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Old 02-04-2019   #41
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That using a scale focused Rollei 35 would make me so much better at photography, and especially one with a broken meter. It forced me to understand and trust my judgment of light and distance, and use depth of field to my advantage. I use ones with working meters now for speed, but only to quickly estimate. I then use my understanding of light to compensate on the settings.
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Old 02-04-2019   #42
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taking more pictures (not doubting if this is worth photographing)
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Old 02-05-2019   #43
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1. Quality film is as important as equipment.

2. There's no necessary magic in a name or price tag.

3. Trial and error in photography is important. Can't figure things out by sitting on a couch.

4. Most important thing is just to get out and take pictures.

All pretty obvious stuff, but it took awhile for me to really know it.
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Old 02-05-2019   #44
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That a Simple Barnack and a lens in my pocket or dangling from my wrist
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Confessions of an ex Gear Head, lol
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Old 02-05-2019   #45
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Old 02-05-2019   #46
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That a Simple Barnack and a lens in my pocket or dangling from my wrist
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Confessions of an ex Gear Head, lol
Totally, Helen!
All I regularly carry these days are capable point & shoot cameras. A Nikon Lite Touch AF600, a Ricoh GRD IV and sometimes a Pentax PC35AF. I love a 28mm camera that can handle macro shots.
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Old 02-05-2019   #47
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I wish I'd realized how much I would like my earlier photos. Then I would have taken more.
So true. I have so few pictures from my years in NY.
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Old 02-05-2019   #48
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Guess am one of those educated by Internet, regarding cameras and photography. This meant lot of wading through different brands and kinds of equipment. Had I been directed to one path by someone more experienced, it would have saved lot money and results would have been more consistent. Its a hobby and for fun, so nothing serious though. Motor hobbyists pour much more money into satisfying their curiosity
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Old 02-05-2019   #49
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That if you have a roof over your head and food in the cupboard everything else is incidental.
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So true. I have so few pictures from my years in NY.
On a tangent: when I was 13, I took a Kodak disc camera to school and shot through a bunch of images. A couple of decades later, I found a disc of film which I believe has been exposed, and I can't find the camera. So there's likely a series of unknown images on that film disc, and maybe one more in the camera, if I can find it. The original disc of film comprises the very few pictures I have from my life between 13 and 16. I wish I'd kept shooting.
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That if you have a roof over your head and food in the cupboard everything else is incidental.
Ain't that the truth
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Old 02-05-2019   #52
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That a single 40mm lens is better than a stable of 35mm and 50mm lenses.
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That a single 40mm lens is better than a stable of 35mm and 50mm lenses.
Well a 28 on a crop camera has some serious power. Fast fifties are golden on mini format. Very smart post yah
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Old 02-06-2019   #54
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That contax t3 was going to bring way more than $300 someday
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Brutal. Those things are bringing in $1600 or more these days.

Don't worry. Give it a couple of years and there will be replies to this thread along the lines of, "I wish I'd not spent $1600 on a dead electronic brick."


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Old 02-06-2019   #55
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Opportunities happen through relationships.

The most successful people in whatever field prioritize making and maintaining good relationships.

I'm still in my thirties so I guess I have time to work on this; but it would have been good to know earlier.
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Old 02-06-2019   #56
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Also, that the 50mm Summicron is the only lens I need to do what I do.
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Old 02-06-2019   #57
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That it's best to stick to one lens, like a 35mm, and keep yourself in sync with its' field of view, position is key. I've actually known it all along, but it's the GAS that's driving me.
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Old 02-21-2019   #58
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I wish I had used only Kodachrome “back in the day”, as nearly all my color prints have faded and discolored...while the slides I Did take are still perfect.
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Old 02-21-2019   #59
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I wish I'd realised earlier that I would regret selling my:

Yashica Mat 124G, hood filters, bag and meter.

My Sigma 24mm f2.8 Nais lens.

Korean Epiphone Sheraton Guitar.
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Old 02-21-2019   #60
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A list of things:

1) Framing with my right eye makes all my images have tilted horizons. On all cameras. I still forget to 'check' my horizons before exposing and end up with an annoying choice in post: either keep the borders on the images and the slanted horizon, or lose them both. In digital, that's no issue but in film it is...

2) If you set a lens to 100 x its focal length, you will cover a space that is 100 x the size of the negative. Set a 35mm lens to 3.5 meters, and at that distance it will cover a scene that is 3.60 meters wide and 2.40 meters high. This is very useful to shoot street without using the viewfinder!

3) In spite of the previous, the formats that suit me most are 6x7 cms and 4x5 inches. Incidentally, they are virtually the same aspect ratios.

4) Also, I like 'empty' and 'calm' images, where really nothing much happens except the scene itself.

5) There could be a list of items I sold too cheaply and too soon here, but I won't go that way...
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That film Rangefinders can`t do everything .
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Old 02-21-2019   #63
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The danger of GAS in film photography is so much bigger than in digital.

So many different formats and special cameras. Oh. And did I mention scanners?


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PRINT YOUR WORK - just start doing it NOW
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For digital photography, I wish I'd realized earlier that:
- jpegs are okay, but raw is going to maximize your image quality
- lower resolution video formats are junk, and you'll wish you'd shot on the best codec available at the time
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Old 02-22-2019   #65
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Am I allowed a second post?

That I found and joined the RFF sooner… with over fifty years in photography, both professionally and amateur, I am continually delighted and enthused from learning things anew by the posts here.
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Actually making photographs with a pinhole camera - I've always thought about it but put it off for various reasons (not sharp enough, hard to know what I will get on the negatives, not my style, etc etc) ... and well, I love it. As a byproduct, I realized I should have gotten into panoramics much, much earlier too. Fumbling around with 40 mm on 6x12, waiting for whatever comes along is a new experience for someone "needing" 100% viewfinder coverage.
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Old 02-22-2019   #67
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we should have bought the $120 film adapter lid thing for our awesome canon flatbed scanner 20 years ago....
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Old 02-22-2019   #68
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I don't appreciate hindsight all that much...it's like living your life through a rear view mirror.
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Old 02-22-2019   #69
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I realized that after buying these lenses (25mm Zeiss, 35mm Leica and 75mm Leica) that the 50mm Summicron Version 3 is the only one I use with my M2.

On a personal level, I used to obsess over what people thought of me (other than my family and a close friend or two) and now I care remarkably less - and as a result am much happier!
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That about 98% of everything is bull****.
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I don't appreciate hindsight all that much...it's like living your life through a rear view mirror.
Hmm. I cannot endorse this view. History is destined to repeat itself.
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