munro harrap

munro harrap

Lives in United Kingdom United Kingdom
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Joined on Dec 27, 2007
About me:

Compared in the press to Cartier_Bresson when still a student, the graphic artist Munro -Harrap, well-known for his total absence of some 40 years from professional photography (he feels nothing but contempt for the press and advertizing in general) has remained true to his search for the means to portray his fellows, using the camera as the tool, and his eye and heart and faith as the means. Possibly the greatest reportage photographer of all time, he has outclassed all predecessors. He rarely shows personal work , refusing, as he does, to cast pearls before swine, especially those of the online variety. Photo-snipers he relentlessly destroys on forums with a caring mix of humour, logic and truth. Anyone contradicting his fun sense of elitist absolutism is reminded frequently that other geniuses found life among mediocrities, critics and gearheads boring and difficult. How lucky we all are, nonetheless , to be granted the privilege of his knowledge and experience, but not, understandably, his company, on Dpreview.

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On article The Leica CL is (almost) what the TL should have been (389 comments in total)
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munro harrap: I doubt anyone will want it with that big round white "target" lens surround- is it THE most attention-grabbing flop of a design ever? I think so. I like it OK in black, but cannot figure out for the life of me who, having so much to spend already on a compact camera, would not buy the full-frame one with the 28mm f1.7 Summilux lens instead?
Dont understand, mumble, mumble

So, except to annoy people, why do you and darn good photos BOTHER posting at all. Its all knee-jerk reactive, lets wind this guy up stuff, but with me, frankly, its a waste of time.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2017 at 22:16 UTC
On article Sony a7R Mark III review (704 comments in total)
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munro harrap: Were I cameraless, this is now the system I would adopt for my own work IF its waterproofed and comes with a 7 year warranty.

I can see that its the way to go, but still need that waterproofing and dustproofing to be perfectly well done, so I can work in the rains of the monsoon and the freezing winters of my home country (Tibet)

The warranties dont cover water ingress. I do not use an ILC camera .

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2017 at 22:14 UTC
On article Sony a7R Mark III review (704 comments in total)

Were I cameraless, this is now the system I would adopt for my own work IF its waterproofed and comes with a 7 year warranty.

I can see that its the way to go, but still need that waterproofing and dustproofing to be perfectly well done, so I can work in the rains of the monsoon and the freezing winters of my home country (Tibet)

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2017 at 13:58 UTC as 32nd comment | 5 replies
On article The Leica CL is (almost) what the TL should have been (389 comments in total)

At the focal lengths available using the 18-56mm zoom , you may as well use an a6000 with a 16-50mm. For the portraits the 50mm f1.8OSS Sony, and very soon (an imminent heavy large dump!) there will be the Sigma 16mm f1.4. Sigma also has great 30mm f2.8 and 60mm f2.8 lenses for the Sony e mount.

Before you poo-poo the idea, it might be worth trying out an a6000 with a good copy of their 16-50mm, and as others have pointed out there are an entire range of Fuji equivalents to this new, and very-nicely designed Leica machine, at a fraction of its costs.

But as with their other M series cameras, I would be happy only with a full-frame 36MP sensor on those extraordinarily expensive (and often still not very good!) lenses.

One gets the feeling of Leica cheating you, into then paying out again (like everyone else does!) for an upgrade to a decently modern high-res sensor, so I shall wait until they upgrade to what is now available before taking the plunge, thanks.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2017 at 13:39 UTC as 4th comment
On article The Leica CL is (almost) what the TL should have been (389 comments in total)
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munro harrap: I doubt anyone will want it with that big round white "target" lens surround- is it THE most attention-grabbing flop of a design ever? I think so. I like it OK in black, but cannot figure out for the life of me who, having so much to spend already on a compact camera, would not buy the full-frame one with the 28mm f1.7 Summilux lens instead?
Dont understand, mumble, mumble

Which is why almost all cameras and lenses of standard zoom focal length are black. Its a black thing!

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2017 at 13:28 UTC
On article The Leica CL is (almost) what the TL should have been (389 comments in total)
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munro harrap: I doubt anyone will want it with that big round white "target" lens surround- is it THE most attention-grabbing flop of a design ever? I think so. I like it OK in black, but cannot figure out for the life of me who, having so much to spend already on a compact camera, would not buy the full-frame one with the 28mm f1.7 Summilux lens instead?
Dont understand, mumble, mumble

Do you understand now why photographers, the real ones, ( not the wedding/advertising/fashion variety) do not buy Leicas anymore? I mean what photographer would buy from a company so optically inept that it even COULD make a white lens for a black camera??

