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Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 3 Hours Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 703
Posted By gavinlg
Yeah, it's difficult to say if they will all...

Yeah, it's difficult to say if they will all eventually do this or if it's only some of them. The zinc plates were a strange departure for leica IMO.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Hours Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 703
Posted By gavinlg
This is why m6's don't interest me.

This is why m6's don't interest me.
Forum: Photography General Interest 23 Hours Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 505
Posted By gavinlg
Any time I've used zoom lenses it messes with my...

Any time I've used zoom lenses it messes with my process. After a long time playing with lots of cameras and lenses I've come to the conclusion that gear limitation is more enjoyable for me makes me...
Forum: Photography General Interest 1 Day Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 818
Posted By gavinlg
Leica m or similar body with a 35mm lens. The...

Leica m or similar body with a 35mm lens. The more lens choice I have the less productive I am.
Forum: Fuji Digital General Discussion 1 Week Ago
Replies: 98
Views: 3,092
Posted By gavinlg
Funny, I had the same experience. Shutter speed...

Funny, I had the same experience. Shutter speed dial cap fell off my e-p1, baseplate bent from light tripod use and my E-3 lost several screws over a small period. Never had another digital body...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 81
Views: 2,934
Posted By gavinlg
Okay it's better looking than the leaked photos...

Okay it's better looking than the leaked photos suggested. Might be the best looking x100 yet.
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 81
Views: 2,934
Posted By gavinlg
Agreed. The first few iterations were really...

Agreed. The first few iterations were really quite attractive but since the x100f they seem to be getting uglier with every iteration. And in some ways more complicated.
Forum: Fuji Digital General Discussion 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 56
Views: 1,760
Posted By gavinlg
ahh true, just the 23mm frame that's bigger -...

ahh true, just the 23mm frame that's bigger -

23mm frame comparison (https://www.fujirumors.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/23mm.jpg)

35mm frame comparison...
Forum: Photography General Interest 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 43
Views: 868
Posted By gavinlg
Out of those, I'd have a Hexar. It's on the same...

Out of those, I'd have a Hexar. It's on the same level as a leica in use and feel. If it breaks it may not be repairable though - something to remember. The M5 would be my choice if it has been...
Forum: Fuji Digital General Discussion 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 56
Views: 1,760
Posted By gavinlg
Count me as one of the predominantly OVF users,...

Count me as one of the predominantly OVF users, almost strictly, even for paid work if possible. Strongly prefer optical finder with framelines over EVF.
Forum: Fuji Digital General Discussion 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 56
Views: 1,760
Posted By gavinlg
Which lens did you try it with? With a 23mm or...

Which lens did you try it with? With a 23mm or 35mm lens the framelines should be big (in the case of 23 it should fill the finder). The removal of the dual magnification setup is somewhat...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 74
Views: 2,012
Posted By gavinlg
5d mk1. One of the best sensors in any digital...

5d mk1.

One of the best sensors in any digital camera. The mkIII I bought to replace it didn't compare.
Forum: Leica Monochrom - All M Models 01-09-2020
Replies: 191
Views: 6,449
Posted By gavinlg
The screw is hot. Industrial chic. The fact that...

The screw is hot. Industrial chic. The fact that leica is continuing to make these Monochrom cameras elevates them over everyone else. Mega cool.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-06-2020
Replies: 220
Views: 6,969
Posted By gavinlg
I agree, the chart is plainly outdated or...

I agree, the chart is plainly outdated or wrong.

Ebay's 'sold' filter is definitely the best price indicator.
I bought a well used m4-2 from a forum member here and had an ex-leica technician in...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-26-2019
Replies: 84
Views: 2,516
Posted By gavinlg
My recent model iPhone's camera is rubbish. It's...

My recent model iPhone's camera is rubbish. It's rubbish to use and the image quality is rubbish. It's barely good enough for note taking and that's pretty much all that I use it for. My first...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 12-25-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 475
Posted By gavinlg
I have the v1 nokton f1.4 and it’s wonderful, but...

I have the v1 nokton f1.4 and it’s wonderful, but it’s like using a lens from the 60’s or 70s. It has a lot of aberration wide open and does clean up pretty nicely as you stop it down but I wouldn’t...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-10-2019
Replies: 176
Views: 6,687
Posted By gavinlg
Coolest looking: Nikon F with eye level...

Coolest looking: Nikon F with eye level finder

Best to use: f2 with eye level finder or AS

Wildcard: f4 with split prism screen (never tried but would like to). The f4 in underrated IMO.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 12-05-2019
Replies: 68
Views: 2,601
Posted By gavinlg
Those photos are really good, it's not often you...

Those photos are really good, it's not often you see proper photojournalism in Australia's media. I've come home to QLD for the week and it's smoggy everywhere, and the heat is pretty...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 12-05-2019
Replies: 133
Views: 16,745
Posted By gavinlg
It's a big improvement on already the best...

It's a big improvement on already the best software available. Really happy with this one.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 12-01-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 1,419
Posted By gavinlg
I'd strongly consider the new ultron 35mm f2 ASPH...

I'd strongly consider the new ultron 35mm f2 ASPH from voigtlander.
A few here like jonmanjiro have shown it to be sharp, low to no distortion, and seems to have good small ergonomics.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-30-2019
Replies: 108
Views: 5,137
Posted By gavinlg
Most retailers only lowered their prices when...

Most retailers only lowered their prices when guys like ikigai and walkens starting selling film at competitive prices. I remember Michaels in Melbourne and camera house elsewhere selling Portra 400...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-29-2019
Replies: 108
Views: 5,137
Posted By gavinlg
10ish dollars for tri-x at walkens house of film...

10ish dollars for tri-x at walkens house of film Keith! Even Vanbar are ripping people off in Aus. Even worse in NZ.

https://walkens.com.au/product/tri-x-400-35mm/
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 11-21-2019
Replies: 118
Views: 8,068
Posted By gavinlg
^ came here to post this. What I want to know is...

^ came here to post this.

What I want to know is if this is a rebadged or retuned Ilford OEM film, or if ilford/harman is simply coating it, or if they're manufacturing it to fujifilms...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 11-18-2019
Replies: 76
Views: 7,063
Posted By gavinlg
Thanks for taking the time to show us those...

Thanks for taking the time to show us those results.
It seems to me the V2 improvements would be a solid step up on digital bodies. Perhaps not as noticeable on film though?
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 11-15-2019
Replies: 98
Views: 3,119
Posted By gavinlg
The F2 is like a hammer, the Leica is like a...

The F2 is like a hammer, the Leica is like a scalpel.

Both are lovely. I take better photos with the Leica.
Forum: Simon Says -- SimonSawSunlight Photo Technique 11-05-2019
Replies: 40
Views: 1,576
Posted By gavinlg
Natura 1600 Neopan 1600 Neopan 400 Those three...

