Constantin V

Lives in Russian Federation Novosibirsk, Russian Federation
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No idea. Probably those who don't use Leica as a tool know better.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2021 at 10:44 UTC
On article Leica announces APO-Summicron-M 35mm F2 ASPH (421 comments in total)
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Biowizard: Here we go again - everyone banging on about $8000. After a year of lockdown, thanks to a deadly global pandemic, wouldn't it be good if people could think of something more interesting to comment on?

After all, it's only money ...

@lightandaprayer for me it's an open question. A person who lacks vision in his own environment, doubtfully make a decent picture only because of a scene change to more exotic. I hate that way of thinking. It lacks of depth. Thus an advice above to spend $7k for exotics and traveling lacks depth too.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2021 at 10:35 UTC
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marc petzold: Why? We have Tri-X 400, Ferrania P30, JCH StreetPan 400, Ilford HP5+ 400, and much more...if one wants just the "classic" grain B&W Look, just shoot Tri-X 400 Kodak, it does even look great being pushed @800, 1600 ASA/ISO.

It looks like an attempt to feature some unknown emulsion as hyped Kickstarter Project, once again on that Site....personally, i wouldn't trust a unknown Film, how the Film would handle into years...how is the flatness, for scanning, and so many other, unknown variables at this point...but one thing i know for sure - if something is being featured on "KIckstarter", i would never go for it, the past showed why...no offense.

Many Kickstarter Projects just have turned into a scam, at the end of the story.

PS: I love Film Noir Movies, the ones with Humphrey Bogard, Veronica Lake, James Steward....to name just a few: Casablanca, Sunset Boulevard, The Maltese Falcon, The third Man, Touch of Evil, This Gun for Hire, The blue Dahlia...to name just a few....

@carton I believe it's not about pushing at all. People push mechanically without actually realizing why do the do this. Without realizing how their media (assuming film) works. Do you know that the best Noir movies were shot on Kodak 5222 that is actually ISO250 without much pushing? Or Ralph Gibson used ISO400, but his final prints are very contrasty. Pushing ruins tonal separation, but Gibson went with high contrast _and_ good tonalty! (That's why you can forget Foma400 as someone above suggested) As for night street photography, I tried all sort of modern films and decided never to go with Delta/Tmax 3200. You get very little in terms of sensitivity, but loose very much in terms of resolution. Especially because while pushed grain becomes bigger.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2021 at 16:06 UTC
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Jonathan Mac: I support Kosmo photo because he's a good promoter of film photography but his current film is just re-packaged Fomapan 100 and I'd be surprised if this new one isn't re-packaged Fomapan 400.

@Old Camera, no Kentmere is cheap and bad for pushing. Film to be pushed has to have high quality as a rule. So imho it's some old emulsion stock from fridge. Maybe some air photo film, which is not best of quality but may have high ISO and high contrast out of the box. (Also a bad tonal separation)

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2021 at 08:29 UTC
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marc petzold: Why? We have Tri-X 400, Ferrania P30, JCH StreetPan 400, Ilford HP5+ 400, and much more...if one wants just the "classic" grain B&W Look, just shoot Tri-X 400 Kodak, it does even look great being pushed @800, 1600 ASA/ISO.

It looks like an attempt to feature some unknown emulsion as hyped Kickstarter Project, once again on that Site....personally, i wouldn't trust a unknown Film, how the Film would handle into years...how is the flatness, for scanning, and so many other, unknown variables at this point...but one thing i know for sure - if something is being featured on "KIckstarter", i would never go for it, the past showed why...no offense.

Many Kickstarter Projects just have turned into a scam, at the end of the story.

PS: I love Film Noir Movies, the ones with Humphrey Bogard, Veronica Lake, James Steward....to name just a few: Casablanca, Sunset Boulevard, The Maltese Falcon, The third Man, Touch of Evil, This Gun for Hire, The blue Dahlia...to name just a few....

@carton "Noir" is not a technical term, you can't use it that way. It's about mood and what technical features commit to that feeling is an open question. TMAX p3200 btw is not 1600, it's ISO 800 film. I wouldn't recommend it as a general "noir" film because of the crappy resolution. Sux for night portraits.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2021 at 08:20 UTC
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marc petzold: Why? We have Tri-X 400, Ferrania P30, JCH StreetPan 400, Ilford HP5+ 400, and much more...if one wants just the "classic" grain B&W Look, just shoot Tri-X 400 Kodak, it does even look great being pushed @800, 1600 ASA/ISO.

