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  1. BrianS

    Windows 7 End-of-Life (or at least Microsoft Support)

    I went to burn an ISO file to make a bootable CD for Macrium Reflect- a "stand-alone backup program". The free version allows you to make and restore full images of your disk, useful to have in this day and age- as it was 40 years ago. ANYWAY! This was easy under WIN7, would not work under...
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    Windows 7 End-of-Life (or at least Microsoft Support)

    WIN10 seems to be more of a memory hog than WIN7. The I2 laptop with 4GByte RAM was too slow- seems 8GBytes really speeds things up. I'm still playing with this.
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    Windows 7 End-of-Life (or at least Microsoft Support)

    So far this update has worked successfully on my I7 machine with 8GB, I3 machine with 8GB, and older I2 machine with 4GB. The latter 2 are Panasonic Toughbooks that I use for DOS, XP, WIN7, and now WIN10. The Toughbooks use an easily removable disk caddy, my favorite machines to use.
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    Windows 7 End-of-Life (or at least Microsoft Support)

    I'm one of those that waits until the last minute to perform a computer "upgrade", and have been running Win7pro on my main home computers. This month, Microsoft is ending support for Win7. When "WIN10" was new, Microsoft offered a free "upgrade". With some of the Win10 issues seen, I did not...
  5. BrianS

    Computer-Oriented Jokes...

    The worst problem I've ever had from a piece of code that I wrote was the FPS-120B Attached Array Processor bursting into flames. The power supplies overloaded. It was highly optimized code. Emitter-Coupled-Logic drew a lot of power. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FPS_AP-120B Fortunately, the...
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    Computer-Oriented Jokes...

    Why does Yoda use FORTRAN when he writes code? In FORTRAN there is no "TRY", there is only "DO".
  7. BrianS

    How many cameras do you currently own?

    Film cameras- probably 100 or so. Most bought cheap, needed some repair. Many given to me in trade for repair work. 12 Nikon Rangefinders, 10 Leica Rangefinders, 8 Contax Rangefinders, 15 Kodak Retinas... and more SLR's than that.
  8. BrianS

    Merry Christmas (or whichever holiday you celebrate)

    Merry Christmas! "Mr. Christmas" Christmas trees are really easy to setup, and this one is over 35 years old!
  9. BrianS

    The 'one photo for each camera you own(ed)' thread :)

    Nikon Ftn Photomic, with the Vivitar 135/2.3, wide-open. This lens features a floating element for close-range-correction, years before the camera manufacturers used them. I brought this lens with me when looking at the Nikon Df, told the salesman that he had a sale if I could use this lens with...
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    The 'one photo for each camera you own(ed)' thread :)

    Kodak Retina IIC, 50mm F2.8 Xenon, wide-open. Not long ago, I replaced the "Cocking Rack" on this camera. Micro-Tools still sells the part. The camera was discontinued 60 years ago. The cocking rack is the "weak Link" of the Retina series. But- they hold up in most of them. Someone has to...
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    The 'one photo for each camera you own(ed)' thread :)

    Nikon SP with Nikkor-Q 13.5cm F3.5, wide-open. My wife has the S3. The SP with it's 1x, Parallax corrected, Projected Frames for the 50/85/105/135- no problem with focusing a telephoto lens.
  12. BrianS

    The 'one photo for each camera you own(ed)' thread :)

    Nikon S2 with a Voigtlander 50/1.5 Nokton, using a Prominent Mount to S-Mount adapter.
  13. BrianS

    The 'one photo for each camera you own(ed)' thread :)

    Contax II with a 1955 Jupiter-3. This camera is from ~1938, it and my Leica III and IIIa are the oldest cameras that I use. This one had just come back from the late Eddy Smolov.
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    The 'one photo for each camera you own(ed)' thread :)

    Kodak Retina Reflex-S, 50/1.9 Schneider Xenon wide-open. I bought an adapter to use these lenses on the Nikon Df.
  15. BrianS

    The 'one photo for each camera you own(ed)' thread :)

    . Nikon F2AS with Nikkor 55/1.2 Ai, wide-open
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    The 'one photo for each camera you own(ed)' thread :)

    Leica M3 with Collapsible 9cm F4 Elmar, wide-open.
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    The 'one photo for each camera you own(ed)' thread :)