Natura 1600
Neopan 1600
Neopan 400

Those three need to come back. They're all wonderful and unique and you can't replicate the looks they gave.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-29-2019
Replies: 76
Views: 2,172
Posted By gavinlg
As far as I know, titanium is one of the better...

As far as I know, titanium is one of the better metals to make things out of in terms of re-usability and toxicity.

Plastics would have to be one of the worst.
Forum: Fuji X Series 10-26-2019
Replies: 280
Views: 11,376
Posted By gavinlg
I'm with you guys - shoot 23-56mm and on every...

I'm with you guys - shoot 23-56mm and on every digital camera I've owned or use I turn the screen off. Once set up I barely ever go into the menus. Can't stand command dials on DSLR/mirrorless...
Forum: Fuji X Series 10-25-2019
Replies: 280
Views: 11,376
Posted By gavinlg
Itís necessary to know where the autofocus...

Itís necessary to know where the autofocus landed. Without the close and infinity estimators you would have no idea. Itís actually a genius solution and and not at all distracting when you get used...
Forum: Fuji X Series 10-23-2019
Replies: 280
Views: 11,376
Posted By gavinlg
Because the design is focussed. Initially I...

Because the design is focussed. Initially I thought leica was insane for their screen less MD. I've come around to thinking it was a genius design omission. Fuji are to be commended for this take on...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 10-22-2019
Replies: 26
Views: 1,184
Posted By gavinlg
Love Contax G lenses. I'm not sure the ZM lenses...

Love Contax G lenses. I'm not sure the ZM lenses are on the whole as good...

For character, the 90mm, 45mm and 35mm are really good. Especially the 35mm lens which is the odd one out in the lineup -...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 10-10-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 598
Posted By gavinlg
Really enjoyed this short...

Really enjoyed this short -

https://vimeo.com/347580844
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-07-2019
Replies: 62
Views: 2,381
Posted By gavinlg
My vote would be an either a Nikon FM or FE body...

My vote would be an either a Nikon FM or FE body (depending on preference of mechanical or AE) with either the nikkor 45mm f2.8P lens (Tessar) or the Voigtlander 40mm f2 ultron,

OR

a Yashica F-X3...
Forum: Fuji X Series 09-24-2019
Replies: 280
Views: 11,376
Posted By gavinlg
Simplification of interface IS a choice. That's...

Simplification of interface IS a choice. That's why leica's are svelte to use, and Sony's are crap. Some of the best cameras designs require you to interact with them in a specific way.
Forum: Fuji X Series 09-23-2019
Replies: 280
Views: 11,376
Posted By gavinlg
Have you used an xpro camera? In optical...

Have you used an xpro camera?

In optical viewfinder or EVF you can choose to have an image preview immediately after taking a shot. If using optical VF, the evf slide quickly switches in and you...
Forum: Fuji X Series 09-22-2019
Replies: 280
Views: 11,376
Posted By gavinlg
If youíre talking about the clutch type manual...

If youíre talking about the clutch type manual focus ring that you pull back to get a hard stop manual focus distance scale, there are several Fujinons with this (and the mechanism isnít flimsy like...
Forum: Fuji X Series 09-22-2019
Replies: 280
Views: 11,376
Posted By gavinlg
It looks brilliant to me. The screen is an...

It looks brilliant to me. The screen is an interesting approach and I think will be good to work with and I'm a sucker for anything titanium. Apparently both the EVF and OVF will be bigger and have...
Forum: Travel 09-05-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 503
Posted By gavinlg
100% worth it. Medium format film does the light...

100% worth it. Medium format film does the light and landscapes here justice. I don't feel that digital media does.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 09-03-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,275
Posted By gavinlg
One camera, one lens, one film. Shoot 50 rolls...

One camera, one lens, one film. Shoot 50 rolls like that. It's a good excercise in self discipline!
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 09-02-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 1,060
Posted By gavinlg
I agree with jsrockit - the fuji 35mm f1.4 is...

I agree with jsrockit - the fuji 35mm f1.4 is what you want. It was slightly under corrected by design to make it a more classic and gentle lens in rendering. It's not loud, even in quite settings -...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-21-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 1,746
Posted By gavinlg
I have to agree that the 35mm f1.4L (1st version)...

I have to agree that the 35mm f1.4L (1st version) is truly superb. The 50mm f1.2L is too, but is more a of a character lens and less all-purpose. It got mixed reviews for many years because it's not...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-20-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 1,746
Posted By gavinlg
40mm f2.8 pancake lens is one of the sweeter...

40mm f2.8 pancake lens is one of the sweeter normal lenses available cheaply I’ve used. Incredibly neutral, rounded, pleasant rendering in a package that’s the thickness of a matchbox.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 08-12-2019
Replies: 20
Views: 940
Posted By gavinlg
Marcelo - Send the camera to this guy:...

Marcelo -

Send the camera to this guy: https://www.instagram.com/ppp_repairs/

He's a young guy with a very very good reputation for being able to repair just about anything and he won't send you...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 08-11-2019
Replies: 89
Views: 1,985
Posted By gavinlg
I handled an SL for a bit. It was nice, but...

I handled an SL for a bit. It was nice, but ultimately felt like a VHS cassette in my hands, especially compared to the Leica M. I wouldn't give up an optical viewfinder for an electronic one under...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 08-03-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 863
Posted By gavinlg
Hey Richard, I’m fairly sure colorplus200 is its...

Hey Richard, I’m fairly sure colorplus200 is its own product - it’s one of my favourite cheaper stocks and by comparison the cheap Fuji’s never seem to scan easily for me. No film code evidence here,...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 07-30-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 887
Posted By gavinlg
https://petapixel.com/2017/04/10/soaking-freezing-...

https://petapixel.com/2017/04/10/soaking-freezing-overheating-leica-m-different-sort-review/

Found a user experience with a 240 in adverse conditions to back it up.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 07-30-2019
Replies: 15
Views: 887
Posted By gavinlg
Use the camera. They're exceedingly well built,...

Use the camera. They're exceedingly well built, and (I imagine) you bought it to use, not to shelf sit. Imagine getting home from the trip and going through your photos and having the nagging feeling...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 07-19-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 753
Posted By gavinlg
I've actually done that before - taken time off...

I've actually done that before - taken time off scanning and forgotten some of the subtle things about vuescan.

So first of all make sure you're locking the exposure off the film base (blank frame...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 07-19-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 753
Posted By gavinlg
Your process looks pretty good however it think...

Your process looks pretty good however it think you should use vuescan in professional mode and make use of the tone curves to get the scan looking as close to perfect as you can straight out of...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-18-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,175
Posted By gavinlg
Thats possible. GST is just 10% though. The...

Thats possible. GST is just 10% though. The prices are still roughly in line with b&h which is likely the cheapest in the world.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-18-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,175
Posted By gavinlg
Some films are cheaper at ikigai, some at...

