Tom_A

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Arastoo Vaziri: Based solely on the sample pictures, I'd say FILM Ferrania should set the price very wisely. P30 will face tough competition from Foma, Agfaphoto and Kentmere on the low budget side and will have a hard time when put against something like Ilford FP4.

All b&w films have their own tonality, and that is great. I don't really think in terms of competing films, they are all interesting.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2017 at 15:58 UTC
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Chasing Summer: The comment about this being a Cosina camera is untrue. This is a Fujifilm camera, made by Fujifilm for itself and for Voightlander. It is a truly outstanding medium format film camera, and out of every camera I own (and there are MANY) it would be the last one I would part with. Compact, lightweight, an incredibly sharp lens with great bokeh, it's the ultimate travel medium format body. I carry it every day in my messenger bag, and despite having an X100T in the same bag it's the one I choose when I want an image to treasure.

Sure you can get a GW690 for less money, but until you see them side by side don't give me that argument - the GF670 is a fraction of the size and weight, and features a very accurate lightmeter. Compare it to a 645? Well, can a 645 take 6x7 images? I don't think so.

This camera doesn't appeal to many, but the folks who want one KNOW that they won't be happy with anything less. Now if only Fuji would find a cache of GF670W cameras I'd be extra happy!

It doesn't really matter who made it, it is simply a good camera.
Whether it wouldn't make sense for Fuji to make it for Cosina, well they made the XPan for Hasselblad so it wasn't inconceivable.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2017 at 13:37 UTC
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Chasing Summer: The comment about this being a Cosina camera is untrue. This is a Fujifilm camera, made by Fujifilm for itself and for Voightlander. It is a truly outstanding medium format film camera, and out of every camera I own (and there are MANY) it would be the last one I would part with. Compact, lightweight, an incredibly sharp lens with great bokeh, it's the ultimate travel medium format body. I carry it every day in my messenger bag, and despite having an X100T in the same bag it's the one I choose when I want an image to treasure.

Sure you can get a GW690 for less money, but until you see them side by side don't give me that argument - the GF670 is a fraction of the size and weight, and features a very accurate lightmeter. Compare it to a 645? Well, can a 645 take 6x7 images? I don't think so.

This camera doesn't appeal to many, but the folks who want one KNOW that they won't be happy with anything less. Now if only Fuji would find a cache of GF670W cameras I'd be extra happy!

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Also of interest, while the lens of the GW690 (and I assume the 670) is excellent, I expect that images with the folding GF 670 to be better still. The reason: the big fuji rangefinders have a rather simple angular diaphragm with 5 blades, quite angular (I expect the folder to be more circular due to more blades). The result in the image is that the bokeh can look rather busy, depending on the subject. I expect the folder to have a more creamy fuzziness in the out of focus areas. Even so the big 690 fuji is cool to walk around with.
Finally, an interesting superaffordable 6x12 folder is the Lomography Bel Air (yes, yes...) when used with the optional glass Russian lens (made by Zenith). It is limited and not that easy to use and can have vibration due to the shutter location, but when you can work with the limitations it can give wonderful results. I use mine occasionally, and it is quite something with its enormous negatives.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2017 at 07:48 UTC
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Chasing Summer: The comment about this being a Cosina camera is untrue. This is a Fujifilm camera, made by Fujifilm for itself and for Voightlander. It is a truly outstanding medium format film camera, and out of every camera I own (and there are MANY) it would be the last one I would part with. Compact, lightweight, an incredibly sharp lens with great bokeh, it's the ultimate travel medium format body. I carry it every day in my messenger bag, and despite having an X100T in the same bag it's the one I choose when I want an image to treasure.

Sure you can get a GW690 for less money, but until you see them side by side don't give me that argument - the GF670 is a fraction of the size and weight, and features a very accurate lightmeter. Compare it to a 645? Well, can a 645 take 6x7 images? I don't think so.

This camera doesn't appeal to many, but the folks who want one KNOW that they won't be happy with anything less. Now if only Fuji would find a cache of GF670W cameras I'd be extra happy!

