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Forum: Leica M8 / M8.2 / Ricoh GXR 04-11-2011
Replies: 19
Views: 3,617
Posted By djon
If you think M9's good, try an M2!

If you think M9's good, try an M2!
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 04-10-2011
Replies: 47
Views: 4,470
Posted By djon
I take part in two ongoing B&W print exchanges,...

I take part in two ongoing B&W print exchanges, which help keep my eye on the ball. Monthly due dates. I try to share new images with the American group, photos that depict something about my region...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-10-2011
Replies: 35
Views: 3,370
Posted By djon
Look around from here: ...

Look around from here: http://www.theatreofnoise.com/2010/04/sony-pcm-m10-versus-olympus-ls-10-ls-11.html#comment-form

Don't record MP3 if you want to save on a CD and play in common car/stereo...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 02-11-2011
Replies: 13
Views: 1,788
Posted By djon
My favorite New Mexico (vs faux mex) restaurant...

My favorite New Mexico (vs faux mex) restaurant (unconventional category...no industrial waste melted cheese, no ground "beef") is http://nmgastronome.com/blog/?p=394
Forum: Other RF 02-11-2011
Replies: 75
Views: 14,547
Posted By djon
The Army, like the Navy, chose Bell & Howell...

The Army, like the Navy, chose Bell & Howell Canons (rebadged Canon) as well as Canon F1. They probably used Nikons as well, and did use some Leicas. They had some of everything. I used to own a...
Forum: Other RF 02-11-2011
Replies: 75
Views: 14,547
Posted By djon
I recall reading in the early 70s that AP (UPI?)...

I recall reading in the early 70s that AP (UPI?) "official" recommendation was Leica for short lenses, Nikon SLR for long lenses. Obviously correct for fast/accurate focus.

Today's Pentax K...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 02-11-2011
Replies: 7
Views: 3,604
Posted By djon
The Frontier can make sharp-looking scans but it...

The Frontier can make sharp-looking scans but it can't rival the last two generations of Nikon for actual detail resolution (grain sharpness). The more "work the lab puts into it" the more risk you...
Forum: RFF Polls 04-15-2009
Replies: 148
Views: 14,842
Posted By djon
M8....how about M9? Or 5DII?

M8....how about M9? Or 5DII?
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-14-2009
Replies: 9
Views: 1,114
Posted By djon
Are you comparing out-of-focus autofocus to good...

Are you comparing out-of-focus autofocus to good manual focus? If your DSLR is autofocus, try turning that off when you're in flat light...manual focus may make you happier.
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-14-2009
Replies: 27
Views: 2,304
Posted By djon
I suspect that, if you have a good 15mp DSLR,...

I suspect that, if you have a good 15mp DSLR, Lightroom 2.2 and a good printer (eg Epson 3800) you'll find it hard to justify 35mm film for anything.

I admit that my 1:200 Rodinal / Neopan 400 @...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-11-2009
Replies: 49
Views: 2,878
Posted By djon
If you can't see your negs in detail (highest...

If you can't see your negs in detail (highest resolution) there's no reason to think your photography is progressing. If you can find a Nikon IV it'll be as sharp as my V, will have more dust...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 03-06-2009
Replies: 50
Views: 4,125
Posted By djon
In my experience, Nikonscanning @4000ppi is...

In my experience, Nikonscanning @4000ppi is grain-sharper than anything possible with an enlarger (including point source, which I've done). As well, it's even more subtle than optical enlargement,...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-04-2009
Replies: 18
Views: 1,449
Posted By djon
USB adapters are trouble (they sometimes work but...

USB adapters are trouble (they sometimes work but even their manufacturers warn that they're unreliable). Install a USB CARD if you don't have one: $100+

Scanners in general are sensitive to RF and...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 10-29-2008
Replies: 9
Views: 844
Posted By djon
There's no way to do ultimate evaluation of scans...

There's no way to do ultimate evaluation of scans on the monitor if you intend to print. Print resolution is more demanding than monitor resolution in practice.
With my Nikon V and all film there's a...
Forum: Photography General Interest 08-26-2008
Replies: 48
Views: 3,554
Posted By djon
Edward Weston's "Daybook II" ...

Edward Weston's "Daybook II" (California)

Richard Avedon & James Baldwin's "Nothing Personal"

I just discovered a 1977 copy of "Edward Weston Nudes" ...I hadn't realized this was so beautifully...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 07-07-2008
Replies: 4
Views: 1,737
Posted By djon
Tyler Hicks in Afghanistan... film...

Go to the audio slide show. B&W film photography in Afghanistan.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/06/weekinreview/06hicks.html?_r=1&ref=worldspecial&oref=slogin
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-27-2005
Replies: 51
Views: 2,350
Posted By djon
Joe, bye bye. You're the one who's missed the...

Joe, bye bye. You're the one who's missed the point. Since you'd rather tolerate (which means encourage) twits and whiners than defend genuine photographers, I don't belong here.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-27-2005
Replies: 10
Views: 1,651
Posted By djon
...incidentally, I'd be cautious about Nikon...

...incidentally, I'd be cautious about Nikon LTMs...I don't think they arrived at the level of the late Canons...though, harkening to Al I do want an 85 f2 sooner or later.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-27-2005
Replies: 10
Views: 1,651
Posted By djon
Thumbs up I've just today gotten back two rolls of NPZ 800,...

I've just today gotten back two rolls of NPZ 800, all shot at 1/15 f2 Canon 35... a free performance by Howard Alden (pinnacle-famous jazz guitarist) at Bumblebee's in Santa Fe..."natural" 10PM...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-27-2005
Replies: 51
Views: 2,350
Posted By djon
Thumbs up Photodave, nice shots. Gid, nice shots. Joe,...

Photodave, nice shots.

Gid, nice shots.

Joe, nice shots.

Vince, nice shots.

Copake's hit the nail on its head:
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-27-2005
Replies: 51
Views: 2,350
Posted By djon
Yes, there's zero "luck" invoved in this...

Yes, there's zero "luck" invoved in this photographer's success...he got to the front page of the most important publication on earth because he met the particular editorial requirement of the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-27-2005
Replies: 51
Views: 2,350
Posted By djon
RML, hope all you want. If wishes were horses....

RML, hope all you want. If wishes were horses....
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-27-2005
Replies: 51
Views: 2,350
Posted By djon
Copake started this thread to applaud the success...

Copake started this thread to applaud the success of a fine photographer, not to provide a forum for whining and jealousy.

When someone says he "can't be bothered" it means he simply isn't up to...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-27-2005
Replies: 51
Views: 2,350
Posted By djon
Amateur photographers stay unaware of the skills...

Amateur photographers stay unaware of the skills professionals must bring to their work until they actually have to do the work themselves, to pay their bills.