Some films are cheaper at ikigai, some at walkens. Of the films you listed, these are the prices at walkens:

$12.73 for portra 400
$14.55 for p400h
$17.27 for provia 100f

Here are the prices at...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-18-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 1,175
Posted By gavinlg
https://walkens.com.au https://ikigaicamera.com.a...

https://walkens.com.au

https://ikigaicamera.com.au

Between these two film resellers Australia is actually one of the cheaper places in the world to buy film. Reasonable shipping costs too.
Forum: CSC : Digital Compact System Cameras - 07-16-2019
Replies: 49
Views: 4,376
Posted By gavinlg
M9 with a 50mm Sonnar c f1.5 zeiss. That would be...

M9 with a 50mm Sonnar c f1.5 zeiss. That would be probably the only setup that would be marginally smaller. Would be heavier though. And manual focus.
Forum: Nikon RF 07-16-2019
Replies: 9
Views: 554
Posted By gavinlg
I would really like a Leica mount version of this...

I would really like a Leica mount version of this lens. Or an SP to use it on. It seems like a really well rounded 35mm. Jonmanjiro makes wonderful work with his too.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 07-14-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 523
Posted By gavinlg
As far as I know prices have always been the same...

As far as I know prices have always been the same between the two. The SC one may even go for a little more second hand on Ebay.

Love my SC model and would buy it again given the choice.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 07-14-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 837
Posted By gavinlg
The photos don't look soft but they look like...

The photos don't look soft but they look like they're lacking detail in the scans. A few them are pretty badly underexposed which makes them grainy too. Try to expose for the darkest parts of a scene...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-10-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 1,254
Posted By gavinlg
100% agree. The only digital cameras that are...

100% agree. The only digital cameras that are truly fun are Fujiís and Leicas IMO and even the Fujiís are getting a little unwieldy. I got an xt10 for my
Dad and he barely uses it over his iPhone...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-10-2019
Replies: 129
Views: 3,417
Posted By gavinlg
A re-release of the Nikon F3 with a modern...

A re-release of the Nikon F3 with a modern viewfinder metering readout would likely be one of the best cameras ever.

Please no autofocus, and make the viewfinder higher magnification.
Forum: Fuji Digital General Discussion 06-30-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 1,232
Posted By gavinlg
I would say the biggest difference lies in that...

I would say the biggest difference lies in that viewfinder. If you really like an optical viewfinder (Leica M style) with projected framelines, the x100x is incredible (Make sure you disable all the...
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 06-29-2019
Replies: 32
Views: 1,110
Posted By gavinlg
The MF slow shutter speed thing is way overblown....

The MF slow shutter speed thing is way overblown. I can get acceptably sharp results on my Pentax 67 at 1/60th with the 105mm and I’m happy to drop down to 1/30th if I’m in a pinch.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-14-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,206
Posted By gavinlg
Salty, meaty and delicious?

Salty, meaty and delicious?
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-13-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,748
Posted By gavinlg
Round hood should work similarly - any...

Round hood should work similarly - any differences will be too small to notice.
Forum: Sony E Lenses / Adapted Lenses / Adapters / Images 06-10-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 1,099
Posted By gavinlg
It’s kind of off track to your requirements but I...

It’s kind of off track to your requirements but I would strongly recommend having a look at the Fuji x series - an xt2 xpro2 or xe3 body with the small, cheap and lightweight f2 lenses is about the...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-09-2019
Replies: 118
Views: 8,068
Posted By gavinlg
Came here to post this - you beat me to it. Looks...

Came here to post this - you beat me to it. Looks like it's coming in a few months. As far as I can tell they've reformulated it slightly to account for modern raw materials and it might be even less...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 06-07-2019
Replies: 37
Views: 1,748
Posted By gavinlg
Honestly that hood being skew would piss me off...

Honestly that hood being skew would piss me off to no end. I don't think you're being pedantic having it annoy you. Maybe buy a china copy hood from Ebay or try find someone that has another similar...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-19-2019
Replies: 93
Views: 3,424
Posted By gavinlg
Agreed on every account and well said. The new...

Agreed on every account and well said. The new wave of extreme progressivism and the constant pandering to identity politics is dangerous. I don’t want to see it come into my hobbies and life...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-15-2019
Replies: 123
Views: 3,439
Posted By gavinlg
Honestly I can’t wait for the crash. The major...

Honestly I can’t wait for the crash. The major manufacturers can no longer pump out microscopic variation of microscopic variation of mundane committee designed plastic lumps.

The people that really...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-11-2019
Replies: 1,714
Views: 440,028
Posted By gavinlg
^ I recognise those hills :P

^ I recognise those hills :P
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 05-08-2019
Replies: 76
Views: 7,063
Posted By gavinlg
Spot on from what I can see -...

Spot on from what I can see -

https://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/news/1183108.html

Press release from dc.watch seems to say the low dispersion element and optical tweaks reduce focus shift but...
Forum: Nikon RF 04-24-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 2,067
Posted By gavinlg
Thanks for all the responses - a common sort of...

Thanks for all the responses - a common sort of theme seems to be to dip my toe in with an s2 which I think is sound advice. I'll be on the lookout for one with a proven focus patch.

The SP 2005...
Forum: Nikon RF 04-20-2019
Replies: 45
Views: 2,067
Posted By gavinlg
So... whatís a Nikon RF like to use?

Iíve long thought the SP is one of the most beautiful cameras around, but what are the s3 and SP like to use in real life?

As far as I can tell the aperture ring moves with the focussing of the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-20-2019
Replies: 85
Views: 4,890
Posted By gavinlg
35mm all day every day. Currently a Nikkor-o 35mm...

35mm all day every day. Currently a Nikkor-o 35mm f2 with its oh-so-gentle and neutral rendering with hp5.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-16-2019
Replies: 66
Views: 2,762
Posted By gavinlg
Japanese sellers used to be the most sure fire...

Japanese sellers used to be the most sure fire way to get good gear on eBay, but you're right - recently, it's become much harder and cameras described at excellent or mint are often seriously flawed.
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-05-2019
Replies: 86
Views: 3,011
Posted By gavinlg
There’s no way this wasn’t a troll thread.

There’s no way this wasn’t a troll thread.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-05-2019
Replies: 75
Views: 2,913
Posted By gavinlg
This. Yet a company like Ilford is doing just...

This.



Yet a company like Ilford is doing just fine. The issue, I suspect, is that once huge companies with big infrastructures like Kodak and Fujifilm cannot sustain themselves with their...
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-04-2019
Replies: 86
Views: 3,011
Posted By gavinlg
There's 100% no lens distortion on that photo,...

There's 100% no lens distortion on that photo, it's 100% perspective distortion that is totally seperate to lens design and will happen with any lens. 110%.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 04-03-2019
Replies: 264
Views: 23,113
Posted By gavinlg
Roger has always been an absolute gentleman on...