Thanks, is what I thought as well - I am pretty sure I remember reading from a good source that it was a Fuji camera that was also supplied as an OEM product to Cosina. But whatever, it should be excellent and superbly portable due to its folding nature.
I do have the GW690III I bought cheaply, and there was a 670 variant as well. Sturdy, not too heavy and a great lens but indeed absolutely a monster in size compared to this folding gem. You won't put the GW670 or 690 into a briefcase. No light meter is less of an issue for me, at the cost per negative this is no a point and shoot camera, hence I use a lunasix or sometimes a light metering app on my iphone with it.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2017 at 07:48 UTC
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Tom_A: I have 3 Fuji medium format rangefinders:
- an all manual 645, like a big leica m6, but with less easy focusing
- an AF 645
- a 6x9
They are all awesome and I still use them. While i like digital, every time I see my film scans I am still impressed with the subtlety of the tones.

I remember now, it is the GS645S. Perfect walkaround camera, a joy:
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170124/f6f02681cef28b6d27663497bbe9a5f0.jpg

Here are two holiday pictures made with it. I love the subtle tonality and rendering. It has a different feel than digital.
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170124/4ded88926ace2d1f9cddf61daf80a30a.jpg

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170124/21a96490c213a8b07494eba3c8d46b79.jpg

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 10:54 UTC
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Tom_A: I have 3 Fuji medium format rangefinders:
- an all manual 645, like a big leica m6, but with less easy focusing
- an AF 645
- a 6x9
They are all awesome and I still use them. While i like digital, every time I see my film scans I am still impressed with the subtlety of the tones.

Actually a near perfect travel camera would be the all manual one with a whopping 645 sensor in it, otherwise same compact external package. I would even love it without a screen.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 10:44 UTC

I have 3 Fuji medium format rangefinders:
- an all manual 645, like a big leica m6, but with less easy focusing
- an AF 645
- a 6x9
They are all awesome and I still use them. While i like digital, every time I see my film scans I am still impressed with the subtlety of the tones.

Link | Posted on Jan 24, 2017 at 10:36 UTC as 53rd comment | 3 replies
On article F is for '4th': Hands-on with Fujifilm X100F (421 comments in total)
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MarcMedios: I have an X20 as a "visual notebook" and like it a lot, especially the 4:1 zoom. I can't, for the life of me, seriously consider a $1,200 camera that does not have interchangeable lenses. Why would I want to limit myself to the focal length that some anonymous engineer decided for the camera?

They mean the equivalent angle of view of a 35mm on FF.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2017 at 16:29 UTC

Here is a good appraisal with excellent images.
https://www.prophotonut.com/2017/01/19/gfx-high-res-samples/

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 07:22 UTC as 23rd comment
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OhWeh: The same price as the Leica M10, but so much more camera for the money. More IQ, AF, sealed, ....

The fastest lens is like the same 2.8 on whatever format if you are looking at shutter speed. Equivalency is only of importance for depth of field.

Anyway, fuji apples against red dot strawberries. The Leica is a perfect discreet walkaround device (if you can focus quickly and correctly). The Fuji will come into its own for slower photography and will shine in the digital darkroom because more detail can be found in the darker regions. Not to mention the glorious subtlety of medium format skin rendering.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 07:09 UTC
On article GIMP seeks funding for future advanced features (220 comments in total)

i occasionally use a "portable app" variant of GIMP with a Photoshop-like single window user interface theme (called Gimpshop, I think) - that works quite neatly.
It ain't PS but it is quite ok within its scope.
Still for most hobbyists an affordable PS Elements is probably worth the little investment instead.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2017 at 07:02 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply
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StephanBG: Wow, love DP, same people who played up the difference between APSC and FF now downplay the difference between FF and MF.

Falconeyes... "Matched"? Really. Have you seen the subtlety in medium format rendering? Not something one can put in ill advised equivalency conversions.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2017 at 10:00 UTC
On article Rugged Fujifilm XP120 arrives just in time for winter (25 comments in total)

This looks likenm a great camera for a backpacking holiday. I had a fuji f40fd compact years ago and it made nice pictures.
I did backpacking in the film days. Bringing a Nikon FM or a fuji 645 rangefinder, Great cameras and lovely results (I remember my travel companions' jaws hitting the floor when they saw the prints of my bizarre looking medium format fuji while they ised high tech AF minoltas etc) but a bit of a hassle for that kind of holidays. In contrast, after a dusty outing you can hold this fuji just a few seconds under the tap. Perfect.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 07:00 UTC as 10th comment
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porty: Sorry if this is a little off-topic but I can't help myself: Tom_A's photo of bamboo scaffolding. The pic seems pretty good to me but the scaffolding - yow!
And the pre-cast concrete sections that don't line up! And the poor coot having to diamond-drill a million holes because no-one had the foresight to set drifts in the concrete when the sections were cast. I'd like to know where the shot was taken so I can make a point of never going there. The building or the country.

