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Forum: SLRs - the unRF 1 Day Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 263
Posted By Mackinaw
Sure you can run an F-1N without batteries. The...

Sure you can run an F-1N without batteries. The shutter is a hybrid electro/mechanical design with all speeds from 1/90 - 1/2000 (and B) being mechanical and will work with no battery being in the...
Forum: Canon RF 5 Days Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 529
Posted By Mackinaw
Unusual, but but not scarce. Mint condition...

Unusual, but but not scarce. Mint condition G-III’s may fetch north of $200.00, but most models, with a bit of brassing, etc., seem to go in the $150.00 range. The black Canon used has a nice...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 5 Days Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 232
Posted By Mackinaw
I picked up a used Rollei 6006 for a pittance...

I picked up a used Rollei 6006 for a pittance several years back and use the camera whenever I feel like shooting medium format. A very well engineered camera system, top-notch in every way. And...
Forum: Photography General Interest 1 Week Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 981
Posted By Mackinaw
Not really. People are throwing their digital...

Not really. People are throwing their digital cameras in the closet and are now using cell phones to take their pictures. A look at both of the graphs clearly shows that.

Jim B.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 1 Week Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 936
Posted By Mackinaw
Back in the mid-1980’s, we spent three weeks...

Back in the mid-1980’s, we spent three weeks traveling through the American west. I took along my Hasselblad and a few lenses for “serious” pictures, and a Canon III-A rangefinder for casual shots. ...
Forum: Photography General Interest 1 Week Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 981
Posted By Mackinaw
Whoa. From 136 million digital cameras sold in...

Whoa. From 136 million digital cameras sold in 2011 to an estimated 75 million in 2014. No joy in those numbers. The camera manufacturers must be pulling their hair out trying to figure out what...
Forum: Photography General Interest 1 Week Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 267
Posted By Mackinaw
Opens OK on Safari. Interesting cafe! Jim B.

Opens OK on Safari.

Interesting cafe!

Jim B.
Forum: Canon RF 1 Week Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 178
Posted By Mackinaw
You may want to post this question in the repair...

You may want to post this question in the repair sub-forum. Lot of knowledgeable folks there.

Jim B.
Forum: Canon RF 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 41
Views: 1,189
Posted By Mackinaw
Agreed. If you want your Canon 50/1.2 to be...

Agreed. If you want your Canon 50/1.2 to be reasonably sharp wide-open, then proper lens calibration is a must.

I took this shot of my grandson several years back with the Canon 50/1.2 on my Leica...
Forum: Canon RF 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 41
Views: 1,189
Posted By Mackinaw
I agree with both uhoh and Chris. I own both of...

I agree with both uhoh and Chris. I own both of these lenses and while the 50/1.4 is my go-to lens for most occasions, the 50/1.2 has ton's of character. I would't think of selling either.

Jim B.
Forum: Canon Rangefinders - Peter Dechert and Peter Kitchingman 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 272
Posted By Mackinaw
Quality Light Metric, in Los Angeles, repairs all...

Quality Light Metric, in Los Angeles, repairs all sorts of light meters. They have a great reputation too. Google their address and phone number.

Jim B.
Forum: Canon Rangefinders - Peter Dechert and Peter Kitchingman 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 351
Posted By Mackinaw
Too garish for my tastes, but it certainly stands...

Too garish for my tastes, but it certainly stands out.

Jim B.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 603
Posted By Mackinaw
My Nikkor 50/2.0 LTM is exactly like that shown...

My Nikkor 50/2.0 LTM is exactly like that shown in Dez’s picture.

Jim B.
Forum: Canon RF 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 250
Posted By Mackinaw
The IVSb is a great camera but with a damaged...

The IVSb is a great camera but with a damaged shutter, you’re not going to get much for it. The body does has some value as a “parts” camera, so maybe sell it as that. The lenses though, have...
Forum: Canon Rangefinders - Peter Dechert and Peter Kitchingman 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 476
Posted By Mackinaw
Sounds like your shutter is gummed up. There’s a...

Sounds like your shutter is gummed up. There’s a lot of things you can check, but to start you off, try taking the lens off the camera and look at the shutter as you advance the film. You should...
Forum: Canon RF 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 588
Posted By Mackinaw
I agree with this. I bought a chrome Canon...

I agree with this. I bought a chrome Canon 35/2.8 lens back in 1976 that had oil on the aperture blades. It was always my intention to send the lens to somebody and have it cleaned. I never did. ...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 80
Views: 3,743
Posted By Mackinaw
Maybe no better, but if you had an M3 with a...