Some are outright disrespectful (as...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-26-2005
Replies: 23
Views: 1,338
Posted By djon
Talking Minilabs come close to cutting film into...

Minilabs come close to cutting film into strips....oh, wait! That's not what you meant!
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-26-2005
Replies: 27
Views: 1,784
Posted By djon
Blind Spot is sold at Albuquerque's main coffee...

Blind Spot is sold at Albuquerque's main coffee house, Flying Star. Don't know if it's a current issue, however :p
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-26-2005
Replies: 38
Views: 2,744
Posted By djon
You probably don't want to soak it in kerosene or...

You probably don't want to soak it in kerosene or other solvent/fuel because 1) you can't ship it that way or fly it that way (flames, fumes, the law) and 2) you probably won't find small amounts of...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-26-2005
Replies: 38
Views: 2,744
Posted By djon
This is a common problem and the solution, from...

This is a common problem and the solution, from ancient times, has always been to put the camera in fresh water and leave it there until it gets to repair. Maybe dunk it and drain it a few times, but...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-26-2005
Replies: 11
Views: 1,246
Posted By djon
I have a Nikon 100...it's identical...

I have a Nikon 100...it's identical mechanically/optically to Canon. Not bright frame.

Consider a Voigtlander bright frame finder.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-26-2005
Replies: 111
Views: 6,521
Posted By djon
Wink In 1999 a group similar to Rangefinderforum...

In 1999 a group similar to Rangefinderforum (www.stickbow.com) got into a battle...involved about 20 guys...don't recall what it was about...traditional bow hunters (wooden bows, wooden arrows):...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-26-2005
Replies: 8
Views: 1,255
Posted By djon
I use a Nikon V 50Ed , same sharpness/resolution...

I use a Nikon V 50Ed , same sharpness/resolution as 5000...I have hardly any dust problems and I'm not working in a "clean room." Your dust isn't the fault of the negative carrier (though the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-26-2005
Replies: 27
Views: 1,784
Posted By djon
...I was just looking at Hobo Magazine ($8.95...

...I was just looking at Hobo Magazine ($8.95 USD)...beautiful stuff...lvarious portraits, especially including Philip Seymour Hoffman (played Truman Capote's role in the wonderful "Capote" ). And...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-26-2005
Replies: 27
Views: 1,784
Posted By djon
Marko, look for Japanese photo magazines, or...

Marko, look for Japanese photo magazines, or graphic design magazines....(I can't afford those either)...

I was too harsh on Aperture, but I think it's become a talk talk talk, theory, theory,...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-26-2005
Replies: 23
Views: 1,641
Posted By djon
Wink Nice shots...genuine Leica imagery... ...but...

Nice shots...genuine Leica imagery...

...but don't be damning Summarons with faint praise :cool:

Mine's wonderfully sharp and contrasty...it's better than some Minolta SLR lenses whose film I've...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 12-26-2005
Replies: 16
Views: 1,075
Posted By djon
Lots of these were sold in occupied Korea and...

Lots of these were sold in occupied Korea and Japan...I'm glad to hear there's somebody out there who still buys them, since I have one I should unload :-)

They're actually pretty good. I also used...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-25-2005
Replies: 23
Views: 1,338
Posted By djon
Fiskars scissors. Stainless steel, orange handle,...

Fiskars scissors. Stainless steel, orange handle, precise.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-25-2005
Replies: 27
Views: 1,784
Posted By djon
I'm bored by photo mags. I much prefer to look at...

I'm bored by photo mags. I much prefer to look at advertising, fashion, and fresh journalistic work. Somebody found it "good" enough to pay for it, a meaningful measure. And for those who say pros...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 12-23-2005
Replies: 22
Views: 1,536
Posted By djon
I've never been happier with any lens than my...

I've never been happier with any lens than my Canon 35f2...but recently I've rediscovered my 50 1.4 FD SSC, which is tempting me back to certain kinds of images with F1 SLR...just a beautiful lens,...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-22-2005
Replies: 40
Views: 3,550
Posted By djon
My ultimate meter has been a Minolta Flashmeter...

My ultimate meter has been a Minolta Flashmeter IV, but I'm learning to trust a Digisix totally as well. Prior to the Minolta, my favorite was a big traditional Sekonic studio thing, don't remember...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-22-2005
Replies: 67
Views: 2,325
Posted By djon
George, you're right about Tucson's sprawl. I...

George, you're right about Tucson's sprawl.

I tend to ignore it or blank out when I see that happening, probably the reason I've not turned arsonist or religious fanatic. I spent a few days there...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-22-2005
Replies: 67
Views: 2,325
Posted By djon
I never heard of anybody toting a .458 win mag...

I never heard of anybody toting a .458 win mag out here, since the worst that happens usually involves people, just as in Toronto or Atlanta. I carried a S&W 61 for a few years until I realized that...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-22-2005
Replies: 67
Views: 2,325
Posted By djon
....the single most beautiful and emotionally...

....the single most beautiful and emotionally moving place in the entire Southwest, perhaps in the US, is Canyon de Chelly, near the NM border... followed closely by the absolutely astounding Chaco...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-22-2005
Replies: 67
Views: 2,325
Posted By djon
Tucson's got a lovely "art district" downtown,...

Tucson's got a lovely "art district" downtown, lots of artists... it's a compact city by comparison to my Albuquerque NM and especially by comparison to Phoenix (which has been described as East Los...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-21-2005
Replies: 6
Views: 853
Posted By djon
Take a light tripod...you'll want to photograph...

Take a light tripod...you'll want to photograph yourselves somewhere, probably somewhere spectacular and not handy to your car. Bryce and Zion are totally different, one full of details, the other...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-20-2005
Replies: 36
Views: 1,993
Posted By djon
Think what 200mm means on a digicam....

Think what 200mm means on a digicam....
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-19-2005
Replies: 7
Views: 1,087
Posted By djon
You still may want to download a trial version of...

You still may want to download a trial version of Vuescan...may be better with B&W.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-16-2005
Replies: 2
Views: 593
Posted By djon
Yes, a 9000 would be way cool, over the top...

Yes, a 9000 would be way cool, over the top cool-wise in fact. Problem is, it'd also demand an antinewton carrier at the very least...a very expensive trip.

But, but, I also have an old Epson 3200,...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-16-2005
Replies: 13
Views: 2,712
Posted By djon
re: "Kobalux" ...the origin of the name: ...

re: "Kobalux" ...the origin of the name: http://www.moreorless.au.com/killers/stalin.html
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-16-2005
Replies: 2
Views: 593
Posted By djon
OT..wrong date:Thanksgiving

In addition to all the good vibes from the good people here and on P.N, I'm thankful for new technology, fillum and old cameras.

1) Nikon V scanner.
2) Vuescan
3) Epson 2200 printer
4) Epson...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-16-2005
Replies: 15
Views: 1,338
Posted By djon
Does Adolph Gasser in SF still do Leica work? It...