Roger has always been an absolute gentleman on this forum - I wish him strength and grace.
Thank you and Frances for the wonderful influence you’ve both had in this community, and I’m sure many...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-01-2019
Replies: 119
Views: 2,472
Posted By gavinlg
Systems I would buy no questions asked: - Full...

Systems I would buy no questions asked:

- Full frame Olympus Mirrorless OM1 with zuiko digital prime lenses to suit (with aperture ring)

- Digital fm2n with good focusing screen and f-mount. Don’t...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-02-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 417
Posted By gavinlg
Alex - I have a really nice later model 67 and...

Alex - I have a really nice later model 67 and have the same feeling with mine. I've only run 2 rolls through it so far but what I've found is that the film advance lever resistance does feel a bit...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 02-19-2019
Replies: 47
Views: 2,896
Posted By gavinlg
Started off using canon DSLRs - 5d and 1d series...

Started off using canon DSLRs - 5d and 1d series as I worked as a photojournalist doing interior photography as a side hustle. Shot OMs and had a brief stint with a Leica m6 for personal stuff. After...
Forum: Photo Software 02-13-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 1,057
Posted By gavinlg
It noticeably affects detail reproduction in my...

It noticeably affects detail reproduction in my testing. I'd say if the print was a landscape print or something with repeated patterns of foliage in it there would be a very noticeable difference at...
Forum: Photo Software 02-13-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 1,057
Posted By gavinlg
Adobe's new 'Enhance details' feature for X-trans

A note to anyone using Fujifilm X-trans sensor cameras - adobe has a new demosaicing feature in Lightroom called 'enhance details' which applies a more thorough processing of raw files. It's fairly...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 02-09-2019
Replies: 58
Views: 2,071
Posted By gavinlg
Vuecan has a steep learning curve but it...

Vuecan has a steep learning curve but it ultimately the best scanning software.

Sounds like you might have driver issues.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 02-06-2019
Replies: 35
Views: 1,392
Posted By gavinlg
Is this true? I tried it a month or two ago and...

Is this true? I tried it a month or two ago and there wasn't any profile for the Plustek 8100...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 01-30-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 497
Posted By gavinlg
Nathan - Legend! Thankyou. I've gone ahead and...

Nathan - Legend! Thankyou. I've gone ahead and ordered an olive one. I'll likely post some photos up here for anyone asking the same question in the future.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 01-30-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 497
Posted By gavinlg
I managed to find a local store that stocks the...

I managed to find a local store that stocks the Retrospective bags and can indeed confirm that the Pentax 67 + 75mm f4.5 lens fits in a retrospective 7 along with just enough room for an F3 and 35mm...
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 01-30-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 497
Posted By gavinlg
I'm watching a few billing hams on the 'bay -...

I'm watching a few billing hams on the 'bay - always been a grail bag for me. I'll check out the 225.



Thanks for the heads up though - one of these is definitely in my future.
Forum: Photo Accessories / Bags/ Meters / Tripods etc 01-29-2019
Replies: 6
Views: 497
Posted By gavinlg
Domke F6 or Retrospective for Pentax 67

Hey all,

I've recently rejoined the Pentax 67 fold and want to get a bag to work and travel out of. I've managed to painstakingly narrow my choices down to the Domke F6 or a Think Tank retrospective...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-27-2019
Replies: 175
Views: 20,104
Posted By gavinlg
Looks fantastic - Don't know if I'd get rid of...

Looks fantastic - Don't know if I'd get rid of the asph cron just yet but it looks about equal to it. I'm curious to see the real world wide open samples start to roll out.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-25-2019
Replies: 209
Views: 31,494
Posted By gavinlg
I have to say this looks really promising so far....

I have to say this looks really promising so far. Thanks for getting these up so quickly Jon! Bokeh looks to have a little swirl (which I happen to like) and neutralises very quickly as it's stopped...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 01-25-2019
Replies: 75
Views: 9,038
Posted By gavinlg
Definitely return it - they shouldn't look like...

Definitely return it - they shouldn't look like that. I agree with Jon that it will most certainly affect IQ under certain light conditions.
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 01-25-2019
Replies: 50
Views: 1,927
Posted By gavinlg
I actually feel a little sorry for Olympus at...

I actually feel a little sorry for Olympus at this point. This thing doesn't even have a top LCD - just a sad looking little space where one should have been. I understand the small/high quality long...
Forum: RFF News 01-22-2019
Replies: 25
Views: 1,582
Posted By gavinlg
100% truth. However, I will state that canons...

100% truth.

However, I will state that canons are kind of like apple computers of a decade ago in that they 'just work'. The reason they're so popular with wedding photogs, fashion photos, sport...
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 01-15-2019
Replies: 95
Views: 3,916
Posted By gavinlg
I always get the strong sense that most of these...

I always get the strong sense that most of these film era masters of the art made stronger work on film. There are exceptions - David Alan Harvey and Christopher Anderson who both seem to be able to...
Forum: Nikon RF 01-14-2019
Replies: 396
Views: 7,121
Posted By gavinlg
I'm 31, and been shooting film since around 2002....

I'm 31, and been shooting film since around 2002. As I shoot more I shoot less digital and more film. I haven't bought a digital camera in nearly 5 years despite having owned and used professionally...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-30-2018
Replies: 70
Views: 1,602
Posted By gavinlg
Last few months Iíve been using exclusively an...

Last few months Iíve been using exclusively an f3hp with a Nikkor-O 35mm f2 which Iíve gotta say is one hell of a lovely lens. Also have become much more comfortable with hp5 which I previously have...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-21-2018
Replies: 60
Views: 1,733
Posted By gavinlg
Usually I am one of those who subscribes to the...

Usually I am one of those who subscribes to the mantra that 'the dark should stay dark,' but wow. Gorgeous capture.
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 12-12-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 2,099
Posted By gavinlg
I agree that the Ikon is too expensive for what...

I agree that the Ikon is too expensive for what it is, but there are very few low cost rangefinders of high quality. That's pretty much why. Bessa's now cost 800+, a good used M6 is up around 1500...
Forum: Konica RF / Zeiss Ikon ZM Leica Mount Rangefinders 12-12-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 2,099
Posted By gavinlg
1. The FM2 wasn't made by Cosina, it was made by...

1. The FM2 wasn't made by Cosina, it was made by Nikon. The FM10 was made by Cosina.

2. Your comparison with the other cameras doesn't hold up - I bought a Pentax 6x7 with 105mm lens for $110aud in...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 11-28-2018
Replies: 176
Views: 11,593
Posted By gavinlg
You can still see the focusing knob in the press...

You can still see the focusing knob in the press photos from dc.watch.impress

https://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/img/dcw/docs/1155/266/01_o.jpg
Forum: Fuji X Series 11-27-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 1,204
Posted By gavinlg
Never had a problem with the exposure comp dial...

