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Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 1 Day Ago
Replies: 41
Views: 834
Posted By Mackinaw
I need reading glasses for anything closer than...

I need reading glasses for anything closer than about three feet. From that point on, everything is tack-sharp and I don’t need glasses.

I have no problem focusing my MP without the 1.25X magnifier...
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 1 Day Ago
Replies: 41
Views: 834
Posted By Mackinaw
Reading glasses only, and I don’t use a diopter...

Reading glasses only, and I don’t use a diopter adjustment. I have and use the 1.25X and 1.4X magnifiers. Both look sharp when I look through them.

Jim B.
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 4 Days Ago
Replies: 41
Views: 834
Posted By Mackinaw
The middle ring of mine is where the strap...

The middle ring of mine is where the strap attaches (via a small lug) and rotates freely so as not to intefere with the camera or viewfinder. It has no affect on the diopter rating.

Jaapv suggests...
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 4 Days Ago
Replies: 41
Views: 834
Posted By Mackinaw
I can’t speak for the M9, but I find the...

I can’t speak for the M9, but I find the magnified view provided by the1.25X finder very helpful when focusing my MP. I use it with my 50mm lenses and my 75mm Summilux. It shouldn’t be blurry. No...
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 4 Days Ago
Replies: 41
Views: 834
Posted By Mackinaw
Are you talking about the 1.25X viewfinder...

Are you talking about the 1.25X viewfinder magnifier?

Jim B.
Forum: Smartphone Cameras 1 Week Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 282
Posted By Mackinaw
I have the 1.4X magnifier and tried what you...

I have the 1.4X magnifier and tried what you suggest on my cheap LG cellphone. It actually works, though I had some rather severe vignetting (the image is basically a round circle). Surprisingly...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 1 Week Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 1,294
Posted By Mackinaw
Ilford Delta 3200 can be shot at 1600, though...

Ilford Delta 3200 can be shot at 1600, though It’s true E.I. is about 1000.

Jim B.
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 55
Views: 3,003
Posted By Mackinaw
1972 I...

1972 I believe.

http://gallery.leica-users.org/d/410135-2/MSU+Riots5.jpg

Jim B.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount Copies 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 665
Posted By Mackinaw
According to Rotoloni, the collapsible and rigid...

According to Rotoloni, the collapsible and rigid versions of the Nikkor 50/2.0 share the same optics (but I’m guessing there are coating differences). I own a rigid 50/2.0 and it’s a fine lens. I...
Forum: Other CSC Cameras 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 564
Posted By Mackinaw
I'm very happy with the sharpness of the images I...

I'm very happy with the sharpness of the images I get from my M. I'm not a big fan on how the camera renders JPEGS (I know, shoot RAW), but image sharpness is excellent. Note, I only have the 22mm...
Forum: RFF Polls 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 2,324
Views: 1,345,970
Posted By Mackinaw
Going through a pack of the new 2.0 B&W...

Going through a pack of the new 2.0 B&W Impossible Project film in my SX-70. This new stuff is excellent!

Jim B.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 79
Views: 3,807
Posted By Mackinaw
I agree with those who say the collapsible 50mm...

I agree with those who say the collapsible 50mm Summicron is a bit soft wide-open, and lacking contrast. It has its purpose though, but usually takes a back seat to my Canon 50/1.4 or Nikkor 50/2.0...
Forum: Nikon RF 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 377
Posted By Mackinaw
See...

See this:

https://www.cameraquest.com/nrfm.htm

Jim B.
Forum: Zeiss Contax 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 458
Posted By Mackinaw
The lens was a true rarity. From everything I...

The lens was a true rarity. From everything I read, Canon never made this lens in a Contax mount. For that matter, being that it was primarily an X-ray lens, most Serenar 50/1.5’s left the factory...
Forum: Travel 04-19-2015
Replies: 228
Views: 7,789
Posted By Mackinaw
Southwest Colorado? Consider Ouray. A gem of a...

Southwest Colorado? Consider Ouray. A gem of a town.

Jim B.
Forum: Canon RF 04-19-2015
Replies: 2
Views: 459
Posted By Mackinaw
A Canon P with TTL Metering!

I stumbled across this by accident. i have no idea who this guy is, but he managed to install a home-made TTL meter into a Canon P. Interesting read, if...
Forum: Zeiss Contax 04-17-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 458
Posted By Mackinaw
Sure looks like an X-ray lens. Looking at Peter...

Sure looks like an X-ray lens. Looking at Peter Kitchingman’s Canon Rangefinder lens book, early 50/1.5 X-ray lenses had the letter “R” in front of the word Serenar, that meant “Regno.” Most of...
Forum: Digital Leica M8 / M8.2 / M9 / M-E /Mono / M10 aka "M" 04-14-2015
Replies: 126
Views: 3,854
Posted By Mackinaw
Leica management regularly looks at the Leica...