Does Adolph Gasser in SF still do Leica work? It was great many years ago, winterized a pair of IIF/IIIF for me...Gasser himself was a fine craftsman, machined things for Ansel and designed much of...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-15-2005
Replies: 53
Views: 2,433
Posted By djon
...and Bill's right about Efke being curley...my...

...and Bill's right about Efke being curley...my 120 could be used for truck springs.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-15-2005
Replies: 53
Views: 2,433
Posted By djon
This is an admirable folk-style marketing...

This is an admirable folk-style marketing research project, but I'll bet J&C knows a bit more than we do about realistic alternatives. http://www.jandcphotography.com/

I wonder if we could lure...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-15-2005
Replies: 8
Views: 581
Posted By djon
Using "industrial strength" Velcro (from Home...

Using "industrial strength" Velcro (from Home Depot etc in the US) cover the top of the finder with hooks and the butt of the rear lens cap with loops, or vice-versa (it's like tape, has a sticky...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 12-15-2005
Replies: 35
Views: 4,789
Posted By djon
schmoozit, Peter, wtr loss of detail via...

schmoozit, Peter, wtr loss of detail via neg-as-pos/inversion, you might want to test that. I have, but I'm always open to contrary experiences. I was talking about loss of fuzz on peaches, for...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 12-15-2005
Replies: 35
Views: 4,789
Posted By djon
schmoozit...you complained of grain/scanlines in...

schmoozit...you complained of grain/scanlines in shadows with Vuescan...what kind of scanner are you using and what resolution (4000ppi?). I do see very fine (almost imperceptable) scan lines in...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 12-15-2005
Replies: 35
Views: 4,789
Posted By djon
Peter's workflow with Vuescan is interesting, but...

Peter's workflow with Vuescan is interesting, but I believe I've confirmed that there can be fine detail loss in the inverstion step, despite it being in TIFF. Therefore I scan negs as negs.

With...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-15-2005
Replies: 104
Views: 3,368
Posted By djon
The thing that stopped me from evolving from ...

The thing that stopped me from evolving from FTns to then-new F2s stops me from SLR GAS...a pair of Canon F1s, one of them bought new, with 24 2.8, 100 2.8, 50 1.4, 55 3.5 macro, 200 f4, and...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-15-2005
Replies: 67
Views: 3,112
Posted By djon
Don't resist the urge to divert a bigger chunk of...

Don't resist the urge to divert a bigger chunk of your budget: get a RolleiFLEX instead of these lesser pretenders. The common "T" models with 3.5 Xenar were magnificent objects of beauty, optically...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 12-15-2005
Replies: 20
Views: 1,329
Posted By djon
If your P rangefinder isn't startlingly bright,...

If your P rangefinder isn't startlingly bright, it may not be "tarnish," it may more likely be dust and other schmutz that's accumulated inside the larger front window. Open er' up and clean er' off...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-14-2005
Replies: 6
Views: 1,202
Posted By djon
..and of course, there's Graflex. I hand-hold a...

..and of course, there's Graflex.

I hand-hold a 6X9 Century Graphic (1966?). Very accurate rangefinder, parallax correction by turning a knob. 3 lenses and 120 roll back. One of the lenses is a...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-14-2005
Replies: 53
Views: 2,433
Posted By djon
Don't forget Smegma: It's only available in...

Don't forget Smegma: It's only available in Paramus, NJ.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-13-2005
Replies: 17
Views: 1,232
Posted By djon
How many pics? Where are the guidelines again?...

How many pics? Where are the guidelines again? I'm lost! Help!
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-12-2005
Replies: 111
Views: 5,842
Posted By djon
Nikon FM3. Or Olympus OM1. Nothing in between.

Nikon FM3. Or Olympus OM1. Nothing in between.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 12-12-2005
Replies: 60
Views: 4,485
Posted By djon
The key is condition. After superficial study of...

The key is condition. After superficial study of optics for scratches, haze, separation etc one would look at the rangefinder to see if the spot was clear and distinct, using the 50mm to see if it...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-12-2005
Replies: 26
Views: 2,276
Posted By djon
I've done both with the same negs, but its...

I've done both with the same negs, but its impossible to say one is "better" in any absolute way in B&W. Color's another story.

Silver paper makes better blacks unless you're using the latest...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-10-2005
Replies: 16
Views: 1,387
Posted By djon
Lovely work, an innocent time.

Lovely work, an innocent time.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-10-2005
Replies: 30
Views: 1,588
Posted By djon
Thanks, lots of ideas. I may still use a...

Thanks, lots of ideas.

I may still use a RANGEFINDER: a Century Graphic (6X9 on 120) with 80 2.8. I'd rather a longer lens, but they're not rangefinder coupled. Don't know if I can find 800iso...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-09-2005
Replies: 26
Views: 1,974
Posted By djon
NPZ 800 can be GREAT for really big prints,...

NPZ 800 can be GREAT for really big prints, including the usual "nature", as well as real photography of people and in the most intense of daylight. Yes it's grainy, but who cares. It certainly...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-09-2005
Replies: 4
Views: 3,438
Posted By djon
Exactly. Yes, a little older, but tell me they...

Exactly. Yes, a little older, but tell me they aren't lovers! Love it!

What was their response? What a woman! What a man!

Your photo? Recently? Family? A job? Newspaper? A spontaneous freebie?...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-09-2005
Replies: 30
Views: 1,588
Posted By djon
Frank, dang, you are a font of wisdom. No...

Frank, dang, you are a font of wisdom. No umbrella...so how will I get soft illuminated faces f out of the adults? Sounds like I need some kind of very soft spot, from somewhere above the camera but...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-09-2005
Replies: 36
Views: 2,072
Posted By djon
Nick, you're using a camera with a ttl meter....

Nick, you're using a camera with a ttl meter. That means it's barely a Leica...it'd be a Voigtlander if it had a worse rangefinder.

TTL means one cannot do an adequate job of quickly and accurately...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-09-2005
Replies: 4
Views: 3,438
Posted By djon
Thumbs up Sexy Sixties ... show me your photos!

By "sexy sixties" I mean people who are sexy in their sixties, and were sexy in the sixties...boomers and just before....

Show me some portraits of geezer couples, like me and mine. People who love...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-09-2005
Replies: 6
Views: 601
Posted By djon
Jason, you are a giant among men, a saint. Thank...

Jason, you are a giant among men, a saint. Thank you! It worked!
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-09-2005
Replies: 6
Views: 601
Posted By djon
seems not to work. If I use the number for my...

seems not to work. If I use the number for my gallery, 1194, I keep informing people that I'm somebody else, somewhere in Canada. I'll try again in the morning, when I'm smarter.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-09-2005
Replies: 30
Views: 1,588
Posted By djon
Right about that shadow... Maybe the fill can be...