Maybe no better, but if you had an M3 with a serial number of 700000, you’d probably be a millionaire.

Jim B.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-17-2014
Replies: 80
Views: 3,743
Posted By Mackinaw
Speaking of fonts, for what it's worth, here's a...

Speaking of fonts, for what it's worth, here's a pic of the top plate of my M3.

http://gallery.leica-users.org/d/383202-2/M3+Font.jpg

Jim B.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-17-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 382
Posted By Mackinaw
I was a LHSA member, but dropped my membership a...

I was a LHSA member, but dropped my membership a few years back (no real reason, just that my photographic interests went in another direction).

But, being that I live about four hours from...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 03-16-2014
Replies: 28
Views: 1,083
Posted By Mackinaw
http://gallery.leica-users.org/d/383079-2/Talking+...

http://gallery.leica-users.org/d/383079-2/Talking+Heads.jpg

Jim B.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 03-15-2014
Replies: 80
Views: 3,743
Posted By Mackinaw
There is a difference in the size of the serial...

There is a difference in the size of the serial number engraving between this M3 and my M3, which has a serial number of 704088. My serial number engraving is distinctly smaller than the engraving...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 03-10-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 881
Posted By Mackinaw
The best ones (aspherics, fluorite, and the “L”...

The best ones (aspherics, fluorite, and the “L” series) have always held their value (meaning expensive). The rise of mirrorless cameras has driven up the price of FD lenses in recent years. I use...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 03-07-2014
Replies: 541
Views: 77,204
Posted By Mackinaw
Wilderness State Park,...

Wilderness State Park, Michigan

http://gallery.leica-users.org/d/382685-1/Wilderness+State+Park.jpg

Jim B.
Forum: Canon RF 03-07-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 495
Posted By Mackinaw
Yes I do. I like to tinker with old cameras and...

Yes I do. I like to tinker with old cameras and picked up a service manual for the Vt several years back.

Jim B.
Forum: Canon RF 03-06-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 476
Posted By Mackinaw
So you’re surprised a camera made in 2005 is...

So you’re surprised a camera made in 2005 is smoother than one made in the 1950’s? Really?

Jim B.
Forum: Other CSC Cameras 03-06-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 1,499
Posted By Mackinaw
I bought one last summer when B&H was having...

I bought one last summer when B&H was having their EOS-M fire sale. I love it’s small size and superb build quality and it’s become the camera I usually grab whenever I feel like shooting digital. ...
Forum: Canon RF 03-06-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 495
Posted By Mackinaw
Here's a shot of a Vt's viewfinder. The L1...

Here's a shot of a Vt's viewfinder. The L1 should be very similar.

I don't think Canon's are prone to viewfinder haze. I chock this up to the camera's...
Forum: Canon RF 03-05-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 495
Posted By Mackinaw
This may help you. Though it's for a Canon Vt,...

This may help you. Though it's for a Canon Vt, the L1 is quite similar:

http://gallery.leica-users.org/d/354628-2/canon+vt.jpg

Jim B.
Forum: Film vs Digital 03-05-2014
Replies: 148
Views: 5,765
Posted By Mackinaw
Sure I still use film (and digital). Why...

Sure I still use film (and digital). Why wouldn't I?

Jim B.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-04-2014
Replies: 3,621
Views: 216,902
Posted By Mackinaw
Today, an old Canon Pellix loaded with APX...

Today, an old Canon Pellix loaded with APX 100.

Jim B.
Forum: Scale Focus 35's 02-27-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 507
Posted By Mackinaw
Here's one taken last August just before my model...

Here's one taken last August just before my model (and me) submerged ourselves below the icy waters of Lake Huron. Tri-X rated at 1600 (not the best film for above water on a sunny day, but great...
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / Polaroids 02-26-2014
Replies: 21
Views: 1,537
Posted By Mackinaw
The Smooch. ...

The Smooch. SX-70.

http://gallery.leica-users.org/d/381899-2/britt_pola008_001.jpg

Jim B.
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / Polaroids 02-25-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 661
Posted By Mackinaw
Polaroid Spectra. Taken June,...

Polaroid Spectra. Taken June, 2012.

http://gallery.leica-users.org/d/381875-2/ex-friends.jpg

Jim B.
Forum: RFF Polls 02-25-2014
Replies: 131
Poll: Winter Sucks
Views: 4,272
Posted By Mackinaw
Not to turn this into a discussion on electric...

