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Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 3 Days Ago
Replies: 663
Views: 51,524
Posted By pluton
Keep in mind that an old enlarger baseboard and...

Keep in mind that an old enlarger baseboard and column usually can work a a copy stand. Entire used enlargers can be bought for $50. The Durst 6x6 models had straight vertical columns that are...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 67
Views: 1,761
Posted By pluton
After starting with the APS-C 10MP Nikon D200 and...

After starting with the APS-C 10MP Nikon D200 and 12MP D2, the 12 MP Nikon D3 is the camera I miss. Mainly because of the body---solid mechanically AND optically(viewfinder). Been going through old...
Forum: Photography General Interest 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 44
Views: 1,358
Posted By pluton
I consider 35mm (on 24x36) to be the most...

I consider 35mm (on 24x36) to be the most 'normal' of normal focal lengths.
Why?
Because it's the least gimmicky rendering lens that, excepting very close focus, can give an overall impression of...
Forum: Optics Theory - 12-22-2019
Replies: 30
Views: 1,444
Posted By pluton
Every shot I've ever seen from a Hologon (15 or...

Every shot I've ever seen from a Hologon (15 or 16) has pronounced astigmatism away from the center. The Biogon on the SWC does not have that problem.
Also, a small correction:
In order to image the...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-01-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 725
Posted By pluton
Next to a strong mono print, color looks...

Next to a strong mono print, color looks artificial and ephemeral. Next to a strong color shot, mono seems dull.
I've never liked mixing mono and color myself, but would not rule out that someone...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-01-2019
Replies: 22
Views: 1,112
Posted By pluton
In Wim Wenders fine but somewhat grim 1982 film ...

In Wim Wenders fine but somewhat grim 1982 film The State Of Things, the DOP character tells someone on his film crew: "Life is in color, but black and white is more realistic."
Jokes aside, black...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-25-2019
Replies: 41
Views: 1,566
Posted By pluton
Essentially, this is what all us print...

Essentially, this is what all us print enthusiasts do.
But, to belabor my point just a bit, if your monitor changed it's rendering like the old CRT monitors did, or was just plain lousy like a cheapo...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-23-2019
Replies: 41
Views: 1,566
Posted By pluton
1. No. I am only slightly less elderly than you,...

1. No. I am only slightly less elderly than you, and prints are way more valuable than images floating in the digital ether.
2. The monitor and the print will never "match" for the reasons you...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-07-2019
Replies: 107
Views: 4,840
Posted By pluton
Yeah. I don't see why anyone can't set ISO,...

Yeah. I don't see why anyone can't set ISO, shutter speed, aperture and then take pictures all day. I do it every single time I shoot, always with a modern DSLR or a Fuji X. It helps that I...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-28-2019
Replies: 76
Views: 2,162
Posted By pluton
I hope that camera/lens/equipment manufacturers...

I hope that camera/lens/equipment manufacturers minimize the pollution that they create.
I also hope that photographers using film are doing something with the chemical waste their activity...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 09-30-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,496
Posted By pluton
My personal attitude about substantial cropping...

My personal attitude about substantial cropping is purely cultural.
1. The culture of the 35mm shooter, for all those film years, dictates that substantial blowups (like 35FOV to 85 FOV) are likely...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 09-28-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,496
Posted By pluton
In theory, when 24x36 DSLR/MILCs achieve the...

In theory, when 24x36 DSLR/MILCs achieve the number of pixels plus good lenses to roughly compete with fine grain 4x5 film, cropping can be done as freely as with the old Speed Graphic w/135/4.5...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-19-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 847
Posted By pluton
Right you are. Many Aperture users are...

Right you are.
Many Aperture users are disappointed when they try Lightroom, because there was never/will never be a photo processing/editing program that is as well-integrated into the MacOS as...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-10-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 1,793
Posted By pluton
My version of this statement is 'Cellphone...

My version of this statement is 'Cellphone cameras give crap image quality when the image is printed." For display on laptop screens, the picture quality is adequate. Cell cameras are excellent as...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-30-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 1,107
Posted By pluton
3 quasi-random observations: 1. The...

3 quasi-random observations:
1. The photo-chemical print medium was not [practically] limited in resolution by having a 'DPI' that it couldn't exceed.
2. I've still never seen inkjet prints that...
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 04-28-2019
Replies: 17
Views: 989
Posted By pluton
Epson offers rebates/instant discounts/etc for...

Epson offers rebates/instant discounts/etc for about 48 weeks a year.
Oh, and on your original question: your print shows a classic example of a clogged ink nozzle, probably one of the blacks (MK,...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-28-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,660
Posted By pluton
The stitching and [individual] hairs are not...

The stitching and [individual] hairs are not visible.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-08-2019
Replies: 35
Views: 1,741
Posted By pluton
It's not just the finder. Leica, in their M...

It's not just the finder.
Leica, in their M lenses, is the only camera/lens company that I know of who's lens markings support zone- or scale-focusing in any meaningful way. The ability to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-31-2019
Replies: 119
Views: 2,464
Posted By pluton
Not very rangefindery, but I'd like a Nikon...

Not very rangefindery, but I'd like a Nikon D3-type body with an all-purpose, modern 24 or 36MP sensor.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 02-28-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 2,436
Posted By pluton
Anyone who is not naive spotted this fraud the...

Anyone who is not naive spotted this fraud the moment it was announced.
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 02-28-2019
Replies: 35
Views: 1,305
Posted By pluton
You know, digital 'Cinerama' would be easy-peasy:...

You know, digital 'Cinerama' would be easy-peasy: 3 cams with overlapping fields of view, software does the blend and cylindrical (or other) projection. For stills, that's it. If I had a lot of...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-24-2019
Replies: 99
Views: 3,493
Posted By pluton
I think this is a case of 'Print The Legend"...