Right about that shadow... Maybe the fill can be high, candles can add light from below to make the facial effect I'm after, if I can get my lighting properly balanced.

I could use a plain old...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-09-2005
Replies: 30
Views: 1,588
Posted By djon
Thanks for all your ideas...here's a related P.N...

Thanks for all your ideas...here's a related P.N link mixing flash and candle (thanks to Joseph Moniz): http://www.photo.net/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=009bC3

Two camera distances will be...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-09-2005
Replies: 6
Views: 601
Posted By djon
HELP...I've lost my Gallery link.

Been struggling with re-installing my Gallery link...which mysteriously vanished...

HOW do I do it?
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-09-2005
Replies: 30
Views: 1,588
Posted By djon
Jon.. that's the easy answer. But I want/need to...

Jon.. that's the easy answer. But I want/need to do something interesting...otherwise why bother?

... faces warmly lit from below, candles, hands... the background is dark... an emotional...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-09-2005
Replies: 36
Views: 2,072
Posted By djon
In the the particular shot, one would...

In the the particular shot, one would under-expose the face if for some reason (catalog?) one absolutely had to save tone in the sweater...but metering the sweater's bright side would be risky,...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-09-2005
Replies: 36
Views: 2,072
Posted By djon
I hate reflective metering. That shot should be...

I hate reflective metering. That shot should be especially easy to meter with an incident dome. Her face does appear to me to be a half stop over exposed.

Might be faster to bracket than to...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-09-2005
Replies: 88
Views: 3,697
Posted By djon
Happens all the time. But it gets embarassing,...

Happens all the time. But it gets embarassing, especially in cold weather, when the young ladies remove their tops, right there in public. Maybe I should bathe more often.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-09-2005
Replies: 30
Views: 1,588
Posted By djon
-- Audition some candles to pick the brightest...

-- Audition some candles to pick the brightest one.

And some other great ideas/information.. WOW! Thanks! :D

I'm thinking in terms of (sorry, but at least it's Canon F1) SLR with 100 2.8...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-09-2005
Replies: 30
Views: 1,588
Posted By djon
Yep, I want the flames in the image..might imply...

Yep, I want the flames in the image..might imply a longish lens, so as to get them closer to faces without burning...

I like the candelabra idea...I can probably find something that looks like Old...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-09-2005
Replies: 30
Views: 1,588
Posted By djon
Plus, the 1-yr-old might not be reliable. I...

Plus, the 1-yr-old might not be reliable.

I like your observations.

But I do want a vignetted light that fills the faces from below...if I can get it...that's asking a lot from my Photoshop...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-09-2005
Replies: 30
Views: 1,588
Posted By djon
Help! portrait by candle ?

A little family (young mom, old dad, baby) wants a boring Christmas portrait...

I like them, I'll do it, but for myself I also want to shoot very tight, lit by candle (or simulation). No background...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-04-2005
Replies: 39
Views: 2,021
Posted By djon
Superior results aren't on the menu for students...

Superior results aren't on the menu for students or other beginners. Satisfaction's possible, though it may be a roadblock..depending on your goals.

People aren't more suited inherently for one...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-04-2005
Replies: 39
Views: 2,021
Posted By djon
"I have a stool ... I'm working on getting a...

"I have a stool ... I'm working on getting a fridge with a red safe light for beer."

Enough beer and you'll be needing that pair of swivel chairs I mentioned :D :D :D
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-04-2005
Replies: 39
Views: 2,021
Posted By djon
One of the biggest pleasures of the darkroom is...

One of the biggest pleasures of the darkroom is standing, instead of sitting on one's patoot.

This is especially true when one's working with interested parties of the opposite or otherwise...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 12-04-2005
Replies: 20
Views: 1,329
Posted By djon
One nice thing about rfdr focus is that the image...

One nice thing about rfdr focus is that the image looks clear all through the process, only the center doubles. Some SLR screens are like that in the larger field, but they're not as dramatic when...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-04-2005
Replies: 61
Views: 2,497
Posted By djon
How about film used BY bacteria? eg. street...

How about film used BY bacteria? eg. street photography?
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-04-2005
Replies: 22
Views: 2,658
Posted By djon
MOJO: " It doesn't necessarily mean it "has to...

MOJO:

" It doesn't necessarily mean it "has to have sexual power"; it's the sense of it and the sense of it. Slang is not literal; it would be paradoxical for it to be so.[/QUOTE]

In blues songs...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 12-04-2005
Replies: 23
Views: 2,123
Posted By djon
Don't pass up opportunities on Canon 35 f2. ...

Don't pass up opportunities on Canon 35 f2. Properly sized, sharp as heck, moderate contrast. The only 35 I might prefer would be 35 Elmar 2.8, but that's more money and a stop slower.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-04-2005
Replies: 22
Views: 2,658
Posted By djon
"Mojo" means sexual power. The question is, who...

"Mojo" means sexual power. The question is, who is it you want to turn on?

My oldest Canon F1 was my backup, abused badly for years, kept loose under a car seat (screw on lens cap). It was...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-04-2005
Replies: 39
Views: 2,021
Posted By djon
Blunder in one, then the other. It ain't a horse...

Blunder in one, then the other. It ain't a horse race.

If you've never gotten good in a wet darkroom, do it before the digital darkness is terminal. Buy your enlarger used...good ones are incredibly...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 12-03-2005
Replies: 10
Views: 920
Posted By djon
You should be able to find a Morse tank on the...

You should be able to find a Morse tank on the demon site. Hard to believe, but Nikor made a 16mm reel and tank as well as a stand for loading.

Use a lab. It won't break the bank.
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 12-03-2005
Replies: 30
Views: 3,398
Posted By djon
Here's the main B&W inkjet forum...you're...

Here's the main B&W inkjet forum...you're probably already one of the crew...they talk a lot about inksets, particularly MIS....the two small Epsons are compared, starting somewhere a little before...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-03-2005
Replies: 61
Views: 1,850
Posted By djon
Take up the banjo. Nothing's more repetitive.

Take up the banjo. Nothing's more repetitive.
Forum: Digital Printers / Inks / Papers etc 12-03-2005
Replies: 30
Views: 3,398
Posted By djon
I've read that one of those small Epsons is...

I've read that one of those small Epsons is slightly better with glossy and the other is slightly better with matte...but I can't remember which. The Yahoo B&W inkjet site discusses this today....
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-03-2005
Replies: 3
Views: 747
Posted By djon
I like "Foldlock" 20087 sleeves from...

I like "Foldlock" 20087 sleeves from Lightimpressionsdirect.com.... the film's easy to insert and retrieve because it's side-entry...unlike pages which are end-entry....less hassle, less chance of...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-03-2005
Replies: 17
Views: 11,929
Posted By djon
Scratches, for example. It's long been known...

