will! "Dreamagon" -- sounds like the name of a...

I will! "Dreamagon" -- sounds like the name of a kaiju (giant monster) in some old 60's Japanese science fiction flick...
Forum: RFF Polls 07-19-2018
Replies: 71
Views: 2,206
Posted By NickTrop
Just scanned this responses to this thread -- aia...

Just scanned this responses to this thread -- aia (apologies in advance -- a new acronym I just invented) if it has been addressed. However, just because you don't print with an inkjet (and I will...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 07-19-2018
Replies: 118
Views: 5,130
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Is that the name of a lens or an hallucinogenic? ...

Is that the name of a lens or an hallucinogenic? Either way -- I like it! (I see an eBay search for this lens in F mount in my future...)
Forum: Fuji Digital General Discussion 07-19-2018
Replies: 47
Views: 3,511
Posted By NickTrop
Even if I was interested in such a camera -- no...

Even if I was interested in such a camera -- no hotshoe (for a finder), no sale.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 07-18-2018
Replies: 118
Views: 5,130
Posted By NickTrop
If a vanilla Helios 44 M42 mount fetches $90, my...

If a vanilla Helios 44 M42 mount fetches $90, my unique Nikon F-mount modded for infinity focus should be worth an extra few bucks.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 07-18-2018
Replies: 118
Views: 5,130
Posted By NickTrop
Helios 44-4 58/2. One of those "swirly bokeh"...

Helios 44-4 58/2. One of those "swirly bokeh" lenses. My sample is quite unique in that it was professionally modded to focus to infinity on a Nikon body without an adapter. It also has a focus...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-17-2018
Replies: 275
Views: 10,170
Posted By NickTrop
I use an Epson Artisan 1430, generally just...

I use an Epson Artisan 1430, generally just 8X10's sometimes larger, assorted Red River papers, and OEM inks always.
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-16-2018
Replies: 275
Views: 10,170
Posted By NickTrop
Thank you, Murray! A few people have seen the...

Thank you, Murray! A few people have seen the light -- faith in humanity restored.

Neither do I! Yeesh.

The ole "false dilemma" people fall for all the time...

Aww -- and you were doing so...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-16-2018
Replies: 275
Views: 10,170
Posted By NickTrop
Grain, mood, "what have you" is added in post...

Grain, mood, "what have you" is added in post now. No need to select a particular "film stock" (or if you do, it's a mimicking algorithim for the analog stock.) However, there is a basic "core" to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-16-2018
Replies: 275
Views: 10,170
Posted By NickTrop
See. I disagree. I use data to make purchase --...

See. I disagree. I use data to make purchase -- often. Like a business. Extract every ounce of value out of my hard earned dollar possible without being penny wise or succumbing to price-inflating...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-16-2018
Replies: 275
Views: 10,170
Posted By NickTrop
Disagree. DXOmark goes into detail why this is...

Disagree. DXOmark goes into detail why this is so. They test a boat load of equipment -- lenses and sensors, one of the most extensive available online, are reasonably current, have a free database...
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