I think this is a case of 'Print The Legend" syndrome.
The shots were made by Capa, right?
No one disputes that Capa shot them on D-Day, right?
I see no Capa scandal here.
I also see no emulsion...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-23-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 710
Posted By pluton
Lowell made the lightest weight, most efficient...

Lowell made the lightest weight, most efficient (lumens per watt) tungsten lighting units. I just today used a Lowell DP light (1000W) with its accessory dichroic blue filter on a video job.
By the...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-31-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 1,364
Posted By pluton
Bill, you've nailed the 2 most important points...

Bill, you've nailed the 2 most important points for the actual photographer:
1. ETTRight was desirable, and even necessary, for the early limited-range sensors.
2. ETTLeft is desrable nowadays for...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-06-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 1,041
Posted By pluton
For Nikon and Fuji X files: Lightroom (zombie...

For Nikon and Fuji X files: Lightroom (zombie 6.14...still haven't decided on the rental model).
Photo Ninja for Fuji X files ONLY when there is a Fuji/LR detail issue.
Iridient uses the same DCRaw...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-29-2018
Replies: 78
Views: 2,798
Posted By pluton
Interestingly, all of the phonecam shots posted...

Interestingly, all of the phonecam shots posted in this thread are variously too contrasty, have burned-out highlights, or have ugly travel brochure color.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-07-2018
Replies: 52
Views: 3,116
Posted By pluton
All those complicated settings are there if you...

All those complicated settings are there if you need their functions.
Luckily, I don't.
Occasionally, I play with multi-exposure and other effects.
My digital Nikons and Fujifilm-Xs are always...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-04-2018
Replies: 78
Views: 4,737
Posted By pluton
Wow...I remember 'Boggy Creek' as having...

Wow...I remember 'Boggy Creek' as having particularly nice cinematography...Techniscope, I think it was. Beautiful natural light as I recall.
I nominate MacKenna's Gold (1969, Columbia). The last...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-08-2018
Replies: 41
Views: 2,154
Posted By pluton
I use D800s and Fuji 16MP X-Trans cams. A good...

I use D800s and Fuji 16MP X-Trans cams.
A good friend of mine acquired an M10 about 6 months ago. From what I've seen on the 5K iMac screen, the imager in the M10 is very, very good....at least D800...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-06-2018
Replies: 63
Views: 5,500
Posted By pluton
The usual imprecise figure quoted in the...

The usual imprecise figure quoted in the technically poorly informed press is 28mm FF-equivalent field of view for old-fashioned, single lens cell phones.

There is no exact equivalent field of view...
Forum: Optics Theory - 06-17-2018
Replies: 161
Views: 10,947
Posted By pluton
It's mostly lighting. 70% lighting and 30%...

It's mostly lighting. 70% lighting and 30% perspective. Maybe 50/50 sometimes.
Even a pinhole shot [rarely] can have a sense of dimensionality.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-16-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1,348
Posted By pluton
My parade of equipment decisions in the digital...

My parade of equipment decisions in the digital age (2006- for me) have tracked almost exactly with Bill's [and also the prevailing] wisdom that the changes in imaging quality just aren't coming at...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-05-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 1,198
Posted By pluton
I've never seen a straight B&W dupe from...

I've never seen a straight B&W dupe from transparency films such as Kodachrome, Ektachrome, and Fujichrome that looked right.
But that doesn't mean it can't be done.
I imagine heavy retouching and...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 06-05-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 1,468
Posted By pluton
Digi-Lloyd loves the Zeiss ZM 35/1.4. A good...

Digi-Lloyd loves the Zeiss ZM 35/1.4. A good friend has the Zeiss ZM 35/2, it is xlnt.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-18-2018
Replies: 41
Views: 1,719
Posted By pluton
It's documentary photography. Unless it's been...

It's documentary photography. Unless it's been content-manipulated, in which case it's illustration or photo art or something other than documentary.
How far from the public, multi-use (vehicles and...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 05-11-2018
Replies: 35
Views: 1,978
Posted By pluton
Most of the images in the RRS magazine (just...

Most of the images in the RRS magazine (just viewed the PDF) are attention grabbing because they are annoying, clearly false representations of natural scenes. That style of photography is a profit...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 05-11-2018
Replies: 35
Views: 1,978
Posted By pluton
Beauty combined with an unwritten statement that...

Beauty combined with an unwritten statement that 'This is worth looking at' is the old high standard. Photos made with that standard will get the attention of those who are tuned in to that...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-11-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 2,026
Posted By pluton
I am comfortable with the estimate that the...

I am comfortable with the estimate that the subset of "good' or 'worthwhile' or 'interesting' photos, out of the set consisting of all photos shot, is the same size now as it was in 1940 or 1980. ...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-30-2018
Replies: 28
Views: 1,621
Posted By pluton
Multiple drive enclosures, be they RAID or other,...

Multiple drive enclosures, be they RAID or other, have their own particular vulnerability: An electrical problem with the power supply or controlling board can damage all the drives at the same...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-05-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 2,488
Posted By pluton
Upon getting the new [electronic]camera in my...

Upon getting the new [electronic]camera in my hands, I go through the menu settings once, setting everything the way I want it. New or cryptic settings are quickly referenced in the instruction...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-27-2018
Replies: 43
Views: 3,057
Posted By pluton
A few years ago. a friend of a friend ran into a...

A few years ago. a friend of a friend ran into a Sandisk middle-level bigwig at a party. The Sandisk man said 20 years should be safe for flash memory. Better than a hard drive?