Never had a problem with the exposure comp dial in any of my several fuji cameras. Strange.

I'd try a bit of gaffers tape to keep it from moving.
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 11-27-2018
Replies: 176
Views: 11,593
Posted By gavinlg
I'm inclined to trust you, and I didn't realise...

I'm inclined to trust you, and I didn't realise the asph Summicron had pincushion distortion (one thing I can't stand in a 35mm lens). I'm eager to see how this little Ultron performs on film - it...
Forum: Voigtlander Lenses and Images 11-27-2018
Replies: 176
Views: 11,593
Posted By gavinlg
Is it just me or does the bokeh look a little.....

Is it just me or does the bokeh look a little.. strange.
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 11-20-2018
Replies: 133
Views: 16,745
Posted By gavinlg
Tried this with a Plustek scanner base and didn't...

Tried this with a Plustek scanner base and didn't work great. Need huge gamma/exposure correction and the colours are still off. Otherwise would love to use it - interface is soo much better than any...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-17-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 656
Posted By gavinlg
Guys thanks for the help - I've decided to send...

Guys thanks for the help - I've decided to send the camera back to the seller for a refund.

For future reference, I found this thread about disassembling a nikon f2 which was useful in my decision...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-16-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 656
Posted By gavinlg
Hey Phil, Whatís the process for accessing the...

Hey Phil,

Whatís the process for accessing the mirror box involve? Iím fairly technically proficient so I might give it a crack if itís not too involved. Where abouts is the reflex spring located?
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-16-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 656
Posted By gavinlg
I've considered this as I've heard Sover is...

I've considered this as I've heard Sover is amazing, but this was supposed to serve as my main 35mm camera and at the moment his wait list is supposedly 6-12 months long.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-16-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 656
Posted By gavinlg
I've engaged it and disengaged it a few dozen...

I've engaged it and disengaged it a few dozen times but no luck so far
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-16-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 656
Posted By gavinlg
Nikon F2 issues

Hey all,

Just took possession of a lovely Nikon F2a in really nice condition advertised as working perfectly.

The only thing is that the mirror seems to flop around in the mirror box. Usually the...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-19-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 2,275
Posted By gavinlg
Yup, and I stand by what I said. Mostly personal...

Yup, and I stand by what I said. Mostly personal experience. I wanted to like the cameras and lenses but was left quite disappointed.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 10-19-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 2,275
Posted By gavinlg
I fancied a new F1n for years before I actually...

I fancied a new F1n for years before I actually held one next to an f3hp. No contest, felt like a crude brick in comparison. And Minolta stuff is finnicky and the lenses far overrated. F3hp for me.
Forum: Photography General Interest 10-04-2018
Replies: 72
Views: 2,748
Posted By gavinlg
Me too, I bought an E-p1 when they first came out...

Me too, I bought an E-p1 when they first came out and later an E-3, both of which were likable, but ultimately produced vastly inferior images to my 5d at the time. Massive waste of money.

- The...
Forum: Fuji X Lenses & Images 10-03-2018
Replies: 12
Views: 960
Posted By gavinlg
I would personally go the xe body and the 18mm f2...

I would personally go the xe body and the 18mm f2 lens. The 18mm is a really underrated lens - at least as good as any equivalent dslr 28mm, mostly better. My two copies weren't noticeably soft in...
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 09-30-2018
Replies: 273
Views: 13,436
Posted By gavinlg
Had the chance to have a play with the Z7 at my...

Had the chance to have a play with the Z7 at my local dealer here for 15 or so minutes today.

First impressions - I didn't think I would like it, but I ended up liking it a lot.
The body feels dense...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 09-27-2018
Replies: 95
Views: 4,421
Posted By gavinlg
I would kill for an updated pakon for under $1.5k...

I would kill for an updated pakon for under $1.5k usd. I make do with a chintzy little plustek 8100 but it's so bloody finnicky and getting colors right on negative film is such an eternal struggle.
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-26-2018
Replies: 16
Views: 835
Posted By gavinlg
Gotta admit I can't wait to try some. I did shoot...

Gotta admit I can't wait to try some. I did shoot some just before they originally discontinued it years ago and I preferred it to the Fuji e6 stocks.
Forum: Optics Theory - 09-26-2018
Replies: 51
Views: 3,289
Posted By gavinlg
It's kind of like if you took a pair of mainline...

It's kind of like if you took a pair of mainline Chinese made Levi's 501's and compared it to an American made, cone mills denim LVC (Levi's vintage clothing) 501.

Basically the same thing in a...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 09-19-2018
Replies: 67
Views: 2,403
Posted By gavinlg
I basically just want a Leica M-10P

I basically just want a Leica M-10P
Forum: Photo Software 09-15-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 3,072
Posted By gavinlg
Not all DNG are just raw files. One of the DNG...

Not all DNG are just raw files. One of the DNG formats available in the converter pre-bakes them.

As far as I can remember there were two options for processing to DNG using adobes converter and the...
Forum: Photography General Interest 09-15-2018
Replies: 25
Views: 936
Posted By gavinlg
Oh good lord.

Oh good lord.
Forum: Photo Software 09-13-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 3,072
Posted By gavinlg
All's well if you're keeping the original ORFs....

All's well if you're keeping the original ORFs. To give you an idea of what I mean when I say the old converted DNG files look like junk, the ISO1600 files from 2010 look like the same files at ISO...
Forum: Photo Software 09-13-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 3,072
Posted By gavinlg
I once converted all my 5d raw files to DNG files...

I once converted all my 5d raw files to DNG files after reading some internet nonsense about dng being a future proofed universal format blah blah blah.

Long story short all those files are stuck in...
Forum: Fuji Digital General Discussion 09-08-2018
Replies: 28
Views: 1,308
Posted By gavinlg
I've thought about this a bit. After seeing the...

I've thought about this a bit.
After seeing the announcement of the canon and Nikon FF mirrorless cameras and their respective lenses, I don't think Fuji will be tempted to the FF category, and...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-05-2018
Replies: 63
Views: 2,319
Posted By gavinlg
Absolute dud for me. Touch bar thing is gimmicky....

Absolute dud for me. Touch bar thing is gimmicky. Lenses will be amazing performers but stupidly expensive and big. Single card slot. Eye AF only works in S-AF. Sensor is same as 5dIV. Design is ugly...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 09-04-2018
Replies: 74
Views: 2,384
Posted By gavinlg
35mm is life. No cheap distortive or perspective...

35mm is life. No cheap distortive or perspective tricks, no bokeh-hiding-bad-composition antics. Closest you can get to a normal.
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 09-02-2018
Replies: 273
Views: 13,436
Posted By gavinlg
Surely that weight for the 50mm can't be right?...

