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Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-20-2018
Replies: 41
Views: 1,961
Posted By Roger Hicks
Remember, too, that fine grain and sharpness have...

Remember, too, that fine grain and sharpness have to be traded off against one another: the finest grained films suitable for general use are never the sharpest, and the sharpest films suitable for...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-20-2018
Replies: 84
Views: 3,109
Posted By Roger Hicks
Amazing! Thanks. I didn't know that it was...

Amazing! Thanks. I didn't know that it was possible. To have EVERYTHING done to my Rapidwinder-equipped M2 would cost about half a grand. If I can find the money I may be tempted!

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-20-2018
Replies: 84
Views: 3,109
Posted By Roger Hicks
Well, I've had most Leicas up to the Typ 240 and...

Well, I've had most Leicas up to the Typ 240 and I'd say that with film, condition matters more than model: my favourites are the MP (new type) and the M2. My M4-P (from new) was the roughest Leica...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-20-2018
Replies: 74
Views: 2,379
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Nick, When setting up false dichotomies in...

Dear Nick,

When setting up false dichotomies in order to stir controversy, it is often as well not to be too detailed and specific, to say nothing of long winded.

There's an excellent idea in there...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-17-2018
Replies: 60
Views: 1,539
Posted By Roger Hicks
Not really. In the days when colour (in...

Not really. In the days when colour (in particular) meant shooting at low film speeds, a fast lens was a LOT more useful. Often essential, in fact. A 35 Summilux was my standard lens for decades. But...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 12-17-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 1,039
Posted By Roger Hicks
At least with a reflex finder you get a...

At least with a reflex finder you get a decent-sized image (built in or add-on). The image with the AYOOC is tiny. On the other hand, you can easily use an AYOOC in portrait format, unlike either a...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-17-2018
Replies: 72
Views: 2,591
Posted By Roger Hicks
I can't help feeling that it's a self-stoking...

I can't help feeling that it's a self-stoking process. People rave about (say) the K1000, perhaps never having tried another reliable, workmanlike camera, perhaps even without having tried even a...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 12-17-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 1,039
Posted By Roger Hicks
But given the choice of AHOOT and NOOKY...

But given the choice of AHOOT and NOOKY (https://www.reddotcameras.co.uk/screw-accessories/6784-leitz-nooky-close-up-adapter-elmar-5cm.html), which would you go for?

(No cash substitutes...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 12-17-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 1,039
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Phil, Which format? Indeed, what...

Dear Phil,

Which format? Indeed, what camera?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 12-17-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 1,039
Posted By Roger Hicks
Wow! That must have been one of the last! I have...

Wow! That must have been one of the last! I have to admit that I'd never heard of it: too new for me. Thanks for the information.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 12-17-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 1,039
Posted By Roger Hicks
AYOOC, a very rare Leica finder

Another in the series about Leica bits that a young friend inherited: the incredibly rare AYOOC waist-level finder (http://rogerandfrances.eu/photography/ayooc) for 50mm and 35mm. The real puzzle to...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-17-2018
Replies: 72
Views: 2,591
Posted By Roger Hicks
Sure. No problem. What puzzles me are the...

Sure. No problem. What puzzles me are the hysterically-pro and the hysterically-anti; and of course those who'd rather buy the substantially same thing (low- or-mid range Canon, Nikon) every couple...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-17-2018
Replies: 72
Views: 2,591
Posted By Roger Hicks
Whereas refusing to admit that (say) 20 years of...

Whereas refusing to admit that (say) 20 years of pleasure from something that cost (say) $2000 equates to $100 a year can't even be excused as rationalization.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-17-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 368
Posted By Roger Hicks
Good grief! Sorry for the misleading advice. I'm...

Good grief! Sorry for the misleading advice. I'm surprised, though.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Xpan & Other Panoramics 12-17-2018
Replies: 49
Views: 8,603
Posted By Roger Hicks
Possibly because the rest of us can work out how...

Possibly because the rest of us can work out how to crop an image -- and that we needn't always crop to just the middle 1/3 (or whatever it is).

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-17-2018
Replies: 72
Views: 2,591
Posted By Roger Hicks
All indisputably true, but you're looking at it...

All indisputably true, but you're looking at it logically, not emotionally. Leicas, above all, are cameras where some buy them because they're actually quite good cameras for a particular kind of...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-17-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 368
Posted By Roger Hicks
They do that. A couple of mine do it, and so do...

They do that. A couple of mine do it, and so do several of the five Leicas (http://rogerandfrances.eu/photography/five-leicas) that a friend inherited. It's a cheap, easy repair, and a perfect...
Forum: Off Topic 12-17-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 1,479
Posted By Roger Hicks
Indeed. I still have a 90/2.5 macro, 135/2.3,...

Indeed. I still have a 90/2.5 macro, 135/2.3, 200/3 and 600/8.

Oh: and 35-85/2.8 and 90-180/4.5, though these are not in the same class as the primes.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Off Topic 12-17-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 1,479
Posted By Roger Hicks
Including highly desirable weird stuff like the...

Including highly desirable weird stuff like the Tessina (http://rogerandfrances.eu/photography/tessina-automatic).

It's also important to know what to ignore, such as Praktica bayonet-mount cameras...
Forum: Travel 12-16-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 823
Posted By Roger Hicks
Om ah hung benzra Guru Pema siddhi...

Om ah hung benzra Guru Pema siddhi hung!

Apologies for the Khampa transliteration...

Thanks!

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-16-2018
Replies: 72
Views: 2,591
Posted By Roger Hicks
Indeed. Heaven forfend that ideas or vision...

Indeed. Heaven forfend that ideas or vision should matter, next to corner-to-corner sharpness.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 12-16-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 616
Posted By Roger Hicks
Hold on to that rational thought! As I say in the...

Hold on to that rational thought! As I say in the piece, they're fun, but hardly practical. As far as I recall, I paid £40 for mine in the 70s as a bachelor in my 20s with quite a good income. Paying...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 12-16-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 616
Posted By Roger Hicks
As far as I know, it was normal to roll your own,...

As far as I know, it was normal to roll your own, as it shows in the instruction book.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 12-16-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 616
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Pan, This is the ONLY time I've ever seen...