Leica management regularly looks at the Leica forum. Stefan Daniel will comment on an issue too, on occasion.

Jim B.
Forum: RFF Polls 04-11-2015
Replies: 2,324
Views: 1,345,970
Posted By Mackinaw
This evening, I’ll be photographing an Arts...

This evening, I’ll be photographing an Arts benefit at a local pub. They’re paying me in food and beer. I’ll be using a couple of Polaroid cameras, an old Canon FTb with a FD 15mm fisheye lens (for...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-09-2015
Replies: 75
Views: 3,396
Posted By Mackinaw
http://gallery.leica-users.org/d/408352-2/Old+Bug....

http://gallery.leica-users.org/d/408352-2/Old+Bug.jpg

Jim B.
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-08-2015
Replies: 119
Views: 6,621
Posted By Mackinaw
A K-mount Ricoh. You can get them for next to...

A K-mount Ricoh. You can get them for next to nothing. A friend gave me several a few year’s ago and I was impressed by their performance. I’ve given several away to 20 year old’s who’ve expressed...
Forum: Photo Software 04-06-2015
Replies: 84
Views: 3,506
Posted By Mackinaw
I deliberately kept around an old external hard...

I deliberately kept around an old external hard drive with OSX 10.6 installed just so I could run PhotoShop CS3. When I need it, I plug in the hard drive and Photoshop away. When I don’t need it, I...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-03-2015
Replies: 58
Views: 2,664
Posted By Mackinaw
With digital camera sales in a free-fall with no...

With digital camera sales in a free-fall with no bottom in site, why invest the money in something that few will buy?

Jim B.
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-31-2015
Replies: 69
Views: 2,381
Posted By Mackinaw
I keep a few dozen around just to store stuff in....

I keep a few dozen around just to store stuff in. The rest I recycle.

Jim B.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-20-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 944
Posted By Mackinaw
I’m really looking forward to trying this new...

I’m really looking forward to trying this new stuff. Just waiting now until it comes out for the SX-70 and Spectra.

Jim B.
Forum: Canon RF 03-18-2015
Replies: 43
Views: 2,669
Posted By Mackinaw
I had a P year’s back, but sold it, because I...

I had a P year’s back, but sold it, because I didn’t like the viewfinder (mine was flary). But this thread has rekindled my interest. Maybe I’ll buy one with my tax refund.

Jim B.
Forum: Canon RF 03-14-2015
Replies: 43
Views: 2,669
Posted By Mackinaw
The P is a great camera, but watch the...

The P is a great camera, but watch the viewfinder, which, on some cameras, can flare with age.

The Leica M’s main advantage is its excellent rangefinder/viewfinder. The rangefinder patch on a M3...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 03-13-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 1,625
Posted By Mackinaw
A bit of a setback. Bad weather, asbestos in...

A bit of a setback. Bad weather, asbestos in their old buildings, and some other stuff, has pushed back their schedule a bit. Kickstarter supporters, won’t see their complimentary rolls of new E-6...
Forum: RFF Polls 03-11-2015
Replies: 335
Views: 35,466
Posted By Mackinaw
MP and M3. The MP was bought new, in 2005. Jim...

MP and M3. The MP was bought new, in 2005.

Jim B.
Forum: Nikon RF 03-05-2015
Replies: 3
Views: 377
Posted By Mackinaw
Nikon M Shutter Question

Iíve heard that Nikon used ball-bearings on the shutter shafts of some of their rangefinder cameras. Did this apply to the Nikon M?

Jim B.
Forum: back alley's In The Bag 02-27-2015
Replies: 28
Views: 1,287
Posted By Mackinaw
I remember watching the very first Star Trek TV...

I remember watching the very first Star Trek TV episode when it debuted on NBC back in the fall of 1966. I was in high school at the time and picked up the TV guide some Thursday evening wondering...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-27-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 1,357
Posted By Mackinaw
After reading the APUG thread, apparently this...

After reading the APUG thread, apparently this type of dual-layer construction is common. Tri-X is made this way.

Jim B.
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-22-2015
Replies: 76
Views: 3,055
Posted By Mackinaw
The absurd way of changing focusing screens on a...

The absurd way of changing focusing screens on a Nikon F. I have to use my pocket knife (!) to press in the release button on the back of the camera, turn the camera upside down and shake, then hope...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-19-2015
Replies: 90
Views: 12,196
Posted By Mackinaw
On a M3. Efke 25 in Rodinal. F2.8, if I...