    Contax IIIa with Carl Zeiss Jena 5cm F2 Sonnar, wide-open. I converted this lens to Leica mount a few years later. Same lens, on the M Monochrom. Same Daughter also...
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    The 'one photo for each camera you own(ed)' thread :)

    Minolta Hi-Matic 9. When it was new, in 1971. Probably Kodachrome II, scanned in 20 years ago.
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    The 'one photo for each camera you own(ed)' thread :)

    Kodak Retina IIIS with Schneider 85/4 Tele-Arton, wide-open.
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    The 'one photo for each camera you own(ed)' thread :)

    Canon 7 with Nikkor-SC 5cm F1.4, wide-open.
  21. BrianS

    What I've learned from owning "too many" cameras ...

    https://cameraderie.org/threads/canon-50mm-f1-8-later-black-version.49830/ https://www.ebay.com/itm/202821579839 Just over $60, shipped.
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    What I've learned from owning "too many" cameras ...

    $76 with shipping from Japan- https://www.ebay.com/itm/264520456466 And just over $100 with shipping from Japan. https://www.ebay.com/itm/274100907803 The 89th lens made. Both in EX++ condition, optics are very, very clean.
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    What I've learned from owning "too many" cameras ...

    Sometimes things just keep working for far longer than the developer thought they would. I have a prototype Infrared Scope from ~1940 and the production Infrared Scope from ~1944, both still work. Both use a CRT and high voltage converter. Fortunately, they use D-Cell batteries. These were used...
  24. BrianS

    What I've learned from owning "too many" cameras ...

    I have the first Kodak Digital Infrared Camera , a DCS200ir. At least 2 were made, mine is the first. Also have a Nikon E3, full-frame Digital from 1997. The latter used "reduction optics" to get the image onto the CCD. Maybe 100 made, mine is 67th.
  25. BrianS

    What I've learned from owning "too many" cameras ...

    Looking over that lot- more pieces than what I have... But I would not trade my set of 1940s Leica mount Nikkors for the whole thing.
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    What I've learned from owning "too many" cameras ...

    Yeah. I'm closing in on 100 lenses in Leica mount. Prices on lenses coming out of Japan are way down compared to 10 years ago. Lenses that went for $750 10 years ago are under $100 now.
  27. BrianS

    It will never be the same again ...

    The lens can be replaced. I'm glad you are Okay.
  28. BrianS

    Why not a digital XA?

    Sensors are thicker than film, and cannot handle high angles of incidence. Digital cameras require much more power than a film camera- batteries are bigger than the film cartridge. Add in that most people want Autofocus (which requires motors) and Liveview, you get a bigger camera. The Leica...
  29. BrianS

    Some Graphs Just Make It Clear

    Film CL or new Digital CL? The rate of change in the Line-Up and high cost for new cameras and lenses might have something to do with it. I took out the Olympus E-P2 yesterday, it delivers good-enough results for most people. You can get a used body on Ebay for $75, less than 1/10th of the...
  30. BrianS

    "... so it's just normal for my age?"

    My favorite Black t-Shirt has an F-101 Voodoo "Scope Doctor" on the back of it. I wear it on days when I'm doing a lot of O-Scope work in the Lab. Plus that plane and I were born the same year.
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    "... so it's just normal for my age?"

    >"When the hell did I buy so many khaki pants and, better yet, when did I start *wearing* khakis?!" Were they on big-time clearance sale, like 90% off or so... If yes, you are just spending the absolute minimum of money to stay covered. If they were not on sale, you should be ashamed of...
  32. BrianS

    A Hypothetical question on Filosofical Friday

    Just your luck that you come across the picture of a lifetime, ready for the decisive moment, and someone calls to "just talk" because they are stuck in traffic and bored. Moment Gone.
  33. BrianS

    A Hypothetical question on Filosofical Friday

    No. It would take too long for the cell phone to be ready for the photograph. Mine is off unless I need to make a call.
  34. BrianS

    Can anyone explain why my photo became popular on Flickr?

    It's near Halloween and the photo looks like there are "Spooooky Ghooooosts" rising from the ground.
  35. BrianS

    How to deal with people telling you what you should be taking pictures of or other unsolicited advice?