well, surprise, it is Hong Kong. This kind of scaffolding is used everywhere and in general the buildings don't crumble apart...
I added a few more pictures.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2017 at 23:52 UTC
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bugsy46: Happened to my 7 Plus pretty much out of the box, took a few videos and images around London, then the next day black screen and dodgy colours. Within a few hours I had contacted 8 users through twitter all with the exact same issue. Two of them had the camera replaced, one worked one didn't, the rest received new handsets.

Here are the links.
I have several cameras both digital and analog including a reasonably small lx5. And yes, in a professional environment I am not expected to be visibly carrying a camera.

Here are 3 more I took close to the office.
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170104/b763e4e72e1384871924922ab618d72e.jpg

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170104/3c2161328cc676dc0d6f86ccbcaa95ff.jpg

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170104/35b82ceee7178ac60d6be64c0e91633c.jpg

This final one somewhere on the way, I liked how it becomes almost abstract.

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170104/f3119c6901d0f9b280db430a67d86ecd.jpg

The point is that the iPhone can be good enough for nearly all people to comment more on the content of the images rather than argue that they would have been better with say a Df.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2017 at 23:49 UTC
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bugsy46: Happened to my 7 Plus pretty much out of the box, took a few videos and images around London, then the next day black screen and dodgy colours. Within a few hours I had contacted 8 users through twitter all with the exact same issue. Two of them had the camera replaced, one worked one didn't, the rest received new handsets.

Not such a voice of reason after all.
In my professional environment I will not be walking around with an unsightly bulging suit pocket because of a compact camera. The iphone can make decent enough pictures of those beautiful encounters so that nearly all people will discuss the content of the images rather than point out that they would look a little less "flat" with a proper camera. And I am happy I had the phone on me.
When I can dedicate time I like to lug along my medium format film cameras and truly slow down, for working environments the phone is ok.

Here are 3 more I took close to the office.

[IMG]http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170104/b763e4e72e1384871924922ab618d72e.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170104/3c2161328cc676dc0d6f86ccbcaa95ff.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170104/35b82ceee7178ac60d6be64c0e91633c.jpg[/IMG]

This final one somewhere on the way, I liked how it becomes almost abstract.

[IMG]http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170104/f3119c6901d0f9b280db430a67d86ecd.jpg[/IMG]

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2017 at 15:12 UTC
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bugsy46: Happened to my 7 Plus pretty much out of the box, took a few videos and images around London, then the next day black screen and dodgy colours. Within a few hours I had contacted 8 users through twitter all with the exact same issue. Two of them had the camera replaced, one worked one didn't, the rest received new handsets.

Planar Summilux - my iPhone is not my best camera, but it is the best camera which I have always with me, allowing me to capture unexpected moments of beauty with reasonable quality.
I recently stumbled upon this scene while walking to the office. Happy I had my 2 generations old iPhone on me! And no, I will not be carrying a high quality compact in my suit pocket for those moments. IPhone suffices:

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170103/24e4b1e64f8c219142b565da917a5ea3.jpg

This other one was taken a number of months ago in an airport train, while coming back from a business trip. The hipstamatic app could do a nice conversion to black and white. Also happy I had my iphone with me:

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170103/1440ca822f3ade8724a102c2843c2b5e.jpg

I have several more like this. You get my drift.

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2017 at 09:27 UTC
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Frank C.: Which lens is better?

I meant, of course it will be inferior. Have you ever heard about a counterfeit product that is better than the real one? That would be a first.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2016 at 14:21 UTC
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Frank C.: Which lens is better?

Do you really need to ask?

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2016 at 11:46 UTC
On article Sigma releases price and availability for sd Quattro H (369 comments in total)
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Ababus: Sigma makes such alien machines, I don't understand who are these cameras aimed at?

I can see the attraction, but still it is far from a universal camera if it really needs to be kept at base iso to be stellar. Would be a fun luxury to add it though.
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Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 04:55 UTC
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