Dear Pan,

This is the ONLY time I've ever seen static in my own photography -- and what a wonderful piece of luck that it panned out as it did. The other end of the bolt is really boring. Shame it's...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 12-16-2018
Replies: 3
Views: 369
Posted By Roger Hicks
Could be drying marks. I once had something...

Could be drying marks. I once had something similar from trying to dry films on the reel; with a Kleen-Dri, as far as I recall, but it's nearly 30 years ago and I got rid of the bloody thing....
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 12-16-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 616
Posted By Roger Hicks
Tessina, anyone?

All right, it's not a rangefinder and it's terminally weird: a 35mm TLR giving laterally reversed 14x21mm frames and using a non-standard cassette. Over 40 years ago I had one, but I sold it. Then a...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 12-16-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 902
Posted By Roger Hicks
Who wants that much junk in with the (possibly)...

Who wants that much junk in with the (possibly) good stuff?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 12-16-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 1,671
Posted By Roger Hicks
Two words: "quality control". Many Chinese...

Two words: "quality control".

Many Chinese products are of excellent quality, but if even 10% aren't, they easily destroy the credibility of those that are. The difficulty lies in knowing which...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 12-16-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 766
Posted By Roger Hicks
Jam the locking mechanism on the camera body with...

Jam the locking mechanism on the camera body with a toothpick. Get it serviced so that the focusing works smoothly -- or focus using the lens barrel, not the small circular saw.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 12-16-2018
Replies: 72
Views: 2,591
Posted By Roger Hicks
Build quality (= reliability and durability)....

Build quality (= reliability and durability). Optical quality, though this is easy to overstate: as I say in The Quality Plateau (http://rogerandfrances.eu/photography/quality-plateau), "Up to a...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 12-06-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1,227
Posted By Roger Hicks
Somewhere I have the Linhof version of this. Any...

Somewhere I have the Linhof version of this. Any one who can't make it work probably doesn't know understand about LF to be shooting it. The only drawback with the Linhof cold light head is that it's...
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-10-2018
Replies: 35
Views: 929
Posted By Roger Hicks
M9, because that's how I'd get the best pictures....

M9, because that's how I'd get the best pictures. Two, three or four lenses: they don't weigh much. What normally gives YOU the best pictures? Have you no idea?

Cheeras,

R.
Forum: Photography General Interest 11-05-2018
Replies: 64
Views: 2,088
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Peter, What about Vivitar Series 1 Solid...

Dear Peter,

What about Vivitar Series 1 Solid Cats?

Oh; sorry; they're not mirrorless...

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Film vs Digital 11-05-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 2,555
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Ted, Stop with the facts, already! This is...

Dear Ted,

Stop with the facts, already! This is a religious war!

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Off Topic 11-04-2018
Replies: 2
Views: 460
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Raid, Which war? Cheers, R.

Dear Raid,

Which war?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 11-04-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 908
Posted By Roger Hicks
Unless of course you are trying to shoot wildlife...

Unless of course you are trying to shoot wildlife or sports or macro or low-light or underwater or -- well, pretty much anything that requires more than a box camera.

Also, ask yourself why...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-30-2018
Replies: 2
Views: 323
Posted By Roger Hicks
Yup. They stick. See the Five Leicas...

Yup. They stick. See the Five Leicas (http://rogerandfrances.eu/photography/five-leicas) piece on my .eu web-site. It's not an expensive repair.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 10-30-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 678
Posted By Roger Hicks
Because if you wanted to use flash when these...

Because if you wanted to use flash when these were still just usable cameras, instead of objects of worship, it wasn't abuse, Just a clumsy, ugly modification. There were better alternatives but they...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 10-28-2018
Replies: 69
Views: 2,952
Posted By Roger Hicks
Good story: thanks. Cheers, R.

Good story: thanks.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 10-28-2018
Replies: 69
Views: 2,952
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Philiippe, Indisputably! Is there a...

Dear Philiippe,

Indisputably!

Is there a subscription charge? If so, what is it? And which city?

Amitiés,

Roger
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 10-28-2018
Replies: 69
Views: 2,952
Posted By Roger Hicks
Really? Why? Not being argumentative: just...

Really? Why? Not being argumentative: just intrigued.

A possible parallel might apply in Hilton, New York, where my wife Frances was brought up. In the 1950s, icomers objected to people (long-time...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 10-28-2018
Replies: 69
Views: 2,952
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Chris, Traditionally it was similar in the...

Dear Chris,

Traditionally it was similar in the UK, though there, libraries are closing or shrinking apace in the name of "austerity" as local authorities "save" money. I (or more accurately my...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 10-28-2018
Replies: 69
Views: 2,952
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Phillippe, Well, yes, I do read French, and...

Dear Phillippe,

Well, yes, I do read French, and I take issue with your (and their) interpretation of "recently". The articles to which you link are both a decade old, and they both admit that...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-28-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 1,148
Posted By Roger Hicks
Maybe they do. It's just a shame that then don't...

Maybe they do. It's just a shame that then don't prove it more often. A picture of a coffee cup with wafer-thin depth of field, or yet another bloody mutt with only its eyes in focus, suggests that...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 10-28-2018
Replies: 33
Views: 1,059
Posted By Roger Hicks
Me. In poor light. That's what I always believed...

Me. In poor light. That's what I always believed (and still believe) fast lenses are for. Nor am I alone.

Using fast lenses in good light is a sideshow, commonly abused.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-28-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 1,148
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear David, Sorry: what was the point in...

Dear David,

Sorry: what was the point in question? Might it have been that it was a stunt*? And is it not relevant that he did not subsequently switch to box cameras because they were all he...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-28-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 1,148
Posted By Roger Hicks
YES! Cheers, R.

YES!

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 10-27-2018
Replies: 69
Views: 2,952
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Phillippe, Really? Every town I know has...

Dear Phillippe,

Really? Every town I know has something resembling an anglosphere public library, as do many villages including my own; though there seems often (always?) to be a subscription fee....
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 10-27-2018
Replies: 69
Views: 2,952
Posted By Roger Hicks
Quite! Cheers, R.

Quite!

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 10-27-2018
Replies: 33
Views: 1,059
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Paul, Smaller format (as you say) and...