Surely that weight for the 50mm can't be right? The ef mount 50mm 1.2L is 580g, the fujinon 56mm f1.2 is 450g and that's has a metal casing.

If it is correct, well, no thanks :rolleyes:
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 09-01-2018
Replies: 273
Views: 13,436
Posted By gavinlg
The lens options for that canon blow the Nikon...

The lens options for that canon blow the Nikon ones out of the water. 28-70mm f2L and a 50mm F1.2L that's probably 1/2 the size of the 58mm noct with AF...
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 08-23-2018
Replies: 34
Views: 1,917
Posted By gavinlg
I had a MacBook air before I got my surface and...

I had a MacBook air before I got my surface and yes, it'll be fine for editing and scanning. The screen on my air was a bit average in terms of color accuracy though.
Forum: Hardware / Computers / Drives / etc 08-23-2018
Replies: 34
Views: 1,917
Posted By gavinlg
My experience mirrors Chris's experience - for...

My experience mirrors Chris's experience - for years I was an apple fanboy but over the last few years wasn't happy with their lineup and had some bad experiences with issues with my MacBook pros.

I...
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 08-23-2018
Replies: 273
Views: 13,436
Posted By gavinlg
I did the exact same comparison but with the xt2...

I did the exact same comparison but with the xt2 body. Also interesting is the Fuji 23mm f1.4 against the nikkor-s 35mm f1.8. Looks around 2/3rds the size using that websites comparison.
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 08-23-2018
Replies: 273
Views: 13,436
Posted By gavinlg
The 58mm noct looks very cool. Until you see it...

The 58mm noct looks very cool. Until you see it mounted on the camera and realise it's so big it needs a tripod collar.
I'm sure it will be optically superb...
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 08-22-2018
Replies: 273
Views: 13,436
Posted By gavinlg
Dogmatic thinking shouldn't apply to a new...

Dogmatic thinking shouldn't apply to a new product line - especially since the n8008 wasn't exactly an ergonomic wonder to begin with. The z6/7 only have the front command dial and an unmarked top...
Forum: Nikon Mirrorless 08-22-2018
Replies: 273
Views: 13,436
Posted By gavinlg
No seperate exposure compensation dial. Body...

No seperate exposure compensation dial. Body looks eerily similar to the Samsung nx1 from several years ago. Doesn't really look like the design of a camera company - more an electronics company IMO.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 08-19-2018
Replies: 56
Views: 1,797
Posted By gavinlg
28mm and 45mm. Not only are they the two best...

28mm and 45mm. Not only are they the two best lenses, but there's nothing a wider or longer lens is going to do better in terms of your photos when you ignore the novelty of more extreme focal...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-12-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 1,750
Posted By gavinlg
I would say absolutely: - 5d mk1 - first...

I would say absolutely:

- 5d mk1 - first affordable full frame camera, still astonishing IQ. D700 came afterwards.

- Epson R-d1 - first digital rangefinder. Nuff said.

- x100 series
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 08-08-2018
Replies: 3
Views: 823
Posted By gavinlg
Is the firmware up to date? And do you format...

Is the firmware up to date?

And do you format the card in camera every time after taking it out to transfer the photos to the computer? If not, this can cause data errors on the card.
Forum: Fuji X Series 08-02-2018
Replies: 137
Views: 13,043
Posted By gavinlg
1. 'retro' is a word people used by those that...

1. 'retro' is a word people used by those that aren't interested in good design. The use of a shutter speed dial, aperture ring and ISO dial is good design. It allows you to see and judge your...
Forum: Fuji X Series 07-19-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 1,261
Posted By gavinlg
Thought about getting an m9 or even m8 for your M...

Thought about getting an m9 or even m8 for your M lenses? I've used a few manual lenses on all sorts of digital bodies and have never found it particularly satisfying.

I do have a few adapters for...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-17-2018
Replies: 126
Views: 6,127
Posted By gavinlg
After years of fettling with canons, Olympus,...

After years of fettling with canons, Olympus, Pentax, Minolta's, contax, fujifilms, I've come to realise (the hard way) that that toughest film SLRs are the Nikon's.
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-09-2018
Replies: 275
Views: 11,127
Posted By gavinlg
It's the color, the lenses, and the video.

It's the color, the lenses, and the video.
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-09-2018
Replies: 275
Views: 11,127
Posted By gavinlg
I dont agree, film photography may not be the...

I dont agree, film photography may not be the mainstream choice but it is very much alive, albeit at a smaller, more specialized level. If you look on the current trends of Hollywood celebs you'll...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 07-06-2018
Replies: 30
Views: 2,660
Posted By gavinlg
I love this film - a few years back it was all I...

I love this film - a few years back it was all I was using. It's a little grainy (for 100 speed film), has a full but slightly subdued color palate, and is really easy to expose - under or...
Forum: Point-N-Shoot 35mm Cameras 06-30-2018
Replies: 41
Views: 4,051
Posted By gavinlg
I'd personally get a Nikon FG or EM with a series...

I'd personally get a Nikon FG or EM with a series E 28mm f2.8 lens instead for 1/3 the money. If you had to get a Point and shoot, I'd go the Klasse. The GR series cameras are finnicky and built like...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-24-2018
Replies: 92
Views: 5,764
Posted By gavinlg
Nikon should release a Df.2 as a swan song to the...

Nikon should release a Df.2 as a swan song to the Mirror, with interchangeable focussing screens (One really bright split screen).
Or they could adopt mirrorless, make one with classic controls/metal...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-23-2018
Replies: 92
Views: 5,764
Posted By gavinlg
Considering the sales of the x100 and X series...

Considering the sales of the x100 and X series bodies and the trend back toward film and mechanical controls, I think actually that the Df has a very high chance of an update - either in mirrorless...
Forum: Optics Theory - 06-17-2018
Replies: 161
Views: 10,983
Posted By gavinlg
I strongly agree - the Pentax 105mm f2.4 is one...

I strongly agree - the Pentax 105mm f2.4 is one of the most remarkable lenses I've used in terms or 'look' or 'special properties' or 'magic dust' or whatever you want to call it.
Forum: Optics Theory - 06-17-2018
Replies: 161
Views: 10,983
Posted By gavinlg
I have to agree with the original post, the angry...

I have to agree with the original post, the angry photographer, and Yannick Khong - even if I'm not entirely sure of the theory or technical explanation behind it. Not discounting any theory of...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-17-2018
Replies: 37
Views: 1,760
Posted By gavinlg
Honestly, that 40mm f2.8 stm lens is one lens I'm...

Honestly, that 40mm f2.8 stm lens is one lens I'm jealous of. Used to use one on a 5d mkIII and an old eos 1n, and it's a seriously fantastic little lens. I'm with Fuji now, and the 27 is technically...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 06-07-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 1,132
Posted By gavinlg
The kodak films tend to go a bit brown when...