In general, I...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-22-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1,945
Posted By pluton
Agree that there is no gain or advantage from...

Agree that there is no gain or advantage from Irid. Transformer + Lightroom over Photo Ninja, except Photo Ninja (like Iridient and many others) is a "dumb" raw converter whose sole functionality is...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-21-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1,945
Posted By pluton
Bill, Would you share your thoughts on the...

Bill, Would you share your thoughts on the sharpening settings you employ in Iridient Transformer Fuji-X raw conversions? I am having trouble making Iridient Transformer match the detail/sharpness...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-08-2017
Replies: 83
Views: 5,700
Posted By pluton
I have 24x36(36MP)Nikon and APS-C Fuji. For...

I have 24x36(36MP)Nikon and APS-C Fuji.
For general 'everything in or nearly in focus' shots the APS-C is fine.
However, the APS-C seems to have a limitation on how much you can stop down the lens...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-09-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 2,036
Posted By pluton
It seems that the Moment macro yields an...

It seems that the Moment macro yields an inadequate focusing range for framing a 24x36 field due to being just a touch "too powerful", diopter-wise. A slightly less powerful, high-quality achromatic...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-26-2017
Replies: 49
Views: 2,697
Posted By pluton
Ahhh...but the new toys are way cheaper than a...

Ahhh...but the new toys are way cheaper than a thousand rolls of film + processing.
Example: A new Nikon D5 costs the same as 342 rolls of reversal film, based on the cost of film and processing...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-20-2017
Replies: 37
Views: 2,838
Posted By pluton
Like many who have posted, I have no problem with...

Like many who have posted, I have no problem with being overwhelmed by choices because I set it up the way I like it and leave it. Shooting 35mm stills film for 40 years and being an occasional...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-20-2017
Replies: 38
Views: 3,224
Posted By pluton
But now add the "you don't pay for film anymore'...

But now add the "you don't pay for film anymore' factor and the M10(and Nikon D5 and Canon 1DX) are more reasonable. It'd be nice if they cost less, but as they say, the people in hell want ice...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-29-2017
Replies: 31
Views: 3,459
Posted By pluton
There is talk that the US may take on a strategy...

There is talk that the US may take on a strategy of lowering the value of the dollar against the other major currencies. Right now the US dollar is unusually high...some say too high.
It has...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-25-2017
Replies: 19
Views: 1,180
Posted By pluton
You can easily test the lag of yourself plus the...

You can easily test the lag of yourself plus the camera by photographing a digital stopwatch display. From checking a Fuji XE-1, a Nikon D800, and a Leica M9, I learned that the human part is longer...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 01-23-2017
Replies: 103
Views: 8,073
Posted By pluton
Love the shots, but the crushed blacks seem...

Love the shots, but the crushed blacks seem overdone. Thanks for posting.
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 11-16-2016
Replies: 1,945
Views: 386,741
Posted By pluton
I've always wanted to build a rig such as you...

I've always wanted to build a rig such as you have. How much did you overlap the horizontal fields of view?
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-29-2016
Replies: 74
Views: 8,240
Posted By pluton
Cinerama(the original 3 camera/3 projector...

Cinerama(the original 3 camera/3 projector version) was indeed very close to what a Widelux would look like if you could run the Widelux at 24 FPS.
It 'saw' a nominal 146º horizontal(with a 2.6:1...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-18-2016
Replies: 41
Views: 2,997
Posted By pluton
I'll give you my assessment of how my Nikon wides...

I'll give you my assessment of how my Nikon wides were(I'm digital now) on film. They do not necessarily 'rate' the same on digital. BTW, I owned and used all of these on film.
20/2.8 AiS:...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-11-2016
Replies: 35
Views: 3,450
Posted By pluton
Is digital display enough? No. I was chatting...

Is digital display enough?
No.
I was chatting about photos with a friend and in order to show me a shot he'd taken, he picked up an iPad, and quickly scrolled to the photo he wanted me to see.
It was...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-29-2016
Replies: 11
Views: 3,083
Posted By pluton
It was not generally known that some of Smith's...

It was not generally known that some of Smith's famous documentary photo essays contained faked shots until the subject was widely publicized(widely in the "photo world", that is) by an article in...
Forum: Optics Theory - 06-13-2016
Replies: 63
Views: 8,547
Posted By pluton
This thing made the rounds a few months ago. ...

This thing made the rounds a few months ago. While it is interesting to compare the image rendering styles of different lenses and how the imaging relates to the lens design, this guy's writing and...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-06-2016
Replies: 18
Views: 2,575
Posted By pluton
Thanks for mentioning Norm Goldberg. Cicala and...

Thanks for mentioning Norm Goldberg. Cicala and cohorts dismantle lenses and report what they find like Norm did, but no one, and I mean no one takes cameras apart to appraise the engineering and...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-27-2016
Replies: 20
Views: 2,641
Posted By pluton
Once the rear LCD gains tilting or articulating...

Once the rear LCD gains tilting or articulating action, it becomes very useful. If the makers would add a daylight visible LCD display (the kind that are not as color accurate but much brighter),...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-19-2016
Replies: 12
Views: 2,758
Posted By pluton
I've had a nice but slow XE1 for 2.5 years. I...

I've had a nice but slow XE1 for 2.5 years. I held off getting an XT1 despite it's obvious improvements in operability, because I strongly favor the left-side positioned finder.
I'll be taking a...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-07-2016
Replies: 17
Views: 2,872
Posted By pluton
For the style of silver-halide monochrome I like,...

For the style of silver-halide monochrome I like, the blocked-up blacks and consequent lost shadow detail of prints featuring "rich blacks" was something for people that never progressed beyond high...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 01-07-2016
Replies: 51
Views: 5,385
Posted By pluton
Nice sequence. I envy the snake...it doesn't have...