Scratches, for example. It's long been known that front element scratches are less likely a problem than rear elements, and standard repair shop practice is to simply paint scratches with black...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-03-2005
Replies: 21
Views: 1,976
Posted By djon
Stu, some of the older CVs lack bright frames....

Stu, some of the older CVs lack bright frames. The 25 for example. I'd never have bought my 25 from Koh (not KEH) if I'd known to ask. However, some say my version, without bright frames, is the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-03-2005
Replies: 17
Views: 11,929
Posted By djon
If it's not visible to the naked eye in a large...

If it's not visible to the naked eye in a large print, it's not a practical photographic issue.

Your own definition of "large" is key.

For example, I'm revisiting my "soft" Epson 3200 flatbed...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-03-2005
Replies: 21
Views: 1,976
Posted By djon
It's part of the process, like having a personal...

It's part of the process, like having a personal viewpoint. If one's personal viewpoint wasn't demanding, why would one make photos with vintage cameras?

The finder's more important than the camera...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-02-2005
Replies: 13
Views: 1,169
Posted By djon
I'm sure your 4870's better than my 3200, but I...

I'm sure your 4870's better than my 3200, but I had no idea what I was doing when I got it and did learn a lot with it. It's fine for MF, but I really wanted to do big prints from 35, so it's...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-02-2005
Replies: 21
Views: 1,976
Posted By djon
I don't understand the concept. We're talking...

I don't understand the concept. We're talking about a IIIG, the ultimate LTM classic, and we're proposing various kinds of junk finders...

The reason people like me use the wonderful and expensive...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-02-2005
Replies: 13
Views: 1,169
Posted By djon
I've been fooling with Epson flatbed 3200,...

I've been fooling with Epson flatbed 3200, trying to squeeze out more sharpness from 120- 6X9 (Nikon for 35). I'm using one of Doug's carriers with anti-newton glass. Pressing the film with the AN...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-02-2005
Replies: 12
Views: 807
Posted By djon
Most on-camera flashes since the Sixties...

Most on-camera flashes since the Sixties (Honeywell first, I think) have been the "thyrister" type that automatically adjust output to distance. They can all be used dumb, too, but thyristers are...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-02-2005
Replies: 10
Views: 897
Posted By djon
Don't skimp on screwdriver quality. When the...

Don't skimp on screwdriver quality. When the blades don't fit or bend, they damage screws. Don't get the minis with interchangable blades.

Cheap screwdriver...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-02-2005
Replies: 13
Views: 1,169
Posted By djon
What kind of scanner? "rough proof" music...

What kind of scanner?

"rough proof" music :

http://av.steppenwolf.com/mp3s/all_time_greatest_hits_hi/brntbwldh.mp3
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-02-2005
Replies: 12
Views: 557
Posted By djon
Print this on waterproof paper for your bathtub:...

Print this on waterproof paper for your bathtub:

http://www.seafriends.org.nz/phgraph/
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 12-02-2005
Replies: 20
Views: 1,329
Posted By djon
I specifically shopped for my first recent...

I specifically shopped for my first recent rangefinder (Leica IIIC several years ago) when I found my eyesight had aged to the point that I couldn't quickly focus my F1s. I did a bad job of a nieces...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-02-2005
Replies: 2
Views: 556
Posted By djon
Lightbulb born..wild..ASSIGNMENT ?

Let's burn some film before Christmas.

Let's use a theme...

... posting results in our Galleries using the title "Wild"


THEME:
...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 12-02-2005
Replies: 12
Views: 1,605
Posted By djon
Hey, a rainy day means you'll have more...

Hey, a rainy day means you'll have more interesting light.

Are we not men (mostly) ?
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 12-02-2005
Replies: 12
Views: 1,605
Posted By djon
Call it "bokeh " and leave it as-is. That will...

Call it "bokeh " and leave it as-is. That will give you an excuse to buy a crisp 35. Leading to a crisp 50. and a crisp 100. And a 25. And another P.

Etc.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-01-2005
Replies: 11
Views: 1,315
Posted By djon
Nikonscan prescans and displays its entire...

Nikonscan prescans and displays its entire capacity (#of frames) if you tell it to... I use a Nikon V which scans 6 frames at a time...the 5000 scans as many as your memory can handle if you have the...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 12-01-2005
Replies: 8
Views: 798
Posted By djon
Han's evaluation of QTR ($50) Vs more expensive...

Han's evaluation of QTR ($50) Vs more expensive RIPs is supported by many. It appears that the latest Epsons (2400, 4800) may not benefit by RIPs...certainly not with OEM pigments.

Here's the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 12-01-2005
Replies: 11
Views: 1,315
Posted By djon
Using Nikon V 50ED (same in most respects as...

Using Nikon V 50ED (same in most respects as 5000) I find Nikonscan EXCELLENT for color negs and slides. I do prefer Vuescan for B&W because it doesn't exaggerate grain.

Nikonscan is more convenient...
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 11-30-2005
Replies: 24
Views: 1,273
Posted By djon
Don't buy on price. A good lens is worth twice as...

Don't buy on price. A good lens is worth twice as much as a risky lens.
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 11-30-2005
Replies: 24
Views: 1,273
Posted By djon
I'm in love with my 35/2. It's not just "sharp"...

I'm in love with my 35/2. It's not just "sharp" and it's not "contrasty" , it separates
tones exceptionally well. It's physically a gem. It's well worth $400-500, certainly is in Leica league. ...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-30-2005
Replies: 120
Views: 4,399
Posted By djon
Photography is better than "art" most of the...

Photography is better than "art" most of the time, even when it's the worst of hack work, though it's OK to call some photography "art" just like it's OK to call the occasional painting "art."

In...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-29-2005
Replies: 15
Views: 1,225
Posted By djon
I do think simple-but-firm rules are a good idea,...

I do think simple-but-firm rules are a good idea, with a time period between membership being number one. The problem with this is that it calls for a lot of management. The Graflex site is very firm...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 11-29-2005
Replies: 8
Views: 798
Posted By djon
Michaelta: 1) Nikon scanner, either V, 5000, or...

Michaelta:

1) Nikon scanner, either V, 5000, or 9000. Not the Minolta 5400II (easy to understand why if you actually compare minolta to nikon, though if a minolta's actually functioning it'll equal...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 11-29-2005
Replies: 22
Views: 1,837
Posted By djon
Ted, sorry, I came across too aggressively there....

Ted, sorry, I came across too aggressively there. I don't think I suggested that you were bragging, I hope I was suggesting that if these were owned by experienced users, and if they did perform...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-29-2005
Replies: 21
Views: 798
Posted By djon
Kombiplan tanks are fine...slow fill is...