The kodak films tend to go a bit brown when underexposed. For best colors out of the portra's, shoot portra 400 at around 200 and portra 160 at 100, and meter for the shadows. What scanner are you...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 06-07-2018
Replies: 253
Views: 85,695
Posted By gavinlg
Love the look this lens produces... Question for...

Love the look this lens produces... Question for the knowledgeable among us - Is this lens the same optical formula as the F-mount 50mm f2 nikkor? Or similar?
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 05-23-2018
Replies: 304
Views: 12,646
Posted By gavinlg
The way leica gear just keeps getting more...

The way leica gear just keeps getting more expensive lately, I'd buy an m6 and and a zeiss 35mm ff2 biogon.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-16-2018
Replies: 90
Views: 5,227
Posted By gavinlg
I generally carry my MJUII with me everywhere in...

I generally carry my MJUII with me everywhere in my weekender or duffel bag and have done since about 2009. If I'm travelling or going on a short trip I may bring whatever film SLR I'm using at the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 05-13-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 554
Posted By gavinlg
RC's lens is pretty damn good if you don't mind...

RC's lens is pretty damn good if you don't mind pincushion distortion or the slowness of it.
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 05-01-2018
Replies: 32
Views: 2,897
Posted By gavinlg
DXO is pretty worthless in the real world. The...

DXO is pretty worthless in the real world. The reason so many fashion/portrait/wedding photographers and videographers use Canon despite being technically outgunned by Nikon and Sony sensor's DXO...
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 04-01-2018
Replies: 9
Views: 1,219
Posted By gavinlg
This. Especially high performance mode. And turn...

This. Especially high performance mode. And turn the viewfinder/screen sensor to viewfinder only. Will be quicker than you are.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-31-2018
Replies: 224
Views: 15,011
Posted By gavinlg
Seriously disappointed. I don't have any examples...

Seriously disappointed. I don't have any examples handy but exposed and developed at 200-400 it's been one of me favorite films - and not one easily replicated. Just like neopan 400 and 1600 before...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 03-29-2018
Replies: 75
Views: 6,133
Posted By gavinlg
Genuinely miss your posts in your absence here...

Genuinely miss your posts in your absence here Roger, always happy to see new ones!
After 10+ years of hanging out on this forum there's a bunch of lovely people here like yourself I would consider...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-07-2018
Replies: 14
Views: 1,315
Posted By gavinlg
Try this one. Run by my friends of mine -...

Try this one. Run by my friends of mine - allround top people, very dedicated to film and photography.

http://hillvale.com.au/

They have Dropboxes all throughout Melbourne city and take mail...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-26-2018
Replies: 56
Views: 2,607
Posted By gavinlg
No, I agree with you - I've sold and bought...

No, I agree with you - I've sold and bought something like 100k worth of stuff from ebay over the last 12-14 or so years so I'm no ebay newbie. It's only very recently - the last year or so that...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-25-2018
Replies: 56
Views: 2,607
Posted By gavinlg
Yes, but that doesn't go a long way for things...

Yes, but that doesn't go a long way for things like oily aperture blades, as in my case.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 02-25-2018
Replies: 56
Views: 2,607
Posted By gavinlg
Japanese ebay sellers used to be reliably the...

Japanese ebay sellers used to be reliably the best. Now, I'm finding a lot of items rated as EX++++ with visibly bad fungus and dents etc. I just last week received a lens that was rated as optically...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 02-23-2018
Replies: 44
Views: 2,801
Posted By gavinlg
1x camera, 1x 35mm lens. If you can't take good...

1x camera, 1x 35mm lens. If you can't take good photos with a leica and 35mm lens, you aren't going to take good photos with several lenses/cameras or a zoom lens.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-23-2018
Replies: 83
Views: 10,850
Posted By gavinlg
True that, the old nikons are bombproof.

True that, the old nikons are bombproof.
Forum: Fuji X Series 02-14-2018
Replies: 34
Views: 2,162
Posted By gavinlg
Sometimes these cameras have an internal battery...

Sometimes these cameras have an internal battery that keeps charge when the main battery is charging, and when the button style battery runs flat they lose settings when the main battery is out....
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-07-2018
Replies: 10
Views: 720
Posted By gavinlg
100% spot on. I would split the developing time...

100% spot on. I would split the developing time between recommended between ei400 and 1600. Agitate gently. Tri-x is best (imo) at 800 - deeper blacks and crunchy mids.
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 01-31-2018
Replies: 55
Views: 4,564
Posted By gavinlg
Not very helpful for you unfortunately, but I had...

Not very helpful for you unfortunately, but I had an r1800 years ago and have had 2 v600 scanners. All developed glitchy issues and become troublesome a few months after purchase. The printer in...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-29-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 1,554
Posted By gavinlg
If it's je ne sais quoi you're looking for, don't...

If it's je ne sais quoi you're looking for, don't wait any longer - get the pentax 67 and the 105mm. It has it in gobs.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 01-22-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1,945
Posted By gavinlg
I completely agree with you. Capture one has the...

I completely agree with you. Capture one has the most incredible user interface and tools at its disposal, but high ISO noise/detail rendering trails lightroom by a long shot with my Fuji X files....
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-19-2018
Replies: 41
Views: 1,889
Posted By gavinlg
I started all digital with my dads canon 30d when...

I started all digital with my dads canon 30d when I was about 20 - which was 2007. Soon after, being a tech-head I am, I convinced him to go half with me on an upgrade to a 5d mk1. Lovely camera....
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 01-16-2018
Replies: 43
Views: 3,298
Posted By gavinlg
That level of blown out detail is terrible... Do...

That level of blown out detail is terrible... Do Nikon test their own products before releasing them?
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-15-2018
Replies: 35
Views: 2,073
Posted By gavinlg
Agreed. Nikons mirrorless is dead in the water...

Agreed. Nikons mirrorless is dead in the water unless it's aimed at professionals/prosumers from the get go and release it with a trio of fast PJ primes like Fujifilm did.

Somehow I just can't see...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 12-15-2017
Replies: 69
Views: 18,898
Posted By gavinlg
Nearly 6 years on I still hold this opinion even...

Nearly 6 years on I still hold this opinion even after using the Minolta X system and MD lenses for the last year or so. Minolta lenses are overrated and canon FD lenses are far underrated.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 11-25-2017
Replies: 92
Views: 4,559
Posted By gavinlg
Contax s2 personally. The zeiss glass gives you...

Contax s2 personally. The zeiss glass gives you something to rival M mount lenses.
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 11-06-2017
Replies: 60
Views: 8,045
Posted By gavinlg
Honestly the best daily/walkaround camera in...

Honestly the best daily/walkaround camera in existence at the moment.
Forum: Micro 4/3 Cameras Olympus Panasonic 10-25-2017
Replies: 1
Views: 1,049
Posted By gavinlg
These are exactly the kind of lenses that would...