Nice sequence.
I envy the snake...it doesn't have to bother with food for about a month or so. That's easy living.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-26-2015
Replies: 63
Views: 5,441
Posted By pluton
The K, not M, 28mm f/3.5 was outstanding on film....

The K, not M, 28mm f/3.5 was outstanding on film. Should be inexpensive as well.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-21-2015
Replies: 105
Views: 11,777
Posted By pluton
This is my analysis of the history as well.

This is my analysis of the history as well.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-18-2015
Replies: 33
Views: 3,502
Posted By pluton
The OVF will not disappear from the market, but...

The OVF will not disappear from the market, but it may fall in commonness.
As has been described, the visually-aware younger, raised-on-electronic-displays folks will eventually discover the...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-14-2015
Replies: 33
Views: 3,502
Posted By pluton
The EVF imager from the Leica SL is now a...

The EVF imager from the Leica SL is now a commodity product from Epson, so expect an improvement in EVF quality in most of the mirrorless product lines over the next year or so.
The time lag can be...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-14-2015
Replies: 16
Views: 2,448
Posted By pluton
Photographs printed [well] are superior to...

Photographs printed [well] are superior to electronically [well]displayed photos, because electronic displays are still pretty ugly. This could change in the future.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 11-06-2015
Replies: 52
Views: 4,570
Posted By pluton
I had a [much less expensive in it's day] Meyer...

I had a [much less expensive in it's day] Meyer Oreston 50mm/1.8 that was sold with my Practika Super TL in 1969. That lens had the same shiny, spring-steel-looking aperture blades. It flared big...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 11-02-2015
Replies: 46
Views: 6,807
Posted By pluton
1. Lenstip looked at one unit. 2. Their "test" is...

1. Lenstip looked at one unit.
2. Their "test" is taking pictures of a printed chart, and then having a computer analyze it.
3. It is the flaws that make the lens' 'look'. Some of the best lenses in...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-28-2015
Replies: 55
Views: 5,417
Posted By pluton
I have no plans to eliminate my Nikon D800 cams,...

I have no plans to eliminate my Nikon D800 cams, but I use them way less since I got the Fujifilm XE1 a couple of years ago. The Fuji image quality mimics the look of the very finest grain 24x36...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 10-28-2015
Replies: 29
Views: 4,420
Posted By pluton
Based on my experience focusing my EVF-equipped...

Based on my experience focusing my EVF-equipped Fujifilm XE1 at wide open and at stopped down apertures on a range of Fuji and non-Fuji lenses, I would never, ever want to have to focus at the...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 10-16-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 3,519
Posted By pluton
I use a 36 megapixel camera with a high quality...

I use a 36 megapixel camera with a high quality wide lens, like the Nikon 14-24. Then I crop. Software works if you are making shots for reproduction at 3x4 inches.
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 10-16-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 2,335
Posted By pluton
I own only the XE1, 2.5 years at this point. Use...

I own only the XE1, 2.5 years at this point. Use it almost every day. The XE1, as I noticed the second I unpacked mine and held it, is too small. It also has too much of it's area covered in...
Forum: Fuji X Series 10-16-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 4,218
Posted By pluton
The new Voigt 15 III is 45 grams heavier than the...

The new Voigt 15 III is 45 grams heavier than the Fuji 14mm.
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 10-12-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 2,335
Posted By pluton
I've always hated...for my own irrational...

I've always hated...for my own irrational reasons...the idea of the 'Thumbs Up', but I love the RRS combined Arca base and hand grip on my XE1.
Unless the Fuji one is just as good, I plan to obtain...
Forum: Photo Software 10-12-2015
Replies: 42
Views: 7,272
Posted By pluton
You and me and millions of others around the...

You and me and millions of others around the world who are not so easily sold the latest[uninteresting] concepts of the marketing department.
Forum: Optics Theory - 10-12-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 2,813
Posted By pluton
The cactus shots, not being identical and being...

The cactus shots, not being identical and being handheld, are of no value for a comparison. But, the tripod shots are most revealing.
Forum: Optics Theory - 10-12-2015
Replies: 79
Views: 7,060
Posted By pluton
Just a note: so-called 3D movies are not really...

Just a note: so-called 3D movies are not really 3D: if they were, you'd be able to lean over in your theater seat and see behind the charcter in the shot.
They are stereography: two 2D images...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 10-12-2015
Replies: 392
Views: 67,131
Posted By pluton
Simple: I wear +2 diopter eyeglasses, and that...

Simple: I wear +2 diopter eyeglasses, and that prevents me from seeing the entire frame of anything wider than about 50mm in the classic Leica finder. 50mm is the beginning of telephoto for me.
I am...
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 10-12-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 4,547
Posted By pluton
I assume the FE2 is modern enough that the...

I assume the FE2 is modern enough that the mirrors are multi layer AR coated, which adds to the scratch resistance. I don't have one in front of me, but I do have an F3, which is from about the same...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 10-04-2015
Replies: 38
Views: 3,015
Posted By pluton
Interesting angle. The "No Child Left Behind" and...

Interesting angle.
The "No Child Left Behind" and "Common Core" programs are seen by many in the ed biz as attempts at privatization, or at the least a move by private industry to initiate a wealth...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 09-12-2015
Replies: 57
Views: 5,890
Posted By pluton
I had 12MP for 4.5 years, then went to 36. Once I...

I had 12MP for 4.5 years, then went to 36.
Once I crop a pano style frame out of 36MP, I'm now at about 18MP, maybe less.
I like the versatility of 36MP.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 09-01-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 3,372
Posted By pluton
I can state that for shots with ultra small...