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2017 at 13:41 UTC
On article The Leica CL is (almost) what the TL should have been (389 comments in total)
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munro harrap: I doubt anyone will want it with that big round white "target" lens surround- is it THE most attention-grabbing flop of a design ever? I think so. I like it OK in black, but cannot figure out for the life of me who, having so much to spend already on a compact camera, would not buy the full-frame one with the 28mm f1.7 Summilux lens instead?
Dont understand, mumble, mumble

So, put your money where your mouth is!! Just make sure the lenses are all black.
Reason, well sunshine, its like this.... Your white lens will reflect as a white circle, or a distortion thereof in every reflective surface the lens records,, so, all windows in front of you, all spectacle and sunglass lenses, in jewellery ,teeth-straighteners! medals, camera lenses, shiny smartphones' backs, beer and wine glasses, cutlery, in fact everything available in todays ordinary social situations. IN water, if you are into landscapes close-up- all water droplets, for example. Want to take a nice snap of that spider and its web on the other side of the window in front of you? Expect a nice bright out of focus white blob telling everyone what a naff camera you are using. Spock out!!!

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2017 at 13:37 UTC
On article Top 10 sample galleries of the year #4: the Leica M10 (31 comments in total)

VERY surprised to notice just how really dreadful is STILL the flare on a 35mm f1.4 Summilux (now around £4000 new) from pics nos 51 and 52, where there really these days should be nothing and no ghosting halos etc either. Puts me off completely. I do not (thank heavens!!) own a lens that does this any more!! ASPH my ASPH!!

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2017 at 23:40 UTC as 5th comment
On article The Leica CL is (almost) what the TL should have been (389 comments in total)

I doubt anyone will want it with that big round white "target" lens surround- is it THE most attention-grabbing flop of a design ever? I think so. I like it OK in black, but cannot figure out for the life of me who, having so much to spend already on a compact camera, would not buy the full-frame one with the 28mm f1.7 Summilux lens instead?
Dont understand, mumble, mumble

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2017 at 23:19 UTC as 35th comment | 10 replies

Vast Swathes and Huge Amounts of b/w work published in Magazines, British "Sunday Supplements " , especially so-called "iconic" images are monochrome reductions from colour originals. Especially war reportages by Burrows and Jones-Griffiths, and many Life photographers worked, from the time of the Korean War onward, in colour. They were supposed to be grittier, more "news", more human suffering, in monochrome, which , in the Sunday Supplements was used also as a means to separate them editorially, and visually from the adverts which were, of course, all in colour. Doubtless one fine say Sigma and Magnum will reveal, for a price, what we have all been missing and what has been printed preserved, framed and valued as iconic monochrome- but in fact was a colour slide to start off with..... etc

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2017 at 16:57 UTC as 127th comment
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munro harrap: I have read and take on board Omura's quotes etc, but this is not anything to do with the camera. There are thousands of people who continue to delude themselves that 1. There is a Leica "Look", and 2: that using a Leica somehow aids humanism in photography- your empathy and fellow feeling for your subjects.

No. I have now been using DSLRs since 2008. Before I used a Sony R1(only 10MP, but the fastest camera prefocussed ever made). If you look at my work on any machine at all, there is NO difference, aside from file size and resolution, NONE.

There are monochromes shot on Nikon Fs, Olympus OM2s, Leica M and Screw bodies, and colour on 1Ds Canon, Nikon D800 and Sony R1, and aside from their size and resolution limitations they are all indistinguishable. The degree of application and attention to what's in front of me has been greatly improved by being able to see it as the cameras lens does because I can see the result An RF VF sees small all in focus-not what you get at all.

When the articles and pictures you want me to read and look at are your own work, I'll be interested Kevin, but as that article was something I had read ages ago, and discarded , I had no need to fall for your distraction techniques. Let it be said here now, that if you read every reply ANYONE has made contradicting my posts and being generally nasty/superior, you will get in your sights a pretty fair cross-section of time-wasters like yourself, who for reasons unfathomable cross swords with their betters ( you see this in wildlife documentaries where the younger stronger cocksure animals try to drive off the silverback gorilla, or the old moose or somesuch- very common , sometimes successful, but not proof of anything Omura.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2017 at 01:39 UTC
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munro harrap: I have read and take on board Omura's quotes etc, but this is not anything to do with the camera. There are thousands of people who continue to delude themselves that 1. There is a Leica "Look", and 2: that using a Leica somehow aids humanism in photography- your empathy and fellow feeling for your subjects.