It looks like an attempt to feature some unknown emulsion as hyped Kickstarter Project, once again on that Site....personally, i wouldn't trust a unknown Film, how the Film would handle into years...how is the flatness, for scanning, and so many other, unknown variables at this point...but one thing i know for sure - if something is being featured on "KIckstarter", i would never go for it, the past showed why...no offense.

Many Kickstarter Projects just have turned into a scam, at the end of the story.

PS: I love Film Noir Movies, the ones with Humphrey Bogard, Veronica Lake, James Steward....to name just a few: Casablanca, Sunset Boulevard, The Maltese Falcon, The third Man, Touch of Evil, This Gun for Hire, The blue Dahlia...to name just a few....

I like noir movies too. And yes, trix rocks. But to be fair it just a iso 250 film. You can underexposure it alright. But we actually don't have a lot of iso 400 film. Ilford Delta400 and HP5+ are true iso 400. What else? Delta 3200 and Kodak p3200 are mostly ugly on a daylight. Kosmophoto are lame and don't produce any specs, but one more true ISO400 film would be great.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2021 at 05:48 UTC
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winkalman: It sounded like a gimmick but the "video" was well executed. I hope whatever extra buzz they get from using cyanotypes makes all of that effort worth it.

maybe, but the guy is ug1y

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2021 at 06:56 UTC
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JEROME NOLAS: #6 clear winner for me!!!

oh, good! could you explain why?

Link | Posted on May 25, 2021 at 13:48 UTC

Please, somebody explain to me the reasons why #6

Merit Gallery Winner: Paul Kessel (USA)
Image: Q Train
Series: Subway

is on the winners list. Good photo, no doubt. But is it all that unique in some way?

Link | Posted on May 25, 2021 at 13:47 UTC as 1st comment

I would be a good news, but modern cameras have very limited VF capabilities to focus in manual mode. Compared to XX century versions.

Link | Posted on May 25, 2021 at 13:40 UTC as 1st comment
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DGrinb: The '90s were pretty harsh years in the fast changing Russia. It's remarkable that people still were passionate about their hobbies. Great article, thank you!
My personal preference is the photography of '60s and '70s... I'm just fascinated by that time.

@vadims

It's a simple logic. USSR limited what can be shown, some topic were a taboo. Art on the other hand is about breaking boundaries. That's why what you name photography is technically a photography but ... very limited. I can remind you that the Triva group (very simplistic) was banned even in 80s. There were no books of Bresson etc. And the major proof is to study photography I order books abroad. Big Zenit, 50mm lens, straight vision. No, "soviet photographer" is a distinctive breed I have no interest at all. Though some images a nice as they are very naive (like shown above), it's bad when all the photography is like that.

@DGrinb
You may be right here. I'm far from Europe and for me USSR mostly means Russia.:(

Link | Posted on May 20, 2021 at 06:08 UTC
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Mortal Lion: The East German Praktica's were always a step up from the Zenits

Sure, it's German after all^)

Link | Posted on May 18, 2021 at 03:40 UTC
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Reactive: The Zenit was definitely the worst camera you could buy when I started out in SLRs, but then one day my music teacher told me he'd won a competition using his Zenit, so I realised very early on it wasn't about the kit - he was simply a good artist.

Zenit still is very popular among amatures.=) And well... it may be a bit about gear too... Recently a was walking with my leica on a stadium (a loud one) and heard a camera shutter. I turned around but nobody withing reasonable distance. And then I noticed a young girl with Zenit within 7m! On a loud stadium it was! The shutter and weight of this thing is something really...

Link | Posted on May 18, 2021 at 03:34 UTC
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Lexptr: For me, being a survivor of 90s in post-Soviet Russia, it is hard to see these pictures. Probably I'm a masochist, but I wet to the original galleries to see all of them. The pictures are very good, showing well the life in that period of time. It brought lots of memories: instability, poverty, lawlessness, uncertainty. Sure, we had some happy moments too. Actually, little was needed to make us happy for a moment. But every day surviving was a tough experience. So now, many years later, those negative things are the most prominent parts of the 90s picture for me. It is interesting, how other people see these pictures. Hope such times will never come back. Especially for my children.
Thanks for posting!

