Hi there from Portugal

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    Hi,
    My name is Raul (Carneiro Martins) and I am presenting myself for the first time to this community. I started with film (ok, now you know I'm not that young), stopped photography altogether when married and had kids, then started back with digital at full strength with a full frame :smile:. Got fed of the digital franzy and the obscene amount of hours seated staring glaringly at a screen and returned to my moldy roots, good old opto-chemical stuff. Restarted with the 135 format, then on to the 120 format, and now for over a year and a half at the 4x5. Started developing B&W, then enlarging, after a while got onto C41 processes and to RA-4. I have also tried a little bit of Pt/Pd. I have yet to tackle E6, but I already have the chemistry :smile: - I'm just lacking the motivation for E6 since my envisioned images I feel should go to paper. I still shoot digitally, but only on certain occasions like social events, kid's events and work related assignments. For everything else what gives me thorough pleasure is the palpable craftsmanship that goes behind opto-chemical processing.
    While I have never posted here before, I have posted on the LFF so some of you might know me from there.
    Unfortunately I was never given the chance of doing photography for a living, but photography is not a hobby for me. It is a part of what I am and I what want to be as a person. I guess I just discovered it a bit late...
    cheers
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    Welcome Raul to APUG.

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    Welcome Do you know anything about the Leica factory in Portugal? Chip
     
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    Thank you all for your warm welcome. I appreciate. Sure hope I can contribute to the dynamism of this community.

    Well, I don't work there, and actually have never been there. That said I can give you some rough facts available from governmental sources and from Leica reports in Portugal:
    - The factory was established in Portugal in 1973
    - March 2013, commemorating their 40th anniversary in Portugal, Leica decided to create a new much bigger factory (50000 m^2) not far from the old one
    - They currently have around 720 workers
    - Last year they produced, and these are gross figures, 40k binoculars, 15k photographic lenses, 4k telescopic lens and 20k cameras
    - The M9 is produced in this new factory and requires the assembly of more than 1220 parts

    raul
     
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    Welcome to APUG, Raul.
     
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    Welcome! You live in a beautiful country. Love Lisbon and Anadia. Great place to travel and take pictures. Miss the Pastel de nata.
     
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    Thanks, Raul. Chip
     
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    Thank you to Sirius, Mustafa, Chip, Charles, mainecoonmaniac and Rachelle for your kind welcome. mainecoonmaniac, you got me there. I have never been to Anadia, but I will have to go there and explore. I do know and enjoy "Pastel de Nata" a small cake traditional in Belém, Lisbon.
     
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    Hello Raul and welcome to APUG.
     
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    Thank you fotch!
     
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    Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of APUGland:D
     
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    Thank you Black Dog. It is, indeed, a wonderful world, that of analog photography :smile:
    raul
     
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    Portugese custard tarts aren't bad either...got a recipe I'm really looking forward to trying:D