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    250swb reacted to NZDavid in A temporary farewell   
    Signing off for now, but I hope to be back.
     
    The Christchurch earthquake has devastated our city. There are 72 confirmed dead at this stage, hundreds more missing, buildings destroyed. One colleague of mine so far is known to be among the dead, and I have grave concerns for others I have not been able to contact.
     
    My wife and I and family are all fine. Our house escaped with minor damage. We have no running water and it might be weeks before it is reconnected. So we are getting a bit ripe without showers! Country folk have just trucked in artesian water to our street. Brilliant! Power is working at this stage; phone line and internet are intermittent.
     
    Our newspaper, The Press, is still online: Stuff.co.nz - Latest New Zealand News & World News, Sports News & NZ Weather Forecasts. I shall be at home for the immediate future. I have put other projects on hold.
     
    EMS workers are now arriving from around the world. To them and all rescue and support crews our heartfelt thanks. Thank you to all my forum friends for your support and concern; it is warmly appreciated.
     
    I shall log back on and rejoin the forum at a later stage. It is valuable at this time, I think, to focus on our community and friends at all levels and to concentrate on what unites us. A disaster redefines our priorities and what really matters in life.
     
    With best wishes,
     
    David Killick
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    250swb got a reaction from xalo in "Nature is Imagination itself"   
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    "The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see Nature all ridicule and deformity, and some scarce see Nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, Nature is Imagination itself."
    - William Blake, 1799, The Letters
     
    Leica M9, 28mm Summicron.
     
    Steve
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    250swb reacted to mustafasoleiman in Alternative Hood 28 cron ASPH   
    I have one that I am not using as I sold my 28 cron... If I remember correctly I paid for it £70, you can have mine for £40... It's in good condition and in it's box.
    I am in London.
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    250swb reacted to bill in When is someone going to make this case for the rest of us?   
    Points of order, Gentlemen.
     
    I do like the basic idea, and have long carried my M7 in a belt pouch with 50mm Elmar-M attached. When the Elmar-M was introduced Leica also brought out a nappa leather waist pouch with a matching wrist strap, which held the camera horizontally (it was "D" shaped when seen from above. It was ideal as long as you didn't have a grip on the camera, and was not really suited to the taller M6TTL and M7 but otherwise nice. I regularly carry my II in my jacket pocket, ready to whip out at a moment's notice.
     
    But.
     
    I see flaws with this concept.
     
    1. We are all different shapes and sizes; it will have to be tailor-made or with plenty of adjustments.
     
    2. You are restricted as to the lens that you can put on; anything long, or with a bulky hood will stick out to the point of obtrusiveness if not damage.
     
    3. You will need a locking mechanism or flap; not just for the times you bend over a well/big drop/marble floor but also to help guard against pickpockets.
     
    4. It's a bit, well, geeky - it smacks of gadgetry, khaki shorts and sun-shades and tourism. I am reminded of the cases you could get for the original Psion Organiser (the one that ran on a PP3); one was made in a similar way so that the Yuppie owner could whip his status symbol out from under his Next suit jacket and astonish his friends with the 2-line dot matrix display.
     
    5. It will not go down well in many parts of the world in the current climate. Allow me to illustrate.
     
    Here is a shot I took a few years ago of another Bill, prior to 11/9:
     

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    He appeared from nowhere and walked down the road. I took my camera from my bag and kept pace, firing off a few shots. The gentlemen with him were not along for the ride; earlier shots in the sequence show that they clocked me straightaway but once they had established I was not a threat they watched but did not interfere with me.
     
    Now imagine the same scene today, if I reach instead under my jacket to a "shoulder holster" rig and start to pull out a lump of black metal and raise it into firing position...
     
    ...no thanks.
     
    Regards,
     
    Bill
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    250swb reacted to Nicoleica in Any experience with third party batteries for M9?   
    Unless one of your non-original batteries does this........
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    250swb got a reaction from terence fairweather in The Yorkshire Dales   
    Not lazy for the river, its going uphill!
     
    No, a nice photo, if only summer would come a bit quicker.
     
    Steve
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    250swb reacted to viramati in weir   
    like it
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    250swb reacted to daveleo in Sentinels   
    i'm with the crowd here . . . too beautiful !
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    250swb reacted to daveleo in weir   
    i almost clicked away too fast . . . need to look here for a few moments . . . very intriguing pattern and you really caught the flow of the water nicely.
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    250swb reacted to stuny in weir   
    Steve -
     
    Generally I'm amost pathologically adicted to sharp photos, but this "soft" one is beautiful.
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    250swb reacted to Bill Allsopp in weir   
    +1
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    250swb reacted to bouic49 in weir   
    Nice image Steve.
     