What so harsh about these images? It's more like calm 80s. "Hope such times will never come back. Especially for my children." - do you want them to live their life in instagram till old edge and die as infants making "likes"? It's true that we are worry about children. But without coming to the edge how a person can differ what matters? You all so scared about that time, but it was more sincere. Yes, it's about survival BUT a real person have to have this experience.

This year anniversary of USSR fall will be a sad date for me. Now we are back in USSR and that's so sad.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2021 at 03:27 UTC
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DGrinb: The '90s were pretty harsh years in the fast changing Russia. It's remarkable that people still were passionate about their hobbies. Great article, thank you!
My personal preference is the photography of '60s and '70s... I'm just fascinated by that time.

Depends on the country. I dare to say, there were no photography in USSR. Only a limited substitution.

"My personal preference is the photography of '60s and '70s... " - True. But we are talking about West.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2021 at 03:18 UTC

As a person who consider 90s his time, I believe these images though good aren't representative at all. Typical "either good or nothing" USSR thing.:( Take this as a misleading for foreigners. This year will be the 30th anniversary of USSR fall btw.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2021 at 03:14 UTC as 4th comment
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Jeff Greenberg: -----
Mesmerizing...?
No.
Showing life in still-deprived post-communism society?
Yes.

@Ilia Snopchenko

> Well, I don't think anyone who lived through the 90s over here while being old enough to really understand reality has many positive things to say about that time.

I disagree. It's really a more complex topic then that. We don't choose the epoch we live in. Personally I lived through 90th and it was no doubt a harsh time. _But_ I formed as a person at that time. My values too. People whom I see now at the streets often don't value life as they seems never get to the edge. No, I don't agree with [your] understanding of good things as instagram and other social networks promote. No, good things aren't always smiles, expensive cars, love to the all world, happiness etc whatever common knowledge.

Everything was more sincere.

And I also believe that was a time we missed a lot of opportunities. I'm not a big fun of 200x and 201x Russia... which is more like USSR on a budget.

These images though good aren't representative at all.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2021 at 03:06 UTC
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inorogNL: We need more articles like this, ahowcasing work instead of GAS

How very true!

Link | Posted on May 18, 2021 at 02:42 UTC
On article Opinion: Do we really need all those buttons and dials? (890 comments in total)
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PAntunes: There are options on my cameras that I don't use. But there are others I use all the time. And there are some I only use sometimes, but when I do need them, they have to be easy to access.

Having a lot of buttons and dials on a camera doesn't force you to use them. Even without them, the functions they provide a quick access to will still be in the menus, and if you need them, you still have to change them.

Removing buttons doesn't make a camera easier to use. Usually makes it harder...

So... Who of those people can back up your initial statement: "I couldn't get the hit rate that my camera can achieve focusing at 1.4 while shooting 10fps if I had to do it manually. I'm sure I couldn't hit the shutter 10 times per second".

Exactly. Those photographers were good. Can you match them with all your buttons? No? Who has more chance to develop creativity: a 5 year old kid with a bunch of pencils or a person with all those buttons? Do you think a wheel chair helps to be a better runner? No.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2021 at 02:21 UTC
On article Opinion: Do we really need all those buttons and dials? (890 comments in total)
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PAntunes: There are options on my cameras that I don't use. But there are others I use all the time. And there are some I only use sometimes, but when I do need them, they have to be easy to access.

Having a lot of buttons and dials on a camera doesn't force you to use them. Even without them, the functions they provide a quick access to will still be in the menus, and if you need them, you still have to change them.

Removing buttons doesn't make a camera easier to use. Usually makes it harder...

Yep, that's what I was trying to say, but not only that. "Better images" are words that has different meaning for different people. For me photography is all about personality. I bet, people like you'll even agree on AI to do the hardest part, to get better mass-product (more likes for lion photo doesn't mean you are good as a hunter) by just pointing the computer in a right direction. And then we see yet another "world awards" and wow comments. That's sad cause people are getting less skilled in every area on Earth, where computers are getting smarter.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2021 at 05:48 UTC
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