These are exactly the kind of lenses that would have kept me in either of their 4/3 systems back when I had an E-3 and an e-p1.

Unfortunately for them they're nearly 10 years late.

They do look...
Forum: Photo Software 10-20-2017
Replies: 84
Views: 5,982
Posted By gavinlg
Not sure if anyones tried CC yet, but it's a...

Not sure if anyones tried CC yet, but it's a piece of crap. Adobe just copied apple photos. The syncing of RAW files to the cloud is excruciatingly slow, and the controls are all dumbed down.
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 10-14-2017
Replies: 37
Views: 3,726
Posted By gavinlg
Weight training at whatever gym is close and...

Weight training at whatever gym is close and inexpensive changed my life. I think of it as my church - a physical, mental and emotional 'zeroing' that I now struggle to do without. No goal, just an...
Forum: RFF News 10-11-2017
Replies: 160
Views: 11,836
Posted By gavinlg
Couldn't they have just retooled and remade the...

Couldn't they have just retooled and remade the electro GSN/GTN? Or made a film scanner?

The fact that it uses a flea sized sensor just makes this thing dead in the water TBH.
Forum: Yashica RF 09-15-2017
Replies: 24
Views: 2,166
Posted By gavinlg
x100 with a 27mm (40mm) f1.7 would be pretty...

x100 with a 27mm (40mm) f1.7 would be pretty sweet I have to say....
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 09-07-2017
Replies: 108
Views: 6,108
Posted By gavinlg
His blog is one of the few photography specific...

His blog is one of the few photography specific sites I actually choose to read fairly regularly. Not a fan of his new-found rapping an poetry sensibilities, but his current works are great and his...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 08-27-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 1,507
Posted By gavinlg
I would be more inclined to go for a more modern...

I would be more inclined to go for a more modern mirrorless aps-c camera like a sony or a Fuji x-e1 or something for live view/critical focusing, higher MP count (larger scans) and better shadow DR,...
Forum: Fuji X Series 08-18-2017
Replies: 16
Views: 2,515
Posted By gavinlg
I haven't used the f2, but I've had the f1.4 for...

I haven't used the f2, but I've had the f1.4 for a few years, and it's superb. One of my favorite 35mm equivalent lenses and the clutch based MF is super nice to have on a Fuji body. I do shoot wide...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 08-15-2017
Replies: 21
Views: 1,817
Posted By gavinlg
Capture one is by far the best software - once...

Capture one is by far the best software - once you get to know how it works it makes lightroom look like a toy. I say this as someone who has used LR since it was first created. HOWEVER, vsco and...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 07-30-2017
Replies: 98
Views: 10,596
Posted By gavinlg
If the d850 is just a regular optical finder DSLR...

If the d850 is just a regular optical finder DSLR it's going to be a huge letdown. Nikon needs the kind of innovation that the evf/ovf would bring.

If you look at the leaked pics though, it...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 07-27-2017
Replies: 98
Views: 10,596
Posted By gavinlg
This thing is going to be hot. Tempted to try and...

This thing is going to be hot. Tempted to try and grab one, and a couple of Zeiss ZFs to assess when it's out.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 07-13-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 517
Posted By gavinlg
I'd go either of the Olympus 21mm's for best IQ,...

I'd go either of the Olympus 21mm's for best IQ, the Minolta MD 24mm f2.8 for best value, or the voigtlander 20mm f3.5 in EF mount for best overall.
Forum: Fuji X Series 06-28-2017
Replies: 95
Views: 7,258
Posted By gavinlg
The thing about the fujifilms is that they make...

The thing about the fujifilms is that they make really superb no-nonsense shooters. They are cheap, offer superlative quality, get out of the way of the shooting experience, and the lenses are...
Forum: Travel 06-28-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 802
Posted By gavinlg
Alternatively, come to wellington and then it's...

Alternatively, come to wellington and then it's just a short-ish ferry ride over to the south island. Domestic flights via air NZ are very cheap too..
Forum: Travel 06-28-2017
Replies: 10
Views: 802
Posted By gavinlg
I moved to NZ from Australia about 10 months ago,...

I moved to NZ from Australia about 10 months ago, currently living in Wellington at the bottom of the north island. If you are big on nature and mountains, I would say definitely that the south...
Forum: Fuji X Series 06-24-2017
Replies: 9
Views: 1,289
Posted By gavinlg
Lightroom + photoshop on photographers...

Lightroom + photoshop on photographers subscription is the best option. Subscription meaning that instead of paying outright for the software you pay a monthly fee to use it. Capture one is also good...
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 06-21-2017
Replies: 162
Views: 22,649
Posted By gavinlg
Fujifilm already has that covered with the instax...

Fujifilm already has that covered with the instax square camera!
Forum: Nikon Historical Society 06-21-2017
Replies: 162
Views: 22,649
Posted By gavinlg
Bang on. Couldn't agree more. The film scanner...

Bang on. Couldn't agree more. The film scanner bit is genius. Their is a definite market for small boutique photo labs and also for home users. Best would be to release a commercial grade machine...
Forum: Nikon RF 06-18-2017
Replies: 436
Views: 84,784
Posted By gavinlg
I genuinely miss neopan 400 so much. That mid...

I genuinely miss neopan 400 so much. That mid tone crunch makes it unique in the bw world.
Forum: Fuji X Series 06-15-2017
Replies: 13
Views: 1,292
Posted By gavinlg
Fuji's primes are tremendous. The 27 is very good...

Fuji's primes are tremendous. The 27 is very good but not completely representative of what makes the X system good in my opinion - having no aperture ring.

The 23mm and 35mm f2 are superb and well...
Forum: Fuji X Series 06-11-2017
Replies: 48
Views: 6,827
Posted By gavinlg
I'm using capture one after using LR for years...

I'm using capture one after using LR for years because it doesn't work well on my new windows laptop. They are much of a muchness.

A fuji file shouldn't be noisey in the skies at all. I can shoot at...
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-09-2017
Replies: 46
Views: 1,611
Posted By gavinlg
Gotcha :angel: And very true!

Gotcha :angel:

And very true!
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-08-2017
Replies: 46
Views: 1,611
Posted By gavinlg
I grip/motor wind most of my cameras If I can -...

I grip/motor wind most of my cameras If I can - simply because I like the feel of a gripped body.



Only with the electric shutter, the mechanical shutter is limited to 5fps .
Forum: Fuji X Series 06-07-2017
Replies: 19
Views: 2,613
Posted By gavinlg
I've had two x-t1s and both have been rock solid....

I've had two x-t1s and both have been rock solid. Used in rain, dust, taken everywhere on strap and both have been flawless.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 05-06-2017
Replies: 92
Views: 5,764
Posted By gavinlg
Spot on. (tencharacters)

Spot on.

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