Dear Paul,

Smaller format (as you say) and non-collapsible. Also 40mm = more depth of field.

And Robot Stars are pretty chunky.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 10-27-2018
Replies: 33
Views: 1,059
Posted By Roger Hicks
Sure: no argument. I prefer my Pen W to Frances's...

Sure: no argument. I prefer my Pen W to Frances's Rollei 35. From the same source as before:

Technical quality and versatility are not the only components of the quality plateau, though. Two more...
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 10-27-2018
Replies: 33
Views: 1,059
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Paul, Thank'ee kindly, but quite honestly...

Dear Paul,

Thank'ee kindly, but quite honestly I'd recommend a simpler spot meter: the 1/2 degree spot is wonderfully precise, but the upside-down image is more awkward than you might think (unless...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 10-27-2018
Replies: 69
Views: 2,952
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Chris, Thanks. Interesting how differently...

Dear Chris,

Thanks. Interesting how differently the concept has been developed in the United States and around where I live.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 10-27-2018
Replies: 69
Views: 2,952
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Oren, Thanks for the news....

Dear Oren,

Thanks for the news. R.I.P.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 10-27-2018
Replies: 33
Views: 1,059
Posted By Roger Hicks
When Heinz Waaske of Wirgin designed the camera,...

When Heinz Waaske of Wirgin designed the camera, beginning in 1962, his aim was to make it as tiny as possible, even down to a "trick" shutter to allow a collapsible lens. He succeeded: arguably,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-27-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 1,148
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear David, Highlight: But then, so is...

Dear David,

Highlight: But then, so is underwater photography (as noted in the original quote); and macro; and sports; and music photography; and low-light reportage; and interiors; and indeed...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-27-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 1,148
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear David, I repeat the extract from The...

Dear David,

I repeat the extract from The Quality Plateau (http://rogerandfrances.eu/photography/quality-plateau):

Some people actually like Holgas and other cheap plastic cameras. That's fine. If...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-27-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 1,148
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear David, That's because it was a...

Dear David,

That's because it was a substantially pointless stunt. Work within the limits of any camera and you can produce good images. The problem arises when you need fancy stuff like a focusing...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-26-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 1,148
Posted By Roger Hicks
No, Leicas were always expensive. Leica IIIa with...

No, Leicas were always expensive. Leica IIIa with Summar lens in 1936 (ADKOO): £43. Multiplier for inflation: rather over 60x. This puts the camera at £2580 today.

Alternatively, and arguably more...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-26-2018
Replies: 27
Views: 972
Posted By Roger Hicks
DEEP lens hoods are important. Cheers, R.

DEEP lens hoods are important.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-26-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 1,148
Posted By Roger Hicks
Extracts from The Quality Plateau...

Extracts from The Quality Plateau (http://rogerandfrances.eu/photography/quality-plateau) on my .eu site:

Up to a certain level, a better camera will give you better pictures. This level is the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-25-2018
Replies: 157
Views: 22,191
Posted By Roger Hicks
Well, I'd been using Leicas for a few years when...

Well, I'd been using Leicas for a few years when the M5 came out: I still have the original brochure. I'd started with real (screw-mount) Leicas with a IIIa in 1969 and I'd recently got my first M, a...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-25-2018
Replies: 157
Views: 22,191
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Erik, True, until you compare it with any...

Dear Erik,

True, until you compare it with any other M-series film camera.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-24-2018
Replies: 70
Views: 1,154
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Drew, Clearly because you do not work hard...

Dear Drew,

Clearly because you do not work hard enough (sorry, I don't do smilies).

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-24-2018
Replies: 70
Views: 1,154
Posted By Roger Hicks
Travel, especially to all the gallery vernissages...

Travel, especially to all the gallery vernissages (opening nights) I could physically get to. Also to a lot of thermal springs.

Whatever's left when I pop my clogs (or Frances pops hers, if I go...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 10-24-2018
Replies: 445
Views: 13,613
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Larry, Well, yes. Imagine if more people...

Dear Larry,

Well, yes.

Imagine if more people knew about Alpas, old or new.

"This commercially successful camera doesn't suit me

and/or
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 10-23-2018
Replies: 124
Views: 18,851
Posted By Roger Hicks
Exactly. You're always going to miss some shots...

Exactly. You're always going to miss some shots for one reason or another, and I'd rather not miss them changing lenses.

The point about looking, moving and thinking is important too.

For decades...
Forum: Film vs Digital 10-22-2018
Replies: 67
Views: 2,105
Posted By Roger Hicks
Like this, you mean...

Like this, you mean (http://www.rogerandfrances.com/subscription/typewriter.html)?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-21-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 486
Posted By Roger Hicks
No-one appears to know. Cheers, R.

No-one appears to know.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-20-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 464
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Raid, Thanks for posting this. Cheers, R.

Dear Raid,

Thanks for posting this.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-13-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 951
Posted By Roger Hicks
Still irrelevant. I was talking about whether you...

Still irrelevant. I was talking about whether you (or I) would replace all of the camera gear we own -- which stands as a question whether we carry our own insurance or buy it in. Your contorted...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-12-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 951
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Cal, YES! Hold on to that thought! Or...

Dear Cal,

YES! Hold on to that thought!

Or maybe you'd be going back to what you once had just to take pictures, without collecting cameras.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Other RF 10-12-2018
Replies: 31
Views: 3,005
Posted By Roger Hicks
I quite liked the Yashica Lynx 14 but the RF...

I quite liked the Yashica Lynx 14 but the RF mirror on mine was dim and it hardly seemed worth replacing it, the more so given that I had a 50/1.2 Canon for my Leicas... At which point I sort of lost...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-12-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,315
Posted By Roger Hicks
I know the problem. Among all the 200-year-olds...

I know the problem. Among all the 200-year-olds I've ever met.... No, wait a minute...

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-12-2018
Replies: 25
Views: 985
Posted By Roger Hicks
On the other hand, when I tried the original 35...

On the other hand, when I tried the original 35 Summilux Aspheric, I was deeply unimpressed. The previous (pre-aspheric) was so much smaller and lighter, and only slightly inferior optically. Better...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-12-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 951
Posted By Roger Hicks
Underline: In most countries this is covered by...