Kombiplan tanks are fine...slow fill is irrelevant if you avoid fast developers (ie avoid developers that act in less than 5 minutes)...it's a good idea to do a brief pre-soak and inversion before...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-28-2005
Replies: 21
Views: 798
Posted By djon
A Century (2X3 ie 6X9) runs between $300-400 in...

A Century (2X3 ie 6X9) runs between $300-400 in great condition, typically with a good 101 or 103 lens. Pay a little more, get one with a better lens (my Rodenstock 80 2.8). Other useful lenses...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 11-28-2005
Replies: 22
Views: 1,837
Posted By djon
If you have not timed it, it's reasonable to...

If you have not timed it, it's reasonable to assume you've never seen one. Right?

Minolta 5400 (I) takes less than a minute for the scan, another several minutes for Ice.
Nikon V (mine) takes 1.75...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-28-2005
Replies: 21
Views: 798
Posted By djon
for context, I've shot 2X3 versions on and off...

for context, I've shot 2X3 versions on and off for 30 years. I love them, especially the Century type that I now use. 2 lenses, 80 2.8 Rodenstock Heligon (equals anything on a Hassleblad), 135 5.6...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 11-28-2005
Replies: 8
Views: 2,776
Posted By djon
There are $250 approx deals on Nikon IV (with...

There are $250 approx deals on Nikon IV (with Ice) and new Minolta IV (no Ice) at KEH ...my own most trusted source for gizmos. KEH warrenty is meaningful. Good people, they are famous for...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-28-2005
Replies: 120
Views: 4,399
Posted By djon
Japanese perfection: Chi Chi means both "father"...

Japanese perfection: Chi Chi means both "father" and "breasts" ....read that somewhere.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 11-28-2005
Replies: 8
Views: 2,776
Posted By djon
From what I've seen by others, the 4990 is fine...

From what I've seen by others, the 4990 is fine for 8.5X11 and often above with 35mm. It's better than some enlarger lenses, that's for sure.

I use a Nikon V for 35...lots sharper than my 3200...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 11-28-2005
Replies: 22
Views: 1,837
Posted By djon
You're only the second person I've heard of who...

You're only the second person I've heard of who actually has a Plustek. If you browse hard you'll find the other person...he praises it...maybe he can give you some tips. You can be a fraternity!

I...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-28-2005
Replies: 120
Views: 4,399
Posted By djon
Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington,...

Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Bireli Lagrene, Joe Pass...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-27-2005
Replies: 22
Views: 1,598
Posted By djon
Suggestion from a Nikon V user: don't do multiple...

Suggestion from a Nikon V user: don't do multiple pass scanning until you've got single pass under control. Multiple passes take a lot of time and the benefit may be iffy or, as with current Nikon...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-27-2005
Replies: 17
Views: 933
Posted By djon
Wipe it down with WD-40.

Wipe it down with WD-40.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-27-2005
Replies: 41
Views: 2,211
Posted By djon
Raid, I recall that I thought your daughter was...

Raid, I recall that I thought your daughter was beautiful, as they all are at that age. You photographed her well, as fathers do.

Thank your wife for the opportunity. Photograph something else :D
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-27-2005
Replies: 28
Views: 2,608
Posted By djon
I believe the two Contax were wrapped in oilcloth...

I believe the two Contax were wrapped in oilcloth when he left the ship...no ziploc bags back then.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-27-2005
Replies: 78
Views: 3,335
Posted By djon
I found Mapplethorpe mundane, pedestrian,...

I found Mapplethorpe mundane, pedestrian, decorative. A kept boy himself, almost all details of his work were done by others.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-27-2005
Replies: 6
Views: 746
Posted By djon
Photograph your father in law in assisted living.

Photograph your father in law in assisted living.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-27-2005
Replies: 78
Views: 3,335
Posted By djon
http://perso.wanadoo.fr/dserrault/collection/pages...

http://perso.wanadoo.fr/dserrault/collection/pages/weston_nahui_olin_jpg.htm

The thread has to do with nudes. Eros is the central concept. Weston is the master.

It appears that every one of the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-27-2005
Replies: 78
Views: 3,335
Posted By djon
http://www.rawworkflow.com/making_pictures/may_05/...

http://www.rawworkflow.com/making_pictures/may_05/index.html

Nahui Olin etc.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-27-2005
Replies: 78
Views: 3,335
Posted By djon
Browse for Nahui Olin . One of Edward Weston's...

Browse for Nahui Olin . One of Edward Weston's heads, I've always admired it. She was up front about her erotic career, theatric. He obviously knew what she was about, but I dont believe he shot...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-27-2005
Replies: 41
Views: 2,211
Posted By djon
Raid, You have posted several photos of your...

Raid, You have posted several photos of your daughter on Photo.net.

There are crazies on this Forum and on Photo.net...several are obvious.

You made a safety decision some time ago. Please...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-26-2005
Replies: 78
Views: 3,335
Posted By djon
I'm already semi-nude in my Gallery...fwiw the...

I'm already semi-nude in my Gallery...fwiw the belly button/hernia's fixed and I've lost a couple of pounds (Vs this summer).
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-26-2005
Replies: 55
Views: 2,226
Posted By djon
I think "creativity" itself is a dubious concept....

I think "creativity" itself is a dubious concept. And I agree with Poptart about distractions.

For me, primary reasons to make photographs come from contacts with other people or desires to make...
Forum: Off Topic 11-25-2005
Replies: 71
Views: 2,383
Posted By djon
Ben, don't let your SO see...

Ben, don't let your SO see this:

http://bluegrassbanjo.org/banjokes.html
Forum: 120 / 220 film RF's 11-25-2005
Replies: 16
Views: 2,397
Posted By djon
70mm cassettets were easily obtained by camera...

70mm cassettets were easily obtained by camera stores in the 70s. Linhoff used them a lot.

I had a Graflex XL with 80 Planar, various rollfilm backs, polaroid back, and a 70 back, along with 70...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 11-25-2005
Replies: 5
Views: 910
Posted By djon
I think Tom's right about lenses...and I don't...

I think Tom's right about lenses...and I don't believe anything that's published about resolution.

Yes, there are some superb MF lenses, but there aren't any MF cameras tht hold roll film flat...
Forum: Off Topic 11-25-2005
Replies: 71
Views: 2,383
Posted By djon
Those trombone guitars are HOT! waa waaa waaaaa!

Those trombone guitars are HOT! waa waaa waaaaa!
Forum: Off Topic 11-25-2005
Replies: 71
Views: 2,383
Posted By djon
what guitar/s do you play? : wildly OT

Gypsy-style instruments, Dupont and Dell Arte.... I'm an incompetent Django Reinhardt / Bireli Lagrene wannabe.

Sometimes I plug an Ibanez George Benson with bebop strings into a nostalgic tweedy...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-25-2005
Replies: 37
Views: 2,099
Posted By djon
I'm not a good writer, but try to be clear. ...