I can state that for shots with ultra small details, like landscapes with many leafless trees shot with the Fuji 14mm, Photo Ninja will show tiny details with clearly better definition than Adobe...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-21-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 1,670
Posted By pluton
I'd go 7 minutes. By the way, you'll be trying...

I'd go 7 minutes. By the way, you'll be trying to print through an orange mask. Orange = very close to safelight color.
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 08-17-2015
Replies: 26
Views: 4,064
Posted By pluton
I still don't have the dough to build...

I still don't have the dough to build it.
Triggering all at once means an electronic release, just like most cameras have now via a mini /sub-mini TRS jack.
For now, I have a wide selection of wide...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-15-2015
Replies: 37
Views: 6,516
Posted By pluton
It's all what you're used to. I became...

It's all what you're used to. I became habituated to Lightroom, so when I finally got an Intel Mac, and tried Aperture, I found it extremely annoying.
Aperture was fast...much faster than Lightroom...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 07-24-2015
Replies: 16
Views: 3,105
Posted By pluton
I have a Columbia Records classical album that...

I have a Columbia Records classical album that was issued in the late 1960's and it has a cover photo by Winogrand: it's color super-telephoto shot of a landscape feature...has to be at least 300mm.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-20-2015
Replies: 61
Views: 6,624
Posted By pluton
The original M4. Extra points for black paint,...

The original M4. Extra points for black paint, and at least a small bit of brassing about the corners.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 06-10-2015
Replies: 1,195
Views: 169,118
Posted By pluton
https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/515/18670131926_3fbb...

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/515/18670131926_3fbb792ef4_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/urPiLj)contrailSm-150430Z_8031579150419 (https://flic.kr/p/urPiLj) by kbkbfoot...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 06-10-2015
Replies: 1,585
Views: 202,501
Posted By pluton
https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/397/18508036428_d87d...

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/397/18508036428_d87d27578d_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/ucuwqm)austinboneE6-100416 Austin Slides_KB48110100414 (https://flic.kr/p/ucuwqm) by kbkbfoot...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-10-2015
Replies: 68
Views: 8,595
Posted By pluton
I bought two $5000 Nikon D3 bodies in 2008; If...

I bought two $5000 Nikon D3 bodies in 2008; If every frame I shot with the D3's was done and paid for using transparency film and processing(no prints), both cameras paid for themselves in a year...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-10-2015
Replies: 68
Views: 8,595
Posted By pluton
Leicas were always used as jewelry by the...

Leicas were always used as jewelry by the super-rich and the super-rich wannabes. The difference now is the larger media visibility of celebrity(plutography), and that Leica has a a...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 06-10-2015
Replies: 44
Views: 4,149
Posted By pluton
https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/470/18694266475_8ae8...

https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/470/18694266475_8ae84d3926_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/utX18e)heloSMLarge-150331Z_DSF6170150318 (https://flic.kr/p/utX18e) by kbkbfoot...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-10-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 1,800
Posted By pluton
I'll guess that it's worth about $1000 or so IF...

I'll guess that it's worth about $1000 or so IF it's complete and functional. If it's incomplete, as has been suggested, it's worth maybe half that.
Only a fool would spend large money on it, imo.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 06-09-2015
Replies: 44
Views: 4,149
Posted By pluton
The AStar is the de facto 5-seat in the world,...

The AStar is the de facto 5-seat in the world, period.
Seems that many American law enforcement agencies are buying these to replace the classic Bell Jet Ranger series.
Something about cost,...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-10-2015
Replies: 30
Views: 4,250
Posted By pluton
In the days of film, I had the slides/negatives...

In the days of film, I had the slides/negatives in my apartment. If the building burned down(without me being there, and having time to carry everything outside), everything would be wiped out.
Now,...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 04-10-2015
Replies: 29
Views: 5,997
Posted By pluton
All the example shots here that appear to have...

All the example shots here that appear to have been shot at wide apertures also appear to have been shot with a lens with decentered lens elements.
Seems like working with a strict manual aperture...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-10-2015
Replies: 44
Views: 5,353
Posted By pluton
I like professional cameras. I got spoiled way...

I like professional cameras. I got spoiled way back in the 1970's by the professional cameras of the day such as Nikon F and F2(without built-in meter). They weren't very expensive, either.
In the...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-04-2015
Replies: 34
Views: 5,715
Posted By pluton
Sadly, since having to wear +2 diopter...

Sadly, since having to wear +2 diopter eyeglasses, the M rangefinder became non-functional for lenses wider than 50mm.
The always on, never blacked out optical finder is still the only viewing system...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 02-03-2015
Replies: 122
Views: 43,297
Posted By pluton
The resistance to flare and ghosts is mainly a...

The resistance to flare and ghosts is mainly a lens element geometry and internal blackening thing; multiple layer coating is equally available to all the manufacturers.
The Fujifilm lens designers...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-24-2015
Replies: 58
Views: 6,307
Posted By pluton
I have encountered and read about several...

I have encountered and read about several photographers here in the USA who were put on no-fly lists because some low-wage Barney Fife security guard at an oil refinery copied down the license plate...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-07-2015
Replies: 44
Views: 5,434
Posted By pluton
Prints are infinitely more valuable than files,...

Prints are infinitely more valuable than files, period.
Prints---and reproductions in books--- are a superior way to share still photography.
iPads are an awful way to look at photos.
If I shoot a...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-21-2014
Replies: 46
Views: 12,948
Posted By pluton
+1 here. I acquired the XE1 and one lens as an...