Underline: In most countries this is covered by compulsory taxes/ National Insurance/ Social Security.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-12-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,315
Posted By Roger Hicks
No, no, no. If you never smoke, drink, eat fats...

No, no, no. If you never smoke, drink, eat fats of any kind, or salt, have sex or enjoy yourself in any way, you will live forever. Look at the countless examples of 200+-year-olds who support this...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 10-12-2018
Replies: 45
Views: 1,862
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear David, Well, I currently have all three,...

Dear David,

Well, I currently have all three, and the one I'd keep is the M2.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-12-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 951
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Willie, All completely irrelevant. We're...

Dear Willie,

All completely irrelevant. We're talking about camera insurance, not sunglasses, roofs, jewellery or Porsches.

I have more cameras than I need, I most certainly wouldn't need (or even...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 10-12-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 423
Posted By Roger Hicks
Mixing box...

Mixing box (http://store.khbphotografix.com/35mm-Mixing-Box-for-Omega-C760-and-C700-Dichroic-Colorheads.html)?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-12-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,315
Posted By Roger Hicks
Do not touch it. You will die immediately and...

Do not touch it. You will die immediately and horribly, just as you will die immediately and horribly from unprotected sex, cholesterol, alcohol, red meat, preserved meat, salt, sugar, breathing in...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-12-2018
Replies: 11
Views: 615
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Marty, And vastly for the better. More...

Dear Marty,

And vastly for the better. More latitude and a better developer repertoire with far more flexibility. TMX was great under Kodak lab conditions; not so much for real-world shooting. The...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-12-2018
Replies: 25
Views: 985
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Raid, If I'm buying new, it may well be...

Dear Raid,

If I'm buying new, it may well be that the only realistic choice is aspheric: cf. my 75 Summicron. Or indeed as Santini said the 15 Heliar.

On the other hand, I've tried aspheric 35...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 10-12-2018
Replies: 45
Views: 1,862
Posted By Roger Hicks
But "condition" ain't just the body covering. See...

But "condition" ain't just the body covering. See "Five Leicas (http://rogerandfrances.eu/photography/five-leicas)" on my .eu site. The M3 with a proper strip, clean and overhaul (NOT just a cheap...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-11-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 951
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Willie, And, of course, would you actually...

Dear Willie,

And, of course, would you actually repurchase all (or indeed any) of them?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 10-11-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 1,189
Posted By Roger Hicks
Leicas are actually quite simple cameras to...

Leicas are actually quite simple cameras to repair. Source: more than one camera repairer.

Lenses, not so much.

Cheers,

R
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-10-2018
Replies: 41
Views: 1,145
Posted By Roger Hicks
Isn't it a mixture for most people? Cheers, R.

Isn't it a mixture for most people?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-10-2018
Replies: 100
Views: 2,789
Posted By Roger Hicks
Nowadays, come to think of it, I think I'd regret...

Nowadays, come to think of it, I think I'd regret buying anything. I already have enough cameras. The last camera I actually bought was a Nikon Df; the last one before that, a Leica M9.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-10-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 951
Posted By Roger Hicks
And of course many insurers will try to weasel...

And of course many insurers will try to weasel out of claims, or of course simply deny that you were ever insured. When I went to renew my Allstate insurance after the first year (no claims) they...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 10-10-2018
Replies: 34
Views: 2,415
Posted By Roger Hicks
The YF was a nice camera -- I had one -- but I'm...

The YF was a nice camera -- I had one -- but I'm less and less sure why people want to try to use these things. As David said, why not just go for a Leica if all you want to do is take pictures? Or...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-09-2018
Replies: 100
Views: 2,789
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Cal, Wimp! (Or sensible...

Dear Cal,

Wimp!

(Or sensible person...)

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Kodak Retina and Ektra Rangefinders 10-09-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 3,964
Posted By Roger Hicks
As long as the overall lens thickness is the same...

As long as the overall lens thickness is the same (use a micrometer), there's do reason why it shouldn't. Well, in theory the two lenses might be of different focal lengths but I'd be surprised if it...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-09-2018
Replies: 100
Views: 2,789
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Cal, I thought you said "large format"....

Dear Cal,

I thought you said "large format". What's wrong with 12x10, 12x15, 16x20...?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-09-2018
Replies: 72
Views: 2,586
Posted By Roger Hicks
Occasionally I bought cameras I thought were...

Occasionally I bought cameras I thought were valuable with an eye to making a profit, and either didn't make the profit, or didn't make enough profit to be worth the effort. But that was decades ago....
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 10-08-2018
Replies: 45
Views: 1,862
Posted By Roger Hicks
Go for the one in the best condition. Obviously...

Go for the one in the best condition. Obviously not M3 with a 35mm lens unless you are happy using a supplementary finder or can find one with goggles.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 10-08-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 545
Posted By Roger Hicks
Roughly, an infinite number. Shoot at EIs from 25...

Roughly, an infinite number. Shoot at EIs from 25 to 500; use a spot meter, an incident meter, or a broad-area reflected meter. Use any one of probably 50 developers (modifiable to maybe 500) and...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-08-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 2,037
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear David, Well, yes. Or maybe they buy it and...

Dear David,

Well, yes. Or maybe they buy it and just don't use it, so that the mechanism gums up as the lubricants dry out. In Five Leicas (http://rogerandfrances.eu/photography/five-leicas) on my...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-08-2018
Replies: 449
Views: 65,200
Posted By Roger Hicks
It's a great lens, but hand held it performs much...

It's a great lens, but hand held it performs much better on an Alpa 12 WA. The shutter release on the Hasselblad is very rough indeed compared with the Alpa and leads to camera shake.

Of course...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-08-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 2,037
Posted By Roger Hicks
Ni, I said I doubt I've had 10 repairs in 50...

Ni, I said I doubt I've had 10 repairs in 50 years. In other words, not as many as 10.

Thinking back, one was the result of a cretin at LAX airport letting my then-new M4P bounce down a metal...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 10-07-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 2,037
Posted By Roger Hicks
It always puzzles me how many people have/ have...

It always puzzles me how many people have/ have had unreliable Leicas. In almost 50 years of using the things I doubt I've had ten repairs.