I'm not a good writer, but try to be clear.

Read "A Movable Feast" by Ernest Hemingway to learn the importance of clarity.

Read and re-read "Elements of Style" by Strunk and White if you care...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-25-2005
Replies: 37
Views: 2,099
Posted By djon
Suggestions: Start fresh. Eliminate EVERY...

Suggestions: Start fresh. Eliminate EVERY self-referent phrase and concept. Write with simple declarative sentences only: that will expose flawed thinking and organizational issues, and it'll...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-25-2005
Replies: 37
Views: 2,099
Posted By djon
The author has not established his personal...

The author has not established his personal credibility sufficiently to ask people to wade through all that prattle. An article like this should begin with a brief bio, to help readers make...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-24-2005
Replies: 111
Views: 5,173
Posted By djon
Poptart, I like Nab's bio too, and especially...

Poptart, I like Nab's bio too, and especially like Pnin...I like the Russian flavor in the English. My girlfriend forced me to see the old James Mason Lolita recently...WOW! I want to watch it...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-23-2005
Replies: 78
Views: 4,425
Posted By djon
Bob, I don't have that flatness issue with my own...

Bob, I don't have that flatness issue with my own film, just with C41.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-23-2005
Replies: 78
Views: 4,425
Posted By djon
Skills do count, it's not all a matter of...

Skills do count, it's not all a matter of dollars.

There are things that can be done with 4990 that greatly increase its performance.

And there are plenty of challenges with 8000/9000, which is...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-23-2005
Replies: 23
Views: 1,078
Posted By djon
...does image stabalization obviously help the...

...does image stabalization obviously help the LX-1?
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-23-2005
Replies: 14
Views: 1,180
Posted By djon
Brett, I've heard your lab's been complaining...

Brett, I've heard your lab's been complaining about smelly film...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-23-2005
Replies: 14
Views: 1,180
Posted By djon
Thumbs up perfect camera box for automobile

I keep an approx 18" cubical ice chest, blue and white, in my back seat. Cameras etc go in there, protected from heat and looking like something nobody want to steal (they'd fear it was macaroni...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-23-2005
Replies: 78
Views: 4,425
Posted By djon
Nick, you can get a custom carrier for your Epson...

Nick, you can get a custom carrier for your Epson that optionally uses anti-newton glass. It's better than the standard carrier, with or without.

Many enlargers were better with custom carriers and...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-23-2005
Replies: 78
Views: 4,425
Posted By djon
Bob, yes, off-center autofocus works fine for...

Bob, yes, off-center autofocus works fine for most Nikon scans...grain sharp just by guessing where the focus should be in fast, very low resolution previews...EXCEPT for frames at ends of strips. I...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-23-2005
Replies: 13
Views: 612
Posted By djon
Happy Birthday! ..sounds like your disaster...

Happy Birthday! ..sounds like your disaster turned into something good for you and your wife...sometimes I wish my old slides and negs would just vanish...I don't want to take time to view them, but...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-23-2005
Replies: 78
Views: 4,425
Posted By djon
Digital Ice (or the same Ice-enabled scanner...

Digital Ice (or the same Ice-enabled scanner using Vuescan's infared) is absolutely wonderful...

I agree that Minolta IV is the best buy if one is only doing 35mm B&W, though Ice/infared do work...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-22-2005
Replies: 78
Views: 4,425
Posted By djon
X-Ray, this thread started with enthusiastic...

X-Ray, this thread started with enthusiastic amateur photographers discussing the fun they've had with inexpensive scanners, the various successes they've experienced, and wondering if better...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-22-2005
Replies: 78
Views: 4,425
Posted By djon
Socke, good observations. The difference between...

Socke, good observations.

The difference between 645 and 35 is real in a flatbed, but 6X7 and 6X9 can make 645 look almost the same as 35. I don't think 645 has any future at all, if only due to...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-22-2005
Replies: 78
Views: 4,425
Posted By djon
Robert, "belief' is not scientific. It's more...

Robert, "belief' is not scientific. It's more appropriate for finance than chemistry.

The act of observation itself destroys objectivity. My hypothesis has not been disproved by the belief of a...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-22-2005
Replies: 23
Views: 1,078
Posted By djon
JLW, thanks for the well thought-out essay. It's...

JLW, thanks for the well thought-out essay. It's in line with what I've read elsewhere...and of course, I've read a contrasting view, which is that TIFF (and even JPEG sometimes) are so perfect from...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-22-2005
Replies: 23
Views: 1,078
Posted By djon
Thumbs up FPJ ...I'm currently using a pocket replacement...

FPJ ...I'm currently using a pocket replacement for 6X9 view camera, a Century Graphic.

And, happily, it's got an exceptionally accurate rangefinder and viewfinder for handheld work.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-22-2005
Replies: 273
Views: 7,949
Posted By djon
Only idiots think photography is a chemical...

Only idiots think photography is a chemical process. Photo=light. Graphy=image. Got it?
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 11-22-2005
Replies: 9
Views: 1,041
Posted By djon
Used properly, point sources are profoundly...

Used properly, point sources are profoundly sharper than conventional sources (condenser, diffuser, cold light), and dust spotting's not a problem when film's handled reasonably well.
Focus does...
Forum: Image Processing: Darkroom / Lightroom / Film 11-22-2005
Replies: 9
Views: 752
Posted By djon
Looks like the film was WAY over exposed. Yes...

Looks like the film was WAY over exposed. Yes there are shadow details (expected with over exposure), but highlights are completely gone.

80 Vs 100: especially with Diafine you shouldn't see much...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-22-2005
Replies: 78
Views: 4,425
Posted By djon
Nick, your comparisons are interesting...what are...

Nick, your comparisons are interesting...what are the file sizes?

It's well known that flatbed plane of focus isn't necessarily accurate at the film holder..sometimes sharpness increases if the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-22-2005
Replies: 78
Views: 4,425
Posted By djon
Tom, faulty semantics are at the root of many...

Tom, faulty semantics are at the root of many deceptions and self-deceptions.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-22-2005
Replies: 23
Views: 1,078
Posted By djon
Francesco....why is saving RAW better than saving...

Francesco....why is saving RAW better than saving TIFF, since both are loss-less? You can see my level of digicam ignorance...

Ricoh reviews aren't very promising, and I wouldn't want to be...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-21-2005
Replies: 23
Views: 1,078
Posted By djon
tempted by D-Lux2 ?

I might be, but I'm broke.

And I want to see the 10MP APS Sony.

How about you?

No viewfinder ...and no need for photo skills...might appeal to "street photographers" :p :p :p :p :p :p
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-21-2005
Replies: 46
Views: 2,338
Posted By djon
People who post on Photo.Net's street forum...