    I've never had that happen. Once or twice some people have told me how I should write code. I explained to them how computers work and that I wrote for absolute speed.
  36. BrianS

    Cut the apron strings today. Quit Adobe

    My daughter needed Adobe products for school last year, so I signed her up for the Student Price. After 1-year, if you do not explicitly cancel the subscription it renews at the $30 per month rate. Too expensive for how much it gets used, so I canceled. My Lightroom 6 still works- which is all I...
  37. BrianS

    Zunow SLR Anyone?

    They certainly have a prototype look about them! What shutter mechanism did they use? They bear some resemblance to later Copal Square bodies, the Nikkorex.
  38. BrianS

    Buried deep in ColdFusion at the moment

    Now I have to scan another Cartoon that I keep at work. Programmer with the computer sucking his brains out, then "Insert Next Programmer"... I agree- time to get your resume together. For a Geek that likes to write Code, not being allowed to do it: unbearable. I used to judge a good day as...
  39. BrianS

    Buried deep in ColdFusion at the moment

    Well, here is what I suggest. FIRST- find the problem. THEN- fix it. Dilbert Comic Strip on 1996-11-17 | Dilbert by Scott Adams And make it so the user has to reboot the computer every time they make a Typo. Dilbert Comic Strip on 1994-09-30 | Dilbert by Scott Adams I keep an original of...
  40. BrianS

    "... so it's just normal for my age?"

    I passed that, and was told I did not need another butt-o-scope check for 10 years, when I'm 70.
  41. BrianS

    today's luddite problem

    My wife and daughter know how to send texts to my cellular telephony device. Write the text on a piece of paper, open the phone, then flip it shut. It's not that I don't understand technology... US20030172336A1 - Self synchronous scrambler apparatus and method for use in dense wavelength...
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    today's luddite problem

    My neighbor did that to his Nikon D3200, somehow disabled Autofocus from working on all lenses. I used my standard approach to computers of pointing and clicking at random until the computer does exactly what I want. Some obscure setting that was so badly translated into anything meaningful was...
  43. BrianS

    Interesting Reading: Mike Eckman's Web-Site with "Keppler's Vault".

    The Auto S3: very similar to the Minolta Hi-Matic 7s-II. These are late-in-the-game fixed-lens RF's, and not made as heavily as many that came out before. I sold the S3, kept the HM-7S-II. The Canonet QL17 GIII is heavier made, usually sells for less. The Full-Sized Minolta Hi-Matic 9 is much...
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    Interesting Reading: Mike Eckman's Web-Site with "Keppler's Vault".

    Keppler's Vault Archives - mike eckman dot com I miss Herb Keppler. Read his articles since I was 12- going back to 1970. Have many old Magazines with his articles. Mike Eckman has posted many of Herb Keppler's articles on his articles on his website. There are also many interesting camera...
  45. BrianS

    What's your oldest "living" digital camera?

    Kodak DCS200ir, 1993. This is the first Infrared Camera delivered in the Kodak series. I asked them to make it. Nikon E3, 1997.
  46. BrianS

    Which cameras are actually made in Japan these days?

    The build quality on these lenses is amazing. I have Nikon, Canon, Minolta, and (what would become) Topcon lenses from this period. Heavy chrome over brass, and lots of it. The Japanese used hard lens coatings, they have stood the test of time. Some of them- the "Simlar 5cm F1.5" (Topcon), some...
  47. BrianS

    Which cameras are actually made in Japan these days?

    I have lenses and cameras marked "Made in Occupied Japan"... My Nikon Df is made in Japan. Nikon stamps their lenses as to where they are made.
  48. BrianS

    Does anybody else think that CCD sensors have a slightly different "look" to the images they produce?

    No alternative that I know of. This would require someone hacking the firmware, non-trivial. I have the button dance down. We need a tune to go with it. The "TimeWarp" would work. Four Steps to the Right, Three Steps to the Left, One Step to the Right, Hit Set- lets do the Raw Warp Again.
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    Does anybody else think that CCD sensors have a slightly different "look" to the images they produce?

    The OP asked if CCD's gave a different look from CMOS, not anything about magic pixie dust or if one was better than the other. CCD images give a different look, the technology of the sensors is different. Same as asking if Film gives a different look from CMOS sensors. The M8 sensor is unique...
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