+1 here.
I acquired the XE1 and one lens as an experiment. Later I added one more lens. I'd probably have bought a digi-Leica if not for their ghastly quality control, but now the XE1 handles that...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 11-09-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 1,866
Posted By pluton
My XE1 and 14mm + 23mm are, in effect, my digital...

My XE1 and 14mm + 23mm are, in effect, my digital Leica M "system".

Oh, and unlike my old M4's and M6, and the current M's, I can actually see the full viewfinder image with my glasses on.
Styling...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 11-09-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 5,427
Posted By pluton
Internet anecdotes, being undocumented in the...

Internet anecdotes, being undocumented in the journalistic sense, are worthless as an assessment of a particular service establishment, however entertaining the stories may be.
I'm pleased with my...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 09-17-2014
Replies: 54
Views: 10,373
Posted By pluton
The EVF will have to be improved so that it no...

The EVF will have to be improved so that it no longer is annoying. Latency and feeble brightness are first on the list.
My Fuji XE1 is all I have to go on, but there is no way that the EVF in my...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 09-17-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 3,281
Posted By pluton
Quasi-Random thoughts: 12MP printed at 14x21" is...

Quasi-Random thoughts:
12MP printed at 14x21" is 192PPI. If that looks nice to you, that's all you need.
It didn't look that good to me, so I got 36 million pixels.
Now, the inherent fuzziness of...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-02-2014
Replies: 17
Views: 3,383
Posted By pluton
In the soon to be immortal words of Wally...

In the soon to be immortal words of Wally Pfister, ASC, recently quoted in American Cinematographer magazine:
"Film didn't need to be replaced."
Oh, and as presently configured, digital cinema is...
Forum: Fuji X Series 07-10-2014
Replies: 64
Views: 9,065
Posted By pluton
The Leica(for me) is a loser because of it's 1953...

The Leica(for me) is a loser because of it's 1953 viewfinder that doesn't allow me(with my glasses on) to see anything wider than about 50mm.
If Fujifilm made a 24x36 rangefinder-themed camera, it'd...
Forum: Fuji X Series 07-10-2014
Replies: 64
Views: 9,065
Posted By pluton
All this, plus the fact that an APSC size sensor...

All this, plus the fact that an APSC size sensor now outperforms a 24x36 from just a few years ago. There's no need for it to be 24x36.
The point was that it could be small.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-10-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 3,054
Posted By pluton
I, too, would be interested in reading any...

I, too, would be interested in reading any memories that Bill would care to share.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-27-2014
Replies: 34
Views: 4,499
Posted By pluton
And, the reason that Motel 6 got it's name...

And, the reason that Motel 6 got it's name is...well, you know.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-27-2014
Replies: 70
Views: 9,108
Posted By pluton
Didn't Don McCullin shoot most of his classic...

Didn't Don McCullin shoot most of his classic stuff with a Nikon F plus a 28mm and a 135mm?
Nowadays, that basic photojournalist kit would be a 5D3, a 16-35 and a 70-200.
It makes more sense for the...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-23-2014
Replies: 106
Views: 16,884
Posted By pluton
I agree about the 'kid-friendly' part; digital...

I agree about the 'kid-friendly' part; digital enables better automation, craft goes bye-bye.
However, you must be aware that 99%(my guess) of family photos are prints only--most folks end up...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 04-01-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 2,118
Posted By pluton
Samyang...one caveat

A certain Mr. Cicala has commented in the recent past that the Samyang lenses he has examined cannot be disassembled and therefore have no provision for being serviced, no service available, and no...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-08-2014
Replies: 48
Views: 6,507
Posted By pluton
Prediction: The first fully...

Prediction:
The first fully professional-grade-performance mirrorless cameras that do not have a battery life problem will be made by Nikon and/or Canon.
Check back in....3 years???
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 02-07-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 1,471
Posted By pluton
Focus by wire DOES NOT save space in the lens. ...

Focus by wire DOES NOT save space in the lens. All AF or motorized focus lenses that incorporate a motor INSIDE the lens are larger in diameter than a simple conventional MF construction would...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-09-2014
Replies: 33
Views: 4,226
Posted By pluton
It has already been mentioned, but for handheld...

It has already been mentioned, but for handheld 24x36 DSLR shots, the heavier bodies are better to allow extending the low end of possible shutter speeds.
Think an eighth or quarter of a second with...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-07-2013
Replies: 69
Views: 10,447
Posted By pluton
They will if they decide to make prints bigger...

They will if they decide to make prints bigger than six inches on the short side.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-07-2013
Replies: 21
Views: 4,095
Posted By pluton
This is good news for a user of the XE1. Maybe...

This is good news for a user of the XE1. Maybe they also fixed the part where you have to make ten button pushes to format a memory card.
I use the EVF and prefer to have a brightline available.
The...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-22-2013
Replies: 7
Views: 1,139
Posted By pluton
I have used the ZF 50/2 since early 2008, first...

I have used the ZF 50/2 since early 2008, first on the 12MP D3, and now on the D800(E).
It's the best reflex 50mm I've used at all distances and f stops.
Yes, the focus stroke is compressed in the...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 10-22-2013
Replies: 166
Views: 16,732
Posted By pluton
Maybe the new Sony product will be a wonder...

Maybe the new Sony product will be a wonder miracle of the modern age...That'd be nice, and I hope it's really good.
What is likely is that functionality with legacy manual focus/manual aperture...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-31-2013
Replies: 21
Views: 2,360
Posted By pluton
Another quote, this from the character of the...

Another quote, this from the character of the cameraman(as played by Sam Fuller) in Wim Wenders film "The State Of Things":

"Life is in color, but black and white is more realistic."
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-26-2013
Replies: 19
Views: 3,070
Posted By pluton
Bill's right...false scandal.