People who post on Photo.Net's street forum embrace the lable and their work on that forum defines the activity. Numbers count, not theories or post-mortem labels. Steiglitz was as much a street...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-21-2005
Replies: 46
Views: 2,338
Posted By djon
Bill M's more tuned in to reality than most....

Bill M's more tuned in to reality than most. Catch 22.

Maybe it's worth remembering (or learning) that many people suspect that cameras steal souls, or at least intrude into their humanity...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-20-2005
Replies: 78
Views: 4,425
Posted By djon
Sooner, you're right that Minolta IV will improve...

Sooner, you're right that Minolta IV will improve Dmax over most flatbeds, though not over 4990 from what I've heard from people who use them. None of these scanners will save us from bad slide...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-20-2005
Replies: 78
Views: 4,425
Posted By djon
Tom, "objectively' is a fraudulent concept. No...

Tom, "objectively' is a fraudulent concept. No scientist believes there's such a thing as objectivity. You're announcing what is and what isn't, and you're wrong, even about your own intentions.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-20-2005
Replies: 46
Views: 2,338
Posted By djon
Frank, Kent's "shadow" concept is interesting,...

Frank, Kent's "shadow" concept is interesting, but my thinking is more primative than his...like natives everywhere used to, I believe we're capturing souls and traveling in time with these devices,...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-20-2005
Replies: 46
Views: 2,338
Posted By djon
Bill, I sympathize with you, but I think our...

Bill, I sympathize with you, but I think our worlds have to be more personal and less paranoid, despite the increasing oppression and its love of dumbth.

I'm highly pessimistic about the future: ...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-20-2005
Replies: 78
Views: 4,425
Posted By djon
" If I have said something in the above...

" If I have said something in the above interchange that is objectively incorrect in any way, please... be my guest at correcting my error. "

Tom[/QUOTE]

Wait! Wait! Let me have the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-20-2005
Replies: 273
Views: 7,949
Posted By djon
The big IF here is aesthetics, which is...

The big IF here is aesthetics, which is inherently substantially habit, prejudice, chatter and personal opinion.

For example, I think hardly any "street photography" has merit. It's not similar to...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-20-2005
Replies: 273
Views: 7,949
Posted By djon
I have some of my great grandfather's and great...

I have some of my great grandfather's and great uncle's negatives..they scan beautifully, print beautifully, but the REAL beauty is in the image, their gift of time travel and relationship with...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-20-2005
Replies: 78
Views: 4,425
Posted By djon
eIII ... I use a 3200 Epson flatbed and a Nikon...

eIII ...

I use a 3200 Epson flatbed and a Nikon V, both with Vuescan. The samples shown here are IMO valid, but you must remember that they are huge magnifications of critical detail. Yes, the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-20-2005
Replies: 12
Views: 1,032
Posted By djon
Why don't you like Elements 2 ? What...

Why don't you like Elements 2 ? What specifically?

I switched from E2 to PS7/illegal because I liked the traditional wet darkroom-style color / density controls, and I learned to like the...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-19-2005
Replies: 273
Views: 7,949
Posted By djon
Mox Nix, like my father used to say. The worst...

Mox Nix, like my father used to say.

The worst things about digital, other than the elephantine top models and the terrible viewfinders in the prosumers, and the mayfly-short product life of all...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-19-2005
Replies: 78
Views: 4,425
Posted By djon
Brett/Joe Friday.... I use Vuescan for...

Brett/Joe Friday.... I use Vuescan for everything, but I don't think it's better than Nikonscan for E6/C41/Kodachrome. Nikonscan has a simpler, more intuitive front end (as does...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-19-2005
Replies: 4
Views: 634
Posted By djon
Frank...sounds like fun! Also sounds like some...

Frank...sounds like fun!

Also sounds like some of my ideas...throw them against the wall, see if they stick...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-19-2005
Replies: 4
Views: 634
Posted By djon
Thumbs up Impulse purchase. Last year I bought a 4' pack...

Impulse purchase. Last year I bought a 4' pack of "industrial strength" Velcro from Home Depot.

It just gathered dust, lay fallow, cluttered a drawer. I had no use for it until viewfinder idea...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-19-2005
Replies: 35
Views: 2,162
Posted By djon
I agree entirely with Bill: Good observations.

I agree entirely with Bill: Good observations.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-19-2005
Replies: 78
Views: 4,425
Posted By djon
fyi the current Minolta 5400II (when it works)...

fyi the current Minolta 5400II (when it works) and the Nikon V both take around 2.5 minutes per scan with Ice, assuming a Pentium 4 or equivalent Mac with 1G RAM. I actually timed both machines....
Forum: Canon Leica Screw Mount Film Rangefinders 11-19-2005
Replies: 37
Views: 1,947
Posted By djon
KEH repair told me that they hardly ever see a...

KEH repair told me that they hardly ever see a Canon 7 with workable meter, and that they couldn't usually fix them. They said they might be able to assemble one from parts, on special order, but...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-19-2005
Replies: 78
Views: 4,425
Posted By djon
I use a Nikon V because two new 5400IIs in a row...

I use a Nikon V because two new 5400IIs in a row had to be returned to Amazon, the first failing after a few scans, the second never functioning. Nikon is infinitely better-built: its 4000ppi tests...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-19-2005
Replies: 78
Views: 4,425
Posted By djon
Regarding Byup's "take." I hope he will tell us...

Regarding Byup's "take." I hope he will tell us about the software and equipment he uses regularly with his preferred digital workflow.

I will simply observe that he's wrong about 4990,...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-19-2005
Replies: 35
Views: 2,162
Posted By djon
Thumbs down It speaks volumes that edgy comments about Jews...

It speaks volumes that edgy comments about Jews are passively accepted or even encouraged by some, but they get "offended" when an old guy (me) makes fun of himself.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-19-2005
Replies: 78
Views: 4,425
Posted By djon
I've not used the later/better Epsons, but my...

I've not used the later/better Epsons, but my 3200 is distinctly less sharp than my Nikon V for 35mm.

That said, the 3200's great, to a point..color images reliably seem minilab-sharp to perhaps...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-18-2005
Replies: 35
Views: 2,162
Posted By djon
As to Hasidim, it's worth noting that for years...

As to Hasidim, it's worth noting that for years they sold more Canon AE cameras from 47th Street alone, than did Canon proper in the entire US. Because Canon USA couldn't compete, it forced little...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-18-2005
Replies: 35
Views: 2,162
Posted By djon
Bill Mattocks seems to have contributed the only...

Bill Mattocks seems to have contributed the only non-gossip info.

I wouldn't deal with Adorama on anything urgent, because of my experience with their flakey inventory. B&H and KEH are reliable. ...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 11-18-2005
Replies: 35
Views: 2,162
Posted By djon
When did Pop Photo allegedly do that? What year?

When did Pop Photo allegedly do that? What year?
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