No. I have now been using DSLRs since 2008. Before I used a Sony R1(only 10MP, but the fastest camera prefocussed ever made). If you look at my work on any machine at all, there is NO difference, aside from file size and resolution, NONE.

There are monochromes shot on Nikon Fs, Olympus OM2s, Leica M and Screw bodies, and colour on 1Ds Canon, Nikon D800 and Sony R1, and aside from their size and resolution limitations they are all indistinguishable. The degree of application and attention to what's in front of me has been greatly improved by being able to see it as the cameras lens does because I can see the result An RF VF sees small all in focus-not what you get at all.

I put a few jpegs for you into My Gallery again Kevin. BOTHER to look. Now, can you tell they are NOT made with a Leica? Thats the big question here. They are made with other machines, but can you tell?

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2017 at 14:34 UTC
On article These are the best smartphone cameras you can buy now (138 comments in total)

Notably you have to buy them all to get all the features at their best. There is no notice of whether any have radio, or whether you can record it.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2017 at 14:24 UTC as 42nd comment
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munro harrap: I have read and take on board Omura's quotes etc, but this is not anything to do with the camera. There are thousands of people who continue to delude themselves that 1. There is a Leica "Look", and 2: that using a Leica somehow aids humanism in photography- your empathy and fellow feeling for your subjects.

No. I have now been using DSLRs since 2008. Before I used a Sony R1(only 10MP, but the fastest camera prefocussed ever made). If you look at my work on any machine at all, there is NO difference, aside from file size and resolution, NONE.

There are monochromes shot on Nikon Fs, Olympus OM2s, Leica M and Screw bodies, and colour on 1Ds Canon, Nikon D800 and Sony R1, and aside from their size and resolution limitations they are all indistinguishable. The degree of application and attention to what's in front of me has been greatly improved by being able to see it as the cameras lens does because I can see the result An RF VF sees small all in focus-not what you get at all.

Well, if you cannot be bothered to look at the two pictures I posted, what to say? Had you done so, you might not consider the bio fake!! It is not fake at all, none of it. Not at all. There is possibly Salgado, some might prefer Martin Parr, some Koudelka, but other than these, no. I however, record as best I can, the banal, the ordinary, the everyday, because I find us extraordinary as we are, free from war famine and riot. As I am an amateur now, I am in a position in which I have the same situation and position as most guys on Dpreview, with the solid background of press work from the time I used Leicas whenever possible, before the advent of autofocus. The 3 photographers named dont use Leicas now, and nor do most people in Magnum: they have moved to something that does more effectively what Leicas used to do. Happily the advent of the EVF is a help (as the older VFs are inaccurate, very,) as the cameras own viewfinder is useless for most Leica lenses- inaccurate or too small.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2017 at 10:28 UTC
On article Sony a7R III added to studio scene comparison (423 comments in total)

Arizona? Come over to a european winter for critical available light photography, or get Sony to lend me one for a week, and I'll do it justice. Instamatics can take stellar pictures in Arizona! Or is it 4K time-lapse star trails you are after- (Canada?)

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2017 at 13:21 UTC as 79th comment | 2 replies
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munro harrap: I have read and take on board Omura's quotes etc, but this is not anything to do with the camera. There are thousands of people who continue to delude themselves that 1. There is a Leica "Look", and 2: that using a Leica somehow aids humanism in photography- your empathy and fellow feeling for your subjects.

No. I have now been using DSLRs since 2008. Before I used a Sony R1(only 10MP, but the fastest camera prefocussed ever made). If you look at my work on any machine at all, there is NO difference, aside from file size and resolution, NONE.

There are monochromes shot on Nikon Fs, Olympus OM2s, Leica M and Screw bodies, and colour on 1Ds Canon, Nikon D800 and Sony R1, and aside from their size and resolution limitations they are all indistinguishable. The degree of application and attention to what's in front of me has been greatly improved by being able to see it as the cameras lens does because I can see the result An RF VF sees small all in focus-not what you get at all.