The propagation of false or specious scandals is one of the many symptoms of our cultural senility.
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-24-2013
Replies: 36
Views: 9,253
Posted By pluton
All this would be accurate if you change "minus...

All this would be accurate if you change "minus one diopter" in the last sentence to "plus one diopter".
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-02-2012
Replies: 37
Views: 5,160
Posted By pluton
To abandon the development of raw in favor of the...

To abandon the development of raw in favor of the current camera generated jpeg is analogous of ditching monochrome silver negative film in favor of black and white reversal. Good luck with that...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-14-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 3,131
Posted By pluton
The very first 28/2 Nikkors had the metal...

The very first 28/2 Nikkors had the metal focusing grip. They also had a distinctly greenish-yellow color transmission compared to the later rubber-gripped K, Ai, and AiS versions.
The optics may...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 09-01-2012
Replies: 97
Views: 12,919
Posted By pluton
When I first investigated digital(about 2006), I...

When I first investigated digital(about 2006), I figured that there'd be a simple way to add film grain to any image. A bit later, I saw that there were programs like DXO and Nik SE that had film...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 08-28-2012
Replies: 23
Views: 4,257
Posted By pluton
Didn't a...maybe the same... Saudi prince have...

Didn't a...maybe the same... Saudi prince have Zeiss whip up that 1700mm f/4 for medium format a few years ago?
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-29-2012
Replies: 23
Views: 5,174
Posted By pluton
Welcome to Lightroom. Here are my simple...

Welcome to Lightroom.
Here are my simple suggestions, based on what I have learned-- and been doing-- since 2007.

1.Create an überfolder under which all your photo files, be they raw, TIFF, JPEG,...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-12-2012
Replies: 23
Views: 3,999
Posted By pluton
Bill, If you [I]really[I] want to 'smooth over'...

Bill, If you [I]really[I] want to 'smooth over' any rendering issues with a sensitive model, shoot the digital original at a high ISO...like 1600 or so...and then jack up the noise reduction in LR,...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-10-2012
Replies: 397
Views: 27,624
Posted By pluton
The price makes it jewelry. It's the perfect...

The price makes it jewelry.
It's the perfect lens for well-to-do doctors, dentists, successful(not incarcerated)hedge fund managers, and former Russian presidents.
I'm sure it has a very high level...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-28-2012
Replies: 11
Views: 2,031
Posted By pluton
What I know, based on shooting Kodachrome 25: The...

What I know, based on shooting Kodachrome 25:
The 1979 28-M, called here version 3, is the first 28mm that had what we would now call 'modern high contrast and resolution'. The down side is strong...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-09-2012
Replies: 32
Views: 6,416
Posted By pluton
I wish Nikon had made the first 24x36 digi...

I wish Nikon had made the first 24x36 digi rangefinder; It would have been about $2500 for the body, and been reliable... with state of the art image quality.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-08-2012
Replies: 126
Views: 11,693
Posted By pluton
I found, over 30 years or so, that "film...

I found, over 30 years or so, that "film photography - the process - including bulk rolling, home developing, and darkroom printing," to be tedious, repetitive, difficult or impossible to fully...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-02-2012
Replies: 10
Views: 2,016
Posted By pluton
It seems to me that a defensible standard for...

It seems to me that a defensible standard for mechanically duplicatable art, aside from the traditional Fair Use rules, would be if the original work is no longer recognizable in the new work, then...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-16-2011
Replies: 73
Views: 7,601
Posted By pluton
Right, Paulfish...this is the most important...

Right, Paulfish...this is the most important point to make: Absolute, fully generalized statements about the artist's "conception" or "intention" or lack thereof are as worthless as all the endless...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-01-2011
Replies: 27
Views: 3,394
Posted By pluton
Historical evidence indicates that this is an...

Historical evidence indicates that this is an incorrect statement.
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 09-26-2011
Replies: 26
Views: 4,064
Posted By pluton
OK, so we line up five APS-C cameras with...

OK, so we line up five APS-C cameras with identical lenses, vertical, to get the undersquare orientation. Remember, the merge software gives you a choice of correcting the image geometry and...
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 08-23-2011
Replies: 26
Views: 4,064
Posted By pluton
Not if you had three identical lens/sensors...

Not if you had three identical lens/sensors arrayed on a base(essentially a still camera version of the old Cinerama camera), each using about a 28mm lens (FF 135 equivalent) with horizontally...
Forum: Optics Theory - 07-01-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 2,643
Posted By pluton
The symmetrical wide angle can have near perfect...

The symmetrical wide angle can have near perfect absence of distortion, and high MTF, etc, but always will suffer increased illumination falloff due the various laws of physics and optics.
The...
Forum: Optics Theory - 07-01-2011
Replies: 2
Views: 1,402
Posted By pluton
My take: I've seen the recent "test reports", and...

My take:
I've seen the recent "test reports", and pixel-peeping forum folks who run their own tests, showing "pronounced" longitudinal color. I'm particularly fascinated by the shots of the ruler...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-04-2011
Replies: 37
Views: 4,399
Posted By pluton
Last year, digital was junk; a film Leica was...

Last year, digital was junk; a film Leica was the best camera created on the earth, according to Ken.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-22-2011
Replies: 60
Views: 10,555
Posted By pluton
Why would anyone want digitally originated...

Why would anyone want digitally originated photographs to look like film?
Is there no 'native to digital' look that can be pleasing and fascinating?

A well-trained jazz-oriented drummer friend was...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-22-2011
Replies: 30
Views: 3,263
Posted By pluton
The work is good if not great; The actual photos...