The real enemy of old Leicas is gumming up from lack of...
Forum: Canon Rangefinders - Peter Dechert and Peter Kitchingman 10-07-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 1,207
Posted By Roger Hicks
An excellent explanation: thank you. One further...

An excellent explanation: thank you.

One further point, though, is that the coupling on a given rangefinder camera may not be designed or adjusted for a 50mm "standard". Sure, it is possible to...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-07-2018
Replies: 69
Views: 2,189
Posted By Roger Hicks
But wasn't the Leningrad fun? Until the zinc...

But wasn't the Leningrad fun? Until the zinc alloy chassis cracked. Or unless you wanted evenly spaced negatives. Or unless you didn't want a camera that jumped it the air when it went...
Forum: Canon Rangefinders - Peter Dechert and Peter Kitchingman 10-07-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 1,207
Posted By Roger Hicks
For decades I've used Canon 50/1.2s* on Leicas...

For decades I've used Canon 50/1.2s* on Leicas and had no problems, so I think you have a duff lens.

*Plural because of usual problem: bought one, sold it, regretted it, bought...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-06-2018
Replies: 100
Views: 2,789
Posted By Roger Hicks
Is "degrade" the right word? Wouldn't "suddenly...

Is "degrade" the right word? Wouldn't "suddenly stop working altogether" be more likely? Sure, a new sensor for every shot (film) is ideal, but I don't know enough to worry about...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-06-2018
Replies: 100
Views: 2,789
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Juergen, My feeling too. I have a Nikon Df...

Dear Juergen,

My feeling too. I have a Nikon Df and a Leica M9. I find it hard to imagine why I would want to change either of them as long as they work.

To the OP: well, I've had (and still have)...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-04-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,503
Posted By Roger Hicks
Exactly. From...

Exactly. From http://www.rogerandfrances.com/subscription/leicaphilia.html


The dangers of the 'CLA'

The main reason I said that the biggest enemy of old Leicas is arguably lack of use is that...
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-03-2018
Replies: 69
Views: 2,189
Posted By Roger Hicks
Have fun! Cheers, R.

Have fun!

Cheers,

R.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 10-03-2018
Replies: 69
Views: 2,189
Posted By Roger Hicks
This is my understanding too. Cheers, R.

This is my understanding too.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-03-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,503
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Rob, Well, yes. That was my point about...

Dear Rob,

Well, yes. That was my point about minimalist elegance. The M4-P has too many framelines. And the rewind can be distorted by a knock: mine was. I also have an M2 -- with a rapid loading...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 10-03-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 1,503
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Ricardo, M2 for minimalist elegance. M5 if...

Dear Ricardo,

M2 for minimalist elegance.

M5 if you don't mind having a camera with all the elegance of a house brick.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-03-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 784
Posted By Roger Hicks
Excellent point: you are of course quite right. I...

Excellent point: you are of course quite right. I am guilty of the same offence that annoys me so often in others: forgetting that there is no such thing as uniform UK law.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-02-2018
Replies: 60
Views: 4,660
Posted By Roger Hicks
Interesting parallel. Thanks. Cheers, R.

Interesting parallel. Thanks.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-02-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 784
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Larry, You were. I can't quite understand...

Dear Larry,

You were. I can't quite understand the objections.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Olympus RF 10-02-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 754
Posted By Roger Hicks
Sounds convincing. Then again, from all I've...

Sounds convincing.

Then again, from all I've read, Japanese "mint" is a flexible term.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-02-2018
Replies: 96
Views: 1,840
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Nick, A bush of your own...

Dear Nick,

A bush of your own making?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-02-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 784
Posted By Roger Hicks
All right, it is more complex. But without going...

All right, it is more complex. But without going into even more depth than the link I gave, it's a pretty useful and straightforward distinction. Burglary doesn't involve assault*. Robbery does....
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-02-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 784
Posted By Roger Hicks
Nope. The UK distinction is the same: see...

Nope. The UK distinction is the same: see https://www.sentencingcouncil.org.uk/blog/post/what-is-the-difference-between-theft-robbery-and-burglary/

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Olympus RF 10-02-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 754
Posted By Roger Hicks
It's hard to see how any camera design could be...

It's hard to see how any camera design could be unusually prone to fungus attack, though I suppose it's just about conceivable that some types of glass might be more vulnerable than others.

My own...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-02-2018
Replies: 43
Views: 934
Posted By Roger Hicks
It's easier than working for a living. Well,...

It's easier than working for a living.

Well, no, actually. It's often more difficult. But it's also more enjoyable.

Maybe 25 years ago we were talking on the Shutterbug stand at The Show Formerly...
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-01-2018
Replies: 43
Views: 934
Posted By Roger Hicks
I've been addicted for 50+ years and it's getting...

I've been addicted for 50+ years and it's getting hard to stop.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-01-2018
Replies: 96
Views: 1,840
Posted By Roger Hicks
When I left school, I decided that shaving was a...

When I left school, I decided that shaving was a waste of time. Seen nothing to change that opinion since.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-29-2018
Replies: 31
Views: 1,079
Posted By Roger Hicks
Without a moment's disrespect to Nikon, in 1952...

Without a moment's disrespect to Nikon, in 1952 I'd back the likelihood of a Japanese copy of a German design against the likelihood of a German copy of a Japanese design.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-29-2018
Replies: 31
Views: 1,079
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Godfrey, He certainly doesn't seem to want...

Dear Godfrey,

He certainly doesn't seem to want help badly enough to clarify what he's asking for. Maybe he'd be better off in a mind-reading forum.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Large Format Film RF 09-29-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 1,027
Posted By Roger Hicks
Another vote for the plain old cooking f/6.8...

Another vote for the plain old cooking f/6.8 Angulon. I've used 'em for years. No movement at infinity though of course as you rack out this changes.

The full aperture is for focusing only: the...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 09-28-2018
Replies: 85
Views: 4,273
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear David, But where are the Periflexes, the...

Dear David,

But where are the Periflexes, the Reids...

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-26-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 811
Posted By Roger Hicks
Not, I assume, an expensive Swiss or "artisanal"...

Not, I assume, an expensive Swiss or "artisanal" candy bar.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 09-26-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 539
Posted By Roger Hicks
When I've needed to create PDFs with words and...