    Dave
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    250swb reacted to Nicoleica in screw where coding should be !   
    Why is possible resale value so seemingly important these days? When I buy a camera, a lens, or pretty much anything else really, the last thing that I worry about is the possible resale value. I buy them to use, and to enjoy. If I wanted an investment I would buy gold bullion or diamonds.
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    250swb reacted to Nicoleica in Any experience with third party batteries for M9?   
    That's only because none of the owners survived the explosions.
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    Please Note. This remark is intended as humour, and no offence is intended at all.
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    250swb got a reaction from andybarton in screw where coding should be !   
    It never occured to me to go off topic and mention film Andy. Which is why I carefully said 'potential M8 and M9 buyers' (for lens).
     
    Steve
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    250swb reacted to pauledell in Water-cum-Jolly Dale   
    Steve,
     
    An excellent capture with the composition, colors and sharpness. Nice reflection that makes the picture special.
     
    Paul
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    250swb reacted to pauledell in weir   
    Steve,
     
    A fine picture with the composition, tones, the pattern of the water which seems cotton-like.
     
    Paul
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    250swb got a reaction from smkoush in Filters on Leica lenses... compromises in picture quality?   
    I think if you are getting into the territory where a good UV or protection filter is going to spoil the ultimate image the photograph would have to be made under studio conditions with controlled lighting and a tripod. And even then I'd bet not many people would spot the difference, or could be bothered to look for a difference that a filter could make.
     
    In everyday photography so many other things are compromises that any or all could be worse than having a filter on the lens, like not using the perfect f/stop, a shutter speed that doesn't perfectly stop the photographers movement, a less that perfect meter reading, noise from shadows or noise from higher ISO's etc.
     
    So its hardly worth worrying about. I use a filter for protection a lot of the time because when I'm out I don't put the lens cap back on each time a lens get changed, it makes it quicker. So the front element needs some protection from the things that can happen inside the camera bag.... But if I'm out on a more relaxed landscape day I may take the filters off, but I don't have a rule about it.
     
    Steve
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    250swb reacted to earleygallery in Filters on Leica lenses... compromises in picture quality?   
    One could also say that there's not much point in investing in a leica lens and then not using a tripod. More likely to 'degrade' image quality than a filter!
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    250swb reacted to jaapv in Filters on Leica lenses... compromises in picture quality?   
    A good solid lens hood is pretty good protection as well - or even better. I lost a front element of a lens to a scratch by a shard of a broken filter-glass. Anyhow - if you want to protect your lenses by a filter, I strongly recommend the use of specific protective filters instead of UV filters. The B&W 007 or Heliopan " protective" are made out of extra-thin toughened glass and have enhanced anti-reflective coating.
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    250swb reacted to andybarton in Filters on Leica lenses... compromises in picture quality?   
    All my lenses have UV filters on them. I have lost the front element of a lens to damage whilst it was being used, and I'm not going to let it happen again.
     
    Filters are cheap - lenses aren't.
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    250swb got a reaction from Viv in Real facts   
    But do you really live without an M9, or do you just exist?
     
    The case in point, one person requires a full breakdown of detailed statistics to convince him to buy an M9, while maybe 25,000 other people just went out and bought one anyway. The force for life wins hands down.
     
    Steve
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    250swb reacted to bouic49 in Sentinels   
    Steve,
     
    I like this, the clouds and trees are superbly rendered and give balance to the image.
     
    Dave
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    250swb got a reaction from chiamad in Members' ages   
    In the cold light of the morning, looking through half opened bleary eyes, and without my spectacles, I thought the thread title and poll was 'Member egos'. Imagine my disappointment when I focused.
     
    Steve
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    250swb got a reaction from lars_bergquist in Sweet spot of lenses   
    The 'best wide open' mantra is utter rubbish if only for the way it can so easily be disproved. Have people not questioned it by making comparisons? But I think the term eminates from the 'best wide open' jockey's who's only reason to make a photograph is to leer over Leica bokeh. It keeps some people happy.
     
    But the 'sweet spot' is itself a dangerous question if people take it the facts too far. There may be a perfect aperture to use to resolve a test chart, but in many cases and for many reasons it won't translate into a better photograph. And the difference in trying to use the 'sweet spot' in the field can mostly be outweighed by the stilted photographs produced. Using the best aperture (any) for the photograph is the sweet spot for the photograph, using the best aperture (f5.6) for the lens is the sweet spot of the test chart.
     
    Steve
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