On a M3. Efke 25 in Rodinal. F2.8, if I remember correctly.

http://gallery.leica-users.org/d/405963-1/Petoskey+Babes3+copy.jpg

Jim B.
Forum: Canon RF 02-15-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 458
Posted By Mackinaw
You have a Type 7 50/1.8. Serial number range is...

You have a Type 7 50/1.8. Serial number range is from 292XXX to 344XXX. Production was from January, 1961 to December, 1970. Based on your serial number, I’m guessing your lens was built in the...
Forum: RFF News 02-15-2015
Replies: 137
Views: 6,171
Posted By Mackinaw
Interesting and timely thread. I’m currently in...

Interesting and timely thread. I’m currently in the process of scanning hundreds of old B&W family negatives dating from 1910 (glass plate negatives) to the early 1950’s (120 and 35mm). Most were...
Forum: Nikon RF 02-13-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 881
Posted By Mackinaw
Stephen Gandyís repair tech did a great job on my...

Stephen Gandyís repair tech did a great job on my Nikon M several yearís back. The camera was a basket case when I bought it, with a gummed-up shutter curtains and a lens that was so cloudy you...
Forum: Canon RF 02-12-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 458
Posted By Mackinaw
There’s production data for each lens as well as...

There’s production data for each lens as well as each lens variation. You’re not going to find anything better than what is in this book. I suggest you contact Peter K. directly as to where to buy...
Forum: Canon RF 02-12-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 458
Posted By Mackinaw
I suggest you pick up a copy of Peter...

I suggest you pick up a copy of Peter Kitchingman's book on Canon rangefinder lenses. There is no better reference on these lenses.

Jim B.
Forum: Other CSC Cameras 02-08-2015
Replies: 150
Views: 6,204
Posted By Mackinaw
Today's cheesecake pic. EOS-M...

Today's cheesecake pic. EOS-M w/22mm.

http://gallery.leica-users.org/d/405587-1/Pin+Up+Gal.jpg

Jim B.
Forum: Repair / Camera Care 02-05-2015
Replies: 13
Views: 196
Posted By Mackinaw
The F-1N has a hybrid shutter. Speeds from 1/90...

The F-1N has a hybrid shutter. Speeds from 1/90 to 1/2000 are mechanically controlled. Speeds slower than 1/90 are electronically controlled. Maybe the battery contact at the bottom of the battery...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-02-2015
Replies: 46
Views: 1,622
Posted By Mackinaw
The FP is a nice camera. I picked one up several...

The FP is a nice camera. I picked one up several yearís back for a pittance. Basically, itís a Canon FTb with no meter. Very solid, with a silky-smooth film advance. I still use it, but not...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-02-2015
Replies: 46
Views: 1,622
Posted By Mackinaw
As Raid pointed out, a Canon F-1 or F-1n. Or, a...

As Raid pointed out, a Canon F-1 or F-1n. Or, a Canon FTb. And, staying in the Canon family, if you want no electronics at all, find a Canon FP.

Jim B.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-01-2015
Replies: 64
Views: 2,392
Posted By Mackinaw
F-1, original. Jim B.

F-1, original.

Jim B.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-01-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 834
Posted By Mackinaw
By my dadís notes. He was quite the photographer...

By my dadís notes. He was quite the photographer when he was a teenager and processed his own film. He wrote the dates on the film canister as to when the roll was shot and developed. All of these...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-01-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 834
Posted By Mackinaw
The picture was taken in 1938. Jim B.

The picture was taken in 1938.

Jim B.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-01-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 834
Posted By Mackinaw
I’m aware of the dangers of nitrate-based film. ...

I’m aware of the dangers of nitrate-based film.

My dad processed these negatives back in 1938, rolled them up, and stuck them in film canisters where they’ve been these past 77 years. He died a...
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 02-01-2015
Replies: 10
Views: 834
Posted By Mackinaw
What kind of TLR is this?

Anybody know what kind of camera this gal is holding? My dad took this pic in 1938 at a high school track meet. BTW, I don't know what kind of 35mm camera he used (I do know it wasn't a Leica) but...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 01-29-2015
Replies: 3
Views: 269
Posted By Mackinaw
In a tightly stoppered container, it appears to...

In a tightly stoppered container, it appears to last quite long. I've successfully used Xtol 12 - 14 months after it was mixed.

Jim B.
Forum: Other CSC Cameras 01-23-2015
Replies: 98
Views: 8,069
Posted By Mackinaw
My biggest surprise was build quality. The body...

My biggest surprise was build quality. The body shell is metal and very solid. You feel like you’re holding something substantial in your hands, not a plastic toy. It also helps that it takes good...
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