When I've needed to create PDFs with words and pictures, I've created them in OpenOffice and saved 'em as PDFs. Haven't done it for a while but it worked.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 09-26-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 811
Posted By Roger Hicks
Maybe the collapsing mount was stuck closed, and...

Maybe the collapsing mount was stuck closed, and someone tried to lever it open with a screwdriver? As Sumarongi says, though, that's SERIOUSLY aggressive fungus! Pretty aggressive with the soldering...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-26-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 1,689
Posted By Roger Hicks
Well, no. Lots of people have more than one...

Well, no. Lots of people have more than one camera, and I don't use "one of my Leicas" the same way as I use "one of my Nikons" or indeed "one of my Gandolfis." In fact I don't use my M9 in quite the...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-26-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 1,689
Posted By Roger Hicks
The most important thing to know is that there is...

The most important thing to know is that there is ALWAYS someone who tells you that you should have bought an M1-2-3-5-6-7 instead...

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Optics Theory - 09-26-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 2,892
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Robert, Not really. By the time the image...

Dear Robert,

Not really. By the time the image has been strained through a computer and put up on a low-resolution computer screen (and they're all low-resolution compared with all but the tiniest...
Forum: Optics Theory - 09-26-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 2,892
Posted By Roger Hicks
Exactly. See also post 24. Cheers, R.

Exactly. See also post 24.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Optics Theory - 09-26-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 2,892
Posted By Roger Hicks
In other words, "Don't look for a simplistic...

In other words, "Don't look for a simplistic answer to a complex question".

Exactly...

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 09-26-2018
Replies: 6
Views: 462
Posted By Roger Hicks
KMZ has shown many wonderful prototypes at...

KMZ has shown many wonderful prototypes at photokina in the past. Here's hoping that this one makes it into production! If Dr. Kaufmann was at the launch, it probably will.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Optics Theory - 09-25-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 2,892
Posted By Roger Hicks
To quote the late Dr. Hubert Nasse of Zeiss, "You...

To quote the late Dr. Hubert Nasse of Zeiss, "You can't tell what a lens is going to be like until you build it."

In other words, yes, there are differences, but you can't tell what they're going to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-25-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 390
Posted By Roger Hicks
Not especially. I just like the look of all the...

Not especially. I just like the look of all the 58s I've tried. Quite honestly I've been happy with 47mm, 50mm, 51mm, 55mm and 58mm, but if I had the choice of any of the above in the same mount, I'd...
Forum: Optics Theory - 09-25-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 2,892
Posted By Roger Hicks
Personal taste. Luck. Nostalgia. Rarity (if...

Personal taste.

Luck.

Nostalgia.

Rarity (if it's rare it must be better).

Sample variation.
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-24-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 390
Posted By Roger Hicks
Well, I find 55 and 58mm surprisingly different,...

Well, I find 55 and 58mm surprisingly different, and it's not just down to "signatures": I've had several of both (Pentax and Nikon 55, Nikon, Zeiss and Russian 58).

On the other hand, I find 28mm...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-24-2018
Replies: 31
Views: 1,079
Posted By Roger Hicks
Which was the copy? I traced the Tewe back to...

Which was the copy? I traced the Tewe back to 1952 (http://www.rogerandfrances.com/subscription/tewe%20polyfocus.html) (BJP Almanac 1953).

They're so similar that I wonder if the Nikon wasn't...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 09-24-2018
Replies: 69
Views: 2,952
Posted By Roger Hicks
Of course another advantage of proper public...

Of course another advantage of proper public libraries is PLR, Public Lending Right (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_Lending_Right). But distressingly many people are too mean or too...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 09-24-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 1,294
Posted By Roger Hicks
For me, 28 is a really dull betwixt-and-between...

For me, 28 is a really dull betwixt-and-between lens: neither "standard" like a 35 nor decently wide like a 24 (though I actually prefer 21). But it's intensely personal.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 09-24-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 749
Posted By Roger Hicks
Commiserations. On the other hand, good lenses...

Commiserations. On the other hand, good lenses can withstand appalling abuse, if you're lucky. My 35 Summilux pre-aspheric survived a 1.5 metre drop onto granite cobbles in Prague, and Geoffrey...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-23-2018
Replies: 74
Views: 2,238
Posted By Roger Hicks
No, no, no. It's all marketing. A 105mm lens on...

No, no, no. It's all marketing. A 105mm lens on 6x9 cm is all you need. Any other focal length on any other format shows that you lack moral fibre.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 09-23-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 2,101
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Erik, Underestimated, perhaps. Hugely...

Dear Erik,

Underestimated, perhaps.

Hugely underestimated, arguably not so much.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 09-23-2018
Replies: 69
Views: 2,952
Posted By Roger Hicks
Then again, what else can you call them? I fully...

Then again, what else can you call them?

I fully agree that they are no substitute for proper public libraries, but they can exist alongside them. As they do in France. Sure, a lot of the books are...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-23-2018
Replies: 89
Views: 3,943
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Peter, Quite. For me the SV is the ultimate...

Dear Peter,

Quite. For me the SV is the ultimate (http://rogerandfrances.eu/photography/black-beauty-4-pentax-sv). Still not as reliable as a Nikon F, though, even of it is sweeter, prettier and...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-23-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 581
Posted By Roger Hicks
As so often, Chris sums it up. Cheers, R.

As so often, Chris sums it up.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 09-23-2018
Replies: 69
Views: 2,952
Posted By Roger Hicks
Incidentally, how many books on photography, or...

Incidentally, how many books on photography, or featuring photography, has anyone found so for? For me, just one book of photographs and a handful of photographically illustrated books: mostly...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 09-23-2018
Replies: 69
Views: 2,952
Posted By Roger Hicks
That's just taking the p*ss, but it is is true....

That's just taking the p*ss, but it is is true. One of the two in Loudun (population maybe 5500) is in the basement of the magnificent City Hall -- Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité -- under the sweeping...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 09-23-2018
Replies: 69
Views: 2,952
Posted By Roger Hicks
Thanks, everyone. Fascinating to learn of the...

Thanks, everyone. Fascinating to learn of the different models. It may be just that the model here in France is the first I saw, but it seems to me that a communal/ community model, using old 'phone...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 09-23-2018
Replies: 69
Views: 2,952
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear David, No, it's not "the lawyers"....

