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    250swb got a reaction from bags27 in Film Cameras Are Roaring Back (NY Times)   
    I replied to a thread yesterday saying that eighteen months ago you could have made more money (sorry, 'invest in') by buying ten Nikon's for the price of one M2. It's still similar although the gap is now narrowing even more, a Nikon FM2 is far less threatening than an M2 for the film dabbler, so easier to buy, but the price is still increasing pro rata. The argument about lenses is moot, Nikon made excellent classic lenses and they are far, far cheaper than anything secondhand in the Leica stable. That said the Leica M is the pinnacle, people will continue to aspire to it over an SLR, but SLR's are the easy collectibles right now. I think Leica SLR's will be the next 'thing' to rapidly show a premium.
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    250swb reacted to bags27 in Film Cameras Are Roaring Back (NY Times)   
    https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/14/crosswords/film-camera-crossword-clue.html?searchResultPosition=1
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    250swb reacted to Ouroboros in ADOX CMS 20   
    With a 'medium format' approach (ie, thinking a bit about metering and using a tripod and remote release, CMS 20ii can reward you with almost medium format quality images. I find it very consistent with Adotech iv.  I also have a bottle of Pyro 510 waiting to try with it, but Adotech iv is so easy to use that it's tempting to standardise with it for straightforward repeatability on 35mm.
    I hope Adox have managed to repair the coater, I previously had mixed results with 120 CMS 20 on 6x17 but I'm impressed with 35mm CMS 20ii in Adotech iv 
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    250swb reacted to philipus in Noise reduction software for film scans   
    Hi Paul
    In case it helps, one way I have found quite effective is the sharpening and noise reduction tool in Adobe Camera Raw. I use it on my C41 scans after having inverted them (and done nothing else with them) in ColorPerfect. Except for the sliders I mention in the following I leave all sliders in their default positions.
    Step one is to desaturate the noise using the Color slider. In my experience the colours disappear at a value of 15-20. Higher values change nothing to my eyes.
    Step two is the Luminance slider. It will soften the image visibly. The value will depend on the particular image and the emulsion on which the photo was shot. I normally begin with 10-15 but on some images (and usually on 120 film) I can go a lot higher without ill effects.
    Step three is to sharpen using the Amount slider. Because the Luminance slider "smudged away" (to use a technical term) a lot of the finer noise, the sharpening will mainly bring back image detail. For 35mm film (and again depending on the ISO of the emulsion, how well the film was exposed and if it's an expired film) 15-20 usually looks ok; more can look odd. For 120 film it's possible to go a lot higher, even up to half of the slider. There's a strong correlation between the Luminance and Amount sliders so it can pay off to play around with them and compare results.
    Also, much of the noise can be "hidden" using clever editing with the Blacks and Shadows sliders (again in ACR which is what I use but similar sliders exist in other programs I believe).
    It's of course possible to tweak the results by changing the other sliders too, but for most situations the above will give really good results. For instance, I've managed to make extremely grainy and noisy scans of expired Fuji Superia 1600 look ok. Below is an example (larger scan on Flickr).
    Good luck
    Philip

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    250swb got a reaction from 28framelines in Brand new MP rewind issue   
    Leica people should also be Nikon people, it makes sense.
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    250swb got a reaction from michali in Leica M11 - your next camera? {MERGED}   
    No he won't, it was always about ego and inflating his sense of importance, he became a ringmaster for the gullible and he treated people like somebody throwing titbits to hungry dogs.
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    250swb got a reaction from oldwino in Brand new MP rewind issue   
    Leica people should also be Nikon people, it makes sense.
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    250swb got a reaction from pippy in Brand new MP rewind issue   
    Leica people should also be Nikon people, it makes sense.
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    250swb got a reaction from RayD28 in What type of film is in camera -- reminders?   
    Until you want to use a 28mm lens on an M3, think about it.
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    250swb got a reaction from Charles Morgan in What type of film is in camera -- reminders?   
    Until you want to use a 28mm lens on an M3, think about it.
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    250swb reacted to Jacobjuul in Brand new MP rewind issue   
    I almost brought my F2, but decided against it lat minute. Hurts a bit now haha. 
    lesson learned, always being a backup. 
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    250swb reacted to AndreasG in Brand new MP rewind issue   
    That is the reason I still keep a Nikon F3 HP as a safety net and next to the native Nikon lenses I use a 50mm Summicron-R via a Leitax adapter with the Nikon, an excellent combination.
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    250swb got a reaction from Jacobjuul in Brand new MP rewind issue   
    My other 35mm cameras are Nikons, for a good reason. It's no good, you need a backup camera that is a different brand, not Leica backups backing up your backups.  
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    250swb got a reaction from Charles Morgan in What type of film is in camera -- reminders?   