Not to turn this into a discussion on electric cars, but an acquaintance of mine has a Leaf and cold weather is not it’s friend! -30C weather is not kind to batteries. He was stranded once when his...
Forum: RFF Polls 02-25-2014
Replies: 131
Poll: Winter Sucks
Views: 4,272
Posted By Mackinaw
Anybody who lives in the Great Lakes area of...

Anybody who lives in the Great Lakes area of North America is suffering through the coldest winter in 20 years. We’ve experienced below-normal temperatures since October. We’ve already surpassed...
Forum: Canon RF 02-24-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 299
Posted By Mackinaw
Unscrew the chrome ring that surrounds the round,...

Unscrew the chrome ring that surrounds the round, rangefinder window. You’ll now see another ring which you turn that will move the rangefinder image up or down.

At times, setting the vertical...
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 02-19-2014
Replies: 34
Views: 2,917
Posted By Mackinaw
Good news. Leica and Wetzlar just seem to go...

Good news. Leica and Wetzlar just seem to go together.

Jim B.
Forum: Canon RF 02-17-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 606
Posted By Mackinaw
Clumsy? Maybe, but, for me, no more clumsy that...

Clumsy? Maybe, but, for me, no more clumsy that changing film in my old Nikon M (where do you put the back once it’s off?).

Jim B.
Forum: Canon RF 02-01-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 800
Posted By Mackinaw
Tobi-----Your drawing is close. Just add a...

Tobi-----Your drawing is close. Just add a dashed line (both horizontal and vertical) in-between the corner lines, and that's what the viewfinder looks like for the 35 and 50mm settings.

Jim B.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 01-29-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 625
Posted By Mackinaw
I live in northern Michigan. It’s been a good...

I live in northern Michigan. It’s been a good old-fashioned weather with plenty of very cold temps the past few months. Out of curiosity’s sake, I purposely left my old Canon F-1 outside overnight...
Forum: Fuji X Interchangeable Lens Cameras 01-28-2014
Replies: 136
Views: 5,473
Posted By Mackinaw
Too bad that Fuji's camera division is losing...

Too bad that Fuji's camera division is losing money. According to this report, they won't survive the Smartphone photo revolution:

"Panasonic, Fujifilm and Olympus are all losing money on cameras,...
Forum: Canon RF 01-27-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 800
Posted By Mackinaw
They're actually a series of dashed lines, the...

They're actually a series of dashed lines, the corners are there and there are mini-lines in between the corners. Works well.

Jim B.
Forum: Canon RF 01-27-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 800
Posted By Mackinaw
The Canon 7 uses projected framelines, the same...

The Canon 7 uses projected framelines, the same as a Leica M-series. The Canon P uses reflected framelines. On the 7, the framelines for 35mm, 50mm, 135mm are separate, with only the 85mm and 100mm...
Forum: Photography General Interest 01-18-2014
Replies: 25
Views: 1,256
Posted By Mackinaw
I like option A. Jim B.

I like option A.

Jim B.
Forum: Lomo / Diana / Holga / Pinhole / Polaroids 01-13-2014
Replies: 9
Views: 527
Posted By Mackinaw
IP recently changed their naming scheme. If you...

IP recently changed their naming scheme. If you want color film with white edges for an SX-70 type of camera, you want to order "color film for SX-70." ...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 01-10-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 441
Posted By Mackinaw
Life is too short. If you really want a 0.85...

Life is too short. If you really want a 0.85 finder MP, then buy one. Don't compromise and settle for a 0.72 finder model. If you do, you'll always wonder of you would have been happier with the...
Forum: Canon RF 01-08-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 354
Posted By Mackinaw
No, it's not normal but it's not unusual either. ...

No, it's not normal but it's not unusual either. VI-series Canons' use a silver-hued viewfinder which, in some cases, hasn't aged well. Some folks say that if you place a blue gel over the focusing...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 01-07-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 933
Posted By Mackinaw
For me, an easy pick, go with the faster lens. ...

For me, an easy pick, go with the faster lens. There's just more uses for a fast lens than a slower one. The Canon is also very compact and light. And it doesn't hurt that it's optically very...
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-30-2013
Replies: 18
Views: 974
Posted By Mackinaw
Wow! Not good. This market shakeout takes on...

Wow! Not good. This market shakeout takes on new meaning when a RFF friend loses their job. I hope things work out for you.

Jim B.
Forum: Photography General Interest 12-30-2013
Replies: 18
Views: 974
Posted By Mackinaw
So Panasonic's camera division has two years to...

So Panasonic's camera division has two years to turn things around before the parent company pulls the plug. And even mirror-less cameras have been a bust. Just amazing. I really wonder what the...
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