Dear David,

No, it's not "the lawyers".

Lawyers need clients. Often arrogant, stupid, greedy clients, it's true. But don't blame the lawyers for the existence of people like that.

With my LL.B....
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 09-23-2018
Replies: 69
Views: 2,952
Posted By Roger Hicks
The reference to public toilets was perhaps too...

The reference to public toilets was perhaps too culturally specific: England's "iconic" red telephone kiosks, especially in London, are notorious for often stinking of urine. In my defence, I did...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 09-22-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 688
Posted By Roger Hicks
I'd go for one at that sort of price, just to use...

I'd go for one at that sort of price, just to use my 135/1.8 Pentax-fit lens.

On my reading, the camera is hardly "mutilated".

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 09-22-2018
Replies: 69
Views: 2,952
Posted By Roger Hicks
Thanks. I don't know who runs the ones round...

Thanks. I don't know who runs the ones round here.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 09-22-2018
Replies: 69
Views: 2,952
Posted By Roger Hicks
Fascinating, thanks: a site dedicated to making...

Fascinating, thanks: a site dedicated to making money out of people giving things away! Does anyone know of any other approaches in the USA?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 09-22-2018
Replies: 69
Views: 2,952
Posted By Roger Hicks
Interesting. Thanks. Do they exist in public...

Interesting. Thanks. Do they exist in public spaces too? (I.e, not private front yards?)

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 09-22-2018
Replies: 69
Views: 2,952
Posted By Roger Hicks
Free, Open Libaries

In the last two or three years, a wonderful institution has appeared where I live: telephone kiosks converted to libraries. They take out the 'phone and stick in a few shelves, and anyone is free to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-18-2018
Replies: 91
Views: 2,881
Posted By Roger Hicks
Anyone jaded? Yes, if they've been taking...

Anyone jaded? Yes, if they've been taking pictures for more than about 10-20 years, I'd have thought.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 09-18-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 1,147
Posted By Roger Hicks
Thanks everyone. I've just ordered 3x Kood UV...

Thanks everyone. I've just ordered 3x Kood UV filters (multi-coated, Japanese) for £10.99 delivered to a friend in the UK. That''s under $15. They're on close-out, hence the price, but they are...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 09-18-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 2,926
Posted By Roger Hicks
Or better still 1/30 to avoid underexposure. In...

Or better still 1/30 to avoid underexposure. In any case, "Sunny 11" works better with neg film than "sunny 16" if you want any shadow detail on a sunny day.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-17-2018
Replies: 69
Views: 2,189
Posted By Roger Hicks
And all viewfinders are only roughly accurate,...

And all viewfinders are only roughly accurate, after all. You can get used to (almost) anything, and compensate accordingly.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-17-2018
Replies: 69
Views: 2,189
Posted By Roger Hicks
Personally I prefer the Zorkii 4K (lever wind) to...

Personally I prefer the Zorkii 4K (lever wind) to all but the earliest Feds.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 09-17-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 1,147
Posted By Roger Hicks
Thanks very much, but I wondered if anyone was...

Thanks very much, but I wondered if anyone was SURE that the size was 35,5mm. After some quick Googling it seems that it is widely agreed that it was. Some reviews refer to VMC filters but I rather...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-16-2018
Replies: 43
Views: 1,333
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Rich, Well, If I couldn’t use cameras, I’d...

Dear Rich,

Well, If I couldn’t use cameras, I’d give up photography. Not sure about digital.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-16-2018
Replies: 43
Views: 1,333
Posted By Roger Hicks
Then again, I have a Polaroid back for my Nikon...

Then again, I have a Polaroid back for my Nikon Fs...

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-16-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 707
Posted By Roger Hicks
It's like Pentax's "Super Multi Coating", a...

It's like Pentax's "Super Multi Coating", a marketing adaptation of something real. Because of misleading publicity, lots of people believe that Pentax invented multi-coating. They didn't. Zeiss were...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 09-16-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 1,147
Posted By Roger Hicks
HELP! Broken filter for Vivitar Solid Cat

Disaster! I dropped the clear filter for my 600/8 Series 1 and cracked it. Has anyone any idea where to find a replacement? I think it's 35.5mm but I'm not sure. I still have ND, orange and yellow...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-16-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 444
Posted By Roger Hicks
Use filtered/strained water too: see a piece on...

Use filtered/strained water too: see a piece on my old site about the Paterson filter (http://www.rogerandfrances.com/subscription/mt%20paterson%20water%20filter.html).

Cheers,

R.
Forum: RFF News 09-05-2018
Replies: 66
Views: 7,991
Posted By Roger Hicks
Brilliant! Thanks! Quite honestly, Frances and I...

Brilliant! Thanks!

Quite honestly, Frances and I have more in common with most of our Tibetan refugee friends than we do with some of our American and even English relatives. The Anglophone popular...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-05-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 735
Posted By Roger Hicks
I wouldn't, but that's because I spent years...

I wouldn't, but that's because I spent years over-developing films and getting excessive contrast and empty shadows. Bob's advice is best: there are no absolutes.

Why not use Delta 3200...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-04-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 525
Posted By Roger Hicks
Yes, XP2 scans beautifully. Far better than most...

Yes, XP2 scans beautifully. Far better than most 35mm films.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-04-2018
Replies: 74
Views: 2,238
Posted By Roger Hicks
Why? There is no "one size fits...

Why?

There is no "one size fits all".

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-04-2018
Replies: 56
Views: 1,860
Posted By Roger Hicks
And always strain all tap water through a...

And always strain all tap water through a Paterson filter. Look at the picture in http://www.rogerandfrances.com/subscription/mt%20paterson%20water%20filter.html and you'll see why.

My negs are MUCH...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-04-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 525
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Marty, Seconded. Also, Chris's "If some...

Dear Marty,

Seconded.

Also, Chris's "If some fool wants to kill himself, that's his choice, but don't let them influence you" is something of an overreaction. There is always someone to tell you...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-04-2018
Replies: 56
Views: 1,860
Posted By Roger Hicks
From...