The work is good if not great; The actual photos look OK at 5"x5" on my laptop, but I doubt they'd make a decent print at the same size. The color reminds me of Polaroid SX-70, which I always...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-25-2011
Replies: 28
Views: 4,582
Posted By pluton
If real money is riding on then acceptability of...

If real money is riding on then acceptability of my exposures, I'll use a light meter(Incident or spot), of course. But, back when I shot film for fun, it was usually Kodachrome 25. I got to know...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 11-24-2010
Replies: 16
Views: 2,935
Posted By pluton
I have seen silver prints that were really,...

I have seen silver prints that were really, really good. I have not personally seen inkjets that good YET, but they may/probably exist somewhere. In my own digi-inkjet world, finding an inkjet...
Forum: Optics Theory - 11-17-2010
Replies: 14
Views: 2,647
Posted By pluton
The clearest filter(meaning, really, the most...

The clearest filter(meaning, really, the most effective AR coating) I've seen so far is the Nikon NC. I'm waiting to see a recently ordered B+W 007 MRC. BTW, to eliminate direct, bounce-back type...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 09-19-2010
Replies: 14
Views: 1,327
Posted By pluton
I agree with the basic sentiment here, but Paul...

I agree with the basic sentiment here, but Paul and Anne Ehrlich(among others) have estimated that the maximum sustainable human population for the Earth is about one billion, give...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-18-2010
Replies: 27
Views: 5,875
Posted By pluton
I like DigiLloyd, but his assertion that "...Yes,...

I like DigiLloyd, but his assertion that "...Yes, AF isn’t perfect, but it can focus off-center, and in conditions where a rangefinder is hopeless,..." seems a touch off. Low light: no a/f but RF...
Forum: Voigtlander Bessa Leica Mount Cameras 07-18-2010
Replies: 202
Views: 51,071
Posted By pluton
agree--only a moron would turn down the...

agree--only a moron would turn down the capability to check his/her exposure in the field, without having to wait for processing. -KB-
Forum: Optics Theory - 07-06-2010
Replies: 17
Views: 2,392
Posted By pluton
Brown filter

Brown filter = 85N6; add CC10G or CC20G for complete effect.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-06-2010
Replies: 21
Views: 1,725
Posted By pluton
Sell it as is for the most possible money: used...

Sell it as is for the most possible money: used "user" M4-P's usually go for $650 to $800 in the USA. Since it should be attractive to a collector charge towards the high end of the scale. Just my...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 06-02-2010
Replies: 25
Views: 7,761
Posted By pluton
Plus, you'd need at least four places on the...

Plus, you'd need at least four places on the exposure counter display.
Forum: Optics Theory - 05-18-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 3,303
Posted By pluton
I vaguely remember that I read at some point a...

I vaguely remember that I read at some point a credible sounding explanation of the elliptical blur effect with anamorphics, but I don't recall where. Try the Google. It is one of the fascinating...
Forum: Optics Theory - 05-15-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 3,303
Posted By pluton
The ISCO system required that you transfer the...

The ISCO system required that you transfer the anamorphic front-attachment from camera to projector lens.
For really good(and 'good' in this case is debateable)optical performance, the anamorphic...
Forum: Cameras in the Movies / TV / Media 04-12-2010
Replies: 24
Views: 4,837
Posted By pluton
The flarey lookm goes in and out of style...look...

The flarey lookm goes in and out of style...look at all those movies from then 1970's that are ruined by thick filter packs. Also, using a foggy filter is an old hack's trick for avoiding the harsh,...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-04-2010
Replies: 53
Views: 7,049
Posted By pluton
Remember when commercial photographers were asked...

Remember when commercial photographers were asked to simulate the look of technically and aesthetically-challenged amateur photography? Well, now they don't have to hire a pro to get their...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 03-29-2010
Replies: 449
Views: 50,058
Posted By pluton
The Copal Square shutter of the nineteen-sixties...

The Copal Square shutter of the nineteen-sixties was Aluminum alloy; Al is often alloyed with Mg among other metals/elements.
If the shutter was pure Mg, we could cll it "The Hindenburg Of...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-10-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 1,735
Posted By pluton
What I got from Mike's article is that while...

What I got from Mike's article is that while Reichmann and Hogan diligently invent and earnestly propose their suggestions for all the electronic geewhizzery that Leica should add to their M9, they...
Forum: Optics Theory - 03-02-2010
Replies: 22
Views: 2,146
Posted By pluton
In some photos the bokeh can be momentarily...

In some photos the bokeh can be momentarily interesting to look at, but in general it's better to have zero bokeh...that is, everything in focus. The elevation of defects and aberrations to...
Forum: Optics Theory - 02-25-2010
Replies: 157
Views: 23,391
Posted By pluton
Bokeh is not "shallow depth of field", it is the...

Bokeh is not "shallow depth of field", it is the character or appearance of the out of focus areas.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-12-2010
Replies: 103
Views: 9,654
Posted By pluton
But just so no one gets a false impression, isn't...

But just so no one gets a false impression, isn't it true that HCB, like GW, rarely if ever printed his own work once his stature allowed him to avoid printing?
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-28-2010
Replies: 87
Views: 9,971
Posted By pluton
EVF(as descibed by Thom)No Worky

Unfortunately, the M lenses are not auto-diaphragm; therefore, the EVF will have to work at the set aperture. In dim light or stopped-down situations, this will mean jacking-up then gain on the amp...
Forum: Optics Theory - 12-15-2009
Replies: 5
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Posted By pluton
The sun sends us white light which is a mixture...

The sun sends us white light which is a mixture of all the monochromatic colors that our eyes are sensitive to

when we mix both sides of the monochromatic spectrum, we get the extra spectral...
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