The Emporer is now at peace, bless him! As to the journey itself, I was asked to go as a favour to the client of a Holborn camera shop where I then worked. The Zoo.
Alexei Sayle is on good form right now, but they are witholding all of series 1. Can you get BBC iPlayer in Barcelona? If you can, I might just migrate-

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2017 at 13:16 UTC
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munro harrap: I have read and take on board Omura's quotes etc, but this is not anything to do with the camera. There are thousands of people who continue to delude themselves that 1. There is a Leica "Look", and 2: that using a Leica somehow aids humanism in photography- your empathy and fellow feeling for your subjects.

No. I have now been using DSLRs since 2008. Before I used a Sony R1(only 10MP, but the fastest camera prefocussed ever made). If you look at my work on any machine at all, there is NO difference, aside from file size and resolution, NONE.

There are monochromes shot on Nikon Fs, Olympus OM2s, Leica M and Screw bodies, and colour on 1Ds Canon, Nikon D800 and Sony R1, and aside from their size and resolution limitations they are all indistinguishable. The degree of application and attention to what's in front of me has been greatly improved by being able to see it as the cameras lens does because I can see the result An RF VF sees small all in focus-not what you get at all.

So, is ANYTHING you have to say true, the sun set in Barcelona hours ago, (etcetera!)

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2017 at 22:12 UTC
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munro harrap: I have read and take on board Omura's quotes etc, but this is not anything to do with the camera. There are thousands of people who continue to delude themselves that 1. There is a Leica "Look", and 2: that using a Leica somehow aids humanism in photography- your empathy and fellow feeling for your subjects.

No. I have now been using DSLRs since 2008. Before I used a Sony R1(only 10MP, but the fastest camera prefocussed ever made). If you look at my work on any machine at all, there is NO difference, aside from file size and resolution, NONE.

There are monochromes shot on Nikon Fs, Olympus OM2s, Leica M and Screw bodies, and colour on 1Ds Canon, Nikon D800 and Sony R1, and aside from their size and resolution limitations they are all indistinguishable. The degree of application and attention to what's in front of me has been greatly improved by being able to see it as the cameras lens does because I can see the result An RF VF sees small all in focus-not what you get at all.

Listen to Alexei Sayle on the iPlayer Penguin, every joker needs a Penguin.....

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2017 at 19:58 UTC
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munro harrap: I have read and take on board Omura's quotes etc, but this is not anything to do with the camera. There are thousands of people who continue to delude themselves that 1. There is a Leica "Look", and 2: that using a Leica somehow aids humanism in photography- your empathy and fellow feeling for your subjects.

No. I have now been using DSLRs since 2008. Before I used a Sony R1(only 10MP, but the fastest camera prefocussed ever made). If you look at my work on any machine at all, there is NO difference, aside from file size and resolution, NONE.

There are monochromes shot on Nikon Fs, Olympus OM2s, Leica M and Screw bodies, and colour on 1Ds Canon, Nikon D800 and Sony R1, and aside from their size and resolution limitations they are all indistinguishable. The degree of application and attention to what's in front of me has been greatly improved by being able to see it as the cameras lens does because I can see the result An RF VF sees small all in focus-not what you get at all.

Are you Kevin? Was I addressing you? What is your real name?

"I was in Madurai, India in 2011 near a temple when I saw an overweight American with 2 Leica M(x)’s over his shoulders taking a picture with a third, of a beggar.

When after about 15 minutes and dozens of shots the beggar raised his hand for a donation, the American replied “I don’t think so buddy!”

No reflection on Leica but that moment stuck with me as an all time human low. (I gave a donation FYI)."

Quoted from another post

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2017 at 19:54 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV review (508 comments in total)

You need to check the lens, and avoid buying online if you can. I got my treasured FZ1000 from John Lewis , because the first from LCE online arrived well, but the lens was ruined by the trip. Panasonic's own fault, packing a naked unprotected zoom optic right up against, and pressed up against the left-hand side of the box. By the time the refund had arrived (I had also got rid of an RX10 which was equally hopeless) , I had the luck to speak to a human. I told the human why they got wrecked and the human packed hers in another box stuffed round with packing especially on the side where the lens was. How ANY manage the trip from Japan, no human knows!!

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2017 at 19:44 UTC as 19th comment
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