From http://www.rogerandfrances.com/subscription/ps%20how%20process%2035-120.html


Drying

The ideal way to dry is in a drying cabinet fed with filtered air, and this is what we do. For reasons we...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 09-03-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 798
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Robert, Looks good to me but may be a bit...

Dear Robert,

Looks good to me but may be a bit too subtle for some people.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: RFF News 09-03-2018
Replies: 66
Views: 7,991
Posted By Roger Hicks
Sure! Who cares if poor people die horribly, or...

Sure! Who cares if poor people die horribly, or from cheaply avoidable causes? They're just poor people.

What are you, some kinda commie?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: FSU Former Soviet Union RF 09-03-2018
Replies: 15
Views: 16,896
Posted By Roger Hicks
Thanks, Nathan. Cheers, R.

Thanks, Nathan.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: RFF News 09-03-2018
Replies: 66
Views: 7,991
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Steve, All very true, but unfortunately for...

Dear Steve,

All very true, but unfortunately for many people ideologies (including what you call the Moon Shot Ideology) trump facts, logic and data. You are of course absolutely right about...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-30-2018
Replies: 75
Views: 2,356
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Ted, No one but a fool would. But I suspect...

Dear Ted,

No one but a fool would. But I suspect it would be even more foolish to predict the imminent disappearance of film.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-29-2018
Replies: 75
Views: 2,356
Posted By Roger Hicks
Really? The linked article uses the...

Really? The linked article uses the analogue/digital split. Which realms of photography are neither film (or at least silver halide) or digital?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-29-2018
Replies: 40
Views: 1,355
Posted By Roger Hicks
Wet. Looks better. Otherwise, why bother with...

Wet.

Looks better.

Otherwise, why bother with film? I don't shoot colour film any more. By the time it's been strained through a scanner and a printer, I might as well use digi.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-28-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 367
Posted By Roger Hicks
I've had a Marrutt drying cabinet for over 20...

I've had a Marrutt drying cabinet for over 20 years.

With B+W, if I use heat, I get drying marks. If I don't (fan only), I don't.

No problem with warm air drying for colour.

Pro- and anti- wipers...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 08-27-2018
Replies: 65
Views: 2,905
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Stephen, True. But some people (especially...

Dear Stephen,

True. But some people (especially those who don't use Leicas) can never resist a baseless attack on Leica, and they have even more trouble in avoiding baseless attacks on Leica users....
Forum: Zeiss Contax 08-26-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 1,129
Posted By Roger Hicks
Surely the KMZ logo is merely a mis-engraving...

Surely the KMZ logo is merely a mis-engraving for KriegZMarine

Cheers,

R.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 08-25-2018
Replies: 4
Views: 713
Posted By Roger Hicks
If you've only ever had one in 50 years, why do...

If you've only ever had one in 50 years, why do you want another? I've had a few and don't get on with them, and it would need to be a rare or interesting one at a very good price, which I could sell...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 08-25-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 2,151
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Bill, Yes: it's very important to find one...

Dear Bill,

Yes: it's very important to find one that you like. From what I can see, some people choose a developer at random, or on the recommendation of another, and then persist even if it doesn't...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 08-25-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 2,151
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Steve, You're welcome -- and Frances sends...

Dear Steve,

You're welcome -- and Frances sends her best too. Yes, that should be a good starting point, and I doubt you'll need to change it by more than about 30 seconds; 45 at the...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 08-25-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 2,151
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Robert, I've always found Ilfosol to be a...

Dear Robert,

I've always found Ilfosol to be a middle-of-the road dev, not especially remarkable in any direction. It's OK but... Well, I see nothing special in it.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-25-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 594
Posted By Roger Hicks
What exactly to you mean by "loose"? Obviously it...

What exactly to you mean by "loose"? Obviously it has to move back and forth against the spring but is it flopping up and down or is there no spring loading?

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 08-25-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 2,151
Posted By Roger Hicks
Dear Steve, 7 -1/2 minutes at 24. You might want...

Dear Steve,

7 -1/2 minutes at 24. You might want to vary that by up to +/- 30 seconds.

The time-temperature recommendations on Ilford films are effectively for EIs, not ISO speeds, so the...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 08-25-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 2,151
Posted By Roger Hicks
All of the above tends to illustrate than anyone...

All of the above tends to illustrate than anyone else's experience is of very limited use...

Which is logical, as otherwise there wouldn't be as many developers. I used to like D19, which I...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 08-25-2018
Replies: 46
Views: 2,151
Posted By Roger Hicks
DDX. Lasts for years and gives an extra 2/3 stop...

DDX. Lasts for years and gives an extra 2/3 stop of speed. Like quick'n'easy Microphen. Perceptol is good if you don't mine losing 1/3 to 2/3 stop.

I used to develop HP5 Plus in both, rating it at...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-24-2018
Replies: 50
Views: 1,830
Posted By Roger Hicks
LF lenses have often been tested in the past by...

LF lenses have often been tested in the past by using them for projection (in specially designed set-ups). Quick, easy and informative.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 08-24-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 973
Posted By Roger Hicks
As far as I recall -- I haven't had one for years...

As far as I recall -- I haven't had one for years -- I used to use standard A36 clamp-on.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Jim Lager - Leica Historian 08-24-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 1,883
Posted By Roger Hicks
A lot depends on the price. A good rule of thumb...

A lot depends on the price. A good rule of thumb is that when lenses like this turn up cheap, they're likely to be genuine, and if they're being offered at a high price, they're probably fakes.

On...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 08-22-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 657
Posted By Roger Hicks
There's a piece on thermometers...

There's a piece on thermometers (http://www.rogerandfrances.com/subscription/thermometers.html), addressing accuracy and repeatability, on my old .com site.

Cheers,

R.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-21-2018
Replies: 28
Views: 867
Posted By Roger Hicks
Well, EI anyway. Determining ISO is beyond most...

Well, EI anyway. Determining ISO is beyond most people, including me. If you can do it, I salute you.

Basically, ISO is a combination of opinion and arbitrary choice. EI is the same only more so....
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-21-2018
Replies: 28
Views: 867
Posted By Roger Hicks
The Zone System is simultaneously a gross...

The Zone System is simultaneously a gross oversimplification and a gross over-complication of basic sensitometry established in the 1880s.

(1) Give enough exposure to get shadow detail. Whether...
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