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  1. bensonga

    Panasonic GX9 ... impulse buy

    Congrats Godfrey! I don't know much about the GX9, but my pair of GX8s are certainly a few of my favorite cameras. I love the compact size, having the tilt up EVF and also the IBIS when I mount a Leica R lens on the GX8. As you said...the cameras are so small and portable. I often take a GX8...
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    Sigma 105/2.8 DG DN Art Macro

    Nice to see Sigma continuing to release more lenses specifically designed for the mirrorless L and E mount cameras. I already have the Sigma 70/2.8 DG Art Macro lens in both Sigma and L-mounts. I prefer the longer 100-105mm focal length for several reasons, so I placed an order for this new...
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    Using non-Leica L-mount AF lenses on a Leica SL/SL2

    I have a few Panasonic and Sigma L-mount AF lenses to use with my Pana S1 and S1r. I recently bought a used Leica SL. It has firmware 3.7 installed. When I mounted my Panasonic 50/1.4 Pro S lens on the SL it appears that only the Aperture Priority and Manual exposure modes are available...
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    Manual focus assist on the S1/S1R

    I bought a S1 a few weeks ago with the best of to use it primarily with my extensive collection of Leica R lenses. Since the S1 camera and lenses were available at a good price (very lightly use rentals), I also bought a few S Pro AF lenses (50/1.4, 24-105/4 and 70-200/4). Fast...
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    PL 200/2.8 lens

    Has anyone here owned or used this lens? There are a couple of new copies available from Adorama at a $1000 discount from the usual price (including the 1.4x teleconverter of course). For $1499, it is tempting. My memory was just refreshed I recall that Louis had this lens. Gary
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    Coming Oly 300/4 Pro price increase

    FYI for anyone like me who has wanted this lens.... The price here in the USA will be going up by $400 in February 2020. I have wanted this lens for quite awhile, but have been waiting/hoping for a lens rebate greater than the usual $200. A friend of mine often says "Spend now to save!" That...
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    Bicycles of all Types

    Thanks for starting this thread Joel! :clap::thumbs: Gary
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    RIP Robert Frank His "The Americans" is certainly a 20th century icon of documentary photography. It is one of those books I enjoy looking thru again and again. Gary
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    How many Four Thirds camera users are here? (not m43)

    I just spent some time looking thru threads on this forum going back to the first one I could find on 10/27/2008. I was looking for threads on the Four Thirds cameras and lenses. This was right about the time that m43 cameras were introduced and so naturally the vast majority of new threads were...
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    DPM and sdQ comparisons

    In the office today with both my DP2M and sd Quattro with the 30mm f1.4 Art lens. Decided to take a short break and take a few images to compare the results. Nothing scientific, just a first look. Both of these images were shot at ISO 100 and f5.6. I lightly processed the X3F files in SPP...
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    XF 200mm f2 WR lens

    Any one here with this seemingly rare and impressive lens? Photos etc to share? Gary
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    Ilford Washi Torinoko paper

    Hi all, Has anyone here made inkjet prints on this or similar "Washi" type papers? I recently purchased a box of Ilford Prestige Washi Torinoko paper. I am trying to decide which type of images might look best on this paper. At $2.40 USD for an 8.5x11 inch sheet, I don't want to waste too...
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    Sigma L-Mount cameras and lenses

    I thought it would be good to have a thread for the Sigma L mount developments. Hopefully it will be a FF Foveon sensor camera. Gary
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    NSFW - St. Merrique

    Interesting how different and almost abstract/sureal this image looks vs flipping it 180 degrees, which I presume is how the scene actually looked when you took the photo Bob. I never would have thought to try it. :salute: Gary
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    PL 50-200 lens

    I was just wondering if anyone here has seen, received or used this lens yet? Gary
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    Leica and Zeiss combined?

    Purely speculation at this time of course. I don't know enough about the financial strength of Zeiss to know if this would be a good or bad thing for either or both companies over the long term...
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    Leica Modifies/Ends Free Sensor Replacement Program for M9/M9P/ME/MM Bodies

    As posted on the Leica Forum and LUG today, based on an email reportedly sent to registered owners by Leica: Latest information concerning the CCD sensors of the Leica M9 / M9-P / M Monochrom and M-E camera models. Following the successfully implemented and largely completed replacement...
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    Telescopes & Mounts for Astrophotography

    Very nice photo of the moon and excellent gear/setup Will. I've always admired the Takahashi scopes and mounts on the few times when I have seen them in person. We don't see very many Intes Micro Mak-Cass scopes around either. Gary
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    Mamiya 645 AF APO 300/4.5 experience?

    Hi folks, I'm considering this lens to use with my 645AFD II/film and DF bodies with the P25+ and Aptus II 5. I was wondering if some of you have experience with this lens on these or similar digital backs. I have the AF 210/4 ULD lens and have been impressed with it, so thought I might try...
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    WTB: Mamiya DM33/DM22 or Leaf Aptus-II 5/7

    In Mamiya mount of course, for a RZ67 ProIID. Please send me a note with condition and price. Thanks! Gary