Roger W. Hicks

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Roger W. Hicks Posted: Nov 01, 2003 0 comments

There are plenty of people who know (and care) very little about photography, but feel that their dignity requires a camera with a bit of style and elegance. Today, they are spoiled for choice. Automation makes life easy: they can buy any number of...

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Roger W. Hicks Posted: Nov 01, 2003 0 comments

Most people are vaguely aware that shutter speeds aren't always as fast as they are marked, that ISO speeds can vary, and that overall, photography isn't that precise a science. What they often don't know is just how far-out things can...

Roger W. Hicks Posted: Oct 01, 2003 0 comments

Anyone who reads Shutterbug regularly will know of my enthusiasm for modern Voigtländer cameras. I'm also extremely fond of the postwar Prominent 35mm leaf-shutter rangefinder camera, and I have a great (though guarded) admiration for its prewar 120 namesake, one of the most...

Roger W. Hicks Posted: Sep 01, 2003 1 comments

Robots are probably the most underrated and underpriced world
class cameras on the used market today. They are built to at least the same standards as Leicas and Contaxes--actually, they're tougher and more reliable--and yet you can...

Roger W. Hicks Posted: Aug 01, 2003 0 comments

Classic Cameras

Just hold a Pentax. That was the slogan, 30 and more years ago--and very clever it was. The light, svelte, elegant SV (also sold as the H3V) was so lovely that if you did hold one, you wanted it. Next to its...

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Roger W. Hicks Posted: Jul 01, 2003 0 comments

Six Kinds Of Contrast

"Contrast" means a surprising number of things in photography: at least six. Made to do so many jobs, it is not surprising that confusion reigns, plenty of contrast is a Good Thing in some...

Roger W. Hicks Posted: Jul 01, 2003 0 comments

Classic Cameras

Mechanical precision has an almost sensual pleasure of its own. Think of the buttery wind-on of a 1950s Leica M3, or the way that the lens panel of an Alpa 12 glides into place, then fits solid as a rock. Recently...

Roger W. Hicks Posted: May 01, 2003 0 comments

Classic Cameras

One of the joys of classic cameras, indeed, of classic anything--is the absence of "me-too" design; and the Nikonos II illustrated is about as far from "me too" as you can get.

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Roger W. Hicks Posted: Apr 01, 2003 0 comments

Voigtlander Bessa R2S/R2C

The Bessa-R2C and R2S are both variants on the superb R2. Instead of the Leica bayonet mount of the R2, however, the new cameras have the original 1932-1961 Contax mount (R2C) and the original 1948-1963...

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Roger W. Hicks Posted: Dec 01, 2002 0 comments

Tripods & Various Weird Stuff

Let's be honest: tripods are worthy but dull, so I'll dive straight in with the Weird Stuff--that is, with the products that defy ready categorization, but are either highly desirable or extremely unusual or sometimes both. Let's start at...

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