    I write on masking tape stuck to the baseplate, most types work but Tamiya yellow modellers tape is best because it's very thin, the glue is also less aggressive than some brands.
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    250swb reacted to ianman in Brand new MP rewind issue   
    If I had four faulty brand new cameras in one year I wouldn’t bother with them. You don’t have to go digital though. If I were in your shoes I’d buy a secondhand FM2 with lens for a couple hundred euros max so you could still photograph your honeymoon.
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    250swb got a reaction from Winedemonium in M11 upgraders/switchers --- which features made you pull the trigger?   
    One thing you can be sure of, most people who buy the M11 will go out and retake all the same photographs they made with the M10, except they'll say they are 'better'. So it's probably only worth upgrading if there is a new creative idea that necessitates an upgrade, or you old camera has fallen apart, otherwise the barn door will still be the same barn door.
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    250swb reacted to jaapv in Leica M11 Review by Jono Slack   
    The colours that a camera produces are mostly determined by the user - not by the camera. Of course there are differences caused by the Bayer filter, but those are small and can usually be overcome by profiling the camera in your postprocessing software. With Leica you can assume that it is not too hard to match your camera to your taste. If you got orangey colours out of your M10 you should have had a look at the settings of your raw converter.
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    250swb got a reaction from madNbad in NoctiGirl Explains the Leicavit   
    I think you could justifiably think the time has come to slit your wrist and say bye bye to the world rather than watch this video to the end.
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    250swb got a reaction from Jeffry Abt in NoctiGirl Explains the Leicavit   
    I think you could justifiably think the time has come to slit your wrist and say bye bye to the world rather than watch this video to the end.
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    250swb got a reaction from ianman in I know I shouldn't take any pleasure in others' displeasure but...   
    But 99.9% of shutter actuations are used to record simple things, not to create art, unless your benchmark of art is abysmally low brow. I think your definition of how digital cameras have enabled art confuses accidental 'art' with the intentions of an artist. So a photo that turns out pretty, easy on the eye, is colourful, etc. usually has very little to do with art, just as a pretty or colourful painting by a chimpanzee or a toddler isn't art. Isn't the buffoons reaction to a Picasso typically 'a child could do it', which equates a simple visual metaphor with the work of an artist?
    Improvements in digital cameras simply extend the range in which accidental art can be made, night becomes day because of higher ISO, what do we learn, nothing that we can't intuit anyway because the aim 99.9% of the time to demonstrate the cameras abilities, not the abilities of an artist. So given how little digital cameras encroach on the work of art and artists (the 0.1% of shutter actuations) it's hyperbolic to suggest they make a significant contribution to art of any sort, other than the 'art' Granny would like.
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    250swb got a reaction from spydrxx in NoctiGirl Explains the Leicavit   
    I think you could justifiably think the time has come to slit your wrist and say bye bye to the world rather than watch this video to the end.
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    250swb got a reaction from Alan Zheng in I know I shouldn't take any pleasure in others' displeasure but...   
    But 99.9% of shutter actuations are used to record simple things, not to create art, unless your benchmark of art is abysmally low brow. I think your definition of how digital cameras have enabled art confuses accidental 'art' with the intentions of an artist. So a photo that turns out pretty, easy on the eye, is colourful, etc. usually has very little to do with art, just as a pretty or colourful painting by a chimpanzee or a toddler isn't art. Isn't the buffoons reaction to a Picasso typically 'a child could do it', which equates a simple visual metaphor with the work of an artist?
    Improvements in digital cameras simply extend the range in which accidental art can be made, night becomes day because of higher ISO, what do we learn, nothing that we can't intuit anyway because the aim 99.9% of the time to demonstrate the cameras abilities, not the abilities of an artist. So given how little digital cameras encroach on the work of art and artists (the 0.1% of shutter actuations) it's hyperbolic to suggest they make a significant contribution to art of any sort, other than the 'art' Granny would like.
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    250swb reacted to logan2z in I know I shouldn't take any pleasure in others' displeasure but...   
    As strange as it may seem, many people, including myself, find that a benefit of film photography.  Horses for courses...
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    250swb got a reaction from Dennis in M11 upgraders/switchers --- which features made you pull the trigger?   
    One thing you can be sure of, most people who buy the M11 will go out and retake all the same photographs they made with the M10, except they'll say they are 'better'. So it's probably only worth upgrading if there is a new creative idea that necessitates an upgrade, or you old camera has fallen apart, otherwise the barn door will still be the same barn door.
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    250swb got a reaction from cboy in Leica M11 - your next camera? {MERGED}   
    No he won't, it was always about ego and inflating his sense of importance, he became a ringmaster for the gullible and he treated people like somebody throwing titbits to hungry dogs.
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